|Rihanna in McQ on X-Factor (from fashionforlunch.com)|
This has been a wonderful few days for London Fashion Week build-up after two of Britain's greatest fashion exports, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, both announced that they would be holding shows during February's London Fashion Week. The Alexander McQueen house's younger line, McQ will be showing for the first time ever and has chosen London for the occasion. McQ's first store will also be opening on Dover Street next Spring. Meanwhile, Stella McCartney has held her catwalk show in Paris for years now but she is bringing a special one-off presentation to the capital. Next February's London event will be an evening affair to celebrate Stella's association with the 2012 Olympics, for which she is designing kits for Team GB. Not to be outdone by McQ, Stella also has plans for another store, this time in Brompton Cross. Until then, we can satisfy our Stella love at Selfridges' 'World of Stella' pop-up in January. Be sure to check out next week's Grazia for more McQ news from the FashEd.
|A stellar 2012 for Stella (image from newsonlineinternational.wordpress.com)|
NEWS JUST IN: Just as I thought all the excitement was over for another week in fashion, I've just seen the breaking news on WWD that over $400,000 worth of Louis Vuitton bags have been stolen in an operation by masked thieves last night at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. After last week's Marc Jacobs burglary, the designer is not having much luck at the moment.
|Someone's on the run with a hell of a lot of Vuitton (image from coachhandbagclub.com)|
A quite odd announcement from the Advertising Standards Authority this week; the images of 14 year-old Hailee Steinfeld sitting beside a railway line for Miu Miu's SS11 campaign have been banned. This is because they show a child in a hazardous situation. Obviously, that's completely understandable grounds for banning an image. However, they have have been all over the Internet and in magazines for months. This makes me think that the damage is done by now, so why ban the images just as they are being replaced with those from the Resort campaign anyway? I cannot help but think that is a clunky bit of bureaucracy rather than a meaningful decision. Am I wrong?
|Look away children|
|Will Mr Louboutin be hearing from Her Majesty shortly we wonder? (image from dailymail.co.uk)|
Rumoured supermodel couple Arizona Muse and Freja Beha Erichsen are the stars of Chloe's SS12 ad campaign. They were spotted at Chateau Marmont in LA, posing in dresses from the collection and generally having a fab time. We have hair and tan envy.
|Summery fun for Arizona and Freja (Image from fashionologie.com)|
If you need help with your Christmas party attire then may we suggest you pop along to Harrods which is hosting a day of activities in their 'Way In' partywear department (on the 4th floor) on Saturday 3rd December. Fashion Illustrator David Longshaw will be there drawing customers in their new purchases. Henry Holland will also be transformed for one afternoon only into a shopfloor assistant, on hand to advise customers on the best looks. Actually, that all sounds like a bit of a party in itself, non?
|Karl Lagerfeld gets the David Longshaw treatment|
|Erin O'Connor with some of the bags which are up for grabs.|
For the next week, Save the Children are hosting an online designer bag auction to raise funds for their No Child Born to Die initiative. There are plenty of beauties to choose from including bags previously owned by Sienna Miller and Samantha Cameron. Also in the mix are some beauties from Alexander McQueen, Sophie Hulme and Christopher Kane (his liquid clutch which Erin O'Connor is holding is AMAZING). You can bid until 4th December. If all that doesn't make you visit the site, then perhaps Tilda Swinton can persuade you... She says:
“Bid high! Bid so much higher than you think you will or can! Think of a dicey number and double it. And then double that. No fancy bag can ever carry what your generosity will mean to the children it will help to live. Make this beautiful object truly valuable by investing real money in real life - and carry the evidence with pride. Don't count the cost. Think of it as paying something back for all there is to be grateful for in your days.”
If you're still feeling charitable then Volcom are asking for your donations of denim you no longer want... More details can be found here.