"Solemn, funereal and even a little spooky."
With opera music playing and many in the small audience close to tears, models in pale makeup and bronzed skull caps presented 15 high-concept looks that were cut by McQueen in the weeks before he took his own life last month, reported Women's Wear.
The dramatic clothes combined modern technology with historical and artistic references. Sweeping coats and gowns had an Elizabethan feel, while some of the prints were engineered by reproducing elements from works of art.
Officials of McQueen's company have said the business will continue and an expanded fall collection will be shown to buyers in the Paris showroom this week, according to Women's Wear.
But Tuesday, it was all about remembering a designer gone too soon. "It was a very moving experience to take a deep and serious look at his last collection, said Robert Polet, president of the Gucci Group, adding that "the sense of loss afterwards, I found overwhelming."