This season's London Fashion Week is a special one for Topshop as it marks the tenth year that the retailer has been sponsoring NEWGEN, an intitative to fund the shows of London's best design talent. To celebrate the anniversary they have teamed up with twenty designers that they have worked with, past and present, - including Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou - to create a special line of t-shirts that will be available in strores and online from Friday February 17 to Tuesday February 22.
For the next month only, Peter Jensen and Bernstock Speirs will give you a special treat on Brick Lane. The two - after five years of collaboration, have opened their first joint retailing venture, a Tee Shop selling this special-edition bunny cap, plus a selection of special-edition and wider releases tees. The cap retails for £25 and comes in yellow, navy, red and black. To see it in person, head to 234 Brick Lane, E2. Remember, you'll only have until July 4...
Peter Jensen has been a fixture on the London Fashion Week circuit for the past few years. Since winning the British Fashion Council's NewGen sponsorship for his Spring/Summer 2004 collection, his directional, embroidery and graphic design-led creations have graced our catwalks ever since.
The designer recently told Vogue.com, however, of his forthcoming plans to show his 2010/2011 menswear and women's wear collections in the Big Apple. "I'd been thinking for a long time that I'd like to do something in New York...I'm really excited to have a new challenge and to have a reason to travel more to New York." With an army of fans and a collaboration with the mighty Topshop under his belt, we're sure Mr Jensen will be welcomed with open arms when he unveils his upcoming collections at Milk Studios on the Valentine's Day.
Welcome to the third installment of Behind The Scenes At Fashion Week. Over the past two weeks we've spoken to Anthony Gordon, Director of Scouting and Communications at Premier and DJ Sam Young. This week The Fash Pack caught up with one of London's leading PRs, George MacPherson from Starworks. In the interview, MacPherson talks about the stresses and strains of fashion week and how it feels the moment American Vogue confirm that Anna Winour is attending a show.
The Fashion Pack: How does your job change during the fashion week season?
George MacPherson: My emails seem to double or treble. I get a crick in my neck from holding my phone on my shoulder so I can talk whilst typing and I only seem to eat food from the Wasabi Japanese place, which is literally underneath our building. I try to get all the usual stuff out of the way early in the month- reports, meetings etc, and then concentrate on the shows and designers who are participating.
Today Peter Jensen announced that he will not be showing his collection in a traditional runway at next month's London Fashion Week. Instead, the designer will have a presentation using film and photography, sticking to the successful formula that he used to present his stellar resort collection.
When asked about the move Jensen said: "This season presented the opportunity to begin to show my collection in a different way, and I had so much fun with resort, sharing a cup of tea with my guests and giving everyone a chance to understand my brand and see the clothes close up. We love to make things feel really special and can't wait to reveal more about the exciting things we have planned for this presentation."
The designer is set to collaborate with a special person based in New York but details on the collaboration are still top secret.
Usually designers are praised and complimented after a show but for Peter Jensen, death threats are the response of choice. No, he didn't simply make a fashion faux pas on the runway. The British designer has been targeted by the people of Greenland for allegedly exploiting the country's heritage in his latest autumn/winter collection.
The Topshop venue is always a great one, because the food is always in clear sight and the champagne flows more freely than normal. But even more interesting than that is an audience that includes Kanye West (with Amber Rose and a mini entourage), Kate Lanphear, big names from most magazines in London, Colin McDowell and Lydia Hearst.
Your faithful Fash Pack would recognise a certain semi-mulleted 'former' rapper anywhere. And what I'm saying is that Kanye West took his new girl, Amber Rose, and an abbreviated posse to the Peter Jensen and Ann-Sofie Back show tonight. Seems he's serious about that fashion career because he picked one of the week's most buzzed-about shows to (nearly) upstage.
Although Rivkie, Naomi and I were just as pleased to see the short-haired blonde directly in front of us. Kate Lanphear (fashion director of US Elle) showed up to the Topshop venue, and it's seriously the jackpot of the fashion lottery to sit a foot away from the person who can even make High School Musical actors look badass.