Monthly Archives: January 2013

Celia Birtwell For Uniqlo

Legendary textile designer Celia Birtwell has teamed up with Uniqlo to create a capsule collection, which will launch in the UK on March 21.
The British designer’s signature colourful bold prints will appear on dresses, T-shirts, jeggings, shirts, shorts, vests and tote bags.

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The Japanese chain has previously collaborated with UK based labels such Lulu Guinness, Orla Kiely and Laura Ashley, and Celia Birtwell was chosen for her ability “to combine the traditional sensitivity toward prints with a contemporary, modern and unique twist”.

“I’ve spent my life designing textiles so I have quite a big archive,” Birtwell told Vogue. “I was able to go through the library and reference certain moments. When I met the people from Uniqlo Japan, we went through the sketchbooks and reference files together and they hooked into the designs they liked. I then developed those selected specifically for Uniqlo.”

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“Most of the prints featured in the collaboration are from my archive collection,” Birtwell added. “Some are from the Seventies, like Candy Flower and Pretty Woman, but I’ve also added Cherry Spot and Romanian, which are much more recent prints. I think Romanian is one of my favourites.”

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Rita Ora enlists Emilio Pucci to design her tour costumes

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna, pop star Rita Ora has enlisted the help of a major fashion house to create the costumes for her first-ever live tour, which kicked off in Manchester earlier this week.

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Peter Dundas, the creative director of Pucci, has worked with Rita to create pieces that accentuate her signature “urban glamour” look in the elaborate stage costumes.

“I was thrilled to design the costumes for Rita’s ‘Radioactive Tour’, from the moment I met Rita we’ve had a great connection and doing something like this together felt like only a natural progression,” said Dundas. “The costumes have impact and flamboyance in a way that feels personal to Rita whilst staying true to the Emilio Pucci aesthetic.”

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Alexa Chung is the face of Maje for a 2nd season

Alexa Chung has returned as the face of Maje for a second season.

The fashionista first faced the brands autumn/winter 2012 campaign , in which she perfected the 60’s smoldering smoky-eyed, tousled hair look in a series of black-and-white shots by Glen Luchford.

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The new spring/summer 2013 campaign sees Chung channel Factory Girl lounging on giant cushions representing Parisian road signs.
The shoot was shot by Craig McDean, and the campaign was inspired by Chung’s own laid-back style.

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Alexa Chung will also be releasing her debut book which is set for release in September, and a rumoured clothing line could also be on the way

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Sunday Best

Sunday Best
‘Lucille’ Denim and Chiffon Dress – Acne – £290
Abstract Animal Printed Denim Jacket – Kenzo – £435
Mickey Mouse Acetate Sunglasses – Jeremy Scott – £280
Circular leather clutch – Maison Martin Margiela – £625
Set of two embellished necklaces – Isabel Marant – £230
The Dolly suede slingbacks – Charlotte Olympia – £575

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British Vogue to lanuch Miss Vogue

British Vogue will make its first attempt at catering for the younger reader with the launch of Miss Vogue in May.

Cara Delevingne and Edie Campbell. Picture credit: Angelo Pennetta

Cara Delevingne and Edie Campbell. Picture credit: Angelo Pennetta

The issue will be packaged with the June issue of British Vogue. The 124-page magazine will embody the inspirational and authoritative spirit that its older counterpart is renowned for, but will talk directly to young women who love experimenting with fashion and beauty.

The news was revealed when Vogue fashion editor Francesca Burns tweeted : “Working on Miss Vogue this afternoon – yes you heard correctly @BritishVogue are launching a teen edition in May #MISSVOGUE exciting times!”

The British edition of Vogue has always had a strict where it states that no model under the age of 16 will be used in its publications, however it hasn’t been mentioned if this rule will apply to Teen Vogue.

British Vogue February 2013 issue

British Vogue February 2013 issue

“All of us are really excited at the opportunity to create a slightly different Vogue for this readership,” Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman told Vogue.co.uk. “We know how much they love the magazine and so I wanted to produce something that would have bespoke content for a younger audience.”

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H&M will show at Paris Fashion Week

H&M are joining the growing number of high street brands attempting to break into high-fashion by hosting a catwalk show during an international Fashion Week.

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The brand is no stranger to catwalk fashion brands after having many sought after collaborations with brands such as Maison Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney, Marni and Versace.

While our British high street staples; Topshop, River Island and Whistles continue to show at London Fashion week, the Swedish high-street giant H&M is set to take on Paris Fashion Week and are said to be showing 25 looks from their autumn/winter 2013 collection.

The show will be staged at the Musée Rodin, which has previously hosted catwalk shows for Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, on February 27, reports WWD .

“We felt excited about the collection and we really wanted to show it,” spokesman Håcan Andersson said.

What do you think? Do you think the H&M brand will translate to catwalk?

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Fred Perry and Dover Street Market team up

London Fashion Week designers JW Anderson, Giles and Simone Rocha and have collaborated with Fred Perry to create limited-edition T-shirts which will be sold at Dover Street Market from January 26.

The designer Christopher Raeburn, who has made a name for himself by favouring re-appropriated military fabrics, chose to fashion Fred Perry’s iconic polo tops into animals instead, and has created a squirrel, hare, badger and owl.

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Only 15 items by each designer will be sold at the concept store, and will cost between £140 and £180.

The customisation project was launched last year when the British brand invited 60 of its most loyal fans to personalise one of its original white shirts from 1952 to mark its 60th anniversary.

What do you think of the designs?

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