This season, London’s old guard is coming home: Matthew Williamson, Luella Bartley and Stella McCartney are all returning with a string of shows, parties and openings. Williamson is switching from New York to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his company with a show, party and exhibition at London’s Design Museum; Bartley will show in London again to mark the opening of her first stand-alone store in Mayfair, and McCartney will close London Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 15 to 20, with a show of her collection for Adidas.
But they’re not the only foreign transfers this season. Charles Anastase, who previously has shown in Paris, will move to London Fashion Week, as will Armand Basi, the Spanish label now designed by Markus Lupfer. Meanwhile, first-timers include Philip Colbert and Richard Ascott, who design under the Rodnik label; Gavin Douglas, winner of last year’s Fashion Fringe competition, and knitwear designer Clare Tough.
Julie Verhoeven, who made her London Fashion Week debut in 2002 with the ill-fated Gibo collection, is back, too—but not on the runways. Instead, she’s unveiling a capsule clothing and accessories collection for Mulberry, which includes a chiffon dress, a quilted shopper, a cotton T-shirt, a scarf and a ring-pull key chain. Verhoeven will be selling the collection through a pop-up store on Westbourne Grove that she’s painted and decorated herself.
In other off-the-runway news, there will be a tribute to Isabella Blow, who died May 6, on Sept. 18 at noon after the Paul Smith show. The venue had not been announced at press time. That night, Alexandra Shulman, John Galliano and Daphne Guinness will host a gala to mark the opening of “The Golden Age of Couture” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which runs until Jan. 6. In the East End, the launch party of BoomBox Book—a book of photos and essays celebrating the monthly club night in Hoxton Square—will kick off the week and will be followed the next night by Williamson’s anniversary party at a location yet to be announced.
GET IT: A Floris bespoke fragrance. After 40 years, Floris has relaunched its bespoke perfume service at its London flagship. The new perfumer, Shelagh Foyle, former president of the British Society of Perfumers, works with scents including lime blossom, white rose, china rose and Edwardian bouquet—a mix of hyacinth, bergamot and jasmine. Full bespoke fragrances cost about $5,000, while demi-bespoke ones, made from existing scents, cost $189. Floris, 89 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JH, +44.20.7930.2885.
DO IT: Have the French, black-legged roast chicken at La Petite Maison, the new French restaurant behind Claridge’s. An offshoot of its more famous, eponymous sister in Nice, France, La Petite Maison has London abuzz with its crispy, buttery bird, not to mention the sweet onion and anchovy tart, deep-fried zucchini flowers and salade niçoise. La Petite Maison, 54 Brooks Mews, W1K 4EG; +44.20.7495.4774.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty