Sir Philip Green announced last week that New York will finally be getting its very own Topshop from 2 April. It was expected in March but, as Sir Phil said, ‘This store can't be a nine out of 10 when it opens; it has to be a 10 out of 10.’ And we are sure that all those stylish Americans agree – no matter how desperate they are for their slice of high-street heaven. We are expecting an announcement this week about the actual launch plans, which we hear might involve the young British designers who create capsule collections for Green (including Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Preen and Richard Nicoll) flying out to join the celebrations, alongside Kate Moss, who is bound to be a guest of honour.
But, in the meantime, Sir Phil is checking out the local US talent at New York Fashion Week, perhaps with a view to bringing them into the Topshop designer fold. He was front row at Alexander Wang and Thakoon, and rumour has it that he is hoping to work with Diane von Furstenberg (president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America) and Anna Wintour, to plan showcasing young US designers. Alexander Wang at Topshop prices? Praise be. Be still our racing hearts and book me a ticket to NY, now.