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In London, a Pair of German-Flavored Fetes

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Lilly Allen

The Germans let loose in London last night with a pair of playful parties and accessories. First up was the launch of the München Cute Monsters limited backpack, celebrating the impending World Cup, courtesy of the little label that could: MCM. Defying all odds, the German-Korean brand has carved out a position in the luxury accessories category with its super-pricey cartoon and stud-festooned pieces. And it’s collected fans like Rihanna and Beyoncé along the way. At a wild party at MCM’s Sloane Street flagship last night, Brazilian flamenco dancers twerked away at the door (and stopped traffic), while Lily Allen, who can never get enough of a great bag, spun a set. Inside, guests ogled the backpack, which featured Pop Art characters Viktor & Viktoria rendered in the colors of the Brazilian flag.

anya clutch

Down the road, My Theresa, too, invited the fashion set out for a night of fun. The online retailer teamed up with Anya Hindmarch to commemorate their friendship with a very special memento: a limited-edition version of Hindmarch’s best-selling Marano clutch, which will launch exclusively on mytheresa.com next month. At an intimate dinner at the Royal Academy of Art, the pair introduced the clutch that truly sums up their relationship, seeing as the bag is customized with a smiley face. Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Hanneli Mustaparta, and My Theresa buying director Justin O’Shea (wearing a smiley-face tie) sat among sculptures of nudes and torsos. Naturally, O’Shea toasted his great friend. “We can’t get enough of Anya Hindmarch, and neither can our customers. Her happy take on fashion reminds us that fashion, above all, can be—and should be—fun. Otherwise, what’s the point of it all?”

Photos: Doug Peters; Courtesy Photo

High Society

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“Have you heard about The Society?” It’s a question that’s been making the rounds in model-watcher circles for what seems like a year, and now The Society is no longer a secret. After a soft launch during New York fashion week, Elite Paris’ New York outpost—not to be mistaken with the nonaligned Elite New York—officially debuted its Web site yesterday with an impressive roster of established faces, including Lindsey Wixson, Sigrid Agren, Cora Emmanuel, Mackenzie Drazan, and Ming Xi, as well as noteworthy newcomers such as Marine Deleeuw, Josephine Le Tutour, and Manuela Frey. The agency will also represent musicians, including Grace Jones, Oh Land, and Lily Rose Cooper (a.k.a. Lily Allen). “We’ve had the opportunity to be super-selective with the girls we take on rather than being so volume oriented,” a representative told Style.com. “Elite understands the value of investing in a gorgeous face.”

The Society hits the ground running with a huge history and network already in place, which contains the Elite Model Look competition—the largest source of new models in the world. The polished Web site, which was designed by Ezra Petronio and features Santiago & Mauricio-lensed animations of each girl in a grid format (kind of like a glam version of Hollywood Squares, no?), sets the tone for one of The Society’s goals, which is “to promote original editorial content and do interesting projects that converge fashion and art,” a representative said. “It’s a bit different from the standard approach,” which is exactly what the New York modeling industry needs right now. Based on initial impressions, The Society is poised to become a major force.

Santiago & Mauricio / Courtesy of The Society

Here Comme-s Peter Cottontail

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The bunny ear trend has come full circle. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo first led us down the proverbial rabbit hole back in 2007, when she showed black eared caps with her pink and purple fall collection. Next came the long wiry taffeta versions that Marc Jacobs sent down Louis Vuitton’s Fall runway in 2009. (Madonna wore them to the MET Ball—in sea foam—shortly thereafter.) The same year, Maison Michel released their lacy take on the trend, which was (and still is) worn by everyone from Lady Gaga to the Olsen twins to Lily Allen to Poppy Delevingne. Eugenia Kim was next, releasing her felt-eared cap—favored by Charlotte Dellal (technically, we think those were cat ears, but let’s not split hares.). And today, Comme des Garçons sent us back down the bunny trail with its Fall ’13 menswear collection, showing Stephen Jones-designed black leather baseball caps crowned with giant rabbit (and, it would appear, Mickey Mouse) ears. We’re all about (tasteful) novelty headgear, so when it comes to a bunny-topped Fall ’13, we say hop to it.

Photos: Yannis Valmos/ InDigitalTeam/GoRunway.com

What’s Old Is New Again For Lily Allen’s Vintage-Inspired Line

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Lily Allen and her sister, Sarah Owen (left), first dipped a toe into the waters of vintage with a cherry-picked collection of the best archival pieces they could find. When that was met with avid interest from Allen’s international fan base, the sisters went one step further, creating a vintage-inspired standalone line, Lucy in Disguise, which officially bowed in London last night. The 18-piece range, which includes a flowy maxi dress, a sparkly jumpsuit, and a retro mini sailor suit (strictly for the daring), will be available at Shopbop in the U.S., Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and Harvey Nichols in the U.K., where the star-studded event was held last night. Again, the fans came out to cheer—this time, Chloe Moretz, Charlotte Dellal, Lulu Kennedy, and more.

Allen has been warmly embraced by members of the fashion set, including Karl Lagerfeld, who cast her in a Chanel campaign. Did she turn to him or any other fashion mentor for design guidance? “Not really,” she said. “Vintage is nothing new for them. They are always looking for inspiration from vintage clothing, and us too. We are pretty much obsessed by vintage—at this point, that must seem pretty obvious.”

Also pretty obvious is Allen’s day job, effervescent popster. We had to wonder—would she wear pieces from the collection onstage? “I think my sister would kill me if I tried to style her!” Owen laughed. But Lily herself, in a sparkle cardigan and long dress from the collection, sets the record straight: “Not true—but the fact is I am on jumping around on stage all the time. If I wore a maxi dress on stage, me being me, I would be tripping over myself half the time.” After a bit of quick conferring, a consensus between the two was reached: “The little tops and T-shirts. Yes—those would work very well on stage.”

Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Cédric Charlier Is Out At Cacharel, Liz’s White Diamonds Will Hit The Block, Lucy Gets A New Disguise, And More…

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Alas, it’s au revoir to Cédric Charlier (left): Cacharel and its designer are parting ways. Charlier is only the latest in a line of designer departures that has included Milan Vukmirovic at Trussardi 1911, Vanessa Seward at Azzaro, Clare Waight Keller at Pringle of Scotland, and, of course, John Galliano at Dior. [WWD]

The late, great Liz Taylor had a legendary love of diamonds—even naming her fragrance White Diamonds—and over the course of her lifetime, she racked up a ton of them. Now, sources say her collection will hit the auction block at Christie’s (though whether or not they’ll raise money for the charities she championed, as was predicted during her lifetime, remains unknown). [Grazia via Racked]

Pop-starlet-turned-vintage-shopkeeper Lily Allen is extending her reach yet further: She and her sister, Sarah Owen, are debuting a new label, Lucy in Disguise, this June. Oasis creative director Nadia Dunhill will collaborate with Allen and Owen on the designs for the fledgling collection. [Vogue U.K.]

Looking for New York’s best Jamaican food? You might try Serge Becker’s new West Village restaurant Miss Lily’s. But it’s more than food on offer at the hot spot-to-be: Miss Lily’s is also home to some of the city’s most stylish hostesses, as W discovers. [W]

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com