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April 21 2014

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Palmer//Harding’s Ode to the White Shirt

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Palmer//Harding

The white shirt is having a moment at LC:M—but it’s not the boring wardrobe staple kind. First up was Massimo Casagrande, who put rubber and graphic details on his impeccably tailored tops at Fashion East. Then there was Alastair Guy’s new exhibition, White Shirts, which debuted via a private view at the Century Club last night. The photographer lensed the likes of David Gandy, Luke Evans, and Todd Lynn in crisp white wares, and showed us how the right subject can make the oft ordinary look extraordinary.

Emerging brand Palmer//Harding (designed by Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding), too, proved just how covetable a white shirt can be. “We feel the white shirt is a neglected bit of a man’s wardrobe,” offered Palmer. “Yes, they can be beautifully done and impeccably tailored, but they are always thought of as layering pieces, and we want to make the white shirt the star of the show.”

Palmer//HardingFor their second official menswear collection, Palmer and Harding aimed to inject the ease and attitude of a T-shirt into more traditional shirting options. And they did just that with an artfully constructed button-down with a built-in jersey tee feature, asymmetrical options, their now-signature spiral pleat back, and their amusing reverse mullet shirt. “Yellow in the front is the party bit and white in the back is the business end,” explained Palmer.

Trousers with neon belt-loop details, a chartreuse biker jacket, and a teal suede tunic rounded out the collection, and demonstrated why the duo have already caught the eye of stockists like Dover Street Market and Ikram. “I find that men can be quite timid in their fashion choices,” said Palmer. “They want something traditional, but they also need something a little fashion-y to break up the same old, same old. Our collection is still safe—but we hope there’s a lot of modernity in it.”

Photos: Cecilie Harris

Armistice, Italian Style

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Ky;ie Minogue

Yesterday’s storm in London was, perhaps, an apt metaphor for the turbulent scheduling kerfuffle between the London Collections: Men, which began today, and Pitti Uomo in Florence. But last night’s party at the Dolce & Gabbana store on Bond Street, which kicked off the LC:M festivities and marked the debut of the brand’s 2014 Pre-Fall tailoring collection, served as somewhat of a welcomed armistice. The evening was an elegant affair nicely demonstrating Anglo-Italian diplomacy—all the kids played nice.

Though Dolce & Gabbana are presenting their men’s runway show on Saturday in Milan, this party was their tip of the hat to what Stefano Gabbana recently called “one of his favorite places,” as well as a recognition of their deep respect for Savile Row tailoring. Storm or no storm, the shop was jam-packed with friends of the house—including cohosts Kylie Minogue and ballet dancer Roberto Bolle—and all were treated to a moving performance by violinist virtuoso Charlie Siem. To demonstrate their idea of “La Bella Italia,” Dolce & Gabbana brought in replicas of Italian architectural treasures that are close to the designers’ hearts. Standout pieces like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, and La Valle dei Templi di Agrigento were artfully placed throughout the shop.

Dolce & Gabbana Pre-Fall

LC:M chair Dylan Jones, David Gandy, Thom Browne, James Rousseau, Thom Morell, Marvin Humes, and Jack Guinness were among the dapper gents who dropped by. But funnily enough, it was Ms. Minogue who showed the most enthusiasm for the upcoming men’s collections. Before she dashed off into the pelting rain, she offered, “I absolutely love to see how men are dressed and all the innovation that takes place during London’s men’s fashion week—it is all so exciting.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Trimming the Tree With Dolce & Gabbana

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Stefano and Eva “Claridge’s asked us to create this year’s Christmas tree, and we were delighted because London and Claridge’s are two of our favorite places, and Christmas is such a magical time,” Stefano Gabbana told Style.com last night at the annual Christmas tree unveiling at Claridge’s, an event that, for many Londoners, marks the beginning of the festive season. “To be asked was such an honor considering the great designers who have taken part before. We just hope that we have achieved our goal of bringing a bit of Italian artigianalita [artistry] to London.”

Well, they can tick that box. The beautiful ornaments that were painstakingly hand-blown, carved, and painted in an Italian workshop included pupi (wooden puppets), toy soldiers, medieval knights, and even orange, lemon, and watermelon wedges that transported us directly to a Sicilian garden. This collaboration carries on the tradition established by Claridge’s in 2009 of inviting a fashion house to dream up a tree, with Dior and Lanvin rising to the challenge at Christmases past.

Eva Herzigova, David Gandy, Poppy Delevingne, Joan Collins, and more sampled Italian canapes out of festively wrapped gift boxes and were treated to a moving tenor performance that held the entire crowd in rapt attention. “The environment they created is so very special—the atmosphere here is absolutely rich with this infusion of Italian culture,” offered Herzigova. “I think with this, the boys have outdone even themselves, if that is possible.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

London’s Living La Dolce Vita

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Stefano Gabbana, Kylie Minogue, and Domenico Dolce at the opening of Dolce & Gabbana's new London store“London is unlike any other city,” said Stefano Gabbana at the opening party for Dolce & Gabbana’s New Bond Street men’s store last night. Revealed on the eve of London Collections: Men, the new shop (well, old, actually; it was formerly the D&G store, but in all fairness, it’s had a full facelift) boasts three floors of Italianate architecture, velvet wallpaper, and Scandinavian furniture. A dapper barbershop and a corner dedicated to Dolce & Gabbana’s signature tailoring round out the in-store experience. “The difference between here and Milan is a bit of eccentricity,” Gabbana continued, explaining that Savile Row and Milan both produce pinstripe suits and superb cuts, but that the Brits offer an extra kick. “London will do something cool, like adding a pop of color in the socks and ties. For us, it’s a study in design.” Then, poof, as if on cue, Paul Smith—the king of the aforementioned English eccentricity—gave him a great bear hug.

In addition to a first look at the boutique, guests like Kylie Minogue, Lulu Kennedy, David Gandy, and more were treated to a presentation of the Italian house’s Spring 2014 tailoring collection. The closing looks—a series of T-shirts emblazoned with an image of a giddily happy Kate Middleton—were a tip of the hat to the Brits. Continue Reading “London’s Living La Dolce Vita” »

The Closing Ceremony Bright Spots: Supes And Spice

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Throughout the London Olympics, fashion statements came in the form of gold and diamond grills (thank you, Ryan Lochte), patriotic nail art, and envelope-pushing jewelry, but it was last night’s Closing Ceremony that won the gold medal by a long shot in the Games’ fashion competition. After Nick Knight-lensed billboards featuring Brit supermodels including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, and David Gandy made their way into the stadium, the supes hit the Union Jack-shaped catwalk wearing one-of-a-kind gold numbers by top London labels like Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, and Christopher Kane, to David Bowie’s “Fashion.” They were followed by performers wearing gold helmets, who created a giant gold skull formation as a tribute to the late Lee Alexander McQueen. The segment, put together by Closing Ceremony creative director Kim Gavin along with British Vogue and the British Fashion Council, was reportedly a year in the making. But perhaps the even bigger highlight of the night was watching Victoria Beckham shed her icy persona and step back into her Posh Spice role when she took the stage for the big finale with the rest of the Spice Girls. The designer, who wore a strapless black dress by Giles Deacon for the show, tweeted: “I was a pop star for the night! I love you [girls]! We did it!”

Photos: Jeff J. Mitchell (Moss); Jamie Squire / Getty Images