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April 19 2014

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Alice In France, Two Centuries of Smythson (Or Whatever You Want!), And More​

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We’ve documented the U.S. invasion, but Alice mania has now taken Europe, too. Paris’ Printemps is dedicating its windows to Wonderlandiana from February 1 to March 13, with special dresses designed for the occasion by Haider Ackermann, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, and Maison Martin Margiela, and special shoes from Nicholas Kirkwood (pictured).

Fellow Euro retailer Net-a-Porter is celebrating its millionth order with a bang: Register tomorrow at www.net-a-porter.com/celebration and you’ll be in the running to win a $40,000 shopping spree, no purchase necessary. The store helpfully notes that this sum will buy you a Smythson Diary every year for almost 200 years. Non-Methuselah entrants will probably be just as captivated by the selection of Louboutin, Balmain, and RM by Roland Mouret.

GQ is taking a poll for the most stylish man in the world, but it’s tipped the scales a bit: Front-runner Johnny Depp is on the mag’s February cover. He’s so stylish, he didn’t even bother to wear a shirt. [GQ]

And the blogs are buzzing that Lara Stone is engaged to her beau, Little Britain star David Walliams. Proof positive: Hot girls really do love funny guys. If you listen closely, you can hear legions of eligible bachelors worldwide polishing up their knock-knock jokes. [Modelinia]

Raising Kane?

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…Or one of seven of his talented countrymen. British designer Christopher Kane found his line among eight shortlisted for the inaugural BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an up-and-comer’s prize sponsored by the British Fashion Council and British Vogue. (The award is modeled on a similar initiative of its American counterpart.) In addition to Kane, Angel Jackson, Clements Ribeiro, Savile Row house E.Tautz, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll—most of whom will show at London fashion week next month—are in the running for the £200,000 award, which comes with industry mentorship (and, no small boon itself, coverage in the May 2010 issue of British Vogue, where the winner will be announced). Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman will chair the judging panel. We’re sure she’s too professional to give any inkling of her own preference, but the tea leaf readers of fashion will no doubt be scrutinizing her label choices all the same.

Photo: Courtesy of the British Fashion Council

Erin In Chains

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Who would Erin Wasson like to see in Low Luv, her new diffusion jewelry line? “Louise Bourgeois,” the model-turned-designer said without a moment’s hesitation. “She is just the coolest thing alive.”

Wasson was at London’s Bungalow 8 to celebrate the launch of the New York 2010 calendar from Maybelline, which she’s repped for eight years now. (“It’s lasted longer than any relationship,” she jokes.) It was a typically bacchanalian blowout: structured shoulders and Nicholas Kirkwoods everywhere, wild dancing, Henry Holland and Mr. Hudson on the decks. Wasson worked the room in a sprayed-on red dress, concealing, perhaps, a few gems underneath: One of the key pieces in her new line is a body chain. What’s the point of jewelry hidden from the public eye? “I consider it an armor, to protect oneself from all crazy stuff out there,” Wasson said. “And also, like lingerie, it’s your own naughty little secret, that only you and maybe a special friend need to know of. It’s outrageously sexy.” We’re guessing Bourgeois—she of the insistently erotic sculptures—would approve.

Low Luv will be available this January at www.mywardrobe.com.

What They’ll Be Wearing in Charlotte This Fall

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If you’re a fashion diehard based below the Mason-Dixon, chances are your go-to boutique is Capitol, Laura Vinroot Poole’s ten-year-old Charlotte institution. She specializes in cherry-picking key pieces from the season’s top collections. For Fall, think Balmain jackets, Dries Van Noten’s brightly hued separates, and dramatic gowns from Olivier Theyskens’ final season at Nina Ricci. Vinroot Poole also champions up-and-coming designers. Her select this season: Joseph Altuzarra for his collection of body-con dresses and sexy thigh-high boots.

Any items with wait lists?

LVP: Proenza Schouler’s P.S.1 bag, Balmain’s pagoda-shoulder jacket, everything from Alaïa, and Golden Goose trainers.

What do you anticipate will be your biggest sellers?

LVP: Altuzarra (particularly his thigh-high boots and any of the lavender pieces), Givenchy, Rodarte, Nicholas Kirkwood, The Row, and Vanessa Bruno.

How are shoppers buying differently now from a year ago?

LVP: Certainly, clients are more careful and have scaled back their purchases somewhat, but most buying patterns here are the same as they’ve ever been. Each piece must be thoughtfully woven into a customer’s wardrobe and must tell an evolving story about her life. Items are typically all purchased for specific occasions.

Which new lines are you excited about?

LVP: Altuzarra, Nina Ricci handbags, and Devi Kroell’s RTW line.

Is there anything you saw on the runway that you knew you had to have?

LVP: Dries Van Noten’s collection based on the colors from Francis Bacon’s works are perfect for sunny North Carolina…the colors were glorious! Balenciaga’s long-sleeve cocktail dresses were lovely and appropriate for the South—beautiful and sexy, yet well-mannered. I was crazy over Jeremy Laing’s Flame tunics. The collection was inspired by a trip to Charlotte (NASCAR country) and a private tour of Hendrick Motorsports. I’m also excited for Olivier Theyskens’ last collection for Nina Ricci. We’ve carried him from his original collection under his own name, then to Rochas, and on to Nina Ricci. He is exceedingly talented and I will follow him wherever he lands next!


Click to see a slideshow of Vinroot Poole’s top fall picks.

Nicholas Kirkwood To Open At Dover Street Market

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With the heat of the British Fashion Council’s 25th anniversary and the subsequent return of so many designers (Jonathan Saunders, Clements Ribeiro, Burberry), there are several very good reasons to head to London in September. Well, here’s another: Dover Street Market will be unveiling a redone shop-in-shop (to replace the temporary one currently installed there) for Nicholas Kirkwood on September 10, stocked with exclusive styles from Fall and the stiletto sultan’s first ever (and well timed) flats. Hurry, Kirkwood-ites, get British Airways on the phone, stat.

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood