When Lily Allen made the career shift from music to fashion back in 2010, she dove in head first, opening a complete vintage concept shop with her sister Sarah Owen in London called Lucy in Disguise, followed by a ready-to-wear line of the same name.
Now, following a recent return to music, that clothing line may not be doing so well. According to reports, backer Aurora Fashions, which also owns British high street labels Oasis and Warehouse, is liquidating Lucy in Disguise due to non-payment of debt. Aurora CEO Richard Glanville told the Daily Mail that the company is owed £12,000 by the sisters, which has not been payed despite “numerous phone calls” and “several letters.”
“I don’t think Lucy In Disguise has been particularly successful because they have not been able to pay their bills on time,” he said. “The remainder is quite a small sum, but we have been forced to take this course because we can’t get hold of anyone to settle the debt.” Aurora has been granted a compulsory winding up order by the high court order against Lucy In Disguise.
Aurora could not be immediately reached for comment.
Allen’s personal involvement in the brand is unclear at this point. In 2011, after becoming pregnant with her second child, Allen handed over the reins to her sister.
The line, which debuted at Harvey Nichols and Shopbop, also seems to be separate from the London store, which appears to still be up and running, judging by its Twitter feed. It also hosted a shop party just last week. A rep for the singer told the Daily Mail Allen is no longer involved in the shop either.
It sounds like Allen got out of her fashion businesses at the right time, as her return to music is getting lots of attention.