GIRL TIME: Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig made a quick stop in Southern California for trunk shows at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and in Beverly Hills on Wednesday and Thursday. The designing duo, decked out in black sheaths from their fall collection, greeted customers with chocolate-covered strawberries and flutes of Champagne as they browsed the dresses — many of which were familiar variations on Sienna Miller‘s recent red-carpet looks. “People in California seem to like more beading,” said Chapman, “though one woman in Newport asked us to design a simple dress around her major diamond necklace.” She wanted it in a month, so the designers weren’t able to accommodate her, as they have yet to stitch up nonsample sizes of most of their gowns. “Do you make clothes for women who aren’t so skinny?” wondered one shopper, after asking Chapman whether she was a model or the designer. But it’s not all business all the time: Craig is due to return to New York today to care for her new puppy, and Chapman is staying in Los Angles to take boyfriend Harvey Weinstein‘s kids to Disneyland. “Keren and I love the roller coasters!” she said. Though the two will split up for the weekend, they’ll reconvene in the Bahamas the following weekend for Chapman’s birthday, which they’re calling “a girls’ weekend.”
KATE’S FIRST LOOK: Kate Moss‘ collection for Topshop got its first official unveiling on the retailer’s Web site when a microsite dedicated to the collection was launched Tuesday. And the moody shots of Moss and Irina Lazareanu, shot by Alasdair McLellan, reveal that Moss hasn’t been shy about mining her own wardrobe for inspiration. There are — of course — skinny jeans, which will retail at Barneys New York from May 8 for $106; denim HotPants, at $102, and flat-fronted gray pinstripe pants and a matching mini waistcoat, all looks that Moss has been snapped in over the past year or two. There are also plenty of party-worthy pieces, including an asymmetric white cotton cocktail dress for $120; a navy bondage dress, with cutout details at the neck, for $158, and a plethora of fitted jackets in silk and cotton. Prices start at $20 for a cotton muscle-back T-shirt.
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And, before the collection makes its debut in U.K. stores May 1, Topshop is giving its customers as much of a glimpse into Moss’ creative process as possible — the microsite is made up of a montage of shots of Moss and Lazareanu at the look book shoot, interspersed with snippets of film of Moss, Lazareanu and hairdresser James Brown, in which Moss loyally reveals that she’s “shopped at Topshop for years.”