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The 2013 Emmy Awards: The best dressed!

Last Updated on 23rd September 2013 Your football-watching boyfriend may tell you otherwise, but the 2013 Emmy Awards were the biggest and most important event of the weekend, as the stars of our favourite television shows flocked to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California last night. The red carpet was bursting with well-dressed actors and actresses from both sides of the pond, and although Girls star Allison Williams pretty much stole the show for us in her royal blue Ralph Lauren dress, there was a definite pale and interesting sartorial theme recurring. Zooey Deschanel, Claire Danes, January Jones, Kerry Washington and Rose Byrne were some of the ladies who went down the pastel pretty and pale look, while others like Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco, Carrie Underwood and Alyson Hannigan went for big, bold, bright, and beautiful. Here are a few of our red carpet highlights – let us know who gets your best-dressed vote in the comments and on Twitter! Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang Kerry Washington in Marchesa Claire Danes in Armani Prive  Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang January Jones in Givenchy  Carrie Underwood in Romona Keveza Zooey Deschanel in J Mendel Linda Cardellini in Donna Karan Atelier Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection Heidi Klum in Atelier Versace Sarah Hyland in Carolina Herrera Mindy Kaling in Edition by Georges Chakra Michelle Dockery in Prada  Alyson Hannigan in Marchesa

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Lumberjack chic! Plaid shirts for all budgets

Last Updated on 10th September 2013 Plaid shirts – no longer reserved for lumberjacks and Wild, Wild, West themed parties. They are in fact a solid and crucial part of every modern day fashionista’s wardrobe thanks to their versatility, and can easily be dressed up or down accordingly. So whether you want to go grunge or inject a bit of androgyny into your otherwise feminine and casual ensemble, look no further than a plaid shirt. We’ve hand-picked  five failsafe options to cater to all budgets. Let us know what you think: 1.– Ralph Lauren is a true maestro in the shirt department – you know this piece will be worth every single penny and you’re already getting a bargain as it is! Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren plaid shirt, £48 2.– This one’s for all those monochrome lovers out there; simple but oh so effective! Iro Halton leather trim check shirt, £220 3.– Going plaid doesn’t mean abandoning your love of colour and this vibrant, fun shirt is proof of that! Equipment signature checked shirt, £290 4.– Thanks to its pocket detailing, this shirt is as practical as it is pretty. A true classic!  Capulet double pocket shirt, £42 5.– Feel sexy in the seductive shade of red while embracing the plaid trend at the same time – this shirt sells itself! Capulet red double pocket shirt, £42

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Jennifer Lawrence wears Calvin Klein for Vogue US September 2013 issue!

Last Updated on 12th August 2013 After much anticipation, Jennifer Lawrence’s Vogue US September issue cover is finally here. And she’s more beautiful than we could have ever imagined! The radiant Oscar-winning actress was shot by Mario Testino, and can be seen wearing a Calvin Klein autumn/winter 2013 number on the cover. We love how the mag went for a beauty shot for the cover! Calvin Klein isn’t the only designer J-Law is wearing though – she is also rocking pieces from the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Rochas, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Prada in the image below. Quite possibly one of our favourite images in any magazine… ever! Jennifer’s interview is just as funny and candid as you would expect – perhaps even more so – and we particularly liked what she had to say about the paparazzi… “If I were just your average 23-year-old girl and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action,” she began. “But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma’am, there’s nothing we can do. It makes no sense. “I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it.” Feisty! You can read the rest of what Jen had to say in the Vogue US September 2013 issue which hits newsstands August 20th.

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Sofia Vergara covers up for Harper’s Bazaar US (and still looks gorgeous!)

Last Updated on 11th July 2013 Well well, what have we here? Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara without her two most famous assets on display? A rare but beautiful sight which just goes to show that Sofia’s beauty is about more than her cleavage. Sofia was shot by Terry Richardson for the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar US, and is rocking an impressive selection of clothes from the lies of Ralph Lauren, Dolce and Gabbana, and jewellery from bling King Harry Winston! As much as we ladies love the glammed up look, we know that most people love a good natural look too every now and again too. However, Sofia is not one of those people! “I’m Latin; I do it no matter what,” she said about getting glammed up. “It’s automatic. I shower, do hair and makeup. For me, it’s like shaving. “I don’t believe in a natural look. Lipstick brightens your face! Unless you’re Gisele Bündchen or 19, you need something. Most of my girlfriends are very good with it because they’re Latin, but some of the Americans, I give them lipstick like, ‘Put it on!’” Wouldn’t it be awesome to have Sofia Vergara as a best friend? You can read the rest of her interview and see more stunning pics in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar US.

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4 Summer 2013 Trends for Long Hair

Last Updated on 18th June 2013 This season everyone is going wild for messy beach head hair and super straight locks. Long tresses that can be styled chicly are the must-have accessory and some of the hottest trends are so easy to replicate, there is no excuse not to be on board the fashion wagon. Even if you don’t have long hair you can still copy some of these looks by using hair extensions and clip in hair pieces. So without further ado, here are the top 4 hair trends that will transform you from girl next door to catwalk queen. Sexy waves This summer it’s all about carefree curls. Channel the beach vibe and get super sexy bedhead waves using a waving tong or wand. Here is a video tutorial to help you get a natural, wavy look and if you already have luscious curls, you’re one step ahead! Low ponytail/fishtail plait Who said that a ponytail is a little girl’s game? One of the hottest hairstyles is a low slung pony; it’s laid back, it’s simple and you can make it ultra glossy with some finishing serum. Everyone from Dior to Chloé has been featuring this trend but if you want to try something different, simply plait it into a fishtail for a unique style. Poker straight Super straight locks are back and better than ever. All the SS13 catwalks featured poker straight hair including Derek Lam and Lacoste (as pictured above) but make sure you use a good heat defence spray. The key to a super straight look is to have the right tools consisting of a ceramic ion brush, a mixed bristle oval cushion brush to protect the scalp and most importantly, some professional titanium straightening irons. Low-slung bun Can’t be bothered styling your hair to […]

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In the mood for the….wild wild west!

