20 theSun | WEDNESDAY JULY 22 2009 fashion FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR: Peter Yap E-MAIL: email@example.com London stages ﬁrst high street fashion week ONE of the world’s busiest shopping miles will see retailers lebrity will be involved in events during the high street fashion Madame Carven, petite women’s showcase their fall collections at a public fashion week, running Sept 7-11. Organisers New West End Company, a company that promotes London’s West End as week. Retailers have announced fashion and beauty advice work- shops, late-night shopping, and discounts as part of the fashion week. Earlier this year, fashion favourite designer, turns 100 a global shopping destination, magazine Vogue announced AFPPIX “COUTURE brought me happi- 1964,” he admitted, getting a round has already won over Oxford Fashion’s Night Out, a retail push ness, they were the best years of my of applause from guests, who Street retailers Debenhams, very similar to this in several in- life,” Madame Carven recalls with included designers Jean-Charles John Lewis, Uniqlo and Topman ternational cities (Sept 10). Both a smile at a celebration to mark her de Castelbajac and Claude Mon- to participate in the event, and events will take place in the run- approaching 100th birthday. Only a tana, the chief executive of Louis the Telegraph reports that talks up to London Fashion Week. diminutive 1.55m (ﬁve foot one) in Vuitton Yves Carcelle as well are underway with other brands New West End’s spokesman her stockinged feet, for half a cen- as many personal friends of such as Selfridges and Topshop. Jace Tyrell said: “During London tury she was the favourite designer Carven. The UK newspaper also Fashion Week, the West End of petite women. In the immediate post-war revealed that there will be a sees a big increase in sales. This In recognition of her contribution years, marked by the return to survey of 100,000 Oxford Street way we can commercialise it to fashion and imminent birthday prominence of male designers like shoppers in August asking them and show everyone we have on Aug 31, the French Federation Christian Dior and Jacques Fath, which celebrity is their “High the best high street and the best of Couture threw a party for her in Madame Carven “was something Street Queen.” The elected ce- designers.” – AFP Relaxnews the gardens of the Musee Galliera of an exception,” according to at the end of the haute couture Florence Miller, who teaches at the shows for next winter. French Fashion Institute. “I know this place very well. “She had the intuition to appeal This is where I always showed my to young girls at a time when the collections,” she told AFP. The founder of the couture house couturiers mostly dressed older Frustrated by the lack of clothes Carven, Carmen de Tommaso, women.” suitable for small women like known as Madame Carven. Her style was practical, ﬂatter- herself, Carmen de Tommaso ing, very feminine, very close to dropped plans to become an what women actually wanted, she architect or interior designer and rything is very expensive, very explained. “She wasn’t into build- took the remedy into her own difﬁcult.” ing a spectacular image for her hands. In 1945 she opened her own Culture Minister Frederic label, like Dior, for example.” house under the name Carven. Mitterrand, nephew of the late “When I was a little girl, there Her fresh and carefree style was Socialist president, paid tribute to were two names which entranced an immediate hit with actresses her as “one of the most eminent me: Carven and Paris,” remem- like Leslie Caron and Martine creative forces in French and in- bered Lady Nancy Chopard-Sain, Carol and young girls around ternational fashion.” a vibrant old lady wearing a tur- the world, including the future On a more personal note, he re- quoise coat with matching ﬂower wife of president Valery Giscard called that his mother “was always in her hair, who said she had been d’Estaing, whose wedding dress dressed by Madame Carven” and a personal friend for “a very, very she designed. that for him she felt like “part of the long time.” “Couture brought me great family.” Madame Carven only finally happiness, the joy of creating. I did “She was the ﬁrst to dare to do gave up designing in 1993, in her everything I could to make women ready-to-wear, she was revolution- 84th year, to concentrate on her beautiful,” she says, still immacu- ary,” acknowledged Federation passion for old furniture and Shoppers throng Oxford Street in central London. late herself in an elegant green suit, president Didier Grumbach, who antiques. Today her house is her favourite colour, with a pearl once actually worked for Carven. owned by the Paris group SCM necklace. “I sold Carven Junior dresses and has abandoned haute couture “I started out without anyone. and took the Carven Junior col- to focus on ready-to-wear. – AFP Yves Saint Laurent Now you need a sponsor, eve- lection to the United States in Relaxnews retrospective for spring 2010 in Paris THE eagerly awaited retrospec- his drawings, personal objects, Heidi Klum accepted into tive of late French designer Yves Paris’s Petit Palais Museum from ﬁlms, photographs and sketches, Saint Laurent will take place in according to Elle. Yves Saint Laurent passed Barbie hall of fame March 11 through Aug 29, 2010, away on June 1, 2008 at the AS part of the Blonde Ambi- for adults – speaking from according to French fashion age of 71. He bid farewell to tion series that previously my own experience.” website Elle, and conﬁrmed by Haute Couture in 2002 and was included dolls of the Hol- Klum’s Barbie wears a the organisers. replaced by Tom Ford as creative lywood actresses Marilyn dress inspired by an outfit The Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint director of his eponymous fash- Monroe and Goldie Hawn, from a Victoria’s Secret Laurent Foundation organising ion house. – AFP Relaxnews German supermodel Heidi showcase – the lingerie label the exhibition Klum’s mini-me will hit stores that made Heidi Klum famous confirmed in September. – and a few personal acces- the location For more, log on: The doll took eight sories such as the model’s www.fondation-pb-ysl.net months to produce with engagement ring and golden and the dates, precis- Klum actively participating high heels and earrings. ing that they in the design process of Heidi Klum turning up at were still susceptible to change her Barbie’s clothes and the Barbie fashion show in between now and the end of the accessories but also facial New York in February and summer. features as well as eye and her presence at the birthday The public will discover 40 hair color. party in Malibu – Barbie years of the work of the designer “It’s great to collect Bar- turned 50 earlier this year who changed the face of French bies, to play with them and – had already prompted and international fashion during Heidi Klum dress them over and over speculation of a potential the 20th century. The collection Barbie. again,” Klum said in a press collaboration between the will display 250 pieces that release. “I believe that’s fun two pop culture icons. – AFP belonged to Saint Laurent like not only for children but also Relaxnews Heidi Klum Escada may cease trading THE German high-end women’s come to that, but the group was in approved by 80% of them by a July clothes label Escada, which is a very difﬁcult situation. He said it 31 deadline. threatened with bankruptcy, may had enough liquidity to last until Failing that, Saelzer said it cease trading, the chairman of August but not beyond. would be “inevitable” that Escada the board Bruno Saelzer said in a A spokesman told AFP a would cease trading, as “98 of the newspaper interview recently. few days ago that Escada could 99 possible measures” to save “Talks have already taken “theoretically” seek financial aid the company had already been place with insolvency experts,” from the state within weeks if it taken. he told the newspaper Welt am managed to restructure its debts. Escada parted company in May Sonntag. It has put a debt restructuring with its mid-market subsidiary He said he hoped it would not plan to its creditors which must be Primera. – AFP Relaxnews Escada ﬂagship store in Duesseldorf.