UK Fashion

A Brief History of British Luxury

Penelope Sacorafou | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Penelope Sacorafou

The word luxury is brandished about a little too frequently these days. As a result the definition of luxury has been watered down too much, steering away from the skills and traditions that it relied upon, and moving towards implying a more "bling" lifestyle that can be considered often rather vacuous.

Jump From Paper: Yes, These Bags Are Real

Sarah McGiven | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

I wasn't even sure if it was real, but if it was, how did it work? Was it actually as two dimensional as it looked? How would you fit anything inside? I confess, I became a little obsessed and, as I was in the States at the time I hunted down every listed Jump from Paper stockist in New York.

Bold and Beautiful: Celebrity Style for Spring

Tiffany London | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tiffany London

As we move in to spring all eyes will be on the blossoming bumps of these A-list mums-to-be and, more specifically, what they are wearing. I've said this before but I'm a firm believer that being pregnant is no reason to take a back seat in the style stakes.

What Lies Beneath

Christina Miller | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Miller

The femininity and romance continues with bold and rhythmical flowers and leaves designed to move sensually with the body - in particular, the hand finished diamante drops and peek-a-poo aesthetic of the sheer base teamed with seductive suspender belt, thong or brief. It's super pretty, super feminine, and super expensive.

Weekend Shopping: Super Chic Streetwear Round Up

Sarah McGiven | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Here are a few of my top picks for the coolest sports luxe and street fashion to be seen in right now and some future drop tip offs for your diary, too, from adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony, OVO at Browns, Casely-Hayford and Puma.

See Inside Vogue Paris April 2014

Vogue.fr | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

Cover girl Cameron Russell continues the commitment to challenging discrimination and promoting healthy body image that she started with her TED talk in 2012, turning to imagery to make her voice heard.

Abbot Kinney: LA's Coolest Neighbourhood?

Rhiannon Davies | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Davies

After convincing myself that Spring had sprung, and then despairing for days on end about the horrendous British weather we've had of late, I decided ...

Shoe Fashion Trends Spring/Summer 2014: Sneakers and Brogues Dominate

Christine Babington Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Babington Smith

If you're still wearing court shoes with platform soles, consign them to the back of your wardrobe now! Even Victoria Beckham has ditched the platform pumps in favour of flats - hell has indeed frozen over and she is now wearing English style brogues.

Can We Stop Slagging Off Marks and Spencer Please?

Poorna Bell | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Marks and Spencer is fast becoming - if not already become - the fashion industry's favourite whipping boy/girl. Watch the claws come out around its second Leading Ladies campaign, as columnists furiously tap away their thoughts about why it sucks, what it did wrong and what M&S needs to do to be successful. But seriously, it's getting a bit tiring.

Give Your Mum A Real Mother's Day Treat - Some Rest

Sarah McGiven | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

I asked my parent friends what they would most like for Mother's Day and the first answer was universally 'sleep', followed by the traditional flowers and chocolates. So why not give sleep related, or at least rest-themed Thank You gifts this Sunday?

Rugby Prop to Bond Model - Mason 008

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Harrison Roberts

So what do you do when you bump into Mickey Rourke in a bar? You become his good mate, visit him in his LA mansion and then you retire from your rugby career and follow your dream of becoming a film star. Not something that happens to many of us, but this is the lucky story of prop Keith Mason who has just recently retired from Rugby League.

The Beard: What Lies Beneath

Lynne Parker | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Is the rising popularity of the beard a reflection of men's role in society today? Like hemlines rising with the onset of votes for women, full on masculine facial hair is making its own break for freedom and has become a 21st century fashion statement.

C**ted Added to the Oxford English Dictionary: Do You Use the C Word?

Ellen Stewart | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Stewart

Since 2000 the OED has been updated quarterly in order to offer an authoritative, up-to-date catalogue of the evolving modern language. But what exactly does it say about Generation Y when the most recent additions to the word glossary are adjectives like c**ted, c**ting, c**tish and c**ty?

