Fashion Cheat Sheet

08.12.13

Beyoncé & Dead Celebrities Top Magazine Sales; Karl Lagerfeld Offers Angela Merkel Fashion Advice

and QVC's Jacqueline Kennedy accessories collection causes a stir.

Beyoncé & Dead Celebrities Top Magazine Sales: In terms of cover stars,
"Sex sells, three celebrities are better than one, and Beyoncé trumps everyone, even the First Lady of the United States,"WWD reports. Vanity Fair has taken to putting deceased stars on their covers, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and this year's September issue star, Princess Diana. Newstand numbers support VF's choice to put the dead rather than the living on their covers, with its Audrey Hepburn cover selling almost 100,000 more issues than its Taylor Swift one. And while the dead may still be popular for magazine covers, of course, Beyoncé is the reigning cover queen. The singer's March Vogue cover outsold the magazine's April exclusive interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, 355,397 to 293,798. [WWD]

Karl Lagerfeld Offers Angela Merkel Fashion Advice: Although he recognizes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not interested in his fashion advice, outspoken Karl Lagerfeld offered her some anyway in German magazine Focus. Lagerfeld stated that the Chancellor should dress “according to her special proportions." "The proportions were bad, like the cut. The pants were too long,” he says of an outfit Merkel wore during President Obama's recent trip to Berlin. [Fashionista]

QVC's Jacqueline Kennedy Accessories Collection Causes a Stir: Shopping network QVC has released a Jaqueline Kennedy Collection of jewelry, watches, and sunglasses, and both her family and fans are displeased. The New York Post reports that Daughter Caroline Kennedy "isn’t happy that the name and likeness of her mother, who died in 1994, is being exploited... insist[ing] that the manufacturer, a Boonton, NJ, outfit called Camrose & Kloss, put a disclaimer on its Web site that neither the Kennedy family nor the John F. Kennedy Library has anything to do with the venture." [NY Post]

New Technology Can Recognize Counterfeit Bags: Scientists at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory have developed a new technology they claim can detect a counterfeit bag. Utilizing terahertz, "a type of radiation between infrared and microwave that can pass through fabric and plastic," the technology has the ability to recognize "the exact textile makeup of fabrics that look and feel alike." Although the technology will only be able to detect counterfeit products made of different materials, the system is one step closer to preventing faux-designer goods from being passed through customs. [Salon]

Cara Delevingne Talks Her Struggle With Psoriasis & BFF Rihanna: Now 21-year-old Cara Delevingne opens up to W Magazine about her struggle with Psoriasis -- and her relationship with Rihanna. Delevingne told W’s Lynn Hirschberg, “It only happened during Fashion Week! Which is, of course, the worst time of the year for me to be covered in scabs. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and I’m sensitive. Kate [Moss] saw me before the Louis Vuitton show, at 3 a.m., when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs. … She got me a doctor that afternoon; Kate gives really good advice.” The model says that BFF Rihanna gives good advice as well. “I was just on holiday for three days in Greece with my sister, and I thought that would make me happy and relaxed. But when I stop everything, it’s really bad... I called Rihanna, and she said, ‘It’s easy to drown yourself in work. That’s a form of escapism. So, if you’re alone and you want to cry, cry.’" [W Magazine]