Gwen Stefani Tries To Pass Off Michael Angel Dress As Her Own Design


Gwen Stefani claimed this Michael Angel dress was her own L.A.M.B. design. Not so, says Michael Angel! The dress in question, which the star wore to an AIDS gala in Cannes, was auctioned off for charity. It was billed as “a creation of her own, by L.A.M.B.” Stefani herself said, “When choosing [a dress for the gala], we just said, ‘Let’s make one.'” Designer Michael Angel was credited as a “stylist.” But Angel says that the black dress was not by Stefani or L.A.M.B., it was a custom design he did for Stefani. Angel even pointed out that the black lace on the gown’s neck was the same fabric he used in a 2010 collection. [The Cut]

Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, and Alber Elbaz are among the people who have designed t-shirts to raise money for the Red Cross‘s earthquake relief efforts in Japan. The shirts will be sold through Uniqlo. [Vogue UK]

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  • Tyra Banks says after the success of her “short” season cycle, her “high fashion” season cycle, and her upcoming “all-stars” season cycle, there will be no more “normal” seasons cycles of America’s Next Top Model. There were “normal” seasons? [ONTD]
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