>> Joanna Sykes Is Aquascutum's New Creative Director —After signing the contract on Friday, Armani alum Joanna Sykes is Aquascutum's new creative director; she replaces Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler, who left for Bally in April. Aquascutum won't return to the runway in September; Sykes first full collection will debut next February at London Fashion Week for the Fall 2011 season. But in the meantime, says Aquascutum CEO Belinda Earl, Sykes's "influence on the brand will begin as of now." Sykes, for her part, notes of her aim for the brand: "I want to focus on clothes that are based around classics, and that aren’t too seasonal . . . Aquascutum’s already a revered name. It has to be covetable, desirable, and accessible, too.” [Vogue UK, Vogue]
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>> The 12-minute film David Lynch produced for Dior featuring Marion Cotillard, “Lady Blue Shanghai” (see it here), the third segment in the Lady Dior series — made its debut before a crowd of 500 gathered in Shanghai for Dior's Cruise 2011 show. According to Lynch, the only direction he had from Dior was, "They called me up and said, ‘Would you like to make a short film for the internet? You can do anything you want, you just need to show the handbag, the Pearl Tower and some old Shanghai.’” For both Lynch and Cotillard, the two-day shoot for the film in December marked their first visit to the Chinese city; the outcome is an enigmatic, Lynchian take on a love story.
Cotillard was back in Shanghai on Saturday, front row along with fellow house muse Charlize Theron. Dior face Karlie Kloss opened the French New Wave-inspired show in pink; John Galliano explained of his inspiration: “I didn’t want to come here and present a Chinese-inspired collection to my Chinese friends. I’m the ambassador of the house of Dior, and I wanted to come here with a French-inspired collection and to show the savoir faire of France.”
The afterparty, at which Kelis performed, saw both Galliano and Dior CEO Sidney Toledano dancing on the DJ's platform. And despite the fact that Dior usually shows cruise in New York — with the exception of this season — Shanghai may be the start of something new. Toledano noted: “I think the cruise opportunity is fantastic to go to a new market. This year it’s in Shanghai. I’m sure next year it will be somewhere else.”
>> Claudia Schiffer Welcomes Baby Girl —Claudia Schiffer gave birth to her third child with husband Matthew Vaughan, a girl, on Friday in London. The couple already have a son, Caspar, 7, and a daughter, Clementine, 5. Schiffer said shortly before the birth, "I am much more self-confident today because of my children and my husband. I know what I am doing, what I want [and] I am in control of myself."
The supermodel is expected to reveal her newest daughter's name sometime this week. [People]
Only in their fourth year of designing under London label Meadham Kirchhoff, Central Saint Martins alums and friends Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff have been awarded coveted sponsorships from Fashion East, New Generation, and Cotton USA. This week, they launch a second collection for Topshop that adds a romantic touch to the designers' predominantly dark and deconstructed streetwear. In stores and online Thursday, May 20, the lineup features delicate nude lace and pink paillettes mixed with shredded black sequin minis, glitter-spotted jumpers and t-shirts, and knee-length lace pleated skirts. Click below for a sneak peek at the complete collection.
Cate Blanchett appears on the June cover of W magazine wearing an Yves Saint Laurent Edition silk satin bustier, styled by Lori Goldstein and photographed by Craig McDean. Inside the magazine, on newsstands May 25, the 41-year-old actress discusses her theater company and raising three boys, but it is in the article's outtakes that we find her views on fashion and beauty:
On her attitude toward fashion: "I love it. I don't spend my life worshipping it, but I love beautiful things. I don't really think about 'my aesthetic.' It's eclectic I guess. I'm interested in juxtaposing the unexpected."
On her favorite beauty aid: "Dry shampoo. It has changed my life."
Source: Craig McDean/W magazine
>> Yesterday, after a whirlwind romance and engagement, 26-year-old Lara Stone and 38-year-old British comedian David Walliams were married in a traditional, '40s-themed ceremony at Claridge's Hotel in London. The bride wore a $44,000 custom long corseted dress in ivory silk satin designed by Riccardo Tisci, with lace incrustations, gold chain-trimmed straps, and a matching silk crepeline cape.
Afterwards, the newlyweds and their 200 guests, including Tom Ford, Mario Testino, Anouck Lepere, Lily Donaldson, and Jefferson Hack enjoyed lobster, sea bass, and Primrose Bakery cupcakes in the hotel's ballroom, surrounded by $15,000 worth of white roses. Following the meal, the crowd decamped for the evening reception at Shoreditch House, for which Stone changed into a custom Givenchy gold minidress. The wedding was reportedly largely dry at the request of Stone, a recovering alcoholic — and the toasts were performed with popcorn in place of champagne.
Stone and Walliams are said to be honeymooning in Paris.
Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles is working on a new reality show.
Aquascutum has named Joanna Sykes as design director for its women’s, men’s, and accessories collections.
Christopher Bailey has designed a limited-edition, military-inspired shearling parka for Colette.