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April 16 2014

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Letter From London:
The Men’s Collections, Day 1

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After a royal kickoff, London Collections: Men (its official, if slightly wordy name) began in earnest this morning.

The first show on the schedule belonged to Lou Dalton, the brassy woman-in-menswear (like her sister-in-arms Martine Rose) who is a promising part of the young London scene. Her futuristic take on tailoring (left)—jackets with inset mesh panels, shirts in classic fabrics like seersucker that billowed like deflated humps behind their wearers, and boxy shorts, worn with trainers and high socks—seemed almost sci-fi, but it had an appealingly dystopic twang. Alexa Chung, who dipped backstage after the show to offer her congratulations, seemed to appreciate it.

And now, as the Pythons used to say, for something completely different. (This is England, after all.) Hackett’s show at the English Opera House drew inspiration from the past, specifically the thirties of Gatsby. That sort of vertigo-inducing 180 from the future to the past and the experimental to the traditional characterized the day and may well characterize the full schedule of collections here in London. In the afternoon, Savile Row opened its many doors, while not far away, Rose made her mark—literally—with outerwear and shirts in neoprene stamped with impressions of her own hands. Continue Reading “Letter From London:
The Men’s Collections, Day 1″ »

The Seats Of Honor At This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Henry Holland And Aggy Deyn On The Run, A Kardashian Kloset, And More…

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The other event of the season? No, not the Met ball—the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Every year, the magazines and networks jockey to see who can score the biggest celebrity gets for their tables. The frontrunners so far this year: The New Yorker, with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Coen brothers; and Tina Brown and Newsweek, with Colin and Alma Powell, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. Our crack team of experts has put together the face-off rendering above. [WWD]

Our Sunday plan: lounge on the couch, sip coffee, and generally laze. Aggy Deyn and Henry Holland’s plan? Run the London marathon to benefit Oxfam. Oh sure, guys, go ahead and make us feel bad, why don’t you? [Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of feeling bad: Should one be appalled or amazed by Khloe Kardashian’s floor-to-ceiling closet of stripper-ready Louboutins? The visual evidence awaits; feel free to weigh in. [Elle]

Jessica Simpson—who, against the odds, has emerged as a remarkably successful fashion brand (we can’t quite bring ourselves to say designer)—is set to be wed before the end of the year. She’ll be contributing to the design of her dress, naturally. [Extra]

Photos: Getty Images

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World

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Mad Men returns this Sunday on AMC, and to celebrate the much-anticipated return of Don, Betty, and their martini-swilling cohorts, AMC and Banana Republic hosted a splashy Hollywood premiere last night at Mann’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. After a word from creator Matthew Weiner—no cell phones and no giving away plotlines; “I really don’t want to see it on the front page of The New York Times,” he explained—the lights dimmed and we were in Mad world. And after the credits rolled and the guests headed for the Chateau Marmont for the after-party, we still were. There were all the period touches: cigarette girls, a jazz quartet, and, of course, stiff martinis. The only slightly jarring bit was the cast—Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks (in Dolce & Gabbana), and Elisabeth Moss (in Oscar de la Renta)—stripped of their sixties accoutrements, appearing in twenty-first-century dress. But then, show-vs.-life confusion is par for the course. “People sometimes come up to me and say, ‘you’re so much prettier in real life,’ ” said Moss, who plays no-nonsense career girl Peggy Olson.”I’m not really sure how to take that, so I just politely say thank you.”

The following afternoon, Mad Men mania continued: Banana Republic hosted a lunch at the Sunset Tower Hotel in honor of a video blog collaboration between its creative director, Simon Kneen, and the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. The short videos, which feature Kneen and Bryant chewing the sartorial fat and discovering a shared love of menswear, will go up on AMC’s Web site this Sunday. They’re part of BR’s “Mad About Style” campaign, which includes a casting-call opportunity for customers to win a walk-on part on the show. Over chicken paillard and watermelon sorbet, Bryant revealed that some of the Mad Men wardrobe pieces are actually direct hand-me-downs from her mother and grandmother. She also attempted—without much success, as it turned out—to single out her favorite character to dress. “Rachel Menken. I also loved Bobbie Barrett. And Trudy, Joan, and Peggy. And of course Betty. Oh, don’t make me choose!”

Photo: Jeff Vespa / WireImage / Getty Images

Jon Hamm’s Not Keith Richards, And He’s OK With That

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The horologists at Omega recently redesigned the brand’s iconic Constellation Collection, and this weekend, it fêted the new line in L.A. Who better to celebrate the Constellations? Why, the stars, of course. Brand ambassador Ziyi Zhang held court at the Ritz-Carlton for cocktails and dinner, and a crowd that included Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Anna Kendrick, and Adrien Brody.

Kendrick—who had only somewhat recovered from the premiere of her latest film, Twilight: Eclipse, which took place two nights prior in Los Angeles (“my eardrums are still bleeding”)—was the night’s first celebrity to arrive. Punctuality, it turns out, is the actress’ forte. “I pride myself on being punctual, actually,” Kendrick revealed, sounding every bit her type-A character in Up in the Air. “When I’m late, I might as well break into hives.” Fitting for a watch event, we conjectured. “I don’t always wear a watch, but I guess that’s cell phones for you,” she admitted. “I have a couple that I love. When I’m feeling casual I wear a little calculator watch, but, obviously, I try to class it up a bit, too.”

Hamm, it turns out, falls on the other end of the punctuality spectrum. “I try to be punctual. But like most things that we try to do, sometimes we fail at them. I do understand the value of being punctual, but I wish I practiced what I preached a little more.” While a fan of a classic timepiece, don’t expect Hamm to take his love of accessories any further. “I’m not a big jewelry guy. The only thing I’ve ever really worn is a watch. I’m not that guy. I can’t pull it off.” But, that’s not to say Hamm is opposed to other men engaging with a whole range of accoutrements. “If you can pull it off, more power to you. Keith Richards looks good with tons of necklaces, a skull ring, and earrings. But I’m not Keith Richards.”

Photo: WireImage

Deacon To Ungaro, Hamm And Hall To W, Ronson Takes The Wheel, And More…

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As expected, Giles Deacon (pictured) has been named creative director at Emanuel Ungaro. Let’s just pretend the Lindsay years never happened. [Vogue U.K.]

August will be Stefano Tonchi’s first issue at W. For his first cover? A twofer, Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall (co-stars in the new Ben Affleck movie The Town). W: the new, edgy indie? [WWD]

Alana Zimmer: total Charlotte. Sessilee‘s a Samantha. If you’ve ever been curious (and frankly, we didn’t know we were until we read the article), Modelinia rounded up a few of its favorite catwalkers to find out which Sex girl they identify with most. [Modelinia]

Charlotte Ronson, licensed driver. Slow news day? [WSJ]

And a great little clip from the vaults: Yves Saint Laurent on What’s My Line. [Styleite]

Photo: Richard Young / Startraks Photo