La Moss' Farewell Collection for Topshop

So next month sees the 14th and final collection from Kate Moss for Topshop. I am in mourning. When the first collection launched in 2007 many items sold out within minutes, both online and in store. I wonder who will be next to snap up a clothing line with La Moss?

Presenting a capsule collection of 70's inspired pieces the final collection ends on a high note. Think Kate Moss' signature style a la rock chick, bohemian-esque. Fantastic floral tea dresses, feminine chunky knits, rock chick little black numbers and delicate sequin and bead decorated chiffons. The gorgeous underwear line remains girly and flirtatious.

In celebration of the final collection, the collaboration presents Kate Iconic, which re-introduces previous key sell-out pieces since the launch, including the pansy print dress and black dobby one shoulder dress. This collection of clothes also launches with a series of statement cocktail rings, and delicate star and heart gold necklaces.

The collection will be on sale 2nd November 2010, La Moss will once again, appear in the window of the Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street, London.

Here's a sneak peak of what's to look forward to! I heart the floral tea dress.

Tea & Cake with Alexa

In celebration of the new fragrance by Lacoste; Joy of Pink, Alexa Chung the face of the fragrance hosted a tea party at Paramount members club.

I heart Paramount and having enjoyed the views at moonlight several times and I have to say that they are even better in sunlight. I say sunlight, but this is England, so it was dreary, but still spectacular. I spotted Primrose Hill, Regents Park and Hyde Park and felt very much like I was back in New York enjoying the views from the Empire State. Moving back to the party, pink was the theme. Rose champagne decorated the bar and 50ml pink bottles of the Lacoste Joy of Pink fragrance scattered around the room of the top floor at Centre Point, London. Spotted another instant print photo booth. Brilliant.
The top floor was split in two, the bar side hosted a champagne reception, while the other half of the floor hosted afternoon tea. Tables sat beautifully in the space topped with gorgeous pink floral odd china, pink flowers and the Lacoste Joy of Pink fragrance. Mini goodie bags adorned the chairs, carrying the new fragrance, a cute iced biscuit with a picture of the new fragrance printed on it and some Lacoste charms, perfect for a bracelet.
We were introduced to the fragrance by the people at Lacoste who described the finer details and demonstrated the collaboration of smells with a number of scent sticks sent around the room. A mixture of citrus and vanilla create a flirty, girly scent.
T4’s Rick Edwards was welcomed to the stage to present a mini Q&A session with Alexa and a preview of the Joy of Pink trailer. Beginning the conversation was the topic of location for the trailer, which was shot in Argentina. Alexa and Rick joked about the country being famous for its steak and Alexa being a vegan. The sarcastic humour between Rick and Alexa made this Q&A highly enjoyable. They continued on to discussing the fact that Alexa was notably not in the driving seat of the car in the advert. Alexa joked about how she had not yet passed her driving test which she felt was quite sad as she is nearly 27. I feel her pain; I have yet to pass mine. Easing into the discussion of the fragrance and why Alexa was drawn to it, she expressed her feelings towards the scent by saying its lovely, citrusy and fresh and joked about dosing herself in perfume all day, even at 3am. When asked about whether she liked pink, Alexa said it use to be an unlucky colour, reciting an embarrassing anecdote involving her falling down stairs at school in front of “the fit year 11’s” but it certainly is not now.

A little was said about friendship, the fact that she loves to bowl, go to the pub and watch X Factor and then we reach the questions about style. As a celebrated style icon, Alexa spoke about how she only really embraced fashion when she became a model. Pre-modelling days Alexa lived in cowboy boots and denim skirts, now she can be seen in the front row of every fashion show, mixing designer and vintage clothing; perfecting the word style. Alexa expressed her style to be cool as apposed to geek chic, a label she has often been stamped with. As for style tips from Alexa, “wear a coat because it’s cold” and “invest in one expensive piece that will last rather than twenty things from a normal shop”. Beauty tip wise, Alexa advocates how important it is to get lots of sleep, moisturize and that 60’s make-up is her style. A flick of black eyeliner on top of your lids and you are ready to go.

