Peter Pilotto suspends label – report

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are reportedly putting their Peter Pilotto business on hold. The designers, who co-founded the London-based label in 2007, have reportedly filed paperwork to have the brand’s holding company, Pilotto De Vos Ltd., r…

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are reportedly putting their Peter Pilotto business on hold.

The designers, who co-founded the London-based label in 2007, have reportedly filed paperwork to have the brand’s holding company, Pilotto De Vos Ltd., removed from the Companies House database, the official register of U.K. businesses, which means it will cease to exist, according to WWD.

A source close to the label told the publication the duo has “decided to take a break and pause the Peter Pilotto brand. The plan is to take some time to reassess the future of the brand, its structure, business models and operations.”

The designers have not made an official comment on the report, but the insider added that an announcement will be made once a decision about the future of the company has been finalised.

Members from the Peter Pilotto design team were reportedly laid off late last year and a pop-up shop, which was due to remain open in London’s Mayfair district until May, has closed. The duo also didn’t present a fall/winter 2020 runway show this month.

Following the brand’s launch in 2007, Pilotto and de Vos made a name for themselves with their bright prints and colourful patterns. Their career highlights include scooping the 2014 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and designing the wedding dress for Princess Eugenie, who got married in Windsor, England in October 2018 in a white Peter Pilotto dress with a wide V-neck, revealing back, and long train.

The brand had also appeared to be in a period of expansion, having unveiled luxury homeware, handbag, and accessories collections last year.

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Zac Posen closing down namesake label

Zac Posen has spoken out on the “horrible” decision to close his namesake brand.On Friday, the shock news broke that the designer would be shutting down his eponymous label, which he started in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. “We …

Zac Posen has spoken out on the “horrible” decision to close his namesake brand.

On Friday, the shock news broke that the designer would be shutting down his eponymous label, which he started in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute.

“We had to close up House of Z, Z-Spoke, the whole company,” Posen told WWD, calling the decision “surreal, intense, surprising and immediate”.

He sadly explained: “The board made a difficult decision. We were in a sale process and we ran out of time. There was a board vote. We had to make the call. My partners and I tried everything possible within our means to find solutions to keep it going. The clock ran out.”

According to the outlet, Yucaipa Companies, which has owned a stake in the Zac Posen brand for more than 15 years, was looking to sell, and there were several discussions with potential buyers. However, talks failed and the sale was ultimately unsuccessful.

And the designer’s most recent collection, which he showcased in September, will not be shipped.

Posen has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts, and last year, he designed the reception gown Princess Eugenie wore after her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

“We have dressed everybody, from the biggest stars to emerging talents to royalty. I feel really fortunate to have made clothes they responded to,” the 39-year-old shared.

Despite the decision, Posen, who also serves as creative director for the Brooks Brothers women’s collection, is confident he can make a return to the fashion industry.

“Hopefully, I’ll have a long career ahead. I need to take a little time to think about my options. I’ve been focused on my brand for a long time. Now, this is a new stage,” he insisted. “I will always have me. I will always have my creativity.”

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Sarah, Duchess of York dishes on cosmetic procedures ahead of 60th birthday

Sarah, Duchess of York has candidly discussed the cosmetic procedures she’s undergone in recent years.Sarah Ferguson, who is mum to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, turns 60 next week and she’s marking the milestone with a little cosmetic surger…

Sarah, Duchess of York has candidly discussed the cosmetic procedures she’s undergone in recent years.

Sarah Ferguson, who is mum to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, turns 60 next week and she’s marking the milestone with a little cosmetic surgery honesty, explaining she has needed a little help to look good in recent years.

“I’ve started the laser treatment, but it’s not finished yet,” she told Mail Online. “The collagen needs to rebuild. I hope it will all be done by my birthday.”

However, Sarah insisted that she hasn’t had any major cosmetic surgery, adding, “I don’t like the frozen look. I’m so animated and I like to be myself. I don’t like the thought of needles and am very glad if I look well and happy. I’m really happy to be open about what I’ve had done.

