Gucci has acquired a 51 percent controlling stake in the London-based fashion house of Alexander McQueen, the caustic English designer who has been working since 1996 as cretive director of the Givenchy couture house, with the intention of building up the brand internationally. Before the signature of the deal, McQueen had launched his own ophthalmic and sunglass collection for men and women for Spring/Summer 2001. Made by Murai in Japan, the line was going to be sold internationally, but it's not sure whether Gucci will change the contract. For the moment, the Airess Group is handling the distribution in France, the Norville Group in England and Adriatica Ottica in Italy. The first collection comprises 20 styles, designed by McQueen himself, incorporating a lot of innovation and cutting-edge technology, like his clothing. McQueen's private customers include, among others, Madonna, Kate Moss, Isabelle Blow and The Rolling Stones.