Fashioning the Olympics
Although I’m not really getting into the Olympics buzz, it would be weird not featuring it in the news story considering the heavy influence fashion has had. There have been a number of designers who have helped make the Olympics what it is, such as Stella McCartney who designed the Team GB kit in July 2010. Prada designed kits for the Italian national sailing team, Ralph Lauren created the kits for the US, and Giorgio Armani designed the kits for the Italian National Olympic team, and last but not least, Hermes designed the kits for the French Olympic equestrian team.
However, Karl Lagerfeld seems to be the one getting into the Olympic spirit the most as he has launched an Olympic-inspired collection and pop-up store in Selfridges this week.
Manolo Blahnik has been given a dedicated space in Harrods which will open in September. News of the boutique opening first emerged in May, after the label signed a deal with Kurt Geiger, who will manage and create boutiques within its shoe concessions in both Harrods and Liberty.
The new store will feature exclusive styles, hand-selected for Harrods-including courts shoes and moccasins in purple python. There will also be a made-to-order service.
Stella to Launch Children’s Collection
Not content with just launching a lingerie collection, Stella McCartney is set to launch a childrenswear collection as well as a book inspired by the Little Miss Stella character. Both will arrive in stores next month with the collection having seven pieces- including a T-shirt, jumper, pyjamas, bag, and a baby all-in-one, and will come with a set of fabric pens that can be used to draw on the items. The range is for girls and babies from newbord to 14 years old.
YSL Image not a Hit with Fans
The new YSL image, with the unveiling of the Saint Laurent Paris logo earlier this week, has attracted a lot of criticism, with many branding it “boring” and “unimaginative”. Some have said the Yves or Y is important and iconic, making it seem like a different brand altogether without it. YSL has yet to comment regarding the criticism.