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PETA Fashion Awards 2013 winners announced: Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and H&M among winners commended for animal-free fashion

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 4th, 2013

Most stylish handbag: Vivienne Westwood Derby bag (£500)

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Consumers are becoming more aware and concerned about the origins of the products in their wardrobe, and fake fur, cruelty-free fabrics and pleather are fast becoming the go-to materials for those wanting to enjoy the latest fashion with a clean conscience. And everyone from high-street retailers such as Topshop and French Connection to high end designers like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney are meeting consumer demand for animal-free fashion.

Animal welfare organisation PETA is recognising the best cruelty-free contributions to the fashion world with a new awards – the first ever PETA-approved Vegan Fashion Awards. The 2013 winners, which include French Connection (gadget accessory) and New Look (women’s outerwear) as well as Frost French (best purse) can be found  above. Up-and-coming designer Bo Carter took home the accolade for Most Talented New Designer. As PETA notes: “Bo is part of a bright new wave of fashion talent who are shunning animal skins in their work. Bo always puts her principles first, so instead of bowing to industry pressure to use leather and fur, she expresses herself by creatively exploring the qualities of synthetic fabrics. The results are simply stunning: beautiful, original (and completely vegan) clothes.”

The awards mark the launch of PETA’s new logo, which designers and retailers can use to identify vegan clothes and accessories that they sell online or in stores.

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campaign, Designer collaborations, Ethical Fashions, Fashion News

Stella McCartney creates t-shirts featuring Kate Moss and The Beatles for Red Nose Day

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 31st, 2013


Stella McCartney’s t-shirt designs for this year’s Red Nose Day have been unveiled.

Reprising her role from 2009, McCartney has given Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and Tommy Cooper a red-nosed makeover this year in order to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The t-shirts – all manufactured in Africa using Fairtrade-certified cotton – will be sold exclusively at TK Maxx nationwide from today, with prices ranging from £5.99 for long-sleeved tops in kids’ sizes to £14.99 for a fitted women’s t-shirt.

Red Nose Day 2013 takes place on Friday, 15 March.

Features, Gallery, Top Five, Trend Alert

Top five Autumn/Winter 2012 trends

By Andrea Petrou on October 8th, 2012

Now that fashion weeks across the globe are drawing to a sad close, we thought it was time to come back from the fashion future and see what this season will be offering.

There are some great trends floating about this season, some are driven by the sumptuous nod to Royalty making brocade and fancy fabrics a must have for the upcoming party season, while others are that little bit more classic meaning polo necks and leather are back in town.

Unfortunately for some, Marmite trend velvet is back with a vengeance thanks to the likes of Gucci and Ralph Lauren, while plaids and geometrics are great for a more relaxed and playful look.

See the gallery below for our top five A/W 2012 trends.

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Events, Gallery

Designer Olympic creations

By Andrea Petrou on July 27th, 2012

Britain has been buzzing with the Olympics for a good few months now. And with the event officially kicking off today, there’s bound to be much more excitement surrounding the games over the next few weeks.

However, it’s not just the public that’s been taken in by this huge event, with designers across the globe all making sure they give a nod to this sporting event.

Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and of course Stella McCartney are just a few of the designers who have paid tribute to this event, creating capsule collections, and in some cases, the outfits for different country’s teams.

See a few of these in the gallery below.

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Celebrity Style, Gallery

Pictures: Kate Middleton visits London 2012 photographic exhibition

By Andrea Petrou on July 20th, 2012

Kate added a gold statement necklace to her outfit

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Designer Fashions, Gallery, Trend Alert

Stella McCartney SS 2012 collection

By Andrea Petrou on June 13th, 2012

Stella McCartney’s SS 2012 is a classic girl’s dream.

The range, which this season consisted of twee printed wide trousers and 80s jackets as well as shift dresses, is a great way to keep cool in the office, as well as making a stand in the evening too.

Satin trousers give the collection an ethereal feel, while we heart the thicker patterned fabrics, which give an 80s power woman feel to the range.

See the gallery below for our fave pieces.

