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July 22 2014

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14 posts tagged "Philip Treacy"

School’s Out At The Royal College Of Art

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Last night’s Royal College of Art gala brought out famous designers like Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Nina Ricci’s Peter Copping, and Philip Treacy to gather and take in the work of the graduating M.A. course. Critics like Suzy Menkes and Hilary Alexander did their best to scrutinize looks and take notes, but the festive mood—end-of-term euphoria, plus a heady dose of Jubilee excitement—and almighty whoops rising from boisterous student tables made that a bit difficult. “Oh well, let them enjoy,” said Lucia van der Post, The Financial Times‘ “How to Spend It” columnist. “School’s out for summer, after all.”

Still, plenty saw promise in the graduating class. “We’re always excited to see how each young designer demonstrates the creative possibility of crystal in design,” said Nadja Swarovski, the evening’s benefactress, who donates crystal to students for their collections and bestows an annual award, this year to womenswear M.A. graduate Trine Hav Christennsen. “This year was no exception—the students took it to an entirely different level.” “I thought the menswear presentation was particularly strong,” added Erdem Moralioglu. “Alexander James was outstanding and I am sure he is going to be very well known, very soon.”

Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

Hermès’ Anniversary Exhibition, Stella McCartney Continues Her Anti-Leather Campaign, And More…

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A new exhibition celebrating Hermès’ 175th anniversary is set to open at London’s Royal Academy of Art’s sister space, 6 Burlington Gardens, in May. The exhibit will include some of the brand’s most historic designs. [Vogue U.K.]

As models and designers show up to Toronto fashion week, they will arrive to a PETA film featuring Stella McCartney playing on repeat. In the video, McCartney shares important facts about leather and asks designers and consumers to partake in cruelty-free fashion. [Huff Po]

Tory Burch and Ed Brennan, chairman and chief executive of duty-free retailer DFS Group, have reportedly been added to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s board. They join the likes of Leonard Lauder, who is the acting chairman of BCRF. [WWD]

Model Laura Bailey has been appointed as the official face for the Diamond Jubilee kickoff event, the 2012 Derby Festival. She will be wearing a custom necklace designer by Theo Fennell and a bespoke hat by Philip Treacy. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Vogue U.K.

Strings Attached

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Fashion’s newest rock star is…a violinist? Acne Paper is the latest coup for the 25-year-old English virtuoso Charlie Siem, whose classical chops (and model good looks) are quickly making him into an a sensation. At a party last night at the Ritz in Paris for the launch of Acne Paper‘s 12th issue, editor Thomas Persson remembered first encountering Siem—via YouTube. “A friend of mine told me about Charlie and after I heard him play I knew I wanted to do an issue on youth and talent,” Persson said. “My grandfather was a violinist. He wasn’t at this level, of course, but I grew up in my grandparents’ house listening to this kind of music.”

In the new issue, Siem is shot by Andreas Larsson for one spread, and in another, by Bruce Weber, who imagines his 25th birthday party with a cast including actor Aaron Johnson, skateboarder Matt Giesler, and rugby player Paul Bester. Siem was on hand last night to play a few pieces for Couture-weary attendees like Alexa Chung, Francesco Vezzoli, Kim Jones, Philip Treacy, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, and stylist Hannes Hetta, who produced a moody shoot for the new issue with his sister, photographer Julia Hetta. Those expecting AM-dial classical got a jazzy, high-wire rendition of Antonio Bazzini’s Dance of the Goblins instead. (It also features on his new album.) “You can surprise people with a violin,” the handsome musician—who also stars as one of the faces of Dunhill’s Spring ’11 campaign, and recently appeared in VMan—said.

Photo: Courtesy of Acne Paper

Will You Trade In Your Fedora For A Floppy Hat?

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The Philip Treacy fascinator Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding fetched over $130,000 on eBay for the UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities. Lucky for you, the hats on the Fall runways won’t set you back quite that far. Floppy rather than froufrou, next season’s chapeaux have a seventies sensibility in keeping with the flared jeans and button-down blouses now in stores. Couple that fact with their face-shading wide brims, and there’s no reason not to invest in one of these babies now when summer is nigh.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW and let us know if you’ll be topping off your look with a wide-brimmed hat.

Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, SJP, And More Talk McQueen At The Met’s Savage Beauty Exhibition

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Making his way through the Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty press preview this morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, milliner Philip Treacy, whose creations are prominently featured in the show, referred to the tears in his eyes and those of his friends, and asked, “Is it because we knew him, or because of the exhibit?”

No doubt it was a bit of both. Informed by the quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream tattooed on McQueen’s arm, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,” curator Andrew Bolton has organized the exhibition interpretatively, rather than chronologically, into six parts: The Romantic Mind (top), Romantic Gothic, Romantic Nationalism (below), Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Primitivism, and Romantic Naturalism. “It’s meant to evoke a gothic fairy tale,” he explained. If the masks that Guido Palau created for the show’s mannequins render the effect more gothic than fairy-tale at times, there are genuine moments of uplift, not least of which is the miniature version of the Kate Moss hologram from the finale of the designer’s Widows of Culloden show. That collection, from Fall 2006, is one of several that get the special treatment; among the others: McQueen’s 1995 Highland Rape show (above), Spring 2005‘s It’s Only a Game, and his penultimate Plato’s Atlantis.

Superlatives were the order of the day at the Met, not only in the show itself, but also during the brief remarks program. In an audio recording describing a dress of the designer’s she wore to the 2006 Met gala, Sarah Jessica Parker said being fitted by McQueen was “one of the great, memorable experiences of a lifetime.” And congratulating all involved in the show, the Met’s director, Thomas Campbell, called it “perhaps the most spectacular costume exhibition ever mounted anywhere.” Stella McCartney, a colleague of McQueen’s at PPR Luxury Group and one of the co-chairs of tonight’s Costume Institute Ball, was likewise full of praise, but preferred to discuss some of the private moments she shared with McQueen. “I remember the time at a party when he asked me to introduce him to Domenico De Sole, saying, ‘Come on, Stell, let’s start my empire,’ ” she recalled, describing him as “always cheeky, and filthy in the best sense of the word.” Sarah Burton, who has received plenty of attention of her own since Catherine Middleton walked down the aisle in a dress of her creation last Friday, kept her comments brief: “I’m very proud and honored to have worked for him. He truly was a genius.”

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opens to the public on Wednesday, May 4.

Photos: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art