George and Amal Clooney New Dream Home in the British Countryside


After a spectacular four-day wedding celebration, they were hardly going to settle into married life in anything less than the lap of luxury.

Fresh from their honeymoon, George Clooney and his British wife Amal Alamuddin have reportedly splashed out £10 million on a stunning Grade II-listed manor house in Berkshire.

The newlyweds are now the proud lord and lady of The Mill House, a sprawling 17th-century Georgian mansion on the River Thames in the British countryside. The elegant nine bedroom, eight bathroom limestone domicile has amenities fit for a king and a queen and affords the pair unrivalled privacy and luxury.

The house was bought at the end of last month through a privately held company. Clooney and Miss Alamuddin married in Venice last month, but they are said to have honeymooned in the local area.

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Bergdorf Goodman is Hosting Exclusive Chanel Installation


Chanel is reaching out to younger consumers via a temporary display on retailer Bergdorf Goodman’s 5F contemporary department.

Based on Chanel’s fall/winter 2014 advertising campaign “Coco Coach,” the pop-up resembles a sports club and carries ready-to-wear, handbags, sunglasses, costume jewelry and the new sneaker collection.

10-17-2014 2-45-02 PM10-17-2014 2-53-28 PMBergdorf Goodman’s windows reflect elements of the in-store display, showing mannequins with ponytails standing in front of brick walls, shelves or a fence bearing Chanel accessories.

10-17-2014 2-43-29 PMThe in-store installation, features chain link fencing and fluorescent lighting. In addition to traditional shelves and hanging racks, gym lockers and benches display merchandise.

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Snowdon – A Life in View


From shadow portraits in profile of his royal nephew and niece, Charles and Anne, in 1956, through famous fashion designers, to a profile of David Bowie in 1978, Snowdon’s images at the National Portrait Gallery in London celebrate a book of his work, SnowdonA life in View, edited by Frances von Hofmannsthal and published by Rizzoli.

Lord Snowdon was married to Princess Margaret, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, and during the height of his career was the artistic advisor of the Sunday Times Magazine in England, with his work published in the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair on a regular basis.
The 84-year-old is currently the topic of a new exhibition with two rooms full of his work exhibited until June next year.

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10-17-2014 2-33-49 PM Prince Charles and Princess Anne, 1956

10-10-2014 10-13-27 AMJohn Galliano, 2004

10-10-2014 10-12-23 AMAlber Elbaz 2003

10-10-2014 10-13-04 AMGianni Versace, 1990

10-10-2014 10-14-10 AMThe designer Yves Saint Laurent during a fitting

10-10-2014 10-12-05 AM Azzedine Alaïa, 1990

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Snowdon driving a car with his wife, Princess Margaret by Marina Cicogna


John Galliano Returns to Fashion


Some things in fashion – and in life – are indisputable, and John Galliano’s talent is one of those things. The news of his appointment at the creative helm of Maison Martin Margiela has engendered excitement and speculation within a fashion industry keen to see clothes again weaved from his unparalleled imagination.

As returns go, Galliano’s gentle re-emergence from the fashion hinterland has been about as gradual as one can imagine. Exiled by many – but by no means all – following his dismissal from Dior and subsequent trial for anti-Semitism more than three years ago, Galliano has engaged in a strategic re-entry: with only select interviews and limited public appearances leading up to his creative rebirth. Before entertaining any reintroduction to the industry, he began a lengthy period of contemplation and recovery from the addiction issues that precipitated and accompanied his Dior collapse. Living in LA, away from the pace of Paris; building personal relationships; making amends; teaching and mentoring fashion students – and now with a lifestyle to rival a vegan chef – Galliano is healthy mentally and physically, cleansing mind and body as he approaches his new beginning.

Will wish him both happiness and success, following this next chapter with great interest.

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Trend Watch – Jewelry Spring/Summer 2015


From Chanel’s slogan bracelets and Valentino’s ring stack; to playful pearls at Lanvin and Mix ‘N’ Match piercings at Dior, we edit the jewelry trends that you can expect to see on the street for Spring/Summer 2015, from New York, Milan and Paris.

