NOT SO FROSTY: It’s hard to pinpoint what she’s doing right, but Frost French designer Sadie Frost managed to get both of her ex-husbands to see her show on Sunday: Jude Law and the former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp. Law was there with his girlfriend, Sienna Miller, while Kate Moss, Samantha Morton, Matthew Williamson, Tracey Emin, Damon Dash and Dash’s son Boogie were among those also seeing the presentation, held in the bar of the Titanic in Soho. Frost French’s hasty venture into knitwear last fall — not a good idea — was put on ice this season as Frost and her design partner, Jemima French, stuck to what they do best: pretty chiffon. In a blink-and-you-miss-it show, set to the sounds of motorcycles revving, the focus was on sheer dresses, tea-style or tiered.
LET THEM EAT CAKE: Fashionistas can finally have their Jimmy Choos — and eat them, too. The Berkeley hotel has introduced Pret-a-Portea, afternoon tea with runway-inspired goodies, including hot-pink cookies in the shape of an Oscar de la Renta dress, tiny éclairs with Missoni stripes, an Anya Hindmarch chocolate Pandora handbag and a gingerbread Jimmy Choo boot. “It started when Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger were staying at the hotel, and we sent up dress-shaped cookies to their rooms,” said Paula Fitzherbertm, p.r. director of the hotel. All of the cakes and cookies are made by the resident pastry chefs, while the patisserie’s creative director attends shows during London Fashion Week to get inspiration for colors and textures. So far, Fitzherbert has run into problems only with Chanel. “They won’t allow me to copy the handbag,” she said, adding that she has already turned the Fendi baguette into a chocolate square with white icing.
FASHION ROCKS: Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols creator Malcolm McLaren, one of fashion’s most influential couples, will be reunited later this week — in an exhibition, that is. “Punk: A True and Dirty Tale,” which opens at The Hospital in London’s Covent Garden on Thursday, will trace the most significant points in punk rock’s history. Items from SEX and Seditionaries, the shops owned by Westwood and McLaren, will be on display at the multimedia venue and exhibition space opened by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. There will also be handwritten lyrics from the Sex Pistols album “Never Mind the Bollocks” and a blood-splattered poster from the infamous Chelsea Hotel room where Sid Vicious allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978. Assembled by art dealer Paul Stolper and Andrew Wilson, who is deputy editor of Art Monthly, the exhibition will run until Jan. 23.
FASHION IN MOTION: London’s designers are proving they can dress the back end of a bus just as easily as a runway model. Nine design houses, including Eley Kishimoto, Frost French, Julien Macdonald, Tata Naka, Temperley and Betty Jackson, have turned their attention to the city’s double-decker buses this fashion week. Each has given one bus a dose of their signature look. Tata Naka’s bus, for example, is covered in palm trees, while Eley Kishimoto’s features a spinning man graphic from the duo’s spring/summer ’05 collection, and Macdonald’s is covered in — surprise — fluorescent colors. Unveiled last week, the buses will stay in service until the end of the year.