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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen didn’t want to publicly front their fashion line The Row

By emilyborrett on August 23rd, 2011

The Olsen girls have revealed that they didn’t initially want anyone to know that they were the creative force behind their most famous fashion line, “The Row”.

Apparently, Ashley and Mary-Kate were reluctant to let anyone know that they were the designers behind The Row when the project was just starting out and were almost tempted to hire someone to front the brand for them – they were having “far more fun” knowing that potential clients didn’t know who they were.

Ashley said: “We didn’t want people to know that we were behind it. We’d learnt so much about building brands and talking to a specific customer. We did it with our faces at the beginning, and we knew we didn’t want to do that any more. It’s far more fun this way.”

But we think the Olsen girls are far from just pretty, famous faces to sell a product. For starters they’re actually good designers with impeccable taste, and their various sartorial ventures such as Elizabeth & James and The Row have won them a whole ton of respect from the industry. Forget about being  a famous face, girls – just be proud of what you’ve done!



Celebrity gossip, Designers, Fashion News, Gossip, Project Runway

Michael Kors gets married

By emilyborrett on August 19th, 2011

A huge congratulations to our favourite American designer Michael Kors, who has just tied the knot! Ooh, we love a wedding (even if we weren’t invited or anything).

Kors and his long-term partner Lance LePere had a romantic ceremony on the beach this Tuesday in the fancy Hamptons, the favoured mini-break town for rich Manhattan holidaygoers. Michael said about the wedding: “To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of.” Aw, it’s making us a bit soppy actually.

The couple have been dating since 1990, but have only finally been able to tie the knot since a recent law allowing same-sex marriage in New York came in. When asked about how the couple fell in love, Michael replied: “We share a certain level of taste, an American point of view, and I think we like to play with Americana. Over the years and the day-to-day process of dreaming together, things just naturally fell into place.” We have to say, that’s a very fashion response.

Congratulations, fellas! This news has made our day.



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Sienna Miller has donated her favourite shoes to charity

By emilyborrett on August 18th, 2011

The actress Sienna Miller has donated her favourite pairs of shoes to the charity “Small Steps Project”, which raises awareness of children in Cambodia working on landfill sites.

Along with other celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Colin Firth and Eva Green, Sienna will be auctioning off her very favourite shoes, with the profit going to the Small Steps Project, at the Royal Society of Medicine on the 12th of October.

The charity was started by celebrity journalist Amy Hanson, who was shocked by the poverty and living conditions in Cambodia when she visited in 2008. She said about her time there: “When I went to Cambodia, I witnessed huge landfills filled with our waste and excess packaging where the local children would look for scraps to sell in order to support their families. Ideally we want to raise enough money to get the children away from the rubbish dumps and into schools, but for now we’re focusing on providing durable boots to prevent the children from harming themselves with the shards of glass and sharp objects on the ground.”

A very worthy cause. If you happen to be the same shoe size as Sienna, and you’ve got money to burn then get down to that auction in October!



Designer Fashions, Fashion News, Features

Photos: First look at Beyoncé’s first UK fashion collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 17th, 2011

Singer Beyoncé Knowles has revealed a sneak preview of pieces from her new fashion collection which will hit UK stores next month.

In the photos Beyoncé – who has revealed she could soon be ready to start a family with husband and rap star Jay-Z – is sporting French knickers and lace-high socks. It comes as no surprise that B is modelling the range herself, just look at those legs!

The new House of Dereon range will be launched at Selfridges, London, in September – coinciding nicely with London Fashion Week – and Beyoncé is set to fly in for the occasion. Her second collection, which by the looks of it will include tribal-prints, will start at £80 and be exclusively available in Selfridges for six week before going into other stores in October.



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Kat Von D capsule collection for Very

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 17th, 2011

Kat Von D, the celebrity tattooist and star of ‘L.A. Ink’, might have been the reason for Sandra Bullock and Jesse James marriage ending and have since see her own relationship with J.J. end – but only after she had had his name tattooed onto her body. It probably was a good idea at the time… Kat, who has rarely been seen in public since announcing her split from Jesse, has certainly not been idle in her time away from the paparazzi lenses.

