Today it was announced that Anya Hindmarch has been appointed as a non-executive director of the British Fashion Council, succeeding Hilary Riva, who recently stepped fown from the position after working with the BFC for five years.
"I am looking forward to getting involved and being able to contribute to such an innovative and prestigious body at such an exciting time for British fashion," Hindmarch said on the announcement of the news.
This morning Harold Tilman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, said: "Anya will make a great addition to our team. She brings with her huge experience from both the design and retail sector and will be invaluable as we move towards our future plans."
Hindmarch will join Caroline Rush, Chris Inman and Harold Tilman on the board.
It's fair to say that Anya Hindmarch has had a fairly eventful 2009. After the ultimate high of recieving an MBE from the Queen back in June, and the ultimate low after a series of high-profile burglaries in May, she has opened 2010 with a fresh and promising start, by collaborating with British heritage brand Barbour.
Her SS10 collection sees the designer take on a bright start to a new decade, after being influenced by: "...everything from the hot, hot pink of bubble gum wrappers to the beautiful bottle greens of enamel and glass vases. I was thinking a lot about the Fifties and drew inspiration from a huge variety of everyday objects including the folds of bikini tops and even pleated leather car interiors from this era."
The designer told Vogue.com: "I wanted to bring sunshine, colour and fun back into the collection with new resin hardware, clean curved lines and brights or neutrals in buttery and high-gloss leathers you can't resist touching."
We love a bit of English eccentricity, so imagine our delight at the news that Anya Hindmarch - the iconic handbag designer with a fanbase including Claudia Schiffer, Reese Witherspoon and Jourdan Dunn to name a few - and Barbour, one of Britain's most legendary heritage brands, will be teaming up this season.
Hindmarch is set to design a range of four outerwear jackets for Barbour, a brand which is loved by everyone from the Queen herself to fashion icons Karolina Kurkova and our very own Alexa Chung. The collaboration will be Hindmarch's first venture into ladieswear, after having a successful career in accessories. "Barbour is an iconic British brand and part of my childhood. The feel and smell of a Barbour waxed jacket is something that evokes home, family and country weekends. I can't wait to have mine so I can look less like a 'pavement girl' in the country," Anya told Grazia yesterday.
We look forward to seeing how her signature style of considered detailing and neat designs will translate to the classic Barbour jacket - and if the queues for the 'I'm Not A Plastic Bag' design are anything to go by, we'd better get our purses at the ready...
As the Christmas wrapping paper is barely settling on your living room floor, we know you are already thinking about that all important New Years Eve outfit. For the fuss free option to the midnight celebrations black is best. The LBD need not be boring with this seasons obsession with sequins and metalics not to mention the return of velvet. With some envy-inducing jewellery and to-die-for shoe art, you really can't go wrong. Here's to partying into 2010 in some midnight black style.
There are two reasons for Giles Deacon to be happy now: He's expecting to quadruple sales and, over the next year, increase his stockists from 40 to 140. That's thanks to a production and delivery deal he's just signed with Castor Srl, best known for turning out 6267 products.
This comes in the face of sporadic but preliminarily good news from the fashion sector, where sales for brands like Armani and Hermes have been rising. Just Monday, designer Anya Hindmarch said she believes the industry could be on the upswing. We say, if any designer can beat the madness, we hope it's Giles.