Gucci Flash Sneaker Store

Gucci Icon-Temporary Flash Sneaker Store is Coming to London

The Pop-Up Sneaker Store will be coming to London in April with Gucci’s limited edition range of sneakers, plus the exclusive ‘Gucci Ronson Sneaker’ which Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and award-winning musical artist Mark Ronson have designed just for London.

The store will open for three weeks in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials from the 22nd April 2010. It will feature 17 exclusive sneaker styles in the GUCCI ICON-TEMPORARY collection, 15 men’s styles and 2 women’s styles, incorporating classic Gucci design signatures, such as the GG logo or a stylized version of the iconic Gucci red and green web detail.

Each design includes silver or gold metal dog tags as well as an embroidered ‘Limited Edition’ label inscribed inside the shoe. There is also an opportunity to have your initials embossed onto a customized leather tag on the shoe laces.

Fashion Against AIDS with H&M

Hit the festivals and raise funds for Fashion Against AIDS with H&M. Guilt free shopping whilst promoting a positive message, what could be better?!

The summer festival season is one of the most exciting times of the year, and now it’s one of the most giving, too! On 20th May 2010, H&M launches its third Fashion Against AIDS campaign, which includes the first festival collection, with 25% of the sales donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. Sold through the Divided youth departments, the collection for both guys and girls will encompass the whole festival experience, from clothes and accessories through to tents and sleeping bags, all the while raising funds to promote the message of safe sex.

“For me, festivals are unique and inspirational places as they join both music and fashion. To see your favourite bands, to see creative people gathered, all from different nations and with different looks really inspires me. It is very important to make people aware of the problem with AIDS and HIV and we want to contribute in the fight against the disease by donating some of the sales from this collection,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.

For girls this summer there’s a mix of rock with bohemia and glamour with added ethnic touches. Denim hotpants or patterned leggings are matched with embellished tunic tops, while maxi-dresses are toughened up when worn with leather jackets. Gladiator shoes, chunky bracelets, wide belts and beaded necklaces complete the look, while tribal print headphones give an extra twist.

For guys, it’s all about looking like you’re in the band, with slim blazers and jackets, faded and patched denim jeans and cropped shorts, embellished waistcoats, paisley vests and the essential rocker’s hat are all part of the picture. There are also tents, sleeping bags, as well as fold-up chairs for friends who join the camp.

The festival collection marks the third year that H&M has supported the fight against AIDS, so far raised over 30 million SEK. The money has been divided between Designers Against AIDS (DAA), a body which promotes awareness of HIV/AIDS among the young, investigating new methods of peer group education and campaigning; YouthAids, focusing on its projects in Haiti and Russia to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in chronically affected areas; the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. As well as raising funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS, H&M hopes to raise awareness about safe sex among the young by donating to such an important cause.

“Fashion Against AIDS with H&M is a great way to reach millions of young people. With the donation money from the past two years, we’re opening our new International HIV/AIDS Awareness Education Center (IHAEC) in Antwerp in June 2010, where we’ll teach young people from all over the world how they can start safe sex campaigns using elements from fashion and pop culture. Fashion Against AIDS has opened many doors for DAA and we’re very grateful for this. It’s so important to keep informing young people worldwide about the importance of safe sex,” says Ninette Murk, founder of Designers Against AIDS.

Princess Grace

This weekend is the opening of the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibit at the V&A in London.

The exhibit will be divided into three sections focusing on her Hollywood films, the romantic relationship with Prince Rainier of Monaco, and her official engagements as Princess Grace, this new exhibition will showcase the most memorable haute couture looks worn by Grace Kelly.

The display will present over 50 of Grace Kelly’s outfits together with hats, jewellery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These will be accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The display will also include the lace ensemble worn by Grace Kelly for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.

Vintage Alhambra pendant, yellow gold and coral with diamond centre £2,350

Van Cleef & Arpels is delighted to present Special Edition pieces of the iconic Vintage Alhambra collection, as owned by Princess Grace of Monaco. The pieces will include a sautoir and bracelet in yellow gold and malachite, and a pendant in yellow gold and coral, with a diamond centre.

