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McQueen Tributes Pour In

Tributes to the late designer continued to pour in Friday, including piles of flowers outside his stores in London and New York.

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As tributes to the late Lee Alexander McQueen continued to pour in Friday, including piles of flowers outside his stores in London and New York, a London Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said results of a postmortem on the designer will be released Monday.

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Meanwhile, the British Fashion Council said it is planning to mark McQueen’s career at London Fashion Week in some way, but is due to speak to the designer’s team and family before deciding on what that tribute will be.

 

No funeral details for McQueen have been released.

 

According to British press reports, members of McQueen’s family attended the funeral of his mother Joyce on Friday, which was held in Essex, just outside London.

 

The Alexander McQueen stores in London and New York remained closed Friday and both had numerous floral bouquets outside their doors placed by fans in tribute to the designer.

 

A spokeswoman said the stores would reopen today, having closed Thursday afternoon.

 

Meanwhile, several London stores noted customers had rushed to buy McQueen items since news of the designer’s death broke late Thursday.

 

A spokeswoman for Harvey Nichols said the store had had “lots of interest from every level, particularly in [McQueen’s] skull pieces, such as the skull scarves and the skull clutch, which are instantly recognizable, through to leggings and knitwear.”

 

A spokeswoman for Liberty said the Regent Street store plans to mount a window display in tribute to the designer, entitled “For McQueen and Country.” Liberty has also seen a surge in interest in McQueen’s designs since late Thursday afternoon, from skull scarves through to “a lot of avant-garde tailoring pieces,” according to the spokeswoman.

 

A spokeswoman for Selfridges said the store experienced “a very significant and immediate uplift in sales of Alexander McQueen across ready-to-wear and accessories yesterday following the announcement of the designer’s death.”

 

Selfridges also said the designer’s signature skull scarf had proved popular, along with spring 2010 show pieces adorned with the designer’s prints. Anne Pitcher, buying director of Selfridges, described McQueen as “leaving behind a huge body of work that will influence us for decades to come. We fully expect customers to want to buy something by him — anything — to keep as a memento, but also as a genuine tribute to his craft and spirit.”

 

Barneys New York said Friday afternoon there was nothing out of the ordinary happening on the men’s designer floor where McQueen is sold.

 

Barneys put up a photo of McQueen in a shadow box window on Madison Avenue.

 

Meanwhile, the McQueen press office on Friday put out an urgent call to fashion editors to immediately return samples from current and past collections loaned out for shoots in order to protect the house’s legacy.

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