Babies are officially becoming more fabulous as Matthew Williamson is turning his design house into a family business with his mum, Maureen, who has designed a range of baby-wear. Williamson and his mum have always been close and after helping him start his business after his graduation from Central Saint Martins, this is such a great way for the two to work together again.
Image: Matthew Williamson
Williamson told Vogue UK today, "My mum first started knitting when I was born, then more recently she started making baby bonnets for friends and they went down a treat. She took inspiration for the colours from my first collection in 1997 and now she's got a little waiting list! I may pop them in my Mayfair store towards the end of the summer.”
His mum admitted that she got the idea from one of his books, also telling Vogue UK, "I was recently browsing through it and loving the colours, especially the Electric Angels show. I just thought how cool to have a little bonnet in the colours, tried it and had a brilliant reaction and great feedback." The vibrant knitted woollen designs are absolutely adorable, with traditional booties and hats getting the Williamson treatment in neon blue and fuchsia cashmere.
Image: Matthew Williamson
Who knows if this might tempt Williamson to follow in so many deisgners' footsteps and start a full children’s range. He admitted that "my womenswear line would translate well into childrenswear." He also reflected on the influence his mum has had on him. "My mum has always been a huge inspiration for me and my work. She loves fashion and has always been so supportive. She even worked at our Bruton Street store for a while a few years back and loved every minute of it."
This week, the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrated her first birthday. What does one gift the infant who has everything? Oh, just a set of diamond stud earrings to go with her freshly-pierced ears. Yes, North looks adorable with her new baby bling, but of course, no action of famous parents shall go uncriticized by the Internet commentariat. While some people gushed about how cute little Nori's new look is, there was a large portion of people who were turned off by the fact that a one-year-old child had gotten her ears pierced. Hollywood Life commenter Tanya wrote, "Practically child abuse in my eyes, mutilation of a 1yr old perfect little body and dangerous to boot."
Mutliation? Child abuse? Quite strong terms to be throwing around over the harmless prick of a piercing gun, which you can barely feel, especially when you're piercing the very bottom of the ear lobe. But Tanya isn't the only person feeling a little icky about Nori's new look. British TV personality Katie Hopkins took to Twitter today to sound off, and to say she went in on an innocent baby girl would be a gross understatement. "North West. If there's one thing worse than an ugly baby, it's an ugly baby with pierced ears." Ouch! She continued, "Piercing holes in the head of your baby is a strong indicator of social class. More downstairs than up."
Wow. Besides it being completely screwed up that she's a grown woman attacking the appearance of a child, for her to make a connection between pierced ears and social class is troubling, to say the least. Piercing an infant's ears is a common practice among many black and Latino communities, at least here in the United States. As little as a few days after birth, or as many as a few months, infant children are whisked away to the piercing parlor to get their first studs. Hopkins, being from the U.K., has probably seen pierced ears on the children and children's children of immigrants from the West Indes (where piercing is common), Africa and the Middle East. By connecting baby ear piercing, a cultural norm in many non-western communities to social status, she is ostensibly saying people of these cultures have no class, in comparison to her superior British sensibilities of propriety.
Obviously, Hopkins knew her tweets would cause a stir. After all, it's kind of her job to make asinine comments every once in a while, something she'll describe as "telling it like it is." But it is particularly low to attack a baby girl, and then go on to cluelessly insult the traditions of people she most likely doesn't spend a lot of time with.
There is no stadium large enough to hold the amount of seats Hopkins needs to take on this one.
Over on The Daily Beast, one writer informs us that "the Internet is look [sic] for its next young fashion sensation…Now that fashion’s favorite wunderkind has finally graduated high school*, there is room for a new teen supreme to rule the scene."
Mhhmm. I wasn't aware that there was such a strict limited capacity on preteen fashion bloggers. Not to mention, the conditions which allowed Tavi and other now-famous bloggers to rise to prominence have changed: the fashion media has adapted to the new digital landscape (see: Lucky editor-in-chief Eva Chen's acclaimed social media skills) and subsumed rival upstarts into its own institutions and hierarchies (for example: one of Tavi's peers, BryanBoy, now blogs under the NowManifest network, which is owned by Fairchild Fashion Media, a division of Condé Nast).