They will be available only in London, from the opening of the exhibition Grace Kelly: Style Icon at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 17 April – 26 September 2010, an exploration of the style of a great beauty, the glamorous Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco.

Vintage Alhambra 20 motif sautoir, yellow gold and malachite £10,000

Princess Grace, who was always an admirer of Van Cleef & Arpels, truly became a great muse of the Maison when, a few days after their engagement, HSH Prince Rainier of Monaco went to the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in New York to choose a “souvenir” for his fiancée.

Vintage Alhambra 5 motif bracelet, yellow gold and malachite £2,500

The new Special Edition pieces will be stocked in both the New Bond Street and Harrods boutiques.

Grace Kelly: Style Icon

17 April – 26 September 2010

Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels

Fashion, Room 40

Admission charge will apply

Fashion Fringe

Unique opportunity to meet Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden designers and get a 30% discount on their Autumn/Winter 2010/11 collections

This weekend (Friday 16th and Saturday 17th April 2010) shoppers in London’s fashion hub Covent Garden, are being offered the unique and exclusive opportunity to meet the last 2 winning designers of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden (an IMG Event), Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis of JENA.THEO (2009) and Eun Jeong of EUN JEONG (2008) and buy, with an exclusive 30% discount, from their Autumn/Winter 2010 collections, showcased on schedule at London Fashion Week in February.

Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden is a platform to discover, nurture and sustain British design talent set up by Colin McDowell and IMG Fashion.  Over the last two years Donatella Versace chaired a judging panel who selected Eun Jeong and JENA.THEO as winners of the annual platform.

Viewings are appointment only and will be held in Unit 23 of the Covent Garden Market Building on Friday 16th (11am – 6pm) and Saturday 17th (12pm – 7pm).

JENA.THEO have looked to silent movies, the French Resistance, 1950’s glamour and playing with 3D effects as inspiration for their AW10 collection.  High-waisted trousers, generous use of fabric and elegance of line, recall icons like Chaplin, Deitrich and Ginger Rogers. The collection also pays homage to the 80’s with oversized mohairs, accented with the past to create a new graphic outline.

EUN JEONG’s stunning AW10 collection is named ‘A Forgotten Story’ which is inspired from the dimensions of a pop-up book.  Combining structural and architectural shapes created from elongated shoulders, represents the synergy between man and woman.  A splash of red allows the forgotten story to be remembered and evoke a strong sense of power.

Wired @ Shoreditch House

Event: Wired @ Shoreditch House (once every month)

4th floor. Shoreditch House. ‘Wired’. “Name’s please”, the first words to assault my ears as I step through the grand glass doors. Guest list only event- if your name ain’t down, you’re most definitely not going in! Well mine was, so I was in. A five minute wait for the lift upstairs that allows a MAX weight of 680Kg. Too many people, and assault number two incurs- “this lift is overloaded”, and lights start flashing; well thank you Sherlock but can we have lift-off please #NoPunIntended.

Lift-off ensues and we’ve reached our destination. As we exit the lift, a barrage of retro fashionardo’s enter. A short walk to the right, and into a room very reminiscent of a swanky New York penthouse apartment, with soft bespoke furnishings. “I think we missed the party guys”; well I was partly right, because the showcase of signed and unsigned acts had JUST finished- like literally.

Subsequently, all that was on offer to see- was industry lovers, haters, and takers; schmoozing- trying to affiliate themselves with the next best thing. Having no association with the music industry myself, it was a world unlike home. Everyone knew everyone, and if they didn’t- they would at some point, guaranteed. A lot of familiar faces surrounded me: Master Shortie, Daley, Johnny Ghosts, and Chloe Fiducia- all artists currently breaking into the scene; among others, who I had recognised from bands/talent shows of the past.

The night itself bore a titular stance- ‘wired’, connecting oneself to a variety of networks. That was the intent, and for a bystander like myself- it made for an interesting night; as 20-26 yr old stars in the making discussed ‘politics’ over £7.31 alcoholic beverages, and 16” stone baked  pizzas- served from a bar with a Manhattan influence.

Written by: Lamara Forder