Monthly Archives: February 2010

Laughing Boy

This looks like a fun new evening out, we will definitely be swinging by after the office.

For guestlist get email names to ashleigh_azariah@hotmail.co.uk

This Week in New York

Fashion Week may be over but the shows are still going on as Zac Posen launched his new line, Z Spoke at Saks Fifth Avenue Wednesday evening here in New York. Plenty of guests, including actress Rose Byrne, sipped champagne, mingled and admired Posen’s latest ideas falling under his Z Spoke collection. With affordable prices and casual, yet sophisticated day dresses, blazers and bright colors, it’s that perfect New Yorker look we’ve been waiting for.

Before calling it a night, I had to let myself live a little and headed downtown to Gallery Bar to check out the more free spirited, artistic side of fashion at a fundraiser for Eco Art Space. And this truly was fashion as art at its finest. Who needs clothes when you can have paint? Crazy party-goers and artists collaborated on a huge live exhibition, using bodies as canvases. Although I didn’t make it to the end of the evening, I wonder if the body paint trend caught on as people ventured to the streets. Who knows, perhaps next season designers will drop the fabric and pick up a paint brush.

Lily Allen’s Vintage

Every girl loves a bit of vintage and Lily Allen is no exception. As we have heard time and time again, she has decided to say so long, farewell to music and is turning her attention to fashion.

She has teamed up with her sister to launch their new shop ‘Lucy in Disguise’, which will stock vintage clothing. There’s a part of me that can’t wait to see it and another part of me that can see an atomic bomb landing on poor Lily’s dreams, cruel but true for a lot of celebs who dared to go retail. Remember NPG? Well me nether and not just because it opened in 1994 and I was only 9 but because it was a doomed venture by Prince who thought that he could sell everything including £2,000 guitars but alas it wasn’t meant to be and it closed down after 2 years.

Lily does have some mighty stiff competition; there are a lot of good vintage shops out there like Beyond Retro, Rokit or the 2008 award winning Absolute Vintage. Loyal customers may stray to check it out but if Lily doesn’t cut the mustard then they’ll take their vintage Chanel purse elsewhere.

She will be making her fashion debut at the new Vintage at Goodwood festival this summer. The 3 day festival mixes music with fashion and is the brain child of fashion designers Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway. This festival promises to be more glamourous than the likes of Glastonbury which is in their words ‘just about getting mucky’. The location is nestled in a secluded valley overlooking the Sussex coast, so instead of cheap beers and wine in a box it seems like the guests will be sipping Champaign.

Tickets are on sale right now so go to www.vintageatgoodwood.com to make sure you don’t miss out.

LFW: Hermione de Paula

Hermione de Paula showcased her collection at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Monday afternoon. Hermione is their merit award winner, having graduated from Central St Martin’s with a first class honours degree in fashion and print, she gained experience working for Galliano, McQueen and Dior before proceeding to develop her own collection. Her designs incorporate hand painted materials tailored to create luxury ready-to-wear pieces. Monday’s show was filled with futuristic wigs and sharp outlines, creating something visually spectacular, we can certainly see how Hermione landed herself the coveted merit award and we predict great things for her fashion future!

Fashion for Relief at LFW

After a successful charity catwalk based in New York Naomi crossed the pond to our neck of the woods and held a Fashion for Relief catwalk show right here in London during fashion week.

Many celebs stomped the catwalk in aid of the victims of the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year. The funds raised go towards the desperate women, babies and young children who have been left homeless, medically untreated and in need of a helping hand.

Vivienne Westwood joined forces with Naomi and created a t-shirt, which highlights the horrific statistics that the country is left in.

There was music from the heavenly voice of Beverly Knight and other musicians such as Alexandra Burke, former Spice Girl Geri Haliwell and Nicola Roberts from girl band Girls Aloud walked down the catwalk in stunning dresses but none so stunning as the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey who was shining from head to toe.

The heavily pregnant Denise Van Outen was applauded as she went down the catwalk in a Jasmine di Milo gown, which made her look like an angel in flight.

Naomi has done great work in raising awareness on this issue that will take years to put right and she has a lot to say on the matter.

“I am deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Haiti. So many have been killed and severely affected by the earthquake – women and children in particular are most vulnerable in disasters,” the Daily Star quoted her as saying.

“Fashion is universal, personal and touches everyone,” she said.

The model is also teaming up with bosses of luxury carmaker Lotus, who have designed eight special edition vehicles named Naomi for Haiti.

Fashion for Relief has teamed up with Net-A-Porter, to host exclusive sales of the designer clothes modelled on the catwalk. The clothes will be available for purchase from 15th March on www.net-a-porter.com.

Vivienne Westwood has designed a limited edition T-shirt for Fashion for Relief, which will be sold exclusively at www.viviennewestwood.com and in the Vivienne Westwood Conduit Street and World’s End stores.

LFW: Osman

Yesterday morning the fashion glitterati flocked to Somerset House to see Osman’s collection go down the runway. Speaking on the inspiration for his collection Osman said “I am intrigued by how powerful female figures in different cultures and different periods, often use dress as a means of revealing or underlining their strength and presence.” And his clothes certainly mirrored this, strong and gorgeous the bright colours mixed with dark shades and beautiful tailoring felt empowered, and on the subject of important female figures, we spotted Sarah Brown on the front row. We wonder if she got the level of fashion envy from the jewel encrusted wedges and sparkling cropped jumpers as we did?

LFW: Horace – Esprit de Corps

Designers Adam Entwistle and Emma Hales of Horace sent an incredible ready to wear AW 10/11 collection ‘esprit de corps’ down the runway at The Vauxhall Fashion Scout today. The term “esprit de corps” originates from French idiom, “a body of creative people who are strong in spirit and conviction”. This phrase embodies the spirit captured by the collection – one of graceful silhouettes combined with sharp tailoring and a sinister edge. The eye catching pink dip dyed hair and alarming make up resulted in it being impossible to take your eyes off the models as they strutted down the catwalk in acute black and grey tailoring with flashes of rich lava tones. The duo are well known for their love affair with leather and we got some serious dress envy from the tailored cashmere wool dresses with structured leather panneling.