EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Arnold Scaasi, the Canadian-born couturier whose inauguration gown for Barbara Bush is on display in the Smithsonian, put his foot in his mouth when he revealed in his 2004 book Women I Have Dressed (and Undressed!) that the former first lady is the proud owner of only eight toes.
STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT
In 2004, actress Winona Ryder was caught leaving the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue with $5,560 worth of unpaid-for merchandise, including a Marc Jacobs sweater, Donna Karan cashmere socks, and a Frédéric Fekkai sequined hair clip. She later appeared on the cover of W wearing a FREE WINONA T-shirt (above).
A NOSE FOR TROUBLE
London’s Sunday Mirror reported in 2005 that, during a visit to Barcelona in 2001 to appear in a charity fashion show, supermodel Kate Moss had taken “vast quantities” of cocaine before collapsing into a coma. The paper apologized to Moss, but a few months later the Daily Mirror published photos of the supermodel appearing to do lines of cocaine at a London music studio. The ensuing scandal caused Moss to lose advertising work after being dumped by clients including H&M, Chanel, and Burberry.
Diva’s diva Naomi Campbell (above) threw a Swarovski-crystal-encrusted BlackBerry at her housekeeper Ana Scolavino in 2006. The shameful display, with its key elements of entitlement, excess, and luxury goods, instantly became the ne plus ultra of models behaving badly. (Until four years later, when Campbell would be embroiled in a trial about accepting blood diamonds from the African dictator Charles Taylor.)
CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
Oprah Winfrey was denied entry into the Hermès Paris flagship store on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 2006. Some accounts blamed the snub on the star’s after-hours arrival, others pointed the finger at her velour leisure suit.
THE FINE PRINT
The Beautiful Fall—Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris, Alicia Drake’s addictive exposé of fashion’s most enduring rivalry, became the must-have accessory of 2006. The merde hit the fan over the revelation, known to industry insiders for decades, that Lagerfeld and Saint Laurent’s animosity stemmed largely from a romantic tug-of-war in the seventies over trouser arouser Jacques de Bascher, a nobleman who died from AIDS in 1989.
THE LATE LATE SHOW
Marc Jacobs started his show in September 2007 so late—two hours late—that fashion critic Suzy Menkes retaliated, telling WWD, “I would like to murder him with my bare hands and never see another Marc Jacobs show as long as I live.” Jacobs later denied having stuck his tongue out at her. “I did not stick my tongue out at Suzy Menkes,” he commented on The New York Times fashion blog. “I pulled a stupid face with my tongue.” (He’s now militant about starting his shows on time.)