After a hard—and in our case, most likely life threatening—run down the mountain, it is always a joy to wrap up in winter's coziest separates and hit the lodge for a well-deserved après ski hot toddy. Stirrup leggings and serious snow boots are necessary to fight off the chill, while Proenza Schouler's chunky pullover and Matthew Williamson's wrap scarf just make us really happy.
>> Last night's British Fashion Awards provided a forum for all kinds of announcements — Christopher Bailey, who accepted both BFC Designer Brand of the Year for Burberry and BFC Designer of the Year, confirmed that Burberry will show in London again for Fall 2010; and Victoria Beckham said she's planning to take an active role in the BFC that in which she would mentor young designers or serve as an ambassador.
Christopher Kane was awarded BFC British Collection of the Year, Kate Moss won the publicly-voted London 25 Award, Peter Pilotto nabbed the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-wear, and Georgia May Jagger took the BFC Model of the Year award — "Thank you so much to the BFC for picking me. I'd just like to say [fellow nominees] Daisy [Lowe] and Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] are amazing girls and amazing models. Thanks to my mum for being the biggest inspiration."
But the model who really stole the night was Karen Elson, who, when onstage to present Grace Coddington with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, walked straight into the orchestra pit and fell four feet out of sight. She emerged minutes later, ”I am the clumsiest person on this earth. I cannot believe I just did that. That is the worst fall I have ever had. I might have broken a rib, but I’m fine.” After presenting, she took to the emergency room to see about her injuries — including a sprained thumb.
>> Matthew Williamson Is "Pretty British" When It Comes to Food —Matthew Williamson is preparing to launch menswear next February and e-commerce at the end of this month, but in between his busy schedule, he also likes to take holidays. "I'm out of the country at least once a month, exploring new places for work as well as pleasure, and returning to favourite haunts such as Mykonos and Ibiza for holidays. This year, I've been to Cape Town, Tulum in Mexico, Cuba, Rio de Janeiro, Turks and Caicos and New York." When it comes to food, however, he's not so adventurous: "I'm afraid I am pretty British in my tastes – wherever I am, steak and chips is my thing. No vindaloo or hot Thai curries for me, thanks." [Elle News Blog, Telegraph UK]
Williamson's inspiration for the crystal cuffs, breastplate necklaces, and evening clutches was drawn from the artist Jim Lambie, who is best know for arranging brightly colored tape into geometric patterns. As a result the accessory collection consists of vibrantly colored, oversized graphic pieces—much in line with Williamson's signature aesthetic.
For the spring collections Atelier Swarovski also worked with Zaha Hadid (zigzag-shaped rings), Jason Wu (sculptural necklaces) and Nicholas Kirkwood to create exclusive crystal jewelry and accessories. Past designer collaborations have included Christopher Kane, Doo.Ri Chung, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and Philip Crangi.
In another scene from this season's Gossip Girl, Serena shows us the right way to mix unlikely colors and textures. Here the socialite layers a coral silk tiered Joie top with a beaded Matthew Williamson vest and a denim miniskirt. She adds more pizzazz to the look with a lilac ostrich bag by Bottega Veneta, a Chanel necklace, and black leather heels. Shop similar items now to get Serena's fabulous look.
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Serena van der Woodsen has been on quite the attention-hungry kick this season, and she definitely knows how to dress the part. In this scene from the third episode of Gossip Girl, Serena looks eye-catching as usual in a Matthew Williamson embellished dress, cobalt Zara heels, and a studded bag by Treesje. Shop similar items now to get Serena's show-stealing look.
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Sheer sleeves will surely keep you motivated to work out this Fall. In fact, I can't think of a better way to show off those hard earned toned biceps. Daring slim sleeve cuts, like this racy Derek Lam Zip Front Dress ($1,650), emote a more '80s vibe while billowy romantic sleeves, like the one January Jones recently wore allude a more modern aura. Take your pick . . .