Style Notes: Princess Diana's Dresses Sell for $1.2 Million; Riccardo Tisci's Post-Rihanna Move

Princess Diana Purple 2011
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Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) during a visit to RAF Wittering, September 1995.

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A collection of ten of the late Princess Diana’s formal dresses netted $1.2 million in a London auction Tuesday morning.  An anonymous male bidder purchased the auction’s standout, a navy velvet Victor Edelstein gown worn by Diana in 1985 to a White House event at which she danced with John Travolta, for $360,000 as a surprise gift for his wife. [Associated Press]

As we reported on March 11, Rihanna will don a set of Givenchy haute couture costumes for the remainder of her Diamonds World Tour.  Up next for Givenchy mastermind Riccardo Tisci?  He’ll be outfitting the cast of Boléro, a spring production of the Opéra de Paris debuting May 2 at the Palais Garnier. [Vogue UK]

Controversial popstar Lana Del Rey covers this month’s L’Officiel Paris in a Spanish-themed spread that channels vintage Hollywood glamour – think blood-red lips, romantic black lace, and shrines of fading religious icons. [Who What Wear]

Justin Timberlake may be relinquishing control of his William Rast clothing line "by the end of the year."  The men's collection, which Timberlake co-founded with friend Trace Ayala in 2005, has ceased showing at New York Fashion Week and can now only be purchased at J.C. Penney and through select online retailers. [NYMag]

Five runway casting directors have opened up about discriminatory casting practices in the industry.  James Scully, who casts for Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, among others, lambasts Dior for whitewashing: “I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can't even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast. And recently they're changing from a very diverse, worldwide, multicultural cast to just a very Germanic-looking white girl.” [BuzzFeed]

Anna Wintour’s first order of business as Condé Nast’s inaugural artistic director?  She’ll embark upon a “listening tour” of the publishing powerhouse. [Adweek]