Who looked the most amazing at the ‘McQueen: Savage Beauty’ event?


Thursday afternoon, I fell down an Alexander McQueen rabbit hole and it took me a while to refocus. One of the photo agencies, WENN, posted all of these photos of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and I don’t even want to admit how long I gaped at the photos of some of McQueen’s most famous looks, taken straight from the archives. The exhibition looks SO GOOD. And last night, some big names came out to celebrate the exhibition and honor the late McQueen (described by many as a beautiful monster himself).

It was actually one of the biggest A-list gatherings I’ve seen on a British red carpet in a while, excluding major awards shows. Most of the A-list women likely plucked some of their vintage-y McQueen gowns from their closets, and only a few wore McQueen’s most iconic looks. Surprisingly, FKA Twigs was one of the few to really BRING IT. Look at how amaze-balls Twigs looks in McQueen’s iconic “Birds of Paradise” gown. So great.


I love this deconstructed tuxedo look on Princess Beatrice. I love that she came out for this exhibit too. The most famous royal woman to wear McQueen? Duchess Kate. But Kate’s not about to walk this carpet in her wedding gown, is she? So I’m glad we have Beatrice. And I guess she’s not at school in America right now.


Beatrice’s friend Cressida Bonas breezed through the red carpet very quickly. She didn’t stop and pose for the cameras at all. Which is what you can do if you are, say, Kate Moss. But Moss wasn’t “above” posing on the carpet. Why is Cressida so overwhelming famous all of a sudden? Also: Cressida has bangs trauma now. Just say no to bangs, ladies.



David Beckham’s face says “I can’t believe Posh never changes her f—king pose.”


Naomie Harris – one of the few ladies wearing a bold color. I think so much of her beauty and this color looks amazing on her.


Kate Moss wore one of the more demure and conservative looks from McQueen. I feel like this is something she’s had in her closet/archives for a while, right?


François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek. Salma used to wear a TON of McQueen stuff, years ago. She was really into McQueen’s insect line, so I’m surprised to see her in a look I would associate more with Sarah Jessica Parker.


Here’s Naomi Campbell, being escorted by Andre Balazs, ex-boyfriend/lover to Chelsea Handler and Uma Thurman. I wonder if Naomi and Andre are back on?


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    Twigs all the way. That dress is MAJOR!

    • Mzizkrizten says:

      +1 so so pretty. I want to be a pretty bird for Halloween now.

    • Lucy2 says:

      It is amazing. I can’t imagine it being worn anywhere else, but I can’t stop looking at it!

    • Liz says:

      In total agreement, she looks fantastic.

    • Kitten says:

      Incredible and contrary to what Kaiser said, completely NOT surprising.
      Twigs has style, man.

    • Franca says:

      Unpopular opinion, but she looks awful. She ALWAYS looks awful. Pretty face though.

      • Dolce crema says:

        Yeah she’s very pretty, I don’t like that kind of nose ring but it doesn’t make her look ugly like it does most people (male or female) not a fan of her hair or most of her clothes tho…. But prefer her regular black clothing to this rainbow monstrosity with bright red. At least with the black she has a nice Color look with the black hair, good skin and black attire,….(despite all the weirdness with the wCky aspects that seem painful )

      • Mellie says:

        Beautiful girl, take the freaking nose ring out, it draws the eye straight to it and away from her gorgeous eyes.

      • homegrrrl says:

        The dress will be a museum piece for certain, however, this girl is too baby faced to pull it off. I see it on Iman or Naomi Campbell. It’s a major art piece and needs a more seasoned woman ; Twiggs is a goregous girl, but it’s a classic case of “the dress wearing her”. I do appreciate her verve, style and orginal “look” and hope she matures into her unique taste. Let us hope these feathers are fake, otherwise it belongs in a torture museum.

    • QQ says:

      That Dress Is FANTASTIC!! what a Moment!! OOF! I IGNORE everyone else if this girl walks in!!

