We thought this little gift – a perfectly formed handbag hook – from Chanel was particularly prescient given the new political order.
Nine West served up a feast at the preview of their autumn/winter collection. A banquet of faux-fur booties, party shoes in sumptuous shades of loganberry and plum and military-inspired offerings were dished up (literally!) in the grand surroundings of Home House. Creative director Fred Allard talked us through the collection. We loved his brilliant low-cut black shearling boots and the bejewelled aubergine suede heels. It’s enough to make us wish for winter!
We have known Charlotte Dellal since she was a tiny and beautiful baby. She brought her first collection of shoes in to show us when she was still in college; now we proudly watch her as she prepares to open her first shop, Charlotte Olympia, on Maddox Street. But the highlight of her year has to be her wedding day at the end of this month. Her personal style remains as chic as ever, as seen in her wedding invitation. Designed by her friend Blue Logan, it is an illustration of Charlotte. We love her garter!
While everyone swelters in the 28-degree heat, such is the bizarre world of fashion, that in the Vogue office it is already autumn. Long rails line our corridors, filled with sumptuous woolly coats, fur-lined boots and giant knits, ready for our autumn fashion shoots...
We love this film, which shows Nepalese rug-makers working on hand-knotted rugs for The Rug Company. We're a soft touch when it comes to this kind of thing (couture studios peopled by old women in white coats, dimly lit jewellers' studios with hunched men looking into magnifying glasses), so we're adding these Nepalese rug-makers to our mental pantheon of hidden design heroes.
On June 18, a wealth of the world’s most celebrated designers will showcase stunning new dresses, which they have created specially for a charity fashion show taking place in Oxford. The event, put together by a group of enterprising Oxford University students, will feature many one-off pieces designed exclusively for the show, several of which will be auctioned afterwards. Fashion houses such as Chanel, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Marchesa and John Galliano have all generously donated dresses in aid of the charities HELP (Hope, Educate, Love, Protect) and Teach A Man To Fish. Many of the dresses will be red, reflecting the efforts of these two charities to overcome the effects of HIV/Aids. To place a bid online, or to find about more about the show, visit www.oxfordredball.com/the-auction.
What is it about plumbers ripping you off? I’m sorry, but this week I’d like to have a rant. It’ll probably bore you senseless but writing is such good therapy for these things I think I’ll risk it. My boiler stopped working last week, typically just as it started to get really cold. I was persuaded, when I called the manufacturers, to buy a package for 311 pounds which included an immediate visit from one of their "expert" plumbers and a 12 month insurance plan – anything goes wrong with the boiler in the next 12 months, they’ll send someone over to fix it. Well the guy came three days later (I’ve been using friends' showers for a week until today). I couldn’t be there unfortunately - due to unforeseen circumstances I had some decorators in - so they let him in to have a look. He was there for no longer than twenty minutes before dismissing the problem as being something to do with my water being contaminated.
He left a pre-printed card which stated that my boiler cannot be fixed until I have whatever is ticked on the back sorted out, which, of course, as stated in the small print of whatever contract I bought into, they are not responsible for. He’d ticked the box saying that I need to have my water system flushed before any of the plumbers can come back to help. Well – the quotes I got for having my water system flushed out were both over 1000 pounds. On receiving the note, and after getting the quotes I called the plumbers to try to persuade them to come back and have another look. But oh no – that box that the plumber ticked excludes them from all responsibility. The woman on the other end of the phone had an extraordinary talent for not responding to any of my arguments and instead repeating the same thing over and over again. “Once you’ve had your system flushed, we’ll send someone back to have another look. There’s nothing we can do until you have your system flushed.” It was infu...
Wow… what a fortnight. It’s Friday night and I am currently sitting on my sofa with ice on my right knee, unable to move. I reached 16 miles today in my marathon training. By the end I was so exhausted (and in so much pain), that rather than find a dry patch of grass to sit down on in Hyde Park (there was a lot of it), I collapsed in a particularly muddy bit right on the corner of two foot paths. I got some funny looks. Didn’t care – was too busy trying not to faint. Yep, it was TOUGH – and to think I have another 10 to go in the actual marathon – bloody hell. If you have a minute, and feel like donating some money to a very good cause; a charity for disabled children who suffer from Hemiplegia, please sponsor me by clicking here:
Last week I juggled Reprieve work with a trip to Milan for a photo shoot. My outbound flight was delayed four hours (airmare), which meant that instead of coming home that night I got stranded in Milan with no luggage. Stayed in a hotel for the night and popped on the 7am flight the next morning (Thursday), straight back to the office. Then on Friday I managed to lock myself out of my flat after a run – nightmare – too boring to go into but let’s just say it made me two hours late for a shoot that afternoon.
Then there was Fashion Week. I did my friend Elliot J Frieze’s show Sunday morning. I went to the Pringle dinner Monday evening. Oh – before that though, I went to my dad’s book launch. He’s written some of his most passionate political views down in a small book called A Crisis of Trust. It’s mainly about the expenses scandal and his views on Europe. If you’re interested in that stuff click below to learn more:
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