What’s Trending This Week?
The announcement that Alber Elbaz is no longer an employee of the French fashion house Lanvin (due to differences of opinion regarding Lanvin’s business strategies) sparked protests from the Lanvin workforce earlier this week. The 330 strong workforce are demanding a face-to-face meeting in Paris with the owner Shaw-Lan Wang – as after being told of Elbaz’s exit after 14 years, there were “shock, tears, and chants of ‘Alber, Alber, Alber'” from the employees. It seems Mr Elbaz isn’t going down without a fight.
Cara Delevingne is appearing on the cover of Empire magazine (not Vogue anymore) as her suicide character, Enchantress – as revealed via her Instagram on Tuesday. Regarding her role, she said: “She’s an ancient sorceress, a feral being. She’s been trapped for so long and now she’s finally let out.” Looking forward to it!
The Victoria’s Secret Show is less than two weeks away, and the hype is already cramming our news feeds with announcements of new angels, sneak peeks of costumes and extra details about who/what is going to be gracing the runway in New York on the show’s 20th anniversary. First sneak peek: one of the costume themes is called The Portrait of an Angel – think peacock feathers, dipped-hem fringed crystals, and dramatic choker necklaces that are sure to make for demure and elegant ensembles, perfect for one of the new Angels to dip their toes into. Something else you might want to know is that Gigi Hadid is going to be walking in the show – as revealed via social media on Thursday. The lingerie giant posted a video clip of the moment the model was told that she was a chosen one. While she won’t be given her Angel wings just yet, Hadid couldn’t hide her excitement at the news, sharing an image from the casting on her Instagram account and telling her followers: “Couldn’t keep back my tears!!!! Anyone that grew up with me knows that getting this show has been a dream of mine forever!” Yay for Gigi!
Would you ever let a four year old draw your next tattoo? Well, David Beckham did. Victoria Beckham revealed the footballer/ H&M model’s latest tattoo via Instagram on Wednesday – showcasing a drawing by their four-year-old daughter, Harper, who Beckham describes in the caption as “a true little artist.” #adorable
On Monday Claridge’s revealed that Burberry’s chief creative/executive officer, Christopher Bailey, will be designing its famous Christmas tree this year. “Christmas is one of my favourite times of year so I was delighted to be asked to design the Claridge’s Christmas Tree – the iconic hotel celebrating a joyful time,” said Bailey. The tree will explore the relationship between light and dark and comprise over 100 umbrellas, each of which will be finished in gold and silver metallic fabric. “We wanted the tree to reflect the playfulness of the season with a little bit of the English weather thrown in. We also love the idea that the tree comes to life as guests pass by bringing a wonderful touch of festive magic to their stay.” All I hope is that we’ll be able to purchase these fabulous umbrellas for ourselves!
What did you wear for Halloween this weekend? A dark lip? A headband? Or did you go all out like one couple, who took inspiration from Rick Owen’s Spring/Summer 2016 show and wrapped blow-up dolls over their shoulders and around their hips.
Love the thought of longer opening times? Well, Selfridges, Harrods, Fenwicks, Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols are among the brands that have signed a letter addressed to Parliament stating that “extending closing times from 6pm to 8pm would create 2,000 more jobs and £260million of extra sales in those areas alone”, reported The Sunday Times (plus we’d get more time to do our extremely important Christmas Shopping!). It comes shortly after David Cameron, despite opposition, said that it was “time to modernise our approach to give families more choice”.
On Tuesday it was announced that Kanye West’s Yeezy trainer, which was created in collaboration with Nike, is going to be awarded the Shoe of the Year – a very high accolade indeed (Christian Louboutin has been a previous designer of choice). “This year’s Shoe of the Year honour recognises the insatiable demand for all things Yeezy,” read the announcement. “The sneaker releases dominated the market in 2015 as demand for the product crashed servers, sparked extraordinary resale value and created a need for mob control in stores. From the moment Kanye West unveiled the 750 high-tops on the Grammys, his Adidas sneakers have been the most-coveted, most-talked-about, most-recognised shoes this year.” It seems Kanye’s (often despised) controversial ways have paid off!
Love winter and all things festive? Then make sure to head down to the Swarovski Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum in London which opened on Wednesday to get yourself in a Christmassy mood.