Tag Archive: J.W. Anderson

Sep 06 2011

LFW SS12: Swarovski Collective Names Designers

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I have to admit I am getting very excited about London Fashion Week now, especially after popping along to Swarovski’s Champagne tea to announce which designers have been drafted into add Swarosvki sparkles to their collections.

Sadly, Nadja Swarovski had a few problems with the traffic and didn’t make it on time, but it was still good to catch up with the very chilled J.W. Anderson who was wearing the most amazing trousers, spy Giles Deacon across the packed room, and to check out the jewellery dressing the amazing room at the Haymarket Hotel.

This season’s sponsorship programme will include Craig Lawrence, J.W. Anderson, Erdem’s Erdem Moralioglu, Mary Katrantzou who previously studded her printed skirts with crystals, Giles Deacon,  and Marios Schwab who has added pearls to his dresses in previous collections.

One of the most exciting for me has to be Craig Lawrence, I met him in Paris and saw his work up close and it is amazing. I am looking forward to see how he incorporates Swarovski elements into his designs, which can include crystal yarn, Swarovski pearls and even elastic crystal netting. Also Giles is apparently working his Swarovski crystals onto leather and feathers, which has left me intrigued to see his collection.

As well as aiding LFW designers, the Swarovski Collective is also supporting six New York-based designers including my fav Rebecca Minkoff, Jason Wu and Rodarte, as well as two in Paris Thierry Mugler and Viktor & Rolf.

[Illustration by Marcela Gutierrez for Swarovski]


Jun 27 2011

Shoe Loving: ALDO Get Lucky Launch Party

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Last week I was invited to international footwear brand ALDO’s autumn/winter 2011 campaign launch at the fabulous One Marylebone in London. The party was to launch their new campaign ‘Get Lucky’ shot by Terry Richardson and fronted by the gorgeous Lily Donaldson, who was completely stunning in real life.

ALDO has always been on my radar as they do a great selection of boots, but what was nice about this event was finding out more about the brand, Mr ALDO was even in the house, as well as finding out about their designer capsule collaborations, the ALDO Rise initiative, which sees the brand hooking up with up-and-coming design talent.

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The event was hosted by ALDO Creative Director Douglas Bensadoun, what a cutie, seen here with the gorgeous Lily, who introduced us to the brand’s new developments for AW11 as well as SS12, which included details of the retailers new Oxford Street flagship store, their intentions to launch a London-based design studio over the summer, as well as the amazing news that British-based fashion designers Mark Fast, J.W. Anderson and Preen are teaming up with ALDO for SS12, I seriously can’t wait to see Mark Fast’s capsule collection.

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I was quite taken with the AW11 Rise capsule collection by Christian Cota, the boots were amazing, and I choose the black knee-high ones as my ‘Get Lucky’ free gift, so can’t wait to wear them!!!

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There were also a lot of celebs in attendance, including the gorgeous Louise Roe, loving her orange top, nails and bling ring!!! As well as Alexis  Jordan, Jameela  Jamil, Caroline  Flack, Henry  Holland, Rita  Ora, Jade  Parfitt, Jasmine Guniness, and Sunday Girl, seriously cool crowd!!

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As well as the exciting news, the striking Lily and celeb pals, ALDO also showed off its new collections, lots of sparkly, very high, and all extremely glamorous. My favs were these purple sparkly wedge heels that all the Surgery PR girls were working, very seventies diva, LOVE!

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It was also nice to catch up with fellow bloggers Carina100 and Really Ree. Such a great event, gorgeous campaign, and so can’t wait for the autumn/winter collection to hit the stores.

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