Friday, May 17, 2013


Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large

A survey this week claimed that 99.3%* of people felt "significantly cheered up" if they read the fashion news on a grey Friday and/or weekend. With those kind of stats, you'd be mad not to read on.

*This figure and survey is entirely made-up but we suspect this might be the case.

In the tug of war between high fashion and high street, this has been a major week as Mark and Spencer and Versus vied for the attention of fashion keenos.

Aren't the Versus transfers utterly brilliant? JW ANDERSON X VERSUS
Firstly, in New York Donatella Versace and JW Anderson came together for the major re-launch of Versace's sister label Versus, for which JW Anderson has designed a capsule collection. In an innovative move, Donatella has repositioned Versus as an exciting brand for fashion-mad millenials. The JW Anderson collection will be available exclusively online in a few days and collections will be launched away from the traditional settings and timings of fashion weeks. Angel Haze and Grimes performed at the event Lexington Avenue Armory, making it a quite the fashion and music bonanza. I loved watching/ listening to the video below, J-Dubz and Donatella in conversation.

Backstage at Versus via JW Anderson's Instagram
Stella Tennant on JW Anderson's Instagram
Meanwhile back in London, Marks and Spencer's share price rose 3% and this happened...

Following the press launch of 's collection yesterday, not only has chat increased 272%, but it is 81%+! Kudos M&S.

Why? Because Belinda Earl unveiled her new plan for the ailing fashion side of M&S. The business has pinned its hopes on Earl, formerly of Debenhams and Jaeger, to rescue it from an eighth consecutive quarter of falling profits. Britain's most-respected fashion editors seem to have varying views on how exactly Earl has executed the turnaround...

Jess Cartner- Morley and Sarah Butler in The Guardian

"The bold fashion message on which Belinda Earl is pinning her hopes of turning around the fortunes of Britain's biggest clothing retailer is about quality, not trend."

Laura Craik in The Times

"That M&S has done one too says everything you need to know about its new strategy. M&S is paying heed to the catwalk again. M&S is doing just what H&M, Zara and Topshop do. M&S is back in the game."

The very Celine/ Carven coat, M&S AW13
The very Prada coat M&S AW13
There are certainly plenty of pieces which rival Zara when it comes to "inspired" by the catwalk. A fur trimmed coat, for example, is a dead ringer for Prada's and a pinstripe one with turned-up collar looks like it might have been designed as a result of Stella McCartney's AW13 show. I showed my Mum the new look book. She, I would imagine, is exactly the kind of customer who could be lured back to M&S- she loved it for years but has more recently migrated to Whistles, Cos and whatever's in John Lewis. She said that she liked "some pieces but I'm not sure who they're targeting". The very Dolce and Gabbana lace red party dress is  is "lovely" she said, "but my friends and I could never wear that now, it's so short". Luckily, the sound of better quality and well-edited ranges was music to her ears. Personally, I would certainly consider making a coat purchase. 

My Mum's favourite dress, she wants this. 
David Beckham announced this week that he's retiring from football. From the reactions of some, you'd think that we're never going to see him again. However, it does seem an appropriate moment to pause and remember the various incarnations of "hairstyle" which Becks has paraded on the pitch. I like AskMen's edit. 

It's been the best of times...

And the worst of times...

Beckham corn rows. Errr. (via
More news in brief...

John Galliano may or may not be preparing to do a tell-all TV interview

Tamara Mellon has been using Twitter to suggest that she may be working on a new venture.

Tamara tries it on (via
Greg Karber is encouraging us to donate Abercrombie and Fitch clothes to the homeless after an executive said that their clothes weren't for "poor people". Watch the video...

Terry Richardson is responsible for the new Valentino accessories campaign, which stars his hands.

Cara Delevingne has had another t-shirt made in her honour. This time she stars on it. Naked. All for Marc Jacobs and skin cancer, who wouldn't?

The UK luxury market will double in the coming five years, according to new research.

Numerous fashion retailers have signed up to a new deal to help prevent further tragedies like last month's Bangladesh factory collapse. Arcadia have now signed after they missed the initial deadline.

Finally in Cannes, aside from some major jewellery burglary, there has been lots of pretty great red carpet dressing. Obviously, for a full run-down you should head over to the Red Carpet Fashion Awards. However, we'll leave you with some lovely actresses in lovely Dior (just don't mention Julianne's toes). Happy Weekend!
Julianne Moore (via
Carey Mulligan (via
Nicole Kidman (via
Zhang Ziyi (via

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