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The Accessory Factor

Sales of luxury accessories up by 40 per cent at Selfridges According to the team at Selfridges, they are seeing an increase of around 40 per cent increase of classic luxuryaccessories across its stores in Birmingham, Manchester and London. As the recession deepens, Selfridges’ customers are showing no resistance to investing in timeless classic pieces. Iconic handbags including Chanel’s ‘2.55’ (£1,600), Louis Vuitton’s ‘Neverfull’ (from £330) and Gucci’s ‘Babouska’ (£525) have experienced fifty per cent uplift at Selfridges’ stores nationwide as customers opt to invest in accessories with longevity. In contrast to the high street where bright citrus shades are dominating […]

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Alto Lounge Bar

Opening in early May this year on the former site of Umbaba in the West End, Alto will represent a complete departure from other high-end nightspots in both design and sensibility. This new lounge bar/nightclub will offer a much needed, light-hearted, carefree and quirky attitude against a backdrop of resplendent surroundings to counteract the gloom of the day. Alto’s interior has been inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the turn of the 20th century (1890-1905), credited for bridging neoclassicism and modernism in design. Elegance, true sophistication and upholstered luxury will be showcased in this remarkable space, transporting patrons to […]

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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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Barts

The Chelsea Cloisters have had some unusual press over the years so it was an interesting choice of venue for nightclub Moguls Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling to base their latest addition to their Caribbean inspired clubs. However, although there were looks of anxiety from scantily dressed girls entering into the former love haven hotel, once you’ve taken a swift left, been vetted through the peep hole and have entered through the door, you’re instantly reassured that once again the Gilkes Stirling combo have done it again. A step away from the more sophisticated and modern Kitts, Barts is true to […]

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Quiksilver Women

Quiksilver, the surfing and lifestyle brand, hosted an exclusive evening of live music and artistic creativity last week at the legendary Bush Hall, to celebrate their current hunt for the new ambassadors of the Quiksilver network. It was the first time that all European artists currently supported by Quiksilver had joined together for a single event – featuring fashion/art photographer Bara Prasilova from Prague, and music from acoustic acts such as Charlotte O’Connor, Ellia Lawson and Anna Leddra Chapman, the arty and chilled-out vibe reflected perfectly the philosophy of the brand. Later in the evening DJ Mahara McKay tore up […]

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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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Moonwalking to Greenwich?

Despite reportedly suffering from an acute MRSA-type infection which threatened to eat his flesh (source: The Sun) Michael Jackson is expected to announce a series of summer comeback concerts at the O2 arena in London. The superstar was recently receiving antibiotics for an infection rumoured to have been contracted from plastic surgery on his nose. But he's obviously made a swift recovery, as the King of Pop is set to appear at the south-east London venue in Greenwich to make a "special announcement", according to a statement. It read: "Michael Jackson is planning a special announcement in London this week. […]

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Vivienne Westwood at Ascot

Punk icon Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with one of the biggest events of the racing calender to create her own vision of Royal Ascot, giving this very Establishment racing week a diverse and edgy image. Launching the latest collection from her Gold label, the influential fashion designer has collaborated with the world famous milliner Stephen Jones – whose ‘Anthology of Hats’ exhibition is currently on at the V & A Museum in London – to create a series of head-turning designs. Race-goers are in for a treat and the collection will be seen each day during the Royal Meeting […]

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