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Now is the time when the garden is promising and exciting.  Everything is growing!  There are cucumbers and tomatoes just a week or to from ready to eat.  Any time now a groundhog should attack or who knows what.  For now I've stopped the cut worms so they've eaten some but not all of the corn.  I've wrapped the vines with tin foil so the vine borers can't get at them.  And I've sprayed the leaves with a homemade organic bug spray.  And now we water and wait.  I want a tomato!







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Dulaney High School held its 2012 commencement on May 31 at the Towson Center at . The following are members of the Class of 2012:

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Kristen Alexandra Cabrera, Alexandra Corey Calder, James Corey Calder, Desmond Donnell Campbell, Kayla Nadyne Campbell, Gabriel Campoverde, Michael Lyle Carpenter, Seamus McGuire Cashen, Ivy Amanda Caudle, Rebecca Anne Cavanaugh, Andrew Richard Centolella, Brandon David Chambers, William Chen, Devin Bryan Cherry, Kevin Ryan Cherry, Amanda Elizabeth Chesser, Elizabeth Sui-Tung Cheung, Nathan Dongill Cheung, Sylvia Ndirika Chigbo Jungbin Choi, Caroline Anne Christofferson, Kun-Ho James Chu, Jihae Chun, Christiana Marina Ciociola, Eladji Modou Cisse, Jeremiah Aaron Clements, Charaybian Champayne Coles, Grace Kenneth Collins, Andrew Joseph Compton, Christopher Steven Aaron Conway, Cydney Elizabeth Cook, Eleanor Rae Cook, Carus Lee Cookman, Cameron Joseph Cooper, Avery Brandon Corbin, Anjali Shauna Cornish, Klarenz Malabanan Cortez, Ethan Zachary Cote-Rumsey, Allison Rebecca Coulson, Natalie Rose Crawford, Hallie Madell Criste Michael Edward Cummings, Keirah Mona Curry

John Anthony Daniello, William Francis Darley, Lauren Nicole Daugherty, Alysha Danniel Davila, Caroline Westcott Davis, Rhianna Katherine Davis, Mary Hannah Elaine Cos De Leon, Sergio Andres Del Barco, Sarah Elizabeth Del Bene, Christian Bradley Del Bianco, Nicole Catherine Demetrides, Nicholas Panayotis Demetrios, Jean Demitri Abelle Denis, Jenna Lynn DePasquale, Danielle Erica Deros, Jacqueline Anne Devine, Gregory Digalbo, Daniela Theresa Di Giacomo, Nicholas Dallin DiNucci, Sheridan McLeary Doan, Brianna Leigh Donadio, Shannen Nicole Driscoll, Emily Rose Dufrane, Carleigh Marie Duncan, Heather Lynn Dundas, Kelly Parsons Dutton

Anice Marie Edwards, Youssef Mohamed Elalamy, Kevin Lamont Ellsworth, Juliann Barthel Elmer, Kaveh John Emdad, Rashad Jamal Epps, Tyler Rose Erickson, Tina Esnaashari, Katharine Diana Evans

Hiba Faridi, Caitlin Patricia Farrell, Nicole Marie Feglar, Samuel Bennett Fishman, Allyson Rae Fitzpatrick, Angelica Lyn Fleming, Jacob Zackri Fleming, Christopher James Flower, Wendell Elbert Foster, Alexandra Elizabeth Freas, Amanda Elizabeth Lynn Friedel

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Daniel Royer Iachan, Amali Alicia Ifill-Knobloch, Micaela Renee Itter

Andre Dilshawn Jackson, Tyler Robert James, Jun Seong Jang, Miree Jang, Courtney Anne Jantzen, Douglas Da Jiang, Tarsha Kocina Johnson, Brandon DeSean Jones, Emily Catherine Jones, Jazmin JaCoya Jones, Nia Elyse Jones, Shardá Kashera Joyner

Kevin Daniel Kahn, Melissa Chloe Karayinopulos, Ammanuel Leiykun Kassahun, Oren Benjamin Katz, Elizabeth Ashley Kauffman, Fallon Eileen Keavney, Julia Aileen Kern, George Edward Kerr, Kristen Marie Kilburn, Bryan Dea Hee Kim, Han Kyul Kim, Ju Won Kim, Lisa Yery Kim, Min Kyun Kim, Peter Jun Kim, Yon Je Kim, Jennifer Ann Kinnear, Victoria Katherine Knapick, Tomohiro Michael Ko, Brent Austin Koenig, Vernon Lawrence Koger, Alyssa Mei Kornick, Megan Grace Kraus, Dana Margaret Kresslein, Sanil Kumar, Phyo Razar Kyaw

Katelyn Rose Lapenna, Briana Jordan Larrabee, Audrey Claire Lastner, Kayla Lynne Latshaw, Emily Maria Laubach, Samantha Anne Laubach, Shawn Christopher Laughinghouse, Eamilia Winn Laughton, Christopher Geun Lee, Diana Ives Lee, Josephine Ki Yeon Lee, Jung Hyub Lee, Jung Min Lee, Ethan Sanford Levy, Larissa Li, Vel Lian, Cheyenne Michelle Lide, Lei Lin, Roger Mark Lin, Alexandra Allyse Little, He Liu, Harrison Ross Lockhart, Derek Alexander LoGrande, Anea Michelle Lomax, Alexandra Lombardini, Jonathan Noel Lovo, Alexandra Lauren Lowry, Britney Kiara Lunn, Courtney Ellen Luzarraga, Fiona Zel Lyons

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Erin Delaney O'Brien, Oladele Temitope O jo, Christopher Warren Oler, Emily Kathryn Oliver, Clinton Omesa Ondieki, Glenisha Rene Owens

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Jon Shelby Sachs, Colleen Ann Sack, Renee Danielle Sander, Lalitto Sanjibon Sarker, Jordan Delaney Sarnovsky, Samantha Aristan Sauter, Elizabeth Anne Schaeffler, Alex Michael Schech, Joshua Alan Lee Scheffsky, Joshua Philip Schindler, Jennifer Schmalzer, Jessica Moné Scott, Jordan Amber Seibert, Sai Khun Merng Seng, Jade Alexandra Shapiro, Abigail Elora Sharpe, Leroy Derek Sharpe, Saif Bahu Sheikh, Vladislav Yuriyevich Shevchenko, Cynthia Ming Shi, Kathryn Macgill Shipley, Pavli Franz Shkurti, Jesse Edward Siegel, William Connor Simke, Lorrie Frances Sinibaldi, Kendrick J Smith, Russell Rueben Solt, You Lim Son, Russell Louis Souder, Mercedes Ann Stahl, Alexander Haviland Stansbury, Starling, Nikhil Stephen, Michelle Christine Stewart, Taylor Ashmore Still, Daniel Suh, Lulu Sun, Marc-Thomas Woodward Sundstrom

Andrew Tajfar, Jamie Elizabeth Tambor, Liangcheng Tao, Stephen Mark Tasselmyer, Lindsay Paige Taylor, Heidi L. Telles-Sorto, Samantha Marie Thibeault, Tearra Lindsay Thomas, Jeanine Anne Thommen, Destiny Linda Thompson, Weylan Rennolds Thompson, David M Tian, Luke Tomas Tignall, Megan Kotryna Tolson, Erin Michelle Tracey Natalie Jane Tsottles, Jonathan Adam Tucker, Kortney Patrice Tunstall, Kevin Thomas Turner

Raven Onaé Vaughn, Gaetano Raul Vinas, Cole Daniel Vogelberger, Ariana Kai Li Vong

Grace Ledyard Walker, Logan Matthew Walker, Natalie Nicole Walker, Summer Lee Wall, Akeem Charon Wallace, Caitlin Eileen Ying Walther, Alexander Thomas Walz, Lucy Li Wang, Summer Michele Wassel, Brendan Robert Watson, Melissa Hamersly Webster, Ryan Patrick Weinberger, Wesley Alan Weitzel, Shaquille Malik Welch, Jillian Paige Wengler, Madison Paige Whalen, White, Kevin Richard White, Tyrese Trévon Williams, Samantha Lee Wills, Kenneth Diquan Wilson, Kristen Emily Wolfe, Andrew Arthur Woodard, Lillian Taylor Woodward, David Chen Wu, Abigail Wunderlich

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Brandon Michael Yeung, Natalie Kei Yoshioka, Erik Joseph Yuill

Ellis John Zapas, Bahareh Zareei, Amna Zehra, Lareb Zehra and Alexandra Nicole Zera

All information in this section appears as provided by the schools indicated. Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate.

The fifth annual Whipps Daffodil Day takes place March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 's only public historic garden-park at 3651 St. John's Lane. Sponsored by the nonprofit group The Friends of Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, the event will feature horticultural presentations by Master Gardeners in the Park's Woodland Theatre, a native plant raffle and a potted daffodils, hyacinths and tulips sale. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

According to Aleta Gravelle, The Friends of Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens director, the one-acre site garden-park began as a family burial ground in 1855 for the Whipps family — early settlers of the Howard County whose family were farmers and merchants.

No longer an active cemetery — the last burial was in 1915 — the park is today maintained by the Howard County's Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily. Proceeds from the potted plant sale will help to keep up the park that is solely reliant on volunteers and donations to operate.

For more information, call Gravelle at 410-274-7795 or email her at .

Centennial High School Band Backers invites the community to attend their Bingo Night March 30 from 7to 9:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. It's a great night of family fun that costs only $8 which includes bingo, a slice of pizza and a drink. Proceeds support the high school band programs.

Three James Madison University students from Ellicott City — Jami Limon, Lauren Tessier and James Caffes — have just returned from the University's Alternative , a program that sends student teams to locations in the United States and abroad to experience different cultures and to perform needed community service.

According to the school, Jami traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to participate in The Lost Boys of Sudan, a class-based trip focusing on refuges and genocide. While Lauren immersed herself in Louisville, Ky., culture by participating in the Refugee Resettlement trip and mentored young refugees on their school campus.

James, an Ellicott City resident, traveled to Natchez, Miss., to volunteer at the Sunshine Children's Center, a safe haven for abused and neglected children recently taken into protective custody.

For more information on James Madison University's Alternative Break Program go to

Congratulations to the following Centennial Lane Elementary School Concert Band students for being accepted into the Howard County Gifted and Talented Elementary Band and the Howard County Elementary Honors Band:

GT Band — Carolyn Frommer (flute), Valerie Hsieh and Fjiordia Akhtar (clarinets), Thomas Arbaugh (alto saxophone), Robert Gao (bassoon), Eric Ko and Jordan Carton (trumpets), Noah Katz (French horn), Robert Silverstein and Nikhil Santhanam (trombones), David Riina (euphonium), Alexander Wu and Alang Wang (tubas);

Honors Band — Malika Shah (percussion).

The Howard County Arts Council's 15th annual Celebration of the Arts Gala will be held Saturday, March 24 at 's Visual and Performing Arts Center. The Gala will begin with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring a silent auction of local artists, culinary delights from area restaurants and caterers, and a variety of live performances. At 8 p.m., guests will be treated to a presentation that includes the Rising Star Competition and the 2011 Howie Awards.

There are two ticket categories to choose from — $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Studio Theatre for the simulcast. To purchase tickets, go to the Council's website at or by phone at 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit their offices at 8510 High Ridge Road.

Howard County Drug Free is sponsoring "Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City," Wednesday, March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mt. Hebron High School auditorium. Guest speaker Howard Caplan, Ocean City Police Officer, will offer advice about keeping your child safe during this annual teen beach trip. Parents are encouraged to bring their high school seniors to the program. The event is co-hosted by the Mt. Hebron School PTSA.

As the fashion industry looks for an alternate universe -- one that has consumers flocking to stores -- it seems intrigued by the ideas of exploration and space.

The designer collections and all the trickle-down clothes that come after them are heavy on a tough look, with strong , stiff fabrics and tarnished metallic details. Sculpted, monochromatic outfits of black, gray and copper provide the night-sky backdrop to the flashes of neon that are the equivalent of shooting stars.

There were even a few Stormtrooper helmets on the runways for fall collections. Clearly, the intention was to send a focused, futuristic warrior to do battle with the economy.

"This isn't the naive kind of '60s futuristic stuff you might think of," said Susan Cernek, senior fashion editor of "This is more robotic. It's tougher. It's an android crossed with a biker."

Francisco Costa, creative director for Calvin Klein's womenswear collection, prefers to call the vibe "modernist," but he says he sees the space-age connection. "The house gives a sense of strength from structure, and that is actually nature-driven, and space is definitely a part of nature."

For the fall collection, Costa used an asymmetrical crescent hemline to soften aggressive laser cuts, and he played with fashion's equivalent of puzzle pieces that had the effect of mimicking the plates of Earth.

Cernek noted a toggling between the vast galaxy and the core of this planet as inspiration in many collections. They're opposite in some ways, she says, but similar in others: "We're looking for the light at the end of the tunnel."

The notion of exploration started a few seasons ago when designers found themselves interested in adventure travel, and fashioned that into garments made of indigenous fabrics from Asia and African kangas, says Jamie Thomas, women's editor for trend analysis firm StyleSight. Space just pushes that a little farther, she says.

"We're looking for a fresh start. Spending patterns have changed with the economy and this is a fresh start of an uncharted territory," Thomas says.

And retailers do need to turn the page: A monthly compilation of more than 50 retailers' results by The International Council of Shopping Centers and indicated same-store sales fell 5.0 percent last month compared to a year ago.

Pop culture fans those flames with the countless tributes this year to the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, and the alien flick is tops at the box office.

Technology also has caught up with some of the vision. Italo Zucchelli, the menswear designer at Calvin Klein, says that much of the modernity of his fall collection came from a new stiff, repellent fabric that bonded foam with traditional textiles. It probably wasn't possible to do five years ago, and, even if it was, it wouldn't have been right for the times, he says.

"We're at a point in the collective mindset -- for men, women -- all human beings -- that we're moving on, that we're at the beginning of a new era in fashion, health, spirituality -- everything," Zucchelli says.

For Los Angeles-based designer Rory Beca, space represents practically a rainbow of colors. Lately, she has been interested in the work of artist Jacques Monory, who incorporates galactic hues into his work. "I have always been infatuated with space, even as a kid, because it is beyond anything we really know and understand," Beca says.

That's not to say fashion's future can't borrow from the past. Designer Rachel Roy infused her sleek collection with hints of the 1940s -- a time that she says represents "a world where women were making their own decisions and being independent."

Still, the clothes she presented at Fashion Week -- such as a gray flannel coat with a stiff collar and a black bustier dress adorned with a necklace made of square-cut mirrors -- had some space-age trimmings. And, yes, she acknowledges with a giggle, the shoulder pads are a little " Star Trek."

Don't laugh too hard. Some fashion insiders say the exaggerated shoulder will be among the most wearable trends of the season.

A bold shoulder, with or without actual shoulder pads, is a distinctive silhouette that whittles the waist and balances the hips, explains Cernek. "It's very stable."

Cernek said her readers also loved a slightly robotic Rodarte frock that wore for a red carpet appearance.

Other wearable interpretations of the galactic look are the liquidlike metallic leggings shown by BCBG Max Azria and Alexander Wang's crystal-studded leggings. "This becomes an easy way to tap into a trend without revamping your entire wardrobe and without putting on a helmet," Cernek says.

StyleSight's Thomas, though, wouldn't be surprised if some fashion-forward types snapped up 's helmets that had attachments and matching fingerless gloves with a spot for a phone. It would give them something to wear on their Vespas.

"He really thought about how this trend will translate into real life," she says.

Moderation is Cernek's mantra here. "You don't want tinfoil from head to toe."

Calvin Klein's Costa says he's already looking farther into the future, not just at the next big trend but also at the relevancy of today's fashion for the next generations. "Children are going to experience things we can't imagine. The clothes we're offering is a little bit of that dream."

A lot has been made of organic cotton and other eco-friendly fabrics made from Tencel, hemp and bamboo as fashion rides the mega-trend of environmentalism. But recycled clothes purchased at thrift and consignment stores, as well as upcycled items reworked from out-of-date castoffs, may be an even greener choice. Almost half of the climate impact of clothing occurs before it reaches consumers.

It was this idea I embraced when I hired a wardrobe consultant for a desperately needed eco fashion makeover.

For years, I spent most mornings dreading getting dressed. My closet was stuffed, yet I found myself pulling the same five outfits every week, most of which looked exactly as I felt: dumpy. I'm not one of these women who intrinsically understands how to put together an outfit. In fact, since becoming a mother, one of the biggest factors in my wardrobe selection has involved the answer to this question: Is it clean?

I was so far down the rabbit hole of middle-aged frump that I needed a fashion overhaul, so, with on my mind, I called Meg Gallagher, a personal stylist who, in 2009, started a bicoastal fashion consulting business and runs a blog called Madison to Melrose.

I heard about Gallagher from a friend of a friend who'd dropped $1,000 and had a transformative experience. I was hoping for similar results at about the same price point. I just wanted to do it in a way that was less wasteful than buying clothes new since manufacturing is so resource-intensive.

Gallagher, 40, is a fashion industry veteran who worked as a design director for a New York knitwear company for several years before moving to the L.A. area. Part of a growing legion of personal stylists, Gallagher does not specialize in eco fashion, though she does have some clients who prefer vintage. She thought my idea was "a super fun challenge," she said, and took it on because, at 5 feet 8 and 135 pounds, I'm an "easy fit."

A few days after an email exchange and a phone call, she was standing in my living room in a fetching peplum jacket, white skinny jeans and strappy black stilettos — a notepad in one hand and an empty clothing rack in the other — ready to take notes about my coloring, body type, color preferences, personality and lifestyle before tackling my closet for a thorough edit.

"For most people, the biggest frustration is that their closet doesn't represent their lifestyle," said Gallagher, who noted an abundance of jackets and an absence of pants, skirts, dresses and feminine shoes in a wardrobe that was a mishmash of motorcycling and mothering. For two hours I tried everything on while she assessed the condition and workability of each piece, created a pile of giveaways and came up with a shopping list.

The shopping list is critical, Gallagher said. Most people buy clothes impulsively: "They keep buying and buying and they wind up with all these clothes they don't know how to put together."

Part of my makeover goal was to dress with more femininity while maintaining some edge. Gallagher suggested several types of shoes to complement my half-dozen pairs of motorcycle boots and a few skirts that could sub in for the denim I wear almost daily.

My appearance already shouted it loud and clear — I've been thrifting most of my clothes for a couple of years now, my usual go-tos being Trading Co. and my local Goodwill. But Gallagher had some additional ideas that incorporated the many fashion-forward thrift and consignment shops that have opened in L.A. recently, including Ampersand on Larchmont and Buttons and Bows downtown, along with the better-known, curated-thrift venues Wasteland and Crossroads, both with branches on Melrose Avenue.

Thrift often takes longer to shop than first-run because everything is one of a kind, so for our first shopping excursion, Gallagher went to Wasteland 90 minutes ahead of me to pull items. The next two hours included the usual series of dressing room hits and misses. In the end I walked out with nine items totaling $411, including a pair of black skinny jeans, a lace-trimmed Ella Moss sweater, a pair of fringe-y flats and two feminine leather jackets — all of them in excellent condition. We picked up a pair of Camilla Skovgaard slip-on heels across the street for $71 more.

Still, I was missing certain things, according to the shopping list Gallagher had created, including some neutral sandals and a taupe handbag. Because I don't trust my eye and was so pleased with what Gallagher was able to find, I hired her for a second round of shopping, which she bills at $75 per hour. (The cost for my first four hours was $300.) We hit up Reformation on Melrose, which deconstructs and reworks used clothes and over-runs of textiles into chic pieces such as leather shorts and slouchy sweaters. I purchased two drapey tank tops made from fabric overruns for $75 apiece from the shop I consider my new favorite.

Finally, we were off to Ampersand, where I made my biggest splurges, including two pairs of heels, a Chloé handbag and an leather vest that represented, to me at least, a shift in my thinking toward quality and longevity rather than easy and cheap.

I ended up giving 57 clothing items, or about two-thirds of what was in my closet (most of which I didn't wear anyway) to my local Goodwill. I spent $710 purchasing six tops, four pairs of shoes, three leather jackets, two fabric jackets, two sweaters, one skirt and one dress, which are now in heavy rotation. I spent an additional $1,240 on two of the most expensive clothing items I've ever purchased in my life — the designer handbag and leather vest — and $40 more on a pair of white skinny jeans from Zara since I couldn't find them used.

In total, Gallagher's services cost me $875, including the last hour she spent with me at my house, assembling 30 outfits from the items she'd found for me, so I'd understand how to put them together, and taking pictures of them so I could use them for future reference. Gallagher warned that I might be tempted to go back to my old ways of doing things and counseled me to resist that temptation and "own" my new look.

I spent far more than I anticipated, but I justify it as "pent-up demand." I'm feeling a lot more attractive and confident than I have in years. And it's enormously satisfying to accomplish so much in a way that didn't compromise my environmental values. As a whole, that's priceless.

In Baltimore, the best way to capture the vibe spotted at is with a quick trip to a department store or high-end boutique. Both are generally stocked with a slew of garments from designers whose creations regularly appear on the runway and in the glossy magazines.

This week, expect to see plenty of bold colors, feminine details such as playful necklines, and lighter pieces that are perfect for the warmer months as the annual fashion extravaganza, which runs through Thursday in , showcases designers' spring 2012 collections. You can see live streams of some of the designers' work on the Fashion Week website (, and if you like their aesthetic, head to these local boutiques and major department stores for their current offerings.

(showcasing and live streaming Sept. 9): The inspiration for the Australian designer's line is "contemporary, fresh, and ethereal," she says. "The collection emphasizes cut and color with unexpected cutouts in silhouettes. Shades of oyster are highlighted by bold citrus colors of lemon, lime and tangerine. Cropped slouchy embellished sweaters, long skirts and voluminous outerwear in technical fabrics add edge while apron-back dresses mixed with bone-colored snake leather bibs inject a pared-down cool attitude which sets the tone for the Spring 2012 collection."

Find Rebecca Taylor at Urban Chic, 801 Aliceanna St. (410-685-1601) and at Essentials by Panache, 10751 Falls Road No. 103, Lutherville (410-321-5818). Rebecca Taylor is also sold at , Saks Fifth Avenue and .

(showcasing and live streaming Sept. 9): With , and Gabrielle Union regularly rocking her looks, Nicole Miller is a favorite of the famous and fashion critics. Miller's designs are available at Green Spring Station's Essentials by Panache, which has one of the largest collections of Miller's designs in the state. Cupcake in also has a number of pieces, including a killer stretch metallic taffeta cocktail dress for $430. "Her dresses are flattering on people's bodies," says Cupcake owner Lisa Schatz. "She knows how to cut a dress so that it looks good on your body." (Cupcake also carries , Yoana Baraschi and Black Halo; all are New York Fashion Week regulars.)

Find Nicole Miller at Essentials by Panache, 10751 Falls Road, No. 103, Lutherville (410-321-5818) and Cupcake, 813 S. Broadway (410-522-0941). You can also find Nicole Miller at Nordstrom.

(showcasing Sept. 10): After a successful showing in the spring, "Project Runway" wunderkind Christian Siriano will be showcasing a collection of shoes and handbags for Payless ShoeSource during Fashion Week. (His couture, however, is not sold in his home state of Maryland.) In addition to his collaboration with Payless, he has projects with and and showcases his work on his website, For local customers, Siriano will present his spring 2012 collection Oct. 21 at Pink Rocks The Runway, a Washington charity fashion show that benefits research. (Find out more at

(showcasing and live streaming Sept. 11): Tracy Reese says her collection is inspired by a land of pure delight. "A feminine yet relaxed mood is achieved through the juxtaposition of romance and sport, comfort and flattery," Reese says. "Subtle hues of khaki and blush mixed with pastel shades of waterfall, misty blue and aqua tears gradually intensify to deep saturated tones and neon brights, making a bold splash for the transition into summer. A drapey culotte jumpsuit in waterfall, complemented with drawstring waist and seductive neckline details, pairs with a lemon zest hat and printed platform sandals to embody the relaxed mood of the season."

Find Tracy Reese at Jones & Jones, 84 Village Square in the Village of Cross Keys (410-532-9645) and at Nordstrom.

(showcasing and live streaming Sept 13): From high-end wedding dresses to her fashion and home collection at , Wang offers fashions in a variety of prices. Check out Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase for Vera Wang Ready to Wear and Vera Wang Bridal. White by Vera Wang is being sold at David's Bridal locations throughout the country.

Find Vera Wang Ready to Wear and Vera Wang Bridal at Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Call 301-652-2250. Find Simply Vera Vera Wang at Kohl's and Find White by Vera Wang at David's Bridal.

Tibi (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 13): Designer Amy Smilovic has made Tibi one of America's premiere contemporary fashion lines. Celebs such as Shenae Grimes, and give the brand star power. "It's a very strong line," says Nancy Lattmann, owner of L'Apparenza. "The fit is excellent. You can go from daytime to evening. I also love Tibi coats."

Find Tibi at L'Apparenza, 6080 Falls Road (410-372-0350), Essentials by Panache, 10751 Falls Road, No. 103, Lutherville (410-321-5818), Urban Chic, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton (301-490-9952) and Horse Boutique, 158 Main St., (410-626-9726).

(showcasing and live streaming Sept. 13): , and are all loyal wearers of Tory Burch. "She has such a following," says Lattmann. "It's almost like a cult-like following. People love to be seen in Tory Burch. I really like her fit, and she's classic."

Find Tory Burch at L'Apparenza, 6080 Falls Road (410-372-0350), Tory Burch shoes at Sassanova, 805 Aliceanna St. (410-244-1114). Also at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

(showcasing Sept. 14): In addition to Micahel Kors' store in the Luxury Wing of Towson Town Mall, designs from the "Project Runway" judge can be found at a variety of stores, including TJ Maxx, Macy's, the Queenstown Premium Outlets and Couture Closet in . (Couture Closet also features , and .)

Find Michael Kors in the Luxury Wing of Towson Town Mall, and at Couture Closet, 1003 Light St. Call 410-528-2999 or go to

(showcasing and live streaming Sept. 14): Michelle Smith, designer and creative director of Milly, says her collection is "modern and geometric in cut and print, softened by earthy materials like wood and tortoise resin." She adds: "Colors are vibrant and exciting- vermilion, tangerine, jade and azure are grounded by chocolate brown and indigo."

Find Milly at Jones & Jones, 84 Village Square in the Village of Cross Keys (410-532-9645) and at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Department stores will offer the largest offering of household-name designers and labels.

Nordstrom has one of the most extensive collection of popular designers, with shoes from Tory Burch, Vera Wang and ; handbags from (showcasing Sept. 11) and (showcasing and live streaming Sept 12); and garments by Tracy Reese, , (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 11), , BCBGMAXAZRIA, , Rebecca Taylor, , Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 10), Tadashi Shoji (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 8), Nicole Miller, (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 11) and Michael Kors.

Macy's carries (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 10), Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Lauren by (showcasing Sept. 15), (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 11), BCBGMAXAZRIA (showcasing Sept. 8) and . launched a limited edition women's line "Impulse" for Macy's, which launched Aug. 31 at 235 Macy's stores nationwide and at

Kohl's offers the Simply Vera Vera Wang line, and TJ Maxx regularly carries items from DKNY, Michael Kors and BCBGMAXAZRIA.

Ruth Shaw Inc., one of the area's premier women's boutiques, also features a number of top designers: Narcisco Rodriguez (showcasing and live streaming Sept. 13), DKNY, , , Jason Wu, Rag and Bone, , and Philip Lim.


Record of the Year

"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
"Holocene" - Bon Iver
"Grenade" - Bruno Mars
"The Cave" - Mumford & Sons
"Firework" - Katy Perry

Album of the Year

"21" - Adele
"Wasting Light" - Foo Fighters
"Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
"Doo-Wops & Hooligans" - Bruno Mars
"Loud" - Rihanna

Song of the Year

"All Of The Lights" - Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
"The Cave" - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Grenade" - Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Holocene" - Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

Best New Artist

The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj


Best Pop Solo Performance

"Someone Like You" - Adele
"Yoü And I" - Lady Gaga
"Grenade" - Bruno Bars
"Firework" - Katy Perry
"... Perfect" - Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

"Body And Soul" - Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
"Dearest" - The Black Keys
"Paradise" - Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People
"Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Instrumental Album

"Wish Upon A Star" - Jenny Oaks Baker
"E Kahe Malie" - Daniel Ho
"The Road From Memphis" - Booker T. Jones
"Hello Tomorrow" - Dave Koz
"Setzer Goes Instru-Mental!" - Brian Setzer

Best Pop Vocal Album

"21" - Adele
"The Lady Killer" - Cee Lo Green
"Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
"Doo-Wops & Hooligans" - Bruno Mars
"Loud" - Rihanna


Best Dance Recording

"Raise Your Weapon" - Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
"Barbra Streisand" - Duck Sauce
"Sunshine" - David Guetta & Avicii
"Call Your Girlfriend" - Robyn
"Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" - Skrillex
"Save The World" - Swedish House Mafia

Best Dance/Electronica Album

"Zonoscope" - Cut/Copy
"4x4=12" - Deadmau5
"Nothing But The Beat" - David Guetta
"Body Talk, Pt. 3" - Robyn
"Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" - Skrillex


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

"Duets II" - Tony Bennett & Various Artists
"The Gift" - Susan Boyle
"In Concert On Broadway" - Harry Connick Jr.
"Music Is Better Than Words" - Seth MacFarlane
"What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman" - Barbra Streisand


Best Rock Performance

"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" - Coldplay
"Down By The Water" - The Decemberists
"Walk" - Foo Fighters
"The Cave" - Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower" - Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
"On The Backs Of Angels" - Dream Theater
"White Limo" - Foo Fighters
"Curl Of The Burl" - Mastodon
"Public Enemy No. 1" - Megadeth
"Blood In My Eyes" - Sum 41

Best Rock Song

"The Cave" - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Down By The Water" - Colin Meloy, songwriter (The Decemberists)
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" - Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
"Lotus Flower" - Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway & Thom Yorke, songwriters (Radiohead)
"Walk" - Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
Best Rock Album

"Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul" - Jeff Beck
"Wasting Light" - Foo Fighters
"Come Around Sundown" - Kings of Leon
"I'm With You" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
"The Whole Love" - Wilco


Best Alternative Music Album

"Bon Iver" - Bon Iver
"Codes And Keys" - Death Cab For Cutie
"Torches" - Foster The People
"Circuital" - My Morning Jacket
"The King of Limbs" - Radiohead


Best R&B Performance

"Far Away" - Marsha Ambrosius
"Pieces Of Me" - Ledisi
"Not My Daddy" - Kelly Price & Stokley
"Is This Love" - Corinne Bailey Rae
"You Are" - Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance

"Sometimes I Cry" - Eric Benét
"Fool For You" - Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Radio Message" - R. Kelly
"Good Man" - Raphael Saadiq
"Surrender" - Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Song

"Far Away" - Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms & Justin Smith, songwriters (Marsha Ambrosius)
"Fool For You" - Cee Lo Green & Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona)
"Not My Daddy" - Kelly Price, songwriter (Kelly Price & Stokley)
"Pieces Of Me" - Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly & Ledisi Young, songwriters (Ledisi)
"You Are" - Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)

Best R&B Album
"F.A.M.E." - Chris Brown
"Second Chance" - El DeBarge
"Love Letter" - R. Kelly
"Pieces Of Me" - Ledisi
"Kelly" - Kelly Price


Best Rap Performance

"Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Otis" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
"The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco
"Moment 4 Life" - Nicki Minaj & Drake
"Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Party" - Beyoncé & André 3000
"I'm On One" - DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
"I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
"What's My Name?" - Rihanna & Drake
"Motivation" - Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
"All Of The Lights" - Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song

"All Of The Lights" - Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
"Black And Yellow" - Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa)
"I Need A Doctor" - Andre Young, Marshall Mathers III, Alexander Grant & Skylar Grey, songwriters (Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey)
"Look At Me Now" - Jean Baptiste, Chris Brown, Ryan Buendia, Trevor Smith, Dwayne Carter, Jr. & Wesley Pentz, songwriters (Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
"Otis" - Shawn Carter & Kanye West, songwriters (James Brown, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Roy Hammond, J. Roach, Kirk Robinson & Harry Woods, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
"The Show Goes On" - Dustin William Brower, Jonathon Keith Brown, Daniel Johnson, Kane & Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, songwriters (Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci & Eric Judy, songwriters) (Lupe Fiasco)

Best Rap Album
"Watch The Throne" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
"Tha Carter IV" - Lil Wayne
"Lasers" - Lupe Fiasco
"Pink Friday" - Nicki Minaj
"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" - Kanye West


Best Country Solo Performance

"Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" - Martina McBride
"Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton
"Mean" - Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song" - Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

"Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
"You And Tequila" - Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Thompson Square

Best Country Song

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square)
"God Gave Me You" - Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
"Just Fishin'" - Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
"Mean" - Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
"Threaten Me With Heaven" - Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O'Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)
"You And Tequila" - Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

Best Country Album
"My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean
"Chief" - Eric Church
"Own The Night" - Lady Antebellum
"Red River Blue" - Blake Shelton
"Here For A Good Time" - George Strait
"Speak Now" - Taylor Swift


Best New Age Album

"Northern Seas" - Al Conti
"Gaia" - Michael Brant DeMaria
"Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame" - Peter Kater
"What's It All About" - Pat Metheny
"Instrumental Oasis, Vol. 6" - Zamora


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

"All Or Nothing At All" - Randy Brecker, soloist
"You Are My Sunshine" - Ron Carter, soloist
"500 Miles High" - Chick Corea, soloist
"Work" - Fred Hersch, soloist
"Sonnymoon For Two" - Sonny Rollins, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

"'Round Midnight" - Karrin Allyson
"The Mosaic Project" - Terry Lyne Carrington & Various Artists
"The Gate" - Kurt Elling
"American Road" - Tierney Sutton (Band)
"The Music of Randy Newman" - Roseanna Vitro

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

"Bond: The Paris Sessions" - Gerald Clayton
"Forever" - Corea, Clarke & White
"Alone At The Vanguard" - Fred Hersch
"Bird Songs" - Joe Lovano/Us Five
"Road Shows Vol. 2" - Sonny Rollins
"Timeline" - Yellowjackets

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

"The Jazz Ballad Song Book" - Randy Brecker With DR Big Band
"The Good Feeling" - Christian McBride Big Band
"40 Acres And A Burro" - Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
"Legacy" - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
"Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook" - Miguel Zenón


Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

"Do Everything" - Steven Curtis Chapman
"Alive (Mary Magdalene)" - Natalie Grant
"Your Love" - Brandon Heath
"Jesus" - Le'Andria Johnson
"I Lift My Hands" - Chris Tomlin

Best Gospel Song
"Hello Fear" - Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
"Sitting With Me" - Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)
"Spiritual" - Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
"Trust Me" - Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
"Window" - Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
"Blessings" - Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
"Hold Me" - Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
"I Lift My Hands" - Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
"Strong Enough" - Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
"Your Love" - Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)

Best Gospel Album

"The Love Album" - Kim Burrell
"The Journey" - Andraé Crouch
"Hello Fear" - Kirk Franklin
"Something Big" - Mary Mary
"Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition" - Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

"Ghosts Upon The Earth" - Gungor
"Leaving Eden" - Brandon Heath
"The Great Awakening" - Leeland
"What If We Were Real" - Mandisa
"Black & White" - Royal Tailor
"And If Our God Is For Us..." - Chris Tomlin


Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album

"Entren Los Que Quieran" - Calle 13
"Entre La Ciudad Y El Mar" - Gustavo Galindo
"Nuestra" - La Vida Bohème
"Not So Commercial" - Los Amigos Invisibles
"Drama Y Luz" - Maná

Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

"Bicentenario" - Pepe Aguilar
"Orale" - Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
"Amor A La Musica" - Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle
"Eres Un Farsante" - Paquita La Del Barrio
"Huevos Rancheros" - Joan Sebastian

Best Banda or Norteño Album

"Estare Mejor" - El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario
"Intocable 2011" - Intocable
"Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends" - Los Tigres Del Norte
"El Árbol" - Los Tucanes De Tijuana
"No Vengo A Ver Si Puedo... Si Por Que Puedo Vengo" - Michael Salgado

Best Tropical Latin Album

"Homenaje A Los Rumberos" - Edwin Bonilla
"The Last Mambo" - Cachao
"Mongorama" - José Rizo's Mongorama


Best Americana Album

"Emotional Jukebox" - Linda Chorney
"Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down" - Ry Cooder
"Hard Bargain" - Emmylou Harris
"Ramble At The Ryman" - Levon Helm
"Blessed" - Lucinda Williams

Best Bluegrass Album

"Paper Airplane" - Alison Krauss & Union Station
"Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale" - Jim Lauderdale
"Rare Bird Alert" - Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
"Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe" - The Del McCoury Band
"A Mother's Prayer" - Ralph Stanley
"Sleep With One Eye Open" - Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Best Blues Album

"Low Country Blues" - Gregg Allman
"Roadside Attractions" - Marcia Ball
"Man In Motion" - Warren Haynes
"The Reflection" - Keb Mo
"Revelator" - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Folk Album

"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars
"I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" - Steve Earle
"Helplessness Blues" - Fleet Foxes
"Ukulele Songs" - Eddie Vedder
"The Harrow & The Harvest" - Gillian Welch

Best Regional Roots Music Album

"Can't Sit Down" - C.J. Chenier
"Wao Akua" - The Forest Of The Gods
"Rebirth Of New Orleans" - Rebirth Brass Band
"Grand Isle" - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
"Not Just Another Polka" - Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra


Best Reggae Album

"Harlem-Kingston Express Live!" - Monty Alexander
"Reggae Knights" - Israel Vibration
"Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life" - Stephen Marley
"Wild And Free" - Ziggy Marley
"Summer In Kingston" - Shaggy


Best World Music Album

"AfroCubism" - AfroCubism
"Africa For Africa" - Femi Kuti
"Songs From A Zulu Farm" - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
"Tassili" - Tinariwen


Best Children's Album

"All About Bullies... Big And Small" - (Various Artists) James Cravero, Gloria Domina, Kevin Mackie, Steve Pullara & Patrick Robinson, producers
"Are We There Yet?" - The Papa Hugs Band
"Fitness Rock & Roll" - Miss Amy
"GulfAlive" - The Banana Plant
"I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow" - (Various Artists) Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, producers


Best Spoken Word Album

"Bossypants" - Tina Fey
"Fab Fan Memories - The Beatles Bond" - (Various Artists) - Nathan Burbank, Bryan Cumming, Dennis Scott & David Toledo, producers
"Hamlet (William Shakespeare)" - Dan Donohue & Various Artists - Orgeon Shakespeare Festival
"If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)" - Betty White
"The Mark Of Zorro" - Val Kilmer & Cast


Best Comedy Album

"Alpocalypse" - "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Finest Hour" - Patton Oswalt
"Hilarious" - Louis C.K.
"Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant" - Kathy Griffin
"Turtleneck & Chain" - The Lonely Island


Best Musical Theater Album

"Anything Goes" - Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, principal soloists; Rob Fisher, James Lowe & Joel Moss, producers (Cole Porter, composer/lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording)
"The Book Of Mormon" - Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells, principal soloists; Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast)
"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" - John Larroquette & Daniel Radcliffe, principal soloists; Robert Sher, producer (Frank Loesser, composer/lyricist) (The 2011 Broadway Cast Recording)


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

"Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1" - (Various Artists)
"Burlesque" - Christina Aguilera
"Glee: The Music, Volume 4" - (Glee Cast)
"Tangled" - (Various Artists)
"True Blood: Volume 3" - (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

"Black Swan" - Clint Mansell, composer
"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2" - Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The King's Speech" - Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The Shrine" - Ryan Shore, composer
"Tron Legacy" - Daft Punk, composers

Best Song Written For Visual Media

"Born To Be Somebody" (From "Never Say Never") - Diane Warren, songwriter (Justin Bieber)
"Christmastime Is Killing Us" (From "Family Guy") - Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane & Danny Smith, songwriters (Danny Smith, Ron Jones & Seth MacFarlane)
"I See The Light" (From "Tangled") - Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, songwriters (Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi)
"So Long" (From "Winnie The Pooh") - Zooey Deschanel, songwriter (Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward)
"Where The River Goes" (From "Footloose") - Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson & Anne Preven, songwriters (Zac Brown)
"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" (From "Burlesque") - Diane Warren, songwriter (Cher)


Best Instrumental Composition

"Falling Men" - John Hollenbeck, composer (John Hollenbeck, Daniel Yvinec & Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ))
"Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)" - Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
"I Talk To The Trees" - Randy Brecker, composer (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
"Life In Eleven" - Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)
"Timeline" - Russell Ferrante, composer (Yellowjackets)

Best Instrumental Arrangement

"All Or Nothing At All" - Peter Jensen, arranger (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
"In The Beginning" - Clare Fischer, arranger (The Clare Fischer Big Band)
"Nasty Dance" - Bob Brookmeyer, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
"Rhapsody In Blue" - Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
"Song Without Words" - Carlos Franzetti, arranger (Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

"Ao Mar" - Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza)
"Moon Over Bourbon Street" - Rob Mathes, arranger (Sting & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra)
"On Broadway" - Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry, Christian Jacob & Tierney Sutton, arrangers (The Tierney Sutton Band)
"Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" - Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)
"The Windmills Of Your Mind" - William A. Ross, arranger (Barbra Streisand)


Best Recording Package

"Chickenfoot III" - Todd Gallopo, art director (Chickenfoot)
"Good Luck & True Love" - Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
"Rivers And Homes" - Jonathan Dagan, art director (J.Viewz)
"Scenes From The Suburbs" - Vincent Morisset, art director (Arcade Fire)
"Watch The Throne" - Virgil Abloh, art director (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

"The King Of Limbs" - Donald Twain & Zachariah Wildwood, art directors (Radiohead)
"The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story" - Dave Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors (Bruce Springsteen)
"25th Anniversary Music Box" - Matt Taylor & Ellen Wakayama, art directors (Danny Elfman & Tim Burton)
"25 Years" - James Spindler, art director (Sting)
"Wingless Angels - Deluxe Edition" - David Gorman, art director (Wingless Angels)


Best Album Notes

"The Bang Years 1966-1968" - Neil Diamond, album notes writer (Neil Diamond)
"The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music" - Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
"Complete Mythology" - Ken Shipley, album notes writer (Syl Johnson)
"Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s" - Adam Machado, album notes writer (Various Artists)
"The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B And Soulful Sounds From Berkeley, California 1950-75" - Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)


Best Historical Album

"Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)" - Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
"The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music" - Christopher C. King & Ted Olson, compilation producers; Christopher C. King & Chris Zwarg, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
"Complete Mythology" - Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, mastering engineer (Syl Johnson)
"Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s" - Chris Strachwitz, compilation producer; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
"Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters" - Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer (Elvis Presley)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

"Follow Me Down" - Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Sangwook "Sunny" Nam & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Sarah Jarosz)
"The Harrow & The Harvest" - Matt Andrews, engineer; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer (Gillian Welch)
"Music Is Better Than Words" - Rich Breen & Frank Filipetti, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Seth MacFarlane)
"The Next Right Thing" - Kevin Killen, Brendan Muldowney & John Shyloski, engineers; John Shyloski, mastering engineer (Seth Glier)
"Paper Airplane" - Mike Shipley, engineer; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Danger Mouse - "Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Present Rome" (Gilda Buttá, Luciano Ciccaglioni, Gegé Munari, Dario Rosciglione, Antonello Vannucchi et al) (A); "Meyrin Fields EP" (Broken Bells) (S)

Paul Epworth - "Call It What You Want" (Foster The People) (T); "I Would Do Anything For You" (Foster The People) (T); "I'll Be Waiting" (Adele) (T); "Life On The Nickel" (Foster The People) (T); "No One's Gonna Love You" (Cee-Lo Green) (S); "Rolling In The Deep" (Adele) (T)

The Smeezingtons - "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (Bruno Mars) (A); "If I Was You (OMG)" (Far East Movement Featuring Snoop Dogg) (T); "Lighters" (Bad Meets Evil Featuring Bruno Mars) (T); "Mirror" (Lil Wayne Featuring Bruno Mars) (T); "Rocketeer" (Far East Movement Featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic) (T)

Ryan Tedder - "Brighter Than The Sun" (Colbie Caillat) (T); "Favorite Song" (Colbie Caillat Featuring Common) (T); "I Remember Me" (Jennifer Hudson) (T); "I Was Here" (Beyoncé) (T); "Not Over You" (Gavin DeGraw) (S); "#1Nite" (One Night) (Cobra Starship) (S); "Rumour Has It" (Adele) (T); "Sweeter" (Gavin DeGraw) (T); "Who's That Boy" (Demi Lovato Featuring Dev) (T)

Butch Vig - "Wasting Light" (Foo Fighters) (A)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

"Cinema" (Skrillex Remix) - Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)
"Collide" (Afrojack Remix) - Afrojack, remixer (Leona Lewis)
"End Of Line" (Photek Remix) - Photek, remixer (Daft Punk)
"Only Girl (In The World)" (Rosabel Club Mix) - Abel Aguilera & Ralphi Rosario, remixers (Rihanna)
"Rope" (Deadmau5 Mix) - Deadmau5, remixer (Foo Fighters)