    • Mintessence (the original Minty) says:

      Very dramatic outfit, but those are parrot feathers! Pretty sure they came from a scarlet macaw and it looks like McQueen used ALL of the wing feathers. I shouldn’t be surprised, considering the fashion industry’s love of fur. It would be naive to assume there isn’t cruelty involved when it comes to harvesting feathers, too. I’m aware from news reports that the down feathers people love in pillows are plucked right out of live geese. It’s like having your hair torn out of your head by the clump. The geese themselves are kept in terrible conditions. How about parrots – were any of them harmed just to make this Look-At-Me gown?

      • Blannie says:

        Thank you for pointing that out. Fellow animal lover here.

      • Marisa says:

        I had rehabbed Scarlett macaw and a blue and gold. I don’t want to speculate, but It really looks like those are the actual whole macaw wings hung up on that dress.

      • shanti says:

        I was thinking that too .. bet those feathers looked so
        much better on an actual beautiful bird … Naomie wins for me .. she is soooo beautiful

      • Pepinsky says:

        Could the feathers be from a bird that was already dead?
        If not, ugh… ruins that beautiful dress for sure.

      • homegrrrl says:

        I don’t wear feather anything for this reason, and I really appreciate this pointed out. The feather trend is considered “tribal” or “spiritual”, but it’s actually cruel and doesn’t belong in modern fashion.

      • Jesmari says:

        Homegirls it depends on the bird. There are packs of wild peacocks in my neighborhood. After mating season the males drop their tails feathers all over my yard. You could probably fill three huge vases with beautiful feathers from what I pick up around my lot. They grow them back in time for the next mating season.

    • PrincessMe says:

      The dress is absolutely beautiful. I would wear the f#ck out of it.

    • oneshot says:


    • Hudson Girl says:

      Twigs looks Amazing in that dress.
      I can be a little OCD about things like that curl across her forehead. But, for me, it’s totally working here- like she’s a little birdie in her own slight breeze. 🙂

    • Dawn says:

      Twigs slays. I love her style, and this is my favorite look from her

  2. Ellie66 says:

    The Twigs girl would look more beautiful if she remove that nose ring it’s very distracting (and she looks like a bull) 😉 Beatrice looks very nice.

    • Elly says:

      i know she wants to look artistic with it but i dislike nose rings with a passion! I hate it on animals and it looks so stupid on humans.

      • Dolce crema says:

        I like the side ones, especially on south Asian (from India or surrounding countries) or middle eastern women, who pull a sparkly little stud off and keep it classy, not alternative. Would look horrible on me though… My nose is to round and white.

    • FLORC says:

      Does Twigs show any other expression? This seems to be her only pose.
      The dress is gorgeous though I think lots could pull off that style.

      • Denise says:

        I know, I would love to see her smile.

      • Anname says:

        Here is a smiling pic of her in the dress:

      • FLORC says:

        Link didn’t work for me.
        And i’m not thinking a smile for the dress. Look strong. Fierce! She gives this face as a default. You can see she’s trying with her shoulders back, but she’s forgetting her face. She just doesn’t do anything for the dress. The dress does everything for her.

    • ORLY says:

      I quite like the septum ring. It’s a matter of taste, obviously not suited to yours, but I think it’s cute on her.

      Most celebrities have the same red carpet pose, don’t they?

    • Erm says:

      I don’t mind her septum ring, I DO mind the open-mouthed expression. It takes away from the fierceness when she just looks slack-jawed or imagine her walking around the room with that expression on her face. Other than her mouth, she looks absolutely amazing.

      • Kitten says:

        It’s just the shape of her mouth.
        She has a mild overbite.

      • Santia says:

        Why doesn’t she EVER close her mouth? And the vacant expression? Pretty woman, but that just annoys me.

