28 August 2009

KG Gone Wrong

I love Kurt Geiger but these are foul:

Miss KG Basinger Lace-Up Platform Shoe

  • - High platform shoes by Miss KG
  • - Mesh ankle detail with lace-up front and zip back
  • - High shine front strap, platform sole, stiletto heel


Following Vogue Italia's phenomenally successful all-black issue Chanel, Sessille, Jourdan and Arlenis grace this month's i-D cover. I love seeing a fresh new generation of faces in magazines rather than relying on the trusty perennial supers. Go buy!


27 August 2009

Mahiki Madness

Mahiki was kicking last night - it was the MOBO nominations at The Mayfair Hotel around the corner and lots of the nominees went on to party in Dover Street.

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

Kate Moss for Topshop AW09/10

The AW09/10 Kate Moss for Topshop range hits the shops tomorrow and whilst she's totally nailed the whole 90s grunge look, I think she's lost her way a little...

Kate Moss in faux fur jacket | UK style blog

Firstly, you are a little too old for ripped tights, Kate; you're not some punky kid hanging out backstage (oh, and the range is complete with lame names like 'groupie coat'). Secondly, there's only so much fake fur, studs, feathers, fringing and rock'n'roll styling one collection can take. BUT I'm sure it will sell well because, as ever, Ms Moss knows what's popular at the moment and the vintage, glamorous take on grunge is all the rage right now.  It's refreshing to see a much-hyped collection launch (especially from Topshop) and not feel the urge to buy anything. Maybe I'm learning discipline and restraint...

25 August 2009

NME: The Beatles Collectors' Issue

The NME commemorates the 13 re-mastered Beatles albums next month by publishing a special collectors' issues, complete with resplendent foil covers.

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
Rubber Soul
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour (special edition)
The Beatles
Yellow Submarine
Abbey Road
Let It Be

I wonder which one will sell the most?


24 August 2009

Andrea Corr in Vera Wang

This weekend Andrea Corr married her billionaire stockbroker fiancé in a traditional ceremony in Ireland. She looked beautiful in a strapless ivory Vera Wang gown with her sisters as bridesmaids, Bono and hundreds of other guests at the couple's reception in sunny County Clare.

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!

The WHITE File

Plush Palate's new side project The WHITE File has some beautiful imagery of calming all-white spaces, furniture and inspiring interiors. Love the clustered artwork and the smart, sleek contrast with the black lacquered flooring on these two shots.


21 August 2009

Friday's ffffound

Love this. I have all of 'em! Bring back cassettes. Nothing beats a mixtape cassette. Preferably with 80s/90s hiphop and pritt stick artwork.


20 August 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The lovely Anna Friel is playing Holly Golighty in Samuel Adamson's adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opening next month.

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

Renée Zellweger in Caroline Herrera

Following on from yesterday's post about sticking with favourite designers, Renée Zellweger stepped out last night in a sophisticated tight grey dress by Carolina Herrera. She wears her every season, at the CFDAs and even on her wedding day to crazy'n'gay country singer Kenny Chesney. Failed marriage aside, she looked beautiful and knows Herrera dresses fit her well, suit her style and are a simple, failproof way of looking good.

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...

Annie Collinge

Annie Collinge, of 'Style Notes' fame in The Independent, has some excellent fashion shots. I love her vision: she uses attention-grabbing brights and creates unusual, beautiful imagery by combining innovative settings, humorous new ways of presenting products and fresh ideas for the world of fashion print. I particularly love the shot above which looks like harvested fruit, in rich, juicy colours and autumnal shades.

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

Red Hot Louboutins/ Hot Pink Sandersons

The Outnet's newsletter today sparked a flurry of excitement and guilty purchasing in the office: tantalisingly cheap Louboutin heels with a particular focus on these bad boys down from £475 to £190.
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

Londoners Through a Lens

Last night I went to the opening of Getty Images Gallery's new 'Londoners Through a Lens' exhibition in Mayfair. The collection consists of striking black and white photographs from the last century capturing 20th century life in the capital, the changing landscape and its inhabitants.

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

9 Countries, 9 Men, 1 Winner

Good heavens. The Calvin Klein Underwear Model competition launches next month with auditions up and down the country and across the world. The competition will run in nine countries with each country's own winner going in for the final to become the next Calvin Klein Underwear campaign star.

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

Angelina & Brad

At last night's LA premiere of Inglourious Basterds Angelina & Brad put on a display of affection after not been photographed together for weeks.

Angelina Jolie in black leather dress on the red carpet | style blog

They looked hot in their simple, all-black ensembles. She's gone back to her bondage roots with a black leather dress, black heels and tumbling dark hair. A safe option and perhaps not her most original outfit, having worn more leather on the red carpet than anyone else I can think of, but I do love a girl who works it.

Guess Who?


10 August 2009

Erin Wasson

Model-turned-muse-turned-stylist-turned-designer Erin Wasson will be debuting her own fashion line at New York Fashion Week this September. Collaborating with skate and surf brand RVCA, this is only her third season and she's already showing at NYFW. Fast work!

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

Proenza Schouler's Pre-Fall Collection

On a bright, cheerful, sunny August day in London I just want to channel charcoal and wear anything muted and dark from Proenza Schouler's pre-Fall collection.

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...


Maison Martin Margiela Home

Old news, but at this spring's Milan Furniture Fair Maison Martin Margiela presented their gorgeous new home collection.

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

Eight at Moorgate

Last month I went to the opening of new members' club Eight in Moorgate. It's now fully opened its doors to city slickers and gentrified eastenders. Eight is on the top two floors of a building on Dysart Street, EC2 with a 360 degree panoramic view over London's skyline. The plush chesterfield sofas and tinkling jazz piano makes it feel like a chic, exclusive library lounge and the floor-to-ceiling windows and terrace offer a bright, airy atmosphere for an eclectic mix of people to drink, eat, work and play.


5 August 2009

Isabella Blow

I just read this on 'Today in History':

 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.

4 August 2009

I ffffound a whale


3 August 2009

Lily Allen for Chanel

Despite warming to Lily Allen lately (it's taken about three years, maybe thawed rather than warmed), I'm not a massive fan of her new Chanel ads. I adore Chanel, but something just doesn't quite work.

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.

Ciara in Marchesa

Ciara stepped out last week in a red jumpsuit and heels from Marchesa, at the Express Celebrates TXT L8TR Campaign launch party in Hollywood (what a terrible name for an event - text speak makes me wince).

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.
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