12 posts tagged "Anouck Lepere"
At his new four-story space in Mayfair’s “Wobo” (that’s West of Bond Street), Acne’s Jonny Johansson tells Style.com why he chose upscale Mayfair rather than edgy Shoreditch for his first retail shop in London: “Space has always been more important than location. We looked at so many places and knew this was the right one because of its history—we knew we could add our own contemporary twist to it. It was big, raw and challenging.” Fortune favors the brave, but the process wasn’t without its ups and downs. “Let me tell you, halfway through I was regretting it,” Johansson adds with a chuckle.
But no regrets last night, when the London scene descended—despite the searing heat, which kept many hovering outside—to see the shop. Daphne Guinness (in a nail-covered Gareth Pugh suit, sharp enough that she was scratching fellow partygoers as they jostled by, below), Daisy Lowe (above, with Johansson and Jaime Winstone), Henry Holland, Alexander Dellal, Anouck Lepère, and Lulu Kennedy all dropped by for a peek at the multilevel space.
Wobo is the neighborhood of choice these days for any designer of repute, and Acne’s neighbors include Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, DVF, Charlotte Olympia, and, of course, Rei Kawakubo’s iconic Dover Street Market, right down the block. “I find Dover Street Market utterly amazing and inspirational—I am trying not to think about being so close to such a legend.” His own legend may well be in the making. Continue Reading “Daphne And Daisy Welcome Acne To Wobo” »
Sweden is having a subtle but strong (in other words, very Swedish) moment right now: There’s Let the Right One In at the box office, Stieg Larsson on the bestseller lists, Fever Ray on the indie charts, and Acne advancing on all fronts. And Stockholm was where it was at over the weekend, when Swedish fragrance line Byredo launched its first free-standing store and the Hotel Skeppsholmen opened its doors. The weather wasn’t cooperative, but rain or shine, the city is a beaut, with what are surely the best-looking urbanites in the world (perhaps one reason why Sweden just got tagged the best country for women to live in). There were 70 local lookers shooting schnapps at the dinner Byredo founder Ben Gorham hosted in the royal family’s harborside ice-skating pavilion on Friday night. (A London contingent led by Anouck Lepère and PR maven Gillian McVey kept up the English side.) Gorham is typical of the new Sweden: culturally diverse background (Canadian dad, Indian mum), outward-looking, updating traditional Swedish design values (let’s say pure rather than minimal, like the stark but soothing Skeppsholmen) with a dash of dry wit and modern sensuality. IKEA-style homogeneity isn’t really the style of this new breed, who are helping to turn Stockholm into a style magnet all over again. You could wait till midsummer’s night, when the weather is reportedly perfect, to sample the city, but then you’d miss Francesco Vezzoli’s brilliant revisionist take on Salvador Dalí, which closes at the Moderna Museet on January 17.