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July 23 2014

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4 posts tagged "Joanna Sykes"

Topshop To Tokyo (Again),
JPG Joins Carla’s Cause, And More…

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Topshop has announced it’ll open a second Tokyo store in September, which will be its new Japanese flagship, in the Shinjuku shopping district. Glad to hear it—we were worried there were ten square feet left in Tokyo without some amazing retail space, so Topshop should fill that in nicely. [WWD]

Jean Paul Gaultier (pictured) has teamed up with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, designing a T-shirt to raise awareness for the French first lady’s Born HIV Free campaign. The shirt comes packaged with the new issue of French Elle and is Breton style—we’d say perfectly on trend, given the Saint James craze at the moment, but in all fairness, Gaultier’s been doing sailor-boy chic for years. [WWD]

First Jersey-ite JWoww launched her line of Filthy Couture, and now her cast mate, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, is launching his own line, with the apparel brand DILLIGAF (“Does It Look Like I Give A”…you can fill in the rest). He took to Facebook to show off the first look, which is, predictably, a tank top emblazoned with the words “The Situation.” Just what we were waiting for! [Racked]

Aquascutum’s new creative director, Joanna Sykes, is temporarily closing her own, namesake label to focus on the British heritage brand. But not to worry—if you’re a devoted customer, she’ll still make you your Sykes goods on a bespoke basis. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: KCSPresse / Splash News

Mugler Pursues Pugh, Alexander Wang Buys (And Not On The Lower East Side), Steven Klein Talks “Alejandro,” And More…

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Is this the new face of Thierry Mugler? Rumors are swirling that Gareth Pugh (pictured) will be tapped to head the French label, though no official announcement has been made yet. [WWD]

Alexander Wang bought a new, $2 million Tribeca apartment with a history of fashionable tenants: Its previous owner was Holly Brubach, a former style editor at The New York Times. [NYO via Racked]

Steven Klein says he agreed to direct Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video because her show “felt like performance art in the nineties. And I had not seen anything like that in a while.” Good to know. Also of note: The scene where she eats rosary beads represents “the desire to take in the holy.” Amen! [Fashionologie]

And meet the newest winners of England’s NEWGEN sponsorship: David Koma, Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Louise Gray, and Joanna Sykes. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: James Veysey / Camera Press / Retna

A Film From David Lynch, Bags From Lindsay Lohan, A New Name At Aquascutum, And More…

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David Lynch’s film for Dior, Lady Blue Shanghai, screened at the label’s cruise collection show. If you missed it there and want to see Marion Cotillard fretting (pictured), having a spectral love affair, and reciting a poem, the full 16-minute video is now up at LadyDior.com.

Following the departure of Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz for Bally earlier this year, Aquascutum has tapped English designer Joanna Sykes for its creative director post. Sykes is an alum of Armani, Ferretti, and Matches’ house label. [Vogue U.K.]

March of the mannequins: Industry stalwart Ralph Pucci will create a “catwalk” of his mannequins in Times Square, outfitted by Calvin Klein, DVF, Michael Kors, and more. Great, just what Times Square needs: more people standing stock-still, blocking pedestrian walkways. [WWD]

Lindsay Lohan is expanding her 6126 collection into handbags, apparently La Lohan’s favorite accessory. Style groups include Starlette, Glam A-Go-Go, and Kitten with a Whip. PR executives of the world: Isn’t there one of you out there who can convince her that these names are just not a good idea? [WWD]

And now we know: The tux R&B singer Janelle Monáe often sports is a tribute both to Marlene Dietrich and to her mother (a janitor) and her father (who drove a garbage truck). “It pays homage to how they put on a uniform every day and turned something into nothing.” [NY Mag]

Photo: David Lynch/Courtesy of Dior

Joanna Sykes Crosses The Pond

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The folks behind the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN sponsorship may well be the world’s best fashion talent-spotters: A few of the designers they’ve plucked out of obscurity and given a platform at London fashion week include Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, and Gareth Pugh. This season, there’s a new name to know. Joanna Sykes is the mind behind the brand Sykes, and next month, she’ll be presenting her fourth collection at LFW, thanks to NEWGEN. “A presentation is a better showcase for my line than a catwalk, since my work is really more about detail—fit and finish—than it is about coming up with a new silhouette proposition every season,” explains Sykes, who cut her teeth post-Central Saint Martins working for Alberta Ferretti. “The brand came out of my love for super-refined basics,” she adds. “Iconic pieces you always wear, but want given a twist now and then.” While Sykes is readying her Spring ’10 collection—and rounding up the “character” models she’ll be putting the pieces on at Somerset House—folks in the U.K. can check out her work on the racks at Matches. As well as stocking Sykes’ eponymous line, the U.K. boutique has hired the designer to head up its store label, Freda (that’s a Freda L.B.D. above). Fall ’09, delivering now-ish, marks Sykes’ first season at the Freda helm—and Matches owners Tom and Ruth Chapman are so pleased with the results, they’ve decided that as of next season, they’ll commence selling the line to other stores, too, including those stateside. Start saving your shillings.

Photo: Courtesy of Sykes