Weekend Shopping: Queen Bee Style

Sarah McGiven | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Last spring saw one the release of the most perfect fashion collections in recent memory, from Alexander McQueen. Based around bees and women as worker bees, this fantastically visual theme was cross-pollinated with the brand's dark romance. Immaculate construction ensured each elegant look was executed in the most high fashion way.

Alexandra Shulman Says People Don't Want to See 'Real' in Vogue - And As A Reader I Heartily Agree

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

The skinny models don't make me feel bad about myself (and, to be clear, that's not because I'm in any way model-esque. Picture the average woman. That's me). Nor do the "real" models make me feel good. When it comes to magazines like Vogue, I want to see something beautiful - something magical. I value the escapism these publications offer...

The Circle of Hip and Why We Shouldn't Fear the Tattooed Douchebags

Anna Doble | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Doble

This new generation of image-obsessed males seems derived purely from previous, slightly hipper, forms of narcissism, in a churning spiral of self-adoration. These boys have been weaned on the teat of naff celebrity as a means to an end. Poor pumped-up lambs with lifetime debt.

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Victoria Sadler

In this tercentenary of the Hanoverian accession to the throne, the V&A has brought together an extraordinary body of work to celebrate that era's most influential designer and architect - William Kent. Kent is not a man that is spoken about widely but his influence continues to be profound. This fascinating and evocative exhibition goes a long way to redressing that imbalance.

I'm THAT Mum Who Has 'the Most Pampered Kids in Britain' - But Let Me Set the Record Straight

Faye Jacobs | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

This week, I found myself in the firing line of an extremely controversial story published on the Mail Online and have had to endure over a thousand comments questioning my integrity, my parenting and my sheer existence. To say the last 24 hours has been traumatic would be an understatement.

20 Trends for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015

Vogue.fr | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

With clean lines, cocoon silhouettes and androgynous looks featuring fur, capes, feathers and shearling, this season's collections are all about wrapping up against the cold. Get ready to ward off Winter's grip in pretty palettes, Sixties shapes, prints and flashes of shining gold.

What Is the Future for Leopard Print?

Rebecca Stevens | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Stevens

History is imperative for fashion. Trends form trends that, in this case, started as a way of life. But the main reason I sat down to write this article was to explore the demand for certain prints over others. Fashion has explored only a small selection of prints over the years, and even then many repeat season after season.

Lessons I Learnt From My Mentors When Shooting And Promoting My Latest Hat Collection

Lizzie McQuade | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie McQuade

I shot my AW14 collection just after my first Triumph mentoring session with Grace Woodward. With this being my biggest collection to date, it was fantastic to hear her advice on how to section up the collection and the importance of using styling to make that very clear for my audience.

Seven Stylish and Fashionable 2014 Bridal Trends You Will Fall in Love With

Marina Licht | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Licht

Although we are already in March, I thought it was a pertinent time as ever to discuss the seven stylish and fashionable bridal trends for 2014 that I think are impossible not to fall in love with.

Fashion Week Beauty Round Up A/W14

Nina Leykind | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nina Leykind

Both Alexa and I are so inspired by our 60's girl crushes and eye looks so it was lovely to see Pat McGrath updating the decade for Dolce Gabbana, Versace and Gucci in Milan. McGrath referenced Sophia Loren for the make-up at Dolce & Gabbana, "it's all about the brow, lashes and liner," she cried echoing my own personal mantra!

Spot The Difference: Helena Bonham Carter And Boy George

Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Helena Bonham Carter took more than a little style inspiration from Boy George while attending a Save The Children charity event last night, leaving u...

Building the Super High Street

Mary Portas | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Business is strongest is when it's face-to-face with customers and the beautiful products can be displayed physically in an alluring way. I regularly tell retailers who moan about the web to work out how to compete effectively instead. Innovators in top up grocery shopping, web purchase collection and so on, understand that the future is omni-channel and are making money. Grenson shows us how a perfect customer experience makes people feel special and gets them buying. And everybody please remember, you can't get your hair done, grab a quick drink when you fancy it, have your shoes mended, collect your prescription or dry cleaning quickly on the web (yet).