What’s Trending This Week?
This week marks the annual lingerie/fashion/fairy spectacular, otherwise known as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016. While new-mums Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel were not attending – but are looking to return to the VS scene in 2017 FYI – the VS army took to Paris on Wednesday to strut their stuff through the Grand Palais. The Hadid sisters made their first co-appearance on the runway, with one of Gigi’s many straps (shock horror) breaking, and Bella & The Weeknd engaging in a rather awkward post-breakup conciliation on the runway.
Bottega Veneta is yet another designer to switch from separate male and female collections to combined Co-Ed shows, the house announced this week. This change will be implemented next season in their February AW17, and comes as many brands (such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger) look to diversify their seasonality and show offerings; however, the design house “remains committed to a timing of presentation and launch that gives production the time necessary to create a sophisticated handcrafted collection that conveys a dream even before it hits the boutiques,” and will therefore continue to operate on the six-month-wait system.
Calvin Klein also hopped on the Co-Ed bandwagon this week, with their next season show – which will now be a combined affair – in February already rife with anticipation as it will be the first collection under new Creative Director Raf Simons.
Fancy an excuse to look at some art? The Design Museum’s expansive new building is now in use and is indeed a spectacle in itself. From the concrete ceiling to the infinite volume of glass panels, it is definitely worth a look. Oh, and there’s all the exhibitions and installations, such as Fear and Love: reactions to a complex world, too..
(Images clockwise from the top: The Victoria’s Secret Angels in Paris, Bottega Veneta, Raf Simons, Blue Roses by Edward Meadham, Ed Sheeran with scar, Samantha Cameron and the new Design Museum, London.)
LFW favourite Meadham Kirchhoff is back, well sort of. Edward Meadham (one half of the much-loved design duo) is launching a new brand, Blue Roses, which is designed “for the young, my fan-base are not addressed in fashion now – everything is both totally unaffordable to them and aimed at some ‘type’ remote from them. There is nothing for girls, for kids and weirdos. Blue Roses is for them”, said Meadham. He also was very quick to point out that “this is not Meadham Kirchhoff” with no “huge grandiose theme or story, no elaborate or delicate frocks”. The collection will launch exclusively at Dover Street Market and will be priced between £55 and £260.
Samantha Cameron is (rather surprisingly) launching her own fashion label, which is named after the initials of her children: Cefinn. “I felt that there was a lot of American and French brands out there that fit that bracket of designer contemporary with the right price point and the right styling, but there aren’t that many British brands which fill that space,” said Cameron, who used the hold the position of creative director at Smythson (and now still consults for the brand). The collection will be available next year – for SS17 – at Net-A-Porter and Selfridges, with prices ranging from £100-£300.
This was the week of a royal stabbing: during a party Princess Beatrice was mock-knighting James Blunt and accidentally stabbed Ed Sheeran in the face, as you do. Luckily it was in his right cheek (not his eye), and Sheeran was able to perform- in his only performance of the year – at the National History Museum in spite of the scar.