alexander-mcqueen.jpgThe team at Shoewawa were shocked and saddened to hear about Alexander McQueen's sudden death this afternoon, and would like to post a brief tribute to the British designer whose work has just been getting better and better. Only this morning, I was joking about how we should limit McQueen stories on the site, since there are just so many great things to say about his work.

At this time, it is believed that McQueen, who was aged just 40, took his own life. A source at McQueen's office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: 'It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.' But further details are currently based on speculation. More information will be forthcoming on the designer's website.

McQueen will always be known for his rebellious, punk-inspired clothes, but it is his unconventional runway shoes that have often earned him the most attention and comment - most recently the "lobster shoes" he debuted in the autumn.

He was due to unveil his A/W 2010 collection at Paris Fashion Week next month.

His death will be a great loss to British fashion, and we'll miss his eyebrow-raising designs. Most of all, it is a reminder for us all to look out others who may be suffering from problems that don't always show on the surface. RIP Alexander McQueen.