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It took not less than two years to have Her Majesty The Queen’s outfit ready for the central celebrations. The white outfit worn by Her Majesty for the Thames River Pageant on 3 June was inspired by the jewelled, white costumes favoured by Elizabeth 1 and was designed to stand out against the deep reds of the Royal Barge,  Spirit of Chartwell.

For the Jubilee Concert on 4 June, The Queen’s shimmering golden dress echoed the colour of the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, around which the concert took place. Angela Kelly explains that the fabric itself made reference to The Queen’s long reign, as it was bought overseas in 1961.

On the day itself, The Queen’s outfit is prepared with a choice of brooches, a handbag, gloves, headscarf and shoes.  A precise record of the outfit worn to each engagement is kept in the Dressers’ wardrobe diaries.

Angela Kelly, Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Queen Elizabeth II and now author of Dressing The Queen: The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe also tells the story of her team’s involvement in the  behind-the-scenes planning of the James Bond sequence in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July, including the creation of two identical dresses.

Angela Kelly takes the reader through the entire design process, from initial sketches and fabric swatches to the choice of accessories to complement the finished outfit.  The author explains how, once fabrics and design sketches are approved, a technical drawing is created from which the pattern is made. A prototype or toile is often used to work out the detail of a difficult design, before a fitting with Her Majesty takes place.  Fittings, which may last half a day, involve work on four or five outfits, complete with hats.  The next time The Queen will see the finished garments is a day or so before an  engagement, when she tries them on.


Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mena Suvari, Kanye West, Helena Christensen, Selma Blair, Alan Cumming and Chase Crawford were among the guests at a party last night in New York to celebrate H&M’s collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela. The unique event was held across many floors of 5 Beekman Street, a historical building in the city’s financial district. Guests were able to discover the collection in dance performances by noted choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and through specially commissioned art installations, before DJ’s kept the party going into the early hours. The Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collection will be launched on November 15th in around 230 H&M stores worldwide.


“We are happy to present the Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collection in New York with this event. Maison Martin Margiela believes in showing its work outside of the traditional context. This mix of installation and performance captures the spirit of the house, and allowed the artists to interpret the collaboration collection in ways they saw fit.” Maison Martin Margiela.

“Tonight’s party has been such an exciting evening, full of surprises. In every room, on every floor, you never knew what you were going to find. The installations showed the Maison Martin Margiela collection with H&M in the most amazing and original way and we believe our customers will really appreciate this collection”, says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

The derelict and raw nine-story building, housed around a glass-roofed atrium, was the perfect setting for the celebration of Maison Martin Margiela with H&M, decorated in the label’s signature white-painted style. The famed choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker created a unique and beautiful performance in squares of sand, which ran throughout the evening on different floors. Anne Teresa and her dancers removed garments from the collection while performing, thus creating live and spontaneous art installations.

The collection with H&M, a series of re-editions of Maison Martin Margiela garments and accessories from various seasons, was further revealed in special art installations on various floors: artists Daniel Arsham, Frederique Chauveaux and Noemie Goudal, created sculptures, projections and photographs exclusively for the event

“It’s an amazing collaboration! Margiela is a beautiful brand – arty, iconoclastic and always edgy. And the quality is always amazing with H&M. Fashion is great because it’s an expression of who you are”, says Julianne Moore.

“It’s incredible, so exciting to celebrate one of my favourite designers. They are mysterious and compelling and I’ve been a great fan of Margiela for many years. H&M, well, look at the lines of men and women lined up! It’s a great opportunity for people to have access to great designers. It makes luxury available to everyone. It’s very democratic and I’m all for it”, says Sarah Jessica Parker.

“I’m a huge fan of Margiela and I love H&M – it’s a great collaboration. I never get surprised by H&M’s choices, every designer they pick I’m interested in. I’m always standing in the queue with my mother in the early mornings. I’ve been a fan of Margiela since the start”, says Helena Christensen.

“I’m here to see the lovely Margiela collection. I love the way H&M is doing collaborations with other designers. It’s a great thing, to make clothes stylish and affordable. The collaborations are a great idea, they are really amazing!” says Alan Cumming.

Is Dior considering taking back Galliano?

