REMEMBERING ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: A private funeral service will take place today for Lee Alexander McQueen, who was found hanged in his London apartment on Feb. 11. The service is for family only, a spokeswoman for the label said Wednesday, but she gave no further details. A memorial service open to McQueen’s friends and supporters will take place later this year, although no date or venue has been confirmed, she said. “We are focusing right now on the Paris show, which takes place on March 9,” she said.
GUINNESS SHOW: One of Alexander McQueen’s closest friends, Daphne Guinness, will exhibit part of her wardrobe at the Fashion Institute of Technology in September 2011. About 80 to 100 pieces including outfits by the likes of McQueen, Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaïa will be in a show on her personal style, which will run at the school’s museum through January 2012. The socialite and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, will co-curate the show. Yale University Press will publish a book to accompany the exhibit. “She is so creative and inspirational in the way that someone like Tina Chow was,” said Steele. For the show, Steele plans to identify the components of that style, which range from Guinness’ interest in sleeves and ruffles around the neck to accessories like hats, veils and ribbons.
VERA’S VANCOUVER: Vera Wang was so excited by last week’s jaunt to the Winter Olympics where Evan Lysacek skated to gold in one of her designs that she has been searching for flights back to Vancouver. A return trip has yet to come to fruition but the designer is still relishing her gold-medal moment. Although she suited up Michelle Kwan for two Winter Games and Nancy Kerrigan for two, Wang had not dressed a gold medal winner until last week. She helped him celebrate at a party in his honor at the USA House in Vancouver, where American athletes hang out with their family and friends. Wang, a former competitive skater in her own right, kicked back with Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano, Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi and other skating friends at the bash.
“It was just so exciting,” said Wang. “The Olympics are something you can’t really convey on TV. The entire stadium was screaming. They were waving American flags in the stands. It was the Olympic moment I never had, by the way. But one I certainly aspired to. Olympic fever has a whole different energy. At the USA House, I got to hang out with skaters, ski jumpers and all different athletes. It’s so positive. It was kind of wonderful just to be there.”
SNAPSHOT: Bill Cunningham, photographer for The New York Times, is the subject of a new documentary that will premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on March 24 as part of its “New Directors/New Films” program with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 84-minute film, aptly titled “Bill Cunningham New York” follows the lensman — yes, on his trusty Schwinn bicycle — as he captures New York City’s street style and social scene.
SPECIAL ORDER: New York’s Midtown men’s wear corridor has a new arrival. My Suit, which sells made-to-measure suits for $495, has opened a 3,000-square-foot unit at 360 Madison Avenue, next door to Jos. A. Bank and close to Men’s Wearhouse, Brooks Brothers and Paul Stuart. The fully vertical operation produces the suits at a company-owned factory in Pueblo, Mexico, from its own Korean fabrics and delivers the finished product within two weeks. My Suit, which also operates units on Herald Square in Manhattan and in the Westchester Mall in White Plains, N.Y., is owned by BK House, a Korea-based men’s suit manufacturer. The company is looking for additional locations in the Wall Street area and Rockefeller Center areas and within five years would like to expand up the East Coast, The new store, designed by Ji Kim of UnSPACE, will have an opening party tonight.
KARL’S KEEPER: Many consumers consider their Karl Lagerfeld-designed goods prized possessions. Now Lagerfeld has designed a safe in which to keep them. Teaming up with German luxury safe maker Döttling, the designer has created a limited edition safe, which the company is calling the world’s most expensive. Listing at 250,000 euros, or $339,000 at current exchange rates, the safe, which Lagerfeld has named the “Narcissus,” is all Karl. Just under six-feet tall and less than a foot deep, the steel body, sheathed in high-gloss chrome-plated aluminum, looks like an impregnable monolith. But when activated by the owner, two doors butterfly open to reveal interior cabinets containing watch winders and jewelry drawers. Only 30 models will be made and the first one belongs to Lagerfeld.
TUX REDUX: To mark their dual 10-year anniversaries, Spanish designer David Delfin has created a pert, androgynous capsule collection for women in black, gray and white for Yoox. The 16-piece collection features tuxedo and men’s shirt details and ranges in price from $185 for a T-shirt to $930 for a strapless evening gown tweaked so it appears to be wrapped in a shirt.
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