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The Anita

If you’re still set on spending your vacation time in a glamourous resort this year, take a trip down Selfridges way and revel in the glittering splendour of the latest ultimate buy – the Anita bling-kini by hot swimwear company Pistol Panties. The limited edition cutaway one-piece is covered in over 5000 bright and dazzling Swarovskis, and is expected to be a massive seller – so much so that Selfridges have a waiting list going for customers to order in advance. The store are celebrating a massive 33% rise in swimwear sales up on last year, and are proud to […]

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Lodger Footwear

Despite only entering into the shoe market in October, Lodger footwear seems to be offering something unlike any other shoe designers. Founder Nathan Brown, has steered towards a more exclusive market, offering bespoke, hand made shoes to their customers. Every month Lodger brings another one-off shoe to the foreground. This April we see the vintage tennis shoe take the vanguard. Coming in off-white with a great two-piece toecap and hand stitching details, Lodger remains faithful to the original tennis shoes with flat woven laces and metal tips. With a new store just opened off Saville Row and Bond Street, it’s […]

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Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink is kicking off its spring/summer collection with its Supernature collection, inspired by the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, specifically the work of Aubrey Beardsley and Ernst Haekel. The emphasis is on shape and fabric, with soft and layered tops in delicate silks and chiffon prints. Building on the quirky artist theme it is also launching its Dreams and Decadence collection, which captures a mix of couture and surrealism, melding Art Deco influences with iconographic black and white photographs from Surrealist artist Man Ray and his muse Lee Miller to create an enduring monochrome colour palette. Elegant […]

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Matthew Williamson for H&M

Here’s a tip: take a sneaky peek at Matthew Williamson’s first collection for H&M out next month and be the first to snap up his finest creations for spring/summer at a bargain price. The quirky designer joins a rostrum of other top designers, namely, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf, all of whom have successfully collaborated with the high street brand. ‘It’s been fascinating to search back through my archives [in the past 11 years] to isolate the most iconic pieces, then rework them for H&M,’ Matthew says. ‘The spirit of the collection is both covetable […]

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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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Monocle

Monocle Magazine has joined Comme des Garçons in their second collaboration together to launch a candle based on their best selling Hinoki Scent One fragrance. Launching internationally this April, the candle is made in France by Comme des Garçons. The Hinoki Candle’s unusually high concentrate fragrance was created from ingredients including cypress, camphor, thyme, cedar wood and incense, by Comme des Garçons perfumier Antoine Maisondieu, exclusively for Monocle. Its distinctive woody, Japanese spa-inspired scent comes in a 50-hour-burning candle set in a thick, black matt glass container, featuring Monocle’s signature font. “We sold out of Hinoki Scent One around the […]

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Pacifica Spa

If there’s one thing to spend your money on this month it’s at Pacifica spa. Entering Pacifica is like stepping into arcadia, the staff are affable and the treatments addictive. Situated in dangerous proximity to the alluring Ledbury road, Pacifica is off temptation alley and there is no denying that once you’ve set foot inside, you will be going back.  Set over two floors, the spa, although cosy, manages to give the customer a completely private and personal experience.  The staff are so attentive and charming it’s easy to be fooled into thinking you’re the only one to have discovered […]

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New 5th Avenue Armani Flagship

Giorgio Armani has just unveiled his stunning new concept store in Fifth Avenue, New York. With its ultra-modern exterior, the arresting four-floor, glass-clad emporium will carry an exclusive capsule collection of limited edition products inscribed with “Armani/5th Avenue” to celebrate the launch. Covering 43,000 sq. ft. the multilevel flagship sees all of the designer’s collections – from the mainline Emporio Armani ranges to Armani Casa and Armani Jeans – brought together in a comprehensive whole. It also includes the U.S. debut of the Armani/Dolci retail area and the Armani/Restaurant is on the top floor, with fabulous views down Fifth Avenue […]

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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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FS:09

The atmosphere was electric and expectations were high as St Andrews students flocked to Lower College Lawn, at the heart of the University’s academic buildings, for 2009’s Charity Fashion Show, proudly sponsored this year by The Handbook. With a new venue, new format, and a huge fund-raising target to beat, the pressure was really on for the show’s Director, 4th year student Jesse Motion, and his committee. The marquee was a majestic affair, reflecting the circus theme adopted by the creative team throughout their polished advertising campaign. The imposing long runway allowed for table upon table of guests to take […]

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