9 British Designers Style Pudsey Bear for Charity

BBC Children in Need is an annual British charity appeal founded in 1980 by the British Broadcasting Corporation. While we may not be familiar with him in the states, the charity’s long-standing campaign star, Pudsey Bear, is a legitimate icon in the UK, which is why a slew of top British designers gladly participated in this collaboration.

For BBC’s latest online auction, they asked Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland, Erdem, Mulberry, Katie Hillier, Liberty, Giles Deacon, and PPQ to give their legendary teddy bear a stylish makeover – and the results are brilliant. We particularly love Holland’s punkish take on Pudsey, which features three different colorways of his signature tartan print. Read on for the rest.

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Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland, Erdem

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Mulberry, Katie Hillier, Liberty

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Giles Deacon, Patrick Grant, PPQ

100% of the final sale price of these bears will support BBC Children in Need. Learn more about the Designer Pudsey Collection and bid here.

Snaps from the British Fashion Council’s Closing Party in LA

Last night, London’s top talent flocked to Mondrian Hotel’s Skybar to celebrate the culmination of BFC’s LONDON show ROOMS debut in Los Angeles. While participating designers like Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, and Nicholas Kirkwood kicked back some well-deserved boozy beverages, everyone from Hailee Steinfeld (wearing Katrantzou with the designer, above) to Anna Wintour stopped by to show some love. Peep some party snaps after the jump.

image CFDA CEO Steven Kolb with 2011 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, Joseph Altuzarra.

image More Vogue Fashion Fund finalists: Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie of CUSHNIE et OCHS, and Carlos Campos.

image Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos with Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer.

image SUNO’s Erin Beatty with Erdem.

image Wintour in deep thought with Jonathan Sanders.

Photos: Courtesy of BFC/WireImage

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Jonathan Saunders’s Vivid Colors Boost Escada’s Cool Factor

When Escada asked Jonathan Saunders to design a capsule collection for the luxury label’s sporty diffusion line, we were curious to see how (or if) the London-based designer would incorporate his ultra-modern colors and prints. After all, the German fashion house has championed sophisticated elegance since 1976, so shaking up the aesthetic might have been a risky move. But for Sport Resort 2012, the brand welcomed the change and Saunders welcomed the challenge, producing an electric-hued range of graphic motifs that speaks to a new generation of Escada consumers.

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Like a true meeting of the minds, Saunders infuses the luxury brand’s signature houndstooth print with a pop of cool color that feels very now. “Saunders spoke of bringing a new, younger customer to Escada’s stores and to Lord & Taylor, where the collection will bow,” notes Marina Lorroude of Style.com, as she caught with the designer during the collection debut. “As of now, he’s slated to start with Resort and potentially move on to pre-fall, but if he draws crowds—and I wouldn’t be surprised—I bet the label will court him for Fall and Spring, too.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Beauty Trends Guaranteed to Annoy: Pastels, Watercolors, & Vampires

When Kate Moss dyed her hair gray and the entire world erupted in awe, I immediately thought, “Oh shit, here we go.” A lot of times I feel like beauty trends are a lot like reblogging — people recycling stories while believing that they own it if it’s respoken in their own style. But really, while they’re walking around feeling like frontiersmen, hundreds of guys and girls are posturing the same. It’s a beautiful thing when the runways inspire color palates and creativity, perhaps even a bit of jump-into-the-deep-end confidence by promising that style is for everyone. But some kids just ruin a trend by copying and pasting it directly to their face once they’ve seen an Olsen twin try it. These trends will probably be the first to die, or at least annoy you to death while you walk through Union Square, thanks to all the reblogging.

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Photo 1. Pastel Hair I heart this trend and I know it will certainly hit a high note in early spring because it’s an easy way to temporarily change your whole look. But because so many have been sporting it long before the winter ice had melted, it will probably exit the party early. As Rhea from Haute Latte put it, “I personally will not be partaking in this but good for them!” Early Adopters: Becka Diamond, Ashley Olsen, Dree Hemmingway.

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Photo 2. Sexy Vampires Love this guy, but since Jonathan Saunders literally described his runway face as “beautiful vampire” combined with all the Twi-Hards in the world, this will be a tough look to take seriously. It may get a second look, but the same kind of look middle-school goths get while they hang out in front of a movie theater. Early Adopters: Pete Doherty, all of Parisian nightlife.

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Photo 3. Paint-by-Number Watercolors With bold colors on Diesel’s brows and Viktor & Rolf’s cheek/eye/lip combo, it’s cool to see an over-the-top trend. A color for every facial feature! Like with these London club kids. It’s pretty awesome. But now take that and put it on everyone in nightlife. Annoying. And it might spell disaster. It might spell ‘I’m learning to do makeup for the first time.’ Early Adopters: Lynn Yaeger, ravers, maudlin dolls. Tip to make it yours: Pick one crazy color to highlight, or match it to part of your outfit. And don’t copy off of Ms. Yaeger.

Topshops’ Upcoming Collaborations

Like nearly all the major fast fashion retailers at work today, Topshop is no stranger to designer collaborations. In the past Topshop has teamed up with everyone from Kate Moss (the model’s collaborative line is still going strong 10 collections later) to Mark Fast. Come spring, the London-born retailer will include a slew of new and seasoned collaborators in its repertoire: Ann-Sofie Back — who you may remember as the avant-garde designer who just took over as creative director of Cheap Monday–, Jonathan Saunders, like Moss, a seasoned Topshop collaborator, Richard Nicoll, Mary Katrantzou and, last but not least, Ashish.

The Telegraph has a sneak peek at the collections, which range drastically in style. Ashish’s looks are best described as ’80s punk (a cropped gray sweatshirt is paired with a studded motorcycle jacket and spiked drop-crotch black pants). Meanwhile, Nicoll opts for prep by way of a bustier dress in a demure beige and a similarly cropped collared shirt. Saunders embraces denim and velvet (the former is fashioned in a bustier top and just above-the-knee skirt, while the latter is a long-sleeved, long dress prime for the holiday season). Back, on the other hand, is all about layers, cut-outs and a smoke-inspired palette (much like her debut collection for Cheap Monday at SS10 fashion week). In other Topshop news, the retailer just dropped the latest installation of its Topshop Unique signature collection online. Styles include Hawaiian print shirts and shorts as well as graffiti graphics atop flowing, wrap-around dresses. Styles call to mind what Topshop calls a 70s West Coast bohemian-meets-the outdoors vibe; looks range from languid chiffon fashions, to neoprene accented wetsuit-like styles.