McQueen Laid To Rest In London; Karen Elson To Release Album

  • Alexander McQueen‘s funeral took place today in London. His father Ronald, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, and Kate Moss were all in attendance. [Daily Mail]
  • The original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham, is the subject of a documentary that will screen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on March 24. [WWD]
  • Meanwhile, in Toronto, more than 60 pairs of extraordinary platforms and high heels worn by women going back to the Renaissance are on display. [Reuters]
  • Zoe Saldana has been named the “Face of the Future” by MaxMara. This means she’ll go to its fashion show, and receive an award at a gala the brand sponsors in L.A. [Telegraph]
  • Lady Gaga is going to wear a lot more Armani — and sparkly exoskeletal corsets — on her Monster Ball tour, according to these sketches. [ET]
  • Gaby Sidibe‘s Oscars clothing options were many, says her stylist, Linda Medvene, but the Best Actress nominee settled on a gown from Marchesa. [Us]
  • Kate Moss sat next to her ex, and the father of her daughter, Lila, Jefferson Hack, at a fashion show in London. [Elle]
  • Fellow Brit Karen Elson, who has long been one of our favorite models and who happens to be in possession of a glorious voice, has an album coming out this summer. It’s produced by her husband, Jack White, and you can listen to and download one song from her website. [Fashionologie]
  • Bar Refaeli may not have gotten a second cover of the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, but she did do a shoot with The Situation from Jersey Shore. Wait, those things aren’t actually equivalent… [TMZ]
  • A Colombian-born former lingerie model is accused of being the head of a cocaine-smuggling gang. Suspicion fell on Angie Sanselmente Valencia, who apparently recruited only fellow lingerie and glamour models as mules, when a woman allegedly from her drug network was arrested in Buenos Aires’ airport with 55 kg of coke. [Daily Mail]
  • Christopher Brooke, of the label Basso & Brooke, says that dressing Michelle Obama was a bigger deal than dressing even Madonna would be. [The Cut]
  • Leona Lewis is still working on that unnamed vegan clothing line. “It’s a challenge — mostly with shoes — as I don’t wear any leather and am very ethical about what I wear. I love wearing Stella McCartney, but one day I hope to have to my own line of ethical clothes and accessories.” [Vogue UK]
  • Crystal Renn has made her second appearance in V magazine — and it’s not even a “size” issue. [The Cut]
  • New this spring: Karl Lagerfeld‘s limited-edition luxury safe, the Narcissus! It costs $339,000, but it’ll keep all your valuables in style. It’ll look like an aluminium-clad monolith for your bedroom. Or your great room. Or any room! Assuming you have enough to buy a house after spending that much on the safe, which we remind you, is called Narcissus. [WWD]
  • Given that the Council of Fashion Designers of America is for the first time inviting certain online writers to participate in the voting process for this year’s CFDA Awards, black fashion bloggers would like to remind the world that they, too, exist, and that they work hard to provide interesting and accurate coverage of the industry. So far, it’s interesting that none of the people who have been tossed around as potential members of the franchise — like Tavi Gevinson, BryanBoy, Rumi Neely, and the teams behind Refinery29, The Cut, and Racked — has actually received a ballot, even though CFDA Award ballots were supposedly sent out last month. So perhaps nobody’s really getting the vote? (For the record, we have not been given a ballot.) If the CFDA wants to announce it’s inviting certain bloggers to participate in its awards voting, that’s fine: but it should make sure to actually, you know, invite some bloggers. [Clutch]
  • Debenhams has a model who uses a wheelchair in its spring campaign. [Daily Mail]
  • Twiggy says the designers who showed real fur at London Fashion Week “should be ashamed of themselves.” [Thisislondon]
  • Former competitive skater Vera Wang was honored and excited that she dressed gold-medal winner Evan Lysacek at Vancouver. So excited that she wants to go back there and watch more of the Olympics. [WWD]
  • Unsurprisingly, Vogue‘s new iPhone app is mostly about shopping. [WSJ]
  • Burberry is understood to be opening a store on Columbus Avenue between 66th and 67th Sts, on New York’s Upper West Side. It’ll be right next to the Ugg store. Last November, the brand opened its Madison Avenue flagship with great fanfare. [WWD]
  • The Wall Street Journal teamed up with NetProspex, a marketing database, to track designers’ sales inquiries in the 24 hours following their New York fashion week shows. Turns out Diane von Furstenberg, who saw an 1150% jump, gets the best value out of her show. [WSJ]
  • Meanwhile, model Maggie Rizer practically equaled New York fashion week fixture Leigh Lezark‘s show tally. Rizer had 17, while the DJ went to 22. We’re rooting for a Rizer comeback. [WWD]
  • For the quarter ended January 30th, Kohl‘s sales rose 9% on last year, and earnings were up 28%, to $431 million. [AP]
  • Ever wanted to rip the clothes of a male model? Well, now you can, thanks to Wrangler. [BlackBook]
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