September 20, 2006

the news from london.


the hot stories from across the pond aren’t restricted to the runways. two londoners made news off the runways announcing major collaborations.

first up, miss moss is pairing up with high street retailer topshop to offer a line of clothing, accessories, and footwear. the line will be in stores and on the website starting in spring 2007. prices have not been decided, as to where this line will fit in, but it is assumed that prices will be kept affordable.

a quote from topshop’s parent company owner and moss, from wwd:

“We want to build this into a global brand,” Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop’s parent, Arcadia Group plc, told WWD in an interview. “She is a fashion icon in terms of the U.K., probably the best-known model, and is what Topshop is all about in terms of fashion. Our customers identify with her.”

Moss said in a statement, “I have always been a big fan of Topshop and regularly shop there. I love what they stand for and am very excited at the thought of working with them. It’s going to be great fun.”

more from green:

“She will come in for a few hours every other day or so, set the inspiration for the line, and then our designers will interpret that,” Green said. “She knows what the trends are, she likes shopping and she will provide the ethos as to where we should position the line. She will be in the engine room helping to steer the collection.”

now that the retailer has settled its lawsuit over the topshop brand in the u.s., the hunt is on for a flagship location in nyc that will open in fall 2007. in addition, a revamped e-commerce enabled website is in the works.

also out of london, roland mouret is designing a capsule collection for the (product) gap line. the collection of 10 dresses, priced from 45 pounds, or $59, to 78 pounds, or $102, will debut on Nov. 7 at gap stores in the u.k. and france, and will be available through the end of December. part of the proceeds will go to the gap charity.

“I’ve always loved Gap and what it’s about,” Mouret said. “This is not a Roland Mouret diffusion line, it’s about me revisiting Gap casuals. You’ll see some really interesting dresses,” he added with a smile.

better get on ebay if westerners hope to grab some pieces…