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Sarah Burton on Designing Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress, How She Almost Passed Over Role at McQueen

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton has always been pretty shy about the notoriety that comes with helming such an important fashion house. After McQueen (called “Lee” by Burton and personal friends of the late designer) committed suicide in 2010, Burton was appointed head of the fashion house that boasts such a haunting legacy. Obviously, in the years following, she’s done the label a great service, carrying on the spirit of McQueen with her own gentle, less tortured take on his aesthetic.

Burton sat down with the Telegraph to talk about life four years after the passing of McQueen, her childhood and — the question everyone seems to be dying to ask her three years later — what it was like designing Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress.

Burton has kept pretty quiet about the experience, mostly because of her penchant for privacy, but tells the Telegraph all about designing the wedding dress that will be etched on our minds for generations to come. “I know we live in a culture obsessed with fame, but I happen to believe privacy is a virtue, and the relationship I have with my clients is private,” she said. “I loved making the dress, I loved adapting my ideas to suit the person and the occasion, and we put our hearts into it. I respect the intimate nature of that lovely project and I respect the friendships that were forged during it.”

It’s hard to believe that with all her success at McQueen, Burton at one time was thinking of leaving. Right after Lee died, she was approached to head another major fashion house. A co-worker told her that she would be forever haunted if she stayed at McQueen. She didn’t accept — and the house is better for it today. 

[via The Telegraph


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GAP to Open 3 New Australian Stores by 2015

Following OrotonGroup’s acquisition of GAP Australia late last year, the company has now revealed it will be opening three new stores by 2015. As reported by Ragtrader, the stores will be opening from October through to December in Sydney suburbs.

The first will open in the redeveloped hot property of Macqaurie Centre on October 16, along with other big-gun international retailers like H&M, Zara and Uniqlo. November will see the opening of GAP in Westfield Miranda, but Westfield Parramatta will house the biggest GAP store in Australia to date when it opens in December.

GAP launched in Australia back in 2010 but currently has only three stores, with two in Melbourne and one in Sydney’s CBD.

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Andreja Pejic Had a Fantastic AMA Session on Reddit

Andreja Pejic

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On Monday, we were all treated to perhaps one of the best AMAs on Reddit: Model Andreja Pejic fielded questions from fans for an hour, with questions ranging from modeling and her career to transitioning from male to female. It was a wonderfully supportive discussion — kind of surprising given Reddit’s reputation.

We rounded up some of our favorite questions and answers, and have become even bigger fans of Andreja after this.

Which are easier and/or more fun to model, men’s clothes or women’s clothes?

Which is easier – well I can only speak for my personal experience, I was always drawn to more feminine things, so I felt a lot more comfortable in women’s clothes and enjoyed them more. But there’s something really cool about dressing as the opposite gender too. So I’ve enjoyed both.

What is your daily eyebrow maintenance routine? They look amazing!

Thank you!

Well I don’t mess with them TOO much because bushy eyebrows are very much in right now. I just have a beautician that cleans them up, every month I would say? But it’s very minimal. The key is minimal.

Since you’re probably the only person who truly knows, how would you say the treatment differs between male and female models in the industry? Have you noticed any dramatic changes?

Yeah, there’s a big difference between how male models & female models are treated.

Definitely female models are at a higher level in the industry, it’s a business, so women definitely dominate. I think male modeling is still developing and to be a male model is still developing, whereas to be a female model is very much developed.

Wanna go out with me? I’ve got a coupon for the Olive Garden.


I like Red Lobster better.

What do you think people misunderstand most about transgender people today?

I would say the fact that we are human beings like anyone else, and we strive to have happy and fulfilling lives, like anyone else. And that we are like everybody else.

Hi Andreja, another big fan of yours here. My question is what’s your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is the first time I received a Barbie from a neighbor, because I kept begging my mom to buy me a Barbie, I never got one, so my neighbor donated one to me. So that was a nice.

For more, check out the AMA.

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Link Buzz: Martha Stewart is Not Here for Gwyneth Paltrow, The ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Trailer Has Arrived

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Alberto Reyes/

  • Take a look at Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima photographed in black and white and in the nude for Russell James‘ new book, Angels. [Esquire]
  • Neiman Marcus just bought MyTheresa. [WWD
  • John Galliano makes his first appearance on French TV since “I love Hitler”-gate. [WWD]
  • Stella McCartney launches her Green Carpet Collection. [Vogue UK]
  • Martha Stewart reads Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow like a cookbook full of overpriced recipes in this month’s Porter magazine. “She just needs to be quiet,” Stewart said. “She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.” Zing! [Racked]
  • The closest you’ll come to seeing Lauren Conrad in her wedding dress…for now. [Popsugar Fashion]
  • A bronze statue of Amy Winehouse was unveiled in London this weekend. [Page Six]
  • Katie Grand and Luella Bartley talk about what it’s like to be BFFs. [Guardian]
  • The full trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay is here! [Marie Claire]

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Ariana Grande Looks Shocked to Be on Marie Claire’s October Issue

Ariana Grande has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to her chart-topping summer hits “Bang Bang” and “Problem.” Marie Claire has taken notice and chosen the 21-year-old singer to cover its October issue, which Ariana is taking as an opportunity to let the world know that, although she may look like a minor, she’s really 21 and can drink, SO STOP CARDING HER, OK??

Image: Tesh/Marie Claire

Image: Tesh/Marie Claire

With her mouth agape, the singer flashes a surprised glance at the camera, making for quite an interesting shot, to say the least.

Like most other former child stars, Ariana is trying to shake her teenybopper image and, as we know, there’s no better way to do that than to sex things up. For the video of her single “The Way,” she says, “I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make. And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people.” Changing your hair, associating with rappers…sounds like the basic recipe young stars employ to show that they’re “grown.” 

But apparently, Ariana’s been big in the britches for much longer than that. She tells Marie Claire that she always knew she wanted to do music.

“I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’” 

Not anymore, apparently. The singer, who’s rumored to be dating Big Sean, is all grown-up — even if she doesn’t look it.

[via Marie Claire]

UPDATE: We mistakenly stated that Ariana Grande was a child star at Disney, when she was actually on Nickelodeon. This article has been updated to reflect her affiliation.

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