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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Lady Gaga sheds clothes after CFDA win. Forever 21 threatens to sue blogger. Florence Welch inspires Gucci.

June 8, 2011 |  7:49 am

Lady Gaga won the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Icon Award in ceremonies Monday night, as our Booth Moore reported here. But later in the evening, fashion -- clothes, at any rate -- seemed to go by the wayside when Gaga stripped down to pasties and a thong for further celebration on the dance floor at the  Boom Boom Room.  [Telegraph] 

Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was named Designer of the Year at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards on Tuesday night. Makes sense. She's kept the label going strong since McQueen's death and snared the most sought-after design job of the year with Kate Middleton's lovely wedding gown. [Telegraph]

Awelch Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine is to star in Gucci's fall ad campaign. Frida Giannini, the label's creative director, says Welch was the inspiration for the fall collection. [InStyle]

Forever21 seems startingly unable to take a joke. The fast fashion chain has sent a notice of intent to sue to blogger Rachel Kane seeking to shut down her satirical site,, which makes fun of their clothes. Kane says she'll probably take down the site rather than engage in an expensive legal fight."The only thing I have to console myself with in this defeat," she says, "is the hope that consumers at large will know just how humorless the people are who make the day glow pink panties they buy in bulk." [Village Voice] 

Over the last couple of years, it seems like every other month some fashion designer or another is the subject of a gallery exhibition. McQueen, Coco Chanel and Balenciaga all come to mind. Even Vivienne Westwood's shoes are on a world tour, with stops already made in Moscow and Beirut, an opening coming up Friday for a one-month a display at the Bowes' Museum's New Fashion and Textile Gallery in Durham, England, and future stops planned in New York, Japan and China. According to the Telegraph, "Along with around 200 shoe designs, the retrospective will trace the success of Dame Westwood's career to date, illustrating Westwood's defiance of the rules of wearability and convention, and addressing her uncompromising quest for superb craftsmanship and attention to detail." [Telegraph]  

Lucky Brand is trying to attract new shoppers by morphing new denim fits and a new advertising campaign. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

London-based shoe label Georgina Goodman has gone into administration, the United Kingdom equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [WWD] (Subscription required.)


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For Florence Welch, the dog days are indeed over

--Susan Denley

Photo: Florence Welch, who inspired Gucci's fall line. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times