Victoria Beckham's business continues to go from strength to strength. Despite their four figure price tags, the bags instantly sold out on Net-a-Porter. If you want to get your hands on one, the only option is to get your name down on the growing waiting list.
Jason Wu was always destined to venture into bridal wear so it was not a surprise when he announced the move this week. Wu has signed on to work with Net-A-Porter for a year to create five bridal looks that will become available in January.
But the move is only a one off, according to his spokesperson, as the designer does not intend to go and create a full blown bridal wear collection. So if you want a wedding dress designed by Wu, make sure to get your hands on one of the five come January.
Victoria Beckham always leaves me pleasantly surprised. From her eyewear line to her much loved collection of dresses, she never fails to disappoint. The latest case in point is the launch of new denim styles for her Victoria Beckham Denim line.
Already available on net-a-porter.com, this season sees the designer being a lot more experimental. According to Grazia, soon we'll all be able to get our hands on new styles coming in beaten metal to 'black, waxed denim with zip-up hems' and 'ultra-fine Napa leather leggings'.
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."
Amber Le Bon wore this flower printed strapless dress and brown open toe heels last night to Net-A-Porter's 10th birthday party held at Westfeld. We're not convinced with this outfit but you might disagree.
Ten years ago critics expressed their doubt when fashion journalist Natalie Massenet set up Net a Porter in a tiny Chelsea artist's studio, and how wrong could they have been. Since it's launch in 1990, the site now employs almost 600 people between its London and New York bases, with a whopping turnover of £120 million.
The site has been so successful that as they celebrate their tenth birthday, the company has plans to open a brother site - to be aptly named Mr Porter - for the fashionable male, or the current Net a Porter consumer wishing to purchase for her other half. “We look forward to welcoming a new group of super stylish men who join us to shop for themselves” the company explained. We wonder whether the critics who ate their words with doubts for Net a Porter will have a little more faith in Mr Porter. Happy birthday to our favourite luxury online shop!
Always known for its affluent clientele and expensive evening-wear that has celebrities going crazy, it comes as quite a surprise, a pleasant one perhaps that the Italian label Valentino is creating the ultimate in casual wear - the T-shirt. Although the man himself is said to despise the idea and most of what new designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have done since he retired in 2008.
Garavani has always favoured the ostentatious and extravagant and so this latest venture is not to his interest. Valentino CEO Stefano Sassi said "This is anathema to Valentino, he hasn't directly said this but we know this through people."
Despite this the designers have gone ahead with the plans for a more casual line within Valentino. In stores there are ten styles of tee starting at $395 which is quite reasonable considering the competition such as Balmain's price start at around $1000. The most expensive T-shirt is $800 with embellishments made from scraps leftover from other garments, very resourceful. The T-shirts can also be bought online from fashionistas favourite site Net-a-Porter.
Images courtesy of Style.com, Topshop, Net-a-Porter and Forever 21
In tough times a girl needs a tough outfit, so make your military wardrobe troop through both the Summer and Winter seasons by investing in a khaki jacket. Not keen on the fierce angular shapes so well loved after the craze of Balmainia? Then head for a more slouchy style, with many catwalks rocking either the parka jacket - a la Tory Burch - or the billowing but belted trench, as seen at Aquascutum. If you want to be really ahead of the crowd, opt for the aviator take on the military trend, and follow Christopher Bailey's lead by purchasing a shearling jacket, as seen at Burberry.
The one-shouldered wonder dress is here to stay, and to keep on-trend through Summer to Winter, veer clear of black, opt for bright colours and either embellishments or billowing ruffles. The latest breed of asymmetric dresses are not for the shy - choose from short and sweet for cocktail dresses as seen at Armani, or a statement floor-length gown a la Valentino for the more sophisticated events.
Good news for avid Jil Sander fans - come Spring 2011, the popular, minimalist label is set to launch Jil Sander Navy, a diffusion line still designed by Raf Simons but priced 40% lower than the main collection. Set to be targeted a younger, more casual consumer, the range is believed to begin with prices in the hundreds, considering the Jil Sander line ranges from $300 for a shirt, to $3,995 for a coat on Net-a-Porter.
Navy is said to include t-shirts, dresses, shirts, trousers, skirts, jackets, and jeans, alongside a few accessories and shoes, and will compliment the mother collection. The diffusion range - which chief executive Alessandro Cremomesi hopes will broaden the Jil Sander consumer base - will launch in January to stand alone Jil Sander stores, as well as other stockists of the existing label. All of a sudden the January sales don't seem so important for our first bout of 2011 shopping sprees...