Selfridges Takes Down Tasteless Alexander McQueen Hanging Display

  • Someone at Selfridges has a terrible eye. After suspending an Alexander McQueen dress from what looked like a hangman’s noose, the U.K. department store chain Tweeted a non-apology-apology saying any offense caused was unintentional. The display has been removed. [CocoPerez]
  • Remember Julien Macdonald? He’s the designer judge of Britain’s Next Top Model who explained that “there were no plus-size models” on the season just wrapped, because “this is a serious show. You can’t have a plus size girl winning — it makes it a joke.” And who furthermore explained: “A catwalk model is a [UK] size 6 to 8. If you’re a size 14 in a room full of size 8s — you’re in the wrong room.” This is what happens when you ask him about those comments: “I was misquoted!” Grazia reports Macdonald “shrieked indignantly.” Besides: “my mother is a size 20, my sister is a size 18, the bestselling size in my Debenhams range is size 16.” [Grazia]
  • Lindsay Lohan‘s favorite online flash sale site, Beyond The Rack, just got another $12 million in funding. [WWD]
  • Amber Rose and Kanye West seem to be back together, based on these shots published to Terry Richardson‘s blog. After all, the couple that licks heads together, stays together. One thing’s for certain: Rose is more tolerant of Ye’s mullet than we would be. [Terry’s Diary, Terry’s Diary]
  • Coco Rocha on Terry Richardson: “I’ve shot with him, but I didn’t feel comfortable and I won’t do it again.” [Fashion]
  • Bebe Neuwirth of Cheers and Frasier fame, currently starring on Broadway in a poorly reviewed stage adaptation of The Addams Family, is launching a collection of three nail polishes inspired by her character, Morticia. Sales benefit The Actors’ Fund, which provides social services to actors. [Wonderwall]
  • Audrina Patridge is the new face of Bongo. “She lives that glamorous, adventurous lifestyle that our Bongo customers are fascinated with,” says the clothing brand’s chief marketing officer. [WWD]
  • Johnny Depp bought partner Vanessa Paradis a pair of Ferragamo shoes once worn by Marilyn Monroe because Paradis is such a huge Monroe fan. [Contactmusic]
  • HSN and Sony Pictures are promoting Eat, Pray, Love by selling 400 fashion and beauty products “inspired” by the film over three days. [WWD]
  • The Fug Girls‘ picks for wearable couture-inspired trends include fishnets (à la Jean-Paul Gaultier), clashing colors (à la Dior), and monkey fur pasties (Gaultier again). [The Cut]
  • “To do a collection without the right fabrics is as absurd as a painter creating a canvas without any oils,” says John Galliano. “Fabrics are developed, dyed and chosen especially for each design and collection we work on…In France, there is this wonderful saying that the fabrics are ‘ennobled.’ I like to search for the perfect texture, the perfect dye, the perfect print, to exact my ideas.” [WWD]
  • Anna Dello Russo: “Fashion keeps me young and keeps my eyes fresh. I have to update myself every morning. I’m so curious about all the visionary phenomena that changes the contemporary scenario. I call myself ‘the vestal of fashion’ because for me fashion is a muse and you must seduce her. How? You have to feed the creative fire, so it doesn’t vanish.” [FashionIndie]
  • Hermès‘ fall campaign, shot by Paolo Roversi and starring model Constance Jablonski, features Jablonski fishing for handbags in a fountain and trying to catch a scarf as it flies through the air. [TLF]
  • Tommy Hilfiger‘s fall campaign introduces a fictional family called the Hilfigers. “There’s a father and mother (often with a Bloody Mary in hand); several children, including a son who was kicked out of boarding school, a daughter who doesn’t speak and a Portuguese foreign exchange student who never left; two basset hounds, and a station wagon,” writes WWD. [WWD]
  • Pity Sacha Walckhoff, the man who is to succeed Christian Lacroix at the hollow shell of a licensing company that now bears his name. The Swiss-French designer worked under Lacroix in various roles from 1992-2000, and again from 2003 until the company was forced to declare bankruptcy last year. “The last two years have been very painful,” says Walckhoff. “There was no money, and there was no harmony.” However: “The Falic brothers proposed that we go on, and I believe that the brand can succeed. It’s a personal conviction,” he says. “When you mention ‘Christian Lacroix,’ people open their eyes wide with excitement. But no one believes that they can actually own Lacroix. I want to change that.” Walckhoff has some idea that it may be possible to revive the label’s couture collection in the future. [Fashionista]
  • Meanwhile, Christian Lacroix the individual has been named the artistic adviser to the French mint. [WWD]
  • Yesterday morning, there was a fire in a building just north of Houston St. in Manhattan, which houses an Urban Outfitters store. By 6:15 p.m. the shop was open again. [Racked]
  • Prada has taken out a $454.8 million three-year loan, which it will use to finance existing debt and fuel its growth, the company says. The company, a perpetual stock tease, again says it is considering an IPO. [WWD]
  • Oh, the gimmicks that magazines will go to to affirm their position as printed textual artifacts. 3-D editorials! Scratch-off logos that reveal cover models’ naughty bits! Except, V magazine tried that last one, and it turns out you can only order the print gimmick edition online. [The Cut]
  • Burberry‘s sales rose nearly 31% on last year in the quarter just ended. Particularly high-performing were the “non-apparel” and outerwear categories. So coats, accessories, perfumes and sunglasses, then. [WWD]
  • Armani‘s 2009 sales were down about 6% from 2008. However, in China, the label’s sales rose 32%. [WWD]
  • If you wanted to spend $2073 to look like a hip member of the Brownshirts, these suede studded combat boots might do the trick. They’re vintage! [TLF]
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