After an absence of about 10 years, Mulberry will launch its first shop in Hong Kong with a party late next month at Harbour City. The brand was previously available only at Joyce and Lane Crawford. In New York, Bergdorf Goodman will hold a party today, hosted by Theodora Richards and Mischa Barton, for the launch of Mulberry handbags. Mulberry will also open a boutique in Westbourne Grove, in London's Notting Hill, on September 16, with a launch party on September 20. The small, former antiques shop - with art-deco, metallic-print wallpaper, porcelain hooks, wooden counters and oak floorboards - is a change from Mulberry's flagship stores. The shop's decor will change every season. There'll be a fashion presentation of the Mulberry Collections in the Duke of York Barracks for London Fashion Week (September 19-23).
Chanel and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art plan to stage an exhibition next year. An attempt four years ago fell through because of concerns about commercial sponsorship and the Met's refusal to give control to outsiders. The show will be directed by Met chief costume curator, Harold Koda - who met Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld in Paris in late July to discuss the exhibition - colleague Andrew Bolton and a Paris museum consultant. 'I don't believe there's any other designer of the 20th century who was so much a part of the changing identity of women,' Koda said of Coco Chanel. 'She's a mother lode of fashion modernism'. Koda suggested involving one of Vogue's editors, Hamish Bowles - who curated the Jacqueline Kennedy Show at the Met in 2001 - but Lagerfeld agreed to leave it to the Met staff.
Known for head-turning ads that include famous celebrities posing in lingerie and bikinis, H&M is launching H&M magazine this autumn. The bi-annual publication (above) will combine H&M in-house and club magazines with stories on travel, fashion, design and culture, and will be distributed in five languages to 40,000 employees and customers in 20 countries. 'The objective of the magazine is to inspire customers and employees,' said a spokeswoman. 'We want to show who we are and what we stand for, and even show the fashion trends.'