April 22, 2012 in fashion, news
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her diamond jubilee this year and in her honour, Vivienne Westwood has created a capsule collection inspired by some of the Queen’s most memorable outfits.
Fear not, though – Westwood’s dresses are not inspired by the Queen’s recent, brightly coloured outfits with matching hats. The muted palette and signature Westwood draping makes these inspired-by dresses perfect for a new generation of royalty (I’m looking at you, Duchess of Cambridge!)
The dresses, and matching jewelry collection, will be available in Vivienne Westwood stores from May. See Grazia to find out more and to see the full collection.
August 6, 2010 in fashion
France’s elegant First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is expressing her love of sparkles and LBDs by serving as patron of the 22 Ways to Say Black charity auction next month in New York.
Swarovski Elements asked 22 designers – including Sonia Rykiel, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani Privé, Thakoon and Alber Elbaz (Lanvin) – to create their own crystal-embroidered little black dress for the initiative.
If you happen to be in New York, you can preview the dresses at the Phillips de Pury & Co gallery in the Meatpacking District from 7 September ahead of the auction on 20 September. If you’re not in New York, you can preview the dresses online here.
All proceeds of the auction and sales of its catalogue will go to the American Cancer Society and La Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer.
You know that auction takes place just a few days before my birthday. Just saying…
July 5, 2010 in news, theatre
I stumbled across two interesting developments in the world of theatre over the weekend.
The first is that a musical version of Bridget Jones’ Diary is in the works. Author Helen Fielding, director Stephen Daldry and pop star Lily Allen are all collaborating on a musical version that they hope to stage in London’s West End early next year. Behind it all is the same production team responsible for the critically acclaimed screen-to-stage musical Billy Elliot. Rumour is actress Sheridan Smith recently read for Bridget’s role but no word yet on who will step into Hugh Grant and Colin Firth’s shoes to play the men in her life.
In other news, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Giorgio Armani are among the numerous designers working on the costumes for a new pantomime appropriately named Snow White and the Seven Designers. According to instyle.com, the story will be based on the familiar story but the seven dwarves will be replaced with seven designers (as the name suggests). Together they fight a battle against London’s biggest plight – ugly interiors. The show will be held at the Garrick Theatre, London from 12-16 October, with all proceeds raised donated to Dementia UK.