Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010 show was his last and it was poignantly breathtaking. “Each piece is unique, as was he.”, the show’s last notes perfectly summed up the brilliant McQueen’s brief but sterling career.

According to WWD, McQueen’s inspirations ranged from Byzantine art and Old Master paintings to the carvings of Grinling Gibbons, and each look was worn with a bronzed cap, some spiked with a Mohawk of gilded leaves like a Roman war helmet. Here was a designer with the intelligence and depth of culture to reference centuries of history, and such a forward-looking vision that some of his final messages to the world came via Twitter.

Seeing his 16 showpieces left a dull ache in my heart but seeing the accessories close up left me short of superlatives for his superior wizardry. The shoes are carefully crafted, embroidered with wings; the clutches has hints of skills and gems. A little spooky, a whole lotta wackiness but nothing short of genius.

(nitrolicious, wwd)