“I need to repair the damage that was done on the beach when I was a child. It’s why I had the mesotherapy, the vitamin cocktail to hydrate and boost the skin.”

The redhead, who was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 until 1996, also revealed that she underwent a facial thread lift six years ago. The procedure involves the use of temporary sutures to produce a subtle but visible lift in the skin.

“Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it,” the 59-year-old explained. “It’s like garden trellising for sweet peas. You insert the threads under the skin with a fine needle and they hold everything up. They also encourage collagen production. It takes a couple of months, then the sweet peas bloom! Before I had it done I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be painful’, but it wasn’t bad. My skin responded well.”

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Martha Hunt: ‘I feel empowered by my scoliosis scars’

Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved s…

Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).

Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved spine.

And like Eugenie, who proudly showed off her surgery scar in a back-bearing Peter Pilotto wedding dress when she wed Jack Brooksbank in October, Martha has also undergone surgery to correct the condition.

“I do feel empowered by my scars. I think they are a symbol of strength, all scars are beautiful and they tell a story, a very triumphant one, about oneself,” she smiled to Grazia magazine.

“It was very inspiring and made me so proud (seeing Eugenie). When I had the opportunity to meet her in London, over the summer, we discussed some of the insecurities we had as young women dealing with this illness, so seeing her wedding gown was so important because scoliosis was getting representation, because when we were younger, we didn’t hear anybody talking about it so openly.”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel began her fashion career after being discovered in her home state of North Carolina. She has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.

And while she loves talking about work, she’s also happy to be vocal about scoliosis.

“If we don’t talk about something then we won’t be able to ‘see’ it. And if we don’t see it, it almost doesn’t exist,” the 29-year-old sighed. “But scoliosis is a real issue and I want to keep the conversation going. (I hope) my story helps (others with the condition to) feel less lonely, but also to keep the faith that they will be able to accomplish their dreams.”

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Zac Posen shares new photo of Princess Eugenie in her second wedding dress

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s C…

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.

Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – the same venue in which her first cousin Prince Harry wed Meghan, Duchess of Sussex five months earlier.

For her nuptials, Eugenie donned an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto, before changing into a blush-pink design by Zac and his team.

“Every now and then you meet somebody who just knocks your socks off,” Zac began his Instagram post, next to an unseen photo of the pair together on her big day. “This last year I got to know a young lady who possessed natural elegance, a heart of gold and sophisticated humor. My studio and I had the honour (and the best time) collaborating with her on her special gown. Best of all she is dedicated to using her privilege to help our world and its people with her project @the_anti_slavery_collective. Happy Birthday! @princesseugenie.”

In an official post from Eugenie’s father The Duke of York’s Instagram account the day after the wedding, it was revealed Zac was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside when creating the stunning gown.

“The White Rose of York is subtly embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape,” the photo caption also read.

Eugenie accessorised the draped plisse silk dress with diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from her new husband, and a hair slide that belonged to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress to be displayed in new exhibit

Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress is set to go on display at Windsor Castle. The young royal’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown, which she wore last October (18) when she exchanged vows with Jack Brooksbank, will be featured as part of a new e…

Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress is set to go on display at Windsor Castle.

The young royal’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown, which she wore last October (18) when she exchanged vows with Jack Brooksbank, will be featured as part of a new exhibition on 1 March (19).

The 28 year old has also recorded an explanation behind her bridal style, in which she explains her decision to wear a design featuring a low back in order to show off surgery scars from a procedure she underwent for scoliosis. That will play alongside the stunning piece.

“I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future,” she says in the audio.

The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II worked closely with Pilotto and De Vos on the long-sleeved ballgown, which features a corseted bodice, a full pleated skirt, and a number of meaningful motifs.

The accessories she paired the gown with, including her diamond and emerald drop earrings which were a gift from her husband, and the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara on loan to her from the Queen, will also be showcased.

