Bottega Veneta Weaves a Tale at London’s Chiswick House

PARTYING WITH PALLADIO: “We wanted to bring part of the Veneto region to London for a real celebration,” said Claus Dietrich Lars, chief executive of Bottega Veneta, as he cast his gaze around Chiswick House, the 18th-century Palladian-style villa in west London.
The villa, built by Lord Burlington, was filled with northeastern Italian flavor on Thursday night, from the prosecco tasting stations and Aperol spritz cocktail bar to the Bottega Veneta craftspeople who were busily weaving the brand’s famous intrecciato designs with strips of leatherlike strands of fettuccine as guests walked among the rooms.
There were areas dedicated to all of the brand’s products, from leather goods to fragrance to jewelry, while downstairs in the garden, guests were offered Venetian-inspired food made by Giorgio Locatelli.

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In the fragrance room, the entire Parco Palladiano collection was on display, with each juice meant to evoke a single moment in the day, including the smell of the air in the garden at dawn to high noon under the orange tree.
It was the biggest event that Bottega had ever done in London, with guests including Sabine Getty, Poppy Delevingne, Amber Le Bon, Lady Kitty Spencer, Arizona Muse, Marc Quinn, François-Henri Pinault and a host

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Grace Coddington, Michael Roberts Host Book Signing at London’s Smythson Store

BOOK SIGNING: “There’s a slight familiarity with Gingernutz — she’s me,” said Grace Coddington at the London book signing of “GingerNutz: The Jungle Memoir of a Model Orangutan” on Thursday evening.
Held at the Smythson store on New Bond Street, British designers including Erdem Moralioğlu, E. Tautz owner and creative director Patrick Grant and Stephen Jones were among the guests who turned up to show support.
Coddington recalled the first time she encountered the main character — illustrated by longtime friend Michael Roberts — and thought she was so cute. Roberts had drawn a series of illustrations from the point of view of a baby orangutan and depicted the little ape’s journey navigating the fashion world. Alongside her book, Coddington will also be contributing to the December issue of British Vogue.
“I have already contributed,” Coddington said. “And I can’t wait for it to come out. I’ve only done one and it’s at the early stages. Edward [Enninful] loved it and that’s the main thing. I loved it. I’m very happy with it. It’s a surprise.”
While Coddington, couldn’t divulge too many details, she noted that working with British Vogue’s new editor in chief was a great experience. “We’re friends so we go back

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London’s Fashion and Textile Museum to Mount Orla Kiely Exhibit

ALL ABOUT ORLA: London’s Fashion and Textile Museum plans to mount an exhibit on British fashion designer Orla Kiely in May 2018.
“Over the past 20 years we have built an archive of fashion, accessories and homeware rooted in our signature style,” said Orla Kiely. “With the exhibition, we will be bringing it all together under one roof in a celebration of design, print and color that has become the Orla Kiely brand. It is very exciting and an enormous privilege through which we can show the dynamic power of design while looking positively to the future with a clear vision and global identity established.”
“Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern” will feature more than 150 of her prints and pieces. Known for her use of vivid Sixties prints and silhouettes, the exhibit will highlight Kiely’s life as a designer, her inspirations and will delve into her fascination with patterns. The show will also feature sketches, prints and product prototypes. Also on display will be products created in collaboration with architects, photographers and film directors. Kiely’s original paper sketches for her signature “Stem” graphic that she designed in the Nineties will be showcased.
“The Orla Kiely exhibition will offer a privileged insight into

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Fast-Fashion Retailer Quiz Set for Listing on London’s AIM Market

QUIZ POPS: Quiz, the U.K. fast-fashion retailer that specializes in dresses and occasion wear at value prices, is set to list on London’s AIM market on July 28.
The company, an omnichannel retailer, has a placing price of 1.61 pounds per share that will translate into a market capitalization of 200 million pounds on the day of admission.
The placing is expected to raise 102.7 million pounds of gross proceeds, of which 10.6 million pounds has been earmarked for the company to accelerate growth. Existing shareholders and directors will hold a 48.8 percent stake in the listed entity.
The brand was founded in 1993 in Glasgow, Scotland, and employs about 1,350 people in the U.K. and Ireland. It sells via its web site, apps and through 73 stand-alone stores and 165 concessions in the U.K. and Ireland.
Products on the site include a black and nude sequined mesh maxidress for 99.99 pounds, a red frill tunic dress for 26.99 pounds and a white “Bardot” crochet trim top for 17.99 pounds. It also sells shoes, accessories and a plus-size range.
The company said it aims to offer “all the latest trends at value for money prices,” and describes its target audience as fashion-conscious women of all ages.
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Thieves Steal $3.9 Million in Jewels From London’s Masterpiece Art Fair

