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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Inspired by Savile Row

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s fashion line is inspired by Savile Row tailors.

The designer duo revealed their The Row Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which was showcased at yesterday, continues to concentrate on sharp tailoring and “refined luxury.”

“We wanted to concentrate on tailored pieces. The Row is named after Savile Row and refined minimal luxury is what this is all about. Like the trouser suit and doing the perfect blazer,” Mary-Kate told Elle.

The 24-year-old twins had to show their upcoming collection this week after they were forced to cancel their event in September due to the late delivery of a number of their fabric samples. However, the sisters are now happy with the 15 looks that make up the new line.

“We wanted to make sure the production was where we wanted it to be and that meant not being in New York,” Ashley said.


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British Fashion Council Nominates Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham celebrates her son's birthday upon her nomination announcementA Spice Girl finally receives credit for her hard work: has been nominated for a British Fashion Council award.

The pop star-turned-fashion designer launched her label in 2008 to rave reviews and now her work has paid off as she’s been shortlisted for the BFC’s Designer Brand of the Year award, taking on fashion heavyweights such as Mulberry, and Pringle.

Victoria shows her twice yearly collections during New York Fashion Week but the brand is designed and made in London. Since its launch the mother-of-three’s collections - which focuses on simple dramatic - have become a huge hit and her creations have been seen on stars from Jennifer Lopez to Elle Macpherson.

Phoebe Philo, who has transformed French fashion house Celine into one of the industry’s most sought-after labels, has been shortlisted for the Designer of the Year, alongside Erdem and while Lara Stone is nominated for Model of the Year. Harold Tillman, Chairman of the BFC commented that the diverse nominees reflected the “incredible vision and breadth of talent that British designers offer.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 7.


Olsen Twins to Work the Register for Fashion Week

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will man the tills at the launch of their pop-up shop in New York.

The fashionable twins are opening a pop-up branch of Elizabeth + James in the city’s West Village during New York Fashion Week, and will work on the tills for one hour, ringing up customers at the registers from 7pm until 8pm on September 10.

The range, named after Mary-Kate and Ashley’s brother and sister, features a number of looks the twins are fan of, including oversized shirts, ankle boots and belted waists. Recently the 24-year-old sisters - who have three fashion collections; , Elizabeth + James and Olsenboye - recently revealed they would love to dress First Lady Michelle Obama.

Discussing their own style inspiration, Mary-Kate added the twins were taught to look elegantly from an early age: “When we were growing up, our mother taught us never to have your belly button exposed.”


Jessica Simpson Leaves Skinny Models Out of Fashion Show

Jessica Simpson is to use real women to model her fashion collection.

The curvy singer - who has faced criticism for her weight in the past - is reportedly set to turn her back on the trend of using skinny models in her New York Fashion Week show in September, and instead has decided to use real women to showcase her clothing collection.

“Jessica Simpson plans to unveil her latest collection for the media at in September, but there’s a twist. Instead of using super-skinny models to showcase her designs, Jessica has decided to send her best friends - real women in real sizes - down the aisle. This is the amount of the brand’s retail grand revenue, not what Jessica takes home. She attends all business meetings and makes all major decisions.  She’s a sharp businesswoman and knows what women want,” a source said.

The 30-year-old blonde admitted her television show The Price of Beauty - which sees Jessica travel the globe to investigate some of the extreme lengths some women will go to in order to look good - has finally helped her accept to her body shape: “We all obsess over looking like the perfect Barbie type, and that’s not always what’s beautiful. It’s about making peace with yourself.”


Items Du Jour: Olsens Look to London, Zac Looks to Paris, and Rodarte on Daytime TV

Lady Gaga in Calvin Klein- At last night’s big Belvedere Pink Grapefruit event in New York, Ashley Olsen revealed that a certain city across the pond will be the inspiration for the pair’s next Olsenboye collection. That’s nice and all, but I’d really appreciate if they’d concentrate on getting the line out of JCPenney.

- While it may not be London who calls for Zac Posen, Paris has caught the American designer’s eye. Posen, who has been unhappy with how New York critics have treated him during fashion week debuts, says that he wants to show in the city of love because “they understand my clothes.”

