Fashion News

Plot to kill Anna Wintour revealed. “Wintour will be escorted by eunuchs to a place in Hell run entirely by large rats” says crazy man

Fashion does funny things to people, doesn’t it? Take fashion writer Peter Braunstein, for instance. So incensed was he at only receiving one ticket to the Vogue Fashion Awards that he kicked up a stink big enough to lose him his job at WWD. And now, it seems, he has been plotting to kill US Vogue editor, Anna Wintour. (He also allegedly dressed up as a fireman and assaulted a woman whose apartment he’d broken into, but I don’t think that had anything to do with fashion…) Braunstein is currently on trial in New York for the aforementioned "fire fighter" escapade. During his trial, however, certain other disturbing facts have come to light, including his plan to kill Anna Wintour….

Survey says visible bra straps are the fashion faux pas of the summer

So, The Daily Mail have done some kind of survey which, they say, proves that visible bra straps are the fashion crime of the summer. They say Britney Spears is a chief offender here, which, I have to say, came as a bit of a surprise to me because it’s not often you see Britney wearing a bra (not unless it’s her only clothes, that is), but there’s no denying that when bra straps become visible, it’s not a good look. Yes, Amy Winehouse, we are looking at you… That said, one thing I hate even more than visible bra straps is those clear straps – you know, the ones that are supposed to be “invisible”, but are actually totally…

Isabella Blow death

The fashion industry lost one of its biggest characters today, as stylist Isabella Blow died of ovarian cancer at the age of 48. She was the woman who discovered Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy (whose hats she was rarely seen without), Sophia Dahl and Stella Tennant, as well as one of the most vibrant women on the London fashion scene. Her death at such a young age is a real tragedy: goodbye, Isabella, you will be sorely missed… UPDATE: Isabella Blow death was suicide The Isabella Blow case just gets sadder and sadder, an inquest has now found that the death was actually the result of an overdose of weedkiller. It’s not known whether the depression that led Isabella to take…

Lily Allen for New Look – the shoes

Two different styles of shoe on offer from Lily Allen’s collection for New Look: the £12 Converse-style trainer (which, of course, you’re supposed to wear with a prom dress, a la Lily), and the suede peep toes in three colours. Now, the peep toes get no argument from me other than that they’re exactly the same as the shoes New Look sell anyway. I mean, seriously, I have two pairs of shoes from the "Your Feet Look Goregous" collection which are very similar to these, albeit not suede, and I bought a pink suede pair about four years ago which were the-same-but-with-a-bow. So they’re nice, but not exactly ground-breaking. As for the trainers? Well, to me those are some of…

‘Lily Loves’ launches at New Look

Another week, another celebrity capsule collection… After a few days worth of boasting about how her collection would be so much better than Kate Moss’s collection for Topshop, though, the huge queues and mass hysteria Kate inspired last week were conspicuously absent from the ‘Lily Loves’ launch, and although some branches of New Look had people waiting outside for the doors to open, it doesn’t look like Kate Moss will be losing much sleep over the turnout, at least. But enough of this babble. On with the clothes! Love the first one, hate the second one, and the third? Just… meh.  The first two dresses here are £55 (which is pretty expensive for New Look, although I don’t know what…

Isabella Blow dies of cancer

The fashion industry lost one of its biggest characters today, as stylist Isabella Blow died of ovarian cancer at the age of 48. She was the woman who discovered Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy (whose hats she was rarely seen without), Sophia Dahl and Stella Tennant, as well as one of the most vibrant women on the London fashion scene. Her death at such a young age is a real tragedy: goodbye, Isabella, you will be sorely missed…