FashionUnited reports:

It is the question on everyone’s lips associated with the fashion house. Now that talks with Marc Jacobs have been put on hold and other designers, including Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisco, have stated they are happy at their current houses Celine and Givenchy respectively, the options are numbered. And fashion designers have ego’s, nobody wants to be the 3rd, 4th or even 5th choice for fill Galliano’s shoes.

So who does that leave in the running? Perhaps American designers Jason Wu and Alexander Wang, but can we really see these young designers take the help of such an iconic French House. And could they execute couture?

According to, increasing fashion opinion is that the return of a rehabbed, repentant and rejuvenated Galliano is the only answer. Manolo Blahnik and Franca Sozzani have already added their names to the list of those who would love to see him return, and Arnault said earlier this year that he couldn’t see anyone but Galliano in the job.

“I could have asked many other talented designers to do Dior, but it would not have been the same,” Arnault said in January. “Take Marc Jacobs, he has been a fantastic success at Vuitton and he has a proximity to the Vuitton spirit, but I don’t think it would have been a success with Jacobs at Dior and the other way around, if I had asked John Galliano to do Vuitton, it would not have worked. An essential ingredient in the success of the brand today is the real proximity of Galliano to the talent of Christian Dior.”

Last night, Uma Thurman, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson and Selma Blair were among the guests who joined Donatella Versace and H&M to celebrate the launch of Versace for H&M in New York. In a specially designed building on the Hudson River, Versace’s collection for H&M was shown on the catwalk, alongside some special iconic pieces created just for this exclusive runway show. These iconic Versace looks were worn on the catwalk by top models such as Abbey Lee, Daphne G, Natasha Poly, Sean O’pry and Lindsay Wixson. The show was followed by an after party which featured exclusive performances by Donatella Versace’s special guests, Prince and Nicki Minaj.The venue was decorated in true Versace style, with guests entering the world of Versace from the moment they set foot on the red carpet. The catwalk was paved with gold, the perfect environment in which to preview the Versace for H&M collection, which goes on sale at around 300 stores worldwide and online on November 17.

  • “It was the perfect evening, so glamorous and special. I loved celebrating the launch of Versace for H&M here in New York, an iconic city in which to showcase this iconic collection. Now I cannot wait for it to finally reach stores and be available to the world”, says Donatella Versace.
  • “Donatella Versace has taken us at H&M on an incredible journey since she began designing the collection for us earlier this year, and last night’s fashion event was the perfect culmination.  She has given us the essence of the Versace brand, and last night that came to life with a magical catwalk show that we’ll never forget”, says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.
  • Outfits showcased on the catwalk were from the iconic Versace for H&M collection, which brings together different styles from the Versace archive. The long-awaited collection for H&M features such iconic pieces for women as draped metal mesh dresses, silk-crêpe dresses with gold buttons, multi-coloured panel print dresses and the classic Versace studded leather jacket, while for men there are sharp suits, printed sweaters and print shirts, and studded leather jackets and trousers.
  • The exclusive show also included unique creations that Versace designed especially for the evening.
  • “I think it is so exciting for Versace to made available to everyone. The collection is cool, colourful, young and very hip. I can’t wait to see the show,” said Uma Thurman.
  • “I am such a fan of Versace. The fits for a woman’s body are incredible. I’m also a huge fan of H&M. To have Versace at H&M is the best,” said Blake Lively
  • “Versace is so incredible and so glamorous. For kids to be able to buy it is wonderful. Donatella is an amazing woman,” said Selma Blair.

Block this date in your agenda: 17/11/11 as it would be your perfect excuse to soak in all Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar‘s glamour by the time you indulge yourself in a highly luxurious shopping experience…and all for a good cause!!

Don’t forget to claim your cumplimentary tickets here


an evening of high-octane luxury

For all of you around London this weekend and looking not just only for another lazy Sunday in town,I leave you with the opportunity to take part in a fashion mag-style photoshoot and see your face at the National Theatre.

Fashion photographers Clive Arrowsmith (Oct 8 & 9) and Jillian Edelstein (Oct 10 & 11) host fashion magazine-style photoshoots.Up to 100 people each day will have the opportunity to be photographed, receive a copy of their portrait and see it projected on to the Lyttleton Flytower as part of insurance group Aviva’s ad campaign.

Sounds cool? Read more here.


