LONDON — Wesley Harriott, PushButton and Clio Peppiatt may be new additions to the London Fashion Week schedule, but they’re no strangers to their growing Instagram fan bases and celebrities such as Dua Lipa, SZA, Adwoa Aboah and K-pop superstar CL. As they prepare for their first on-schedule shows, these labels have also been building up robust profiles — and sales — off the catwalk, and are part of an emerging generation of designers that’s not waiting around, hoping to be discovered and promoted by a fashion editor or retailer.
For Wesley Harriott designer Ricky Harriott, dressing CL got the ball rolling, “She’s my muse, so I made it a mission to chase her down and get in contact with her people,” he said. Harriott is a London College of Fashion graduate and winner of the Asos Fashion Discovery prize.
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