The Spring Summer issue of Numéro Homme is out, and for the non-francophones among us they kindly include an English translation of all the interviews at the back of the mag.
Philip Utz spoke to Alexander McQueen who, with typical forthrightness called Utz up on his interview skills, called fashion journalism a “thinly-veiled exercise in marketing” and then proclaimed that “the British Fashion Council doesn’t know what the fuck it’s doing.”
In a particularly explosive comment McQueen said: “Well what do you make of Hubert de Givenchy? He was only ever any good at ripping off [Cristobal] Balenciaga”
Rather than being grating, McQueen’s candid disposition is rather refreshing as he describes his quiet life at home in London away from the party scene: “People who move in [fashion] circles never have anything to say. You know it’s hard enough doing this job, I don’t have to fucking live it as well. I’d rather sit at home watching Coronation Street.”
Describing the designers he most looks up to:
“Comme des Garçons and Martin Margiela. There are designers that I admire, but I don’t look up to them. I don’t really look at what everybody else is doing. That’s a studio mentality. There comes a time in your life when you focus solely on what you believe is right, regardless of what everybody else is doing.”
Talking about his entry into fashion:
“I found a way round that by reading a book that showed other designers’ routes into fashion: some had been tailors. That’s what made me want to work on Savile Row. To learn how to technically make a piece of clothing.”
Numéro Homme is out now[Image: Anthony Dixon / WENN]
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