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July 30 2014

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ChloĆ©’s Got That London Attitude

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Pixie Geldof and Clare Waight KellerConsidering the British imprint on the French house, it makes perfect sense that Chloé launched its sixty-year retrospective book, Chloé Attitudes, in London. “Chloé’s had this great succession of cool, young British designers,” Sarah Mower said at last night’s party at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery. “They are not pretentious and they don’t talk about great lofty inspirations and references. They just talk about what we want, what girls want to wear. That’s really Chloé.”

Succinct, given Mower was tasked with writing the text for the tome. The fete drew such guests as Eliza Doolittle, Damien Hirst, Pixie Geldof (armed with her own Chloé bag), and the label’s creative director, Clare Waight Keller.

“Chloé has always stood for beautiful femininity,” said Waight Keller, who often turns to the house’s archives for inspiration. “But it’s been interesting to realize there has been surrealism, graphicness…there are other facets to the Chloé girl that aren’t always so evident.”

Published by Rizzoli, with art direction by industry legend Marc Ascoli, Chloé Attitudes delves deep into the house’s history. As Mower described it, “It’s a detective story, because there was no real archive for years.” Dating from its founding in 1952, the book draws on Chloé’s rich collaborations with groundbreaking photographers like Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Patrick Demarchelier.

Ascoli and Mower spoke of finding the common denominator through designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo. Waight Keller said it’s simply “an attitude,” but Mower went further: “It’s really an optimistic spirit. It has always been about capturing the spirit of the times, how girls have changed with the times, and what they want at the moment. There’s a feminist thread throughout.” Judging by the evening’s crowd, dressed in Chloé’s greatest hits, the house is still hitting the nail on the head. Of the girls, by the girls, and for the girls—that’s fashion democracy in action.

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H&M: From the High Street to the Runway

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This season, H&M—the Swedish high-street retailer best known for its high-low fashion collaborations with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garçons, Versace, and, most recently, Maison Martin Margiela, will show its Fall ’13 collection on February 27, during Paris fashion week. This marks the first time the retailer has presented its collection via a fashion show since 2005 (unless, as WWD notes, you count the events for the limited-edition designer collaborations, or the 2010 Lanvin for H&M “couture” show that featured Dree Hemingway and Pixie Geldof, pictured left).

H&M joins retailers like Topshop (whose Unique show has been one of the hottest tickets at London fashion week since it began in 2005), J.Crew (the brand made its official New York fashion week debut in 2011), and now, thanks to its collaboration with Rihanna, River Island (Fall ’13 marks the fast-fashion retailer’s first time on the London fashion week calendar) in revealing its collection on fashion’s international stage. This is a smart move for H&M, one that is perhaps indicative of consumers’ high-low styling tendencies (à la Michelle Obama at the inauguration, with her now infamous J.Crew belt and custom Thom Browne coat). Fashion-savvy men and women have been mixing H&M’s affordable wares with pieces by luxury labels for years now, so why not show both fashion varieties in the same context?

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting…Sibling

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The Fall ’13 menswear collections begin today in London, followed by the shows at Florence’s Pitti Uomo, in Milan, and in Paris. Before their shows, we’ll be breaking off bite-size previews of what’s to come from some of the most anticipated names.

WHO: Sibling

WHEN: Tuesday, January 8

WHERE: London, England

WHAT (TO EXPECT): “Fall launched from an image of Paula Yates’ tattoo. The tattoo was In Memoriam of Richard Hell, who ‘taught her about sex.’ The collection then became very much about self-referencing—the idea of ‘in memory of.’ The Sibling ideas are pushed forward and mutated, and then humor and a very English attitude are twisted in by our stylist, Katie Grand, for catwalk looks.” —Cozette McCreery, Joe Bates, and Sid Bryan. The designers sent us a preview from the Sibling studio (left) and an inspiration image (below). Nota bene: despite the “in memoriam of” theme, punk rocker and former Voidoids frontman Richard Hell is actually alive; Paula Yates, the British TV presenter and mother of It girls Peaches and Pixie Geldof, passed away in 2000.

Worlds Collide In London, Where Donna And Samba Mingle

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The world converged in London last night. “I’ve just flown in from L.A.,” said a breathless Donna Karan, “after Barbra Streisand’s closing-night concert at the bowl. The jet lag hasn’t kicked in yet.” Karan has been outfitting her friend Babs for the singer’s world tour, but the customer still comes first, which is what brought her to Harvey Nichols, to launch her own boutique and show her Resort collection. (Nicks’ brass said Karan was the top seller on its international floor last week.) Yasmin Le Bon (left, with Karan), Irina Lazareanu, and biking gold medalist Victoria Pendleton were among those on hand to welcome her.


Meanwhile, across town, another American transplant was celebrating its London debut: SushiSamba, the Japanese-meets-Brazilian chain, which opens its doors at East London’s Heron Tower. Alison Mosshart, McQueen muse Annabelle Neilson, Katie Grand, and Richard Nicoll (left) were among the revelers, as was Style.com’s roving advice columnist Waris Ahluwalia, while Pixie Geldof’s band Violet played a set Mark Ronson spun the tunes. (His uncle, Gerald Ronson, built the tower.) At Harvey Nichols, Yasmin Le Bon was applauding her friend Donna’s knack for knowing how real women want to dress in the real world, but the dress code here was more unreal woman in the unreal world: a clatch of barely clothed samba dancers. “You know it’s a good party when you’re picking feathers out of your mouth all night,” Peter Pilotto said with a laugh.

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Putting On—And Taking Off—The Best Of British Fashion

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London calls, and the world answers. London fashion week is in full swing, and what better time for an English retailer to indulge in a little justified bragging? Matches tapped London’s best designers for a new installation at its Marylebone flagship, which it debuted over the weekend to a crowd that included Giles Deacon, Norton & Sons’ Patrick Grant, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Tallulah Harlech, and the British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush. The store’s mannequins were ingeniously dressed in key looks by U.K. labels including Stella McCartney, Roksanda Ilincic, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Christopher Kane.

Matches’ stock is very English; its clientele, says CEO Tom Chapman, more a mix. “Fifty-five percent of our clientele is online, and half is international,” he said. “We send bucket loads to Australia and China—we’ve gotten used to tiny feet sizes. Then again, we get a lot of cool hunters after that very latest thing—and to be honest, much of that is created by our very own homegrown talent. They do us proud.”

The atmosphere last night on the South Bank, on the other hand, was a trifle more French—à la Moulin Rouge. The foxes were out for the launch of Marios Schwab’s new lingerie collection for Kallisti at the Crazy Horse. And not just the dancers who modeled the lingerie. A renegade (yet fashion-savvy) fox broke into one of the venue’s dressing rooms and chewed through dancers’ Louboutins right before show time.

For Schwab, lingerie has long been a part of life. “My dad worked in the lingerie industry for Triumph,” he said, “so I have always been surrounded by the stuff.” But it may be more topical just at present. “My seamstress is reading Fifty Shades of Grey during every break,” he laughed. “I think these days people are thinking, screw it—literally—we want to enjoy life, and our bodies.” A ten-minute show was enough to titillate the likes of Leigh Lezark, Harley Viera-Newton, Eliza Doolittle, and Pixie Geldof. And that, of course, was the point. “Being provocative is back on the menu in fashion,” Schwab said.

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