Alexander McQueen, enfant terrible of British fashion, is dead.
The Daily Mail reports that McQueen, 40, committed suicide today, a week just after his mother died. McQueen took his own life days before the opening of London's Fashion Week and weeks before Paris' Fashion Week, where he was supposed to unveil his new collection .
McQueen's kooky, quirky, yet elegant, otherwordly designs rocketed him to fame and he became head of Givenchy in 1996, where he remained until 2001. He then partnered with Gucci and launched his own label.
He also designed Gaga's famous Lobster Claw shoes in that "Bad Romance" trainwreck.
Here's a haunting yet strangely poetic video from one of his late-90's shows:
What a waste. And what a shame. Carpe diem, memento mori.
Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010