10-3-2014 6-13-16 PMThe slogan bracelet at Chanel

10-3-2014 6-13-41 PMThe retro hoops at Louis Vuitton

10-3-2014 6-14-01 PM The ring stack at Valentino

10-3-2014 6-14-17 PM Mix ‘N’ Match piercings at Dior

10-3-2014 6-14-39 PM The black lacquer cuff at Céline

10-3-2014 6-15-03 PM The illusion earrings at Prada

10-3-2014 6-15-28 PM The bridle bracelet at Hermès

10-3-2014 6-15-54 PM The choker at Balmain

10-3-2014 6-16-19 PM The playful pearls at Lanvin

10-3-2014 6-17-03 PM The XXL chains at Stella McCartney

10-3-2014 6-18-25 PM The Safety-pin earrings at Giorgio Armani

10-3-2014 6-19-19 PM The silver disk at Giambattista Valli

10-3-2014 6-19-39 PM The baroque choker at Givenchy

10-3-2014 6-21-25 PM The crystal jewels at Ralph Lauren Collection


Gucci Backstage at Milano Fashion Week Spring 2015


Seventies style saw a smart update in Milan, as Gucci reworked denim flares, colored fur and embroidered sequin kimonos for a fresh urban collection for Spring/Summer 2015.

Gucci creative director, Frida Giannini, presented a most desirable collection.The Gucci woman, as the show notes put it, ‘takes pleasure in irreverently mixing her favourite pieces’. The line up included dark denim, richly coloured soft suedes and silks, fur trimmed jackets and laser cut leather dresses laced at the neckline or sides.

What an inspiring start to Milan.

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Osklen at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015


For the Spring/Summer 2015 Osklen collection, designer Oskar Mestavaht immersed himself in an entire museum. He spent four days at Inhotim, the outdoor contemporary art museum in Brumadinho, Brazil, that marries nature, art, architecture, and beauty. This inspiration resulted in a beautiful texturized collection complete with colors derived from vegetable-based dyes and intricately woven textiles. Some of his inspiration came through quite literally: Rigid plastic skirts suggested the museum’s modern architecture, while fluid dresses in eye-catching florals referenced the lush foliage. Styled with half-moon flower necklaces and comfy sneakers, the vibe was cute and youthful with a little bohemian flavor.

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OSKLEN 7  Oskar Mestavaht at backstage

OSKLEN 15 Pilar Rossi and Hellô Campos

OSKLEN 5 Carlos Souza


Fashion Art – Erick Madigan Heck for Numero Paris


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Fantastic new photo essay by Erik Madigan Heck feat. muse Alana Zimmer for Numero Paris September 2014.

Model: Alana Zimmer

Fashion Editor/Stylist: Samuel Francois

Erik Madigan Heck (born September 9, 1983) is an American artist and photographer. Heck is the founding editor of art and fashion publication Nomenus Quarterly. In 2013, Heck was awarded the Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising by the International Center of Photography. He is also the youngest person to photograph Neiman Marcus’ prestigious “Art of Fashion” campaign, which he shot in 2012. In its April 2011 issue, Photo District News magazine named Heck one of the 30 “new and emerging photographers to watch. Heck was also awarded with the renowned “30 Under 30″ award by Forbes Magazine.

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Oscar de la Renta “Five Decades of Style” in Dallas


Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” has opened at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. It includes 67 mannequins outfitted in clothes from 1967 to the present. The exhibit runs through Oct. 5. Why the Bush museum? Because De la Renta often dressed First Lady Laura Bush in her White House days.

The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to examine, through Oscar de la Renta’s designs, the unique role of the First Lady as our country’s official hostess to world leaders and diplomats and as a trendsetter in style, fashion, and entertaining. Daywear and evening dresses worn by Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan are on display, as well as garments worn by members of First Families, including Jenna Bush’s wedding dress.

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8-12-2014 11-59-25 AM8-12-2014 12-54-01 AM8-12-2014 12-53-12 AM8-12-2014 12-58-12 AMAs former first lady Laura Bush gazed at the elegant knee-length Oscar de la Renta dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in ceremony at her husband’s 2005 inauguration, she recalled that white turned out to be the perfect color choice.

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