Thursday, October 30, 2008

Re: Viv, Zandra, Todd and Jonathan

Netta Laor for Juste. Photo Credit: Juste for RE:Fashion Awards. All Rights Reserved.Ethical fashion just got much more high-profile. The RE:Fashion Awards will feature top models wearing looks by designers including Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Todd Lynn and Jonathan Saunders.

The awards ceremony is set for 13 November at Shoreditch Townhall, and you can still buy tickets to see Daisy Lowe, Portia Freeman and Pixie Geldof strut the runway. Budding designers set out to change the world one eco-friendly shift dress at a time should be pleased to see Daily Telegraph fashion director Hilary Alexander in the audience.

All the profits from the RE:Fashion event will go to the Ethical Fashion Forum, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of garment workers and making the clothing industry sustainable. Entry prices start at £37.50, but expect to pay more to sit up close to Portia and Pixie.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tom Ford Can Entertain You

Julianne Moore. Photo Credit: david_shankbone. C.C. License.Grab your designer shades and a bucket of popcorn. Julianne Moore is rumoured to star in a new film by former Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford.

Filming for the feature movie, A Single Man, should begin in Los Angeles on 3 November. Tom
started the film production company Fade to Black three years ago, but this will be his directorial debut.

A Single Man, adapted from Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel, is also said to have Colin Firth and Matthew Goode among its cast. Not bad for your first go, Tom.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Sarah Palin Loses Her Clothes

The US Republican National Convention caused a stir by shelling out $150,000 for VP candidate Sarah Palin's campaign clothes since September, but the group is trying to regain some street cred with an offer of generosity.

Looks like all those goodies from Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's are going to charity after the campaign, as reported by Vogue and WWD.
Anyone need to look like a Dynasty character?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Topshop Comes Out on Top

Kate Moss. Photo Credit: TwentyTrees. C.C. License.Kate Moss should be proud of the shop that sells her clothes. Topshop recorded a record year for sales and profits, despite a significant drop for its parent company, the Arcadia Group.

Two of Sir Philip Green's other high-street staples - Topman and Miss Selfridge - also did exceptionally well for the past 12 months, but Arcadia posted a 6.1 percent profit decrease overall.

Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis all ended low, which the company attributed to consumers' financial fears and an odd year for weather.

When questioned about the stats, Sir Phil didn't seem worried. He told Drapers that the company will boost its UK trading space by 210,000 square feet next year. International stores should also jump in number from 447 to 505.

Does this mean more Kate? We hope so.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And the Nominees Are...

Place your bets, people. The BFC announced the shortlist of nominees for the British Fashion Awards today, and there'll be some tough choices to make. But if we look on the bright side, at least the runners-up probably will look really good when they hear another name called on 25 November.

Here's a full list of fashionites who got the nod...

Model: Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson
Designer Brand: Jimmy Choo, Agent Provocateur, Paul Smith
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Pat McGrath, Terry Jones, Tim Walker
Red Carpet Designer: Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney
Menswear Designer: Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Paul Smith, Richard James
Accessory Designer: Jonathan Kelsey, Rupert Sanderson, Lara Bohinc
Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Ready to Wear: Danielle Scutt, Louise Goldin, Felder Felder
Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Accessories: Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Anna Vince
Designer of the Year: No shortlist available (winner announced at the ceremony)
BFC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design: Winner announced on 11 November

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Manish Arora in Your Makeup Bag

Manish Arora Runway Look - Spring/Summer 2007. Photo Credit: Rebecca Cotton. C.C. License.Your blush just got a little more Bollywood. Manish Arora - the Indian designer who made his name in bright colours and blatant kitsch - has teamed with MAC Cosmetics to produce a limited-edition makeup collection for Harrods.

The palette casings are nearly as flashy as a Manish runway look, with the designer's traditional Indian decorations replicated to near Delhi-quality. The seven-piece collection, also available online at
MAC, ranges in price from £10.50 for Tinted Lipglass to £30 for a six-colour eye shadow set.

Manish is the first Indian designer to establish an
international brand (in 2007 he became the first to show at Paris Fashion Week, he's collaborated with Reebok, and he also has the tamer line Fish Fry). Save your old lipstick tube when the last swipe is gone because you just might have a collectors' item.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Stuart Semple for Selfridges

Stuart Semple for Selfridges Cult of Denim. Copyright Stuart Semple for Selfridges. All Rights Reserved.You know Selfridges already has art on display if you've ever walked by the Jonathan Saunders displays in-shop. But for the next month, the department store its taking its cultural range a step further with Cult of Denim, a Stuart Semple collaboration. One of the UK's hottest pop artists, Stuart is set to show his paintings - on jeans fabric - from 17 October to 15 November. Levi's, Diesel, J Brand and Seven for All Mankind have all teamed up for the project, which could allow you to become a travelling art gallery on your weekend walk to the Tube.

Cult of Denim will sell Stuart's artwork, limited-edition print denim and graphic tees, along with eight pairs of hand-painted jeans. Just be sure to protect your wearable paintings from the crazy London weather.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Princesses Party in Style

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie also got all dressed up with Pussy Glamore lingerie designer Marissa Montgomery (part of Lizzie Jagger's 'Pussy Posse') for the FORM launch at Harrods. Outfit thoughts?

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Harrods After Hours

Boris Becker and Sandy Meyer-Wolden at the FORM launch at Harrods. Copyright Piers Allardyce. All Rights Reserved.Harrods hosted the launch of FORM, an exclusive menswear line by Formula 1 legend Bernie Ecclestone's daughter Petra. Alexa Chung guest DJed, Princesses Bea and Eugenie showed up at the party, and even Jamiroquai's Jay Kay stopped by. (Go to LondonNet for more pictures.)

Boris Becker and his girlfriend, Sandy Meyer-Wolden, also checked out the collection. What do we think of the look Sandy chose to look at the clothes?

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

London, Je T'aime

Agyness Deyn. Photo Credit: leairbag. C.C. License.First thing's first: your resident style devotee took a much-needed holiday after London Fashion Week - apparently missing the only sunny week in ages. Apologies for going missing.

Speaking of holidays, if you happen to be in the French capital before 7 October, and if you also happen to have a British Fashion Council pass at your disposal, then you'll want to check out the stash of UK designer goods at London Rocks.

The pop-up showroom is opening to show off the hottest British talent during Paris Fashion Week. Think displays from Erdem, House of Holland, Louise Gray and Todd Lynn conveniently located near the Louvre and the catwalks. Does all the London love mean that Paris will start plastering pictures of Agyness everywhere, too?

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