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Bluebird at Chelsea Celebrates King’s Road Heritage

THIS spring, luxury Chelsea multi-brand store The Shop at Bluebird, renowned for its carefully selected assortment of designer goods, will transform itself into a counter-cultural tribute.

bluebird-shopThe Shop at Bluebird

At the end of this month, Bluebird will be paying homage to King’s Road golden era of 1960s and ’70s when the area was the main draw for all fashion, music and art conscious Londoners. The store will be evoking that unabashedly extravagant atmosphere of quirky boutiques and a rock haven sentiment through their collaborations with various designers selected especially for the occasion.

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Entitled March to The Beat, this music-themed takeover of the store fits perfectly with current fashion trends. And Bluebird’s shop-floor selection reflects this eccentric aesthetics fashioned on the most iconic performers of the past decades with androgynous statement pieces and band t-shirts.

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Soul Sergeant Valentine Hat

Enhancing this theme will be a unique installation from London-based brand Soul Sergeant which has become a favourite among festival goers thanks to their marching band hats, embellished baseball caps and heavily adorned jackets. Adding to this will be the remarkable temporary shop from the legendary shoe designer Terry de Havilland who will return to King’s Road to premiere a collection of striking platform heels in his signature style.

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Terry de Havilland Summer Shard Shoe

Fashion companies Rixo and Racil will also be prominently displayed with installations featuring their newest collections inspired by the artistic movements of the seventies and the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Alongside these, jeans company MiH will be featured with 20 customised denim shirts which they have created exclusively for the event. Scarf-makers Rockins will be also bringing their famous taxi to complete the look of the display.

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Alistair James top

As a final touch, The Shop at Bluebird asked a group of British designers to each design an exclusive band t-shirt inspired by and celebrating the mod and countercultural movements. Alistair James, Isa Arfen, Racil, Rixo, Rockins and Zoe Jordan have all created unique pieces, sales of which will support their chosen charity.

by Magda McCrimmon

The March to The Beat installation at The Shop at Bluebird opens on March 30 and will remain a feature for five weeks.

The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UU
Tel: 0207 351 3873

Jane Carr Collaborates with Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Piet Oudolf

THE latest collection from the London-based accessories brand Jane Carr sees an inspired collaboration between the gallery Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, whose creative vision has shaped the landscape surrounding the stunning Hauser & Wirth estate.

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The Bloom Design © Jane Carr

The limited-edition range of ethereal, highly-intricate printed scarves is available in three different designs; Bloom, Panorama and Meadow – all of which depict Oudolf’s field at the estate, burrowed in the rolling fields of Somerset renowned for their extraordinary natural beauty.

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The Panorama Design © Jane Carr

The blue-and-green-hued Bloom design illustrates the meadow at close range, speckled with the delicate pink flora that blossoms amidst wild pastures. The Panorama scarf meanwhile, is based upon a wider vista of the field, in which a mauve sun-speared sky stretches out over the unkempt grasses below. The Meadow design depicts the estate’s thriving plant life in its striking crimson, scarlet and sienna shades.

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The Meadow Design © Jane Carr

All of the scarves are hand-made in Italy, and stocked exclusively in the estate shop at the gallery, which showcases limited-edition products from carefully curated collaborations between the gallery, artists and designers.

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The Meadow Design Scarf © Jane Carr

by Hannah Bergin

The collection is available from Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Swiss Watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre collaborate with Christian Louboutin

LUXURY watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre have teamed up with Christian Louboutin for an exclusive collaboration. The range celebrating the 85th anniversary of the creation of one of their most iconic designs – The Revero is being exclusively showcased at Harrod’s Fine Watch Room.

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The pieces combine the expertise of Jaeger-LeCoultre craftsmen who have created a traditionally elegant timers, with Louboutin’s flair for understated luxury which is evident in the matched straps. Aptly named ‘The Loopi – Loop and Officer Straps’ due to their circularly – inspired features, they accentuate the ultra – feminine Reverso with their rich colours and intricate detail.

 

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by Magda Pirowska

The full collection is in-store now and orders can be made from now up until end of October exclusively in Harrods Fine Watch Room. The two featured styles are exclusive to Harrods however there are many more styles in the range.

Versace Dreams the Vibes of Chicago – Film by Bruce Weber

VERSACE launch their FW16 collection with Chicago Is My beat, a grainy black-and-white film shot by Bruce Weber starring supermodels, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. The collaboration rekindles a time-honoured relationship between the flamboyant fashion brand and Weber, a fashion photographer renowned for his unrivaled productions both for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

Chicago Is My BeatVersace FW16 – Chicago Is My Beat. Film © Bruce Weber

The short film places fashion at the heart of the community, uniting empowered glamour with the spirited pulse of the metropolis where energetic routines embrace Versace’s vison with ease. Rock-chic and freestyle dancing give way to svelte gowns and languid looks as the hubbub proceeds into the night. Keith Milkie’s arresting operatic soundtrack drifts to the tune of Chicago’s past while Versace re-imagines the future.

