McQueen Known To Suffer From Depression; Lacoste Puts Teen Girl In See-Through Shirt

  • Some of Alexander McQueen's friends say that his suicide was not entirely unexpected. A few days before the death of his mother, he declared in a meeting that he "wasn't interested in making fashion anymore, that he hated it." [ToL]
  • A man to whom McQueen was briefly married, George Forsyth, has given an interview to the Mirror. Forsyth, an artist, says that McQueen's fashion friends were not his confidantes. Also: "At some bashes waiters would bring round silver salvers with lines of cocaine on for the guests to sniff. That whole scene was awash with coke." And he says that once Sadie Frost was rude to him at a party. [Mirror]
  • Someone who went to the LnA after-party, where Patti Smith performed and repeatedly shouted "Alexander" and "Queen" between songs, thought this was "a bit much." Also, did Rachel Zoe use McQueen's death as an excuse to blow off the Project Runway show? [NYDN]
  • Detmar Blow, widower of Isabella, includes this in his remembrance of the designer: "He was so close to his wonderful mother, Joyce, who was a genealogist. She had researched the McQueen family line and had discovered that they were grave-diggers in Inverness. This appealed to both Alexander and Issie hugely." [Telegraph]
  • "Now, some might say that a man who can send a model onto the runway caged in manacles, as he did in his La Poupée show in 1997, is hardly interested in flattering women, but believe me, whatever that girl was wearing inside that cage, it was deep-down chic." — Plum Sykes, being...Plum Sykes. [Telegraph]
  • "I can't stop thinking about it. I just feel like crying all the time." — Karen Elson. [Telegraph]
  • A British psychic — who "describes McQueen as both a client and a friend" — claims that the late designer consulted with her about Blow's death. [Daily Express]
  • Live wolves on the runway, dance marathons, Shalom Harlow in a white dress being sprayed by automotive painting robots: Sarah Mower looks back at McQueen's shows. [Style.com]
  • Toby Young says Alexander McQueen couldn't have been a genius because he met him once in 1996 at a shoot for Vanity Fair and he was, in Young's opinion, full of "passive aggression." [Telegraph]
  • Some McQueen stockists in England are reporting a 1400% increase in sales since the designer's death. [Guardian]
  • Cynthia Rowley, displeased with the six-month lag time between a runway show and the availability in stores of the clothing on it, printed front and back photographs of each look from her fall collection onto fabric and sewed them together as garments. You can buy them at the Gagosian gallery, or get a bolt of the photo print material for $280. [Style.com]
  • Wayne Sterling says Marc Jacobs is rumored to be partly street-casting his show. [TI]
  • Who knew that Lorenzo Martone speaks four languages and has an M.B.A. in luxury brand management? [NYMag]
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones topped PETA's annual worst-dressed list, if you care. The Olsens are absent from the lineup this time. [LATimes]
  • Maria Pinto, the Chicago-based fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by Oprah and the First Lady, is filing for bankruptcy protection. Pinto announced that she would be ceasing trading, but says that the brand will "merely take a break before emerging under a new form." [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Tasha Tilberg recently married her girlfriend in Canada, where that sort of thing is legal. [NYTimes]
  • Lindsay Wixson, the 15-year-old model in the current Miu Miu campaign, recently spoke of asking W magazine for a flesh-colored bra during an editorial shoot where she was asked to wear a sheer shirt that would have exposed her breasts. The magazine obliged. So why was she on the Lacoste runway in a sheer shirt that did expose her breasts? Was Lacoste unwilling to accommodate her request, or switch her to a more age-appropriate look? [IsaacLikes]
  • "Zac Posen was very sweet and was like, ‘Come on down, I'll explain things and show you things.' His boyfriend as well. So that was super sweet. I was expecting a lot of people to be shaking their heads - and people are - but that just makes me want to prove myself even more." Coco Rocha, on starting her own line, Rococo. [The Cut]
  • "We all have a part to play and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill and start to think and it is these great thinkers who will rescue the planet." Vivienne Westwood, reiterating her plea for people to stop shopping for the sake of the planet. [Vogue UK]
  • "I think we keep needing to educate our children who aren't models and inform them that the ideal is [to just be] healthy," says Brooke Shields, on the issue of whether runway models are too thin to be healthy. However, Shields says, she personally was never a runway model: "I've never been skinny, so I never fit into that category." [The Cut]
  • "We like to think that what we do is part of a feminist discussion," say Alexa Adams and Flora Gill, of Ohne Titel. [NYTimes]
  • Tavi Gevinson is at fashion week working for Fashion Television. And stylist Mary Alice Stephenson used to sell Avon in her teens. [The Cut]
  • "It goes to show you can be curvaceous and still wear my dresses," says Victoria Beckham. Jennifer Hudson sported one of Beckham's designs to the Grammy Awards. [WSJ]
  • Naomi Campbell, after her string of arrests for violence, has this to say: "Nobody wants to look in the mirror and face their demons and say I want to fix this — nobody does because it's a scary thing. I had to look in the mirror and face mine and until I did there wasn't going to be a change in my life and I didn't want to be the way I was." [CNN]
  • H&M's same-store sales rose year-on-year by 1% in the month of January, beating analysts' expectations. The Swedish retailer saw a 7-month run of declining same-store sales last year. [WSJ]
  • Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld miss the Beatrice Inn. Who doesn't? [NYMag]