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April 29, 2010

Pixie Lott launches collection for Lipsy

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Pixie LottTeen pop sensation Pixie Lott has launched a clothing line for Lipsy, priced between ÂŁ25 and ÂŁ75.
   Lott, 19, launched the Pixie Collection for Lipsy in Kent yesterday.
   The collection features denim pieces, dresses and printed vest tops. A maxi dress and floral-print sun dress complete the spring–summer 2010 range.
   Lipsy, meanwhile, has launched a related competition with a first prize of the entire collection, worth ÂŁ800, and a chance to meet Lott. Five runners-up will receive ÂŁ250 each to use at lipsy.co.uk.

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FHM readers vote Cheryl Cole their favourite pin-up

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With over a million votes cast, Britain’s lad magazine, FHM, has announced that Cheryl Cole (left, in a L’Oréal promotional image) is its readers’ choice for Sexiest Woman in the World for the second year running.
   Cole, 26, beat actress Megan Fox and model Marissa Miller.
   Frankie Sandford, Keeley Hazell, Kristen Stewart, Kelly Brook, Adriana Lima, Jessica Alba and Abbey Clancy completed the magazine’s top 10.
   The full list of the top 100 appears in the magazine.

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April 27, 2010

Gok’s Fashion Fix returns on May 25

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Gok’s Fashion Fix returns to Channel 4 on May 25, with host Gok Wan revealing how to shop for less by choosing just 24 key pieces to make one feel fabulous.
   Going around Britain, Gok will perform mini-makeovers on as many people as possible, with one person from each town he visits getting a major makeover prize.
   In the latest series, makeover candidates will be invited to “dress dangerously” for a week, in order to rediscover their sexier side and gain some confidence before getting their new clothes.
   As with the last series, fashion buyer Brix Smith-Start of Start Boutique will go head to head with Gok, challenging him to match her high street looks with the stylist’s budget-conscious ones.

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April 24, 2010

Maybelline signs Lisalla Montenegro

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Maybelline New York has announced Lisalla Montenegro, 21, has been signed to the brand. Lisalla joins the brand’s spokesmodels, including Christy Turlington, Julia Stegner, Erin Wasson, Kemp Muhl and Emily DiDonato.
   Born and raised in Goias, Brazil, 5 ft 9 in Lisalla was encouraged to pursue modelling, despite having dreams to enter medicine. After participating in a competition for Miss Goias, she met with modelling scouts who took her to the US.
   She has been on the catwalks of Hermès, Michael Kors, Armani Exchange, Tracy Reese, Vena Cava, and Pinko. She has worked with the industry’s most renowned international photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Kenneth Willardt, Alexi Lubomirski, Peter Beard and Miles Aldridge, says the company.
   Advertising featuring Montenegro is expected to break in June.

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April 22, 2010

Rating the amenities

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You can tell a lot about a luxury property simply by looking at the amenities laid out in the bathroom. Recently I applied the amenity-test to three properties in Paris: the first, a higher end boutique inn near Trocadero, had l’Occitane products, a solid mid-level retail brand- the interesting and sportif Verveine scent, and good quantities—no skimping on the portions. The second hotel, a more Bohemian haunt on the Left Bank overlooking the Jardins de Luxembourg, had those wonderful Hermès orange products. While the rooms were small and a shade severe, the amenities made the entire offering feel warmer. The last, a faded palace off the Champs-ÉlysĂŠes near metro Georges V with a shimmering white tile bathroom like out of a Kubrick movie, had excellent Bulgari products with their signature teaberry scent and clean, light packaging. Still, nothing new, seen them all before, and each bespoke its perception of luxury.
   What a pleasure it was later, at the Aman New Delhi, to discover Kama Ayurveda, an emerging line with superior products and a laudable corporate mission. High-quality certified Ayurvedic formulations, community involvement and supporting small industry in Jalsaimer, Rajasthan. Some utterly clever person at Aman has selected Les Jardins d’Inde Lavender Patchouli Body Cleanser and Hair Cleanser for their suites. It could be the old hippy in me, but you gotta love that fragance. And the soaps do their work and rinse away beautifully. On offer in some duty free shops; you can also get them in international hotel and spa locations. The company seems to market gift boxes, which look to be a very cool item, filled with exotic products and the lure of new horizons. See www.kamaayurveda.com for more information.—Stanley Moss

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Robyn Cliffe shows bridal collection

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Wellington played host to local couturière Robyn Cliffe earlier this month at the Museum Hotel where she showed off her latest elegant and exquisitely graceful bridal collection. The intimate affair had an exclusive guest list that included the designer’s close family and friends, brides-to-be as well as industry insiders.
   The bridal pieces had an interesting juxtaposition of architectural pleating and complex draping that also hinted of a Grecian goddess-like elegance. Other design features such as tiny silk covered buttons along the back, beading and the choice of rich fabrics really set this collection apart from the rest. It was also refreshing to see that Cliffe presented the gowns on all-different body shapes and sizes, which shows that she truly targets a wide range of women.
   Robyn Cliffe has 20 years of experience and expertise in the bridal couture business, catering for international customers. She has won several design awards including the prestigious Canterbury Top Designer Award in 2007.
   The showcase of the designer’s collection was a huge success and we’re sure brides-to-be can’t wait to say ‘I do’ in one of her exquisite gowns.—Uma Lele

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April 19, 2010

Joy Bryant, Kim Kardashian, Tamara Mellon pose nude in US magazines

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Kim Kardashian in Harper's Bazaar May 2010
Above Kim Kardashian appears naked but for an anklet in a spread for Harper’s Bazaar, May 2010, photographed by Amanda de Cadanet.

May seems to be the month of posing nude in American magazines: there’s Kim Kardashian and Joy Bryant in the buff in Harper’s Bazaar, while Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon is nude in her Interview magazine story.
   Despite recent controversies surrounding photographer Terry Richardson, who faces as yet unproven allegations of inappropriate behaviour, it was he who shot Mellon wearing nothing but a pair of Jimmy Choos and a cat sitting between her legs.
   Kardashian, meanwhile, is said to have received no retouching as she shows off her curves in Bazaar, wearing nothing but an anklet. The Bazaar shoot, which featured Joy Bryant after the main spread, was shot by Amanda de Cadanet.
   In comparison to Kardashian, Bryant, who has a more extensive modelling, television and film rĂŠsumĂŠ, has been receiving relatively little coverage for her nude image in Harper’s Bazaar.
   The Bazaar shoot is said to celebrate the female form, an approach which had sparked off a round of media coverage when Jennifer Hawkins posed nude for an Australian Marie Claire in January. Interestingly for a fashion magazine, there is next to no fashion in the spreads.

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Relive the ’80s: Ebay seller has Ashes to Ashes items

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Ashes to Ashes series 3
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For those wanting to get the 1980s’ look as the final series of Ashes to Ashes hits the Zeitgeist, a seller on Ebay has a number of items that are claimed to have been verified by one of the crew as having been worn on the show.
   A corduroy jacket, a beret, Lyle & Scott shirts, an H&M tie and a Dot Matrix overall are among the items offered by a seller called ‘madstevemcqueen’.
   The seller says the items were bought at an Ashes to Ashes costume sale that took place after production was completed.
   They come ‘with a certificate of authenticy [sic] from someone who has worked on the production on all 3 series’.

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