In celebration of its new NY headquarters, Burberry lit the cityscape with bright lights and a fashionable soiree filled with bubbly and a guest list PR people would kill for. There were a ton of looks to choose from, but I narrowed it down to five. Lily Donaldson showed off her stems in a white chiffon minidress; Alexa Chung styled her printed sheath with a belt and blazer; Leigh Lezark looked sexy stealth in a ruched eggplant frock and sharp heels; Claire Danes accessorized her gray dress with bold adornments; and Blake Lively looked cunning in a loose blazer and mini. All Burberry, all beautiful. Divulge: which Bailey supporter do you prefer?
>> New York Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday "Burberry Day," in honor of the lighting of the brand's logo atop its new US headquarters — watch a video of it going down here — and the weather complied with rain, appropriate for a brand known for their trench coats. "I was worried about the drizzle before, but now I love it," said Christopher Bailey, in town to celebrate. "It's all very English."
Christopher arrived to the unveiling last night with Lily Donaldson on his arm, who grinned and gushed about being "a Burberry girl" and "part of the [Burberry] family." He went on to explain what an honor it it is to have the Burberry logo lit in the first place: "It's one of only six grandfathered buildings in New York where you can do that, so it's a big deal for us to be able to affect the iconic Manhattan skyline, which I love."
The excitement seems to have made him chatty — he covered a range of topics, from admitting that he dyed his hair blue once to discussing advertising fees — like Mario Testino's, which runs $140,000 a day: "You’re buying talent. And I think talent never goes away with the changing economy, and talent is something we all need to keep nurturing."
Models (Hilary Rhoda, Helena Christensen) mingled with editors (Kate Lanphear, who apparently has dyed her hair black underneath, Amy Astley, Cecilia Dean) and it girls (Byrdie Bell, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Harley Viera-Newton), and the mix left at least one girl confiding that she didn't recognize Blake Lively — Lily Donaldson, who admitted: "I don't watch Gossip Girl. But you can't blame me. I don't even own a TV at the moment!"
The celebration seemed a success, except for skimping in one area. An alcohol shortage kicked in around 9:30 pm, leaving one guest unhappy: "That's the driest party I've ever been to." Same goes for Harley, Leigh Lezark, and Derek Blasberg, The Cut tweeted: "The party has run out of glasses, and the trio is displeased."
I know, Spring has just begun, but the fashion world is always a step, or should I say a season, ahead of the masses. Designers have started choosing faces for their Fall campaigns. Steven Meisel will be snapping Madonna for her second debut for Louis Vuitton; Frida Giannini has chosen Jacquetta Wheeler as the face for her Gucci campaign, which will be shot in London; and Burberry snagged budding stylista Emma Watson for its campaign. You ready?
Ed Westwick and Mary-Kate Olsen brought out their Burberry trench coats in NYC last night for a cocktail party held in honor of the label's designer, Christopher Bailey. Mary-Kate snuggled up to her boyfriend Nate after she took off her jacket, while Ed Westwick arrived without his kissing buddy or his other Gossp Girl costars. He's entitled to evenings outside of the Upper East Side, but even after another tech, beauty and fashion-heavy episode full of enviable outfits, we're left wanting more juicy Chuck Bass plotlines.
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Milan Fashion Week, A/W 2009: Burberry Prorsum Christopher Bailey stuck to a classic British Autumn look for the latest Burberry collection drawing from a dark color palette of browns and somber blacks. It has been criticized slightly for being too depressing with layers of tweed, heavy coats, and a shapeless silhouette.
Jennifer Aniston continued her Marley & Me fashion tour, this time making a stop in London wearing a dress from the quintessential English label Burberry. Since it was a chilly evening, she threw on a black blazer to keep her warm, which she accessorized with a lot of layered jewelry. Shop a similar look now.
>> INSIDER WIRE — Pre-Fall collections are widely recognized as an incubator for a designer to try out ideas before use in a main collection, but for his Fall 2009 Burberry collection, Christopher Bailey seems to have more than just evolved ideas from his Pre-Fall collection. Rather, he appears to have re-used or only made slight adjustments to Pre-Fall looks before sending them down the Fall 2009 runway — prints, shapes, and silhouettes on a number of looks appear the same in both collections. [ONTD_FF]
>> Blondies Anna Maria Jagodzinska and Toni Garrn may top out on the most-campaigns-for-Spring-2009 list, but it's a brunette who's using her It Brit appeal to score a few campaigns of her own. Daisy Lowe's ad currency has increased this season from Agent Provocateur and Doc Martens to include a pose in romper for DKNY Jeans, a roll in the bedsheets for Marc by Marc Jacobs — Marc thinks she's "adorable" — and a portrait in black and white for Pringle of Scotland. Maybe if she's lucky she'll catch Christopher Bailey's eye for next season — mainline Burberry is a coveted British model-only campaign, after all.
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You know the names — Lanvin, Burberry, Marni, Balmain — but do you know the designer behind them? While with some brands, like Prada, it's obvious who the creative director is, it's not so obvious for some other greats. New blood is appointed when the original founder has passed on or simply moved on. Don't be intimidated if you're not familiar with who's where. This quiz is meant to be a learning tool. Here's how it works: Read the name below and guess which label he or she designs for.Take the Quiz
>> You know Burberry is worried when their Spring 2009 campaign comes out looking like a catalogue. Mario Testino did the honors at Petersham Nurseries outside London, and Christopher Bailey carried on his all-British cast tradition with returner Lily Donaldson and newcomers Eden Clarke and Alexina Graham, but gone are the days of Fall 2008's moody black-and-white ads and Spring 2008's edgy, colorful group shots. These new Spring 2009 ads seem aimed much more for the mainstream, with their prominent placement of denim, the top-selling trenches, and the new, trademark plaid-covered Gardener Bag. Everyone's going for the money shot this season — and with Burberry, those intentions are quite transparent.