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Leica C-Lux 3

If you’re having trouble with that Christmas present list already then this might solve your problems. Leica has just launched what they are deeming the “sexiest camera in the world.” Able to fit easily into the palm of your hand, this small and compact piece of technology is available in high gloss, piano-key black or white metal finish. Yet, the good news is Leica C-Lux 3 doesn’t just look beautiful, it also takes high quality photography and is designed to allow the photographer to have a carefree approach to taking photos and capture spontaneous shots. Labelled the “stress free camera,” […]

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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 […]

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Swarovski Crystals

This Christmas will see Swarovski light up Knightsbridge. A five metre Crystal Snowflake created by the widely acclaimed light designer Ingo Maurer, will hang between The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Harvey Nichols and it will be the first ever Christmas decoration in Knightsbridge. The design has been put together by Swarovski and the Knightsbridge Business Group. The Knightsbridge Business Group aims to attract both international and local people to Knightsbridge and both companies feel that this novel celebration of Christmas should do just that. In addition to Ingo Maurer’s snowflake, to mark this occasion miniature snowflake ornaments will go on […]

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Paris Hilton

So, Paris is feeling the crunch too? Last time the heiress was in town reports claim she was given £70,000 in appearance fees. This year however, the nightclubs have not been so welcoming. Despite asking for £50,000 from Paper, the nightclub was so prescriptive in how they wanted Paris to spend the evening that she declined to go. Whisky Mist refused to pay and the only one that managed to cough up was Movida but this time Paris was only able to squeeze £25,000 out of them. Here to promote her new TV show, My New Best Friend, which follows […]

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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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Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo, renowned for its iconic shoes and rich history of Hollywood costume design, announces its collaboration with Oscar winning costume designer and Oscar winner Catherine Martin to create Nicole Kidman’s shoe wardrobe for the upcoming film, Australia. Directed by Baz Lurhmann and scheduled for a November 2008 release, the creative collaboration between Ferragamo’s designers and Ms. Martin has resulted in an exceptional collection of beautiful, original shoes. Drawing from period references and originals from the Salvatore Ferragamo archive, the design team created a wardrobe rich in historical content and detail, worthy of the House’s tradition of Hollywood “Shoemaker to […]

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Waste

Waste at The Almeida Directed by the admirable actor Samuel West, Harley Granville Barker’s Waste, who brought us The Voysey Inheritance, is a political 20th century play that was originally banned by the censors in 1907.  The Edwardian playwright deals with both adultery and abortion, making it a highly revealing and enlightening political drama and there is little wonder that it has managed to hold its own against the scrutiny of a modern day audience.  Centered around Henry Trebell, played by Will Keen, a radical MP who wants to turn the government system around to focus on education, the plot […]

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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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Masquerade

House of Masquerade For four nights only, a temporary fashion space from Absolut Masquerade and fashion illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve will be launched.  The room will be transformed into a giant treasure trove, including a walk-in dressing up box filled with vintage clothing and accessories from Mint going on sale.  The joint collaboration with Absolut Masquerade means that there will also be a cocktail bar serving Absolut Vodka throughout the evening and if that wasn’t enough to sway your decision, there will be a stylist on hand to help guests with their fashion options as well as Absolut Masquerade gift […]

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Now Or Later

Now or Later. Obie-Winner Christopher Shinn’s topical play is aptly set on the night of US presidential election results.  It centres around the President’s homosexual son, John, played by Eddie Redmayne, who has potentially disrupted his father’s chance of winning the election due to some pictures on the internet.  As John sits in a hotel room, the story, where John attends a “naked” party thrown by a left-wing female student at his Ivy League college, begins to unfold.   John, outraged by her suppport for a Muslim student group, proceeds to attend in a Mohamed costume.  The scandalous photos are taken […]

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