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Bellport With Bruce Weber, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


“You could knock on any door and just invite a neighbor over to be part of a photography sitting. It was as easy as borrowing a cup of sugar,” Bruce Weber says of the bayside village Bellport, where he lived in the seventies and eighties. Tomorrow, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society debuts a new exhibition of photos (pictured), which first appeared in a 1982 issue of British Vogue, that the iconic photographer shot during his time there. We’re guessing that the shoot, styled by Grace Coddington, was slightly tougher than borrowing sugar… [T]

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are rolling out the red carpet for the upcoming London Olympics. The power couple is rumored to be hosting a star-studded party, including the likes of Prince Harry, Victoria and David Beckham, Sharon Stone, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, at the Victoria and Albert Museum two days before the Opening Ceremony. [Vogue U.K.]

It looks like Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition may have a little competition on hand. Johan Lindeberg enlisted the help of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin to photograph 100 models, including Lily Donaldson, Doutzen Kroes, and Anja Rubik, wearing the BLK DNM Tux Jacket 11 for a black-and-white portrait series. [Modelinia]

Oscar de la Renta is on a retail kick. Not only is the designer planning to double the size of his Madison Avenue flagship to 4,000 square feet, but he also has his sights set on a first outpost on London’s Mount Street. These endeavors come shortly after de la Renta (who has 13 stores and counting) opened his second store in the Middle East. [WWD]




Photo: Bruce Weber / Courtesy of The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society


Johnny Depp’s Big Head Causes Drama On Set, Plus More Of The Day’s Top News


Tim Burton’s remake of Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp (pictured), hit theaters this past weekend. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood’s clothes for the film, but the L.A. Times recently learned the hardest part about putting the wardrobe together—finding the right pair of vintage sunglasses (a key wardrobe piece) for Depp, because apparently, heads back in 1972 were a bit smaller. [L.A. Times]

Bergdorf Goodman is showing its age—proudly. The store will kick off its 111th birthday festivities on Fashion’s Night Out (September 6), and continue the celebrations with a book, documentary film, and special collection of products from labels including Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta, and more. [WWD]

Valentino Garavani, on the other hand, rang in his birthday over the weekend at a surprise party, complete with a (false) fire alarm, thrown in his honor by Giancarlo Giammetti; Anne Hathaway, Nacho Figueras, and Countess Georgina Brandolini d’Adda were all there to celebrate. [Page Six]

While the Costume Institute’s Schiaparelli/Prada exhibition is going strong here in New York, London is getting ready for a fashion display of its own. Opening tomorrow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, over 60 dresses from six decades will be on exhibit as part of Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950. The show, curated by Oriole Cullen and Sonnet Stanfill, features vintage gowns from Vivienne Westwood as well as designs straight off the runway from Antonio Berardi, Mary Katrantzou, and Erdem. [Art Info]

Italian fashion designer Romeo Gigli is staging a(nother) comeback. Gigli, one of the hottest names in eighties fashion, is returning (despite his ongoing legal battles with previous owners) with a men’s and women’s collection for Asian retailer Joyce, debuting on the chain’s Web site July 1. [WWD]




Photo: Jun Sato / WireImage


Young London Calling: Phoebe English


London is a hotbed of young talent in fashion, and the city is known for supporting the young, the wild, and the penniless like few other fashion capitals. Just in time for London fashion week, checked in with three of the city’s most exciting emerging designers. Today, meet Phoebe English.

London learned of Phoebe English, 25, last season when she debuted her first collection of gothic black rubber and faux-hair goddess dresses down the Central Saint Martins M.A. catwalk. After winning the prestigious L’Oréal Professionel Creative Award, English graduated from the classroom to her own cozy white-walled studio in East London. While the designer has been one of the most talked-about new talents of the year, she nearly didn’t pursue fashion. “For a long time, I couldn’t decide between fashion and acting,” she says. “I spent a summer auditioning at drama schools across Britain and didn’t get into any of them, so I did a course at Saint Martins to see what it was like and never looked back.”

Judging by her Spring collection, English made the right choice. This season, the designer was inspired by the raw surroundings of her new studio, as well as her walk to work. “I walk here every day and that clumpy walking movement is really an inspiration for some of the shapes,” explains English. In an attempt to move away from what she describes as the “frenetic” fluidity of her last collection, which primarily featured eveningwear, English turns her focus to organic separates crafted out of tightly pleated, destroyed canvas. Having a background in knitwear, English’s Spring ’12 (mostly black) collection marks her first time using fabric rather than materials. In addition to her first show, English’s M.A. collection will be included in British-ish, a Giles Deacon-curated exhibition that runs throughout fashion week at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Photos: Lucy Carr-Ellison