The Q&A comes to an end and we all sit down to tea, delectable finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, macaroons and cupcakes. Alexa looked gorgeous in a cream blouse, black leather shorts, black tights and amazing black lace up ankle boots. After a lovely afternoon, I thought nothing better of a night with my friends at the pub and then a weekend of moisturizing and hunting down a pair of lace up ankle boots of my own.

Lulu & Co Launches at Harvey Nichols

The fashion pack including, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic, Henry Holland, Pixie Geldof, Laura Bohinc, Ben Grimes, Markus Lupher and Poppy Delevigne to name a few, were out in force last week at the fifth floor cafe at Harvey Nichols to celebrate the launch of Lulu & Co. September marked the 10th anniversary of Fashion East, the project that launched some of the fashion industries hottest designers; Jonathan Saunders and Gareth Pugh anyone? In celebration of the 10th anniversary, founder Kennedy has embarked on a fabulous new adventure, enter Lulu & Co. The Lulu & Co party saw the launch of ten dresses each designed by former Fashion East designers, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Louise Gray and House of Holland and then showcased on the designer’s muse. An outstanding collection of fabulous numbers from London's most talented. Shiny disco balls, palm trees and gold streamers acted as decor while Henry Holland hit the decks spinning upbeat commercial dance records. The Bistrotaco provided food for the evening including chorizo and potato quesadilla, cheddar and mushroom quesadilla and chicken and guacamole. Delicious. On my exit I spent spent five floors worth of lift time with Poppy Delevigne. She looked beautiful, she was sweet and her dress and shoes were amazing. I am jealous.
The highly anticipated collection is sold exclusively at Harvey Nichols in London.

Jimmy Choo & Ugg Australia Collaborate

Selfridges Shoe Galleries held an exclusive launch party for the new collection between Ugg Australia and Jimmy Choo last week. I, as I am sure most welcome yet another high street and designer collaboration; H&M and Karl Lagerfeld and Topshop and Christopher Kane were amazing, and the highly anticipated new collection coming from H&M and Lanvin just excites me.

For this partnership Jimmy Choo and Ugg Australia launch a collection of five embellished Ugg boots. Quite an unlikely duo, one would have thought judging by many of Jimmy Choo’s delicate designs, but think studs, tassels, stars and bullet holes sprayed across the comfy signature Ugg Australia boot. It works …

Umberto Giannini Showcases on the Catwalk

Last Wednesday saw the first high street hair brand showcase its hair products, creating some fabulously messy and big hairdos on a catwalk. Amber Le Bon, the face/hair of the hair brand leads.
Home House members club in London is the venue. Canapés that range from goats cheese topped mini pancakes to sushi, and champagne flows through the waiting area pre-catwalk. After an hour of suspense we make our way through to the catwalk. Three rows of chairs on either side of the room are set up with a standing area behind.
Amber Le Bon strides down the catwalk with the first hair style, a giant beehive with the bottom layer of hair straight and long. Armed with rock’n’roll hair spray and back comb gifted in the goody bag I try to re-create the look. It does not look as good on me, or as big. Probably a good thing as I don’t like to draw the eye. Second look is an over sized, under curled bob, the bright blonde looks fabulous. A spiral curl, mussed up-do excites me. I want it. Several perms that flow with volume and a red head balancing a hammer style do sashays up and down the catwalk. Closing looks include Rapunzel-like straight hair and Amber Le Bon on the last walk. It is safe to say Umberto Giannini worked many, many hair styles, all of which wowed and inspired. I will continue to work on my bouffant, thank you Giannini for tips and goodies.

