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Katy Perry's 25th Birthday Party

30 October 2009

For her 25th birthday at the weekend, Katy Perry threw a chocolate factory-inspired colourful party in Hollywood. The birthday girl and her guests all dressed in white for a sit-down dinner, bowling, a multicoloured paint fight and cake fight extravangza.



Sky Ferreira, Taylor Swift and friends

She had Oompa Loompas, mountains of sweets and giant lollypops, golden tickets, the super-sexy Leigh Lezark and her Misshapes boys spinning tunes, current beau Russell Brand (he likes his all-white ensembles), Perez and country cutie Taylor Swift with Cobrasnake taking the photos.

I've always liked her joie de vivre spirit, but I like her even more having seen the effort she made in going all out for the bash... Girl knows how to throw a party.

Heidi Klum The Halloween Goddess

28 October 2009

Heidi Klum dressed as Hindu goddess Kali at her annual Halloween party last year, looking frankly terrifying with 6 arms, red contacts and wielding heads and a sword. This is how you do it properly!
I love how whole-heartedly she throws herself into her fancy dress get-up every year and I can't wait to see what she rocks out on Saturday.

De 10 à 60 ans

26 October 2009

These photos were originally featured in the November 2008 issue of French Vogue, showing 20-year old model Eniko Mihalik as a 10-60 year old. Shot by the über-talented Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the series of pictures is apparently only altered with make-up and lighting, without the use of photoshop.



Anthropologie Opening

23 October 2009

On Wednesday I went to the opening of the stylish cult store Anthropologie's flagship opening on Regent Street. It's the first store outside the States and it's a big boutique spanning 10,000 ft over three floors, with a beautiful living wall. They've shipped in thousands of plants to make up the stunning focal point which makes a big statement, especially upon realising that it's real.


They stock gorgeous homewares, feminine clothing, beautiful jewellery and eclectic gifts - on the right side of chintz, avoiding kitsch - making it the new one-stop-shop in the heart of the West End. Perfect for those stuck for ideas with Christmas approaching, you can't go wrong with girly dresses, innovative designer pieces, scented candles, luxurious bedlinen, decorative glassware, stylish crockery etc etc.


Superior to other fashion/homeware boutiques, I bet Oliver Bonas, Joy, Toast and - to a lesser extent - parent company Urban Outfitters are quaking in their (overpriced) boots.

They don't advertise, they don't get involved in any marketing activity but instead rely on a word-of-mouth PR strategy to up its status from quirky one-off store to cult favourite. We can look forward to a lot more Anthropologie goodies cropping up in the glossies, style supplements and 'best gift' guides from now on...

Open to the public today

Annie Leibovitz shoots Nine

20 October 2009

For US Vogue, Annie Leibovitz shot the 7 ladies in Rob Marshall's upcoming musical Nine, which tells a story of an Italian film director and all the women in his life. Daniel Day Lewis plays the lead, Guido Contini, and the ladies are, as pictured: Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren with roles varying from hooker to mother, wife to lover, muse and journo...

I bet there was some diva-ish behaviour on set amongst the leading ladies, but I love the affectionate, relaxed and chatty backstage feel to the shoot and with Leibovitz's signature glossy polish, they all look fabulous. Apart from Fergie, who looks like Goldie Hawn's shy and awkward daughter. Probably nervous about playing with Hollywood's heavyweights, but what a platform to launch her acting career from.

I hope it's as good as it looks. Out in the UK on 25 December.

Buena Vista Social Club at the Royal Albert Hall

14 October 2009

Last night I managed to blag tickets to the "very sold out" Buena Vista Social Club show at the Royal Albert Hall. I'm a massive fan of the infamous Cuban group and their timeless big band sound, so I was very excited…
The line-up had many of the original members and despite being in their 70s/80s they still packed a mighty punch and had the whole place in rapturous bouts of applause until they shuffled offstage at the end of their encore.

In terms of musicianship – unsurprisingly after playing together for decades – they were incredibly tight and totally relaxed with each other and their instruments and at ease onstage.
Furiously loud with clashing mambo rhythms, screeching trumpets, crashing bongos and cha cha cha-ing backing vocalists, they played with the vigour, speed and enthusiasm of BVSC’s golden age.
The only disappointment was from a record-perfect performance – hardly a legitimate criticism, I know – which meant there were few extra touches or special versions thrown into the performance, making it more like a live listening party. Also, because the whole venue was seated, the crowd consisted of world-music-listening middle class Guardian-readers politely bobbing around in their seats. I wanted to DANCE.
They closed the show with 'Dos Gardenias' which finally got everyone up on their feet... I'm smug I managed to see them and got a good-for-the-soul deafeningly loud salsa hit from the grandfathers of salsa. VIVA BVSC!

Cat Eyes

12 October 2009

I love this 60s beauty editorial shot. Make-up trends come and go, but ever since I've been a little girl eyes for me have always been about accentuating feline almond shapes with strong eyeliner, dark smoky kohl, 60s kitten flicks and lashings of mascara for big impact eyes.


(Paraphrasing: ever since I was little I've channelled Cleopatra to make myself look as cat-like as possible.)

Galliano

9 October 2009

I love when he does 'sane'. Shown at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday were some gorgeous, wearable pieces like this pretty lacy grey and mustard yellow satin dress.

At the finale of the French fashion week, Galliano sent girls down the runway wearing silky soft slip dresses, with feminine lace trimmings and a muted grown-up palette across the - dare I say it? - tasteful collection. If I was a buyer at Browns, I'd be snapping this baby up...

Friday's ffffound

I'm a big fan of lots of different shades of coloured glass, especially near windows with sunlight shining through. I ffffound this gorgeous Jones Soda polaroid shot for an instant hit of colour therapy...

Good Old Balmain

6 October 2009

You can rely on Christophe Decarnin to storm the catwalk: he sent the Balmain models to war with his revised military chic focusing on glittering sequinned armour contrasting with uniform jackets.
Inspired by Mad Max, the newest collection certainly has a harsher look than previous seasons, with masculine fabrics: battered leather, ripped jeans, khaki separates, bondage string laces and Burberry-esque leather belts studded with bullets.

He used a sombre palette of blacks, deep blues, matt khakis, bronze sequins and shining patent dark leathers, which I think could have benefited from uplifting splashes of brights, bearing in mind this is a spring/summer collection. Sticking to his guns, there was his celebrated strong shoulder - albeit toned down - and he kept to his famed military styling of epaulettes, uniform buttons, and medallion-emblazoned blazers.


Clearly confident that his ridiculous price points will be met, there were lots of simple pieces: ripped plain cotton tops, tatty oversized men's shirts, loosely-fitting dresses and a more thrown together, casual feel than before. Personally I'd be gutted spending £1,200 on a grey basic tee with holes and ladders in, but such is his luck I'm sure items with a less structured look will be all over the high streets in a few months...

Overall, the collection was strong with an aggressive, tatty disco military look - fashion is a battleground so it suits.