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Spotted in London

Spotted in London: Kylie Minogue, Davina McCall and Victoria Beckham

By Andrea Petrou on June 9th, 2010

London saw a huge range of A-listers descending last night for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, however, that’s not the only reason why some hit the town yesterday and this morning.

Last night Victoria Beckham caused a great commotion after stepping out of the Metropolitan Hotel where she was staying. The fashionista looked chic and stylish (we wouldn’t expect anything less) in a black tafetta longsleeved frock and trademark skyscraper heels.

Earlier in the day we spotted Kylie Minogue looking cool and casual in jeans and ballet pumps. She finished off the look with a statement bag.

Katherine Heigl also went for jeans when she stepped out of her hotel yesterday, while Fearne Coton opted for denim on her way into work this morning looking a little bit dishevelled – we can only imagine that this was due too a little bit too much champagne last night at the Glamour Awards.

We just hope Davina McCall’s blue shoes weren’t too bright for Ms Cotton when she interviewed her this morning ahead of the last series of Big Brother, which launches tonight.

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Celebrity Style, Gallery, Red Carpet

Gallery: Cheryl Cole, Nicole Richie and Fearne Cotton at the Glamour Women of The Year Awars

By Andrea Petrou on June 9th, 2010

It was another star studded night (honestly we don’t know celebs do it) as A-listers hit London’s Berkeley Square Gardens for the Glamour Women of The Year awards.

Abigail Clancy made the most of her footie boyfriend’s absence, turning up to the event in a stunning blue jumpsuit with piping detail around the plunging neckline. She completed the look with a skinny belt. Cheryl Cole also wowed in a soft pink beaded short dress complete with a little train while Radio Personality of the Year – Fearne Cotton – went for big and billowing with a red chiffon short dress.

She was joined in this trend by pregnant Rachel Stevens and Lily Allen who channelled this look with a black dress complete with big sleeves.

UK TV Actress of the Year, Billie Piper, kept it simple in a gorgeous black long dress and Florence Welch, who won band of the year, went for a striking LBD.

Nicole Richie who was Entrepreneur of the Year also wins our best dressed award with her nude long fistail frock.

See our gallery for the best dressed of the night.

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Spotted in London

Spotted in London: Pixie Lott, Christine Bleakley and Nicole Richie

By Andrea Petrou on June 8th, 2010

Our Spotted in London series was interupted yesterday with all the news from the TV Baftas, but fear not because today it’s back with a vengence.

A range of celebs hit London yesterday. We spotted Kelly Rowland leaving her hotel in a blue military style jumpsuit while Pixie Lott made a fashion stand in a LBD and thigh high lace stockings outside the ITV studios.

Fearne Cotton was seen sporting her usual kooky mix of jeans, Converse trainers and hair accessories on her way to the BBC studios while Corrie star Michelle Keegan went for casual leggings and flip flops for a browse around the shops.

Christine Bleakley in skinny jeans and a vest top also looked like the cat who got the cream after reportedly signing a million pound deal with ITV while Nicole Ritchie looked like she’d spent a fair bit of money on a night out a Zuma. Depite this the star looked gorgeous in a Harlequin top and leggings.

See all the celebs out and about by checking out the gallery below.

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Spotted in London

Spotted in London: Ke$ha and Amanda Holden

By Andrea Petrou on June 4th, 2010

Yesterday’s weather was perfect to take that long stroll through London and the balmy evening made it perfect for dancing the night away. And it seems celebrities did just that.

Singer Ke$ha took advantage of the humid evening by hitting Mahiki nightclub dressed in a leopard print dress, flat boots and of course pop-star tastic sunglasses, while Gary Lineker and his WAG enjoyed the sun on a walk in Nottinghill. However, Danielle made the most of the evening too, shaking off her ex footie beau and turning up for a night out at the Mayfair hotel. And she wasn’t the only celebrity staking out the venue with Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt also making an entrance later on.

However, while these celebs were enjoying themselves others had to work. We spotted Amanda Holden in a blue smocked maxi dress making the most of the sun before heading into the ITV studios for the forth night of the Britains Got Talent semi finals. She was followed by Miley Cyrus who vamped up the summer shorts look with sky high shoe boots and rock star tee.

