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Posts for March 9th 2010

Pete Doherty Rocks out at Joseph


We know him well from the much-documented tales of drug abuse; the repeated visits to rehab; the court appearances; the filthy nails, greying skin and shabby clothes; and the now-ended relationship with Kate Moss.

Despite starting a craze for little Trilby hats, there was little evidence of any abiding interest in style.

Yet, the Paris prêt-a-porter season last night, witnessed the launch of a "new" Pete Doherty, a Kinks-style "dedicated follower of fashion", some might say.

Doherty gave one of his “guerrilla gigs”, on Paris’s "fashion boulevard" on the Right Bank, the ultra-chic, avenue Montaigne, to celebrate the opening of the new Joseph store, barely a cigarette butt’s throw from Christian Dior, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, et al.

Doherty, poet and singer, held the audience enthralled in an hour-long set, accompanying himself on a battered Gibson, with tracks from The Libertines/ Carl Barât era and Babyshambles days, as well as his own songbook, including For Lovers, Can’t Stand Me Now, Last of the English Roses, What a Waster and Delivery.

Two ballet dancers, in tattered tutus and Union Jack bodices, occasionally pirouetted in the background.

The country squire look appears to be just the first stage in Doherty’s fashion makeover. He has started work on a design collaboration with the young Central Saint Martins graduate and rock ‘n’roll jeweller, Hannah Martin, which Joseph hopes to be selling within a few months.

Irina Lazareanu

Chanel Fall 2010 RTW



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Jason Wu x Bergdorf Goodman


Jason Wu has teamed up with Bergdorf Goodman to launch a limited edition capsule collection which ranges from chiffon day pieces to more structured sheaths, inspired by what Wu calls classic American style: defined waists and hues like lemon yellow, red and navy are focal points.  The dresses will retail from $1,150 to $2,990 and the collaboration will likely contiune.  The capsule collection will be sold exclusively at the store and online starting Mary 14th.

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Alexander McQueen's Final Show



Yesterday the final collection Alexander McQueen created before his February 11 suicide was presented in Paris. Only sixteen looks of the fall 2010 line, inspired by Old Master painters, were shown. Though rumors surfaced earlier this week about Gareth Pugh taking over design, the house hasn't begun seriously thinking about McQueen's successor. Reuters reports:

"We've been really focusing on this, on finishing the collection, we haven't been thinking beyond that," Chief Executive Jonathan Akeroyd told Reuters, visibly moved after the show in a discreet villa on a side street by the Seine.

"In the next few weeks, we are going to be working on the way ahead, but we've just really been concentrating on this presentation," he said.

Reporters watched the show in silence as McQueen's assistants "choked back tears." Looks included McQueen's signature prints, a red dress embroidered with thousands of rustling gold disks, and a gold coat with a high collar made entirely of feathers, worn over a white tulle skirt.

"It was all inspired and developed and all patterns were cut by Lee," Akeroyd said, using McQueen's given first name.

"It was well under way and the development was very much in final stages, so it was just about carrying on finishing the pieces ... we had four weeks to finish his work, basically," he said, describing the experience as intense and incredibly difficult.

Akeroyd added that McQueen had come up with a concept for one of his usually theatrical shows, but that "it didn't feel right" to put it on after his passing. "We decided this was the best way to do it in a very low-profile environment — the most appropriate way in light of what has happened." The clothes certainly speak for themselves.



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