Monthly Archives: March 2011

Karl Lagerfeld for Diet Coke

Famed for his strict diet of sushi and Diet Coke, it’s no wonder the fashion designer/toy designer/photographer/art director/actor (phew!) Karl Lagerfed has been asked back for the second time running to give the Diet Coke bottles a fashionable make over. The collectables have previously been designed by the likes of Gianfranco Ferre, Marni, Roberto Cavalli and Matthew Williamson and will be available from speciality stores this Summer.

Be sure to get in there quick, as the limited addition bottles are sure to be a sell out with fashionistas and collectors alone!

 

Tinie Tempah Eyes Up Fashion Internship

It’s not just Kanye West who has an interest in style, Tinie Tempah admits he’s also fallen in love with fashion.

The Pass Out star, who just expanded his UK arena tour this coming winter, even reveals he’d love nothing more than to become an unpaid intern at a fashion magazine.

The clothes-loving rapper says: “I do all my own styling. I pack and unpack, but it’s not very organised.

“So many times on the red carpet you see performers asked who their jacket is by and they have to check their label,” he’s quoted as saying. “That’s not cool.

“I’d like a week’s work experience at Vogue. I’m serious.”

 

A gentleman should NEVER wear shorts

With the promise of warmer weather many men may be tempted to pull on a pair of shorts.

However, before exposing those  hairy legs to the world, a word of warning from one of the world’s experts in male fashion: Gentlemen don’t wear shorts.

U.S. designer Tom Ford says they should not be worn in the summer even if the temperature becomes unbearable. They are simply ‘never appropriate’.

He says it is acceptable to wear shorts or flip-flops only on the tennis court or the beach.

The source of the designer’s gripe is not clear, although there is little doubt that shorts and flip-flops are extremely casual compared to the luxurious clothes he sells at his own boutiques.

Ford may have also been horrified by the typical uniform of the British male in summer, a combination of football shorts and sports-themed flip-flops. In a magazine interview he outlined the five steps that are necessary to be a ‘modern gentleman’, which included manners.

‘I always open doors for women, I carry their coat,’ he said. ‘Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.’

Also, according to Ford a gentleman today ‘has to work’. He said: ‘People who do not work are so boring.’

The Only Way Is Essex hits the catwalk for Essex Fashion Week

First there was London Fashion Week, then it was New York Fashion Week which was followed by Milan and Paris’ couture designer offerings – but now it is Essex’s turn.

It seems that since the hugely popular ITV2 show launched in last year, Essex is trying to take over the world. Talk of getting ‘vajazzled’, being ‘so jel’ and telling their pals to ‘shut aaap’ is everywhere and a cascade of Amy Childs lookalikes have also descended upon us.

Now, the TOWIE stars – well, two of them – have tried their hand at being fashionistas and helped take part in this year’s Essex Fashion Week, held at Fairlop Waters Golf Club in Ilford.

Unlike its far more upmarket predecessors though, EFW only runs for three days and is more of a cut-price, cut-style, cut-class version.

Thankfully for Jessica and Lydia, the fashion staples of Essex – fake tan, false eyelashes and big hair – weren’t forgotten as they showed off some of the latest spring/summer trends on the runway.

Jessica – pop star and elder sister of TOWIE’s lothario Mark Wright – only found out in the morning she would be turning Kate Moss for the afternoon, tweeting to her followers: ‘Has most last minute random day! Miss Baynes (New Look PR) calls this morn can I model for new look today, did it and now had a few drinks feelin tipsy!x’

Sylvester Stallone To Launch A Fashion Line

It’s the news all men have been waiting for: Sylvester Stallone is launching a fashion line.

“I thought the time is now,” Stallone told Men’s Week. “I’ve lived a life where I know what has worked and what hasn’t worked. Clothing is the first step to building a character.”

Some may argue that the time has actually long passed, but Stallone is a man defined by triumph over adversity, so if Sly says “wear this”, who are we to argue?

The inspiration for the collection, will be Stallone’s two most enduring characters: Rocky and Rambo, to address the duality that lurks within every man. “Rocky at the end of the day is a love story,” explains Michael Henry, president of Sly Inc. who will launch the line, “while Rambo showcases the other side of masculinity, he’s a loner.” So the label will offer looks for “the rebel and the gentleman.”

But expect more than tracksuits and combat gear. The range which Henry describes as “a little premium”, is set to incorporate a whole lifestyle from apparel, to eyewear, grooming products, fragrance and footwear, and will be targeted at mid-level department stores like Macy’s.

For anyone keen to know when Stallone’s ‘passion for fashion’ evolved, he explains that the first time he became “truly involved in style,” was between “Rambo 2” and “Rambo 3” when he underwent a “huge weight change,” dropping from 185 to 160 pounds. “Nothing fit so I started buying custom clothing. I found out I really like this world.”

But rather than rush into anything, the Hollywood actor, writer, director, painter and entrepreneur has spent years honing his craft, “I wasn’t ready and I didn’t know enough at that time,” he explained, “I know it’s 11 years later, but I’m more experienced. I really believe I have an understanding of the male psyche on all levels.”

Fashion graduate makes her Marks as her dress goes on sale at M&S

Marks & Spencer’s does not have the reputation for being the most fashion-forward of our high street shops.

So their decision to take a chance with a designer who is straight out of fashion school is a very welcome surprise.

Scottish Fashion Graduate of the Year 2010, Jett Sweeney, impressed the competition’s judges – including M&S bosses – with her on-trend black mini-dress with a pleated skirt and brass detailing.

Eight months later, her dress £95 is going on sale in M&S branches in London, Scotland and online.

Soon after the award was announced, Jett gushed: ‘To have one of my own creations in a Marks & Spencer store and even worn by the public is every designer’s dream.

‘I still actually can’t believe it and I am utterly thrilled at this incredible opportunity!’

 

Tweet Your Way To Employment!

Do we spy a recruitment trend? First, Marc Jacobs CEO Robert Duffy took to Twitter to find a new social media guru.

Now, Mugler head Nicola Formichetti has launched a Twitter call for an interior designer/architect to collaborate on ‘lots of interesting projects.’

Forget CVs. What these brands want is wit and verve, in 140 characters or less… though in the case of Mugler, some avant garde architectural credits and a Twitpic of your skull-tattoo-covered face probably wouldn’t hurt either.