It’s not every day that designers and their ilk get asked to Number 10 Downing Street for Champagne with the Prime Minister, but that’s just what happened when British First Lady Sarah Brown threw a cocktail party to mark 25 years of London Fashion Week. Guests including Diane von Furstenberg, Luella Bartley, Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, Nicole Farhi, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Tamara Mellon and Joan Burstein gathered in the Pillared Room of the PM’s office and residence, under a giant oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I.
During the evening, the British Fashion Council unveiled plans for a fund to support new designers’ businesses and to strengthen London fashion’s international presence. The project, inspired by the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and meant to mark London Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary, has backing so far from Topshop owner Sir Philip Green and the British model Erin O’Connor. CFDA chief von Furstenberg hobnobbed with her Italian counterpart, Mario Boselli, head of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda, while Gordon Brown made a big fuss over fellow Scotsman Graeme Black, who is dressing the British First Lady for some upcoming events. “Sarah’s my kinda woman,” said Black. “She’s sharp, beautiful—and half Scottish.”
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)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion