LONDON — There’s a new investor on the prowl in Britain: theLondon specialty store Liberty. On Thursday, the store revealed it had purchased Christys’ Hats for anundisclosed price and that it was scouring the market for other Britishnames, old and new.
“We’re not predators. What we want tocreate is a stable group of British brands,” said Marco Capello,managing partner at BlueGem Capital Partners LLP, which purchased theLiberty business in June 2010. “Our customers tell us they arepassionate about the Liberty brand, but they’re also passionate aboutBritish brands with a rich heritage. And we’d love to help the new guys,too. I’d love our next acquisition to be a new designer.”
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)