Friday, 28 May 2010

New health food plan Murad Inclusive Health Menu launches

Renowned healthcare professional Dr. Murad has collaborated with Soulmatefood to create a health food plan specifically to produce strong and healthy cells, for optimal appearance, health and energy. The Murad Inclusive Health Menu is personalised to individual tastes and tolerances and delivered fresh to each purchaser’s door. Incorporating a menu rich in lecithin, glucosamine, essential amino and fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamins A, B, C and E, the Inclusive Health Menu, and corresponding daily vitamin supplements, provide the body with what it needs to produce the healthiest possible new cells and connective tissue, as well as what it needs to neutralise cell and tissue damaging free radicals. Results that can be achieved from the full ten-week programme, include a youthful boost to skin, increased sleep patterns, feeling energised, a reduction in cellulite and the promotion of overall health renewal.

Finalists of 2010 Mango Fashion Awards announced

Mango has selected the 10 finalists of the third edition of the ‘El Boton’ Mango Fashion Awards, an event aimed at supporting new international talent. The candidates will compete for a prize of €300,000, the largest sum awarded to date in an event like this. The Jury was made up of five international design schools (Central Saint Martins, the Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris, the Istituto Marangoni in Milan, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and the Escola Superior de Disseny, Barcelona) and representatives from Mango. Finalists include: British design duo Matthew Cunningham and John Sanderson, fellow Brit Jean-Pierre Braganza, Michael Sontag from Germany, Italian Rocco Iannone, Harvey Bouterse and Helena Lumelsky from Belgium, Spanish duo Javier Zazo and Clara Bull, Austrian Isabelle Steger, Motonari Ono from Japan and Italian duo Fabio Sasso and Juan D. Caro.

Mary Portas launches new website

Retail guru Mary Portas has announced the launch of a new consumer-driven website,, which launched today (28 May). The new site, Mary’s first permanent home on the web, is a comprehensive resource for both shoppers and shopkeepers keen to improve, comment or learn about the retail experience. Through the site’s lead feature ‘Search for a Shop’, users can upload, rate and review shops from around the world – creating a comprehensive database of consumer insight into our high streets. This searchable directory lets users read real reviews from like-minded shoppers, and allows disgruntled customers, or customers impressed by service to make their voice heard. As a community-driven website, will also create a destination for conversations on shopping, fashion and life. In addition, users will be able to follow Mary’s latest projects, television campaigns, journalism, and news Mary’s Living and Giving shops for Save the Children, as well as live agency news. unveils re-design

Condé Nast Digital Britain has announced the brand new site, with the updated version released to the web shortly. The relaunch of offers large scale visuals, an e-commerce element, selective content. Editorially, the site is presented through seven channels – Do’s and Don’ts, Shopping, Fashion, Beauty and Hair, Celebrity, Blogs, and the Magazine. The homepage itself benefits from a less cluttered design mirroring the print brand and allows the editorial to shine, accompanied by large format visuals. Fashion is one of the key focuses for the site, and will also include a new ShopStyle service, offering an e-commerce element to

New accessories line Eremett launches in the UK

New luxury accessories line Eremett has launched in the UK. Founded by Natalie Da Gama-Rose, Eremett specialises in clutch bags and cocktail rings. Each bag from the Eremett collection is made in an exotic skin with a jewelled clasp, skins used on the finishing include python, stingray, lizard and crocodile. Colours in the collection range from navy and green to pink and pale yellow. The stone clasps include aquamarine, jade, tiger eye, white agate and quartz. Each bag carries a detachable chain in gold plated silver that can be re-worked as a necklace or bracelet. Cocktail rings are presented in semi precious and fine jewellery categories. Silver and yellow gold on silver rings are set with moonstones, quartz, jade, citrines and embellished with smaller sapphires in pink blue and orange. Each piece in the Eremett collection is individually numbered making each one unique. The Eremett collection is currently stocked at Harrods, Start and The Gift Library with prices for bags starting at £450.00, while Cocktail Rings start at £295.00.

