Whether she is in London or New York, Stella McCartney definitely attracts a crowd so the string of editors turning up to congratulate her at the launch of her new Soho store this week came at no surprise.
Guests ranging from faithful Stella wearers, Naomi Watts and Liv Tyler, to David Lauren, Lauren Bush, Erin Lauder and Anna Wintour were treated to an intimate dinner setting in the store with a Meat Free menu created by Mario Batali.
After six years together, David Lauren finally proposed to Lauren Bush on Friday night at the Met. "David told Lauren that he was taking her to see an exhibit, then got down on one knee," a source told the New York Post. "He had a beautiful ring ready. It was a total surprise to her, and they are both so happy."
Their engagement will see the joining of two powerhouse families as David is son of Ralph Lauren, while Lauren is the niece of former president, George W. Bush. The big questions is whether Bush will take Lauren's name and become Lauren Lauren. As funny as that would be, something is telling that he's not going to happen.
On Wednesday, Ralph Lauren took a big promotion to the street of New York and London: a 4D light-show spectacular that shut down multiple blocks in the cities to celebrate RalphLauren.com's 10th birthday. The brand pulled in the Harry Potter tech team to orchestrate an eight-minute show projected from flagship stores on both sides of the pond, which created the impression that the shops were being ripped apart and had disappeared.
David Lauren, the brand executive behind it all, said of the show: “This is not just a game changer. It’s a life changer. It’s fashion changing film, architecture, technology. It’s an entire building turning into a stage set." Fashionologie has video from the event, where guests were also sprayed with Lauren's new Big Pony scents. The estimated cost for the show? More than a six-figure amount.
Ralph Lauren, the quintessential all-American label, has unveiled the Winter Olympic uniforms the team will be sporting at the games, taking place in Vancouver from February 12th. For the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the team was dressed in tailored blazers, flat caps, shirts and ties to resemble "statesmen." With the 1932 Lake Placid Games as the inspiration behind the latest Opening Ceremony uniforms, "this time (the USOC) wanted something that's a lot more sporty, technical-oriented, a little more relaxed," according to Ralph's senior vice president of marketing and corporate, David Lauren. Cue navy puffer jackets, knitted polo neck sweaters, winter-white tapered fleece trousers, Fair Isle knit hats and Denver boots.
For those of you wanting to dress your inner athlete, you can now have your very own Olympic uniform, or at least parts of it, given that prices start at $75 for the hats up to $425 for the knit sweaters. We've got our eyes on the shawl cardigan, but with a $385 price tag, we're hoping it could be an early Valentine's gift?
There's something to be said about an event that promotes hat-wearing - especially if it involves Prince Harry playing polo for charity. The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic saw the 24-year-old royal win a charity match organised to raise money for AIDS victims in Lesotho, Africa. And did we mention the VIP Lounge was packed?