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Pugh’s creative direction

Found via Vogue UK:

“Flattered but inappropriate” was the reaction Gareth Pugh gave when his name was suggested as the successor to the late Alexander McQueen’s label. “There have been so many rumours. How many jobs can one person do? To be honest with you, I thought that the McQueen thing was a little in bad taste with the circumstances surrounding that. It is vaguely flattering but obviously the inappropriateness did rather take over,” Pugh, in Florence to make his Italian debut with Pitti, told Vogue.

“I met him a couple of times but I didn’t know him as a person, I never worked with him. They obviously have a very specific way of working there and Sarah Burton worked with him for a long, long time and to be given that role and responsibility is a tough one.”

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Second Beth Ditto collection reveals gap in the plus-size market

From The Guardian, by Mariannne Kirby

In the earliest hours of September 17, while the customer service representatives for Evans, the UK plus-size fashion retailer, slumbered in their beds, an international fatshion (fat fashion) frenzy was brewing on Twitter. Plus-sized shoppers in the US and below the equator in Australia and New Zealand refreshed product pages and traded 140-character thoughts on the highly anticipated Beth Ditto collection.

In 2009, Beth Ditto, equally famous as lead singer of the Gossip and for her eclectic style choices and bold personality, worked with Evans to release a collection reflecting in-the-moment trends. The collection struck a nerve with its iconic pieces – and quickly disappeared from stock rooms. When word of Ditto’s second collection hit the internet, fatshionistas from all over the world were poised, credit card numbers at their finger tips, and ready to buy.

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Lanvin for H&M

Confirming the collaboration with high-street brand H&M, Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz and head of menswear, Lucas Ossendrijver have agreed to design a range that will arrive in stores 23 November.

Customers will also be able to buy the collection online, following the store’s recent announcement that it is launching its first ecommerce site in September.

Elbaz said, “H&M approached us to collaborate, and to see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less,” he said, “I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.”

Previous successful designer collaborations for the Swedish highstreet giant include Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel and Jimmy Choo.

Madonna faces lawsuit over Material Girl

Madonna is facing a lawsuit over her new Material Girl collection sold exclusively through Macy’s

Executives at clothing manufacturer LA Triumph, Inc (I couldn’t find their website…) claim in a lawsuit that the company has been trading under the Material Girl banner since 1997, and insist Madonna’s range causes “deception” and “confusion in the marketplace”, according to papers obtained by TMZ.com.

LA Triumph bosses have asked a judge to ban Madonna from any further use of the trademark as well as demanding they receive all profits the line has garnered so far, reports the site.

Yeh, good luck with that. Obviously the name of Madonna’s youth-targeted label is inspired by her 1985 hit, “Material Girl”, outdating LA Triumph, Inc by twelve years. You can’t deny, it’s a nice bit of easy publicity for them though.

Jimmy Choo unveil collection for H&M

Next month, the average high street shopper can purchase their very own pair of Jimmy Choo’s, as today hype (and if past collections are anything to go by- mass hysteria) was built with the unveiling of the collection by H&M.

Consumers are generally expected to fork out an extortionate amount to get their hands on the coveted heels, a staunch favourite amongst A-listers (and Carrie Bradshaw), with the average pair costing £500.

But for a credit-crunch friendly-ish £79.99, shoe-lovers can bag a bargain just in time for the party season, as the collection hits shelves on November 14.

The Jimmy Choo for H&M range features more than 40 pieces including clothing as well as footwear and handbags. Prices range from £14.99 for statement jewellery, through to £149.99 for a leather dress and £179.99 for thigh high boots. Key footwear styles include red patent strappy heels, studded pumps (£49.99) and zebra print sandals (£79.99).

There is even something for the men as a selection of ankle boots, bags, wool blazers, leather biker jackets, silk and cashmere mix sweaters, shirts and trousers will also be available in store.

Jimmy Choo was co-founded in 1996 by Malaysian-born Choo and former Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon. It has since become a major global upmarket brand with stores on six continents. Mellon, who set up the designer empire with a £150,000 loan from her father, said: ‘It’s such a privilege to design a collection to appeal to fashion savvy, street smart women.

‘Jimmy Choo will bring to H&M a sophisticated, fashion forward, accessible and glamorous collection – the perfect party pieces to wear out at night.’

The partnership is the latest coup by H&M, who have cashed in on collections by designers including Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

Surface To Air teams up with Solve Sundsbo

This month fashion label and creative agency Surface to Air has not only masterminded Uniqlo’s first store opening in Paris but has also teamed up with Norwegian, fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo who has designed a capsule collection for the company.

Creating three prints entitled Parrot, Hair Dress and Dry Clean Bag the photographer has developed three key pieces with the fashion team: a top, a dress and a fabric bag printed with the famed lensman’s stunning, trippy, ethereal images, all of which can be seen here

Prices start at 140 Euros.