RImmel London launches mobile mirror application

Rimmel London has created a new mobile phone application - The Rimmel London Mobile Mirror Application - which allows the phone to be transformed into a handy mirror. This free application can be downloaded from the recently relaunched Rimmel Mobile site ( from 1 June.

European Fashion Designer Competition accepting entries until 24 June

The European Fashion Designer Competition 2010, judged by renowned British designer Zandra Rhodes, offers all fashion students the chance to have a design created by a top fashion and win a trip to London to see it in an international catwalk show. This year, the competition has taken inspiration from the opening of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Medieval galleries and wants designs that are influenced by the European Medieval and Renaissance period. All entries need to be submitted by 24 June.

Wolford launches 60th anniversary set with press shots by Rankin

2010 sees the 60th anniversary of lingerie brand Wolford. To celebrate the event, they have created a set that includes a Panty body and Stockings. The flower pattern in fine lace is echoed in the appliqué of embroidered blossom and the glittering Swarovski crystals. There are sparkling crystals on the neckline and running up over the left shoulder to draw attention, while the high-necked, figure-hugging panty Body is combined with matching lace stockings. These have have silicone bands which allows the stockings to be worn separately as hold-ups. The shoot for the new set was performed by iconic British photographer Rankin. All sets are numbered from 1 to 350 and available as an exclusive anniversary pack for £825.00 in selected point of sale and Wolford boutiques from October 2010.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

ellis+louca interiors showroom opens in Clerkenwell

ellis+louca interiors, who have a new showroom in London, is the latest venture from the internationally-renowned florist, Kally Ellis, of McQueens. Working with London-based interior designer Loucas Louca, ellis+louca draws from all manner of sources and inspiration to bring designed pieces to the home, office and garden. They have sourced furniture, fabric, ceramics, toys, stationery, glassware, crockery, books and gifts, with the collection to be expanded and adapted on a regular basis. The products selected highlight British home-grown talent, as well as more established designers, and aim to enhance the home and work environment. ellis+louca can be found at the former McQueens shop in St John’s Street, London EC1, which has been transformed into a contemporary space and houses an in-house interior design service also available to customers.

L'Oréal collaborates with illustrator for upcoming awards

The L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy team is collaborating with illustrator Nuno Da Costa for the upcoming L’Oréal Professionel Colour Trophy Grand Final 2010 ceremony. This is the longest running and most prestigious annual hairdressing competition in the UK dedicated to hair inspired by fashion. As part of the overall prize, each of the winners of The L’Oréal Professional Colour Trophy, Men’s Image Award, Young Colourist and Mizani Afro Catwalk award will receive an illustration exclusively drawn by Nuno Da Costa capturing their winning model look. The 2010 winners will be announced on 28 June at the Grosvenor House Ballroom, London. opens new private salon and website section is opening up a private salon next Tuesday (1 June) in the area of Connaught Village in London W2. To coincide with the salon is launching a new Objects d’Art section online on the same day. All pieces are individually curated and can be viewed at the showroom in London or by appointment in Paris. is a site dedicated to 20th century vintage. Inspired by the late Klaudia Mayer, an Austrian haute couture tailor whose atelier was originally founded in 1927, the company has updated Madame Mayer's heritage to the 21st century in the form of a luxury e-boutique and a salon by appointment for vintage fashion lovers, collectors, students, designers and artists.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Sadie Frost designs limited edition shopper

To celebrate 3,500 years of the Chrysanthemum, Sadie Frost has designed an exclusive bag to brighten up your daily shop. It features a pocket designed to keep flowers safe and all proceeds from sales go to the Hepatitis C Trust. The sheer variety of these flowers means helps to create different looks, colours or atmospheres for the home and they last well over a week. The bag too, just like the Chrysanthemum, is inexpensive - a text costing £1.50 will be enough to get your hands on this exclusive designer bag. To get your own limited edition bag simply visit and follow the instructions.

