August 30 2014

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Remembering McQueen At LFW


No surprise that London Fashion Week began on a somber note, following the tragic death of Alexander McQueen. At Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief fundraiser for Haiti, she, Kate Moss, and Annabelle Neilson (McQueen’s muse and dearest friend) strode down the runway in McQueen creations, which then went onto the auction block. When Topshop chief Philip Green bid £100,000 for Kate’s dress, it proved too much for the model, who broke down into tears in Neilson’s shoulder. At the official opening of the week the following day, BFC Chairman Harold Tillman held a moment of silence for the late designer.

Spirits were higher at the breakfast launch for the new Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. McQueen’s great friend Daphne Guinness and her fellow judges—including Giles Deacon, Stephen Jones, Manolo Blahnik, and Yasmin Le Bon—will decide on the winner of the £25,000 award, which was masterminded by former British Vogue features editor Bronwyn Cosgrave. The slate of shows for the day was already full—Aminaka Wilmont, Hannah Marshall, Felder Felder, and Caroline Charles were all on the schedule—but it was the Sass & Bide show that had most people talking: Its invitation was made of very jagged, broken (real) mirror. That’s the sort that should come with a warning—at least for the poor mailmen.

Photo: David Fisher/Rex/Rex USA

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