Over the past few weeks my inbox has been inundated with various products designed by brands to cash in on the interest in the Queen's Jubilee. Rather than creating something special and one-off, the majority of the pieces have simply been updated by sticking a Union Jack on it somewhere but this special Nicholas Kirkwood shoe is different.
The style is still typically Kirkwood rather than being gimmicky and marks the occasion by the inclusion of red and white Swarovski Elements. They work so well because they are desirable even without the symbolic value.
Peter Pilotto and designer partner Christopher De Vos are on a roll. The brand is increasingly being sported on the red carpet in Hollywood and this week Flare magazine dropped their latest cover starring Brookyn Decker sporting one of their dresses from the S/S12 collection. Today the design duo confirmed that that's not the end because next up is Pitti W, as the pair will serve as the guest designers at the event next month.
'We invited Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos because we were looking for a modern approach to feminine elegance that is constant, profound and has the ability to think about itself,' Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine's director of communications, said. 'We saw this in the evolution of their collections, a knowledgeable process that develops around surprising colours, body-conscious draping and light sculpting. It was also interesting to see how the designers' two distinct spirits come together and reinterpret fashion's classic elements.'
The pair will show their pre-spring/summer 2013 collection at the event, which takes place in Florence from June 19 to 22.
If you're a fan of all of the sparkly outfits that Jennifer Lopez has been sporting on stage recently, you'll be pleased to hear that you have a lot more to look forward to. Yesterday the singer confirmed that Zuhair Murad, the man responsible for the looks, will design the stage costumes for her tour this summer.
In true J. Lo style, the pieces will include enough sequin jumpsuits to make Jessie J jealous mixed, a good selection of gold (you know Jenny likes her gold) and statement capes too. 'There is a cape planned for the show,' she told People magazine. 'It’s not a Wonder Woman cape. You’ll have to come to the show to see it.'
Raf Simons' has always been under the microscope, especially during his time at Jil Sander, but that went to a completely new level when he was confirmed as the new creative director of Dior last month. With all eyes on him in the run up to his debut at Dior for the brand's Haute Couture show in Paris this July, it makes sense that i-D chose him to cover their 'Lights, Camera, Action' summer issue shot by Willy Vanderperre.
Will you buy the issue when it hits newsstands on May 10?
Kate Upton has really tried to push forward into the fashion world of late. That 'Cat Daddy' bikini video definitely didn't help but nonetheless, she hasn't been doing too badly. Over the past few months she's bagged a Muse magazine cover and has also appeared in an editorial shot by Terry Richardson in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar. Despite her efforts, nobody expected the model to get an invite to the Met Ball on Monday and neither did she. If reports are anything to go by, she's taken matters into her own hands.
Today Page Six reports that the Sports Illustrated cover girl has paid $25,000 of her own money to make sure she could attend this year's Costume Institute Gala. According to sources, Upton will wear Michael Kors to the event and will sit at his table for the event. The move seems like quite a drastic one but one thing it does prove is that like her or not, she isn't going away any time soon.
Last month Aquascutum announced that they had filed for administration but it looks like things aren't as bad as they had thought. Today WWD reports that Hong Kong-based company YGM have bought the failing company.
The company already own the intellectual property rights for the company and controls all of its Asian business but the new deal will mean that it was also take over the British section of the company too giving the company full control over the brand's distribution and manufacture. That doesn't mean that the brand is out of trying times. After all, the company continue to fail despite Harold Tilman and Belinda Earl investing an estimated £30 million in the company when they came on board in 2009 so it's going to need a miracle to help turn things around.
Back in January we were all talking about Kaia Gerber, the daughter of Cindy Crawford, who was unveiled as the new face of Young Versace. In her latest modeling job the 10 year-old is not alone because she was also joined by her supermodel mother and grandmother to pose behind the lens for JCPenny.
The video in which all three star in is a part of a promotional campaign JCPenny is running at the moment in the lead up to Mother's Day in America. In the video all three generations talk about things their mothers gave them and if you submit your story about what you have learnt from your mother on the JCPenny Facebook page, you could be in with a chance of winning a $1,000 shopping spree in store.
The singer's latest cover is for Spanish weekly S Moda, which she was shot by Simon Emmett. Francesca Rinciari did a great job in styling the singer in pieces from Balmain and Isabel Marant and as always, she looked really good. My only bug bare is the big disconnect with her styling in magazines and appearances compared to her off-duty looks. While it's unfair to expect her to look photoshoot ready during her off-days, her personal style doesn't carry the promise that she exudes in editorials.
I love H&M. I mean, what's not to love. As well as continuing to deliver great pieces at affordable prices, their collaborative collections are second to none and that's particularly true today. This morning a press release dropped in my inbox confirming that Anna Dello Russo is their latest collaborator.
Unlike past collaborations, their partnership with the Vogue Japan editor will be on a special collection of accessories rather than clothes.'I am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M have involved a Fashion Director in a special project. This is the sign of an important evolution in fashion, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be the one chosen to lead it,' Dello Russo said. 'I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find. As a stylist I know accessorization is essential: it is the personal touch to any outfit. With these pieces everybody can have fun, turning an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day.'