- - High platform shoes by Miss KG
- - Mesh ankle detail with lace-up front and zip back
- - High shine front strap, platform sole, stiletto heel
27 August 2009
Waiving their usual no-reality-TV-stars rule (The X Factor's in a league of its own, surely?), JLS were there along with the Sugababes, Tinchy Stryder, The Noisettes, Chipmunk and, throw an odd one into the mix, Elen Rives; each with their own army of hangers-on. The fabulous Teen Vogue editor was there too and, despite it being a Wednesday, the club was, er, jumping? Too many transitive verbs to describe a club...
This is the gayest publicity shot I've seen of a band this side of Y2K.
26 August 2009
25 August 2009
The 13th cover will be a limited print run of only 1,000 and sold exclusively via NME.COM. Inside the magazine, each of the albums will be reviewed and reappraised by contemporary writers, plus there’s an exclusive interview with Paul McCartney. The special issue goes on sale 9 September - the same day as Apple Records re-releases the band’s studio albums.
The re-mastered album covers:
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour (special edition)
Let It Be
I wonder which one will sell the most?
24 August 2009
Never normally swayed by wedding couture, I really like the cream satin bow around her waist and simple flower bunches. Sporting a £60,000 diamond ring, no wonder she looks ecstatic - congratulations to the happy couple!
20 August 2009
Award-winning Anna Friel’s theatre work includes Lulu for the Almeida Theatre Company both in London and New York and Patrick Marber’s Closer on Broadway. After being nominated for the Best Actress Golden Globe for Pushing Daisies and her latest string of Hollywood films - Land of the Lost with Will Ferrell this summer and London Boulevard with Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell - it's refreshing to see her go back to her thespy roots and hit the stage again.
Rather unusually, Chambord has sponsored the production. Apparently, this is the first time a company has sponsored a West End show so it's an interesting new marketing opportunity for brands looking for large sponsorship deals. The stylish liqueur brand explains that the partnership fits perfectly because their fans are 'fashionable, glamorous and independent women who like a little luxury in their lives'.
I'm so buying into that. I've got my tickets. And a bottle of Chambord.
19 August 2009
Love the flash of her giant orange Hermès Birkin as an accent colour to lift the grey. Renée stuck with the same nude heels for last night's NYC premiere of her new film, My One and Only. Wearing another Caroline Herrera dress...
Collinge studied at St Martin's and went on to contribute to dozens of magazines before leaving the UK and is now based in NYC shooting receptionists with bunny ears, people with birds on their heads and Christopher Kane ironing. When I say 'ab', you say 'stract'...
18 August 2009
I blogged about the gorgeous, patent platform Laponos in March - I loved them then and love them even more now with 60% off. WANT. I saw them go before my eyes as my size went, closely followed by all pairs in all sizes selling out within 5 minutes. Heartbroken but surfing the insurgence of frenzied shoe lust, I bravely moved on undeterred…
Like all fashwan girls in the know, Cheryl Cole loves Rupert Sanderson's beautiful shoes and it seems to have become quite an addiction: wearing them several times at last year's X Factor and stepping out in three styles already in the national auditions in the past fortnight, she's the new unofficial brand ambassador.
I love the fuschia satin Deltas she wore last year, above, (she wore exclusive purple version last weekend too) but whilst summer is all about obscenely bright hues, I think I'd probably stick with the black satin for wearability and durability. At £395 a pop I'm going to wait 'til his sample sale next month and make up for today's missed Louboutin-induced elation...
Rupert Sanderson sample sale: 17/18/19 September - Grosvenor Church, W1
14 August 2009
There are some beautiful shots of beaming faces on VE Day, bustling crowds at the Covent Garden Flower Market and a hilarious shot of a baby sticking out of a 4th floor balcony in a cage (bad air quality they said, neglect we say). I loved a shot of groups of kids and adults all playing with model planes on Wandsworth Common in the 40s; apparently, the war generated a lot of interest in aircraft and a trend was born.
Apart from the portraits of famous Londoners (Michael Caine, Sex Pistols, Mary Quant etc) most of them are just anonymous faces doing ordinary, everyday things. The images have been hauled from the archives and many are rare or previously unseen - well worth a visit to provide insight into the cultural and social history of the capital.
