Monthly Archives: September 2010

Shots of the new Dolce concept store on the Via Spiga, Milan

Last week I was telling you about Dolce’s new concept store where they’ll be giving a platform to young budding designers, as well as some more established ones including the likes of Peter Jensen, Behnaz Sarafpour and Kinder Aggugini.

Hand-picked for the store by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana themselves – who have bought pieces of each collection suggested specifically by the designers to sell in the store – they comprise the inaugural collection in what is “absolutely not a pop-up shop – this is a permanent store that will support emerging talent from all over the world,” a spokesperson explained today.

“We’ll have drinks, DJ sets – people can come here to go online, or just to chat with friends, or to exchange ideas – it’s a creative space.”

Lady Gaga and Armani make it official

Well these two have been flirting for what seems like months now, and now they’ve finally put it down in writing – written in pure gold no doubt

The first lady of Pop has officially signed up Georgio Armani to design costumes for her upcoming winter tour in a deal thats well into 7 figures.

“A huge company like Giorgio Armani has the duty to always be alert to trends and what appeals to young people,” says Roberta Armani, Mr Armani’s niece and head of VIP relations. “It helped to see how the world is through Lady Gaga, the way she uses Facebook and Twitter.”

Anything to get in on that social media bandwagon eh?

While little is known about the intricacies of the deal, it’s not surprising after Armani have already designed a couple of looks for Lady Gaga already, who’s actually the first star that he’s designed a costume specifically for. Previously, everyone else has had *merely* an item from an existing collection

“It wouldn’t be possible to give Gaga a look from the collection because she wears pieces of art. It’s theatrical,” Roberta tells the Wall Street Journal.

It’s definitely something


After the roaring success of Beth Ditto’s follow up range for Evans, the Arcadia group (who own Topshop/DP/Evans) have launched a brand new online-only site for plus-size women.

Catering for size 14-26, they’re aiming to be the authority for young plus fashion, presenting trend-led styling with expert design and fit. From high fashion pieces, to core wardrobe staples, there is an extensive choice of seasonal must-haves. In addition they’ve got some particularly exciting independent young fashion brands to offer exclusive collections and size ranges. They include; Curvy Kate Lingerie, Rock & Revival, Kangol, Katherine Hamnett, Zandra Rhodes Handbags and Ruby Rocks to name a few…

Buying Director Sue Vandenberghe comments, “From extensive research we understand the fit challenges faced whilst shopping and our mission is to provide young women with the expertise and guidance. comes out of the evans stable and we have used our market knowledge to develop this new fashion offering. By focusing on the younger demographic, we can segment our product offer and give the younger customer a forum to shop online and be inspired by relevant and exclusive brands, that are styled and marketed in a way that appeals to them.”

Scott Cornwall’s style tips

Now as much as I like the festive season that’s soon to be upon us (what is it, 95 days now or something?), it also mean we have to deal with the wind, the rain, the snow, the sleet, the hail, the borderline hurricanes, the monsoons, bloody everything!

So thinking as ever about my hair, I got chatting to celeb barnet specialist Scott Cornwall about what he thought was going to be in this winter…

Scott Cornwall predicts that big glamorous hair, either a new take on the 60s ‘beehive’ with a softer profile, or 80s statement styles, will be big this party season. He says:”Both these trends take time to achieve and require careful blow drying to make sure hair is sleek and controlled, followed by big rollers to give volume, created by soft curls and waves.

“Of course, this time of year is a difficult one for hair ‘stylistas’ as the minute you step out of the doorway you’re hit by wind, rain and cold, all of which have a negative effect on carefully styled hair,” said Scott. “Straighteners have a role to play this season, although not to produce the poker straight results of recent years; they should be applied sparingly to the hair to smooth, rather than straighten.

New Shoes?

Gorgeous new pair from Herring, limited edition tweed brogue…

Very nice! Currently retailing at £175….

Louise Galvin’s latest miracle workings

I love getting this stuff, and I bet you would too if you’re half as ‘experimental’ as me when it comes to hair!

Have you ever changed your mind about a colour? This removes colour in no time so you don’t have to wait for it to grow out. You can even apply a new colour straight away (see a cycle here?)

It’s pretty handy though, and it just gives you that freedom to try something new, without the worry of it going wrong and being stuck with the ultimatum of shaving it all off!

Plus, you can feel good about it as it’s pretty ethical too…

“With all products in Louise Galvin’s sacred locks range, they’re free from SLS and Parabens. No animals are harmed in the testing of her products and all greenhouse gases that are produced in their manufacture are offset by donations to the Carbon Neutral company.”

Pics from the long awaited Stella McCartney collection

The new Adidas Weekender collection…