Lou Doillon isn't the only person involved in the secret unveiling of Tom Ford's womenswear collection. Recent reports claim that all of the models taking part are famous, with the line-up reportedly including Victoria Beckham and Beyonce.
Despite the recent leak of information, Ford is keeping quiet about everything else and is making sure all attendees do too. Those involved have been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and only one photographer, who is working directly under Ford, has been allowed to take photographs. The bad news? Don't expect to see images of the collection until they hit stores in January as the designer doesn't want to fall victim of high street copies and counterfeit imitations.
I hate to admit this but until last season Maria Grachvogel was completely unknown to me. Having taken an eight year gap from London Fashion Week, the last time she showed her collection - which is often well known for Victoria Beckham's appearance on the runway - I was still dreaming about working in fashion whilst worrying about what was going on in the playground at high school. Last season was the first time I was introduced to her designs and was instantly taken by them and last month, when I was lucky enough to meet the woman herself, I left even more charmed than the first time we'd met.
Having interviewed my fair share of designers over the last few years, not many have been as charming as Grachvogel or quite frankly, appealed to me so much aesthetically. Arriving wearing one of her own printed dresses - one that I already had my eye on -, the designer completely embodied the essence of her brand and looked amazing doing it. "I focus on designing clothes that make women feel good," she said. "Clothes that appeal to the moods of a woman like feeling relaxed, or clothes that make you feel protected, sensual, womanly or dramatic."
Since watching her Autumn/Winter collection last season, I've always considered her as my best kept secret but considering the fact that only last month she appeared in British Harper's Bazaar's September issue and is often referred to as the go-to designer for a legion of fashion editors internationally, it's safe to say that what I once thought was a best kept secret is a pretty bad one.
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On Thursday the British Fashion Council announced the 2010 nominees for the British Fashion Awards. Chosen by the British Fashion Council Press Committee - which includes British Vogue's Alexandra Schulman, Harper's Bazaar's Lucy Yeoman and Sarah Mower - the nominees didn't come as a surprise. Case in point: Phoebe Philo is nominated as designer of the year for her work at Celine, which is fitting considering the fact that this year's trend towards minimalism has been branded a result of the 'Philo Effect'. Similarly Burberry is unsurprisingly nominated for designer brand of the year and quite rightly so.
Unfortunately we still have a while to wait before the winner's are announced. The event will take place on Dec 7th in London's Savoy Hotel.
Victoria Beckham is the latest star to joing the Twitter bug but will be doing so specifically for Fashion Week this month. After being signed up for only two days she's already bagged 43,745 followers but is only following 13 including close friend Eva Longoria.
Her first tweet? 'Finally!! Leaving for UK tomorrow "Airport is my runway!!!" Can't wait for fashion week! In love and light x VB'.
If you find you don't have the time to pour over the latest catwalk shows, spotting the biggest trends for Fall 2010 - don't panic. We've attended the fashion shows and designer presentations, spent hours obsessing over runway shots and videos to bring you our pick of the bunch, our Fall Favourites. Need to know this season's hottest colours, materials, looks? We have it covered. Look no further than our six chosen trends: grey, leather, military, neutrals, shearling and velvet.
Nicole Scherzinger has left her PVC-clad-Pussycat-Doll self well and truly behind in favour of a more sophisticated and classic look. With the help of style icon and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, whose highly successful clothing line has already been seen on a host of celebrities, Scherzinger can now be seen in her dresses when she judges on the X Factor. Surprisingly, this is all the public will get to see Scherzinger in. Sources from camp X Factor have revealed that the brunette beauty will sport only Victoria Beckham dresses for her run as the show’s guest judge.
Nicole has been photographed in a glam grey dress that has also been worn by Gwyneth Paltrow and Janet Jackson. It appears Victoria Beckham has quite the fan club within the celebrity circuit and has accomplished herself as a successful fashion designer. Scherzinger too, being picked to replace Minogue and Cole on Britains biggest talent show is getting on rather well sans girlband. Well done to both ladies.
This week Emma Watson chopped off her long locks in favour of a Victoria Beckham-like pixie cut. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that she's been thinking about the change for a long time but hasn't been able to due to filming 'Harry Potter'.
After filming of the movie finally wrapped up she decided to take the plunge. “The stylist just grabbed the back of my hair and took a whole ponytail of hair out,” she told EW.com about her hair stylist Rodney Cutler. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was about 16, so as soon as I had the chance I was like, ‘Right. This is it.’” And after a few days since going for the shorter style, she's still happy with her decision. “It was the most liberating thing!…I love it,” she said.