24 posts tagged "Lulu Kennedy"
“I was in a romantic mood this time around,” Lulu Kennedy reported at the star-studded lunch to celebrate the Fall collection from her supergroup-style label, Lulu & Co., at the very swank Harry’s Bar, a venue that’s light-years away from her gritty home turf in East London. Kennedy (pictured, right) is the founder of Fashion East, the legendary talent incubator that’s spawned the likes of Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll, and Roksanda Ilincic, and for her namesake label, she collaborates with her protegés and other young guns of interest. Her mood this year led her to include a few couples as collaborators, including artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, besties Bella Freud (center) and Susie Bick, and photographer and art director Patrick Waugh and Alistair McLellan.
Kennedy and business partner Tania Fares (left) created Lulu & Co. last year to celebrate a decade of Fashion East, and it proved so popular they did it again. As last season, there’s a retrospective shine over the whole. “This year, it’s a mix of Fashion East past and present,” Kennedy said. “We have the couples who are new, but also the old—the journeymen of Fashion East like Jonny Saunders and Richard Nicoll. We worked hard at making the clothes more affordable and wearable.” (There’s a word not always top of mind for Kennedy’s kindred on their own runways.)
Charlotte Dellal, Mary McCartney (Stella’s photographer sister), Camilla Al Fayed, Sara Parker Bowles, Liberty Ross, and a clutch of designers including Roland Mouret, Erdem Moralioglu (below left), Roksanda Ilincic, Nicholas Kirkwood (below right), and Marios Schwab all stopped by to toast to the new. (Though Harry’s did make for a bit of culture clash—Henry Holland tweeted that he needed to get special dispensation to enter wearing his shorts.)
Of course, as more and more interest is directed at London’s new garde, there’ll be plenty more meet-ups of the gritty and the glamorous. England has just gotten a stylish new royal client of particularly high profile, and one wonders if she’ll be as receptive to young U.K. designers as her counterpart of sorts, Michelle Obama, has been to young Americans. “I think her McQueen wedding dress was beautiful, but I think now she should turn her eye to some other U.K. designers,” Kennedy said. “We are working on Resort now with Roksanda, and there is this gorgeous black and white draped number and I thought, wow, this dress needs an occasion and certainly [the Duchess of Cambridge] will have plenty of those. We will send her the lookbook, so fingers crossed. I mean, Mrs. Obama chose Roksanda, so here’s hoping that the Duchess will, too.”
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.”
The Brit brand Sunspel stands tall in the annals of underwear history: The label, founded in 1860, claims to have introduced the boxer short to England. No small achievement, that (although, in some ways, it is: The English call underwear “smalls”.) The line has had its ups and downs in the century-plus since, but its star is on the rise again, thanks to a new designer (J.W. Anderson, who’s working on full collections of underwear, tees, and jerseys for men and women) and its latest managing team (CEO Dominic Hazelburst, who in 2005 quit his job as a band manager touring the United States on a motorcycle to buy the company with his pal Nick Brooke—as one does).
Sunspel has already attracted a bit of notice for some high-profile placements, like Daniel Craig, who wore its Rivera polo shirt in his Bond flicks (“What could be more British than 007 and Sunspel together?” asks Hazelburst). But more is on the way, judging from last night’s London party, thrown in conjunction with men’s mag Fantastic Man. Katie Grand, Lulu Kennedy, Richard Nicoll, Louise Gray, and even Tate Modern director Chris Dercon hit Shoreditch to check out the latest issue of FM (which should have fantastic sales, thanks to cover boy David Beckham) and fashion photog Alasdair McLellan’s five-minute short film on, topically enough, boxers in Sunspel boxers, Repton Boxing Club. (It can be viewed above and at Sunspel.com.) All that remains is to fully unite the two tribes. Just imagine: Becks in briefs? TKO.
Jefferson Hack can now add a multimedia festival to the long list of projects he oversees, but as he told Style.com on Friday night, the one-day event, Dazed Live, is a league apart from the Glastonburys and Coachellas of the world. “Our festival isn’t strictly music, though there is lots of it,” he said at a preview fête at East London’s latest hangout, the century-old Town Hall. “It’s about film, art, architecture, thought, and ideas. The idea is to explore the underground and the alternative with an inquisitive eye—and to offer people with an antidote, really, to the bog-standard festival.”
Lily Donaldson, Lulu Kennedy, Pam Hogg, Dinos Chapman, Duffy, Peter Pilotto, and more all came by to take in the offerings on Saturday. Spread out across numerous venues but headquartered at the iconic Town Hall hotel, the lineup included 81-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky, who gave a talk and a live tarot reading before the screening of his cult movie, Holy Mountain, at the spookily appropriate Shoreditch church. Elsewhere, Aaron Koblin (left, with Hack), the creative director of Data Arts and Google Creative Labs, gave a Q&A about new Web technologies and languages, and psychedelic guru Daniel Pinchbeck (this generation’s answer to Timothy Leary) introduced his film Time for a Change. Fashion was represented by SHOWstudio’s Ruth Hogben—the woman behind many of the visuals and films for Lady Gaga, Gareth Pugh, and Alexander McQueen—who talked about “Future Icons in Fashion Film” while bands like Gang Gang Dance (who debuted its new album) and Factory Floor rounded out the night shift.
“Ninety percent of the itinerary is either debut or a premiere, and our goals were to bring print, digital, and live performances together, in perfect symmetry. It’s also a way of getting our readers involved, for them to be in the same environment as the editors—like stepping into a magazine in a way,” Hack said. “Hopefully, this will be just the beginning.” Brave new world, in other words. But what about the brave old world event of the year, coming just the end of this month? “God, I don’t care,” he replied, when asked who should dress royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton. “I am actually going to be away that weekend, and I personally don’t give a shit about the wedding! And you can print that.”