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 We’ve decided to take some midweek inspiration from the Wild, Wild, West this afternoon; fringe, tassels, denim, patchwork and more check-print than you can shake a stick at – that’s what cowboy chic is all about! And with cute fringed bra tops (thank you, Topshop!), beautiful belts (yes Ralph Lauren we’re looking a you) and irresistible totes to tempt us, what’s not to love about these cowboy-inspired pieces? Take a look at some of our fave Western-inspired pieces currently available on the virtual and literal shelves: Fringe bralet, £12, available at Topshop Star motif cowboy boots, £805, Guiseppe Zanotti available at Far Fetch Mini shopper, £147, Anouk available at Amazon Cowboy hat, £190, Lisa Battaglia available at Boticca Distressed leather belt, £139, Ralph Lauren available at Style Bop Checked shirt, £21, Ellos available at La Redoute Denim shorts, £70, Hilfiger Denim available at Zalando

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5 films which changed the face of fashion

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Fashion and film have always gone hand in hand, and some of the most iconic moments in fashion have been captured on the big screen, from Audrey Hepburn’s classic little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Marilyn Monroe’s ruffled white dress in The Seven Year Itch. It’s not surprising that a lot of the world’s greatest fashion designers have been heavily influenced by films from various genres across the decades. So which films made fashion what it is today? 1. A Clockwork Orange and Jean Paul Gaultier You might not imagine Stanley Kubrick’s dark and difficult cult classic ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to have had a profound influence on the world of fashion, but the bizarre and oddly intimidating cricket whites, white shirts and bowler hats of Alex and the Droogs inspired one of the most influential fashion designers of modern times. The actor Malcolm McDowell who played protagonist Alex bumped into Jean Paul Gaultier at a film festival who profusely thanked him for his costume, “Thank you very much, because that film changed my whole design.” he said. 2. Chinatown and John Rocha Roman Polanski’s Chinatown made in 1974 in John Rocha’s eyes is “One of the all-time great movies on every level.” The film has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for films that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” which gives a good indicator of just how brilliant this film is lauded to be. For John Rocha it is Jack Nicholson who is the embodiment of the film. “He is super-cool and sharp but at the same time it is totally effortless.” Such is the influence of Nicholson’s suit, trilby and sunglasses combo that every time Rocha makes a menswear collection […]

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Helena Bonham Carter covers British Vogue’s Ageless Style July issue

Last Updated on 31st May 2013 We’re not ashamed to say that we squealed with excitement (and scared the postman in the process) when British Vogue’s July issue slid through our letter box yesterday afternoon – and that’s largely because we couldn’t be happier with the fashion Bible’s decision to put our girl crush Helena Bonham Carter on the front. Well played Vogue! The July issue may be all about ageless style, but Helena’s style is about so much more than that: it’s personal, fun, out there, and we’re willing to bet good money that she just doesn’t give a damn. And that’s part of her appeal! ‘I wear hats I’ve bought for the children,” she admitted to the mag. “Once The Daly Mail called me the Bulgarian Elf – now Tim calls me that all the time.” Aww, Helena! And speaking of headpieces, HBC is modelling quite a few of them in the editorial images from the likes of Tour de Force, Benoit Missolin and Ralph Lauren Collection. A truly stunning editorial – we can’t wait to sit down with a glass of wine cup of tea and read her interview too. The July issue of British Vogue is out on July 3rd.

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Five of the best brands to sell on eBay!

Last Updated on 23rd May 2013 You might be convincing your girlfriend to sell one of her many handbags or pairs of shoes to make some extra room in the house as well as some extra money, but there’s no reason you yourself can’t get in on the selling action either. There’s a host of great brands to buy and sell on eBay, and if you’re a bit of an online marketplace novice, we’re here to assist you with some helpful suggestions for what to sell. Nike – more and more people want to get into shape, especially now the sun is coming out. Trainers, tracksuits, anything with the Nike label is sure to go down well with buyers as they know they’re getting performance-enhancing quality. If it’s good enough for the pros… Dolce and Gabbana – whether it’s aftershave, accessories or clothes, buyers know they’re getting something great when they see something bearing this Italian label. Levi Strauss – what man doesn’t love investing in a good pair of jeans? Jean brands don’t get more respectable than Levi Strauss – as they never go out of fashion and only get better with age, Levi jeans are perfect contenders for eBay selling. Gap – another great brand to sell to fellow men who want something that covers the three “c”s… cool, cheap, casual. Gap does loungewear, and it does it quite well! Ralph Lauren – another designer label that does all the hard work for you. You don’t need to convince buyers to buy a second-hand Ralph Lauren item – the pics and label will do it alone! And if you want to ensure that you’re a credible eBay seller with positive feedback and 100% customer satisfaction, we’d suggest using Royal Mail for sending your packages out to their new […]

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Fit For a Royal: Picks for Kate Middleton’s Little One

Last Updated on 30th May 2019 With bets on the future king and queen naming their unborn child ‘Alexandra’ -alluding to the fact that Kate Middleton is carrying a little girl – we couldn’t help with a little speculation of our own in the wardrobe department. After having loved every moment of Kate’s maternity style, we’ve decided to turn our attention to the royal junior, and going with the national guess that it may be a girl, we’ve picked out the cutest, teeniest wardrobe fit for the new princess-to-be! Considering the princess-(or prince) to-be has a stylistically revered mother, an ‘average’ wardrobe just won’t do – not when you’ve got serious competition from celeb toddlers currently riding the fashion wave high; Harper, Blue Ivy and even Alicia Keys’ adorable tot, Egypt, could potentially give the future royal tot a run for his/her blue-blooded money! Given the new addition to the royal family is bound to be endlessly photographed, there’s no room for a dull outfit. With everything from a show-stopper coat (just like mummy’s) to cute prints and shoes with a regal touch, here are our top picks for the Baby of Cambridge.  Oilily Floral Mirabella Dress, £34 Baby Graziella Pink Petal Shoes, £34   Sterntaler Floral Print Hat, £13 Tartine et Chocolate Blouse and Shorts Set, £81 Juicy Couture Navy Chambray Playsuit, £65  Fendi Beige Zucca Trim Coat, £211  Stella McCartney Kids Blue Dot Dress and Bloomers, £50  Ralph Lauren Cotton Hat and Bootie Set, £60  Mayoral Rose Applique Mary-Janes, £12   Baby Graziella Frill Bow Body, £70 All items above are available at AlexandAlexa.com

