Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Little Gisele with Your Turkey?

Gisele. Photo Credit: Louisa Lampton. C.C. License.Happy Thanksgiving! Supermodels Gisele Bundchen and Cindy Crawford are getting into the holiday spirit by serving up traditional holiday fare to those less fortunate. Have you planned any festivities for the American holiday?

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wake up in Kate Moss Territory

Kate Moss. Copyright LondonNet. All Rights Reserved.Please don't email us if this extensively piques your interest because it's kind of creepy, but Kate Moss' old bed is for sale, and it's already generating plenty of interest.

Granted, the supermodel hasn't slept on the recently price-tagged furniture for four years. A pre-Christmas auction tomorrow will take bids on the pine double that was in the master bedroom of a Cotswold cottage she rented from 2001 to 2004.

But a spokesman for auctioneer
Moore Allen & Innocent admitted the not-so-innocent motivations that many potential buyers have in mind. He told the Press Association: "Any hot-blooded male whose seasonal fantasy involves no more than waking up in Kate Moss' bed on Christmas morn - or any morn, for that matter - can now have that fantasy fulfilled from as little as £200."

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Erin O'Connor Still Gawks at Boy Bands

Take That. Photo Credit: Lola's Big Adventure!. C.C. License.Erin O'Connor works with Twiggy and Lily Cole, no problem. But when it comes to male costars, she gets nervous. Or so it would seem according to her Vogue blog post about the holiday M&S advert she filmed with Take That.

Erin confesses gawking when she went to the boy band's concert at age 15 (grounding was later involved), but the group had a similar stupefying effect on her a decade and a half later.

She confesses her intimidation online...
"Aside from many other varied attacks of the shys, I:
a) Kept slipping into a pseudo-Northern drawl (even though I'm from Birmingham);
b) Desperately tried not to sing one of their tunes aloud;
c) Tried not to stare intently at them without having anything to say for myself."

Wonder what she'd say if Robbie Williams and his UFO hunters starred in her next commercial.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dior Homme's Plans Fall to Pieces

Johnny Borrell. Photo Credit: Daniel Morrison. C.C. License.Johnny Borrell reportedly turned down the chance to star in the next Dior Homme adverts because he worried it would compromise his music career.

According to British Vogue, the Razorlight frontman impressed fashion execs with his look in the video for new single Wire to Wire. Johnny's New Romantic blouson and earring must have seemed a perfect fit for the Dior Homme Girl with a Pearl Earring-influenced campaign.

Old Skinny-Jeans Johnny had no problem gracing the cover of British Vogue with model Natalia Vodianova in May 2007, making himself one of just a few men to ever nab a cover shot for the magazine.

Maybe the singer, known for his tendency to strip off his shirt, was really just concerned that someone else would be able to tell him when to keep his top on.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Walk in Twiggy's Shoes

Mary Portas' donation to the Barnardo's charity vintage shop. Copyright Barnardo's, courtesy of Property4Media. All right reserved.Literally. The iconic '60s model is just one celeb who's donated footwear to a pop-up vintage shop for the children's charity Barnardo's.

Open for the month of November only, the shop near Carnaby Street is crammed with retro shoes, handbags and accessories from top designers. A bit of bargain-priced Mary Quant or Vuitton, anyone?

Besides Twiggy, donors include the likes of Rosamund Pike, Peaches Geldof, Trudie Styler and Dame Helen Mirren. Geri Halliwell pitched in heels from the Spice Girls reunion tour, Christian Louboutin handed over some blue sequined stilettos, and Queen of Shops Mary Portas donated autographed Stuart Weitzmans.

The Barnardo's store is at 69 Broadwick Street, so get that holiday shopping started. Everyone on your gift list should be happy to know their presents are helping more than 100,000 children fight poverty and inequality.

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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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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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Friday, September 19, 2008

Spotted: London Fashion Week, Day Five

Vivienne Westwood. Copyright LondonNet. All Rights Reserved.Vivienne Westwood, London loves you. Because who else can pack Pamela Anderson, Dita von Teese, Jourdan Dunn, Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe into one room during fashion week?

Viv, your Red Label collection looked great. And you proved last night at Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief that your dancing's not half-bad, either.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Drool, Spend, Repeat

Naomi Campbell at Fashion for Relief. Copyright LondonNet Limited. All Rights Reserved.Naomi Campbell might get a lot of negative attention for her little lash outs, but the girl can seriously put together a good charity event. Her celeb catwalk show and auction tonight not only featured work by all (no really, all) the best designers, but also had enough big names to make even Mischa Barton gawk from the front row.

Just to get the details straight before the name dropping commences, the programme was called Fashion for Relief, it benefitted The White Ribbon Alliance (designed to keep pregnant women, mums and babies healthy in developing countries and around the world), it was at the BFC Tent, and tickets could have set you back about £650. The show ran an hour and a half late, but the first two rows got gingerbread men to eat, which were tasty.

Now for the celeb lusting. Estelle opened the show, did a little dance at the end of the runway, and was followed by 64 other models including Tyson Beckford, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Cheryl Cole, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Sculfor, the Sugababes, Daisy Lowe, Erin O'Connor, Lizzie Jagger, Kimberley Stewart, Jacquetta Wheeler, Jade Parfitt, Alice Dellal, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Tamara Beckwith, Tamsin Egerton, Terri Seymour, Roisin Murphy and Naomi herself.

Show highlights: Chanel Iman strutting with Naomi. Tyson Beckford walking around in a motorcycle helmet. Vivienne Westwood nearly breaking into a jig. Seeing designers from McQueen to Lanvin to Prada on some of the most gorgeous specimens around.

After the runway show - introduced by Trudie Styler, BFC chairman Harold Tillman and Sarah Brown - came auction time. The first item up for bids didn't take such a shabby total. Turns out a Zac Posen couture peacock-feather gown, worn by Mama Campbell, can fetch £25,000 fairly quickly.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Spotted: London Fashion Week, Day Four

Avsh Alom Gur Runway Look. Copyright LondonNet Limited. All Rights Reserved.The celeb news is light for the moment, but wait for tonight, when Naomi Campbell stages her Fashion for Relief charity auction and catwalk show. The invite promises "special guests", which roughly translates to "special spectacle".

Suzy Menkes was on hand again at Avsh Alom Gur's Vauxhall Fashion Scout runway presentation. The Ossie Clark designer's personal label was something like '50s machinist babe (read: industrial playsuits with headwraps, see left) meets Camden girl on holiday.

And to rewind a bit, Giles drew an impressive crowd at his show last night. Emma Watson, Daisy Lowe, Mischa Barton, Tamsin Egerton and Jamie Winstone were just a few of the faces watching Agyness Deyn's first London runway show this season.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Check the List

Jourdan Dunn at Nicole Farhi. Copyright LondonNet. All Rights Reserved.Most people hate waiting, but when you get a large crowd of skyscraper-heel-wearing fashion-show followers standing in a 150-strong queue, you have a bit of a situation. Such was the case at the On/Off 10th Anniversary Party, where a selection of editors from, let's just say, big magazines, were left standing in the cold for 45 minutes puffing Marlboro Lights.

And since Rhys Ifans doesn't seem to be with Kimberly Stewart these days, there wasn't even that to watch.

On the bright side, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Ali Michael were all looking smashing at Nicole Farhi this morning. And tonight there'll be another party at The Met, so time to buy some plasters and keep on with it.

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