This year, it seems like the world is having a massive love affair with London, which means that it’s becoming even more of a sought-after fashion destination with legions of foreign fashion retailers wanting to internationalise into the British market. Let’s take a look at the latest faces which are set to grace our shores.
Rebecca Taylor’s designs focus on modern femininity, and of course, her most famous fan in the UK just so happens to be the Duchess of Cambridge. As is often the case with whatever Kate wears, as soon as Rebecca Taylor’s designs were pictured on her, almost every British fashionista wanted to buy the brand. (It’s her blue tweed skirt suit we’re talking about, below.) There is now such a demand for Taylor’s designs in the UK that she’s announced her first store is on its way. Although the date and location are yet to be confirmed, we’re guessing it’ll be before the end of the year.
Scotch & Soda
This week, it was announced that the Dutch brand Scotch & Soda are also planning to expand into the UK and the US this fall. It’s been reported that they have already acquired two stores in London’s Westbourne Grove area of Notting Hill, where one will be dedicated to womenswear and the other to menswear.
Okay, so she’s not exactly a fashion designer herself, but Disney is collaborating with several London based fashion designers to launch a Minnie Mouse Must-Haves fashion collection this coming London Fashion Week. The main fashion designers taking part in the project are Giles Deacon, Michael van der Ham, and Richard Nicoll, with jewellery designers featuring Tatty Devine and Husam el Odeh.
Disney has also announced that they are teaming up with the flamboyant Meadham Kirchoff who will unveil a Minnie Mouse-inspired catwalk show. We hear that the overall aim of the Minnie Mouse revival is to cement her iconic look of bows and dots. So if you visit London soon and see everybody channeling Minnie Mouse, now you’ll understand why.
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The leaves are drying and summer's dying BUT before you curl up into a ball and climb into bed to mourn the season and brace yourself for the upcoming winter, just wait one second: September is no July, but it's not bupkis. Plenty of people prefer autumnal layers to summer sundresses, but when I say I'm looking forward to September, I'm not talking about cardigans.
In the next few weeks, we're going to be treated to two great things: 1) FASHION WEEK 2) Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book. And even though nothing could ever truly outshine fashion week, runway shows happen every few months — highly-anticipated new fashion glossies launch far less frequently.
The stakes of the September 13 release are quite high: its success would avenge the former Paris Vogue editor's departure (and rumored firing) from the Condé Nast title; its (unlikely) failure would vindicate Roitfeld's former bosses, who have blocked staffers from working on the new project.
The editor has been teasing a series of GIF images in the weeks leading up to next month's launch, and today, the soon-to-be magazine released a video trailer. (I know: first GIFs, now MPGs? How very 2012 of Ms. Roitfeld. One of these days she might even buy a camera phone and figure out what LOL stands for.) Apart from teasing visuals from CR Fashion Book's first issue, the clip gives us all a glimpse of its editor's ambition.
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Katy Perry claimed on the cover of Elle’s September issue that she couldn’t “be the candy queen forever,” so is she finally attempting to show us that? Her cover for L’Officiel Paris’s September issue is decidedly un-candy-like (unless she’s moving into the orange sherbet, circus peanuts, or taffy category) and Katy looks almost unrecognizable as she’s styled with a flowing mane of red hair.
Forum members didn’t mind the abandonment of Katy’s affinity for the super saccharine, but they took issue with the fact that she’s nearly unrecognizable on this magazine cover. “This must be photoshopped to death because it took me five minutes to actually see any resemblance to her actual face,” visualoptimism concluded.
Miss Dalloway couldn’t believe her eyes. “This is so bad, she is a stunning woman, who is incredibly photogenic, and they photoshop her into someone else? What is even worse is the person they made her out to be is far less attractive than the real woman! And I can’t with the jaw almost not fitting the upper face, ridiculous!” she exclaimed.
GERGIN wrote, “This looks like a Halloween issue, why the orange overload? I wouldn't have minded the image if they had put her in a different colored top,” he mused.
Maybe L’Officiel is subtly trying to hold on to Katy’s candy association after all?
Image courtesy of L’Officiel.
Forum members have been anxiously waiting for weeks (or months, really since the collaboration was announced in June) for a look at the Maison Martin Margiela collection for H&M. Finally, this weekend, a scan from French Elle afforded the first preview, showing a red draped dress with a flowing asymmetrical hem.
“I want this,” chloesaab posted.
“Funny, I was just lusting after a dress similar to this on ebay,” educo commented. The way previous H&M collaboration collections have been going, ebay may the only place to find this actual dress once the resellers storm the store and stockpile whatever they can manage to carry out with them.
If subsequent pieces are as covetable as this red dress (which I also wouldn't mind owning), then this collection of womenswear, menswear, and accessories is guaranteed to sell out fast when it hits stores on November 15.
Image: A scan from French Elle’s September issue via facebook.com/frichic
John Galliano is the great designer and not-so-great human being who was sacked from his position as head designer of Dior last year, after he was filmed making anti-Semitic and racist remarks.
The disgraced designer has recently reemerged in Paris after a stint in rehab. He's been spotted dining with Anna Wintour and flâneur-ing around all over the place. Even though he hadn't released any details about his upcoming projects, he still retains the support of many of the industry's top people and so I have the feeling that we haven't seen the last of John Galliano.
Still, his path towards redemption just became a little more difficult to walk on because someone stole his shoes. More, uh, literally, French President François Hollande released a decree stripping the designer of his Legion of Honor award, which he'd been granted in 2010. How embarassing!
I don't know what noble or gallant thing Galliano had originally done to deserve the medal, but surely he understands President Hollande's reasoning: national honor awards and anti-Semitic rants make strange bedfellows these days.
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Karen Walker started the rumours and Zambesi have confirmed them: Kiwi designers have an innate sense of what constitutes a mad cool pair of sunnies. As one of New Zealand’s most iconic and innovative luxury fashion brands, it’s a surprise that Zambesi has never considered tackling eyewear in the past, but this is probably one of those times when you’re supposed to take the adage “good things are worth waiting for” and just roll with it.
Zambesi’s debut eyewear collection is, obviously, a good thing. Their signature moody, cutting-edge aesthetic has been channeled into six unisex frame styles, three for the sun and three optical, each reimagining a classic style. The Jetson is like a rounder, slightly more angular version of the much-loved wayfarer, while the Aeronaut’s thinned-out frames prove that sometimes less is indeed more. But the best part of the six-piece collection is without a doubt the mismatched lenses, available in icy cool lunar tones in the Jetson frames or striking grey and yellow in the Space Cadet (the names alone are evidence these sunnies are not of this world).
Each pair of shades is handmade in Japan using a painstaking ‘tumbling’ process that can take up to five months to perfect. The premium Japanese Acetate must develop for six weeks in order to achieve that extra shiny, long-lasting luster, before the pieces are fitted with organic Japanese compound resin lenses that have been hand-dyed for crystal clear vision.
Check out the entire campaign on the Zambesi store website and see if you can resist clicking “Add to Cart”.