Thursday, 9 September 2010

Lanvin hearts H&M.

Fashionistas worldwide rejoice; it has been confirmed that Lanvin's Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver are collaborating with H&M to create affordable collections for both men and women! Did you ever think you would hear the words 'affordable' and 'Lanvin' in the same sentence?! Lanvin are following in the footsteps of other luxury designers such as Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel and Karl Lagerfeld in attempting to bring high end to the high street with H&M.

When asked about the collaboration Elbaz said; "When H&M approached us to do this collaboration, they asked if I could actually translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a bigger audience. It wasn't a project about dress for less. I think I loved the idea that H&M was going luxury, rather than Lanvin is going public. I thought it was a smart concept so I say 'I do'."

The designs will be revealed on November 2nd and will go on sale at over 200 stores worldwide on November 23rd. Shall we start camping out now?

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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Erdem makes toys fashionable!

Erdem has designed a limited edition stuffed toy pug exclusively for top London boutique, Start! Pugs are very close to both Start owners, Brix Smith-Start and Philip Start's hearts. The couple currently have two cuties, Pixie and Gladys, who are regulars at their boutique in Shoreditch. You may also be familiar with the pups from their many appearances alongside Brix on Gok's Fashion Fix.

The pugs are made using Erdem's famous printed silks, as seen in his latest collection. If you can't afford one of Erdem's captivating dresses, then this is a darling way to grab a piece of fashion history for a fraction of the price - the pugs are only £120, available from Start London now! There will only be 30 made, so hurry if you don't want to miss out.

As part of their regular 'film fridays', the lovely folks at Start even made a cuter-than-cute stop motion film to showcase the pugs..

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It's the Fashion Oscars!

The British Fashion Council last week announced their shortlists for this year's annual British Fashion Awards which "will recognise the most influential people in fashion today and celebrate the reputation and development of British fashion".

And the nominees are..

Designer of the Year:
Phoebe Philo for Celine
Christopher Bailey for Burberry

My pick - this is a tough one but it absolutely has to be Phoebe Philo. Her debut collection for Celine caused a frenzy throughout the fashion community, editors and civilians alike are now clamouring to embody Philo's chic, minimalist, Celine woman. For me it was the defining collection of the season. Christopher comes a close second, but he can console himself with last year's award..

Model of the Year:
David Gandy
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Lara Stone

My pick - the Gandy. The man's a phenomenon. And he's the only male ever to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. All three would definitely be worthy winners though. Rosie was also nominated last year but was beat out by newcomer, then 17-year-old, Georgia May Jagger.

Best Designer Brand:
Pringle of Scotland
Victoria Beckham

My pick - Burberry. Yes, they won last year. Yes, they deserve it again this year. Both the men's and women's collections were phenomenal - who doesn't want that shearling aviator jacket now?! I can't say enough good things about Burberry, it was just perfection. (Who did Victoria Beckham have to lend David to to get nominated?! I mean really. I like her stuff but 'best designer brand'?)

Best Accessories Designer:
Camilla Skovgaard
Nicholas Kirkwood
Emma Hill for Mulberry

My pick - I'm torn between my love for shoes and my love for bags! As this season seems to be the return of the 'It-bag', I'm going to have to go for Emma Hill. Hill was nominated last year and lost to cutesy jewellery designer Katie Hillier. Of course, Nicholas Kirkwood is a genius and I'd be more than happy to see him win too.

Best Menswear Designer:
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Margaret Howell
E. Tautz
Paul Smith

My pick - Burberry hands down. Although I was surprised by how much I liked Paul Smith last season.

Ready-to-wear Emerging Talent:
Mary Katrantzou
Michael van der Ham
Meadham Kirchhoff

My pick - longtime favourite, Meadham Kirchhoff.

Accessories Emerging Talent:
Charlotte Olympia
Jessica McCormack
Husam el Odeh

My pick - Charlotte Olympia is one of my absolute favourite shoe designers. Plus the woman has undeniable style.

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator:
Nick Knight
Nicola Formichetti

My pick - Isabella Blow is one of my style icons so for me this award is probably the most important category of all, for me it is about inspiring others and pushing the boundaries. Nick Knight's interactive residency at Somerset House, SHOWstudio, caused a big stir in the fashion community and allowed the public the chance to see the magical world of high fashion photography as art, and for that I think he deserves this award.

The winners will be announced at the British Fashion Awards ceremony on December 7th.

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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Anna and Grace get all dolled up!

To celebrate this year's Fashion's Night Out, Barney's New York commissioned Brooklyn-based artist, Andrew Yang to create rag dolls in the likeness of everyone's favourite fashion editors, Anna and Grace. These hand-sewn, hand-painted dolls are absolutely one-of-a-kind. Yang even said that he had to special order Anna's wig and cut it himself to get the bob just right, he also gave Grace a perm! Why oh why can't they mass-produce these dolls?! They're absolutely incredible. Just imagine the accessories you could play with!

Bidding is open until September 31st. You can register here to bid.
100% of the proceeds will be going to the New York City AIDS Fund.

These dolls remind me of my obsession over the equally fashionable Diet Coke commercial dolls.. all I can say is, Barbie who?

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Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition 1973-2010

Until September 22nd, Selfridges will be hosting an exhibition of nearly 200 pairs of iconic Vivienne Westwood shoes in the store's new 'Ultralounge'. Celebrating the past five decades in fashion; the retrospective will feature a selection from Westwood's archive as well as her contemporary collections, including those Super Elevated Gillie Shoes that Naomi Campbell famously fell from in 1993, as well as the ever-popular 1981 pirate boot.

There's only 3 weeks left to see this amazing piece of fashion history in person so hurry up before you miss out! I, for one, can't wait.

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Mad for Mad Men.

Mad Men fever is everywhere. It was all over the Autumn/Winter catwalks, including the likes of Prada and Louis Vuitton. Last month's GQ cover featured the inimitable Joan, and now it seems Rolling Stone has caught the bug. Having won two Emmys this week for best drama series and best writing for a drama series, it's official; Mad Men is the best show on the air. The latest Rolling Stone cover features the delectable Jon Hamm, surrounded by his female co-stars; Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and January Jones.

The issue also features some behind-the-scenes pictures of the stars hard at work! Enjoy.

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Kate Moss splits from Topshop.. sort of

Kate Moss' 14th collection for high street mega-brand, Topshop will be her last. Following a lucrative 3 year partnership, Sir Philip Green has officially announced that after Moss' October line she will no longer be releasing full collections but will instead be releasing two capsule collections a year. Green hinted that it was Kate's inability to 'design' full-time that led to this decision, however others have suggested that it is a decline in demand that forced his hand. Rumour has it Topshop will be re-releasing several of Moss' more popular designs in a bid to revitalise the brand so if you missed out the first time around, be sure to stock up!

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