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Trend Whore: Boney Sugar Skulls

God save McQueen - we will never be without a surplus of gorgeous skull jewelry. The designer, known for many things, but among them his frequent use of skulls in his accessory design, made the previously Gothic symbol into a high fashion necessity. Collections of rings, earrings and scarves, in addition to zippers and details on shoes; all with McQueen’s trademark toothy grin. While he may be the most well-known, he is certainly not the only designer expressing their creative vision through symbols of death, In addition to seasoned pros like Vivienne Westwood, emerging designers Julia DeVille and CFDA finalist Pamela love make bone-chilling pieces inspired by death and what they say about the living.

These pieces fit beautifully into the dark wardrobes of winter, and are a way to wear the Gothic trend in a very high-fashion way. This isn’t high school, and this definitely isn’t Hot Topic (remember that?). Handcrafted pieces in platinum and gold will help you bring out your dark side this winter, without all the eyeliner.

Graffiti Reigns: I HATE MY COLLECTION. John Galliano is a Bastard

I Hate My Collection - 1st TEASER from Markus Nylaander on Vimeo.

Although the film itself has yet to be completed, Oleg Mitrofanov, director of the much anticipated fashion documentary “I hate my collection”, has released a teaser trailer for the hungry masses.

The documentary profiles Central St Martin’s school of art and design in London, which has produced some of the most influential names in fashion today and throughout history. Having roamed the halls of the historic campus includes John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Alexandar McQueen, Phoebe Philo, Matthew Williamson. Amazing, right? At most schools, bathroom graffiti is hateful and childish, but at St. Martins, students sarcastically ink “I Love John Galliano… Bless the bastard!” on the tile. Sounds like an amazing place to copy the ways your classmates dress, aye?

The documentary’s title is provocative and intriguing, which should draw many to the film. “The idea of the documentary’s title, “ i hate my collection” comes from a graffiti, from about 12 years ago, found in Saint Martin’s old building on Charing Cross road by Judith, probably in a toilet, that’s where all the graffiti used to be, well at least all the good ones” said the director. He searched for a year and a half trying to find a student who hated their graduation collection. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the worst he heard was “It’s ok” and “I don’t really like it.” If the design students of today have little criticisms about their own work, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to.

The clip teases interviews with Antonio Berardi, Manolo Blahnik and Anthony Price among many others. It promises to be a fascinating insight into the young lives and minds of todays fashion moguls and the icons of the future.

Luxe Links | Gisele in McQueen, Met Costume Gala Recaps & Prada Shoes With Built-In Legs

+ At Met Costume Gala, McQueen Reigns  - NYT

+ Gisele’s TwitPic in McQueen for Met Costume Gala - Twitpic

+ How Joe Zee Recovered From A Disastrous First Job Interview - Fashionista

+ These $1,500 Prada Shoes Come With The Leg Already Built In - Racked

+ The Best And Worst Of the Met Gala Red Carpet by the Fug Girls - The Cut

+ Alexa Chung Covers June British Vogue - Vogue UK

+ Amazon to Launch Flash Sale Site - WWD

Luxe Links | Gwyneth Paltrow as the Face of Coach, Vogue Tributes McQueen & Underwear That Promotes Abstinence

+ 10 Celebrity Powder Mishaps - The Frisky

+ Vogue’s Tribute to Alexander McQueen - Vogue

+ What Would Your Mother Do? The ‘Abstinence’ Underwear Designed To Put Teens Off Sex  -  Daily Mail

+ Anna Dello Russo Wears Abercrombie at Home - The Cut

+ Gwyneth Paltrow To Be Face of Coach? - Page Six

+ Joe Zee Gets Harassed, Beefs Up Security on All on the Line - Fashionista

+ 'A Model Anonymous' Gets Scared And Removes Most of Her Posts - Fashionista

Luxe Links | Kate Bosworth at Coachella, Retro Coach For Net-A-Porter & McQueen Sewed Anger Into His Clothes

+ WAH Nails Does Prada Bananas - The Fader

+ Alexander McQueen: “He Sewed Anger Into His Clothes” - Telegraph

+ Retro Coach Coming to Net-A-Porter - Fashion Foie Gras

+ Burberry Acoustic - “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane - Burberry YouTube

+ Kate Middleton’s Dress Designer Revealed - Fashionista

+ Coachella Fashion - 60+ Rockin’ Style Snaps - Refinery29

+ Hannah MacGibbon Has Reportedly Signed A New Chloe Contract - Vogue UK

Luxe Links | First Look At “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, $14 Billion In Fur Sold in 2010 & Stores Trick Out Their Fitting Rooms

+ First Look At “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” - Telegraph

+ $14 Billion Worth Of Furs Were Sold In 2010 - Glamour

+ Looking For A Hot Date? White Jeans May Help - Glamour

+ Stores Are Tricking Out Their Fitting Rooms With Fancy Lighting For You And TV’s For Your Boyfriend - The Cut

+ Fashion’s Night Out Expands Online - WSJ

+ Alexander Wang Released A Short Film About His Brand’s Face -AlexanderWang.com

+ Hassle-Free Hoisery Shopping At Hoseanna -Fashionista

British Fashion Awards Hits London’s Savoy

The fashion event of the year finally hit London’s Savoy Theatre and Hotel tonight as the British Fashion Awards showcased the crème-de-le-crème of fashion talent as they stepped out on to the red carpet to celebrate this year’s nominees.

A few of the big names to attend the event included Victoria Beckham, Kelly Brook, Claudia Schiffer, Lily Cole, Thandie Newton, model Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Phoebe Philo, and of course the glamourous supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Despite the cold temperatures, stars weren’t afraid to reveal a bit of skin as they turned up wearing stylish outfits determined to stand out from the crowd where the colour black played a prevalent role.

Naomi Campbell wore a full-length gown designed by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, Victoria Beckham chose a black dress with a leg split from her Spring/Summer 2011 collection, model and actress Lily Cole wore a little black dress, while the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, styled a full-length Osman Yousefzada gown.

London fashion designers certainly know how to design collections that creates a buzz within the fashion industry and the 2010 BFA’s provided the chance to present the best fashion designers around. The late Alexander McQueen was awarded the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design; the British Style Award went to Alexa Chung; Naomi Campbell received the Special Recognition Award; British Designer of the Year went to Céline creative director Phoebe Philo; model Lara Stone won Model of The Year; while Victoria Beckham who was nominated for the Designer Brand Award missed out after it was presented to Mulberry.

As one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the British Fashion Awards delivered style and glamour as the best of the best collected this year’s awards. What’s in store for the 2011 BFA’s is anyone’s guess as the countdown to next year’s awards night gets under way.

*photos courtesy of Travis Levius.