Best Surround Sound Album

"An Evening With Dave Grusin" - Frank Filipetti & Eric Schilling, surround mix engineers; Frank Filipetti, surround mastering engineer; Phil Ramone, surround producer (Various Artists)
"Grace For Drowning" - Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Paschal Byrne, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Steven Wilson)
"Kind" - Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Kjetil Almenning, Ensemble 96 & Nidaros String Quartet)
"Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)" - Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers (Derek & The Dominos)
"Spohr: String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31" - Andreas Spreer, surround mix engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround mastering engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround producer (Camerata Freden)


Best Engineered Album, Classical

"Aldridge: Elmer Gantry" - Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
"Glazunov: Complete Concertos" - Richard King, engineer (José Serebrier, Alexey Serov, Wen-Sinn Yang, Alexander Romanovsky, Rachel Barton Pine, Marc Chisson & Russian National Orchestra)
"Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide" - Tom Lazarus & Bill Maylone, engineers; Joe Lambert, mastering engineer (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird)
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4" - Arne Akselberg, engineer (Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano & London Symphony Orchestra)
"Weinberg: Symphony No. 3 & Suite No. 4 From 'The Golden Key'" - Torbjörn Samuelsson, engineer (Thord Svedlund & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh - "Aldridge: Elmer Gantry" (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra); "Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas" (Peter Takács); "Osterfield: Rocky Streams" (Paul Osterfield, Todd Waldecker & Various Artists)

Manfred Eicher - "Bach: Concertos & Sinfonias For Oboe; Ich Hatte Viel Bekümmernis" (Heinz Holliger, Eric Höbarth & Camerata Bern); "Hymns & Prayers" (Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica); "Manto & Madrigals" (Thomas Zehetmair & Ruth Killius); "Songs Of Ascension" (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet, The M6 & Montclair State University Singers); "Tchaikovsky/Kissine: Piano Trios" (Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite & Khatia Buniatishvili); "A Worcester Ladymass" (Trio Mediaeval)

David Frost - "Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live" (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass); "Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide" (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird); "Prayers & Alleluias" (Kenneth Dake); "Sharon Isbin & Friends" - Guitar Passions (Sharon Isbin & Various Artists)

Peter Rutenberg - "Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45" (Patrick Dupré Quigley, James K. Bass, Seraphic Fire & Professional Choral Institute); "The Vanishing Nordic Chorale" (Philip Spray & Musik Ekklesia)

Judith Sherman - "Adams: Son Of Chamber Symphony; String Quartet" (John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble); "Capricho Latino" (Rachel Barton Pine); "85th Birthday Celebration" (Claude Frank); "Insects & Paper Airplanes - Chamber Music Of Lawrence Dillon" (Daedalus Quartet & Benjamin Hochman); "Midnight Frolic - The Broadway Theater Music Of Louis A. Hirsch" (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra); "Notable Women - Trios By Today's Female Composers" (Lincoln Trio); "The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1 - String Quartets By Dmitri Shostakovich & His Contemporaries" (Pacifica Quartet); "Speak!" (Anthony De Mare); "State Of The Art" - The American Brass Quintet At 50 (The American Brass Quintet); "Steve Reich: WTC 9/11; Mallet Quartet; Dance Patterns (Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians & So Percussion); "Winging It - Piano Music Of John Corigliano" (Ursula Oppens)


Best Orchestral Performance

"Bowen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2" - Andrew Davis, conductor (BBC Philharmonic)
"Brahms: Symphony No. 4" - Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
"Haydn: Symphonies 104, 88 & 101" - Nicholas McGegan, conductor (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra)
"Henze: Symphonies Nos. 3-5" - Marek Janowski, conductor (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin)
"Martinu: The 6 Symphonies" - Jirí Belohlávek, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording

"Adams: Doctor Atomic" - Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

"Britten: Billy Budd" - Mark Elder, conductor; John Mark Ainsley, Phillip Ens, Jacques Imbrailo, Darren Jeffery, Iain Paterson & Matthew Rose; James Whitbourn, producer (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Glyndebourne Chorus)

"Rautavaara: Kaivos" - Hannu Lintu, conductor; Jaakko Kortekangas, Hannu Niemelä, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano & Mati Turi; Seppo Siirala, producer (Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Kaivos Chorus)

"Verdi: La Traviata" - Antonio Pappano, conductor; Joseph Calleja, Renée Fleming & Thomas Hampson; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)
"Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte" - Fabio Biondi, conductor; Romina Basso, Patrizia Ciofi, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Vivica Genaux, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu & Rolando Villazón; Daniel Zalay, producer (Europa Galante; Coro Da Camera Santa Cecilia Di Borgo San Lorenzo)

Best Choral Performance

"Beyond All Mortal Dreams - American A Cappella" - Stephen Layton, conductor (Choir Of Trinity College Cambridge)
"Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45" - Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; James K. Bass, chorus master (Justin Blackwell, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Max Tipton & Teresa Wakim; Professional Choral Institute & Seraphic Fire)
"Kind" - Kjetil Almenning, conductor (Nidaros String Quartet; Ensemble 96)
"Light & Gold" - Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King's Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)
"The Natural World Of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen" - Paul Hillier, conductor (Ars Nova Copenhagen)

Best Small Ensemble Performance

"Frank: Hilos" - Gabriela Lena Frank; ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
"The Kingdoms Of Castille" - Richard Savino, conductor; El Mundo
"Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide" - Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
"A Seraphic Fire Christmas" - Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Seraphic Fire
"Sound The Bells!" - The Bay Brass

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

"Chinese Recorder Concertos - East Meets West" - Lan Shui, conductor; Michala Petri (Copenhagen Philharmonic)
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18; Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini" - Yuja Wang (Claudio Abbado; Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4" - Leif Ove Andsnes (Antonio Pappano; London Symphony Orchestra)
"Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra" - Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony); Track from: "Schwantner: Chasing Light..."
"Winging It - Piano Music Of John Corigliano" - Ursula Oppens

Best Classical Vocal Solo

"Diva Divo" - Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon; Choeur De L'Opéra National De Lyon)
"Grieg/Thommessen: Veslemøy Synsk" - Marianne Beate Kielland (Nils Anders Mortensen)
"Handel: Cleopatra" - Natalie Dessay (Emmanuelle Haïm; Le Concert D'Astrée)
"Purcell: O Solitude" - Andreas Scholl (Stefano Montanari; Christophe Dumaux; Accademia Bizantina)
"Three Baroque Tenors" - Ian Bostridge (Bernard Labadie; Mark Bennett, Andrew Clarke, Sophie Daneman, Alberto Grazzi, Jonathan Gunthorpe, Benjamin Hulett & Madeline Shaw; The English Concert)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

"Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry" - Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein
"Crumb, George: The Ghosts Of Alhambra" - George Crumb; Track from: "Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 15"
"Friedman, Jefferson: String Quartet No. 3" - Jefferson Friedman; Track from: "Jefferson Friedman: Quartets"
"Mackey, Steven: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide" - Steven Mackey
"Ruders, Poul: Piano Concerto No. 2" - Poul Ruders; Track from: "Music Of Poul Ruders, Vol. 6"


Best Short Form Music Video

"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele; Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer
"Yes I Know" - Memory Tapes; Eric Epstein, video director; Eric Epstein, video producer
"All Is Not Lost" - OK Go; Itamar Kubovy, Damian Kulash Jr & Trish Sie, video directors; Shirley Moyers, video producer
"Lotus Flower" - Radiohead; Garth Jennings, video director; Garth Jennings, video producer
"First Of The Year (Equinox)" - Skrillex; Tony Truand, video director; Noah Klein, video producer
"Perform This Way" - "Weird Al" Yankovic; "Weird Al" Yankovic, video director; Cisco Newman, video producer

Best Long Form Music Video

"I Am...World Tour" - Beyoncé; Ed Burke, Frank Gatson Jr. & Beyoncé Knowles, video directors; Beyoncé Knowles & Camille Yorrick, video producers
"Foo Fighters: Back And Forth" - Foo Fighters; James Moll, video director; James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers
"Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon" - Kings Of Leon; Stephen C. Mitchell, video director; Casey McGrath, video producer
"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest" - A Tribe Called Quest; Michael Rapaport, video director; Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, Eric Matthies, Frank Mele, Edward Parks & A Tribe Called Quest, video producers
"Nine Types Of Light" - TV On The Radio; Tunde Adebimpe, video director; Michelle An & Braj, video producers

Caroline A. G. Pierson, of , recently received faculty honors for academic achievement at in , Conn.

The following students were recently named to the dean's list at Johns Hopkins University.

Azam Qureshi, of , son of Bilal and Parveen Qureshi, and a graduate of the McDonogh School.

Elizabeth Aucott, of Lutherville, daughter of John and Susan Aucott, and a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Hannah Bergman, of Lutherville, daughter of and Maura McGuire, and a graduate of Dulaney High School.

Melinda Chen, of Lutherville, daughter of Zhibing Chen and Jianhua Feng, and a graduate of Towson High School.

Alison Ignatowski, of Lutherville, daughter of Gary and Deborah Ignatowski, and a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Abigail Sussman, of Lutherville, daughter of Marc and Michele Sussman, and a graduate of Park School.

Stephanie Yoshioka, of Lutherville, daughter of Takashi and Julie Yoshioka, and a graduate of Loch Raven High School.

Bo Tao, of , son of Yuanxiang Tao and Fengying Wang, and a graduate of Dulaney High School

Caitlin Choi, of Timonium, daughter of Steven and Hyung Choi, and a graduate of Dulaney High School.

Nicholas Flower, of Timonium, son of Kenneth and Karen Flower, and a graduate of Dulaney High School.

Vasilios Mavrophilipos, of Timonium, son of Dimitrios and Stella Mavrophilipos, and a graduate of Dulaney High School.

The following students from Towson were recently named to the dean's list at their respective schools:

James Toshio Whedbee, Washington University in St. Louis.

Michele Mary Myers, , Pa.

Jonathon Paterakis, Connecticut College.

Alexander Evans, University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia.

Caroline Conover, Mount St. Mary's University.

Lauren Schumacher, Delaware Valley College.

The days when taking home a souvenir from your favorite hotel meant a bad logo T-shirt or golf visor are long gone.

How about a Rebecca Minkoff bag? The W Hotel's stores have one in an exclusive shade of turquoise. A pair of Band of Outsiders pajamas? They were made specially for the Ace Hotel in New York. A pink Stephen Jones trilby hat? You have to hit the gift shop at the Beverly Hills Hotel to buy one.Luxury hotel chains are upping the ante on their retail offerings by bringing in exclusive items and, in some cases, designing their own. In an era of global sameness, they have opted to offer unique, localized experiences. FOR THE RECORD:
Hotel gift shops: An article in Sunday's Image section about hotel gift shops going glam referred to Ace Hotel founder Alex Calderwood as Calderwell. Also, a retailer that opened a branch at the Ace in New York was referred to as No. 8. The correct name is Project No. 8. —

The Standard hotels (including the property in downtown Los Angeles) are collaborating for the second year with surf lifestyle brand , selling board shorts ($75), bikinis and sunglasses (both $88) in poolside vending machines. The Morgans Hotel Group has hosted a series of curated retail stores, the newest in at the Mondrian, where Los Angeles-based retailer Ron Robinson has opened a pop-up shop with handpicked merchandise such as exclusive Pamela Love T-shirts ($25), as well as Stephen Webster jewelry and Apothia beauty products.

"As we get more design-oriented hotels, the idea will continue to percolate," said Bruce Baltin, a hotel industry analyst and senior vice president of Colliers PKF Consulting USA, a management consulting firm in Los Angeles that covers the hospitality industry. "It's a point of differentiation. And now that you have designers like and getting into the hotel business [see accompanying story], they will pair that with retail opportunities as well."For the record: An article in Sunday's Image section about hotel gift shops going glam incorrectly referred to ACE Hotel founder Alex Calderwood as Calderwell. Also, the edgy store in downtown Manhattan that opened a branch at the ACE in New York was referred to as No. 8. The correct name is Project No. 8.
Historically, W Hotels have been innovators in hotel gift shops, with the first W store opening at the W in 2001. "From the beginning, the concept was designed to go beyond the basic idea of providing the same 400-thread-count sheets that are in the rooms," said Eva Ziegler, W's global brand leader (yes, that's her title; she's in charge of the chain's growth strategy).

In the past, the resort chain has targeted Diane von Furstenberg to create a Fashion Emergency Kit (a black wrap dress and thong underwear) for its stores, and to design staff uniforms. But in February, Ziegler hired an expert, naming Amanda Ross, a stylist and designer consultant, to the newly created post of fashion director.

So far, Ross has attended fashion weeks on the hotel's behalf, consulted on uniforms for new properties and helped select designers for the Global Glam collection of apparel created especially for the chain and sold in all 17 W Hotel stores.

The store at the W Times Square feels like a trendy Robertson Boulevard boutique, with $80 Melissa brand jelly shoes, $275 jeweled caftans and gift books with such cheeky titles as "Is Your Dog Gay?" If there were exclusive products, they weren't obvious, but the merchandise is a far cry from garish costume jewelry and packages of dried fruit and nuts that one might associate with a hotel gift shop.

(Ross' appointment comes on the heels of another resident expert hired by the W — music director Michaelangelo L'Acqua, a former music producer for and a fashion show director who has been charged with elevating the hotel's presence in the music community by coordinating special performances and producing compilation W Hotels CDs.)

The quirky Ace Hotel chain (including properties in Palm Springs, Portland, Ore. and Seattle) was looking for a curator of a different sort for its newest property in the gritty NoMad neighborhood of , just north of .

"Before we opened, there weren't a lot of [retailers] who wanted to be on 29th and Broadway," said Ace Hotel founder Alex Calderwell. "So we approached retailers who we thought would fit with our brand and would consider a location that was not an A location." They chose No. 8 and Opening Ceremony, which operate edgy stores in downtown Manhattan.

No. 8a, as the store at the Ace is called, is a showcase for hipster ephemera, from $169 bags made out of soccer balls to $6 Wooly Willy magnetic faces.

Opening Ceremony is dedicated to apparel (and accessories), featuring the Rodarte sweaters and $365 Alexander Wang zipper-edged sunglasses you find at all Opening Ceremony stores, along with a few necessities for travelers, such as brightly colored $55 Tumi outlet adaptors exclusive to the Ace store and British snack food Walkers Prawn Cocktail flavored crisps. Both No. 8a and Opening Ceremony are open to the street and the Ace Hotel lobby.

"We could have done a store ourselves, but they are so much better at what they do. And part of the philosophy of our brand is not only to appeal to travelers but to locals too," Calderwell said.

"Designers want to be positioned in the Ace Hotel because they want to get their things in front of the consumer who stays and hangs out there — photographers and fashion directors. They want to be in that environment," said Zach Augustine, chief creative officer of Winston Retail, a retail consulting firm based in and New York.

Generating revenue

The Dorchester Collection, which operates the Beverly Hills Hotel and Paris' Le Meurice among others, tapped milliner Stephen Jones and handbag designer Louise Hempleman to create summer hats and travel bags for all seven of its stores. The hotel chain is also sponsoring a fashion prize for up-and-coming designers. The contest is being judged by a team of fashion insiders, including designers Manolo Blahnik and Giles Deacon and style icon Daphne Guinness.

"Fashion is playing an increasingly prevalent part in the luxury hotel industry as hotels become an essential lifestyle component and design becomes more integrated into everyday life," Helen Smith, Dorchester Collection's vice president of sales and marketing, wrote in an e-mail.

For high-end resorts seeking a total fashion overhaul, Seaside Luxe, based in Santa Monica, is a new retail consulting firm that develops, builds, merchandises and manages luxury boutiques from the ground up, in such far-flung places as Bermuda and Maui. Each boutique is unique in design and product assortment.

Many people in the resort industry "push retail aside. The gift shops actually lose money," said Lee Ann Sauter, who founded Seaside Luxe last year after more than 20 years of retail experience at Gap, Guess and . "There is an opportunity to totally transform the landscape."

At the Four Seasons Hualalai resort in Hawaii, she turned administrative offices into 7,000 square feet of Seaside Luxe retail space (selling items including beachwear, casual sportswear and kids clothing) that generated $6 million in revenue in 2009, its first year, $750,000 of that in its first month. (The resort's retail stores generated $4 million in revenue in 2008.)

Guests snapped up one-of-a-kind Prova necklaces for $550, decorative bottles with shell stoppers for $55 to $115, colorful Dezso woven bracelets decorated with shark teeth and shells, and Gregory Parkinson swim cover-ups.

"When you do research on what guests want to do on their vacations, it's amazing how over the last 10 years, it has gone from visiting the spa or playing golf to shopping," said Patrick Fitzgerald, chief executive of Hualalai resort. "We saw we were missing a real opportunity." Seaside Luxe buyers travel the globe, visiting places such as the Gem Palace in Jaipur, India, and the Paris runways to find exclusive jewelry designs, beach bags, bikinis, surfboards and more.

This refashioning of resort retail mirrors what happened in the resort food and beverage industry, Fitzgerald said. "Several years ago, we started seeing hotels bringing in chefs such as Michael Mina, and Thomas Keller to develop restaurants not only for hotel guests, but for locals. Now we're starting to see the same targeted approach in resort retail."

Plus, when someone asks, "Where did you get that?" you don't have to say Nordstrom. You can say you got it on vacation in Hawaii. The story is so much better.

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Docksiders Gymnastics

Docksiders Level 8 gymnast Maria Ramsey, of Columbia, competed at the 2012 Parkettes Invitational Junior 12-13 meet Jan. 29, in Allentown, Pa., with the following results:

1. all-around (35.5); 2. floor (9.15); 5. vault (8.9); 5. uneven bars (8.95); beam (8.5).


Columbia Soccer Club

The CSC Storm Runners (U-16 girls) avenged an early season defeat by shutting out the Misfits Gold, 2-0, in a tightly played futsal match Jan. 29. Goalkeeper Carley Noppinger notched the shutout by making several key saves in the second half.

Maddie Jones scored first on a free kick in the first half as forward Christina Kochanski shielded the Misfits' goalkeeper. In the second half, defensive pressure caused a Misfits' turnover that landed at the feet of Harkleroad who turned and hit a high curving shot into the upper left corner for the game's other goal.

Strong play by Lauren Marshall, Katherine MacKie, Erica Noppinger and Mackenzie Rynn stifled the Misfits throughout the match.


Columbia Clippers

The Columbia Clippers participated in the CBAC's Winter Wakeup meet in at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Jan. 20-22.

Clipper girls placing in the top 8:

9-10G: Makena Trout: 3. 50 backstroke. Bridgette Kim: 8. 100 breaststroke.

11-12G: Taylor Spillman: 5. 200 IM; 6. 50 free; 7. 50 breaststroke.

13-14G: Isabella Lennon: 6. 200 butterfly. Lydia Angel: 7. 500 free.

15+G: Ila Jackson: 6. 200 backstroke. Marlee Thorogood: 8. 200 backstroke.

Clipper boys placing in the top 10:

9-10B: Cameron Adams: 5. 200 IM; 7. 100 IM; 3. 100 backstroke. Jackson Wang: 7. 100 backstroke; 8. 100 butterfly; 6. 50 butterfly; 6. 200 free. Adam Loudin: 6. 100 breaststroke; 8. 200 free.

11-12B: Adam Elshafei: 2. 200 IM; 1. 50 free; 1. 500 free; 3. 100 free; 2. 100 breaststroke. Tony Li: 8. 200 free; 3. 100 backstroke; 1. 50 breaststroke.

13-14 boys: Alexander Gliese: 6. 200 IM; 1. 200 backstroke. Cole May: 8. 100 butterfly.

Loch Raven High School held its 2012 commencement on June 5 at 's Towson Center. The following are members of the Class of 2012:

Davon Eric Agnew, A'lesia Marie Anderson, A'lise Maria Anderson, Tori E. Arbaugh Bettina Luciana Arrunategui, Damien David Atwood

Ji Han Bae, Roderick Darryl Barber, Babak Barfar, Andre' Derrell Battle, Terez Cordell Beauford, Nicholas Stephen Belkoff, Acira Lachelle Belle, Samuel Sean Bentz, Megan Elizabeth Berk, Shannon Joanna Bien, Kelly Amelia Bilz, Cassandra Nichole Bosley, Ashley Boteler, Shaquera Latonia Brown, Devon Tyrell Burnett, Rachel Dawn Butcher

Timothy Patrick Callanan, William Leon Callow, Rachel Autumn Cameron, Carly Nichole Cannon, Krizian Dean Valdez Carino, Jasmine Sierra Carr, Barrington Carrington, Jessica Hannah Christian, Cherise Stephenee Church, Michael Alan Cofiell, Nathaniel Jude Cohen, William Comotto III, Michael Darrell Conner, Tiffani Lynn Creutzer, Olivia Anne Cypull

Cara Christine D'Amico, Savannah Brooke Davidson, Destiny Davis, Kenneth Ryan Davis, Monet Anita Davis, Daniel Brooks Del Gavio, Davon Terrell Dezurn, Brea Tishel Dupye

Abigail Lee Edmunds, Amber Lynn Epps

Kathleen Ann Ferguson, Kent C. Ferree, Jillian Elizabeth Fiedler, Kaitlyn Anne Fields, Ryan Howland Flanigan, Brittany Lynn Flint, Jesse James Foley, Bradley Sanders Franke, Nicole Nadine Franklin, Kevin Matthew Friant, Kenneth Michael Andrew Friedel, Laron Fitzgerald Fryar, Gregory Xavier Fuchsluger

Lynette Monet Garner, Melissa Jayne Gibbins, Taylor Breona Gibson, India Brianna Gillis, Margaret Mckenna Glassman, David Clay Gottlieb, Aisha Grandison, Jada Danielle Grant, Jawan Xavier Lee Gray, Daniel Brandon Gregory, Alex John Grueninger

Gregory Allen Harper, Breyawna Francis Harris, Oriell Tiffany LaShay Harris, Khirhy Marcus Hayes, Kwanta' Dupree Hayes, Tessa Charlotte Haynes, Yicheng He, Courtney D. Henry, Devin D. Herlihy, Jacob Wayne Hess Jr., Sarah Jane Worthington Hewitt, Zani Nghishi-A Holiday, Emma Hom, Andrew John Howell, Salih Hutchins, G. Hutchinson, Lamont Pierre Hyman

Boma Caroline Jack, Kara Denise Jackson, Joshua N. James, Hannah Maria Jenkins, Joseph Daniel Johnson, Tyrron Terrell Johnson, Bailyn-Marie Jones, Benjamin Taylor Jones, Terry Lee Jones III

Hashem Kanfash, Katherine Rose Keefe, Ivey Stacie Kelley, Kimberly Nicole Kern, Dong Hwi Kim, Dongsun Jason Kim, Jim Kim, Yong Chul Kim, Thomson Kirsch, Timofey Klubov, Nicholas A. Konialian

Peter Joseph Lang, Evan Paul Lehman, Sumer L. Lessner, Aaron Maurice Lewis, Zuyin Li , Caitlyn Marie Little, Nichelle Monae Little, Laura Nicole Livengood, Shaylyn Erin Lucy, Joseph James Lunczynski Jr., Taylor May Lurz , Hailey Ilene Lynch

Daniel B. MacIver, Mark Alexander Magtanong, Shaour Majid, Dashawn Nathaniel Marshall, Troy Nathaniel Marshall Jr., James Michael Mast, Martha Alice May, Rachel Sydney Mayhew, Milton Mbichoo, David Edward McDavid, Amber Nicole McFarland, Rachel McGraw, Mathew Williams McLaren, Eric Antoine McMickens Jr., Trisha Christine Menefee, Byeong Min, Andrew Byrd Mitchell, Visharad Moktan, Destiny Dayshawn Maleek Morning, Thomas F. Mostyn III, Mark Ryan Moxey, Christie Nicole Moyer, Gloria Wangechi Muchina, Abigail Elizabeth Mudd, Gabriella Teresa Mundy, Tanner Richard Muonio, Tyler Joseph Murphy, Colin Alexander Mussman

Natasha Najmi, Mark Kent Navarro, Michel Antony Navarro-Bonifaz, Philip Michael Neary, John Ngo, Tomas Salvador Norman, Jaoko Nyambok

Conor Vincent O'Donnell, Michael Patrick O'Mailey, Nkemakonam Afamefuna Christian Obineme

Michael Bryan Pasion, Benjamin Edward Patrick, Adam Michael Peer, Austin Charles Perry, Christopher William Pfeifer, Alex Tyler Pukl

Usman Qasim

Ashen Rana, Jacob Clayton Ranniger, Kahrl Leslie Retti Jr., Victoria Ann Rezac, Macy Brooke Rhodes, Janice Sabrina Richards, Brittany Nicole Roberts, Marquise Sade' Roberts-Gunn, LaShae Lynette Robinson, Nefertiti Marie Robinson, Austin Bradley Roden, Sarah Marie Rohrs, Shawnna Elizabeth Rosemeier, Eric Ryan Rosenfeld , Colin Joseph Ruby, Abigail Louise Ruppel, Emily Kathryn Ruppel, Bridget Colleen Ryan

Maria Abigael M. Salazar, Taylor Sartor, Caitlin Marie Sas, Abigail Marie Schaaf, Ryne Taylor Stevens Schanberger, Daniel Edward Schofield, Brooke Ashley Schulze, Christine Elizabeth Serra, Hye-Geum Heather Shin, Hye-Rin Shin, Nasif Farhan Sikder , Branden Lamar Smith, David Charles Smith, Deontae L. Smith, Rachel , Shannon Genelle Spence, Kyle Vale Stadler, Caroline Stanka, Kiara Michelle Stanton, Eric Robert Stevens, Caroline Hope Stith, Antoine Kwante Stokes, Eric Vaughn Streckfus II, Abigail Victoria Street

Aisha Paprice Taylor, Scott Daniel Thompson, Megan Christina Timchula, Kayla Kennedy Toole, Anna Elizabeth Trageser, Bria Lashay Tyson

Michael James Valerino

Margaret McKenzie Wagner, Michelle Lynn Wallis, Meng Ting Wang, Jessica Lynn Waugh, Kelly Nichole Weaver, Benjamin Paul Webster, Emily Margaret Westervelt, Charles Bernard Whitaker Jr., Alexandra Lynn White, Monica Lynn White, Reagin C. Wiklund, Shayona Aleta Ann Williams, Alexandra Elizabeth Wilmot, Curtis Brian Gabriel Wilson Jr., Richard Miles Woodhouse

Cory Benjamin Yeboah, Savannah Lee Yost

Jimmy Zheng

All information in this section appears as provided by the schools indicated. Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate.

LONDON — You rarely ever see it, but you did on Saturday, the first full day of competition at the Olympics. But there atop the swimming medal stand, was no . In the first shocking result of the Games, Phelps finished fourth in the 400 individual medley. It was the first time since 2000 that he hasn't medaled in an Olympic race.

Not surprising was the winner, , who crushed the field to win the U.S.'s first swimming medal . His time of 4:05.18 was more than three second faster than Brazil's Thiago Pereira. Kosuke Hagino finished third.

Phelps will be part of Sunday 4 x 100 freestyle relay team to try to win his 17th overall medal.

In other finals, American had to settle for silver as Ye Shiwen of China won the women's 400 IM. Li Xuanxu, also from China, finished third. Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S. was tied for sixth.

The men's 400 freestyle was won by Sun Yang of China, followed by Park Tae-hwan of South Korea and of the U.S. The other American, Loyola Academy graduate Conor Dwyer, was fifth.

Australia won the women's 400 free relay with Netherlands second and the U.S. third.

Archery: The first U.S. medal of the Games belonged to the men's team, which after shocking world champion South Korea in the semifinals, lost to Italy in the gold medal match 219-218. The U.S. team was made up of No. 1 ranked individual player Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie. South Korea, the defnding world champion, picked up the bronze.

Badminton: A rough start for the U.S. badminton doubles team of Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan, who lost to the South Korean team of Jae Sung Chung and Yong Dae Lee 21-14, 21-19. Next up they play the tough Malaysain team of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan on Sunday. What likely will be their final match will come Monday against a Japanese team. The tournament is in pool play.

Basketball: The U.S. women's team looked a little rusty but used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to get an 81-56 win over Croatia. The U.S. must next play Angola on Monday. The U.S. had four players in double figures: (14), (13), (11) and (10). In other games, it was Turkey over Angola 72-50; France over Brazil 73-58 and Australia over Britain 74-58.

Beach Volleyball: In the last match of the night, and Karri Walsh Jennings had to battle a tough Australian team of Tasmin Hinchley and Natalie Cook but took a 21-18, 21-19 victory at perhaps the best venue, a sand pit built at Buckingham Palace. The U.S. No. 2 men's team of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb won fast and decisvely over Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmit of South Africa 21-10, 21-11.

Boxing: The revitalized U.S. team went 2-for-2 on the first day. , got an easy 19-9 win over Pavlo Ischchenko of Ukraine in the bantamweight division. His next fight is Wednesday against Alvarez Estrada of Cuba. was even more devastating in his fight when the referee stopped it against Andranik Hakobyan of Armenia with seconds left in the match. His next bout will be Thursday against Danabek Suzhanov of Kazahstan.

Cycling: It was supposed to be Britain's first medal of the Games but instead turned into a disaster for the home country as no one hit the medal stand. Instead, Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan won the gold, followed by Rigoberto Uran of Columbia and Norway's Alexander Kristoff. The British were pinning their hopes on Mark Cavendish, who finished 29th.

The U.S. almost made the medal stand with Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth. Other U.S. finishers were (33), (88), (93) and (104).

Equestrian: Halfway through the dressage portion of the eventing competition, Australia, Germany and the U.S. were at the top of the leaderboard. However, two medal favorites, Britain and New Zealand had yet to compete. The U.S. team is made up of , Otis Barbotiere, and Tiana Coudray.

In individual part of the competition, Ingrid Klimke of Germany was leading followed by Dirk Schrade, also from Germany and Britain's Mary King.

Fencing: The women's foil gold went to Elisa Di Francisca of Italy, who needed extra time to beat teammate Arianna Errigo 12-11. Italian Valentina Vezzali got the bronze, beating Nam Hyun-Hee of South Korea. American Lee Kiefer was able to make it to the quarterfinals before losing to Errigo 15-10. Other U.S. competitors Nzingha Prescod and Nicole Ross were eliminated in the round of 32.

Gymnastics: The U.S. men's team had a good day earning the top score in the qualifying round over Russia and Britain. They will be ranked first in the final round but none of the scores carry over, so it really doesn't mean a lot. In individual apparatus, and qualified in the all-around; in the floor exercise; Sam Mikulak in the vault and Leyva and in the horizontal bar.

Team Handball: The winners on the men's side were South Korea over Spain, Denmark over Sweden and France over Norway. On the women's side it was Russia over Angola, Brazil beating Croatia and Momntenegro over Britain.

Judo: In a bit of an upset, Russian Arsen Galstyan won the gold beating Hiroaki Hiroaka of Japan in the 132-pound class. Galstyan beat top-ranked Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan in the semifinal. Sobirov and Felipe Kitadai of Brazil were awarded bronze medals. There is no bronze medal match for the semifinal losers. In the women's 106-pound classification, Sarah Menezes of Brazil beat the defending Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania to get the gold. The bronze medals went to Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary and Charline van Snick of Belgium. No Americans were in either competition.

Rowing: The U.S. pushed two crews into the finals on the first day of heats. The men's eight moved forward to Wednesday's final by winning its heat. And Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka advanced to the A final in pairs. They finished second in their heat.

Shooting: The first medal of the Games went to Yi Siling of China in the women's 10-meter air rifle. She had to rally to beat Sylwia Bogacka of Poland for the gold. Yu Dan, also of China, finished third. But the U.S. advanced two shooters to the final for the first time since 2000. Jamie Gray finished fith and Sarah Scherer was seventh.

In the men's 10-meter air rifle, Jin Jongoh of South Kora picked up the gold, followed on the medal stand by Luca Tesconi of Italy and Andrija Zlatic of Serbia. U.S. shooters Daryl Szarenski and Jason Turner finished 23rd and 34th.

Table Tennis: Any time the U.S. wins a match, it's a time to celebrate. So, get at it. Ariel Hsing dominated with a four game victory over Yadira Silva of Mexico. She plays Xia Lian Ni of Luxembourg on Sunday. The other Americans, Lily Zhang lost in straight games to Cornelia Molnar of Croatia and lost in straight games to Song Nam King of North Korea.

Soccer: The U.S. women qualified for the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Colombia. scored the first goal 33 minutes into the game. After the Colombians appeared tired late in the game the U.S scored followup goals by and . The U.S. next plays Tuesday against North Korea, a 5-0 loser to France on Saturday. In other play, Japan and Sweden played to a 0-0 tie; Brazil beat New Zealand 1-0; Canada topped South Africa 3-0 and Britain beat Cameroon 3-0.

Tennis: Serena Weilliams, in her first return to since winning two weeks ago, easily beat of Serbia in the first round 6-3, 6-1. advanced on the men's side 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 over Belgium's Olivier Rochus, while was eliminated by of Itlaly. Ryan Harrisonof the U.S. lost to of Colombia. did not play on the first day of competition. In a bit of a surprise, men's Wimbledon champion needed three sets to beat Colombia's Alejamdro Falla.

Volleyball: The U.S. women's team got off to a decent start with a four-set victory over South Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21. The next game for the U.S. is against Brazil on Monday. In other matches, Japan beat Algeria 3 games to 0, Russia over Britain, 3-0, Italy over the Dominican Republic, 3-1 and China beat Serbia, 3-1.

Weightlifting: Wang Mingjuan of China won the gold in the women's 105-pound class with a total weight lift of 451 pounds. She is the four-time world champion. Hiromi Miyake of Japan got the silver and Ryang Chun Hwa of North Korea took home th bronze. There were no Americans in the competition.

LONDON -- After the final dive, smiled a perfunctory smile for the cameras and then, a few steps later along the pool deck, dropped her arms and buried her head into her coach's shoulder.

On Sunday morning, Kenny Armstrong fortified his pupil with perspective: We've come a long way just to get here, he told Loukas. She'd gone from high school and college star to the Olympics to a mental wreck who couldn't manage the simplest dive to quitting the sport. And she returned to it, and it took her here.

The eighth place finish in the women's 3-meter springboard event was a disappointment. But only when Loukas began talking about how much she battled did she remember where she was going, and then a bubble of emotion choked the words and triggered the tears.

"The plan was to be done after this, which is where the tears are coming from, to know it's all over," a red-eyed Loukas said, with one droplet of saline lingering on her cheek. "Diving has been my life. So we'll see."

Winning the competition was Wu Minxia of China with countryman He Zi finishing second. Laura Sanchez Soto of Mexico was third.

Badminton: China went five for five in gold medals in this sport that found itself a flashpoint for controversy. Earlier, four teams were excluded from the tournament because they intentionally tried to lose a game for better positioning in later rounds. The men’s title was won by Lin Dan, who beat Lee Chong Wei of , 15-21, 21-10, 21-19. Chen Long of China won the bronze when he beat Lee Hyun-il of South Korea.

Cycling: Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark won the gold in the men’s omnium, which is a combination of six events. Bryan Coquard of France won the silver and Edward Clancy got the bronze. of the U.S. did not make the final round and finished 12th.

Equestrian: A lot of teams are still in medal contention after the first day of show jumping. The U.S. sits in seventh, tied with Brazil. The leader is Saudi Arabia followed by Netherlands, Britain and Sweden. After the first day the field is cut to 15. The next round is Monday.

Fencing: The U.S. men’s foil team of Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt made it to the bronze medal match but was crushed by Germany, 45-27. The gold was won by Italy, which defeated Japan, 45-39.

Field hockey: In men’s play, beat South Africa, 5-4, South Korea easily handled India, 4-1, Netherlands over German, 3-1 and Spain beat Argentina, 3-1. There were two ties, Britain-Australia (3-3) and New Zealand-Belgium (1-1).

Sailing: The first two sets of medals were awarded in this sport. In the men’s Star, the gold went to Sweden followed by Britain and Brazil. The U.S. team of Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih finished seventh. This class will be eliminated for 2016 in Brazil. Zach Railey was well out of medal contention in the men’s Finn finishing 12th. The gold went to Ben Ainslie of Britain while Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark got the silver and Jonathan Lobert of France the bronze. Bob Willis finished his 10 races in men’s windsurfing in 22nd position eliminating him from compettion. Only the top 10 boats continue. In the women’s windsurfing, Farrah Hall finished 20th overall and also did not advance to the medal race. In the 49ers class, Erik Storck and Trevor Moore are in 15th place with two races to go before the medal race. Only the top 10 advance. In the women’s 470, the U.S. team of Sarah Lihan and Amanda Clark are in eighth after six races.

Shooting: South Korea went 1-2 in the men’s 50-meter pistol competition. Jin Jongoh collected the gold with teammate Choi Young Rae got the silver. Wang Zhiwei was awarded the bronze. Nick Mowrer of the U.S. finished 15th and Daryl Szarenski was 28th.

Synchronized swimming: After the first of three days of duet competition, the U.S. team of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva are 10th of 24 teams. It will be difficult for them to move into medal contention as they are almost 10 points behind first place Russia. China and Spain round out the top three.

Table tennis: Japan’s women’s team moves to the gold medal match after beating Singapore, 3-0. It will play the winner of Monday’s match between China and South Korea. Regardless of the outcome it will be Japan’s first ever medal in this sport.

Team handball: In women’s play it was Brazil over Angola, Croatia beat Britain, South Korea topping Sweden, Spain over Norway, France beat Denmark and Montenegro and Russia playedto a tie.

Wrestling: As expected, the U.S. didn’t make much of an impact in the 121- and 163-pound Greco-Roman competition. Spenser Mango lost in the first round of the repechage of the 121-pound class to finish eighth. Ben Provisor didn’t make the repechage and finished 11th in the 163-pound class. Hamid Soryan of Iran was the gold medalist at 121 pounds. He beat Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the final. Bronzes were awarded to Peter Modos of Hungary and Mingiyan Semenov of Russia. The 163 class was won by Roman Vlasov of Russia, who beat Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia. Aleksandr Kazakevic of Lithuania and Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan won the bronze medals.COMMENTING POLICY: Readers are encouraged to post comments that are germane to the article. We reserve the right to remove any user, and to delete comments that contain abusive language or personal threats, as well as those that are racist or demeaning. Readers may report comments by clicking "Report Abuse." Once a comment has been flagged, a Baltimore Sun staffer will investigate. for more information on commenting.You've seen them at the mall, on the red carpet and maybe even in your own closet: booties and boots that hug the foot, are snug against the ankle, maybe encase the leg to the knee or above — but leave the toes peeking out from a small opening, exposed to the elements. What was once a demure peek-a-boo detail on pumps worn by boundary-pushing 1940s pinup girls has evolved into what often looks like the foot and ankle have been mummified, with the toes forgotten.

What gives?

It's partly sex, partly status and partly runway style pushing into the mass market.

Like the bust area, toes are generally seen as an erotic zone (toe cleavage anyone?), and the peep toe on a shoe is like a low-cut blouse that exposes cleavage. "There seems to be a lot of circumstantial evidence that people think of feet as a smaller version of the body," says Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "The term 'toe cleavage' is related to breasts, and peep toe, as its name indicates, is like a type of peep show — a way of exposing part of yourself."

But the exposed toe had less risqué beginnings in modern Western civilization, according to Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. The first time modern European women dared to show their toes was after the French Revolution, when the Neoclassical style influenced women to wear sandals to look like Grecian goddesses, she says.

Open-toe shoes made their way back into style after the Depression with a rise in the influence of beach culture. Sandals evolved into peep-toe evening shoes, a style that stayed strong through the 1940s. They resurfaced in fashion during the 1970s and more recently as tough, Frankenstein-goes-on-holiday, platform booties on the Alexander Wang spring 2009 runway. Since then, the style has been ubiquitous on runways and in shoe aisles alike.

Now it's fall and the footwear sitting in stores should be more suede and shearling than stiletto and open toe. But peep-toe boots still dominate sales floors, and toes will still be out in full force regardless of wind, rain or cooler weather.

The Kardashians could be partly to blame for perpetuating this peep-toe boot trend in a season when it doesn't seem to make sense. The reality-star sisters are seen in paparazzi pictures and on magazine covers wearing chunky peep-toe booties with second-skin skirts and ruffled blouses or strong-shouldered blazers. Sure, the juxtaposition of a shoe-boot against a thin ankle elongates and slims the whole leg, but such extravagant and impractical footwear also indicates that the wearer doesn't walk much farther than from her chauffeured car to dinner.

"We're seeing a lot of winter boots with an open toe and towering high heels," Steele says. "This has status implications, implying the message that you get out of the car and get onto the red carpet. You're not trudging through mud and snow. There is a definite combination of sex and status. These boots have a look of power."

For some, there is a simpler explanation for the peep toe's appeal. "It's a sandal and pump wrapped into one. That's what makes it so popular," says Steve Madden, whose footwear company is quick to jump on and reinterpret the shoe style du jour. The "two-fer" shoe gives a customer a little more bang for her buck in addition to the sex appeal of exposed toes.

A peep toe can be hard to wear. Sometimes the foot slides down and the toes stick out of the shoe, creating an unsightly "eagle talon" effect. A foot pad insert under the ball of the foot or a foam insert installed by a cobbler can help. Of course, attractive, pedicured toes are a must too.

Whether or not their feet were made for a peep toe, women are continuing to buy and wear these shoes even as they become an almost cartoonish form of footwear with over-the-knee lengths, Timberland-style uppers and combat boot details. Online retailer has seen a large bump in sales of peep-toe boots over the last four years. This season a big seller for them is an olive green suede, military-inspired lace-up boot by Giuseppe Zanotti that can go "Jenny From the Block" as easily as it can be sleek and sophisticated.

"Boots are the part of clothing that we seem to be playing with the most," Steele says. "Most clothes now are quite bourgeois, but shoes can be quite out there. Just think of all those photographers at fashion week scrambling on the ground for shoe shots!" The toes are clearly the current erotic zone in fashion, even if that means that there will be a lot of cold feet out there this fall.

Each week in Readers Recommend, the Travel section shares tips on hidden gems in the U.S. and abroad. Here is a roundup of the recommendations published in the last year. Although the information here was correct when it was published, some details may have changed, especially room rates abroad because of the dollar's fluctuations. Please contact the source to confirm prices and other information.

United States


Timberline Bed & Breakfast, P.O. Box 126, Girdwood AK 99587; (907) 783-2404, . "In August, my husband and I spent a week at this wonderful B&B. Unlike the B&Bs we have in California, you have the 'apartment' to yourself. It has a full kitchen, bath and upstairs bedroom. The hosts, Gail and John, stock it with breakfast foods and beverages, so you fix it yourself when you are hungry. The scenery is beautiful, and the hot tub and balcony are the best." Double rooms from $125.

Carol and Al Coppock Downey

Grace and Bill's Freedom Hills B&B, P.O. Box 502, Freedom Hills, Talkeetna AK 99676; (907) 733-2455, . "This bed and breakfast in the hills overlooking the Alaska Range, including Mt. McKinley, is absolutely wonderful. The rooms are spotless and newly constructed. Bill Germain, one of the owners, is a fantastic cook and a knowledgeable and charming host. On a clear day, there is no better view of the mountains. This stop was the highlight of staying in inns and other properties for two weeks throughout Alaska." Doubles from $99.

Karen Share

Los Angeles

A Memorable Experience B&B, Rosewood Court, Homer AK 99603; (800) 720-9275, Ext. 7374, . "We stayed at this wonderful bed and breakfast on the Kenai Peninsula. It overlooks Homer, with spectacular views of Kachemak Bay and the mountains and glaciers beyond. The two bedrooms are spacious, and there is a shared living area with cable TV and kitchen. Hosts Donna and Kevin Maltz made us feel right at home. Not only did they share their expertise on all the activities in Homer, but they also served an exceptional continental breakfast." Doubles from $125 per night (two-night minimum).

Linda and Bob Fleischman

Los Angeles

Chena Ridge Rental, 2872 Rangifer Road, Fairbanks AK 99709; (907) 455-6687, . "This vacation rental house is like a home away from home, without the traffic, noise and police helicopters. This secluded, serene and comfortable cabin-style house is only a few minutes from the University of Alaska and downtown Fairbanks. The hosts, Duncan and Kristin, are friendly, charming and live close enough to be helpful when needed but far enough away to respect guests' privacy." House rental $99 a night with a two-night minimum, $600 per week.

Don Mankin



, 2301 5th Ave., Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98121; (888) 851-8133, . "Just wanted to recommend a cruise to the wine country. We sailed around San Francisco Bay, and when we woke up in the morning, we were docked on the Napa River. Tour buses picked us up, and we were off to the wine country. Three wineries and a lovely lunch in a cavern of one of the wineries, then back to the ship. We awoke at Mare Island and did three more wineries in Sonoma. This was one of the most relaxing cruises because it was small and intimate." Prices from $1,149.