The princess’ second look from the big event, a Zac Posen evening gown, will be available to view as well, along with Brooksbank’s suit, the purple maid of honour dress worn by Eugenie’s sister Princess Beatrice, and the bridesmaid and pageboy outfits.

Princess Eugenie is the latest member of the royal family to display a wedding dress at Windsor Castle – the Givenchy gown Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore on her big day, was on show last autumn, while Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen bridal look was featured in 2011.

The exhibition will run from 1 March to 22 April (19).

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Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne fighting single-use plastic with new bottle design

Two of fashion’s biggest names, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, are hoping to put an end to single-use plastic by designing a reusable bottle to help the cause. The pair has teamed up with Sky Ocean Rescue and ocean conservation movement Project 0 on n…

Two of fashion’s biggest names, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, are hoping to put an end to single-use plastic by designing a reusable bottle to help the cause. 

The pair has teamed up with Sky Ocean Rescue and ocean conservation movement Project 0 on new initiative #PassOnPlastic, which aims to educate and encourage people to reuse bottles and other plastic items.

Alongside the models, celebrities including Sienna Miller, Rita Ora, Princess Eugenie, Ronnie Wood, Will Poulter, Bob Geldof, TV presenter Fearne Cotton, and soccer star Harry Kane have also designed bottles for the project.

Talking about her design Save The Wave, a white bottle with an illustration of a shark and waves, Kate told Cover Media: ”The ocean has boundless beauty. The gifts it has given the world are countless. My design is meant to represent the hope I have for the ocean, for its health and its future.”

Creative Cara’s Bubble Trouble bottle is a colourful design, featuring different sea life floating in bubbles.

“My design represents how the plastic we use is suffocating marine life and causing so much damage. I hope that you’ll join me in making a change,” she enthused.

The bottles retail for $32 (£25) and are available to buy from Sky.com/POP. They can also be snapped up from a Pass On Plastic pop-up shop in London’s Soho until January (19).

Other products on offer include a coffee cup, a tote bag, an on-the-go cutlery set and a three-piece beeswax wrap set which is an alternative to cling film. The range makes up five of the most common single-use plastic items currently contributing to the quarter of a tonne of plastic entering our oceans every second.

All proceeds from the range will go to initiatives protecting ocean health, such as Sky Ocean Rescue’s partnership with WWF-UK.

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Cara Delevingne sought bride’s permission for royal wedding top hat and tails

Suicide Squad star Cara Delevingne had royal permission to rock top hat and tails at pal Princess Eugenie’s wedding – from the bride herself. The model-turned-actress wasn’t sure about her gender-bending look for the big day last month (Oct18) and so …

Suicide Squad star Cara Delevingne had royal permission to rock top hat and tails at pal Princess Eugenie’s wedding – from the bride herself.

The model-turned-actress wasn’t sure about her gender-bending look for the big day last month (Oct18) and so she turned to Eugenie for approval.

“Eugenie has been a friend of mine since I was a kid and I’ve always wanted to wear tails,” Cara tells Grazia magazine. “I texted her as I wasn’t sure about it, and she was like, ‘Of course, I expect nothing else from you’.”

The 26 year old admits she felt very comfortable with her royal wedding outfit, but was a little taken aback by the remarks she received from fellow guests.

“I found it interesting how many people came up to me and said, ‘You’re so brave to wear that!'” she recalls. “I was like, ‘Really? I feel way more comfortable like this’.”

She insists she wasn’t trying to stand out, be brave or rebellious – she just wanted to be herself. And she hopes the top hat and tails didn’t upset the bidre’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, because she has a lot of respect and admiration for her.

Confessing she’d like to meet the Queen one day, Cara adds, “‘I love her so much. There are many things I need to ask her, but I wouldn’t be allowed.”

The Brit also opened up about her latest modelling campaign for watchmakers TAG Heuer, in which she was photographed in front of a roaring lion, insisting it sent a powerful message: “It’s about standing up and showing how brave and how strong you are, especially as a woman,” Cara says.

