No matter what designer she wears, Florence Welch always manages to make a dress look like it was made specially for her. Take the outfit that she wore to the Britain Creates event for example. The black sheer yet-to-be-seen dress from Julien Macdonald's Fall 2012 collection perfectly fitted into the red carpet look that she's developed over the years without it falling victim to feeling predictable.
Julien Macdonald had never been one of those designers that I got excited about nor was he someone that I was particularly interested in hearing speak but that all changed recently. Talking to Colin McDowell at Bristol University earlier on this year, Macdonald was incredibly charming, funny and refreshingly honest and candid. Now everyone will be able to see that side of him since Macdonald has been announced as a contributor the Huffington Post UK's style section.
‘I was delighted when The Huffington Post contacted me about their new Style Section and I'm so excited that I can be a part of the launch,' he said in a statement. 'I thought I would kick off my first blog post with a little introduction to my studio and let you know what we have been working hard on these past few months.’ His first post introduces you to his new private made-to-measure service and while interesting, it didn't quite reflect just how charming and charismatic he is in person. Hopefully this is only the start and not the beginning.
This month British designers Julien Macdonald, Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes are joining forces for a good cause. All three have signed up to redesign the classic red telephone box to help mark the 25th anniversary of Childline. To save you from running around London trying to spot them, Harvey Nichols will display all three telephone boxes in the widow's of their Knightsbridge store.
They aren't the only ones lending a helping hand to the good cause. Corrie Nielson, Phillip Treacy, Lily Cole and architect Zaha Hadid have also contributed to the open-air art exhibition that is set to launch to mark the occasion. A selection of their design efforts will be auctioned off at the National Portrait Gallery on July 18 with all of the proceeds going to Childline.
By his own admission, Julien Macdonald has never been a designer set on pushing boundaries. 'I've made my name by dressing celebrities and that's fine,' he said recently. 'Glamour is always in fashion' he added, and there definitely has to be some truth in that. To say that he's doing well is quite the understatement. What he doesn't have in sales numbers for his mainline, he definitely has with his collections for Debenhams (his line with them is their most successful designer collaboration) and his recent foray into reality TV on 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model' have ensured that he has found a place in all of our living rooms as well as our wardrobes.
Because of his focus on all things celebrity, he was never a designer that followed. That's not because I don't respect what he does - I really do - but rather, his penchant for all things glamour and IT girl isn't something that I'm particularly drawn to. That said, recently I was lucky enough to join Shop Style on the Fashion Fringe roadshow where Collin McDowell spoke to the designer at the University of Brighton where he studied and I was totally won over. Not only is he incredibly charming, he is also incredibly outgoing (a characteristic, which Macdonald himself noted isn't very common amongst designers) and completely honest and unfiltered.
What was interesting about the talk was that a lot of us left realising just how little we knew about his incredible past.
Since 'The City' was dropped from MTV, we haven't seen much of Whitney Port on the small screen but that's all about to change. This week Port confirmed that she will join Elle Macpherson and Julien Macdonald on the judging panel of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.
"I'm thrilled about this new opportunity in my career and I am honored to have been asked to work alongside industry icons who I truly respect and admire," she wrote on her blog on Monday. But she isn't the only American joining the panel this year as Tyson Beckford has also been brought on board as the two replace Grace Woodward and Charley Speed who were on the panel last year.
Nicole Riche in Julien Macdonald; Diane Agron in Giles; Emma Stone in Lanvin; Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen; Salma Hayek in Gucci; Lea Michele in Marchesa, Debra Messing in Monique Lhullier; Mila Kunis in Dior; Sofia Vegara in Vera Wang
Seduction seemed to be Julien Macdonald's strong point at his latest show at London Fashion Week, where opaque clothing was a hard commodity to find, and miles to leg were necessary for every outfit. The faint of heart need not apply for the designer's Spring collection, which played up the coming season's affinity for white and ivory - but not nearly as innocently as the minimalists of New York.
Frothy, lingerie-inspired numbers took centre stage at the Banqueting House, where Macdonald claimed he was going for nothing short of a "sexy woman" in his latest design endeavour. With cutouts, lace and frills galore, we doubt he missed that goal. The Valley of the Dolls hair to boot? Well, all the more drama for Macdonald's new brand of sexpot.
Popular television series Britain's Next Top Model might look a little unrecognisable this coming season, and we won't lie, the changes are making us very, very excited. First off, a complete overhaul of the judging panel - with Elle Macpherson as presenter, judging alongside male model Charley Speed, stylist Grace Woodward and Welsh designer Julien Macdonald - and at the 10th birthday celebrations for Net-a-Porter last Wednesday, Julien revealed a little more about the show.
"It's like a tale of the unexpected - you never know who is going to stay and who will go," he admitted, and adding to the changes, it will be the viewers that decide this year's winner, "...just like X Factor - so we have no control over who wins." Teasingly revealing a little more about the series, Julien cites episode four as the point where the competition gets hotter, "Elle says, that's when the fun really starts."