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.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)