Fashion news: Harrods is sold, Kate Moss is in a band and Diet Coke does nail polish

image courtesy of WWD
image courtesy of WWD
Image via WWD

The 81-year-old owner of London department store Harrods has decided it’s time to retire. Mohamed Al Fayed sold Harrods to Qatar Holdings, a private equity firm with links to Qatar’s royal family, for a reported 1.5 billion pounds. [WWD and Fashionista]

Supermodel Kate Moss and boyfriend Jamie Hince of The Kills have formed a band together. Recording is already in progress and one of the finished songs is a Velvet Underground cover. Kate the new Nico? Let’s just hope she can sing as well as she can strut. [NME]

Quote of the day: “There were a lot of women wearing my shoes. And some of them came up to me and told me they were uncomfortable!” Christian Louboutin on the Met Gala. As if this news could possibly surprise him. Or anyone for that matter. [WWD/Footwear News]

And while we’re still talking about the Gala, Francesca Rosella, founder of the line behind Katy Perry‘s LED light-up gown, believes that “technologically enhanced apparel is the future of fashion,” as reported by The Cut. Battery-operated clothing by CuteCircuit ranges from US $135 to $450 and can even be machine washed and dried, so it’s totally practical.  [The Cut]

After walking 18 shows at Australian Fashion Week, Samantha Harris will be the second Aboriginal model to grace the cover of Australian Vogue–and the first with the potential for international success. The 19-year-old has made appearances at London Fashion Week, was flown to New York to shoot for Glamour Magazine and now is reportedly being wooed by Prada and Balenciaga. “I never dreamed Australia would embrace an Aboriginal model,” said her mother. [The Independent]

Is Diet Coke is having an identity crisis? The low-cal soft drink is teaming up with Nails Inc to launch a nail polish for the UK drugstore chain Boots. The four shades are inspired by the four fashion capitals New York, London, Paris and Milan. [Marketing Week via Go Fug Yourself]

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