Francois Henri-Pinault, chairman of holding company PPW, called McQueen a "pure genius" and a "poet". "You understand, the Alexander McQueen trademark will live on. Fashion has lost one of its extraordinary people. He was one of the falling stars that comes across our generation. He is a person we will miss enormously," the Daily Express quoted him as saying. Robert Polet, president of PPW subsidiary The Gucci Group - which owns a 50 per cent stake in the McQueen label – added: "We believe in the future of the brand."