Swedish industrial designer Thomas Meyerhoffer feels equally at home surfing waves in the Pacific Ocean and walking boutique-lined streets in Paris. Whether he’s designing ground-breaking computers or cell phones — he worked at Porsche, Ideo and Apple before starting his own firm — or creating new windsurf sails for NeilPryde and his own line of surfboards, Meyerhoffer is always looking for ways to innovate and entice consumers. Among his latest products are the Wikireader, a palm-size electronic encyclopedia, and a surfboard collaboration with Cynthia Rowley and Roxy that sells in Barneys New York and Collette in Paris. The San Francisco-based designer also is working on a soft sporting goods collaboration that is still under wraps.
Ralph Lauren can add a new notch to his leather belt: Honorary Knighthood. A representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present the honor to the iconic American designer at a ceremony next year, reports @lisajlockwood . #wwdnews
Cosmetics entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury came face to face with one of her inspirations when Queen Elizabeth handed her an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at Buckingham Palace earlier today. #wwdbeauty
Stella McCartney has been designing wedding looks for customers, friends, family — and herself — for years.
And now, leveraging the success of the dress she designed for the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception in May, McCartney is launching, Made with Love, a bridal line including eight dresses and an ivory tuxedo, reports @natalietheodosi . “I feel very protective over the bride, because I know what it was like when I got married, and for me to do my own wedding dress. There are moments that are so personal and private, so emotional and loaded with many different issues,” McCartney told WWD in an interview in June. “I think we are really blessed to have the emotional trust with a woman. She’ll come in and feel the love that we put into everything. What she chooses can be conventional or unconventional. It’s a personal experience.” #wwdnews