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!
>> Some of Katie Grand's nearest and dearest — Giles Deacon, Agyness Deyn, Alexander McQueen — came out to the Royal Academy in London last night to celebrate the first-ever party for her new magazine Love. Guests sipped tea and participated in a treasure hunt, but the night's big attention-getter was Beth Ditto — she's rumored to be Love's first cover star. No confirmation yet — but a good space to watch might be the magazine's under-the-radar blog, which so far chronicles the move to a new office, visits to showrooms, and Giles holding scotch eggs over his eyes.
Luella's fun, floral frocks have been making their rounds but I'm most smitten with the tiered floral mini skirt that bug-eyed model Masha Tylena wore at the Spring '08 show. The designer has proven that little girls aren't the only ones who can pull off this style. Now if only she could have made it more affordable . . .
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On Our Radar: Luella Bartley for O'Neill British designer Luella Bartley has teamed up with activewear label O'Neill to create a collection of surfer inspired clothing for Summer 2008. The line includes plaid shirts, dresses, shorts and dungarees all at High Street prices. There is also printed swimwear which is now on my holiday wish list. What do you think of the collection? Do you think that Luella has remained true to her style?
The seven men aged between 19 and 43 raided everyone from Christopher Kane to Luella Bartley to Roger Vivier, swiping thousands worth of bags and jewellery. I wonder if they were out for a buck, or just had some very lavishly spoiled girlfriends, sisters, and mothers?
You undoubtedly remember the black polka dot Luella dress Cameron Diaz wore at the MTV Movie Awards. You did love it after all! Five months later, a skirt version has surfaced and is bound to make you giddy like it did to me.
This super-cute Luella Patti Polka Dot Skirt ($185) is ready to accompany you to your holiday parties and would look good bare legged or with tights. Thanks Luella for spreading a little preholiday cheer.
In recent seasons, headlining British designers like Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, and Luella Bartley have returned to show on their home turf during London Fashion Week. Even Marc Jacobs chose to present his Marc by Marc Jacobs show in London a couple seasons ago.
Today, more proof that London is experiencing a fashion capital renaissance comes with a new coup d'etat: Vivienne Westwood, who has shown in Paris since the early '80s, is reportedly planning to unveil one or more of her Fall 2008 collections at London Fashion Week in February.
It's literally surf's up for designer Luella Bartley. Her passion for the water sport has prompted her to design a 30-piece collection for surfwear brand, O'Neill.
This is exciting news for both the surfing and non-surfing world. Luella plans on changing up the current surfing trends for women by providing a harder, more iconic look for Spring/Summer 2008. The collection, set to launch early next year, includes bright colors and clean graphics with part urban graffiti, part rave, part '70s surf hippy. In addition to traditional bikinis and board shorts, there will be T-shirt dresses and bright color jeans.
If it's anything like her Spring '06 collection, which included surf-like short shorts and nautical details, I can't wait!
At first it was just a weird coincidence that days before his Spring 2008 London Fashion Week show, Christopher Kane had 24 leather dresses stolen from his East London Studio. But then, after a little more thought, the attack on the Roger Vivier store on London's Sloane Street came to mind - hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of accessories were taken in a June smash-and-grab raid there.
The fashion burglaries continue: early yesterday morning, a gang on mopeds took sledgehammers to the windows of Luella Bartley's new London store and sped off with more than $20,000 worth of handbags. Then, minutes later, they targeted Brora, a luxury cashmere store, escaping with thousands worth of sweaters and rugs. The culprits are still on the loose...and who knows where they will strike next!