Carmen Price

Arjun Rohit Adapa, Zachary Ryan Allentuck, Schuyler Olivia Ames, Kathryn Marie Andersen, Jenelle Flora Anderson, Kurtis LeRoy Anderson, Anthony Hagop Andonian, Austin Benjamin Arnold, Caitlin Brooke Asher

Marissa Leah Babazadeh, Danielle Ilana Lynn Bacharach, Rachel Sierra Bade, Soheil Bagheri, Zachary Alan Bailey, Brandon Ashkan Bakhshai, Elizabeth Anne Bamber, Rachel Elizabeth Beck, Jacob Douglas Benedict, Auctavius Devalle' Bennett, Julian James Berry, Kinjal Anand Bhatt, Anna-Teresia Ngobae Bibum, Ferdinand Junior Bikoi, Natalie Lynn Bird, Michael Scott Bishoff, Lauren Elyse Black, Kayla Michelle Blasher, Kara Nicole Boering, Sarah Marie Boies, Ryan Reise Brainard, Emmett Alan Brew, Carly Jacqueline Brunett, Nicholas John Bucci, Haley Elisabeth Butrum, Matthew Richard Bylis

Camille Lynnae' Calvin, Edward Charles Case, Sabrina Chakrabarti, Anupama Padmavathi Challa, Taylor Ann Chamberlain, Alissa Heidi Chapman, Connie Sarah-Zhang Chen, Stacie Jerxi Chiang, Elizabeth Yeaji Cho, MinHo Soo Cho, Nathan Heewon Choe, Luke McKay Chopper, Tayler Jillian Cinotti, Hailey Lynne Cirovski, Alexandra Grace Citara Manis, Bradley Robert Clark, Alexa Leigh Cohen, Morgan Taylor Cohen, Nina Marie Collins, Lucy Carol Connelly, Colleen Anne Connors, Kasenia Leigh Coulson, Allie Marie Coyle, Jordan Crawford, Hailey Rae Crouse, Paris Desirae Cummings, Michael Joseph Cusack

Deena Jan Damschroder, Anthony Vincent Dancel, Nicholas Bijan Darvish, Shashwati Das, Brigid Ann Dass, Caitlin Aileen Davis, Conor Paul Davis, Kelly Michelle Davis, Madison Elizabeth Davis, Riley Frederick Davis, Brandon Michael DeLauney, Morgan Kendall DePauw, Paul Owen Del Riego, Devon Daniel Delbrugge, Lauren Rose Delmont, Ariana Estelle Hughes Dial, Eric Daniel Dietrich, Kelsey Lyn Dillman, Aryo Donboli, Kelsey Elizabeth Dunbar

Troy Andrew Edleman, Yasmine Mohamed Eshera, Jennifer Elizabeth Evans

Cecilia Ann Farley, Kirsten Renee Farley, Stephanie Renee Feldblum, Jackson Royce Feroe, Timothy Scott Fisher, Kristi Alyssa Fiste, William Jack Fitzpatrick, Tamra Louise Flowers, Christopher Jeremy Fox, Thomas Robert Fox, Tara Siobhan Frankhauser, Gary Alvin Franks, Constance Betsy Fu

Kendal Lorraine Naomi Virginia Galloway, Tess Patricia Gavagan, Christopher Dale Geaney, Daniel Louis Geldof, Jonathan Ari Geldof, Denise Elizabeth George, Emily Dell Glass, Elise Marie Gluck, Matthew Orion Gray, Matthew Patrick Greben, Kelly Ann Gregory, Hamraj Singh Grewal, Caroline Stabler Griffith, Jacob Matthew Grimes, Davis Michael Grove, Nikhil Aryaman Gulati, Dominique Bridgette Gunter

Sana Haider, Victoria Lea Handler, Sarah Grace Hansen, Molly Ellen Harding, Michael John Harrington, Delaney Amara Hartson, Kathleen Adelle Hawkins, Megan Nicole Healey, Shane Thomas Henderson, Ryan Michael Higgins, Higgs, Logan Thomas Melton Hill, Tatiana Yasmeen Hill, Juliane Sherman Hlibok, Julian Amil Hoffman-Mateya, Kelly Michelle Hogenson, Jonathan Spencer Hogue, Matthew John Hoshko, Crisanta Elena Hovet, Terrance Ronald Howell, Morgan Walter Hrab, Hashem Hraky, Lu-Hua Hung

Nathan James Ingley, Varsha Grama Iyengar

Alauna Kale Jackson, Allyson Elise Jayne, Samantha Courtney Jeffers, Sarah Pai-Shian Jin, Christina Nicole Johnson, Johnson, Karrs Devin Johnson, Seung Yun Jung

David Michael Kaiser, Samuel Louis Kane, Alicia Asol Kang, Yoo-Mi Kang, Pavaris Kaotira, Gregory Robert Karas, Saiprashanth Naidu Karri, Joshua Dakota Kashkett, Sophie Marguerite Keane, Morgayne Adriana Keyser, Sarah Alexandra Khademi, Anthony Robert Kiatta, Joshua M. Kil, Jonathan Kim, Kyle Suyoung Kim, Michael Soon Kim, Wendy Kim, Paul James Kinkead, Jeffrey Austin Kipke, Sylvia Joy Kitterman, Henry Ko, Cynthia Rianna Koster, Timothy Nickolay Krotkov, Pari Kumar, Eunice Yoomi Kwon

Mark Nay-Sing LaPointe, Randall Kenneth Whitehead Lawson, Brandon Sang-Houn Lee, Christian Lee, Felix Adam Lee, Kristin Kim Lee, Michael Won Lee, Andrew Ryan Levy, Claire Li, David Joaquin Llanso, Brian Max London, Taylor Aaron London, Margaret Emily Long, Nicholas Fernando Lopez, Emily Katherine Love, Dillon James Lunder, Zachary Donald Lynes

Elizabeth Ann MacNaught, Zachary Ben Madden, Pegah Maleki, Reinner Pineda Malenab, Samantha Cristina Mancuso, Yacine Manseur, Erica Joyuan Mao, John Rommel Marcelino, Katherine Taylor Marlatt, Sean Matthew Mason, Mitchell Patrick Mawhinney, Devin Michael Mayhew, Colin Matthew McCleaf, Mark Alexander McCombs, Kelsey Anne Dobal McEneaney, Shannon Marie McLaughlin, Maggie Elisabeth McNeill, Unnati Vikram Mehta, Ria Manoj Melhotra, Desiree Hoyling Mercure, Omar Abdallah Messallam, Evan Santos Mikolasko, Joseph Kyle Milici, Andrew Philip Montag, Michelle Alexandra Morice, Matthew Shinsato Morton

Katie Anne Nicole Neaves, Kelly Nguyen, Jack Dalton Noonan, Mary Jordan Nowaskey

Rebekah Grace O'Keefe, Daniel James O'Mara, Valerie Olufunmilola Obisesan, Matthew Curtis Oldhouser, Ifeoluwa Oluwatomi Olujobi, Dominic Joseph Ong, Lindsey Elizabeth Orcutt

Alexandra Marielle Parisien, Timothy Jeongho Park, Troy Youngjin Park, Alyssa Helen Parr, Rebecca Lee Paugh, James Slade Pearre, Sophea Pheav, Toula Pheav, Kevin James Phillips, Alexa Samantha Piper, Allison Renee Porter, Joshua Tyler Post, Pratik Prakash

Eric Huw Qiu

Alec Joseph Rau, Ashwin N. Reddi, Marisa Esther Renehan, Matthew Glen Renehan, Brian Patrick Reynolds, Leila Elliott Rezvani, Taylor Lynne Rhodes, Evan Daniel Richardson, James Andrew Riffle, Julia Selby Ripple, Nicholas Mark Riso, Jared James Robinson, Jason Tyler Rodriguez, Austin Richard Roe, Marta Maria Roman, Christina Lauren Romano, Juliette Corinne Rose, Justin Lee Rosenstein, Seth Ryan Rosenstein, Corinne Michelle Roth, Corey Ian Ruben

Anna Lauren Sachs, Ryan Travis Sale, Joel Yong-En Samelson, April Sabine Sanco, Holly Gagnon Sandler, Andrew John Schmit, Jodie Marissa Schumacher, Ashley Marie Selby, Alicia Marie Settle, Michelle Younghwa Seu, Omar Ahmed Shahab, Pauline Allyson Shih, Kyeong Taek (Justin) Shin, Daniel Jinsup Shinn, Lyle , Michael Abraham Silber, Jesse Russell Simpson, Aseem Veer Singh, Cierra Tianna Smith, Toby Keith Smith, Maxwell Jacob Sollod, Aaron Jesus Spain Bey, Nicholas Masaru , Reed Paul Stadler, Isabelle Susanne Staines, Sylvienne Della Staines, Jacob Aaron Stidham, Stuppard, Andrew Linwood Stutz, Harriyson Yilun Suh, Hwakyung Suh, Aline Danielle-Kim Swiec

Layla Yazmine Tajalli, Cody Austin Taylor, Thomas Tyler Testoff, Zain Imtiaz Thaver, Brian Gordon Tyrrell

Anne Marie Patricia Vaillancourt, Raamah Cinque Vaughn, Isabel Carmen Vera, Alexander Patrick Verschoore, Nicholas Mark Voyton, Nicholas Sydney Vukmer

Graham David Walters, Alexander Lee Wang, Yu-Dean Daniel Wang, Jennifer Kate Warner, Katie Lynn Warren, Tyler Patrick Watzin, Aaron Luther Wells, Anna Lynn Whipple, Matthew Stephen White, Nickolaus Brandon Whittaker, Nostalgia Cherokee Autumn Whittaker, Claire Elizabeth Williams, Jamie Annette Williams, Oluwatomi Oluwadurotimi Akinwande Williams, Amber Nicole Wiswell, Emily Anne Wong, Allison Elizabeth Woodhouse, Katherine Margaret Woolls

Benjamin Xu

Amanda Belle Yard, Jasmine Jeesook Yom, Jason Seungnoh Yoon, LeAnne Hannah Young, Aleshba Anwar Yousuf

James Jie Zhan, Vivian Mei Zhang, Oliver Kai Zhao, Joseph Kai Zia

All information in this section appears as provided by the schools indicated. Because of publication deadlines, in some instances students' names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate.

The Weinstein Co.'s music-based dramedy "A Song for Marion" will world preem in the Film Festival's closing night Gala slot, it was announced Tuesday along with 146 titles, including 35 world preems, in the Gala, Special Presentations, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths program. Helmed by Paul and produced by Ken Marshall and Cutting Edge Group CEO Philip Moross, U.K.-lensed "Song" stars as a curmudgeon whose wife persuades him to join an unconventional local choir. World preeming as Galas are Peter Webber's -set, aftermath , "Emperor," starring and plus "What Maisie Knew," and 's modern take on a Henry James novella starring and . ' "Yellow," a hallucinatory ensemble spin on modern society starring , and , will world preem in Special Presentations, as will Dante Ariola's offbeat romance "Arthur Newman," with as a retired golf pro and co-starring; and Dan Algrant's "Greetings from Tim Buckley" (dramatizing the late singer 's brief career). 's sex-fueled buddy comedy "Do Not Disturb" (starring and Francois Cluzet) and 's "Rhino Season" (a Kurdish-Iranian poet seeks his wife after 20 years in prison) also world preem in the program. U.S. pics receiving their North American preem in Special Presentations include 's "Bad 25," ' "On The Road," 's "Passion," 's "The Master," ' "The Paperboy," 's "Spring Breakers" and Henry Alex Rubin's "Disconnect." 's romance "Love is All You Need," starring , receives its North American preem in Special Presentations. Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) includes the world preem of ' fractured family ensemble piece "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" in its 62-pic slate. U.S. pics in CWC include international preems of -winning director Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" and James Ponsoldt's "Smashed," and the North American preem of Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours." World-preeming titles in CWC include Robert Connolly's take on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's early years "Underground," Sara Johnsen's haunting romance "All That Matters Is Past," Kasia Roslaniec's teen pregnancy story "Baby Blues," Dror Sabo's vigilante odyssey "Eagles," Jorge Torregrossa's mountain-set intrigue "Fin (The End)," Iannis Smaragdis' 18th-century pirate epic "God Loves Caviar," Carols Sorin's recovery journey "Gone Fishing," Zeze Gamboa's historical drama "The Great Kilapy" and Jan Hrebejk's middle-aged pot-boiler "The Holy Quarternity." Andrzej Jakimowski's teacher tale "Imagine," Marcelo Gomes' modern life meditation "Once Upon A Time, I Was," Atiq Rahimi's bedside vigil "The Patience Stone," John Akomfrah's Durer-inspired "Peripeteia," Jonas d'Adesky's Haiti-set crime drama "Three Kids," Licinio Azevedo's elegy to women who endured re-education camps "Virgin Margarida," Perlin Esmer's wilderness-set "Watchtower," Lenny Abrahamson's tragedy-fuelled coming-of-ager "What Richard Did" and Annemarie Jacir's mother-son refugee camp story "When I Saw You" also world preem in CWC. Asian titles world-preeming in CWC include Jo Sung-hee's village chiller "A Werewolf Boy," co-helmers Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner and Gwang Hun Kim's "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" about a coalminer's trapeze dreams, Yuki Tanada's erotic drama "The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky," Peng Tao's lovelorn drama "The Cremator," Luu Huynh's jealousy-fuelled "In the Name of Love," Yikwan Kang's family drama "Juvenile Offender" and Sion Sono's aftermath tale "The Land of Hope." This year Wavelengths, a curated program of 47 avant-garde film and video titles of various lengths, widens its scope to include narrative and docu features that would have been seen in the now defunct Visions. Feature highlights include the world preem of docu "The Lebanese Rocket Society," about the nation's 1960s flirtation with space travel, the North American preem of Miguel Gomes' "Tabu" and Ying Liang's Locarno-winning "When Night Falls" and new work from Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Carlos Reygadas, Denis Cote and Heinz Emigholz. Future Projections, the fest's showcase of moving-image art installed in various downtown venues also announced Tuesday, include new works from Callum Cooper, Jeroen Eisinga, Sook-Yin Lee, Peaches, Luther Price, Kelly Richardson, Ming Wong and Liang Yue. Highlights of the fest's extensive industry programming include a master class with Olivier Assayas, Mogul sessions with Film4's Tessa Ross, FilmNation's Glen Basner and producer Jeremy Thomas, and a keynote on digital cinema from film scholar David Bordwell. Dialogue topics include green filmmaking, transmedia storytelling, indie filmmaking in and Africa, advances in exhibition technology and growth areas in distribution and marketing. The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 6 to 16.

GALAS "Song for Marion," Paul Andrew Williams, UK (World Premiere) (closing night film) "Emperor," Peter Webber, Japan/USA (World Premiere) "What Maisie Knew," Scott McGehee, David Siegel, USA (World Premiere)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS "Arthur Newman," Dante Ariola, USA (World Premiere) "Bad 25," Spike Lee, USA (North American Premiere) "Disconnect," Henry Alex Rubin, USA (North American Premiere) "Do Not Disturb," Yvan Attal, (World Premiere) "Greetings from Tim Buckley," Dan Algrant, USA (World Premiere) "Love is All You Need," Susanne Bier, (North American Premiere) "On The Road," Walter Salles, France/Brazil (North American Premiere) "Passion," Brian De Palma, France/Germany (North American Premiere) "Rhino Season," Bahman Ghobadi, Iraqi Kurdistan/Turkey (World Premiere) "Spring Breakers," Harmony Korine, USA (North American Premiere) "The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson, USA (North American Premiere) "The Paperboy," Lee Daniels, USA (North American Premiere) "The Son Did It," Daniele Ciprì, Italy/France (North American Premiere) "The Suicide Shop," , France/Belgium/Canada (International Premiere) "Thérèse Desqueyroux," Claude Miller, France (International Premiere) "White Elephant," Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain (North American Premiere) "Yellow," Nick Cassavetes, USA (World Premiere)

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA "3," Pablo Stoll Ward, Uruguay/Germany/Argentina (North American Premiere) "A Hijacking," Tobias Lindholm, Denmark (North American Premiere) "A Werewolf Boy," Jo Sung-hee, (World Premiere) "After the Battle," Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt/France (North American Premiere) "All That Matters is Past," Sara Johnsen, Norway (World Premiere) "Baby Blues," Kasia Roslaniec, Poland (World Premiere) "Barbara," Christian Petzold, (North American Premiere) "Bwakaw," Jun Robles Lana, (International Premiere) "Children of Sarajevo," Aida Begic, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Germany/France/Turkey (North American Premiere) "Clandestine Childhood," Benjamín Ávila, Argentina/Spain/Brazil (North American Premiere) "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner and Gwang Hun Kim, Belgium/North Korea/UK (World Premiere) "The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky," Yuki Tanada, Japan (World Premiere) "The Cremator," Peng Tao, (World Premiere) "Dead Europe," Tony Krawitz, (International Premiere) "Dust," Julio Hernández Cordón, Guatemala/Spain/Chile/Germany (North American Premiere) "Eagles," Dror Sabo, Israel (World Premiere) "Fin" (The End), Jorge Torregrossa, Spain (World Premiere) "The Fitzgerald Family," Christmas Edward Burns, USA (World Premiere) "Fly With the Crane," Li Ruijun, China (North American Premiere) "Ghost Graduation," Javier Ruiz Caldera, Spain (International Premiere) "God Loves Caviar," Iannis Smaragdis, Greece/Russia (World Premiere) "Gone Fishing," Carlos Sorin, Argentina (World Premiere) "The Great Kilapy," Zézé Gamboa, Angola/ Brazil/Portugal (World Premiere) "Him, Here, After," Asoka Handagama, Sri Lanka (North American Premiere) "Imagine," Andrzej Jakimowski, Poland/France/Portugal (World Premiere) "In The Fog," Sergei Loznitsa, Germany/Russia/Belarus/The Netherlands/Latvia (North American Premiere) "In the Name of Love," Luu Huynh, Vietnam (World Premiere) "Jackie," Antoinette Beumer, The Netherlands (International Premiere) "Jump," Kieron J. Walsh, Ireland/United Kingdom (International Premiere) "Just the Wind," Bence Fliegauf, Hungary/Germany/France (North American Premiere) "Juvenile Offender," Yikwan Kang, South Korea (World Premiere) "Key of Life," Kenji Uchida, Japan (North American Premiere) "Kinshasa Kids," Marc-Henri Wajnberg, (North American Premiere) "The Land of Hope," Sion Sono, Japan (World Premiere) "Middle of Nowhere," Ava DuVernay, USA (International Premiere) "Museum Hours," Jem Cohen, Austria/USA (North American Premiere) "Once Upon a Time Was I," Verônica Marcelo Gomes, Brazil/France (World Premiere) "Paradise: Love," Ulrich Seidl, Austria/Germany/France (North American Premiere) "The Patience Stone," Atiq Rahimi Afghanistan/France (World Premiere) "Penance," Kioshi Kurosawa, Japan (North American Premiere) "Peripeteia," John Akomfrah, United Kingdom/Holland (World Premiere) "Road North," Mika Kaurismäki, Finland (International Premiere) "Shores of Hope," Toke Constantin Hebbeln, Germany (International Premiere) "Sleeper's Wake," Barry Berk, South Africa (International Premiere) "Smashed," James Ponsoldt, USA (International Premiere) "The Thieves," Choi Dong-hoon, South Korea (North American Premiere) "The , An Incarnation," Girish Kasaravalli, India (International Premiere) "Three Kids," Jonas d'Adesky, Belgium (World Premiere) "Three Worlds," Catherine Corsini, France (North American Premiere) "Thy Womb," Brillante Mendoza, The Philippines (North American Premiere) "Underground," Robert Connolly, Australia (World Premiere) "Virgin," Margarida Licinio Azevedo, Mozambique (World Premiere) "Watchtower," Pelin Esmer, Turkey/Germany/France (World Premiere) "What Richard Did," Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland (World Premiere) "When I Saw You," Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/Jordan/Greece (World Premiere) "Zabana!," Saïd Ould-Khelifa, (World Premiere)

WAVELENGTHS - Features "The Last Time I Saw " (A Última Vez Que Vi Macau), (North American Premiere) "João," Pedro Rodrigues, João Rul Guerra da Mata, Portugal/France, 85' "differently, Molussia" (autrement, la Molussie), Nicolas Rey, France, 81' (Canadian Premiere) "Bestiaire," Denis Côté, Canada/France, 72' (Canadian Premiere) "Far From Afghanistan," John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Soon-Mi Yoo, Travis Wilkerson, USA, 129' (North American Premiere) "The Fifth Season," Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, Belgium/The Netherlands/France, 94' (North American Premiere) "The Lebanese Rocket Society," Joana Hadjithomas," Khalil Joreige, Qatar, 93' (World Premiere) "Leviathan Lucien Castaing-Taylor," Véréna Paravel, France/United Kingdom/USA, 87' (North American Premiere) "Perret in France and Algeria," Heinz Emigholz, Germany, 110' (North American Premiere) "Post Tenebras Lux," Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/The Netherlands/Germany, 120' (North American Premiere) "Tabu," Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France, 110' (North American Premiere) "Three Sisters," Wang Bing, China, 153' (North American Premiere) "When Night Falls" (Wo hai you hua yao shuo), Ying Liang, South Korea/China, 70' (North American Premiere)

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On a mission from their leader, five young men arrived in Chicago to open a little fish shop on Elston Avenue. Back then, in 1980, people of their faith were castigated as "Moonies" and called cult members. Yet the Japanese and American friends worked grueling hours and slept in a communal apartment as they slowly built the foundation of a commercial empire.

They were led by the vision of Rev. , the self-proclaimed messiah who sustained their spirits as they played their part in fulfilling the global business plan he had devised.

Moon founded his controversial Unification Church six decades ago with the proclamation that he was asked by Jesus to save humanity. But he also built the empire blending his conservative politics, savvy capitalism and flair for spectacles such as mass weddings in .

In a remarkable story that has gone largely untold, Moon and his followers created an enterprise that reaped millions of dollars by dominating one of America's trendiest indulgences: sushi.

Today, one of those five Elston Avenue pioneers, Takeshi Yashiro, serves as a top executive of a sprawling conglomerate that supplies much of the raw fish Americans eat.

Adhering to a plan Moon spelled out more than three decades ago in a series of sermons, members of his movement managed to integrate virtually every facet of the highly competitive seafood industry. The Moon followers' seafood operation is driven by a commercial powerhouse, known as True World Group. It builds fleets of boats, runs dozens of distribution centers and, each day, supplies most of the nation's estimated 9,000 sushi restaurants.

Although few seafood lovers may consider they're indirectly supporting Moon's religious movement, they do just that when they eat a buttery slice of tuna or munch on a morsel of eel in many restaurants. True World is so ubiquitous that 14 of 17 prominent Chicago sushi restaurants surveyed by the Tribune said they were supplied by the company.

Over the last three decades, as Moon has faced down accusations of brainwashing followers and personally profiting from the church, he and sushi have made similar if unlikely journeys from the fringes of American society to the mainstream.

These parallel paths are not coincidence. They reflect Moon's dream of revitalizing and dominating the American fishing industry while helping to fund his church's activities.

"I have the entire system worked out, starting with boat building," Moon said in "The Way of Tuna," a speech given in 1980. "After we build the boats, we catch the fish and process them for the market, and then have a distribution network. This is not just on the drawing board; I have already done it."

In the same speech, he called himself "king of the ocean." It proved not to be an idle boast. The businesses now employ hundreds, including non-church members, from the frigid waters of the Alaskan coast to the iconic American fishing town of , Mass.

Records and interviews with church insiders and competitors trace how Moon and members of his movement carried out his vision.

In a recent interview Rev. Phillip Schanker, a Unification Church spokesman, said the seafood businesses were "not organizationally or legally connected" to Moon's church, but were simply "businesses founded by members of the Unification Church."

Schanker compared the relationship to successful business owners-such as J. Willard "Bill" Marriott, a prominent Mormon who founded the hotel chain that bears his name-who donate money to their church.

"Marriott supports the Mormon Church but no one who checks into a Marriott Hotel thinks they are dealing with Mormonism," he said. "In the same way I would hope that every business founded by a member based on inspiration from Rev. Moon's vision also would be in a position to support the church."


But links between Moon's religious organization and the fish businesses are spelled out in court and government records as well as in statements by Moon and his top church officials. For one thing, Moon personally devised the seafood strategy, helped fund it at its outset and served as a director of one of its earliest companies.

Moon's Unification Church is organized under a tax-exempt non-profit entity called The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. The businesses are controlled by a separate non-profit company called Unification Church International Inc., or UCI.

Howard held off defending champion Centennial at the 35th annual Howard County Championship meet, April 22 at the pool.

Because swimming is not a sport that is sanctioned by the county's high school athletic program, the event is sponsored by the Columbia Clippers club team.

Each school had a captain that recruited his or her classmates to form a team.

Although Howard County public school swimmers get only one chance a year to represent their high school in the pool, many local swimmers will be continuing in college next year. They include Centennial's Jennifer Zhang (Cornell) and William Yang (Yale), Howard's Catherine Frediani (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Kelly Yang (Richmond), Long Reach's Stephanie Foster (Washington and Lee), Marriotts Ridge's Taylor Hollingsworth (College of Charleston), Reservoir's Diane Brown (Vermont) and Wilde Lake's Alicia Frey (Bloomsburg).

Combined team scores: 1. Howard, 794.5; 2. Centennial, 772; 3. Mt. Hebron, 622; 4. Reservoir, 604; 5. River Hill, 484; 6. Wilde Lake, 426; 7. Atholton, 396.5; 8. Long Reach, 233; 9. Marriotts Ridge, 231; 10. Oakland Mills, 69; 11. Hammond, 28; 12. Glenelg, 17.

Top 10 individuals (events are in yards):

Boys 50 freestyle: 1. William Yang, C, 23.11; 2. Drew Wolter, A, 23.69; 3. Kevin Hu, C, 24.01; 4. Jake Lamparella, MH, 24.40; 5. Kyle Courtney, A, 25.09; 5. Zachary Grissom, Ho, 25.09; 7. Mat Grinnell, RH, 25.11; 8. Lance Taweel, Re, 25.20; 9. Michael Shaham, WL, 25.38; 10. Carl Vanasse, RH, 25.55.

Girls 50 freestyle: 1. Porshe Brown, OM, 25.27; 2. Diane Brown, Re, 25.32; 3. Casey West, Ho, 25.57; 4. Melanie Watt, LR, 26.33; 5. Rachel Latzko, RH, 27.34; 6. Rachel Banilower, RH, 28.22; 7. Kayla Hess, A, 28.41; 8. Audrey Zohorsky, MH, 28.72; 9. Sam Solomotis, A, 29.99; 10. Hannah Green, MH, 30.01.

Boys 100 butterfly: 1. Noah Pritchard, WL, 54.28; 2. Philip Adejumo, Ho, 54.67; 3. Alex Ewart, C, 55.97; 4. Andrew Coe, C, 56.61; 5. Jack Saunderson, Re, 56.71; 6. Ryan Webb, Re, 58.27; 7. Yacine Manseur, RH, 1:02.09; 8. Wynne Kirchner, Ho, 1:03.86; 9. Zach Burnett, WL, 1:04.36; 10. John Parsons, OM, 1:13.24.

Girls 100 butterfly: 1. Kelley Yang, Ho, 58.91; 2. Alicia Frey, WL, 1:02.02; 3. Bizu Baldinazzo, WL, 1:04.18; 4. Anne Warren, MH, 1:05.37; 5. Audrey Zohorsky, MH, 1:05.54; 6. Melanie Watt, LR, 1:06.32; 7. Eileen Zohorsky, MH, 1:08.82; 8. Taylor Hollingsworth, MR, 1:08.92; 9. Neha Amin, RH, 1:10.57; 10. Monica Koh, OM, 1:21.41.

Boys 50 breaststroke: 1. Austin Taylor, A, 29.79; 2. Joe Kogan, A, 30.07; 3. Jeffrey Tse, C, 30.62; 4. Ivan Lee, MH, 31.98; 5. Lance Taweel, Re, 32.40; 6. Jeffrey Sham, C, 34.68; 7. Tim Virostek, WL, 35.11; 8. Mat Grinnell, RH, 35.26; 9. Tajuddin Ingram, Re, 35.78; 10. Deep Sinha, C, 36.51.

Girls 50 breakstroke: 1. Victoria Radcliffe, Ho, 33.80; 2. Maddie Weinberg, MH, 34.11; 3. Rachel Latzko, RH, 34.17; 4. Sarah Hurly, MR, 35.96; 5. Amanda Tun, Re, 37.29; 6. Natasha Lobo, MR, 37.45; 7. Sydnee Shannon, Ho, 37.59; 8. Jena Rutten, Re, 39.75; 9. Juliana Kaiser, WL, 40.06; 10. Kayla Hess, A, 41.15.

Boys 100 backstroke: 1. Austin Gabel, RH, 55.63; 2. David Lazris, WL, 56.66; 3. Alexander Gliese, LR, 57.85; 4. Alex Ewart, C, 58.74; 5. Adam Sachs, C, 1:04.23; 6. Michael Smith, MH, 1:04.57; 7. Kyle Courtney, A, 1:09.18; 8. John Parsons, OM, 1:09.68; 9. Connor Lineberry, Re, 1:10.42; 10. Ben Ailinger, Re, 1:14.23.

Girls 100 backstroke: 1. Catherine Frediani, Ho, 1:02.17; 2. Stephanie Foster, LR, 1:03.51; 3. Paige Lorton, RH, 1:05.79; 4. Meghan Lanchart, C, 1:07.38; 5. Anita Amin, RH, 1:07.82; 6. Tasha Powers, A, 1:07.88; 7. Victoria Radcliffe, Ho, 1:08.02; 8. Anastasiya Volkova, Ho, 1:08.69; 9. Kaitlyn Warner, MH, 1:11.12; 10. Hollie Adejumo, Ho, 1:16.90.

Boys 200 medley relay: 1. Centennial A (Chin, Tse, Arbaugh, Hu), 1:46.87; 2. Atholton A, 1:49.77; 3. Reservoir A, 1:53.32; 4. Howard A, 1:54.71; 5. Mt. Hebron A, 1:55.04; 6. Centennial B, 2:03.75; 7. Howard B, 2:05.49; 8. Reservoir B, 2:15.01.

Girls 200 medley relay: 1. Howard A (Frediani, Radcliffe, West, Yang), 1:56.38; 2. Howard B, 2:03.43; 3. Centennial A, 2:04.74; 4. Mt. Hebron A, 2:07.22; 5. Mt. Hebron B, 2:07.76; 6. Long Reach A, 2:10.16; 7. Reservoir A, 2:10.51; 8. River Hill A, 2:16.17; 9. Wilde Lake A, 2:17.12.

Mixed 250 free relay: 1. Wilde Lake A (Allera, Baldinazzo, Lazris, Pritchard), 2:13.21; 2. Centennial A, 2:13.70; 3. Howard A, 2:25.36; 4. Reservoir A, 2:28.23; 5. River Hill A, 2:31.26; 6. Long Reach A, 2:31.29; 7. Atholton A, 2:31.43; 8. Reservoir B, 2:34.59; 9. Mt. Hebron A, 2:44.42.

Boys 50 butterfly: 1. Philip Adejumo, Ho, 25.30; 2. Jon Arbaugh, C, 25:39; 3. Yacine Manseur, RH, 26.98; 4. Jordan Lee, MR, 28.75; 5. TJ Mallo, WL, 28.84; 6. Carl Vanasse, RH, 29.11; 7. Bobby Mitchell, Ha, 30.74; 8. Zachary Miller, A, 30.80; 9. Alexander Kozlowski, Ho, 31.51; 10. Jonathan Haoo, Ho, 31.52.

Girls 50 butterfly: 1. Kelley Yang, Ho, 26.27; 2. Casey West, Ho, 26.66; 3. Diane Brown, Re, 29.19; 4. Meghan Patton, Ho, 29.53; 5. Tasha Powers, A, 30.88; 6. Sam Solomotis, A, 31.91; 7. Maria Allera, WL, 33.16; 8. Cassidy Delaney, MR, 34.05; 9. Jena Rutten, Re, 36.51; 10. Kelsey Roher, Ha, 36.78.

Boys 100 freestyle: 1. Drew Wolter, A, 52.03; 2. Patrick Chin, C, 52.44; 3. Andrew Coe, C, 52.65; 4. Kevin Hu, C, 53.38; 5. Ryan Webb, Re, 54.22; 6. Alex Symmes, G, 55.27; 7. Parker Meek, Ho, 56.89; 8. Adam Sachs, C, 57.28; 9. Ryan Smith, MH, 57.78; 10. Tim Johnson, MH, 57.93.

Say "so long" to short skirts and hello (again) to the 1970s. Get ready to banish black from your wardrobe and get creative with color.

Now that the spring runway shows are over in New York, Milan and Paris, it's up to department store fashion directors and boutique owners to package the big ideas. Chanel's garden party, Balenciaga's punk brigade and Marc Jacobs' 1970s show were all memorable on the runways, but will they make it to store racks?

Here, retailers offer their takeaways from the season, and ideas about how the trends might trickle down to you.

Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director,

Big idea: The vintage effect, fueled by the major YSL retrospective exhibition that just closed in August in Paris. On the runway, designers nodded to Saint Laurent's rich peasant look, Orientalism and "le smoking" [his signature tuxedo].

Must haves: Fluid, sheer fabrics and longer hemlines (just above the ankle or to the floor) as we saw at Lanvin, and wide-leg trousers and a white pantsuit with Bianca Jagger swagger. The tuxedo jacket, it's not just evening wear anymore. For accessories, it's all about flat sandals because as a woman begins to add longer hemlines to her wardrobe, flat sandals work best with the new proportion.

I'm also loving what I'm calling the "Helmut language" [a reference to Helmut Lang's utilitarian designs from the early 1990s], and the idea of adding a sporty attitude to dressed-up clothing using color-blocking, buckles, straps or parachute fabrics.

Will punk take to the streets? Not now. We just cycled through a moment when the 1980s were really influential, along with strong shoulders, so punk doesn't look new to me. But where it ends up, we'll have to watch the runways to find out.

Colleen Sherin, fashion market director, Saks Fifth Avenue

Big idea: The color story. Bold, bright, vibrant color worked into color-blocked effects and combining colors in unexpected ways.

Must haves: A longer-length skirt or dress as seen at and Proenza Schouler in New York, D&G and Fendi in Milan and Chanel in Paris. Open-weave knitwear in natural white, ivory or beige crochet, macramé, mesh or fishnet, as seen at Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, for Tse, Alberta Ferretti and Celine. And a crisp poplin shirt. We saw it with slouchy wide-leg trousers and skirts for a pared-down look. We also saw it as a play on masculine and feminine at Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Celine. A trench coat looks great with a longer hemline peeking out. I love the sheer organza ones at Phillip Lim and Christian Cota, and the matte python trench at Emilio Pucci.

In terms of accessories, fringe is everywhere — on handbags, jewelry and scarves. A shoulder or flap bag is key because it fits into the 1970s trend, as does a pair of platform wedges.

Will punk take to the streets? Not in a big way. We've done that trend recently with leathers and studs and grommets, and not enough time has passed to go back. But it may be something we will touch on in our contemporary department.

Stephanie Solomon, fashion director,

Big idea: Color and print. And this is a serious shift because we've been in love with black for so long.

Must haves: A dress or skirt with a hemline hovering around the knees or below. In New York, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, and Rebecca Taylor all had great longer lengths. In Milan, we saw it at Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander and Roberto Cavalli. Sometimes these longer skirts have asymmetrical hems or slits, which we saw at Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Stella McCartney.

It sounds like a myth that hemlines matter, but they do because when you go longer, you have to change your shoes and you have to change your coat. You need flat, wedge or platform sandals. And the long trench coat is chicest with this length. I'm also liking boyfriend jackets over longer skirts.

Will punk take to the streets? In a way. You have to have the rock 'n' roll element, otherwise it would get too boring. I would take a studded leather jacket, something that looks worn and torn and ragged from Burberry Prorsum or Givenchy, and put it over a really frothy feminine dress like we saw at Dior. That dichotomy looks right. Or you can be a punk one day and a virgin the next!

Alexandra Plant of Wyoming Valley West won the girls Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 19:29 at McDade Park.

Catherine Lombardo placed second overall (19:37) and led her Pittston Area squad to the girls team championship by 34 points over Pleasant Valley.

Tara Johnson (19:46) placed second for Pittston Area and third overall. Emily Seaman was 13th in 21:36.

The Spartans finished fourth as a team with 123 points and Dallas was seventh with 215.

Julia Mericle of Wyoming Valley West was 12th overall in a time of 21:28.

Top Teams

1. Pittston Area 74; 2. Pleasant Valley 108; 3. North Pocono 120; 4. Wyoming Valley West 123; 5. Holy Cross 133; 6. Prep 156; 7. Dallas 215; 8. Sullivan West 220; 9. Mid Valley 236; 9. Susquehanna 236

Local Teams

Pittston Area

2. Catherine Lombardo 19:37; 3. Tara Johnson 19:46; 13. Emily Seaman 21:36; 22. Abby Sheerer 21:56; 34. Kaitlynn Kuchta 22:58; 40. Olivia Lanza 23:17; 50. Kristen Lombardo 23:47

Wyoming Valley West

1. Alexandra Plant 19:29; 12. Julia Mericle 21:28; 27. Amy Paddock 22:26; 36. Onyoo Park, 22:59; 47. Elizabeth Wood 23:29; 54. Sophie Rittenhouse 24:07; 60. Lydia Ellsworth 24:38


21. Katie Gross 21:51; 31. Megan Ostrum 22:50; 42. Allison Amos 23:18; 55. Madison Gilhooley 24:17; 66. Christina Valenti 25:14; 74. Krista Vivian 25:56; 84. Kaylin Augustine 27:17

Wyoming Seminary

30. Alannah Trombetta 22:48; 73. Drishti Maniar 25:54; 81. Katherine Maximov 26:34; 85. Kat Rogers 27:53; 92. Ava Alexander 29:55; 93. Emily Gabriel 31:41

Other Top Finishers

4. Kait Lewis, North Pocono, 20:09; 5. Ivy Christensen, Susquehanna Comm., 21:03; 6. Samantha Young, Pleasant Valley, 21:06; 7. Nicole Kobylanski, Mid Valley, 21:17; 8. Erin Feeney, Scranton Prep, 21:21; 9. Mackenzie Greenfield, Holy Cross, 21:22; 10. Tess Kearns, Holy Cross, 21:24


Dominic Hockenbury placed second overall in 16:45 and Kieran Sutton (16:53) took third overall for Lake-Lehman.

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Albert Ogletree
Philip Paul Ognibene
Joseph J. Ogren
Samuel Oitice
Gerald Michael Olcott
Christine Anne Olender
Linda Mary Oliva
Edward Kraft Oliver
Leah E. Oliver
Eric T. Olsen
Jeffrey James Olsen
Maureen Lyons Olson
Steven John Olson
Toshihiro Onda
Seamus L. O'Neal
John P. Oneill
Frank Oni
Michael C. Opperman
Christopher Orgielewicz
Margaret Orloske
Virginia Anne Ormiston
Ronald Orsini
Peter Ortale
Juan Ortega-Campos
Alexander Ortiz
David Ortiz
Emilio Ortiz, Jr.
Pablo Ortiz
Paul Ortiz, Jr.
Sonia Ortiz
Masaru Ose
Elsy C. Osorio
James R. Ostrowski
Jason Douglas Oswald
Michael Otten
Isidro D. Ottenwalder
Michael Chung Ou
Todd Joseph Ouida
Jesus Ovalles
Peter J. Owens, Jr.
Adianes Oyola
Angel M. Pabon
Israel Pabon, Jr.
Roland Pacheco
Michael Benjamin Packer
Rene Padilla-Chavarria
Deepa Pakkala
Jeffrey Matthew Palazzo
Thomas Palazzo
Richard Palazzolo
Orio J. Palmer
Frank Anthony Palombo
Alan N. Palumbo
Christopher Matthew Panatier
Dominique Lisa Pandolfo
Paul J. Pansini
John M. Paolillo
Edward Joseph Papa
Salvatore T. Papasso
James Nicholas Pappageorge
Vinod Kumar Parakat
Vijayashanker Paramsothy
Nitin Parandkar
Hardai Parbhu
James Wendell Parham
Debra Marie Paris
George Paris
Gye Hyong Park
Philip Lacey Parker
Michael Alaine Parkes
Robert E. Parks, Jr.
Hashmukhrai C. Parmar
Robert Parro
Diane Marie Parsons
Leobardo Lopez Pascual
Michael Pascuma
Jerrold Paskins
Horace Robert Passananti
Suzanne H. Passaro
Avnish Ramanbhai Patel
Dipti Patel
Manish Patel
Steven Bennett Paterson
James Matthew Patrick
Manuel D. Patrocino
Bernard E. Patterson
Cira Marie Patti
Robert E. Pattison
James Robert Paul
Patrice Paz
Victor Paz-Gutierrez
Stacey Lynn Peak
Richard Allen Pearlman
Durrell V. Pearsall
Thomas Pedicini
Todd Douglas Pelino
Michel Adrian Pelletier
Anthony G. Peluso
Angel Ramon Pena
Richard Al Penny
Salvatore F. Pepe
Carl Peralta
Robert David Peraza
Jon A. Perconti
Alejo Perez
Angel Perez, Jr.
Angela Susan Perez
Anthony Perez
Ivan Perez
Nancy E. Perez
Joseph John Perroncino
Edward J. Perrotta
Emelda H. Perry
Glenn C. Perry
John William Perry
Franklin Allan Pershep
Danny Pesce
Michael John Pescherine
Davin Peterson
William Russell Peterson
Mark Petrocelli
Philip Scott Petti
Glen Kerrin Pettit
Dominick Pezzulo
Kaleen Elizabeth Pezzuti
Kevin Pfeifer
Tu-Anh Pham
Kenneth Phelan
Sneha Ann Philips
Gerard Phillips
Suzette Eugenia Piantieri
Ludwig John Picarro
Matthew M. Picerno
Joseph Oswald Pick
Christopher Pickford
Dennis J. Pierce
Bernard Pietronico
Nicholas P. Pietrunti
Theodoros Pigis
Susan Elizabeth Pinto
Joseph Piskadlo
Christopher Todd Pitman
Joshua Piver
Joseph Plumitallo
John Pocher
William Howard Pohlmann
Laurence Polatsch
Thomas H. Polhemus
Steve Pollicino
Susan M. Pollio
Joshua Iousa Poptean
Giovanna Porras
Anthony Portillo
James Edward Potorti
Daphne Pouletsos
Richard N. Poulos
Stephen Emanual Poulos
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Shawn Edward Powell
Antonio Pratt
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Vincent Princiotta
Kevin Prior
Everett Martin Proctor III
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Richard Prunty
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Edward F. Pullis
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Edward R. Pykon
Christopher Quackenbush
Lars Peter Qualben
Lincoln Quappe
Beth Ann Quigley
Michael Quilty
James Francis Quinn
Ricardo J. Quinn
Carlos Quishpe-Cuaman
Carol Millicent Rabalais
Christopher Peter A. Racaniello
Leonard J. Ragaglia
Eugene Raggio
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Michael Ragusa
Peter Frank Raimondi
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Valsa Raju
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Harry Ramos
Vishnoo Ramsaroop
Lorenzo E. Ramzey
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Adam David Rand
Jonathan C. Randall
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Anne T. Ransom
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Howard Reich
Gregg Reidy
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Joseph Reina, Jr.
Thomas Barnes Reinig
Frank Bennett Reisman
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Karen Renda
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John Thomas Resta
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Bruce Albert Reynolds
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Alan Jay Richman
John M. Rigo
Theresa Risco
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Elvin Romero
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Jonathan Stephan Ryan
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Richard L. Salinardi, Jr.
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Rena Sam-Dinnoo
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Ian Schneider
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Jeffrey H. Schreier
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Clarin Shellie Schwartz
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Mark Schwartz
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Gary Shamay
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Neil Shastri
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Robert John Shay, Jr.
Daniel James Shea
Joseph Patrick Shea
Linda Sheehan
Hagay Shefi
John Anthony Sherry
Atsushi Shiratori
Thomas Joseph Shubert
Mark Shulman
See Wong Shum
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Kulwant Singh
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Joseph Michael Sisolak
John P. Skala
Francis Joseph Skidmore, Jr.
Toyena Skinner
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Karl T. Smith
Keisha Smith
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Leon Smith, Jr.
Moira Ann Smith
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Rochelle Monique Snell
Leonard J. Snyder, Jr.
Astrid Elizabeth Sohan
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Fabian Soto
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Thomas Sparacio
John Anthony Spataro
Robert W. Spear, Jr.
Maynard S. Spence, Jr.
George Edward Spencer III
Robert Andrew Spencer
Mary Rubina Sperando
Tina Spicer
Frank Spinelli
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Corina Stan
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Edward W. Straub
George J. Strauch, Jr.
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Walwyn W. Stuart, Jr.
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David Scott Suarez
Ramon Suarez
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Patrick Sullivan
Thomas Sullivan
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James Joseph Suozzo
Colleen Supinski
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Thomas Swift
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Kevin Thomas Szocik
Gina Sztejnberg
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Keiji Takahashi
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Rachel Tamares
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Rhondelle Cheri Tankard
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Dennis Gerard Taormina, Jr.
Kenneth Joseph Tarantino
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Donnie Brooks Taylor
Lorisa Ceylon Taylor
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Paul A. Tegtmeier
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Anthony Tempesta
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Stanley Temple
David Tengelin
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Lisa M. Terry
Shell Tester
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Sumati Thakur
Harshad Sham Thatte
Thomas F. Theurkauf, Jr.
Lesley Anne Thomas
Brian Thomas Thompson
Clive Thompson
Glenn Thompson
Nigel Bruce Thompson
Perry A. Thompson
Vanavah Alexei Thompson
William H. Thompson
Eric Raymond Thorpe
Nichola Angela Thorpe
Sal Edward Tieri, Jr.
John p Tierney
Mary Ellen Tiesi
William R. Tieste
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Stephen Edward Tighe
Scott Charles Timmes
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Hector Luis Tirado, Jr.
Michelle Lee Titolo
John J. Tobin
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Stephen Kevin Tompsett
Thomas Tong
Doris Torres
Luis Eduardo Torres
Amy Elizabeth Toyen
Christopher Michael Traina
Daniel Patrick Trant
Abdoul Karim Traore
Glenn J. Travers
Walter Philip Travers
Felicia Y. Traylor-Bass
Lisa L. Trerotola
Karamo Trerra
Michael Angel Trinidad
Francis Joseph Trombino
Gregory James Trost
William P. Tselepis
Zhanetta Valentinovna Tsoy
Michael Tucker
Lance Richard Tumulty
Ching Ping Tung
Simon James Turner
Donald Joseph Tuzio
Robert T. Twomey
Jennifer Tzemis
John G. Ueltzhoeffer
Tyler V. Ugolyn
Michael A. Uliano
Jonathan J. Uman
Anil Shivhari Umarkar
Allen V. Upton
Diane Marie Urban
John Damien Vaccacio
Bradley Hodges Vadas
Renuta Vaidea
William Valcarcel
Felix Antonio Vale
Ivan Vale
Benito Valentin
Santos Valentin, Jr.
Carlton Francis Valvo II
Erica H. Van Acker
Kenneth W. Van Auken
Richard B. Van Hine
Daniel M. Van Laere
Edward Raymond Vanacore
Jon C. Vandevander
Barrett Vanvelzer, 4
Edward Vanvelzer
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Frederick Thomas Varacchi
Gopalakrishnan Varadhan
David Vargas
Scott C. Vasel
Azael Ismael Vasquez
Arcangel Vazquez
Santos Vazquez
Peter Anthony Vega
Sankara S. Velamuri
Jorge Velazquez
Lawrence G. Veling
Anthony Mark Ventura
David Vera
Loretta Ann Vero
Christopher James Vialonga
Matthew Gilbert Vianna
Robert Anthony Vicario
Celeste Torres Victoria
Joanna Vidal
John T. Vigiano II
Joseph Vincent Vigiano
Frank J. Vignola, Jr.
Joseph Barry Vilardo
Sergio Villanueva
Chantal Vincelli
Melissa Vincent
Francine Ann Virgilio
Lawrence Virgilio
Joseph Gerard Visciano
Joshua S. Vitale
Maria Percoco Vola
Lynette D. Vosges
Garo H. Voskerijian
Alfred Vukosa
Gregory Kamal Bruno Wachtler
Gabriela Waisman
Courtney Wainsworth Walcott
Victor Wald
Benjamin James Walker
Glen Wall
Mitchel Scott Wallace
Peter Guyder Wallace
Robert Francis Wallace
Roy Michael Wallace
Jeanmarie Wallendorf
Matthew Blake Wallens
John Wallice, Jr.
Barbara P. Walsh
James Henry Walsh
Jeffrey P. Walz
Ching Wang
Weibin Wang
Michael Warchola
Stephen Gordon Ward
James Arthur Waring
Brian G. Warner
Derrick Washington
Charles Waters
James Thomas Waters, Jr.
Patrick J. Waters
Kenneth Thomas Watson
Michael Henry Waye
Todd Christopher Weaver
Walter Edward Weaver
Nathaniel Webb
Dinah Webster
Joanne Flora Weil
Michael T. Weinberg
Steven Weinberg
Scott Jeffrey Weingard
Steven George Weinstein
Simon Weiser
David M. Weiss
David Thomas Weiss
Vincent Michael Wells
Timothy Matthew Welty
Christian Hans Rudolf Wemmers
Ssu-Hui Wen
Oleh D. Wengerchuk
Peter M. West
Whitfield West, Jr.
Meredith Lynn Whalen
Eugene Whelan
Adam S. White
Edward James White III
James Patrick White
John Sylvester White
Kenneth Wilburn White, Jr.
Leonard Anthony White
Malissa Y. White
Wayne White
Leanne Marie Whiteside
Mark P. Whitford
Michael T. Wholey
Mary Catherine Wieman
Jeffrey David Wiener
Wilham J. Wik
Alison Marie Wildman
Glenn E. Wilkenson
John C. Willett
Brian Patrick Williams
Crossley Richard Williams, Jr.
David J. Williams
Deborah Lynn Williams
Kevin Michael Williams
Louie Anthony Williams
Louis Calvin Williams III
John P. Williamson
Donna Ann Wilson
William Wilson
David Harold Winton
Glenn J. Winuk
Thomas Francis Wise
Alan L. Wisniewski
Frank Thomas Wisniewski
David Wiswall
Sigrid Wiswe
Michael Wittenstein
Christopher W. Wodenshek
Martin P. Wohlforth
Katherine Susan Wolf
Jennifer Yen Wong
Siu Cheung Wong
Yin Ping Wong
Yuk Ping Wong
Brent James Woodall
James John Woods
Patrick J. Woods
Richard Herron Woodwell
David Terence Wooley
John Bentley Works
Martin Michael Wortley
Rodney James Wotton
William Wren
John Wayne Wright
Neil Robin Wright
Sandra Lee Wright
Jupiter Yambem
Suresh Yanamadala
Matthew David Yarnell
Myrna Yaskulka
Shakila Yasmin
Olabisi Shadie Layeni Yee
William Yemele
Edward P. York
Kevin Patrick York
Raymond R. York
Suzanne Youmans
Barrington Young
Jacqueline Young
Elkin Yuen
Joseph C. Zaccoli
Adel Agayby Zakhary
Arkady Zaltsman
Edwin J. Zambrana, Jr.
Robert Alan Zampieri
Mark Zangrilli
Ira Zaslow
Kenneth Albert Zelman
Abraham J. Zelmanowitz
Martin Morales Zempoaltecatl
Zhe Zeng
Marc Scott Zeplin
Jie Yao Justin Zhao
Ivelin Ziminski
Michael Joseph Zinzi
Charles A. Zion
Julie Lynne Zipper
Salvatore Zisa
Prokopios Paul Zois
Joseph J. Zuccala
Andrew S. Zucker
Igor Zukelman

