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July 31 2014

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Joseph Fetes Twenty-Five

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Joseph Capsule

Twenty-five years after the opening of its flagship on London’s Fulham Road, Joseph is finally staging its first runway presentation on London Fashion Week’s official schedule. Next week’s presentation just one component of the quarter-century birthday celebration—another crucial part is the launch of a capsule collection that fetes all things Joseph. With contributions from six designers, the range will be available at the Fulham Road store starting February 15.

Balmain, Jil Sander, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Rupert Sanderson, and Joseph creative director Louise Trotter all hit the drawing board to create limited-edition pieces, which debut exclusively here. “We wanted to focus on designers both past and present that reflect the Joseph ethos,” Trotter said, explaining how the company whittled down the list to six, she included. “Everyone was thrilled to be asked, and thankfully most people could make the time!”

The designers also fell into line when it came to conveying the ethos of the brand. “The guiding spirit behind each piece came from the Joseph DNA: black and white. My idea of the leather tote began with one of our most iconic pieces—the stripe carrier bag,” explained Trotter. Also included in the mix are a black-and-white dress from Jonathan Saunders, a crisp white clutch from Jil Sander, and a roaring lion’s head from Balmain.

Fashion is a notoriously unforgiving business—consider each fashion year like a dog year, so for Joseph to hit twenty-five is a watershed moment that few retailers have achieved. How does Trotter account for the popularity, never mind longevity, of the brand, given the crowded retail market? “Joseph [Ettedgui, the founder] himself was a curator of new talent. His taste and spirit are still evident in the combination of designers we offer and the unique way we buy and showcase our collections,” she said of the vision of the charismatic Ettedgui, who died in 2010. “The basic principles that Joseph set out from the beginning, which are the perfect wardrobe essentials translated into luxury fabrics, is still as relevant today as when he started. We have tried to stay true to his philosophy whilst looking forward.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

Lip Service

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Spring '14 lips

Pucker up, kiddos. Smooches abounded on the Spring ’14 runways, making their mark everywhere from Peter Jensen, where frocks and tops were covered with photo-realistic lips, to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who crafted a pair of sunglasses with gilded gobs for lenses. The gap-toothed pink and purple pouts that appeared on a series of looks at Giles Deacon were rumored to be an ode to stylist Katie Grand’s grin. Meanwhile, Saint Laurent‘s Hedi Slimane doused an 80s-tinged ruffle top and short black wrap dress with an allover rouge lip print. Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s 1971 Vichy Chic collection, the smackers were a somewhat surprising embrace of the house’s history. Tucker’s Gaby Basora employed the motif, too. The New York-based designer collaborated with Solange Azagury-Partridge—best known for her “Hot Lips” baubles—on rosebud blouses and dresses strewn with fuchsia kissers.

If mouthy accessories are more your taste, look no further than Yaz Bukey’s Spring ’14 range. The designer served up a patent cherry bouche bag—as well as a pair of lipstick-shaped earrings for touch-ups. And even on the street, showgoers were donning mouth-embellished duds. Tommy Ton snapped one femme in Paris wearing surreal black driving gloves fit for Dali—the wrists sealed with two bright red kisses.

Don’t Feed the Animals

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Giles Deacon's Bat Hat

See that bat attacking Cara Delevingne’s face? That’s a hat by Stephen Jones for Giles Deacon, who, if you may recall, gained street-style traction a couple of seasons back with his adorably plush triceratops purses. As it turns out, the animal-as-accessory trend is back for Spring ’14, spearheaded by Jones x Deacon’s vampiric topper. But not all in this animal kingdom is nocturnal.

Things were sunnier at Moschino Cheap And Chic, thanks in part to a Crayola-pink lawn flamingo purse, which complemented the collection’s overarching Barbie-goes-to-Basel (Miami, not Switzerland) theme. Cheek has always been part of the Moschino vocabulary, but this felt particularly grin-worthy.

Animal bags from Moschino Cheap & Chic, and Ashley Williams

The buzz factor, though, belonged to Ashley Williams. Showing under Fashion East, the much-hyped designer offered stuffed-hammerhead shark purses, which rounded out her nautical-themed lineup with good-humored aplomb. And who was spotted eyeing Williams’ wares from the front row? None other than Harry Styles, who, we think, would look rather fetching carrying Williams’ deadly fish as a “murse.”

Giles Deacon’s Photo Finish

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Giles Deacon Spring '14Yesterday, Giles Deacon sent an eye-catching, screen print-saturated Spring ’14 collection down the runway—though it wasn’t the catwalkers turning heads so much as the models spotted on the garments. According to Vogue.co.uk, Deacon’s first three looks featured never-before-used photos of Amber Valletta from Glen Luchford’s 1997 Prada test shoot—that’s two this week for the muse. Luchford snaps of Kate Moss also made an appearance on Giles’ Spring looks, and some have suggested that the collection’s glittering, gap-toothed mouth motif was a nod to stylist Katie Grand’s grin. Considering Grand and Deacon have been pals and colleagues for decades, we don’t think it’s too wild a guess.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/ IndigitalImages.com

The ANDAM Race is On

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Considering the winner receives a cool 250,000 euros and a two-season mentorship from Italian fashion tycoon Renzo Rosso, the ANDAM Fashion Award is one of the most coveted in the biz. And today, the group announced the seven finalists being considered for the 2013 prize. This year, AMI designer Alexandre Mattiussi, the ever-quirky Olympia Le-Tan (left), Yang Li, Pedro Lourenço, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Masha Ma, and conceptual couturier Iris van Herpen will be competing for the honor. The winner, whose spoils will also include his or her Spring ’14 collection being sold in Canadian department store Hudson’s Bay Company, 10,000 euros worth of Swarovski Crystals to use on his or her Spring ’14 collection, and support from Fashion GPS over the next two years, will be chosen by a panel of industry insiders—including Colette’s Sarah Andelman, Humberto Leon, Paris Vogue‘s Emmanuelle Alt, and Style.com‘s executive editor Nicole Phelps—in Paris on July 4. Previous winners include Anthony Vaccarello, Giles Deacon, Richard Nicoll, and Gareth Pugh.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/ GoRunway.com