Sam Cook and Andy D'Cruze have quite the partnership going. They split their work between the West End and Hertfordshire, Sam has kids to look after when she's supposed to be designing, and the two are promoting a budding label in the time when even heavyweights like Christian Lacroix are troubled. But we think Darkest Star's quirky accessories and t-shirts have potential, and so did the crowd at London's On/Off fashion shows this season.
Here, Cook tells us about her intense work schedule (early mornings included), an infatuation with Amy Winehouse and the reason that leftovers can keep her creative.
Or at least that's what it seems from his watercolour-grid prints for Resort 2010. Jonathan Saunders has just expanded his product range (to include scarves, t-shirts and knitwear), and with style references from Jackie O to Carrie Bradshaw, we see quite a few people being impressed.
"I wanted something natural, but I'm so fed up with florals," Christopher Kane tells Style.com about his first-ever pre-collection. "And then I came across these images of nuclear test explosions from the '50s to the '70s on the internet. I like the crazy-bright chemical colors. The way they're sinister — but beautiful."
Got a baby you need to dress? Stella McCartney can help, or rather, she'll be able to soon. The designer is contracted to create a one-off children's Gap collection, available available in select babyGap and GapKids stores later this year. Shoppers in the UK, US, Canada, France, Ireland and Japan, be thankful.
The Gap seems to be kicking up its game lately, with recent collaborations with both Alexander Wang and Vena Cava. We'd like to see an adult collaboration with Rachel Roy, please. Who would you like to bring in?
Can you set your DVRs three months in advance? If not, mark your calendars for Sept. 21, when Vera Wang reportedly will begin competing in the ninth season of 'Dancing with the Stars'.
The deal would make sense, especially since Wang trained as a professional ice skater, competed in the 1968 US National Championships and tried out for the Olympics. Let's just say she'd be a formidable opponent. Plus, she's designed figure-skating costumes for Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan, so we know the sparkly outfits are under control!
Working with Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood sure helped bring out creativity in Heidi Mottram, the Brit designer who's making her name for the unique textile she uses: eel skin. Mottram, a graduate of Central St Martins and the London College of Fashion, started her own line just two years ago and is already becoming a favourite for fashion types who like their accessories with a bit of an edge.
Here, she talks with The Fash Pack about escaping from her studio, appealing to confident women and (ironically) going more veggie.