[Images: WENN]

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Celebrity Style, Gallery

Gallery: Celebrities such as Amy Winehouse and Miley Cyrus out and about in London

By Andrea Petrou on June 3rd, 2010

Last night seemed to be a bit of a party evening for a few celebs with many taking advantage of the British weather and hitting the town.

First on the London list was Amy Winehouse who resurfaced with a vengance. She started off the night in the Soho Jazz club looking fresh faced at cute in a gingham playsuit and ballet pumps. However her sober night didn’t last as she stumbled into Balans restaurant at three in the morning wearing a black dress and looking slightly worse for wear. According to reports she stayed at the diner until 5 (well it beats a kebab on the way home).

Looking far more sober, but also enjoying a meal was Lara Stone who stepped out with new hubby David Walliams for a bite to eat at Nobu. As always the model looked stunning in a simple white shift dress, which was a perfect choice for a summer night.

Next up was Pussy Cat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, who also opted for a cute strapless dress to party the night away in London’s clubs.

However Miley Cyrus went for a different outing. The singer dressed in shorts, t-shirt and on-trend peep toe ankle boots left her hotel in Nottinghill for a night out before returning half an hour later. What a waste of an outfit Miley.

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Features, Gallery

Gallery: Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball outfits

By Andrea Petrou on June 1st, 2010

Lady Gaga made many of her “little monsters” bank weekends by returning to the UK and performing in Nottingham, Birmingham and London as part of her rescheduled Monster Ball tour.

The star made an emotional appearance in Nottingham after dedicating a song to her sick granddad. Introducing Brown Eyes, she told the Nottingham crowd: “My grandpa is really, really ill.

“It’s really upsetting me. My grandpa calls me Loopy because he doesn’t understand why I am the way I am.”

However, the star didn’t disappoint in the outfit stakes wearing a range of PVC knickers and bras, leaopard print leotards and white structured dresses as well as a huge number of her trademark headpieces.

We managed to grab a few of the tour piccs showcasing her outfits. Take a look at the gallery and let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

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Events

Topshop launches banstand picnics in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

By Andrea Petrou on May 27th, 2010

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Not content with making us spend our hard earned cash keeping us up all night thinking about all it’s latest styles, Topshop is now moving into the mini-festival space.

The highstreet clothing heaven is putting on a range of events called the “Topshop Bandstand Picnics”, which will play host to a range of top bands, sports day games and make-overs.

However, we’ll let it off for once again making us part with our cash as these events are for charity and being held in conjunction with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The events, which will take place throughout June in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, will be presented by T4’s Jameela Jamil and Miquita Oliver, the first event takes place on 12 June in London’s Regent’s Park and as well as listen to music you’ll also be able to buy fun cakes from Lola’s cupcakes and one-off Topshop rain ponchos. And the more you buy the more money that will be raised for charity.

Grab your blanket and head down to one of the events. After all, it’s for a good cause.

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Fashion News

Fashion Crush: Miss Selfridge floral skirt

By Andrea Petrou on May 21st, 2010

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We’ve done a shorts gallery to celebrate summer’s arrival this weekend, however we know some of you will be more prone to a skirt, especially if you intend to make the most of this weekend’s summer nights.

While we were on our shorts search we stumbled upon this gorgeous floral bow skirt from Miss Selfridge, which gives a huge nod to the floral trend and is also perfect teamed up with a pair of wedges or gladiator style heels for a night out.

Tuck in a black or hot pink vest top or tee and you’re all set to party.

We think it’s a summer steal for £28 too.

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Models

Kate Moss’s home gets broken into

By Andrea Petrou on May 21st, 2010

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Poor Kate Moss. Not only has she been the subject of, erm, kiss and tell stories by Courtney Love this week but now she’s also had her house broken into.

According to reports the model had valuable artwork including an £80,000 Banksy portrait stolen from her £7 million home in Maida Vale, north London, in the early hours of yesterday morning while she, her mum and beau Jamie Hince slept.

A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the burglary and inquiries are ongoing, police said.

