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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss and More Pay a Final Tribute to Alexander McQueen

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London Fashion Week came to a solemn standstill on Monday morning as more than 1000 friends, family and colleagues paid tribute to the late designer Alexander McQueen during a memorial service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Dressed in black, with hats and skyscraper heels as the dress code of choice, pals such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney gathered for the emotional hour-long service to remember the iconic British designer who tragically committed suicide seven months ago. Remembering his fashion legacy, the Reverend Canon Giles Fraser told the congregation: “We give thanks for his creative mind, his showmanship, and for his capacity to shock,” while also acknowledging his troubled past and reclusive nature, he said: “It was a life lived in the public gaze, but it was as vulnerable and retiring as it was glamorous.” The eulogies were led by Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, one of McQueen’s first employers. “She told a story about how he couldn’t do the job as it would mean he wouldn’t be able to get his dole [unemployment benefit] money,” one guest told PEOPLE, adding: “but she was quick to say how they always forgave him and how extraordinarily gifted he was.”

Other eulogies were recited from Suzy Menkes and his muse, Annabelle Neilsen, while his nephew Mark McQueen did a bible reading. Music was provided by Icelandic singer and actress Björk who sang “Gloomy Sunday,” a dark song dealing with death, originally sung by Billie Holiday. “Björk looked like an angel, she suddenly appeared from nowhere, it was very emotional and a few people were crying by that point,” said the guest. Exiting the church to the sound of bagpipes courtesy of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (playing the theme tune to Braveheart), Parker, dressed in head-to-toe McQueen with a single white flower in her hair, wiped her eyes and got into her car, telling reporters: “It was beautiful and so memorable. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” while Campbell, in a feathered creation from the designer, simply added “Lee would have loved that.”

Courtesy Alexander McQueen