Saturday, February 27, 2010

Alexander McQueen Line to Continue

Robert Polet, the president and chief executive of Gucci Group, announced last week that the Alexander McQueen label will continue, in response to questions about its future since the designer’s death.
Gucci Group, which has owned the Alexander McQueen label since December 2000, said a McQueen collection will be shown during Paris Fashion Week in March. The company plans to continue to finance the brand, though it did not release specific plans for the future beyond the fall collection.

“There is an outstanding team at Alexander McQueen, a team that has enormous talent and energy and a passion that Lee was extremely proud of, and so am I,” Mr. Polet has said in a statement.
François-Henri Pinault, the chairman and chief executive of PPR, the parent company of Gucci Group, has been quoted, saying, “This is the best tribute we could offer to Lee.”

Mr. McQueen, who was 40, was found dead in his home in London on Feb. 11. An officer of the Westminster Coroner’s Court said during proceedings this week that the cause of death was asphyxia and hanging.

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