New Spring/Summer collection from Lazy Oaf

Lazy Oaf's Spring/Summer collection has branched out into some brand new garment shapes including T-shirt dresses and high waisted mini skirts alongside its signature printed Tees. Not to mention There is an array of colourful, all over prints including dancing bears, crayon dot and lounging leopards as well as the Oaf Polo shirt for boys and two new baseball cap designs. Key pieces in the Spring/Summer 2010 look book shot by Dan Wilton can be viewed n their website, Prices in the collection range from £20.00 to £30.00 for T-shirts, skirts and dresses.

Swiss watchmaker Eterna launches latest collection

Soleure is the latest collection from Swiss watchmaker Eterna. The Soleure Automatic has a slim polished stainless steel case that houses a self-winding mechanical movement with date calendar that provides 38 hours of reserve power. With its case back secured by four screws and a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the Soleure Automatic is water-resistant to 50 metres (165 feet). Silver-toned or black, the Soleure Automatic dial features both polished and satin-finished stainless steel bracelet as well as the choice of white, brown or black Louisiana alligator straps - all with folding clasp. The Soleure Moonphase Chronograph contains hours, minutes and seconds as well as chronograph functions, it shows the date on the dial rim along with the day and the month at 12 o'clock.

Exclusive Graduate Fashion Week range launches in River Island

An exclusive Graduate Fashion Week range launches in River Island this week. The store, title sponsor for the 6th year in succession, has employed over 90 graduates in the past 5 years from GFW, ensuring their designs hit the high street. This week River Island is launching a range of GFW products in selected stores nationwide, just in time for this year’s event which is taking place 6-10 June (see DIARYdates). In particular the range has several pieces designed by 2009 Award winners Myrto Stamou (UCA Rochester) and Charlotte Simpson (University of Northumbria). Myrto Stamou, winner of the prestigious River Island Gold Award, as well as the Womenswear Award, has recently completed an internship with Hannah Marshall and has been working closely with River Island to create these dresses, inspired by her graduation collection. The designs, pictured here, are strong and sleek and employ supple leather, mesh panelling and slinky jersey. Giles Deacon described her collection as ‘a cohesive range that could easily be sold tomorrow’. Prices start from £49.99.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Celebrity Secrets unveils new spray tan

Celebrity Secrets has created a sunless spray tan. The new tan is made in the UK from 100% natural ingredients and fortified with vitamins A, B and E to help protect and nourish the skin. It also contains moisturisers and penetrating agents to help create a long lasting tan. Celebrity Secrets DHA-based sunless tanning products create the tan effect by staining the keratin in the upper layer of the skin. The ingredients do not penetrate the skin barrier and therefore will not harm the body. Thanks to spray-gun tanning, a spray tan can be applied in less time than it takes to get a manicure and is far safer than exposure to the damaging rays of the sun or traditional tanning beds. Available in 6 strengths from 6% to 16%, DHA suits all skin types and solutions can be customised with Celebrity Secrets Booster Drops which contain 34% DHA to match different skin tones. All products are fragranced with a light tropical fruit aroma. Spray Tan sessions are available in selected salons nationwide with prices starting from £15.00.

Exclusive online travel shop for Elemis

Elemis’ official online retailer has just launched an exclusive Travel Shop online. Launched just in time for summer, the Travel Shop offers up to 40 Elemis products in the travel sizes, providing holiday essentials for him and her. Prices range from £2.00 to £25.00 and until 31 August the site currently offers the opportunity to buy five items and receive the sixth free. Check it out here:

