I never wrote up a review for Alexander McQueen's Faithful Glove Clutch because I didn't like it. It was a bit too gimmicky for my taste. Then last week happened, and I'm still dumb-founded and rather pissed off that one of the most brilliant designers the world has and will ever know is suddenly gone. I've been searching for a McQueen bag to write about so I could sum up my feelings about him as a designer, but nothing has struck me as special enough to immortalize him. Until now, that is. As I browsed my usual sites this morning, I came across the Thriller Faithful Glove Clutch.
It's safe to say the irony of this bag isn't lost on any of us. McQueen's homage to the King of Pop, whom we lost suddenly and nonsensically last year, is now itself a posthumous homage to an incredible designer gone too soon.
I still feel the same way about the bag itself. I won't sugar coat this just because McQueen is dead. What I do like, in fact, love about this version is that the gimmick works here. It's appropriate and totally called for. What other accessory epitomized Michael Jackson more than his sequined white glove? None. McQueen understood that as well and chose to rework his design to play tribute to an avant-garde genius much like himself.
I have a feeling this bag will sell out quickly. McQueen's designs are flying off the racks as fashionistas fear they'll never have another opportunity to own a piece of fashion history. While I won't be one of those people, I'll still admire his designs through photos and video as I do with Jackson's work.
I'd like to say something about Alexander McQueen as part of the permanent record on Señora Cartera. I don't pretend to understand what led such a brilliant man at the height of his career to take his own life. I only hope he is at peace. Speaking as a mother, my own wish is that he would have found courage to stick it out long enough to allow life and his God-given talent to give him the will to live. I think that's what his beloved mother would have wanted for him.