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First Look: Tom Ford lets us have a peep at his first womenswear collection for six years

By Andrea Petrou on November 19th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Tom Ford Womenswear SS2011

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The words “Tom Ford” and “womenswear”  are enough to have any fashion-lover worth their salt quivering and shuddering with excitement these days – move over, Mr. Lagerfeld, there’s a new Don of fashion and his aesthetic is much more modern, much less “fashion-bitch on an ego trip”, much more now. (Not to put Karl Lagerfeld down – I still love him obviously.) You know that you’ve got a ridiculous level of fashion influence when you can bossily insist that Victoria Beckham gets out of those sloppy clothes and into something more haute, pronto – which is exactly what Mr. Ford did when he met VB on an international flight recently. Amazingly, she complied. It’s the stuff legends are made of.

Graduating from creative director at both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to becoming the head of his own brand, Mr. Ford has been primarily known for his impeccably tailored menswear and his directorial debut in last year’s A Single Man, which received Academy Award nominations and is worth seeing for the clothes alone. (Frankly, Colin Firth has never looked better.) But now Ford is set to return to what he has spent most of his professional life doing for other fashion houses – womenswear.

The Spring/Summer collection for 2011 has been very hush-hushed and kept under wraps, but he’s finally relented enough to let the public see the first four official photos of what is his first venture into womenswear for the past six years. And the man doesn’t disappoint. It’s a super-glamorous collection manages to be both sexy and masculine at the same time – he doesn’t have an understanding of tailoring for nothing! The clothes are modelled by some of his muses, which feature Beyonce, supermodel Karen Elson and Stella Tennant. We love, we love, we love.

Check  out the gallery above for the first official images of his SS2011 womenswear collection.

Celebrity Style, Designers, Gallery

Celebrities love: Zac Posen

By Andrea Petrou on November 19th, 2010

Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards (The Emmys) held at the Nokia Theatre

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Designers, Gossip

Georgia May Jagger designs a range for Hudson Jeans

By Andrea Petrou on October 22nd, 2010

She’s got two famous parents and had her fair share of modelling jobs, so it was only a little bit of time before Geogia May Jagger hit the designing beat.

The young starlet and face of Rimmel has created a range for with denim label Hudson. According to Vogue, Hudson by Georgia May Jagger will land in stores in spring 2011.

Georgia has been off our fashion radars for a few months after leaving the glamour behind to concentrate on her A-levels, which she did extremely well in getting A’s and B’s. However she made an exception to shoot the Hudson autumn/winter 2010 campaign in New York.

We can’t wait to get a peek at her new range.

Accessories, Designer collaborations, Fashion News, First Looks, Footwear

Dream fashion collaboration: Pierre Hardy For Gap

By Andrea Petrou on October 20th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Exciting news as Gap unveil the fruits of their most recent collaboration with design geniuse Pierre Hardy; one perfect pair of black suede and leather shoe boots. Well, sometimes simplicity is best. The shoes won’t hit stores in the US until the 28th of October at the slightly un-Gap price of $195, but we can forgive them – it is a beautiful shoe, after all.

Gap’s had a rough time of it these past few weeks; it’s taken a cutting verbal beating from the internet and worldwide fashion-lovers for its’ attempt to ditch their iconic logo for a newer, spiffier one (turns out that the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an important lesson to learn in fashion), so this collaboration could be exactly what the brand needs to get back into their customers’ good books. And we’ll certainly be helping out – by fighting tooth and nail to get a pair when they become available to buy in the UK.

Accessories, Christmas outfits, Gallery

The best party tights to wear this winter

By Andrea Petrou on October 14th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Jonathon Aston Crystal Peacock Tights

Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens for the winter, and the spangly, over-the-top silliness of the outfits are beginning to slowly creep into both our hearts and our wardrobes. Whereas in the summer we’d have scoffed at all the sequins and sparkles, and said “No thankyou, I’ll stick to my maxi-dress”, we’re beginning to find ourselves idly wondering if we could get away with wearing “boobs ahoy” gowns, cut-out panels and lurid shades of fluoro to the office party. It’s the problem with winter – we have a tendency to over-decorate ourselves and end up looking like the Christmas lights display in Oxford Circus.

And no, you probably shouldn’t start dressing like Kara Tointon (or Ann Widdecombe, for that matter), but that doesn’t mean you have to go totally the other way and start dressing like a middle-aged German nanny. Just strike a little balance – my favourite way to get a little of Strictly spangle the understated way this winter is to jazz up a more classic outfit with a pair of statement tights, which bring back fond memories of dressing up little-girl style for the Year Six school disco but is still fashion forward.

