Topshop are a busy bunch. Fresh off the announcement of their make-up partnership with Louise Gray and bridal line with Richard Nicoll, yesterday the high street retailer confirmed that they are working with JW Anderson on a capsule collection.
The collection, which is set to drop in September, features everything from denim to outerwear to memory sticks, photography books and pencils. 'I am very excited to collaborate with Topshop. It gives me the opportunity to reach a much wider audience with my designs,' Anderson said in a statement. 'It has always been very important to me that my collections are made accessible to anyone interested in fashion and design.'
Clothes-wise, the collection is said to offer the 'best of all his design ideas to date, a sort of must have wardrobe of covetable pieces,' the press release reads. How the stationary and books work into that isn't clear.
Topshop have been really busy. Last week they confirmed that they have partnered up with Louise Gray an a capsule collection and make-up range and recently they announced that they are teaming up with Richard Nicoll on a bridal collection. Buying your wedding dress from Topshop might seem strange on first thought but considering that the prices are accessible, it's undoubtedly going to do well and today, the first images of the collection dropped.
The range, which is priced from £75 to £350, features everything from simple slip dresses to a lace-bodiced gown. Unlike everything else in store though, these pieces will be limited edition with only 50 being produced in each colour way, which will go a long way in avoiding having just about everyone else having the same wedding dress as you.
2012 seems to be the year of the high street. Take H&M for example. As well as getting ready to open a new high end store they have also just launched their 'Conscious Initiative' collection, which features red carpet ready pieces that are all made with sustainable fabrics. But they're not the only high street store expanding because today, Topshop confirmed that they have a bridal line in the works.
The wedding collection will reportedly be designed by Richard Nicoll and will come under their Studio brand umbrella. As you would expect, the price points are going to be relatively affordable but at the moment the chain is staying silent on the exact prices. What we do know though is that the collection will be available as soon as June and is said to feature pieces that play on Nicholl's signature sculptural aesthetic.
In the past London Fashion Week was the city that everyone felt like they could afford to miss but with the support of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, things have really turned around for London. The program, which provides all of the short listed designers with an industry mentor and £200,000 for the winner, has helped propel the businesses of previous winners Erdem Moraliglu and Christopher Kane. Both designers success in the UK and beyond is testament to the success of the program.
Yesterday the BFC announced that this year's short listed designers are: Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchoff and Zoe Jordan, as well as Nicholas Kirkwood.
I like my work but I kind of despise it as well. Sometimes it's just the relentlessness of the schedule. It's obviously quite pressured and quite stressful … This whole consumer demand for new, now and everything's got to be renewed every few months … I think that's got to implode at some point. For young brands, it's getting impossible to continue making so many collections for the work to be worthy of showing. I am not sure how you can come up with eight ideas a year and really endorse them and make them worthy of presenting.
On Friday Cerruti owners Li & Fung announced that they're closing their womenswear line in order to focus on menswear, which marks the end of Richard Nicoll's time at the brand.
As creative director of womenswear, March will mark Nicoll's last collection with the brand but he seems to be okay with the news. "Of course I would have preferred longer to make a success of the womenswear, but I'm grateful for the experience gained at Cerruti," he told British Vogue. "It makes total sense to me that Li & Fung should focus solely on menswear as that's where their experience lies."
If you find you don't have the time to pour over the latest catwalk shows, spotting the biggest trends for Fall 2010 - don't panic. We've attended the fashion shows and designer presentations, spent hours obsessing over runway shots and videos to bring you our pick of the bunch, our Fall Favourites. Need to know this season's hottest colours, materials, looks? We have it covered. Look no further than our six chosen trends: grey, leather, military, neutrals, shearling and velvet.
One of the talking points each season at fashion week is the subject of models - who will walk for whom? Will there be any newcomers on the block? More recently there has been an element of surprise in the ways of casting for the shows - with Mark Fast and his tendency to shock with plus-size models, and Marc Jacobs and his mix of 'street casting', alongside using his overtly beautiful employees to bring back a sense of the 'real woman'.
This aside, there were the usual appearance of model newbies at London Fashion Week - some more prominent than others. Karmen Pedaru was lucky enough to be chosen by Christopher Bailey to open and close the talk of LFW,Burberry, whilst Kristy Kaurova opened her first show at Paul Smith. Opening for Jaeger London, Matthew Williamson and Nicole Farhi saw Sigred Agren continue to be in demand. However, there might be a new girl about town - Julia Nobis. Having being booked an exclusive for Calvin Klein in New York, she then opened Richard Nicoll and Topshop Unique in London, and then bagged the Pradashow in Milan. We'll be watching Paris with anticipation for Nobis, surely the one to watch for this season.