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MBLEM NO MOORE: Mandy Moore gave a select crew of Japanese fashion editors a preview of her upcoming album Monday night with a mini concert to fete Coach's new Tokyo headquarters. Moore belted out a smattering of her folk-infused tunes from the soon-to-be released "Amanda Leigh", while her co-writer and producer Mike Viola backed her on acoustic guitar. For the cover of the album, she turned to Coach president and creative director Reed Krakoff to shake up her wholesome image and show a more "adult" side of her personality. "Amanda Leigh" drops May 26.
Moore said that even though she has a couple film projects looming, she is focusing on her music and an upcoming tour for now. Even fashion is taking a backseat. The singer/actress, whose now-fiancee Ryan Adams accompanied her on the trip, revealed that she just shuttered her clothing brand Mblem. The contemporary label was launched in 2005.
"I love the fashion world. I'm fascinated by it. I'm humbled by it," she said. "If I were to dip my toe back in there, it would have to be the right situation: a great partnership that could represent a true reflection of me and my ideas and you know that wasn't happening. So next go round, that needs to be top of the list."
VIVIENNE AT THE RACES: Is Dame Vivienne Westwood, the punk princess who famously refused to wear knickers when she received official honors from the Royal Family, embracing the establishment? Late last year, she dressed the Duchess of Cornwall, and now she's collaborating on the latest campaign for Royal Ascot, a major event in the British racing calendar which Queen Elizabeth II, her family, and friends attend. Shot by Finlay MacKay, the campaign features model Marta Berzkhana wearing a series of Westwood Gold Label gowns and Stephen Jones hats. "Royal Ascot is a British institution for showing off clothes, and I like the idea of a group of people gathered together," said Westwood. The campaign was shot on location at a stud farm in Gloucestershire, England. Westwood and other British designers - will also take part in a fashion show at Royal Ascot, which runs from June 16-20.
HEY, BIG SPENDER: Has the credit crunch bitten Harrods honcho Mohamed Al-Fayed? Earlier this week, at the opening of Abercrombie & Kent's travel consultancy at Harrods, WWD asked Al-Fayed if he'd ever been on an Abercrombie & Kent trip. "No, but I'll go if I'm given a free holiday," he said within earshot of Geoffrey Kent, chairman and chief executive, after the ribbon-cutting. Guests, including Trudie Styler, Valentine Guinness and Sir David Frost, quaffed champagne and nibbled on airplane-shaped chocolate lollipops inside the company's sleek new basement space.
DOUBLES ALL ROUND: Denizens of rainy London crammed into the city's Double Club for a Prada and Gagosian-hosted party Tuesday night, to get a hint of sunnier climes at the Congolese-meets-Western themed venue, a Fondazione Prada project tucked away down a cobbled alleyway in North London. Guests including Bryan Ferry, Katie Grand, Fiona Scarry, Liz Goldwyn, Charlotte Stockdale and Annabelle Neilson all turned out to sip lychee vodka cocktails and African beer. "I love the African band," said a Hugo Boss-clad Anouck Lepere, who was on the lookout for her pals in the cavernous club after taking in a set from the band Sound Africa, while Neilson said she was just pleased to give her nipped in Alexander McQueen tuxedo suit for spring "its first outing." Takashi Murakami and Larry Gagosian also tipped up to the party after a private view of the artist's work at London's Gagosian gallery. While Murakami said he planned to hit up a few antiques markets during his London stay, Gagosian preferred to retain an air of mystery about his thoughts on the artsy club's theme. "Who has time to think?" he queried.