BUCKINGHAM BAILEY: Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative officer, made a visit to Buckingham Palace Friday to receive his Member of the Order of the British Empire honor from Queen Elizabeth II. “I am both honored and humbled,” said Bailey, who was named an MBE as part of this year’s Queen’s birthday honors list for his services to the fashion industry. “This award also recognizes the incredible team that I work with, and it is a privilege to be a part of Burberry, a great British brand.” Bailey’s parents watched the designer receive the honor, and later that day, Bailey celebrated with his family over lunch. But while the MBE ranks high as an accolade, it isn’t the only nod Bailey has been given of late: Earlier this week, the designer was made an honorary patron of Dublin’s Trinity College’s Philosophical Society, which has been a forum for the discussion of artistic and aesthetic ideas for more than 300 years. Bailey also holds an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Art and honorary doctorates from both the University of Huddersfield and the University of Westminster.
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FASHION IN PICTURES: Fashion illustrator Gladys Perint Palmer unveiled a collection of her illustrations of Paris’ fall 2009 couture shows — including the Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix and Givenchy shows — at London’s Mayor Gallery Thursday night. Perint Palmer’s drawings, done in pastels, paints and ink, range from Lacroix’s bridal gown adorned with gold brocade and worn with an elaborate headdress and a padded, sculpted corset from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Hollywood-inspired collection to a Givenchy look depicting a model with a veil of gold jewelry worn over her face and neck, with smudges of black pastel that represented a tulle veil. “I remember [the Givenchy show] was the week [Nicolas] Sarkozy said he was going to ban the veil,” said Perint Palmer, referring to the French president’s comments criticizing the wearing of burkas in France. “Fashion is full of ridiculous coincidences, and this was a ridiculous coincidence.” Perint Palmer was joined at the gallery by guests including Rosita Missoni and fellow illustrators David Downton and Tanya Ling, along with William Ling of the Fashion Illustration Gallery, who hosted the show. The exhibition runs through Jan. 29.
CIAO MILANO: There’s good news and bad news in the schedule for Milan Men’s Fashion Week, released Friday by Italy’s Camera della Moda. Pringle is making a runway comeback after a few years’ absence. Alexander McQueen also returns after last season’s hiatus, in which he screened an art film instead of having a show. Canali is showing as well, proving last season’s 75th anniversary event was no mere one-off. Galliano, John Galliano’s diffusion line, is slated for a presentation and appears to be launching men’s. The bad news, as previously reported, is confirmation that Missoni and Moschino will not show.
MELLON’S VICTORY: The Royal Court of Jersey in the Channel Islands has awarded Tamara Mellon 6 million pounds, or $9.9 million, in Jimmy Choo shares after her mother, Ann Yeardye, conceded defeat in a civil lawsuit. Mellon had sued her mother for breach of contract in the sale of Jimmy Choo to Lion Capital in 2004. “Tamara is delighted with this outcome,” a spokesperson for Mellon, Jimmy Choo’s founder and president, said on Sunday. The case was settled late last week, and both sides paid their own costs. A spokesman for Yeardye could not be reached at press time.
As reported, Mellon was set to take the stand against her mother during the trial that began last month. Mellon and Yeardye held stakes in Jimmy Choo through family trusts and, at the time of the sale to Lion Capital, money was paid to the family in cash and stock of the new owner. Mother and daughter reached an agreement partly verbally and partly in writing that Yeardye would receive her share in cash only, and Mellon would take her share solely in stock. The lawsuit alleged that Yeardye mistakenly received some of the stock that was supposed to go to Mellon, and refused to return it when the error was discovered.
The disputed stock was later liquidated after Jimmy Choo was sold once again in 2007, and has been sitting in a frozen bank account. In 2004, Lion Capital acquired a majority stake in Jimmy Choo. In 2007, Lion Capital sold Jimmy Choo to TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, its current owner.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: On Thursday night at WQXR’s new WNYC home on Charlton Street, Trudi Styler and Sting hosted and acted in their movie “Twin Spirits.” The film, narrated by Derek Jacobi, portrayed the love between Clara and Robert Schumann through a reading of love letters and performances of the composers’ music. The evening was to benefit The Music Unites Choir — for public high school students and The Royal Opera House Education Programs — a favorite project of the rock star and his wife. It was an eclectic enough evening to attract guests such as Joshua Bell and Donna Karan, who also got to hear WQXR’s Elliott Forrest interview Sting and Styler. Sting surprises: He plays the lute, violin and cello; practices Bach every day; would love to write modern music for the lute; prefers fully punctuated, hand-written letters to e-mail, and feels composing music is a kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder.