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Natalie Massenet x BoF

FashAddict is over-estatic to announce that we will be attending Business of Fashion’s Natalie Massenet talk this week, held at Net-a-Porter’s Westfield offices.  Hosted by Imran Ahmed, founder and editor of BoF, the talk will allow the audience to ask Massenet questions about her life, career and her meteoric rise to success and wealth.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Massenet sold her stake in the online retail site for an estimated £350 million to the wiss luxury group, Richemont SA. Besides from the talk, we can’t wait for the amazing cityscape views from Net-a-Porter’s head offices.

See you soon Natalie!!

Photos: Drapers, BoF, Wiki Commons

Text: Osman Ahmed


FashAddict’s obsession with Lady GaGa’s Birkins

Lady GaGa has yet again surprised fashionistas across the globe with another defaced Hermes Birkin bag. After scribbling all over her white leather bag with artist Terrence Koh, Gaga was photographed at London’s Heathrow airport with a black leather version covered in spikes and studs. As well as the bag, GaGa wore leather skinny fitted trousers and platform heels, awaiting to board a transatlantic flight to New York on a hot summer’s day.

We can only wonder what eccentric designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who is leaving Hermes, would think of GaGa’s customisation, after all GaGa notably takes inspiration from his costume designs for a young Madonna. As for FashAddict, we can’t wait for what time will bring, maybe even a faux-blood covered Birkin a la GaGa’s VMA performance?

Photos: Matrix Photos, GagaDaily.

Isabella Blow Auction

Over 90 Alexander McQueen outfits, 50 Philip Treacy hats and shoes by Manolo Blahnik belonging to the late fashion icon Isabella Blow are to be auctioned by Christie’s in September this year. The Tatler fashion editor committed suicide in late 2007 and was immortalised for her flamboyant millinery and her eye for discovering Alexander McQueen and Sophie Dahl.

“What we have is unique — it shows that McQueen really deserves his place in fashion history and that Isabella was there before anyone else, she saw what was good so far ahead of the game,” said Patricia Frost, director of fashion and textiles at Christie’s in London.

The auction will be held by the auction house in London, South Kensington, on 15 September 2010 at 10:30

Blake on the Beach

22-year-old Blake Lively, aka Serena van der Woodsen, sports the wet look on the June edition of American Vogue, photographed by the notable Mario Testino. The blonde actress, whose enviable locks are soaked on the cover, has a rather unexpected accessory throughout the shoot, a surfboard. But not to worry, the assisting article, written by Hamish Bowles (European editor-at-large) focuses on his and Blake’s adventures into learning how to surf.

Although she may seem surprisingly young to be a Vogue cover star, this isn’t the first time. A 21-year-old miss Lively graced the February 2009 issue looking more old school Hollywood glamour than California beach babe. Either way she looks amazing on both og the covers.

Both covers look very Vogue-y in that high budget kind of way, a far cry from the Rolling Stones cover featuring Leighton Meester and Blake photographed by the infamous Terry Richardson.

Photos: Vogue, Rolling Stones

Mary’s Living & Giving shop for Save the Children

Fashion retail legend, Mary Portas has teamed up with Grazia magazine to launch a new permanent discounted designer boutique in aid of ‘Save The Children’. Mary’s Living & Giving shop for Save the Children will launch on 22 May in Westfield shopping centre.

A computer generated image of what the shop will look like.

The star-studded line up of brands donating items include Mulberry, Future Classics, Agent Provocateur, Issa, Temperley, Liberty, Diesel and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Antonio Berardi blue dress, Christian Louboutin studded sneakers, Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag and Charlotte Olympia platform heels.

Also up for grabs is a mouth-watering pair of Louboutin studded sneakers for £190 and a beautiful Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag, sported by none other than Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo.

For more information visit

Photos courtesy of Grazia

Chanel Cruise in St. Tropez: More Nudes and Pastels!

As usual, Chanel’s cruise fashion show was as spectacular as the last one, the event took place in the sunny St. Tropez, where the models arrived by boat and worked the runway bare foot (with many ankle bracelets) and in flats, kitten heels and moccasins, as for the male models (there was two of them, Baptiste naturally being one of them), they worked the runway in flip-flops, Chanel flip-flops!

The clothes were made of pastel floral prints and nude and brown hues and hair and make-up was bohemian-ly tussled.  Maxi-dresses and bikinis were very prominent, making  up most of the collection. Bianca Jagger assisted a male model on a motorbike to end the show, however disaster struck and the bike broke down, making for an awkward scene, one of which was later forgotten by the sight of designer extraordinaire, Karl Largerfeld in a purple outfit.

Of course, a fashion show would not be a fashion show without a star-studded audience. American Vogue editor-at-large, Andre Leon Talley attracted a swarm of paparazzi when he turned up in a green cape, which horribly clashed with the red decor. Seriously Andre, it’s Chanel not Christmas.

Simple and Sweet: The new season’s must-have bags

After seasons of flashy, over-calculated, large ‘it’ bags it comes as no surprise that this season has produced an influx of simple and ‘classic’ designs. The trend sent down the catwalk by Phoebe Philo at Céline, where models were dressed in understated nude garments with simple accessories, a far cry from the flashy reptile ‘bling-bags’ sported by WAGs.

Hermes’ coveted ‘Constance’ bag, which was re-released this year.

Of course throughout the course of fashion history toned down bags have been omnipresent, for example Hermes’ ‘Constance’ bag, a small across-the-body bag with a simple ‘H’ buckle and of course the coveted Kelly bag, of which the original is currently at the V&A in the exhibition Grace Kelly: Style Icon.

We’ve put together a collection of this season’s finest understated bags:

Céline ‘Classic’ bag,  £2,200, Dover Street Market

Patent leather white bag, £59, Ted Baker

Navy leather saddle bag, £95, Banana Republic

‘Tracey’ PVC bag, £25, John Lewis

Lizard-effect shoulder bag, £475, Fendi