Monday, 24 May 2010

The Clothes Show Style Awards shortlist announced

The Clothes Show Style Awards in association with OK! Magazine shortlist has been announced. The event, taking place at Earls Court on Friday 25 June 2010, has Categories including Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Woman - won last year by Fearne Cotton (pictured), Fashion Photographer, Fashion Stylist and Make-Up Artist of the Year 2010. Starting with a red carpet entrance and champagne reception, the Clothes Show Style Awards consist of the awards ceremony, an acoustic performance by Paloma Faith and end with a catwalk showcase. Presenting this year’s awards ceremony will be last year’s winner of The Best Dressed Man of the Year George Lamb. George will be joined by British Fashion Council Chairman Harold Tilman as well as last year’s winner of Fashion Stylist of the Year and Britain’s Next Top Model judge Grace Woodward, who will present this year’s Fashion Stylist of the Year. All voting will take place at and closes at 1pm on Monday 7 June. See below for a full list of nominees:

Friday, 21 May 2010

Marilyn Monroe pearls to go on display

For one week only and in conjunction with the Bond Street Culture and Heritage Week, Mikimoto will be exhibiting Marilyn Monroe’s Mikimoto pearl necklace in its original oval, leather, velvet-lined box. In 1954 Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio travelled to Japan for their honeymoon, where Mikimoto presented Marilyn with an Akoya pearl necklace. The Mikimoto pearl necklace was one of the only pieces of fine jewellery Marilyn owned, as most of her jewellery was costume. Mikimoto was the first to develop a technique for the cultivation of pearls. Today, almost all pearls sold worldwide are cultured pearls. The family-run business remains a world leader in superior-quality Akoya and South Sea cultured pearls and the company is respected for its product design, crafting techniques and strict quality control. The Bond Street Culture and Heritage Week runs from 7-13 June 2010.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Tommy Hilfiger exclusive footwear capsule collection

Tommy Hilfiger has announced an exclusive footwear capsule collection created in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation and Artestar LLC. Featuring artwork from the late artist Keith Haring, the capsule collection contains sneakers and rain boots for women and children as well as sneakers for men. The capsule collection officially launches in footwear specialty stores as well as select department stores, in Fall 2010. Keith Haring was an artist and activist who frequently used his art to speak about social issues.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Mademoiselle Moschino by Kartell

Kartell’s most fashionable armchair has introduced three brand new versions by Moschino: Sketches is the Mademoiselle with a patchwork of original illustrations by Franco Moschino; Daisies is the Mademoiselle in white with daisies on black background that decorate the seat up to the back; Hearts is the Mademoiselle with the Moschino iconic black and white stylised hearts. The Mademoiselle Moschino 'Hearts', 'Sketches' and 'Daisies' chairs will be available at Kartell flagship stores worldwide starting from Summer 2010. Designed by Philippe Starck in 2004, Mademoiselle armchair is comfortable, chic and casual, and is available with a transparent or shiny black frame.

New iPhone app from Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey

This brand new Beauty Steals iPhone app from Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey, the authors of the bestselling Beauty Bible series of books is launching at the iTunes Store on 21 May priced at £2.99. The Beauty Steals app is an independent guide to the best affordable products out there. All the award-winning products in this app were tested on real women over a period of months, who gave very detailed feedback on what really works, scoring each product out of 10. Each product went to 10 testers (over 2,500 in all). This app can also be used to purchase most of the products featured online.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

New Indiba Deep Beauty Treatments available at Urban Retreat

New Indiba Deep Beauty Treatments provide a pain-free solution for skin rejuvenation. The treatments use a regenerative radio frequency to raise the internal temperature of skin which helps to rejuvenate the face and body. Having combined technology with therapeutic efficacy, the treatment harnesses the Proionic effect to mobilise ions and provide energy inside the body, bringing new life to the skin, both in firmness and tone. The use of radio frequency improves the visible signs of cellulite, regenerates cells, reshapes the body and lifts and firms targeted areas. For the face the treatment Improves sagging skin, bags and dark circles, fine lines and deep wrinkles, double chin, scars and delivers overall skin luminosity.

The Return of Bikini Boot Camp at The Grove

The Grove in Hertfordshire (, London’s Country Estate, has announced the return of Bikini Boot Camp. Running right through until mid-September, this year’s 3-day programme has taken the successful Bikini Boot Camp to the next level, with new elements including, power yoga and circuit training on the beach to complete pampering in the spa. Summer 2010 sees the launch of a 5-day camp where recruits are able to take part in tennis, boxing, indoor cycling, dancercise as well as the classic Bikini Boot Camp challenges of circuit training on The Grove’s famous urban beach, walks along the canal, power yoga and fitness ball training.

