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Suzy for Sale

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Items in Christie's Suzy Menkes Auction

With her signature hair flip and authoritative pen, Suzy Menkes, who was appointed as the international fashion editor of the new International New York Times last Wednesday, epitomizes “one of a kind.” However, while there is, and always will be, only one Ms. Menkes, this summer, some ambitious bidders will have the chance to dress like her. On July 11, Christie’s will launch a twelve-day online auction of over eighty pieces from Menkes’ wardrobe, including a custom Chanel clutch boasting a gold “Suzy” in the place of the house’s double Cs, as well as vintage wares from Yves Saint Laurent (like a cocktail jacket from 1980 and an ivory pantsuit), Emilio Pucci, Ossie Clark, Christian Lacroix, Dior, and more. Menkes, who reportedly hasn’t purged her closet since 1964, says she initiated the auction because “…there is something sad about clothes laid in a tomb of trunks. They need to live again, and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away, and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me.” While Ms. Menkes is, of course, priceless, most of the auction items will start at under 1,000 pounds.

Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s

Suits Like Jagger

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After 50 years of sweating, screaming, and singing with the Stones, Mick Jagger is all about feeling good on stage. “Men aren’t interested in clothes that look amazing but are fantastically uncomfortable to wear. We’re not into pain—we’re into comfort,” he told WWD today. The dapper duds his girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, created for his current “50 and Counting” tour apparently fit the bill. But all one has to do is look at the Stones’ old tour photos to know that, in his earlier years, Jagger’s comfort was the exception, rather than the rule.

In the late sixties, Jagger, along with his then wife Bianca, became big-time clients of Ossie Clark, the It designer of London’s swinging sixties. Clark, who also counted the likes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton among his fans, designed jumpsuits that hugged Mick, very, very tightly, in all the right places. From a bedazzled blue velvet onesie to a low-cut unitard, to the lace-up number pictured above (which is currently up for auction at Christie’s with a starting bid of $12,744), Jagger shied away from neither glamour nor flamboyance. Rather, as he wiggled and kicked about on stage in his Clark designs, he embraced them. Which would explain why he quite literally wore his second-skin suits to death. “You can see the pelvic wear and tear from all the gyrating,” V&A curator Kate Dorney told the Guardian in 2009 when asked about one of the rock star’s Ossie-designed costumes featured in an exhibition. However, Jagger never fell victim to the “wardrobe malfunctions” so common in modern stardom. Being the master that he was, Clark always made sure Mick was equipped with well-made backups.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered—And Stamped With A McQueen, Too

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“Stylish” might not be a word typically associated with postage stamps, but the new set from Britain’s Royal Mail celebrating post-war British fashion is just that. Sølve Sundsbø shot models wearing looks by English legends like Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Nutter, and Alexander McQueen, their faces obscured in the same style he used for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition catalog.

Photos: Sølve Sundsbø

Ossie Clark Closes Again, Charlotte Smells For Balenciaga, And More…

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Ossie Clark,the relaunched British label that recently got a red-carpet boost from Harry Potter starlet Emma Watson, plans to shut down. You can blame that, like everything else depressing, on “market conditions.” [WWD]

Charlotte Gainsbourg
is the face of Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut fragrance for Balenciaga, a post she’d been “secretly hoping” for. She’s probably not the only one. [WWD]

A cautionary tale in the Times today about once hot, now bankrupt Chicago boutique Jake makes us wonder if it’s safe for designers to sell their clothes anywhere. [NYT]

Amy Winehouse is single. Gentlemen, tread lightly. [Times U.K.]

Photo: Tony Barson / Wire Image