Find here all the events and activities, open to students from the 6 Art Colleges in London

Walter Van Beirendonck is one of fashion’s true mavericks. Graduating from Belgium’s Royal Arts Academy in 1980, he was one of the illustrious ‘Antwerp Six’ – alongside Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee and Dirk Van Saene (his partner of 30 years) – who together disseminated a radical new aesthetic and placed Antwerp firmly on the fashion map.

Now the Antwerp Fashion Museum (MoMu) is celebrating the 54-year-old designer’s three decades at the cutting edge with the first ever large-scale retrospective of his work, entitled ‘Dream the World Awake’.

Find more about the last fashion maverick in the last Issue of Wallpaper Magazine



+ 32 3470 27 70


Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp – MoMu
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerp


Tomorrow night, Thursday 8th September, Vogue Fashion’s Night will take place in Seven Dials, St Martin’s Courtyard and Covent Garden’s Piazza and Market Building for the first time ever with stores hosting an array of exclusive activity including DJ spin-offs, complimentary food and drinks, style advisors, pampering sessions and one-off exclusive products at over 50 participating stores. For more info, CLICK HERE…


During this must-not-miss fashion evening, visit Seven Dials for a sexy window performance from The Box Club, 8pm, at Coco De Mer;  an opportunity to meet Tatty Devine designers Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine; Poste Mistress’ 10th birthday tea-party including tea-cup cocktails, cupcakes and 20% off; a specially created Kiehl’s Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Survival Set; free goody bag with purchase at Orion London; vintage Vogue covers make-up demos at Screen Face; sushi, DJs, goodie bags & raffle at N2 plus an in-store competition to win ‘A Superga For All Seasons’. Over 30 Seven Dials stores are involved – for further information, CLICK HERE…


Our sister shopping destination St Martin’s Courtyard will be hosting a pop-up bar serving complimentary cocktails; Duo is treating shoppers to smooth tunes played on the baby grand, drinks and  a free gift with purchase, and organic beauty boutique Melvita is offering relaxing eye treatments.  Also don’t miss champagne and cupcakes at Jaeger London, champagne in L.K.Bennett, and jazz music, cocktails and free gifts at Hoss Intropia. The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers has an exclusive two-for-one offer on vouchers for day and evening courses at the unique floral design school. For details on who else is involved and what’s on, CLICK HERE…


In and around Covent Garden’s Piazza and Market Building, Burberry Brit and Paul Smith will both provide musical entertainment with DJs and bands performing in-store. Agnes B will be exhibiting the label’s own archive of Martin Parr photographs and providing gourmet Parisian delicacies. Betsey Johnson is hosting free pampering sessions and styling advice and The Sanctuary’s Spa Shopping Event includes a free mini-treatment, skin care sample and glass of bubbly. For more information, CLICK HERE…


The SPIRIT OF FASHION is touring the UK to celebrate three award-winning fashion designers, Carolyn Massey, Matthew Miller & Rachael Barrett, with their first stop being Seven Dials in time for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. The collection, consisting of 12 exclusive garments, focuses around “Re-invented Classics”, which are all made in England with luxury fabrics. Especially for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, shoppers can enter a prize draw to win a piece from the exclusive collection, quiz the designers themselves and sip cocktails while listening to the celebrity DJ, late into the night. SPIRIT OF FASHION pop-up is open from now until 18th September at 4 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, WC1H 8JB.

Since it’s inception a couple of years ago, Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) has become a global multi-day event where retailers can drum up business and the savvy shopper can score a freebie or two. Now, Madrid has over 340 shops signed up to participate, scheduled for Wednesday, September 72011…and this is tomorrow darlings!!

Remember that you have to register to get your invite. Can do it from here.

The basic concept is that fashion brands and shops will stay open late into the evening (often until midnight or beyond) to allow shoppers time to peruse their displays and latest season’s collection.  Often, the shops will have music, free demonstrations or services and special discounts for FNO shoppers.  The perks vary based on the shop, but you can find out all the deals and plot out your approach based on the information Spanish Vogue has posted on their website.

For those who prefer to shop at home or who can’t make it to the events, check out the online deals also on offer.  And if you’re still travelling, check out the other offers worldwide.

To get the latest updates follow @FNOMadrid on Twitter or VogueEspana on Facebook.


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