'Rebel noble' Duchess of Alba dies

Duchess of Alba, Spain's wealthiest woman, dies

Spain's Duchess of Alba, known as the "rebel noble," has died at age 88. The wealthiest woman in Spain, she was also a bohemian, famous for her eccentric style and for flouting convention in numerous ways. (Her second husband was a defrocked priest; her third, a decades-younger civil servant.) She hosted Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn on visits to Spain, and in 1959 turned her palace in Madrid over to Yves Saint Laurent for a Dior runway show. She died Thursday after a bout with pneumonia. [Los Angeles Times]

We've heard frustrated shoppers and friends say it, and now so does the Wall Street Journal: Forever 21's gigantic stores may be too big. [WSJ]

Opening Ceremony collaborated with tech accessory company Mophie on a varsity jacket with a built-in cellphone charger. The jacket ($465) was made in a limited edition of 100. [The Cut]

Burberry chief Christopher Bailey dropped by Los Angeles to pick up the label's new Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award and to open a new store.  [Los Angeles Times]

Matthieu Blazy, former couture designer for Maison Martin Margiela, has joined Celine, WWD reports. [WWD]

Actress Danica McKellar, best known for "The Wonder Years" and last season's "Dancing With the Stars," wore a mermaid gown by Alfred Angelo to marry attorney Scott Sveslosky in Kauai over the weekend. [People]

Famous sons Dylan Brosnan (son of Pierce)  and Jack Kilmer (son of Val) are starring in some Saint Laurent ad campaigns. [People]

Nasty Gal opens its first brick-and-mortar store on Friday on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, and company founder Sophia Amoruso is expected to be on hand to greet customers from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. [WWD]

Meanwhile, e-tailer Zappos has opened its first brick-and-mortar outpost, in Las Vegas.  [WWD]

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