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Beauty, Features, Gallery, Get the look

Spring/summer 2012 make up trends: Natural baby skin

By Andrea Petrou on April 18th, 2012

If you’re not a natural tanner and don’t like the idea of fake tan, then the natural baby face make up trend is right up your street.

Highlighted on the Missoni and Stella McCartney SS 2012 shows, this trend embraces the pale, natural look, with barely there foundation and blusher.

However, you don’t have to risk going bare faced to achieve this look. Choose a light tinted moisturiser with light reflecting qualities to cover flaws and give your skin an even look.

Keep lips natural with a splash of gloss and eyes minimal with a splash of foundation.

See the designer inspiration in the gallery below.

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Gallery, Paris Fashion Week, Trend Alert

Paris fashion Week highlights: Stella McCartney AW 2012

By Andrea Petrou on March 6th, 2012

We heart Paris fashion week, which attracts some of the best designers in the industry. And Stella McCartney is just one.

For AW 2012 Stella gave a nod to the 80s power suit, with a girly twist.

Tailored skirt and trouser suits, were given a soft playful edge with bright pinks, blues and super short mini dresses thrown into the mix, while patterned high neck tunics with floral detailing, gave a nod to traditional Japanese fashion.

Materials were soft, again giving a lighter take on the business suit, while chiffons were draped cleverly around backs of tops to give an almost “angel wings” look.

A heavenly collection indeed.

See the gallery below for all the pics.

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Celebrity gossip

Kate Hudson felt like the “hippest” girl in the world when Stella McCartney agreed to dress her for the 2001 Oscars.

By Andrea Petrou on November 30th, 2011

Kate Hudson felt like the “hippest” girl in the world when Stella McCartney agreed to dress her for the 2001 Oscars.

Kate was just 21 when she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress and was thrilled when the designer agreed to make a gown for her to wear to the prestigious event.

However, it didn’t go down to well with the world’s press but both Kate and Stella blame the high up-do she teamed the dress with.

She recalled: “Stella dressed me for my first red carpet event in 2001 for the Academy Awards. It was my first and only nomination. I was 21-years-old and to have Stella McCartney dressing me – well I felt like the hippest, coolest girl in the world. Up until the last minute Stella was working away, hand-sewing the hem. I woke up the next morning in my bed post-awards and without a little statuette on my bedside. I turned on the television to find out I was on every Worst Dressed list possible. So I called Stella and we just laughed our arses off and she said to me, “Look babe, it was the hair wasn’t it?”

However, Kate says she will wear the dress again but will style her tresses in more stylish way.

She said: “To this day that now vintage dress hangs in my wardrobe, but I swear one day I’ll wear it again. But Stella, I promise I’ll do the hair differently.”


Alexander McQueen’s McQ to show at LFW

By Andrea Petrou on November 24th, 2011

McQ will show for the first time at London Fashion Week in February 2012.

The Alexander McQueen diffusion line’s catwalk show of their autumn/winter 2012-13 collection will serve as a preview for the label’s debut store opening later in the year.

McQ are to open a store carrying womenswear, menswear and accessories in a Georgian townhouse in London’s exclusive Mayfair district.

Yesterday, it was announced that Stella McCartney will also show for the first time at London Fashion Week.

The British designer will showcase a “one off special fashion presentation” on February 18 ahead of an assault on the British capital which will see her launch a ‘World of Stella’ exhibition of Selfridges, a new fragrance launch, and the opening of a second store.

However, she will then present her new collection in Paris, France as she has done for the past decade.

Alexander McQueen – who was known as Lee to friends – committed suicide in February 2010 but his successor Sarah Burton recently revealed the company still runs as if he were alive.

She explained: “Lee used to always say that you have to know all the rules to be able to break them.

“We have an open studio, so a big room, and it’s very visual. On the wall, there are just hundreds of images from all different kinds of periods and fabrics. Lee taught me to do things in a three-dimensional way.”

Designer Fashions

Stella McCartney to show at London Fashion Week for the first time in 2012.

By Andrea Petrou on November 23rd, 2011

Stella McCartney will show at London Fashion Week for the first time in 2012.

