21 posts tagged "British Fashion Council"
House of Style is coming back to MTV—naturally, this time around online and on social media. But for those of us old enough to remember the dearly departed original, nothing compares. Luckily, MTV thought of that, too: The channel has put a collection of the best moments from the original 1989-1999 series on a dedicated section of its site, so you can see Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1989 dance single, Winona Ryder discuss French style, and a young Graydon Carter sound off about Spy. Above, a photo from the show’s archives of Cindy Crawford interviewing Linda Evangelista in 1990. [MTV]
Supermodel TV stars of days gone by (that’s Cindy, Rebecca, and Molly of House of Style), meet the supermodel TV stars of today. Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, and Coco Rocha will be the judges of Oxygen Network’s forthcoming model-search reality show The Face. [Oh So Coco]
Stella McCartney’s “Little Miss Stella” character, who made her first appearance on the designer’s invitations for her Spring 2007 show, is back again, and this time she’s the star. McCartney has turned to the children’s character as inspiration for her new seven-piece kids capsule collection of T-shirts, jumpers, and more, available in Stella stores and online at the end of August. [Telegraph]
EBay is making moves in the fashion industry. The online marketplace has just been named the new multi-season sponsor of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward initiative. The project was designed to aid emerging British designers in developing their businesses in London. [Vogue U.K.]
No hat, no entrance. Such are the rules of the Royal Ascot, the U.K.’s most prestigious horse race, sartorially and otherwise, and the functional English equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, the meet, which runs from June 19-23, attracts everyone from Liz Hurley to the Royals for five days of celebration, steeds, and, of course, spectacular headgear. “I couldn’t have imagined it in my wildest dreams. It’s sort of like heaven!” says up-and-coming English milliner Noel Stewart, who, along with Piers Atkinson, Charlie Le Mindu, J. Smith Esquire, and William Chambers, will showcase his hats at the races in the Stephen Jones-curated Headonism exhibition, sponsored by the Royal Ascot and the British Fashion Council. “It’s the highlight of a milliner’s year and crucially important from a business standpoint. It’s Christmas and Thanksgiving and everything else all rolled into one!” adds Jones, who, in addition to crafting a slew of Ascot hats, is in the midst of creating headpieces for Raf Simons’ debut Dior Couture show.
However, due to a few subpar skin-baring ensembles from years past, Ascot has tightened up its 2012 dress code. Fascinators have been banned in the Royal Enclosure, the race’s most exclusive viewing section (according to Ascot, they’re a “convenient way out” and not in line with formal daywear), and ladies must wear headpieces no smaller than four inches in diameter, as well as day dresses of “modest length” whose straps are at least one inch wide. (The powers that be have suggested the look at left as an example of race-appropriate garb: dress by Nicholas Oakwell, shoes by Bally, and hat by Stephen Jones.) Gents are required to turn up in a top hat and tails. “The new rules are about being more ‘English summer party’ than ‘pop star fleshy,’ ” says Atkinson, who designed a special Racing Collection (below), each hat from which adheres to Ascot’s regulations. His strawberries-and-cream-inspired toppers will be on sale at his pop-up shop at London’s Saint Martins Lane Hotel, open from today until the end of June. Continue Reading “The Only Way Is Ascot” »
How would you like to star in a film produced by Harvey Weinstein and directed by Karl Lagerfeld? That dream could become a reality if you are ready to shell out the big bucks. The designer and movie mogul have dreamed up the prize for the highest bidder at the upcoming amfAR AIDS gala in Cannes. [Page Six]
After this weekend, Mark Zuckerberg is going to have to change his status. The Facebook founder, who celebrated his 28th birthday and the launch of the social networking site’s IPO last week, married his longtime girlfriend of nine years (the couple met at Harvard), Priscilla Chan, in the backyard of his house. Chan wore a $4,700 Claire Pettibone dress and Zuck did not wear a hoodie—he wore a suit! [Grazia]
The British Fashion Council is bringing the industry yet another fashion week. Today, officials announced that they are filling the gap between February and September fashion weeks with a new event called the London Collections: Women. Much like the three-day London Collections: Men, this showcase will highlight growing designers selling mainline or Resort collections during this time. [Telegraph]
RIP Robin Gibb. The Bee Gees co-founder, who defined the disco era, died at age 62 on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. [Washington Post]
Michael Kors is set to take Taiwan by storm. Following Wednesday’s announcement of a rapid, five-year expansion in the region, the American designer opened his first store in the booming city of Taipei on Friday. To celebrate the 2,800-square-foot outpost, Kors held a runway show on a specially built runway inside a skywalk bridge with local models showing off looks from the Fall 2012 collection. [WWD]
London is renowned for its hotbed of young fashion talent. But it’s not easy for a new designer to build a successful brand. That’s where NEWGEN comes in. Since 2001, Topshop and the British Fashion Council have worked together on the NEWGEN initiative, which supports the city’s brightest emerging designers. The coveted sponsorship, which, in the past, has been awarded to the likes of Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and Erdem, provides fledgling labels with financial support, a show or exhibition at fashion week, international exposure via the London Showrooms in Paris and New York, and essential mentoring. “I felt so honored! I told my mom right away!” says three-season NEWGEN recipient Thomas Tait of being awarded sponsorship last year. (A look from his first NEWGEN-sponsored show, for Fall ’11, is at left.) “Having the opportunity to speak with and receive feedback from some of the industry’s top experts has really opened my eyes to the importance of not only designing and presenting strong work but also developing a stable and respectable business,” he adds, noting that the business seminars, as well as access to the NEWGEN panel of industry experts, have been instrumental in his success. Simone Rocha, who was awarded sponsorship for the first time this year, concurs. “The industry expertise from the NEWGEN panel is invaluable. And being part of the London Showrooms in Paris has increased my sales internationally.”
Henry Holland, who won sponsorship from 2008 to 2010, offers, “In many ways, I think NEWGEN sponsorship enabled us to continue showing whilst the label was in its infancy. For all young brands and designers, every penny counts, so the financial support is crucial. And it really helps to have that little extra recognition to spotlight your show.” David Koma, who’s been awarded sponsorship for the fourth season in a row, says the initiative has helped him to grow brand awareness. “At the early stage of my brand’s growth, NEWGEN provided business and mentoring support through the BFC, which is extremely helpful. And for a young designer, a show at London fashion week and the showrooms in Paris are fantastic platforms. Without these opportunities, it’s almost impossible to be introduced to press, buyers, and the public around the world.”
The grateful designers are taking the opportunity of the decade anniversary to give back, too. In celebration, Topshop has commissioned 21 NEWGEN recipients past and present, including Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders, and Michael van der Ham, to design limited-edition T-shirts, available online and in U.K. stores now.