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July 22 2014

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6 posts tagged "Mary Charteris"

H&M’s Got Other Stories To Tell

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H&M is on a roll these days. In quick succession, there was the recent Becks “bum double” drama (read: mega publicity), the Paris fashion week show, and, for the hat trick, there’s the launch of & Other Stories, the Swedish high-street giant’s new London concept store. Last night, H&M celebrated the opening of the 10,000-square-foot Regent Street space, which is filled with meticulously edited beauty products, jewelry, and fashion. The best part about the whole thing is the knowledge that you won’t have to walk away simpering with desire—even the tightest budgets can afford this stuff. Apart from their in-house designers, who clearly favor architectural shoes and sculpted silhouettes (very Scandi-chic, if we do say), the brand also introduced their “Co-Labs”—temporary collaborations with finger-on-the-pulse talents like The Lake and Stars, Clare Vivier, and Alyson Fox. In other words, the two-story behemoth is the A-to-Z for cool hunters on a budget.

Naturally, the ultrahip store needs some ultrahip ambassadors. “We invited a small group of people—including stylists, DJs, and editors whose style we admire—to our atelier in Stockholm and asked them to put together pieces from our collection,” said Samuel Fernström, who’s head of & Other Stories. Flying the flag last night were Portia Freeman, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan, left), DJ Misty Rabbit (Mimi Xu), Julia Sarr-Jamois, and Mary Charteris, whose self-styled wares (like an ocean-print suit, a sheer top, a pleat-front skirt, and more) can be seen in the online shop, which launches today. “We chose people who wear things that feel right to them,” added Fernström. Judging by how & Other Stories’ ladies looked at yesterday’s fete, job done.

& Other Stories is located at 256-258 Regent Street in London.

Photo: Courtesy of H&M

Savannah, Solo

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“A dove in the house means a happy home,” Savannah Miller was told when she discovered a family of birds nesting in her country attic. That explains why a paper dove was keeping watch over the launch of the designer’s anticipated debut solo collection, Savannah, in London last night. A grand Georgian four-story house in Fitzroy Square was transformed into surreal autumn woodland by set designer David White.

London’s fashion set has been curious about Savannah’s next move since it was announced in January that she and sister Sienna were departing Twenty8Twelve, the line they’d created. Those who came out to last night’s event—among them, Clara Paget and Irina Lazreanu (above, with Miller between), Mary Charteris and Candice Lake—discovered the answer: affordable party dresses.

Donning a shimmering cocktail number from her 40-piece contemporary collection, which launches for Fall on the e-commerce nelly.comn, the soft-spoken Savannah explained her attraction to an affordable High Street price point. “Truth be told, I can’t justify spending what should be the annual budget for my kids’ clothes on one coat anymore,” she explained. “When I see the work of someone like, say, Mary Katrantzou, I know it’s real art and it should be worth a great deal…but I want to make something that people can feel decent about wearing in a recession.” Accordingly, the new line will emphasize easy, wearable looks—maintaining, of course, the Miller sisters’ famous bohemian touch.

Photo: Leanne Benson

Tom Brady: The Feet Of Ugg, And More of Today’s Top Stories

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We’ve all seen him wear them, and now he’s celebrating them. Tom Brady (pictured) flew in from Boston this week to fête the opening of the first Ugg for Men store, where the label showed off the latest ad campaign images featuring the sports star. Clad in his own Ugg shoes, the New England Patriots quarterback and hubby of Gisele said, “To see what they are rolling out now, with the winter boots and the rocker boots, it’s pretty amazing.” [WWD]

Nike is playing up its feminine side these days. The sportswear label enlisted the likes of Mary Charteris, Sarah Sophie Flicker, and Natalie Joos to star in its new ad campaign, Play, and caught them on film talking about what their favorite sport means to them. [Vogue U.K.]

Take a lesson from Charlize Theron—do not auction yourself as a dinner date for charity. The Snow White and the Huntsman actress divulged to Conan O’Brien that “it’s like the worst idea ever,” recalling the time she ended up on a date with a “strange” man. It’s safe to say the actress will stick to donating money from now on. [Page Six]

Fresh off his CFDA win, Billy Reid is taking no time off to relax. With a menswear business worth $20 million in sales this year, the Alabama native is riding a retail expansion wave. Having just opened his seventh store last week, a 2,500-square-foot space in the Provisions District of Atlanta, Reid has announced he already has plans for his eighth outpost, in Austin, Texas. [WWD]

 

 

 

Photo: Jerritt Clark / Getty Images

 

Nicholas Kirkwood Sets Up Shop On Mount Street

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“We felt that the time was right for the brand to open up a shop,” Nicolas Kirkwood said last night. So he did, and to judge by the crowd that flocked to London’s Mount Street for the opening, the world had been eagerly waiting. “We looked at a few places, but not that many because as soon as we saw this space we knew the search was over.” It doesn’t hurt that Mount Street could rightfully claim to be one of the planet’s chicest shopping streets: Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Lanvin, Azzaro, Balenciaga and Stephen Webster all call it home, and Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson are kitty-corner on Bruton Street. The allure is made even more irresistible by the elegant, red brick, Queen Anne-style buildings; Kirkwood’s store itself is in a grade two listed building, which to the uninitiated, means it’s of historical interest.

