Best of 2008: London-Based Design House Throughout December we've been asking you to vote on the Best of 2008, and now we're ready to tell you about the winners. I started off asking you about your favorite London-based design house and it turns out that your favorite is Luella!
We have to give a shout out to our friends at Refinery 29 as they've just pulled together a trend report that has our hearts racing with festive-accessory glee. A veil, as they rightly suggest, might just be the quick-fix for all of your New Years Eve and party-hopping needs. Check out their round up of images from fashion week and beyond, including, of course, veils available for purchase now. Our favorite? This handmade veil comb straight from London...looks like the Luella Spring 2009 collection is appropriating across the pond as fast as can be.
Fashion In 50 Seconds 12/02/08 Gemma Ward's Film, Cyber Numbers Roll In, Marni Changing Format, Designers Give Back
Gemma Ward's new film, The Black Balloon, will open stateside this Friday, following its March release in Australia which came with a slew of positive reviews...
Cyber Monday has come and gone but consumer spending online should continue, despite all odds, to grow. WWD reports on the build up of Cyber Monday and the Thanksgiving numbers that brought us there.
Marni has announced its Fall 09 menswear show will take place by way of a presentation rather than the usual runway spectacular. The company has articulated their ongoing focus on menswear, despite deciding on this rather subdued format for next season.
A collaborative project called A Little Piece of Mind has the likes of Giles Deacon, PPQ, and Luella Bartley designing squares of quilts that will be auctioned off, in New York and London, for charity. Debuting this March, proceeds from the auction will go to Shelter in the UK and the Bowery Mission in New York.
If costumes aren't in the cards for you this Halloween, I suggest you get festive with some of Net-A-Porter's eerily decadent delights. They've put together their favorite Halloween-inspired items and the selection is filled with luxurious items from the likes of Luella, Burberry, and Chloe, to name a few. From spider web dresses to studded gloves, their offerings will leave you smiling and looking Halloween fabulous. Heading to a costume gala? I suggest you don this slick Alexander McQueen Fairy-tale Dress ($4,095). Note the creepy yet sexy mythical print. Double, double, toil and trouble . . .
It played up the gothic, witchy mood for Fall 08 perfectly and now it's all up for grabs--today, Luella has our heart pounding. Luella always offers feminine, smart separates, no matter how dramatic her runway show appears to be. We love that her vision is a unified and high fashion one, but that the individual pieces are quite wearable and long-lasting. Check out the entire Fall 09 Luella collection, right here.
Purple and orange were two colors hard to ignore on the Spring 09 catwalks--purple, we've seen for some time and orange appeared, no doubt because of Prada and a few brave designers who used it last season. Some designers, in fact, used both at the same time. In the spread above Basso & Brooke, Luella, and United Bamboo all employed this technique while designers like Christopher Kane and Modernist kept with one of the two colors, making them more interesting with texture and technique.
London Fashion Week, Spring 2009: Luella The Luella show is always a highlight of fashion week for me (and for many others) so I was intrigued to see what she would design for Spring 2009. At a show supported by Alexa Chung and Roisin Murphy at the Serpentine, Luella presented a collection of brightly coloured almost-garish items mixing classic British fabrics such as tweed with bright pink and purple.