OUT OF THIS WORLD
Proving that he’s still spacey after all these years, designer Thierry Mugler (above), whose intergalactic dominatrices invaded planet fashion in the mid-eighties, fell back to earth in 2007 with a radically transformed appearance, thanks to extreme body modification, and a new name: the disappointingly terrestrial-sounding Manfred.
In 2008, the hard-partying bicoastal designer Anand Jon (above, with models), who outfitted Lydia Hearst-Shaw and Paris and Nicky Hilton in maxi skirts and muscle tees, was found guilty by a Los Angeles court on one count of rape and 15 counts of sexual assault against seven women as young as 14. Jon is currently serving a 59-year-to-life sentence in Rikers Island jail and awaiting trial for a second campaign of sexual molestation involving a dozen women in the New York area.
THE UGLY SIDE OF BEAUTY
If every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, then Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers’s tiff with her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, the now 90-year-old heiress to the L’Oréal cosmetics fortune, earned that clan a badge of distinction. The feud, over more than $1.32 billion squandered on gifts—including Picassos, Matisses, and a Seychelles island—ended when Bettencourt-Meyers declared her mother mentally unfit and had her removed from the company board in 2012.
Abercrombie & Fitch has managed to offend everyone from Christian groups to Asian Americans and the governor of West Virginia with its homoerotic imagery, thongs for tweens, and discriminatory hiring practices. One such gripe ended in a £9,000 settlement in 2009 for a London law student who was banished to the stockroom for wearing, in an effort to hide her artificial arm, a cardigan that was against the store’s “look policy.”
NO BUTTS ABOUT IT
Celebrity sot Kiefer Sutherland added a little drama to the Met’s Costume Institute Ball in 2009 when he head-butted Jack McCollough, half of the design duo Proenza Schouler, in the face at an afterparty. Sutherland, who was coming off a well-documented public altercation with a Christmas tree, had been schmoozing with Brooke Shields and took objection to McCollough’s allegedly bumping into the actress. (Shields later said the designer had not provoked the attack.) It’s not known if the lads ultimately settled their differences out of court, but McCollough now owns some very nice property.
In 2011, after leaving his wife and three children, hedge fund manager Pierre Lagrange (above, right), one of the richest men in England—who sold his Kensington Palace Gardens home to Roman Abramovich for £90 million—became romantically involved with Roubi L’Roubi (above, left), a little-known Mayfair-based couturier who was previously renowned for creating clerical vestments for London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.