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Daphne And Daisy Welcome Acne To Wobo

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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” »

Blasblog: It All Glitters For Diesel Black Gold

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If the amount of paparazzi outside an establishment is any indication of its popularity—which is the only barometer I use to measure this sort of thing—then the place to be last night in London was Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. There were dozens of paps loitering, leaning on their expensive cars and mopeds. (Side note: How much do these guys make?!) Claridge’s was ground zero for all of the evening’s big events: The Sex and the City ladies were rumored to be staying there, following the London premiere of SATC 2; the National Movie Awards after-party was there; and Diesel was throwing a swanky dinner in the hotel’s Drawing Room in honor of its recently appointed Black Gold creative director, Sophia Kokosalaki. (Read our Q&A with her here.)

That last was the reason I was there, and my goodness, it was a swanky affair: Champagne and wine (Diesel’s own vintage, thankyouverymuch) in a private salon with Alison Goldfrapp, Daisy Lowe, Elisa Sednaoui, Luke Evans, and David Gandy, followed by a delicious dinner in a room with my favorite sorts of finishings—silk wallpaper, moldings, and gilt, gilt, gilt. Kokosalaki is a marvelous dinner companion but isn’t particularly keen on public speaking and demurred from a formal toast. Luckily, her host and new boss, the irrepressible Renzo Rosso (left, with Kokosalaki and Lowe), doesn’t share that hang-up. He made a speech celebrating Kokosalaki’s designs and intelligence and welcoming her to the Diesel family. After dinner, we repaired to Bungalow 8. Sophia, who’d never been before, humored me with a dance (as did our fellow dinner companion, Jefferson Hack!), but confided that she preferred the grittier East London nightlife to Bungalow glitz. Sounds like a Black Gold girl, through and through.

Photo: Courtesy of Diesel

She May Be A Jagger, But She’s Feeling G’N'R

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Take it from newly minted denim guru Georgia May Jagger: It’s all about a great cut. The face of Hudson Jeans has, as you can imagine, been in more than a few pairs of late, and the secret, she says, is “they have to fit like a glove, and to be the best cut for your body because different people look good in different styles.” A bunch of those “different people” came out last night to be tailor-measured for that ideal fit, courtesy of Hudson and one of its key stockists, London denim mecca Trilogy Jeans. Daisy Lowe, Amber LeBon, Liberty Ross, Bond girl Gemma Arterton, Ben Grimes, and Jasmine Guinness all lined up to get theirs, and left happy. Jagger wasn’t on premises, sadly—a school exam stood in the way, reminding us that even the most fabulous aren’t exempt from homework—but she did speak to Style.com to vouch a few opinions. “They go with anything,” she said of the Hudson range. “And the fabric is really great quality, so they will last forever and fade beautifully.” Her pick of the litter? “I really like black skinny jeans, and the lace-up in the back [pictured on Georgia, above] is very rock ‘n’ roll; reminds me of Guns N’ Roses—they always rocked lace-up trousers.” No word on what Dad thinks of her taste in bands.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Jeans

Nicks’ Knack

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Harvey Nichols has long been the hub of London fashion, but it may soon be the hub of the London youthquake, too. The city’s big-spending hip kids have evidently made an impression on the august retailer, and the result is a new fourth-floor boutique called, appropriately enough, the Hub. Enter the fresh blood!

Daisy Lowe, Amber LeBon, and Samantha Ronson all turned out at the outdoor picnic Harvey Nicks threw to celebrate its revamped boutique, where they’ll no doubt find plenty to love. The designers that the London new guard can’t get enough of—Markus Lupfer, Preen, Richard Chai Love, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff—are all on the racks, as are a few bits and bobs like Kidrobot toys and headphones. The party, in fact, felt more like a music festival than a stodgy store fête—tunes by Ronson, who manned the DJ booth; food by the restaurant of choice for the under-30 crowd, Bistrotheque. And in true rock style, the fest is taking the show on the road: The party continues for the next three days, hitting Southbank, Notting Hill, and Spitalfields. It’s the sort of event likely to be greeted with lighters raised—which makes it all the more canny that those, too, will be Hub staples going forward.

Photo: Courtesy of Harvey Nichols

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? The Perilous Journey From Catwalk To Carpet

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Last night in London, the Elle Style Awards saw red carpet debuts—the first real-world appearance we’ve seen of The Row Fall 2010, on Carey Mulligan—and the dusting-off of the best of Spring. In the latter category falls Daisy Lowe’s Miu Miu ensemble, plucked from Mrs. Prada’s Spring 2010 show. At an event where many attendees went demure (Alexa Chung’s sweet Chanel set the tone), Daisy’s kicky separates were a welcome change of pace. She’s got pluck in spades, but even so, we think the midriff-baring top, skirt, and cardigan felt a little haphazard and underdressed, which the outfit didn’t at the label’s show. Which leads us to wonder: Are some looks best left on the runway? What do you think—is Daisy taking the high road, or the Lowe?

Photo: Richard Young/Startraks Photo