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FLANNELS UNPACKS LAD CULTURE
This week, as part of its Youth-Phoria project, FLANNELS launched a multimedia exhibition of Corbin Shaw’s artwork, exploring British masculinities and lad culture. The brainchild of stylist Elgar Johnson, the whole thing kicked off with a panel discussion between Shaw, Guvna B, Kelz, Daniel-Yaw Miller, and Hassan Azim. The installation ran for two days and saw FLANNELS’ Oxford Street flagship wrapped in English flags, which the students of Aylesbury Grammar School had scrawled in heart-warming scribblings espousing the importance of self-confidence.
Dua Lipa made a career pivot to fashion designer this week when she announced a collaborative capsule with Donatella Versace. “Summer is a magical time,” said Versace. “We will capture this feeling and the colours of that time of year with a truly intimate and special fashion show.” The longtime friends will unveil their La Vacanza collection on May 23 in Cannes.
SAINT LAURENT GILDS THE RICH BITCH
Over the past few seasons, Anthony Vaccarello has managed to teleport the rich, 80s bitch onto Saint Laurent’s runway. This week, he did much the same, unveiling a new collection of fine jewellery comprising bracelets, cuffs, necklaces, and earrings in gold and diamonds. The selection is available exclusively at Saint Laurent’s Bond Street store so click here to see more of what’s on offer.
ERYKAH BADU IS ALSO A DESIGNER
The fashion industry is perhaps in a new era of celebrity endorsements. It’s one thing sitting front row at a show but it’s another to co-design a collection. See: Beyoncé x Balmain, Dua Lipa x Versace and Erykah Badu x Marni. The latter launched this week and comprises metallic leather jackets, trench coats made from a patchwork of jewel-toned leather, sequined skirts, aqueous satin dresses, and tailored jackets with beefed-up shoulders. Head over here to see more of that.
GIVENCHY SHORES UP ITS OFFERING
This week, Givenchy released a capsule of beachwear inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s former seaside estate in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. “Monsieur de Givenchy loved Le Clos Fiorentina for its protected, natural beauty and relaxed elegance that was a world away from his busy life in Paris… I wanted to explore that lifestyle through light and colour, especially the pearly pink façades that are so typical of that region,” said designer Matthew M Williams. Linen is transformed into bikinis, coverups, and bob hots, trompe l'oeil pearls figure on caftans and sarongs, while the French marinière is evoked in nautical stripes, sun-faded dreams, and denim mules. Browse the collection here.
MIRANDA PRIESTLEY’S HOUSE GOES ON THE MARKET
Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment met its match this week, when Miranda Priestley’s Upper East Side townhouse went on the market for $27.5 million. The 12,000-square-foot home served as a film location in The Devil Wears Prada and has seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms, and a rooftop basketball court – but perhaps the most valuable asset of all is the fact that the house still boasts some of the actual furniture and decor that was used within the film. Harry Potter manuscript not included.
PAMELA ANDERSON IS SELLING HER BIKINIS
Few people are as synonymous with an item of clothing as Pamela Anderson is with the bikini – so much so that she literally got married in one. And this week, the actor-activist-author launched her own line of swimwear with Frankie's Bikinis, reintroducing her iconic Baywatch number alongside triangle bikinis and duck yellow bikinis with ruffled bottoms. See more of that over here.
HENRY HOLLAND POTTERS DOWN TO PAUL SMITH
This week, Henry Holland unveiled a limited-edition line of ceramics influenced by Paul Smith’s signature stripe. Both designers love a bit of pop and a bit of colour, and Holland handmade each piece himself in his studio in Hackney. The collection will be exhibited at the Paul Smith Albemarle store and on paulsmith.com.