Fashion: Lady Gaga buys a McQueen dress at Daphne Guinness auction
Lady Gaga was among the winning bidders in the Daphne Guinness auction at Christie's in London on Wednesday, benefitting the Isabella Blow Foundation. She paid a record amount for an Alexander McQueen dress -- $133,075 -- for an empire-style ivory tulle gown from Guinness' collection, shown here. The auction raised the equivalent of $742,000 -- way more than the $160,00 expected. (Lady G bid by phone, not in person, since she's in the midst of a tour.) [WWD]
Music star Will.i.am reportedly is teaming with edgy Japanese menswear designer Masaomo Yamaji on a collaborative men's collection of jackets and blazers to be called Will.i.am X Rynshu (the name of Yamaji's main line), according to a press release.
Refinery29 named its "30 under 30" rising stars in L.A. -- creative, political and otherwise savvy folks to keep an eye on. They included model Atlanta de Cadanet Taylor, jewelry designer Karla Deras, designers Dakota Solt and Lisa Ziven of Crybaby Presents, Daily Beast fashion and art correspondent Isabel Wilkinson, fashion publicist Chase Weideman and photographer Matt Sayles. [Refinery29]
Speaking of Refinery29, the website has launched a shopping platform, R29 Shops, where readers can browse and buy from brands including Keds Apparel, Norma Kamali, Steven Alan, Dolce Vita and Rebecca Minkoff. [WWD]
Any comparison between his C. Wonder label and that of ex-wife Tory Burch is wrong, Chris Burch said in an interview with Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. Her clothes are serious fashion, he said, and C. Wonder is more whimsical. [CBS News]
Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom has finally selected a site for its first full-on store in New York City. But it's not expected to open until 2018. [Fashionista]
At the Paris menswear shows, the Band of Outsiders lone model-in-a-box continues his vigil, with some timeouts for sleeping. [The Cut]
And meanwhile at the Y Project by Yohan Serfaty show, the models started out lying still on freshly made hospital beds before rousing themselves to head for the runway. [Fashionising]
Hairdressers finally have a shot at the Oscars, thanks to new rules adopted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Los Angeles Times]
Taking a page from self-serve beauty emporiums like Sephora, Clinique has taken its products out of glass cases and developed an Experience Bar, where customers can try things out at their own pace. [WSJ]
Photo: The Alexander McQeen gown purchased by Lady Gaga in the Daphne Guinness auction for the Isabella Blow Foundation. Credit: EPA/Christie's Images Ltd.