Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Runway shows by British designer Alexander McQueen have always been blockbusters, but his clothes have been a more difficult sell. His razor-sharp tailoring and sculptured hourglass silhouette are not in any way forgiving, and his accessories have never really taken off except for a skull-print scarf circa 2003, which spawned a surfeit of skull-emblazoned imitators. Now, will his designs play in L.A.? McQueen's sprawling new 3,100-square-foot store at the corner of Melrose and Orlando avenues, near the Marc Jacobs encampment, is set to open Tuesday, April 8. Alexander McQueen, photographed at the Chateau Marmont.
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