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7 posts tagged "Smythson"

Smythson Celebrates the Art of the Panama

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Smythson’s Panama diary has some seriously impressive cred. Launched in 1908, it’s been used by everyone from Sigmund Freud and Katharine Hepburn to Jonathan Saunders and Dita Von Teese. For Spring ’14, Smythson is releasing a full-on Panama collection, comprising diaries, address books, manuscript books, and beyond. In celebration of the new range, the brand has called in young British artist Quentin Jones to create a series of pretty wild works. The set of ten pieces will feature the aforementioned influencers, as well as Hardy Amies, Waris Ahluwalia, Erdem Moralioglu, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, and Laura Bailey. The works—done in Jones’ signature, surreal style of mixed media—will explore the subjects’ relationships with their Panamas. An exhibition of the art, as well as the new Panama line, will be unveiled during a special event at Smythson’s New Bond Street store today, and the show will be open to the public from Monday. In the meantime, get your Smythson x Jones fix with a gif teasing the star-studded artworks, which debuts exclusively here.

It’s A Zoo In London—And The Bears Are Better Dressed Than The Bidders

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Sometimes the gap between London and New York seems infinitely wide. The charity auction scene in NYC, so firmly established and often the model of decorum—and can we say, often quite dull—would not have known what had hit it when confronted by the frequently hilarious and very drunken antics in London last night. Whoever thinks the British are civilized is sorely mistaken. It was like one of those Gossip Girl auction set pieces, taken over by a hard drinking and older version of the cast of Saved by the Bell.


Christie’s auction house in Mayfair was the site of the Children in Need auction. It featured numerous re-fashionings of that charity’s iconic figurehead, Pudsey Bear, by many of the top designers and houses in the fashion world. The stylist and editor in chief of Love magazine, Katie Grand, who curated the event, had ensured that the bears turned out in force. She is, as she would readily admit herself, quite bossy, which proves extremely useful in the mustering of such an event. “It’s really like doing a show!” she said backstage, perfecting the bear running order with their celebrity handlers, each of whom was attired according to the bear’s provenance. That is apart from Sibling’s showgirl, Cara Delevingne (above left) who decided to just dress as a bear herself.

The day before, Grand had mused, “I don’t really know rich people who do this sort of thing. I bloody hope they come.” She had nothing to worry about, they turned out in force. And were on the phones.

Backstage, the gaggle of models, actresses, fashion designers, WAGs (like Abbey Crouch, who did the honors for Norton & Sons, left), and the odd photographer and sports star wrangled with their bears. “It’s bigger than me, this thing!” the petite actress Jaime Winstone said of her Fendi bear. The statuesque Jodie Kidd struggled with the weight of her gigantic suede Smythson bear, made even more difficult by the folds of caftan she had been attired in. Liberty Ross, meanwhile, became so attached to her Loewe bear she started a bidding war for it when she got onstage.


Chloë Moretz (above, right) gave one of the best sells of the evening with her Versace bear: “He’s quite high maintenance. And Audrey, Donatella’s dog, has some issues with him. He had to go.” And Kristen McMenamy’s coruscating and brilliantly unhinged performance with her McQueen bear: supermodel sashaying, the screeching “There are children in need, you know!” and the accosting of one phone bidder who hung up on the model. “I actually thought it was a man when I got on that phone,” said McMenamy, left, afterward. “I said ‘I’ll go out on a date with you,’ but it was a woman and she got offended! That’s improv for you.” (John Waters, give this woman a part.) There was also Marc Jacobs in disbelief at how much his Louis Vuitton bear was selling for: £20,000. And the finale to the event was the footballer Peter Crouch’s robot dance, the voguing of designer Giles Deacon, and the disco turn of the auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades—the international director of auctioneering, no less—with the staff of Christie’s looking on agog.

The online auction, featuring Nicolas Ghesquière’s bear creations for Balenciaga, continues at www.designerpudsey.co.uk.

Photos: Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images

Behind The Seams With Smythson

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Luxury leather goods specialist Smythson has been outfitting the likes of Grace Kelly and the Indian maharajas since the early 1900s, and it remains a go-to favorite within the style set. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Smythson teamed up with a host of international artists, including Carter Peabody and Matthew Donaldson, on a series of short films. Also a part of the anniversary year is a newly revamped New Bond Street flagship store, opening Monday.

“The films are designed to capture the essence of Smythson’s core values by looking to the future with a celebration of our past,” Smythson CEO Andy Janowski tells Style.com. “The first chapter opens with a journey into the heart of Smythson’s craftsmanship and delivers a rich, sensory experience of the brand. More films will follow before the end of the year, including the unveiling of our two new icons.” See the first film in the series, directed by Peabody, exclusively on Style.com (above) before it hits the brand’s Web site (Smythson.com) next week. As for the next film, it will debut the new Smythson anniversary handbags.

Save The Date

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In the age of smartphones and iPads, it seems most people have turned their calendars into an entirely digital affair. Yet, there’s something to be said for having an actual—not virtual—agenda to look at in your home or at the office. And hey, if the annual buzz that surrounds the Pirelli calendar is any indication, then paper versions are still very much alive. If you didn’t happen to get your hands on Mario Sorrenti’s project for Pirelli, or if your prefer a more PG option for your kitchen, we’ve scoped out a few chic alternatives to pick up before January 1. See our picks (above), including the A.P.C. five-year calendar (on sale already because 2011 is over) and a chic hand-stamped octopus calendar from Connor.

From top left to right: Style Calendar 2012, $27, available at www.colette.fr; Smythson diary, $141, available at www.colette.fr; A.P.C. Five-Year Datebook 2011-2015, $80, available at USonline.apc.fr; Art of Warhol wall calendar, $14.99, available at Momastore.org; Connor 2012 Octopus calendar (center), $135, available at www.barneys.com.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Tom Ford Has His Mind On Lipstick, Saunders X Smythson, American Designers Take On Paris, And More…

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For Tom Ford, a successful film career and a new womenswear line is not enough. Thus, the designer “spent part of the summer thinking deep thoughts about lipstick.” The Telegraph sat down with the designer, who was just nominated for Brand of the Year for the British Fashion Awards, to find out what else is on his mind. [Telegraph]

How does Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders look on paper? If it’s anything like the designer’s new collection of stationery for Smythson, it’s a mix of William Morris-style prints, color blocking, and contrasting fabrics. [Vogue U.K.]

Ten past CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers, including Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Billy Reid, have been selected as the “Americans in Paris.” For the program, underwritten by Tommy Hilfiger, the designers will be able to display their work in a Paris showroom from October 1-3. [CFDA]

Isn’t this juicy—Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the ladies who reinvigorated the velour tracksuit, are ready to take on the fashion world once more. The co-founders of Juicy Couture are set to launch a new “California-eccentric” collection, named Skaist-Taylor, for Fall 2012. [WWD]

Photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage