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On Monday luxury (and legendary) fashion-boutique Browns revealed a big change: new packaging (including a new logo), new website and a Christmas scratch-card campaign. This big change is mostly thanks to its new CEO Holli Rogers, who in her first year has added 70 new brands to Browns portfolio, and has overseen the company’s triple-digit growth, among many other achievements. “Browns was founded 47 years ago and now was the right time to re-invigorate our branding as we enter into a new era for Browns. We wanted this to be true to Browns DNA and heritage, but reflective of our exciting new changes, growth and vision for the future,” enthralled Rogers. The biggest overhaul is by far the logo – which is now in a bold, graphic black – and the new website is just as stylish. If you can justify a little pre-Christmas spending, www.brownsfashion.com is definitely worth a look…
Kensington Palace’s new special exhibition, entitled Diana: Her Fashion Story, will celebrate the style of Princess Diana and is destined to be a sell-out success. Opening February 24 2017, “the exhibition will bring together an extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the Eighties, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s working wardrobe in the Nineties,” read the press release. Not only will a certain Victor Edelstein velvet gown – which the Princess wore at the White House while famously dancing with John Travolta – be on display, but the palace gardens will be transformed with “flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life” to mark 20 years since her tragic death.
Kendall Jenner appeared to delete her Instagram page on Monday, meaning Kardashian/Jenner obsesses now have one less account to like, lust-after and (maybe) stalk for the near future. She later revealed it was because she wanted a “detox”. Fair enough.
(Images clockwise from top left: Browns CEO Holli Rogers; Browns bags with new logo; couture label Ralph & Russo at the Walpole British Luxury Awards; Hugo Boss; Princess Diana; Franca Sozzani, designs by Richard Quinn and the designer with his H&M Design Award.)
Monday was the night of the Walpole British Luxury Awards, where London-based couture label Ralph & Russo were presented the Outstanding Achievement Award. The design duo (and couple) behind the label, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, said it was an “incredible honour”; they went on to say that the Ralph & Russo women (such as Beyoncé and Angelina Jolie) “embodies strength, elegance and femininity” and has “a clear understanding of her own sense of style”.
Fashion Award Update: Franca Sozzani will be awarded the Swarovski Fashion Award For Positive Change which “recognises individuals who promote the welfare of others by the generous donation of their resources in order to achieve change and positive impact to good causes”. The editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue was chosen as a result as her work as a global ambassador against hunger for the UN World Food Program and working with Convivo to eradicate AIDS, among other involvements. Taking place on December 5, the awards are set to be yet another star-studded (and this time international) extravaganza.
Come New York Fashion Week in February, one show will be missing of off the schedule, and that show (as confirmed on Thursday) is Hugo Boss’s womenswear line: Boss. This change is part of the brands “strategic steps to orient its creation, marketing and communication activities more pointedly towards menswear” in hope of returning the company to growth by 2018. Despite this, Jason Wu remains “extremely important” part of the company, and will remain working with the brand.
The H&M Design Award was awarded on Wednesday to Central Saint Martins graduate Richard Quinn; the award consists of €50,000, a year’s mentorship, and the opportunity to create and develop pieces from his winning collection which will be sold in the high-street store. Quinn wowed the judges with his bold, hand-printed and ethical floral prints, one enthusing: “We all fell in love with Richard. He has a clear vision for his brand, and a real wow factor in his collections” (and as this particular one was Ann-Sofie Johansson, things are looking good for this east London lovely). “It means so much to win the H&M Design Award,” said Quinn. “I want to create my own collection, as well as offer my generation a creative hub, supporting real craft in London.”