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Selfridges launches Alice in Wonderland pop-up shop

By Andrea Petrou on February 18th, 2010
Stills from Tim Burton s Alice in Wonderland surreal fantasy movie

The long awaited Alice in Wonderland film will be hitting cinemas on 5 March. And the build up to it has been amazing. A range of designers including Stella McCartney and Tim Binns have designed jewellery inspired by the film as has Swarovski.

And now Selfridges has been sucked into the frenzy. The department store has teamed up with Disney to open a pop-up shop dedicated to Alice.

Five of the shop’s windows will be dedicated to the upcoming film and will include a Mad Hatter’s tea party and costumes from the film. Once you’ve been dazzelled by this you can enter the Wonderland room, where you can buy jewellery by designers as well as make-up and tea sets.

We can’t wait till this wonderful wonderland opens on 22 February.

Designers, Fashion News, London fashion week

First London Fashion Week tribute to Alexander McQueen announced

By Andrea Petrou on February 18th, 2010


Following on from the announcement that PPR will be keeping the Alexander McQueen label, On|Off and, have announced they will be hosting a tribute to the designer who died last week.

Starting tomorrow at London Fashion Week (we’ll be there reporting on the shows) the tribute by LFW’s leading independent showcase, will consist of a display wall embedded with forty iPod touches, each holding fifty images from McQueen’s collections.

These will include McQueen’s entire catwalk archive, holding a total of two thousand pictures from the designer’s career, including his time at Givenchy.

Lee Lapthorne, Director of On|Off, said: ‘I just wanted to do something – something to show that we respect him and his inspiration to so many many of our designers…and the wall will give people an opportunity to reflect and remember.’

Designers, Fashion News

Alexander McQueen label will continue says PPR

By Andrea Petrou on February 18th, 2010

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Following the sad news about Alexander McQueen last week, PPR, the parent company of Gucci Group, has confirmed it will continue to trade the Alexander McQueen label, .

In the past hour the company released a statement from PPR chairman and chief executive Francois Henri-Pinault, who said: “You understand, the Alexander McQueen trademark will live on”.

However people hoping to watch Alexander’s AW10 show at Paris Fashion week will have to wait to see if it will proceed as the collection wasn’t finished before the designer’s death.

Fashion News, Gossip Girl

Miss Selfridge to launch Gossip Girl collection

By Andrea Petrou on February 18th, 2010
Leighton Meester Fights Cold With Cookies

Gossip Girl fans should start saving their clothing allowance from now.

Why? Because Miss Selfridge has announced it will be creating a line of clothing inspired by Gossip Girl designer Eric Daman.

The collection will be based on the four female lead characters: Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Jenny Humphrey and Vanessa Abrams and will include will include a leopard print boho maxi dress, a ruffle front shift dress with a floral skirt and a nude and black lace tutu-style skirt.

Yasmin Yusuf, creative director of Miss Selfridge, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Warner Bros television series, Gossip Girl.

“The dresses we’ve created based on the characters fit perfectly with our spring/summer 2010 range. Our customers love the show and the styles of the girls, so the partnership is a perfect match.”

The range hits Miss Selfridge stores at the end of April and prices begin at £39.

Fashion News

Victoria Beckham flies the flag for skinny models

By Andrea Petrou on February 18th, 2010

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Victoria Beckham has been flying the flag for skinny models.

The singer, come designer who received praise for her collection, which premiered at New York fashion week, told viewers of the US chat show, The View, where she is a co-host: “Most of these girls are naturally thin.

“I don’t think that we should discriminate because they are too thin or too curvy or too large.”

However it seems the superskinny lady does have some limitations: “I had a casting and some terribly thin girls came in. It w
ouldn’t have worked,” she added.

She’s also fighting to keep underage models out of the catwalk, signing up to a campaign by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) which is calling for the industry to be more responsible about the models used and encourag designers to work with healthier sized models.

“The CFDA have reached out to designers, stylists and casting directors not to work with underage models, girls that are too thin and to be more ethnically aware,” said Victoria.

Beauty, Fashion News

Rimmel launches pop-up stall in Selfridges

By Andrea Petrou on February 18th, 2010


It’s good news for ladies who like their make-up this morning with the news that Rimmel is setting up a stand in Selfridges for four weeks.