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Pearl and Daisy Lowe lend support to Fashion Target Breast Cancer

Last Updated on 23rd April 2013 Ralph Lauren started the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative back in 1994, and it just seems to get bigger and better each and every year. This year Marks and Spencer, River Island, Warehouse, Topshop, Coast, Laura Ashley, my-wardrobe.com and Debenhams have all designed unique pieces for the new Fashion Targets Breast Cancer collection, and you can check them out right here. Prices range from £2 to £275 and all pieces carry a minimum 30% donation, so you really will be helping people while looking stylish at the same time. Two birds! Pearl and Daisy Lowe have signed on to front this year’s campaign, and were shot by Simon Emmett in the beautiful pictures. “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is a legendary campaign and this year’s theme of uniting mothers and daughters really brought it home for me,” Pearl Lowe said. “We must raise money for breast cancer research now to make a difference for our daughters in the future.” “The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer collection this year has something for everyone and I’m really hoping to see everyone buying something from their favourite high street retailers,” Daisy Lowe added. “Unite with us and Wear Your Support.” Indeed, wearing your support is the crucial message of the campaign; if you want to support the wonderful cause, head to the store and make a purchase from the stylish collection today. Every penny counts! Sharon and Kelly Osbourne are another celebrity mother and daughter duo who have lent their support to the cause; don’t they look adorable together in the picture above? Click here to find out more and to buy something from the store to “wear your support”. [Images c/o Simon Emmett]

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Cute Christening Gift Ideas!

Last Updated on 31st August 2021 As soon as the clocks go forward, we all start planning what to buy the brides and grooms for all those upcoming spring weddings – not to mention planning our outfits for the big day. However, there’s another occasion that tends to take place in the spring that might not get enough attention as it should: the Christening! So, we’re dedicating today to all those little bundles of joy and their special day by helping you pick and choose gifts that they – and the proud parents – will love. And best of all, we got them all from AlexandAlexa – one of your go-to places for baby clothes online. So much choice! Molly Brown Pearl Necklace with Cross Because this is what Christenings are all about, surely? This is the perfect gift for all little girls – give her something her parents will love now, that she will cherish for years and years to come. Armani Junior Dungarees Body and Bow Tie set We can’t cope with how utterly adorable this set from Armani Junior is. And the best part is that you can mix and match and chop and change, as you please. You can dress your little angel in the whole suit (it even comes with a detachable bow tie) or just the babygrow – how’s that for versatility? BamBam Silver Plated Tooth Box Perfect for baby boys and baby girls alike – no parent is going to forget their little one’s first pearly white, so why not give them a chic silver plated place to keep it in? Ralph Lauren Beige High-Top Crib Shoe Get them wearing designer from an early age – don’t let Harper Beckham be the only one with an enviable baby shoe collection! These Ralph Lauren […]

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5 lust-worthy pieces from John Lewis

Last Updated on 17th June 2013 It’s Friday, which means we have the whole weekend to tour our local high street and shop ‘til we drop – wahoo! However, as it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (yes this Sunday – don’t forget!), you might want to spend your weekend doing something more productive – or even something leisurely with Mum – which leaves hardly any time for window shopping. Not to worry though, as the good old internet has stepped in once again and saved the day! Akin to the actual store, we can get lost on the John Lewis website for hours on end, as there are pages and pages of covetable items from clothes to shoes and in particular a great selection of Mischa Barton bags! We’ve comprised a list of five of our must-have pieces for the upcoming spring/summer 2013 season. Take a look at our selection: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shawl Collar Cardigan, Capri Navy/White We know the spring/summer season is fast approaching, but we shouldn’t lose sight of where we are on the globe… no cropped tops and cut-off shorts on a daily basis for us here in the UK. You can still totally wear your prettiest skater dress to upcoming events, but make sure you team it with a cute cardi to keep out the chill and add some colour, texture and pattern to the outfit. This striped beauty is a particular fave! Hobbs Florrie Suede Bow Ballerina Pumps , Navy/white Wave goodbye to winter boots and say hello to pretty pumps. You can still wear your trusty black jeans, leggings and skirts this season, but mix things up with some navy and white shoes to break the black. Plus the bow is too adorable for words! These beauties also come in the nude/white colour combo, […]

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The People’s Choice Awards 2013: The best dressed!

Last Updated on 10th January 2013 Hooray for the first official awards show of the year! The People’s Choice Awards have a little bit of everything – they gave glitz, they have glamour and best of all they have celebs from all walks of life coming together to celebrate their talent and generally have a good time. Any excuse to get dolled up and party, right? As usual, there was a plethora of beautifully-dressed ladies who graced the red carpet. Taylor Swift rocked up in a plunging white floor-length Ralph Lauren gown to show One Direction star Harry Styles what he’s missing… mission accomplished we’d say! We also had Lea Michele and Chloe Moretz attempt to turn heads in their respective attention-grabbing Elie Saab and Simone Rocha numbers, while Emma Watson was her predictable cute and lovely self in a short floral Peter Pilotto dress. Host Kaley Cuoco was pretty as a picture, as always, with the Christian Siriano dress she arrived in being our favourite of her many frocks of the evening. We found narrowing down our favourites a bit tricky this time round, but check out some of our best-dressed from the night below. And don’t forget to cast your vote at the bottom too – your opinion means everything to us! Lea Michele in Elie Saab Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren Chloe Moretz in Simone Rocha Kaley Cuoco in Christian Siriano Emma Watson in Peter Pilotto Naomi Watts in Alexander McQueen Jennifer Lawrence in Valentino Jennifer Aniston in Christian Dior Rachel Leigh Cook in Oliver Tolentino Katy Perry in Valentino  Rumer Willis in Alice & Olivia   [poll id=”384″]  