Bruce Weber says, “The actor Robert Mitchum once told me, ‘When you first get to a new town, always make friends with a Blonde’. Well, when I got to Chicago, I found my blonde in you, Donatella. I wanted us to visit this city together because of its rich history and the spirit of love and harmony you feel in its music.

“Chicago is going through a tough time at the moment and could use a little encouragement – just like we all need every once in a while. Because the kindness of its people helped me to make these photographs, I feel like I can now call Chicago ‘my beat’.”

“Bruce Weber is the true master of our times. His photography is deeply personal and rich, a reflection of the world as he sees it. It has been my pleasure to enter once again into that world for this Versace campaign. With this new campaign, Bruce gave me my history back,” adds Donatella Versace.

 


by Miranda Charalambous

Versace FW2016 – Chicago Is My Beat. Film © Bruce Weber

David Longshaw and Feathers Fashion collaborate for LFW AW16

Feathers Fashion, the legendary London boutique championing emerging designers, have teamed up with womenswear designer and illustrator David Longshaw for a unique London Fashion Week event.

 

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David Longshaw will be creating a bespoke window installation for the store featuring his unique print and Fashion B and her sidekick Little Pap – star characters from his latest illustration book. The graphics will be adorning the windows throughout London Fashion Week when Longshaw will be drawing live and the public will be welcomed in to watch him in action. The customers will be also able to shop the limited edition pieces Longshaw created for the boutique as well as other the rest of designer’s SS16 collection.

Additional exclusive features include a Feathers x David Longshaw banner and Fashion B pictured wearing a dress Longshaw designed specifically for Feathers Fashion. Longshaw comments on the collaboration: “I’m excited to be working with Feathers on this fun collaboration. Feathers is such an icon of independent London fashion, its modern but can draw on its four decades of history and has such a great location in the heart of Knightsbridge.”

by Magda Pirowska

Feathers, 42 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 0LZ, UK
Tel: 020 7589 5802

 

Erdem Makes Selection for Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated artwork sale

Following in its long tradition of integrating the worlds of art and fashion, auctioneers Sotheby’s has invited renowned British fashion designer Erdem to guest-curate a sale of contemporary art this spring.

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The designer, known for his experimental use of fabrics featuring bold design along with impressive craftsmanship, has made a selection of artworks that will form the Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated show taking place this March in London.

Erdem is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2010 inaugural Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and most recently the 2015 British Fashion Council’s Establishment Designer Award. This guest-curated sale reveals his inspirations. Erdem says, “Art has always been a huge part of my life, and has often been a catalyst for my work.”

 

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Alex Katz’s Buttercup I and George Condo’s Untitled miniature in Erdem’s flagship store

An art collector himself, Erdem picked works spanning half a century of artistic creation and include ground-breaking photography, Abstraction and American figurative painting. The selection, which has a total of 205 original pieces, also features some of the most notable contemporary artists, such as Yayoi Kusama and Antony Gormley.

by Magda Pirowska

The sale takes place on March 15 and is preceded by an exhibition which will be open to the public between March 11 and March 14

Begg & Co collaborates with cancer charity on exclusive scarf range

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Model wearing Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Circles Scarf

Begg & Co, the luxury Scottish scarf brand, and the pioneering cancer charity Maggies have joined together to create an exclusive range to support the charitys groundbreaking work in the field of patient support and recovery.

blue scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Check Scarf

Maggie’s is a cancer charity that takes a unique approach to their work – their 18 architecturally distinctive centres have been designed to create comforting environments that simultaneously hearten, aid and inspire recovery and reinforcing well-being.

Begg & Co cashmere scarf for Maggie's cancer charity Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Borders Scarf

 The scarves are a result of Begg & Co designers joining forces with Maggies team and reflect the charity centres unique architectural features. All profits from the collaboration will aid Maggies far – reaching effort to support cancer sufferers and their familys in their day to day struggle.

This generous contribution will enable the charity in their ambitious path to reach out to maximum number of patients and their nearest and dearest across UK, abroad and online. The charitable collaboration came to life thanks to Kirsty Wark, journalist and broadcaster and Maggie’s Honorary Patron, who introduced the manufacturer to the charity.

labirynth scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Labyrinth

The designs include elaborate forms placed on plain backgrounds – a black and blue piece inspired by garden at Maggie’s Dundee and Chartres Cathedral in France and featuring a labyrinth that carries a metaphor of life and yellow and a blue and white scarf with oval patterns that was prompted by Maggie’s Aberdeen skylight. There are also simpler propositions – a white scarf with four coloured edge that reflect the straightforward, linear architecture of all Maggie’s Centres and a checked scarf that dwells into the visual heritage of both brands.

by Magda Pirowska

The scarves are being made in Begg & Cos unique Wispy quality and are 100 percent cashmere. They are available to purchase from Begg & Co’s website, at Fenwick department stores in Bond Street, London & Newcastle and in Jane Davidsons store in Edinburgh,  all priced at around £265.00.