Very.co.uk has just brought out a capsule Kat Von D collection comprising of six items that include a military coat, a Beethoven inspired jacket and some lace leggings. Say what you like of her personal life, but we quite like Kat’s fashion range, which ranges from £78 to £290. Now which shoes to go with it…



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Is Bradford the least fashionable place in the UK?

By shinychris on August 17th, 2011

Is Bradford - pictured above - the least fashionable place in the UK

Women in Bradford – followed by those living in Wakefield and Sunderland – have been voted the least fashionable in the UK, according to research from Beauty Town.

The 1,000 Brits polled really do think it’s ‘grim up north’ when it comes to female residents, with northern lasses being voted the least beautiful too. Unsurprisingly, the fashionistas of London were voted top in the fashion stakes (63%) as well as being crowned the most beautiful (50%).

However, bucking the north-south divide, those from Edinburgh and Manchester were voted second and third respectively (see league table below).

The survey found that although Londoners are well dressed, Brighton residents are the most confident when it comes to picking an outfit, with 30% saying they had a good eye for fashion compared to just 23% from the capital.

Beauty Town, a new Facebook game where people can open and manage their own virtual fashion boutique, could come to the rescue as it allows players to learn more about fashion and looking good while having fun with their friends. Beauty Town is available to play on Facebook and can be accessed by visiting http://apps.facebook.com/beautytown.

The survey found Brits aren’t convinced that women pay much attention to looking good before they walk out the door with 52% saying they don’t take enough care over their appearance, particularly when compared to their European counterparts with 44% saying British women didn’t match up. Only 3% of female respondents said they are a trendsetter amongst their peer group and half said they hardly ever got a truthful opinion on what they wear from their other half.

Beauty Town has been created by Dynamo Games and funded by Channel 4.  It allows players to select clothes and accessories to sell in their shop and enables them to encourage their friends on the social network to visit and make purchases. Beauty Town is available to play at http://apps.facebook.com/beautytown

Beauty Town July 2011 Fashionable Cities League Table

1st London
2nd Manchester
3rd Edinburgh
4th Brighton
5th Liverpool
6th Birmingham
7th Newcastle Upon Tyne
8th Nottingham
9th Glasgow
10th Leeds
11th Cardiff
12th Bristol
13th Belfast
14th Leicester
15th Coventry
16th Sheffield
17th Hull
18th Sunderland
19th Wakefield
20th Bradford



Designers, Fashion News, Gossip

Rumours rife that Marc Jacobs is to leave Louis Vuitton to work at Dior

By emilyborrett on August 11th, 2011

BREAKING FASHION GOSSIP! The Brazilian website Glamurama claims to have spoken to sources close to Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH, and gleaned the gossip that super-designer Marc Jacobs is hotly tipped to leave his position at Louis Vuitton to become creative director of Christian Dior

There’s been an awful lot of speculation over who would take over Christian Dior following John Galliano’s disgracing – Azzedine Alaia and Riccardo Tisci have both been considered – but we have to say the idea of Arnault encouraging Marc to take over Dior is an incredibly exciting thought.

The site claims: “The two have met often in recent weeks to discuss the matter. Jacobs, the current creative director of Louis Vuitton, renewed his contract with LVMH in January – and it is possible for him to continue in his current position even if he takes over Dior. More likely, however, is that he’ll end up choosing between one of two. Arnault would prefer him to go to Dior – as the billionaire sees it; Jacobs image will only be good for the fashion house, which was considerably shaken by the Galliano scandal.”

As we all know, the position of creative director at Christian Dior has been standing empty ever since John Galliano made an unfortunate racist slur in Paris. We’ve been absolutely dying to find out which direction the iconic fashion house will be taken in, and who will take it there. Hopefully it won’t be long now until we find out.

Marc Jacobs for Dior? Who knows. Watch this space..



Beauty, Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Fashion News, Gossip

Lara Stone never planned to become a model

By emilyborrett on August 11th, 2011

The supermodel Lara Stone has confessed that modelling was never her ambition when she was growing up.