The best ones available at the moment are from Scottish designer label Bebaroque, specialisers in fantastical “Alice In Wonderland”-style hosiery in candy colours, adorned with pearls and ankle detailing. Especially dreamy are their black tights with the white and gold bow detailing on the ankles – with tights that pretty, you can make any crummy old outfit look way prettier immediately. Unfortunately, with designer hosiery there comes a designer price, with some of their tights costing up to a cool £75. If you don’t feel like investing that much in something that could potentially ladder, there are good versions on the high street – personal favourites are the gold embellished ones from Zohara and the super-sexy mock suspender fishnet stocking tights from Topshop, which will have the boys howling and drooling at your feet. To see my top 5 party tights for the party season, check the gallery above.

Celebrity Style, Features, Gallery

The changing style of Victoria Beckham

By Andrea Petrou on September 28th, 2010


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Victoria in the early years. She wouldn't be caught dead looking like this now.

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Designer Fashions, Designers, dresses, Gallery, Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week Highlights: Gucci

By Andrea Petrou on September 22nd, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Celebrities and fashion luvvies may be clearing out of London as LFW comes to an extragant, air-kissing close, but the party isn’t over yet – Milan Fashion Week is here and we get to have a peek at what the most luxurious fashion houses have in store for us next S/S.

It seemed fitting that Gucci’s S/S collection should be first down the runway for the Milan leg of Fashion Week; NYFW was about edgy, understated grunge, LFW was about British quirkiness and having a bit of fun, but Milan is all about over-the-top European glamour and luxury. Gucci top dog Frida Giannini promised everybody “sophisticated seduction” for the SS2011 line, and seductive it was.

From the first outfit on the runway, the collection was screaming “MONEY MONEY MONEY!!! WEALTH!!!!!” in a practically edible mix of slippery, jewel-coloured silks with chunky gold accessories and some serious power-tailoring. All the models needed were some big floppy hats and a rich elderly Russian on their arm and they could have been walking down a port in St Tropez to get back on their yachts. Golds and camel tones, this season’s “it” colour, were also heavily present in the form of super-embellished and fringed little dresses and blouses, as was plenty of vampy black leather that wouldn’t have looked out of place on an Italian dominatrix.Very dramatic, very luxe and very, very Milan. Ooer, I’ve come over all Italian all of a sudden. As for the finale dress… well, check the gallery.

Gucci SS2011 R-T-W

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Accessories, Affordable Fashions, Celebrity Style, Gallery, Trend Alert

Trend Alert: The new backpack

By Andrea Petrou on September 10th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

When I started secondary school, you could tell who was cool and who wasn’t by what kind of school bag they had. If you had a shoulder bag, you were cool. If you had a backpack, and wore both straps on your shoulders (as your mum instructed, so you didn’t get a bad back) you weren’t. And yes, I was stuck with the backpack – it was so heavy that I walked like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I still, to this day, blame that backpack for being so terminally unpopular for the first three years of high school.

But suddenly, a new breed of backpack has appeared. It’s lightweight, chic and a bit of a wink to the 90s “Clueless era” when fresh, preppy schoolgirl style ruled. And when it’s being championed by the likes of Daisy Lowe, the Olsens and The City’s Whitney Port, you know you’re onto a good thing.

Even Chanel’s making them – in lush, buttery-looking quilted leather with the iconic double C emblem. Back to school chic has never been so good. Check the gallery below for some of the best back-candy around at the moment.

Mary Kate Olsen showing us how it's done

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Designer Fashions

Alexander McQueen’s last ever dress design

By admin on August 17th, 2010

It’s hardly been a year since fashion talent Alexander McQueen sadly passed away. And his legacy was lived through his final and great ready-to-wear show, where 16 outfits were displayed.

However, like with any great talent there’s always the feeling that there should have been more . And although nothing can erase that we’re really pleased to hear that there is one last dress in the fashion sphere that, according to Grazia, is thought to be the last piece that Alexander McQueen ever worked on.

The dress was created by Alexander for his long-term muse Annabelle Neilson who eventually wore it to Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara ball in June.

We think the bias-cut silver silk, gown is a perfect end to such a perfect collection and talented designer.

