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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.”
“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.”