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Fashion Fringe Roadshow

Colin McDowell, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden is hosting a Road Show tomorrow to discuss fashion in our capital city. Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden was launched in 2004 under the creative direction of fashion historian McDowell and global entertainment company IMG, as a nationwide search to find and develop design talent across the UK. Fashion Fringe is now an annual event and a key part of London Fashion Week in September. The competition is now open for aspiring young designers, four of whom will be chosen after a summer of intensive mentoring to showcase […]

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The Golden Ticket

  Superior chocolate maker Rococo has teamed up with equally exclusive parent-and-child club The Purple Dragon in a fabulous new giveaway. Rococo has created a chocolate bar and, in the style of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has hidden various prizes amongst the bars on sale to offer customers some luxurious prizes. First prize is a year’s bespoke members’ package to Purple Dragon worth a mighty £1200, giving a child unlimited access to the club’s unique range of play activities and facilities. The venue, which opened in 2008 in Battersea Park, covers over a thousand square feet and contains a […]

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‘Mummy Rocks’

Kate Moss together with beau Jamie Hince, Brit actor Orlando Bloom, Sadie Frost and Tamara Beckwith amongst others came together to support Stephen Webster's inaugural event as Creative Director at Garrard. The new charitable cause, entitled "Mummy Rocks", works in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, which aims to raise upward of £50 million every year to fund their pioneering research and maintain the highest care standards. Moss turned up to the party sporting a YSL tuxedo jacket, which she has favoured for the past few nights of her party-hard lifestyle. She also showed off the £285 000 one of a […]

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Afternoon Tea

If you are on a quest for the most exquisite porcelain, if you are looking for inspiration for the perfect afternoon tea or even if you just want to admire some beautiful craftsmanship, then head to Fortnum & Mason next month. The Piccadilly store will play host for their new teapot exhibition which will run from April 6 until May 31 this year. The exhibition will be Herend china’s first UK showcase in over a decade and will include selected pieces from the Herend museum. To celebrate 301 years of business, 301 Herend teapots will be for sale alongside more […]

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Colorize

  After making a strong fashion comeback in the past couple of years, Ray Ban have once again upped the ante and are marketing a new twist on the classic Wayfarer. The Limited Edition Colorize kit comes with plain white frames and markers, paints and stencils, so that every customer can create a pair unique to them. The Colorize Kit follows the success of the Colorize Wayfarer, the classic shape brought back to life in a range of vibrant colours. Popular amongst models and musicians alike, Ray Ban are celebrating their rock’n’roll connections with a new exhibition at Selfridges Ultralounge, showcasing […]

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Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden 2009

Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden 2009 launches today marked by an exclusive party at Tini, South Kensington, hosted by Vanity Fair, Donatella Versace and Colin McDowell. The hottest thing to hit British fashion in the last 20 years, this is the sixth year of Fashion Fringe and the third year it will be hosted at Covent Garden. The challenge is to encourage emerging cutting edge design talent in the UK’s fashion industry and the winner will receive in excess of £100,000 worth of support and funding. Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden has launched the careers of nine successful rising fashion […]

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Snow Leopard

If you’re celebrating something big in the near future, or fancy splurging in a philanthropic fashion, here’s something to consider – Snow Leopard Vodka, the brand who not only make a finely distilled spirit but donate a significant percentage to charity – are seeing in their third birthday with sales of 25 very exclusive jeroboams.  They are the first 25 ever filled, and each purchase is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Snow Leopard supports the Snow Leopard Trust UK, and will be donating an extra £30 of each jeroboam sale to the charity, which aims to […]

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Goop

Yes, dear reader, you did read that title correctly. Goop. When a fashion-forward friend recently told me to check out www.goop.com I must admit I was a little baffled. Goop is infact the newest offering from multi-talented supermummy Gwyneth Paltrow, who has turned her own fabulous life into an online lifestyle guide for the rest of the mortal world to follow. The clean and modern format is subdivided into things we should do, make, get, go and see, and sends dedicated fans a weekly newsletter to keep them on track with the life of an A-lister. Paltrow has fought harsh […]

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Vertu Constellation Pure Collection

Vertu rules the roost of the luxurious handset market and it seems that even the credit crunch hasn’t stopped it forging ahead with its current new crop of exclusive mobiles. Its Constellation Pure Collection may not look very different at first glance but two years of research and development went into its colouring process, which has resulted in a stain resistant leather. Each handset is developed with its own made-to-measure tool, allowing it to achieve the ideal size and alignments of the phone, and is created from steel, leather and ceramics. The result is a modern highly stylish and elegant […]

Fashion & Beauty

Monocle

Monocle Magazine has joined Comme des Garçons in their second collaboration together to launch a candle based on their best selling Hinoki Scent One fragrance. Launching internationally this April, the candle is made in France by Comme des Garçons. The Hinoki Candle’s unusually high concentrate fragrance was created from ingredients including cypress, camphor, thyme, cedar wood and incense, by Comme des Garçons perfumier Antoine Maisondieu, exclusively for Monocle. Its distinctive woody, Japanese spa-inspired scent comes in a 50-hour-burning candle set in a thick, black matt glass container, featuring Monocle’s signature font. “We sold out of Hinoki Scent One around the […]

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