ALICE TEMPERLEY is launching a new label for the UK‘s John Lewis stores. Somerset by Alice Temperley is a 60 piece collection inspired by Victoriana, Bohemia, lace, military, embellishment, monochrome, chiffon, animal print and leather. Including a range of accessories, pieces include pony skin slippers, wide belts, studded handbags, print scarves, beaded Indian evening gowns, and sheepskin coats. Launching in early September in 29 John Lewis stores and online, a second phase of party wear will arrive in early October. Watch the video preview, and log on to www.johnlewis.com/somerset
ABOYDBAZAAR is a collaborative collection of pieces from fashion designer Tracey Boyd, designed with artists and producers from her travels around the world. The limited editions are an eclectic selection of pieces, such as a vintage cotton Indian blanket reinvented with shell and wool embroideries, to a beaded tasselled shirt designed by Tracey Boyd. Log on to www.traceyboyd.com
ANNA DELLO RUSSO, the flamboyant fashion director-at-large of Vogue Japan, has collaborated with H&M on a collection of accessories. The range, featuring jewellery, sunglasses, shoes, bags, and a trolley, will be available from October in selected stores worldwide, and online.
France. THE STARS OF DIOR opens this month at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville, Normandy. The exhibition of gowns and accessories, worn by film stars from the 1940s to today, will be on show at the former childhood home of the designer. Pieces featured include gowns worn by Marlene Dietrich, Olivia de Havilland, Elizabeth Taylor, Penélope Cruz, Charlize Theron, and Marion Cotillard, with documentation of Dior’s work in the film world. The Stars in Dior exhibit is on show from May 12 to September 23, and coincides with the French release of a book of the same name, which will be released worldwide in September. Log on to www.musee-dior-granville.com for further information, and www.rizoliusa.com to buy the book or pre-order.
London. HERMÈS is celebrating its 175 anniversary, and will host the exhibition Leather Forever featuring some of the label’s most famous designs. On show will be pieces commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson, four unique bags representing England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, that will be auctioned with all proceeds donated to the Royal Academy of Arts, and some of the brand’s artisans will be present to show crafting of of the bags in front of visitors.
Leather Forever will be on show at the Royal Academy of Art‘s sister space, 6 Burlington Gardens, from May 8 to 27 and entry is free. Log on to www.royalacademy.org.uk
THE COSTUME INSTITUTE BENEFIT, at New York‘s Metropolitan Museum, will show a live stream of the Red Carpet tonight, Monday, May 7, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by Vogue, the broadcast will include interviews with the gala co-chairs, Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour, and celebrities from the worlds of fashion, film, society, sports, art, business, and music. Celebrities will be asked questions chosen from viewer submissions on Twitter at #MetQuestions. To join in, like the Met on Facebook.com/MetMuseum, follow on Twitter.com/MetMuseum. Use #ImpossibleConversations and #MetGala hashtags on Twitter. Segments on the history of the benefit and this year’s corresponding exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, will also be shown. (Also see Fashion Exhibition: World Dates, March 7). For the live stream log on to www.metmuseum.org/metgala, or on www.vogue.com and www.amazon.com/Fashion. Watch the video preview.
KENZO has collaborated with American brand Vans on a limited edition of sports shoes. Featuring prints from Kenzo’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, three editions will be available in selected Kenzo stores worldwide, Opening Ceremony in New York, Harvey Nichols in London, Colette in Paris, and online. Log on to www.vans.com
NICOLA FORMICHETTI, creative director of Mugler, and Lady Gaga‘s stylist, is gearing up to launch his own ready-to-wear and accessories line, and told WWD that it will be ‘very digitally oriented and hi-tech’. He plans to incorporate solar power that can charge a wearer’s phone or fabrics that will mould to the body, and is set to launch in mid-2013 .
IRISH APFEL, the American fashion icon, is releasing a handbag collaboration with HSN, which sells her jewellery line. Made from Mongolian lambs’ wool, snakeskin, and hair calf, log on to www.hsn.com. (Also see Beauty News: Spring/Summer Makeup, February 21 to read about her make-up line for MAC.)