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A new retail giant is challenging the world of collaborations. Being one of the early birds in discount designer high-street collections, Karl Lagerfeld is led to believe to follow the footsteps of London designer Kinder Aggugini, and Matthew Williamson for Macy’s.


Karl will design a capsule collection for Macy’s to be sold in 250 stores and on the Internet beginning in September of next year. His Macy’s line is the first in the retailer’s new designer series, through which designer lines will rotate in the Impulse section of the store every two months. The cycle then begins in February 2012 with former John Galliano employee Kinder Aggugini, followed by Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Costume National, and Versace.

Following the leaks from insiders, the new Lagerfeld X Macy’s collection will feature affordable RTW pieces. The line is rumoured to launch for AW11, and is expected to be available both in store and online. Just to be updated, try to check it at from time to time from now on!



British department store Harrods is showcasing an exhibition of twelve Elie Saab gowns that made it down the red carpet over the past years. Elie Saab shows in Paris and is known for his luxurious evening dresses and wedding gowns.

The selection by the Lebanese couturier includes pieces worn by celebrities such as Diane Kruger, Dame Helen Mirren and Gwyneth Paltrow at events including the Oscars or the BAFTA’s.

Among the dresses will be the haute couture dress that Halle Berry wore during the Academy Awards in 2002, where she took home the Best Actrice Award.

The exhibition will be on display until 22nd December in the Luxury Collections lobby on the first floor. The designer launched his brand owned boutique on the first floor of Harrods in July 2008 selling eveningwear.

Street lighted with giant gift boxes, stars, Christmas Trees, candles…everything points to the upcoming holiday. Are you ready to tick all your wishes list boxes for Boxing Day? Lady on a Vespa brings you the best sample sales in the city for the coming weeks!

Ann Louise Rozwald, Queene and Belle

What to expect? Ann Louise Rozwld is originally known for bold, signature floral prints and a design ethos which encompasses all of the textiles used in her ready-to-wear collections. Tweeds are woven in Scotland and Jacquard weaves are created in France. With prices starting from just £5, this one is unmissable. A huge range of coats, knitwear, jersey basics, dresses and cashmere are all on offer!!

When: Thursday, 25th-Friday 26th November 2010: Thurs: 8am-7pm, Fri: 10am-6pm

Where: The Toy Factory, 11-13 Corsham Street, London, N1


If prefer to bet for British Designers, there is also a place for you!

What: Clothing and accessories from Marithe + Francois Girbaud, James Lakeland and Edina Ronay from £10.

When: Friday 26th & Saturday 27th November. 10am-7pm.

Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE

Olivia Rubin Studio then, you will be thrilled!! In addition to saves up to 70% of past seasons lines, you will enjoy a cozy but uber sexy space. When: Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November 2010, 10am–7pm. Where: Olivia Rubin Studio, 18 South Molton Street, London,  W1K 5QU

You surely need to renew all your bags so, why don’t give it a shot at the Mimi, Tatty Devine, Rae Jones and Erika Trotzig London sample sale this weekend? There will be leather handbags and accessories from £10. When:
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November. 11am-6pm.

Where: 40 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH


And finally, main courses of the month…

Get ready for the return of Issey Miyake at the Music Room! Mixing Japanese artform, balance and sense of movement to western ideas, Issey Miyake has created another art form that could only be called Issey Miyake, because there is nothing like it. He retired from the fashion world in 1997 but now this an unique opportunity to met him once more and with up to 60% off womens and accessories!!

When: 3rd December 10am-6pm // 4th December 9am-6pm

Where: Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5AB

Alexander McQueen. If you thought that Lanvin for H&M was a buzz, wait for this one! We’re very excited about this one! A large selection of womenswear, menswear, McQ and accessories from previous seasons. New stock every day. and Cash, Switch, Debit, Visa and Mastercard accepted. No Amex / cheques.

Wednesday 1st December 2010, 12pm-9pm
Thursday 2nd December 2010, 11am-8pm
Friday 3rd December 2010, 10am-7pm
Saturday 4th December 2010, 10am-5pm

The Westminster Room, The Old Sessions House,

22 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0NA
Tube: Farringdon

Online fashion giant Asos has launched a new fashion democracy with its Marketplace site which enables customers, boutiques and designers to sell through its website.

Asos new fashion democracy eMarketplaceAsos aims to offer more than traditional marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay with customers encouraged to show their clothes being worn rather than photographed on a hanger to achieve maximum selling potential. The site also operates a separate area for smaller independent retailers to sell goods, as the retail fashion giant believes allowing small boutiques to sell on Asos will boost traffic to its site and further drive sales.

Thus, Asos will send scouts to visit those shops wishing to sell on Marketplace to authenticate what they sell, then create shop-in-shops for the businesses. In its Manifesto, Asos pledges its marketplace is a destination for inspiration and discovery, where fashion lovers sell directly to each other and where individuals can recycle their wardrobes alongside specialist boutiques.


The company also states fashion only becomes style when clothes are brought to life, thereby all photography across Marketplace is shot ‘street style’, bringing style back to where it began, the people’s runway


Artistic Director Alber Elbaz of Lanvin has customized unique haute couture looks from the Lanvin for H&M collection. The looks were revealed at a fashion show in New York and are now being auctioned exclusively at this site.


All proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICEF, as part of H&M’s “All for Children” project.


Bid for Haute Couture looks customized from the Lanvin for H&M collection. Don’t miss your chance to own a unique piece of the Haute Couture collection from Lanvin for H&M. Bidding closes at 11:59 PM CET on November 26th.


But the auction is not limited to these exclusive outfits but also includes five of Mr. Alber Elbaz’s original and signed sketches. To make your bid just have to click on the images of the auction web and  above to bid on the unique looks. Thank you for your support, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICEF, as part of H&M’s “All for Children” project.

