Thursday, 30 September 2010

Cheryl’s Promised Collection

The eve of yesterday saw the launch of Cheryl Cole’s joint venture with de GRISOGONO’s Creative Jeweller, Fawaz Gruosi to create a beautiful capsule ring collection. This is also Cheryl’s first public appearance since her bout of malaria. The cocktails followed by dinner were held at the exclusive Nobu restaurant at London’s Metropolitan Hotel. Bar The Wolseley, I have now dined at the majority of London’s finest restaurants and still class Sketch as one of my favourites, mainly because of the mash potato and the egg shaped toilets. Yes, I am a little bit sad. Champagne and fish canapés flowed through the small bar area pre-Cheryl’s arrival. As soon as the tiny starlet entered the room the flashes from paps went in to overdrive and a part-blinded Belle was pushed out of the way. Bit rude. Moving back into a prime position I photographed Cheryl. She is seriously slim, very tanned with long thick hair and seems to have a glow that beams from her. Jealous. I want one. A number of complexes kick in. Was unable to get any words with her, but I count that as probably a good thing for my ego. Other celeb spots included Kelly Hoppen, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Sir Philip Green.
Together Cole and Gruosi whip off the silver cloth covering a glass box that contains one of Cheryl’s new rings. The audience reaction fails so they do it again. As Cheryl requests us all to shout ‘wow’ when the cloth comes off we oblige. The ring is designed to be worn on your little finger and combines rose gold and blackened silver colouring. The word ‘Promise’ is cut into the ring, a reminder of, Cheryl’s solo work. I have to say they are very cute. Rings are available at de GRISOGONO boutiques and online at

Monday, 27 September 2010

London Fashion Week S/S 11 - Tophop Unique

As a lover of Topshop, imagine my delight for the Unique S/S 2011 collection. A romantic, dramatic, slightly medieval inspired range with a unique and modern twist. Bold and rich colouring, hyper-real photographic prints brought key pieces and trends to life. Think reds, tans, ambers and oranges. A welcome change from the bright colours that are dominating next season. Don’t get me wrong I love the brights, but I also love change. Themes running through the collection; glam rock, disco glamour, showgirl. Asymmetric sleeves, wide-leg trousers and long sweeping hemlines make the collection stand out but I can still see a glimmer of original Topshop style. BEAUtiful big hair, dark lips and fabulous wedges. I have found one of my top ten favourite pieces from LFW 2011 and I am completely infatuated:
Other great pieces include the following. Please note the wedges. Love them.

The Week Of Fashion - London S/S 11

So London Fashion Week went pretty quick. I am not one to live the quiet life but I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes. Last weekend was so busy, I forgot to sleep. HoH party was brilliant as was my little trip (literally) around Somerset House several times. P.S Heart the MAC touch up tent but sadly missed my appointment. Thank you fashion show on other side of London. Sunday night, NYNY party. Good times at Maddox. Week days were taken up by work hours with other media job.
Monday night served up an impromptu gig. Fell in love with fit, indie band boy with cool hat. Yes Simon from The Inbetweeners, they are cool. New band on scene sounded like Biffy Clyro but a bit heavier, not really my scene but very good stage presence. Prefer Mumford & Sons or Band of Skulls. Counting down the days to Band of Skulls gig on 7/10. Tuesday played host to many fashion parties and launches. Campbell celebrated her 25 years of modelling with Dolce and Gabbana. Fashion geniuses. Still yet to find an event worthy of Dolce LBD. Longchamp hosted a party with Miss Moss, new bag collection is lush. I pick the Neo Patch - Gloucester bag for my new arm candy. Kate is still as beautiful as ever, I am jealous and begin to feel skinny jeans, tee with braces and ankle boots were definitely not dressy enough for tonight. David Gandy is also equally as beautiful. Il Bottaccio hosted the Art of Being by Elizabeth Emanuel. Some pretty LBDs, and The Hilton launched a new restaurant, minako at the met. By Wednesday the W Hotel James Small menswear party was too much but very nice hotel. Drank quite alot this week, need to plan detox. Note it’s Monday and I am yet to detox. Thursday equals friend time. R, A and I spent some quality time reminiscing about Ibiza. Withdrawal symptoms have well and truly kicked in. The Specials closing Ibiza Rocks was a highlight. Being bundled outside the hotel - low point. After several glasses of wine and picture session I have decided posing for bikini shots on the beach was a bad idea, will not make that mistake again. Friday night in. Blog writing time, rounding up favourite collections of the season and 8 out of 10 cats. Shaun Lock is hilarious. Internet broke down on me so I retire to bed for an early night. Book hair appointment for Saturday morning that I shamelessly missed. Sleep deprivation blamed. Lunch with the fam and celebration for M and V’s B'days. I wear new Hennes bronze dress that is so tight I fail to breath and favourite KG ankle boots that decide they hate to walk. Meet new boy. He has been in the country for a day after moving from Oz. I sort of fall in love. Again. NTS – Definitely start detox.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

London Fashion Week S/S 11 - Henry's House Party

T’was the most exciting five days of the year for the fashion industry from Friday. Well I say the most exciting, but equally the most stressful. Hundreds of heel clad journos running around the cobbled grounds of Somerset House, trying not to fall over (yes I tripped once, maybe twice). Travelling from Somerset House via taxi to another venue for another show, to another venue to for a party. As exciting as it is, it was also unbelievably stressful.