Runs August 15 - September 5 2009.
12 August 2009
In association with Select Model Management, the winner will also land a year's contract. Get thyself to a gym, boys...
Current CKU posterboy - and judge on the competition's panel - Jamie Dornan sets a pretty high precedent. Following on from the success of his recent smoking hot campaign with Eva Mendes, shot by Steven Klein, banned from billboards and US magazines and causing a big old stir in the blogosphere, you know this is gonna be a major contract to win.
The British auditions are held at House of Fraser stores:
Saturday 5th September - Oxford Street, London
Sunday 6th September - Bluewater
Saturday 12th September - Bristol
Sunday 13th September - Birmingham
Saturday 19th September - Manchester
Sunday 20th September - Metro Centre
Who's coming with me to the London one? For research purposes. Obviously.
11 August 2009
10 August 2009
I liked the grungy wraparound chains from her jewellery range Lowluv (such a sucky name) although she's been plagued by scandalous rumours of plagiarism since it launched last year and she's gonna be dogged by similar accusations, it seems.
I love her cool, laid-back outfits - her collection will no doubt focus on effortless dressing: loose t-shirts, casual cut-offs and rock'n'roll Alexander Wang-inspired styling. Apparently Wang's dropped her as "muse", but they remain good friends - she's been quoted as saying that they both have the same vision of what a woman looks good in (read: I'm aware and accept I'm ripping him off). Ex-model with a side project as a jewellery and clothes thief. Badass.
7 August 2009
Matt blacks, dark greys, laced platform ankle boots, rich aubergine leather gloves, layered sheeny textures, draped wool jersey and flashes of electric blue. Two enthusiastic thumbs up. Although there's clearly no need for the shades at the moment...
They recreated MMM's famously white Interior Design workshop in Paris, and replicated the designer's white-washed office by bizarrely covering every surface with smooth cotton.
The surreal white furniture, experimental pieces (a chair suspended from the ceiling - who doesn't want a swing in their house?) and quirky, discoloured doors are in keeping with Margiela's subversive style. Focusing on interior architecture with structural shapes and a simple vision, the iconoclastic label ventures further into the lifestyle industry with Margiela's smart and clean design.
Although, I wonder how much input the designer himself had following his lack of involvement with the house's last two seasons... Available in MMM stores from November onwards. WANT.
6 August 2009
5 August 2009
In 2002, Isabella Blow made one of her typically outlandish statements, after collaborating with Philip Tracy on a new hat exhibition for the Design Museum;
"Hats can be really extreme, and that is what is so exciting," the late fashion icon said. "I think hats will take over from drugs. I loathe drugs and I think the excitement of hats is that they can conquer them. And it's so much healthier than having a shot of heroin or a line of cocaine or something."
Which I totally love. She was such a loon. English girl who moved to New York, worked for US Vogue and climbed the ranks, hung out with Warhol and returned home to rule the roost as fashion director to various mags in the UK: Tatler, The Times, UK Vogue.
Major career envy! Brit in the big apple, eccentric and beautiful style, international style icon with a penchant for the experimental; she was inspirational and tragic at the same time.
Hats off to you Isabella, may your crazy quotes still live on.
3 August 2009
Obviously she's not model material at 5"2 and a size 12, but she scrubs up well and it makes perfect sense for BFF Karl to choose her to front the campaign; she's a voracious brand ambassador, frequently out with chained 2.55s and black and white signature dresses. The quilted bag pictured's gorgeous, but I'm not keen on the huge, plain one.
Her fifties chignon and tiara is reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the black leather, fingerless gloves and monochrome accessories evokes Desperately Seeking Susan. Whilst both are excellent sources of inspiration, I don't like how any of the three released shots are styled - the 50s/ 80s fusion should create a punky, vintage feel which hasn't materialised. Snaps for the ruff collar though.
Bold and on-trend with tomato red, she looks fierce although perhaps only just on the right side of best/worst dressed. I would never wear this, but bold fashion moves should be applauded. Or maybe after 'Love Sex and Magic' she can do no wrong. Move over Rihanna, all hail Ciara.
Spk l8tr peepz.