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Figleaves Swimwear

Forget freezing temperatures and icy roads, now is the time to start sorting out what to wear on the beach this summer. So what’s tipped to be hot? Shimmery metallics, hot shades of coral, acid brights, dramatic cutaways, floral prints. And the online site figleaves.com has put together an array of amazing trend led pieces, including the new O Beach collection and the latest from the likes of Aguaclara, Vitamin A and Vix Swimwear, that are both vibrant and eye-catching. Figleaves has gained itself a well-deserved reputation as being one of the best online shops for buying lingerie and swimwear […]

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Kate not expecting

Kate Moss has denied rumours that she is currently pregnant and put the visible bump, that she was recently sporting after dining at The Ivy with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, as all down to being a woman. Kate, who rarely speaks publicly or gives interviews, told New York magazine, (with Philip present): " I am a woman now! It's true. "No, honestly, I've never worn a bra in my life. Ever! It's so awful, even my friends are phoning me up and saying "Are you pregnant?" And I'm like, "No! I just put on a couple of pounds, and they […]

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BBCs Day of the Triffids

At last some spine chilling horror is being brought to your small screen. BBC1 is about to show The Day of the Triffid’s sci-fi novel adaptation and who better to star in this two-part drama than Eddie Izzard and veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave? Set in the near future, the drama will watch them discover ‘the triffid’ which is a plant cultivated for its fuel which has a life of its own…. Think Little Pet Shop of Horrors/28 days later. To add to the tension there is an expected solar storm leaving billions of humans blinded but at the same time […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Just Joaquin?

Joaquin Phoenix has caused concern with his alarmingly unkempt appearance and his recent monosyllabic stint on The David Letterman Show has made matters even worse for the actor turned rap singer (ahem). It has been reported that Joaquin's peculiar behaviour is all part of an elaborate hoax; that he is pretending change careers to become a rap artist and faking a breakdown which is being filmed by fellow actor Casey Affleck for a spoof documentary. Others have claimed that the twice Oscar nominated star is in fact making not a "spoof" but an "art project" with Casey. But Joaquin has […]

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TAG Heuer and DiCaprio join forces

The renowned Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer has teamed up with green star Leonardo DiCaprio to boost its environment-friendly image. The actor and environmental activist is to be its newest ambassador and will be the new face of the TAG Heuer Carrera. He will replace Brad Pitt, whose contract ended last December after being the ambassador for six years The three-year agreement is a unique one for TAG Heuer and DiCaprio, with the royalties generated from the deal going to support the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Green Cross International. In addition, a multi-million dollar commitment from DiCaprio will go […]

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In Bed With…

Guests saucily crammed into the Artesian Bar at The Langham London for the launch of erotic book In Bed With on Wednesday evening. Kathy Lette led the pack and was on fine form tottering around in dangerously high heels and a skin tight leopard print dress which she gaily told The Handbook her daughter picked out for her. This was a fabulous soiree full of authors, actors and a fair few hacks who sipped on scrumptious Foxy Flower (Snow Queen Vodka and passion fruit) cocktails.  Boris’s naughty sister Victoria Johnson turned up in nothing but a dark trench coat and […]

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Preen Line

One of Britain’s most respected labels of recent years, Preen, is celebrating the second collection of its diffusion line Preen Line this spring. First shown at Copenhagen Fashion Week in February 2008, the secondary collection from Brits Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi is a more affordable, easily wearable set of pieces which successfully reflect the aesthetic already established by the parent brand. Expect soft jerseys combined with careful precision-cut lines, juxtaposing the super-feminine with the brand signature rock’n’roll edge – their individual style is responsible for the celebrity cult following attained over the past decade, from familiar faces such as Kate […]

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Elle Style Awards

Known as the Oscars of the fashion world, when guests stepped into two white-washed rooms filled with sparkle and glitz at the Elle Awards at Big Sky Studios in North London on Monday night, they were not to be disappointed. A recently elusive Sienna Miller turned up to receive her Elle Style Icon Award (stumbling on her vertiginous spikes). Asked whether she found it hard to keep up the innovative bohemian creations she is known for she answered: ‘I don’t feel pressure to wear great outfits I just worry that I’ll do something stupid like fall down the stairs.’ Reassuring […]

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Lavender Label

Vera Wang is adding to her already extensive empire with a new footwear line in conjunction with Brown Shoe Company. Wang already holds claim to a product mix including weddings, china and crystal, and a suite at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. Despite the differences across her range of products, Wang maintains a single consistent vision, ensuring everything she does is an “expression of her own personal design vocabulary”. The footwear collection follows in the classic style we have come to expect of Vera Wang, who describes her debut as “very much a stylist-girl-meets-street attitude”, with “a bit of femininity and toughness”. 15 styles will go on […]

Openings & Launches

Notting Hell

Anthony Worrall-Thompson has visited four of his restaurants to tell staff they are no longer employed. The celebrity chef has been forced to close down the restaurants due to mounting bills and bank Lloyd’s failing to come to his aid with a loan, resulting in his company being put into administration and having to let 60 of his employees go. In the wake of a financial crisis, the 57-year-old has managed to save two of his restaurants, the Windsor Grill and the Kew Grill and his shop the Windsor larder. But it is a no commiseration for the once smiley […]

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Perhaps surprisingly, one of Venice’s most-visited museums is a collection of twentieth century art. And this year The Peggy Guggenheim Collection aims to repeat that success by staging an exhibition dedicated to Futurism, to mark the centenary year of the publication of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s founding manifesto of Italian Futurism. The exhibition, which is called the Gianni Mattiolo Collection, will hold installations, paintings, sculptures as well as iconic paintings from the period. The collection will also include works by the five artists – Balla, Boccioni, Carrà, Russolo and Severini – who signed the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting in 1910, […]

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Sony Ericsson

For the Sony Ericsson devoted fans out there, you’ll be happy to learn there’s a new edition just out. The new W890 mobile is not only ultra slim and holds a 3.2 mega pixel camera but also has a walkman which can hold up to 2gb of music, making it the essential accessory for Fashion Week. It’s easy to use, which is sometimes not the case for Ericsson, and is steeped in features. All important in a mobile is the messaging and the W890 ticks all the boxes. The only downside is that there is only 26 MB of user […]

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