For the last few months there's been talk about the Spice Girls performing at the Olympics closing ceremony and the speculation was pretty much confirmed last week when Victoria Beckham tweeted a picture of a diamanté-encrusted microphone. Now, with the closing ceremony less than a week away, the big question has now switched to what the brand will wear.
Victoria recently tweeted a photo of Katie Grand's pet rabbit along with the caption: 'Morning fitting with @gilesgilesgiles, cuddle with @kegrand bunny!! X vb.' As yet no confirmations have been made and even if he is dressing Victoria, that doesn't necessarily mean that he's dressing the whole band. If he did, it would make sense. Victoria is hardly ever spotted wearing anything other than her own designs so it's hard to think what else Deacon would be fitting her for and besides, Giles is one of Britain's biggest designers right now so who better to dress the country's biggest girl group on what will undoubtedly be an event to remember?
Nicole Riche in Julien Macdonald; Diane Agron in Giles; Emma Stone in Lanvin; Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen; Salma Hayek in Gucci; Lea Michele in Marchesa, Debra Messing in Monique Lhullier; Mila Kunis in Dior; Sofia Vegara in Vera Wang
Sometimes I think it's good to not be as highbrow. Often fashion is quite lofty. It's good to use different people. Just because they haven't had the typical 'cool model' career path it doesn't mean they're any less valid than someone like Agyness [Deyn].
Usually confined only to the lighter days of Summer, neutrals made an unusually popular appearance on the catwalks of AW10. Wear different tones of sand, nude, mink and off white for workable wardrobe, and accessorise with tan belts, bags and shoes for the ultimate neutral outfit. Maybe even add a playful pom pom hair accessory as seen as Sonia Rykiel, or brighten up your outfit with dip dyed hair, as seen at Giles.
This season Alessandra Ambrosio has had everything to smile about.The mother-of-one was all over the runways this season having walked for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Giles and Prada, not to mention opening the Victoria's Secret show. And it looks like things are not slowing down for the model. According to The Cut, her rep confirmed this week that Ambrosio was styled by Vogue Nippon's Anna Dello Russo and shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for the Moschino fall 2010 campaign.
Does this signal a move towards curvier models used in the big campaigns?
As was rumoured before the Paris shows began, Giles Deacon had a lineup full of Victoria's Secret beauties, as well as an astounding amount of top models gracing his catwalk for the AW10 show. Opening the show with a perfectly coiffed beehive was Karolina Kurkova, whilst Alessandro Ambrosio closed the show, and the likes of Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Carmen Kass and Angela Lindvall walked in between.
Other Victoria's Secret Angels walking for Giles this Fall included Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Izabel Goulart and Ana Beatriz Barros, and whilst it was the super line-up of supermodels that caught most of the attention, amongst the perfectly toned (and endlessly long) pins of the models, Deacon sent a furry bag with eyes. If it wasn't the glamorous '60s-inspired clothes helping Deacon settle in amongst the tough competition away from home in Paris, the British designer's stellar line up of top models sure is.
There's nothing like great lingerie to make a girl feel good, so why keep it hidden away? Underwear worn as outerwear has become a suprising emerging trend - from demure bras peeping from prim cardigans in the style of Chloe Sevigny, to sheer, sexy and exposed blouses and sequinned hotpants. For those of you who are feeling brave a la Rihanna, show some flesh with the sheer trend, or sport a lacy bra worn underneath a blazer for a smouldering night out. Taylor Momsen, Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton have all been spotted out and about flaunting their suspenders with pride - follow suit for a youthful, punky take on the trend.
If over-exposure is out of your comfort zone, follow the lead from the SS10 catwalks of Danielle Scutt, Giles and Dolce and Gabbana, with corset inspired bustiers and dresses, or for a completely subtle take on the lingerie trend, start with some lace up killer heels. Our favourite way to wear lingerie in daytime hours? The Stella lace detail slip - let it poke out from underneath a mannish blazer for a cheeky nod to sensual dressing. Spring has never been so sexy...
One thing we hate is stepping out the door to work in a rush, only to realise we have 50 more things to carry than we imagined, and guess what, they won't fit in our handbags. But Giles has your back: He's designed 100 totes he says will help the practical fashionista, in partnership with Isklar Norwegian mineral water.
Giles' reinterpreted his signature silk jacquard to reflect the style of the Isklar bottle, which resulted in all the whimsy we expect from the innovative Brit designer. “The best thing about fashion is the fun that you have playing and experimenting with things," said Giles. "I am always on the look out for new, interesting brands with which you can get creative and have a bit of fun.”
The bags are available for £95 here (and don't worry, thirsty child, they come with two water bottles), and 50 percent of all proceeds will go directly to Oxfam. Even better than feeling charitable? Possibly getting the one bag signed by Giles himself. It'll be purchased at random by one lucky shopper, and that just might be you.