The exhaustive laundry-list of attendees, on the other hand, is of contemporary interest: Freida Pinto, Roland Mouret, Katie Grand, models Tali Lennox and Sara Blomqvist, designers Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Messrs. Meadham and Kirchhoff, Charlotte Dellal, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and boyfriend Robert Konjic, Nick Knight, Mary Charteris… All were oohing and aahing over the space’s spectacular refit, especially the mismatched wood floors designed by artist Richard Woods, which Kirkwood describes as “block-y, random, odd-shaped”—in a word, “very different.” Displays featured Kirkwood’s Keith Haring collection (made in collaboration with the late artist’s foundation), and a show-stopping pair of thigh-high, Swarovski-crystal-encrusted roller skates. “I don’t know if anyone would wear them,” says Kirkwood, “but we will custom make them if anyone wants them.” Also glittering in crystal: his first collection of jewelry, made in collaboration with Aterlier Swarovski.

Afterwards, many of the crowd decamped to 5 Pollen Street, one of London’s best kept secrets: a restaurant with a Michelin starred chef and walls covered in Gary Hume artwork and wallpaper. There, co-hosts Nadja Swarovski and Kirkwood held a private dinner, with the likes of Dinos and Tiphaine Chapman, Shaun Leane, Mat Colishaw and Francesca Versace. A Pilotto-clad Freida Pinto (left, with Kirkwood) was decked out for the occasion in cherry-red NK sandals from Spring ’11. “I’m working on two projects, Rise of the Apes and Immortals, and in town to do a photo shoot for Interview magazine,” the actress said. But she’d made time for her footwear designer of choice. “I’ve been a fan of Nicholas’ for a long time now, and I especially love the Keith Haring collection, so that’s why I am here!” And comfortable in her five-inch peeptoes? “Yes,” she replied, with no hesitation. “Amazingly so!”

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Damien Hirst’s Art Collection—Now In Dress Form

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The family that rents together, sticks together. So Maia Norman borrowed her partner Damien Hirst’s bookstore/gallery, The Other Criteria, on London’s New Bond Street, emptied it out and, voilà, an instant pop-up for her own clothing line, Mother of Pearl. “Business is booming in every corner of the world, Colette and others like that can’t get enough of us, but we don’t have a London stockist—ironic, isn’t it?” Norman deadpanned. “This was the perfect way to bring the collection to the city, see what the public wants and what they respond to.”

If last night’s opening cocktail was any indication, they’re responding quite well. An A-list crowd came out to celebrate at the shop (wrapped in vinyl for the occasion), including co-host Hirst (in a suit, no less), the Clash’s Paul Simonon, Moda Operandi’s Yasmin Sewell, Mary Charteris (above right), and model Sara Blomqvist (above left, with Norman, center, all in Mother of Pearl). Guest DJ and good buddy Jarvis Cocker manned the decks. Even Norman’s collaborator of the season, reclusive artist Jim Lambie, showed up. (“Actually,” Norman says, “he is not as reclusive as he is shy.”) “It stimulates in a different way,” Lambie said of seeing his prints—wildflowers, duct tape, and, no joke, eyeballs—on fabrics like nappa leather and washable silk, rather than on gallery walls. “It is much more evocative because it places itself directly onto the body. It becomes the body in many ways; it reinterprets our understanding of the body. It’s shape, movement, and overall sex appeal.”

Artistry, for obvious reasons, is part of Mother of Pearl’s DNA, but equally important is freedom of movement. “The clothes have to be easy,” says Norman, famed for her love of danger sports, like motocross, riding, and boarding. (Earlier in the week she was surfing in Devon with her new toy: a heated wetsuit.) “I need things to be unrestricted as I am always on the move, but the clothes have to be interesting as well. That’s why Jim Lambie was an easy choice for us. Damien has been collecting him for years, and he was part of our circle, so to speak. I had been loving his works for years now, seeing it in galleries, and then the next thing was just to convince him to do it. I think the results really excited him.”

Speaking of exciting: good to know whom Damien Hirst is collecting. And now on New Bond Street, a Lambie can be yours—at a fraction of the price.

Photo: Courtesy of Mother of Pearl