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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hat Spat

Last night at the V&A, eccentric English milliner Stephen Jones launched his solo show of 300 or so hats with a festive finale to London Fashion Week. Prop stylist Fred Butler told us she (yes, she) was in hat heaven as she breezed around the grand space, photographing guests in their feathered, furry and otherwise festooned (and mandatory) head tableaux. Legendary retailer Michael Kostiff was on hand, as was (UK) Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Lucy Yeoman, Giles Deacon and male model Callum, whose mother worked alongside Stephen in his original shop.

And then, tragedy struck. Fred, who's the loveliest of girls, collided with a less-than-charming woman and the two were inextricably entangled in a hat-lock. We don't know the ugly details, but apparently insults (and maybe a hat) were hurled, feelings were hurt and Fred, our Cinderella, fled the scene unscathed, thankfully, but before she could get her Anna Piaggi pic!...

Katie Grand & Lucy Yeoman

Erin O'Connor, Giles Deacon

Judy Blame & Philip Treacy

Namalee Bolle & Bruno Basso, Michael Kostiff

Callum & mum

Teo, set designer Simon Costin

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Your First Look: Hussein Chalayan

Pics from last night's launch of Hussein Chalayan's retrospective at the London Design Museum, spanning fifteen years of mystifying genius. More later...

Hussein Chalayan and his CEO, Giorgio Belloli / Erin O'Connor

New Young Pony Club's Tahita Bulmer / former supe Saffron Aldridge / Róisín Murphy

"How exactly is that made?"

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