Fashion world hails Alexander McQueen's final collection after poignant last show

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There was a poignant reminder of the world of fashion's great loss this week as Alexander McQueen's final collection was shown at a private presentation in Paris.

Critics hailed the unfinished 16-piece line as "heartbreakingly beautiful" and "a requiem for a great designer".

Gothic influences were evident in the opulent designs, which were said to be inspired by paintings of the Old Masters.

Highlights included a floor-length cardinal-like cape with a besequined crimson column dress underneath, and a one-shouldered short dress bearing hand-painted gold feathers.

Seven models presented the designs, which featured heavy embroidery, lots of gold details and woven patterns of angels and angel's wings.

And the musical accompaniment included the same operatic works the late designer listened to as he worked on the designs at his in London studio.

The ensembles were only 80 per cent finished when McQueen died last month. They were completed by Sarah Burton, who worked alongside the couturier for over a decade.

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