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Five Models For The Price Of One, Posh And Florence On The Rich List, Designers And Their Moms, And More…


i-D‘s latest issue is dedicated to “summer hedonism.” And what could be more hedonistic than five cover stars in place of the usual one—especially when they’re Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Daphne Groeneveld, Behati Prinsloo, and Kristen McMenamy? []

Some models model (see above); the rest, it seems, collaborate on designs. The latest two to try their hands are Karen Elson and Kate Moss ex and occasional poster boy (for both designers and drug awareness) Pete Doherty. Elson is singing a new tune as an accessories designer for Nine West; her limited-edition collection hits stores in late August. And Doherty will create a limited-edition mini-collection of clothing for French label The Kooples in stores from October. [WWD]

For Mother’s Day, designers remembered their fondest style memories about Mom. In some cases, that meant her dressing them: Tory Burch recalled her mom helping her pick out a YSL black tulle and pink sequin prom dress—”a little daring for prom,” she says. But a few precocious kids started dressing their mothers, instead. Rachel Roy and Isaac Mizrahi were both outfitting mama from a young age. [NYT]

It pays to be Posh (and be married to David Beckham). The designer and her husband are the 19th wealthiest couple on the Rich List 2011 from London’s Sunday Times. Florence Welch (left) joins them on the list in the under-30s division. Her dog days are definitely over. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /

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/