NEW PLACES: The U.S. economy might be slowing down, but so far this hasn’t affected the London retail scene. New stores from Celine and Emanuel Ungaro are due on New Bond Street, while Prada recently bought a huge site in Brompton Cross and is hard at work on the Jil Sander flagship store in Burlington Gardens.
Sag Harbor is one vendor who strives to give retailers like Bealls early deliveries.
STAR TURNS: Matthew Williamson won the star stakes during the first three days of shows with a front row that included Minnie Driver in Burberry, Jerry Hall in Clements Ribeiro, Helena Christensen in Williamson, Laura Bailey and Amanda de Cadenet. But the show itself was overshadowed by a horrible disaster — a music-thumping speaker rolled off its stand and crashed onto two members of the press. A woman was knocked unconscious, while a man suffered a serious head gash. Both were taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Elsewhere, Julien Macdonald gathered together Kylie Minogue, Tracey Ullman, Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls and Billy Zane. His star guest wasn’t out front, though — Mick Jagger zipped backstage to wish his daughter Elizabeth good luck on the runway.
HOT TICKET: The British Fashion Awards Tuesday was one of the hottest party tickets of the season. For once, the British Fashion Council pulled a major cast, headed by the Prince of Wales, who just can’t seem to get enough of fashion. He’s even considering launching his own clothing line under his charity The Prince’s Trust. Who will design it — Anderson & Sheppard of Savile Row? Alexander McQueen won the designer of the year award, while others expected at the awards ceremony and dinner included Minnie Driver, Kate Beckinsale and Stella McCartney.
Other big parties during the shows included Donatella Versace’s bash on Monday night at the Astoria club to celebrate the British launch of her new Versace Woman fragrance. Versace did the rounds during the day, including a personal appearance at Harrods and a TV interview. “Every woman should have a tan and wear lip gloss,” she said, summarizing her credo.
Asprey & Garrard is looking to become hip with a party Thursday night at its New Bond Street store to celebrate its new designer, Jade Jagger, who has been hired to do a jewelry line for the store. Daddy Mick supported Elizabeth, so he’s expected to support Jade, too.