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Man in Black

Even though he was a man of few words, Paul Newman in his prime would have made a good spokesperson for men’s grooming brand Jack Black, whose authentic, effective, and handsomely packaged products for the guy’s guy don’t need much selling.  The latest addition to their line is a rugged fragrance that evokes the ideal American man – an effortlessly attractive, cool, and deeply masculine bloke whose taste isn’t swayed by trends.  “I wanted it to be utterly unique – nothing mass or predictable – and to bring the man of today to life through scent,” said perfume savant Jerome […]

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Plaza Athenee joins forces with Barbie

Barbie moves in to the Plaza Athénée! For little girls that love pink- From August, 6th to September, 2nd, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée gives two of its bedrooms a makeover using the famous fashion doll’s favourite colours.  Decorated with exclusively signed furniture, accessories and other items, the two rooms will be an ideal fairy tale location for youngsters. The family package costs £1390.  To book ring 00 33 1 53 67 66 67

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Louis Vuitton Ads Banned

Louis Vuitton’s sparkling reputation as a premium quality brand has come under fire after advertising watchdogs found the French design house guilty of misleading customers with their advertisments. The advertisements depict a ‘seamstress with linen thread and beeswax’ and go on to emphasize the ‘infinite patience’ that’s required to construct the Louis Vuitton bags. One problem. The bags are not actually made by hand. In an attempt to defend itself, Louis Vuitton argued the ads pay ‘homage to the craftsmanship’ of its employees rather than an accurate portrayal of the manufacturing process. However, after being challenged by the ASA, the designers admitted that sewing machines […]

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Gucci launches Gucci Premiere

Gucci has launched a hand-made couture collection, Gucci Premiere, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last Wednesday. Clients can now enjoy gowns inspired by Audrey Hepburn from her Breakfast at Tiffany’s fame or with a twist from Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard. The twice yearly capsule collections will be created in Paris (giving the brand some much needed chutzpa in my opinion) and special, on request gowns will be crafted by master embroiders and seamstresses.  Needless to say Frida Giannini was quick to point out that the house will remain true to its ready-to-wear roots and that they will not […]

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FARHI Collaborates with young artists

NICOLE FARHI is collaborating with young upcoming artists by exhibiting their work in store and integrating it into their window designs. After the success of the NICOLE FARHI 2010 spring window partnership with illustrator Esther Coombs, featuring iconic London monuments as oversized graphics; with the BT Tower and Big Ben framed in neon Perspex and the Millennium Eye drawn directly onto the glass, May sees Benedetta Mori-Ubaldini’s magical animals enter the stores. The Milanese sculptor is well known for her innovative and extraordinarily realistic wire work. Each piece starts life as flat ‘chicken wire’ which is gradually manipulated by hand, […]

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Stylefinder.com get the Festival look

Tis the season to be fun! ‘The Telegraph’ have announced this season’s top 100 festivals and after seeing the likes of Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Beyonce Knowles and Daisy Lowe (to name but a few), looking so effortlessly cool at Coachella recently, the pressure is on to get that perfect festival look. However, unlike sunny California, the Great British weather can never be trusted. It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be warm. Will it be windy/rainy/sunny or all of the above? Do you take your bikini or your brolly? Sombrero or sweater? Well, it certainly pays to […]

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SATC2 at The Dorchester

Just in time for the release of Sex and The City 2, London's swanky The Dorchester hotel is offering a Girls' Weekend package styled around the fashionable foursome and what's more if you book over selected Bank Holidays, they'll even through in a second room for free! Priced from £425 per room, the package includes a veritable cornucopia of stylish treats. The hotel concierge will brief nearby Harvey Nichols on each guest's style preference and on arrival at the Knightsbridge shopping Mecca, a personal stylist will be on hand for the ultimate in store experience. Remember girls, Halston's situated on […]

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Rachel Trevor Morgan Hats

If you want to turn heads, nothing works better than a great hat. And nowhere is this more apparent than at the races, where sky’s the limit as far as eye catching creations go. So as this summer’s sporting social season draws nearer, it’s time to see who’s got the top hat. This years Investec Derby Festival, held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, is providing the perfect opportunity to help get your eye in the hat game. Rachel Trevor Morgan has been designing hats for Her Majesty The Queen since 2006 and has been appointed as the ‘Official Milliner’ for this […]

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Browns 40th Birthday

Designers from all over Planet Fashion have come together to give the famous London store, Browns of South Molton Street, and its loyal customers, an amazing 40th birthday present: an iconic piece which will be part of the fashion haven's "Future Collectables" collection. FORTY iconic portraits to celebrate forty years of discovering and recognising new talent Paolo Roversi has photographed 40 Browns ambassadors – including models, actors and musicians – for the exhibition, which also includes film footage of iconic catwalk shows. Meanwhile, acclaimed set designer Simon Costin has curated it. The exhibition will open the official Browns 40th anniversary […]

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Pacifica in Hampstead

It’s not often you find somewhere which manages to tick every box but Pacifica Day Spa seems to do no wrong and their recently launched Hampstead branch is testament to this. The well-situated salon is brimming with delighted customers who shower Kathleen Granados, the owner, with words of praise and gratitude when leaving, so much so I am keen to begin to my treatment as soon as possible to find out what all the fuss is about. Their ‘Yummy Mummy’ treatment includes the signature facial and a manicure or pedicure. Lasting just over an hour, it’s the ultimate treat for […]

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Gift Library

If you’re struggling for a Valentine’s present this year, the online Gift Library might just be about to solve your problem. The brainchild of London based style consultant Caroline Stanbury, is a one stop shop for unique luxury gifts. With a selection of presents for all ages, Stanbury has used her ten years as a personal style consultant to form an effortless online shopping experience. Taking into account that very few people have time to search for rare and exciting presents, Stanbury has eased the burden of trudging through shops by giving you a selection of presents from exclusive high […]

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Chantecaille Future Skin

There is no better way to cover every last flaw than Chantecaille. It seems to be the only skincare range which doesn’t flake, shine or fail to cover but instead leaves an unrivalled blemish free, dewy complexion. Created by the French mother and daughter duo Sylvie and Olivia, the beauty range continues to develop top quality products, maintaining their famously high standard. Their latest addition, Future Skin, evens out your skin texture to give a porcelain finish; literally. What’s even better is that it’s good for your skin. The elegant French brand has encorporated natural and organic ingredients which include seaweed, natto […]

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