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After a tragic battle with cancer, Joseph Ettedgui founder of fashion label JOSEPH, has died aged 74. The Moroccan-born owner stumbled upon his career in fashion after moving from Casablanca to London to work as a hairdresser, where fate would bring him to meet Kenzo, for whom Ettedgui went on to stock in the basement of his hair salon. Continuing to sell Kenzo, and adding Emanuelle Khanhand Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to his discovered young talent, Ettedgui opened his first store in 1972, in Chelsea.
From there came a knitwear line -Joseph Tricot - which expanded shortly after with the addition of tailoring, from which the figure flattering stretch boot-cut trousers became a staple buy for almost every woman's wardrobe. Always with a keen eye for new and fresh talent, the Joseph stores have stocked the likes of John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia, Muiccia Prada and Katharine Hamnett. Although Ettedgui sold the Joseph stores in 2005, his uncanny eye for talent will live on through the brand, which remains as one of Britain's most successful retailers.
We don't know how Harpo Studios handled two fame monsters spontaneously this week, but indeed, Lady Gaga made an appearance on Oprah. She told the Big O about everything from her wannabe-foodie lifestyle to her experience meeting the Queen to the outfits - and oh, the outfits. Gaga discussed many of her most memorable looks (see the video here), including her Kermit dress by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and her VMA Alexander McQueen dress.
But let's face it: What we're all focusing on is Gaga's latest hairdo, which reminds us of infinitely more fashion-focused sea urchins. Maybe the creator of those Gaga Barbies will have a stylish new doll to whip up.
Well, well, well: old Babs doesn't have such safe outfit choices anymore, does she? Veik, a 29-year-old "doll player" from Beijing, has created a series of Barbie outfits styled after the one and only Lady Gaga. The miniature fashions include everything from Gaga's Alexander McQueen lobster-claw heels to her Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Kermit dress. And as for hairstyles, Veik has Gaga Barbie covered. The bob, the ringlets, the extensions - we're going there. Maybe Mattel will take notice, but we can't really see this guy walking out of the dollhouse with someone so experimental.
Disclaimer: no frogs were harmed in the making of this coat.
Lady Gaga appeared on German television recently wearing this Jean Charles de Castelbajac number, made of hundreds of Kermit the Frogs. According to Gaga: "I dress this way all the time because it inspires my life." Um.
If you don't speak German, just try to count the Kermits until the lady speaks.