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If Only All Ambassadors Dressed Like This


Browns has been an English institution for four decades now. Mrs. B isn’t one to let an occasion like that go under-celebrated. For the store’s 40th anniversary, the pioneering retailer—who brought Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Sonia Rykiel to England and was an early booster of Hussein Chalayan and Marios Schwab—put together an exhibition, opening tomorrow, of 40 Browns “ambassadors” in finery pulled from its archives. Paolo Roversi shot Marc Jacobs in Halston (above), Eva Herzigova in Mark Fast, and Ann Demeulemeester in her own collection (both below), among many others. And as for Mrs. B herself? The lady chose Marni for her close-up (bottom, left). Continue Reading “If Only All Ambassadors Dressed Like This” »

Nominations Definite (The Maggies!) And Indefinite (ANDAM?), Liberty For Lads, And More…


Are this year’s ANDAM nominations in? The ANDAM site says no, but Bryan Boy says yes. If he’s on to something, congrats to Mark Fast, Francesco Scognamiglio, Bouchra Jarrar (whose debut couture collection is pictured, left), Calla Haynes, Hakaan Yildrim, and Alexandre Vauthier. Carine Roitfeld will chair the judging panel, which will also include Alber Elbaz, the Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander, Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, Jefferson Hack, and Humberto Leon. [Fashionista]

Rumor has it that Calvin Klein is launching its new fragrance, Beauty, for the over-40 set, but at a recent party to fête the scent, forgot to invite editors from magazines like More and Redbook that cater to said set. Teen Vogue, on the other hand, was represented. [WWD]

Nominations for England’s Maggie Awards—which are given for the best magazine covers—are in. Go to the Maggies site to cast your vote for the best fashion cover. Lara Stone (for Vogue U.K.), Sienna Miller (for GQ U.K.), and Uma Thurman (for Harper’s Bazaar U.K.) are among the cover stars who grace the glossies. [Maggies]

And speaking of the U.K., swinging dandies will soon have another sartorial option: Liberty is launching its own branded menswear label. Florals a-go-go, baby! [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Bouchra Jarrar

From Buckingham Palace To The Empire State


Fresh off an audience with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, Peter Pilotto, Todd Lynn, Mark Fast, and other London up-and-comers are in New York this week showing off their Fall wares. The designers are squired away in the penthouse of the Soho Grand from now until Thursday afternoon, but a few arrived in time to enjoy the sunny weekend weather. Louise Gray hit the Chelsea flea market with Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff, where she scooped up piles of Guatemalan textiles and Meadham bought lots of little dolls. A few tiny porcelain arms were strung on his leather cord necklace, and it’s not a stretch to imagine them showing up one way or another at the duo’s next show. These are the men, after all, whose orders went way up after their Christmas ornament-inspired collection hit the runway. (In case you were wondering, Ikram Goldman bought the pipe cleaner tiaras.) Other designers are sticking around this weekend. Holly Fulton, for her part, is planning a trip to the Empire State Building, a fitting destination for a talent whose breakout Spring show featured prints and embroideries of Art Deco-style buildings not unlike the New York landmark. Her main goal, however, is finding a U.S. store to stock her distinctive new bejeweled snakeskin shift dresses (pictured), which take their inspiration from the Parisian stained glass artist Louis Barillet. Are you listening, retailers?

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Faster Than A Speeding Topshop Collaboration, Fitter Than Your Average Gap Store, And More…


Looks like Mark Fast’s Topshop collaboration has given the Canadian designer a taste for, well, fast fashion. Adding to an already busy 2010, he’ll be launching his own lower-priced line of dresses, crop tops, and leggings called, appropriately enough, Faster. Haste/waste? Not this time. [WWD]

The Gap’s Fifth Avenue storefront has played host to a variety of pop-ups and collaborations, from the a home-away-from-home for Colette to a rainbow-bright shop with Pantone. The latest is now open: a fitness-inspired boutique with Crunch gyms, with workout gear on offer and personal trainers on hand. It stays open through February 7, just about the time we’ll give up on our resolutions to go the gym. [Racked]

Good news for guys: Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship has expanded its Prada shop. Good news for girls: Barneys Madison Avenue flagship has expanded its Prada shop—with your guy taken care of, you’ve just bought yourself an extra half hour or so of browsing time on the shoe floor.

The Wall Street Journal weighs in the vogue for nautical styles, including the Coco Chanel-favored marinière. In fairness, we should note that Chanel’s been pushing waterfront chic for years, but the sailor’s sweater is a little more user-friendly than, say, Karl’s double-C fly-fishing gear. [WSJ]

The Times, meanwhile, checks out the Wittelsbach blue diamond, currently on display at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution. The rock is, by weight, the most expensive commodity on earth and makes its nearest competitor, the Hope diamond, look “drab.” Giant, blue, exorbitantly priced, and hyped all over town? Yeah, it’s basically the Avatar of gemstones. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

Are You Ready For Web 3.0?


Call it a sign of the times. With the old world order seemingly hanging by a thread, designers kept things together by lacing and tying and weaving outfits all over the Spring runways. At Celine, Etro, and D&G, the approach was fairly straightforward, with looks lashed shut safari-style. Things got more interesting at Gareth Pugh, Mark Fast, and Temperley London, where the webbing became an integral part of a garment’s construction. “We used lacing to reference woven textures in Egyptian art, weaving raw leather strips across shoes, leggings, and into knits as a harder contrast to our soft draped silk pieces,” explained Ohne Titel‘s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. The result? Looks we’d happily get tangled in.

Click for a slideshow and tell us if you’re ready to get tied down.




Photo: Marcio Madeira