The Estée Lauder Companies to acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics

The Estée Lauder Companies announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, a privately held cosmetics company based in Los Angeles, California. The acquisition is expected to close in July 2010, subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approval. Smashbox’s significant presence in assisted open-sell environments and specialty distribution channels will expand The Estée Lauder Companies’ product offerings and reach new and younger consumers in these high-growth prestige channels.

Lands' End launches new Autumn/Winter collection

For the Autumn/Winter 2010 collection Lands’ End’s has created a modern line called Lands’ End Canvas. The new collection is an expansive line of versatile clothing for men and women that reinterprets Lands’ End’s American style and combines it with modern, lived-in sensibility and fit. The Lands’ End Canvas collection features casual apparel, swimwear, outerwear, shoes and accessories for both women and men that are relevant to a modern lifestyle. Lands’ End designers have redefined the brand’s heritage pieces with new fits and fabrications while also introducing new items in premium fabrics with soft washes.

Exclusive Charity Wine Tasting Weekend with Jancis Robinson

FT wine expert, Jancis Robinson OBE has joined forces with Mike Armitage, founder of the Interesting Wine Club, to auction a Charity Wine-tasting Weekend (July 16 - 18) for six wine lovers at Briancon, Mike’s maison de maitre in the Dordogne. All monies raised will be donated to the newly formed UK charity arm of the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) of which Mike is a Trustee. Selected fine wines and champagnes from Mike’s wine cellar are on offer accompanied by three days of food in the company of Jancis, a leading wine expert and writer. Guests will be met on arrival at either Bergerac airport or Angouleme train station and whisked on to a vintage champagne and wine reception; on Saturday, tutored tastings of German wines accompanied by foie gras and a vineyard visit to taste one of the great Monbazillac’s are followed by a ‘Burgundy dinner’; Sunday will include a ‘Bordeaux lunch’ by the pool.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Crombie launches its Autumn/Winter 2010 collection

Crombie has launched its Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, with ‘The coat’ remaining the centrepiece. Recognisable worldwide, the tall slim silhouette is encompassed in two key styles: the flat front, straight Covert coat and the subtly-waisted Retro frockcoat. Variations in cloth from 100% cashmere, to the urban and functional showerproof PU backed cotton/wool and inky black shearling – broaden further the appeal of this iconic garment. As a nod to Crombie's heritage, there's the authentic English wool, Military Great Coat, pictured here priced at £795.00, with chalk-filled, handcrafted brass buttons.

Friday, 14 May 2010

A|wear Antique collection

The A|wear Antique collection is a romantic blend of the 1920s, 1940s and the 1970s for a celebration of bygone style inspired by the Spring/Summer 2010 catwalks of Etro, Chanel and Calvin Klein. Soft neutrals and delicate skin tone shades of blush, nude and pink dominate with a scattering of pastels and antique prints. A hint of dip dye can be seen on chiffon skirts as prairie prints are mixed with flushes of deep wine. Choose from floaty silk camisoles, pussy bow blouses and tea dresses layered with georgette ruffles and cutesy gathered culottes for assorted charm. Lace also makes an appearance across petticoats, sheer cardigans and flippy skirts along with vintage sequin and embellished knitwear. A key piece is the cropped jacket, in toffee coloured faux fur.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

COPRA Award winners announced

The Cosmetics & Perfumery Retailers' Association (COPRA) held its annual lunch yesterday and also presented coveted COPRA Awards. There are six awards relevant to products launched during the previous year: Best New Skincare Product/Range; Best New Makeup Product/Range; Best New Male Fragrance, national distribution; Best New Male Fragrance, limited distribution; The Look Award for Best New Female Fragrance, national distribution (voted for by the readers of Look magazine) and Best New Female Fragrance, limited distribution. As well as the Gordon Whitehead Award for personal contribution to the beauty industry, the final award is the Supplier Service Award for the company that the Copra members feel has given the best and most consistent service throughout the previous year.