Lara said that as a child she never thought that modelling could be an “actual job”, planning instead as a little girl to become a stay-at-home mother. We bet if Lara’s younger self could see her now, fronting campaigns for Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Givenchy, she’d be staggered.

She said: “Modelling wasn’t on my radar at all. I remember looking at all those amazing photos of Kate Moss but at first I didn’t realise it was an actual job. I came from a standard family – my mum was a stay-at-home mum and my dad worked. So you think that’s what your life is going to be; meet a nice man, get married and have some babies. I know when I was younger I wanted to do tonnes of different jobs. I used to come up with these crazy jobs to try and provoke my parents but they said you can be anything you want. I was like, ‘I want to be a garbage man’ and they were like, ‘That’s OK, we still love you!’”

We’re so glad Lara realised her ambition – she’s one of our favourite models.



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Kirsten Dunst is considering a more grown-up look

By emilyborrett on August 3rd, 2011

The Virgin Suicides actress Kirsten Dunst has admitted to considering more a more grown-up wardrobe.

Kirsten, who is now 29, has always been admired for her vintage-feel, girlish sense of style – she’s often papped in pretty sundresses and ballerina flats. However, she’s been wondering lately whether or not she’s too old for her wardrobe anymore, and if it’s time for a change.

She said: “I’m 29, I keep thinking, ‘Stop with the cutesy dresses.’ I’m trying to, I honestly am. I have thing in my wardrobe that are too girlie for my age. But I like simple, feminine, casual. I don’t like overdone.”

Personally we absolutely love Kirsten’s style, and considering she still looks about fifteen we think she can still get away with it. Don’t change please, Dunst!



Celebrity gossip, Fashion News, Gossip

Lady Gaga promises her new book of portraits will show you everything – including photos of her showering

By emilyborrett on August 3rd, 2011

Lady Gaga's new book of portraits promises to show the star in a light that you haven't seen her before

We all know that Lady Gaga isn’t exactly shy and retiring but her new book of black-and-white portraits, shot by infamous fashion photographer Terry Richardson, will show her fans everything from her brushing her teeth to showering and weeing into cups. Blimey.

Gaga, the loveable eccentric, spoke about the ten-month period she spent with Richardson whilst shooting portraits from the book. “Terry was with me for [almost] a whole year, and, gosh, I didn’t hold anything back from Terry … he was with me every minute, every moment. It’s completely unfiltered. He has photographs of me waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, in the bathroom, in the bathtub, the shower. And the thing about Terry, if you know anything about his photography, is that nothing is staged; I mean, that’s sort of what he is renowned for. He can get you to do things and he can capture things that no one can ever capture.”

Richardson is probably the best choice to photograph her doing stuff like this, as he has a reputation for getting his stars to completely lose their inhibitions in photoshootoften highly sexualised and explicit, his work has come under fire from critics before. We have to say that we’re intrigued to see these photos..



Beauty, Celebrity gossip, Fashion News, Gossip

Jessica Alba is already planning her post-baby body blitz

By emilyborrett on August 3rd, 2011

The super-beauty Jessica Alba, who is currently 8 months pregnant with her second baby, is already running up a plan of action for an exercise regime once the baby is born.

The new body-blitz regime will include a daily 45 minute workout session combined with a calorie limit of 1,200 calories daily. It’s times like this we don’t envy the stars – after having a baby us normal people can stay as fat as we like.

Poor Jessica has admitted that working out is not her idea of fun at all, saying, “Getting dressed and actually doing it is the worst. It’s hard to get motivated. In the gym, I have like five things to distract me: TV, iPod, magazines. Working partners are good, too, so you can chat and not just drown in your own misery. Sorry, does that sound bad? I just hate working out.” So do we, Jess, so do we!

So it’s good to know that she is planning to make the most of the end of her pregnancy before the gruelling workout and diet plan begins. If I was her, I’d be eating from Dominos in the meanwhile at least once a day.



