We have to admit, when it was revealed back in March that Liberty of London would be teaming up with none other than king of the shoes Manolo Blahnik, we did squeal a little bit in excitement. Yesterday, the collection from the dream collaboration was revealed, and the English country lady inside of us was thoroughly delighted, with the perfect combination of Liberty's delicate, iconic prints and Manolo's elegant designs.
The shoes will be sold at the World of Manolo, which will be open at Liberty from the 10th of September, and will sell other items designed by the stiletto god, including scarves, candles, and excitingly some fabulous new Liberty prints. The central London boutique will also showcase the designer's AW10 collection - including a flat version of the blue, crystal adorned heels that Carrie wears in the first SATC film - in time for Fashion's Night Out. So, ladies, pencil the 10th of September into those diaries, and in the mean time we'll be decided which pair of sophisticated stilettos we'll be picking up.
Anna Wintour and her Fashion's Night Out team are planning on outdoing themselves this September - by hosting the largest public fashion show in the history of New York, in a pledge to educate the masses on the trends of AW10. The runway show is set to host 1,500 random ticket-holding guests, and will star over 200 models showcasing pieces from different designers, (hand picked by editors at Vogue, of course).
CBS are expected to hold a one-hour documentary special for the event, which will take place on the 7th of September at NYFW's new home, the Lincoln Centre. The event will even have it's own clothing line - granted this will be tees and hoodies - however if they're good enough for Miss Wintour to wear, then the memorabilia will surely be worth the money. SPEC Entertainment, who have held events for Tom Ford, Vera Wang, DKNY and Stella McCartney to name a few will be producing the night alongside the Vogue team, and a portion of proceeds from ticket sales is set to go to the New York City AIDS Fund. So - a fashionable night out created by Anna Wintour herself, educational in trends and all in aid of charity? Let's hope for a golden ticket...
Last Milan Fashion Week, officials found themselves piled under with a frenzy of telephone calls and emails from Italian houses, desperately trying to reschedule their catwalk shows after Anna Wintour made the shock announcement that she planned on staying for only three days of the proposed seven day schedule. For the SS11 shows, however, the biggest names in Italian fashion - including Prada, Armani and other "unmissables" - are joining forces, agreeing to show evenly over the week, so that press, buyers and even the queen of Vogue herself will have to stay for the full seven days.
"The agreement by the major designers, which protects the emerging ones as well, has been reached with the mediation of Camera della Moda and demonstrates that we Italians, if we really want it, are perfectly able to assert ourselves without fear in order to enhance what the world acknowledges to be a rich and inimitable creative heritage" Giorgio Armani tells Vogue, whilst Patrizio Bertelli, chief executive of Prada adds, "Milan Fashion Week is of fundamental importance. Today we have made a significant step forward which goes in the right direction: in fact, it underlines a sense of belonging we have been afraid of losing because of recent controversies."
Despite last season being her first designing for Diesel Black Gold, it seems Sophia Kokosalaki's take on the brand impressed not only the buyers and audience of their AW10 show, but also Diesel owner Renzo Rosso, who is now undertaking actions to expand and reposition the company. Hiring a new management team, Rosso plans to re-brand the area of floorspace in which Diesel Black Gold sits within the Diesel stores, and to open shop-in-shops in department stores.
A lesser focus on denim will also take the label in a new direction, "We believe that Diesel Black Gold has in it's DNA all the elements of authenticity and the right attitude to effectively connect with the next generation of customers: the millenials," Rosso told Fashionista, "The new strong and dedicated team will make it happen." With a runway show approaching in Tokyo on April 12, we can't wait to see where Kokosalaki - and her new team - take Diesel Black Gold.
Damrosch Park, the new location for New York Fashion Week. Image courtesy of The Cut
Whilst many of us have barely recovered from the long days of the AW10 fashion weeks, the CFDA are planning ahead with their new standards for the coming SS11 shows. Come September, New York Fashion Week is set to coincide with Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah (the holiday that celebrates a new year in the Jewish calendar), and so the council has sent out a memo, promising to be sensitive to Jewish designers who may not want to show over the two-day event.
Alongside the pledge to take Rosh Hashana into account, the CFDA has also requested that all designers stick firmly to their time allocated, as the swapping and changing of one show affects a multitude of others. Should this work, it will save showgoers running all over town in the frantic fashion we are used to, and so along with the suggestion that designers should make use of off-site venues close to the Lincoln Centre, our tired and heel clad feet should have less aches and pains come when arriving for London Fashion Week.
Despite mixed thoughts in the sea of critics who witnessed the AW10 collection from Meadham Kirchhoff at London Fashion Week, it seems the design duo have hit the spot after their orders have doubled from last season's structured metallic performance. The Fall collection saw a mishmash of long lace dresses, over-accessorised with veils, jewellery and crowns galore.
Although it may have been difficult to define whether the show was a little lost in it's styling, or actually pure genius, it seems stylists are going crazy for the ecclectic collection from design team Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. The most popular pieces are showing to be the floor-length lace numbers, intricate prints and clever knitwear, so although it may have been hard to distinguish between garments on the runway, they obviously work well standing on their own. Could this be Meadham Kirchhoff's recipe for success? Only next season will tell.
Last season we sawMark Fast use plus-size models to showcase his SS10 collection, thus attracting a flurry of media attention and even allegedly causing his stylist to walk out. Whilst this kind of positive runway publicity surrounding the size debate is obviously a positive one in the way of a healthier lineup on the catwalk, there's been an absence of acknowledgement from the big names in fashion, particularly with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld being so pro-size zero. After mixing up the model lineup by using street casting and members of his staff for his AW10 Marc Jacobs show, the influential American designer chose to take his stance on the use of 'real women' one step further, by casting a range of ages, shapes and ethnic backgrounds for the Fall Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week.
Amongst the range of models were Laetitia Casta, Elle Macpherson, Lara Stone, Coco Rochaand Noémie Lenoir, though in keeping with fairness to all sizes and shapes, Victoria's Secret Angels Alessandro Ambrosio and Adriana Lima also walked - with this being Lima's return to the runway prior to giving birth. "Designers are always talking about how they design for women, and then you look at our runways and there no girls over 20," Jacobs told The Guardianbackstage at the show. "This time, I set out to cast a variety of sexy women - younger, older, thin, voluptuous, from every ethnic background." They might have been from different walks of life, but each Louis Vuitton model was undoubtedly beautiful in her own right, and Jacobs succeeded in doing a fantastic job of showing the industry that differentiation on the runway doesn't mean sacrificing a stunning show.
The angels and Bosch demons that Alexander McQueen had translated into hand-loomed Jacquards for what was to be his untimely - and unexpected - final collection were enough to send tingles of admiration down the spines of those viewing the collection through photographs, never mind those fortunate enough to see the history making collection in all its magical, McQueen glory.
Even with only a selection of sixteen looks, and an absence of the renowned McQueen performance familiar with his groundbreaking shows, the collection is breathtaking - undeniably so - and the intimate viewings provided a short while of calm to not only admire his talent, his intelligence, but also to grieve for one of the fashion industry's greatest losses.