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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)