alexandermcqueen_flaghalfmast.jpgFollowing the release of post mortem results which revealed that Lee "Alexander" McQueen died from asphyxiation and hanging, the Gucci group have announced that his brand will solider on despite his passing.

"We believe in the future of the brand," said Robert Polet, president and CEO of the Gucci Group. "Lee was very proud of the people working in his company, and so am I."

Polet also revealed that a McQueen collection would be shown during Paris Fashion Week. In 2000, the Gucci Group acquired a 51 per cent stake in McQueen's company, which seems to have thrived despite the economic downturn reporting sales in excess of £23 million in 2008.

Polet said that he spoke to McQueen a few weeks ago, and recalled McQueen telling him: "That means that will be my legacy. That's something I will always leave behind."

While there is no word on who might replace Lee, Polet added: "Lee is of course irreplaceable... We believe in the future of the brand. Lee was very proud of the people working in his company, and so am I."

As for funeral arrangements, there has been no details given although it is expected to be small and may be followed by a larger memorial in March. London Fashion Week organisers are also said to be planning a tribute to the designer, but this is yet to be confirmed.

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