Here is a full list of winners and nominees:

UK Fashion and Textile Export Awards winners announced

Superdry, Johnstons Cashmere, Pittards, Barker Shoes and LXY Brands picked up prizes at this year’s UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards, which were held in London today (13 May). The UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards have been presented since 1986 and recognise outstanding sales performance beyond the UK domestic market. This year, as usual, the Awards were presented to the winners by HRH The Princess Royal, President of the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), the event’s organiser. This year’s Awards also included the first Lifetime Achievement trophy, which was presented to the king of men’s nightwear Derek Rose, and another first was for textiles, which was won by leather specialist Pittards. The Gold Award, for long-standing export excellence and sponsored by HSBC Commercial Bank, went to Northamptonshire-based Barker Shoes. In addition, a Chairman’s Award was presented to John Wilson, former director general of UKFT, who is retiring at the end of June, and is now a deputy chairman of the organisation.

Full details of winners and sponsors:

Major new event launch shakes up mainstream bridal market

Foxglove Events, the creators of The Designer Wedding Show for the luxury bridal sector, have announced the launch of modernbride, a major new event for the mainstream market. The event is scheduled for this November (See DIARYdates) at London’s ExCeL and has already been extremely well received by the market. With the average cost of a wedding in the UK now put at around £20,000, brides want to invest in the best for their budget. Exhibitions are the perfect media for helping them shortlist the many must-haves for their perfect day but Sue Maddix of Foxglove feels that the mainstream market is very poorly served by the current choice of events.

Naomi Campbell fashion photography and model competition

After a two-month search through more than 8000 aspiring models and photographers, Talenthouse, Naomi Campbell and Glamour magazine's editor Jo Elvin have chosen the winners of their search for the hottest new face and photographer in the UK. The two talented winners were today announced as Miro Arva, the winning photographer, and Sabrina Rocha, as the top model. Both Miro and Sabrina will now participate in a shoot with supermodel Naomi Campbell, to be featured in the August issue of Glamour magazine.

Debut bags and accessories collection from Mark Giusti launches

Mark Farhat is launching his first collection of luxury men’s bags and leather accessories - Bring Back Time. The Mark/Giusti brand is aimed at the modern man looking for design, quality and functionality. Materials are chosen to reflect the designer’s attention to quality and practicality, from the hand printed Italian Nappa leather to leading technological materials. Furthermore, the hand-carved details and clean lined compartments have been positioned to add to the aesthetic while serving a purpose. The colour palette is traditional with a strong usage of deep green dominating the collection. The new range comprises laptop bags, briefcases, gym bags, messenger bags, weekend bags and wallets, with retail prices from £120.00 for Wallets, to £765.00 for bags. The Bring Back Time collection will soon be available in selective boutique stores in London and Italy. A launch party will take place in London in June (see DIARYdates) For further details please visit

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

London Gift Fair takes place for the first time this September

The new London Gift Fair, launched by Clarion Events, is taking place for the first time this year on 12 - 14 September. Among the names taking part in the buying event are Parlane International, The Libra Company, Lesser & Pavey, Talbot Import Company, The Master Herbalist, Helen Exley Giftbooks and Fancy Metal Goods to name a few. The show will be co-located with the design-led show Top Drawer at the National Hall, Olympia, and will have particular appeal for buyers from London and the South East of England.

Louis Vuitton teams up with London art institutions

Louis Vuitton has announced the launch of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project, an unprecedented partnership between Louis Vuitton and five of London’s leading art institutions: Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, South London Gallery, Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery. This three year arts and education programme will give young Londoners from across the city unique access to the museum directors and curators, artists and collectors who shape the British contemporary art scene.