DKNY Holiday/Resort 2010

DKNY on Old Bond Street, London had a fabulous interior make over last week, changing the previous clothing collection to the glitzy and glamorous new DKNY Holiday/Resort 2010 collection. On the morning of the preview I was welcomed by tea and delectable pastries at the DNKY bar. Delicious. DKNY always host a lovely gathering whether it is a party or a preview. Just two weeks ago I was here for the champagne launch of the Women for Women International, Art Attack online auction. The store exhibited several pieces of the art work which is are still available to bid on until this Thursday, 28th October online at Women for Women.Think sequined party outfits, colour blocking and luxe classics. The front of the store is lined with glamorous dresses, skirts and tops with sequin embellishments, layered with gorgeous scarves. A fabulous white sequin mini dress catches the eye. A perfect selection of clothing for the quintessential city girl, who celebrates with champagne at Christmas and wants to go out and have fun. Metallic florals are served on strapless cocktail dresses. Walking through to the back of the store you are welcomed to a table with an array of sequin tops, colour blocked through in shades of pink, blue, green and gold. Luxury cashmere wraps and knits. Heart the colour palette. Moving upstairs you are welcomed to leather-trim suiting, lurex pinstripes and tuxed tailoring. Black and grey takes a whole new edge. T-shirt dresses are layered with sheers or sprayed with crystals. DKNY men’s section is set out for the typical man who loves to look good but likes to get out quick. Outfits are pre-prepared and draped across the walls. Head to toe, including smart blazers, matched with jeans, shirt and jumper. Stylish garments with fabulous cuts. The DKNY Pure collection provides luxury knits and giant knit wraps that you can imagine draped over a silk camisole at home, sans trousers with long socks in front of a fire. Or perhaps outdoors with DKNY denim straight leg jeans, silk blouse and wool lined warm boots. As I wander I spot next years Glastonbury festival wellingtons. Bright yellow with city girl graphics. Festival chic. Whether you are off to the country, a chalet in Aspen or Bungalow 8, there is an outfit to suit your style in the collection.

Scent: Alexa Chung For Lacoste's Joy of Pink

October is bringing an array of fragrances to your dressing table, one of which is supported by the Chung herself. Fashion icon, model, TV presenter and muse, she has endured success in the UK and in New York and now Alexa is also the face of a gorgeous new fragrance by Lacoste; Joy of Pink. Jealous. Yes. There seems to be no end to Alexa’s charm and now we can all take home a bit of her style by stealing her scent.

Following on the heels of Lacoste’s successful fragrances Touch of Pink and Love of Pink comes a new scent inspired by the Curaçao cocktail. With citrus notes underpinned by a smooth musky base, there is a sense of delight and joy (see what I did there?) when wearing the fragrance. It reminds me of a night of cocktails with the girls’ ala Sex and the City. My mouth is watering. I need a cocktail. What will it remind you of ….? The Lacoste women's fragrance launches in stores nationwide today.

Scent: From Saville Row Comes Sartorial

Men’s fragrances tend to smell the same to me, but every so often one scent will come along to which I find so enduring that when I smell it I can often be seen wandering off after the man who is wearing it. Is that weird? No it's not. There is however something sexy about wearing your partners aftershave though, no?

Anyway, having an obsession with all things new, I came across the brand new fragrance for men from Penhaligon’s, a store that when you leave you smell like an angel. Combining two great traditions of British men’s tailoring (enter Saville Row) and British perfumery the fragrance stands to prove a new generation of men. On behalf of all women we hope that is true.

The Penhaligon’s scent is a contemporary interpretation of a classic Fougère, with traditional notes of oakmoss, tonka bean and lavender the fragrance is strong and sexy. Like a man should be. It was inspired by the scents of the workroom at Norton & Sons, a bespoke tailor on Saville Row.
The new fragrance launched last week and is available online at Penhaligons and in store. The 50ml Eau de Toilette, £50 and the 100ml Eau de Toilette, £70.
To celebrate the launch of the new gentlemen’s fragrance Penhaligon’s has collaborated with British art jewellery designer, Tatty Devine. Inspired by the classic gentleman the collection features jewellery with a signature moustache that come big and small made from wood, acrylic and enamelled metal.
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