21 posts tagged "Selfridges"
Selfridges has announced the latest round of designers for its Bright Young Things initiative, a project it launched last year (with emerging designers Simone Rocha, Kirsty Ward, and Alex Noble in the mix) to support young designers in London. This year’s 15 Bright Young Things include womenswear designers Maarten van der Horst (the recent Central Saint Martins grad who made a big splash at Fashion East with his Hawaiian prints), Alice Lee, Adam Andrascik, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh (who has worked with Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti), and MASC; menswear designers Shaun Samson, Astrid Andersen, William Richard Green, and Alex Mattson; and accessories designers Oliver Ruuger and T. lipop. The group also includes photographers, graphic illustrators, interior designers, and prop makers.
As part of the program, which launches today and runs through the end of February, the designers will get to showcase their work in the retailer’s Oxford Street or Duke Street windows, and their collections will be for sale on Selfridges.com and in three pop-up shops.
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.”