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First look: Rihanna’s new ad campaign for Armani. Pictures.

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Rihanna for Armani

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We’re excited to reveal that our favourite Bajan princess Rihanna is moving further into the fashion world – and she’s now the face of Armani.

The curvy beauty is set to become the face of Emporio Armani underwear and Armani jeans for Autumn/Winter 2011-12, and you can check out the steamy photos for the new campaign right here in the gallery above. How good does Ri-Ri look in these photos?

What do you think of the singer’s new ambassadorship for the brand? Is it a yay or a nay? For us it’s a yay, yay, yay.

Designers, Fashion News, Gossip

Galliano is found guilty of making racist remarks in court today

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

Well, the verdict is in – John Galliano has been found guilty in court today of making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris cafe in February.

The sentencing is a little better than expected – there was a possibility of the troubled designer serving 6 months in prison, but instead is paying a fine of €17,500, less than the maximum penalty for racist remarks in France.

Since making anti-Jewish remarks on film in a Parisian cafe in February, Galliano has been sacked from his position of creative director at Christian Dior and dropped from his self-titled line as well. Many celebrities and important figures of the fashion industry have since cut ties with Galliano – the actress Natalie Portman, who is Jewish herself and previously has been the face of Dior perfume, said she was “deeply shocked and disgusted” by the remarks.

Basically, nobody knows what is going to happen to Galliano next. Will the industry ever forgive the designer for his prejudiced remarks? Only time will tell.

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British Fashion Awards 2011 nominees: Burberry, Sarah Burton, Erdem and more

By emilyborrett on September 6th, 2011

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen is up for the "Designer of the Year" award

This year’s ultimate who’s who of fashion begins as we’ve just discovered who the nominees are for 2011’s British Fashion Awards. Get ready, girls and boys..
The coveted “Designer of the Year” award has three potential nominees: Sarah Burton, who has taken over the helm at Alexander McQueen’s since her predeccessor’s death, Christopher Kane whose collections featured liquid-looking plastic and crochet dresses and Erdem, whose dresses have a delicate fairy-like beauty.
“Designer Brand of The Year” has four designers vying for the award. Burberry, one of London’s favourite fashion houses, is nominated, as is our very own Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, whose latest collections have proved that the ex Spice Girl is more than just another famous name tacked onto a fashion project. They will all be going up against the right honorable Tom Ford, who has recently returned to designing womenswear.
“Model of the Year” is between Georgia Jagger, Stella Tennant and Kristen McMenamy. Our money is on Jagger to win – our very own little Brigitte Bardot.
Nominated for the the “Accessory Designer” award is Emma Hill for Mulberry, along with Katie Hillier and shoe designer Charlotte Olympia. We adore all three, but how could Mulberry not bag the award? We’ll have to wait and see to find out if we’re right.
This has been such an exciting season for fashion, and we absolutely cannot wait to see who’s going to snatch the most prestigious awards. The British fashion industry is magical, and we can’t wait to see so many of our favourite names honoured with the awards.
To read the full list of nominations, see here.

Celebrity gossip, Events, Fashion News

Valentino’s life to be turned into a musical?

By emilyborrett on September 6th, 2011

The legendary fashion designer Valentino may be having his life story turned into a musical, according to an interview he gave to an Italian newspaper.

The iconic designer who is particularly famous for his red-carpet creations and sizzling scarlet gowns, revealed the musical plans to La Repubblica: “We’re looking at the possibility of taking my story to Broadway, as a musical.”

Valentino’s life has already been examined before – but this time on the lens, if you remember the 2009 documentary on the designer ‘Valentino: The Last Emperor’. And Broadway had better be careful how they portray Valentino on the stage, because the designer was initially not pleased with how he came across on the film.

He said: “I came across as a despot. The director had surprised Giancarlo Giammetti [Valentino’s business partner] and me when we were arguing, which we always do in French. But then (at the end of the screening), the applause never stopped and I saw that people liked me as I am.”

Naturellement, Valentino! Every one simply adores a diva. Save up for your Valentino gowns now ladies – we guarantee that the opening night of the show will be a fashion night to remember.

Celebrity gossip, Designers, Fashion News

John Galliano will not be in court to hear the final verdict of his trial

By emilyborrett on September 5th, 2011

John Galliano will not appear in court the day that his trial’s verdict will be announced, according to Twitter statements.