Designer Fashions, First Looks, Gallery, Trend Alert

Crank up the eighties vibes with Polaroid’s new sunglasses range

By Elaine LaPersonerie on July 19th, 2010

Polaroid Papillion P8945B (1)lr (1)2.jpg All you need to know about Polaroid’s new sunglasses collection is made clear in the picture, left. Look at how happy she is! She’s young, fun, and probably on a boat dancing with Duran Duran! Probably. This is what Polaroid eyewear is all about; glamorous, retro, eighties-inspired power dressing for your peepers. Think Spandeau Ballet, Los Angeles, rich kids in convertibles and John Hughes movies.

The Polaroid frames come in a butterfly-palette of bold, bright colours and rich golds for that authentic “80’s America” look. Rent a Cadillac, pop on their classic Polaroid Aviator shades and some eighties tunes and BAM! You’re re-living your favourite teen movie.

The prices are genuinely pretty decent for designer sunnies – the prices start at approximately fifty pounds and are never more than eighty, which is a fair deal cheaper than what some of us shell out for Dior or Chanel. Check the gallery below to see a few of our favourites from the new Polaroid collection – I’m coveting the classic tortoiseshell wayfarer frames.

If your holiday is coming up really, really soon and you’re in a jam about where to get your sunnies from, don’t worry- the Polaroid range is going to be on sale on planes, cruises and airports everywhere as well as online.

Designer Fashions, Fashion News, Sales and Specials

Sale alert: Stella McCartney sample sale, NYC – last day!

By Kimberley Foster on July 15th, 2009


Listen up because today is the last day to get down to the Stella McCartney sample sale in New York! According to those who have already checked it out, you can find bikinis for $60, handbags priced from $193 to $280 and loads of shoes at varying prices. All items are marked between 50% and 80% off the original price – but if you get down there today you never know, prices might be slashed even further.

What: Stella McCartney sample sale (open to the public)
When: 15th July 2009, 9am to 6pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC (located between Sixth & Seventh Ave)

Designer collaborations, Designers, Fashion News, Gossip Girl, Retail News

Anna Sui for Target disassociates itself from Gossip Girl comparisons

By Kimberley Foster on July 14th, 2009


Following the internet leak of the Anna Sui for Target lookbook last month, Target execs have been quick to backpedal on any suggestion that the range has been inspired by Gossip Girl.

“One of Target’s top executives got nervous about being that closely associated with the show, given the [debauchery] its characters get into,” a source told the New York Daily News.

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Erin Lucas not returning for second series of The City

By Kimberley Foster on July 13th, 2009

erinlucas_thecity.jpgFans of The City may be surprised to learn that one of the show’s cast is already pulling out. Erin Lucas has confirmed that she will not be returning for the second season.

“I decided to do something different,” she told NY Mag. “I have a project in the mix, but I want to get into more hosting. That’s really what I love. It was just hard. It was a chapter in my life and it was nothing but positive. I’m glad I did it, but on to the next thing”.

She also admitted that she hadn’t spoken to Whitney Port for months.

“We were [close], but things change,” she said. “There was a falling out”.

Oh dear! Erin also said that there were no hard feelings, and if she ever saw Whitney again she would give her a big hug.

At the end of last season, The City also lost Jay after Whitney decided to break up with him to focus on her career and being a single gal about town. At this rate, there won’t be anyone left.

Project Runway, Television

Project Runway season six contestants revealed

By Kimberley Foster on July 13th, 2009


It is full-steam ahead with season six for Project Runway. Despite moving to a whole new network, the designer reality TV show is back for another round with Heidi Klum at the helm. Mentor Tim Gunn, and judges Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors are also back, as well as whole host of celebrity guest judges.

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Gallery, Haute Couture, Paris Fashion Week

Paris Haute Couture Week: Christian Dior A/W 2009

By Kimberley Foster on July 7th, 2009

From Catwalk Queen: Haute Couture Week is well underway in Paris, and yesterday it was the always-colourful John Galliano who unveiled his autumn/winter 2009 collection for Christian Dior. Moving his show to upstairs at the Dior flagship store, Galliano kindly reminded his models, including Chanel Iman, that “Mr Dior is watching” as they manoeuvred their way through the salons.

Elegant tailored suits, were mixed with bright Stephen Jones’s hats, tulle ball gowns and loads of sheer bottoms which Carine Roitfeld previously featured in a shoot as part of her New Look revival in June’s French Vogue. Bold shapes were also on the menu in strapless frocks, with the occasional corset and sexy suspender belt thrown in.

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