American Airlines Flight 11

Anna Allison
David Lawrence Angell
Lynn Edwards Angell
Seima Aoyama
Barbara Jean Arestegui
Myra Joy Aronson
Christine Barbuto
Carolyn Beug
Kelly Ann Booms
Carol Marie Bouchard
Robin Lynne Kaplan
Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey
Jeffrey Dwayne Collman
Jeffrey W. Coombs
Tara Kathleen Creamer
Thelma Cuccinello
Patrick Currivan
Brian Paul Dale
David Dimeglio
Donald Americo Ditullio
Alberto Dominguez
Paige Marie Farley-Hackel
Alexander Milan Filipov
Carol Ann Flyzik
Paul J. Friedman
Karleton D.B. Fyfe
Peter Alan Gay
Linda M. George
Edmund Glazer
Lisa Reinhart Gordenstein
Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green
Peter Paul Hashem
Robert Jay Hayes
Edward R. Hennessy, Jr.
John A. Hofer
Cora Hidalgo Holland
John Nicholas Humber, Jr.
Waleed Joseph Iskandar
John Charles Jenkins
Charles Edward Jones
Barbara A. Keating
David P. Kovalcin
Judith Camilla Larocque
Natalie Janis Lasden
Daniel John Lee
Daniel M. Lewin
Sara Elizabeth Low
Susan A. Mackay
Karen Ann Martin
Thomas F. McGuinness, Jr.
Christopher D. Mello
Jeffrey Peter Mladenik
Carlos Alberto Montoya
Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes
Laura Lee Morabito
Mildred Naiman
Laurie Ann Neira
Renee Lucille Newell
Kathleen Ann Nicosia
Jacqueline June Norton
Robert Grant Norton
John Ogonowski
Betty Ann Ong
Jane M. Orth
Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli
Berinthia B. Perkins
Sonia M. Puopolo
David E. Retik
Jean Destrehan Roger
Philip Martin Rosenzweig
Richard Barry Ross
Jessica Leigh Sachs
Rahma Salie
Heather Lee Smith
Dianne Bullis Snyder
Douglas Joel Stone
Xavier Suarez
Madeline Amy Sweeney
Michael Theodoridis
James Anthony Trentini
Mary Barbara Trentini
Pendyala Vamsikrishna
Mary Alice Wahlstrom
Kenneth Waldie
John Joseph Wenckus
Candace Lee Williams
Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Jr.

United Airlines Flight 175

Alona Abraham
Garnet Edward Bailey
Mark Lawrence Bavis
Graham Andrew Berkeley
Touri Bolourchi
Klaus Bothe
Daniel Raymond Brandhorst
David Reed Gamboa Brandhorst
John Brett Cahill
Christoffer Mikael Carstanjen
John J. Corcoran III
Dorothy Alma de Araujo
Ana Gloria Pocasangre Debarrera
Robert John Fangman
Lisa Anne Frost
Ronald Gamboa
Lynn Catherine Goodchild
Peter M. Goodrich
Douglas Alan Gowell
Francis Edward Grogan
Carl Max Hammond, Jr.
Christine Lee Hanson
Peter Burton Hanson
Susan Kim Hanson
Gerald Francis Hardacre
Eric Hartono
James Edward Hayden
Herbert Wilson Homer
Michael Robert Horrocks
Robert Adrien Jalbert
Amy N. Jarret
Ralph Kershaw
Heinrich Kimmig
Amy R. King
Brian Kinney
Kathryn L. LaBorie
Robert G. Leblanc
Maclovio Lopez, Jr.
Marianne Macfarlane
Alfred Gilles Marchand
Louis Mariani
Juliana McCourt
Ruth Magdaline McCourt
Wolfgang Peter Menzel
Shawn M. Nassaney
Marie Pappalardo
Patrick J. Quigley IV
Frederick Charles Rimmele III
James Roux
Jesus Sanchez
Victor J. Saracini
Mary Kathleen Shearer
Robert M. Shearer
Jane Louise Simpkin
Brian David Sweeney
Michael C. Tarrou
Alicia N. Titus
Timothy Ray Ward
William Michael Weems


SPC Craig S. Amundson, USA
YN3 Melissa Rose Barnes, USN
MSG Max J. Beilke, Retired
IT2 Kris Romeo Bishundat, USN
Carrie R. Blagburn
COL Canfield D. Boone, ARNG
Donna M. Bowen
Allen P. Boyle
ET3 Christopher L. Burford, USN
ET3 Daniel M. Caballero, USN
SFC Jose O. Calderon-Olmedo, USA
Angelene C. Carter
Sharon A. Carver
SFC John J. Chada, USA, Retired
Rosa Maria Chapa
Julian T. Cooper
LCDR Eric A. Cranford, USN
Ada M. Davis
CAPT Gerald F. DeConto, USN
LTC Jerry D. Dickerson, USA
IT1 Johnnie Doctor, Jr., USN
CAPT Robert E. Dolan, Jr., USN
CDR William H. Donovan, USN
CDR Patrick Dunn, USN
AG1 Edward T. Earhart, USN
LCDR Robert R. Elseth, USNR
SK3 Jamie L. Fallon, USN
Amelia V. Fields
Gerald P. Fisher
AG2 Matthew M. Flocco, USN
Sandra N. Foster
CAPT Lawrence D. Getzfred, USN
Cortez Ghee
Brenda C. Gibson
COL Ronald F. Golinski, USA, Retired
Diane Hale-McKinzy
Carolyn B. Halmon
Sheila M.S. Hein
ET1 Ronald J. Hemenway, USN
MAJ Wallace Cole Hogan, Jr., USA
SSG Jimmie I. Holley, USA, Retired
Angela M. Houtz
Brady Kay Howell
Peggie M. Hurt
LTC Stephen N. Hyland, Jr., USA
Lt Col Robert J. Hymel, USAF, Retired
SGM Lacey B. Ivory, USA
LTC Dennis M. Johnson, USA
Judith L. Jones
Brenda Kegler
LT Michael S. Lamana, USN
David W. Laychak
Samantha L. Lightbourn-Allen
MAJ Stephen V. Long, USA
James T. Lynch, Jr.
Terence M. Lynch
OS2 Nehamon Lyons IV, USN
Shelley A. Marshall
Teresa M. Martin
Ada L. Mason-Acker
LTC Dean E. Mattson, USA
LTG Timothy J. Maude, USA
Robert J. Maxwell
Molly L. McKenzie
Patricia E. Mickley
MAJ Ronald D. Milam, USA
Gerard P. Moran, Jr.
Odessa V. Morris
ET1 Brian A. Moss, USN
Teddington H. Moy
LCDR Patrick J. Murphy, USNR
Khang Ngoc Nguyen
DM2 Michael A. Noeth, USN
Ruben S. Ornedo
Diana B. Padro
LT Jonas M. Panik, USNR
MAJ Clifford L. Patterson, Jr., USA
LT Darin H. Pontell, USNR
Scott Powell
CAPT Jack D. Punches, USN, Retired
AW1 Joseph J. Pycior, Jr., USN
Deborah A. Ramsaur
Rhonda Sue Rasmussen
IT1 Marsha D. Ratchford, USN
Martha M. Reszke
Cecelia E. (Lawson) Richard
Edward V. Rowenhorst
Judy Rowlett
SGM Robert E. Russell, USA, Retired
CW4 William R. Ruth, ARNG
Charles E. Sabin, Sr.
Marjorie C. Salamone
COL David M. Scales, USA
CDR Robert A. Schlegel, USN
Janice M. Scott
LTC Michael L. Selves, USA, Retired
Marian H. Serva
CDR Dan F. Shanower, USN
Antionette M. Sherman
Diane M. Simmons
Cheryle D. Sincock
ITC Gregg H. Smallwood, USN
LTC Gary F. Smith, USA, Retired
Patricia J. Statz
Edna L. Stephens
SGM Larry L. Strickland, USA
LTC Kip P. Taylor, USA
Sandra C. Taylor
LTC Karl W. Teepe, USA, Retired
SGT Tamara C. Thurman, USA
LCDR Otis V. Tolbert, USN
SSG Willie Q. Troy, USA, Retired
LCDR Ronald J. Vauk, USNR
LTC Karen J. Wagner, USA
Meta L. (Fuller) Waller
SPC Chin Sun Pak Wells, USA
SSG Maudlyn A. White, USA
Sandra L. White
Ernest M. Willcher
LCDR David L. Williams, USN
MAJ Dwayne Williams, USA
RMC Marvin Roger Woods, USN, Retired
IT2 Kevin W. Yokum, USN
ITC Donald M. Young, USN
Edmond G. Young, Jr.
Lisa L. Young

American Airlines Flight 77

Paul W. Ambrose
Yeneneh Betru
Mary Jane Booth
Bernard C. Brown, II
CAPT Charles F. Burlingame III, USNR, Retired
Suzanne M. Calley
William E. Caswell
David M. Charlebois
Sarah M. Clark
Asia S. Cottom
James D. Debeuneure
Rodney Dickens
Eddie A. Dillard
LCDR Charles A. Droz III, USN, Retired
Barbara G. Edwards
Charles S. Falkenberg
Dana Falkenberg
Zoe Falkenberg
J. Joseph Ferguson
Darlene E. Flagg
RADM Wilson F. Flagg, USNR, Retired
1stLt Richard P. Gabriel, USMC, Retired
Ian J. Gray
Stanley R. Hall
Michele M. Heidenberger
Bryan C. Jack
Steven D. Jacoby
Ann C. Judge
Chandler R. Keller
Yvonne E. Kennedy
Norma Cruz Khan
Karen Ann Kincaid
Dong Chul Lee
Jennifer Lewis
Kenneth E. Lewis
Renee A. May
Dora Marie Menchaca
Christopher C. Newton
Barbara K. Olson
Ruben S. Ornedo
Robert Penninger
Robert R. Ploger III
Zandra F. Ploger
Lisa J. Raines
Todd H. Reuben
John P. Sammartino
George W. Simmons
Donald D. Simmons
Mari-Rae Sopper
Robert Speisman
Norma Lang Steuerle
Hilda E. Taylor
Leonard E. Taylor
Sandra D. Teague
Leslie A. Whittington
CAPT John D. Yamnicky, Sr., USN, Retired
Vicki Yancey
Shuyin Yang
Yuguag Zheng

United Airlines Flight 93

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Lorraine G. Bay
Todd Beamer
Alan Beaven
Mark K. Bingham
Deora Frances Bodley
Sandra W. Bradshaw
Marion Britton
Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
William Cashman
Georgine Rose Corrigan
Patricia Cushing
Jason Dahl
Joseph Deluca
Patrick Driscoll
Edward Porter Felt
Jane C. Folger
Colleen Fraser
Andrew Garcia
Jeremy Glick
Lauren Grandcolas
Wanda A. Green
Donald F. Greene
Linda Gronlund
Richard Guadagno
Leroy Homer, Jr.
Toshiya Kuge
CeeCee Lyles
Hilda Marcin
Waleska Martinez
Nicole Miller
Louis J. Nacke, II
Donald Arthur Peterson
Jean Hoadley Peterson
Mark Rothenberg
Christine Snyder
John Talignani
Honor Elizabeth Wainio
Deborah Ann Jacobs Welsh
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Jennifer Bryan has been working in TV and Film for over 20 years, beginning as a wardrobe assistant and supervisor on films such as Manhunter, Married to the Mob, Goodfellas and Jungle Fever. She then moved on to costume designer, working on films such as Barbershop II and TV shows, including Dark Angel, Las Vegas, Knight Rider, and currently, Vampire Diaries.

Jennifer was kind enough to do a Q&A with The Pursuitist, talking about her background and the role of the costume designer on a Hollywood set.

Q. Tell us about yourself.
J.B. I am currently the head costume designer for “Vampire Diaries” on the CW. I studied fashion design at Pratt Institute, and a few years after I stumbled into the entertainment side of fashion and began working on Broadway shows, commercials and TV shows. When I was younger I never really gave much thought into working with celebrities. I just thought they had an unending closet!

Q. Describe the role of the costume designer on a TV show or film.
J.B. After the scripts are written, I have to study them and dissect them for wardrobe changes and stunts that need to be taken into consideration when designing costumes. Next I begin finding the clothes I need for that episode. I’ll go wherever I need to get the right things, from malls to thrift stores, to the big costume rental houses in Los Angeles. In addition I have a lot of meetings with the creative departments in order to ensure that everything looks seamless and collaborative when the show airs.

Q. Where do you draw your inspiration as a designer?
J.B. My inspiration as a designer comes from the ideas behind the writers vision. I’ll do research for thematic episodes, and I pay attention to what young people are wearing. I love to people watch. Sometimes I see outfits on the street and I think to myself, “How did she figure to put that together?”

Q. Who are some of your favorite designers?
J.B. Two of my favorite designers are Alexander Wang and Vivienne Westwood. They both push the envelope and take street fashion to a design level. I love Vivienne Westwood’s unexpected construction and Alexander Wang’s mastery in draping modern knits.

Q. How did you become a costume designer?
J.B. After graduating from college I was working as a buyer for a major department store on Seventh Ave. A friend told me about an internship on a movie that was filming in the city. I was intrigued. They hired me as the wardrobe department intern. My friends thought I was crazy to leave a secure job to work as an intern for next to nothing. But I had to take a gamble and it paid off. I was never one for sitting behind a desk all day and staring at numbers on a computer anyway. I really worked my way up from the bottom, polishing a pile of shoes, to doing mountains of laundry for Broadway shows, you name it, I did it!

Q. If someone is interested in getting into the industry, what advice would you offer?
J.B. If you get an opportunity to intern or assist it could be a good way to enter styling or design. It is important to be open to learning and be patient. The world will conspire to get it for you, if you want it bad enough.

Q. What are some your favorite designs that we can see the TV shows and films you’ve worked on?
J.B. I have designed for different types of TV shows, movies and Commercials. I had fashion fun on “Las Vegas,” hip hop fun on “Barbershop 2″ and futuristic fun on “Dark Angel.” Now I am having vampire fun on “Vampire Diaries”!

Q. What are your future plans – in Hollywood and outside of Hollywood?
J.B. For now, “Vampire Diaries” keeps me very busy! I’m working on developing a line of sexy sandals and accessories that I hope to launch next year. It looks like I will come full circle and have my line on Seventh Ave again!

Below are some exclusive photos showcasing Jennifer’s work on CW’s Vampire Diaries.

Photos courtesy and copyright of Warner Bros. Television Entertainment.

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Ever opened a fashion magazine likeorGQ, and wonder, "who can afford to buy this stuff?" For example, here's a shot ofabout linen suits.

And here's aVoguepiece about—like a black Victor & Rolf dress for $970, or a $495 leather bag by Alexander Wang.

Most people use these spreads as inspiration, then turn to affordable stores likefor items that can pass for being straight off the runway. Others find designer items at outlets or discount stores like.

"I think there are a lot of fast fashion brands like,and Forever 21 that are so quick to copy what's on the runway and into their stores," says Nikki Martinez, an assistant buyer for the cosmetics chain. "As soon as I see a magazine spread, I can buy an iteration of that trend at Zara for a tenth of the price."

And then there are people who walk straight into a designer's store and buy garments with jaw-dropping price tags at full price. They are the ones who can afford "this stuff", and shop at the most expensive shops in America with famous names: Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta — the latter of which just so happens to be the most expensive clothing shop in the U.S.

To come up with our list of the most expensive shops in America, we looked at proprietary data from 20 million and Mastercard holders, and looked at average receipt amounts based on millions of transactions done in clothing stores across the U.S from April 2010 to May 2011. We filtered out places like wholesalers, manufacturers and big department stores, and then ranked the most expensive shops by average receipt sizes.

De la Renta's eponymous store on New York City's Madison Avenue had well-to-do shoppers spending $3,217 on average during each shopping trip to the high end store. This isn't atypical consideringhave price tags from $1,890 to $4,790 (his cocktail dresses can go as high as $10,690).

The other stores in the top 5 most expensive shops:, located just half a block from Oscar de la Renta, ranked second with an average receipt of $2,881;in Boston ranked third with $2,818, the very high end womenswear shopalso found on Madison Ave ranked fourth with $2,818; West Hollywood's, which sells clothing from designers like Chanel and Balmain, rounded the top 5 with an average receipt of $2,258.

About half of the shops on our list are from New York City, with Los Angeles coming in a distant second and cities like Naples, Fla., Chevy Chase, Md. and Chicago making appearances. Though most stores were from well known designers like(ranked 10th),(ranked 11th) and(ranked 16th), prominent bridal shops like the, and the famed, the setting for the TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress" made the list and ranked 22nd and 19th respectively.

"A very small population of the community — even fashion community — are able to wear head to toe designer on a regular basis," Martinez says. "Fashion spreads are meant to be aspirational, fantasy, even escapist if they're done well."

But some pieces of clothing can be worth the cost.

"I personally shop less frequently than I used to because I'd rather invest in better quality, longer lasting pieces," Martinez says. "The older I've gotten, the more I value things like fabric, well constructed pieces, and investing in designers. These clothes just look and feel better."

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The talk of the tents yesterday was of , the 30-something, Nepalese-born next big thing.

He only launched his eponymous line at last February's Fashion Week, but what a difference a year makes. Anna Wintour sat front row, and we saw piles of her underling editors and Bergdorf buyer Linda Fargo take the carpeted steps to Garung's Saturday evening show.

But while Hollywood and 7th Avenue already love him, we bet you would be the first one to barely beat your midnight e-filing deadline wearing Garung.

Our pick of the day: , paired with .

Wintour is pictured at the Alexander Wang show, which featured some trousers that would be work-wearable but was mostly just a little too rock-n-roll for the corporate world. That said, looks like it would be really comfortable on a more casual Friday.

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Ken Downing was at the airport late Friday, waiting for his flight to London to depart.Downing, the head of womenswear at Neiman Marcus, had only just completed the first leg of a month of fashion shows that span New York, London, Milan and Paris.

For him, the week that had just ended meant a series of conversations with buyers who will ultimately pick through the more than 300 collections shown, including big names like Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg, and smaller ones like Peter Som and Joseph Altuzarra.

But for some traders, economists, and pundits, the month now proves one more thing beyond fashion: an indicator of how the economy will perform over the coming year.

"Like the stock markets, hemlines are going up and down daily and seasonally," Mr. Downing says.

The Hemline Indicator

The was reportedly first introduced by School professor George Taylor, an idea that women's hemlines fluctuate and can even indicate macroeconomic performance. The higher the hemline, the better the economy looks.

From afar, bloggers and editors have offered .

But for the first time, conducted a full analysis of hemlines at New York fashion week, measuring some 2,092 images from 25 designers, comparing year-on-year changes in the length of skirts and dresses.

The findings were pretty clear: hemlines are getting shorter.

The Results

The BI Hemline Index is calculated by measuring hem length as a percentage of the length from floor to waistline. The shorter the hemline, the higher the index.

Overall, average hemlines in 2012 registered a 44.38 on the index, up from 35.04 for the Fall/Winter 2011 collections.

Complete looks from each designer were measured, however skirts and dresses were the only data points fed into the data set. Measurements were taken from images provided post-show.

On first glance, hemlines appeared to fall, with designers like Marc Jacobs showing little skin.However, when deconstructing outfits and measuring the skirts shown over pants, hemlines jumped. At Mr. Jacobs show for instance, the Hemline Index read at 45.6, compared to 41.1 last year.

Eighty percent of the designers included in the analysis registered shorter skirts and dresses. Rodarte, the quirky womenswear label designed byKate and LauraMulleavy, eschewed the floor grazing gowns of 2011, showing half as many. Rodarte jumped 17 points on the Index, to 37.0.

Amanda Brooks, fashion director at Barney's, said hemlines had moved both higher and lower on the runway this season.

"I would say in terms of the dress or skirt silhouette, it's kind of anything goes right now," Ms. Brooks says. "I wouldn't say we're seeing super short, to me what's looking the most fresh personally is this mid-calf with a big slit up the front or an open vent. We've seen that on a lot of runways the last few seasons, and I think it's addressing the same moment as the idea of the gaucho."

Assembling the List

Business Insider chose 25 of the most influential designers that show at New York fashion week, clothes that will end up on hangers during the second half of 2012.

Beyond Marc Jacobs and DVF, the list includes 3.1PhilipLim,Alexander Wang, Bill Blass,Calvin Klein,Carolina Herrera,Christian Siriano,Donna Karan Collection,,Jason Wu,Jill Stuart,L.A.M.B.,Michael Kors,Nanette Lepore,Oscar de la Renta,Prabal Gurung,Proenza Schouler,Ralph Lauren,Rodarte,Thakoon,Theysken's Theory,Tommy Hilfiger Women's andVera Wang.

The names were chosen based on two key factors. The first, the designer have strong artistic relevance. Marc Jacobs collection, which will sell vastly fewer pieces than the offshoot Marc by Marc Jacobs brand, was used for the official index because the impact from his mainline will be far greater.

, Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor of, noted that one retailer remarked that,"We have to come [to Marc Jacobs] in order to find out what we'll be seeing next season."

The second component: the brand be commercially viable, weather through wholesale, partnerships with broadline retailers like , or through their own sales channels.

Jason Wu, Rodarte and Proenza Schoulerhave all had surprising success with capsule collections at mass retailers, while Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren have an ever expanding retail network.

A Contrarian View

Not everyone is convinced that hemlines hold much weight when predicting economic performance.

"It's interesting, as a fashion director I no longer believe hemlines are a conversation on trend because its so particular to a designer and their point of view," Mr. Downing says. "We are seeing hemlines below the knee, at the knee, and some that are still quite short."

I caught up with JeffreyMonteiro, the creative director of Bill Blass, after his show on Thursday evening, the last collection at New York fashion week.

"For me it's just proportion," he says. "Let's make it longer, let's make it shorter, and once we find a proportion we like we just keep going with it."

Most designers mirror that viewpoint, that the economy has little effect on what they present. But that is hard to argue, when designers almost unanimously moved to a black and neutral color palette as failed.

"The customer is definitely looking for something that will give her fashion credit in her wardrobe. This whole idea of when the economy went upside down that all that she would buy would be basics and there would be the return of the black turtleneck, was not what we saw in the luxury market," Mr. Downing says."She didn't stop shopping, she just was not shopping as robust as she was before."

Hemline Index aside, one of the best predictors of economic growth is consumer spending, and so far Mr. Downing is happy with what he sees.

"We feel very positive about the spring trends in stores now and customers are responding very favorably."

Just in case you weren’t jealous enough of supermodels for their perfect figures, endless supply of couture and equally hot boyfriends, we bring you another reason: the . Every year, Forbes reports on the world’s most wealthy residents, and while tends to be a barrage of tech nerds and ugly investment bankers, we can assure you this list is not.

For the past few years, Brazilian bombshell Gisele Bundchen has held court at the top spot, raking in well over $40 million thanks to a ton of endorsement deals and campaigns. Oh, and every once in awhile, she actually walks on a runway. This past year, she closed out shows for Alexander Wang and Givenchy.

While it’s no surprise that Gisele leads this glamorous pack, there are some shockers on this year’s list. Click through the gallery above to find out who made the cut — and more importantly, how much they made.

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Three different boys were taking Upper East Sider Leandra Medine out on dates. They all seemed to like her, and enjoyed spending time with her -- but none wanted to be her boyfriend.

When Medine complained to a friend about her predicament, her friend responded, "maybe it's because you dress funny boys don't want to take you around."

What?! Medine, who is typically draped in Alexander Wang and Philip Lim, was floored.

"If I have to give up good fashion for a relationship, I don't want a relationship," she declared.

In response to her relationship troubles, Medine created the blog in April 2010.

Man-repelling is a style choice, Medine says. And to her, it's always more important to have good style than to be fashionable.

Medine, who graduated from The New School in May with a degree in journalism, defines "man-repelling" as "outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs."

"My blog is not about repelling men, it's about good fashion," Medine said. "Being a man repeller becomes a process of elimination. If a guy is only really into your outfit and won't date you because of what you're wearing, they are too driven by the female exterior and don't care about your intellect."

Within days, The Man Repeller became an internet hit., Gawker, The Cut, and Fashionista all covered Leandra's innovative approach.

"The name definitely drew people to my blog originally, but the content kept them coming back," Medine says. "I knew I wanted to be a fashion writer, but didn't want to contribute to the over-saturated market unless I could contribute in a meaningful way."

Before she knew it, Medine was front-row at fashion week, being photographed and interviewed.

"Designers want me in the front-row because of the real time updates I provide," Medine said. "I'm , , from that seat photos of what I'm seeing. And it's all going to my 40,000 twitter followers and my 10,000 followers. The instant access is what it's all about."


Her father thought it was an addiction.

Three closets and a garment rack fill Leandra Medine's room on the Upper East Side. One closet holds 102 pairs of shoes. Another has long dresses, and the third has blouses and pants. The garment rack holds all her coats.

While she has plenty of options, Medine's favorite piece of clothing is a Philip Lim leopard coat with black leather sleeves. Something she says adds "instant cool" to any outfit.

Medine lives at home, but supports herself through ads on the blog and promotional appearances.

"I use to only be a sales shopper before I started the blog," Medine said. "But I definitely feel a little more pressure now to wear clothes that are new and current. I want girls to come to my blog for inspiration and for it to be new and contemporary."


Medine has interned at Valentino, and has partnered with brands such as Griffin to design a trench coat.

She knew designer Rebecca Minkoff --or as Medine calls her "Becky" -- because Minkoff has always supported young entrepreneurs trying to make a name for themselves.

A few months ago, Medine was out for drinks with Minkoff's public relations woman and Medine, who admits she was a little buzzed, blurted out "Becky should have me walk in her show."

"That's a great idea, show me your walk."

Medine strutted her stuff there at Tiny's in TriBeca and the deal was set. The public relations woman texted Minkoff on the spot and she agreed instantly.

Flabbergasted this drunken-idea worked, Medine tried on a few outfits, was fitted and chose leather shorts and a green trench shirt.

"I know my place I'm a writer, not a model," Medine said. "But I didn't want people to think I thought I was a model. I guess I'm a little self-conscious in that respect."

As Medine cat-walked Sept. 12 in Minkoff's show, she pulled out her phone to record the event. As the public realized it was The Man Repeller on the runway, cheers and applause erupted.

"One Tree Hill" Star Sophia Bush () even tweeted, "When @ManRepeller walked in the @RebeccaMinkoff show I screamed my head off. #DieOnTheFloor #GirlCrush #LOVE #nyfw"


The Man Repeller is now its own brand. Some don't even know Medine's real name, yet can recognize her on the street. She's more than happy to stop and say hello to anyone.

It's still very weird to her she is recognizable and if you say hello she'll probably ask you what you're up to later, because she's free and would love to hang out.

In addition to aligning herself with brands, and jetting off to Paris for Fashion Week, Medine is currently writing a book of short, fun essays that she describes as "not unlike her blog, but not her blog."

"Over the next year, the big goal is definitely to stay grounded," Medine said. "Yes, to stay grounded and realize how lucky I am."

This year, the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards is being held on June 4 at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The event seeks to ""

Past winners have includedAlexander Wang, Eddie Borgo, and Prabal Gurung.

In anticipation for next week's event, the CFDA partnered with Polyvore–""–to host a judged by the CEO of CFDA, Steven Kolb.

The two categories up for debate were "Women's Designer of the Year" and "Accessory Designer of the Year."

In the running for "Designer of the Year" were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for the Row, Jack McColloughand Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs, while Alexander Wang,Jack McCollough and Lazaro HernandezforProenza Schouler, and were the nominees for best "Accessory Designer."

After 1,525 votes, members awarded Marc Jacobs with the prestigious "Designer of the Year" award, while Proenza Schouler won "Accessory Designer of the Year."

The fans have spoken!


Screen shot of the Louis Vuitton condom from the original article on Huffington Post

Today everyone was .

If you're willing to spend $68 for a twelve pack, you might be disappointed, as they are not actually associated with the company but have been designed by , according to a piece by.

This is not the only brand name condom rumor to make it online.A year ago,.

Those wanting to "keep it classy," as the Coco Chanel wrapping advised, still can do so with condoms from . According to , Proper Attire condoms have been designed by the likes of Alexander Wang and Charlotte Ronson. And probably the most affordable brand name condoms are those by , which only cost $1.50 a pop.

Steve Blank is the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a guru.

The has a big theory: entrepreneurship is a skill that can be taught.

At Stanford and Berkeley, Blank teaches scientists to get out of their labs and find real customers for their ideas -- without getting bogged down in the traditional MBA weeds of spreadsheets and revenue models.

Blank and a few other like minds traveled a lonesome road earlier this decade, but now their ideas are broadly admired, and they help inspire the current crop of startups coming out of the Valley -- and the angel investors and VCs who fund them.

We caught up with the outspoken professor to talk about the state of the tech business today.

Highlights from our conversation:

Here's a lightly edited transcript of the full interview.

Business Insider: Let's start with the big LinkedIn IPO this week. Do you think we're at the beginning of another big tech boom like the 90s?

Steve Blank. Absolutely. Tech boom and bubble. Away we go. I think it's going to be great.

BI: So you'd call it a bubble?

SB: Oh absolutely. There's no rational basis for the valuations. It doesn't mean it's a bad company, it just means that we're now into buying things because we think the sector's going to be hot and there's going to be more to follow.

I also think we're much smarter this time. Last bubble, we didn't say it was a bubble. We said it was the new normal. Now at least journalists and financial analysts are being smart and asking "what does this mean and when does it end?" I think it's not March 2000, I think it's August 1995 -- Netscape's IPO. It'll bring a lot of cash and innovation into technology clusters.

BI: Other than the fact that people recognize it as a bubble, do you see any other differences between what's happening today and what was happening in the late '90s?

SB: It may be instructive to remember what happened before the late '90s. VCs tutored their companies on how to grow revenues and how to get customers. Up to August '95, you couldn't take a company public through any of the boutique technology players, the Hambrechts, the Robertsons, the Montgomerys, without having five quarters of increasing profitability and revenue.

August '95 through March 2000, the rules changed because there was an unending appetite in the financial markets -- VCs didn't have anything to do with it, it was the investment banks and the public. So venture capitalists -- because they're smart and organized to optimize profits for their limited partners -- stopped being company builders and started becoming financial engineers. Startups and Silicon Valley companies were no longer building revenue or profits, they were building slideware and concept and hype. If it had the letter "e" or "Internet" it was a concept IPO.

Post-crash, VCs picked through the rubble and spent the last decade building companies. This bubble is beginning not with hype, but built on the rubble on the last one. These first 10, 20, 50 companies coming out that have filed have real revenue, real profits, real customers. I think that's dramatically different between this bubble and the last. I'm not concerned about the first wave of companies.

We also know now, which we didn't 10 years ago, how to eliminate the egregious infant mortality risks. It used to be war stories. Now I can probably say "talk to me about your customers" after 6 months. If you can't do that, I can't guarantee you're going to fail but you're sure not on a high probability trajectory.

"Tell me what you found outside the building." "Oh, we're still working on the spec." Not a good sign.

BI: So explain your concept of , what that is and why it works.

SB: Venture capital and technology entrepreneurship is at best 50 years old in its modern form. What we did for the first 50 years of startups was get it wrong. We treated startups as smaller versions of large companies. We said "everything you do for these large companies -- business plans, you need to write one. VPs of sales -- you need to have one. Revenue plans -- you need to execute that. Everything they do at IBM, you need to do in your startup, just a smaller version."

It took 50 years to realize why that's wrong. Large companies execute known business models, while startups search for a business model. The distinction between execution and search is huge. People who execute are incredibly uncomfortable in a chaotic environment, and people who are wonderfully comfortable in chaos go crazy in an execute environment. Business plans, which are great for your second and third product in a large company, are a joke in a startup when it's all a series of unknowns.

My work, , , and others are now creating the equivalent of a parallel stack -- what you learned in business school for execution, we're now teaching what you learn for search.

BI: I've heard some people criticize the angel model in that it encourages small ideas and small exits. Would you like to see more startups going for big, groundbreaking, home run ideas?

SB: I think that's people looking through the wrong end of the telescope. Those observations are wrong. Big ideas haven't gone away -- VCs writing $10 million checks haven't gone away. Even clean tech hasn't gone away. Adam Grosser raising $2 billion for a clean tech fund out of Silverlake. Elon Musk isn't putting rockets into space for 100 grand or doing Tesla [for cheap]. These are big money ideas.

We now have a methodology, we know how to time the money, so there's very few business cases where you should be taking tens of millions of dollars on day one, even for big ideas.

For example Facebook -- they could have raised a ton of money up front, but you don't need it up front, you need it in the back.

BI: What about big established companies like Google and Microsoft? How can they overcome the innovator's dilemma and recapture some of the energy of the startup world?

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High-end designer Alexander Wang is fighting back against allegations he forced employees to work in less-than-admirable conditions.

In a motion filed Friday, the who filed a wide-ranging class action against the designer.

Wang claims ex-workers are trying to extort money from him and embarrass him in the process

He took particular issue with allegations that the space where employees worked was anything but a "bright" and "professional" studio space.

Those workers made baseless allegations, likening Wang's studio to "a windowless, third-world sweatshop," Wang claimed.

In reality, the workers were just trying to "embarrass these high-profile, highly successful defendants and tarnish their professional reputations, in a shameless bid to extort a substantial monetary settlement," according to the motion.

The former employees, who assembled sample garments, claimed they had to work 15 hours a day during Fashion Week and that managers abused and berated them, Wang's motion stated.


Marc Jacobs & Diane Von Furstenberg

Kate Bostock, head of design at M&S, agreed. 'We could have gone safe and classic for next season, but that would have been a mistake,' she said. 'Women want a diversion; to feel good about something.'

Glenda Bailey, editor-in- chief of U.S. Harper's Bazaar, who, like many big cheeses of U.S. fashion, will not be attending London Fashion Week, is upbeat.

'I think the good thing about the recession is that it has focused people. Am I doing what is right for my customer? It makes designers more creative.'

Kate Betts of Time magazine agrees. She thinks designers have to be surprising, rather than safe, to keep us shopping.

'The Marc Jacobs show was the perfect example of a designer responding [to the financial situation]. It was OTT, surprising, unique.

If you wear MJ, you feel part of something bigger, you feel plugged in. We need fantasy to make us feel vital.'

But do we? Aren't we smarter than that? The signs in the U.S. are that women are pulling in their patent belts. The sales of the all-powerful U.S. glossies, including American Vogue, are down.

The Bill Blass ready-to-wear line, designed by Peter Som, is in danger of closing.

'The top end of the luxury market has not been affected,' says Johann Rupert of Richemont, which owns Cartier and Chloe. But you wonder how long it will be before the high-end brands start feeling the pinch.

It seemed designers were too dismissive last week of the 'real' women who might want to buy their clothes. While the Diane von Furstenberg show for 'power bohemians' was intricate and colourful, it made me wonder: 'Why has she abandoned what she does best: simple shirt dresses for the working woman?'

Far from being more inclusive, the off-putting snootiness that shrouds the business like smog continued unabated. At Proenza Schouler and Narciso Rodriguez, this publication was not deemed edgy enough and I was deemed worthy of only half a seat (I got 83b and 28b respectively).

I was expressly not invited to shows by British designers Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders. Let's hope both brands' backers are happy with this strategy. It's as if the designers inhabit a gorgeous bubble they believe is impervious to being pricked.

This is no more evident than in the refusal of most of those who work in fashion to lift a Swarovski-ringed finger to help the environment.

Fashionistas in New York still insist on taking town cars to each and every show: platform shoes, surely, are as unenvironmentally friendly as an unlagged loft.

We need designers to do more than just align themselves to a cause as a clever marketing wheeze, viz Calvin Klein's extravagant party in the environmentally cutting edge High Line, the garden in the sky created out of a disused railway line.

No expense was spared: a walkway was constructed by none other than John Pawson, whose budgets, unlike his architecture, are far from minimalist.

I thought the all-white Calvin collection on Thursday was dreamy, but has designer Francisco Costa never thought about the dry-cleaning bills?

And while Marc Jacobs is, routinely, hailed as a genius (I don't know about you, but I have no desire to look like Mary Poppins), rather than list the names of the 300-plus people he wanted to thank in the programme, how about listing where his fabric came from and where his designs are manufactured instead?

There were two (low-energy) lights at the end of this tunnel. First was the new, more feminine collection from Edun. I chatted to Ali Hewson, the founder of the Fair Trade, largely organic fashion label (and wife of Bono), at the launch.

I asked if she ever feels like giving up, given the vacuous mwah-mwahing and the edicts to consume more and more.

'I'm optimistic,' she said. 'I do think the high-end designers are changing. The customer is forcing these brands to be more careful.'

With the Wildlife Conservation Society, she is working with farmers to help them in the transition to organic cotton. 'We want to go 100 per cent organic,' she said. 'We are a small company, but we have a big voice.'

Plaudits, too, to a new label called, simply, Organic by John Patrick. Seventy per cent of his collection - inspired by the last great recession in the Thirties - is made in the U.S. from sustainable fabrics at a time when the famous Garment District is threatened with closure.

I particularly loved Patrick's organic, Fair Trade sweaters knitted in villages in Peru.

But these two designers are exceptions in a business not renowned for being responsible.

Simon Doonan, window dresser-turned-fashion-commentator, said last week that the problem of not enough ethnic diversity on the catwalk is more important than that of too many skinny girls, but I think the issue is one and the same: normal women are being ignored.

While the ethnic diversity on the catwalk has improved from the laughable 6 per cent of runway slots last season (French designer Sophie Theallet used all black models at her show), my bone of contention is that the black and Asian girls cast in the shows are not remotely representative.

Take new British star Jourdan Dunn, who is getting thinner by the second. Have you seen those limbs? Her head is way too big for her teeny tiny body.

And after all the hoo-hah and the Press conferences held by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), let me point out that, flying in the face of a directive not to hire girls under 16, last season the 15-year-old Karlie (she turned 16 in August) did 30 runway shows in New York.

So much, too, for the directive that any girl under 18 should not work over-long hours. Karlie also did shows last season at Alberta Ferretti, Jil Sander, Max Mara, Pringle et al in Milan; so much, too, for the Italian 16-and-over directive.

But, I hear you wail, what of the clothes? Well, there was a smattering of brilliance to tempt even the most poverty stricken.

At Marc by Marc Jacobs, I loved the bright, chunky necklaces worn as a belt or like a string of bullets across one shoulder. All the bags were intentionally cheap looking - like something a student might draw peace signs on with a Biro.

The mainline Marc Jacobs show was the usual hysterical bun fight, the only shock being it started only 12 minutes late: times must be hard.
While I was underwhelmed, many in the business almost fainted at the spectacle. Rachel Zoe, the stylist credited with giving us size zero celebrities in tight white pants, sheer floaty tops and a tan, could only mutter, 'I'm sorry, I'm just so overwhelmed' after the show, which featured 53 looks.

Phillip Lim and Carlos Miele produced wearable, sexy shows. Great, too, was Derek Lam, who sent out neutral, sporty clothes that were eminently wearable.

Another lauded newcomer was Alexander Wang, but I thought his collection was too reminiscent of Eighties' Katharine Hamnett, as was the collection at Preen, which featured big, floaty shirts in parachute silk.

