Alas! What would any Fashion Week be without tears, bloodshed, and a bitchy mutiny? Irrelevant. And so, last night brought the melodrama in a big way at a party at the Red Bull Fashion Factory — which is where Vivienne Westwood revealed her latest Red Label collection recently. But first, the thumbnail! According to Wikipedia, the Sugababes “[were] formed in 1998 by original members Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy. After some initial success, Donaghy left the group and there was the introduction of Heidi Range in 2001 … The band survived a second line-up change in 2005, when Mutya Buena left and was replaced by Amelle Berrabah. In September 2009, it was announced that after 11 years in the group, Keisha Buchanan had departed the group and been replaced by Jade Ewen.”
So what you have left isn’t a #1 charting pop band, but a Frankenstein of miscellaneous Barbie doll parts. Near the end of the band’s run, Buchanan became the driving force. So salt deposits on her cheeks are to be expected. However, she was glowing for a bit last night as well, bedecked in leather.
Buchanan, who is believed to have been forced out by the band’s management — in cahoots with her former band members — appeared devastated and was consoled by Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams (who herself Jade Ewened her way into Destiny’s Child in some way) and members of British boyband JLS. Ultimately, with choice moments like this and this no longer possible, it leaves us at the end of the Sugababes and the beginning of Atomic Kitten 2.0 or something. Please Twitter your condolences here.
Only a month ago did she dazzle in Alexander Wang at an advance screening of The September Issue in the UK. This tragic parting of the ways also takes us into the final day of London Fashion Week. So please plan your catwalk itinerary accordingly.