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August 28 2014

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A Wild Night In London, When Fashion’s Finest Party At The Zoo

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While Americans were talking turkey over the weekend, the Brits had other animals in mind—like cheetahs, for example. They were among the guests (albeit caged) at a dinner and auction at one of the city’s more unusual party venues: the London Zoo. Proceeds from the evening, cohosted by sprinter Usain Bolt and PPR’s Jochen Zeitz, went to the Zoological Society of London and Zeitz’s own foundation.

In his off hours, Zeitz, the Swahili-speaking, monastery-dwelling CEO of PPR’s Sport & Lifestyle division, devotes his time—and funds—to conservation and community-building efforts, racking up accolades like the FT‘s Strategist of the Year and Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit along the way. If Bolt—the Zeitz Foundation’s ambassador for culture—is the world’s fastest man, Zeitz may be the greenest.

Friends from the office, so to speak—the likes of Stella McCartney, with husband Alasdhair Willis (above, with Zeitz and Bolt), Suzy Menkes, and Ozwald Boateng—came by to show their support, and several PPR brands had contributed auction items. Among them were a dress from Sarah Burton’s first McQueen collection, a pair of Bolt’s running shoes (he is sponsored by Puma), and a gown from a fellow environmentalist, Vivienne Westwood. A surprise lot from Sir Richard Branson was announced to the cheers of the crowd: a flight to Branson’s Necker Island to run 100 meters against Sir Richard himself. It went for £30,000 to an anonymous bidder. Racing Bolt, on the other hand, still requires passing Olympic trials.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Best-Dressed Blokes Of 2010?

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The U.K. edition of Gentlemen’s Quarterly—a magazine that ought to know about such things—published its list of the 50 most stylish men in Britain online today. (The print edition, which will also include the ten worst-dressed men, not only in Britain but worldwide, arrives on Thursday.) The inclusion of young Romeo Beckham (#26, ten spots behind his father) has caused the most commotion. But there are plenty of other reasons to check it out.

For one, the Beckhams aren’t the only family pair included. Princes William (#27) and Harry (#5) both made the list, with a 22-place differential that ought to make for a bit of sibling rivalry. A few gentlemen included (Alasdhair Willis, #42; David Walliams, #11) may have had a little help from their fashionable wives (that’d be Stella McCartney and Lara Stone, respectively). One married pair even had both partners on the list: Sir Elton John (#21) and husband David Furnish (#6). (We personally look forward to the day when all three members of the family show up: the Rocket Man, his mate, and their new baby son, Zachary Furnish-John.)

Several unimpeachable icons of Brit style (David Hockney, #47; Bryan Ferry, #36) as well as a few designers (Christopher Bailey, left, #33; and the not-quite-British Tom Ford, #7) made the cut. Ford’s protégé of sorts, Nicholas Hoult, star of A Single Man and of Ford’s recent campaigns, clocks in at #3. And at #1? Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, more familiar to American tabloid audiences than movie audiences: The 20-year-old proposed to director Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, shortly after wrapping the Lennon biopic.

Click here to read the complete list.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

The Lagerfeld Pantheon, Stella Welcomes Reiley, Tom Ford’s Show Revealed, And More…

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A few sneak peeks have been floating around the Web of late, but Karl Lagerfeld’s full Pirelli calendar was finally unveiled in Moscow last night. The calendar takes the theme of the Greek gods and goddesses, and stars Daria Werbowy (nude—again—as Artemis), KL favorite Baptiste Giabiconi as Apollo, Erin Wasson as Ajax (above right), Garrett Neff as Dionysus, Elisa Sednaoui as Flora, Iris Strubegger as Athena, and Julianne Moore as Hera (above left). [WWD]

Congrats to Stella McCartney and husband Alasdhair Willis who, as rumored, gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend: Reiley Dilys Stella Willis. [Vogue U.K.]

The first photos from Tom Ford’s ultra-hush-hush womenswear presentation during Spring 2011 New York fashion week are out. Terry Richardson—lately seen smooching the designer, Brokeback Mountain-style, on Richardson’s blog—was the only sanctioned photog at the show, and a few of his shots (including one of a glammed-out Beyoncé) have hit Harper’s Bazaar U.K. [Fashionologie]

Gilt Groupe is set to launch a new full-priced site for menswear—the first, the company hints, of a series of full-priced sites. E-tail domination, are you in Gilt’s sights? [WWD]

And Fashion’s Night Out 2011 has a date: September 8, to be exact. Mark your calendars, and plan accordingly. [Fashionista]

Photos: Karl Lagerfeld/Women’s Wear Daily/wwd.com

we interrupt fashion month for some design talk

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It’s easy, during fashion week, to lose one’s compass a bit and get lost in a sea of discussions about sleeve details, button choices, and fabrics. So it’s refreshing to be reminded that the outside world continues to exist and things do go on other than clothes—for example, the London Design Festival, which was all the excuse furniture line Established & Sons needed to host a dinner at its new North London space last night. Company head Alasdhair Willis and his wife, Stella McCartney, greeted and chatted with guests, but then the Missus, elegant in a white jacket and scraped-back hair, left to attend the British Vogue dinner hosted by Alexandra Shulman. Pity, she missed a great meal. The spare, almost proletarian concrete building managed to come off as a showpiece rather than a showroom, with loos complete with showers, chairs placed precariously on the walls, and an unusual display of rearview mirrors. Said Willis: “In England we have these tiny little rearview mirrors and see this bird’s-eye view of the road. When you go to America, it always impresses me how huge rearview mirrors are—larger than life. I guess it was our own little way to comment on proportions and depth perceptions.”

Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images