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Keeping Warm with Winter Boots

Last Updated on 17th December 2012 [no skim] It’s going to be a cold winter in the UK this year, and with the coming party season it’s easy to forget that as beautiful as those sparkly party shoes might be, they’re not going to keep you warm on a frosty evening out on the town! Thankfully, however, fashion designers are aware of our predicament, and even on the high street there are a range of stylish options to keep your feet from getting cold, so you can at least make your way around on a night out! Throughout 2012, fashion weeks and catwalks were buzzing with the latest boot trends, inspired no doubt by the increasingly colder temperatures and a return to the Heritage-inspired style that favours traditional English winter wear. Of particular note were the quality leather riding boots currently favoured by Ralph Lauren, which you can match with a tweed coat or Burberry scarf to complete the look. For a high-street alternative, Clarks’ range of women’s shoes include some great options inspired by country living. Their GORE-TEX range, which uses special materials that are waterproof while still allowing your feet to breathe, is particularly welcome in the wet winter months! Extra-high boots have also made a big impression this year, with top designers like Versus and Roland Mouret sending thigh-hugging leather boots down the runway in colours to match the rest of the outfit. This over-the-knee style brings a real boldness to an outfit – although a pair of warm leggings in the same colour will have a similar, more subtle effect for a softer look. Wear with a dress that ends just above the knee, or create a more daring ensemble by leaving a visible gap between the boot top and the hemline. Finally, ankle-boots are as […]

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Midweek Moodboard: Nude

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 No this isn’t the after-hours edition… the American Music Awards have just got us totally crushing on all things nude right now! We don’t need to tell you the power of a good nude shoe (Kate Middleton – that’s all we need to say) but that’s not where our love for the colour (or lack thereof) ends. As it’s Christmas, rocking up to a glam event in a nude top or dress that’s adorned with sparkles and embellishment would make you stand out in all the right ways, as would donning a plain nude dress or top-and-trouser-combo and accessorising to your heart’s content with brighter accessories.  The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to the nude trend which is why we are all over it this festive season. Take a look at some of our current fave pieces… Nude embellished wrap dress, £85, available at Miss Selfridge Crinkled bubble skirt, £950, Nina Ricci available at Far Fetch Embellished stripe mini skirt, £34.99, available at New Look Nude contrast fabric shirt, £139, available at Reiss Skinny cotton trousers, £143.45, Acne available at Far Fetch Peachy nude nail polish, £5, available at Topshop Candy stud bow heel, £58, available at Miss Selfridge Double buckle shorts, £154, Ralph Lauren Blue available at Far Fetch

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Anne Hathaway’s a natural beauty for Vogue US December

Last Updated on 12th November 2012 It’s finally here! We’ve been looking forward to this cover ever since photographer-to-the-stars Annie Leibovitz let the cat out of the bag and revealed that she had shot Anne Hathaway for the American fashion Bible’s December cover. And although the photographer is famous for creating more unconventional – and sometimes controversial – images, it’s nice to see that she stripped everything back and let Anne Hathaway’s natural beauty shine through on the cover. As well as the gorgeous, striking green dress on the cover,  Anne is modelling some beautiful pieces in the editorial, including a Valentino Haute Couture velvet dress, and a Ralph Lauren embroidered vest and ruffle blouse. In the accompanying interview, Anne naturally chats about her role in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, and reveals that she knew the part was hers when she left the audition… “I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me,” she said. “Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.” Now we haven’t seen the film yet (it’s out on January 11th – get it in your diaries) but judging from the trailer which we helpfully put in at the bottom, we can totally see where she’s coming from. We got goosebumps! The role belongs to Anne and only Anne, and we bet there’s a “best actress” award or two out there with her name on.  

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Top stories this week: Lea Michele for L’Oreal, Haizhen Wang wins Fashion Fringe, plus all the goss from London Fashion Week

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 The London Fashion Week lowdown As you all know, London Fashion Week kicked off last Friday, and we have all the gossip on and off the spring/summer 2013 catwalks! Read more here!  Lea Michele is the new face of L’Oreal Paris The beautiful Lea Michele was announced as the brand new face of L’Oreal Paris, with her first ad campaign apparently set to launch some time next month! Read more here!  Haizhen Wang scoops 2012 Fashion Fringe prize Christopher Bailey announced that the very talented Central Saint Martins graduate Haizhen Wang was this year’s winner of the coveted Fashion Fringe prize! Read more here!  Adele might be teaming up with Burberry We heard through the grapevine this week that Adele might have joined forces with Burberry to work on a plus size collection! Read more here!  Lana Del Rey sings Blue Velvet for H&M We’ve all seen the print campaigns, but now H&M has released a very haunting video commercial of Lana Del Rey singing Bobby Vinton hit Blue Velvet. Read more here!  Ralph Lauren taps plus size model Robyn Lawley As we told you earlier today, 23-year-old Aussie Robyn Lawley has become the first ever plus size model for Ralph Lauren! Read more here! Save the Children launches #BidBoutique There’s only a few more days left to bid on your favourite designer items in the Save the Children #BidBoutique auction. Don’t miss out on your chance to help a fantastic cause and nab some great designer gear in the process! Read more here! 

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Emma Watson pretties up the New York Times Style magazine cover

Last Updated on 20th August 2012 Welcome back, Emma Watson! Emma has been minding her own business lately, but we’re glad to see her back, posing pretty on the front cover of the New York Times Style magazine cover. We love the sheer simplicity of the cover image… a wool Bottega Veneta coat in one of the main shades of the season and boldly lined feline eyes are all it takes to provide us with a flawless and captivating picture. Kudos to photographer Alasdair Mclellan, as the editorial pictures are just as wowsome! Check out how flawless the Ralph Lauren Collection and Giorgio Armani jackets look on her in the respective pics below for proof! We’ll hopefully be seeing a lot more of Emma as she’ll be promoting her brand new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower soon, where we predict she’ll be showcasing a lot of British designer talent from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Erdem among others. Can’t wait! [New York Times]

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Midweek Moodboard: Obsessed with orange!

