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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)