I liked the DKNY parka dresses, denim jumpsuits and boyfriend jackets, but the overall effect reminded me a little of an MC Hammer video.

But while few designers could come up with anything new, a handful took their designs up a notch.

Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, and Jennifer Lopez

Vera Wang was exquisite: ultra-light, sheer gazar and taffeta confections that were feminine and dynamic. I loved the skinny bottle green satin trousers worn under floaty tops. Like most designers, she showed simply tons of jewels at waist and neck.

Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti was very pretty, with beaded dresses cinched at the waist with Sam Brown belts - a sort of high-end hippie look for the incredibly young and the incredibly well-off.

Oscar de la Renta's show on Park Avenue was so classy and timeless - wide, Kate Hepburn trousers, lashings of costume jewellery, beautifully crafted day dresses and drop-dead gorgeous evening wear - that you could almost forget that the biggest seller in the U.S. is a pair of Sarah Palin spectacles.

After all that money and effort, after so many flutes of champagne poured down scrawny throats, come next spring you will be wearing shoulder pads, all-in-ones, clown suits, shorts, racer-back T-shirts, clumpy shoes (still!), combat pants, leggings, one-shouldered jersey dresses, bucket-loads of gaudy costume jewellery and the tightest white jeans I have ever seen, courtesy of Rock & Republic.

Hollywood stars were out in force last week, shipped in to add moral support and boost column inches. There was Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder and Uma Thurman at almost every show I went to, but by far the most ubiquitous celebrity was Jennifer Lopez.

Which prompted me to think: God, this woman has twins. Why is she not at home covered in pureed banana? But therein lies the essence of New York fashion week. These people are superhuman, not like you and me at all.

Maybe at London Fashion Week, which continues all week and which has already seen Allegra Hicks cancel her show due to lack of sponsorship, we will be brought back down to earth with a bump.

She's red hot! Alessandra Ambrosio looks sensational in futuristic Fire and Ice shoot for Muse

UPDATED:07:57 GMT, 28 November 2011

Her legion of male fans are used to seeing Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio looking feminine.

But the gorgeous Brazilian still managed to look sensational in an androgynous shoot titled Fire and Ice for Muse magazine.

The 30-year-old looked stunning in the sci-fi themed pictures for the winter edition of the popular fashion periodical.

Fans of the supermodel will be shocked to see how different she looks in the two different covers produced from the spectacular collection of photographs.

She sported a sleek bob in two different colours for the Italian fashion publication's latest offering.

Top photographer Chad Pitman was behind the camera for the uniquely styled shoot, which featured plenty of interesting colour contrasts.

Those shoes were made for walking! Alex Gerrard explores her girly side as she steps out in matching pastel accessories


PUBLISHED:17:42 GMT, 28 August 2012 UPDATED:17:42 GMT, 28 August 2012

A well-rested Alex Gerrard might have swapped the sun soaked beaches of Portugal for the streets of Liverpool, but the 29-year-old WAG is clearly still in the holiday spirit.

Making the most of her holiday tan, after spending last week frolicking on the beach with her children and friends, the wife of England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has returned to England to finish off the summer in her home town.

Despite the changing weather, the blonde mother of three clearly wanted to catch the last days of the season.

And she ensured she did exactly that by matching a pastel pink Alexander Wang studded bag with a pair of co-ordinating studded pink trainers.

The look is a welcome change from her usual skyscraper heels.

The fashion enthusiast was certainly out to prove her style credentials by pairing her summery accessories with a snakeskin jacket and jeans, a far more casual look than her usual glam ensembles.

After showing off her amazing bikini body on holiday last week, spending all of her days in a number of skimpy bikinis, Alex seemed more than happy to cover herself up with a baggy white t-shirt covering her toned body today (Tuesday).

All smiles! Alex Gerrard hits the streets of her hometown of Liverpool after holidaying in sunny Portugal

Although the sun might have disappeared, she kept her favourite Aviators firmly over her eyes as she hit the streets, her long blonde hair complimenting her deep tan.

After spending the last few months partying hard with her husband and a host of famous friends at exotic locations around the world, including Las Vegas, the fashion columnist seemed happy to be back on home turf.

She couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she wandered through the city that she knows so well, probably ready to spend a little time at home as her husband buckles down to a busy football season.

After Liverpool’s disappointing defeat to West Brom last week, his mind will most definitely have to be on footballing, rather than partying in the sun.

Tight enough for you? Amber Rose arrives at London Fashion Week in an eye-watering Lycra dress

UPDATED:12:52 GMT, 23 February 2011

Kanye West's ex-girlfriend Amber Rose made sure she was centre of attention at a London Fashion Week bash yesterday in a skintight dress that left little to the imagination.

The 27-year-old flamboyant fashionista was sporting the black outfit with a zip up the back and skyscraper white platforms to the Bodyamr catwalk show at The
Vauxhall Fashion Scout event in Freemasons Hall, London.

The shaven-headed star's outfit was certainly more extreme than the orange concoction she sported the previous day for the Love magazine party held in honour for Alexander Wang at Liberty.

Also at the bash were Louise Redknapp in a fluffy cream coat, skin tight black trousers and black stilettos, and Tamara Ecclestone, who was wearing a silver top with mushroom-coloured jeans.

The London-based label, which was created by Amr Ali, is clearly a celebrity favourite with its mix of rather rockstar-ish metallics, sky-scraper heels, furs and silks.

Amber meanwhile has taken up with another rap star, albeit a much less famous one.

The wannabe fashion designer and model is now stepping out with Pittsburg hip hop artist Wiz Khalifa, 23.

Better known to his mother as Cameron Thomaz, Wiz confirmed earlier this month that he had got together with Rose and that their relationship status was 'currently cool.'

Amber meanwhile Tweeted back: 'I need my baby, I'm so in LOVE I don't care what anyone says…my heart is with Cam.'

Meanwhile, Kanye appeared to be referring to his somewhat exhibitionist former girlfriend's choice of attire yesterday - or maybe her choice of new boyfriend - when he tweeted on Sunday night: 'Exes never change.'

American model Ashley Smith makes a splash in Cannes in a stylish swimsuit

UPDATED:22:57 GMT, 19 May 2011

Rising model Ashley Smith found a way to get noticed amid the galaxy of stars holidaying in Cannes this week.

The 20-year-old, who was recently named the face of designer Alexander Wang's T collection, put her figure on show in a black one piece.

Her Norma Kamali swimsuit is a favourite among curvy women - Modern Family's Sofia Vergara wore a blue version for her recent Pepsi advertisement.

American actress Rosario Dawson, 32, also joined the model and friends on the high seas.

Smith was first discovered as a young teen at the the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

She has appeared in editorial campaigns for Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and has also starred in runway shows for Jen Kao and Prada.

The 5ft 8in gapped teeth, she has a similar look to British models Lara Stone and Georgia Jagger.

She recently said she is flattered by comparisons to Stone, who is married to comedian David Walliams.

'I think she has cleared an amazing path for me!' Smith says. 'But I am my own person and have many different things to bring to this industry.'

She also in a interview with last year that she had considered getting braces before her modelling career.

She said: 'Yeah I thought about it a lot when I was little, I even went to the dentist to get it fixed, but I’ve never actually had all the money in one place to be able to do it. Now it makes me money!'

She also says her buxom figure - she is a 32D - is both a blessing and a curse.

'I believe it’s a deciding factor for a lot of jobs, because it effects the clothes so much.

'But it’s part of me! So one day theywill just adjust all the clothes to my bust, rather than me having to adjust my breasts for their clothes.'

Smith also has aspirations beyond modelling.

'I’ve always wanted to be a Broadway actress,' she has said. 'You know Little Shop of Horrors? I’m gonna playAudrey one day! Just you wait.'

Who's that girl? Tyra Banks mocks her new model recruits in promo video

UPDATED:13:36 GMT, 24 February 2011

As an experienced supermodel who has reached the dizzying heights of catwalk and cover girl fame you would think she would be more sympathetic to aspiring wannabes.

But instead of welcoming her new recruits with open arms, Tyra Banks has mocked the models-in-the-making in a film clip for her new series of America’s Next Top Model.

Portraying three very different girls the 37-year-old model made fun of the young girls hoping to recreate her success.

In the video, broadcast just before the first show, Tyra interprets three very different girls, a sweet and innocent 19-year-old, a fierce and determined young lady , and an edgier rocker type.

Dressed in a long blonde wig as the clueless and overexcited caricature, Tyra proclaimed she really wanted to be America’s next big thing, her favourite designer was ‘Hello Kitty’ - and she would do anything but ‘cut her hair’.

Next came the aggressive type who declared she wasn’t taking part ‘to make friends’ as Tyra portrayed an ambitious and feisty recruit.

Finally Tyra donned a short jet black wig, dark make-up and a floor-length black gown for her final impression of the girl who just doesn’t care.

Gothic Tyra declared that she didn’t want to be there and said that she didn’t know the first thing about what she was doing.

The promo video came ahead of the first show of the series, which has enjoyed considerable success in the U.S. and around the globe in spin-off shows.

Tyra, who has enjoyed a lengthy and successful modelling career, has managed to cultivate a TV brand from her model series as well as her own self-titled show.

The video cameo was aired ahead of the introduction of her newest batch of rookies, with the first show in the series broadcast in America last night.

Tyra has taken to Twitter to promote her show and posted a photo of herself along with the caption: ‘You think we're PLAYIN'?! Watch Top Model's premiere TONIGHT!’

And the first show certainly didn’t disappoint with plenty of cringe-worthy moments to enjoy, including the girls having to walk in Alexander Wang on a water runway inside a plastic bubble.

But while Tyra’s professional life is going from strength to strength her personal life was troublesome towards the end of last year.

In October she was granted a temporary restraining order against her 'mentally unstable stalker' Marten Williams Jr.

In documents filed at LA County Superior Court by her attorney, Evan Spiegel, the supermodel-turned-talk show host states: 'I am in fear from Mr Williams for my personal safety, and that of those around me, including my family and employees.'

The model also claimed the man had a history of mental illness - and that he believes 'he killed George Bush Jr. and that Michael Jackson is alive and well and living in Long Beach'.

In addition, she claimed 39-year-old - who is 6'2" and 220lb - left several 'ominous frightening letters and items' at her home, including his prescription medication, L.A. County jail wristbands and a note referencing a wedding ceremony set for 1/08/11 - the day he believes he and Tyra are set to marry.

She alleged that Williams has 'targeted and harassed and stalked' her and her family for the past four years.

U.S. website TMZ reports that Williams had been arrested just earlier this month for trespassing on Tyra's Beverly Hills property.

At the time Williams told police he was bringing Tyra 'offerings.'

He was later placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, but Tyra's people believe he may have already been released.

In the documents Tyra requested that Williams stayed at least 100 yards away from her and her family.

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Chic clique crib sheet: An insider's guide to London Fashion Week


UPDATED:11:30 GMT, 7 September 2009

Want to get with the London Fashion Week gang? Then learn who’s who and strut your stuff in six-inch heels, says Jo Blythe


Ooh, we do love a fashion tribe. The most contentious being the RSIs
(rich socialite interns), marked out for their precocious fashion sense (see Gossip Girl), powerful connections and limitless funds to splash on new designer garb – Alexander Wang and Luella are favourites.

‘The RSIs are slowly but surely taking over,’ says one fashion PR. ‘I remember when I was a teenage intern, being so envious of my boss’s designer clothes. Now it’s the other way round!’

Note: they are not necessarily the coolest girls on the block, but they are ambitious and therefore worth knowing – you never can tell whose shoes they’ll be slipping into in ten years’ time.

Next come the FASHION BUYERS. ‘I call them the fashion witches,’ jokes Brix Smith-Start, owner of Shoreditch’s Start boutique and star of Gok’s Fashion Fix, ‘because they always wear all black. It’s very severe and purposeful – they want to look like they mean business.’

The buyers can make or break a designer commercially by giving them their first sales outlet. After all, there’s no point being splashed across fashion pages if no one is stocking your clothes. You can’t live on PR.

Then there’s the MOD (model off duty) look – black tuxedo jacket, elegantly distressed Alexander Wang T-shirt (retail: £165) and tight ripped jeans.

You’ll know they’re important if they’re in a rush – only new girls have time to loiter at limitless castings. The top names have private fittings and wear the hottest bags and shoes – samples left over from shooting next season’s big-label campaigns.

Finally you have THE HANGERS-ON: friends of friends, fashion students and assistants who have managed to blag standing tickets.

Desperate to prove their fashion credentials, they make too much of an effort and look completely out of place for being so utterly bang on trend – either with head-to-toe current-season branded designer garb or (particularly if they’re students) wildly creative,
‘ironic’ concoctions of vintage and high street.


The style press would have us believe that, in these penny-pinching times, the £800-plus It-bag phenomenon is over, but take a look at any fashion show front row and next to the designer-clad feet you’ll see a row of the very latest bags by Gucci, Mulberry and Yves Saint Laurent. Why? Because everyone loves a free bag. Leading brands regularly ‘gift’ the latest design to an elite of editors prior to each season in the hope of currying favour, and, better still, the editors being photographed toting them. Editors frequently oblige.


You can’t beat the kudos of wearing a designer vintage original, a YSL tuxedo jacket or original Halston, particularly if the look is being reinvented in current collections. But savvy fashion lovers are taking it one step further by investing in pieces with the intention of wearing them as ‘vintage’ five years from now.

‘The most fashion-forward,’ explains Kristian Laliberte, New York fashion publicist and consultant, ‘will buy pieces by an iconic designer rumoured to be leaving a particular fashion house, knowing they will be red-hot just a year or so down the line.’

For example, Tom Ford leaving Gucci in 2004, or Hedi Slimane leaving Dior in 2007. The equivalent today would be people buying Alber Elbaz, rumoured to be leaving Lanvin to take over from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel (or for that matter, buying Lagerfeld, for the same reason). Galliano designs from his period at Givenchy are now traded like fine art.


The uber-heel says: ‘I have not had to run for a bus, stand in a queue or walk in the rain to reach this show.’

Six-inchers are now de rigueur for those who lap up the latest designs. (This season the must-haves are YSL leopard Tribute sandals that measure 51⁄2 inches high and retail for a staggering £735.) At work, insiders may have flats under their desks, but for fashion weeks it’s stilettos at dawn… and dusk.


Except for the requisite (free) It-bag, don’t expect to see logos on display. The fashion crowd relish wearing pieces by subtle ‘stealth’ brands that can only be identified by a knowledgeable few. Christian Louboutin, with his trademark red soles, used to be a great example of this before WAGs discovered him too. For many, the apex of stealth is Belgian label Maison Martin Margiela. Margiela pieces have no labels and are identified only by four tiny external white stitches.


You’ll need to swot up on your vocab if you want to blend in. Blag it as an editor by referring to your next issue as the ‘book’ (‘I can soo see the Day-Glo shirt in our February book’); to parts of a show you particularly liked as ‘stories’ (‘I just loved the Christopher Kane knitwear “story”, didn’t you?’), and to good pieces as ‘strong’ (‘I thought his collection was very strong’).

Fashion has also fallen in love with odd-looking – or ‘interesting’ – models in recent years. To sound really in the know, refer to them by their insider name of ‘jolies-laides’. Literal translation: pretty-ugly. Fashionese definition: unconventionally beautiful. Not pretty, then, but distinctive.


Nonchalant they may appear, but fashionistas are acutely aware of the need to be photographed, particularly for prolific style bloggers such as the Sartorialist, who snap the best outfits coming out of the shows…

‘People will work their outfit, and time their departure from a show, with a view to getting stopped,’ says Kristian Laliberte. Most likely to be photographed is a look that mixes high street and designer names, preferably with one hot item that no one else has been able to get their hands on. Aim for indefinable chic, but – crucially – not over-styled. It should look like you’ve just thrown it on.

The Olsen twins join fashion's hottest names as they make list of top 30 designers and artists under 30

UPDATED:10:30 GMT, 22 December 2011

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen have been included in a list of fashion's top 30 names under 30-years-old.

The former child stars, both 25, who shot to fame on Full House, made the list thanks to a multi-million-dollar clothing empire.

Their labels include the high-end The Row, which has been worn by Michelle Obama, mid-priced Elizabeth & James, ant the cheaper teen line Olsenboye, which is sold exclusively at JC Penney.

They are also behind fashion website StyleMint, which recently collaborated with Rachel Bilson.

The high-achieving twins were joined in the round-up by rising industry stars such as Joseph Altuzarra, 28, tipped by the title to be the next Marc Jacobs.

Mr Altuzarra worked at Marc Jacobs and Givenchy before starting his own line Altuzarra in 2008.

The designer told the title that he aims to 'create clothes for women in their 40s and 50s and 60s who have careers and are sexy and don't want to looklike grandmothers’.

Another Marc Jacobs alumni, Chris Benz, also won a deserved position on the list.

The 29-year-old, who also designed for J Crew before starting his own line in 2007, is known for his trademark use of texture, as flamboyantas his signature pink hair colour.

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 27, the son offormer French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld was given a nod for his successful pop-up galleries in New York, Paris and London and private art dealer business.

And fashion industry favourite Alexander Wang was included for his label which has already become a 'full-blown lifestyle brand' despite the designer still being two years shy of his 30th birthday.

Other notable names that featured were accessories designer Pamela Love, 29, and Zana Bayne, 23, whose detailed leather harnesses are a favourite with Lady Gaga.

Conceptual artist JR, painter Jacob Kassay and artist Aaron Koblin were those chosen from the art world by an esteemed panel of judges including Chuck Close, Jeffery Deitch and Simon Doonan.

Battle of the supermodels! Bar Rafaeli is all legs in white lace... as buxom Kate Upton takes the plunge in a low-cut black gown


PUBLISHED:23:34 GMT, 9 September 2012 UPDATED:06:56 GMT, 10 September 2012

As cover girl for the much anticipated first issue of CR Fashion Book, Kate Upton appears clutching five fluffy chicks above her ample cleavage.

And at the launch of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld's new magazine last night, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model again chose to highlight her buxom figure in a tight-fitting gown with plenty of cleavage.

The magazine's first cover girl looked sultry and glamorous at The Frick Collection museum in New York, with tousled hair, smokey eye make-up and an eye-catching silver and amber necklace.

The 20-year-old beauty had plenty of competition at the supermodel-heavy event, however, not least of all from Bar Rafaeli.

The Israeli model defied the event's long gown-only dress code, turning up in a very short white lace number which showcased her fabulous pins.

Alessandra Ambrosio also dazzled in the leg department while managing to adhere to the dress code, wearing a long black gown with a daring split up the side.

Karlie Kloss also graced the event with her presence in a black evening gown.

The 20-year-old American has been ranked 2nd on the Top 50 Models Women List by, and declared one of the top 30 models of the decade by Vogue Paris.

Other fashion luminaries in attendance included American fashion designer Alexander Wang, dressed head-to-toe in black, and Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes.

The 27-year-old Dutch model also stuck to the international language of fashion, wearing a stunning black backless gown, her blonde hair pulled back into a tight ponytail.

Kate Upton was an interesting choicefor the first issue of CR Fashion Book, given that she straddles the worlds of high fashion and male fantasy.

She first shot to notice in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011, when she was named Rookie of the Year, and appeared again this year, when she was announced as the cover model.

Editor Carine Roitfeld, who edited French Vogue for a decade, became known for her controversial layouts populated by exposed breasts and cigarettes.

But the French native says her new magazine will head in a different direction.

Bare your sole: How to pull off 'flatforms' - the season's strangest footwear trend

UPDATED:13:26 GMT, 18 March 2011

Anyone who remembers wearing Buffalo shoes in the Nineties will understand the concept of 'flatforms'.

Marrying the comfort of flat shoes with the height of heels, the heavy-soled footwear was a hit with vertically-challenged teenagers - despite the fact that they looked vaguely geriatric.

Now the style is back, and it's been given a designer makeover. Chanel, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors all featured flatforms on their spring runways.

Setting a trend: 'Flatform' wedge shoes appeared in several designers' spring collections, including Chanel (left) Derek Lam for eBay (centre) and Michael Kors (right)

Prada's $795 foam-soled Brothel Creeper has already sold out, and imitations are selling like hotcakes.

Holly Shoes' version is uncannily similar, and at just $92, costs a fraction of the price.

But as the days get hotter, open-toed sandal versions will also come into their own. Topshop and Tory Burch both have myriad options, while Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren both do a nice line in espadrille soles.

They aren't just for dressing down either - Lanvin's snake-print sole with slinky ribbon straps oozes glamour, and we love the punchy hue of Sergio Rossi's satin wedges.

In fact we rate them more than Prada's loafer style, which might prove difficult to wear - unless, of course, you are one of the label's catwalk models and have legs like pipe-cleaners.

We reckon flatform sandals will look fantastic in summer with boyish tailored shorts. But if you aren't confident about your legs, try using them to give height to wide-legged trousers or flares for an equally-on-trend Seventies look.


Whoops! Former Disney princess Brenda Song is left red-faced after flashing a little too much flesh in a transparent dress

UPDATED:16:38 GMT, 25 March 2011

She's been on screen since the tender age of six, appearing in her first television series in 1994.

So you would think that actress Brenda Song, now 22, would know better.

But the former Disney princess and star of Oscar-nominated The Social Network made a rookie error yesterday when she visited a Beverly Hills hair salon wearing a tight black maxi dress which turned transparent under the harsh flash of paparazzi cameras.

The actress, who starred in children's television series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and spin-off The Suite Life On Deck from 2005 to 2010, seemed unaware of her slip-up as she smiled for the cameras.

Brenda was keen to keep her freshly styled hair away from the Los Angeles downpour with a large umbrella held by a friend.

But even that couldn't hide her exposed derrière and underwear as she climbed the steps outside the salon.

Brenda wore her cotton dress which had a leotard-style top with a low-slung silver belt and leopard print ballet flats.

She added a studded satchel bag by designer Alexander Wang and large heart-sunglasses.

Miss Song, who also appeared in other television shows Hannah Montana and The Wizards of Waverly Place, recently graduated from Disney to more grown-up roles.

She played Mark Zuckerberg's sidekick Eduardo Saverin's girlfriend Christy in The Social Network.

She put in a comedic performance as the Facebook co-founder's (played by Andrew Garfield) unbalanced love interest.

She will next be seen in Boogie Town, a modern hip-hop version of classic musical West Side Story.

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Celebrity dresser

by EMILY SHEFFIELD, Evening Standard

Vera Wang doesn't enjoy the Academy Awards. 'Oh God!' she moans,when I mention the impending ceremony, rolling her eyesheavenwards, exhausted at the thought. 'It's a nightmare - thefashion Olympics,' she groans.

'Every time it comes I'm like f**k, f**k! The pressure isenormous. At Christmas I'm breaking out in hives and by New Year'sEve, I'm saying, 'Here it comes, here it all comes.'

The American designer's reaction is surprising. After all, theerudite 53-year-old (she looks closer to 40) has fashioned a£600 million empire out of dressing women for big events.

Her customers include Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and UmaThurman. You'd think she would be as cool as a cucumber. But thenormally upbeat designer has a right to feel apprehensive: "I had arotten time last year; I lost everyone,' she says.

'Eight dresses discarded at the last moment by eight stars. I'dbetter not lose the two I'm planning to dress this time - twounbelievable women,' she frets. And, no, she can't leton who they are.

With millions of television viewers worldwide, the Oscars are adesigner's dream. And the stars manipulate this to their advantage,forcing the likes of Emanuel Ungaro and Calvin Klein to run aroundthem like lackeys.

'Big stars always change their minds at the last minute. Youdon't know if they're wearing your design until you see them on thetelly.'

We meet at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. Wang's loud NewYork drawl more than makes up for her diminutive frame and itcontinues to rise as she considers the countdown to 23 March.

This year she is taking no chances and is travelling to LA toattend personally to her flighty clients' needs.

'I try not to go because it's exhausting. In 1996, I took thered-eye from New York and landed at 8.30am the day of the Oscars,went straight to meet Alicia Silverstone for a lastminute fitting,then on to Barneys to dress Sharon Stone, then was back at theairport by 4.30pm for my flight

On the odd occasion, however, Wang has refused to enter theOscars race. 'A few years ago, there was this major star up for anOscar and everyone made dresses for her; I think Armani made sevenand Calvin Klein told me he was sending over a couple of gowns.'She shrugs.

'But I just refused to be in the sweepstakes, even though I gota personal call from that person.'

If celebrities get this much expert advice, how can they stillget it so wrong? Jennifer Connelly resembled a limp lettuce inbeige Balenciaga last year, while Gwyneth Paltrow was a disaster insee-through black Alexander McQueen. Wang nods in agreement.

'It goes wrong when they try to be too clever; the designer mustsuit the person's character. And hair and make-up are vital.Evening wear can easily step into the realm of the absurd, and lookoverwrought.'

Wang has that problem solved. She is great at creating fluid,sensual pieces, with intricate details and soft, flatteringsilhouettes. As she says: 'My clothes don't scream titsandass.'

Exactly what you want from a wedding dress, which is why shesells more than 10,000 a year, in London (from Liberty and TheWedding Shop) and in America. They start at £3,000 foroff-the-peg, with sky-is-the-limit for couture. .

Naturally, Wang has netted her fair share of celebritybrides.

Sharon Stone chose body-hugging mauve chiffon; Uma Thurman waseight months pregnant, so had "a sort of Grecian-look', and KateHudson wore Wang as, 'I'm friends with all the family'.

Her best-known British client was Victoria Beckham, who paid£45,000 for the cream-silk wedding gown she wore in 1999.'Victoria's was the most elaborate dress,' says Wang, proudly.

'We called it the Transatlantic because it kept being jettedfrom one country to another to have things added. But she was theperfect client, a true fashionista with an incredible body. Davidis the most romantic guy,' she gushes.

'He walked her up in the elevator to meet me. I don't know manymen who would do that. I wish I could have dressed him.'

Not surprisingly, wedding wear for the groom is her nextproject.

Victoria had first approached Wang in 1997. 'Then she rang a fewmonths later to say she was pregnant. I didn't know if I'd lost herbut she called a year later and said, 'Now, we're ready to go.'

Like many brides, Posh got thinner as the big day loomed. 'Ithink about 5lb in the last weeks,' recalls Wang. 'I don't normallykeep adjusting dresses up to the last minute but this was a labourof love.'

It was Wang's dissatisfaction with her own wedding dress thatcaused her to quit Ralph Lauren in 1990 to launch Bridal House, aone-stop wedding shop.

She married late - at 40 - to businessman Arthur Becker, andsaid searching for her own dress was 'horrifying'.

'I didn't know what I was looking for. I didn't want to wearwhite but Arthur insisted. In the end I designed my own lace bodiceand an A-line full skirt, but I took it off after the service.'

Bridal House has long been replaced by her increasinglyubiquitous label and she is currently in London to launch hersignature scent, already a best seller in the US.

I imagine that Wang is the type who doesn't drink, eats onlylettuce leaves, and is at her desk by 6am. 'Oh, no,' she laughs. 'Idrink a lot, don't exercise, I just play golf. I get into theoffice for 10 but I work late.'

Like many women, she has to balance career with family. She hastwo daughters: nine-year-old Josephine and Cecilia, 12. 'I domanage to spend time with them - we have wonderful holidays.'

Holidays are not an option for now. Wang won't be resting untilshe sees her dresses float up that Hollywood aisle later thismonth.

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CFDA Awards 2012: Kate Bosworth and Dakota Fanning join the models and moguls at 'fashion's Oscars'


PUBLISHED:00:27 GMT, 5 June 2012 UPDATED:20:30 GMT, 5 June 2012

The style set turned out in force last night for the CFDA Awards in New York, and made sure to dress for the occasion.

Industry greats, including Anna Wintour, Diane Von Fursteberg and Michael Kors, rubbed shoulders with Victoria's Secret supermodels and A-list actresses, all present to pay tribute to their favourite labels.

Kate Bosworth, Zoe Saldana and Dakota Fanning were among those to attend. Mad Men's Jessica Pare looked striking in Jason Wu and The Help actress Jessica Chastain looked ethereal in Prabal Gurung.

The Olsen twins, though, were unarguably the stars of the night. From their arrival at Lincoln Center on the arm of Lauren Hutton, debuting Mary-Kate's new dark locks, to their taking homethe Womenswear Designer of the Year title, they stole the show.

The glamorous attendees piled into the venue to witness America's greatest design talents receive awards in categories that ranged from Accessory Designer Of The Year (Reed Krakoff) to the Fashion Icon Award, which belonged to actor Johnny Depp, though he was unable to attend.

Ms Hutton, 68, stood out from the crowd in simplecream, opting for a suit designed by The Row, the Olsen twins' label, paired with a white T-shirt.

Her designer friends made for a dramatic contrast as they posed beside her for photographs - Mary-Kate arrived in floor-length black while her sister popped in an equally-long magenta creation.

Miss Saldana also turned heads in a black floor-length Prabal Gurung gown that featured sheer panels at the waist and sleeves as well as a sheer skirt that trailed behind her.

Dakota Fanning also made a statement in a short Asian-inspired Proenza Schouler gown paired with black booties.

Pulling out all the stops: Heather Graham (left) wearing Nicole Miller, Sophia Bush in a David Meister gown (centre) and Mandy Moore (right) dressed in a Lela Rose gown

Jessica Chastain, who served as one of the night's presenters, arrived in an ultra feminine, shimmering knee-length Prabal Gurung design.

And the other Jessica, Pare who plays Megan Draper in the AMC series Mad Men, also played presenter during the evening in an elegant black and bright pink Jason Wu design.

Of course, models dressed to impress at the CFDA Awards also. Candice Swanepoel's pale blue Valentino lace worn with a braided hairdo was a sure winner, as was Joan Smalls' white mullet-hem Michael Kors gown that she teamed with gold accessories and a pink lip.

Dazzling designers: Cynthia Rowley (left), Tory Burch (middle) and Tabitha Simmons (right)

Designs on life: Alice & Olivia designer Stacey Bendet (left), CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg (centre) and hat designer Eugenia Kim in one of her own headpieces (right), also attended the event

Karen Elson wore a Proenza Schouler two-piece that bared her slim midriff,

Devon Aoki wore a strapless peplum Alice + Olivia gown that fell to the ground and flared out into a trail.

Hilary Rhoda arrived in an all-blue Rebecca Minkoff cutout design that featured a split at one side.

CFDA Fashion Awards 2010: Super sleek Gwyneth Paltrow goes head to head with Sarah Jessica Parker

UPDATED:11:32 GMT, 8 June 2010

There was a lot of competition, but Gwyneth Paltrow stole the show as she arrived for the star-studded CFDA Fashion Awards last night.

The actress was dressed in a sleek fitted glimmering black Michael Kors gown, which clung to her toned figure.

With her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail, her asymmetrical dress flattered her statuesque shape.

But the 37-year-old had plenty of challengers for the best-dressed crown at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City on Monday.

Amongst the other guests were Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a brightly patterned fairytale gown from late friend Alexander McQueen's pre-autumn 2010 collection and posed with designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

Paltrow and Parker couldn't have looked more different, but their stunning outfits were equally eye-catching.

The Sex And The City star, 45, paid tribute to McQueen, who committed suicide in February, before a string of models presented his final collection in a catwalk show.

She said it was 'with honour andgreat regret' that she was helping marking his contribution to thefashion world and passing, adding: 'I would have loved to see what he would do next.'

Joining Gwyneth in black was supermodel Iman, in a fishtailed strapless Giambattista Valli gown, and Canadian model Jessica Stam.

Somaliansupermodel Iman, who attended with her rock star husband David Bowie,received the Fashion Icon accolade from her friend, actress Isabella Rossellini.

During the 54-year-old's acceptance speech, Iman joked to her famous spouse: 'Move over, you're not the only icon in the house.'

All white: (L-R) Teen actress Dakota Fanning in a Marchesa mini, American model Hilary Rhoda and American actress Dree Hemingway

Flesh tones: (L-R) Estonian model Carmen Kass, British TV presenter Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs, and Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel

Should Jessica Alba REALLY be taking style tips from Cheryl Cole? Actress's take on singer's X Factor fashion disaster

UPDATED:10:16 GMT, 7 June 2011

It seems that Jessica Alba has taken a leaf out of Cheryl Cole's style book for her red-carpet appearance at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, last night.

But perhaps she should have read the reviews first.

The 30-year-old pregnant actress stepped out in an orange and purple gown reminiscent of the outfit Cheryl wore for the very first US X Factor auditions last month.

Even though she looked pretty in the gown, the flowing Diane Von Furtstenberg frock featuring a coral top with lilac billowing skirt, evoked memories of Cheryl's now infamous colour-blocking faux pas.

And rather than offend with a back-combed bouffant, Jessica wore her hair slicked back in a simple chignon up-do exposing some oversized earrings.

She accessorised the look with some sparkly stilettos, bejewelled cuffs and a simple clutch.

Cheryl turned heads for the wrong reasons when she slipped into a pair of figure-hugging purple Diane Von Furstenburg flares, paired with an orange Oscar De La Renta top and pale blue Burberry belt.

Immediately there were mixed reviews over the bold outfit, and they weren't fabulous.

The ensemble was as bright as the one she wore to kick-start her US career, but it was met with some scathing criticism.

A source within the production team told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Obviously Cheryl is a gorgeous woman, but she turned up to the first day’s filming of The X Factor looking a bit weird in purple flares.

Everyone was talking about how she looked - but for all the wrong reasons.'

Cheryl has since been sacked from the talent show and replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger in one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the talent show to date.

The ongoing saga of the U.S. X Factor judging panel was confirmed last week as show bosses announced Nicole would indeed be replacing Cheryl.

It emerged over the weekend that Cheryl had been invited to return to her role after being fired a fortnight ago, but she snubbed the offer, leaving the Nicole free to take her place.

Fox, FremantleMedia North America and Syco TV released a statement this afternoon announcing the news.

It read: 'Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of The X Factor.

'Nicole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing $5million dollar recording deal.

'Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of The X Factor.'

Show bosses did an unexpected U-turn when they offered Cheryl her job back on Saturday.

She was given 24 hours to decide, but after previously knocking back a consolation-style offer of returning to her old post on the UK version, Cheryl now appears to be severing ties with the franchise.

Show sources were quick to point out that an official comment had never been released confirming Mrs Cole’s axing – and that her picture and biography had been kept up on the Fox X Factor website.

But friends of the Girls Aloud star believe their silence is part of Fox executives' plan to wriggle out of paying Cheryl out - as they were banking on her not turning up to the next auditions on Wednesday, making her in breach of contract.

But the singer is thought to have threatened to make public emails and text messages that prove she was indeed fired, the Daily Mirror claim.

Now we've really seen it ALL: Lady Gaga leaves nothing to the imagination as she hits the dancefloor in a sheer body suit

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After accidentally exposing her nipples as she arrived at the CFDA Fashion Awards, Lady Gaga decided she may as well go the whole hog at the after-party.

The flamboyant singer ended up removing her custom-made Mugler gown to just the sheer bodysuit underneath, leaving nothing to the imagination.

The 25-year-old had just nipple covers and a G-string protecting what little modesty she had left as she danced at the bash at The Standard hotel in New York.

The singer was clearly in high spirits after being named Fashion Icon at the CFDA Fashion Awards hours earlier.

Her revealing after-party outfit came hours after Gaga's wardrobe malfunction on the purple carpet at the awards at the Lincoln Center.

Posing with her left arm clutching her turquoise wig, it was hardly surprising that the precarious outfit gave way.

Gaga was assisted by a minder as she arrived at Alice Tully Hall, staggering around in a staggering pair of 24in vertiginous platform heels.

Designer Marc Jacobs received one of the biggest honours of the night from the Council of Fashion Designers of America - the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 48-year-old said: 'This achievement is born of love, passion, creativity and a hell of a lot of hard work.

'I believe we all know and feel the greatest reward is the process itself.'

Let's hear it for the boys! Marc Jacobs is man of the moment as fashion's hottest young talents sweep the board at CFDAs

UPDATED:05:22 GMT, 7 June 2011

It's the fashion industry's answer to the Oscars, and the night, for once, when the glory goes to the designers and not the stars they dress.

And while there were plenty of celebrity friends present at the CFDAs in New York last night, Lifetime Achievement Award winner Marc Jacobs was undoubtedly the man of the moment.

The designer, 48, who was given his 'half-lifetime' gong by close friend Sofia Coppola said in his speech: 'This achievement is born of love, passion, creativity... and a hell of a lot of hard work. I believe we all know and feel the greatest reward is the process itself.'

But if he needed any reminding of the young talent snapping at his heels, it was the night's other honorees, which were in large part, new names.

Lifetime Achievements aside, the big award of the evening - Womenswear Designer of the Year - went to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler.

The pair, whose company name comes from their mothers' maiden names, only founded their business in 2002, but have since won an army of fans including Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny.

Naomi Watts presented the award in a metallic dress by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, joking about the long walk across the stage in teetering heels.

'That was easy,' she said as she reached the podium. 'Fun doing it in a room full of supermodels.'

Rising stars: Prabal Gurung (left), who won the Swarovski Womenswear Award for new talent; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler who won the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award (centre) and Alexander Wang, who was given his Accessory Designer of the Year gong by Iris Apfel (right)

Alexander Wang, who is just 27, beat veteran designer Reed Krakoff to take home the Accessory Designer of theYear Award, while Michelle Obama favourite Prabal Gurung beat the Olsentwins to win the Swarovski Womenswear Award for up-and-coming talent.

And few could fail to notice a blue-haired Lady Gaga, who was present to collect her Fashion Icon Award - and true to form, she made an impression in a Thierry Mugler design by her friend and stylist Nicola Formichetti.

The singer was teary-eyed as she made her speech that paid tribute to her supporters in the fashion industry.

'All of you made me feel like a star before I was,' she said.

Traditionalists would have been pleased to see that there were at least some well-established designers among the winners.

Michael Bastian was named Menswear Designer of the Year, and Céline's PhoebePhilo was given the International Award, while the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award was given to photographer Arthur Elgort.

But not all will beimpressed with this year's roll-call of winners. When the CFDA nominations were first announced earlier this year, there was some controversy over the lack of well-established designer names.

There were no nominations for Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa - despite consistent industry acclaim.

And while last year's Fashion Icon award was given to a 55-year-old Iman, this year's went to 24-year-old Gaga.

EvenMr Jacobs was startled when it was announced that he was worthy of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The designer himself joked that it should just be a 'half-lifetime achievement award'.

But Styleite writer Justin Fenner defended the organisation's choices: 'The CFDA’s mission isn’t to honour young designers, it’s to honour talented ones.

'Either the people who run it think these young bucks are more talented than the old masters, or they’re changing course.'

Nominations for each award category are submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Selection Committee, which is made up of around 300 members and over 500 fashion retailers, journalists, and stylists.

Now THAT'S how you wear black! Miranda Kerr outshines the colourful A-listers at CFDA gala

UPDATED:14:18 GMT, 7 June 2011

There may have been a kaleidoscope of colours at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York last night, but all eyes were firmly fixed on Miranda Kerr.

The stunning 28-year-old model managed to outshine a slew of A-listers in a stunning black Michael Kors skirt and top, sexily slashed at the thigh.

She teamed the outfit, which came complete with cut out side panels, with a gold belt and gladiator-style gold cuffs, looking the epitome of high fashion.

The 25-year-old singer, who wore Thierry Mugler, channelled a punk rock prom queen with a spiked corset style upper half, complete with sheer material across her décolletage, proving that the colour black could be just as eye-catching as they stolethe limelight from the ladies in brighter colours.

The outfit, designed by her best friend and stylist, who works for the label, was unsurprisingly, short. The design flowed into a dramatic ruffled train, which the Born ThisWay singer teamed with a pair of 12inch platform heels.

With a turquoise wig, the fashion icon added a splash of colour to her otherwise monochrome look.

Standing out: Canadian actress and Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui, Australian actress Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein and British singer Estelle

Classic black: (L-R) Designers Vera Wang and Nicole Miller and Real Housewives Of New York star Kelly Bensimon

Cheryl Cole flies by the seat of her pants... in zip-up leather trousers

UPDATED:08:53 GMT, 16 April 2009

She was voted Best Dressed Women of 2009 in a magazine poll earlier this month, and last night Cheryl Cole did her best to live up to the title.

The Girls Aloud singer stepped out in a stylish pair of skinny leather trousers with an unusual feature - a zip that travelled from the front to the back.

Cheryl, 25, looked as a chic as ever in the £1,200 uber-tight pants bydesigner Alexander Wang which she teamed with a £6 purple vest fromTopShop and a lilac coloured leather jacket from Doma.

Zipped up: Cheryl Cole donned a stylish pair of PVC trousers with a zip that travelled from the front to the back for a night at the Soho hotel

She jazzed up her ensemble with Jimmy Choo's Zebra Maia bag, which costs a rock-star-ish £1,561, a gold necklace and pair of Rupert Sanderson red stilettos.

Cheryl spent the evening with her bandmates after turning down the chance to share the Chelsea players lounge with the WAGs she claims to detest while husband Ashley played Liverpool F.C. atStamford Bridge just four miles away.

The group met up at the Soho hotel yesterday afternoon for aphotoshoot to promote their new single Untouchable, which is releasedon April 27.

While Northern Irish bandmember Nadine Coyle swiftly left the hotelafter the shoot, the rest of the bandmates stayed behind to catch upand have dinner at the hotel's Refuel restaurant.

Cheryl has been rarely seen at Chelsea games since she first started dating her now-husband Ashley in 2004.

She has publicly denounced footballers' WAGS as 'bad as benefit scroungers, just a higher class of sponger'.

In an interview with Vogue this year, Cheryl said WAGs had heads 'like wooden blocks, I am telling you'.

Meanwhile, Cheryl's bandmate Sarah Harding was showing off her new tattoo in her sleeveless top.

Girls night: Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding leave the hotel after a band meeting before their tour later this month

In contrast to her glamorous bandmates, the feisty blonde wasdressed casually in an all-black outfit of cropped trousers, a t-shirtand a 'keffiyeh' Arabic scarf.

Two weeks ago Sarah got a new tattoo on the inside of her left arm. The black etching is a Tibetan symbol for 'inner strength'.

Kimberley opted for a hot pink dress with black opaque tights whileNicola teamed her pale complexion with a pink, orange, yellow and greenbandeau dress with gold strappy heels.

The group are currently hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming tour.

The Out of Control tour will kick off in Sarah's native Manchester on April 24.

The 32-date will travel all over the British Isles, including Ireland and will end in Cheryl's hometown of Newcastle on June 6.

Michelle in McQueen: First Lady's daring British choice as she represents America at China state dinner (and that's not the only controversial item on the menu)

UPDATED:14:26 GMT, 20 January 2011

She was representing America at a state dinner hosting the man who is one of her husband's biggest rivals on the world stage - so you could be forgiven for expecting Michelle Obama to choose an American designer.

But the First Lady has once again made a daring fashion choice, appearing instead last night in a fiery red gown by British designer Alexander McQueen.

The Obamas were hosting Chinese president Hu Jintao at an elaborate state dinner in Washington last night- and Mrs Obama's fashion choice was not the only controversial thing on the menu.

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Also on the star-studded list of the rich, powerful and glamourous attendees was Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth.

China's human rights records was thrown into the spotlight again yesterday after a tense press conference in which Mr Hu and Mr Obama revealed the two countries do have 'some disagreements' - over human rights in particular.

Mr Roth looked grim as he arrived in a tuxedo, with fellow human rights advocate Dr Annie Sparrow, clad in green.

Hispresence was a reminder that even as Mr Obama pulled out all the stops to give Mr Hu the red carpet treatment on his trip - with billions of dollars in trade agreements at stake - China's human rights record will not go unnoticed.

With all the possible tensions that could spill over at the dinner, Mrs Obama needed to dazzle.

Her flame-coloured silk organza with an asymentrical neckline and black detail is 'very glamourous', said Kate Betts, author of the new book 'Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style'.

'Red is an obvious colour because in the Chinese color it means good luck, but you expect an American or an American-based designer for an occasion like this,' Ms Betts,who is also a contributing editor at Time magazine, said.

'But she's always surprising, and that's why we're all rivetedby her.'

The Alexander McQueen label is one of the most respected in style circles.

The much-loved British designer committed suicide a year ago.

But the brand has continued under the stewardship of his former assistant Sarah Burton, who, like Mr McQueen, is a Londoner who shows her collections in Paris.

The choice of McQueen further adds to Mrs. Obama's fashion credibility, said Ms Betts. She's known as a champion of up-and-coming talent, but also mixes and matches top designers with mass retail brands.

Fashion was further represented at the evening's A-list event with designer Vera Wang and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour both on the guest list.

And in a nod to the trade deals, America's most powerful businessman were there, turned out in their best: Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein, Microsoft's Steven Ballmer and JP Morgan Chase head Jamie Dimon among them.

Celebrity star power arrived in the form of singer Barbra Streisand, her husband actor James Brolin and action film star Jackie Chan.

Prominent Chinese-Americans such as artist Maya Lin and Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan attended. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer added some gravitas. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter made the cut, too.

Vera Wang wore a floor-length, sleeveless design of her own. Anna Wintour opted for a white, patterned Chanel skirt suit.

The dinner's all-star jazz lineup included trumpeter Chris Botti, two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz icon Herbie Hancock, rising pianist Lang Lang and four-time Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves.

Jazz pianist Peter Martin, part of the entertainment lineup, prepped for his appearance by springing for a tux.

