What excellent news for Tatty Devine. The jewellery duo Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine have been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to fashion. While perspex jewellery might be quite a mainstream thing now, these girls pioneered a certain fun, youthful look that has been copied far and wide since their launch in 1999. Continue reading
I never know quite what to make of Meadham Kirchhoff. Fiercely independent, one minute they’re anti the fashion system, the next they’re playing the game – but strictly on their terms. The Topshop extravaganza was their first big foray into the mainstream, followed by a collaboration with Amazon (Amazon? You can’t get more mass than that!) and now a neat project with Farfetch.com.
Along with Gary Card, Margot Bowman and Melinda Gibson, Benjamin Kirchhoff and Ed Meadham have created custom festive giftwrap (above) for the curated online marketplace and to go with, cooperated on a behind the scenes video. Farfetch managed to get a pretty good insight into the design philosophies, inspirations and processes from the famously prickly duo.
The giftwrap is a lovely way of adding some Meadham Kirchhoff magic to Christmas wrapping (especially as their RTW line is not cheap) and even more so if, ahem, you’re the self gifting type. But be quick, the custom wrapping paper is only available until 19th December.
My personal highlight of this year’s Vogue Festival (which returns on 28-29 April 2013) was the Diane Von Furstenberg talk. What a woman! What incredible stories! And there’s more where they come from because Camilla Morton has just added Diane Von Furstenberg And The Tale Of The Empress’s New Clothes to her repertoire of modern fashion fairytales. Following on from Christian Lacroix And The Tale Of Sleeping Beauty and Manolo Blahnik’s The Elves And The Shoemaker, Morton has woven her version of The Emperor’s New Clothes into the legend of DVF and the making of her fashion empire. Continue reading
I love what French label Lahssan has been doing with its deconstructed trench coats, favourited by the Tommy Tom set (Elisa Nalin, Natalie Joos et al) and influential stores like The Shop at Bluebird, Opening Ceremony and 10 Corso Como Tokyo).
To take his influence further, designer Dryce (one name only) has collaborated with Riviera heritage brand Façonnable to produce a capsule line of fun macs in Lichtenstein-esque primary-hued stripes. And naturally, he enlisted Tommy Ton and Elisa Nalin to shoot, style and model the look book. Watch out for the line when it arrives in Spring…
This is the season of the super-sweater and there are none more super than James Long’s exclusive new knits for Topman. Suitably texture-clashy in keeping with the trend for smooth-meets-hairy jumpers, these seven British-made knits arrive in store and online on Monday 12th November. Continue reading
Menswear focus: stylish Londoners get suited and booted at Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Selfridges
I literally can’t keep up with all the menswear retail goings-on in London this autumn. Just opened in Knightsbridge is another shiny new Burberry store (above), this time focussed on menswear. Craftsmanship and technology are given equal attention, with the store itself built by British stonemasons, carpenters, cabinet makers etc and over 50 speakers and 100 screens installed to engage the customer with digital experiential content. Continue reading
Good spot on Twitter by Richard Gray from Sunday Times Style of Chris Lowe wearing J.W.Anderson’s quilted hat on the cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ single, Leaving. I’ve always maintained that the Pet Shop Boys have immense style, from their videos, to their record sleeves to their outfits. Here’s the hat in action on the AW12 catwalk… Continue reading
Sixties, sixties, sixties, sixties. Sick of them yet? Well get used to it, because it’s all you’ll be hearing about from now until eternity. The ’60s is the big fashion story for ss13 (ref Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Moschino for starters) and there’s already a rich well of original inspiration to draw from in the new books, films and exhibitions launching right now … Continue reading
Sexy, flattering and highly wearable, Roland Mouret has spread his magic from frocks to footwear. Now creative director of Robert Clergerie, you can see his creations in a special Selfridges pop-up shop until 22nd October. I’m a big fan. The heels feel lighter than they look (Mouret is determined to make comfortable heels, not a small challenge) and the flat brogues are timeless beauties. Continue reading