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Quote of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow on Her 2002 Oscar Dress

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Celebrities

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2002 Oscar Awards

"There were a few issues... I still love the [Alexander McQueen] dress itself but I should have worn a bra and I should have just had simple beachy hair and less makeup. Then, it would have worked as I wanted it to - a little bit of punk at the Oscars."

- Gwyneth Paltrow admits she has some regrets about the dress she wore to the Academy Awards in 2002.

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Sneak Peek: Tim Walker’s ‘Story Teller’

Lindsey WixsonFashion photographer Tim Walker has offered up a taste of what to expect from his upcoming photo book, Story Teller.

While some photos immediately recall famed editorials of his from years past, he has also included new material, including a portrait of Alexander McQueen - seen after the jump - joining a skull for a cigarette break (this was actually the last known photo taken of McQueen before he died in 2010).

The title Story Teller is quite appropriate for Walker, considering his theatrical, colorful sense of photography (which, of course, seems to be a fashion designer's dream!).

The retrospective will span a hefty 254 pages of his work, mixing editorial and portraiture from back to 2007.

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Sarah Burton Gets Rave Reviews at PFW

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2012

Sarah Burton's fantasy inspired collection for Alexander McQueen drew rave reviews at Paris Fashion Week last Wednesday.

The Futumn/Winter 2012 collection was said to have been inspired by "the rippling underbellies of mushrooms" and the stunning collection of layered gowns and coats featured a colour palette of pinks, greyish purple, soft reds, silvery grey and black.

"It was exhilarating... With talent like Sarah's you just sit back and relish the sense of fantasy. No one else has it," said Hal Rubenstein, InStyle magazine fashion director.

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Daphne Guinness Auctioning Clothes

Daphne GuinnessDaphne Guinness is auctioning off her clothes for charity.

The fashion designer will sell a range of "exceptional designs" through auction house Christie's on June 27 to raise money for the Isabella Blow Foundation, a new charity set up by the heiress to help support young art and fashion talent.

Isabella was an English magazine editor and the muse of hat designer Philip Treacy. She is credited with discovering models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl as well as fashion designer Alexander McQueen but committed suicide in 2007.

"We are delighted to be offering the fashion world this incredible one-off opportunity to buy some of the most iconic and cutting-edge haute couture of the early 21st Century, owned and worn by Daphne Guinness. Not only will the auction comprise exceptional designs by the likes of McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga and others, but it will also aptly benefit and shape the designers of the future. Christie's is very proud to be able to play a part in helping Daphne to achieve her forward-looking and charitable aim," said Christie's fashion director Pat Frost.

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Sarah Burton Glad to Be at McQueen

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News

Sarah BurtonSarah Burton is "glad" she agreed to take over as Alexander McQueen's creative director.

The designer - who was given the coveted role following the tragic suicide of the label's founder Alexander McQueen in February 2010 - says she was initially unsure about doing the job, but looking back, she is pleased she did.

"He was such a genius; inspiring and funny and an incredible man. I could never pretend to be him but when I look back now, I'm glad that I took the job - because it kept the studio alive in his spirit, and it kept the team together. Because what did he work so hard for all those years if it was all just going to disappear?"

Sarah - who created Duchess Catherine's wedding dress when she married Prince William in April - recently said she regards the Alexander McQueen team to be "like a family" feels "privileged" to be part of the brand: "Every day, I love what I do and I think it's a gift and privilege to love your job. The McQueen team is like family. We are so passionate about what we do and it's so important that we have established a couture-standard atelier in Britain."


Michelle Obama Repeats an Alexander McQueen Look

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Celebrities, News

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a chic Alexander McQueen dress to a Chambers of Commerce meeting yesterday. As most are already pointing out, she has previously -- gasp -- worn the number last year.

First, who wouldn't repeat an Alexander McQueen piece like that? Second, as I previously have made clear in defending Kate Middleton, what is so wrong with repeating an outfit? We praise Michelle for doing "normal" things like shopping at Target -- are we going to frown upon her for repeating outfits like the rest of us?

If the woman really wants to wear a dress that she loves again, let the woman wear it!

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Items Du Jour: Teen Model Lawsuit, Cathy Horyn Gives FNO a Thumbs Down

Rihanna-- First there was the infamous Kate Moss "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" line; now Urban Outfitters is stirring up controversy with another printed t-shirt. This time, it's a racy photograph of then 15 year-old Hailey Clauson, whose parents are suing the retailer (and others who sell the shirt) for "destroying her reputation," of which she's demanding $28 million.

-- Rihanna showed up to a London event for her new fragrance, Reb'l Fleur, in a look from Antonio Berardi's recent resort collection. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

-- NY Times fashion writer Cathy Horyn picks a fight with Fashion's Night Out, explaining in a recent blog post just how unproductive the event has now become, having transformed into a big block party more or less.

-- Just as the highly successful Alexander McQueen retrospective comes to a close, Grazia editor Melanie Rickey prompts a campaign calling all Londoners to arms, demanding that the retrospective come to McQueen's hometown.

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First Look: Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011

Behold -- the first look at Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2011 ad campaign!

Raquel Zimmermann glows -- literally -- in the post-apocalyptic-esque image, which is not unlike other macabre McQueen campaigns. While the flying particles aren't as distracting as, say, butterflies, I'm a bit undecided when it comes to the positioning of her arms.

What do you think of the new campaign?

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Lindsey Wixson Fronts Alexander McQueen Campaign

Lindsay Wixson for Alexander McQueen

Lindsey Wixson is the new face of Alexander McQueen. The 16-year-old model will star in the label's new Spring/Summer 2011 brand images, which will appear in stores, billboards and on the fashion house's website.

In the shots, Lindsey - who has appeared in campaigns for Versace - has her hair neatly woven into a lattice-like plait and wears a sleeveless printed dress with delicate scalloped edges, set against a backdrop of butterflies. The campaign is the first one to have been directed by Sarah Burton, who took over as the label's creative director following the tragic suicide of Alexander McQueen last February.


Sarah Burton Wary of Taking on McQueen Role

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Sarah BurtonSarah Burton almost turned down the chance to take over from the late Alexander McQueen. The legendary fashion designer tragically committed suicide last February and Sarah was later named as the new creative director of the brand, but she admits it was a tough challenge to take on.

"I thought, 'How would I ever begin to begin?' Lee's mind was so different to anyone else's. I knew there was no way I could pretend to be him; but I had to ask myself, what did Lee work for? For all this just to close down?"

Sarah, who had been the right-hand aide of McQueen for the past 16 years, also vowed her collections will be true to herself but will pay tribute to the fashion legend and his creations.

"People ask: what's Sarah about? But I've worked here for so long, there's been a big part of me in those collections all along the way. I'm not going to wipe the slate clean. That would be wiping me away. There will always be those McQueen elements, but at the same time, you can never stay still and you have to stay true to yourself. That's what Lee drummed in to me: you have to be able to stand behind your work."

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