After the scrabble of the Isabel Marant x H&M launch that saw us sweeping tassled boot after fringe jumper into our baskets just a few weeks ago, we are hardly surprised to see the timely arrival of the Parisian designer’s first boutique on Bruton Street. The party that celebrated the event on Thursday was a suitably soigné affair too…
Thursday saw the beginning of Victoria Beckham’s latest festive installment (we’ve already seen her pink xmas trees and polar bears on her twitter – see below!): her instagram video advent calendar.
And what did VB’s true love give to her on the first day of Christmas? Why, what a girl really, really, really wants of course – their own posh spice Barbie.
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Today WWD is reporting that Danielle Scutt – a Central Saint Martins graduate who showed her own 80s eponymous collections at London fashion week until Spring/Summer 2012 – is joining the Matthew Williamson team as Head of Design. Over the past 15 years, Matthew Williamson has built a brand on his enduringly glamorous vision of bohemian life. Famous for his use of colour and pattern as well as his starry fan club, the Mancunian designer has had a varied career. From the moment his debut ‘Electric Angels’ collection hit London Fashion Week – modelled by Kate Moss, Jade Jagger and Helena Christensen no less – Williamson became the capital’s jet set tailor.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in London tonight for the premiere of Long Walk To Freedom, a film based on the autobiography of former South African president Nelson Mandela. They were not informed until the end of the film that Mandela had subsequently passed away at home aged 95 following a long illness. The tragic news was broken to stunned guests at the Odeon cinema after the final credits had rolled and a two-minute silence was held.
Afterwards Williams said, ‘We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It’s very sad.’
Like many Francisco Costa’s first contact with Calvin Klein was down to Brooke Shields and the infamous ‘Nothing comes between me and my Calvins’ denim ad campaign of 1981. ‘The whole thing was so provocative. It made you want to be part of it. So sexy. So alive. It’s a moment I’ll never forget,’ Costa says. Whether or not this led to the Brazilian-born designer’s eventual appointment 20 years later is tenuous, but the allure of such a potent brand encouraged him to move over from the Gucci Group in 2001. Initially working under the founder himself, little did Costa know that, just a few months later, Mr Klein would be exiting after selling the company to clothing corporation Phillips-Van Heusen for approximately $ 730 million. A daunting challenge? Certainly, but one that Costa has excelled at. This year marks a decade of his creative directorship at Calvin Klein Collection – business is buoyant, the brand is distinctive and his runway shows continue to be praised by critics.