Bond Street Culture & Heritage Week launches in June

In celebration of its unique history, Bond Street is to launch Culture & Heritage Week this June (See DIARYdates). Timed to coincide with the key London art fairs, the week brings together fashion, jewellery, art and antiques in a demonstration of Bond Street’s unique heritage and culture. During Culture & Heritage Week Bond Street will be transformed into a living museum where visitors will have the chance to view vintage collections, in-store exhibits and demonstrations of craftsmanship. There are also opportunities to attend private views, art and fine jewellery tours, art lectures and exclusive events. Asprey will host in-store tours showcasing select heritage pieces and unique products; fine jewellers Boucheron will display important museum pieces, while Cartier will host a series heritage tours to pre-book.

Eden Park launches first ever range of sunglasses

Eden Park has launched its first range of sunglasses. There are 16 styles in the collection and below Eden Park has reinterpreted a classic model. Finished with acetate and handmade materials, the designs are unisex and available in three colourways priced at £102.00 at participating opticians, Eden Park shops and online at

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

New nail boutique launches in Maida Vale

Tillie’s Nail Lounge is a new luxury nail boutique in the heart of Little Venice offering bespoke treatments for the hands and feet in a calming location with white-washed walls and antiques. Boasting a unique atmosphere, Tillie’s is warm and inviting with sofas, complimentary lattes, primrose hill bakery cupcakes, fresh flowers on every tabletop and shelves of treasures that Tillie collects and offers for sale.

Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design award winners announced

The winners of the fourth annual Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards were announced last night at the Renaissance Chancery Court London, High Holborn. The evening was hosted by Sarah Miller, editor of Condé Nast Traveller. The awards recognized excellence in ten categories as follows:

Free Range exhibitions to include fashion

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Free Range, an Old Truman Brewery project supporting new graduate artists and designers, has announced a new fashion category with three days of graduate fashion shows. Until now Free Range has presented graduate exhibitions in the creative disciplines of Art, Photography, Design, Graphics and Interiors. Extending this support to graduate fashion designers, Free Range is dedicating an exclusive catwalk-space to graduate fashion shows, with cocktails supplied by Perrier. Universities to be featured at the show include Wincester School of Art, Middlesex University and Somerset College. See DIARYdates for more details.

Monday, 10 May 2010

London's first NYC-style doggie créche opens

A New York style dog crèche, CDPOM World, is to open in Tower Bridge, London, to satisfy demand for dog day-care and overnight boarding. The new centre is designed as an alternative to pet sitting that offers dogs a rich social and educational experience. CDPOM World has its own dog gym – the Pets ‘A’ Size™ area – with a treadmill as well as lots of agility toys and stimulating games. CDPOM World has a flexible approach to fit in with the needs of the modern dog owner. Owners can book by the hour, day, week or month, so they can leave their pets at CDPOM World all day while they’re at work, or just pop in for an hour’s play and exercise while the owner goes shopping, to a meeting or an appointment. There will be an open day on Wednesday 19 May. (See DIARYdates)

Frugi nominated in this year's Observer Ethical Awards

Cornish organic clothing company Frugi has been shortlisted for ‘Best Online Retailer’ in the The Observer Ethical Awards 2010. Frugi creates soft organic clothing for children aged 0-6 years, as well as a stylish and innovative range of organic breastfeeding wear for mothers. It’s an ethical process from start to finish; the farmers receive a fair price for organic cotton crops and factory employees are all over the age of 18 and are paid fairly and have free healthcare. The company also donates 1% of its turnover to two grassroots environmental projects helping organic cotton farmers in Benin, West Africa and marine mammal conservation around the Cornish coastline. The entries for the awards have been selected for the final round by a panel of judges that included Colin Firth, actor; Ben Fogle, TV presenter; Sue Perkins, comedian; Kate Humble, TV presenter and Ben Okri, author, and was chaired by Lucy Siegle, ethical living correspondent, The Observer. A full list of the categories is listed below.

