The Arcadia Group haven't been able to keep out of the headlines recently. After Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted having dinner with Sir Phillip Green many speculated that she's bagged herself a line for Wallis and recently Topshop have been linked to both John Galliano and Florence Welch. None of these collaborations have been confirmed but yesterday, the retail giant announced that at least one collaboration is true - Clements Ribeiro have partnered with Evans.
Couple duo Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro have signed on to produce their much celebrated designs for the high street retailer at a fraction of the price. "Style is not about size, it's about shape and creating beautiful clothes that girls and women will feel great in. It's what we've always done," Suzanne said. And this sentiment is exactly what the plus size store is pushing with their new initiative. Named 'What's Your Shape?', the new approach has seen Evans group their new fall offerings into pear, busty, apple and hourglass categories to assist customers to buy pieces that flatter their best bits.
The Clements Ribeiro collection will be available in March.
Despite an abundance of beautiful, striking new models hitting the runways each season, the supermodels of the latter days are still strong and sticking around for good. We've seen Yasmin le Bon launch a range for Wallis, Naomi Campbell has almost never been absent from a YSL advert, and Linda Evangelista has continued to be the face of L'Oreal. Here we have a sneak preview of the latest Chanel campaign, in which Karl Lagerfeld has shot original supermodel Claudia Schiffer in Buenos Aires, proving hands down that she still has it.
Her best friends are Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, she's married to a rock star with three equally stunning daughters, and in 1989 she was at the centre of the supermodel era. Not exactly the stereotype that you'd assign to British high street chain, Wallis. However, this September Yasmin Le Bon will be launching her first collection for the brand, and the collection looks as good as the supermodel herself. "It’s for a woman like me. And I’m 44 — 45 in October. Might as well say it before anyone else does!” Not that her age is noticeable - she barely looks older than her eldest daughter, Amber, who has recently signed to the same modelling agency as Yasmin, Models 1.
The collection aims to capture the essence of Le Bon, her love for vintage and iconic style, with 20 pieces in different colourways. With inspiration coming from the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Yohji Yamamoto, Jeanne Lanvin and Madame Grès, Le Bon has thought long and hard about the Wallis consumer. “As you get older, you get less confident about your body. It’s a strange moment when it starts to happen. I never thought it would at all, but it has. I’m still in shock about it actually. I’m covering up more than I used to. Luckily, I’ve always loved a high neck or a long skirt. I just think they’re chicer and sexier than you would imagine.”
Le Bon has also created a collection that is versatile enough to be worn in many different situations. Holding up a floor length jersey dress, she describes how it "could be worn at home, or on the red carpet with a military jacket around your shoulders". She empathises with the middle aged woman trying to find an outfit, admitting "I find it difficult to find clothes for my age: sexy and demure at the same time. When Philip Green asked me if I wanted to design my own collection for Wallis, I selfishly just designed a new wardrobe for my self!". This Autumn, however, the British High street will be thanking Le Bon for sharing this newfound wardrobe with us.
Following in the footsteps of Kate Moss and Erin Wasson, model Yasmin Le Bon is set to turn designer for her own range. According to Modelinia, Le Bon will debut a line of clothing and jewellery for Wallis this September. Budding Le Bons should be happy: The 25- to 30-piece range will be directly inspired by her wardrobe.