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Department Stores

Get down to Libertys’ vintage sale this evening

By Andrea Petrou on May 7th, 2010

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We all like an early Friday after work drink, and we’re sure many of you are packing up as we type this. But those who are still around will be pleased they put in some extra graft.

Instead of hitting the pub tonight get yourself down to Libertys, which is throwing open the doors to its heritage suite on the third floor and hosting a vintage sale.
Judging by Libertys’ designs of old it’s going to be good.

Proceeds go to charity and prices start at £10 meaning you’ll have lots of money to go spend down the pub after. But hurry because it closes at 7!

The sale is on from 12pm till 7pm so what more reason to leave work early do you need?

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Beauty

Nails inc teams up with Diet Coke to create nail varnish range

By Andrea Petrou on May 6th, 2010

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Diet Coke drinkers and manicured mademoiselles can enjoy polishing their nails in this season’s hottest hues.

Thr fizzy drink company has teamed up with Nails inc to create the the diet Coke City Collection.

Inspired by the four fashion capitals of the world – New York, London, Milan and Paris -the diet Coke City Collection brings the cosmopolitan vibe of these cities straight to your fingertips with four new colours.

‘London’ is a trendy nude colour, inspired by Brit passion for cool fashion. ‘Paris’ is a deep purple, a tribute to the most romantic city in the world and a beautiful sunset over the Eiffel Tower. ‘Milan’ is a fiery Italian red and ‘New York’ is a vibrant fuchsia pink inspired by the attitude of the city that never sleeps.

You can pick up one of these funky nail varnishes free when you purchase two 500ml bottles of diet Coke in selected Boots stores nationwide between 5th May – 30th June.

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Features

How fashion and food became friends again

By Lauren Bravo on April 24th, 2010

117602.jpgFashion and food. Fashion… and food. It’s one of the most notoriously tempestuous relationships in history, worse than Cathy and Heathcliffe, Tristan and Isolde, Kerry Katona and Mark Whatchamacallit. Both creative, both symbols of indulgence, they seem so compatible in so many ways, yet a lot of the time they just can’t seem to make it work.

But every so often, whether it’s after the conceptual equivalent of a Relate counselling session or because curves are meant to be back in, the two fall in love again. Fashion stops counting calories for a wee while, and food stops being quite so homely, puts on a new frock and looks good. We’re currently riding the wave of one of these reconciliations, in what I believe history textbooks of the future will term the ‘Great Cupcake Commotion of the Noughties’.

At some point in the last few years, cake became acceptable again. After a decade of being force-fed tofu/wheatgrass/goji/ginseng/yoga/Gwyneth Paltrow to extreme levels, the industry rebelled and gave into its cravings. Suddenly sugar, spice and all things nice were back on the menu – and more than snacks, they became accessories. When Carrie and Miranda dissected their love lives while eating cupcakes outside New York’s famous Magnolia Bakery, it sent the fashion world into a frosting-induced frenzy that we still haven’t seen the back of.

Then Heidi Klum bought Victoria Beckham a year’s supply of cupcakes for her 34th birthday back in 2008, and the sugar craze grew. Aside from the obvious question (who was eating those things in the Beckham household?), everyone was excited because it spelled the end for publicly virtuous eating. No longer were we expected to wave away the dessert menu with a bony hand – instead, indulgence was in. And not just a little indulgence, but a LOT. £1000-worth of indulgence, if you’re Ms Klum. Not that we’re complaining, of course. If touting sparkly confectionary can equal carrying the latest Mulberry, then somebody pass us that spatula.

In London, the cupcake scene has been ruled by a few main contenders. There’s the Primrose Bakery, frequented by celeb crowd of North London locals including Kate Moss and famed for their creamy vanilla frosting. Then there’s the New York-inspired Hummingbird Bakery, who have branches in Notting Hill, Kensington and Soho and a bestselling cookbook. Lily Vanilli specialises in decadent cakes topped with cherries, strawberries and nuts, Lola’s Kitchen offer adorable oreo and peanut butter variations, while Candy Cakes are vivid, iced muffins that have been bought by the likes of Madonna and Kate Moss.