      • Lost account says:

        I do think she’s a beautiful girl but the open mouth with pruturiding teeth bug me on her as much as it bugged me on on Kstew. And of course Victoria Beckam’s closed mouth pose is annoying as heck. Used to be cute but no more. Can’t help it that these quirks on those ladies are distracting and take away from their good looks. I don’t mean to be so harsh ladies.

      • homegrrrl says:

        I am so over the plastic surgery distortions that I’m completely refreshed by natural and slightly unusual facial features. I hope this trend continues of originality and avante garde over plastic and puffed out.

      • FLORC says:

        It’s not even the overbite. It’s a vacant look. She’s not a model, but she’s certainly touted as such. With her personality she could do better. Here she looks bored and not working the dress.
        Septum rings makes me think people need to wipe their noses. I always find myself staring and not meaning to.

    • Embee says:

      I don’t know why it is, but to me each of her features is lovely but there is no harmony to their compilation. The nose ring, in my view, exacerbates this. Her features together form less than the sum of their parts. Weird. But I dig her in action. I think she moves awesome.

  3. Jessica says:

    FKA Twigs and Kate look amazing, everyone else managed to look boring as hell, which is hard to do while wearing McQueen.

    Did Victoria get new implants?

  4. Allie says:

    Why even walk the red carpet at all if you’re going to breeze past it, Cressida? Sneak in the back. She’s too smug for someone who hasn’t done much.

  5. LadyMTL says:

    I loved McQueen’s work but yes, the guy could be a total a*shat. I recently read a very good book about that whole 90’s era, called Champagne Supernovas (by Maureen Callahan) and some of the stories about him were really shocking…he could often treat people horribly. Still, he was a great talent and I can look at his clothes all day.

    • oneshot says:

      He was temperamental and could have a foul mouth, it’s not uncommon for people in the industry to be like that.

      But I’ve heard firsthand accounts from people who say he was also genuinely kind and decent, and not hung up on status at all. I knew someone who was a junior employee at McQueen and lost her mother suddenly, but came into work anyway without telling anyone – Lee noticed that she was out of sorts, and asked her what was going on (something the rest of her colleagues hadn’t done). And when she told him, he sent her home for the day and later sent flowers to the funeral.

      I’d much rather have an asshat genius than a bland, perpetually inoffensive mediocrity, but Lee McQueen was much more than the ‘asshat’ you claim based on the book. No one’s 100 percent perfect.

  6. dr mantis toboggan says:

    I really like cressida and salma’s dresses, but I love the one Fka twigs is wearing. I would wear it everywhere, every day.

  7. BengalCat2000 says:

    I miss AMQ. He was my favorite. Twigs and Kate forever!

    Kate ‘s husband is super talented and strange and beautiful!

  8. jen2 says:

    V Beckham needs to stop posing so hard and lay off the harsh eye make-up and Salma’s dress looks like the wedding dress from Harry Potter Part 6. The multi colored featherd dress is pretty though.

    • **sighs** says:

      The eye makeup is making her look old.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Well I think the Harry Potter wedding dress was inspired (I think same say it was basically stealing) by Selma’s dress so that is why they look similar.

      • Ennie says:

        Yeah, I remember the controversy of the designer stealing… rem, getting inspiration from this 2008 McQueen dress. They were supposed to be Phoenixes or something in the movie dress, but it is just the same dress!
        It is beautiful, tho.
        I miss Cate Blanchett here, she carries herself like a queen and has worn a few amazing McQueen dresses.

  9. ToodySezHey says:

    FKA looks like the living embodiment of Stravinsky ‘ s Firebird.

  10. AG-UK says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing one of his shows in Paris years ago he was hard work but the man had vision from the sets, clothes. A shame he was such a tortured soul.

    • esthetix says:

      So jealous! I would have loved seeing his work in motion.

      I saw the Savage Beauty exhibition when it was at the MOMA. I was never a fashion person, never understood haute couture. But when you see his pieces in real life…They were art works! They were architectural! Even his “simple” tuxedo jacket. I didn’t get how it worked, how it held up. The structure of it was like looking at one of those Escher prints.

