Julien MacDonald used to be known at the UK's answer to Bob Mackie - Naomi Cambpell or Geri Halliwell could be depended on to open and and close his shows with furs, feathers and sequins - which meant we were surprised when Jamey Hargreaves, one of the Matalan chiefs (think the U.K Target) handpicked MacDonald last year as a major investment. The money came, of course, with the promise that MacDonald would deliver tamer collections, focusing on his knit and tailoring talents. And the results, unveiled last London Fashion Week were killer. Since then, buyers and editors have been fervently awaiting last Friday, the Welsh designer's pre-order day, dying to claim their own crystal-detailed dresses, leather trousers and genius knits. Unfortunately, a handful of fashion favorite starlets beat them to the punch. Chloe Sevigny's already hand picked a bunch of key looks and Ashley Olsen's pulled clothes for herself, as well as for her forthcoming Harper's Bazaar shoot. Which means this week - the same one during which Debenham's named the leopard print dress from his diffusion line the fastest selling garment in the retailer's history - is a good one for MacDonald. It also means it's about time his clothes gets stocked on your side of the pond. -Charley B.
Julien MacDonald used to be known at the UK's answer to Bob Mackie - Naomi Cambpell or Geri Halliwell could be depended on to open and and close his s