HOT WEATHER HEIST: Thieves quietly swooped on London’s Masterpiece Art Fair, an annual event that takes place in Chelsea, stealing jewels worth 3 million pounds, or $ 3.9 million, from the Geneva-based jeweler Boghossian.
The ticketed fair, which showcases high-end art, antiques and jewelry, has round-the-clock security. It takes place every year at Royal Hospital Chelsea and draws up to 44,000 visitors. According to police, the thieves struck between 5 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
The fair ran from June 29 to July 5, and was open every day from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., which meant that the robbery could have taken place while the fair was still open for business. The thieves were thought to have used distraction techniques to carry out the robbery.
The fair said it is “fully cooperating with the police,” who have been examining the CCTV camera in the space. However, no arrests have been made and there were no witnesses to the theft. Guests are checked on their way into the fair, and on the way out. All bags are opened and examined upon arrival and as people are exiting.
Masterpiece is known for drawing top collectors from across the world and hosting exhibitors across

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London’s Royal College of Art Names Jonathan Ive to Post of Chancellor

LONDON — Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, has been tapped as the Royal College of Art’s new chancellor. The college has confirmed the appointment, and said the five-year term would take effect in July.
Ive will replace the British inventor James Dyson. He will oversee meetings and take part in the institution’s governing body. He will also advise the school on digital initiatives pertaining to computer science, the effects of the digital economy and advance manufacturing. He will also be involved in the construction of the school’s new building in Battersea, which is slated to launch in 2020.
“As chancellor, Jony embodies the RCA’s ideals of technology and design excellence, inspiring students and staff,” said Paul Thompson, rector of the Royal College of Art, adding that Ive will enable the college “to educate the next generation of world-leading artists and designers.”
At Apple, Ive oversees the aesthetic and experience of the products, ranging from hardware and packaging to user interface. He is also involved in the development of Apple Park, the company’s California campus. He owns more than 5,000 patents and received an honorary doctorate from RCA in 2009. Among his list of accolades includes a CBE in 2006 and a KBE

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LVMH Ramps Up Relationship with London’s Central Saint Martins

LONDON – LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is investing further in British fashion talent with a “major” investment in Central Saint Martins that will focus on sustainability, WWD has learned.
An announcement is expected this week.
The new investment comes after six years of collaboration between LVMH and the college, which is part of University of the Arts London and the alma mater of designers including Riccardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan.
The money will provide additional scholarships and fund an original sustainability and innovation program. Its aim is to combine imaginative ideas and creativity with the discovery of “new, holistic solutions that balance the needs of people, planet and business,” Central Saint Martins said. The value of the LVMH investment has not been disclosed.
According to the school, the program will combine “disruptive thinking and sustainable practice” to question the future of creativity in relation to challenges that face the fashion industry and wider society. “It will enable knowledge exchange between LVMH teams, CSM students and representatives, and will expand the already solid relationship between the group and the college,” CSM said.
A new CSM-LVMH director of sustainability and innovation will be appointed to steer the relationship and

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Were London’s Fashion Awards Really the Oscars-Meets-the-Met-Gala?

With a new-look, globalized event, plus Marilyn Manson and Ralph Lauren, Britain attempts to position itself as an arbiter of international style.
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APC Opens in London’s Notting Hill

APC’S LONDON LATEST: APC has opened its third store in London, in the city’s Notting Hill area.
The 700-square-foot space, which had a soft opening last month, stands at 34 Ledbury Road, nearby Diane von Furstenberg, Zadig & Voltaire and Matchesfashion.com on the street.
Laurent Deroo architects — APC’s longtime collaborator — designed the store together with the Paris-based label’s founder Jean Touitou.
The store’s interiors make a feature of narrow, glazed gray ceramic bricks, designed to evoke London’s Victorian pub tiles, which are set in pale oak frames to form walls and partitions in the store. There are also brass light-fittings and pale wood floors.
The space carries APC’s men’s and women’s collections, alongside accessories, quilts and candles. It adds to APC’s existing London stores on east London’s Redchurch Street and on Lexington Street in Soho.

