The late Lee Alexander McQueen’s iconic, eponymous brand is expanding into the scent scene, WWD reports. The British label has just confirmed a fragrance deal with Procter & Gamble’s P&G Prestige sector, which will begin product development for both men’s and women’s fragrances.
This isn’t Alexander McQueen’s first stint with the beauty business: The high-end fashion house released the Kingdom scent in 2003 and another, dubbed My Queen, in 2005—both of which were later discontinued. Yet, with Alexander McQueen’s sustaining prominence with the help of creative director Sarah Burton, the brand’s CEO Jonathan Akeroyd felt it was time to try again.
“It’s really exciting for us. We’ve been taking our time to re-enter the market, to make sure we picked the right partner at the right time,” Akeroyd told WWD. He added, “The brand wasn’t mature enough then, but it’s quite well known that our business has grown
Designer Troubles – Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s legal troubles first started in December, and has resulted in the designers and five additional defendants being found guilty of tax evasion. It hasn’t been a good week for designers. Yesterday, the news broke that former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière is facing a lawsuit from Kering (the label’s parent company) after a tell all interview featured in System Magazine. As for Dolce & Gabbana, judge Antonella Brambilla has sentenced the designers to one year and eight months in jail. Allegations raised include an evasion of 416 million euros in taxes with the sale of their label to holding company Gado Srl. Dolce & Gabbana are said to appeal the decision.
““Last Words” was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands. We will no longer display “Last Words” on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended.”
Marc’s New Venture – Known for his work for Louis Vuitton and his eponymous lines, designer Marc Jacobs now steps into new territory with a beauty line made in collaboration with Sephora Originals. Titled, Marc Jacobs Beauty, the collection will debut exclusively at Sephora stores on August 9th. The 122-sized product line features four sections including Smart Complexion, Blacquer, Hi-Per Color and Boy Test, Girl Approved. Prices for the line start at $24 for a lip balm and go up to $59 for a seven-color eye shadow palette
Lara Stone, a Met Ball regular, apparently got a better offer this year: reports indicate that she gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend.
It was announced that the Dutch supermodel, who is married to comedian and Britain’s Got Talent star David Walliams, was expecting the couple’s first child in November.
Although no official statement about the birth has been made, photographer Mert Alas appeared to confirm the news via Twitter before deleting his tweet.
Wrote model Terese Baca: ‘Congratulations to Lara Stone and David Walliams, who had a baby boy yesterday.’
Congratulations to the happy family - which also includes Border Terrier Bert
Over the weekend, UK tabloid the Sunpublished photos of Cara Delevingnedropping a bag of “mysterious white powder.” Or, something that looks a lot like cocaine.
According to the Sun, Delevingne dropped the baggie as she was trying to get into her house in London with a friend. The 20-year-old model was apparently trying to find her keys when the bag flew out of her purse.
A photographer, who took pictures of the incident, explains:
“She was trying to get inside her house. She said, ‘I’ve lost my keys guys, I’ve lost my keys’. She was really giggly. She found it hilarious but her friend was really edgy about it. Suddenly Cara dropped something and bent over to pick it up. Very discreetly, she just put her foot on it and then rolled her handbag across so it looked like she was just kind of bending over.”
But it was too late: photogs had already snapped that fateful white bag–and now, some of the model-of-the-moment’s high-profile campaign and company affiliations could be in jeopardy.
The Daily Mail is reporting that H&M is “investigating Miss Delevingne, whom it employed earlier this year as the face of its Divided clothing range.” The retailer has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy when it comes to drugs and famously dropped Kate Moss after her cocaine scandal.
Another retailer who might be reevaluating their relationship with the model is Victoria’s Secret. Delevingne walked the lingerie show in 2012 as a PINK girl–but, if these photos pick up steam she might not be asked back in 2013. A Victoria’s Secret spokesperson had no comment on the matter.
Part of the reason why Delevingne’s career might be in jeopardy is that, unlike Kate Moss, the 20-year-old model has been used by brands and magazines to market towards teens. Case in point: this month she covers Miss Vogue, Vogue UK’s answer to Teen Vogue. At the time of the cover release, Vogue UK EIC Alexandra Shulman described Delevingne as “Miss Vogue made physical” with a “maverick sense of style and fun.”
Of course, this is only a photo in a tabloid–and nothing has been confirmed. We’ve reached out to H&M and Vogue UK and are waiting to hear back.
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA has teamed up with jeweller Tom Binns on a limited edition punk-themed collection. The range was designed to coincide with the opening of the upcoming New York Metropolitan Museum exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture.
“The collection encapsulates Charlotte Olympia’s sense of femininity, glamour and humour together with Tom Binn’s signature anarchistic style,” explains a press release. The result? Charlotte Olympia’s signature platform heels and Perspex clutches adorned with safety-pins and piercings, in a colour palette of black, metallic and neon.
The six-piece collection will be available to buy from May 2 at Charlotte Olympia stores in Mayfair and Manhattan and online at charlotteolympia.com. This year’s Costume Institute exhibition runs from May 9 to August 11, celebrated with the annual Met Ball on May 6th
Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw has been missed on the catwalks as she has recently taken a break from her career as a model to pursue a possibly acting career, beginning with a part in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. Although she has yet to show any signs of a modeling comeback, she did recently take a trip to London where she was rumored to be working on a project. Two Instagram photos of her time in London show off her dramatic new look which includes black hair - a huge change from her once fresh and natural look when she first arrived on the modeling scene in 2007. Watch this space for Abbey’s next move!