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Yesterday we couldn’t help but gush about Leslie Mann’s cute, summer-ready orange Monique Lhuillier dress and today we are equally as besotted with the shade thanks to another fine appearance by Twilight’s Ashley Greene. Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that our midweek inspiration comes in the form of the wonderful colour, orange! Sure nothing rhymes with it, but there’s a lot of looks you can get out of the colour. Brighter than its coral counterpart, more daring and playful but just as attention-grabbing as its red neighbour, orange really is one of the ultimate shades of the new season! Take a look at some of our favourite pieces currently available for you to snap up: Python skin cuff, £260, Tess Van Ghert available at Far Fetch Bird printed dress, £26, available at Dorothy Perkins Orange jeans, £150, 7 for all mankind available at Zalando Printed scarf, £116, Ralph Lauren Blue available at Far Fetch Braided rope belt, £25, J Crew available at Net a Porter Envelope clutch, £99.99, available at Daniel Footwear Platform pumps, £517, Nicholas Kirkwood available at The Corner

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Five of the best stylish destinations for the fashion conscious

Last Updated on 19th September 2012 Holidays for some can be simply lying in the sun, taking part in some sort of sporting activity or even doing some volunteering but for others it’s a chance to shop somewhere new for something special. We’ve selected five of the best destinations from around the globe for all things fashion. Book flights and accommodation at great prices with www.directline-holidays.co.uk. 1. New York New York! Although the exchange rate is not what it once was, you can still make some massive savings on designer and high street goods on the other side of the pond. Invest in some quality American tailoring with classic shirts and chinos from Ralph Lauren’s stunning flagship menswear store on Madison Avenue featuring made to measure services and a ‘create-your-own polo shirt’ outpost. Getting your shoes shined is a must for any New York tourist; visit legendary Don at 47th and 6th between News Corp and NHL headquarters for the best shoe shine in town. Don’s past clients have included Rod Stewart, Martin Luther King, Jr., Karl Rove and Chris Rock. 2. Va va voom – Paris There’s a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the classic French way of dressing seen in Parisian streets so it makes perfect sense to shop in the stores the locals do to emulate our Francophile friends. L’Eclaireur on Rue de Sévigné is a menswear boutique bursting with the latest designer goods in a shop that could be as much described as an art installation with over 147 screens and sweeping floor to ceiling wooden sculptures. Another must see boutique is ‘Colette’ located near the Louvre, a multi floored store not only selling high end designer and cutting edge up and coming brands but also gadgets, jewellery and techno accessories. 3. When in Rome… […]

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Jessica Biel fronts InStyle US August issue, talks about Justin Timberlake giving her style advice

Last Updated on 5th June 2016 The gorgeous Jessica Biel is InStyle US’s cover girl for the August issue, rocking a very wow-worthy black and gold Ralph Lauren jacket with some simple jeans and strappy Gucci sandals. The last Jessica Biel cover we were blown away by was her W issue back in March, and this one, which was photographed by Dusan Reljin, is just as beautiful. Jess talks to InStyle about what she’s up to in Hollywood at the moment (her new films Total Recall and The Tall Man, basically), and of course, her yummy fiancé Mr Justin Timberlake. And as if JT didn’t already seem like the perfect boyfriend, the fact that he gives her perfect style advice has just made him go off the scale. “He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design,” Jessica told the mag. “And I’ll be honest: He has better taste than I do!” A bold statement; could he be any more perfect? InStyle’s August issue hits newsstands this Friday!

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Top menswear looks for summer

Last Updated on 15th June 2012 The pick of this season’s styles for ready-to-wear cool Menswear is full of reinvented classics and creative twists on wardrobe staples this year, as designers seek to find a way to make stylish clothing worth its pricetag in the recession. With an emphasis on combining frivolity with longevity, we’re seeing key menswear trends returning with reinvented twists, as well as classic men’s summer clothes, like chinos (lovely camel colours at Next) being paired with summery colours and more daring patterns for a splash of seasonality and fun. As Simon Chilvers points out in the Guardian Friday fashion blog, there’s no point in pushing British products and designers if no one actually buys the clothes. He’s talking about a new Fashionbeans points out some of the key looks for the sportsjacket here – think an American high school letterman jacket, and you’re about there. 2. Printed shirts, shorts and accessories Prints are big news for mens and womenswear in 2012; this went big a few seasons ago when Ralph Lauren started bringing out shorts with embroidered animals and different prints. This year, dark blues with white prints, such as birds or simple plants and ferns, are the order of the day. A printed backpack, or even printed trainers, are a more subtle way to work the trend. 3. The men’s backpack Again, not a new kid on the block, the backpack, but it has overtaken the satchel as the accessory of choice in 2012. Leather straps combined with canvas bagging is the hottest way to wear it: casual but not too polyester-sporty.

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My Beauty Evolution – Jen Holmes

Last Updated on 24th April 2012 In the first post of a series sponsored by John Lewis, who will open the doors to their new-look Oxford Street beauty hall in early May, Jen Holmes from www.littlebirdfashion.com shares the story of her own beauty evolution. I’m a self-confessed beauty snob: I love makeup, I’m fanatical about skincare, and I’ve developed a rather impressive perfume collection. In fact I’ve been harbouring a serious beauty habit for the past 12 years, and it all started with a concealer… My very first beauty purchase was a stick of Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish concealer in Ivory. As a teen I had terrible skin and was always on the lookout for that miracle cure (if you’ve found it, let me know!). Concealer soon became a must-have in my makeup bag and it wasn’t long before I was loitering with intent around the nail varnishes, eyeing up eye-shadows and buying into blushers – I had been well and truly bitten by the beauty bug. Taking skincare seriously Back in my shop-girl days, my weekly wage was a meagre and precious thing and so my beauty buys were cheap and cheerful to fit. But as I struggled on with my skin I decided it was time to invest, and as an awkward 14 year old, my mum took me for my first trip to the hallowed department store beauty floor. I watched, entranced, as a perfectly made-up consultant taught me how to cleanse, tone and moisturise at the bright and clean Clinique counter. From then on, a large portion of my wage has been spent on high-end skincare. Getting brighter and bolder Through my teens, I experimented with colour, trying temporary hair dyes, a rainbow of eyeshadows and a different shade on each nail. My makeup motto was […]

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So…who will design Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress?

