The Weekend Round-Up – 10/06/2017
THE week was dominated by General Election coverage after party operations resumed on Monday for the final four days of campaigning following last weekend’s terror attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.
The 2017 Election: What You Missed While You Were Sleeping
The UK woke yesterday morning to the news of a hung parliament as the Conservative party failed to gain a majority vote. Theresa May later addressed the nation outside Number 10 Downing Street to outline her intention to form a minority government with the DUP. Whilst the politics were uncertain throughout the course of the election evening, Thursday’s polls silenced critics as a record number of youth voters between the ages of 18 and 25 turned out to cast their ballot, and over 200 female MPs – another record number – were elected to Parliament.
What Makes A Good Female Leader?
In fashion news, the week brought with it a range of unexpected fashion collections as Ikea upped its influence once more with two new collaborations – with Off-White’s Virgil Abloh and Byredo’s Ben Gorham – and Heidi Klum designed a “high-end, yet affordable” fashion range with German supermarket, Lidl, to be launched in stores across Europe and the US later in the year. Elsewhere, Mickey Drexler stepped down as CEO of J Crew after a 14-year tenure; the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group announced that it will no longer sell fur on any of its e-commerce platforms, including Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter; Raf Simons won the coveted Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year awards at the CFDA Awards for his work at Calvin Klein; and the much-anticipated e-commerce destination from LVMH, 24 Sèvres, launched.
It was an encouraging week for the future of fashion. Not only did Georgio Armani announce a competition for young designers in partnership with the BFC – the winner of which will create a capsule collection for the spring/summer 2018 Emporio Armani line – but British clothing retailer Boden announced the addition of menswear designer Daniel W Fletcher and womenswear brand Margo to its Future British initiative. On Wednesday evening, Graduate Fashion Week came to a crescendo as the winners were announced for its esteemed awards. Halina North from the Edinburgh College of Art was the one to watch as she led the winnings with the Christopher Bailey Gold Award for her womenswear collection.
Amal And George Clooney Welcome Twins
Reports of two new additions to Amal and George Clooney’s family dominated celebrity headlines this week as they welcomed their newborn twins – Ella and Alexander – into the world. “The babies are beautiful,” revealed George’s father, Nick Clooney, to Cincinatti’s WXIX anchor Tricia Macke. “They look great, and both George and Amal are doing wonderfully well.”
Carolyn Murphy made her return to the cover of British Vogue – shot by Inez & Vinoodh – for the new Ageless issue. From the game-changers you need in your wardrobe and the reality of sunburn, to what it’s like to welcome a refugee into your home and why women over 40 have the edge on experimental style, take a sneak peek inside the July issue, and pick up a copy for some weekend reading, on newsstands now.
As for things to do today, Vogue toasts to World Gin Day with an ode to the nation’s favourite spirit – and the best places in London to drink it.