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April 19 2014

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13 posts tagged "Erin O’Connor"

Jaguar To Serpentine: A Wild Night In London

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“Was that Jay Leno that just walked by?” asked Matthew Williamson, at launch of the Jaguar XJ at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square. Yes, it was. The die-hard car buff was there alongside Elle Macpherson, Rosamund Pike, Jefferson Hack, and David Gandy to introduce the very English and very sexy new car. Williamson continued the love affair with all things English and chatted about his return to LFW. “We were asked by [BFC chairman] Harold Tillman to come home to celebrate the 25th-year anniversary, and we thought it a great idea,” said Williamson. “Not to say that I won’t come back to New York. It’s a grass-is-greener situation. When I’m away from New York, I think there is no city cooler. But when I’m there, I yearn for London and all its quirkiness.” Williamson’s date, newly appointed Chanel beauty ambassador Poppy Delevingne, stayed true to her new bosses in Chanel makeup and black nail polish. The luxe maquillage was paired, however, with a full Topshop look, down to her feathered stilettos. “In this economic environment, it seems like the prudent thing to do. And it doesn’t really look like Topshop, does it?” said Delevingne before fluttering off to the Serpentine Summer Party. There, she and her high street look were joined by a thoroughly stylish crew: Thandie Newton, Mario Testino, Jade Jagger with mom Bianca in tow, Damien Hirst, Jacquetta Wheeler, Lily Collins, Pharrell Williams, Charlotte Dellal, and J.K. Rowling, who wore seven-inch gold Louboutins and magically dodged questions about her new look. Also cagey was model Erin O’Connor. “I am working on a book that I’m very excited about,” she confided, but remained schtum on the details. Well, considering the current state of celebrity affairs, we’ll take evasion over TMI.

Photo: Marcus Dawes

The Return Of The Supe: London Edition

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We reported on the abundance of familiar faces on the New York runways, and it looks like the trend is continuing in London. Carmen Dell’Orifice, Yasmin LeBon, Erin O’Connor, and Jacquetta Wheeler all returned to the catwalk in goth princess attire for newish-label Qasimi, and they looked like they were having a ball. We also spotted one proud hubby—Yasmin LeBon’s beloved of over 20 years, Simon—beaming in the front row with pride. Awwww.

Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty Images

The Smart Set: Hussein Fêtes His 15-Year Retrospective

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Who knew so-called intellectual fashion could be such a crowd-puller? Anyone who thought they were in for a meditative waft around Hussein Chalayan’s exhibition From Fashion and Back at London’s Design Museum was in for a rude awakening at the opening last night. By 7:45, there was a line snaking around the block and a good old-fashioned nineties-style fashion show shouting match was brewing up at the door, while inside, the bar was so besieged that the staff stopped serving at one point. After that, there was another 15-minute line, up a stairway no less, to gain entry to the show itself. “This had better be good,” muttered one disgruntled arrival. Not to worry: The 15-year retrospective provides a surprisingly intimate close-up of Chalayan’s work. Shown on mannequins variously drinking coffee, painting walls, and even polishing the inside of the glass case they’re standing in, the clothes appear charmingly human even while the designs are revealed to be technically accomplished to a degree that can’t ever be appreciated from a runway. Continue Reading “The Smart Set: Hussein Fêtes His 15-Year Retrospective” »