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Since Brangelina announced their engagement by brandishing a ring costing the equivalent of a modest flat in London in our faces, we decided to amuse ourselves (and you, of course) with Ms Pitt-To-Be’s prospective wedding dress. We didn’t just want to imagine what Angelina would choose for her big day, we actually wanted to ‘create’ it, so to speak. (Keep reading…) Taking a brief look at Angelina’s red carpet appearances so far this year, it’s clear she has an affinity for….. 1. Versace – She opted for directional look on the Golden Globes red carpet in a rather memorable Atelier Versace number, and who can forget the Oscars? Apart from the infamous, knobbly kneed flash of leg on display – which acquired a following of its own – again Angelina picked Versace. Donatella’s designs are clearly number one for the Hollywood superstar, but she does opt for other big names, too. Angelina’s daytime, smart-casual look often lies in a Ralph Lauren suit, and at the 3rd Annual Women in the World Summit last month, she appeared in an androgynous, monochrome Gucci suit. It appears Ms. Jolie is a sucker for classic fashion names, but not without putting a personal and highly unconventional spin on things. She won’t just wear a look fresh-off-the-catwalk, but rather tattoo it (pardon the pun), sartorially, with her initials. And, extreme personalisation, we say, is the way forward when it comes to picking a memorable wedding dress. Ange definitely won’t be succumbing to the ‘meringue culture’ surrounding wedding dresses! (We hope!) So, a lot of you may possibly be thinking Angelina will settle for a Versace bridal number, but the Italian brand isn’t known for its altar-appropriate fashion. However, one wave of Ange’s celeb wand and Donatella would probably be […]

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Runway to Bedroom Mirror: Hats off to spring summer 2012 headgear

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Several erogenous zones emerged from the spring summer shows: just-above-the-navel exposed midriff; ears, thanks to statement earpieces at Prada and Dolce & Gabanna, and, oddly enough, ankles made it onto the list, too, with a multitude of ankle strap footwear that showed up. And probably the most exciting of them all, hats. Headgear in all guises made headlines this season, from raffia pompom peak caps at Burberry Prorsum – a quirky play on merging a sporty aesthetic with a tribal one – to wide brimmed floppy hats at Rag & Bone that reminded us why we love summer so much. We travelled back in time to the roaring 20s, thanks to Ralph Lauren’s pretty pastel cloche hats. But when we witnessed a botanical print BMX helmet at Alexander Wang, it was as though the hell-raising BMX bikers had landed in the gardens of paradise– well, kind of. From this point on, we knew hats were going to be a major add-on to any spring summer look, for a dose of sheer drama. Take note from the all-knowing Victoria Beckham, who effortlessly paired super-desirable caps with sexy silhouette dresses and made it look so perfect and proper. And over at Jil Sander, Raf Simons did the impossible, perfectly; when he cleverly attached a blusher veil over a beanie, and made us dizzy with excitement. It was all about mixing up the elements and breaking away from the head-warming, wintery associations often made with hats. Roksanda Ilincic showed us just how cool-appropriate a bright beanie looks paired with a colour pop midi skirt. Give your all-eyes-on-me tote a break from the endless fashion people glares it notches up on days out, and take inspiration from our top headpiece picks to add an edge to your summer […]

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5 (last minute) Valentine’s day gift ideas….for him!

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 It is that time of year again when loved up couples come out in full force to show their affection to their other half. Valentine’s Day might be romantic, but it can be perilous too. Gift wise, us girls can suffice on any manner of chocolates, fluffy bears, roses or perfume. But somehow cuddly pink teddies just don’t cut the mustard for the gents.  No, they secretly yearn for something which, in one fell swoop, completely sums up how much you know them and what an amazing girlfriend/wife you really are. No mean feat. While he might be hankering for an iPad, there are other more stylish options out there too. Here is our definitive guide of the most sartorial Valentine’s gifts for the man in your life. And yes you are the best girlfriend/wife in the world! Guys love Paul Smith and these 50’s pin up cufflinks will definitely bring out his cheeky side. Absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day.   Paul Smith 50’s Pin-up Cufflinks, £61, available at My-wardrobe   If you catch him singing Supersonic and Live Forever in the shower, this Pretty Green shirt might just be perfect. Liam Gallagher designed it- he’ll love you for that.   Pretty Green White Selvedge Placket Linen Shirt, £75 £37, available at My-wardrobe   A stylish wallet is always a safe option and he is certain to love this masculine rubber Gucci one. It has plenty room for cards and cash and proudly displays that enviable logo. Gucci Rubber Wallet, £180, available at Matches You will be majorly in his good books if you splash out on this classic navy Barbour jacket for him. Stylish and practical- we love and he will too! Barbour Navy Quilted Nylon Akenside Jacket, £109, available at My-wardrobe   […]

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Michael Kors valued at over $3.5 billion

Last Updated on 5th December 2011 Following in the fashionable footsteps of Prada, Polo Ralph Lauren and Coach, New York designer Michael Kors will launch an initial public offering of shares this Friday, in a deal that is predicted to see his company being valued at over $3.5billion. 

