Fashion Cheat Sheet

12.12.13

Lindsay Ellingson is Engaged; Photographer Kate Barry Passed Away

And Moda Operandi raises $20 million more from investors.

Lindsay Ellingson is Engaged: Yet another Victoria's Secret model is off the market! Lindsay Ellingson, who made her runway debut for Christian Dior's Spring/Summer 2005 collection, is engaged to medical equipment sales rep, and boyfriend of six years, Sean Clayton. Clayton reportedly proposed to Ellingson at his parents home in Ohio over Thanksgiving, and they are said to be planning a wedding for June in South Carolina. [Page Six]

Photographer Kate Barry Passed Away: Forty-six-year-old photographer — and daughter of Jane Birkin and the late composer John Barry — was found dead outside of her apartment in Paris's 16th arrondissement on Wednesday evening after allegedly falling from her fourth story apartment. Police are still investigating the situation. Barry established herself as a fashion photographer, shooting for the likes of British Vogue and The Telegraph. She is survived by her 26-year-old son Roman de Kermadec. [Vogue UK]

Moda Operandi Raises $20 Million More From Investors: Luxury e-commerce site Moda Operandi has received an additional $20 million dollars in funding from existing investors including Condé Nast and LVMH. Despite this year's staff changes — both CEO Aslaug Magnusdottir and Creative Director Taylor Tomasi-Hill left the company — the site's revenue is up 130% from 2012. "The funds will go toward inventory and asset purchases, strengthening the overall platform from a technology standpoint, investing significantly in mobile and a relaunch of modaoperandi.com in the third quarter of next year," said Deborah Nicodemus, who replaced Magnusdottir as CEO in October. [WWD]

Nicole Richie's Little Sister Lands First Modelling Gig: Fifteen-year-old Sofia Richie — half sister to Nicole — has been named the face of Los Angeles swimwear brand Mary Grace Swim. Richie, who made her modelling debut in Teen Vogue last fall, is following in her big sister's footsteps by beginning her own career in the fashion industry. "Nicole is definitely my style icon, and she's the best person to go shopping with," Richie told Teen Vogue. "She's really honest. Other people are afraid to hurt your feelings, so they'll tell you something's cute when it isn't, but she'll be like, 'No, discard that.' When I'm older, if I'm successful at everything, I want to come out with a clothing line." [The Telegraph]