April 20 2014

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The McQueen Team


The thing to wear at last night’s Met gala? Recent and vintage frocks by the evening’s honoree, Alexander McQueen. On the night when everyone dresses to outdo, McQueen got some of the biggest gets. Let’s review, shall we?

In the contemporary camp were Anna Dello Russo, who went for the egghead look in a duchesse satin tailcoat and embroidered trousers from Spring ’11; Coco Rocha, who wore a navy halter dress from pre-fall ’11; and Raquel Zimmermann, who chose Fall ’11.

Others chose to trawl the archives. Sarah Jessica Parker and lady in red Gisele went with Fall ’05 (above, and with the original runway looks); Karen Elson opted for Spring ’04 (and as you can see above, she modeled it in the original show, too).

And a few of the evening’s brightest lights chose one-of-a-kind. Chair Salma Hayek and McQueen pal Naomi Campbell both wore archival couture pieces.

And then, of course, there’s Daphne Guinness. McQueen’s close friend wore a feathered lilac dress from Spring ’11, but her gala prep was more public than most. Guinness got dressed for the event in the windows at Barneys.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos; Marcio Madeira; Courtesy of Alexander McQueen

Tom Ford: The Video, The Year In Gaga,
What To Say No More, And More…


It’s the most exciting viral video of the new year—and it doesn’t even include cats playing pianos or riding waterslides. It’s Tom Ford’s September women’s runway presentation in New York, with a soundtrack by Karen Elson, who also walked in the show. [Fashionista]

Alice Temperley started 2011 with a bang: The designer received an MBE for her contributions to England on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. [Styleite]

Looking back on the previous year, Nicola Formichetti rounds up his best moments of 2010—which we might just go ahead and call A Whole Lotta Gaga. (Hey, she does sell magazines…) [Nicola Formichetti via Racked]

And speaking of 2010 roundups, here’s The New York Times‘ list of fashion terms that went stale last year. We resolve to avoid overusing and misusing “couture,” “bespoke,” “pop-up,” and “well-edited” in the new year. [NYT]


How Sui It Is


Anna Sui is a fashion lifer, with a 20-year career in the industry and, now, a 300-page retrospective coffee-table book to show for it. “As a designer, you never have time to look back because you’re always looking six months forward to next season,” Sui said at a signing of the book in New York last night. “To be honest, I’d completely forgotten about so much of the good stuff.”

Anna Sui, penned by the designer’s close friend Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Met’s Costume Institute, goes collection by collection through Sui’s label, interspersed with the many fashion editorials and boldfaced friends who’ve made her a force to be reckoned with from the start. After all, before she ever sent her first collection down the runway for Fall 1991, the Biba-wearing club kid was already dressing Madonna up in baby dolls. (A few of those boldfacers also contributed to the text: Jack White of the White Stripes—husband of Sui’s longtime muse Karen Elson—contributed a preface, where he notes that his favorite of his wife’s dresses always turn out to be Sui’s; Steven Meisel wrote the introduction)

Bolton wades through Sui’s wide-ranging fonts of inspiration, which include everything from Marie Antoinette to rococo pirates to Andy Warhol’s Factory parties—not to mention Sui’s greatest inspiration, music. “Watching one of Anna’s collections is like watching MTV,” Meisel writes. “You see the Clash, Nirvana, the Sex Pistols, the Smashing Pumpkins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” You also see, in Anna Sui, the procession of fashion greats from the nineties, as in the iconic finale of Sui’s 1994 grunge collection: the supe trifecta of Christy, Naomi, and Linda, strutting down the catwalk in feathered headpieces.

PLUS: For more Anna Sui, check out our video of Sui chatting with Marc Jacobs on the occasion of her CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.

Photo: Courtesy of Anna Sui

A Big Sister, Maybe, But Never A Nag


The gilded elevator gates that divide the bar from the dining room at the back of the new Lower East Side restaurant Mary Queen of Scots are retractable. It’s a feature the guests at the AllSaints-sponsored launch party for Agyness Deyn’s new fashion site, Naag, discovered at the dinner Aggy threw with editor Fiona Byrne, Coco Rocha, Karen Elson (both pictured, left, with Deyn), Zachary Quinto, and SNL‘s Seth Meyers. Guests invited to the rocking after-party (where, later, Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt deejayed and an all-but-incognito Marion Cotillard danced) but not to the dinner peered through the grate, like visitors at a couture safari.

Naag is the brainchild of Deyn and veteran journalist Byrne, who serves as its editor in chief. It covers fashion, food, and culture, with an eye to up-and-coming young talent. “It all started with me and Fiona at a music festival. It was raining and we were in the tent waiting for the music to start. And I was scanning the Internet,” Deyn explains. “We were like, we should do a site that has all the stuff that we think is rad. We want it to be kind of like a big cultural sister.”

And, it goes without saying, a fashionable sister, too. “It’s funny—at my job I managed to get the one position where you have to wear a suit and tie,” says Meyers, SNL‘s head writer who also helms the Weekend Update segments. “I’d like to think that if I was so far out of bounds fashion-wise, Fiona or Aggy would tell me. But now this site saves me the awkwardness of their having to do that to my face.” For the record, he was wearing a plaid shirt and baggy pants. If Big Sister minded, she didn’t let on.

Photo: Billy Farrell/

The Gang’s All Here At Balenciaga, Taylor’s On Her Own, Wang Takes His Show On The Road, And More…


MObama hosted a party for this year’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards at the White House, honoring the year’s best in design (though the fashion design award winners, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, didn’t attend.) The FLOTUS wore Isabel Toledo for the occasion. [WWD]

Balenciaga’s Fall campaign is out, and the multi-girl spreads star reigning catwalk queens Freja Beha Erichsen, Mirte Maas, and Valerija Kelava, but also gorgeous-as-ever Stella Tennant and Karen Elson (pictured). Who’s your favorite? [Fashionologie]

Taylor Momsen fired her stylist. Now she’s got nobody but herself to blame for those raccoon eyes. [NY Mag]

Alexander Wang is known for his downtown-NYC cool, so when he began the trunk-show circuit—heading first to Canada’s Holt Renfrew—he boxed it up and brought it along with him. Or, we should say, tented it up. Wang’s been traveling with a custom-made tent, complete with fluorescent lights, TV screens, and inflatable furniture to replicate his Tribeca studio. [WWD]

A new Web site,, encourages users to wear a combination of only six items every day for 31 days. We’re all for getting back to basics, but this is one fad diet we’ll be passing on. [NYT]

Photo: Steven Meisel/Courtesy of Balenciaga