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London’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise Names Designers to Pioneer Program

YOUNG PIONEERS: The Centre for Fashion Enterprise, a British business incubator, has announced the six London-based designers who will join its New Fashion Pioneer Program, which runs for six months. They are the LVMH Grand Prix scholarship winner Richard Malone; women’s wear designer Min Wu; Lei Sihan of the jewelry brand Lion Studio; the design duo Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe of the sustainable women’s wear label Gyo Yuni Kimchoe; performance activewear designer Charli Cohen, and Fashion East men’s wear designer Grace Wales Bonner.
“These Pioneer designers represent a new crop of talent who are breaking the mold. They redefine what a fashion business is, and illustrate that today’s new designers can explore design, fashion and product from a range of different angles with sufficient talent to lead new markets,” said Wendy Malem, director of the CFE.
“Since we launched our label, we have faced so many difficulties and problems in various areas and the program and the support it provides will be such a huge help to overcome these obstacles and grow as a sustainable business,” said designers Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe. Among the program’s alumni are fashion labels Erdem, Thomas Tait, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Craig Green.

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Derek Jarman Remembered: Will You Dance With Me? at London’s BFI LGBT Film Festival

There would have to be something miraculous about a new film by gay, British art-house director and artist Derek Jarman, but that’s exactly what London’s BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival offered last weekend. Jarman, who died 20 years ago, put together a VHS tape following people in a nightclub back in September 1984. Released for the first time as Will You Dance With Me?, the footage was to help fellow director Ron Peck with the casting and styling of his feature film Empire State, which eventually came into being, though without Jarman’s brilliant touch, three years later.

Watching 78 minutes of roving camera shot across a tiny dance floor and among the characters crowding around the bar of Benjy’s in Mile End, East London, may not sound like your idea of an evening’s entertainment, but think again. Remember, this is Derek Jarman behind the camera. He was a cinematic genius, a visual poet who could make spilt beer brooding.

Anyone who remembers the ’80s in Britain will recognize the scene: the carpeted floor, the dingy plush booths, the long pool of light that is the bar, the tininess of if all — everything, in fact, suggestive of someone’s front-room conversion rather than the cavernous, multilevel dance halls of later eras. This is the local disco with its twice-a-week gay nights, a place as thrilling and scary as any back alley for a 20-year-old out to hook up and pick up. Gay bars and pubs still blacked out their windows then, and no one really wanted to be seen entering or exiting. Within is a world of satin prints, cotton jumpers, ass-hugging slacks, New Romantic quiffs, perms, and lining the pints of beer up at the bar — paradise, in other words. My own personal paradise was The Coven in Oxford, where town met gown on a dance floor that was overcrowded with half a dozen people on it. There was the promise of sex, waking up in a strange bedroom, bussing home with Oxford’s commuters in last night’s underwear, a not-so-guilty secret, feeling special at last rather than feeling like a freak, knowing that you’re not alone.

The initial impression in the first few moments of Will You Dance With Me? is not exactly nostalgia but a sort of synesthetic sense memory of poppers, Stella Artois and Eau Sauvage. But if that was all it had to offer, it wouldn’t be worth more than five minutes of your time. Jarman cannot help but weave a plot from his material, following one dancer after another, ranging back to the bar to inspect the profile of a drag queen or zooming across the club to eavesdrop on a pretty boy blue and his older companion. The camera becomes a prowler, apparently omnivorous but actually on the hunt for something particular, something it will know when it sees it. There is wry humor here; quixotic dance routines elicited applause from the cinema audience. And the soundtrack was that of my early 20s: Sister Sledge, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Evelyn Thomas, the anvil beat of a generation’s heart, worth issuing on its own.

At last Jarman’s video narrator finds what he’s looking for, a handsome young man, chiseled, sensitive, though paradoxically a bit rough around the edges. “Will you dance with me?” he asks, giving the film’s producers their title. “In a minute,” the boy diffidently replies, as though turning down the likes of Derek Jarman were a nightly occurrence.

And the last 15 minutes or so of the film become a paean to this youth, or perhaps to youth itself. When he asks him to dance to camera, under the lights the young man’s face has an almost unbearably sad beauty to it, fragile and vulnerable — and we’re reminded that HIV/AIDS was already the uninvited guest at the party. How many there that night in 1984 would not see their 30s or 40s? Jarman himself only had 10 years left to live.

Phillip Williamson was the young man, and he went on to star in Jarman’s exquisite distillation of Shakespeare’s sonnets, The Angelic Conversation. Benjy’s was never used in the film, and the innovative handheld camerawork remained on a shelf for 30 years. Of course, the whole thing was set up, and that is the artistry of it, for the film feels like a video montage of an average night out. Although fashions may have changed (thankfully), and although the settings may have become slicker, the essential butterflies in the belly are still the same for today’s clubbers, which makes the movie universal.

Will You Dance With Me? is a worthy addition to Jarman’s stable, a splendid, romantic, heady, scrappy, noisy, artful hymn to a moment-in-time gay scene that is also for all time.

While there’s talk of a general release, Will You Dance With Me? will be at a film festival near you soon.
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