So on Saturday I Nipped from Somerset House to the Henry Holland pub by Selfridges for the digital BlackBerry Torch screening of the House of Holland show, followed by a brief q & a with the man himself. Tried desperately hard not to go into Selfridges. Tried and failed. Heart the new shoe studio btw. Technology today led to a collaboration between the BlackBerry Touch 9800 and HoH, the Torch provides a new innovative way of Henry to connect with his audience. I have just about mastered text, email and call through my trusty BB.
Show for HoH was gorgeous, and bright. Question time gave us journos the opportunity to learn more about the inspirations, the colours, the team behind HoH, mobile phone apps and the materials. The colour palette started with green, the main colour of the collection inspired by the banana leaf print that adorned some of the key pieces. Strange but cool, this print can be found on the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Henry specifically made a Friends reference in relation to the banana leaf print. It can be seen on the walls of the hotel in the one with Monica’s big hair in “Barbados”. It was actually filmed in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Amazing, I now adore him even more. Amongst Henry’s jokes and charm I get the the south beach, Miami inspiration. Brilliant. As I said in previous blog, bring back the brights. Not only is the collection vibrant, it is also sophisticated, a conscious change for Henry as the girls (target audience) he designs for are growing up. I quote ‘Our girl goes to more cocktail parties than squat parties’.

Several Peroni’s and a quick trip to H&M later, its back in a taxi to East London - 93 Feet East, Brick Lane for the HoH after party. Brick Lane always reminds me of the streets of Bangkok, and for a moment fond travelling memories are brought back to me. This was quickly ruined by a boy vomiting dangerously close to my shoe. Nice. The party was set in a private part of 93 Feet East, kind of like a house with one toilet and a bar. Made our way through to the roof terrace, oh how I miss the Plunge Bar in New York with it’s view of the Hudson. This is definitely one of the significant few bars with Meat Packing District style. Amongst the arty party several celeb spots were apparent, Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof and Nick Grimshaw. This is the cool crowd. Endless amounts of g&t and beer served and several attempts to perfect the nonchalant model shots on the Blackberry instant print picture parlour, I am ready to pass out. Home to laptop, oops, I have booked a flight to New York in November.

Check out Henry's new bespoke blog:

London Fashion Week S/S 11 - Picture ‘Pencil Paparazzi’ Perfect

Friday: first day of fashion week. Amongst the shows I head to the Swarovski Crystallized store for a quick preview of Blue Logan: Pencil Paparazzi. This is Blue Logan’s first UK solo exhibition. Not to be missed. Capturing the world of fashion using scenes from shows and events, Blue Logan pencils looks from celebs, journos and designers alike. Collectively the exhibition is a who's who of the fashion world.

Champagne bar, canapés and a celeb spot in the name of Zandra Rhodes. Goddess of fashion. Great start to fashion week.
Some of my favourites:

Friday, 17 September 2010

London Fashion Week S/S 11 - So Fearne

Last night was Fearne Cotton's fashion show for This was Fearne's fourth instalment for the range and certainly reflected her personal sense of style.
Entered Victoria House at Bloomsbury Square to be hit with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's 'Heads Will Roll'. Seriously good music people. Cocktails, wine and beer were flowing through the pre-show party, as were the celeb journos hungry for some gossip from guest celebs, Alesha Dixon, Reggie Yates, Craig David and Fearne Cotton herself. Fearne looked lovely in one of the dresses from her collection complemented by beige sky high suede ankle boots. Jealous. I wore ballet flats again, dressed head to toe in Toppers. When will I learn? Arrived into runway room and fought for second row seat near the front. Secretly wanted to jump on runway and strut myself like a model. Chose not to position myself behind Alesha Dixon due to crazy paps and there camera happy hands. Last accidental pap shot gave me a horrific chin, thus I steer clear of standing with celebs. I sat a few people down giving me a great view for my own camera happy hands. The catwalk kicked off with standard BBC Radio One play list music and then came Band of Skulls 'I Know What I Am' and David Bowie 'Gene Genie'. Love it. Each look conveyed Fearne Cotton's rock chic, vintage inspired style. Each model wore a funky head bow band and socks with shoes. Favourite’s pieces included the black jumpsuit, blue angelic blouse, white bauble shorts and white tea dress with floral hem.

Fearne took to the stage to give a speech at the end of the show. Love her for joking about being a ‘plus size model’. We all know this is definitely not true, on meeting her I was immediately in adoration of her amazing figure and shiny hair.

Fearne said ‘Its been so wonderful working with Very, yet again on this fourth collection. I really feel like this is my favourite one.’ It is mine too and I also love internet shopping from my bed.

Note to self – Get a new hair dresser. Purchase some socks to go with ankle shoe boots. Swoon. Buy Very black jumpsuit.