The troubled designer, who has been taken to court for his anti-Semitic attack on a couple in a Paris cafe, has decided that he does not want to be present in the courtroom when the verdict of his trial is read out.

The infamous Dior designer claims that he has no recollection of the reprehensible anti-Jewish statements that he was caught making on video, and puts his antisocial behaviour down to his problems with substance abuse.

His lawyer said about the unfortunate incident: “One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill. He had a triple addiction to alcohol, benzodiazepine (valium) and sleeping pills… He does not remember because he was in an altered state. The comments do not reflect what he thinks. He’s not anti-Semitic or racist.”

Who knows how the trial will turn out, though the public certainly haven’t reacted well to his remarks. Watch this space and see what happens next..

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Gallery: High Street Fashion Week so far

By emilyborrett on September 5th, 2011

The circus performers modelled high-street fashions for the launch of High Street Fashion Week

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Today's prize up for grabs in assocation with High Street Fashion Week is this chic chakra bracelet worth £86. Read more below

High Street Fashion Week has gone off with a big, sparkly, ticker-tape rainbow bang as the beginning of the week’s celebration of fashion’s best high street stores was ushered in with circus performers and models scaling the sides of buildings in the latest fashions. We’d never thought that abseiling and stilettos would ever go hand-in-hand but hey, we love to be surprised.

High Street Fashion Week, which honours our much-beloved British high street in a week-long slew of fashion parties, meet and greets and sales, takes place in the shopping mecca which is Oxford Circus and will continue until Friday.

Today kicks off with an absolute monster sale in the Debenhams department store with 25% off in ALL THE DEPARTMENTS. AND IT’LL LAST ALL WEEK. There’s also a 10% discount at the Oxford Circus Benetton store when you spend £50 – it’s time to max out your store card, girls. Meanwhile, fashion sightseers should head on over to the John Lewis where they’re housing Osman Yousefzada’s latest collection.

One of the other good things about the High Street Fashion Week is their sensational giveaway prizes and competitions, which will be going on all week. If you want to channel your inner world traveller, enter the competition to get your mitts on this elegant gold chakra bracelet (pictured above left), which as well as being boho-chic is supposed to make the wearer “articulate, resonant of voice, a good listener and thrive on creativity”. That’s a good enough reason for us! Enter the competition on the website here.

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Update: Fashion Faces of AW 11

By shinychris on August 31st, 2011

The fashion department’s been busy recruiting some new meat, namely the high-street players. We bring you a round-up of pretty visages to look out for.

Marks & Spencer are going all out, it seems, for their Autumn campaign. According to the Telegraph, Transformers star Rosie-Huntington Whiteley will front M&S’s Autumn campaign alongside David Gandy and Ryan Reynolds. Yes you read right, Ryan Reynolds for Marks & Spencer! It’s a superstar line-up fit for the store’s high-end line called Autograph. The ad may risk lacking credibility mind you. Rosie comes fresh from a stint with Burberry, David from D&G. Meanwhile,  it’s hard to believe Ryan (voted the Sexiest Man Alive no less) even knew what an M&S was before he was cast, being Canadian and, well…being Ryan Reynolds.

Next up we have supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a Victoria’s Secret gal like Rosie, looking fantastic for Esprit Fall/Winter 2011. Not that we need a reason why, she’s a Brazilian beaut, but nonetheless she was picked because ‘she embodies easy elegance, charisma and naturalness’ befitting of the brand’s spirit. Oh that she does.

Alexa Chung, ever the restless fashionista, will be the star of Vero Moda. She’s hard to keep track of, now unseen, now stateside with her own TV show, now breaking up with Alex Turner. Now though, she’ll front Vero Moda’s AW campaign, which was Gisele Bundchen’s role formerlyby the by (a lot of links amongst celebs here!). It’s safe to say any retailer fortunate enough to bag Alexa for their campaign is guaranteed a nice surge in business. The campaign launches in November.

Celebrity gossip, Fashion News, Gossip, London fashion week

Dionne Bromfield will perform at the LOOK fashion show

By emilyborrett on August 31st, 2011

The late Amy Winehouse’s prodigal god-daughter, Dionne Bromfield, has been confirmed to be performing at the LOOK magazine fashion show during London Fashion Week, for the same show that Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding is making her catwalk debut in.

