McQueen for the Day

Alexander McQueen at Crystal Charity Ball Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon

Kate Stukenberg
June 03, 2013

Not many fashion labels have as profound an impact on the fashion world as the dramatic silhouettes of British designer Alexander McQueen. What other fashion house can design bumster trousers, igniting a low-rise pant trend worldwide; be the sole subject of an exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute (“Savage Beauty” is the Institute’s best-attended exhibition to date); make skulls chic; and even design the wedding dress of the future Queen of England? Alexander McQueen and no other. This year, Neiman Marcus brings the drama and decadence of the house of McQueen, helmed by the talented designer Sarah Burton since McQueen’s passing in 2010, to Dallas for the annual Crystal Charity Ball Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon Thursday, September 12. There, the Fall/Winter 2013 collection will take over the runway, and the 10 Best Dressed honorees will model their chosen McQueen looks of the season. This runway show follows on the heels of McQueen’s first Texas boutique, which opened last month in Highland Park Village. Will the runway show be fashion theater — as daring and unconventional as some of McQueen’s most iconic shows? In Spring 1998, McQueen unleashed rain on the runway. The re-creation of a shipwreck was the highlight of the Spring 2003 season, while Spring 2005 featured a human chess game. Or will Kate Moss make an appearance à la a life-size hologram, as she did in the Fall 2006 show, Widows of Culloden? Probably not, but the inspiration and influence of McQueen will certainly be felt in the room, as will that of Sarah Burton, who will be resting at home with her new twins.