macarons.jpgBut all good things come to an end, and now the cupcake craze is giving way to a new hoard of stylish treats to spend our pocket money on. The magic question remains of course – how compatible can food and fashion ever be, while we’re still expected to fit into sample sizes? But for now, let’s pretend we’ll do some stomach crunches later, and work up an appetite with 2010’s menu:

Macarons

Marie Antionette may have let the peasants eat cake, but we reckon she kept all the macarons for herself. The cupcake’s lighter, far more elegant cousin, macarons are the fash pack’s new favourite – and they’re as pretty as a picture, with colourful flavours like pistachio, rose, salted caramel and mandarin to co-ordinate with your spring florals (or just dress in black and eat them all). Parisian brands Ladurée and Pierre Hermé are the go-to macaron masters, with the former selling in Harrods and the latter having opened up a wildly successful Selfridges concession in February.

What to wear: The fanciest French fancies around, these delectable darlings deserve an outfit that befits them. Go for candy colours and frou-frou shapes – this is one time that chic doesn’t have to mean understated.

Tea and scones

Everything’s bigger in America – and in the case of cake, that also means sweeter, heavier and more loaded with dentistry-defying frosting. But now the humble English tea is fighting back, as scones and dainty sandwiches have a trendy renaissance and everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kate Moss and Madonna (them again) have been spied ‘taking tea’.

From the oh-so-elegant afternoon tea at Claridges to the quirky parlour at celeb favourite Sketch, the WI standard has had a makeover. Juri’s in Winchcombe is a Cotswolds classic, Betty’s tea rooms in Harrogate, York, Ilkley & Northallerton are Yorkshire institutions, while Brighton’s Mock Turtle café is charmingly outfitted like your Granny’s dining room, and a popular hangout for trendsters and OAPs alike. The Fashionista’s Afternoon Tea at The Berkley in London makes biscuits to look like that season’s catwalk must-haves, inspired by designs from Luella, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Vikor and Rolf. Meanwhile, Afternoon Tease at Volupté is a burlesque extravaganza, with cabaret acts to watch as you chow down on cake and champagne – all served with gentleman’s relish, we’d imagine…

What to wear: Afternoon tea calls from some old school English elegance. Go for chintzy florals, cardigans and corsages – or anything that won’t show the jam stains.

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The cupcake claw may be loosening, but that hasn’t stopped another American eating trend working its way over to our shores. Fifties-style diners have made a huge comeback in the past couple of years, with their shiny décor and menus of burgers, curly fries and milkshakes reminding us all of a time when teenagers were being born, rock and roll ruled the world, and nobody knew what saturated fats did to your arteries. In London, Ed’s Easy Diner is a pre-club favourite, with branches in Soho and Picadilly complete with mini jukeboxes on the tables so you can eat to your favourite rockabilly blues. Then there’s the recent speight of retro bowling alleys, such as the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, which regularly hosts club nights, and the All Star Bowling Lanes, where Princess Eugenie held her 50s-themed 20th birthday last month.

What to wear: Pure ’50s Americana, with turned-up jeans, letterman jackets and be-ribboned ponytails. Watch Grease for some inspiration – but avoid the spray-on trousers if you want to tuck away that second helping of apple pie.

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charity, Retail News

Stuck in London? Three great East London fashion stores to check out

By Ashleyn on April 19th, 2010

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Alana McVerry writes

If the Icelandic volcano’s untimely eruption has ruined your plans for shopping on the continent, don’t be dismayed at the hold up but use the scheduled time off to enjoy London’s undiscovered offerings. Head to the East End for three of London’s hidden gems, from the quirky to the down right unreal, I give you one for every mood swing.

If you (a) are so annoyed that you’re still stuck in dismal England and want to blow some cash then head to Startboutique on Rivington street in Shoreditch. Started by a former cult rock star and her partner this boutique offers the new and upcoming alongside the established labels of the high fashion family. Given the rock star credentials, you can expect something a little more exciting than your usual pricey boutique spread.

If you (b) are so bored of London’s offerings, you can’t imagine there’s anything you haven’t seen before then head to 146 Columbia Road to see Jessie and Buddug (that’s them on the left)who sell crafty pieces and original clothing designs in what looks like the interior of an 18th Century boudoir. Further, if you ask for the changing rooms you will be directed to their work studio, which is a candy shop of off cut fabrics and accessories. It is what I imagine to be the fashion version of a mad scientists laboratory.