The British designer will showcase a “one off special fashion presentation” on February 18 ahead of an assault on the British capital which will see her launch a ‘World of Stella’ exhibition of Selfridges, a new fragrance launch, and the opening of a second store.

However, she will then present her new collection in Paris, France as she has done for the past decade.

Meanwhile, dates for the ‘Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs’ exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris have been announced.

The celebration of the long-running collaboration between the designer and the French leather goods firm will begin on March 6, the day before Paris Fashion Week wraps up and is set to run until September 16.

Despite being linked with a move to Christian Dior to take over from disgraced designer John Galliano, Marc recently revealed he has no plans to leave Louis Vuitton because he enjoys considerable freedom with the company.

He explained: “I could never do this anywhere else. It’s not just a Paris thing – Vuitton allows me. It’s really, really something I feel particularly proud of and am grateful to the team for. We’ve all worked really hard and gone through a lot to get this to where it is now and we’re starting to see results.”

Celebrity gossip

Leona Lewis launches a search for an ethical designer to rival Stella McCartney

By Andrea Petrou on November 1st, 2011

Leona Lewis has launched a search for an ethical designer to rival Stella McCartney.

The ‘Bleeding Love’ singer has teamed up with Talenthouse – who have previously worked with Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Queen – to announce the competition where young designers can submit ideas for a new stage outfit for her to wear with the winner receiving worldwide exposure for their design plus a cash prize of $1,500.

The animal lover said: “I love fashion, creativity and designing my own outfits. I can’t wait to see what people come up with. I think it’s really important to support creative individuals and the future names of tomorrow.

“I’m passionate about animal welfare and everything I wear always holds true to this – we want to find the next Stella McCartney out there! I’m really happy to be teaming up with Talenthouse to make this special competition work. Good luck everybody.”

Leona will also choose two runners up who will have their designs featured across her website and social media sites and receive $350 each.

Entries must be submitted by November 17th, and the winner will be announced on December 1st.

Designer Fashions, Designers, Ethical Fashions

Stella McCartney to launch eco friendly sunglasses next year

By Andrea Petrou on October 17th, 2011

Stella McCartney will launch a line of eco-friendly sunglasses next year.

The British designer and environmentalist – who is a vegetarian and refuses to use leather or fur in her creations – revealed the new collection will be made of more than 50 per cent natural and renewable materials.

She told WWD: “The greatest challenge was the amount of time that was spent on research and testing to get the best quality product possible with the highest performance in terms of resistance, while still maintaining the style and finish we always try to achieve.”

This is not Stella’s first sunglasses collection, she released a line in 2009 in collaboration with Luxottica and says it’s important to have fun with them.

She explained: “Women have two sets: a classic pair they’ll have forever, and a more playful pair. We’ve added that fun element to the line. ‘My mum had this mad pair with Christmas trees on them that I loved when I was little. Sunglasses are one of the only accessories that can really have a sense of humour. But you walk a fine line between looking like a complete idiot and getting it just right.”

Celebrity Style, Gallery, Style spotlight, vintage

Style spotlight: Mrs Paul McCartney, otherwise known as Nancy Shevell

By Andrea Petrou on October 12th, 2011

Nancy Shevell has become one to watch in the fashion world following her wedding to one of the world’s most eligible bachelors.
The heiress who tied the knot with Sir Paul McCartney in a 40s style white frock designed by Stella McCartney, has caught the style crews eye thanks to her classic style.
Unlike many a superstar’s wife Nancy opts for understated chic. She’s a huge fan of the classic shift dress, which she dresses up with embellishments for a night out, while velvet is also a regular is her wardrobe.
However, she’s also a fan of the vintage trend, often spotted in a range of 60s and 40s pieces.

We’re sure with style like this she gets on very well with her designer step daughter.

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Gallery, Models, Paris Fashion Week

Pictures: PFW – Miranda Kerr on the Dior, Viktor and Rolf, Chanel, Lanvin and Stella McCartney catwalks

By Andrea Petrou on October 5th, 2011

Modelling for Dior

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