From today the make-up brand, which is fronted by Georgia May Jagger, will occupy a space in the department store offering visitors to “get the London look” by enjoying professional makeovers in iconic red telephone boxes.

The four week stint, which has been launched to tie in with London Fashion Week will also give make-up addicts the opportunity to get their hands on one off products such as eyeshadow pallettes, eyeliners and lipsticks.

We’ll see you by the mirrors.

Events, Fashion News

Brits special: The Body and Jump suit trend

By Andrea Petrou on February 17th, 2010
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Body and jump suits have been a big trend stakes for a good few months now with every highstreet store and designer offering these up as key items.

So it’s no surprise that they were a favourite with yesterday’s Brit attendees.

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Lady Gaga chose to go with this trend donning a white bodysuit scattered with lace for her onstage performance. She was followed by Alicia Keyes who opted for a more demure black sparkly jumpsuit for her duet with Brit winner Jayz.

The Brit Awards - Show

Cheryl Cole also stripped off her mac to reveal a plain, yet striking black hooded bodysuit, which she accessoried with a highwaisted belt, when she sang her popular “Fight for this Love” single onstage.

However we think the best bodysuit crown goes to Lily Allen whose black outfit, complete with on-trend lace sleeves, really made a huge impression.

We just wish we could carry off this look as well as these celebrities.

The Brit Awards - Show

Events, Fashion News

Brits Special: Lily Allen goes gothic but later dons an orange wig

By Andrea Petrou on February 17th, 2010
Lily Allen attends the Brit Awards

It seems wigs were the accessory du jour at last night’s Brit awards, with Lily Allen following Lady Gaga’s steps with this trend.

The “Smile” singer looked stunning on the red carpet in a long black PVC frock, which, teamed up with the red detailing across the front and Lily’s heavy eye make-up really gave a gothic look.

The Brit Awards - Show

The star kept the PVC theme going for her stage performance donning a bodysuit with lace sleeves, before slipping into something more demure for the rest of the evening.

However, the main surprise to her look was the orange wig she had on when she went up to collect her award for British Female Solo Artist. She later explained that she had put this on because she didn’t want to be spotted by the photographers scanning the room when she lost.

The Brit Awards - Show

Fashion News

Fifi Chachnil lingerie comes to London

By Andrea Petrou on February 16th, 2010


Valentine’s Day may well and truely be over for another year but that doesn’t mean we have to stop treating ourselves and our other halves, especially when it comes to lingerie.

And what better way to start than with French lingerie label Fifi Chachnil.

For the first time ever, the company has taken its lovely lingerie out of Paris and bought it to London’s Knightbridge. And there’s a range of stunning underwear including suspender belts to cute bras and knickers to match any personality

On her move across the pond Fifi said: ‘The London girls are daring in their style of dressing, they don’t hesitate, they have audacity and sense of humour, they are excessive but with delicacy.’

We’ve got our credit and Oyster cards at the ready.

Fashion News, Gossip

Is Madonna creating a clothing range for Macy’s?

By Andrea Petrou on February 16th, 2010


Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about a celebrity and designer collaboration, but this one has really got us interested.

According to WWD Madonna is in talks with a group of licensees, to launch a women’s collection that would be sold exclusively at Macy’s. It is said to include clothing, lingerie, footwear and accessories.

Although names for the range have not yet been finalised, it is rumoured that some considerations flying around include Material Girl for the clothing and Truth or Dare, which was the title of a 1991 film which followed Madonna’s Blonde Ambition world tour, for the lingerie and underwear.

However, we’re not going to begin planning on how to wear those corsets, skirts and rosary necklaces, which we’re sure Madonna will include in her range, as at present no-one on the Madge camp is confirming anything.

We’ll bring you an update when we know a little bit more so watch this space.

charity, Fashion News

Gap turns Love magazine’s fashion icons into t-shirts for charity

By Andrea Petrou on February 15th, 2010


A few weeks ago we gave you a sneak preview of Love Magazine’s new covers featuring a range of supermodels including Lara Stone and Natalia Vodianova in the buff.