Or if you (c) have missed a vital flight to a far away land where the British pound is still strong and bargains expected then I have two options for you. If you just wanted good clothes cheap then head to the East End Thrift shop in the Waterman’s building E1, which offers the kind of cheap second hand shopping long lost in our vintage hungry age, but with nice tidy rails organised by item. Or, if it was knock off designer labels that were really pushing you to board that jet, then the centre of hackney can get you a British Burberry Mac for half the recommended price amongst other Burberry designed garb. Just look for the Burberry factory shop at 29 Chatham Place, E9.

So there you are. I bet you’ve decided you didn’t need to leave London after all. Mission accomplished.

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Fashion News

Lady Gaga tells fans “its ok not to have sex”

By Andrea Petrou on April 12th, 2010

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After her own personal problems have hit the headlines, Lady Gaga has decided to help her fans with their health and wellbeing.

The star, who recently admitted she suffers from insomnia and also caused concerns over her outfit being a health risk on a flight to London, is now advising fans that it’s “ok not to have sex.”

The singer who is backing a MAC campaign in support of global HIV and Aids projects said: “It’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.

“I want to celebrate with my fans that it’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be.

“You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it.”

And if fans are ready, then she’s also thoughtfully decided to give out free condoms at her concert.

We’re not 100% sure what to make of this, but we can say that any high profile celebrity who can influence fans about theirhealth is a good thing, just don’t think you have to follow the singers advice word for word.

Let us know what you think of the latest Lady G announcement.

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Opinion

Review: Underwear as outwear Coco corset top

By Andrea Petrou on April 8th, 2010

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While we’re on the topic of underwear we thought it was about time we gave you a little review.

Underwear as outerwear was a hot trend last season, and while it’s slowly fazing out, it’s not going without a fight, with many people still opting for this look on a night out.
Back in January I was sent an underwear set complete with corset and undies from Wickedelic Lingerie.

Although the top wasn’t meant to be worn outside the house, it’s straps and monochrome design, plus it’s comfort , made me decide that I’d give the outerwear as underwear look a go, after all, if it’s good enough for Miss G, it’s more than good enough for me.

So did anyone bat an eyelid or is this piece of fashion so integrated into our everyday lives that no-one even looks twice? I took my corset on a night out to find out.

Corset’s first drink: Local Bar
My corset’s first visit was a local bar where people were gearing up for a causal night in front of the footie. Although I was wearing jeans I felt very out of place amongst the jumpers and if anyone was going to comment on my “nearly nude” dress sense, I thought it would be here, especially given the tie back. However, when the coat came off no one even looked my way, and I didn’t even get served quickly.

Verdict: Even though I was dressed as a WAG footie fans weren’t interested in my underwear top.

Corset’s second drink: The tube
Thanks to the Mayor of London’s ruling, my corset and I didn’t technically have a drink on the tube, but it was still an outing. Although I don’t usually take my coat off on a tube, research forced me to do so, and although I got a slightly surprised second glance from a woman, my journey wasn’t uncomfortable at all. In fact, as we moved closer to the city my corset began to make friends with the other range of similar tops worn by girl’s getting ready for a big night out.

Verdict: People were as disinterested in my choice of clothing as much as they are when they see a pregnant woman standing up in a packed carriage.

Corset’s last drink: Central London Bar
To be honest I didn’t expect to have any comments here, after all, a Saturday night out is full of girls getting dressed up and having fun. However, on taking my coat off in the queue I got a dubious once over by the bouncer, and when I walked past him to reveal my open back, I was hauled back out and asked for ID leading me to wonder whether wearing slightly revealing clothes suggests your trying to hard. Once inside I could have been wearing a T-shirt, no-one batted an eyelid, and I even got a compliment about my top while queueing for the ladies.

Verdict: Underwear as outerwear has become a huge trend, with many people taking this look as the Saturday night out norm. However, if you want to carry off this look we advise investing in some quality underwear. Going out in that discoloured Marks and Spencer bra will not have the desired affect.

Our lovely underwear set was called Coco and you can buy it here now for £25.

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