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Designers beloved by Duchess of Cambridge & Princess Diana launch first collection

The design team behind the stunning looks worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana is set to release its first collection. Catherine Walker & Co, which is run by the French born Catherine Walker and her husband Said Cyrus, has unveil…

The design team behind the stunning looks worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana is set to release its first collection.

Catherine Walker & Co, which is run by the French born Catherine Walker and her husband Said Cyrus, has unveiled a limited edition hat line to coincide with the label’s forthcoming autumn/winter offerings.

Founded in the 1970s, Walker’s brand was behind of some of Princess Diana’s best known looks and it has become a go-to style source for the Duchess, formerly known as Kate Middleton, for several high profile events – she chose to wear a royal blue pleated coat dress from the fashion house on a royal tour in Germany in 2017 and to friend Sophie Carter’s wedding in September.

“For clients, it’s a big sigh of relief,” Cyrus, who serves as creative director tells People Magazine. “Not only do they like the hats we do but it’s much more convenient for them to have their hat done here and of course we can make sure the hat and the garment match perfectly.”

Lady Sophie Windsor, also known as actress Sophie Winkleman, is also a fan of the brand and chose to wear a bespoke hat from the capsule to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding earlier this month (Oct18).

The hat line features both eye-catching and understated pieces, including a light blue look with feathers and simpler, more traditional items in grey, black and white.

Brand’s favoured by the British royals appear to be thriving at the moment – last week, Eugenia Kim, another favourite designer of the Duchess of Cambridge announced the release of a wedding day headpiece line.

The spring/summer collection features 16 items that include flower-adorned bucket hats and massive bows with floor-length trains.

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Princess Eugenie weds in elegant Peter Pilotto wedding gown

Princess Eugenie has chosen an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.The British royal, who is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England on Frid…

Princess Eugenie has chosen an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

The British royal, who is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England on Friday (12Oct18) morning, where she stepped out in a dress designed by Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.

Eugenie worked closely with the design duo on the long-sleeved ballgown, which features a corseted bodice, a full pleated skirt as well as a number of meaningful motifs.

“The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis,” a royal spokesperson explained in a statement. “The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.”

Eugenie, 28, wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by The Queen, with the headpiece featuring brilliant and rose cut diamonds set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side, as well as diamond and emerald drop earrings which were gifted to her by Jack.

She completed her outfit with satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia and a bouquet comprised of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.

Eugenie’s sister and maid of honour, Princess Beatrice wore a blue outfit by Ralph and Russo and a hat by Sarah Cant, while their mother Sarah, Duchess of York chose an emerald green ensemble crafted by local Windsor company Emma Louise Design and carried a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag.

Jack, who was very emotional as his bride walked towards up the aisle, donned a traditional three-piece suit.

Other members of the royal family suitably dressed up to the nines, with The Queen choosing a pale blue suit and hat, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wowing in a fuchsia dress, and her sister-in-law, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex turning heads in a navy blue Givenchy coat dress.

Over 850 guests were in attendance at the wedding, including a number of A-listers. Naomi Campbell stepped out in a black and white dress with a feather trim along with matching fascinator, diamond jewellery and black gloves, while Kate Moss opted for a navy and white polka dot suit, which she complemented with a veiled headpiece.

Actress Liv Tyler looked lovely in a navy blue tailored suit, Pixie Geldof stood out in a bubblegum pink cape dress from Celine and Demi Moore was the epitome of elegance in a burgundy dress which she complemented with a coordinated fascinator and purse.

Robbie Williams suited up in a three-piece blue number and his wife Ayda Field dazzled in a light grey suit, with the couple’s six-year-old daughter Theodora acting as one of Eugenie’s bridesmaids in the ceremony. Other standout outfits included the tuxedo and top hat worn by Cara Delevingne, the floral print dress sported by Sofia Wellesley, the wife of singer James Blunt, and the baby pink ensemble donned by Holly Vallance.

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