When Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen opened their vintage shop Lucy in Disguise six months ago, Allen told Elle UK that she decided to open a store because "a) we love vintage and b) we're not clothing designers." Seems Allen will have to eat her words. Today brings news that Allen and her sister are launching an 18-piece ready-to-wear collection of dresses, inspired, naturally, by their favorite vintage pieces.
According to Vogue UK online, LVMH menswear style director Nadia Jones (sister of LVMH menswear style director Kim Jones) "helps Lily and Sarah create the styles from the vintage pieces they find - merging favourite details from the neckline of a dress or hem of a skirt to create their own designs."
The collection launches in June--exclusively at Harvey Nichols in the UK and at Shopbop.com in the US--as well as at Lucy at Disguise in store and online. SheFinds is also reporting that Topshop will carry the line, dubbing Allen the "new Kate Moss for Topshop."Update: SheFinds contacted us and apparently the Topshop news is false. Allen told WWD she was inspired by the idea of Lucy as "a time-traveling fashionista who’s inviting you to explore her wardrobe." When we toured Allen and Owens boutique--including their newish beauty boudoir called With Diamonds--Sarah Owens told Fashionista that while she loves the '70s sister Lily's style is "much more old school like ’30s and ’40s." True to Lily's style, the collection features a '40s style tea dress with a lily of the valley print called Fortnums and a flappery black sequined dress called Capone.
Click through to see sketches from the forthcoming collection.