McQueen Left Several Suicide Notes; Horyn Says Wu's Collection "Just Didn't Work"

  • According to The Sun, Alexander McQueen left several suicide notes, which police discovered along with his body late last week. Says a source: "He left letters to friends trying to explain his actions." [The Sun]
  • Meanwhile, in an unpublished interview with Australian Harper's Bazaar, due out in April, McQueen noted that he'd recently had a lover's name tattooed on his arm, only to have the man break his heart: "he was a bastard who went back to Australia and I was left looking at his name." [DailyExpress]
  • McQueen fans have "flooded" retailers, wanting to get a piece of the late designer's work. [Guardian]
  • And McQueen's mother, Joyce, was buried last night as planned. Her death affected McQueen so deeply that he could barely function, according to a friend: "His mother died and he couldn't cope. He went to bed for a week. His Paris show was due and his staff nagged him to get up and start working. But he just couldn't. He hasn't even been to any fittings for his show. He was so upset about his mother. It was her funeral and he couldn't face it." [ThisIsLondon]
  • Naomi Campbell's "Fashion Relief For Haiti" benefit show was also a bit of a McQueen tribute last night, with seven of McQueen's designs being modeled by the likes of Campbell, Helena Christiansen, and Daphne Guinness to close the show. Guinness said of her sequined catsuit: "This is my memory of Lee. He only finished it for me two weeks ago. It was a belated birthday gift and I will always treasure it. It's probably the last piece he ever made in his life." [Telegraph]
  • "I can't stop thinking about it. I just feel like crying all the time."- Karen Elson [Telegraph]
  • "I was more surprised–I mean I have so many things going on that I'm not really focusing on other people. I'm really self-centered! No, I mean the way that music is now, people are doing so many other things to make a living which is a natural progression of society and the world and music and who knows. But I love doing it. I mean I started LAMB because I wanted something that I loved and was passionate about and I didn't know if I'd still be doing music."-Gwen Stefani, on other celebrities jumping on the fashion line bandwagon. [Fashionista]
  • If you're interested in seeing a NSFW pic of Kate Moss smoking in the nude, click here. [HuffingtonPost]
  • "These days, a Burberry trench is up there with a Chanel handbag as a prized fashion heirloom, to be passed down the generations." [Guardian]
  • Simon Doonan was very excited to work with Olivier Theyskens on Theyskens' book, The Other Side Of The Picture: "We tried to create this drama! It is a display of a person's absolute dream to work with an Olivier Theyskens. It's like a Sargent painting, or a reincarnation of a Henry James woman just sweeping into a ballroom with her dress dragging along behind her!" [FashionWeekDaily]
  • Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon says she once "fell off the side of a boat in my Jimmy Choos...in the Mediterranean," but her Choos "stayed on. Can you believe it?" [FashionWeekDaily]
  • Is plaid totally over? Steven Alan, whose plaid shirts helped start the trend, seems pretty tired of it: "I'm a little bit bored with the traditional plaid. How many times can you see black box plaid or these other plaids?" [TheCut]
  • Forbes: Style bloggers are still the new hotness, and Tavi is still totally rad. [Forbes]
  • Project Runway alum Daniel Vosovic set out to cast 15 Asian models in his runway show, and found that it was a difficult process: ""I feel like we found fifteen amazing girls, but it was a freaking struggle. Some agencies just had no Asian girls. It just threw me for a curve. This is the first time I'm showing, and I feel like it was a huge awakening. You hear about it all the time, and then you're in the position to request it, and I'm like 'This is insane.'" [TheCut]
  • Model Maggie Rizer is engaged to her boyfriend, Alex Mehran. [USWeekly]
  • "Hell yeah! Glitter is everything. Glitter and hair and hairspray. I'm obsessed - I'm like, a glitter connoisseur. I buy it by the pound. I have like, secret sources of glitter. And then the only thing I'm a diva about on tour is like - I need at least a gallon of glitter a night."-Ke$ha [TheCut]
  • Times critic Cathy Horyn was not a big fan of Jason Wu's runway collection, noting that his "homage to the photographs of Irving Penn just didn't work" and deeming it "clunky and labored." [NYTimes]