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Vivienne Westwood Nominated for Miss Universe…Costumes

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Although the actual pageant doesn’t air until tonight, the Miss Universe contestants debuted their “National Costumes” in Las Vegas last Friday—a questionable sartorial event that today, prompted journalist Hilary Alexander to tweet, “Why didn’t Vivienne Westwood or McQueen or Chris Kane or Mary K or Anyone design the Miss UK National Costume in Miss Universe…” After scrolling through the images, we have similar questions about all the countries’ costumes. Miss Switzerland appeared to be a “sexy” hotel porter, Denmark was either a mermaid or a dolphin, and Miss Bahamas opted for a pirate costume. We have to agree that Dame Viv would have created an infinitely better Union Jack unitard than the one Miss Great Britain, who it must be noted, like all the contestants, is stunning on her own, chose to wear. We also think Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, or Rodarte could have improved on Miss USA’s see-through Lady Liberty look. Any takers for next year?

Photo: Everett Collection / Rex USA

Meet Srta. Universe, Isabel Marant’s Favorite Lady Is A Lad, Bananarama Returns, And More…

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Felicitaciones to our neighbor to the south—last night, Jimena Navarrete (pictured), Miss Mexico, was named Miss Universe. We didn’t think we cared, really, but following what seemed to be the entire fashion community’s live-tweeting of the event, we got into it. [Styleite]

A selection of Avedon portraits are set to go on the auction block in Paris to benefit the Richard Avedon Foundation, including the famous Dovima with Elephants. It’s expected to reach up to around $4 million, for which price, we imagine, you might be able to buy an actual elephant. [Vogue U.K.]

Every Dame has her day, and Vivienne Westwood’s about to have hers: Selfridges is mounting an exhibition of her shoes, ranging from the early seventies to the present day. It’ll include the famous Super Elevated Gillie platform, which felled Naomi Campbell on the runway back in ’93. ]WWD]

Strange words from Isabel Marant: “I hate famous women. My ideal woman is Serge Gainsbourg, not that he was a woman.” [Hint Mag]

Speaking of strange, here’s one we didn’t expect: The top-selling item at Wal-Mart nationwide is…the banana? Apparently, the potassium-rich fruits really move, and come to think of it, we have noticed that they’re having something of a moment right now. Over the weekend, the Times weighed in on Chiquita’s new design-your-own-packaging campaign. Of course, by packaging, they mean “sticker”; it’s hard to one-up Mother Nature on that peel. [Racked]

Photo: Isaac Brekken / AP Photo