It’s a London Moment. A rush of international attention is focused on the city. After being the hub of global fixation on the royal wedding last year, the obsession with Kate Middleton has not let up — with all eyes on her style and rumors about a royal pregnancy popping up regularly. The festivities continue as the nation prepares for massive celebrations around Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in June and the Summer Olympics in July and August. Even if the publicity hasn’t all been good — e.g., the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal — London seems to be on everyone’s lips. And fashion has been along for the ride, with a renewed interest in the London runways drawing editors and retailers back to the city.
The kickoff for all this fanfare can be pinned, more or less, to September 2006. Not everyone was thrilled when Giorgio Armani showed his spring Emporio Armani collection during London Fashion Week. It was a made- for-TV extravaganza at Earls Court that featured performances by Beyoncé, Bryan Ferry, Razorlight and 50 Cent in aid of (Product) Red, which helps to fight disease in Africa.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.