Still, apparently some are determined to manufacture a new Tavi. The Daily Beast goes on to list four contenders who might be the next big thing in pubescent fashion blogging:
Ryker Wixom, 4 — "An Instafamous trendsetter."
Tobias Otting, 9 — "For his blog, Otting teams with his mom to curate each post."
Moziah Bridges, 12 — "The Memphis-based CEO has been designing and creating his own collection [of bowties]."
Ophelia Horton, 14 — "At the age of 12, she began offering her original point of views, from fashion to feminism."
[Which Preteen Fashion Blogger Will Be Tavi 2.0? — TheDailyBeast]
* It's worth noting that the once grey-haired blogger hasn't been a 'fashion sensation' since 2011, when she announced that she was losing interest in the industry, and would be moving on to other creative pursuits.
"This Kendall Jenner Dress Is A Wardrobe Malfunction Waiting To Happen." [TheGloss]
The complete glossary of shoes. [FabSugar]
You can make your own hair-lightening spray. [BellaSugar]
Rag & Bone will forego a Fashion Week show in September to photograph celebrities for a lookbook instead. We presume it will be Pinnable. [WWD]
Victorian women essentially killed themselves for fashion — are we doing the same? [Macleans]
Inside the Everlane open house in Soho. [WSJ]
Coming-of-age books for adult women. [ELLE]
In addition to millions of things already screwing up our environment, your face wash is just another. Illinois is the first state to pass a ban on personal care products containing microbeads, which are touted as a gentle exfoliant, but are really not-so-gently helping to disintegrate the environment. Microbeads are commonly made from plastic, and though they are small, they don't break down so easily–because they're not biodegradable.
Actually, their diminutive size is part of what makes them so dangerous–they consistently slip through waste treatment filters, spreading into the water, tainting the supply and poisoning animals. Small fish and birds ingest these beads and toxins get soaked into their bloodstream. Advocates worry that these poisonous materials will affect humans once we start eating the tainted fish. Illinois lawmakers are hoping the ban on microbeads will help preserve natural resources like Lake Michigan. And it looks like other states are fixing to adopt the policy–New York is currently working on a bill that will ban the products, which could go into effect within the next year. As for Illinois, they're giving manufacturers until 2018 to end production of the harmful miniature orbs.
With this knowledge about the dangers of microbeads, hopefully other states will be compelled to follow the example of Illinois and New York. But for now, the best action anyone can take is to avoid buying these products altogether.
[via Take Part]
Christie's, best known for its elite fine art offerings and upper crust estate sales, appears to be expanding into the increasingly lucrative high-end accessories market.
There are always costs associated with growth: In this case, after poaching talent from rival house Heritage Auctions, Christie's was hit with a $60 million lawsuit in damages and lost profits.
Christie's has hired Matthew Rubinger, formerly head of luxury accessories, and two other employees — that's essentially the entire luxury handbag department at Heritage. Rubinger, who reportedly possess an encyclopedic knowledge of high-end handbags, was hired at Heritage right out of college, and has helped the auction house make record sales.
In a fawning profile published on Rubinger last October ("How One Millennial With A Liberal Arts Degree Landed A Six-Figure Job"), Forbes reported that in his first year at Heritage, Rubinger brought in $4 million in handbag sales, and then doubled the figure the following year. Gross sales reached $14.5 million in 2013.
(At auction, Birkin bags typically start at $10,000, but can sell for more than $100,000.)
“While certainly other auction companies, including Christie’s, have held estate sales that might have a Kelly bag in it or had an online auction that sold a modest amount of handbags, we elevated the collection of handbags to a place nobody had done it before,” Gregory Rohan, the president of Heritage Auctions, told The New York Times. “We created a dynamic worldwide market that everyone would like to own.”
Rubinger and his colleagues abruptly quit on Monday, May 19. All three are headed to Christies. In the week prior to their departure, Heritage claims that Rubinger sought access to high-level strategic meetings for one of the associates.
According to the Times, Heritage said in its lawsuit that it had sought to "brand [Rubinger] as a 'star'; provided him with training and introduction to sources in Hong Kong and Japan; and shared all of Heritage’s corporate plans for expansion and branding, even beyond luxury accessories."
A spokesperson for Christies tells the Daily News, “We have reviewed the complaint and find it to be wholly without merit. We are prepared to vigorously defend these claims and Christie’s decision to expand our existing handbag department.”