Tom Ford Named GQ’s Designer of the Year; Balenciaga Sets Court Date
Tom Ford Named Designed of the Year: Tom Ford took home the title of Designer of the Year last night GQ's Style Awards. The awards, presented by Justin Timberlake, saw an award for Legend of the Year go to Michael Douglas, and former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens (a.k.a. Matthew) won the Most Stylist Man award. Careful not to leave out the ladies, GQ awarded Emma Watson with this year's Best Woman award. [GQ].
Balenciaga and Ghesquière Court Date Set: The French luxury label will see its first day in court on October 15, where it will seek damages totaling €7 million (or $9.2 million) against its former creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière. Balenciaga claims Ghesquière made remarks that were detrimental to the brand after he quit the label last November. Earlier this year, Ghesquière told System Magazine that he left the job because of "lack of direction" and that he felt like he was being "sucked dry"—comments that Balenciaga deemed harmful to the brand and a breach of the designer's contract. According to WWD, the courts won't reach a verdict until spring 2014. [WWD]
A New Royal Baby for Sweden: The Swedish Royal Court confirmed today that Princess Madeline is expecting her first child with husband Christopher O'Neil. They announced that the baby is due in March, making the princess about two months along. Madeline (who is third in line for the Swedish throne) and O'Neil married early this year in June and they currently live in New York City. Princess Madeline works for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation, established by her mother, Queen Silvia, and will continue her charity work for the rest of the year. [Daily Mail]
Met Ball to Honor Charles James: The 2014 Met Gala ball and costume exhibit will pay tribute to American couturier Charles James. Around 100 of James's gowns will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute from May 5 to August 10 at the installation Charles James: Beyond Fashion. James first appeared in Vogue in 1933 and was known for his highly sculpted, architectural dresses, which were almost mathematical in nature. The opening of the exhibit will also mark the reopening of the Met’s Costume Institute galleries and will be an unveiling of its redesign. [Harper's Bazaar]