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Posted by in on Jun 07, 2016 .

Last night in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom,  the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) presented its awards. The institution honours excellence in fashion design and is often referred to as "The Oscars of Fashion".  The awards are voted on by its 1500 members made up of fashion editors, stylists and retailers.  

Last night's big winners included:

Womenswear Designer - Marc Jacobs

Menswear Designer - Thom Browne

Accessories Designer - Mansur Gavriel

The Founder's Award - Donna Karan

International Award - Gucci: Alessandro Michele

Special Tribute - David Bowie

Media Award - Imran Amed - Editor...

Posted by in on Jun 01, 2016 .

At the weekend, in Hong Kong's Christie's auction house, the most expensive handbag in the World was sold to an anonymous buyer.  Yes, someone spent £205,281 on an Hermes Birkin 30 bag. Crafted from matte white Himalaya crocodile leather and decorated with white gold and diamonds it is thought only 2 or 3 were made.  Birkin bags were named after the actress Jane Birkin and remained under-the-radar until Samantha Jones made them famous in Sex and the City, when she attempted to buy a fake one in the Hollywood Hills!

 

Posted by in on May 13, 2016 .

The Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place in France.  This means that the most stylish stars, and their partners (we're looking at your Amal Clooney!) are out in force to promote their latest movies. 

Cannes has been held every year since 1946 in the French town and is an opportunity for film makers to sell their movies when distributors come from all over the globe to buy.  Films from all genres are included from Hollyblockbusters to small indies, animations, shorts and documentaries.  It's highest acolade is the Palm d'Or which was last year won by Dheepan.

We're only at the beginning of this year's festival but the...

Posted by in Topical Features on May 10, 2016 .

During the Middle Ages, weddings weren't just a marriage between two people, but were often a union between two families, businesses or even Countries.  Because of this, many of the marriages amongst the upper classes were more about politics than love. When it came to their big days, they were dressing more to ensure their families were properly represented than for fashion.

Wealthy brides would often wear rich colours and opulent fabrics such as fur, velvet and silk, whereas poorer brides would wear their "best church outfit" instead.

The first recorded bride to wear white was Philippa of England who wore a white silk tunic...

Posted by in Topical Features, Be Inspired on May 06, 2016 .

Last year's Met Gala (the annual fundraising event held in New York's Metroplitan Museum of Art's Costume Institiute and hosted by US Vogue Magazine) sticks in the memory mainly for Rhianna's "omelette" dress, which sparked a million memes online.

This year, the theme was "Manus x Machina" and which was interpreted in myraid ways. Metallics were the most obvious and popular choice.  

Kim Kardashian stuck with her favourite designer of the moment, Balmain, whilst rising Instagram star and sister of Lucky Blue Smith, Pyper went in custom H&M. Sticking with the silver theme was a radiant Brie Larson in tiered Proenza Schouler and...

Posted by in Topical Features, Be Inspired on May 03, 2016 .

As you'll know if you've been following us (or any fashion news) of late, it's British Vogue's Centenary year. For its special June issue there has been much speculation about whom editor, Alexandra Shulman, would put on the coveted cover. Personally, I thought she might go with Kate Moss, or a well-known British actress. But, she's managed one better, and landed the one person surely all editors want on their magazine - the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. 

The shoot took place early in the year outdoors in the grounds of her Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. The photos were taken by top fashion photographer, Josh Olins and styled by...

Posted by in Topical Features on Apr 29, 2016 .

This year the British Edition of Vogue magazine turns 100.  You can still catch the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery until June, which features some of its key photographers and covers over those years. Below shows the first as well as the most recent covers.

The Vogue Festival will also be returning on May 21st & 22nd at Kensington Gardens and in September, BBC2 will be airing a documentary showing us all how British Vogue is produced in print and online each month.

On the 5th of May it launches its' special Centenary issue, details of which are being kept under-wraps but we do know that it will include an...

Posted by in Topical Features, Be Inspired on Apr 26, 2016 .

Next in our series of vintage jewellery designers and companies is Tiffany & Co. The company was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany & John B. Young in Brooklyn in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium"  and was originally known as " Tiffany, Young & Ellis".  When they opened the store they clearly maked all the items with prices to prevent customers from haggling which was prevalent at the time.  They also only accepted cash.

It's first mail order catalogue was published in 1845 in the US and was known as the "blue book" due to the colour of its' cover (Pantone 1837). At that time it also supplied the Union Army with its'...