Only a handful of designers in the world have the creative vision and authority to push fashion in new and often challenging directions. One is Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, who on Thursday showed a ready-to-wear collection that looked far beyond fall 2010.

But another was Alexander McQueen, whose death has left a huge creative void. The problem for fashion in the age of instant access to images is simple: Without extremely willful individuals exerting their imaginations, experimenting with new materials and shapes, the industry as a whole will seem weak to the people who follow it. There must be something exceptional, almost violently strong and not immediately accessible, if fashion is to be a force.

Words written by Cathy Horyn,The New York Times Fashion Critic
From her recent article,  In Paris, Risks Bring Rewards.