'I'm finally a grown-up, graduated from renting to owning,' Mr Martin tweeted, adding that he was 'super-excited' about the White House gig.

Regular folks who find themselves in alast-minute frenzy before guests arrive can take comfort in knowing that it's the same at the White House: Hours before the dinner, chair cushions were stacked in the front foyer and harried staff shuttled flower arrangements to and fro.

The 225 guests were spread out among three rooms: the State Dining Room, Blue Room and Red Room, then all shuttled to the East Room for the entertainment.

Big video monitors were set up in the Blue and Red rooms for the outcasts to catch the dinner toasts.

The two presidents' toasts featured the usual promises of better relations all around. Mr Obama used the moment to highlight an agreement that will ensure the beloved giant pandas from China remain at the Smithsonian National Zoo for another five years.

Breaking with tradition, the Obamas opted against bringing in a high-profile guest chef. Instead they put White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in charge of preparing an all-American themed dinner at the request of the Chinese delegation, theWhite House said.

On the menu: d'anjou pear salad with farmstead goat cheese, poached Maine lobster, orange glazed carrots and black trumpet mushrooms, dry aged rib eye with buttermilk crisp onions, double-stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach.

Dessert was to be old-fashioned applepie with vanilla ice cream. Mr Obama is known to be an avid eater of pastry chef Bill Yosses' pies.

Barbara Streisand, who also made the guest list for an afternoon luncheon at the State Department, said she was making her first appearance at a state dinner since the Clinton years.

The singer, who helped raise money for Obama during the presidential campaign, said she had 'a lot of friends here'.

Asked for a thought on why she was invited, she quipped: 'I worked in a Chinese restaurant.'

Miss Wintour said she hoped to talk to Mr Hu about - what else? - fashion, specifically investing in Chinese fashion.

There were some high-profile no-shows, including three of the top four leaders of Congress: House Speaker John Boehner, who declined Mr Obama's past state dinner invitations; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.

With the Senate out of session, Mr Reid was home in Nevada and Mr McConnell just wrapped up a congressionaltrip to Afghanistan and Pakistan and had not planned to be in Washington this week, aides said.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was the only top congressional leader to accept an invitation.

Many in Congress see China as an economic threat to the U.S. Mrs Pelosi also has been a longtime and outspoken critic of China's human rights record.

At a White House news conference with Mr Obama, Mr Hu punted when asked to comment on the congressional leaders' absence.

'I think President Obama is certainlyin a better position to answer that question,' he said, drawing laughter from journalists and the U.S. and China officials seated in theEast Room.

Mr Obama punted, too.

Earlier, Mrs Obama wore a fairly dressy look for her daytime schedule, which included the official welcome to President Hu to Washington.

Her navy ensemble, which included a wool coat and wool-and-duchesse-satin dress, were embellished with silver beads. The outfit also had a British edge: it was designed by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic.

'She likes glamour on these very public days,' says Ms Betts. 'That's a strong, optimistic message, and she helps set the tone.

'We don't want her to show up in a dowdy, old dress.'

The long and shorts of festival fashion: How YOU kept up with the A-list at Coachella

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UPDATED:10:00 GMT, 20 April 2011

It may be a music festival, but Coachella, for many, is all about the fashion. And that appeared to be more true than ever for the stylish crowd at this year's event.

The California Desert was the perfect location to showcase new season trends, and headline acts and their famous fans had some serious competition in the style stakes.

If keeping cool in the searing heat was a fashion challenge, there was little evidence, with floaty maxidresses and denim shorts the order of the day.

Taking it to the maxi: Festival-goers kept their cool in the heat in long dresses at Coachella this year

Retro-inspired looks like floppy Seventies-style sunhats and Sixties-inspired mini shifts referenced Woodstock, while bleached denim and dungaree-style skirts and dresses played on Eighties trends.

Carryingaround all those festival essentials was a breeze this year, as satchel-style bags are all the rage, and that cross-body strap could be seen slung across tees and frocks throughout.

And while Hunter wellies may reign supreme at Glastonbury, ankle boots and embellished sandals were de rigueur at Coachella.

Retro revival: People could be seen working trends from every decade, including Forties-style red lips, Eighties-inspired dungaree dresses and lace Sixties shifts

reporter Hayley Phelan said that the Seventies look is key this year, while clashing prints and crochet were the biggest emerging trends.

She told MailOnline: 'I definitely see a Seventies influence at the festival - a lot of crochet (and I mean LOTS), floppy hats, peasant tops and flowy dresses.

'I also see that people are opting for ankle booties in lieu of sandals - I call it the Isabel Marant effect.

'Cutoff shorts are still big, as are oversized shades, though this year they're rounderor cat-eyed.

'People are also experimenting with prints, mixing tie-dye with florals and a bold tribal-printed purse with stripes.'

Shorts story: Denim cutoffs of every variety were a popular choice this weekend, while others played on the theme with super-tight white shorts and tailored rompers

Bright ideas: Shorts may have been a uniform trend, but festival-goers set themselves apart with bold prints, from tribal-style cross-body bags and zebra stripes to ditzy florals

Mulberry's creative director Emma Hill, who hosted a star-studded party at Coachella for the likes of Nicole Richie, Camilla Belle and Alexa Chung, also had her eye on the different looks festival-goers were channelling.

She told MailOnline how trends included 'little booties with shorts or a little dress and cross body bags', chambray, platform shoes and Converse trainers.

One of the main themes she noticed among the girls was the Pocahontas look, while men, she added, were going for 'metallic all-in-one suits and rocking dungarees'.

She added that few had let their grooming standards slip though, with many sporting spray tans and immaculate glossy blow-dried hair.

Frock tactics: The lightest sundresses, worn with leather accessories (note the Alexander Wang bag, left) and bare feet (centre and right) were a fashion favourite

She admitted she had spotted plenty of her own designs at the event too, proving the British label is as popular in the U.S. as its native UK.

'[There were] lots of Mulberry Lilys, Taylors, Anthonys, and Carters and also Bayswater twist lock bags,' she revealed.

Approximately 50,000 people attended the Coachella festival, this weekend, which is in its 11th year. The line-up included Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and The Strokes.

It is a magnet for celebrities, with Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Diane Kruger and Kelly Osbourne among the stars spotted in the VIP section on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It is held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California in the Coachella Valley.

Computer tycoon Sir Clive Sinclair, 69, weds his 33-year-old lap dancer

UPDATED:13:17 GMT, 27 April 2010

It was the unlikely relationship that many thought could never last.

But the Daily Mail can reveal that computer tycoon Sir Clive Sinclair, 69, has secretly married his lap dancer fiancee Angie Bowness, who is 36 years his junior.

They have been engaged a year but have been seeing each other, on and off, for more than a decade.

The pair wed at the Civil Court in Las Vegas on April 16. The single witness is believed to have been a passer-by.

The inventor and Miss Bowness, 33, a former Miss England, had flown to the U.S. two days before and were staying at the luxurious Bellagio Hotel.

Before heading for the U.S., Sir Clive had bought a platinum wedding ring from jeweller Asprey.

Last night, Miss Bowness told the Mail: 'We're over the moon. We're very happy.'

Sir Clive said: 'I suggested on the plane that we get married. It was a spur of the moment thing.'

When asked what qualities attracted him to his future bride he replied: 'Well she is a former Miss England, isn't she.'

He added: 'We don't know where we will honeymoon yet - it's all been rather quick.'

On marrying at the age of 69, he said: 'I hadn't thought I'd get married at this stage'.

And, asked about the age gap between the pair, he replied: 'It's just an age gap. Our relationship works extremely well.'

According to sources, the vows were kept very simple because 'they just wanted to legally formalise their relationship'.

Last night, a friend of Miss Bowness said: 'Angie is absolutely over the moon to have married Sir Clive. And he's thrilled - he can't stop calling her My Lady.'

Indeed, Miss Bowness now takes the title of Lady Sinclair.

She apparently wore a 'cute' short blue Alexander Wang dress for the ceremony and Christian Louboutin shoes. Sinclair, meanwhile, chose a suit.

Miss Bowness was working as a stripper in Stringfellows' club in Central London when Sir Clive, inventor of the pocket calculator and the ill-fated C5 electric car, first got to know her in 1996.

However, shortly after that first encounter privately-educated Miss Bowness fell in love with businessman Mark Thornton. Miss Bowness and Mr Thornton's son Marcus was born in April 1998.

But they broke up two months after the child's birth and Sir Clive and Miss Bowness started dating again. In October 1998, Miss Bowness again left Sir Clive. Even so, she and the inventor remained friends.

In 2003, he proposed, despite the fact that they were not even dating at the time. She turned him down, saying that she was too young. But in February last year, Miss Bowness finally agreed to marry the former Mensa chairman.

She owns two homes but moved into Sir Clive's £5million flat overlooking Trafalgar Square following their engagement.

He is said to be close to her son Marcus, now 12.

Cruise control: Invest in mid-season collections for fashion statements with staying power

UPDATED:09:34 GMT, 26 January 2009

It's too early for spring, but we're beyond bored of winter. The answer? Cruise collections.

Slotting neatly between seasons, these transitional pieces make for the perfect wardrobe foundations. Dropping into store ahead of the main designer lines, these mid-season pieces are a nod to spring trends without taking them wholesale.

This makes them wearable, versatile, and designer investments that will see you through 2009 and beyond.

From Yves Saint Laurent's jersey jumpsuit to D&G's leopard-print dress, step ahead of the fashion pack with our pick of the pre-season lines.

Coral jacket, £485, and denim flares, £180, both Marc by Marc Jacobs at Harvey Nichols, 020 7259 6638. White trainer shoe, £375, Puma for Sergio Rossi, 020 7811 5950; Ochre trench coat £1,195, skirt £795, black laquer print top, £595, shoes, £350, chain necklace, £250, and rivet bracelet, £395, all Burberry, 07000 785 676; Patterned dress, £332, Matthew Williamson, 020 7629 6200. Turquoise necklace, £300, Pebble London, 020 7262 1775. Blue shoes, £560, Gina, 020 7409 7090

Print ruffle top, £265, and black riding trousers, £220, both Phillip Lim 3.1 at Club, 01372 46262. Purple patent shoes, £275 and purple clutch bag, £295, both Mulberry, 020 7491 3900. Brass coil arm cuff, £220, Pebble London 020 7262 1775; Leopard print dress, £785, D&G at Harvey Nichols, 020 7259 6638. Black shoes, £295, Jonathan Kelsey for Mulberry, 020 7491 3900; Yellow and white coat, £1,054, and black and yellow dress, £276, both Diane Von Furstenberg, 020 7499 0886. Black shoes, £420, Gina, 020 7409 7090.

Jumpsuit, £905, link metal necklace £480, gold bracelet, £245, all Yves Saint Laurent, 020 7493 1800. Silver shoes, £725, Jimmy Choo, 020 7493 5858; Coral coat, £1,714, brown shoes, £385, brown patent bag, £763, all Alberta Ferretti, 020 7235 2349; Keyhole dress, £495, Alexander Wang at Club, as before. Pale grey shoes, £450, Sergio Rossi, 020 7811 5950. Beetle necklace, £165, Pebble London, as before.

Atten-tion! Sarah Jessica Parker and Portia de Rossi go for military chic in New York in celebrity favourite denim label Current/Elliot


PUBLISHED:11:42 GMT, 27 September 2012 UPDATED:11:43 GMT, 27 September 2012

From leopard-print to fishnet, the creative brains behind ultra-hip New York denim label Current/Elliot aren't shy of using a statement print or two.

And with the military trend hitting the headlines this season, it's no surprise the brand's latest offering features a chic camouflage print.

Long time Current/Elliott fan Sarah Jessica Parker has already been spotted out and about in the grey and khaki print jeans, while actress Portia de Rossi also has a pair.

Military madams: Actress Portia de Rossi, left, and singer Rihanna, right, both love Current/Elliot's camouflage prints.

Parker, seen wearing hers on a relaxing September stroll in New York with her son James Wilkie Broderick, 10, teamed the jeans with a casual pale green striped T-shirt, comfy ballet flats and a large leather satchel.

De Rossi chose to wear hers with a simple black vest, black flip-flops and dark glasses.

Other celebrities spotted getting to grips with the camouflage trend include singers Rihanna - regularly seen in her beloved khaki camo shirt - Rita Ora, Mary J Blige and Miley Cyrus, all of whom have been snapped in camouflage jackets.

Splatter chic: Olivia Palermo, left, and Pink, right with baby Willow, have proved themselves fans of colourful splatter-print and patterned denim.

But camouflage isn't the only print to adorn this season's jeans. While summer saw floral prints and coloured denim take centre stage, this autumn it's all about animal, graphic and digital prints.

Never one to be left behind, the ever-stylish Miranda Kerr was seen out in subtle dark blue cheetah print.

Fashionista Olivia Palermo teamed a pair of bright pink and purple splatter print jeans with a pair of chic silver flats.

Even singer Pink has been getting in on the act and was seen out playing with her daughter Willow while sporting a pair of garish Balmain baroque print jeans.

One of autumn's hottest trends, camouflage print and military influences were seen all over the catwalks.

The look reigned at Burberry and Jason Wu, and popped up at Belstaff, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham among others.

On the high street, Michelle Obama's favourite J Crew has a pared-down khaki watch for £150 (, while Topshop has an entire collection dedicated to the trend.

Elsewhere, online retailer ASOS has a brilliant belted military coat in khaki for £110 (, which would work beautifully with River Island's practical black leather boots, £75 (

Easier still, go vintage and head toa military surplus store, where you can snap up the look for a fractionof the designer price.

Also worth checking out is East London vintage emporium Rokit (, which boasts rail after rail crammed with military pieces sourced from army outfitters.

Current/Elliott Multi Zip Stiletto Skinny jeans, £220, are available from .

'I had meltdowns': Daisy Lowe says it's taken years to accept she'll never be 'beanpole' thin and embrace her curvy figure

UPDATED:12:58 GMT, 8 June 2011

Daisy Lowe has revealed it has taken her years to come to terms with the fact that she'll never be as a tiny as some of her fellow models.

The curvy brunette beauty says she now accepts her shape, but used to suffer 'meltdowns' because she wasn't skinny.

Talking in the July issue of InStyle, the 22-year-old Agent Provocateur model confesses: 'It’s taken me seven years to get to the point where I can be comfortable with not being as thin as the rest of them.'

Scroll down to watch Daisy behind the scenes on the shoot...

She continued: 'The public can say, "It’s really cool that you’re not conforming to this anorexic ideal", but then I still have to go and stand next to all of the other girls.

'I’m not saying that I am big, but when you stand next to a beanpole, you’re going to look like a massive tree trunk.

'Literally, it’s only in the past six months that I’ve come to terms with it. Before then…it was hard. I used to have private meltdowns all the time.'

The star, who's previously modelled for the likes of Chanel, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood, has also revealed that when not in couture, she likes dressing up in her actor boyfriend Matt Smith's clothes when he's off battling the likes of The Silence as Dr Who.

The daughter of fashion designer Pearl Lowe and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdalesaid she's never happier than wearing her 28-year-old beau's T-shirts when he's away to make her feel closer to him.

She gushes: 'He dresses really well. I love his style.'

Daisy also recently admitted she felt so guilty for buying a Gareth Pugh dress for £2,200, she wore it every day for six months.

Daisy wore a number of killer outfits in the shoot to go with the interview, which was taken in the Victoria And Albert Museum.

The star sported a series of figure-hugging frocks by the likes of Alexander Wang and Versace while simultaneously crafting a playlist for the party she was DJing later that evening as she posed against the gilded mirrors of the London institution.

The full interview with Daisy in the July edition of In Style magazine, out on Thursday.

Dannii Minogue's bump-friendly trousers and new shades of vintage at Alexander Wang

UPDATED:08:59 GMT, 15 February 2010


U.S. designer Alexander Wang, who created last year's It bag, thestudded 'Coco', has turned his hand to sunglasses, in collaborationwith the legendary Seventies sunglasses label Linda Farrow Vintage. Theglasses are adorned with zips and Fifties-style wings as well astraditional varieties.

From £180,


A pregnancy pandemic has swept the world of showbiz, with everyone fromDannii Minogue to Denise Van Outen sporting baby bumps in thecelebrity's favourite maternity range, Slacks & Co. The ethosbehind the brand is that baby bump aside you can look as stylish asever, with a tailored collection of basics to flatter your shape. Thetrousers in particular are worth a look.

From £139, available at Harrods, 020 7730 1234.


Following the success of her jewellery range House of Harlow, NicoleRichie has created a ready-to-wear collection, Winter Kate. The rangefeatures plenty of Nicole's signature bohemian style, from femininemaxi-dresses to tunic tops with ethnic-style prints.

From £135, at


TOMS Shoes - the ethical company that gives a pair of new shoes to achild in need in developing countries, for every pair they sell(400,000 pairs and counting so far) - has teamed up with supermodelErin Wasson for a visit to London for the first UK Style Your Soleworkshop in Topshop Oxford Street on February 21 and 22. Customers can ask an all-female team of graffiti artists, TOMSfounder Blake Mykosie or Erin to customise their shoes for them.

From £29.99.


When Chanel launched its latest nail polish collection last month, fansqueued around the corner of Harvey Nichols to get their hands on it.But if you missed the boat, or don't want to spend £16 on a bottle,fret not. Orly has two shades Prince Charming and Ballerina, which aresimilar to Chanel's Particuliere and Tendresse at a snip of the price.

Priced £8,

Why the low-profile? David and Victoria Beckham sneak out of Liberty after private tour

UPDATED:10:27 GMT, 23 February 2011

In their stylish outfits, David and Victoria Beckham looked more than suitable for the paparazzi.

But the couple were unusually shy on Monday night when they attempted to sneak out of a fashion party from a side entrance.

The couple, who are expecting their fourth child together, were in no mood to be photographed as they attended the Love and Alexander Wang party at the Liberty store.

Prior to the bash - which was attended by the likes of Daisy Lowe and Jaime Winstone - the couple enjoyed a private tour of the historic Regent Street department store.

After checking out the latest products on sale, the pair headed upstairs to greet host Katie Grand.

But perhaps feeling a bit tired due to her pregnancy, the couple only spent 45 minutes at the party before making a swift exit into a waiting car, with David explaining to the crowd outside they were on a 'private visit'.

Although announcing she was pregnant seven weeks ago, there was no apparent sign of Posh's baby bump in her little black dress.

Her husband, who looked dapper in a blue pinstripe suit, was incredibly protective of his wife as they were surrounded by photographers outside the store.

The couple's spokeswoman confirmed the couple 'perused the store on the way to the Love party'.

The Beckhams arrived in London last week after Victoria showcased her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.

During promotional interviews, she insisted she didn't know the sex of her unborn child, which is due in July.

She told CNN last week: ''If I don't have a girl this time, then maybe I'll be lucky enough and have a girl the next time.'

When presenter Alina Cho questioned the possibility of having a fifth child, Mrs Beckham responded: 'We'd like to have a big family. There could be. Who knows?'

But when Miss Cho suggested having six children, Beckham laughed: 'Well, I'm not Angelina. I don't know. I mean, come on.'

Dawn Steele: I like to give any new look my personal twist

UPDATED:10:05 GMT, 10 February 2011

Glaswegian Dawn, 35, is best known for two TV roles: as Lexie in Monarch Of The Glen and now as Alice in Wild At Heart. She's currently touring the UK in a new production of the Agatha Christie play Verdict. When not filming in South Africa for Wild At Heart, Dawn lives in West London with her actor boyfriend Paul Blair.

I’ve always been interested in fashion and keen to follow the latest trend. But from an early age, I liked to give any new look my personal twist.

As a teenager, I was into rave culture — rather a manly look, with Nike trainers, shorts, waistcoats and caps on backwards that I’d wear to clubs.

At drama school, I lived in trackie bottoms and vests because we always seemed to be in movement classes.

I had next to no money, so I’d shop for clothes in the High Street; always Topshop.

For my 21st birthday, I asked Mum and Dad for a beautiful, floor-length, cream dress-coat from Karen Millen.

I’ve still got it, although it got ruined at my party because the hem got ­permanently stained from all the alcohol on the carpet.

Now, I spend the majority of my money on clothes. As I always say, I’m very good to myself!

When I open my wardrobe, it’s like a rainbow of colours.

I love blue because it matches my eyes. And now I’ve discovered green after wearing green scrubs, which is my uniform as a vet in Wild At Heart.



When I finally left Monarch Of The Glen, the cast clubbed together and bought me a Tiffany bracelet and pen. Susan Hampshire [Dawn’s co-star] said to me if I didn’t like them, I could swap them for something else. So when back in London, we went to the shop and I fell in love with a silver bracelet. The dragonfly on it reminds me of all the midges in Scotland!

My pride and joy is my gold Tiffany necklace. I bought the larger key on it; Mum and Dad bought me the smaller one for Christmas.


Every time I get a new job, I buy a big new bag to ­celebrate.

This Miu Miu one is my set bag. I carry it around with me when filming because it’s got my whole life in it. It’s so heavy, it’s a wonder I haven’t put my back out.

But I’m muchtoo casual with it — Hayley Mills [Dawn’s co-star in Wild At Heart] is always chastising me for leaving it lying around in the dust.

The smaller clutch bag I use in the evening is from Mulberry. I bought it when Wild At Heart was recommissioned for a fifth series.


Ibought this Alexander Wang drapey dress via the online designer outlet net-a-porter, that meant it could be sent to me in South Africa.

I was looking for something to wear for the wrap party at the end of the sixthseries of Wild At Heart. It’s quite lush-looking and I like the way it hangs on my body. It’s easy to wear, but it’s stylish and sophisticated,too. I always get compliments when I wear it. I don’t resent paying more for something classy. As Mum is fond of saying: buy cheap, buy twice.


My black stilettos are the only pair of Christian Louboutins I own and were expensive. But they’re comfortable. I’ve had so much wear out of them that the red soles are practically worn out. The lace-up brogues are from a gorgeous shoe shop called Folk, in London, run by my friend Maggie McAteer and her designer brother, Cathal.

I have some gold Come Dancing shoes also by Folk. Mum fell in love with them when she came out to South Africa, so I bought her an identical pair for Christmas.

Then there’s my grey leather ankle boots are from Mulberry. I saw them in a magazine and asked Maggie to buy them for me in my absence.


Iwear this leather jacket more than any other item because I put it on every time I take my Welsh terrier Murphy for a walk. I bought it three years ago, just before I joined Wild At Heart. I team it with jeans and apair of Belstaff boots. Again, they’re expensive, but I get a lot of use out of them. The whole biker jacket look seems to be coming back.

From left: Leather look trousers, Trish Wescoat-Pound dress and Belstaff jacket


Ilove a bit of sparkle. This blue sparkly dress (right) is by U.S. designer Trish Wescoat-Pound who launched the clothing line Haute Hippiein 2008. It was a gift to myself — again from net-a-porter — to wear onNew Year’s Eve. I also have a black sparkly jacket from a shopping centre in Johannesburg called Hyde Park. I dress it downwith a crop top, jeans and heels.


Ijust love these (right). They are by Sass & Bide, a label that began as a stall on Portobello Market, West London, near where I live. They fit like a glove and I love the webbing down the sides and the ruched effect at the bottom of each leg. They’re basically fancy leggings so I wear quite a long top for modesty’s sake!

Wild At Heart is on ITV1 on Sundays at 8.30pm. Details on the Verdict theatre tour are at

Debenhams shows its cutting edge: Department store to launch collection designed by fashion graduate

UPDATED:15:45 GMT, 6 July 2011

Debenhams has always been the sort of store you return to for wardrobe staples rather than high end fashion.

But it is now carving its way as a place to buy cutting edge clothes too.

The department store will be launching a capsule collection by one of the UK's most promising young designers this autumn.

Fashion forward: Designs by Maria Hawkins who beat 29 other Manchester Metropolitan University hopefuls to win Debenhams' competition to find the next big name in fashion

Maria Hawkins, 22, beat 29 other Manchester Metropolitan University hopefuls to win Debenhams' competition to find the next big name in fashion.

Three finalists were chosen, and shoppers were invited to vote for their favourite clothes.

Maria came out on top, but she also impressed judges including Ben de Lisi, Deborah Linton and Debenhams' design director Karen Peacock with her bright colours and simple, elegant designs.

As part of her prize, Maria will be trained with industry experts for a month while she develops her collection.

It will then go on sale in Debenhams' Manchester city centre store.

Judge's favourite: Fellow designer, Ben de Lisi, loved Maria's sense of colour

Fellow designer, Ben de Lisi, loved the winner's sense of colour.

He told Manchester Evening News: 'Maria’s collection was pure effortless and lux. The collection is commercial without being boring. It is considered, chic and ready for sale now.

'This is a designer who knows her customer and market and is not frightened to create for it.

'Look at Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Bende Lisi – they’re not groundbreaking designers but they’re good businesses and respected brands and she has that in front of her.'

Maria's inspiration comes from Alexander Wang, Celine and Alexander McQueen's designs and she was told she had won the competition within hours of graduating with a 2.1 in BA Hons Fashion.

She said: 'I’m over the moon. I didn’t expect it because we all really deserved it. I’m really excited about the whole thing. I just think it’s an amazing opportunity for me and I want to make the most of it.

'Winning has given me the confidence to put myself out there. It’s going to give me access to people I would never have met at such an early stage in my career.'

Debenhams design director, Karen Peacock, added: 'Maria showed great confidence in producing such a simple collection. Simple, but well considered, wearable and flattering shapes with colours that were striking yet soft at the same time.

'She ensured that special attention was paid to the quality and that is incredibly important for simple clothes. I think there’s been a lot of very strong work in the competition – it took me a lot longer than anticipated to go through them.

'It was very diverse – no student was the same or similar.'

The clothes will go on sale in Debenhams, Manchester, in the autumn.

Department chains are old hat...try shopping in a concept store


Last updated at 15:53 17 March 2008

Forget sprawling department stores packed with endless brands,concept stores - ruthlessly focused on one key style - arewhat's hot, says JO BLYTHE...


Dublin got its own concept boutique in September, in the form ofPotrero Hill, just off the shopping hub of Grafton Street. Thestore was founded by Canadian architect Robynn Clarke.

"We tried to create a welcoming, edgy space that aspires toa creative but sophisticated look, as though you got to shop in avery cool girl's apartment," says Clarke.

"It's not only great products, but the ideology: wenaturally gravitate to things we are inspired by, or enjoy.It's about the experience of shopping."

THE VIBE: Girly, but with cutting-edge cool.

THE PRODUCTS: International stationary, clothing, furniture andaccessories brands. "We source design-inspired items fromSweden, Italy, Japan, France, New York, Brussels and Sydney,"says Clarke. "Beautiful, modern, classic items that you canhave in your closet or on your shelf for ever."

MUST BUYS: Les Prairies de Paris, Travota, Ba&sh, AlexanderWang, American Vintage.

HOT ITEM: "We just started selling Danish carpets from acompany called hay. They are the most amazing colours and textures- heavenly."

Potrero Hill, Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, Dublin,


The Shop at Bluebird is nestled in an unlikely Chelsea enclave.Stumble along Kings Road, past Cath Kidston and the Designers Guildflagship, and you are treated to a destination store packed withnew, edgy British designers, accessories by Luella and AnyaHindmarch and jewellery by Tom Binns, as well as the newly openedspa.

The store was launched by Jigsaw owners Belle and John Robinsonin 2005 and is housed in the former racing garage of DonaldCampbell.

"Department stores are exhausting and intimidating,"says Robinson. "If you find the right concept store, all theediting is done for you."

VIBE: Art-house hip meets wearble style.

THE CLOTHES: Like the vibe, the clothing includes accessiblewearable pieces, interspersed with key directional items by hipBritish designers.

Jasmine di Milo, Erdem and Rupert Sanderson are flanked by amagazine lounge and the spa.

WHAT'S HOT: The Shop At Bluebird is the exclusive UKstockist for a range of luxury beauty ranges. It also hosted anexhibition of Alistair Morrison photographs, curated by KateMiddleton.

MUST BUYS: "Erdem dresses for spring. Plus, we have somegorgeous Aquascutum pieces and lots of great Luella shiftdresses," says Robinson.

The Shop At Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, London SW3;


Microzine started life five years ago as the brainchild offounder Chris Lee. The former creative director at Reebok wanted tocreate a store which had everything from the best designer chair tothe hottest limited edition trainers, denim and even toys.

"I loved lads' magazines in the 1990s. They introducedmen to the hottest products, from fashion to gadgets and music. Iwanted to create a store which did the same thing," saysLee.

Two years later, he moved to Liverpool and created Microzine, an8,000 sq ft store in a stunning Art Deco building. In April itgained a London sister store off Carnaby Street.

VIBE: Streetwise cool with a great cafe.

THE CLOTHES: Hard-to-find streetwear, limited editionsportswear.

WHAT'S HOT: Stella McCartney for Adidas, Hudson Jeans.

MUST BUYS: Canada Goose parkas.

Microzine, 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool, 0151 709 7282; 2 KinglyCourt, Carnaby Street, London W1,


Ten years ago, sisters Val and Vanda Heng-Vong (half-French,half-Cambodian) found themselves in London with none of theirfavourite French labels available.

Their solution? Cult Notting Hill concept store Aimé, aParisian-style West London destination boutique packed withhard-to-find French labels, furniture and homewares.

A decade later the store is still going strong, but the sisters- now parents - found it difficult to track down the children'swear they liked. Step forward Petit Aimé, which launchedlast week.

The boutique is set over two floors selling children's toys,furnishings, fashion and accessories. It caters to children up toten years old and is drawing a huge fan base, including NottingHill local Claudia Schiffer.

VIBE: Parisian chic, in an easy-going hip way. "It'ssmart, but relaxed. We wanted to create somewhere children feltcomfortable," says Val Heng-Vong of the store which has greywood floors and vintage furniture.

THE CLOTHES: Bon-Ton, Oona l'Ourse, Luco, Isabel Marant andNoro among many others. The store also stocks a complete lifestylerange from toys to furniture.

WHAT'S HOT: Accessories and dolls by artist Apolline.

MUST BUYS: Left-bank inspired hippy chic from French label Luco,and exclusive pieces by Isabel Marant.

Petit Aimé, 34 Ledbury Road, London W11, 020 72217070.


The Dover Street Market in London was launched in 2004 by ReiKawakubo (of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garcons) and herhusband Adrian Joffe. The market, a five-storey centre for art,jewellery, fashion and design, has become a destination for hipfashion lovers, and is a rugged loft-style fixture amidMayfair's fusty galleries.

"I wanted to come up with a kind of market where creatorsfrom various fields gather together and encounter each other in anongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos," says Kawakubo, who isalso creative director.

VIBE: Car park chic, literally. Unfinished sparse concreteinteriors, blinding industrial lighting, angular chipboard benchesand stainless steel lifts.

THE CLOTHES: Pared down, quirky. Independent designers, mixedwith major labels.

WHAT'S HOT: Comme des Garcons along with exclusive pieces byRaf Simons, Jan de Cock, Judy Blame, Hiroshi Fujiwara andUndercover.

The store is home to LA vintage concession Decades, selling keyarchive pieces by Herve Leger, Chanel and Ossie Clark. (ReneeZellweger is a fan of Decades' LA flagship.)

MUST BUYS: Jewellery by Judy Blame.

Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover Street, London W1,


Canadian-born Cristina Burgess has an international vision forher cult concept boutique Augustina.

London's Knightsbridge store opened a year ago, as thesister to the Augustina flagship in Toronto.

It houses up-and-coming designers, hip accessories brands,small-run perfumes and jewellery boxes, with an emphasis onU.S.-based labels not available in Britain.

Augustina Toronto was launched in 2002, and today the storecounts Kate Hudson, the Olsen twins and Liv Tyler among itsfans.

"It's for women who know their own style, have aknowledge of trends and luxury, but don't need to have awell-known label. The design and quality speaks for itself,"says Burgess, who ensures Augustina is an It-bag-free zone.

THE VIBE: Polished A-list style from up-and-coming labels.

THE CLOTHES: Accessories by Gryson (former Marc Jacobsaccessories designer Joy Gryson), B. Romanek (Demi Moore andCourteney Cox are fans) and hotly tipped Devi Kroell.

Jewellery ranges include Me& Ro and Becky Kelso. Burgess hasalso created a line of jewellery boxes, scents and candles."It's much more fun to shop in concept stores," shesays. "You have a certain freedom buying for a concept store,too. I found these awesome over-sized towels which I bought becausethey totally spoke to our consumer."

WHAT'S HOT: Soon-to-land Devi Kroell python bags.

MUST BUYS: Augustina is expanding its fragrance range to bodyoil, shower gel and perfume oil rollers.

Augustina, 11 West Halkin Street, London SW1,

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Did you put that dress on back to front, Amanda Seyfried?

UPDATED:11:20 GMT, 21 April 2010

At first glance, it looked like Amanda Seyfried had accidentally committed a rather regrettable fashion blunder.

But as the actress sashayed down a Hollywood red carpet in a dress featured a forward-facing zip, it became clear that her back-to-front look was a very deliberate style statement.

The 24-year-old looked rather pleased with her choice of confection as she posed for photographers at the premiere of Mother and Child at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre.

The actress wore the unusual number by BodyAmr back-to-front, with the purple satin trimmed back and exposed seam on one side.

She wore the photo-print design front on the wrong side.

Of course, in the sometimes topsy-turvy world of high fashion, frontfacing zips are a popular design feature among the likes ofAlexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez and Victoria Beckham.

But if Amanda had just decided to experiment by putting the dress on backwards she wouldn't be the first celebrity to do so.

Angelina Jolie purposefully turned around her Max Azria dress forthe Screen Actors Guild Awards last year to expose her tattooed back rather than herchest with its plunging neckline.

Whatever the case last night, Amanda certainly seemed pleased with the results.

The Mamma Mia star was at the Mother and Child screening to supportthe film's writer Rodrigo Garcia, whom she describes as 'just amazing'.

They worked together on the pilot of her U.S. TV show Big Love andwill team up again when he directs her next movie, Albert Nobbs, whichis about a woman who spends 20 years disguised as a man in order tomake a living.

Samuel L. Jackson and Annette Bening, who both star in the adoption drama, were also at last night's premiere.

Drew Barrymore shimmies into a wet-look dress as she makes her directorial debut

UPDATED:15:05 GMT, 30 September 2009

For her directorial debut, Drew Barrymore clearly wanted to make an impact.

And if the movie doesn't do it - this skin-tight, wet-look dress should do the trick.

Her slinky black number looked rather more suited to a lapdancing club than a premiere Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles last night.

Skin tight: Drew Barrymore brings a lapdancing leather-look to the red carpet at the premiere of her new film Whip It in Los Angeles last night

The 34-year-old chose for the occasion a L’Wren Scott lacquered tweed dress from the Autumn 2009 collection, which looks similar to the wet-look leggings that have been adopted by so many women on the High Street.

She teamed it with red satin heels and statement earrings for the Whip It launch.

But gone was the long-bob with the ends dip-dyed black, which she sported at the Toronto Film Festival two weeks ago. Instead, her shorter style was all blonde, wavy and slicked back.

The comedy is based on the novel Derby Girl, about an indie-rock-lovingmisfit living in Texas who joins a roller derby team. It stars Juno'sEllen Page and Juliette Lewis, who wore an eccentric outfit to theevent.

Wearing tights patterned with circles, red gloves and a shapless,shiny tunic, the Natural Born Killers star was almost overshadowed byco-star Landon Pigg.

The American actor and singer wore amismatch outfit of pink satin bow tie, a spotty shirt, pinstripetrousers and orangey-brown suede shoes.

Ellen Page played it safe in black, wearing an Alexander Wang Slim Grommet dress and boots by Rachel Comey.

Actress and singer Eve, who is also in Whip It, broke up the very black red carpet, by wearing a burgundy Dolce& Gabbana Autumn 2009 bustier fitted dress with black peep-toes.

The film, about a young woman defying her mother’s wish ofbeauty pageant stardom for the rough-and-tumble sport of roller derby, has already won good reviews.

It was hailed as 'remarkable debut' by show business newspaper TheHollywood Reporter.

Juliette Lewis, who plays hard-charging skater on the Holy Rollers team, said: 'I was so impressed with her as a director because she knew whatshe wanted to see. She really had a strong visual sense of the movie.'

Barrymore has said: 'What was so exciting was to finally get to make a film that I could make an ultimate mixtape for and put the two together.'

Actress Emma Roberts on stepping out of her famous aunt Julia's shadow


UPDATED:18:40 GMT, 2 September 2011

Yes, she totally understands the fascination with her famous aunt, but actress Emma Roberts, 20, is fast becoming a star in her own right – and has the looks, talent and tenacity to back it up

Having a famous surname isn’t always a blessing. Of course, being a Redgrave, a Fonda or a Fox probably helps in securing that first foot in the showbiz door. But well-connected ingénues are also destined to spend at least the early years of their career constantly referred to in relation to their renowned father, mother, sibling – or aunt.

And sure enough, as I perch in the plush anteroom of a hotel suite in New York’s SoHo, awaiting my appointment with Emma Roberts, I can’t help but recall a scene from Notting Hill (one of her favourite films, she later tells me), starring her Oscar-winning aunt Julia. Hugh Grant hovers in a London hotel, masquerading as a journalist from Horse & Hound in order to secure a brief audience with Julia, who plays mega-star actress Anna Scott.

Unlike Grant, I have a legitimate reason for meeting the younger Roberts today. Her new film, The Art of Getting By, in which she stars alongside 19-year-old British actor Freddie Highmore (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), will be out in the UK later this week.

At 20, Emma (daughter of Julia’s brother Eric) could easily swing a half-fare on the bus, if Hollywood starlets could use public transport without being mobbed.

She is petite, ‘Five feet two, on a good day,’ she tells me, and pretty, with huge bushbaby brown eyes, honey-blonde hair and slender legs. Don’t think she’s one of those actresses who doesn’t eat, though. Disappointed with the hotel’s biscuit selection, she sends out for a chocolate croissant (her favourite food) from the nearby French restaurant Balthazar, and endearingly ends up with chocolate smeared across her cheek as we chat.

Curledup in a large armchair, she is crackling with excitement about this evening’s US premiere, which her family will be attending with her, and to which she will be wearing Temperley. ‘It’s going to be a total princess moment,’ she enthuses.

Thefilm, set on New York’s Upper East Side, is a coming-of-age tale about Sally (Roberts) and George (Highmore), high-school seniors and, it turnsout, kindred spirits. Sally is pretty, popular and bright, given a longleash by her hedonistic mother; George is a talented artist, but also disenchanted, fatalistic and a loner. The two 18-year-olds, both of whomhave erratic home lives, become friends and, eventually, more.

Emma sees a lot of her own cusp-of-adulthood experience mirrored in the film. ‘The way Sally and George are, I think it’s how young people – at least my friends and I – are,’ she nods. ‘Sometimes we are mature, and sometimes we act childishly. Sometimes we need some parenting, and sometimes we end up acting like the parent ourselves. Some days I wake up and I feel 12;
other days I wake up and feel, like, 37!’

Freddie, she adds, is lovely. ‘We had a really good time working together, hanging out in New York and enjoying the city. He’s adorable, and so cute! My friends are all, like, “Emma, Emma, where’s Freddie Highmore?” I’m, like, “You guys, calm down! He’s still about nine years old.” Seriously, my friends are 25 and they are all in love with him.’

Los Angeles-based Emma’s conversation is littered with the ‘kind-ofs’ and ‘likes’ of most
20-year-olds, and she is constantly checking messages on her mobile phone. But unlike most 20-year-olds, she already has more than a decade of acting experience. Emma made her film debut, aged just nine, playing the daughter of Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz in Blow.

After parts in family films including Grand Champion and Spymate, at 13 she won the lead role of Addie Singer, a teen who writes songs about adolescence, in the Nickelodeon children’s series Unfabulous. The show, which ran for three years, made Emma a teen star Stateside. She has since racked up an impressive list of film credits including Nancy Drew, Valentine’s Day and The Winning Season, and earlier this year – almost unrecognisable with black hair – she starred alongside Neve Campbell in Wes Craven’s slasher flick Scream 4.

Ironically, given the high-school setting of her new film, Emma herself opted out of mainstream education at 13 to concentrate on acting. She was home-schooled, but insists that she doesn’t feel she missed out.

‘I just think there are two different roads, and I chose the less conventional one,’ she says.

‘All my friendswent to school, so I would go to their football games, proms and parties. I missed the day-to-day classroom stuff, but I learned a lot that I would never have learnt in school. I travelled and worked in different places. I learned how to behave in meetings and interviews.’

Shealso learned to conduct herself as befits a young star, and admits there was an obligation to be a role model to other teens.

‘Definitely,’she says, through pastry crumbs. ‘My friends would make mistakes or do something stupid, and they would get grounded for it. If I made a mistake, everyone would know.’

But she says it without self-pity, adding, ‘But I think I did a good job of staying on the right path.’

Infact, she has managed to avoid the tabloid car crashes of many of her peers.

‘I’m not a big party animal – I like to hang out with my friends and have fun, but we do it in a way that’s not public or dangerous,’ shesays, with her eyes firmly on the prize. ‘Besides, my mum would kill me!

‘I don’t think Hollywood makes young people behave in a certain way – it depends on the sort of person you are anyway,’ she continues.

‘You could get into trouble wherever you live.’ Still, being young and recognisable in Tinseltown has not always been a breeze.

‘I love living in LA, but it gets overwhelming – it is a goldfish bowl,’ she admits. ‘In London and New York, you get more privacy.’

While she may look younger than her 20 years, Emma’s observations can often sound like the words of someone much older.

‘Because I was working, I do think I matured a lot faster,’ she says.

‘I could keep conversation with adults at a young age and I developed a thick skin very quickly. I have a ten-year-old sister, and I see the difference with her. She’s had a normal childhood and she’s such a kid. When I was her age, I was a little adult.

‘I was also a determined child,’ Emma recalls.

‘From the age of four, I told my mum I wanted to act. She always said no, but I just kept asking. Then, when I was nine, I told her she needed to be supportive of what I wanted to do, and she finally agreed to let me go to an audition – it was for Blow. When I got the part, no one quite knew what to say.’

Her preciousness is perhaps not surprising given her background. Her father Eric Roberts, whose early career included films such as King of the Gypsies and Runaway Train, separated from Emma’s mother Kelly when she was seven months old. Emma says she and Kelly, who raised her alone, are ‘pretty much best friends’, but she is not close to her father, who struggled with cocaine addiction in the 1990s, before getting clean and going on to star in the television series Heroes.

Her mother remarried Kelly Nickels, former bassist with the band LA Guns, and their daughter Grace is Emma’s half-sister.

She calls her stepfather ‘awesome’, and describes Grace as ‘way cooler’ than her.

‘My friends come over just to hang out with her,’ she says, mock exasperated.

If anyone was to blame for Emma’s early ambition, it was Aunt Julia, with whom she spent weeks on set as a child– Emma even has Polaroid pictures from the Erin Brockovich era of herself trying on Julia’s padded bras – and to whom she is still close. To her credit, she doesn’t even slightly roll her eyes when the subject of her famous relative comes up.

‘I totally see the fascination, becauseI wonder the same things about celebrities who are related to other celebrities,’ she admits. ‘I’m a huge Kate Hudson fan and I think it’s totally cool that Goldie Hawn is her mum!

‘I feel lame because I don’t have any interesting stories,’ she continues.

‘I don’t talk to her about the business. I was at her house a few weeks ago hanging out with her and the twins (Julia’s six-year-olds, Hazel and Phinnaeus). To me, she’s just Aunt Julia.’ Emma doesn’t even believe they look alike.

‘I really don’t,’ she insists.

‘Do you?’ I point out the famous, mobile Roberts mouth. ‘Well, yeah, I guess my mouth is similar,’ she concedes. ‘And I have huge teeth and too many of them. When I was younger, I wanted to get them filed down.’ Her teeth, for the record, are fantastic.

The Art of Getting By is likely to make anyone over the age of 18 nostalgic for their own teenage trysts and the heart-wrenching crushes impossible (thankfully) to replicate in adulthood. In the film, Sally is the more worldly character, not unromantic but more realistic, while George is a dreamer, infatuated with her but unable to express it.

‘I am more of a Sally than a George,’ Emma reveals.

‘But I’m not a cynic; I’m a romantic. I’m, like, “Where’s the grand gesture? Open the door for me!”’

She expects boys to be chivalrous, then?

‘It’s hard to come by these days,’ she says, sounding more 40 than 20. I confess that, in my own experience, American boys are generally better at putting in the effort than British ones (sorry, boys).

‘Do you?’ she asks, bushbaby eyes widening. ‘I don’t!’ She ruminates for a moment. ‘Well, maybe they are a little more old-fashioned in the US, at least at first. Less crass.’

Emma is qualified to make such comparisons, as she has first-hand experience of British boys. She dated actor Alex Pettyfer after they co-starred in the film Wild Child three years ago. He was clearly smitten and had her initials tattooed on his wrist, but she won’t discuss him. She will, however, happily give her opinion on the general conduct of boys on both sides of the Atlantic. ‘I think all boys need to start stepping up to the plate. I have so many friends who have been asked out via text message – and it’s happened to me too.’ She looks horrified. ‘You have to call someone to ask them on a date.’

Emma evades defining her current relationship status, other than to say, ‘I am totally happy right now. Like, totally happy.’

