The week began with a battle cry by Christian Louboutin’s lawyers. They promised to ‘fight like hell’ against Judge Victor Marrero’s failure to grant a preliminary injunction to halt Yves Saint Laurent’s sale of red-soled shoes. On Friday, the trial was put on hold until Louboutin’s first appeal concludes. We took the chance to explore why colour matters to fashion brands. (Manolo isn’t involved, but he does hope that platforms are over.)
Fittingly for a week in which London was named the world’s top fashion capital, recent days saw a trifecta of global brands declaring their plans to set up shop in the Big Smoke. Mistress of Parisian cool Isabel Marant is making way for Mayfair, while international lingerie juggernaut Victoria’s Secret is opening on New Bond Street. Helmut Lang will carve out a quiet corner for minimalism on Westbourne Grove.
In other news, Anne Hathaway decided that a chat show appearance provided the perfect chance for her to showcase her Lil Wayne-style rapping skills. Then she said she admired the Duchess of Cambridge’s ladylike nature.
Whether ladylike is your thing or you veer toward, say, Androgynous or Fetish or even New Navajo style, there’s something for you to love in our gargantuan Accessories Report A/W 2011. On the beauty side, we’ve got a round-up of ELLE editors’ new-season beauty essentials and Amy’s advice on the best crayon eyeliners.
Take inspiration from our well-spotted street style stars. And set your LFW countdowns now—our favourite fashion week and yours starts one month from today.