  11. Kiddo says:

    Spats? Are those spats?

    I thought Beatrice was Amy Adams.

    This show is giving everyone the ‘bird’. Respect the bird, he’ll respect you:

    • Kitten says:

      Aw that’s so cool. I never knew that crows could be such thoughtful dudes.

      • Kiddo says:

        Incredibly smart and fun loving. After getting to know some urban birds, I had to stop eating fowl. It bothered me too much knowing that they had personalities like other animals such as cats and dogs. I know, I’m a weirdo.

      • FLORC says:

        Crows are so intelligent. Check out some videos sometime. They can problem solve without getting hints. They just figure it out.

        A crow had food at the bottom of a tube he couldn’t reach. They take a paperclip and reshape it into a hook to geet the food. Another loves a certain type of nut too hard to peck open. He drops them at a certain cross walk. Waits for the cars to break open the nut. Then waits at the cross walk for the walk sign to appear to retrieve the nuts. He leaves before cars start moving. It’s all pretty amazing. There are more videos demonstrating higher levels of intelligence.

  12. EC says:

    I just moved back to the states from the UK and I am cursing myself for not timing my move properly so that I could see this exhibition. It looks incredible, Lee McQueen’s designs are some of my favorite ever, and the V&A puts on a great exhibition. Anyone going??? Tell us how it is!

    FKA looks amazing and I think Princess B looks really nice as well. If I had a black tie event I would wear her dress. Surprised Kate didn’t go – this looks like a really great event.

  13. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Twigs wins hands down.
    Love McQueen, kinda off topic but has anyone here tried making his Kimono jacket? I got a copy of his pattern that he allowed to be given for distribution. Just wondered if anyone here has any advice before I dive in.

  14. Izzy says:

    WOW. Twigs FTW.

  15. Insomniac says:

    Twigs looks fantastic! I could never wear that – I’d look like a walking feather duster — but I love it on her.

  16. Alarive says:

    Posh did something really diff to her face. Not recently, but it’s been a year or so that her face drastically changed in that Renee’ Zellwegger way- it’s still her, but something is hugely different. Is it a cheek implant? Is it eyebrows? I’m going insane figuring it out. It makes her look so tired.
    And yes, FKA Twigs for the win. She looks sensational.

    • EC says:

      I think it’s just really bad makeup here. And I think she has been growing out her eyebrows, because if you don’t have big eyebrows these days you are a peasant who doesn’t understand FASHUN. I should note I love a strong brow when it suits the face – not everyone needs it.

  17. With the exception of Twigs no one els brought it. The man was a genius but really avant grade. Where is that?

    I remember Moss’s dress. I think she wore it with that gold half mask when she was dating Pete Doherty. It was for some party. I remember really loving the mask.

    Salma had to wear McQueen (or Balenciaga or YSL) because her husband’s company Kering owns it. Hence why they’re there.

    And Waity wears Sarah Burton. She’s never worn McQueen, McQueen. I don’t think she has the chops to pull off real ALEX McQueen. It takes a certain confidence. And Beigey Waity doesn’t have it.

    • LAK says:

      It kills me that Kate wears McQueen even if it’s Sarah Burton McQueen.

      She’s not fierce enough, personality or looks, to pull off proper ALEX McQueen.

      Also, did you notice that this red carpet has no B-listers? Strictly A List. No reality stars (I pretend Annabel Nielsen wasn’t on Ladies of London), no TV presenters, no TOWIE/MIC etc, etc and so forth

      And I love Erin O Connor’s dress.

      • Franca says:

        Sctrictly A-list? Are you kidding me?maybe Kate, Naomi and Salma, no one else is A-list.

      • oneshot says:

        yeah, no Kate Bosworths or Blake Livelys or that usual ilk of slightly downmarket pretender fashion girls, and not so much as a sniff of a Karrdashian. Cressida gets to be there because she is posh and dated a royal, but the rest are all fashion royalty/highly regarded by fashion insiders, so to speak.

