Posted by Bethan Holt, Fashion Junior at Large

There's no gentle schlepping back to business here on planet fashion, but it's full speed ahead for 2013. Here are the need-to-know stories from the first full week of the new year...
Frankenstein tees and Dandy slippers from Christopher Kane (image via
Drawings by Christopher Kane's nephew via @Dazed_Fashion
London ushered in the menswear season with three days of Brit fashion talent from a host of designers, including standouts from Agi and Sam (inspired, brilliantly, by the Marquess of Bath), Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and Christopher Kane. I popped along to J.W.Anderson and E.Tautz, spending most of the latter thinking how I would really love a very slightly altered version of most looks for myself. Lo and behold, it turns out the Savile Row label, designed by the dapper and bearded Patrick Grant , has created a small line of shirts for women which is due to go on sale at Matches later in the Spring. A more extensive womenswear offering hasn't been ruled out.

Big coats based on an eBay find at E.Tautz (image via
After Chanel's storming Metiers D'Arts show at Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh in December, the brand announced this week that the next show will take place in Dallas. Karl Lagerfeld told WWD's CEO summit that "With Texas, it’s a detail, but with little detail, you can make a whole story. I am a storyteller for that". There has been speculation about that this detail might be, perhaps something to with the newly reincarnated Dallas TV series? Or, perhaps more likely- as suggested by fashion commentator Camilla Morton- is the connection with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assasination. He was killed on November 22nd 1963 in the Texan city. Famously, his wife was wearing a Chanel suit which she kept on for hours afterwards, still caked in her husband's blood.

1963 Jackie Kennedy wore iconic pink  tweed suit when JFK was shot in Dallas wonder if this will be a reference?

There has been mounting concern for Vittorio Missoni whose plane went missing over Venezuela last Friday. His son, Ottavio, told an Italian newspaper "I am not speaking with my head but with my heart. A plane cannot vanish in this way, on a short route, without leaving any trace." Numerous theories have been posed about what may have happened to the party of six, with an apparent text message leading to suspicions they may have been kidnapped. Then, yesterday reports that a body had been found were quickly quashed. The Missoni family runs the fashion empire whose zig zag, brightly coloured lightweight knits are instantly recognisable.The search continues with everyone's hope for a happy ending.

Anglea Missoni's message, tweeted from the company's official account @Missoni
If the latest front covers of LOVE and Italian Vogue and Italian Vogue are anything to go by, then beauty is heading in a clean, yet pretty direction with a focus on fluttering, Bambi eyelashes and super-sculpted cheekbones. Fei Fei Sun and Cara Delevingne respectively do the honours. Beautiful.
LOVE 9. See the preview here
Vogue Italia, January 2013 (via
Many congratulations to Suzy Menkes who was this week awarded the Fiorino d'Oro, Florence's highest honour. Pitti Immagine chairman Gaetano Martonno praised Menkes' "independence, correctness and professionalism" while the International Herald Tribune fashion editor told WWD that she felt the award was like "a love letter to Italian fashion."
Congratulations Suzy Menkes (image via
10 UK graduates have won the chance to have their work shown at Who's Next Paris thanks to WHO’S NEXT PARIS x ARTS THREAD x WGSN Fashion Graduate Competition. Who's Next Paris takes place from 19th-22nd January, showcasing future trends and talent to fashion insiders. Here are some images of the work by the winners announced earlier today, find out more about them at Arts Thread

Jewellery by Mulika Nir

Womenswear by Annika Aouar
East London's Whitechapel Gallery is set to host its very first catwalk show as part of its Art Plus series, and a very stylish event it shall be with the likes of Giles Deacon, Marios Schwab, Justine Picardie and Bella Frued among the supporters. Swarovski will be sponsoring the March festivities, with Nadja Swarovski among those on the panel choosing their most promising group of postgraduates to show their designs. Of course, it's all for a good cause with funds raised going towards the gallery's education initiative. Early bird tickets- for just £150- and more information are available at the Whitechapel site.

Speaking of art... the very first official portrait of History of Art graduate and future Queen, Kate Middleton was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery this morning to a throughly mixed reception. Will and Kate called it "beautiful" and "amazing" as they saw it for the first time accompanied by the artist Paul Emsley. The Daily Mail said it was "rotten" and tweeters drew comparison to Twilight imagery and plastic surgery "Before" photographs. Ouch. Any opinions to add?
The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley (via
Two videos of the week. Firstly, how could we not, the new Bowie...

And, looking forward to the new Destiny's Child, let it be as good as this. Happy Weekend!


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