HI-HO SILVER: Paris fashion house Azzaro and Los Angeles style guru Cameron Silver, who owns the Decades vintage boutique, are ending their four-year collaboration on amicable terms. As a creative consultant, Silver helped Azzaro gain traction on the red carpet by landing its gowns on high-profile celebrities, including Kate Winslet and Diane Lane. “[Silver] was such an important part in re-creating the brand and its visibility,” said Vanessa Seward, Azzaro’s creative director. Silver said the collaboration would end after this Hollywood awards season. “I thought it was time to move on,” said Silver. The decision corresponds with Azzaro, which is owned by Reig Capital, hiring an in-house communications director, Claus Estermann, who formerly worked at Givenchy.
ANYA’S EDEN: “I’m fascinated! It’s like a good soccer match,” said Anya Hindmarch, weighing in on the U.S. electoral race. There’s a reason Hindmarch had politics on the brain last Wednesday night: She decked out the Tory party’s annual black-and-white ball — turning a usual fusty affair into a garden party. Guests included Conservative Party stalwarts Samantha Cameron, wife of party leader David Cameron; Trinny Woodall; Charles and Sydney Finch; Ben and Kate Goldsmith; Zac and Sheherazade Goldsmith; Jemima Khan; Annabel Goldsmith; Marie Chantal of Greece; Nadja Swarovski; Lady Helen Taylor; Amber Nuttal; Saffron Aldridge; Alice and George Bamford, and Bryan Ferry. The event, held under a tent in London’s Battersea Park, was inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show, with a series of green spaces, including a traditional English country garden, an herb garden, an allotment, and a stately garden, all glowing by candlelight.
And while politics may have been the excuse for going, it certainly wasn’t the evening’s only entertainment. Woodall and Sydney Finch compared their coordinating floral Prada dresses, while Samantha Cameron joked about the tent’s lethal greenhouse effect. “The moisture is going to wreck havoc with my hair!” Eden has its faults, after all.
BRONZED BRITS: London designers may not be blessed with Mediterranean weather, but why can’t they have that sun-kissed hue so favored by their Italian counterparts? This week, designers including Luella Bartley, Nathan Jenden and Christopher Kane are all sporting the sort of healthy glow that comes from a monthlong romp around the Aeolian Islands. It’s all thanks to allover tan treatments from the cult British brand San Tropez, which also counts Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller and Cat Deeley among its fans. No word on whether Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh or Roksanda Ilincic — whose skin is like alabaster — have also hopped aboard, but in the meantime, fashion-watchers are scanning for suspicious tan lines.
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CAR CRASH FASHION: Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back took a stand against out-of-control celebrities at her London Fashion Week show Sunday night, with an homage to their worst fashion moments. She sent out dresses with apparently torn hemlines and wine stains dripping down the front, skirts with lace G-strings hanging off them and T-shirts with pixilated logos of OK and Heat magazines. “The celebrity obsession has been bothering me for some time now; that photo of Britney Spears in London — with the pixilated crotch — is burnt into my head,” said Back. Luckily for her fans and stockists, which include Opening Ceremony in New York and Mameg in Los Angeles, this was just runway posturing. Back in the showroom, she’s got gray peacoats and some beautiful jersey garments with ever-so-small details that reference the runway.
BOHINC’S JEWEL BOX: Jeweler Lara Bohinc, who’s known for her chunky gold statement necklaces and bracelets, now has a whole treasure trove of a store to call her own. On Sunday, the designer unveiled a bijou shop on London’s Sloane Street, which will carry her gold jewelry set with turquoise, diamonds and agate alongside her fashion jewelry, leather handbags, belts and sunglasses. “You can see what my design is about under one roof. I’m very excited,” said Bohinc. And the store’s decor reflects Bohinc’s graphic style, too, with space age, graphite stone units inspired by honeycomb shapes and gold stone floors.
DRIVE-BY COLLECTIONS: Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto will eschew the catwalk when they make their debut as Cacharel’s creative directors during Paris Fashion Week later this month. Instead, the duo plans to take the line straight to the shop floor, and mount a static, cocktail-hour presentation of the fall 2008 collection for Cacharel in the label’s store on Rue Bonaparte. “Even when people drive past [the window], they’ll be able to see the collection in a store setting,” said Eley backstage after the Eley Kishimoto show Monday. Could this be a trend?