Always wanted to be part of the Escada designers team? Then this is your opportunity!! The international fashion company for women’s apparel and accessories, has launched a competition to find a winning design sketch with the prize of a 6-months internship in the Escada design department at its Munich headquarters.

In celebration of the Design Museum’s Drawing Fashion exhibition, which showcases fashion illustrations from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the fashion house is giving one lucky design student the chance to produce an evening dress to feature in the brand’s future collections.

To enter the competition, students must submit a sketch drawing of an evening gown that best represents the Escada brand DNA of “modern elegance, glamour and sensuality”. The winning sketch will be chosen by Wingate.

The competition, which launched this month, is open to final year or recently graduated BA or MA fashion design students who have studied at a UK or Ireland university. The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2010.

Never before Glasgow sounded more charming! Launched in October 2006 by Scottish designer Jacqueline Currie, This Charming Girl is a range of vintage and contemporary jewellery offering a refreshing alternative to what’s available on the high street.

Necklaces, brooches, earrings and rings created by recycling vintage pieces and combining them with new parts. Full of adorable treasures and knick-knacks, each limited edition design is inspired by something different and the collection ranges from romantic charms, beautiful cameos and vintage lockets to an eclectic mix of pendants sure to be talking points when worn.

Many items are constructed from vintage components (unless otherwise stated) so please be aware that occasionally some may show signs of ageing or wear. Most chains are brand new (unless otherwise stated). Brass items may develop a patina over time; this is normal. Some of the beads, charms and pendants we use come from old warehouses where they have remained unopened in their original packaging for up to fifty years. Therefore each piece has a little bit of history behind it!

Many designs are limited edition so if you see something you like, snap it up before it sells out! Your best pal or sis would love to treasure one of those this Xmas!

In a movement that finally shows how serious business is Fashion, Google is launching today its

In its latest bid to expand further beyond the realms that it already rules, Google will be entering the business of fashion from Wednesday and like it has done in anything it has taken up, we expect it to revolutionize the fashion industry once and for all.

And who better to take the industry to those places than the Google vehicle? However, Google does not intend to sell clothes by itself via this supposedly but rather the website would be a platform showcasing material from established fashion retailers.

The fashion industry publication WWD reports Google is not itself planning to be a vendor; instead, its fashion-dedicated website will direct customers towards existing retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Asos, or designer’s sites. It has also asked mostly American designers such as Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa to set up virtual shops within the site.

Celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker would be putting up their own shop on the website which would sell her designs. In addition, Google has invited other celebrities, including Tom Cruise’s wife Katie Holmes, to do the same.



Ralph Lauren staged an 8 minute 4D projection at its Bond Street flagship. Witnesses were treated to spectacular effects with 50ft models, holographic polo players and even scented mist to complete the experience.

The show, billed as a 4-D extravaganza, breaking down the theatrical fourth wall with US fashion house’s new fragrance misted over the audience. Ralph Lauren’s son, David, who headed up the project, claimed that just 10 seconds of imagery took eight hours work in the studio, and was nothing short of Harry Potter special effects.

Once Ralph Lauren’s guests saw the first performance at 8.30pm, it was repeated continuously between 9pm and 10pm. However, it wasn’t just purely for so-called ‘merchainment’ but the multi-media event commemorated ten years since the company went online in the USA and celebrates the first day of its UK online venture.

Curious about finding if Nichole Richie’s talent for designing are at the level of her styling innate ingenious? Ready to discover the Original British Jeans brand? Just feeling to have an excuse to dig into the loud secret stores of your fav celebrities? Then take a seat, pull out pen and paper and draw your sample sale-ing route for next week!

What: Claret Showroom
Why: Clothing and accessories from Madeleine Thompson, Winter Kate and House of Harlow by Nicole Richie and more from £45.
When: 15-17 Nov. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 73 Uverdale Rd., SW10 0SW (020 7349 8887).


What: MiH Jeans
Why: Denim shirts and jeans from £30.
When: 17 & 18 Nov. Wed. & Thurs., 5-9 p.m.
Where: 90 Lots Rd., units 22 & 23, SW10 0QD (020 7349 9030).


What: Lotus London
Why: Up to 90 per cent off sequin dresses, kaftans, shawls, evening bags, jewellery from J Brand, Missoma, Issa and more. And without forgetting that The collections are retailed in prestigious department stores and high-end boutiques all over the world such as Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales, Intermix, Scoop, and the One & Only Hotels, along with Lotus London’s own boutique in London’s Knightsbridge. Amongst many fashionista followers, celebrity fans include Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, & Naomi Campbell.
When: 18-20 Nov. Thurs., 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 11 Pont St., SW1X 9EH. 

As cold is becoming an everyday presence, it is also highly recommended to visit Tania, as they will be offering wonderful and warm Cashmere dresses, cardigans and coats and -hold on, beachwear!! from £50. From this Wednesday 18 Nov, till Thursday 19th, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at their store: 61 Addison Rd., W14 8JJ (call them on for a date: 020 7602 3168).

Thinking of tying the knot? Planning your wedding attire ahead? Then it will pay you to take a sneak peek at Phillipa Lepley, as they will be offering up to 70 per cent off couture bridal gowns and shrug veils!!! Make your appointment either for 18 or 19 Nov. at 48 Fulham Rd., SW3 6HH (020 7590 9771).

If you are not the one to say the vows but have to attend to your best pal’s one, then try at Jenny Packham, who will be sharing up to 70 per cent off evening dresses and jewellery with everyone visiting her atelier at 3 Carlos Pl., ste. a, W1K 3AN. When: 18-20 Nov. Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


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