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For the Kids: 10 playful gifts under £100

If you’re teaching your tinkers to be bi-lingual, these ABC wooden blocks with simple French words are a brilliant starting point. Uncle Goose ABC French wooden blocks, £45, available at AlexandAlexa. Chances are you’ll remember Sylvanian Families from you were small – and they’re just as popular today. This highlands farm house will provide endless playing fun for your little ones and no doubt bring back a few memories for you. Sylvanian Families highfields farm house, £56, available at Debenhams. This classic check shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren is perfectly on-point for Christmas and beyond. With long sleeves and a soft cotton twill, your boy will be comfy and seriously cute. Polo Ralph Lauren twill plaid checked shirt, £55, available at House of Fraser. If your little princess loves stories, she’ll love seeing a classic fairytale come to life with Maileg’s Princess and the Pea set, complete with her very own cuddly princess, 7 printed matresses, a wooden bed and an illustrated story book – oh, and a pea, of course. Maileg the Princess and the Pea set, £65, available at AlexandAlexa. He might not be old enough for a real vehicle just yet, but give him plenty of practice with this classic red ride on car. Vilac red ride on classic car, £97, available at AlexandAlexa. Tommy Hilfiger’s traditional checked dress is as sweet as it is stylish, and with long sleeves and a pretty bow across the belly, she’ll feel suitably special this Christmas. Tommy Hilfiger chess checked dress, £52.20, available at House of Fraser. Toy Watch isn’t typically a brand for tots, but it’s made a special child-friendly toy watch set for small fingers. Featuring a white watch, two paper straps, 6 changeable bezels and coloured pens for decorating, your kids can get really creative with their […]

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Treat him to: Tommy Hilfiger Mighty James Jacket

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Featured by High and Mighty With the weather getting a little chilly, there’s no time like the present to treat your man to something that’ll keep him warm during the cold months ahead – we’re talking about a coat of course! If the man in your life is on the larger or taller side we suggest heading over to High and Mighty – specialists in clothing for large and tall men. While the sales may be over in most of our favourite stores, High and Mighty are still running their clearance sale and they have a great selection of coats and jackets on offer. Our pick has to be the casual and snug Tommy Hilfiger Mighty James Jacket, £250 £175 with its zip/stud front, or the lightweight Ralph Lauren Mighty Perry Jacket. We’ve scoured the site and High and Mighty’s XL clothing collection for autumn contain some really great pieces. Sizes range from 1XL – 5X and include brands such as Ben Sherman, Raging Bull and Henry Tudor. And if he has too many jackets to mention, we recommend their selection of jeans and trousers which go right up to a 38” leg length. Happy shopping!

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AW 11 Trend Recap: Romanticised Fetish & Subtle Androgyny

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Fetish If bold hues and saturated prints sent your pulses racing during spring/summer 2011, brace yourself and prepare to be doused in the sexier side of fashion. Fetishism’s were a seductively tantalising visual for autumn/winter 2011, as we saw designers so skilfully display the romanticised side of this extreme ‘sport’ into their collections. Sweet nothings were whispered at Christopher Kane, Dior and Louis Vuitton with delicate sheer inserts contrasted against stark black, whilst a lacier affair delighted at Lanvin and Antonio Berardi. But this bondage inspired look wouldn’t be complete without a touch of slick black PVC and leather as seen at Etro and Ralph Lauren. If innuendo were a dress, this would be it. Androgyny They may be impossible to live with, but the boys are being generous this season and letting us borrow from their wardrobes. Nothing brought a more mastered masculine touch than autumn/winter 2011’s softly-softly take on sharp tailoring. Injected with sexy, feminine accents in the form of sparkly trousers at Michael Kors and plunging necklines at Balmain and Chanel, tuxedos were the template. Totally transformed, with embellished lapels at Dolce & Gabbana; cropped tux jackets at The Row; rounded tailcoats at Moschino and a prevalently monochrome palette; this really is the best of both worlds.

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Suitcase essentials: what every girl needs in her holiday wardrobe

You’ve booked the flights, found your beach-view balcony base, and got the lingo well and truly landed. There’s only one thing left to do: pack. How many shoes? Bikini or swimsuit? Do I need my jacket? Ah yes, deciding what to pack for your summer sojourn can be a sticky situation, but you know, it really doesn’t have to be a dreaded affair. With a few clever choices, packing for your suitcase really can be rather simple once you’ve determined the weather and your must-wear staples. From the wear-it-all-ways skirt to the cool cover-up, we’ve compiled a list of the summer essentials every girl needs in her suitcase to solve your sartorial struggle. Peek, pick and pack ’em, girls! &nsbp; The mini dress Nothing says holiday like an easy-breezy mini. We’re declaring the little white dress our piece of the season, and with a bit of clever styling, you can double up for day and evening. Boutique Broderie Anglaise dress, £180 £99, available at Jaeger. The maxi dress A key piece for summer and a staple for your suitcase, consider the maxi your holiday style solution. It’s perfect for the poolside, walks along the beach and does evening elegance to boot. Milly Leah maxi dress, £402 £201, available at my-wardrobe. The wear-it-all-ways skirt Ah, the holiday hero piece! A floaty skirt with an elastic waist is about as versatile as it gets. Wear it as a floor-skimming maxi skirt in the day, tuck the hem into the waistband to make a mini for the beach, and pull it up into a bandeau dress for evening – it’s three savvy styles in one! Elizabeth & James black layered maxi skirt, £195 £117, available at my-wardrobe. The shorts From tailored city styles to denim cut-offs, shorts have become a new summer staple. […]

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Weekly round-up

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Find out what Nicola Roberts has been upto lately, how you can buy one of Lady Gaga’s Thierry Mugler catwalk outfits, and why Ralph Lauren has always wanted to be Batman… This summer, would you ever dare to step out of the house with no bra on? – Refinery29 Check out how you can buy Lady Gaga’s white Mugler dress as part of Gilt Groupe’s special three-day Gaga-themed sale to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation – The Cut Read how Nicola Roberts has teamed up with shoe designer Atalanta Weller for the cover of her debut solo single – Vogue UK Check out how Ralph Lauren used to want to be a basketball player, a dancer, a cowboy and even Batman himself – the Telegraph And finally, see the best of the quirkiest outfits from the Cannes film festival – SkyShowbiz