This isn’t Dionne’s first taste of the fashion world, because she’s already the face of the streetwear brand Gio Gio. Last year Diana Vickers performed at the LOOK catwalk, so Dionne is following in the footsteps of other quirky, up-and-coming singers.

We’ve always loved LOOK fashion shows for their ability to turn regular high-street clothes, style them cleverly and turn the whole thing into a proper fashion event. The magazine uses some of the UK’s best-loved high street brands such as Urban Outfitters, Miss Selfridge, River Island and Oasis.

Ali Hall, Editor of Look, said: “The Look Show has become an established part of London Fashion Week and readers absolutely love it. We’re thrilled to be working with Westfield to make this season’s show bigger and better than ever, and to be part of such an exciting retail launch.”

Good luck, Dionne, though you don’t need it – you’ll be amazing.

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Zac Posen is returning to New York Fashion Week

By emilyborrett on August 30th, 2011

Zac Posen has revealed that he is planning to return to New York Fashion Week after previously showing in Paris.

Zac, who is loved by all women for his sultry, opulent designs, is moving back to New York Fashion Week because he feels “just like it’s the right time”. The designer said: “Paris is wonderful but it just feels like the right time to show in New York.”

His previous collection for Autumn/Winter 2011, which was showed in Paris, was his trademark array of sculptural-looking evening gowns, this time in leather and metallic fabrics for a harder take on the seventies trend – I absolutely cannot wait to see what he comes up with next, whichever city he’s in.

He went on to explain the city change: “For the Zac Posen Collection, I wanted to give a different voice and focus in the international fashion arena. Obviously, New York has been extremely supportive of me and the stars were aligned to base Z Spoke in my hometown. I have learned over the past 10 years to trust my instinct, to have fun with experimentation and to innovate. I do not see this choice as a focus on Europe, rather, it’s about taking a risk, which is something that is important to do as a creator in order to evolve.”

Designers, dresses, Events, Fashion News

Matthew Williamson will showcase his latest collection at the Tate Modern during LFW

By emilyborrett on August 30th, 2011

Matthew Williamson has been given the opportunity to showcase his new collection specially inside the Tate Modern during London Fashion Week  (yes, it’s nearly here again, guys!)

This has never been done before, so it’s going to be a bit of a unique fashion happening. A member of Williamson’s team told Vogue: “For our spring/summer 2012 collection we have chosen to show in the turbine hall inside the Tate modern gallery on the Southbank. It’s the first time a designer has been able to show in this iconic London landmark building and we are thrilled to have this opportunity.”

Matthew said about his Tate plans: It’s an amazing space which I feel will contrast really well with the collection. I’m looking forward to creating an intimate space within the hall and seeing the intricately detailed clothes work against the stark, minimalist structure.”

Whether you have the time of day for modern art or not (I don’t at all) we think you’ll all be able to find the time for some beautiful Matthew Williamson dresses, no?

Celebrity gossip, Designers, Fashion News, London fashion week, Paris Fashion Week

Gareth Pugh intends to keep showing his designs in Paris

By emilyborrett on August 25th, 2011

The British designer Gareth Pugh has revealed that he doesn’t intend to return to showing his collections at London Fashion Week for the forseeable future, as he prefers the respect that he gets in Paris.

Gareth has been showing his collections at Paris Fashion Weeks since 2008 and has absolutely no intention to return to showing at the UK – well, we can’t say we blame his defection to one of the haute couture capitals of the world.

Gareth said his move to gay Paris: “London’s changed a lot since I moved to Paris – Giles, Burberry and Matthew Williamson have all started showing here again – but when I left, people weren’t taking me seriously. The last show I did in London featured lots of safety pins and one journalist made a comment ‘I feel sorry for the intern who had to put that together.’ I think Galliano did that in one of his shows, and no one in Paris would ever have made the same comment about his work.”

The designer continued: “The work that goes into these pieces is secondary, people shouldn’t be so raw about it. In Paris it’s like a badge of honour to put that sort of work into it, but no one talks about it – it would take out the magic. In Paris, you talk about the beauty of a look, not the hours that went into it – that’s not something to flaunt. It’s about something being an object of beauty.”

That’s totally fair enough and all that. But Gareth, if you ever get a pining feeling for LFW, just come back. We miss you!

