Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010

It was clear that a dark cloud had settled on the first day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York when news broke this morning of Alexander McQueen's (born Lee McQueen) suicide in London.

Just 40, McQueen was widely regarded as one of the most influential and artistic designers in fashion. The rare editor's darling and commercial success, he counted Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Jessica Parker and so many more as devotees.

There's nothing that I can say that another, more articulate voice hasn't already said (i.e. Cathy Horyn's The Loss of Alexander McQueen), but this is a death that I find just devastating.

In his memory, here's my favorite McQueen moment, the state of the art Kate Moss hologram that closed his Fall 2006 show - it epitomized both his love of art and his ability to embrace technology.