Monthly Archives: April 2011

Edward Enninful to be W’s new fashion and style director

From May 1st, W Magazine has a new fashion and style director when the London-based stylist Edward Enninful takes over from Alex White who will be leaving W after 16 years. It is all part of a new vision for the magazine since Stefano Tonchi took over as editor last March. Enninful will be responsible for the overall fashion direction of the magazine and for styling some fashion and cover stories.

The prolific Edward Enninful began his career when he left his degree at Goldsmith’s College to become the youngest ever fashion editor at i-D at the age of 18 in 1991. Born in Ghana, he is based in London where he continues to contribute to i-D; he has been contributing editor to Italian Vogue since 1998 and since 2005, American Vogue’s contributing fashion editor and stylist (he made a brief appearance in The September Issue). Enninful works with some of the industry’s most creative and innovative photographers, including Paolo Roversi, Craig McDean and Steven Klein. He shot the April cover of Vogue Italia with Steven Meisel as well as an 18-page ‘Black Allure’ story with 11 black models including Joan Smalls and Chanel Iman for the February issue with the photographer Emma Summerton.

Is Kate Middleton a Fashion Icon?

Since her engagement to Prince William, the pressure has grown on Kate Middleton to become a style superstar but is she really ready to be a trendsetter?

Look back at the evolution of Kate’s style over the past nine years or so, it’s clear that her appearance hasn’t changed much. She’s developed a personal style that works for her: tall boots with classic straight-leg jeans, tall boots with feminine dresses that respectably trace the curves or tall boots with pretty skirt suits. Her newer clothes may look more expensive and regal, but her trademarks endure. No extreme makeovers here.

It remains to be seen whether Kate will take up the challenge to become Britain’s sartorial ambassador. It’s technically not part of a First Lady’s job description to promote the fashion industry. But if she does, she’ll need someone in her corner to help her navigate the minefield of worst-dressed lists and discriminating editors. Then again, with rumors persisting that Middleton will wear Alexander McQueen on her wedding day, maybe she’s already found that person.

What do you think?

Tali Lennox up for Scottish Fashion Award

Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie) has been unveiled as one of the nominees for Model of the Year at this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards. The 18 year old, who has walked for Chanel, Mui Mui and Prada whilst also staring in this season’s Burberry campaign is one of six short listed for the award.

The judging panel which includes Brian Duffy, President of Ralph Lauren Europe and Caroline Rush, CEO of The British Fashion Council will also have to choose between Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, and Louise Grayamong others, for the Designer of the Year award.

Angelina Jolie lands Louis Vuitton campaign?

Oscar-winning actress, charity worker and mother-of-six, is there anything Angelina Jolie can’t do? Well, now the 35-year-old actress is believed to have landed another enviable role – the new face of Louis Vuitton.

If the reports are true, it will be her highest paying endorsement to date, netting her a rumoured$10 million.

The latest ad campaign starred abevy of supermodels – Freja Beha Erichson, Raquel Zimmermann and Kristen McMemeny – but celebrities Madonna and Jennifer Lopez have also fronted the brand in the past.

Hunk Gerard Butler makes shortlist for fashion award

Gerard Butler is in the running for a top fashion award – despite his self-confessed “lack of fashion sense”.

The Law Abiding Citizen actor, who hails from Paisley, Renfrewshire, featured high in a recent poll and has made it on to the Scottish Fashion Icon shortlist, voted for by the public.

Other famous faces in the top 10 are actresses Tilda Swinton, Freya Mavor, Karen Gillan, Kelly MacDonald and Laura McGonigle; singers Amy MacDonald and Sharleen Spiteri; presenter George Lamb and River City actor Sam Robertson.

Awards founder Tessa Hartmann said: “There’s a new generation of ‘Cool Scots’ out there and it’s great to see.”

More than 500 Scots aged 15 to 35 were asked to select their top three from a list of 20 fashionable Scots in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee ahead of the sixth Scottish Fashion Awards this summer.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Fashion Advice

Karl Lagerfeld says it’s very important to dress for your shape.

The Chanel designer thinks one of the biggest fashion mistakes people make is buying clothes that don’t flatter their figure or fit properly.

He advised: “Buy what you know works for your body and only buy something if it fits well.”

Karl also stress the importance of keeping things simple as it always gives a stylish and sophisticated look, as well as keeping make-up to a minimal.

He said: “Never underestimate the power of a simple T-shirt, jeans and a jacket. It always looks very chic.

“Lots of women look great with no make-up on, so if you have good skin, keep it bare.”

As if the coming seasons, Karl said it’s vital to embrace colour, because dull shades will soon return.

He said: “You can’t avoid all the colour and the brights out there. Give it a go. By next autumn/winter we will all be wearing black and grey again because everyone will be fed up of the colour and print!”

Katy Perry Wows At The Arthur Premiere

Move over Victoria Beckham and David Beckham, LA’s got a new mega couple!

Katy Perry stole the show as she stepped out with her super-groomed hubby Russell Brand at the premiere of his new film Arthur in London. Katy wore a Philip Armstrong nude dress with crystal embellishment that would make even a Dancing On Ice contestant jealous! Check out her metallic nails, too – get the look with Minx Nails. If you’re reading this Mr and Mrs Brand, let us know what conditioner you’re using!