A few weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of the Laden Showroom website - Laden - and I was ridiculously excited!! The Laden Showroom is one of Brick Lane's most iconic stores. In it's 11 year history, The Laden Showroom has launched over 200 independent designers. The current store stocks over 65 designers, including Chandelier, JARLO and Connected Generation, but the launch of the new site makes it so easy to access the amazing designers found in store. Here are my top picks from the site:
A while ago, I used to do a weekly post called Fashion Fix which kind of rounded up all the fashion news into one post. I'm feeling a little nostalgic so I thought I would bring it back :)
Revillon and Rodarte?
There have been lots of whisperings that Rodarte would be bought by LVMH group as CEO Pierre-Yves Roussel has been front row for the past two seasons. Now, there are rumours that someone else may have already snapped them up. Apparently the Mulleavy sisters are in talks with French furrier Revillon. According to the rumours, their first collection will be shown in July alongside Paris couture. Rodarte's rep denies the rumours, but watch this space. I'm not sure how I feel about this to be honest, I just feel that fur is a little unnecessary these days. It would definitely be a very controversial move for them.
In other Rodarte news, they are collaborating with director Darren Aronofsky on his new film Black Swan, which stars Natalie Portman.
Theory and Proenza?
There must be something in the air, the lads from Proenza Schouler have apparently met with Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory, who may be interested in a stake of the American label. Theory already invests in the likes of Rag and Bone and Alice + Olivia.
Tom Ford womenswear steams ahead
This is the most exciting news of all. Tom Ford is on a recruiting spree for his womenswear design team. Here's a roll call of who has been hired: Caroline Tixier (Givenchy), Pablo Coppola (McQueen) and Michael Lewis (Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Burberry). Ford is reported to return to womenswear for Autumn 2011, probably with a presentation rather than a show either set in New York or Milian. I cannot wait to see what the creative outcome is, but I'm sure it will completely blow me away.
Stella shrinks Gap
Stella McCartney's first collection for Gap Kids sold out of large sizes within hours, so she's cut everything slightly smaller this season. To be honest, I didn't pay the last collection much mind, seeing as it was for kids. But I may try to squeeze myself into something as I've heard it's amazing!
Irina Lazareanu is the latest model to jump on the model/designer bandwagon. I do like her style, but to be honest I'm sick of people (celebrities and models) deviating from the day job to dabble in design. Lindsey Lohal and Ungaro, I'm talking to you! Designers do such an amazing job I really feel this undermines their vision, creativity and talent.
Fendi and Chanel hit New York
Andre Leon Talley has confirmed reports that Karl Lagerfeld is shooting both Chanel and Fendi campaigns in New York. He was shooting Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw in Chanel around SoHo and the Lower East Side during the week. If the stupid BA strike wasn't on, I would be so tempted to jump on a flight to do some Karl-stalking!
Absolutely stunning. So many amazingly beautiful dresses....kind of speechless right now. This is the the jaw-droppingly beautiful fashion which I love, some of these dresses literally made my heart skip a beat. Kasia Struss has done an amazing job in these images too.
This week, the finalists for the CFDA Fashion Awards 2010 were announced this week in an exclusive event hosted by Nadja Swarovski and Diane von Furstenberg. All the nominations are very well deserved, but I did notice that there is a distinct lack of female designers. I'm happy that Alexander McQueen will be honoured posthumously for a special award and think that Christopher Bailey really does deserve the International award for his work at Burberry.
Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year Award:
Nominees for Menswear Designer of the Year Award:
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone
Nominees for Accessory Designer of the Year Award:
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler
Nominatees for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear:
Nominatees for the Swarovski Award for Menswear:
Nominatees for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design:
The Swarovski Award recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from Swarovski as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative Swarovski crystal resources.
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award:
Special Tribute Award:
Eugenia Sheppard Award:
Kim Hastreiter, Paper Magazine
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
I'm really loving metallics at the moment. I love shiny things at the best of times, but I think I'm so desperate to shed black and dark layers so I'm literally embracing the light! I remembered this Marc Jacobs dress which Kate Moss wore to the Met Institute ball last year, and I totally fell in lust.
I'm really loving Grecian or goddess style dresses. Every girl needs a killer dress which makes her feel like a million bucks. My mission right now is to find something like this without the £2,000+ price tag!
Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden 2010 launched today with a new honorary chairperson - John Galliano. Galliano, who has been one of the most influential designers for over 20 years, takes over from Donatella Versace. I'm ridiculously excited, I love Galliano and his work for both his own label, Dior and Haute Couture Dior.
Fashion Fringe was set up seven years ago with the aim of supporting young design talent in London. Past cutting edge talent discovered and supported by the scheme include Jena.Theo (2009), Eun Jeong (2008), Aminaka Wilmont (2007) and Erdem (2005). Since 2004, Fashion Fringe has launched more than thirteen successful designers.
John Galliano said'I am hoping we find a rebel genius. I will look for someone who reminds me of me when I was starting out - someone original, unique, who has their own style and handwriting and isn't afraid to try something new. Fashion sometimes gets scared and plays it too safe - but I want to push boundaries. When I started, all I wanted to do was create - I didn't have a clue about business, but it is so important to have good foundations in both. So many talented designers have been lost or swallowed up by corporate machines because they didn't know how to handle the business side. I learned the hard way.'
John Galliano in one of my favourite editorials ever, Annie Leibovitz take on Alice in Wonderland
I met designer Georgia Hardinge at London Fashion Week. Her collection immediately caught my eye, her pieces are well constructed with sharp silhouettes and great details. The black ribbon-like geometric lines are what initially caught my attention, then I noticed the delicious textures. I absolutely adore the pleats, fabric origami and sheer mesh. I'm looking forward to her next collection, I'm hoping it's as stunning as this one.