Alexander McQueen…Portrait of a Legend.

Earlier this morning I was woken up with a slew of text messages. One after another they read “Have you heard? Alexander McQueen has died.” I thought that this was a prank just like you hear about in the tabloids occasionally. I quickly checked my fashion blog sources and discovered that the news was all too real.

I was only introduced to fashion about 4 years ago. I was interning at a small Spanish magazine in New York called Big and the issue I was working on was following designers backstage at fashion shows for the F/W 2007 shows. Alexander McQueen was one of the first designers that I was introduced to. I never knew that fashion wasn’t just about what you wore, it was truly an art form. For Alexander McQueen it seemed that he put on every show like it was his last.

These are some of the seasons that I found the most memorable.

Fall/Winter 2006

To see my favorite of Spring Summer 2008 refer to my earlier post : http://fashiongrunge.com/2009/01/23/take-me-to-new-heights-alexander-mcqueen-spring-2008/

Of course his last show (Spring 2010) was one of the most talked about in the industry. The infamous “lobster claw” shoes that seem almost impossible to walk in truly became works of art. Even more so when fashion forward Lady Gaga wore his designs in her Bad Romance Video here:

The girls came onto the runway looking like desert animals complete with McQueen’s armor and Frankenstein-esque ballet shoes. There is nothing to say about this collection that can’t be seen. Honestly, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

Details of the show, which are truly extraordinary.

Fashion Week has just started in New York and I’m sure the industry was not prepared to lose one of its beloved family. However, his designs will always live on forever.

Goodbye, Alexander McQueen. (1969-2010)

Photo credit: style.com

Indie Grunge: Kirsten Dunst

I have always loved style that is unpredictable. Kirsten Dunst to me has a style that is almost as schizophrenic as my own. One minute her style is inspired by the French, then the next minute she is grunge-tastic. I prefer to categorize her as having an indie approach to the grunge vibe. She seems to draw aspects of vintage style which is a very big part of the indie lifestyle. While these selections may not necessarily be “grunge” these are my favorites.

She appeared on the cover of W Magazine in April 2007 and it is still one of her most beautiful editorials I’ve ever seen. Shot by Craig McDean.

Candids Credit: kirsten-d.com

Collage Credit: fashiontoast.com

Editorial Credit: hotcelebshome.com

On Repeat.

Alexander Wang + Erin Wasson = Pure Love.

credit: Nylon TV, teenvogue.com

“Homeboy wore combat boots to the beach”

It’s Menswear Monday!

Ok, it was just about time to introduce one of my favorite reality tv stars. He’s dark, mysterious, and looks like he dropped right out of 1992. This is none other than the mysterious Justin Bobby (aka. Justin Brescia) from MTV’s The Hills. I have loved his style since the day he first appeared in the second season. He nails the grunge look with his combat boots, and the L.A. approach to grunge style that is re-emerging everywhere these days just continues to inspire me. Check out his crushworthy style here…

source: Facebook Fan Page, google.com, mtv.com

I know its a bit early…

Menswear Monday is rapidly approaching and I know its early but I couldn’t resist…. but how amazing is this coat from Comme Des Garcons designer Junya Wantanabe’sĀ  “SNOB” collection…

Send me a boy in this outfit…quick!

credit: hypebeast.com

Street Style of the Week…

Scandinavia continues to inspire me always…

Stockholm

Reykavik

Credit: http://stockholmstreetstyle.feber.se/, http://reykjaviklooks.blogspot.com/

Breakin’ Em In…

Don’t you just hate when you buy brand new converse all stars and they are all pristine and lame? Yeah, I do too. Here is an awesome video filmed by the people at NYLON demonstrating how to speed up the grunge process…I happen to love this.

Source: Youtube Nylon Channel

We were the Kings and Queens of Promise…Jared Leto

First thing, I have decided to create a cheesy installment known as “Menswear Monday”. I feel like this blog has all types of readers and I would like to broaden my horizons when it comes to menswear. Just because I don’t wear men’s clothing doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate it. So, I every Monday I will profile either a designer or style icon that I love. And lets face it, a little eye candy once a week never hurt anyone. Great little intro into…

About 2 hours ago it came out at work that I write this blog. So, I’m sure that some of my co-workers will be checking it out in the next few days. This next post will be quite hilarious. Jared Leto has become a mascot or “style icon” the past few weeks so forgive me fellow co-workers if you are sick of hearing his name. I happen to have liked his style for a few years now and now I’m going to show why.

Most known for his role as swoon worthy Jordan Catalano in all his grunge glory on acclaimed TV show ‘My So Called Life”.Ā  God Bless the 90s because thats when we met Jared Leto.

After “My So Called Life” ended he took other movie roles but nothing could quite compare to the heroin addict that he played in the extremely powerful film “Requiem for a Dream”. I always thought that he should have gotten more recognition for that role. Reportedly he lost 20 lbs to play the character much like the opposite he would do years later gaining 70 lbs to play John Lennon’s killer, Marc David Chapman.

Check out the trailer:

Now he fronts the popular band, 30 Seconds to Mars and is more in the limelight for his music now than anything else. Much like Johnny Depp he moved to L.A. with the intention of being a musician and then acting just took off.

Now he can be seen around town with his grunge inspired style like flannels ripped denim and even a studded vest. I’m sorry but he really can make anything look good.

Let the drooling commence…

He is recently on the cover of Nylon Guys this month. Here is the editorial and interview he gave to NYLON TV…

Sources: Thefashionspot.com,pictures.jared-leto.com, google images, youtube.com