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Paul McCartney’s Opening Ceremony, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Sir Paul McCartney has been confirmed to close the Opening Ceremony at the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games next month. The full lineup for the ceremony, however, has yet to be released. [BBC]

With a handful of designer collaborations under its belt, including DVF and Valentino, Gap has decided to team up with menswear designer Todd Snyder for its latest pop-up shop. Snyder, who used to work for the brand, lent his creative hand to the installation and curation of the temporary outpost on Fifth Avenue and 54th Street. The shop will be open through June 30. [WWD]

The World Gold Council is celebrating gold as the ultimate luxury material, with a summer exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Hall opening July 1. Four hundred pieces, some dating back 4,500 years, will be on display, alongside newer items from designers such as Wright & Teague and more. [Dazed Digital]

From angel to ambassador? That is the case for Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, who was recently named the 2013 brand ambassador for Australian swimwear label Seafolly. Prinsloo follows in the footsteps of fellow Angel Miranda Kerr and models Jessica Hart and Marloes Horst. [WWD]

 

 

 

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Some Enchanted Eveningwear:
Magic, Models, And More At Stella McCartney’s London Presentation

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“I wanted to show English humor and irreverence,” said Stella McCartney, so demure that butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, even though, minutes before, she’d proved that unleashing mass hysteria in an audience is a talent that clearly runs in the family. To launch her exclusive London Evening collection for Fall 2012 (slideshow here), McCartney threw a black-tie bash at One Mayfair, a soaring neoclassical space that used to be the church where Led Zeppelin played its first London gig in 1968. At the beginning of the evening, when show producer Sam Gainsbury cryptically promised “something big,” there was a millisecond or so when I imagined a Led Zep reformation. One could but dream. Father Paul in a reprise of his Grammy performance? That, at least, would be easier to swing.

The crowd—including Rihanna, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Mario Testino, Juergen Teller, the Le Bons, the Driver sisters, Stella Tennant, Bianca Jagger, and belle of the ball, Shailene Woodley—was well seeded with models in Stella dresses. Not, they insisted, the clothes we had come to see. “We’re just guests,” said Kinga Rajzak, dazzling in a black sheath with a white contoured effect. She was one of the new guard of girls on hand. Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta, Yasmin Le Bon, and Anouck Lepère were also wearing Stella gowns, ranging from variants on the contouring to marble-printed bubble dresses to confections spun from vibrant orange or electric blue lace. Lucie de la Falaise brought daughter Ella on her first big fashion night out. Appropriate, then, that they’d be staying over at godmother Moss’ London pad.

After guests chomped through a veg feast of five small but perfectly formed courses, Dutch illusionist Hans Klok, World’s Fastest Magician, took to the stage. He laid a hypnotized Alexa Chung across three huge scimitars and left her essentially floating in mid-air, balanced on the sword on which her head rested. Trance state or not, she claimed she could still feel the point of the blade an hour later. Childlike glee is always my default position with magic tricks, but surely this was not the “something big.” Suddenly, there was an almighty shriek from a nearby table, where it seemed like a scrap had broken out between a guest and a waiter. Then Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” came walloping over the sound system, and all hell broke loose. Models, waiters, and Shailene Woodley flew hither and yon in a breathtakingly tight dance routine choreographed (in 24 hours, apparently) by Blanca Li, a fierce-looking but funny Spanish woman who was sitting at my table quietly chatting with Pedro Almodóvar’s costume designer Paco Delgado one minute and whirling through space like a dervish the next. But in amidst the physical frenzy, there was the elegantly precarious image of Shalom, Amber, and Yasmin parading around the room on catwalks improvised from chairs placed under each foot as they took a step.

“Something big” it was, indeed. And thrilling and surprising. Even Simon Le Bon had no idea what his wife was about to do. It was all a remarkable testament to timing, pluck—and the remarkably pliable properties of Stella’s eveningwear.

CLICK HERE for the complete Fall ’12 eveningwear collection, plus pictures from the party and performance >

Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Alasdhair Willis Thinks Inside The Box

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We’ve always known Yoox.com as a great place to grab a sartorial bargain. Its design channel, which stocks the likes of Alessi, B&B Italia, and Kartell, has up till now been a pretty well-kept secret, but that’s about to change. Established & Sons, the design firm run by Alasdhair Willis, a.k.a. Mr. Stella McCartney, is launching its own Web site, and to celebrate, it’s partnering with Yoox to offer a limited-edition series of, well, boxes. Called Bits & Bobs, the line is created from objets trouvés and also includes cool little tchotchkes like clocks, lights, and wall units—just the things for that impossible-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list.

Come Thursday, Willis will host a very intimate Christmas party at Established & Son’s Mayfair gallery for the likes of his wife, his father-in-law Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jake and Dinos Chapman. Apart from the pretty good people-watching, we’re promised mulled wine and choral singers—plus a sale on the Bits & Bobs line, which will see the boxes offered at greatly discounted prices in the early eve, only to get more and more expensive by the hour. The idea is to buy quickly. We’re guessing, though, that the big spenders in the crowd won’t be watching the clock.

A Stella McCartney Lesson In Green Design

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Last night, the National Resources Defense Council held its 11th annual Forces for Nature Benefit, honoring the environmental leadership of Stella McCartney and Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav. The event was emceed by Alec Baldwin, and Paul McCartney, Graydon Carter, Diane von Furstenberg, and Seth Meyers were in the crowd. When we caught up with Stella McCartney before an organically grown, sustainably harvested dinner accompanied by organic and biodynamic wine donated from the Lapostolle winery, we asked how she thought eco-friendly design has been affected by the recession. “I think design in general changes,” she said. “You have to try a bit harder and buckle down and concentrate, which is good! I think it’s healthy. But I’m very much a believer that just because something is slightly more environmental you shouldn’t have to think any differently in the way you design.” Case in the point, her up-to-there synthetic leather boots, which were the talk of the green carpet. When we wondered how high the boots actually went, Stella jokingly pointed to the neckline of her purple sweetheart dress.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / PatrickMcMullan.com

Hadley Freeman: Even World Famous Dads Can Sometimes Be Embarassing

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Fashion Week notes from the Guardian journalist and author of The Meaning of Sunglasses.

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