Little wonder since, a few weeks after we meet, she is photographed at the Harry Potter premiere in London with the 22-year-old (now former) Glee star Chord Overstreet, who she apparently met at the Coachella music festival in the US in April. They have not confirmed they are a couple, but the paparazzi shots of them sharing fairground rides, ice creams and adoring looks in the Hamptons last month would strongly suggest so.

She bemoans only the lack of routine in her busy life. ‘I don’t get time to go to the gym,’ she says, and has had to abandon the pole-dancing classes she attended. She does manage, however, to do yoga, which is practically compulsory in California.

Her next film project will be Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romcom with Rashida Jones and Elijah Wood, in which Emma plays a pop star. ‘I get to be totally ridiculous in it – it’s great fun,’ she fizzes.

However, her own music career – she released an album called Unfabulous and More in 2005 when she was just 14, which reached number 46 in the U.S. charts – is not something she’s keen to revisit soon.

‘I don’t think anyone can be 100 per cent both an actor and a singer, and I want to focus on acting,’ she says. She’s not against exploring some literary sidelines, though.

‘I’m a huge reader and I write a lot, and would love to put together a collection of short stories,’ she says. A fashion fan – she is hotly tipped to appear in a Sex and the City prequel – she also fancies trying her hand at designing.

‘I adore Alexander Wang and Rodarte, and I’m obsessed with Barneys, Topshop and Selfridges. I’d love to do some sort of collaboration with a brand.’

In fact, with or without the famous surname, the multiskilled and level-headed Emma is rapidly establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with, leaving a trail of grand gestures and chocolate croissant crumbs in her wake.

The Art of Getting By will be released on Friday


Favourite book Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. It’s so different to the movie, and really sad.

Listening Foster the People — I saw them at Coachella. Bon Iver’s new album is breathtaking.

Most like to be stuck in a lift with Sienna Miller. I think she’s really funny, and I’m sure she’d give great advice.

Saving up for I’m always coveting bags. My current love is Balenciaga.

Splurging on Vintage and costume jewellery. I like wearing lots of diamanté bracelets and layering them.

Style icon Kate Moss always looks rad, whether she’s in couture or a T-shirt.

Where I’d most like to live London. I’ve made movies there and I’d love to live there.

Fashion extra: The top 10 new models to look out for in 2012


UPDATED:11:34 GMT, 11 January 2012

Always keen to boost your fashion knowledge, the YOU fashion team’s bookings editor Megan McCluskie has created a who's who of the new faces for 2012. The old guard may have made a strong showing in SS12 with seasoned pros Carmen Kass, Jessica Stam and even Kate Moss walking the runways. But ask any casting director or model agent, and they'll tell you it was the fresh faces who stole the spotlight this season. With so many new girls, it was a challenge narrowing down the list. Here are the 10 to watch ...

Hails from Northamptonshire, England
Age: 17
Agency: Premier Model Management

Only a month after being scouted by Premier Model Management, Lara Mullen went straight from the street to the runway with her catwalk debut at Alexander Wang in New York. Mullen then went on to secure the holy grail of catwalk bookings: the Prada exclusive. Her final leg in Paris cemented her status as this season's model of the moment when she walked for top fashion houses Givenchy, Chloé, Céline and Dries Van Noten. With her elegant, aristocratic features and statuesque figure, this British newcomer beams a kind of beauty that spells longevity.

Hails from Las Vegas, United States
Age: 20
Agency: Next Model Management

With her full lips, wide-set eyes and golden locks, baby-faced Cora Keegan reminds us of successful models Arizona Muse and Gemma Ward. Seen on the runways at Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Mulberry and Peter Jensen, the Las Vegas native’s a guaranteed-fashion-week staple in seasons to come. With a Gap campaign already in the bag and upcoming shoots for V Magazine, ELLE US, Interview and i-D lined up, it’s unlikely we’ll be forgetting this face any time soon.

Hails from Kristiansand, Norway
Age: 16
Agency: Ford Models

This Norwegian newcomer has built up an impressive catwalk portfolio (fashion power houses Balenciaga, Missoni, Chanel and Michael Kors all looked to the Norwegian's dark, haunting features for their SS12 shows). Walking a total of 64 shows across the fashion capitals, the former Elite Model Look contest runner-up has certainly secured her status as one of this season’s breakout stars. And with shoots for W Magazine and V Magazine in her portfolio, major campaigns are sure to follow.

Hails from California, United States
Age: 20
Agency: IMG

Stunning Jasmine Tookes proved herself to be a supermodel-in-the-making on the SS12 runways. The California native walked an impressive 23 shows and has shot with iconic photographers Ellen von Unwerth, Bruce Weber and Giampaolo Sgura for the likes of French Vogue. With the perfect 34-24-34 model figure and Angel aspirations (Jasmine is rumoured to be shooting Victoria’s Secret), this newcomer looks set for a promising commercial and editorial career.

Hails from Cannes, France
Age: 23
Agency: Next Model Management

With her resemblance to supermodel Raquel Zimmermann, this French native has every editor, stylist and designer standing to attention. Julia walked a total of 40 stellar shows this season (for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Chanel and Stella McCartney to name but a few) and solidified her position as one of the top new faces to watch. With spreads for Numero, French Vogue, and American Vogue already in the bag, this newcomer is a chameleon with staying power.

Hails from Mississauga, Canada
Age: 17
Agency: Models 1

This Toronto teen has been taking over the runways: Kate was a must-have for every big designer, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, and Versace during the SS12 season. She has simultaneously built a stellar editorial track record, including spreads in Russsh, Wonderland, i-D Magazine and LOVE. From her heavy rotation in international style magazines to her runway traction and her Topshop and Dolce & Gabbana campaign spots, Kate is emerging as one of the most exciting new girls to look out for.

Hails from Arizona, United States
Age: 17
Agency: Marilyn New York

Without even stepping foot on a catwalk, the previously unknown Arizona native signed to an agency last year and secured modelling's equivalent of Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket: the Prada campaign. Her mesmerising cat-like features instantly caught the attention of the world’s press with her spot in the Prada campaign and video shot by Steven Meisel. As a 17 year old from Arizona who just experienced her first high school prom, Kelly is at the very beginning of what’s sure to be a monumental career.

Hails from Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Age: 19
Agency: Models 1

After being scouted on the streets of Amsterdam last year, this androgynous Dutch native enjoyed an exceptional debut. She has continued to rise through the catwalk ranks, making appearances for the likes of Prada, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. Following her sensational SS12 season, Marte has worked on campaigns for H&M as well as blue chip editorials for style rags such as Vogue Brazil and Teen Vogue. Her rising industry buzz is set to prove that this fresh face is no one-season-wonder.

Hails from Bern, Switzerland
Age: 16
Agency: Select Model Management

Long, tall teen Valerija Sestic is surrounded with industry buzz and seemingly has the talent, face, and that ever-elusive je ne sais quoi to ensure a stellar career. New to modelling, the Swiss native of Croatian descent dominated the SS12 shows, walking for the likes of DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Moschino. With declaring her the best new face of New York Fashion Week SS12, it’s unlikely we’ll be forgetting this Slavic beauty any time soon.

Hails from Beijing, China
Age: 20
Agency: Premier Model Management

Huge in the Chinese market and having made prominent appearances in magazines such as i-D, LOVE and V Magazine, Wang Xiao made an impressive SS12 runway debut. With her Louise Brooks-bob and eccentric off-duty style, this fresh face has got the makings to be the latest catwalk and street-style star. And we have a feeling this girl's strong editorial looks are going to champion diversity across the international catwalks next season.

Fashion flow: How styles are set in the north and followed in the south

UPDATED:11:55 GMT, 24 September 2009

Northern lads and lasses set fashion trends while those in the south prefer to follow, a new survey shows.

People in the north like to customise their clothes and experiment with accessories in an effort to stand out.

But southerners are more likely to copy models they see on television, in magazines and in shop windows, the Vauxhall Motors poll found.

Fashion-conscious youngsters are more inspired by styles emerging from Leeds than any other city.

London came second in the poll and is the only southern city to feature in the top five.

Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle make up the other

It is thought that style icons such as Cheryl Cole and Agyness Deyn have helped put the northern cities back on the fashion map.

Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the UKs largest catwalk event for emerging designers, is broadcasting London Fashion Week in Leeds out of the back of a Vauxhall Agila.

Martyn Roberts, director of Vauxhall Fashion Scout, said: 'It's well known that Leeds is a hot fashion hub.

'In fact some of the designers we work with, such as Andrew Bannister from studio-805, get their inspiration from its streets.

'People in Leeds 'get' fashion. It is a young, energetic city and fashion is very important to its people.

'Walking around Leeds you see a kind of style-conscious competitiveness in the way people dress and that is inspiring and exciting for trend-spotters.'

Simon Ewart, from Vauxhall Motors, said the mobile catwalk - dubbed Car'Walk - is a great way to take London fashion week to those in the north.

He said: 'The Car'Walk is our way of raising awareness about fashion week outside of London.

'It also gives people in Leeds a front row taste of what they are so passionate about.'

Fashion for less: Discount us in!
Paying full price is so last year. 2009 is all about the steal, so we could barely contain our excitement when we heard that the geniuses behind top designer website had launched, offering uber fashion brands with huge discounts. Then came the news that TK Maxx, high-street mecca of cut-price designer labels, is now Britain’s fourth most popular store. Bagging a designer bargain has never been so easy, but can discounted fashion deliver in the style stakes? We sent the YOU fashion team to find out.

UPDATED:19:00 GMT, 18 April 2009

‘The See by Chloé trench is such a strong retro look’
Fashion Director Caroline Baker
TK Maxx (left): Trench, £199.99, See by Chloé (down from £427.88;
53 per cent off); T-Shirt (just seen), £9.99, Baby Phat; jeans, £39.99, Earnest Sewn (down from £230; 80 per cent off), and shoes, £69.99, Pedro Garcia (down from £265; 75 per cent off)

‘This softest suede Rick Owens jacket will never date’
Fashion Editor Katie Lester (right): Suedejacket, £413, Rick Owens (down from £1,033; 60 per cent off); top, £70,Vanessa Bruno (down from £176; 60 per cent off); jeans, £36, KarlLagerfeld (down from £122; 70 per cent off), and shoes, £58, MarcJacobs (down from £220; 75 per cent off)

‘I was so excited to find this dress – Alexander Wang is one of the hottest designers of the moment’
Katie Lester (left): Dress, £172, Alexander Wang (down from £440; 60 per cent off); jacket, £217, Narciso Rodriguez (down from £773; 70 per cent off); clutch, £224, Devi Kroell (down from £740; 70 per cent off), and sandals, £88, Rupert Sanderson (down from £352; 75 per cent off)

‘This cute shift is so Chloé’
Caroline Baker
TK Maxx (right): Dress, £79.99, See by Chloé (down from £212.50; 60 per cent off); sunglasses, £49.99, Chloé (down from £160; 70 per cent off); sandals, £29.99, Steve Madden, (down from £65; 55 per cent off), and bag, £79.99, Modalu (down from £199; 60 per cent off)

Caroline Baker visited TK Maxx’s newest store on Kensington High Street in West London, one of 212 in the UK

The clothes Who wouldn’t be tempted by the opportunity to own some Chloé? Older women can wear this shift (above) as a tunic with a long-sleeved T-shirt and tights. And the pink coat (above right) is much more cheerful for spring than black.
The experienceIt was all a bit overwhelming when I first walked in, but once I’d started searching there were plenty of temptations. There is so much stock – I spotted Ralph Lauren, Betty Jackson, Paul Costelloe – that you’ve got a great chance of picking out a fantastic bargain. I even spotted Prada handbags in the Kensington store. It’s easy to see how, in these pared-down times, this store could become a high-street favourite. This is a brilliant place to perfect that covetable mix of high-street and designer fashion.
Great forThis is a brilliant hunting ground for jeans. I found hot designer denims from the likes of Earnest Sewn (above) for at least half the price.
The downsideNot much time or money is spent on displaying the clothes, so you have to rummage. It took me about 40 minutes to put these looks together.

Hot buy
This 1980s-style metallic blouson jacket by Moschino is bang on trend (£299.99, down from £738.46; 60 per cent off)

Katie Lester had a preview of, the new venture from Natalie Massenet, founder of

The clothes This Alexander Wang shift (above) is wonderfully versatile; it’ll take you from business meetings to drinks after work. The Rick Owens jacket (above right) has the same appeal, and the Karl Lagerfeld jeans are perfect for anyone who is over skinnies. They’re cheaper than many high-street versions, too.
The experienceThe website was under construction when I was granted a glimpse at some of the clothes, but as it’s part of the net-a-porter camp, it’s sure to be a breeze to use. And they’ll
ship to more than 170 countries – impressive stuff. What I love about online shopping is that I can sit in bed with my laptop shopping for a dress to wear for that last-minute invite. And now, thanks to, at fab discounts, too. The prices compare with the top end of the high street, so it makes designer fashion obtainable for everyone.
Great for It’s the perfect site for a wedding outfit, or if you have a job interview and need to impress.
The downside It’s almost too easy! A 3.1 Phillip Lim dress with a Reiss price tag? I’ll have three. Dangerous…

Hot buy
This quilted Marc Jacobs tote is a true classic. It doubles as a great travel bag, too.
(£277, down from £925; 70 per cent off)

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Fashion for life: A balancing act with no thrill factor


UPDATED:19:00 GMT, 24 April 2010

I came across a great phrase the other day: fashion-life balance, meaning ‘when your clothes fit your life, but are bang on trend’. Don’t you love that? It is being heralded as a new way to dress, as if the rest of the time we’re
all out of kilter, wearing rubber waders for cocktail parties and diamanté tiaras to mulch the garden.

These days, I find that my own fashion-life balance is generally spirit-level straight. I very rarely wear anything that’s not suitable for the job – upmarket jeans, mostly, with Converse for everyday purposes; slithery dresses for parties, with bare legs and amusing heels. It wasn’t always thus. Back in the ancient mists of time, I tended to wear the polar opposite of what was expected, chuckling to myself that I was anarchic, breaking the dress code and kicking up dust. My zenith came at a student party at Cambridge in 1987, when I wore a pair of vintage YSL sandals and a fake-fur coat. Nothing else, not a stitch. Boy, I thought I was hot – and, in truth, the outfit was bang-on for my fashion-life balance of the time.

As you get older everything changes, and the demands placed on your wardrobe mean that, necessarily, everything calms down

Such days are long gone of course. As you get older – as you stop listening
to Hendrix at full blast and start to worry about getting your roots tinted – everything changes, and the demands placed on your wardrobe mean that, necessarily, everything calms down. The ridiculous parps of style make way
for practicality, purpose and a pair of sandals that can actually negotiate
the cobblestones on holiday in Tuscany.

It’s not just an age thing, though. This season, there has been a steady stream of practical, FLB-friendly options sneaking into proceedings. High-tops (so very comfy, and wildly fashionable to boot). Mid-heeled shoes (so very comfy, and wildly fashionable to boot). Cross-body bags (do I need to say it again?). Sure, we also have the crazy contenders – the wooden clogs, the bum bags and bra straps a-go-go. But there are so many everyday, every-way elements to spring/summer 2010 that you could easily argue it’s the most reasonable season in years.

Look, for instance, at the abundance of denim. The neutral colours. The easy-street sportiness. All precisely the kind of clothes that we can sling on to drive the kids to karate, catch a movie, hoover the stairs, rescue a Frisbee from a tree, motor around the office…

It all makes perfect sense to me, given that I’ve been dressing in high-tops and jeans for what feels like centuries, with only the occasional explosion of idiocy (a backless dress, a thigh-high boot, an enormous gobstopper of a ring).

The rest of the time, I’m Captain Sensible. And now that the look is
‘bang-on-trend’, I’m not so sure I like it. It all seems a bit dull. There’s nothing less interesting, to my eye at least, than a mid-heel shoe. The very description is too humdrum to contemplate. It hasn’t even got a jaunty name. It’s vanilla. MOR. White bread. The whole idea makes me want to run away and join the circus. There, of course, my FLB would demand a rhinestone leotard and a
vast leopard-print cape. Ah, those were the days.


After the success of her debut range for Wallis last September, Yasmin
Le Bon’s second collection is set to make even bigger waves. Her maxi dresses are perfect for summer –
our money is on this elegant mauve number.

DRESS £70, YLB for Wallis,


Not sure how to work summer’s underwear as outerwear trend?
Then get your mitts on Collette Dinnigan’s new lingerie range for Marks & Spencer. Her vintage-inspired underwear in ditsy, feminine prints are far too pretty to keep under wraps.

BRA, £19.50, and KNICKERS, £12, Collette by Collette Dinnigan for Marks & Spencer, tel: 0845 302 1234

They’re darling!

FORTITIA SANDALS, £565, Christian Louboutin, tel: 020 7491 0033,

Fashion for life: Give in to the slum and slouch


UPDATED:11:15 GMT, 22 February 2010

I have a sinking feeling that I’ve been wearing the same trousers now for six days on the trot. It’s possible that it is, in fact, two pairs of trousers worn in strict rotation – I do have these skinny needle-cords in midnight grey and charcoal blue, but in the ineffective light of winter, they pass for each other. Sigh.

These cords seem to be on a constant preset route though my house: wardrobe, office, kitchen, washing machine, wardrobe, office, kitchen, washing machine…as if on a groundhog loop. If I ever go missing, the police will issue a statement: last seen wearing grey cords and an expression of sheer, styleless ennui…

Still, I have an excuse. We all do. It’s the dreg-end of February, the days that fashion forgot. Not a lot happens in February. Everyone is hibernating with HBO box sets and heavy colds. As a result, life (and style) tend to collapse in on themselves, leaving our daily coordinates triangulated between desk, kitchen sink and school gate. This time of year doesn’t call for much in the way of clothes, let alone proper bells-and-whistles fashion.

Thank heavens, then, for London Fashion Week, which has arrived to redeem us this weekend. We may be loafing about in our dressing-gowns, but at least we can gaze at what will be on the fashion menu come next winter. Not that most of us will wear any of it, mind, particularly if you’re one of the UK’s ever-growing band of homeworkers.

At least I’m now fashionable as I sit here in my trackie bottoms, hair squidged into a scrunchie (very 2010, the scrunchie)

Anyone who works from the house knows that you can, should you so desire, wear your husband’s socks and a flowerpot on your head for a ‘day at the office’. According to a survey by BT, 68 per cent of conference-callers have done it in their pyjamas; half have worn only their undies, while 20 per cent did it in the nude, which makes my cords seem positively dressy.

In some ways, it’s an issue of age and time of life. If you are babysitting the kids six nights out of seven, there’s not much call for a Marc Jacobs dolly dress. Freelancers with an office at home need one even less. Whenever I go to lunch with my office-dwelling girlfriends, I’m always overwhelmed by their smarts, their shiny high heels, their glossy, blow-dried hair.

Personally, I’ve taken to buying my entire season’s working wardrobe in the sleepwear department of the White Company. These days (please don’t tell Manolo) I buy pillows as often as I buy stilettos. It’s a slouch-wear revolution, people! Follow the trajectory and very soon mothers who work from home will be wearing romper suits. Romper suits with little sock attachments and a fleece-lined pocket for the BlackBerry.

In fact – aha! – we’re already there. This spring’s hot trouser shape is the sweat-pant, all comfy jersey and elastic waist, all ankle cuff and lazy arse. Thank heavens for that.

Thank you to Vanessa Bruno, Alexander Wang, Marni and Missoni, all of whom had the grace and foresight to show them on the catwalk. At least I’m now fashionable as I sit here in my trackie bottoms, hair squidged into a scrunchie (very 2010, the scrunchie). London Fashion Week, eat your heart out.

They’re darling!

SHOES, £350, Amanda Wakeley, tel: 020 7590 9105,


As a new designer, it’s difficult to secure affordable and prominent retail space. Until now. A new concept store split into rentable units, in London’s Notting Hill, has become home to some of Britain’s hottest emerging design talent. Find Wolf & Badger at 46 Ledbury Road, London W11.

JACKET, £1,500, Tosha, from Wolf & Badger, tel: 020 7229 5698,


You’ve probably seen – and even worn – Suzanne Lyons’s fab accessories;she’s designed for some of our high street favourites, including Reissand Accessorize. Back in the UK after a stint in Hong Kong, Suzanne hasjust launched her own jewellery range, which combines luxury materialssuch as Swarovski crystals, pearls and Petersham ribbon with on-trenddesigns. We’re lusting after these statement necklaces…

Fashion for life: Pleats please, but slimming they're not


UPDATED:19:01 GMT, 14 May 2011

There is, I have to admit, a hint of the loo-roll holder about my dear friend Majolica today. She sails into Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar, without a care in the world, wearing what she knows darn well is the Look of the Moment. This, for readers who haven’t yet cottoned on, takes in a pair of clunking great sandals by Alexander Wang, buttercup-coloured ankle socks, a segment of bare leg, leading on to the skirt of the season. Quick breather here for a slurp of coffee before I resume… Right. The skirt is a concertina-pleated affair in the pink of a sugar mouse (I’ll come back to this), and Majolica has added a skinny belt and a blush-coloured leotard that puts her nipples on awfully conversational terms with the wait staff.

From afar, I shudder to say, she looks naked from the waist up. But her wrists jangle with golden bangles and her eyes sparkle with achievement. ‘Look!’ she says, before we even get to the hellos, ‘My Miu Miu clutch! Isn’t it adorable?’

Indeed it is. Majolica is without doubt my most trend-sational mate. I have other friends who are more guarded in their embrace of fashion fads – women who have found their style and stick with it, tinkering around at the edges to give their look a seasonal uplift. But Majolica eats fashion for breakfast, lunch and tea. She scans the mags and puts her name on waiting lists. She blogs and tweets and knows the designer collections floor at Selfridges like the back of her hand. Glancing at the back of her hand right now, I can see that she has painted her nails yellow. ‘Chanel’s Mimosa,’ she whispers. ‘Don’t you love it?’

The 360-degree knife pleats accentuate every bun and butty you’ve ever eaten – but I’m going to give them a whirl

Now, I’ve got to be honest here. Her nails are the colour of egg yolk. They look as if she shut her fingers in a heavy door about a week ago and the bruises are only just healing. ‘Gorgeous,’ I say, knowing full well that I’ll want yellow Mimosa nails come Thursday.

Such is the nature of fashion – it’s catching, like a summer sneeze. Which brings me back to that skirt. At first glance, I hate it with all my might. The 360-degree knife pleats are clearly thickening to the waist, splaying out over the rump to accentuate every bun and butty you’ve ever eaten. Imagine, I think to myself, wearing an inverted cupcake case! Flattering it is not. Fashionable? I have to concede that it is.

So here I am contemplating the purchase (the skirt, should you wish to join in, is called Carrie and comes from Whistles). It reminds me, now I come to dwell upon it, of several key elements from the past: my grandma, going dancing in pleat-chiffon dresses and clip-on earrings; Issey Miyake’s beloved plissé collections; Fortuny’s art nouveau pleats worn by Isadora Duncan and Sarah Bernhardt; Marilyn’s white dress blown skywards by a subway vent in The Seven Year Itch… It also perfectly encapsulates summer’s frivolous and girlie mood – so I’m going to give it a whirl. But not with Wang clodhoppers and yolk-yellow nails. I’ll leave the daffy trends to fad fanatics like Majolica. Mercifully, dear hearts, you won’t catch me in a leotard just yet.


The Topshop Secret Store is a little emporium hidden away inside its flagship Oxford Circus shop. For two weeks only this pop-up space will sell a selection of specially designed jewellery and scarves, plus limited-edition pieces from Topshop’s eclectic Boutique range.

The Secret Store opens this Friday – who will find it first?


Stella McCartney and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey both launched
their careers after showing at Graduate Fashion Week. Now in its 20th year, it continues to burst at the seams with names to watch and its front row often attracts fashion-forward A-listers.

It runs from 5-8 June, at London’s Earls Court Two, tickets cost £10; to book, visit

It’s darling!

DRESS, £135,
French Connection,
tel: 020 7036 7200;

Fashion for life: Your five-star update

UPDATED:20:00 GMT, 21 March 2009

Each season, there is a short, sharp line-up of must-havesthat will mark you out as a woman of substance, style and savoir-faire.

Thesepieces will gather you up, escort you to the next stop on the fashion underground,and allow you to come up for air looking delightfully on the money.

People willnudge other people and say, ‘Goodness, isn’t Jane looking divine? Where did sheget that hat?’, etc.

Now that spring has properly sprung and we are no longertobogganing down the nearest hill, it’s time to take stock of
what’s what.

Forease of reference, I offer five snappy dressing solutions for spring 2009.

Don’t feel you have to wear them all at once, unless you are Peaches Geldof.Don’t think that you need to buy everything, unless you are Paris Hilton. Anddon’t feel that you have to go all-out on all five. A hint, I have found, isoften far more effective than a hit.

The colours: this season’s palette runs the gamut fromyellow, all the way through the orange family, popping out at pink in a rash ofblush and coral. While you’re at it, you might like to sling in a

clashy neon highlight to bring on migraines in yourco-workers.

None of these colours is what we fashion folk call ‘easy’. In fact,they are ‘difficult’, ‘challenging’ and, occasionally, ‘a big mistake’.

It isup to you to play about until you arrive at a colour that doesn’t eat yourcomplexion for breakfast and then spit it out on the carpet. Personally, Ithink peach stinks. Your call.

The shapes: you will by now have discerned whether thisspring’s harem pant is built for you. I tried – way back in December – and thelook was all wrong, as if I was smuggling pigeons in my pants.

Thisweek, with renewed vigour, I set about trying harems again. I went for chic,slippy jersey ones, which draped about the body like the eighth wife of asultan. Good. Try.

The other trouser: this is, in fact, a jumpsuit. Again,tricky.

The key here is to lose weight, fast. Anyone whose body mass indexresides within the bell-curve of normal will look like a jelly belly in a jumpsuit. If you are willowy and tall, be my guest.

The skirt: a surprise, this, but the pencil skirt is veryhot right now. It’s ladylike, of course, and mildly raunchy, a bit Mad Men. Youmay – I’m hazarding a guess here – already own one. Win win!

The accessories: by now you will have more than enoughidiotic but divine shoes in your closet. You’ll know that bags – yes, eventhose darling square clutches – are a bit passé.

What you want are earrings. Myfashion cover line of the season goes to Vogue, with ‘Bigger, bolder, better:the earring makes a comeback’, as if ‘the earring’ has been training with theSAS in the wilds of Scotland in readiness for the day it will rise once again,sweeping all other accessories aside in a hail of sequins and rickrack braid.

Vogue suggests you’ll need a long neck to pull off some of the freakishlyelongated earrings doing the rounds.

I agree. You’ll also need fearfully strongear lobes. Perhaps the SAS could come up with a fitness programme…

Flash a little flesh

Every season designers shift the focus from one erogenouszone to another. Last season’s longer skirt made our calves all ‘come hither’.And this spring we’re travelling north, to that area just above the midriff.

Championed on the catwalkby Prada, Chloé and Alexander Wang – and a favourite of Cheryl Cole – this lookis all about subtlety.

We love this cropped top and high-waisted skirt bySwedish label Dagmar. We’re not talking about exposing a vast expanse of torsohere, just a hint of skin.

It’s darling

COAT, £348, Designer Remix, from

Fashion forward: Future couture stars


UPDATED:23:01 GMT, 26 May 2012

Introducing the stellar talents whose designs will be wowing the crowds at next month’s Graduate Fashion Week – and rocking our closets before too long

Katie Tomlison

‘My passion for Yorkshire and Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore sculptures influences my silhouettes, and I used soft wools from Yorkshire mills mixed with silk.’

Meet our model

Introducing British model of the moment Lara Mullen. Since she was discovered at a festival by
top agency Premier she has walked for Marc Jacobs, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang, and has been shot by top fashion photographers David Sims and Alasdair McLellan.

Hannah Duckworth

‘I played with the idea of combining three-dimensional clothes and austere graphic shapes using bonded neoprene, acrylic and lenticular plastic.’

Aimee Ward

‘I design for someone who is confident, edgy and has their own individual style. I would love to dress Florence Welch, Rooney Mara and Lana Del Rey.’

Rebecca Stant

‘My collection has a very eccentric British feel to it. It would be good to see Grayson Perry in my pieces!’

Get your hot ticket
Graduate Fashion Week features the work of more than 1,000 of the year’s best BA fashion degree talent, from 40 universities. The event, sponsored by George at Asda, runs from 10-13 June at London’s Earls Court. For tickets, visit

Didn't they do well!

Christopher Bailey

Since he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1994, Christopher has been best known as the chief creative officer of Burberry, which he joined in 2001. His revamping of the traditional British brand has helped to make it one of the UK’s most successful fashion houses.

Emma Hill

A graduate of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in 1992, Emma designed accessories for Marc Jacobs, Burberry and Chloé, before becoming creative director of British label Mulberry in 2008. She’s the reason why we all fell in love with the Alexa bag!

Giles Deacon

After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1992, Giles became chief designer at the Italian fashion houses Bottega Veneta and Gucci, before starting his own successful label, Giles, in 2003.

Phoebe Philo

She started working at French label Chloé with Stella McCartney less than a year after graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1996, helping to rejuvenate the brand. Now she’s working the same magic at Céline.

Get it!

We love this swimsuit by Kirenjit Sogi, who graduated from Wiltshire College, Salisbury, last year. It’s available exclusively at George at Asda from 10 June, for a snip at £12. Preorder it now before it goes!

Fashion:Top new models for A/W 12


UPDATED:23:13 GMT, 31 March 2012

We're happy to report that A/W 12 was one of thehealthiest newcomer seasons in recent memory, with the door wide open for somerunway rookies to make their mark. Despite this being their debut show season,it’sthe new faces that are causing a stir - booking coveted runway exclusives atPrada, Calvin Klein and Givenchy, landing major campaigns, and making top photographersand stylists’ shortlists. Discover our fashion bookings editor Megan McCluskie’spicks for the top ten breakout stars from the A/W 12 runways.

AVA SMITH, Models 1

Nationality: American

Age: 23

Height: 5’9”

Show list: Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Antonio Berardi, Aquilando Rimondi, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Céline, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries VanNoten, Elie Saab, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy,Gucci, Hèrmes, Hussein Chalayan, Iceberg, Isabel Marant, Loewe, Marchesa, McQ, Missoni, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Moschino, Mugler, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Philosophy diAlberta Ferretti, Preen, Rochas, Salvatore Ferragamo, Thakoon, Trussardi,Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent

Proof it isn't always about the bigdebut: Ava spent several years as a catalogue model before being repackaged byher agency and subsequently catching the eye of virtually every major castingdirector this season. Her appearance at a total of 51 veteran-heavy shows likeCalvin Klein and Gucci proves this stunning beauty has staying power. With herstriking presence, piercing eyes and cheekbones you could slice a baguettewith, the question is, what took everybody so long?


Nationality: German

Age: 20

Height: 5’11”

Show list: Acne, Antonio Berardi, Aquilando Rimondi, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Céline, Christopher Kane, DriesVan Noten, Erdem, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Hèrmes, Iceberg, JonathanSaunders, J.W. Anderson, Loewe, LouisVuitton, Marni, Maxmara, McQ, Missoni, NinaRicci, Prada, Rochas, Roland Mouret, Valentino, Versus, Yves Saint Laurent

If you want tobecome the model of the moment, you need a Calvin Klein exclusive. And that’sexactly what newcomer Franzi Mueller achieved in her catwalk debut. Sinceopening New York’s most desirable catwalk slot, the 20-year-old German nativewent on to walk for all the major shows across the four fashion capitals. Witheditorial bookings pouring in and an instantly recognisable gaze, she'scertainly got the makings of the next big thing.


Nationality: Icelandic

Age: 19

Height: 5’11”

Show list:Acne, Bottega Veneta, Christopher Kane, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Giles, JonathanSaunders, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marni, Maxmara, Missoni, Moschino, Prada, Topshop, Versace, Versus

19-year-oldIcelandic newcomer Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir ischarming the fashion circuit with her hypnotic gaze, pixie crop and androgynousstyle. She opened and closed Christopher Kane's dramatic show in London,and took the major international catwalks by storm with the added bonus oflanding a coveted Marc Jacobs exclusive, a sure sign she has the makings of the next big thing.

NADJABENDER, New York Models

Nationality: Danish

Age: 21

Height: 5’11”

Show list: AlexanderMcqueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Céline, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce& Gabbana, Elie Saab, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Gucci, Iceberg,Isabel Marant, Jean Paul Gaultier, JohnGalliano, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Maxmara, McQ, Missoni, Nina Ricci, RolandMouret, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sportmax, Stella Mccartney, Theykens’ Theory, Tom Ford,Trussardi, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent

After bookingsought-after opening slots at Alexander Wang and Rodarte, it’s no surprise thatDanish native Nadja Bender has the world’s editors, designers and photographersstanding to attention. With a slenderframe and striking features prime for editorial work, she will undeniablybe a face to recognise for seasons to come.


Nationality: South African

Age: 17

Height: 5’11”

Show list: Acne,BCBG Max Azria Chloe, Christopher Kane, Derek Lam, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce& Gabbana, Donna Karan, Etro, Giambattista Valli, Giles, Givenchy, Hervé Léger,Jason Wu, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Marni, Missoni,Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, Rochas,Roland Mouret, Sonia Rykiel, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham

She might be a newcomer but with herraven hair, dazzling green eyes, strong brows and a debut as a Givenchyexclusive under her belt, Katryn Kruger has everything she needs to launch astellar career. The Cape Town native hashad nothing short of a break-out season. And proof is in the Prada campaignpudding, where she’s the only newcomer starring alongside Natasha Poly and MeghanCollison. One to watch indeed.


Nationality: French

Age: 26

Height: 5’10”

Show list:Acne, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Céline,Christopher Kane, Emilio Pucci, Giambattista Valli, Haider Ackermann, Hèrmes, Fendi,Gareth Pugh, Giles, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu, Jonathan Saunders, Lanvin, Loewe, LouisVuitton, Marc Jacobs, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Marni, Maxmara, Missoni, NarcisoRodriguez, Paco Rabanne, Ports 1961, Prabal Gurung, Preen, Proenza Schouler,Reed Krakoff, Rick Owens, RobertoCavalli, Thakoon, Valentino, Viktor& Rolf, Versace, Victoria Beckham, Yves Saint Laurent

At 25, this French beauty has a few years onmost newcomers, but her mature poise, inimitable bone structure and cool,captivating look, has bagged a well-deserved spot on our ones-to-watch list. Piovesandazzled on the runway of no less than 47 shows (landing the coveted closingslot for the A/W 12 Louis Vuitton show), stars in the S/S 12 Céline ad campaign,and has just shot editorials for style bibles Vogue Italia, Interview, and Pop- no mean feat for a new face.


Nationality: Hungarian

Age: 16

Height: 5’11”

Show list: AlexanderMcqueen, Céline, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Loewe, LouisVuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Prada Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent

The opening slot atPrada, so coveted and precious, is a sure sign that the girl will have stayingpower. And this season’s first exit went to Hungarian native Vanessa Axente,making her runway debut. With her classically beautiful face and slightlyquirky features, she's in an enviableposition for the upcoming campaign season.


Nationality: French

Age: 20

Height: 5’11”

Show list: 3.1Phillip Lim, Acne, Antonio Berardi, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Dolce &Gabbana, Ellie Saab, Emilio Pucci, Giles, Givenchy, Jason Wu, Jean PaulGaultier, Jonathan Saunders, Just Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Maxmara, MichaelKors, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Ports 1961, Prada, Rochas, Stella Mccartney, TommyHilfiger, Topshop Unique, Valentino

Cora Emmanuel has won over the fashion circuit with her wide eyes,unmistakable cheekbones and endless legs. And after racking up an impressive54 shows in the A/W 12 season, we’re certain this newcomer is set to follow inthe footsteps of fellow successful Martinique born models Sigrid Agren andMelodie Monrose. Watch this space.


Nationality: Chinese

Age: 18

Height: 5’10”

Show list: Acne,Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jonathan Saunders, Kenzo,Louis Vuitton, Marni, Miu Miu, Prada, Rochas, Roland Mouret, Thakoon, Valentino,Yves Saint Laurent

With less than a year in the game,Tian Yi has already worked with some of the best designers andphotographers in the industry, racking up an impressivecollection of editorial appearances in thelikes of 10 Magazine, i-D Magazine, and Vogue China. And after booking several coveted show slots, includingPrada and Alexander McQueen, she's in an enviable position for the upcomingcampaign season.


Nationality: French

Age: 21

Height: 5’9.5”

Show list: 3.1Phillip Lim, Acne, Balenciaga, Burberry Prorsum, Chloé, Diane Von Furstenberg,DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, EmilioPucci, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Marchesa, Missoni,Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez, Paco Rabanne, Peter Pilotto, PPQ, Rodarte, Valentino,Vanessa Bruno, Sonia Rykiel, Thakoon, Topshop Unique

AnotherGallic girl, Ophelie Rupp, is being whispered about as one of the mostprominent faces of the season. The beauty has had significant face time with some of fashion's leading editorsand photographers, who rave about Rupp's catwalk and editorial potential. Herhypnotic gaze has many, well, hypnotised. With an Etro campaign shot by MarioTestino in the bag, a Thierry Mugler fragrance campaign and a Prada exclusive,we think she has miles ahead of her on the runway.

Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik and karaoke at Michael Kors... The stellar line-up of U.S. events for Fashion's Night Out 2012


PUBLISHED:21:11 GMT, 3 September 2012 UPDATED:21:11 GMT, 3 September 2012

Now in its fourth year Fashion's Night Out promises to be bigger than ever with more than 4,500 outlets in 20 different countries hosting events simultaneously on Thursday September 6.

New York, of course, is where it all started, and the city doesn't disappoint, with an array of events to coincide with the start of fashion week.

From a performance from Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, to karaoke sessions at Michael Kors, this year's FNO will see the industry's power players let their hair down.

Vogue Fashion Director Grace Coddington has created an exclusive line for Balenciaga in honor of the event - and Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette should watch out because its theme puts her own moggy, Pumpkin, in the spotlight.

Macy's will become a reality TV Mecca with appearances from Kourtney Kardashian's long-term beau Scott Disick, and Barneys will become a buzzing street fair with salsa lessons for all.

The fun is not limited to the East Coast either. Over in LA KendallJenner will be kicking off proceedings at the Berverly Center while thePorsche store on Wilshire Boulevard will be serving up free glasses of bubbly all evening.

Launched by Anna Wintour in New York in 2009, the global initiative sponsored by Vogue and the CFDA was aimed at giving the fashion industry a boost during tough economic times and this year
a special T-shirt will be on sale to help raise funds for the New York City AIDS fund.

Todayit's tipped as one of the hottest shopping events on the retail calendar, with a plethora of stores staying open after hours with tipples, nibbles and entertainment provided free of charge. Here's our roundup of some of the must-visit FNO locations across the US...



The department store will be transformed into a buzzing street fair, with everything from knitting tips to salsa lessons open to all. Designers such as Thom Browne, Narciso Rodriguez and the Row's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be on hand while it's rumoured that Alexander Wang will be giving catwalk lessons.

At Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue


The world’s largest Macy’s store will be a hotspot for reality TV fans. Kourtney Kardashian's long-term boyfriend Scott Disick, will be hosting cigar rolling classes while Project Runway‘s Michael Kors will be testing shoppers with a fashion trivia quiz. Other special guests include Fashion Star‘s Caprice Willard and Kara Laricks, Bethenny Frankel and What Not To Wear‘s ClintonKelly.

At Macy’s Herald Square 151 West 34th Street


If you're a girl who just wants to have fun, get yourself to Manolo Blahnik’s 54th St boutique where Cyndi Lauper will be performing at 9pm to promote her new musical, Kinky Boots.

At Manolo Blahnik, 31 W. 54th St


Gethere early as this venue promises to be packed as Kim Kardashian steps into the spotlight to promote her new fragrance line. Members of the BCBG team will also be stopping by including Lubov and Max while FIT studentswill provide free illustrations with every purchase.

At Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Avenue


Movie star Jessica Chastain, who is currently starring in the new Broadway musical Heiress! will be stopping by for an evening of shopping, music and other 'surprises'.

At Jeffery New York, 449 West, 14th Street


Ferragamowill be hosting a Russian-inspired event with appearances from street-style stars Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova. Strike up conversation with an It girl while dancing to Russian beats courtesy of pop trio Tesla Boy.

At Salvatore Ferragamo, 655 Fifth Avenue


Balenciaga’s FNO party focuses on the launch of an accessories collaboration between designer Nicolas Ghesquière and American Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington. The line is apparently covered in Grace’s drawings of her cat, Pumpkin, modeling Balenciaga looks.

At Balenciaga, 542 West 22nd Street


Getyour picture taken with Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio at the store in SoHo and if you spend $65, you'll receive a free t-shirt. Eye and lip makeovers will also be on offer throughout the stor from 6pmto 9pm.

At Victoria's Secret 591-593 Broadway


As a woman who knows how to throw a top party Diane von Furstenberg has ensured her Meatpacking flagship is filled with top industry folk. MAC make-up artists will be on hand, Vogue editors offering style advice, while Solange Knowles will be manning the decks.

At DvF, 874 Washington Street


Make sure your vocals are up to scratch as Mr Kors hosts an evening of ‘YouTube star’ karaoke. Portraits by celeb photographer Victor Demarchelier and an A-list guest list also promise to make his store a main attraction.

At Michael Kors, 667 Madison Avenue


Get to Saks where a range of exclusive offers will keep you occupied. Customers can get their Doc Martens customized, free engraving on their Stella McCartney perfume bottles and Instagrams printed for free. Haircuts, printed manicures and make-up from Tom Pecheux will get you in the party spirit and if you're feeling daring Rihanna’s tattoo artist will be in store.

At Saks Firth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue



More than 100 stores throughout the shopping complex will be opening late withPretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale kicking things off. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will also make a video appearance introducingVogue's West Coast fashion editor, Lisa Love. Fashion shows will showcase fall collections and Kendall Jenner - who is the face of the Beverly Center's FNO campaign - is expected to attend, along with sisterKylie, Jaimie Hilfiger, Francesca Eastwood and Peta Murgatroyd.

At the Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Boulevard


Around 2,000 guests will be treated to live music, art-inspired activities, celebrity guest appearances and fall's latest trends as they stroll through the stores.


Gethere for a range of in-store events, including treatments from two beauty lounges. Entertainment starts at 7pm, featuring a performance by American Idol contestant Stefano Langone and a fashion show hosted by Linda Immediato, style editor of Los Angeles magazine.


Indulgein a chocolate or two while admiring jewellery at Harry Winston, or visit the Porsche store on Wilshire Boulevard for a live DJ, runway showand an open bar. Stuart Weitzman and Neiman Marcus will also be servingup glasses of bubbly while Bottega Veneta is set to introduce a new line of eco-friendly handbags. Prada and Miu Miu will be giving a cut ofthe night’s proceeds to P.S. Arts, a non-profit organisation that promotes arts education.


Food vans will be on hand to satisfy hungry shoppers and Starline Tours will be giving mini bus tours up and down the road, stopping at shops while giving riders a brief overview of the area.

Head to Alice + Olivia for an evening of all things girlie, including screenings of classic slumber party movies and as well as manicure and charm bracelet sessions.

BCBG Max Azria will have guests compete in a style contest via Instagram with the winner handed a $1,000 BCBG wardrobe and make sure you listen out for Mayer Hawthorne who is scheduled to perform.

Fashion’s Night Out will be held on September 6, 2012. For more information visit:

How to wear velvet... and NOT look like Fearne Cotton

UPDATED:11:03 GMT, 13 January 2011

It might boast a legacy that reeks of Eighties Sloane Rangers and foppish thespian types, but velvet is having a renaissance.

From full-length gowns at Armani, to jackets at D&G, and mini-dresses at Alexander Wang, the catwalks were draped in the stuff.

There’s something regal about velvet, it imbues an outfit with a touch of luxury, and hints at indulgence.

And let’s not forget practicality —velvet has a real weight to it, so it tends to hang well and it’s warm.

But if you don’t want to look like you’re off to attend the Sunday morning service at Westminster Cathedral, it’s probably best not to wear long, flowing, floor-length velvet — take note Fearne Cotton.

Instead, look for structured shapes that give definition with belts in contrasting fabrics, or opt for separates.

A velvet skirt in a modern shape looks great with a top in a lighter weight fabric, or team a fitted velvet jacket with a pair of jeans. Velvet’s no longer underground.

Pictures: Mark Bond Stylist: Maya Oakley

Fiona Phillips: I buy carefully and seldom. I’d rather buy one expensive piece than eight shoddy items

UPDATED:15:44 GMT, 3 March 2011

Television presenter Fiona Phillips — a 50-year-old mother-of-two — believes less is more in her utilitarian yetchic wardrobe.

Fiona’s big break into TV was as CNN News’ entertainmentreporter, before joining GMTV in 1997, where she fronted the programme for 11 years. She lives in London with her husband, former GMTV producerMartin Frizell, and their sons Nathaniel, 11, and Mackenzie, eight . 

I love winter because I can wear skirts, thick tights and jumpers, so I’m chic and cosy. When it gets warmer, I like a classic black blazer with jeans and a stripe T-shirt.

