Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald and more design canine couture for charity

Some of the biggest names in British fashion have designed bespoke dog clothing for charity.Swapping high-fashion for canine collars and coats, Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, Lulu Guinness and Jenny Packham are among the designers who designed it…

Some of the biggest names in British fashion have designed bespoke dog clothing for charity.

Swapping high-fashion for canine collars and coats, Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, Lulu Guinness and Jenny Packham are among the designers who designed items for our furry friends, which were all modelled on the dog walk at a gala on Thursday (01Nov18) in aid of Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. David Gandy also took to the runway with his own Battersea rescue dog, Dora.

Talking about his dog coat, a mock snakeskin version with Swarovski crystals and feather trimmed collar, Macdonald to the London Evening Standard: “I wanted the dog coat to have a subtle hint of my SS19 runway theme, so that it was true canine-couture… I wanted the very special model to strut down the Collars & Coats dog-walk feeling like a million dollars!”

Westwood used fluffy leopard print and floral material, while Guinness added her famous lip print to a doggy bandana, and Packham tried to take some inspiration from her own pup with her houndstooth coat.

“I asked Byron my adorable rescue Sprocker from Battersea what I should design for glamorous dog coat. He can’t talk and continued sleeping so I took inspiration from his luscious coat of Black and White fur and designed a classic ‘dogstooth’ weave created by using shiny sparkly sequins creating a smart but not ostentatious outerwear style,” she smiled.

Matthew Williamson, Zandra Rhodes and Philip Treacy also designed items, which were auctioned online following the fashion show.

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Christina Hendricks tired of criticism over bold outfit choices

Christina Hendricks is tired of receiving criticism for wearing prints or bold colours on the red carpet.The actress, known for her roles on Mad Men and new show Good Girls, always looks glamorous when she steps out for red carpet events and is a favou…

Christina Hendricks is tired of receiving criticism for wearing prints or bold colours on the red carpet.

The actress, known for her roles on Mad Men and new show Good Girls, always looks glamorous when she steps out for red carpet events and is a favourite among designers such as Zac Posen and Jenny Packham. However, Christina has now shared that she is often called out by fashion critics for choosing unconventional ensembles.

“I’ve fallen in love with dresses with bold prints or unusual finishes and been warned I’ll be criticised,” she told Variety, adding that she is now determined to brush off negative opinions. “I don’t care anymore. We need interesting and unique fashion choices on the red carpet.”

Over the years, Christina has tended to opt for figure-hugging gowns in jewel tones when attending awards ceremonies. But one of her top outfits choices had to be the lilac Posen gown with flowing train and feather trim which she wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards.

“This dress is everything – I felt like Ginger Rogers,” the 43-year-old shared of the eye-catching design. “(It’s) so Old Hollywood, romantic and playful and the construction was flawless. A dress has never fit me better.”

Other memorable looks for Christina include the emerald green Tadashi Shoji gown with plunging neckline and finely pleated sleeves that she sported to the 2008 Emmys as well as the red silk Marchesa dress with gold embellishment which she donned for the 2014 TV event. And although she usually wears colour on the red carpet, she is still a fan of the black lace dress from Christian Siriano that she chose for the 2013 Emmy Awards.

“I’m always encouraged to not wear black on the red carpet, but this dress was perfect,” she smiled. “I wish I could wear it again and again.”

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Victoria Beckham confirmed to show at London Fashion Week

Victoria Beckham will show her next collection during London Fashion Week.Earlier this year (18), fashion publication WWD reported that the British fashion designer was planning to celebrate her brand’s 10th anniversary by shifting her presentation bac…

Victoria Beckham will show her next collection during London Fashion Week.

Earlier this year (18), fashion publication WWD reported that the British fashion designer was planning to celebrate her brand’s 10th anniversary by shifting her presentation back to the U.K. following several years of unveiling collections as part of New York Fashion Week.

On Monday (16Jul18), officials for London Fashion Week announced that Beckham would be showing in the capital city alongside several other major labels.

“Just announced! The provisional September 2018 #LFW & Events schedule is now online. Highlights include an exciting line-up of @BFC #NEWGEN recipients, @anyahindmarch, @Burberry, @JW_Anderson & @VictoriaBeckham,” they posted on Instagram.

Beckham launched her eponymous label in September 2008 with a low-key presentation and has since gone on to expand her company to include accessories and a limited-edition make-up collection with Estee Lauder.

The 44-year-old is set to present on 16 September at 10am, however, she has not yet commented on her plans for the show or hinted at a location.

Among the new names to join the London calendar are Alexa Chung, who will drop the latest ranges from her ALEXACHUNG namesake brand, as well as menswear designers Bobby Abley and Kiko Kostadinov.

Other designers to watch out for on the London calendar include Anya Hindmarch, Molly Goddard, Gareth Pugh, Temperley London and Mary Katrantzou, who will show on 15 September, while presentations for Jenny Packham, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Roland Mouret and Nicholas Kirkwood will continue the following day.

In addition, former Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci is set to drop his debut line for English heritage fashion label Burberry on the evening of 17 September.

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Frances McDormand on not wearing all-black to BAFTAs: ‘I don’t follow rules’

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echo…

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.

The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echoed the wardrobe choices at the Golden Globes in January, in support of Time’s Up movement, which aims to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

Despite not wearing all-black at the glitzy ceremony, Frances threw her weight behind the movement. Taking to the stage to pick up her Best Actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances addressed her decision to wear a black lipstick print Valentino dress.

“Thank you British film people. As Martin (McDonagh, Three Billboards writer and director) said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she told the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.”

Another guest who shunned the black dress code was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned in a green Jenny Packham gown, which she accessorised with a black ribbon belt and matching clutch bag.

It was unclear whether the pregnant royal would wear black prior to the big night, as it is against royal protocol for a member of the royal family to make a political statement.

Some viewers took offense to the colour of her dark dress, though Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney fully supported her decision.

“I would never judge anyone’s choice, she looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again,” she told the press backstage.

“She’s an extraordinary woman and she can wear whatever she wants to wear.”

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Jenny Packham marking anniversary with London Fashion Week show

Jenny Packham is to mark 30 years in business by holding a show during London Fashion Week.The British designer founded her brand in 1988 and later introduced a bridal collection as well as lingerie and ready-to-wear ranges, with her high-profile clien…

Jenny Packham is to mark 30 years in business by holding a show during London Fashion Week.

The British designer founded her brand in 1988 and later introduced a bridal collection as well as lingerie and ready-to-wear ranges, with her high-profile clients including Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Now, to celebrate three decades in fashion, Packham is set to present her spring/summer 2019 collection in the British capital in September (18), after showing at New York Fashion Week for the past 16 seasons.

“London, for me, is the most creative and inspirational city in the world and our home,” Packham said in a statement, according to WWD. “We are looking forward to presenting a collection that reflects this energy and propels the brand into its next decade.”

Packham has not yet confirmed a location or date for her London show. But the style extravaganza will tie in nicely with other projects she has on the go, including a line of bridal shoes and accessories for the London-based fashion and footwear brand L.K. Bennett.

The designer will unveil her creations in February, with the collection including 16 footwear styles and five clutch purses, all inspired by the iconic fashion choices of Old Hollywood stars, such as Bette Davis and Vivien Leigh, with a highlight of the collection set to be a pearl-white satin sandal with ankle strap and extravagant crystal embellishment.

In addition to high heels, there will also be flat shoes and pumps with various heel heights, to ensure many brides can be accommodated on their big day.

Packham is also gearing up to launch a capsule collection of bridesmaid dresses for the Dessy Group, with the gowns inspired by the English country garden.

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