British Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide

Some terribly sad news: Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was discovered dead in his home this morning after apparently committing suicide. Foul play is not suscpected. According to the Daily Mail, a source at his office confirmed the news, saying: “It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.” This comes less than three years after the designer’s close friend Isabella Blow — who is also credited with discovering him — tragically took her life in May 2007.

Once considered an enfant terrible of fashion, at 40 McQueen was well on his way to becoming one of the all-time greats. In her review of his 2010 Spring collection, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn wrote:

“What is hard to appreciate is the amount of thought and work that went into the making of the clothes. The prints and fabrics were amazing, but then consider a slim gray coat cut clean open at the chest and then closed in a soft arc near the hem, as if the whole thing had been hollowed out of an existing coat and this was the shape that remained. Shown over a print dress, with a matching lining, the coat seemed a different species of garment. It was most definitely a new silhouette.”

A new silhouette — just reflect on that for a second.

More updates and details as they’re released.