Stars Turn Out for Alexander McQueen's L.A. Flagship Opening

05/14/2008 at 03:00 PM ET

Danny Moloshok/AP; Todd Williamson/WireImage

Ask Alexander McQueen why he brought his high fashion brand to notoriously casual L.A. and all he’ll say is, “Because you needed it!” And his celeb fans seem to agree. Eve, Joy Bryant, Janet Jackson, Natalie Maines, and Sex and the City‘s Jason Lewis were just some of the big names that came out to celebrate the launch of McQueen’s first flagship boutique in Los Angeles on hip Melrose Avenue Tuesday night. “I’ve loved him for a very long time,” Jackson told reporters. “I’m so happy that he finally did this. Now you don’t always have to run to New York.” But Eve was perhaps the luckiest guest of them all, sporting a Union Jack clutch with McQueen’s signature skull at the clasp, which is seriously limited-edition: only 17 of the $2000 bags were produced especially for the L.A. flagship. Calling McQueen’s L.A. opening “the best thing EVER,” the singer attributed the designer’s appeal to his versatility. “You can find something elegant and comfy or something super rocked out — like this bag is crazy! That is what he gives to fashion – you can find anything.”

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