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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'...

Posted by in Look of the day, Topical Features, Be Inspired on Apr 19, 2016 .

Festival season has officially kicked off with last weekend's Coachella.  Coachella always looks like the best festival to attend as it's situated in the heart of California's Colorado Desert and temperatures regularly exceed 40C!  It's a record setter for a festival too selling 198,000 tickets and grossing $84.3 million.  It's also a good opportunity for models and actresses to hang out and set the trends for upcoming seasons as the trend-spotters are out in force!

Setting the bar high was Brit actress Joanne Frogatt in floor-length animal print with lots of chains and bracelets, along with these other festival goers in their...

Posted by in Topical Features, Be Inspired on Apr 13, 2016 .

Weddings are big business.  The average cost of one in the UK last year was a staggering £30,111*.  It's no wonder so many people want a piece of such a big pie.  With that in mind a raft of High Street retailers have launched ranges recently in the hope their loyal fans will think nothing of walking down the aisle in an off-the-rack frock.

This week H&M launched its range of dresses suitable for brides on a budget. With dresses from £29.99 and separates from £19.99 the chain really has brought bridal to the masses.  It's easy to see why brides would step away from paying on average £1378 on a dress when the High Street can kit...

Posted by in Topical Features on Apr 12, 2016 .

In another installment of our history of influential designers we take a look at Chloe.  

Chloe's founder, was born in Alexandria Egypt in 1921 with the name Gaby Hanoka.  She met her husband Raymond Aghion when she was 7 and the pair married when she was 19.  She moved to Paris in 1945 and founded Chloe (named after a friend she believed embodied the new care-free attitude) in 1952, with the vision of offering luxury ready-to-wear.  At the time, this was an entirely new concept as fashion houses still only produced haute couture; but she sensed a change on the horizon and created a collection of off-the-rack, quality,...