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All Walks Beyond The Catwalk

As the Fashion Week circus commences in New York, model Erin O’Connor enjoins us to think ‘Beyond the Catwalk’ – the initiative she founded with Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne to expand upon the rigid beauty ideals of the fashion industry – and attend a one-night-only exhibition tomorrow at The National Portrait Gallery, 6-9pm. The show unveils nine new fashion photographs by celebrity snapper Rankin featuring models from 18 to 80 from skinny minnies to buxom wenches all wearing designs by British greats including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Alice Temperley. Each of Rankin’s shots are being paired […]

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Tractor Factor

You’ve already seen Yeo Valley’s rapping farmers ad but we’d thought we’d brighten up your Monday with a little replay PLUS the all important news that the Tinie Tempahs of the fields are ready to pass on their churning baton and their crack agricultural producers are looking for the stars of the next farming hit single. Joining forces with Farmers Guardian, that’s the NME of the valleys doncha know, Yeo is running its own farmyard X Factor. If you’re a Young Farmers Club member, a student or you have a connection to the countryside that’s a tad more substantial than […]

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Wyld

There’s a new club in town and trust us it’s going to be Wyld! Yes, Wyld is launching at the eagerly anticipated W Hotel in Leicester Square on 14 February to co-incide with the grand opening of the hotel. It’s a collaboration between W international and Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming’s Ignite Group behind Eclipse, Bumpkin and royal favourite, Boujis in South Kensington. The club takes its name from Sir John Wyld and promises to live up to the spectacles laid on by the outrageous Victorian entrepreneur – albeit with a contemporary rock ‘n’ roll twist. Amsterdam designer house Concrete […]

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Lacroix exhibtion in Paris

If you happen to be in the Romantic city of Paris this week , check out the brand new one-week-only exhibition at the Musée de quai Branley that boasts a very fashionable creative director in Christian Lacroix. Women in Orient seen by Christian Lacroix falls under the patronage of French fashion’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the designer’s hymn to oriental women showcases a collection of 150 traditional costumes and accessories from the near east. Think the sumptuous garmentss which comprised the bride’s traditional trousseau illustrating the continuity passed from mother to daughter and taking the form of a colourful […]

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TenPilates

The month of London fashion week is upon us, giving firm reason to maintain January’s annual dose of detox and healthy habits. As we city slickers prepare for the influx of svelte, skinny supermodels, we needn’t feel panic stricken. Motivation, method and means are available, to enable us to face the creatures of the catwalk feeling fit not flabby. Model or no model, top TenPilates trainer, Luke Meessman has highlighted how Pilates can help you survive fashion week. The aim of the game is to maintain fitness and energy levels, regardless of whether you’re striding down the catwalk or simply […]

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Rosettes for Dego

“Dego, the new Italian restaurant and degustation bar on Great Portland Street may be only three months old but it’s already been rewarded with two AA rosettes and is fast becoming a mecca for lovers of authentic Italian food and wine. The street level urban-style bar serves high quality wines by glass, freshly cut charcuterie and unusual cheeses while the a-la-carte restaurant downstairs is all timeless elegance in black lacquer and leather-textured mosaic tiles. Food takes its inspiration from Vicenza and Venice in North East Italy and head chef Dario Schiavo interprets classics Ravioli di zucca, taleggio e amaretti as […]

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Bill Cunningham New York

He’s the fashionisto who made street style a key component of any respectable fashion magazine, and whose success has spawned a thousand imitators. Far from a simple photographer, this social anthropologist has turned chronicling aesthetic trends into an art-form, producing a wealth of beautifully low-key shots of influential figures as they go about their daily lives. Enter Mr Bill Cunningham, the infamous New York Times photographer who has long been the toast of New York Fash society and can count amongst his biggest fans and friends legendary names such as Anna Wintour, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller. The time has […]

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Gilgamesh- Eat yourself beautiful

Wave goodbye to needles and knifes, Gilgamesh has the latest beauty fix – on a plate! Acclaimed Head Chef Ian Pengelley is proud to unveil the ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ menu at Gilgamesh, available from February 2011, featuring hot Japanese food trend collagen. The benefits of protein to the human body have long been recognised by scientists, with collagen in particular being hugely popular with individuals wanting a more youthful and flawless skin. In recent years, Japanese women, who are known as being amongst the most image-conscious in the world, have taken the use of collagen one step further, by increasing […]

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Hush

Tis the season to be both romantic and fashionable in London! Valentine's fever is encroaching swiftly upon us, and with thoughts turning to exact plans for the big day of all things pink and heart-shaped, here's an idea for anyone desperately seeking a dinner venue. Drawing on its beautifully chic Mayfair setting, Hush Restaurant has launched its Valentine's Menu, set at £45 per head and featuring some fantastic concoctions upon arrival – the Cupid's Arrow, shot through with violet liqueur and elderflower cordial and topped up with Taittinger, and First Love, a heady mix of vodka, passion fruit, port and […]

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The Corinthia is taking reservations

The launch has been put back more times than we can count but it has finally been confirmed that the world's ninth Corintia hotel is launching in April. And this time we know it's true as it's taking reservations! That's all 294 rooms of it including , 43 luxurious suites – some of which are located over two-storeys inside the turrets of the historic Victorian building with their own private lifts and terraces. There are also two restaurants and a bar. The Northall, promises the best of British artisanal produce with a leaning towards raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients and […]

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Royal Tee

It’s the beginning of the end, republicans. With only 3 months to go until Royal Wedding Fever reaches its climax, the supermarket big guns are now stepping up their merchandising game to really get the masses onboard. Enter Sainsbury’s first release, the prototype Royal Wedding t-shirt emblazoned with the cutesy nursery rhyme slogan, “Kate & William sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G” (cue appreciative or dismissive noise, as appropriate). Sainsbury’s reps noted the need for “affordable keepsakes”, and the £10 tee available in stores across the nation is the “perfect way to honour the momentous occasion and guaranteed to be the […]

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Amanda Wakeley at The Dorchester

Come 2 February, London's Dorchester Hotel is going to be even more stylish than usual. In advance of her London Fashion Week show on 22 February, Amanda Wakeley will be showcasing her current spring/summer 2011 collection on a rather exclusive runway. The hotel's Promenade will become a delicious cakewalk where guests joining the hotel for afternoon tea will be treated to a runway performance in addition to the habitual pastries and scones. View the collection over a glass of bubbly and post show, backstage will come to you in the shape of a private audience with the designer herself who will […]

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