A Dazzling Debut

Wednesday night saw the opening of Swarovski's brand new ' Crystal Forest' flagship store on Oxford Street, London. The store lived up to the ‘Crystal Forest’ concept displaying a huge, stunning crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, a crystal encrusted sofa in the centre of the room and beautiful crystal jewellery on display around the store. I literally lusted for everything.
The launch was a great success, Coco Sumner was on the decks for the first half of the evening spinning tunes from the likes of Kings of Leon and Placebo. The latter part of the evening showcased Sophie Ellis-Bextor's DJ skills accompanied by husband, Richard Jones (The Feeling) spinning tunes from MGMT to Empire of the Sun. Amazing music.

Laurent Perrier flowed through the evening with a gorgeous mix of canapés. My favourite: the lobster and caviar, other favourites included honey roasted beef with soy sauce, and beetroot with foie gras.
Celebrity spots included Laura Whitmore, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Nadja Swarovski and Swarovski Creative Director Nathalie Colin. FYI, Coco Sumner is the sweetest girl and has an incredible sense of style. She donned red shorts, blouse, brogues and blazer. I wore jeans and smart top. Fail. Coco certainly had the style of the night.

Trend of the night - Super sky high wedges. Although I still feel my cheap chic H&M shoe boots rocked.

The Swarovski flagship store can be found at 321 Oxford Street, London, W1.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Thank Vogue For Fashion's Night Out

T’was Vogue Fashion’s Night out last night and excitement was brewing. Bond Street was full to the brim with people who live and breathe fashion. Lots of tall people, models and celebs. I wore my beloved KG red patent ballet pumps and M (my companion for the evening) wore beautiful caged black stilettos. Massive mistake on my part as I felt like a child. Note To Self: ALWAYS wear heels even if the ones you bring are brand new, suede, unprotected by spray and it is raining. Last year there were some fairly obvious trends on each fashionista, such as the top of head bun and sky high heeled ankle boots. This year it was quite a mix.
I hotfooted it to Anthropologie (guilty pleasure of mine) to have a very quick look at what was happening to be greeted with a glass of bubbles and one of my fav songs blasting from the DJ stand situated between ground and first, Gold Lion by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Amazing. Did not want to leave, but the evening must go on. Hit New Bond Street to see a huge queue of ladies outside Chanel. Damn. Proceeded to Burberry where I spent most of the evening. If I am honest, I am bias. I love Burberry. Burberry coats are amazing. The trench to the Aviator. Simple and stylish. Combined with fantastic courgette wrapped cottage cheese and tomato and fish pie canapés, flowing champagne, DJ booth playing nothing but indie music (Pogues/Kaiser Chiefs) and a performance by One Night Only. Burberry won my devotions last night.
I managed to have a quick chat with the man behind contemporary Burberry, Christopher Bailey, and Burberry model/band boy George Craig. I would say it was quite a success. FYI - Christopher Bailey is an attractive, effortlessly stylish and completely nonchalant man. I chose the topic of music for my one-on-one and One Night Only was the subject. Christopher spoke about the evening, his friendship with George, his love of the band and their Northern heritage. He then informed me of One Night Only's planned entrance – playing an acoustic song with his guitar walking down Bond Street before entering the store and heading upstairs to play a small set. Good stunt. I spoke with George later that evening and he really enjoyed playing to the crowd. George – The audience loved it too. Quick step to Matthew Williamson to see the Moroccan themed party. Sadly I did not meet Matthew. I did however meet with Jameela Jamil. A well known T4 presenter with a fab sense of style, gorgeous hair and a great sense of humour. Fashion was the main discussion on the agenda, which colour would she have liked to have seen more of this season? Answer: orange. Great answer, a girl of my own heart. Let’s keep the summer alive. Nude is lovely but it is just not orange or my fav - red.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Beauty: New Make-Up, A New You

So yesterday I popped over to the lovely Sanctum Hotel in Soho to welcome the anticipated launch of a new high street make-up collection, which has the bonus of being cheaper than MAC and Benefit but is just as fabulous. Amongst a range of stores such as Toppers, Accessorize have jumped on the make-up bandwagon and are launching their own collection, available in store at the end of this month. With five collections, Je'Taime, Rock Star, With Love, Exotic Brights and Illusion there is every colour to meet ones mood and needs. My favourite collection is Exotic Brights. This may be inspired by my pending holibob in Ibiza this weekend, but the bright colours make me feel like the cold winter winds are still far, far away. I was treated to a manicure and I can honestly say I love the Hot Pink Nail Varnish and it is just £4.
Other hot picks include the Illusion Merged Baked Eye Shadows, priced at £4.50. Colours include Gun Metal, Pink Planet, Seashell and Moon Dust amongst others. Moon Dust provides a very delicate shimmer. And the Je'Taime Eye Shadow Pallet, priced at £8 includes all four colours to perfect sex kitten, smokey eyes. Puuuuuuurfect. Next stop on my agenda; Vogue Fashion's Night Out with hot pink nails and smokey eyes. Feel strange sense of paranoia. What do I wear???
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