Posts for October 5th 2006
>> Snap up all your favorite pieces at Topshop, there could be trouble in paradise. Jane Shepherdson, the director widely credited with turning Topshop into a brand the Kate Mosses of the world will proudly wear, is threatening to quit, ironically, because of Kate Moss.
Ms. Shepherdson seems less than happy with the decision to hire Kate as a designer -- doesn't feel that she was properly consulted.
It's too bad that if this shakeup does go through, it will affect all of us Americans who will be getting Topshop (online and on land) just as the good goes away.
EDIT: It is now confirmed that Jane Shepherdson has quit her position as brand director at Topshop. Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop's parent company Arcadia, is denying that Ms. Shepherdson's decision had anything to do with Kate. "She was in on all the discussions," he said.
>> Too bad real life isn't like the movies -- we don't all get to be decked out in Chanel after putting in one hard day at the Vogue offices. That is what happens in The Devil Wears Prada, after all.
Sacha Forbes, assistant to Brit Vogue editor Alex Shulman, clears up the misconceptions for us a little -- she is only asked to "deal with it" and get her editor "to the front of the waitlist please!" None of this devil nonsense.
Besides, even at Vogue, mistakes can be made, Sacha explains:
Only last week, a girl in our office made the fatal error of telling Alex that designer Alexander McQueen had called, when it was retail magnate Sir Philip Green.
I have to say, mixing up McQueen and Topshop is pretty bad -- heads might roll around my own office if that travesty happened.
>> Goes to Stella McCartney.
The invitation to Stella McCartney's show is a small book, which tells the story of Little Miss Stella who can make clothes to fit anybody, including Mr. Tall, Miss Tiny and Mr. Jelly, and who changes the life of Little Miss Nobody by making her a new wardrobe. Little Miss Stella is so delighted with the result that she decides to put on a show (aka the show that went on this morning). The book was illustrated and written by Adam Hargreaves, son of the late Roger Hargreaves, who originated the Mr. Men series 35 years ago. Cute, and it reflects on the designer's state of mind -- Stella herself is heavily pregnant with her second child, after all.