14 posts tagged "Harrods"
“These new pieces are inspired by my mom’s collection of 1930s jewelry and my love of Art Deco—but I’ve put my own little spin on it,” said Monica Vinader last night at Berners Tavern in The London Edition hotel. “I also wanted to keep the price point reasonable because every woman, after all, deserves diamonds.” Given the brisk business Vinader does, it seems many appreciate it, especially her It Brit fans like the Delevingne sisters, Sienna Miller, Ellie Goulding, and Suki Waterhouse—the latter wore Monica Vinader earrings on date night in February with Bradley Cooper to the White House.
Vinader unveiled new pieces in her top-selling Baja collection, including earrings and rings with blue sapphires and emeralds hand-cut by the designer herself, as well as a new bracelet adorned with pavé set diamonds and what is fast becoming her signature: rose-gold vermeil. Cohosted by Tank magazine’s Caroline Issa, the event also celebrated the forthcoming expansion of Vinader’s shop-in-shop at Harrods, as well as the impending opening of a 2,000-square-foot store on Sloane Street. “Business was going so well in Harrods, they asked me if I would consider expanding my space, and it is rather lovely to be asked,” said the designer to the assembled guests. “And I was in the new Sloane Street location yesterday with the architect, and I had to take a big breath. It is so vast and special. I still am having trouble believing it.”
Also pinching herself is Issa, who decided being a management consultant, writer-editor, and model-muse wasn’t quite enough for her. She has thrown her hat into the designing world (hot off the success of her sold-out line of shoes at L.K.Bennett) and will be creating a premium line for a top-tier U.S. department store—a capsule collection that will sit alongside the likes of Stella McCartney and Donna Karan. On the subject of her multitasking, Issa is sanguine: “Careers are so fluid these days. People don’t have to stick to just one thing anymore. I think if a chance presents itself where you can expand your life experience and explore creativity, then why not? It would be crazy not to seize the opportunity.”
Having made their debuts in Harrods’ holiday windows last year, Versace’s Cinderella dress, Valentino’s butter-yellow Belle gown, Oscar de la Renta’s Snow White frock, and Escada’s Princess Jasmine look will go under the hammer—for charity—alongside other designer Disney-princess duds at Christie’s, on November 13. Prince Charming is not included in the auction price.
Alta Roma, Italy’s answer to haute couture, is currently under way in Rome. And yesterday, the winners of this season’s Who Is On Next design competition were announced. It was judged by an esteemed panel that included Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer, Suzy Menkes, and Harrods’ Marigay McKee. The initiative supports independent designers who produce their labels in Italy. The top talents will receive an area to show their collections to buyers during next September’s Milan fashion week (courtesy of Vogue Italia), and they’ll also create an exclusive look, which will be stocked on Yoox.com.
This year, Arthur Arbesser, a Viennese designer who spent seven years working with Giorgio Armani before launching his own line last fall in Milan, co-won the grand prize. He shared the spotlight with Julia Voitenko and Daria Golveko, the Russian duo behind Esme Vie. Continue Reading “Guess Who’s Next? Alta Roma Honors Emerging Talent” »
As part of a larger initiative to ring in Raf Simons’ new era of Dior, the storied French house will veritably annex Harrods in London from March 16 through April 14. Dior, whose relationship with London goes way back (Mr. Dior actually staged a show at Harrods back in 1953), will install 33 window displays, complete with Dior iterations of the London phone booth, teddy bears, and Dior-clad beefeaters. The exhibition-cum-event will also offer vintage photographs and sketches, 40 perfectly fashioned mini couture dresses, and an installation featuring gowns worn by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, and Marion Cotillard. Anyone looking to take home a piece of the action, limited-edition products like Dior cupcakes (you can buy a box of four for $29.75), a snow globe, and a Lady Dior bag (a favorite of the late Princess Diana) in tartan and crocodile, will be up for sale. And those of us who won’t be in London this month might not be completely out of luck: The house is reportedly opening additional pop-ups around the world this spring.