18 posts tagged "Lily Allen"
Adrien Sauvage is an unusual multi-talent—a former basketball player turned London’s coolest new suitmaker. Never mind that the photo essay/ad campaign he shot for the line, starring Mark Ronson (above), Coco Sumner (top), Bill Nighy, Terry Gilliam, and an 82-year-old former Harlem Globetrotter is called “This Is Not A Suit.” And there’s another talent still, for photography—”This Is Not A Suit” attracted enough attention from the British media that he’s now fending off offers as a lensman. “For now, I will stick to the design thing,” Sauvage said last night at the line’s debut at Matches. “It’s going so well.”
Sumner was on hand for the event, as were Lily Allen and rocker-sartorialists like Louis Simonon (son of Clash guitarist Paul Simonon, and occasional Prada model) and These New Puritans’ George Barnett, the rock drummer who’s a favorite of Hedi Slimane (and has done turns on the Dior Homme runway). And so, of course, were plenty of sharp A.Sauvage suits as well. There are dashes of public schoolboy style—Prince of Wales check and fine cashmere, but also purple and orange trousers and sizing for the full-grown gent (a nod, perhaps, to Sauvage’s own basketball-player’s proportions). Coco, for her part, was holding out for a custom piece. She didn’t get to keep the suit she modeled, but, she said, “I think he’s making a waistcoat for me. At least I hope.”
“Fashion is now what I’m doing—it’s a whole new adventure for me,” said Lily Allen today in West Sussex, confirming rumors she’s leaving music behind. “My last gig is at the O2 on March 7, and that’s about it.” Next up: a vintage shop Allen and her sister Sarah Owen will curate, called Lucy in Disguise.
“To me, the idea of music and fashion being separate is just not possible—one can’t exist without the other. Look back to the Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood. They’ve always had music, fashion, and design all mixed together.” So, fittingly, the shop will debut in August at England’s Goodwood Festival, a chichi fest billed as “Glastonbury without the mud.” (Literally—floors are put down, so it’s adieu to the Hunter boots.) The festival will play host to a variety of vintage stalls and shops, where Lucy in Disguise will bow before moving to a permanent London home farther down the line. Allen and Owen will cherry-pick vintage pieces for the shop under the mentorship of Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, the English vintage gurus who have helped turned Camden Market into the destination it is today. As for those other fashion godparents—like, say, Karl Lagerfeld, who picked her as the face of Chanel? They’re exerting their influence, too. “The thing I love about vintage is that it’s all incredibly well made, like Chanel—it lasts forever. Hopefully, Lucy in Disguise will be an education as well, teaching customers there’s something other than mass-produced rubbish.”
Thank you, Kris Van Assche. Dior Homme is doing denim for the ladies. He’s added a bit of stretch to the skinny silhouette we love on our moody, broody, floppy-haired gents and is providing an array of serious, angst-ridden shades. Pairs will range from $407 to $1,185 and could be in stores as early as next month. Start perfecting your slouch now. [WWD]
Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone’s house hunt comes to an end. $10.4 million later, they’ve found the perfect “white box,” complete with a private elevator, back terrace, yard, and roof deck in the West Village. [Page Six]
Congratulations, New Yorkers! You are paying the highest rents of anyone in the world. And unless you’re Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone, we doubt that rent comes with an elevator, back terrace, yard, and roof deck. [Crain’s]
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown must not spend much time reading important U.K. publications like the Sun and Daily Mail, otherwise he would have avoided his gaffe yesterday when he mistook petite, blond Reese Witherspoon for petite, blond Renée Zellweger. Awkward! Someone needs to get his morning paper routine sorted out. [HuffPo]
Lily Allen is quitting music for fashion, at least temporarily. The singer has declared a self-imposed two-year break from the biz to open Lucy in Disguise, a high-end rental shop specializing in designer wares. We’ll admit, we’re intrigued. [Grazia]
Want to know what it’s like to walk a mile in Gwyneth Paltrow’s shoes? Head to Selfridges on Sunday, where London trio Yasmin LeBon, Lisa B., and Trinny Woodall will host the “Really, Really Great Garage Sale” (or car boot sale, as they’re lovingly known in the U.K.).
The ladies have taken over the first-floor parking lot of the department store and called upon their A-list friends in support of Mothers4Children, which benefits children’s charities worldwide. So don’t go expecting your usual moth-bitten flea market stuff. Instead, there will be goodies such as Paltrow’s Balenciaga boots, Lily Allen’s signed Reeboks, Liz Hurley’s Helmut Lang suit, Jemima Khan’s Prada dress, and LeBon’s own Tod’s sandals. We caught up with Simon’s better half and the mother of their three teenage girls earlier this week, and she told us that no one in the LeBon household is off-duty on Sunday: “I’ve made sure all my family and friends are involved in some way—it’s really exciting because the sale will offer some incredible pieces with a story to tell.” And no doubt, a bargain to be had.
Is holding the title of Supermodel like that of POTUS? Like, you never really lose it? It’s certainly true of Cindy Crawford—clad in drapey, short Alexander Wang—whose super powers commanded the room last night at London’s Almada club to launch the Omega Constellation collection. “I rarely come across the pond,” she said. “But I definitely want to see some sights, visit Frieze—and support George.” That would be Clooney, and the supe did exactly that the night before walking the red carpet in twinned black dresses with the actor’s current girlfriend (and therefore current object of our fascination) Elisabetta Canalis for the Fantastic Mr. Fox premiere.
Crawford attracted an interesting mix: Lily Allen, model Tolula Adeyemi, Spice Girl Melanie Brown with husband Stephen Belafonte, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rhys Ifans, Jasmine Guinness, Piers Morgan, former Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Ben Grimes, Marina Hanbury, and Matthew Mellon’s ex Noelle Reno. As if Crawford’s physical presence wasn’t enough, the room was dominated by massive screens flickering with images of the model. But she was more down-to-earth than her celluloid counterpart and happy to chat. “There’s a vibe in London,” she said en route to a private dinner hosted by Clooney. “[There’s] fantastic people-watching. I like to see what everyone is wearing, how they accessorize. For that alone it’s worth it to come.” In that case, see you next year at LFW? Crawford responded with a laugh, “Don’t count me out yet.”