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April 21 2014

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11 posts tagged "Elton John"

Rocket Man Opens LC:M

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Elton John & David Furnish

Three seasons in, and London Collections: Men has already set something of a tone with its opening events. Glad-handing with the Prince of Wales at St. James’s Palace, chewing over the trends with the PM at 10 Downing Street, and last night, breaking bread with Sir Elton John at his house in the country…the combination of grandeur and intimacy seems particular to the personality of British fashion, and its menswear in particular. After all, Savile Row, emblem of male style, distills centuries of imposing brick-and-mortar tradition into one single relationship: a man and his tailor.

The invitation to dinner in the Gallery at Windsor was extended to a fortunate forty or so by David Furnish, longtime supporter of British menswear, and GQ‘s Dylan Jones and Jo Levin. The night turned into a celebration not just of LC:M but also of Jones himself, who has just been gonged with an Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. (Journalist Hilary Alexander was also OBE-ed.) It was largely an industry crowd, bar a couple of John and Furnish’s BFs, like Louise and Theo Fennell, who’d driven over from their own country pile. Theo’s two-tone winkle-pickers looked straight out of Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent collection. “They’re mine, and they’re very old,” he corrected.

But Slimane came to mind again an hour or so later, when, dinner over, a band of Irish mid-teens called The Strypes took to the stage that had been set up in the Gallery. They played a set of fearsome garage rock that was astonishingly authoritative for kids whose parents weren’t born when bands like The Seeds and the Flamin’ Groovies created the same glorious racket first time round. The sound and style of The Strypes made them more than likely candidates for the Hedi touch. But, closer to home, Natalie Massenet was sounding slightly awed as she wondered, “Where else could you go out expecting to celebrate a fashion week and have that introduced to you by someone like Elton John at the end of the evening?” Best call it LC:M stardust.

Photo: Josh Lawrence

New Designer, New Name At YSL, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Hedi Slimane (pictured) is starting his new post with a bang. The new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent has announced plans to change the name of the French fashion house from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris and a return to the label’s original branding. [WWD]

In other French fashion house news, Raf Simons is getting ready for his debut at Christian Dior. And with a new designer comes a new venue. Simons is on the lookout for a fresh place to show his first collection for the house on July 2 during Paris Couture. Rumor has it, he has his eyes on a vacant hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. [WWD]

Elton John lent his musical talents to Clear Channel and MediaLink on Tuesday night. The icon played a private gig for the world’s most high-powered “Mad Men” at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc, where a VIP bash was thrown as part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. [Page Six]

With model Stephanie Seymour and industrialist/art collector/publisher of Interview Peter Brant as their parents, 15-year-old Harry Brant and his 18-year-old brother Peter Jr. have taken the throne as the new princes of New York City. On his ever-evolving style, Harry says, “I used to wear only overalls, Alaïa T-shirts, and my mom’s Manolo Blahnik loafers.” Not a bad getup, if you ask us. [NYT]

 

 

 

Photo: PatrickMcMullan.com

 

Visit Ralph Lauren’s Paris, DVF’s Bahamas, Or Elton John’s L.A.—For Japan

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The CFDA is the latest group rallying its ranks to benefit Japan. Beginning today, its Fashion & Friends for Japan online auction goes live on CharityBuzz.com, where the offerings are one of a kind—to say the least.

Diane von Furstenberg has offered up a week’s stay at her private home in the Bahamas. More of an urban traveler? Take Paris at Ralph’s: two business-class tickets to the City of Light, two nights at the Bristol, dinner for two at Ralph’s, and a €1,000 shopping spree at Lauren’s Saint-Germain flagship (left). Domestic flyer? Try Elton John’s impenetrable Oscar party—with a friend.

Fashion designers being fashion designers, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to shop and style, too. Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez will help you personalize your own PS1. Rachel Zoe will take you to lunch for a style consultation. And if plastic best becomes you, good news: Mattel will create a Barbie doll in your own likeness. Doll, you could be big!

The auction runs today through April 28 at CharityBuzz.com.

Photo: charitybuzz.com

Best-Dressed Blokes Of 2010?

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The U.K. edition of Gentlemen’s Quarterly—a magazine that ought to know about such things—published its list of the 50 most stylish men in Britain online today. (The print edition, which will also include the ten worst-dressed men, not only in Britain but worldwide, arrives on Thursday.) The inclusion of young Romeo Beckham (#26, ten spots behind his father) has caused the most commotion. But there are plenty of other reasons to check it out.

For one, the Beckhams aren’t the only family pair included. Princes William (#27) and Harry (#5) both made the list, with a 22-place differential that ought to make for a bit of sibling rivalry. A few gentlemen included (Alasdhair Willis, #42; David Walliams, #11) may have had a little help from their fashionable wives (that’d be Stella McCartney and Lara Stone, respectively). One married pair even had both partners on the list: Sir Elton John (#21) and husband David Furnish (#6). (We personally look forward to the day when all three members of the family show up: the Rocket Man, his mate, and their new baby son, Zachary Furnish-John.)

Several unimpeachable icons of Brit style (David Hockney, #47; Bryan Ferry, #36) as well as a few designers (Christopher Bailey, left, #33; and the not-quite-British Tom Ford, #7) made the cut. Ford’s protégé of sorts, Nicholas Hoult, star of A Single Man and of Ford’s recent campaigns, clocks in at #3. And at #1? Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, more familiar to American tabloid audiences than movie audiences: The 20-year-old proposed to director Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, shortly after wrapping the Lennon biopic.

Click here to read the complete list.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Loree Rodkin Designs For The Cause, Vacations With Cher

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Loree Rodkin’s client base includes names big and bigger, but for her latest piece, the jewelry designer committed herself to giving back. She flew into London last night for the launch of “Rocks, Stones, and Metals” at Joseph, where she—along with Stephen Webster, Delfina Delettrez, Katie Hillier, and Hannah Martin—collaborated with the retailer on a curated collection sold to benefit UNICEF.

She joined a crowd that included Daphne Guinness, Alexandra Shulman, Ozwald Boateng, and Charlotte Dellal, whose mom, Andrea, was on hosting duties with Michael Roberts. The guest list might’ve wowed a lesser designer, but Rodkin is used to keeping famous company—she counts Elton John, Courtney Love, and Cher among her friends and clients. (Here in the U.S., she’s best known for designing Michelle Obama’s inauguration gems, but her first client was no slouch, either: Elizabeth Taylor.)

At the cocktail party, Rodkin (left, with Andrea Dellal) revealed that she’s been experimenting with restaurant design (with Luau in Beverly Hills), eyeglasses (“Elton’s got hundreds!”), perfumes, and candles. While in London, she tells Style.com, she’ll be “shopping at Browns, Feathers, and of course Joseph, trying to manage a facial at Harrods, and finally trying to get some rest. Last, I’m meeting my friend Cher for her London premiere of Burlesque on Monday. Then we are going on to Hawaii to switch off from all our respective traveling!” Travels with a diva? We can only imagine what bedazzled inspiration will come out of that one.

Photo: Courtesy of Joseph