- Because it's in the news, here's a look at gay marriages and their places in fashion history. [Styleite]
- Louis Vuitton has raised the prices of its most iconic bags by as much as 10 percent in the US and UK. [Racked]
- LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault has officially been decorated with the title of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, joining the number of fashion insiders honored by the British monarchy. [WWD]
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Tickets to Vanity Fair Oscar Party and Custom Stella McCartney on the Block at Earth Day Green Auction
Christie's is partnering with fashion industry leaders for an inaugural green auction, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this April 22. PPR chairman François-Henri Pinault, Anna Zegna, Vivienne Westwood, Lauren Bush, Maggie Rizer, and Julie Gilhart make up the event's honorary committee and have been calling on the fashion industry to support "A Bid to Save the Earth."
The auction block will include a private lunch with Vera Wang; Giorgio Armani evening dresses and two tickets to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party; his and her bespoke suits from Stella McCartney, and private fitting with the designer; Girard-Perregaux watches; Valextra luggage; Harry Winston jewelry; and David LaChapelle photography (above). Oceana, Conservation International, the Central Park Conservancy, and the National Resources Defense Council will benefit.
Source: David LaChapelle
Daphne Guinness Trades in Skunk-Striped Hair for All Black, Swims in Pool Clothed for Art Basel Performance Piece
>> Daphne Guinness, who has experienced an increase in industry attention this year between her Comme des Garcons-backed perfume and her tendency to wear the unwearable shoe — from Alexander McQueen and Nina Ricci under Olivier Theyskens, in particular, has traded in her iconic skunk-striped hair for a new look. When she flew in to Miami from London for Art Basel, she debuted an all-black coif, causing many, apparently, to not recognize her.
She joined beau Andre Balazs at the festivities, and later close friend and photographer David LaChapelle, with whom she presented "an incredibly elaborate advertising campaign for Maybach, the Mercedes-Benz line of uber-luxury cars, in front of both the company’s German executives and an Art Basel audience," according to Stefano Tonchi. Afterward, they dove into the hotel swimming pool, LaChapelle in only his underwear, and Daphne in couture, coif, diamonds, and all.
Many pretty young things were out in LA last night to attend the Hollywood Style Awards. Lauren Conrad took a break from thinking about the LA Candy movie to hit the white carpet in a floral dress, present an award and congratulate Young Stylemaker Brody Jenner. Kim was the lone Kardashian at the event and talked about how she's happy to let her sisters have the spotlight these days, though they're still working together on an upcoming line for Bebe. Hayden Panettiere and Selena Gomez posed in their minis and were just a few of the evening's big winners, but you guys seem split when it comes to deciding who was the best dressed.
>> Daphne Guinness spent some time last month being photographed by Steven Klein for an upcoming issue of Vogue Italia, but she also spent ten days out of July in Maui on a shoot with i-D and Vogue Italia photographer David LaChapelle. She blogged today of the experience:
"We’ve been shooting for 10 days straight. Sometimes twenty hour shoots in a day, from the deepest jungle to the volcanic cliffs, moving sets and equipment constantly. Working directly with the elements, the downpours, changing height and distances and moving the equipment has all been a challenge. The results are completely remarkable."