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Fred Perry Celebrates Sixty

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Fred Perry’s white polo shirt became an instant classic following its 1952 Wimbledon debut. (In fact, despite the success of his namesake clothing line, the late Perry would probably prefer to be remembered for his many tennis titles—in 1997, he was named one of the ten greatest players of all time.) This year, the U.K.-based label, which built a strong following among those in the underground punk scene, is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. And to commemorate the milestone, they’re launching a collaborative project and exhibition at London’s Dover Street Market on January 26. For the occasion, Fred Perry brought in a sixty-strong assortment of personalities—including designers (Raf Simons, Peter Jensen, Sister by Sibling, and Christopher Raeburn, among others), artists (Inez and Vinoodh, Terry Hall), musicians (Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Anton Wirjono), athletes (cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins), publications (i-D magazine), retailers (Colette), and other inspiring creatives—to personalize reproductions of Perry’s original ’52 shirt (see the full shirt gallery here). The results are just as unique and diverse as the pool of participants, and will be on display at Dover Street for three weeks, before traveling to Beijing and Ginza, China, next month. The shirts will eventually be auctioned, and all proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which benefits struggling young people.

The team at New York-based advertising agency Mother got their hands messy while reinterpreting the classic polo. Keeping the brand’s tennis heritage in mind, Mother staffers Christian Cervantes and Christopher Rogers brushed off their rackets and launched sixty tennis balls, dripping with Technicolor paint, at the shirt. Mother shared a behind-the-scenes video of the process with Style.com, which debuts below.

For more information on the Fred Perry 60th Anniversary project, visit.



Photo: Courtesy of Fred Perry

Simons’ Debut Dior Campaign Hits The Twittersphere

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Considering the recent influx of Spring ’13 campaign reveals, it was only a matter of time until Raf Simons’ debut womenswear ads surfaced. And now, here they are, lensed by longtime Simons collaborator Willy Vanderperre: fresh, clean, and minimal, just like Mr. Simons’ floral skirts and slick black suits.

Photo: Willy Vanderperre

Mabille and Margiela Awarded Haute Status

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The Commission de Classement Couture Création has awarded haute couture appellation to Maison Martin Margiela and Alexis Mabille today, officially welcoming the houses into the elite world of French couture. Acceptance into the haute circle is based on a host of criteria, including number of garments shown, the size of the atelier, meeting standards for bespoke and handmade pieces, and showing the requisite two collections per year. Margiela debuted their first couture, or as the house called it, “Artisanal” collection last July (remember those crystal face cages?) to a lofty front row that included Raf Simons. Mabille, on the other hand, has been showing his couture collection since 2008.


Photo: Allesandro Garofalo / GoRunway.com

Today In Second Hand News: Simons vs. Galliano

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In which we track the way that certain fashion news stories are recycled around the Web.



Today’s secondhand news amounts to a sleeper hit for the Internet. That’s because the original story came out on Friday but didn’t really take off until today. Even recycling bloggers take the weekend off, it seems. It was on Friday that British Vogue kicked things off with a post touting an upcoming interview with Raf Simons in the magazine’s January issue. Employing a certain old-media discretion, the tone was straightforward:


The first few recyclers of this item, Fashionologie, Papermag.com, Styleite, and Grazia, picked up on a quote from Simons about wanting to make Dior as efficiently branded as Chanel, a process that apparently starts with the nose.


But it turns out, those outlets were burying the lede, because The Cut, perhaps with the benefit of the weekend to dream up a new angle, raised the ante with a tweet linking to a post from 10:43 a.m. It referenced a different part of the original Vogue U.K. post:


Fashionista, playing catch-up, echoed in a tweet linking to a post from 2 p.m.:


Congratulations then to today’s clear winner in the secondhand news sweepstakes: The Cut.

Bonus points to Grazia, though, for tweeting the same story twice within a few hours, the second time in a slightly pithier and more twitter handle-alert manner:



Now we’ll just have to wait for the January issue of British Vogue to see what Simons really did or didn’t say about Galliano.

Photo: Alexander Klein / AFP / Getty Images

All Dolled Up In Dior Couture

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Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is barreling down the pike, which means that Christmas is mere minutes away—and with it, Christmas windows. Today, Dior announced that it has partnered with Paris’ Printemps department store to do the retailers’ annual holiday windows, which will pay tribute to the history of the house and its helmsmen, from Monsieur Dior himself to John Galliano to the newly installed Raf Simons. For 11 windows along the Boulevard Haussmann, Dior created 2-foot-tall dolls, each wearing an haute couture look from the house’s archive, recreated by the couture ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne (with a few stuffed male dancing partners in the mix, wearing Dior Homme). They range from the classic Bar jacket look (above) to Galliano’s flower-shop gown (below) from Fall ’10 to Simons’ debut collection for the house. The dolls themselves—74 will be created in all, and animated in the windows—are one-of-a-kind and not for sale, but an accompanying collection of holiday gifts including shoes, bags, scarves, timepieces, and even Dior snow globes will be sold. As part of one (above right), the Bar jacket can be yours after all—albeit under glass. The completed windows will be unveiled December 9 by Dior face Marion Cotillard.

Photos: Courtesy of Dior