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Full Marcs

Straight from the tweeter’s mouth – Marc Jacobs onboard with the plus size revolution! According to the tweet of MJ CEO Robert Duffy, the fashion label (which already makes clothes up to a size 16) is considering expanding its line – quite literally – to cater for a fuller figure. But none of the labeling of it as ‘plus size’, thank you very much – Duffy is suggesting ‘Above Average’ to soften the blow. The business decision comes after Saks, the American department store found across the nation, stated its intent to stock designer fashions in larger sizes. Duffy related […]

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Jedward do Fashion

X Factor’s infamous pop spawn Jedward have announced that they will soon be lending their talents to the fashion world, through the medium of their new label called ‘Pop Icons’. One half of the brotherly duo, Edward, said of the move, “Fashion is our big passion and our collection will look hot on the catwalk. We love the jackets worn by Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury and think everybody will love to wear stuff like that”. The influences were surely already apparent in the twins’ X Factor days when they stormed the stage in outlandish outfits on a weekly basis. […]

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Wagamama Up for Sale

According to reports Wagamama is looking at putting the business up for sale for up to £250m. Lion Capital is understood to be taking another look at selling the company after cancelling a flotation on the stock market three years ago as the credit crunch worsened, according to the Sunday Times. Wagamama has grown to 66 outlets in Britain and 39 restaurants in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having been founded by Alan Yau in 1991. It recorded a pre-tax profit of £12.8m on sales of £98m in the year to April 2009. Lion bought a majority stake in […]

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Dita for Perrier

Cheryl Cole’s face transplanted onto our iconic Elnett cans might be seen by some as a little upsetting. What happens if / when she falls from grace as the nation’s current sweetheart into Kerry Katona style reality fodder…? However, when it comes to limited edition Perrier cans and bottles bearing the unmistakable image of Dita Von Teese – what’s not to like? Entitled ‘Paparazzi’, the collaboration is a tongue-in-cheek reference to fame and fashion and follows the brand’s reputation for stylish link ups from  Agnés b. to Paul & Joe. Says the queen of burlesque: “I love the mythic history […]

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Now Street Food

City analysts have long been touting China as the future and now it seems they may have to extend their philosophy to the country’s street cuisine as well. Now is a new Chinese street food concept store at Liverpool Street Station purveying steaming hexagonal baskets of freshly cooked dumplings, buns and rolls to grab and go. Inspired by the street stands of Southern China, lunch sees chive and coriander dumplings and chicken won ton soup jostling with salads, prawn balls, seafood sticky rice, hoi sin duck rolls and chocolate and chilli mousse to finish. Grazing options include seaweed prawn crackers […]

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Anise Pop-Up

Yup you know it’s been a tough week when rallying the troops to attend the same watering hole requires a bit too much effort! But if you find yourself dissolving into tears on discovering that someone’s organised a breakout group heading to an alternative venue, it might just be time to book an appointment with HR. Unless there was another way… Ever wish that the bar would come to you? Well Devonshire Square cocktail bar, Anise, may just have the answer. The venue is inviting workers to pitch for a free pop-up to have Indian inspired cocktails made in their […]

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History Rewritten

Any attempt at rewriting history – whether it be from days of yore or that of more recent events – is generally considered a bit suspicious in a ‘Hitler was a lovely chap, really’ kind of a way. However, we’re all for reinterpreting the past if it makes things more interesting. Cue the speakeasy with twenty-first century know-how and governmental five-a-day directives that don’t make us yawn. The molecular mavens of the new Purl speakeasy cocktail bar have come up with a seriously modern take on the Prohibition-style watering hole. Purl is a new drinking den beneath a common or […]

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Touring Angels

Calling all film and history buffs – the legendary Angels of North London has created an official tour for all of those keen to learn a little more about their cavernous warehouses of fine costumes. Since it was established in 1948 Angels has won numerous Oscars and industry awards for Best Costume, so a tour is likely to evoke some notorious movie memories – or indeed give a sneak peek of things to come. The hour and half sweep of the venue gives a wide-ranging look at the daily life of the World’s Largest Costumiers, as well as pointing out […]

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D&G for Chelsea

Chelsea Football Club has just announced a new signing. But it’s not for a player – it’s a three-year partnership with Dolce & Gabbana! In addition to providing the formal club suits, the iconic fashion house will create a “Dolce&Gabbana Lounge” in the West Stand at Stamford Bridge and redesign the club’s main office reception. The collaboration was announced last night at a party at the club. The Italian brand has designed two outfits for the club: a three-piece suit in dark blue with a lion rampart crest on the pocket; and a pair of jeans, a Martini shirt, black […]

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Tompkins Canary Wharf Opens

Canary Wharf is bustling place , in the midst of it opens  new, luxury apartment blocks, indulgent spas and flash eateries a-plenty…..Enter Tompkins. Set on the ground floor of the Pan Peninsula, a new high-end development of swanky flats, this stylish New York brasserie is certain to appeal to the busy suits bustling about the area . The food, created by ex-Savoy chef Rory Lumsden is equally delicious. Based on the great steakhouses and brasseries of New York the menu includes classic brasserie fare such as Steak Tartare, Crab cakes and Shepherd's Pie. The huge space is multi-purpose and is […]

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