Alice Temperley for Target’s Go International

If I had three wishes, I’m pretty sure one of them (I mean, after I’d sorted out world peace and all that) would be for Target to OPEN SOME STORES IN THE UK, ALREADY. Because, GOD, how much do I want to be able to shop at the Go International range? Rumour has it that the next Go International designer will be London-based Alice Temperley – news which has me almost wetting myself with excitement, although I don’t know why, because it’s not like I’ll be able to buy any of her stuff, is it? Alice’s last collection was full of pretty, wearable dresses, and vaugely 70s inspired items, so if she comes up with something similar for Target, it’ll…

Fendi to hold fashion show on the Great Wall of China

Now here’s a fashion show location that could actually run the risk of overshadowing the clothes… Fendi have just announced plans to stage a fashion show this Autumn on the Great Wall of China, in celebration of the expansion of the brand to include a new fragrance, new boutiques and a move into the luxury hotel business. No details yet on the date of the show, but one thing’s for sure – the Great Wall of China will make one hell of a catwalk.

Kate Moss for Topshop on eBay

Predictably, despite a 5-item-per-person-limit on clothes bought from the new Kate Moss for Topshop line, items from the collection are already appearing on eBay, many for waaaay more than you’d pay in store – assuming, of course, that there was any stock left in store. Some of the harder to find pieces, such as the yellow one-shoulder dress,  (which, incidentally, is the stand-out piece of the whole collection, for me at least) and the red, floor red dress Kate was seen wearing in the window of the store, are available, as are most of the other items. With a £12 vest top currently selling for £41, I’d hold my horses if I were you, and wait for Topshop to come…

Kate Moss for Topshop preview

It’s a big day for fashion, folks. It’s the day Kate Moss for Topshop launches, and while I’m afraid I’m not going to be joining the throngs of people queuing up for the chance to buy something from the collection, I actually think there are some nice, wearable pieces here. Here’s the preview:

Create your own bridesmaid’s dress, avoid crimes of fashion

As anyone who’s ever planned a wedding will know, choosing bridesmaid’s dresses can be a right pain in the proverbial, especially when you have a selection of women with different sizes, shapes and tastes to cater to. That’s why Lynn Lugo’s Create Your Own Bridesmaid’s Dress service is such a great idea. Using the easy online dressmaker tool, you get to choose colours, shapes and embellishments to create the dress (or dresses) of your bridesmaid’s dreams. It’s a great way to get different styles of dresses in exactly the same colours and fabrics, and once the designing is done, the dresses are made to order and delivered to your door. So no whining bridesmaids to deal with, and no crimes…

Limited Edition Fashion Site Launches

Ever walked into a party only to be faced with another girl wearing the same dress? D’oh! Don’t worry, though: help is at hand in the shape of new website 20ltd.com, where the merchandise is so very exclusive, dahlink, that only 20 units of each item are ever produced. That won’t quite eliminate the problem of the "same dress shocker", of course, but it’ll make it a lot less likely to happen. The site doesn’t offer just fashion – in fact, there’s everything from rare motorcycles to wallpaper – but with a range of fashionable names such as Lonchamp and Emilio Pucci available, there’s plenty to keep fashionistas happy. The jacket in the picture is by Derek Lam, and is…

Can you be too old for fashion?

GOD, I feel old. Too old to wear this Topshop dress, anyway, because (whisper it) I’m not actually a product of the 80s…  and there is no "product of the 1970s" dress to replace it with – aaargh! So, all of this got me wondering: can you be too old for fashion? As a product of the decade that fashion forgot, should I now be starting to think about buying in a job-lot of elastic waist jeans and twinsets, or is there fashion life in the old dog yet? I mean, I don’t want to look like mutton dressed as lamb, but I’d still quite like to shop at Topshop and remain vaugely fashionable, thanks very much. Then again, maybe…

COS from H&M – all a bit ‘blah’ really

H&M’s new "upmarket" line, COS, is getting ready to launch, and as the title of this post says, it’s all looking a bit, well, "blah", really, isn’t it? OK, there’s nothing particularly offensive here, but there’s not much to get excited about either, is there? (And by "not much" I mean "nothing at all"). There’s not one thing here that makes me think, "God, I must have that RIGHT NOW", and while I probably wouldn’t kick the clothes out of the wardrobe if I found them there, I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way to get my hands on them, either. H&M are clearly trying to go "classic" with this line, with lots of neutral colours and…

Armani adverts “promote sexual tourism”. Apparently.

What do you see when you look at this picture from the Armani Junior advertising campaign? Personally, I see two little girls enjoying the sunshine. One’s wearing a bikini top, but hey, lots of little girls wear bikini tops like that in the summer. They’re apparently wearing makeup, too, but I don’t really see it, and if they are – so what? Who didn’t try on their mother’s makeup when they were a kid? (Well, other than boys, anyway…) So, that’s what I see. Some people, though, see two very sexual little beings when they look at this picture. Those people are from the Institute for the Defense of Children in Spain, and they’re demanding that Armani remove the images…

Giles Deacon for New Look

I have to admit I’m really quite looking forward to the launch of Giles Deacon’s  collection for New Look – not because it’s Giles Deacon, or because it’s being modelled by Drew Barrymore. Not for any reason, in fact, other than that it’s a brand, spanking new clothing collection, which means that there’s an outside chance at least that it’ll contain something other than freaking tunics. Oh please, Giles, please – please have designed something other than the ubiquitous sack dresses. Because, let me just tell you, I went shopping last week for clothes to wear on my honeymoon, and what did I buy? Well, not a lot really: and what I did buy was mostly vest tops and shoes…

Glamour Magazine’s Stiletto Race – ouch!

I have a little saying that has served me well throughout my life: "If I can’t do it in my stilettos, it’s probably not worth doing". Luckily, there’s not much I can’t do in my stilettos, hence my other little saying: "If you can do it in your trainers, I can do it in my heels." I can do most things in my heels: I even climbed up a volcano in them once, but we don’t talk about that so much because that was STUPID (and in my defense, I was young, and it was unplanned). As I grow older, though (and this worries me), I find myself turning to flats more often for certain things. Yesterday, for instance, when…

Stella McCartney Wants Size 10 Models Only

So, Stella McCartney has refused to allow anyone under a UK size 10 to model for her at Paris Fashion Week. "Good for her!" I hear you all cry. "It’s about time we saw some real women on the catwalks!" I have a problem with this, though – and it’s not that I want to see waifs on the catwalk, because I don’t. If a model is too thin to be healthy, then she shouldn’t be modeling. It’s bad news for her, it’s bad news for the fashion industry, and it’s bad news for every little girl or young woman who looks at her and thinks "that’s how I should look. That’s the weight I should be aiming for." So,…

Angelina Jolie unhappy with St. John

Pity poor Angelina Jolie, folks. As the current face of luxury fashion label, St. John, Angelina is contractually obliged to wear their clothes from time to time, with one of those occasions being this week’s Golden Globes ceremony. Angelina, however (looking lovely here in an image from the company’s website) is rumoured to be seriously unimpressed with St. John’s current collection – so much so that the company has been forced to design her a new gown from scratch. St. John have reportedly created two one-off designs just for Angelina, one in black and one in grey. Will they meet with Jolie’s approval? Well, we don’t have long to wait to find out…

The Kate Moss/Pete Doherty Wedding – like a pantomime, only less exciting

So, Kate n’ Pete got married – oh no they didn’t! Oh yes they did! Lookout, Kate – he’s behiiiinnnddd yooooouuu! GOD. They really are living their own private pantomime, aren’t they? Are they married? Well, The Sun says "yes", Kate’s publicist says "no" – in conclusion: who the hell knows? And, more importantly, who the hell cares? Anyone? Is this thing on? My one hope for the year of our Lord, 2007, (in fashion terms at least) is that it’s at least a little more Moss-free than the last one. Please God, give us that, at least. Let them marry or let them not: just let them stay out of the limelight for a few weeks, pretty please? It’s…