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The St. Regis hotel in Rome has recently unveiled the Couture Suite with interiors designed by London’s HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates. Inspired by the city’s fashion and design history and its creative studios, the suite features furnishings and accessories selected to evoke and celebrate the best of Italian flair. In particular, the designers found inspiration in the work of couturier Valentino, whose fashion house was founded in Rome in 1965. The essence of Valentino’s creations has been woven into the room’s design, with emphasis on flowing shapes and high-quality finishings. Luxurious materials and intricate embellishments (such as nail head trim on the timber panelling and millwork, soft Italian leathers and finely stitched embroidery on the furniture) add elegant touches.
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After rumours started circulating a few days ago (and, on many occasions, denied soon after), WWD reported that Alexander Wang has been confirmed as Balenciaga’s new creative director, with an official appointment to be released next week. However, at the time of publication, neither Balenciaga nor Alexander Wang officials could be reached to comment, despite reports that a deal was agreed and a contract signed. The New York-based designer, famous for his androgynous aesthetic and for producing luxury accessories, will replace Nicolas Ghesquière, who led the fashion house for 15 years.
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‘Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment’: Learning from British Couture Lessons in South London
Maybe because of its relative seclusion away from London’s traditional cultural centres of Trafalgar Square or South Kensington, and despite the fact that its location in trendy Bermondsey Street is benefitting from a considerable spike in esteem owing to new and popular restaurants, boutiques and art galleries that have recently settled in this corner of South London, the Fashion and Textile Museum hasn’t always been considered a destination in itself. However, when I paid a visit on a cold and rainy autumn afternoon, the museum galleries, shop and cafe seemed busier than ever. The reason for this was the exhibition ‘Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment’, a display of stunning dresses, jewellery, accessories, shoes, photographs and drawings by British designers and photographers who raised the public role of private couture commissions for a large part of twentieth-century Britain and whose talent, decades later, have attracted crowds to learn about their influence in British fashion history.
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