At London Fashion Week: The News Is Shoes, And More From Liberty-------
Nicholas Kirkwood isn’t the only London-based designer with shoe news, it turns out. At the party i-D threw for him, Christopher Kane revealed that the heels on his Fall ’10 runway (left) are the first styles in a new collaborative range with Giuseppe Zanotti. And on Tuesday, at her traditional London fashion week tea, Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal ‘fessed up that she’s opening a store off Bond Street in seven weeks or so. Come fall delivery time, shoppers will find satin-covered footwear in rainbow colors, vertiginously high or ballet flat, and each pair will come in a set with matching stockings, a first for the brand. “We’re not selling the stockings separately,” Dellal explained. “They’re designed to go with the shoes, tone-on-tone.”
London shoppers looking for a louder volume, meanwhile, should head to Liberty. The buzz in the U.S. has centered on the store’s collaboration with Target, which will bring Liberty-print apparel and housewares to both countries, but on Tuesday, the celebrations were for a different collab—with Milan’s 10 Corso Como. Liberty CEO Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye and 10CC’s Carla Sozzani co-hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the effort, which prints bikinis (below), sun hats, wallets, and scarves from the Milanese store with Deco-era Liberty prints from the archives. Yasmin Sewell, Liberty’s chief creative consultant and one of the driving forces behind the update of the store’s fashion floors, was on hand and took the opportunity to talk up the latest local designer to blow out the doors. “Michael van der Ham is killing it,” Sewell said of the designer, who showed his second collection earlier in the week at Fashion East. “We just got his first collection in, and it’s selling out.” Coincidentally, we’d caught up with van der Ham the day prior, at his stand at the New Gen installation at Somerset House, and he’d explained that one of the inspirations behind his collaged designs is a series of Warhol films composed of sundry, spliced-together footage. Van der Ham is on the laconic side, and he speaks softly, but it’s worth pricking up your ears: You’ll be hearing more from him soon.