Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein back in 1981, All Over Press.
10 fashion scandals to remember
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AND THE PRINCE
Before the late Alexander McQueen became one of the great designers of his era, he worked as an apprentice at Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard in London. At his time there, he allegedly sewed a dirty word into the lining of a jacket ordered by Prince Charles.
The editor-in-chief of American Vogue got into a kerfuffle when she was attacked with a tofu pie by fur activists outside the Chanel show in October 2005. She took it with grace (obviously) and said she thought the pie was organic. The result of the attack was unclear, as Wintour stated she would wear more fur.
BROOKE SHIELDS AND HER CALVINS
There was a time, let’s call it 1980, when it seemed normal to use a 15-year-old model and actress called Brooke Shields in a sexy jeans ad. Calvin Klein showcased the young Shields with the infamous tagline “Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing”. Cue outrage.
NUDE SHOCKS AT DOLCE & GABBANA
Scantily clad men are a common sight during the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk shows, but normally they retain at least a shred of modesty. Not so, the streaker that invaded S/S 2014 show in 2013. As an amused audience looked on, the not so amused security guards quickly got rid of the trespasser.
YVES SAINT LAURENT LAUNCHES LE SMOKING
When Yves Saint Laurent launched his iconic Le Smoking in 1966, Women’s Wear Daily compared it to “terror”, while people screamed as the French singer Françoise Hardy appeared at the opera wearing one. In 1975, its power was still intact as Helmut Newton captured the decadent sexiness of the garment in iconic images for French Vogue.
MARC JACOBS IS RUNNING (VERY) LATE
Before changing his tune and starting on the dot, Marc Jacobs was a notorious late-starter. His shows were never on time, but in 2007, he shocked even the hardened fashion audience with a delay of two hours. The critics were withering and Suzy Menkes even wrote that it was “a parody of fashion now”.
MODELS HAVE OUTRAGEOUS DEMANDS
It sent shock waves far outside the normal reach of the fashion world when Linda Evangelista was quoted in 1990 as saying that her and her fellow supermodels wouldn’t even consider getting out of bed for less than 10,000 dollars a day. It captured the era of opulence and luxury in a few words and is still the most model-y thing ever said.
NAOMI CAMPBELL’S TEMPER TANTRUMS
Supermodel Naomi Campbell had several instances when her temper tantrums led to a number of legal accusations from 1998 to 2008. But when throwing a Blackberry at her housekeeper in 2007, it turned into community service and – of course – a fashion shoot for W Magazine.
WINONA RYDER SHOPLIFTS IN SAKS
She was the cool actress that married indie and mainstream during the 1990s, but in 2001, Winona Ryder was caught shoplifting in Saks Fifth Avenue and subsequently found guilty. She claimed she was doing research for a role where she played a kleptomaniac. Strangely, she did pay 3,000 dollars for a Gucci dress and a couple of tops.
THE SLAP AT ZAC POSEN’S SHOW
At the Zac Posen show during New York Fashion Week in September 2012, the fire brigade removed 60 chairs, resulting in seating nightmare. Soon enough, there was arguing and Lynn Tesoro, a PR, got slapped by Jennifer Eymere of Jalouse magazine after Eymere decided Tesoro w+C28as rude to her mum. Getting your seat is really important in fashion, obviously.