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Today in Milan, a panel of judges including Style.com’s Tim Blanks, Franca Sozzani, Angelica Cheung, Frida Giannini, Colin McDowell, and Alexa Chung selected the winner of the coveted International Woolmark Prize. Competitors included the States’ Joseph Altuzarra (who will be sending us a diary chronicling his experience), the U.K.’s Sibling, Asia’s Ffixxed, Australia’s Christopher Esber, and Rahul Mishra, who represented India and the Middle East. So which talent won the judges’ affections? That would be Mishra. Having shown a lineup focused on embroidery, the designer will take home $100,000 AU in prize money, and his Woolmark collection will be stocked in such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como, Harvey Nichols, and Joyce.
Antipodium is a London-based label with Australian roots. Its name, according to creative director Geoffrey J. Finch (an Aussie, East London transplant himself), is “a play on Antipodean, and a nod to the democratic nature of style in our homeland. As the label has developed, the name continues to reflect our laid- back approach to fashion.”
Fittingly, Antipodium’s East London base is ground zero for the type of person for whom Finch designs: young and hip yet professional—the working girl who loves (and pays) for her party life. In the few years since the brand launched, Antipodium has become a firm favorite of cool purveyors like Alexa Chung, Beth Ditto, Edie Campbell, Dree Hemingway, and Carey Mulligan, among others, and is stocked by international powerhouses such as Barneys, Liberty, Opening Ceremony, Isetan, and many more.
The Spring ’14 collection, which is previewed here exclusively ahead of this Saturday’s runway show, is entitled Attention Shoppers. It is a tribute to Finch being a “shopgirl at heart. It’s a mash-up of Are You Being Served?, Cher from Clueless, Miss Piggy, Romy and Michele, Pretty Woman, and Barbie—essentially the glory of retail,” says the designer. The good news is that his hodgepodge of references works. A blush pink, iridescent knife-pleat skirt with a Tropicana-patterned bowling shirt takes the girl from the office cubicle to cocktails. Ditto a houndstooth jacket and a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work white dress. “With SS14, we’re pitching to move to the next level,” offered Finch. “These are exciting times.”
Brevity, the soul of wit. It was a shared fascination with all things brief that drew together Joseph Altuzarra and photographer-filmmaker Simon Cave. “He loves trailers!” Altuzarra said last night at the party e-tailer MyTheresa.com threw in his honor. “And I love trailers, which is the weird thing—I think it’s a really interesting format. He has a certain affinity for narrative in a short format that I really responded to.” Until the nascent genre of short fashion films grows into full-length fashion features, the two are well matched. On the walls of the Chelsea Arts Tower, Cave’s video “trailer” starring Lithuanian model Agne Konciute and teasing Altuzarra’s slinky Fall collection—which just launched on MyTheresa—ran on a continuous loop. “It was more about exaggerating this idea of the glamazon,” Altuzarra explained, “and having this woman be very much put on a pedestal, with something iconic about her.” Around the room, new icons—in the form of MyTheresa’s newly named brand ambassadors—mingled: Alexa Chung here, Harley Viera Newton there, Leigh Lezark off yonder. It was enough to turn any man’s head, and sex appeal is, after all, a label specialty. “A man who can be so sweet and who can design clothes so extravagantly seductive,” marveled MyTheresa’s buying director, Justin O’Shea, “you don’t meet those every day.”