        I love Kate and Erin’s dresses too. Kate’s is so cheeky.

    • ds says:

      Spot on! I just can’t believe how boring they all look considering the legacy of the designer. Naomi looks beautiful in this colour though.

    • Amy says:

      Agreed! I adored FKA’s look and was immediately disappointed as I scrolled down. Sad.

    • Geekychick says:

      Yeah, I also wanted to comment on that-Middleton’s wedding dress would not be a desired part of the exhibition or desired to be seen on opening night: it was from McQueen’s label, but designed by Burton. I’m pretty ignorant about high fashion, and even I know this(side eye at Kaiser). Please don’t delete my post!

  18. Toot says:

    Twigs looks great.

  19. Naddie says:

    Just Naomie Harris and Kate Moss.

  20. LAK says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing at the brass balls of Victoria Beckham attending an event commemorating McQueen and his clothes when he famously loathed her and refused to sell her his clothes.

    And she’s wearing her own line no less, what a shameless hussy!!!!

    • esthetix says:

      You have to admire her moxie.

    • oneshot says:

      That’s Tom Ford who refused to sell her his clothes, not McQueen.

      • LAK says:

        I didn’t know that Tom Ford had refused to sell her his clothes.

        Alexander definitely, famously refused to lend or sell her his clothing. He was very public about it. He didn’t think she was the right sort to do so. She never wore any McQueen until after he died which I thought was cheeky, but she’d probably purchased from Net-a-porter because his stores were under strict instructions not to sell to her.

  21. Erykah B. says:

    Twigs looks amazing, not many people could pull that off, I’m impressed that she manages to not be overwhelmed by the dress.
    I like Kate and Naomies looks as well.

  22. Kiddo says:

    To me, the dress says ‘parade’. Meh.

  23. OSTONE says:

    Twigs owns it! She brought it!

  24. vauvert says:

    The bird dress, yes, but why is the poor girl never smiling? I am not a fan of her music, only see her here, and she always has this absent look on. Posh makes me nauseous with her try hard pose and the harsh makeup and the sexy face. Ugh. Beatrice’s dress is the one I would steal❤️💋💘. Cressida is acting silly, if she wants to climb the fame pole, she needs to spend some time actually greasing it… Naomie H looks the best of all and that dress is everything. The other Naomi and Kate I never liked even in their heyday, so whatever.

    • FLORC says:

      You’re not alone. Feel the same way about twigs. I just don’t see the appeal. And her style here comes from awesome stylist that know she will wear things a little wacky. And this feather dress is so lovely almost anyone could have done a same if not better job.
      Cressida’s dress is somethig I would buy and wear. Maybe with the slit of color being more vibrant though.

  25. Wooley says:

    Does anyone else remember an interview w McQueen ‘ s ex husband? He was talking about how awful Kate and Naomi were to him after they divorced, they’d run into each other and act like they didn’t know him

  26. Christina says:

    FKA Twigs FTW, although I simply hate those hairs stuck on her forehead. What a horrible trend! Also, Posh looked good.

    • Dolce crema says:

      That irks me too… Seems like it would be itchy

    • Valerie says:

      Agreed. I get a little tired of all the bangs hate on this site, and I’d say that those hairs stuck on her forehead are a far worse look.

      Other than that though, she looks amazing.

  27. Katie says:

    I want to like Twigs… I do… it’s just that stupid mouth pose she does all the time…. like… close your mouth girl…. 😛 Anyways, the exhibition looked awesome!!

    • ORLY says:

      So, you’re saying you don’t like Twigs because of her mouth? I think she may be a mouth breather, so her “natural state” would be open mouth. Some things are uncontrollable.