- With a slew of dark looks lately, Lady Gaga performed at the Rainforest Fund’s 21st Birthday Celebration in an all-white custom Calvin Klein creation. She even wore a light gray wig to match!

- As her younger sister Georgia Jagger steams up the latest Chanel ads, model Elizabeth Jagger is contemplating full-on nude spreads now that she’s getting older. Has she seen Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer lately?

- There’s a new bag in town, and it’s called the Schitbag. If only I made these things up. I’m almost tempted to buy it simply to tout the fact that I have a fashionable schitbag.

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Kelly Osbourne Comments on McQueen Death

Kelly Osbourne at New York Fashion WeekReality star says the fashion world will never be the same since the tragic death of Alexander McQueen.

The presenter was a close friend of the designer - who was found hanged in his London home last week after reportedly taking his own life - paid tribute to him and believes nobody will ever come close to his legacy.

“I’m devastated at the death of my friend , who, it seems, may have committed suicide at this London home last week. He was only 40 and the fashion world will never be the same without him. “There aren’t many great designers in the world, even fewer trendsetters. His fashion told a story, it meant something. He was distinctive and unique. No one will come close to replicating what he did.”

Meanwhile, Kelly took to the catwalk at New York Fashion Week on Sunday. The newly-slim star strutted herself at the show, which was inspired by saloon girls, vagabonds and gamblers. She was the first model of the evening with a bandanna mask, playfully wielding toy pistols before revealing her face.


Alexander McQueen Found Dead

Alexander McQueen

UPDATE: McQueen had cocaine, tranquilizers and sleeping pills in his system when he died.

The fashion industry mourns the loss of yet another prominent force in the industry. British fashion designer , 40, was found dead in his London apartment this morning, having reportedly committed suicide. His death comes days after his mother’s death and three years after the suicide of Isabella Blow, the famed style icon who discovered him.

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New York Fashion Week Recap

 

From Derek Lam and Alexander Wang to Max Azria and Jason Wu (and many more!), a quick recap of New York Fashion Week is covered in this 5-minute clip, spliced with interview clips from designers and celebrity fans.

Designer Phillip Lim had quite a tongue-twisting way of describing his collection: “It is about the mystery woman. Us as voyeurs, us being curious as who this woman is and how she goes on about her life, from day to night, weekend to weekday. And it starts with the idea of deconstructing construction to reconstructed.”

And you should hear what Michael Kors had to say about a certain pet peeve…

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Janet Jackson Gets Cozy at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer '10Janet Jackson attended the Ralph Lauren fashion show last Friday.

The 43-year-old singer sat in the front row of the New York Fashion Week show alongside the legendary designer’s family. When asked what her favorite look was, Janet replied, “I love them all!”

Ralph’s Spring/Summer ‘10 collection saw models embracing the “resilient spirit” of the nation and its work ethic. Among the looks featured were silver-sequined slashed jeans, work shirts, and metallic blue lame gowns with details of a workman’s coverall.

The designer, who’s known for his classic sportswear brand, said that he wanted his blue-hued collection to reflect the nation’s drive during the recent economic problems: “Hard times seem to sharpen our capacity for idealism and our optimism that tomorrow will be a better day. I am inspired by the character of the worker, the farmer, the cowboy, the pioneer women of the prairies living authentically through challenging times.”

His collection also featured 30s-inspired delicate floral-print dresses and contrasting, tailored denim styles.


Pastels Abound at Michael Kors

Michael Kors Spring/Summer '10Project Runway judge Michael Kors took some time out of his television gig to get back to his day job, where he chose a completely new color palette for his Spring/Summer ‘10 collection.

The American designer showed his latest line at New York Fashion Week yesterday and amazed onlookers by opting for pastel fabrics.

“I’ve never done pastels before—I always felt they were a bit too saccharine. But they seem right for spring. That’s what it’s all about.”

The line featured sharp angles and dresses with panels cut away, all sewn in pale blues, lilacs and soft green shades. Also shown were loose-fitting jumpers, Grecian dresses with cowl necks, shift and cocktail dresses. Sitting front row was actor Michael Douglas, who revealed that he loves attending fashion shows.

“Michael is a friend, and I like to go to at least one show a season, to keep in touch and catch a bit of theater,” Douglas said.


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