Wednesday, 26 October 2016

ESPnews: Victoria Beckham for Target Spring Line / BFC & Annual British Fashion Awards / Richard Nicoll

Hot off the presses of last week's WGSN newsletter (Worth Global Style Network), comes the news that our own VB will be designing a limited-edition, cost effective line for the value brand, ranging from $6-$70, with most under $40 and not only that, but she will also be foraying into childrenswear, in honour of the line she was inspired to create during her last pregnancy, and daughter Harper turning five in Spring.

The womenswear collection will follow in her signature style of sleek, fluid lines, and the 'Victoria Beckham for Target' range will "reflect the essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, including original designs and inspiration from iconic silhouettes" in the apparel and accessories available April 9th for women, girls, young children and babies across Target's 1,800 bricks and mortar stores, as well as online. Some of the childrenswear will also be available internationally and via Beckham's website store.

The over 200-piece collection will range in sizes XS-3X for women, and NB-XL for girls, children and babies. Colours are described as pastels, bright blasts and spring prints; and described as "feminine and functional", to reflect Victoria's commitment to quality craftsmanship.

Target said that standout pieces include easy-to-wear dresses, rompers and playful tops and bottoms for women, with corresponding styles for girls, toddler and baby (WGSN).

"Working with Target has been a really exciting process, and this partnership allows us to share the essence of Victoria, Victoria Beckham with more people than ever before...I was inspired to create the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line when I was pregnant with Harper, and since its launch, the category has evolved into an established lifestyle collection. With both the line and my daughter turning five, I felt it was the perfect time to extend into a more accessible price point, and to celebrate both milestones by opening up the range to include childrenswear for the first time," said Victoria.

Target Chief Merchandising Officer Mark Tritton added: "Victoria Beckham is synonymous with impeccable style, and she's known around the globe for her distinct point of view as a designer. It's been incredibly exciting to see how Victoria's brand has evolved over the years, and we are thrilled that Target's guests will be a part of that journey with this latest must-have collaboration."


British Fashion Awards 2016 Nominations

Supermodel and IT Girl Karlie Kloss announced the nominees for the annual British Fashion Awards on behalf of The British Fashion Council, live from partners, the Swarovski Atelier in LA yesterday afternoon, and it was as controversial as ever. Here they are - judge for yourself:

International Ready-To-Wear Designer of the Year:
Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Donatella Versace for Versace
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy

Anya Hindmarch SS16 - 'Apophenia' Collection

International Accessories Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Anya Hindmarch MBE for Anya Hindmarch
Johnny Coca for Mulberry
Jonathan Anderson for Loewe
Stuart Vevers for Coach

International Model of the Year:
Adwoa Aboah
Bella Hadid
Gigi Hadid
Kendall Jenner
Lineisy Montero

International Urban Luxury Brand of the Year:
Gosha Rubchinskiy

International Business Leader of the Year:

Kanye West and Lourde wear Vetements

Adrian Joffe for Comme Des Garรงons & Dover Street Market
Christopher Bailey MBE for Burberry
Guram Gvasalia for Vetements
Marco Bizzarri for Gucci
Stephanie Sassi for Valentino

British Brand of the Year:
Alexander McQueen
Christopher Kane
Stella McCartney

British Womenswear Designer of the Year:
Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda
Sarah Burton for McQueen
Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

British Menswear Designer of the Year:

Grace Wales Bonner AW15

Craig Green for Craig Green
Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson
Tom Ford for Tom Ford
Dame Vivienne Westwood for Vivienne Westwood

British Emerging Talent of the Year:
Alessandra Rich
Charles Jeffrey
Faustine Steinmetz
Molly Goddard
Self Portrait

Well I don’t know about you, but I found quite a few sledgehammer worthy shocks in those. As well as some more run-of-the-mill, expected names, there were a number of omissions, or snubs, if you really want to stir the pot. Anya Hindmarch MBE for International Accessories Designer did not raise a brow after the sophistication of her 2015-16 lines, in particular the brands collection that you may have seen me highlight if you’re an Instagram follower; just like there’s no shock in nods for Adrian Joffe at Comme des Garcons & Dover Street Market, or Guram Gvasalia at Vetements for International Business Leader, when you consider this year’s success in both corners.

Stella McCartney’s omission from the Womenswear, and International Read-To-Wear Designer categories did make me take pause, until I saw her perennial listing for British Brand; and it didn’t surprise me in the slightest that Grace Wales Bonner has been nominated for Menswear Designer of the Year for instance, although I had expected to see AV Robertson under the Emerging Talent banner, after her success at London Fashion Week AW16 and since. However, I had the exact opposite opinion regarding Kendall Jenner’s nomination for International Model of the Year – I mean, is that really justified, considering she’s only been in the game five minutes, and yet you have the likes of Bella Hadid who has worked her hind end off over the past twelve months establishing her brand? Is this not a move spurred on by attempts at popularity and remaining 'trendy', less than recognising talent?

After all, the criteria for nomination states: ‘A male or female model that has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year and had demonstrated influence beyond the catwalk’. Well unless we’re talking about the TV show that she is a part of, which has boosted sales for her cosmetic and fashion brands, is there really evidence to justify this nomination? We will revisit on 7 December, after the awards take place, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic, please do share below.

Richard Nicoll Dies at 39

Richard Nicoll
Curating over 30 collections spanning Ready-To-Wear, Womenswear, Menswear, Resort and Pre-Fall seasons; London-born Australian, Richard Nicoll died from a sudden cardiac arrest at his home in Sydney, Friday morning. Due to take up the helm of Creative Director at Adidas in Germany next year, further cementing his love for, and affinity with, athleisure; Nicholl inspired a wealth of condolences from the fashion community for his work over the last almost 10 years, since he graduated from Central Saint Martins M.A. in 2006, as one of the all-stars who were credited with reviving London Fashion Week for the international fashion community, along with Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, and Christopher Kaneall alumni of the late esteemed Professor Louise Wilson OBE; who went on to create their own labels around the same time.

Richard Nicoll AW13

Having had his entire 2002 graduate collection purchased by Dolce and Gabbana; he continued with his own label, championed by the likes of Emma Stone, Keira Knightly and Sienna Miller, until 2014, when he shelved it to collaborate with high street brand Jack Wills until earlier this year, followed by numerous local Australian brands to date.

On that sad note, that's it for this week's news. Part Two of my London Fashion Week series will be up later today.

Until the next...

Information sourced from WGSN. Images sourced from The Guardian, Rachel Chandler, and