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First Look: Matthew Williamson’s new diffusion line at My-Wardrobe.com

By emilyborrett on August 2nd, 2011

It’s time to get your emergency credit card out, girls, because today British design genius Matthew Williamson has finally unveiled his first diffusion line, MW, on My-Wardrobe.com today. When we say affordable it’s still really quite expensive, but sshhh, it’s still very exciting and I’m quite tempted to go without food for a month to get my mitts onto one of the collection’s pieces.

So far there are only three pieces available on the site but we’ve heard tell that more will be added soon, as there will also be jewellery as part of the collection with prices starting at £98. We’re already impressed and excited with what we’ve seen – I’m completely obsessed with the MW leopard-printed bubble coat, which reminds me of sixties It girls such as Edie Sedgwick.

If you feel like blowing a load of money on something really special today I’d recommend checking it out, and keep looking back to check for more pieces being added. Want to shop the collection? Find it here.



Beauty, Celebrity gossip, Fashion News, Gossip

Katy Perry claims her good skin is all down to Proactiv skin care

By emilyborrett on August 2nd, 2011

The glam “Friday Night” singer Katy Perry has banished all of her skin problems for good, claiming that it is all down to Proactiv Solution skincare.

Some particularly mean paparazzi have managed to photograph the star make-up free in the past, showing off bumpy and spotty skin, but that seems to be a thing of the past. (To be honest, we can’t really that her skin was ever that bad at all, but you know.)

Katy said about her new, clear skin: “After trying every procedure, facial treatment and product I could find, I finally decided to try Proactiv. I mean, I had nothing to lose except my acne, and I was definitely okay with losing that. Since then, I’ve seen massive changes in my face and my confidence. All of my big, kind of stick-out bumps went flat, my blemishes progressively got smaller and smaller, and even some of my scarring started going away.”

We’ve always admired Katy’s smooth, clear skin, so it’s nice to know that she at least gets normal breakouts sometimes. Having said that, congratulations to the singer – now pass us the Proactiv. If it’s good enough for KP, it’s good enough for us.



Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Fashion News, Gossip

Fashion rebel Daphne Guinness doesn’t dress for “effect”

By emilyborrett on August 2nd, 2011

Daphne isn't exactly shy and retiring when it comes to daring fashionThe right honourable and extremely fabulous Daphne Guinness has spoken out about her quirky and dramatic style, insisting that she doesn’t put that much thought into her outfits at all.

The silver-haired femme fatale is well-known for her gothic, European sense of style, often opting for nipped-in skirt suits and extravagant millinery for a look that never disappoints. But Daphne hates the the misconception that she spends hours planning each outfit, and doesn’t like the term “eccentric” when it comes to describing her style.

The millionaire and artist explained: “The more you concentrate on something, the more it shows. I can’t get dressed if I think about it too much. I don’t dress for effect, and I think that it never works out when someone does.”

She said on the matter of her style being deemed “eccentric”, “I truly hate the word. I’m actually very grounded. Also, eccentrics are almost asexual, and that is not something you can say of me, by any means.” Certainly not – we think Daphne is extremely sexy, in a Cruella De Vil kind of way.



Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Designer collaborations, Fashion News, Gossip

Florence Welch wants to design her own fashion line

By emilyborrett on August 1st, 2011

Florence is well known for her eccentric and dramatic sense of style, which draws a lot of inspiration from vintage

Majorly exciting news!  The flame-haired music diva Florence Welch, who is known for her quirky and dramatic sense of style, is planning to design her own affordable clothing line as a collaborative effort with the stylist Aldene Johnson.

The singer has been topping the best-dressed rankings for the past couple of years, so it would be incredibly exciting to see Ms Welch embark upon a fashion project. A source revealed that Florence has been inspired by Kate Moss’ previous collaborations with Topshop taking inspiration from the model’s wardrobe, and is looking to do the same herself.

The source said, “She has thousands of unique pieces, everything from vintage gowns to garments she’s been given by Karl Lagerfeld, and would love to work with Aldene to create a line inspired by her wardrobe, like Kate Moss did.”

God, we’re excited. Get a move on, Flo – we are ABSOLUTELY DYING to see what you come up with.




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