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Twenty-Four Years Later, Amanda Wakeley Gets Her Mayfair Dream Store

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Elizabeth Hurley and Amanda WakeleyOne of the few who has dressed both Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, never mind a passel of stars including Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Welch, and more, Brit designer Amanda Wakeley is a twenty-four-year veteran in the business. At her celeb-dense shop opening last night on London’s Albemarle Street, she described how she’s seen the fashion landscape in The Smoke change over the years.

“It is very competitive now, and there is a much greater choice of outstanding products at all levels of the market—plus the customer is far more discerning.” Wakeley also believes designers have stepped up their marketing game. “There is much more awareness of brand DNA—an integral part of building a successful business.”

Despite having a career and longevity most designers could only dream of, Wakeley insists that now is the most exciting time for her, especially with achieving a lifelong ambition of opening a Mayfair shop. This one is even Grade 2 listed, which means, in Brit speak, that it has historical significance. “It is such a privilege to be in a building with such heritage and structure…the staircase was put in by a couturier in the twenties, and I just knew this was the space for us.”

Tracey Emin, Liz Hurley, Elizabeth Saltzman, the BFC’s Caroline Rush, and more crushed into the shop that Wakeley says is representative of the “beginning of a new era for us.” Next on the docket is a return to the London fashion week schedule after a few seasons’ hiatus.

So after dressing the crème de la crème, who is left on her wish list? “Well, I do think Jennifer Lawrence has a wonderful look.” We have a sneaking suspicion the star will be wearing Dior to the Oscars, but who knows what the red carpet may bring.

On the First Day Of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me, Two Furry Donkeys

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Love's Christmas Party

Donkeys, magicians, and rabbits. Did the circus come to London? Nope, just the Love magazine Christmas party, held last night at Camden’s Lady Ottoline, and hosted by editor in chief Katie Grand and Neil Barrett. Donkeys greeted partygoers upon arrival, and somehow, we were not surprised. This is LOVE after all, and it has its own quirky way of celebrating not just a great year, but also, its advent calendar, which is now at day 18. Thus far, it’s featured the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Georgia May Jagger, and Lindsey Wixson prancing around in their Calvin Klein smalls. Even Clara, Katie Grand’s pet rabbit, was a calendar girl.

Edie Campbell, Florence Welch, Arizona Muse, Paul Simonon, Rankin, Tim Walker, and many more attended last night’s fete. And given that it’s almost year’s end, guests shared their highlights from 2013. “Standing in the hurricane on the beach at Dungeness with Sølve Sundsbø getting soaked whilst shooting a ‘summer’ story was kind of funny,” said Grand of her most memorable moment this year. Lulu Kennedy, LOVE‘s editor at large, also weighed in. “An editorial meeting presided over by Clara. She sat on a cushion in the middle of the table looking very regal, chewing our notes and printouts.”

Photo: Boo George

Dominic Jones Goes Back To The Beginning

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Dominic Jones Spring '14Antelope horns, fanged jaws, shark teeth, and manta rays—all cast in brass and dipped in various hues of gold—are the centerpieces of Dominic Jones’ Spring ’14 collection. Now in his ninth season, the 28-year-old designer, who counts the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna among his fans, was inspired by natural forms and evolution within nature. And while the London-based talent’s ability to constantly push his futuristic-meets-organic aesthetic forward is largely what editors and top-tier retailers (like Barneys, Net-a-Porter, and 10 Corso Como, among many others) find so appealing, his Spring lineup grew out of the past. In fact, it is a reimagining of his Fall ‘10 offering (his second ever), which he’s elevated by applying the technical skills he’s acquired over the years.

Jones is a hands-on kind of guy. “I design as I go. My brain works more traditionally, and I very much like my technique of working with my fingers, saws, and files,” he explained. But one of the “new skills” he utilizes for Spring is 3-D printing. For instance, he created his deadly but seductive ram’s-horn-shaped choker with a hand-carved mold, but he used 3-D printing to shrink it down and pop out frames for identical rings and bracelets. “3-D design can feel a bit soulless,” Jones said. “The products are often really interesting and intricate, but they lose the warmth you see in handmade pieces.” His 3-D printed baubles, however, are all finished by Jones himself rather than a machine. As he puts it, “It’s the best of both worlds. And it’s already triggered my brain into new ways of approaching design. It’s like finding a new door in your house that you’ve never walked through.” Continue Reading “Dominic Jones Goes Back To The Beginning” »

Noticed: The Less-Is-More Album Cover

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That music and fashion are locked in an endless embrace is not news. Fashion week wouldn’t be fashion week without a spate of performances, and every season brings with it a few musicians who seem to clear their schedules for a solid month to do the rounds. (Beth Ditto, lately of the Versus runway performance, has graduated to mainstay status; ditto Florence Welch, who belted from a giant clam a year ago at Chanel.) But where record sales are concerned, sex sells, even for fashion’s most dedicated fans. There are enough naked album covers to fill a side gallery of your local museum, from the famous (John and Yoko’s Two Virgins, 1968) to the infamous (Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking, 1988) to the new-establishment (the original cover for the Strokes’ 2001 debut, Is This It—but of course, that’s the one you have, right?). Now the moment seems to have returned. A pair of dueling popettes have just released clothes-free preview art for their new albums: Rihanna’s Unapologetic on one hand; Christina Aguilera’s Lotus on the other. They’ve set the celebrity blogosphere a-thrumming. The fashion one, not so much. But today sees the release of yet another less-is-more cover for an album likelier to be spinning in studios and shops around town: Bat for Lashes’ The Haunted Man (left). Three’s a trend (again).

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Jenny At The Met?

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This year’s Costume Institute Gala performer is rumored to be Jennifer Lopez, WWD reports. Lopez (who is a frequent guest at the annual benefit) follows last year’s main act, Florence Welch, and other recent Met ball performers like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kanye West. A spokeswoman from Vogue, however, denies that the magazine’s April cover girl and American Idol judge will be taking the stage at the May 7 event.

Photo: Julian Mackler / BFAnyc.com