12 posts tagged "Savile Row"
After cramming a city’s worth of menswear offerings into a single MAN Day for the last few seasons, London is planning to give its standout men’s offerings a bit more room to breathe. The first men’s-only London fashion collections (technically three days, rather than a few weeks) will take place June 15 to 17, with opening programs including a launch event hosted by Prince Charles. In addition to the young London designers who have been showing on MAN DAY—like J.W. Anderson, James Long, Topman, Lou Dalton, and Christopher Shannon—the new opportunity has lured several U.K. brands back to their home turf, including Pringle of Scotland and Nicole Farhi, who have been showing in Milan, and Dunhill. E. Tautz, Hardy Amies, and Richard James will show ready-to-wear collections on Savile Row, and Richard Nicoll (pictured) will debut a menswear collection. The full schedule is now available at www.londoncollections.co.uk.
McQueen To Open A Savile Row Shop, Peter Pilotto Thinks London Fashion Is Finally Getting The Attention It Deserves, And More…
Alexander McQueen has announced plans for a new London menswear shop, expected to open on Savile Row in September. The location will offer clients bespoke garments through Huntsman, a famed local tailor. “[Savile Row] is where Lee started his career, so it is a nice thing to be going back,” McQueen president Jonathan Akeroyd tells British Vogue. [Vogue U.K.]
Not all British designers, however, have won the publicity and exposure of the late McQueen. The duo (Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos) behind London-based label Peter Pilotto tells The Wall Street Journal, “A while ago, it was like you had to start in London and try to get out of there as soon as possible and move to Paris or New York.” The designers feel that more recently, due attention has been given to London, a fashion week once skipped by international editors. [WSJ]
After Simon Spurr departed from his namesake label last Friday, the brand has temporarily halted all sample loans. The company’s in-house press agent, Sarvie Nasseri, tells WWD, “At this time all PR is on hold.” [WWD]
Tom Ford’s collections are shown in a notoriously quiet manner, with images taking months to surface. The designer has just released a short video of his latest Fall 2012 collection, which is abundant in exotic skins, gold hardware, and sharp cuts. [Grazia Daily]
Try to imagine the owner of an esteemed Savile Row shop being told about this newfangled thing called London fashion week. Can’t you just see him, the posh old bloke, sitting there at the dinner table and pray-telling some junior interlocutor to explain himself the way Maggie Smith’s Countess Dowager did on Downton Abbey: “What is a wee-kend?”
Well, there’s no such sniffy skepticism at Gieves & Hawkes—the centuries-old tailors were the storied street’s only representative at LFW this year. But then, they’ve got reason to show their stuff. Design director Barry Tulip, who joined the company last spring after stints with Zegna and Dunhill, has plugged G&H into the fashion world with a Fall ready-to-wear collection that brings a hint of designer point of view to the house’s firmly bespoke tradition.
By shifting some focus off the suit and on to military-inspired outerwear, G&H is actually getting back to its roots. James Watson Gieve began his distinguished career in 1835 making navy jackets. This helps explain the choice of venue (Somerset House’s Navy Board Rooms, where onetime customer Horatio Nelson did his war planning) and the fact that an eight-button admiral’s topcoat served as the presentation’s centerpiece.
That coat is made out of fine cashmere, with horn buttons that reference Admiral Nelson by way of a nautical rope motif, and it’s perfectly contemporary. It comes across as less nineteenth-century than 1960′s, an era that a lot of the London tailoring world has been feeling lately. The slightly wider, drop-notch lapels on sport coats pay homage to swinging-London menswear icon Tommy Nutter, Tulip explained, and the geometric patterns on the collection’s silk ties and pocket squares were inspired by sixties decorator David Hicks. Even the lookbook is shot in a portrait style that brings to mind the photography of David Bailey and Lord Snowdon (and, to this reporter’s eye at least, features a model with a striking resemblance to a young Michael York).
All of which is to say that Gieves & Hawkes seems to have embraced the idea that when it comes to ready-to-wear, even tradition-minded men of means crave a little designer sensibility. As Tulip said, “To put it well, bluntly, or, you know, in a crass way, I suppose it’s value for money.”
Paltrow’s Coach Shots To Debut, Giorgio Armani’s Favorite Is Jenny From The Block, Karl Is Coming Soon Macy’s, And More…
Actress, mom, author, singer, and chef are a few of Gwyneth Paltrow’s jobs these days. Photos from one of her newest roles, as the international ambassador of Coach, have finally been released, and she’s looking like the ultra American girl. The Peter Lindbergh-shot ads are set to roll out internationally, but unfortunately, they will never be in print on U.S. soil. [WWD]
Giorgio Armani truly knows how to make performers get a standing ovation, at least for the way they are dressed. The designer picked out his top five musical moments for W. Jennifer Lopez topped the list in her pink Armani Privé dress from the 2010 Academy Awards. [W]
Vivienne Westwood’s oldest son, Ben, is joining forces with Savile Row tailor Cad & the Dandy for a ready-to-wear collection. Westwood, who showed his menswear collection for the first time at last year’s London fashion week, plans to add his “signature edge” to the line, known for their bespoke suits. [Vogue.U.K.]
Soon you can get your Lagerfeld look at Macy’s. Although the collaborative efforts between Macy’s and the designer were officially announced last November, new details on the collection were released today. Expect high collars and “edgier, rock ‘n’ roll looks” available at Macy’s prices, hitting stores at the end of August. We have yet to find out if a version of Lagerfeld’s signature black gloves is included in the offerings. [WWD]