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April 20 2014

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Guess Who’s Next? Alta Roma Honors Emerging Talent

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Looks from Arthur Arbesser and Esme Vie

Alta Roma, Italy’s answer to haute couture, is currently under way in Rome. And yesterday, the winners of this season’s Who Is On Next design competition were announced. It was judged by an esteemed panel that included Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer, Suzy Menkes, and Harrods’ Marigay McKee. The initiative supports independent designers who produce their labels in Italy. The top talents will receive an area to show their collections to buyers during next September’s Milan fashion week (courtesy of Vogue Italia), and they’ll also create an exclusive look, which will be stocked on Yoox.com.

This year, Arthur Arbesser, a Viennese designer who spent seven years working with Giorgio Armani before launching his own line last fall in Milan, co-won the grand prize. He shared the spotlight with Julia Voitenko and Daria Golveko, the Russian duo behind Esme Vie. Continue Reading “Guess Who’s Next? Alta Roma Honors Emerging Talent” »

Ash Cloud Or Not, The Acne Party Must Go On

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Contingency plans in case of volcanic eruption are scarcely the stuff of everyday life in London, but events in Iceland inspired knock-on ingenuity as airports across northern Europe were closed by a drifting ash cloud yesterday. Harrods fashion director Marigay McKee mentioned a friend who’d hailed a black cab outside Heathrow to get him to his skiiing holiday in Salzburg on time. (That’s a two-day drive, BTW.) She was co-hosting a party to celebrate the opening of a new Acne boutique in Harrods with Acne CEO Mikael Schiller. He’d flown in from Sweden just ahead of the cloud, but the rest of the Acne team weren’t so lucky; they stayed stranded in Stockholm. Still, the party at the boutique and the dinner afterward at Mr. Chow didn’t disappoint. Schiller declared that an in-store in Harrods fulfilled a longtime ambition for the little company that could. (He also remembered an earlier moment in Acne’s relationship with the retailer, when they had to come up with a convincing acronym to explain why the company was named, to English ears at least, after a pimple.) Sarah Mower, Gabriele Hackworthy, model-turned-designer Ben Grimes, Acne Film’s Rikard Svensson, Acne Paper‘s Duncan Campbell, and Acne communications director Anthony Kendal’s posse of Australian billionairesses helped fête guest of honor Husam El Odeh, the London artisan whose jewelry is one of the city’s small, seductive pleasures. He has created little shields of silver for the thighs, knees, calves, and back pockets of a pair of Acne jeans. Tron-like articulation is right on trend with the movie remake on its way, but the notion of any added protection may prove equally timely if Eyjafjallajökull continues to blow.

Photo: Courtesy of Acne