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Lady Gaga is teaming up with her sister for a new fashion line

By emilyborrett on August 25th, 2011

Get ready for the fashion world to be filled with all things Gaga, as the mad-as-a-box-of-frogs singer is teaming up with her younger sister Natali Germanotta for a new fashion line.

Natali has been studying fashion design at the esteemed Parsons The New School of Design in New York, so she’s got all the right style credentials to help her sister with a new clothing range. But if you’re expecting lobster hats, coke cans in the hair and dresses made of meat then think again, as apparently the collection will be “relatively normal and wearable” in comparison to Gaga’s regular taste in attire.

A source spoke out about the planned project: “Gaga came up with the idea of remodelling the styles of classic icons from the past, for example Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn. Natali loved the idea and she’s coming up with a slew of design options but, of course, everything will have their own iconic twist on it.”

It looks like the collection will be released through the singer’s own Haus of Gaga label, but who knows? Watch this space.

Celebrity gossip, Designers, Fashion News, New York Fashion Week - Gossip

Avril Lavigne to show her new collection at New York Fashion Week

By emilyborrett on August 24th, 2011

I literally never thought I’d have to write this, but apparently Avril Lavigne is set to show her latest collection for her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, at New York Fashion Week next month. … Seriously, guys? Really?

The show, which will happen on September 12th at the Style 360-Metropolitan Pavilion, will show her new collection which includes dresses, denim, sunglasses and handbags. The press release promises the event to be a “high-energy runway show”, but if her past designs, which have a majorly unappealing Ed Hardy vibe, are anything to go by then I think I’ll give this one a miss, thanks.

The “Girlfriend” singer recently spoke out about her new-found interest in fashion. “When I was younger, I dressed skater and had that whole thing going on. But as I grew up, I eventually started wearing heels and dresses. Over time, fashion choices change. Now that I’m older and have a fashion line, I’m more into fashion. I like to dress with rock ‘n’ roll elements and be casual. I like jeans with rips and skulls, but now I wear more flattering pieces. I would never have worn heels or tight trousers before, or dresses. Today, though, I enjoy it. I’ve grown up.”

Celebrity gossip, Fashion News, Gossip, Project Runway

Alexa Chung is set to have her own fashion reality TV show

By emilyborrett on August 24th, 2011

Anyone who’s seen every episode of Project Runway and is now having major fashion-TV withdrawals will be so, sooooo excited about this news – the Lifetime network that Project Runway is a part of have got a new show in the pipeline – and it’s going to be fronted by our very own Alexa Chung.

The show, which is rumoured to be called “24-Hour Catwalk”, will show designers competing against each other in runway challenges, with the iconic designer Cynthia Rowley apparently taking part in the show. No doubt Alexa will pull out all the fashion stops when it comes to her outfits for the show. She’ll also need to get a cute little phrase she says at the end of each show, like when Heidi Klum says “Auf Wiedersehen!”.

We hope that this project goes ahead SO MUCH. Nothing beats sitting in your PJs on a Sunday night eating ice-cream and watching tearful designers screaming at each other while they huddle over their sewing machines like prisoners of war.

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Amy Winehouse’s Autumn/Winter 2011 Fred Perry collection goes on sale

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 24th, 2011

50s Tie Neck Shirt and High Waisted Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

After careful deliberation it was confirmed not long ago that the final collections Amy Winehouse designed for Fred Perry were to go on sale. And today the autumn winter 2011 range has hit the online shop.

The collection is accompanied by a statement that says: “After much consideration and with the blessing of Amy’s family, we have decided to release the AW11 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection.”

Fred Perry goes on to note how the collection shows Amy’s passion and dedication to the collaboration and that her ‘signature style’ is evident throughout. They certainly aren’t lying.

The 30-piece collection looks like taken out of Amy’s wardrobe. It’s packed with her retro style: a 60’s inspired houndstooth miniskirt, a black bodycon dress, a cropped cardigan and classic polo shirts, one of Amy’s trademark garments which she was often spotted in around Camden. The accessories include penny loafers, a black belt and a glossy patent bowling bag.

The exceptionally talented singer had also completed a spring/summer 2012 collection before her tragic death which is to be released next year. All royalties and fees from the two collaborations will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

See the full Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection.

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