As we approach another buying trip next week, we take a moment to reflect on our last trip to Paris. A whirlwind of designers and showrooms left us breathless in anticipation for our last appointment... the Alexander McQueen Showroom.

A few blocks away from our charming hotel in the Bastille Area we approached a large blue door and a wave of excitement washed over us as we paused to anticipate the viewing of a master's final collection. Due to his recent passing, Alexander McQueen's formal Fall 2010 Runway show had been canceled. Only a private showing was previewed by a select, and exclusive, party of buyers and press. Entering the showroom was like walking onto the movie set from 'Angels and Demons.' The use of over the top exaggerated shapes, and textures with heavy embroideries and brocades, gargoyles and religious motifs were exciting and a perfect storyline befitting a collection conceived by this great talent and his finale... While we await our fall deliveries we offer you a preview of what to expect from the late bad boy of fashion. In true McQueen style, the entire collection seems to be a juxtaposition of demure and hard edge. Motorcycle jackets and lace skirt suits are treated with the same bravado. Sumptuous black lace covers a flesh-tone clutch while Union Jacks laid out in spikey studs adorn another. Masculine black leather biker boots are balanced by lady-like suede pumps, decorated with purple Swarovski Crystals, and crowned skulls sit atop streamlined tortoise-shell handbags.