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Alexander McQueen Sounds Off

Who doesn't love a lippy designer?

Alexander McQueen recently spoke to Philip Utz for the Spring issue of Numero Homme and, per usual with his earnestness, he gave some pretty good sound bites regarding his life in the industry, but not before taking his own swipe at his interviewer saying that fashion journalism is "a thinly-veiled exercise in marketing."

What else did he have to say? Reported through a very thin veil, here is Alexander McQueen on:

The British Fashion Council:
"It doesn't know what the f*ck it's doing."
Hubert de Givenchy (McQueen was the designer for Givenchy from 97 to 01):
"Well what do you make of Hubert de Givenchy? He was only ever any good at ripping off [Cristobal] Balenciaga."
Those designers he actually favors, even if backhandedly:
"Comme des Garcons and Martin Margiela. There are designers that I admire, but I don't look up to them. I don't really look at what everybody else is doing. That's a studio mentality. There comes a time in your life when you focus solely on what you believe is right, regardless of what everybody else is doing."
His entry into fashion:
"I found a way round that by reading a book that showed other designers' routes into fashion: some had been tailors. That's what made me want to work on Savile Row. To learn how to technically make a piece of clothing."
And, finally, what he actually likes to do with his time:
"People who move in [fashion] circles never have anything to say. You know it's hard enough doing this job, I don't have to f*cking live it as well. I'd rather sit at home watching Coronation Street."
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