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Gunpowder Magazine

Ever wanted a magazine that could synthesize all the latest fashion, movies, art, and travel into one?  Then lie back and relax as this month sees the launch of the online magazine Gunpowder, which means goodbye to spending endless money on magazines and countless hours trawling shops to find innovative features.  With new ideas delivered daily and a team of award-winning journalists, photographers and designers from the best magazines across the globe, Gunpowder aims to bring you the first quality online magazine which has a squad of the finest researchers working around the clock to bring you lifestyle news as […]

Culture

Election Style

There is now less than a week to go until the election of the next President of the United States. For months, the key issues have been debated, televised, and scrutinised; the political gauntlets have been well and truly thrown; and now the world waits with baited breath for a result. Much has been made of the rising costs of the candidates’ campaigns – and if we in Britain felt we were lacking in our offerings of (monetary) support, now may be the best, and indeed the only remaining time to make that move. Obama’s “Runway To Change” collection has […]

Openings & Launches

Movida Re-Opens

Despite the credit crunch MOVIDA are bringing back the esteemed Cote d’Azure designer Samy Chams to give the club a £2.5million spectacular facelift. Built within the vaults of the famous London Palladium Theatre, on the historic Argyll Street, W1, it’s raw brick arches and original features have been meticulously restored, creating a timeless, elegant and international atmosphere. Chams has kept this atmosphere for the re-build but has dramatically changed the flow of the club, removing & relocating all bars and significantly removing the restaurant to introduce the new VIP evening cocktail lounge MO*OD. MOVIDA’s interior and unique atmosphere is captured […]

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Patricia Field

We’ve had Stella at H&M. Celia Birtwell at TopShop. Mouret at Gap. And now this, the queen of the SATC dynasty selling her wares at the UK’s favourite high-street store. More famous for its standard cotton basics than its glittering couture, Marks & Spencer has taken a bold step in collaborating with kooky Pat Field, and sadly some of the pieces demonstrate how Bradshaw’s brashness will never work for the masses – however to miss this completely would most definitely be missing out. Some of the dresses are truly inventive and new, their inspiration having been drawn from the carefully […]

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Trick or Treat

If the cries of Trick of Treat at your door normally fill you with dread, then this might be just the answer you need to bring you round to the Halloween spirit. Anya Hindmarch is hosting a week long Trick or Treat extravaganza at all stores and online at www.anyahindmarch.com from Wednesday 22nd Friday 31st October. Simply pick a sweet from Anya Hindmarch’s Trick or Treat bag (no purchase necessary) and you could win one of her bags, clutches, purses or key rings from her Autumn/Winter 2008 collection. Catch? If you pull a trick the forfeit must be carried out. […]

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Anya Hindmarch Hampers

Anya Hindmarch has collaborated with Selfridges to develop this years Christmas hamper collection. Tired of hampers containing unwanted mincemeat and trinket-filled crackers, Anya set out to create hampers filled with things that people actually want. Anya has designed the hamper to be traditional basket with a twist and spent many happy hours in Selfridges at night choosing all of the contents. Anya says, “I have always been fascinated by hampers, their history and Britishness, but am always disappointed by yet another basket whose contents I don’t actually want to keep. When Selfridges asked if I wanted to design a hamper, […]

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Oval Vodka

OVAL premium Vodka in the strictly limited Swarovski bottle Brilliant, magical, tempting – the dazzling purity of crystals has a unique fascination. Now, Austria’s OVAL vodka combines the purity of its premium vodka with the magic of precious crystals to create an entrancing total work of art. The new – strictly limited – OVAL Swarovski bottle creates glittering highlights: 7,000 multi-faceted Swarovski crystals ignite a real display of colourful fireworks on the avant-garde, prize-winning OVAL Vodka designer bottle and spotlight its precious and delicious content. That is luxury that caresses all the senses! The exclusive OVAL Swarovski special edition was […]

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Limited Edition Evian

Jean Paul Gautier In keeping with Jean Paul Gautier’s marine theme, the designer hosted a spectacular aquatic show to end Parisian fashion week.  The French champion team performed at the famous indoor art deco pool in Pontoise to celebrate the launch of the new Evian bottle designed by Jean Paul Gautier.    Following on from the success Evian received after Christian Lacroix designed for them last year, Evian has partnered with another top designer to create a limited edition of haute couture bottles.  With giant crystals and oversized letters in his signature blue spelling out the brand name, the bottles […]

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Lily and Lionel

Lily and Lionel Good news for devotees of e shopping sites, the ethnic fashion label, Lily and Lionel, is to launch its new shopping site later this month.  Following the example of the hugely popular net-a-porter site, Lily and Lionel have also decided to go online without a bricks and mortar store but for the moment will focus predominantly on accessories. Creative Director Alice Stone became interested in jewellery and clothes from a young age, “I would go on holiday and bring back a broach from a market. I’m influenced by colors and buildings and cultures from other countries.” A […]

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MB and Rock Republic

Maria Buccellati and Rock Republic Could this be every fashionistas dream?  This autumn, Maria Buccellati will be collaborating with Rock Republic exclusively for Harrods.  United by their mutual belief in uncompromising quality, the designers will be launching a new season of cashmere and jeans. The collection will not only be using the finest quality of fabrics but also will be custom made with hand detailed washes.  MB and Rock Republic are looking to join three different Italian styled 4 ply cashmere jumpers with Rock premium denim jeans.   Once the muse of Dolce and Gabbana, Maria Buccellati has a talent […]

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Umberto Giannini

Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Range Umberto Giannini, a hair care brand created by the award-winning British hairdresser, has launched Spa Rituals, a luxurious new hair spa-treatment range. Each product is infused with a medley of natural Italian inspired ingredients such as fig, olive oil, thyme and rosemary, and its blend of carefully chosen oils are renowned for their therapeutic benefits. With the creation of the six new products, ranging from detoxifying shampoo to overnight hair moisturising balm, Umberto Giannini has added a new dimension to hair care.  The new line joins Umberto Giannini’s growing range of hair products, including its […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Jo Malone

Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne is the latest new fragrance from Jo Malone.  Inspired by the diverse and delicate blending of Thai Cuisine, the exotic scent is created from citrus fruits, aromatic leaves, flowers and spices.     The new perfume was pioneered in Thailand and although at first it may sound unusual, the art of fusing cooking and carefully combined perfumes has been a long tradition in the Far East. The end product is a captivating and sensual fragrance. Although this perfume would suit both men and women, being heavy on the cedar, some women might […]

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