LONDON — The catwalks and showrooms here may be brimming with activity but so are the streets of Mayfair and St. James’s. A clutch of new stores has opened — or undergone refurbishment — on Savile Row and beyond.
On June 16, Kilgour will host a party in its soon-to-be-opened store at 5 Savile Row. The space, designed by creative director Carlo Brandelli, will shut following the festivities, and reopen again at the end of June with the fall collection. Brandelli, who rejoined Kilgour in January after leaving in 2009, won’t be presenting his spring collection on the official calendar, but will be showing pieces by private appointment.
A few steps away at 1 Savile Row, Gieves & Hawkes has completed a major refurbishment of its bespoke and made-to-measure rooms. There are gray stone floors, smoked oak paneling, brass, bronze and wrought iron fixtures — and even a bar for customers. Gieves & Hawkes has also given the store’s lobby a facelift, with touches of mohair and gray flannel — while the store’s famous map room is the next space to be tackled. RELATED STORY: Accessories Key for London Men's Brands >>
At 39 Savile Row, across the street from Alexander McQueen, footwear brand Gaziano & Girling has opened a 1,000-square-foot store. It is the first shop for the brand, which was founded by shoemakers Tony Gaziano and Dean Girling, and offers bespoke and ready-to-wear designs.
A short walk away, in St. James’s, Barbour International, Osprey London, and Tiger of Sweden have all opened flagships as part of the Crown Estate’s regeneration of the area. Later this month, Aquascutum plans to open a men’s-only Black Label store, the first of its kind in the U.K., also in St. James’s.
Come June 25, the London footwear label Mr. Hare will open its second store, a 254-square-foot space in London’s Notting Hill Gate, located at 178A Westbourne Grove, with its entrance on the adjacent Ledbury Road. The label already has a boutique on Stafford Street in London’s Mayfair, and the Notting Hill store will be near Matches on Ledbury Road, and Sandro and Zadig & Voltaire on Westbourne Grove. The label’s founder, Marc Hare, said he plans for the space to have a “clubhouse” feel, serving up coffee, rum and newspapers alongside his shoes and accessories.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia