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Manolo Blahnik gets a blog

So, you all know The Manolo, right? He’s the hilarious shoe blogger who is one of the leading lights of our little fashion-blogging universe. But The Manolo has some competition – from, er, the real Manolo. Yes, Mr Manolo Blahnik is about to start a blog – or what sounds very like one, anyway, at his newly revamped website. Apparently Manolo will be updating the site regularly – with his very own hands, people – with his thoughts, news, and information about his fabulous shoe collections. We can’t wait. Hey – want to trade links with The Fashion Police, Mr Blahnik, sir?

H&M reveal Autumn/Winter 07 collection

I know most of you probably don’t want to even think about winter right now (God knows, I certainly don’t), but H&M have just released some pics of their new collection and it’s … well, it’s interesting to say the least. So, this is what you’ll be wearing this winter, folks: coats so voluminous you could house a small family under them and… wait, are those jogging pants? Thick, super-baggy jogging pants with – oh my Lord! – cuffs on the bottom? The hell? I dunno: I haven’t seen these clothes in the flesh, so for now I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are some more pics after the jump – be sure and tell…

Christian Lacroix designs fashion line for La Redoute, world rejoices

I love La Redoute. OK, so they’re not the most directional of fashion catalogues, but when you can get vest tops and other basics for a few pounds, I’m not going to be complaining. And now I have even more of a reason to love La Redoute, with the news that none other than Christian Lacroix has just designed a 35-piece capsule collection for them. There’s a red, frilly trench coat, a taffeta dress and a few handbags and other accessories, plus home wear including a chair and an ottoman. There are no bullfights, gypsies or opera singers, though. "I avoided anything to do with bullfights, Gypsies or the opera as I didn’t want it to look like a caricature…

Gap bring in Patrick Robinson to make them fashionable

Gap is in crisis. Sales are falling. Their "skinny black pants" advert featuring Audrey Hepburn was dismissed as "tasteless". Roland Mouret designed them a bunch of shapeless sack dresses – no one wanted them. And it seems that, these days, people just aren’t interested in gangs of perky, khaki-clad teenagers dancing their little hearts out in their identikit clothing. Go figure. But wait! All this could be about to change, for Gap are making some changes, and are bringing in former Paco Rabanne designer, Patrick Robinson, to take the brand in hand. Robinson, of course, has just designed a capsule collection for Target’s Go International, so he would appear to be the perfect person to shake things up at Gap….

Fashion is bad for your health, says surgeons

We all know that bad fashion can be hazardous to the health of those who have to look at it (or to their eyesight at least), but according to reports in the media today, even good fashion can hurt us. This is a serious subject now, folks, so listen up… Stiletto heels? Can totally hurt your feet. I know! Who knew! The pointy-toed ones are particularly bad, say orthopaedic surgeons, because they make your feet “wobble” and can affect your “biomechanics”, whatever they are. In time you’ll become totally deformed, unable to walk properly or wear anything other than stilettos because your legs will become so accustomed to the extra height that your tendons will shorten, meaning that you’ll have…

Kate Moss for Topshop: The white dress in stock from next week. Allegedly.

Of all the pieces in the Kate Moss for Topshop collection, I think this one was the most widely anticipated – and this one caused the greatest dissapointment when it wasn’t available at the launch, earlier this month. Still, anyone who’s been dying to get their hands on one of the white dresses can take heart – Topshop say it will be available from late next week, and not only will it be available, it will apparently be available in black and lemon as well as that "must have" white. Will it be available on the website, though, for those of us that don’t live near a Topshop store? I somehow doubt it, but time will tell…

Coleen McLoughlin to host “search for a model” TV show

Coleen McLoughlin, leader of the WAGs and the world’s foremost authority on fashion, purely by virtue of, er, shopping a lot, is getting her own TV show. Called Coleen’s Real Women, the six-part series will follow Coleen as she turns "real" women (as opposed to, you know, fake women) into catwalk models. Because Coleen knows a lot about being a catwalk model clearly, seeing as how she’s a footballer’s girlfriend by trade. Forgive the cynicism: I actually quite like Coleen. I think she’s refreshingly down to earth, and yes, she scrubs up good now that she’s dumped the "Juicy Couture tracksuits and Uggs" combos she always used to wear. So maybe she’ll make for a great host for this show….

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…