August 30 2014

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It’s A Zoo In London—And The Bears Are Better Dressed Than The Bidders


Sometimes the gap between London and New York seems infinitely wide. The charity auction scene in NYC, so firmly established and often the model of decorum—and can we say, often quite dull—would not have known what had hit it when confronted by the frequently hilarious and very drunken antics in London last night. Whoever thinks the British are civilized is sorely mistaken. It was like one of those Gossip Girl auction set pieces, taken over by a hard drinking and older version of the cast of Saved by the Bell.

Christie’s auction house in Mayfair was the site of the Children in Need auction. It featured numerous re-fashionings of that charity’s iconic figurehead, Pudsey Bear, by many of the top designers and houses in the fashion world. The stylist and editor in chief of Love magazine, Katie Grand, who curated the event, had ensured that the bears turned out in force. She is, as she would readily admit herself, quite bossy, which proves extremely useful in the mustering of such an event. “It’s really like doing a show!” she said backstage, perfecting the bear running order with their celebrity handlers, each of whom was attired according to the bear’s provenance. That is apart from Sibling’s showgirl, Cara Delevingne (above left) who decided to just dress as a bear herself.

The day before, Grand had mused, “I don’t really know rich people who do this sort of thing. I bloody hope they come.” She had nothing to worry about, they turned out in force. And were on the phones.

Backstage, the gaggle of models, actresses, fashion designers, WAGs (like Abbey Crouch, who did the honors for Norton & Sons, left), and the odd photographer and sports star wrangled with their bears. “It’s bigger than me, this thing!” the petite actress Jaime Winstone said of her Fendi bear. The statuesque Jodie Kidd struggled with the weight of her gigantic suede Smythson bear, made even more difficult by the folds of caftan she had been attired in. Liberty Ross, meanwhile, became so attached to her Loewe bear she started a bidding war for it when she got onstage.

Chloë Moretz (above, right) gave one of the best sells of the evening with her Versace bear: “He’s quite high maintenance. And Audrey, Donatella’s dog, has some issues with him. He had to go.” And Kristen McMenamy’s coruscating and brilliantly unhinged performance with her McQueen bear: supermodel sashaying, the screeching “There are children in need, you know!” and the accosting of one phone bidder who hung up on the model. “I actually thought it was a man when I got on that phone,” said McMenamy, left, afterward. “I said ‘I’ll go out on a date with you,’ but it was a woman and she got offended! That’s improv for you.” (John Waters, give this woman a part.) There was also Marc Jacobs in disbelief at how much his Louis Vuitton bear was selling for: £20,000. And the finale to the event was the footballer Peter Crouch’s robot dance, the voguing of designer Giles Deacon, and the disco turn of the auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades—the international director of auctioneering, no less—with the staff of Christie’s looking on agog.

The online auction, featuring Nicolas Ghesquière’s bear creations for Balenciaga, continues at

Photos: Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images

A McQueen Homecoming On Savile Row


Yesterday’s headlines screamed that the U.K. was finally out of a double-dip recession, and, as if on cue, Alexander McQueen opened up its flagship menswear shop on Savile Row, offering the largest selection of RTW and menswear from within the brand. It was a poignant return to the street. As Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton (pictured, right), pointed out, “Lee used to apprentice here on Savile Row, so it is a bit of a homecoming, and since tailoring is part of our backbone, it makes sense to be in an area that is steeped in the codes of the house.”

Guests taking it all in included Dominic Cooper, Kristen McMenamy (pictured, left), Luke Evans, and of course Sarah Burton, who all respectfully looked through the shop with the gravitas required of the occasion. Not that fun wasn’t on the menu—as Kristen McMenamy told, “I had a lovely evening—the pretty boys finally outnumbered the girls!” But one of those girls especially deserved some praise. As she stood in a room that mimicked a banquet hall, but surrounded by gold skulls, the model added, “Sarah is so humble and brilliant—I just love what she is doing at the moment.”



Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images


Exclusive: Cavalli Confidential


In September, Roberto Cavalli’s Spring collection of floral pleated skirts and gold-sequined numbers had editors’ jaws on the floor by the end of the show. Here, in this behind-the-scenes video taken at the Spring ’12 ad campaign shoot at New York’s Pier 59, we get a closer look at those embossed python jackets and silk printed dresses that impressed us in Milan. The Steven Meisel-lensed campaign, with makeup by Pat McGrath and hair by Guido Palau, features Cavalli’s muses-of-the-moment: Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy, and Daphne Groeneveld—women he chose because they “embody the standards of a modern appeal.” They are looking like Cavalli goddesses to us. The collection hits stores next month.

Photo: Steven Meisel

A Rock Star Welcome For Theyskens


“London is a place where you need days to just wander around and look at everything,” Olivier Theyskens tells “Since I don’t have that time, I put the emphasis on my friends and see all of them first.” What better way, then, to see everyone than to throw a party—in this case, one of the most frenzied fêtes from all of London fashion week.

When the designer finally made it through the doors at the Sanderson Hotel last night, the crowd, including Kristen McMenamy, Erin O’Connor, and Irina Lazareanu, reached new levels of hysteria. But Theyskens wasn’t the only heavyweight star of the night; the event’s co-host was Twin, the biannual magazine that launched its latest issue this week, which is really more book than magazine. “Twin approached us and we really liked their concept and felt like we had a shared aesthetic. Really, the Twin and Theory girl are the same—a cool girl who can create her own looks by combining her everyday wardrobe with some key fashion pieces.” As an added bonus: “It weighs a ton—a good workout,” said the designer.

Photo: Neil Rasmus /

Exclusive: Naomi Campbell For Givenchy’s Fall ’11 Campaign


Naomi Campbell’s well-practiced snarl has found a perfect new outlet: The Fall ’11 Givenchy campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Campbell is one of the major faces to front spots for Givenchy’s feline women’s collection, alongside Natalia Vodianova, Kristen McMenamy, and house favorite Mariacarla Boscono. (Though unlike in seasons past, each is shot separately, rather than in a roving pack.) Meanwhile, Rob Evans and Jonathan Marquez do the honors for the Rottweiler-inspired men’s collection. Above, the exclusive debut of the Naomi image (and below, a look at Evans’). Plus, the exclusive behind-the-scenes video, featuring the entire cast on the growl. Grrr!

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