It's no secret that Victoria Beckham has been doing well. Back in 2011 she successfully launched her diffusion line, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, and this year her spokesperson confirmed that sales of the mainline were up by 70% to £15million compared to the first quarter in 2011. Next up for the designer is a store. 'That's what I'm working on at the moment,' she told CNN. '[The store] will probably be in London.'
Many had expected the first store to be in New York, especially since she's now based in America and also shows her collections there but an opening in London first seems to make sense. The Beckhams continue to be hot property here and her collections always go down well. As far as the Asian market goes, she's taking it slowly. 'Asia's very exciting to me. I'm just scratching the surface at the moment,' she said. 'I just wanted to take baby steps, build this business at a steady pace. I don't want to rush. I don't want to run before I can walk.'
Stefano Tonchi of W magazine took a break from the shows to partner with Joanne Crewes to host an event for 'The Ever Changing Face Of Beauty', a video installation created by Sølve Sundsbø. While all the attention went to Sienna Miller and her baby bump, the outfits worn by Evan Rachel Wood, Liya Kebede and Cate Blachett, were definitely worth some attention.
Respect is definitely due to Florence Welch's stylist. Welch has always had innate sense of style but this year I feel like her red carpet looks have just gone to the next level. With that in mind, it was business as usual last night when the singer attended VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul event in New York in this embroidered Antonio Berardi dress.
The shows and Milan have been totally different from what we've seen in London and New York. Where the latter two have been all about colour and dramatic prints, Milan has been a lot more restrained and while you wouldn't expect Max Mara to go down that path - after all, they are known for mastering all things nude - the collection was definitely representative of the more subdued feeling in Milan this week.
For all of you who love sportswear, the collection has you covered. The show was full of cropped sporty jackets, pedal pushers (yes, 90's style but tighter), racer back zip up waistcoats and ribbed jersey jumpsuits that, while looking comfy, were not the strongest looks we've seen from the brand. The combination of their classic colour palette of nude, caramel and coffee combined with teal this season, didn't quite work. As you would expect, their outwear was spot on coming in lightweight styles that will be perfect for that in-between summer weather but unfortunately the experimentation with sportswear didn't translate too well.
It looks like one of our favourite celebrity designers won't be taking a bow this fashion week. According to reports, Gwen Stefani is swapping appearing at her upcoming L.A.M.B show in order to complete recording No Doubt's new album - their first in the last 10 years.
A spokesperson from the brand alluded to this in a statement to Page Six explaing that, “Given the extraordinary demands of working on three fashion lines while also finishing a new record, it is hard to say whether she will be able to attend the actual presentation in New York next month.”
The press have been harsh to Zac Posen over the last few years. His collections have largely been badly receieved by key journalists in New York leading him to up ship to Paris. But he hasn't completely turned his back on New York.
This week WWD revealed that the designer is set to launch his first stand alone store in the Big Apple's meatpacking district, which will serve as the base for his contemporary affordable line Z Spoke.
The store opens on Washington Street between 12th and 14th on August 25.
It looks like Emmanuelle Alt is taken her new role as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris very seriously. Although Fashion's Night Outwas the brainchild of Anna Wintour, Alt has stepped up to the plate releasing this short video to promote the Paris leg of the imitative. The video sees Alt walk in the street plugging the event, shopping Chanel and the frenzy which ensued when Karl Lagerfeld arrived at the Chanel store last season.
Although this week it was announced that the cast of Glee will be involved with the even in New York this season, details are still being kept firmly under wraps. The big question is, how will Wintour top last year's record breaking public fashion show? Something tells me that she has something bigger up her sleeve.....
Emma Stone made a statement this week in this red and hot pink peplum Giambattista Valli dress at the New York premiere of 'Friends with Benefits'. This is definitely a love it or hate it look. For those of you embracing the clashing block colours this season, you'll love this. If, on the other hand, you're more conservative then you might prefer Mila Kunis' red hot midi-length Lanvin look.