12 posts tagged "Harvey Nichols"
It hasn’t been particularly summery in London this week—yesterday evening, for instance, saw the city drenched in yet another cold, temperamental squall. Not the most auspicious weather, perhaps, for the launch of eyewear and swimwear label Prism London’s two-month-long pop-up shop on the fourth floor of Harvey Nichols. Or, as Prism’s Anna Laub pointed out, perhaps the weather was auspicious. After all, there’s nothing like dingy April showers to make the mind flee to the poolside or the beach—a flight of fancy given a big assist by Prism’s swimwear and sunglasses mix. “I’ve been wanting to find a way to present the suits and the glasses together,” Laub explained, when asked about the raw wood installation created by set designer Robert Storey and Architecture at Large honcho Rafael de Cárdenas. “We were in here until 1 a.m. last night, hammering,” Storey recalled. “It was kind of surreal, being in here on our own.” “It was a real Mannequin moment,” Laub added. “I wanted to run around and try everything on. But I didn’t.” As always, a girl can dream.
Christian Lacroix is the latest designer to be honored with a museum exhibit. His Swarovski-decorated designs for La Source, a 2011 production of a nineteenth-century ballet, will be showcased at the National Costume Museum in Moulins, France. [WWD]
Mary Katrantzou is known for her hyper-realistic digital prints, but a typewriter collector in Switzerland thought one of the designer’s Fall 2012 dresses (pictured) was a bit too literal in inspiration. Adwoa Bagalini, who runs the blog Retro Tech Geneva, wrote Katrantzou a friendly letter pointing out the similarities to her typewriter photo. The designer admitted the correlation and sent Bagalini her own typewriter dress. [Racked]
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who were appointed as creative directors of Superga in September 2011, are set to unveil their latest capsule shoe collection for the label later this month at Harvey Nichols. They have also revealed that they will be doing a Superga range under their label The Row. [Vogue U.K.]
The latest industry rumor isn’t about a Dior appointment—but rather, the house’s former designer John Galliano. Hint reports that Galliano may be heading to Schiaparelli. With the Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibit Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion, it would be a timely comeback for the Italian house. [Hint]
“Some girls read books, listen to music, or chat on their BlackBerry. But I sketch backstage and during castings, because we are all bored and anxious and need something to relax us or calm our nerves,” model Naomi Preizler explains. (In the 21-year-old Argentine’s case, those castings are for the likes of Chanel, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, and Balenciaga, and on set for Interview, LOVE, and i-D shoots) Hearing of her hobby, Harvey Nichols commissioned Preizler to do a series of illustrations for its latest lookbook, which the retailer shared exclusively with Style.com.
The retailer suggested Preizler look to Meadham Kirchhoff to sum up the season’s mood. “I played the video of the show over and over again while I was drawing, and probably know all the looks by heart now,” she says. “It was the perfect excuse to indulge in my love for color and listen to Hole on repeat.” The onetime art student created expressionistic versions of Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff’s sugary-sweet teddy bears, kittens, hearts, unicorns, and cake to illustrate the mailer. “Naomi’s dreamy, irreverent style was perfect to portray the trends we loved this season, including under-the-sea aquatic influences as well as the sometimes bonkers creativity of our talented British designers like Meadham Kirchoff, with their explosion of kitsch cuteness and fun this season,” Harvey Nichols spokesperson Victoria Meekings said.
There’s more art to come in Preizler’s future, including a T-shirt collaboration with an Argentine fashion label. “The nature of my modeling work means that I am constantly inspired,” she says. “I’m obsessed with the power of the female body and her stare. I’m often surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful women with these strong personalities—I can’t miss out on having them in my sketchbook!”
For more of Preizler’s artwork, visit her personal blog, The Jerut of Rosa Luxemburgo.
Anna Dello Russo picks her top ten looks from Spring ’11, from Jil Sander and Balenciaga (left) to Mary Katrantzou and Haider Ackermann. Just as good: She pastes a picture of her cherry-hatted head atop each one. Think of it as a preview of every street-style blog you’ll read over the next three months. [Anna Dello Russo]
In case you missed it over the weekend, the FT‘s take on Annie Leibovitz and her continued financial difficulties is worth a read. The takeaway: If you’re going to stay solvent, it helps to kiss a little art-world ass. [FT]
Issey Miyake is set to receive Japan’s Order of Culture from Emperor Akihito next week on November 3, the country’s national Culture Day. [WWD]
And Harvey Nicks heads to Hong Kong: The English department store is opening up an 83,000-square-foot location in the Eastern capital. [WWD]