Alexander McQueen’s final collection will be shown at Paris Fashion Week

The French owners of the late Alexander McQueen's fashion house have promised to keep his label alive

The French owners of the late Alexander McQueen’s fashion house have promised to keep his label alive and have confirmed that the designer’s final collection will be presented at Paris Fashion Week.

French luxury group PPR, which controls McQueen’s companies through its Gucci Group, confirmed this morning that the designer’s label will continue following his death. Tragically, McQueen was found hanged on the eve of his mother’s funeral last week, leaving the whole fashion world in shock.

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PPR chief executive Francois Henri-Pinault paid tribute to the designer, calling him a ‘genius,’ a ‘friend’ and a ‘poet’ who was ‘hurt and lost in a world whose superficiality and lack of ideals he couldn’t accept.’

He added: ‘the Alexander McQueen trademark will live on … Fashion has lost one of its extraordinary people. He was one of the falling stars that comes across our generation [and] he is a person we will miss enormously.’

And now this afternoon, a statement from the designer’s eponymous fashion house has confirmed that his final collection will be presented to the press at Paris Fashion Week. Presentations will take place on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th March, rather than a catwalk show. 

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Speaking to Draper’s magazine, who last week reported that sales of McQueen pieces had soared 1,400 percent, Pinault said ‘His art went beyond the fashion world. He had a great command of technique…he hid behind an armour of provocation.’

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