McQueen's Psychiatrist Testifies At Inquest; Pat Field Claims Credit For Leggings

  • The inquest into Alexander McQueen‘s death has revealed that before he hanged himself, the designer took a lethal quantity of cocaine, as well as tranquilizers and sleeping pills. He also slit his wrists. He left a note, which read:
  • “Look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you, Lee. P.S. Bury me at the church.” McQueen‘s remains were cremated. [Daily Mail]
  • Dr. Stephen Pereira, a psychiatrist who treated McQueen, told the inquest that the designer suffered from anxiety and depression. McQueen also attempted to overdose on drugs in May and July of 2009. [BBC]
  • Coroner Dr. Paul Knapman concluded that McQueen “killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.” [Independent]
  • Vera Wang: “I studied art history. I thought I’d be a professor. Sometimes I think I might have done something else — but it’s too late now!” [DFR]
  • Michael Kors: “I think if you send out an army of robotic 14-year-old children dressed up in their mom’s clothes, I think the reality is that it’s a turnoff, unless you are in fact a robotic 14-year-old. Women say: ‘Well. wait a sec, I wear a bra. I have to go to the office. Where are clothes that I can actually wear?’…Models, by nature, are not supposed to look like you and me. They are exemplary. They have bone structure and height and lengths of leg that normal people don’t have. But you want that to be based on genes, and if they’re adults, you want that to be based on adults who take care of themselves.” [Montreal Gazette]
  • Garance Doré: “If [fashion houses] are not happy they shout but what do they want from me? You’re not my friend and even if you are we are professionals and it’s a job. And they think it’s OK after that. I want to have the same kind of trust like Cathy Horyn. I don’t care about getting banned because I want to show the fans trust. I’m trying to have ethics.” [SB]
  • Vidal Sassoon: “Hairdressing in general hasn’t been given the kudos it deserves. It’s not recognized by enough people as a worthy craft.” [Reuters]
  • Patricia Field: “I invented leggings.” [The Cut]
  • Isabel Toledo, on her collection for Payless: “I’m a walker. I wanted to address that.” [WWD]
  • You can see a gorgeous sketch — unsigned, but made by Ruben Toledo, the designer’s husband, we presume — of one of Toledo’s shoe styles here. It kind of looks like an Irish dancing shoe that mated with a Fluevog, and by that we mean that it looks strangely awesome. [Refinery29]
  • Anna Wintour is on the cover of a new fashion magazine called Industrie. [SB]
  • Niki Taylor eats chicken broiled in coconut oil, whatever that is, and limits herself to just one bite of dessert in order to maintain her weight. Right after she gave birth to her daughter, Ciel, Niki Taylor was this one weight, and now Niki Taylor is this other, smaller weight, and Niki Taylor is happy about that. [People]
  • In other model news, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are building a 22,000 square foot dream home in Brentwood, California. It has a covered bridge, à la the bridge of sighs, to connect the home’s two main buildings. And Ahnold lives down the street. [NYDN]
  • This is a 15-second jeans ad of Georgia May Jagger writhing while her body is covered in drips and smears of red, blue, and white paint. [DFR]
  • Marc Jacobs and Liya Kebede each made this year’s Time 100 list, the only fashion designer and model, respectively, to do so. [WWD]
  • Manolo Blahnik is having a sample sale on Thursday in New York, and they’ve gotten André Leon Talley to serve as “master of ceremonies.” Presumably he’ll be able to tell the assembled shoppers, in the nicest possible way, not only who really touched it first, but who it looks better on. [P6]
  • “We have Lauren, Armani and others to thank for the forgiving boyfriend jacket, the tailored menswear shirt and of course trouser pants.” Wasn’t it such a momentous occasion, that day in 1978 when Giorgio Armani awoke and invented pants? Nobody thought it could be topped, but then it was only two years later that Ralph Lauren came up with the shirt-for-men, and everybody was like, damn. [Forbes]
  • Man Hates Jumpsuits: “The only positive thing to say about designer jumpsuits is that they are equally cruel to all women. On bony, neurotic fashion types they serve merely to emphasise the boniness and the fashion-fixation. On regular-sized wearers they magnify violently the slightest physical undulations – undulations that we like — turning molehills into mountains. Fat women at least appear no fatter in jumpsuits. Although they do appear to be vacuum-packed.” [ToL]
  • The Madison Avenue Ungaro store that the trouble-wracked company denied it was closing, even as it was calling loyal customers to tell them about the liquidation sale, closed a few months back. But Ungaro is no longer storeless in New York City! It opened a boutique in the mini-mall underneath the Plaza hotel that we keep on forgetting still exists, because it gets no foot traffic and is, you know, in a basement. So basically Ungaro’s luck has not changed. [The Cut]
  • Gloria Vanderbilt jeans are selling well again. [Reuters]
  • The brand’s performance buoyed Jones Apparel Group‘s results. First-quarter profits were up to $39.2 million, from $300,000 for the same period last year. [WSJ]
  • Fordham University, with the support of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is opening what it believes is the world’s first institute dedicated to the study of fashion law. Fordham law professor Susan Scafidi, who runs the excellent blog Counterfeit Chic, will direct it. Scafidi gives her take here. [WWD]
  • Here is a picture of what 7,000 fake Rolexes getting steamrolled into legal compliance in Philadelphia recently. The man who made them is serving six years in prison, and was ordered to pay $2.2 million to Rolex. [CBS]
  • Shiseido‘s profits last year rose 74% on fiscal 2008, to nearly $363 million. [WWD]
  • Someone at the Independent thinks designer labels doing sneaker collections is the latest retail trend — while the likes of Jimmy Choo have recently started offering sneakers, haven’t there pretty much always been Gucci and Louis Vuitton kicks? [Independent]
  • Louis Vuitton has designed an iPad case that costs 240 British pounds. [GQ]
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