August 27 2014

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Rest In Peace (And Jewels)? A Gothic Display For Daphne Guinness’ New Golden Glove, And More…


Daphne Guinness was “laid in state”—by her friend Gareth Pugh, no less—at a posh London town house to debut her new collaboration with jeweler Shaun Leane, a $1.76 million white gold wristpiece covered in birds made of pavé diamonds. The not-quite-corpse wore an Alexander McQueen one-piece and an antique veil. [WWD]

Her wedding was only over the weekend, but British Vogue is wasting no time in introducing its readers to the newly christened Mrs. Hince, its August issue cover girl. The missus wears Miu Miu for the forties-style shot. [;Vogue U.K.]

Kate’s wasn’t the only big wedding this weekend. Prince Albert II of Monaco got hitched, too, in front of a crowd that included Karl Lagerfeld, Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell, and Nicolas Sarkozy. His bride, South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock, wore Armani Privé. [Elle]

And speaking of Armani, il maestro packed his front row at Couture with some serious star power. Among the oglers at the show, titled Hommage au Japon: Cate Blanchett and Katie Holmes. []

Photos: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Tim Blanks On Alexander McQueen’s London Memorial Service


“There was no comfort zone with Alexander McQueen,” said Anna Wintour during her address at the designer’s memorial service in London this morning. But you’d imagine that even someone as intractable as Lee McQueen would be able to draw some succor—spiritual at least—from the chilly magnificence of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the venue for the event. If your soul didn’t soar when organist Donald Hunt sent Barber’s Adagio for Strings swelling into the cathedral’s mighty dome, maybe you haven’t got one.

There were plenty more soul-stirring moments, from the poignant memories of McQueen’s close friends Annabel Nielsen and Shaun Leane, to Michael Nyman’s performance of his theme from The Piano, to the London Community Gospel Choir’s exultant “Amazing Grace.” But nothing could match the perversely pulse-quickening (we were in church, after all) impact of Björk’s elegantly spare rendition of Billie Holliday’s “Gloomy Sunday.” She was dressed in a McQueen flight of fancy, the wooden wings from “13,” his unforgettable girl-and-the-robot show. Among the many others in the 1,500-strong crowd wearing the designer’s clothes, Naomi Campbell and Daphne Guinness (pictured) were especially striking.

Sam Gainsbury, who produced all of McQueen’s epics, also produced this sendoff. Her years of experience with the boy genius paid off in a service whose solemnity and ritual—right down to the solitary piper playing Braveheart at memorial’s end—would’ve pleased the designer. “But where was the punch-up?” Gainsbury wondered later. “There was always a punch-up.” Not in this cathedral.

Photo: Tim Rooke / Rex / Rex USA