  28. Elly says:

    Savage Beauty looks awesome, but looking at the pictures i have to ask what´s with all the animal parts? Where are they coming from? All the feathers, horns and antler! The antler could be the by-product of legal hunts, but Twigg´s dress consistes of parrot feathers? And that aren´t only one or two feathers, that looks like a whole bird. So someone kills parrots for dresses? Or plucked the feathers from the poor animal?!!!

  29. Lucy says:

    TWIGS FTW!!! Everyone else can go home.

  30. lobbit says:

    twigs has such a regal bearing. she’s looks amazing. though i wish they’d done something about that nude elastic strip across her chest.

  31. I Choose Me says:

    FKA Twigs and Naomie Harris look terrific. Everybody else’s look is boring.

  32. kri says:

    Wow, FKA!!!!!!!!!! hell yes! I am now in love with the ex-sugar vamp’s amazing woman. And Salma’s dress-I want to own it. Oh, McQueen, I miss you.

  33. Saks says:

    I like the look and find her really pretty, but Twigs close your mouth….

  34. Uhhh says:

    While I like Twigs’ dress, the open-mouth, slack-jawed, drugged looking eyes always throws me off about her. Like R-Patz is into the mouth-breather type and probably doing massive amounts of drugs. Sorry ya’ll

    • ORLY says:

      Suuuuure, it’s drugs.
      Look at pics of Twigs as a child, her eyes look exactly the same. Was she a drugged out toddler too?
      You guys are really trying hard to make the drug story happen. Twitter rants failed, so, is this the new tactic?

  35. Vampi says:

    I can’t like the look when it involves plucking feathers from living creatures. It’s as bad as wearing fur.
    Faux feathers would be fine…but they’re not, so…. NO. It gives me the sads.
    *snuggles my 3 cats and dog while we watch all the beautiful birds that come to the winter feeder*
    Also…I have a natural overbite like Twigs, but still manage to close my mouth for pics.

  36. The Original Mia says:

    FKA Twiggs looked amazing.

    Beatrice looked good. Very old Hollywood glamour.

    Loved Naomie in the red.

    Victoria, babe, I love you, but tone down the posing and eye makeup.

    Salma is tiny.

    Cressida, have a seat. That smug look only works on Kate Moss & Naomi.

  37. phlyfiremama says:

    FKA Twigs. *drools

  38. Amy says:

    This exhibit was at the Met In NYC a few years ago. It was amazing though there was a 2 hour wait to get in it was crazy! And so crowded too. One of the Met’s most successful fashion exhibits ever.

  39. Corrie says:

    She looks FIERCE!!!!!!!!

  40. Corrie says:

    Also, everyone realizes this is a Couture Costume Event!!!!
    Fierce Twigs girl. Love Kate and Naomi as well.
    The Beckhams of course.


  41. Amy says:

    FKA freaking killed it! Everyone else should have gone home as soon as they saw her, they all looked so boring and black.

    Just lovely…someone said regal and that’s exactly the perfect word.

  42. Bread and Circuses says:

    Twigs, Princess Beatrice, and Naomie Harris all look AMAZING. I could take or leave the rest, although I do actually like Salma Hayek’s dress quite a bit.

    That bird of paradise dress is wearing Twigs, rather than the other way around, but she manages to match its awesomeness rather than being overwhelmed by it.

    It’s more the colour of the gown and Naomie Harris’s beauty, than the beauty of the dress itself, that I’m responding to. She looks damned good, but the dress — in a less-awesome colour — would not look as good.

    And surprisingly, despite her gown being the most restrained look of my three favourites, Princess Beatrice looks the most gorgeous in her outfit. That’s a dress that makes the woman look beautiful, rather than a beautiful dress, and really, that’s what you want.

  43. Nina says:

    I’m not High fashion enough to get these looks. Especially the parrot rainbow dress. If I saw that anywhere, I would start checking the calendar for whether it’s Halloween. Only dress I liked Naomi harris’ dress. Beatrice and Cressida had ok dresses too but I guess I don’t get McQueen as I’m totally beige!