Friday, 7 May 2010

The best of British

Many British fashion designers are building their businesses by selling to top stores and boutiques overseas. The following brands - among those looking to win a prestigious prize at next week’s UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards have built up reputations in New York, Tokyo, Paris, Milan:

Harrods celebrate Red Lipstick Day on 27 May

As the grand finale to Harrods Beauty Month in May, the department store is teaming up with the cancer support charity Look Good…Feel Better to offer a day of activity on 27 May centred around the ‘iconic’ red lipstick. Personal consultations will be available from top international and catwalk make-up artists including: Mary Greenwell for Chanel, Lynsey Alexander for MAC, Daniel Sandler for All For Eve, Jamie Coombes for Dior, Armand Beasley for Sisley, Fred Letaillieur for Giorgio Armani, Pat McGrath’s protégé Emma Kotch for Dolce & Gabbana, Claire Rae for Lancome, Will Malherbe for Bobbi Brown, Christian Ribot for Givenchy, Sara Hill for Laura Mercier, Blair Patterson for Estee Lauder and Kavita for Elizabeth Arden. To celebrate Elizabeth Arden’s 100th Anniversary a limited edition commemorative lipstick in Red Door Red will be available on counter, with all proceeds going to Look Good…Feel Better.
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Thursday, 6 May 2010

RSPCA calls for fashion companies to enter the 2010 Good Business Awards

The RSPCA is calling on welfare-conscious fashion companies around the UK to enter this year’s RSPCA Good Business Awards, which recognise ethical business approaches to animal welfare. The RSPCA Good Business Awards fashion category, in association with Drapers, is looking to reward fashion retailers that can demonstrate excellent policies with regards to fur, leather skins and merino wool.

Nina Campbell and Ted Baker collaboration available now

Ted Baker has launched a new capsule collection in collaboration with interior designer, Nina Campbell. Ray Kelvin, the closest man to Ted, met Nina when looking for interior fabrics for his home and the seeds of the partnership were sown from there. Both advocate a mix of luxury and versatility, giving their designs an ageless, timeless appeal. They’re also known for creating vibrant, unique prints – adding interest and detail to traditional designs. The collection is built around a signature Nina Campbell Orchard Blossom print. The silk satin fabric is adorned with a trail of blossom bearing branches, which is in perfect harmony with the occasionwear feel of the pieces. The collection features a maxi dress, fine knit, a top, clutch bag and scarf for women and a shirt, jacket and tie for men and is available at leading Ted Baker stores nationwide as well as Prices range from £55.00 to £249.00.

New Playboy fashion collection to launch in August

Playboy has announced that it has entered a license agreement with Fashion UK to create a new collection of Playboy-branded men’s and women’s fashion apparel, which will be available in the UK and Ireland beginning in August 2010. The Playboy-branded line will include vintage wash and jersey T-shirts – including music-inspired and embellished styles – as well as hoodies and joggers.

Industrie magazine set to hit newsstands on 24 May

Industrie, a magazine focusing on the culture of fashion, featuring personalities and moments that shape the industry, will be available on selected newsstands around the world from 24 May priced at £7.00. Industrie is dedicated to presenting an independent, in-depth look at the fashion industry, going behind the scenes to chronicle the personalities, stories and defining moments in the world of fashion. The publication was founded by Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede who are the current editors- in-chief and publishers. LOVE editor-in-chief Katie Grand is also on the masthead at Industrie as contributing fashion editor. It is published internationally twice a year, and updated continually on

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

ARTDECO launches into Fenwick (Brent Cross)

Last friday ARTDECO was launched at Fenwick (Brent Cross) by UK Brand Ambassador Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. ARTDECO’s make-up combines professional performance with innovation and luxury. There are over 1600 products within the range, including make-up and skincare. Key products within the range include: Système Mosaique, £12.15, a refillable magnetic beauty box with a bespoke design that contains four eyeshadows; High Performance Lipstick £15.55, a luxurious lipstick that contains Maxi Lip and Vitamin E to add volume to lips, as well as visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles.