Fashion News Alert: Kate Moss Topless, Alexander Wang Designs for H&M, and Oscar de la Renta Transitions


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At 40, Supermodel Kate Moss still has a banging body. And she’s not afraid to show it off, as evidenced in the November cover of W Magazine where she is topless with six other models.

Looking ageless and particularly svelte, Moss also details some of her beauty and fitness secrets on W Magaine’s website. “Born Beautiful” is the theme of W Magazine’s November issue and Kate Moss definitely fits the bill.

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Sporty Alexander

Being Balenciaga’s creative director doesn’t seem to be enough for Alexander Wang, so he has taken on designing a sporty collection for H&M.

Wang’s sport and technology-themed capsule collection for H&M includes breathable tops, lifejackets, leggings, as well as other sports-referenced garments. The collection includes items for both men and women and comes in a neutral color palette of matte and glossy black hues with variations on gray. The collection will be available online and in H&M stores on November 6.

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Au Revoir Oscar

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday morning.

Born into a prominent Dominican family, Oscar de la Renta studied art in Spain, later switching to fashion working along side Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta came to prominence in the 1960s by dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and establishing his business in NYC in 1965.

Known for creating very feminine silhouettes of full skirts and cinched in waist, most recently de la Renta designed the wedding dress for Anal Clooney for her marriage to Oscar-winning actor George Clooney. “George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” Amal Clooney told Vogue magazine.

“So sad for the loss of this legend. Oscar de la Renta, thank you for all the beauty and inspiration you shared with us,” tweeted Nina Garcia, the Marie Claire creative director and judge on TV’s fashion designer competition “Project Runway.”

Due to his ongoing battle with cancer, it was recently announced that Nina Ricci’s artistic director, Peter Copping would join de la Renta as creative director in early November, working alongside the esteemed de la Renta.

“Our industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership,” de la Renta said in a statement on Copping’s appointment. “My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can ensure the right design future for our company and brand.”

Oscar de la Renta is survived by his wife, Annette. He was 82 years old.

—William S. Gooch

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