The black lace gown Gwen Stefani wore to the Cannes amfAR gala sparked quite a controversy earlier this week, when a “rep” for designer Michael Angel started a rumor that he, rather than the L.A.M.B. designer, deserved credit. A statement given to The Cut by Angel’s alleged rep said that Stefani was discrediting Angel, who both helped her with the design and worked as a stylist.
The information turned out misconstrued. Angel told FashionEtc. that the now-former employee spoke “without having full knowledge of the collaboration” and that Stefani designed the dress herself for the gala’s auction. (The dress sold for $125,000.) He was fairly upset about the rumor, saying, “I’m disappointed that the focus has shifted away from what Gwen and I originally intended, which was to create a custom outfit for a great cause. We both were thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed the process.”
But here’s the thing: Michael Angel obviously “helped” Stefani design the dress. And he probably got a lot of money to do so. But that’s what ghost designers do. And there’s nothing wrong with that, because it’s hard to make real money as a young designer. So while it’s silly that Angel’s former employee tried to turn a boring fact into malicious gossip, it wasn’t too far from the truth. Unfortunately, the employee has probably hurt Angel more than aided him, because now Gwen is less likely to have him “help” her with a dress.