Designer Phillip Lim on McQueen: Fashion Lost a “Genius”

Phillip Lim
Mawuse Ziegbe

The death of fashion icon Alexander McQueen left the industry reeling and many insiders contemplating the impact it will have on the industry.
"I think what fashion lost is a genius," fellow designer Phillip Lim told Niteside at the Love-In celebrating the Barneys New York launch of Richard Chai's new line Love at Lower East Side hotspot White Slab Palace.

" I mean, you look at what he did and what he brought to our industry -- the braveness, the integrity. It's like something you would never be able to replace or replicate. It's such a loss, I feel so sad."
But while the fashion community grapples with McQueen's shocking death in the midst of a hectic fashion week, designers must press on with their shows.
Lim, who is preparing for his own Fall 2010 womens wear show today with " fittings and just non-stop work," says the collection will be, "really fun, very elegant ... sort of rebellious but in the most sophisticated way. I would say it's very classic with a sense of madness."

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