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August 30 2014

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4 posts tagged "Matthew Willamson"

Linda Farrow Fetes the Big 1-0

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Linda Farrow

By now, the Linda Farrow story is one of lore. Ten years ago, Tracy Sedino and her boyfriend, Simon Jablon (Linda Farrow’s table tennis-champ son), were redecorating an old warehouse that belonged to his designer mom. And by pure fortune, they discovered a box filled with old sunglasses that Linda had created for Balenciaga, Dior, and YSL in the seventies. The rest is history.

Ten years on and happily married to Jablon, Sedino has been busy fulfilling her mother-in-law’s design dream that was put aside for love, marriage, and children. In the past decade, with Jablon quarterbacking the business angle, Sedino has developed the Linda Farrow brand to an extreme: Their stand-alone products have drawn a legion of fans (think Rihanna, Gaga, Queen Bey, Madonna), and their collaborations have raised the bar even higher. Jeremy Scott, Erdem, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and Matthew Williamson are just a few designers with whom the brand has worked hand in hand.

To fete their ten-year diamond anniversary, Sedino is taking the brand and its muse—a giant doe-eyed raven-haired doll called Penelope—on a whirlwind road show. First stop was Colette, where Penelope wore Sedino’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress, and now, to Selfridges, where the brand has a “shop-in-shop”—the new parlance for pop-up shop. Sedino and Jablon have called upon ten brands, including Nicholas Kirkwood, Mawi, Falke, and Agent Provocateur to come up with a limited-edition selection of goodies (which will be available until October) to celebrate. And these products are not your typical eyewear. A gold detailed heel from Nicholas Kirkwood, some very naughty bow-detailed pantyhose from Falke, a super-sexy aromatic candle from Cire Trudon, and a Lycra playsuit-cum-harness from Agent Provocateur (which reminds us of something out of Fifty Shades) gives us a clue as to what is on the couple’s minds as they commemorate ten years of marriage and business. A clutch from Bottega Veneta PT 1 and a fur from Saga give the collection just enough grown-up veneer to sugarcoat the boudoir naughtiness. Good to know the flame hasn’t gone out—all ten-year anniversaries should be like this one.

Photos: Courtesy of Linda Farrow

Jaguar To Serpentine: A Wild Night In London

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“Was that Jay Leno that just walked by?” asked Matthew Williamson, at launch of the Jaguar XJ at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square. Yes, it was. The die-hard car buff was there alongside Elle Macpherson, Rosamund Pike, Jefferson Hack, and David Gandy to introduce the very English and very sexy new car. Williamson continued the love affair with all things English and chatted about his return to LFW. “We were asked by [BFC chairman] Harold Tillman to come home to celebrate the 25th-year anniversary, and we thought it a great idea,” said Williamson. “Not to say that I won’t come back to New York. It’s a grass-is-greener situation. When I’m away from New York, I think there is no city cooler. But when I’m there, I yearn for London and all its quirkiness.” Williamson’s date, newly appointed Chanel beauty ambassador Poppy Delevingne, stayed true to her new bosses in Chanel makeup and black nail polish. The luxe maquillage was paired, however, with a full Topshop look, down to her feathered stilettos. “In this economic environment, it seems like the prudent thing to do. And it doesn’t really look like Topshop, does it?” said Delevingne before fluttering off to the Serpentine Summer Party. There, she and her high street look were joined by a thoroughly stylish crew: Thandie Newton, Mario Testino, Jade Jagger with mom Bianca in tow, Damien Hirst, Jacquetta Wheeler, Lily Collins, Pharrell Williams, Charlotte Dellal, and J.K. Rowling, who wore seven-inch gold Louboutins and magically dodged questions about her new look. Also cagey was model Erin O’Connor. “I am working on a book that I’m very excited about,” she confided, but remained schtum on the details. Well, considering the current state of celebrity affairs, we’ll take evasion over TMI.

Photo: Marcus Dawes

Matthew In London, Daniel Craig On A Stick, And More…

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LFW just keeps getting better: Matthew Williamson is the newest native son back in the lineup. All eyes on you, Stella. [Vogue U.K.]

Lacroix fights back. Several thousand euros in debt, the couturier vows to give “200
percent” to save his house. We expected nothing less. [WWD]

Beat the heat this summer by licking your very own Daniel Craig Popsicle, called, yes, “License to Chill.” [Daily Mail]

Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou welcomed their first baby boy this weekend, which Kimora dutifully tweeted. Apparently her contractions were “like whoa.” [The Celebrity Truth]

Paris is $9.2 million poorer after a jewelry heist this weekend at the Chopard boutique on Place Vendôme. The well-dressed culprit fooled security guards and sounds, incidentally, totally charming. [WWD]

Photo: Marcio Madeira

hunting treasure in london

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You know it’s going to be a strange night when the party starts with the appearance of a giant white Samoyed, a live snake, and a five-foot-tall stuffed unicorn. Those were some of the goodies found at a treasure hunt hosted by Boucheron to celebrate its 150-year anniversary in London last night. Guests such as Amy Sacco, Matthew Williamson, Graeme Black, Alexandra Shulman, and Daphne Guinness were sent out in chauffered limos with cards bearing words such as “enchanting” or “curious.” Their mission: to come back with an item that best represented their word. Sound naff? Well, the incentive was pretty enticing: Each member of the winning team—Brit actress Rosamund Pike and Boucheron CEO Jean-Christophe Bédos acted as judges—received the mother of all prizes, a sumptuous piece of jewelry from Boucheron worth £25,000 (about $43,400). No wonder the winning Team Sacco was grinning broadly from ear to ear at night’s end.

Photo: Richard Young