From the vaults: rebuffed by the Palace

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Oh dear…

Beauty buy: Karma Organic lavender nail polish remover

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I would love to get my hands on this Karma Organic nail polish remover. I love lavender and I hate the synthetic smell of regular nail polish removers. It also comes in tea tree and unscented versions and was recommended by Kerry Diamond on Into The Gloss. Come on Cult Beauty, get some of this stuff in!

The secrets of window display…from Hermes and Chanel

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“I tell a story which is just like a theatre show and the stars of my show are leather and silk…”

Anyone interested in brand communications, visual merchandising or Hermes should watch this excellent video from Imagine Fashion. It features Leila Menchari, creative director of Hermes’ windows (since 1977) interviewed by IF’s fashion features editor Godfrey Deeny. Her poetic descriptions of her work for Hermes and the art of window display are fascinating. Here’s the trailer…

This evening sees Godfrey’s interview with Chanel’s president of fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky go live on Imagine Fashion so look out for it here.

Guest post: How to be a Bruce Weber beauty by Kay Montano

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A few weeks ago when make-up marvel Kay Montano launched her blog, we came up with a fun idea of doing a blog post swap. So I have written a post for her about my ‘beauty icons’ and most used products and she has returned the favour with this post on her favourite Bruce Weber shoots she has worked on (she has been doing make-up for him on and off since she was 17), plus the hero products she uses to achieve Weber’s signature natural, outdoorsy look. Continue reading

Pre-fall loving: Twinsets

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Thank you Jonathan Saunders and 3.1 Phillip Lim for these twisted twinsets. *Adds to Want list*
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Q&A: Farfetch.com’s Jose Neves on his business beginnings, etail in emerging markets and multi-channel thinking

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News just in: Farfetch.com, the curated marketplace for independent boutiques has raised $18 million of further funding to help growth in Brazil, Asia and America. Launched in 2008 by Jose Neves (originally a shoe designer and also the brains behind B Store and Swear), Farfetch works like an upscale high street where boutiques can spread their reach to customers in 100 countries. Jose agreed to answer some of my questions on his business beginnings, the challenges of etail in emerging markets and his multi-channel strategy… Continue reading

Menswear AW12 shows get in on the Twitpic action

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Some disagree but I found it quite exciting viewing Burberry’s  ‘Tweetwalk’ live Twitpic show and Dolce & Gabbana’s’s Twitpics on my BlackBerry while out shopping yesterday. While the last few seasons have seen fashion editors tweeting first 140-character reports, then blurry Twitpics and the ocasional Twitvid, now the brands themselves are tweeting the action in tandem with (or just after) the shows. Continue reading

Royal exhibitions 2012: The round-up

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2012 is surely the year of the royal exhibition. Here’s a wee ready reckoner…

Feb 8 – April 22: Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton – V&A
Spomsored by Garrard, this exhibition shows many of Cecil Beaton’s formal and informal portraits of the Queen, but even better, we also get to see some of his diaries, letters and other accompanying materials that help add context to the images. Beaton bequeathed his archive of royal portraits to his secretary Eileen Hose who in 1987 bequeathed the archive to the V&A. The V&A has a late night programme on Fridays and my tip is to save your visit til then to avoid hoards of tourists and kids.

May 19 2012 – Jan 6 2013: Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 – V&A
A display of royal ballgowns, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals. (There will also be non-royal gowns by McQueen, Zandra Rhodes, Hussein Chalayan and Giles Deacon)

Feb 1 – June 10: Diana, A Celebration – The Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota hosts a large exhibition, celebrating Princess Diana (‘A Wife, A Mother, A Princess, A Legend’) with items on loan from Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s ancestral home. Princess Diana’s wedding dress, 28 of her other dresses, along with family heirlooms, personal mementos and rare home movies will be on view.

May 17 – October 21: The Queen: Art and Image – National Portrait Gallery
This touring exhibtion will bring together sixty of the most striking images of the Queen by artists and photographers including Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter. After London it travels to Edinburgh, Northern Ireland and Cardiff.

Aug-September 2012 : Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration
Buckingham Palace features a display of diamonds and the Queen’s jewels to celebrate her diamond jubilee year. Date TBC

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Curated fashion and grooming for men: the next big thing?

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Glossybox for men

Before Christmas I wrote about the flurry of new ‘subscription box’ start-ups that are embracing the world of fashion and beauty on my blog for Glamour Magazine.
These are essentially clever curation services that deliver monthly ‘care packages’ to subscribers containing handpicked shoes and accessories (Stylistpick), beauty product miniatures (Glossybox) or no-brainer menswear items picked by a woman (Bombfell) to save you the time and bother of shopping or to give you a monthly ‘surprise present’ at a fairly affordable price. Continue reading

Mulberry SS12 campaign

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I will never get bored of kitsch, oversized props and girls in ankle socks and wedges so Mulberry’s SS12 campaign is right up my street. Creative direction by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, photos by Tim Walker (obv), props by Andy Hillman and all round fabulosity by Frida Gustavsson and Lindsey Wixson. (Check out the behind-the-scenes pics too…) FUN! Continue reading

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