20 posts tagged "Selfridges"
Want to know what it’s like to walk a mile in Gwyneth Paltrow’s shoes? Head to Selfridges on Sunday, where London trio Yasmin LeBon, Lisa B., and Trinny Woodall will host the “Really, Really Great Garage Sale” (or car boot sale, as they’re lovingly known in the U.K.).
The ladies have taken over the first-floor parking lot of the department store and called upon their A-list friends in support of Mothers4Children, which benefits children’s charities worldwide. So don’t go expecting your usual moth-bitten flea market stuff. Instead, there will be goodies such as Paltrow’s Balenciaga boots, Lily Allen’s signed Reeboks, Liz Hurley’s Helmut Lang suit, Jemima Khan’s Prada dress, and LeBon’s own Tod’s sandals. We caught up with Simon’s better half and the mother of their three teenage girls earlier this week, and she told us that no one in the LeBon household is off-duty on Sunday: “I’ve made sure all my family and friends are involved in some way—it’s really exciting because the sale will offer some incredible pieces with a story to tell.” And no doubt, a bargain to be had.
Two hours before her in-store appearance at Selfridges Thursday, Erin Wasson stood before the mirror in her hotel room in a pair of Fall ’09 Phi two-buckle creeper platforms, taking a pair of shears to a dress. “Too short?” she wondered aloud, having hacked a solid few inches off one of her floral Erin Wasson x RVCA sundresses for Spring. “Nah, I think it’s good,” she decided, evening the hem. “It’s all good.” This is how a person gets a reputation for “effortless, low-key style,” as Ros Leach, Selfridges’ women’s contemporary buyer, describes it. “Erin’s been a talking point in our buying office for a long time now,” Leach noted as Wasson arrived for the event at the Oxford Street flagship. The Erin Wasson x RVCA merch had just hit the floor, two fresh-faced models were decked out in Erin Wasson x RVCA outfits, and a crowd of girls were massing, waiting to get their hands on the stuff. (More than a few looks would sell out before the end of the event.) “It’s humbling,” Wasson commented. “I still can’t get over the fact that these people want to come out to see little old me.”
Some brands are tortoises. Others are hares. Preen is incontrovertibly—and in the best way possible—the former. Over the past dozen years, Preen designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton have taken an incrementalist approach as they’ve gone from hawking togs at the Portobello Arcade to selling out their Power dress on Net-a-Porter. Now the designers are making the leap into accessories, launching a range of bags for Spring 2009. True to their tortoise-y nature, however, Bregazzi and Thornton are getting ahead, rather than getting ahead of themselves: There are a modest four styles in Preen’s debut bag collection, all of which have been snapped up by Selfridges and Harrods in the U.K. (They’ll also be available at forwardfoward.com and ASOS.com.) “Our intention is to expand the range slowly,” says Thornton. “We’ll be adding a few extra styles for Fall, but we really hope to keep things tight.” The focus for now, he adds, is on playing with the bags’ fabrications and finishes and thinking about ways to update details on the Quatro (pictured above at left), $750, and the Roxy (on the right), $538, the two styles that will be recurring staples. Not that Bregazzi and Thornton don’t have a little time left over for plotting Preen’s next move. “Shoes,” says Thornton. “But we’ve got to build on the bags first.” Slow and steady wins the race.