Right in the heart of London,
England, nearing the end of
International Fashion Week, a
magnificent celebration took place
that summoned a ton of famous
fashion icons and celebrities. You
can see how loved someone was by
the amount of people that turn up
to their funeral, especially when
they die young; a friend of mine
died a few summers ago and the
funeral service was overflowing
with people whose lives she had
touched. It brings a smile to my
face and a sense of comfort in my
heart to know that a year later,
McQueen is still being remembered
and honoured and is far from
being forgotten. Fashion week
wasn't quite the same without him
— everyone is stuck wondering, if
he had been with us still, what
miraculous creations he might
have dreamed up. It was always
what I looked forward to the most.
The ceremony took place in a church that actually seemed like a location McQueen would have chosen for a fashion show. On the chilly morning it gave off a gothic feel and everyone came dressed fabulously — most were head to toe in McQueen. Sarah Jessica Parker was there wearing a stunning white gown with a long black trench, her hair in an elegant and appropriate up-do. Naomi Campbell came looking fabulous in feathers, as well as Kate Moss looking sombre but beautiful.
Stella McCartney came, as well as Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who spoke beautiful words describing McQueen as "a complex and gifted young man … who as a child loved nothing more than to sit on the roof of his tower block and watch the birds circling overhead." Addresses were also given by Suzy Menkes, a British fashion reporter who had attended every single one of McQueen's shows; Shaun Leane, a jeweller who collaborated with McQueen creating some of his most stunning pieces created; and Philip Treacy, a famous hat designer.
The music, however, was the most beautiful and breathtaking part of the service. I would have given anything to have been there — I cannot imagine the feeling, it gives me shivers just thinking about it. Michael Nyman performed The Heart Asks Pleasure First, a piece he created for Jane Campion's The Piano. A talented woman I adore and admire performed as well: Björk gave an exhilarating performance of Gloomy Sunday, famed for its interpretation by Billie Holiday. She wore McQueen's famous pierced wooden wings and a skirt of trailing ostrich plumes, and was one of the best dressed there.