10 posts tagged "Harvey Nichols"
“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]
Harvey Nichols has long been the hub of London fashion, but it may soon be the hub of the London youthquake, too. The city’s big-spending hip kids have evidently made an impression on the august retailer, and the result is a new fourth-floor boutique called, appropriately enough, the Hub. Enter the fresh blood!
Daisy Lowe, Amber LeBon, and Samantha Ronson all turned out at the outdoor picnic Harvey Nicks threw to celebrate its revamped boutique, where they’ll no doubt find plenty to love. The designers that the London new guard can’t get enough of—Markus Lupfer, Preen, Richard Chai Love, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff—are all on the racks, as are a few bits and bobs like Kidrobot toys and headphones. The party, in fact, felt more like a music festival than a stodgy store fête—tunes by Ronson, who manned the DJ booth; food by the restaurant of choice for the under-30 crowd, Bistrotheque. And in true rock style, the fest is taking the show on the road: The party continues for the next three days, hitting Southbank, Notting Hill, and Spitalfields. It’s the sort of event likely to be greeted with lighters raised—which makes it all the more canny that those, too, will be Hub staples going forward.
Fashion week notes from the buying director of Harvey Nichols.