And if you loved them as much as we did then you’ll be pleased to hear the pictures aren’t going to disappear anytime soon, instead they’ll be making a far more public appearance.

Gap has created seven styles of grey cotton T-shirt, each bearing a cover from spring/summer 2010’s Fashion Icons issue in aid of the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

Profits from the £30 t-shirts featuring the full set up of Naomi Campbell, Jeneil Williams, Kristen McMenamy and Daria Werbowy, will see the full on-sale price go towards the DEC Appeal.

However Kate Moss has asked that all profits from T-shirts featuring her image go to a UK children’s charity.

Designers, Fashion News

Narciso Rodriguez launches an exclusive designer collection on Ebay

By Andrea Petrou on February 15th, 2010


Purses at the ready ladies, especially those of you who like a designer bargain.

Today Narciso Rodriguez has launched an exclusive collection on eBay for those of us mourning the loss of designer creations in our wardrobe due to the credit crunch.

The collection priced from £40 – £225 includes fitted dresses, simple, sleek tailoring and contemporary classics, which will fill the designer wardrobe gap for a good few months.

Rodriguez said, “I am extremely excited by the possibilities that this new online sales channel brings to my business long term.

“For me it’s always been about dressing many women of all ages, all types, all sizes, and this special collection on eBay is a unique opportunity to reach a broad global audience.”

The range is available in sizes 4 to 18, but you better get those fingers on your keyboards now as we don’t think this collection will stay around for long.

charity, Events, Fashion News

Fashion For Haiti show brings tears, tributes and tumbles

By Andrea Petrou on February 15th, 2010
Naomi Campbell walks the runway at Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief Haiti NYC 2010 Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion in New York

Designers and celebrities including Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Georgina Chapman, Estelle, Kelly Osbourne, Margherita and Missoni leant their names to The Fashion for Relief show last Friday.

Hosted by Naomi Campbell the catwalk show was designed to help the people of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The supermodel also took to the catwalk in a short, black, sequined flapper dress with sky scraper heels.

Agyness Deyn reacts after falling on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

However, it wasn’t “alright on the night” for model du jour Agyness Deyn, who took a leaf out of Naomi’s previous book and took a tumble – twice – in her Burberry sandals, before winning our hearts by strutting back, barefoot

She tweeted afterward: “1st show of fashion week! Took a tumble! Got up! Fell again. Should have stayed down the 1st time. Twice! WTF! Ouch my knees!”

There also came a very special and tearful tribute for Alexander McQueen, which included model and Daphne Guinness walking down the catwalk in a glittery, full-length bodysuit from the late designer’s spring collection. Other models including Helena Christensen, Georgina Chapman and Naomi herself followed wearing designer Alexander McQueen from head to toe in tribute.

Models Pay Tribute To Their Beloved Alexander McQueen

Events, Fashion News

Dates for your diary: Laura J shoe boutique vintage Valentine’s Day fair

By Andrea Petrou on February 12th, 2010

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We’ve already put together some galleries of Valentine’s Day outfits and accessories for you, but if you’re still stuck on finding those perfect shoes then boutique Laura J may be a step in the right direction.

The North London shoe boutique is having a day of Valentine’s themed pampering where you’ll be able to try on and pick from a huge selection of the shop’s footwear range as well as vintage jewellery and hand made underwear.

You can even leave your other half outside to be entertained by Burlesque dancer Bella De Jac who will be posing as a live mannequin in the store’s window.

The Vintage Valentine’s Fair takes place tomorrow at Laura J 114 Islington High Street.

Designers, Fashion News

Christian Louboutin launches second limited edition Barbie doll

By Andrea Petrou on February 12th, 2010

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Nothing can take away from the sad news that’s broken over the past 24 hours but we know we have to soldier on, and what better way to start than with Christian Louboutin’s new Barbie.

The designer has created a second limited edition doll, which has been inspired by spring summer ’10’s military trends.

Barbie showcases her fashion flair in a khaki tunic dress and the lucky girl even has her own miniature version of Mr Louboutin’s much coveted knee-high fringed boots, plus three additional miniature pairs of signature red-soled shoes.

Dolly Forever Barbie will be available from Net-A-Porter from 3 March.

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