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Met Ball 2011: best dressed

We’ve just about recovered from the excitement of the Royal wedding with its vast array of stylish guests and, of course, Kate Middleton’s breathtakingly beautiful McQueen gown – but the weekend hit us with more star-studded events as the Met Costume Institute Gala landed in New York last night. The Met Ball brings the best of the fashion, film and music industry together for a night of fabulous fashion and exhibitions, and this year’s gala was hosted by none other than Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who honoured the late Alexander McQueen with an exhibition called Savage Beauty. Naturally, the prestigious event is harder to get into than Wonka’s chocolate factory, so we’ve cast our sartorial eye over the fashion elite who bagged a Golden Ticket and strutted their stylish stuff on the red carpet. Here’s our top 10 best dressed from last night’s Met Ball…   Ashley Green She may play a vampire in Twilight, but Ashley Green managed to look positively angelic in a custom Donna Karen strapless gown. The nude voluminous tulle was adorned with silver sequins that trailed into a wedding-like train. Teamed with a sleek up-do and touches of sparkle in her ears, clutch and cuff, she looked positively radiant. Jessica Alba Always one to look utterly fabulous on the red carpet, Jessica Alba didn’t disappoint at last night’s Met Ball dressed in a custom Ralph Lauren platinum strapless bustier gown covered in a sparkly crystal-encrusted overlay that highlighted her growing baby bump. Blake Lively Being the face of Chanel has been a dream come true for this Gossip Girl starlet, and last night she was joined by Mr Karl Lagerfield himself. Naturally, Blake opted for Chanel couture by means of a nude embellished dress covered by silver-lilac a chiffon sash to flaunt her fabulous figure too much. Beyoncé […]

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Top Stories this week: Kate Middleton’s McQueen Dress, Royal Wedding Guest Wardrobe, Angelina Jolie is the new face of Louis Vuitton and MORE!

Last Updated on 19th October 2013  First look: Kate Middleton’s McQueen wedding dress: The moment the whole world was waiting for was finally revealed on Friday this week: Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was indeed designed by the creative director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton. Speculation had been arising for quite some time, reaching a peak on Thursday night when Burton was seen entering the Goreing Hotel, where Kate and her wedding party were staying. See the blushing bride and read more here! Update: Royal wedding guest wardrobe: Apart from the frenzy surrounding whom Kate Middleton had appointed as her honourable dress designer, guests at the Royal wedding have been enjoying some much deserved limelight. The heavily pregnant and painfully stylish Victoria Beckham wore her own creation, whilst Samantha Cameron made a hatless appearance in Burberry. In case you missed it, see what the other guests wore here! Unknown French designer, Oliver Rousteing, to head up Balmain: Predominantly unknown designer Oliver Rousteing has been announced as creative director at Balmain. Rousteing spent five years at Roberto Cavalli before taking charge of the womenswear studio at Balmain in 2009, where he’ll now replace Christophe Decarnin as creative director. Read more here! Angelina Jolie is the new face of Louis Vuitton: American beauty Angelina Jolie has become the latest ambassador of luxury label Louis Vuitton. Reportedly signing a $10 million contract to seal the deal, Jolie will balance motherhood and her new jewellery line with posing before legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz for the label’s latest campaign. Read more here! Kate Hudson’s engaged to Muse frontman: Yes, another Kate is getting married – this time Ms Hudson, who’s just got engaged to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Sporting a $300,000 rock on her finger and a super cute bump thanks to her new fiance, Kate […]

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Victoria Beckham wears Victoria Beckham to royal wedding

Last Updated on 29th April 2011 As predicted, Victoria Beckham wore one of her own designs to the biggest event of the century, opting for a modified slash neck navy dress from her AW11 collection with a floating draped hem at the royal wedding today. Naturally, it skimmed her bump beautifully and looked super slick against her black Christian Louboutin Daffodil pumps and Philip Treacy hat, placed expertly in the centre of her forehead with twig-like twizzles. Of course, she had a better accessory than most – David Beckham – who looked suitably dapper in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label bespoke suit with black crocodile braces and a top hat. Very suave, though apparently he wore his OBE medal on the wrong lapel. You can’t win them all, eh?

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New York Fashion Week: who’s on when

Last Updated on 11th February 2011 Kicking off yesterday was New York Fashion Week and its week-long procession of fashion, clothes, catwalks and famous faces galore. So to keep things simple among the chaos, we’ve rounded up the hotly-anticipated schedule in easy-to-read chunks so you know who’s on when. How sweet are we?

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Up to 25% off in House of Fraser’s two-day brand event!

Last Updated on 5th June 2016 Get looking at those watches girls, because as of 5pm this evening, House of Fraser is launching its tasty two-day brand event, with up to 25% off thousands of pieces! With endless brands slashing their prices, including Ralph Lauren, Diesel and DKNY, now’s your perfect opportunity to grab a designer bargain in time for the new season – but you’d best be quick, the two-day sale extravaganza is only on until Friday. Click here to shop the sale! House of Fraser‘s two-day brand event starts online this evening at 5pm and in stores from tomorrow morning, and will end at midnight on Friday, 1st October.

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Net-a-Porter to launch menswear site

Last Updated on 10th June 2010 He knows all of the best designers on first name terms, he’s available 24 hours a day, and to top it off he has impeccable taste and style: the perfect man? Almost – get ready for the arrival of Mr Porter, yes prepare yourselves for the brand new brother-site to the enormously successful Net-a-Porter. After ten years of making the very best in fashion available at the click of a well manicured fingernail, the global online shopping destination is set to bring its unbeatable shopping experience to the well manicured nails of the male sex. Speaking about the launch, founder of the site Natalie Massenet (pictured above) says, “We look forward to welcoming a new group of super stylish men who join us to shop for themselves with the same level of service, dedication and commitment that women have had for the last decade.” With an offer like that how could we possibly refuse? Promising the best in men’s style from global brands to niche specialist brands Mr Porter will provide the ultimate online shopping experience together with original editorial and style advice. Amongst the launch partners Mr Porter can boast of are Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, YSL, Margiela, Balmain, Dunhill, Margaret Howell, Rick Owens, John Lobb and MR by the designer Roland Mouret. With same day delivery available in London and Manhattan why would there ever be any need to leave the office again? With baited breath we await your arrival Mr Porter, and wonder how we survived without you until now… Mr Porter is set to launch in January in time for SS11 collections.

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