Fashion round-up – 18 September 2012 Andrew Whitty 18 Sep 2012 So So Gay Last Friday saw the opening of another new designer store in London. McQ – the diffusion line to Alexander McQueen’s main line – set up shop on Dover Street, Mayfair, and can now count the likes of Wolf & Badger and Mahiki as neighbours. Following on from last week’s Burberry store launch, the destination shop comprises of three floors and stocks both men’s and womens collections. The opening has been highly anticipated since Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton announced the plans. Also adding to the hype was the return of the McQ label to the London Fashion Week schedule last February. Despite being housed in classic maison, the store features some high-tech wizardry, including an interactive table where McQueen fans can view past collections, as well as the ability to control screens at the Dover Street entrance. Of the opening Ms. Burton stated ‘We want to create a story and a home for McQ and the flagship on Dover Street is an extension of this world. The store will offer special catwalk pieces alongside ready-to-wear collections in a rich and immersive McQ environment.’ If you don’t have time to get to the store to pick up the key autumn pieces from the label, you can always shop online at the recently launched website. We recommend the ‘cable-twist’ printed shirt or the grafitti tartan scarf. Both items will not date and are sure to keep you looking stylish as this brand grows. Never one to stray far from the fashion limelight, The Duchess of Cambridge has been turning heads whilst touring Singapore with her husband, Prince William. Touching down for a nine day visit, Kate chose a dress from one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham whilst visiting an orchid garden. Outfit choices from British fashion stars Alexander Mcqueen and Erdem followed, with Kate looking sophisticated and glamorous at each photocall. We can’t wait to see what else she’s packed in her suitcase. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli isn’t happy. It’s all kicking off in Italy between the fashion’s biggest names. Designer Roberto Cavalli has attacked both Giorgio Armani and design duo Dolce & Gabbana. This comes following Armani’s decision to move his Milan fashion week show. Signore Armani will now show his Women’s Spring 2013 collection on the Sunday, rather than the Monday of Fashion Week, meaning that Cavalli is now the only ‘big name’ showing on the final day. Cavalli’s fear is that many buyers and press will shun his show in favour of heading to Paris where, the French capital’s fashion week starts the following day. In his blog, Cavalli also criticises Italy’s governing fashion body. ‘As usual, the Camera Nazionale della Moda is washing its hands of the situation and it will not go against the wishes of Little King Armani, and therefore the problems are mine alone,’ he said. ‘What can I do? Do I stay the final day, running the risk that some foreign journalists will forego my show, or should I overlap with smaller fry, smaller brands, acting as some of my colleagues do?’. Roberto has a few days to decide as Milan Fashion Week begins on 19 September and runs until 24 September. Blake Lively for Gucci Premiere At So So Gay we smile when we hear that a couple has declared their undying love for one another and made the big trip down the aisle, but did Blake Lively really have to go and snatch Ryan Reynolds straight from under our noses? The Gossip Girl star, Gucci muse and all round style icon apparently chose Marchesa Couture to wear on her big day. The gorgeous groom choosing Burberry for himself and his party. The wedding took place in South Carolina and remained top secret until rumours started circulating the following day. We can’t wait for pictures to emerge in the coming weeks as clearly our invitation was lost over the Atlantic.