I go for a pared-down, fairly boyish look, with lots of military-inspired items from Belstaff and Balenciaga. It’s probably because I was brought up in a household full of boys, but I have a tomboy sense of style.

I like very neutral colours — black, dark brown, navy and taupe — and I can’t stand pink! I need to feel at my best to pull off red, because it can either light up my face or drown it.

Sexy, fitted white shirts are some of the staples in my wardrobe. I’ve spent years searching for the perfect one.

I’ve finally hit upon Uniqlo: the fit is brilliant and they cost only £19.99, so I’ve got three of them.

And I recently saw someone wearing a Prada-esque smartly cut, figure-hugging hooded coat and it turned out it was Jil Sander for Uniqlo — so that’s now next on my list.

I like Calvin Klein for its casual classic clothing. I buy carefully and seldom. I’d rather buy one expensive piece than eight shoddy items.

One of my biggest regrets is not buying a brilliant Jonathan Saunders long, bright red, fine jersey dress a few years ago.

It had long sleeves and a crew neck, and the train flared out as it hit the ground. It was so sophisticated.

It was £1,200 and I’d have felt guilty spending that much — but in retrospect there are so many occasions when I would have worn it. It still haunts me.



There are certain things in my wardrobe that I keep coming back to . . . and I’ve had these black Jonesthe Bootmaker boots for at least 15 years.

They’re obviously supposed to be country hunting boots, given the detailing. I don’t know what I’ll do ifthere comes a day when they can’t be repaired, but I would certainly never throw them out.


I bought this dress from a shop in New York. It’s a really gorgeous simple, black, crew-neck, long-sleeved dress that sits just above the knee.

When I’ve spent too long doing my face up and I’m in a rush, thinking ‘Oh my god, what am I going to wear?, I feel confident knowing it always looks good — and it can be easily dressed up for going out in the evening with high heels and jewellery.


I got these dark blue skinny jeans on a photoshoot and never thought I’d fit into them, but they’reamazing. I’ve only just recently taken them off for long enough to put them in the wash. I also love my J Brand Houlihan jeans, in khaki and dark grey.


I love the military look — I don’t thinkit ever goes out of fashion. My Belstaff jacket is a great find. It’s a browny khaki colour and tight fitting. I practically live in it. I look smart straight away whether I’m wearing it with jeans or heels.


I Have a simple Burberry dress in navy with a slight sheen to it. Navy is a really classy colour — it’s not as harsh as black — but I always have a dilemma about what colour shoes to wear with it.

From left: A Tibi dress, Citizen of Humanity jeans and a Belstaff jacket


This Messenger bag fits in perfectly with my boyish military look. It’s got a lovely postbag detailing on the clasp, and I just sling it across me with everything, including my laptop, stuffed in.


I’ve been buying Wolford tights for years. They’re amazing. People always ask me where I got them. They do cost £30, so they’re not cheap, but I’ve got a pair that I’ve had — no word of a lie — for 20 years. They just last and last.

First Lady of glamour: Fashion industry pays tribute to Michelle Obama with top style award

UPDATED:17:47 GMT, 16 June 2009

It's official: Michelle Obama really is the First Lady of fashion - and now she has the award to prove it.

The 45-year-old received the honour gong last night over top industry favourites at The Council of Fashion Designers of America's annual awards.

Noting her 'meteoric rise as a fashion icon,' CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg said Obama had 'a unique look that balances the duality of her lives' in her roles as adviser to her husband, President Barack Obama, and mother to their two daughters.

Although she was missing from the crowd at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Obama's presence was felt throughout the star-studded ceremony.

And despite many industry favourites and models sitting before her, it took host Tracey Ullman less than two minutes in her opening monologue to mention the new first lady of fashion.

But as complimentary as she was, British-born Ullman, did admit Mrs Obama was not perfect and guffed by wearing a cardigan to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

Obama accepted her award via a pre-taped video speech and said she honoured fashion as an American 'art form' with 'ingenuity and craftsmanship that contribute so much to our economy and culture.'

But it wasn't only Mrs Obama who won top accolades at one of the world's biggest fashion awards which was attended by stars including Heidi Klum.

Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the California-based sisters behind Rodarte, were surprised when Diane Kruger announced that they had won the big prize of the night as the nation's top womenswear designers.

It was only last year that they won the award for emerging talent.

'I'm just so shocked,'Mulleavy said. 'It's so hard to be up here when we think where we started, making clothes in our house three years ago.

'We never thought we'd be a part of this world.'

London calling: Mrs Obama looks the part of leading lady during two separate visits to the UK this month, and in April

Rodarte beat out industry veterans Narciso Rodriguez and MarcJacobs, while Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandeztopped Jacobs and Vera Wang in the accessories category.

But Jacobs didn't go home empty-handed and was named the top international designer for Louis Vuitton.

Comedianand talk show host Jimmy Fallon read the names of both Italo Zucchellifor Calvin Klein and Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders in a tie inthe menswear category.

Alexander Wang and his rocker lookbeat Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul, both favourites of Obama, for theSwarovski Award as the up-and-coming womenswear designer, while JustinGiunta for Subversive Jewelry won for accessories and Tim Hamilton wonfor menswear.

Industry icon Ralph Lauren won the first popular award after being chosen by 16,000 online voters as their favorite designer.

'What an honour to win this award,' Lauren said. 'After 42 years, it is nice to be recognised this way.'

TheWhite Stripes' Jack White put on a sparkly brown suit to hand Anna Suiher lifetime achievement award, saying he especially admired her stylefor being timely instead of trendy.

Flesh-baring! Alexander Wang impresses at New York Fashion Week with sexy strategic cutouts


PUBLISHED:18:23 GMT, 9 September 2012 UPDATED:19:48 GMT, 10 September 2012

With Liberty Ross on the catwalk and Justin Theroux in the front row, Alexander Wang's show at New York Fashion Week yesterday generated a frenzy of attention.

But the designer ensured there was as much reason to talk about the clothes as the celebrity attendees.

The collection, which was almost exclusively monochrome, seemed made of geometric leather shapes, strung together by barely-there strands of thread.

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One dress, worn by Erin Wasson, bore slits that ran from the ribs to the knee, daringly exposing the supermodel's hips and thighs in the style of Anthony Vaccarello.

The theme continued in the footwear, in a reversed kind of way with slender straps below the knee on one strappy sandal, and wider straps wrapping the leg on a boot.

Laura Brown, Harper's Bazaar features andspecial projects director, who picked a cut-out silver dress as her favorite, told Associted Press: 'In such a short time, Alex has redefined urban utility. There's always a sexiness to his clothes, but this season he brought a glamour, too.'

There was a sporty clubwear feel throughout, something Mr Wang has made part of his signature aesthetic.

He played on this with hoods and zipper necks, a glossy cap and a flash of metallic in a voluminous silver jacket.

Summer sandals featured slender straps below the knee, while boots were fashioned from wider straps

And if the audience was in any doubt of the clubby idea, the room fell dark at the very end, and a blacklight shone on the models by way of a rave-like finale.

Mr Wang explained in his show notes that he had been aiming for 'a linear quality' in the collection, which will go into stores for spring 2013.

'The juxtaposition of tension and suspension are captured between structure and fluidity while dissected pieces build on a new silhouette,which embodies lightness and delicacy,' he said.

It was a concept that won critical acclaim from the style set. WWD called it 'sophisticated and very smart.'

The review read: 'While Wang holds fast to something quite specific - stripped-down street with an urgent attitude - he does not lack for inventive ways to handle it.'

'Then I wanted to start dissecting the pieces,' he said. 'So we played with the idea of suspension and tension through embroidery techniques.'

Leather tunics and tank dresses that appeared to be made of panels of leather or fabric, somehow suspended in air as they floated over the body. He made the look seem quite appealing, as if he had sat down to sketch his collection and then took out an eraser to eliminate geometric stripes from each piece.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.

VIDEO: Alezander Wang brings a sexy flare to the runwayREVEALED: Forever 21 unveils new collection for autumn/winter modelled by Texas It girl Ashley Smith


PUBLISHED:09:52 GMT, 4 September 2012 UPDATED:10:31 GMT, 4 September 2012

It's the American high street chain that has had women pulling out their purses time and time again since it landed in the UK this time last year.

Forever 21, which launched with a store in Birmingham last year, has gone from strength to strength in the UK ever since. This year it doubled the size of its Oxford Street store and has seen its profile soar since a store opened in Westfield Stratford in time for the Olympic Games.

And now the popular brand has released tantalising campaign images of their AW12 shoot, modelled by Texan it-girl Ashley Smith, that will have savvy shoppers rushing out to their nearest store when the collection hits the shelves this week.

The 20-year-old is one of the U.S. models of the moment, known for her unconventional smile and sexy silhouette and adds her charm to the new campaign for the fashion-forward yet affordable brand.

The edgy campaign was shot by photographers Santiago and Mauricio Sierra and shows Ashley in a series of poses debuting the brand's latest offerings.

Famousfor their stylish but affordable high-street staples, Forever 21's new range features playful pops of leopard print and a micro-collection of cute clutch bags.

Although she may be a new face to land on British soil, Smith has a solid modelling career and has recently been spotted gracing the runways of Balenciaga and Prada.

She was also named the face of designer Alexander Wang's T collection last year.

Smith was first discovered as a young teen at the the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Shehas appeared in editorial campaigns for Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and has also starred in runway shows for Jen Kao and Prada.

The 5ft 8in model has gapped teeth, a look that has drawn countless comparisons to British models Lara Stone and Georgia Jagger.

She said in an interview last year that she is flattered by comparisons to Stone, who is married to comedian David Walliams.

'I think she has cleared an amazing path for me!' Smith says. 'But I am my own person and have many different things to bring to this industry.'

She also, in a interview with last year, said that she had considered getting braces before her modelling career.

She said: 'Yeah I thought about it a lot when I was little, I even went to the dentist to get it fixed, but I’ve never actually had all the money in one place to be able to do it. Now it makes me money!'

She also says her buxom figure - she is a 32D - is both a blessing and a curse.

'I believe it’s a deciding factor for a lot of jobs, because it effects the clothes so much.

'But it’s part of me! So one day theywill just adjust all the clothes to my bust, rather than me having to adjust my breasts for their clothes.'

Smith also has aspirations beyond modelling.

'I’ve always wanted to be a Broadway actress,' she has said. 'You know Little Shop of Horrors? I’m gonna playAudrey one day! Just you wait.'

From chaos to couture: New York's Met museum to pay tribute to punk in next Costume Institute exhibit


PUBLISHED:13:43 GMT, 13 September 2012 UPDATED:13:44 GMT, 13 September 2012

New York's Met museum has revealed that punk will be the theme of its annual Costume Institute exhibit and its much-anticipated gala.

For the past two years the gala, often referred to as the Oscars of the fashion world, has drawn inspiration from a particular designer's retrospective, but next year red carpet attendees will be left to interpret a more general dress code.

The Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit which is set to open in May 2013, seeks to highlight the origins of the punk movement and will include around 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear creations from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Rodarte.

Unlike the Met’s 2006 AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion exhibition, which also featured elements of punk, the 2013 show will look at the transatlantic origins of the movement from the mid-1970s, joining the dots between the punk scenes of London and New York.

Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton told : 'The show will start off primarily with the origins of punk and the tale of two cities.

'Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk. Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.'

Photographer Nick Knight, will serve as the creative consultant creating the gala’s look with event designer Raul Avila.

Funded by Moda Operandi andConde Nast co-chairs of the Met ball include Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingoand Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Tickets for the New York staged event are said to sell from $25,000 upwards, while tables are priced at around $150,000.

In 2011 the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit was one of the most successful shows, attracting over 650,000 visitors and netting 23,000 more memberships for the museum.

Past themes include Schiaparelliand Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), American Women: Fashioning aNational Identity (2010), The Model As Muse (2009) and Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008).

Asked what kind of looks he is expecting on the red carpet next year, Mr Bolton added: 'I think we will be seeing dresses with a slight tear or gaps, which is so punk but very subtle.'

Punk: From Chaos to Couture will kickoff with the annual Met Gala on May 6 and will be on public display from May 9 to August 11, 2013.

Gemma Arterton shows the style set how it's done at New York Fashion Week

UPDATED:10:12 GMT, 14 February 2011

Given that the Grammys are tonight, you'd be forgiven for thinking there wouldn't be many stars at New York Fashion Week.

But the A-list were out in force to support the best in American design as favourites including G Star Raw and Mark Ronson's designer sister Charlotte showed in the city this weekend.

Gemma Arterton was among the celebrities at the shows last night, looking every inch the Bond Girl in a leather dress at G-Star, while Kim Kardashian was among the guests at Charlotte Ronson.

The reality television star joined DJ and actress LaLa Vazquez to pose with the designer backstage after the show.

One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush was also in the front row of the show, along with Mena Suvari.

But it was the G-Star show that won the prize for the most A-List front row, with Elsa Pataky and Rosario Dawson, as will as Yaya DaCosta and James Newman.

Spanish actress Elsa was also joined by her fiancé, Australian actor Chris Hewsworth, and 30 Seconds To Mars front man, Jared Leto.

Model Petra Nemcova was the biggest name at Vivienne Tam on Friday night, looking stunning in a red dress with roses embellished at the neckline.

Fashion Happy: One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush enjoyed the Charlotte Ronson show with Hollywood pal Mena Suvari

And Sean Lennon and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp went for a vintage look at Rebecca Minkoff, which showed that night as well.

The same evening saw the Kardashian sisters launch a line for QVC. Kim and Kourtney modelled pieces from thecollection at the Vogue-sponsored event, while guests including Camila Alves and Tinsley Mortimer made a statement in sequins and leather respectively.

Yesterday's shows included Alberta Ferretti's Philosophy diffusion line and Prabal Gurung - a fairytale gone awry theme - while Jason Wu, who shot to fame after his dress was worn by Michelle Obama at the Presidential Inauguration, showed plenty of dresses likely to catch the First Lady's eye.

The young designer featured over 15 types of lace, proving that the trend is here to stay, and it seemed everything was dipped in gold-leaf embroidery, including the models' hair.

And Alexander Wang, whose show was attended by new mother Alicia Keys, won high praise for his luxury sportswear which included polar fleece vests and sequinned trousers.

Tomorrow is set to be one of the mostimportant days at New York Fashion week, with shows from Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson and Carolina Herrera.

Famous friends: Tinsley Mortimer and Matthew McConaughy's wife Camila Alves lent their support to Kim Kardashian who launched a QVC line with her sisters on Friday

Today's shows saw even more of the glamorous Hollywood set in attendance.

Actresses Rose McGowan and Sophia Bush caught up front row at Max Azria's Fall 2011 show looking fresh-faced and fashion happy.

They were joined by Jennifer Love Hewitt who looked chic in a bold red wrap-around dress paired with gold strappy platforms.

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie who had managed to escape the Grammy's madness back in the US this weekend, arrived at one showin fashion forward mix of bold patterns and a pea green coat.

Hollywood star power: Black Eyed Peas front-woman Fergie (left) arrived for a show in bold patterns as Sophia Bush (centre) andJennifer Love Hewitt (right) arrived for the Max Azria show in winning in block colours

And it wasn't just the women that dressed to impress at today's shows.

Hollywood's finest young male stars banded together in their Sunday best for the Calvin Klein show.

Singer Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers, Twilight star Kellan Lutz, Zac Efron and Boardwalk Empire star, Jack Huston all looked handsome and dapper in their chic suits.

The boys later hit the front row of the designer's show to view the latest designs.

Over at the Tommy Hilfiger show, Rosario Dawson simply sparkled in a stunning navy sequinned dress.

She was joined by Haitian musician and politician Wyclef Jean of The Fugees fame and Hilfiger's daughter Ali Hilfiger, who looked bohemian chic in one of her dad's designs.

After his show, the American designer took a bow and waved to his fashionable crowd.

Ready for action: Actress Rosario Dawson (left), musician Wyclef Jean (centre) and Ali Hilfiger (right) all turned up for Tommy Hilfiger's show

And New York fashion week would not be complete without an appearance from Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Anna Wintour.

The esteemed fashionista was joined by her daughter, Bee Shaffer over at the Diane Von Furstenburg show.

Looking as chic as ever, the 61-year-old mother slipped into a leopard print frock, a camel coloured wool coat with fur collar and oversized candy-coloured jewels.

How to... get perfect plaits, this year's hottest hair trend

UPDATED:11:11 GMT, 21 February 2011

Plaits are this year’s hottest hair trend. The humble braid has weaved its way on to the red carpet, with stylish stars such as Diane Kruger, Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller all sporting one variety or another.

In short, the plait has become less Heidi and more haute couture.

The trend originated on the catwalk — there were fat, messy side plaits at Alexander Wang, multiple fishtails (a sort-of inside-out plait) at Jean Paul Gaultier, and at last week’s New York Fashion Week messy milkmaid braids and multiple loose weaves abounded.

Braids on the red carpet: From left, Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson sporting plaits

But can normal women recreate these catwalk looks without an army of hair stylists and a battery of products on hand?

Plaiting expert Stevie Tungate, stylist at John Frieda’s London salon, thinks so — and has launched a service that aims to help clueless clients become plaiting experts in a matter of minutes.

At the 45-minute tutorial, clients can choose from three techniques: the side-swept fishtail, the messed-up braided Heidi bun or the more sophisticated French plait — with step-by-step instructions in how to recreate these looks when you’re home alone. Combs at the ready...


Don’t worry if your hair is in bad condition — the more ‘textured’ (hairdresser-speak for over-dyed and dry) it is, the easier it will be to work with.

These plaits aren’t supposed to look lacquered or fresh from the salon — it’s a bed-heady, flyaway mussed-up look that you’re creating.

These braids work best on long hair but, as Carey Mulligan demonstrated recently, sporting a tiny plait in her fringe, you can still have braids in short hair — the techniques are the same.

If your hair is short, or very fine, and you’d like a big statement plait for a special event, adding some temporary clip-in hair extensions (available from some salons and from the beauty section of to the hair at the nape of the neck means you have more to play with and more to feed into your plait.

Braiding is perfect for hair that’s a bit dirty — so if you haven’t time to wash your tresses before work but still want to look fashionably pulled-together, this is the style for you.


No matter what plait style you’re going for, the initial stages are the same for each: wash your hair and, while drying, load the hair with styling products designed to boost volume and ‘stickiness’, such as sea-salt spray or a volumising mousse.

If your hair is very silky, it will be difficult to work with, which means the plaits are likely to slip out.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a sea-salt spray, simply make your own with salt and water, mixed and decanted into a spritz bottle.

Blow-dry your hair until there are no traces of moisture at all — turn your head upside down and use your fingers to work in a bit more volume. Warning: you will look scary at this stage, but it’s all part of the masterplan.


Thisschoolgirl staple must be mastered before you move on to more complicated styles. Begin at the top front section of the hair — where your fringe might be — and separate into three small sections.

Asyou work towards the back of your head, draw in the rest of your hair. Don’t worry about being too neat as you pull the sections in towards theplait itself.

Once the plait is completed, go back over it and insert your fingers into the twist to loosen it up.
If you’re in need of extra guidance, there are lots of helpful view-torials on YouTube.


This plait curves and winds from ear to ear around the back of your head. To begin, start just above one ear using the French braid technique (start with a small section, then work in more hair as you fold it).

With this style, you need to take bigger sections from the bottom half of the head than the top. Once you reach the opposite ear, there will be hair left depending on the length of your locks.

Carry on the plait until you reach the end of your hair before winding the excess plait around into a bun, securing with pins.

The end result is a kind of French plait around the back of your head, finished with a Princess Leia-style bun. Again, loosen the whole thing up once it’s secured.


Bring all your hair round to one side of your head and divide it into two sections — like pigtails, on the one side.

Take fine sections of hair from underneath the head (near the nape of the neck), and fold these through the parting between the pigtails and loop over the pigtail — from the outer edge into the parting.

Add that strand of hair back into the pigtail, keeping it in place with your fingers. This is the bit that needs practice. Carry on weaving the underneath hair over until you reach the end of your hair.

The Plait masterclass service starts at £55, for a one-hour appointment, and is available at: John Frieda, 75 New Cavendish Street Salon, London, 020 7636 1401, and John Frieda, 4 Aldford Street Salon, London, 020 7491 0840.

Styling: BARBARA McMILLAN. Pictures: Ben Lister

Gisele Bundchen, Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova make triumphant return to New York Fashion Week at Alexander Wang

UPDATED:16:02 GMT, 12 February 2012

There they were: Gisele Bundchen, Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova, along with Alexander Wang's slick, glossy fall collection, all on the catwalk Saturday evening at New York Fashion Week.

Mr Wang assembled a most impressive group of top models for his front row crowd, which was pretty star-studded itself including Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and her glowing pregnant daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld.

The designer's runway always has a good turnout of big names, but most of these top models don't work the seasonal previews any longer.

The all-star cast, which also included Carmen Kass, modelled a test spin of his newest looks boasting leather, shine and chiffon in black, oxblood red and an optic white he called 'peroxide.'

He gave them a grand stage with a complicated layout of mirrors and narrow pathways.

Mature offering: This time, Mr Wang promises to appeal to a wider audience than his usual Downtown model

The clothes, however, were more straightforward than Mr Wang has offered recently. The vibe he embraces often limits his appeal to the cool-girl, Downtown model types.

This time, the military-inspired trenchcoats (including one worn by Ms Bundchen), wool sweaters and tweed jackets - waxed and with vinyl visors for effect - potentially work for anyone who needs an outfit for a dressy event or even for the office.

That's not to say the looks were dowdy or boring; in fact, they showed that Mr Wang is maturing into a more sophisticated designer.

Model Liya Kebede didn't walk the show, but she sat in the front row. She said she enjoys the view from there.

'I really enjoying seeing the full collection. I love to see the designer's real vision. Back there, you see bits and pieces,' she said.

Still, she had her Wang on, including her shirt and shoes.

'I like that it's hip and young,' she added.

Mr Wang came out with his usual bouncy step and big smile for his bow.

In his notes, he said: 'Big hugs to my family and everyone else who has made this dream come true.

Working out: Hilary Duff, left, and Dakota Fanning after their gym sessions in LA

Fanning, 16, even showed off the ultimate high-end gym accessory, an Alexander Wang Coco Duffel Bag which retails at more than $1,000. Hilary's workout partner and sister, Haylie, 25, carried a white version of the same bag in their gym excursion.

Dakota talked about her recent onscreen kiss with Runaways co-star Kristen Stewart in the August issue of Marie Claire saying: 'It was withmy friend and a girl - no pressure.'

She'll be hitting the big screen again with Stewart in Breaking Dawn, the final chapter in the Twilight saga, which will begin shooting in November.

How to wear cool blues at any age
Whether you’re looking to add a splash of colour to an everyday outfit or colour-blocking top to toe, the shade to try this summer is blue.From classic navy to cobalt, this casual hue can be dressed up or down . . .


PUBLISHED:22:48 GMT, 22 August 2012 UPDATED:22:48 GMT, 22 August 2012

How to... steal Christie Brinkley's fluorescent style, without looking like a lollipop lady


PUBLISHED:21:12 GMT, 30 May 2012 UPDATED:21:12 GMT, 30 May 2012

Model and actress Christie Brinkley, 58, should have come with a warning when she stepped out in New York wearing an explosive mix of fluorescent pink and yellow.

She is far from the only one bringing a bit of Eighties Day-Glo back to the streets.

Versace, in its first couture collection for eight years, showed full-length evening gowns and minis in shots of vivid orange and acid green.

BCBGMaxAzria had flashes of fluoro across tribal prints, while Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang were aglow with neon splashes in sporty summer collections.

But how to put together an ensemble that doesn't feel like a poke in the eye?

If you're colour shy, start small with accessories such as glasses, jewellery, shoes or a lick of neon nail polish. If you do plump for a statement dress or jeans, make sure you team it with neutral tones.

Don't be tempted to colour clash or you'll risk looking like a lollipop lady.


LIZ JONESFASHION THERAPYIf you want vintage designer style for a snip, try these two brilliant new websites

UPDATED:06:43 GMT, 5 September 2011

Over the past few years, vintage has been the cool way to shop: it’s eco-friendly, means you won’t end up wearing the same dress as your best friend and shows you have style and don’t blindly follow every new trend.

But the problem with vintage is that, as its popularity has soared, so have prices.

The possibility of finding something wonderful and rare for a snip has vanished as the number of sites offering vintage has gone through the roof.

And, to be honest, a very antiquated garment can often disappoint now we are all so accustomed to super-soft wool and a hint of stretch. Vintage clothes can feel rigid and itchy and can be off-puttingly fragile.

Getting the right fit can be awkward, too, as modern women have thicker waists and bigger busts than our predecessors.

But what if you need something really special to get married in or for that Christmas party or nerve-racking date? There are two brilliant new wheezes to get that designer outfit on your back, without having to remortgage your home.

The first is a fabulous new website called This site is the brainchild of Sharon Wolter-Ferguson, a single mum and divorcee from West London.

A self-confessed shopaholic, she wanted to set up a business that not only emptied her groaning wardrobe and made the most of her packed address book, but also gave her daughters, Natalia, 21, and Tatiana, 19, careers in a family firm.

Her idea was to set up a site that only sells barely worn, high-end designer clothing, for men and women. The idea is simple. If, like me, you have bought a Bottega Veneta black strapless column dress with interior corset for an awards ceremony, but find you can never wear it again because it’s just so fabulous that everyone will remember it, you can post it on this site and sell it for about half what you paid.

What’s even better is that you can buy something that feels new, not second hand, with quality guaranteed. All items are vetted by Sharon and her daughters to ensure high quality. Sharon takes a 15 per cent commission.

And the best news about this site is that it has attracted famous vendors — including Kate Moss and Sadie Frost — and virtually every glossy magazine and fashion editor I can think of. The reason? Hardly Ever Worn It offers an anonymous VIP section that will sell your designer freebies for you.

All VIP items have a gold star, which gave me a bit of a nosey parker thrill as I scrolled the womenswear. The garments and shoes pictured below — the McQueen ankle boots, available in khaki and black (summer 2010, original price £550, start price £190, buy now £245) and Chanel coat (original price £2,500, start price £795, buy now £1,495, in the end sold for £1,000) — have been posted by Chloe Green (daughter of Topshop owner Philip), a friend of Sharon’s daughters.

Second-hand chic: This Chanel coat and Alexander McQueen ankle boots have been put on sale by Chloe Green

This week, lots of Tom Ford menswear will be put up for sale, followed by a big consignment of Issa (I wonder if the Duchess of Cambridge is another frugal VIP?) and Gucci, whose owner is super famous, but sadly I’m not allowed to reveal her identity.

Most exciting for any brides-to-be is a new, Elie Saab couture wedding gown that cost £9,000. The seller’s wedding is on September 11, but the gown will be for sale from the next day!

The women posting these garments are clearly not hard up: they merely want more space. But one fashionista’s cast-offs are another woman’s dream.

Any drawbacks? Well, most items are on the small side, given the original clientele: all the jeans seem to have a 25in waist. But remember, if you buy something you only wear once or twice, you can always resell it on the site.

I’ve just posted my worn-once Alberta Ferretti soft tweed and sequin dress, which was £1,000 new and has a minimum price tag now of £500. If you want to bid, be assured all proceeds will go to Equine Market Watch, a charity that rescues ponies from slaughter, of which I’m patron. I’ll let you know in my Mail Online blog just how much has been raised.

Another brilliant way to wear designer is to rent that statement dress, thinking of your wardrobe as a closet in the clouds you dip into as and when invitations land on your doormat.

Launching today is This designer rental site is the brainchild of three London Business School graduates who have worked in investment banking, IT and marketing.

Created by Uttara Parikh, Suruchi Bhargava and Suruchi Saxena, the concept was born out of a need for these friends to always have something new while staying within a strict budget.

All the clothes on the site are this season (autumn/winter), and from designers including Temperley, Halston Heritage, Sass and Bide and Catherine Malandrino.

The site stocks mainly statement dresses for the big occasion, with accessories coming soon. The Temperley dress from the autumn/winter collection and retails at £2,752, but you can rent it for £307 for four days, including all dry cleaning costs, shipping and insurance. And they send you two sizes to choose from.

Well established is This site acquires hot, edgy dresses by Phillip Lim, Herve Leger, Alexander Wang and YSL rather than formal, statement frocks. You can try three dresses at once, and dry cleaning and postage are included.

The key is not to choose something anonymous, but a bit showy so that people notice you wore it only once.

A Christopher Kane geometric applique dress from autumn/winter 2011 is £1,475 in the shops, but you can rent it for £289. I’m sorely tempted to hire this for the launch of Naked Fashion on Wednesday, a book about fair trade fashion of which I’m co-author, along with Emma Watson and Livia Firth.

Ownership of a garment, after all, is so last season, and so bad for the planet, let alone my Gucci wallet.

Is Starbucks about to have more fun? Chain launches milder 'blonde' coffee

UPDATED:19:50 GMT, 19 October 2011

Starbucks will launch a milder tasting 'blonde' coffee in January.

The chain, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, is often criticised for selling burnt-tasting coffee - and an injection of 'blonde', the company hopes, might help to counter this negativity.

Starbucks global chief marketing officer Annie Young-Scrivner said today: 'We have a lot of customers who love our lattes and cappuccinos, but they don't prefer our coffee,' the Chicago Tribune reports.

'If we do it right, there's a lot of upside for us,' she said.

Indeed, the café behemoth hopes the move will help temptthe 40 per cent of 130 million American coffee drinkers who do not enjoy drinking heavier European-style coffee roasts.

Celebrity-wise, blondes, brunettes and everyone in between seem to lap up the chain's lattes, cappuccinos and frappuccinos.

According to the paper, the move is the latest in a drive to transform the international chain into a 'lifestyle brand' that will see Starbucks products on offer in grocery stores and more foods for sale in the its locations.

Blonde coffee, the blend of which was chosen from 80 options, will be even lighter than the medium Pike Place Roast that was introduced as the chain's default coffee in 2008.

But will the blonde moniker attract a different type of customer to the chain?

Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, a New York-based consulting firm told the Tribune: 'It'sjust good marketing... If virtually half the people say that the more European, heavier-tasting coffee is not to their liking, why not [do it]?'

Earlier this year, Starbucks launched a line of specially designed T-shirts to celebrate its landmark year. Top fashion names Alexander Wang, Billy Reid and Sophie Theallet have collaborated to create the tees, Wang's take on the theme a coffee-stained creation that sets customers back $85.

The global coffee chain's CEO, Howard Schultz, recently revealed a $5m U.S. jobs fund, saying that he is 'just a citizen trying to make a difference.'

The 'Create Jobs for USA' initiative came after Mr Schultz berated a 'lack of leadership in Washington'.

Is this Hollywood's hot new trend? Diane Kruger and Karolina Kurkova wear skirts OVER their dresses

UPDATED:12:46 GMT, 10 February 2012

Wearing a skirt over a pair of trousers was a popular fashion trend in the late 90's.

But it seems Hollywood's stars have reworked the dated look - wearing it over a dress instead.

Karoline Kurkova was spotted sporting the layered style at a fund raiser for President Obama in New York earlier this week.

The model wore an Alexander Wang outfit featuring a crocodile skin-effect skirt over a red sheer dress.

She kept her hair and jewelery simple, wearing only a silver bangle.

Today, actress Diane Kruger opted for the same effect at the Berlin film festival.

Diane wore a 10 Crosby by Derek Lam floral chiffon dress with striped monochrome skirt.

She matched the outfit with yellow embellished high heels.

It is hard to tell if the look will catch on - but given that Kruger has always been praised for her original sense of style and Kurkova is a supermodel, it is safe to say it is very fashion-forward.

Thankfully the new look is slightly more sophisticated than 'skirt-over-trousers', prolific in the late 90s'.

Despite the decade making a comeback, the unflattering and bizarre combination has not.

Stars from Gwen Stefani to Steps were all sporting the get-up - which died out after a few years.

Wearing a dress over trousers, or leggings however is a classic match that has never gone out of style.

Today's take forms part of the new trend for bold colours and clashing prints.

And more is most definitely more with no clear rules on how to wear - other than with confidence.

It's your party! Real women show us what they'll wear


UPDATED:21:51 GMT, 12 November 2011erica

As the social season starts to fizz, what’s the best way to mark yourself out from the crowd? We invite five dedicated revellers to share their sassy takes on partywear…

Flirty something

Alannah, 27, freelance journalist

Describe your party look… Coquettish – high heels, red lips and a flash of skin. I like to vamp it up in a fanciful way.

Who is your party style icon? For fashion Chloë Sevigny; for attitude Debbie Harry.

What’s your going-out must-have? A cross-body bag to keep my hands free for dancing.

What makes a great night out? I like to go to warehouse parties – or anywhere I can dance all night. But I always start an evening in a civilised way with the girls for cocktails at mine.

Describe your dream wardrobe…Acne, Alaïa, Carven, Agent Provocateur, Camilla Skovgaard, Made in Heaven for jeans and a nice little pair of Lanvin flats that would fit in my bag for when my feet get tired from dancing!

Secret addresses for favourite finds? There’s a boutique called Shop172 in Brick Lane [East London] that stocks labels such as Borne and also some cool Japanese brands. It’s not a secret but The Kooples is great – if you get stuff in the sale. For shoes I love Poste Mistress in Covent Garden, which stocks Sam Edelman and Vivienne Westwood.

Sixties superstar

Camilla, 24, account manager

Describe your party look… 1960s with a modern twist. I like to wear things that stand out – leather and statement accessories. My platform shoes by Jeffrey Campbell are my showstoppers.

Who is your party style icon? Edie Sedgwick meets Daisy Lowe.

Do you have a going-out must-have? Mascara.

On a Friday night we’d find you… Getting ready and having drinks at home with the girls, then off for cocktails at a favourite bar, followed by a club playing 90s hip-hop.

Who are your favourite designers? I like old-school names such as Chanel, Pucci and Missoni. If I was to go more contemporary, I’d say Erdem, Emma Cook and Ashish. Opening Ceremony and Moschino Cheap and Chic are great too.

Any high-street favourites? Urban Outfitters, River Island and Zara are great. I like Fred Perry for mod-style items, and I get a lot of bargains in New Look. I also like to shop in less obvious places such as Jane Norman – it’s my secret weapon! Never be afraid to look in places you wouldn’t usually shop, I say.

Vintage vamp

Laura, 25, city analyst

Describe your party look… I like to dress differently from my work look, which is usually a suit and flat shoes. So at night I have a vintage, rocky vibe that often involves some fur.

Who is your party style icon? Sienna Miller – she always manages to look glamorous yet understated, and that’s a look I go for too. I think her choice of colours really suits her skin tone.

Party essential? Black eyeliner and a fully charged iPhone.

On a Friday night we’d find you... Out in East London having dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant, followed by a club or gig, then on to an afterparty.

Who are your favourite designers? I really love Chanel.

Party trick? I shop in men’s departments for slouchy cardigans and mix and match them with party wear. I also love second-hand rock band T-shirts and men’s vintage checked shirts, which I team with cut-off denim shorts for relaxed drinks at my local pub.

Gamine grunge

Maya, 25, junior TV producer

Describe your party look… Grungy luxe and boyish – you’ll never find me in anything pink or frilly! I like dark colours, anything with a bit of edge.

Who is your party style icon? Chloë Sevigny or a young Anjelica Huston.

Your party fail-safe? Head-to-toe black – you can’t go wrong with that.

On a Friday night we’d find you… At Shoreditch House [a private members club in East London]
– you’re guaranteed a great time. I go to a lot of production parties there through work. In fact, some of my best nights out have been with my workmates!

And for Saturday shopping? I pop into Urban Outfitters on a weekly basis for quick fashion fixes. I have just invested in a pair of leather trousers and a leather mini. They also do great jewellery – I’m not adverse to some sparkly accessories.

Edgy boho

Kimi, 26, photographer

Describe your party look… I like to dress with confidence, but I won’t suffer for fashion! You’ll feel far more irresistible on a night out if you are just being yourself.

Your party style icons? Bianca Jagger and Jane Birkin.

Party fail-safe? Mac red lipstick.

On a Friday night we’d find you… I stay around Notting Hill [West London] most of the time, but every now and then, after the pubs shut, I find myself in a cab on my way to The Box in Soho.

Who are your favourite designers? Felder Felder – which I get from Village Bicycle in Notting Hill – Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang. I’m lucky because my mum runs a designer store!

Any high-street faves? I really like the Topshop inside Selfridges on Oxford Street – it has a great edit of the collections from the bigger stores.

I've dated men like Robbie Williams and Prince Albert. Clive Sinclair might be twice my age but beats them all hands down

UPDATED:00:27 GMT, 1 May 2010

Are you sure you want to do this? That was the question the passer-by asked as she suspiciously surveyed the tall, leggy, young blonde bride who'd literally dragged her off the street to witness her spur-of-the-moment, Las Vegas wedding.

This question was swiftly followed by 'you do know marriage is for life?' as the reluctant witness then spotted the balding, bespectacled, grinning groom - clearly old enough to be the bride's father - anxiously awaiting them inside the Civic Court.

Mistaking the couple for tourists marrying on a whim - a rich old fool bedazzled by a young woman with dollar signs in her eyes - the witness clearly had her doubts about whether this marriage should go ahead, let alone last.

But as the bride insisted 'we want to do this' and 'we've known each other for 14 years!' the witness, an American woman in her 30s who'd just happened to be walking past, relented.

As she witnessed the five-minute ceremony (from which an Elvis impersonator was thankfully absent), little did she know that this was an event glossy celebrity magazines would have happily opened their cheque books to cover.

For it was on Friday, April 16, that Sir Clive Sinclair, 69-year-old computer tycoon - former chairman of Mensa, inventor of the world's first pocket calculator and the C5 electric car - married 33-year- old Angie Bowness, a former beauty queen, model and lap dancer.

None of it was planned and it was all arranged less than 48 hours after they touched down in America for a two-week holiday staying at the luxurious Bellagio hotel.

Unable to find a suitable wedding gown in Vegas, Angie wore a 'cute' blue summer dress by Alexander Wang, which she'd packed.

Today, both of them insist their wedding was all the better for being unplanned and simple.

Sir Clive says: 'We were on the flight to Las Vegas when I noticed the couple sitting across the aisle from us had a free bottle of champagne, so I said to Angie "How did they get that?"

'Angie replied: "Perhaps they've just got married", so I said "I suppose we'd better get married then". We'd been engaged for a year, but hadn't made any firm plans.'

Angie's response was 'let me sleep on it', followed quickly by 'yes, let's do it'.

'It's really not me to have the big white wedding,' she says. 'We could have gone down that route, but I don't like a lot of fuss. This way was actually much better.'

Apart from a quick phone call to Angie's 12-year-old son Marcus - from a former relationship - to ask his permission to get married (to which he replied 'of course') not another soul knew, including Sir Clive's three adult children from his first marriage.

No doubt, they will be thrilled - if they can set aside the fact that they're all older than their new stepmother.

'The wedding was lovely, really quite emotional,' says Angie. 'We were both teary. I can't believe I'm now a married woman. But the most important thing is that we both love each other.'

Being Lady Sinclair must feel even nicer, although Angie is rather used to titles.

She's been 'Miss Nottingham', 'Miss Sheffield' and 'Miss England' inthe past and, aged seven, she was 'The Face Of Tammy Girl'. But thisnew title commands a bit more respect.

Meeting Sir Clive and the new Lady Sinclair for the first timesince their spur- of-the-moment nuptials, one can't help but echo thequestion the witness asked before their wedding: 'Are you sure aboutthis?'

Because there is no doubting that they make the unlikeliest ofcouples. He sits at the table in their flat overlooking TrafalgarSquare, wearing an immaculate suit and shirt, while Lady Sinclair'sthong peeks out cheekily from the low slung waistband of her spray-onblack jeans.

It's clear what he sees in her, but can she really, truly fancy him?

'Of course I do!' she says with such utter conviction that even I start to look at Sir Clive with fresh eyes.

And yes, they both nod enthusiastically, their relationship is more than just a meeting of minds.

That said, they do admit that on the night of their Vegaswedding they were so tired and jet-lagged they were virtually fallingasleep during dinner and were out for the count by 9pm.

'It's really weird because we don't even think about the agedifference between us. When people mention it, I think "oh yes". Itdoesn't matter to us at all,' says Angie, who met Sir Clive 14 yearsago, aged 19, when they were both invited to a dinner function atStringfellow's nightclub.

Sir Clive, an old friend of Peter Stringfellow, was guest ofhonour, while Angie, a lap dancer at the club, was invited along withtwo of Peter's other 'favourite girls'.

Some people might question what a respected scientist, inventor and knight of the realm was doing having dinner with lap dancers, but he was smitten and took Angie out on a few dates. They have been friends ever since and in recent years their relationship became more serious.

'Clive never had a table dance, hates that kind of thing and I've never danced for him,' says Angie.

Sir Clive says: 'Oh dear me no, it was a function and Peter is a very good host. I was very struck by Angie at the dinner - who wouldn't be?

'I thought she was a lovely young woman,' he adds, sounding like her grandfather. 'I never dreamed she would marry me.'

Almost as disconcerting was Angie's attraction to him, given that she had a score of young admirers chasing her.

And let's just say that Angie had plenty of opportunity tochoose from a massive pool of younger male admirers before she realisedthat Sir Clive really was 'The One'.

'I've had plenty of offers of marriage from younger men, butonly Clive has been able to offer the qualities important to me, if youare going to marry someone,' she says.

'So many young men have problems. I don't drink, smoke, dodrugs or go partying, it's just not my thing. I want someone who knowsme and who I know. Friendship is very important to me, I want someone Ican rely on.'

But would she still love him, or have married him, if he was a car mechanic or supermarket shelf stacker? 'Let me just turn that around,' she says, quick as a flash. 'If I were 25 stone would he still be interested in me? No. It's how the world works, isn't it?

'I wouldn't be with someone just because he was a Sir, but I wouldn't hang around with someone if he didn't have something special. Clive's kind, a gentleman and he loves me.'

Sir Clive, whose weakness for attractive young women has in the past turned him into red-top tabloid fodder, doesn't really care what people think of him, nor does he think it detracts from his reputation as an innovative inventor.

'What is it about younger women that I like?' he asks. 'That's a bit like asking a bank robber why he robs banks. That's where the money is.

'Why do I like young women ... because they are pretty. It's as simple as that. I've dated other women, oh yes, but none of them have been as nice as Angie.

'I've loved Angie for years. She's beautiful, of course, but she also has a lovely personality. She's very easy to be with. It doesn't even cross my mind that she might find another man attractive or be tempted elsewhere.'

No, Angie is through with younger men and as she reels off a list of famous men she's dated - it's quite some roll call - she insists Sir Clive beats them all hands down.

Her first celebrity boyfriend, aged 17, was snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan, whom she met after shooting a calendar for the World Snooker organisation at the Dorchester hotel.

'He was 18 and kept trying to press his number in my hand as I left,' says Angie. 'We had a few dates. It was a disaster to be honest. Why? Drugs.'

In 1999, she had a few dates with Prince Albert of Monaco, whom she met on a modelling assignment, and in 2004 she dated pop star Robbie Williams - having met him at a birthday party held by Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

Did she fall for Robbie? 'No.' Why? 'Best not to say ... he wasn'ttaking drugs at that point, but there were problems.' Intriguing.

Angie was also the last girl to date TV presenter Vernon Kaybefore he met and married Tess Daly. Their relationship lasted sixmonths.

Was she surprised by the 'sexting scandal' which engulfedfather-of-two Vernon after he was caught sending racy messages to aglamour model behind his wife's back? No, she says.

But can Angie really trust Sir Clive, whose own roll call of glamorous dates is equally impressive?

Following his divorce in 1985 from his wife of 23 years, Ann, he developed an eye for the ladies, dating actress Sally Farmiloe, Ruth Kensit - the 21-year-old cousin of Patsy Kensit - actress Tricia Walsh and the doyenne of plastic surgery, Cindy Jackson.

'I wouldn't have married him if I thought he'd be attracted to someone else,' she says. 'I was very young when I first met Clive, marriage didn't even enter my head.'

Clive, she says, was a good friend to her after the birth of her son, when her relationship with Marcus's father, Mark Thornton, collapsed. Today, Sir Clive and Marcus clearly adore each other.

He says: 'I've known Marcus since he was tiny and he is an enchanting child. We are incredibly fond of each other. That was another reason why I wanted to marry Angie. We wanted Marcus to feel secure, to feel that he would always have someone to turn to. Of course, he has his own father, but he now has a stepfather, too.'

Marcus goes to grammar school in Lincolnshire, where Angie owns her own property.

She divides her time between London and the countryside and her mother, Shirley, looks after Marcus when she is working.

These days, intriguingly, Angie runs Sir Clive's company, while he busies himself with the inventions and product development side.

He is currently refining his revolutionary folding A-bike and expects to produce a prototype of a successor to the much maligned C5 electric three-wheeler later this year.

They both say they are extremely hurt by the false assumption that Angie is some kind of gold-digger.

Sir Clive says she is a talented businesswoman, with two properties of her own, who has done 'fantastically well' since she took over the running of his company.

To give her some credit, Angie is a bright, privately-educated girl who planned to study business and languages at university before winning Miss Nottingham at 17 and developing ambitions to become a model.

When she was 18 years old, Angie took the Miss England title, but was disappointed to be runner-up in the Miss United Kingdom contest.

She then worked for the Miss Universe Corporation, organising the Miss London and Miss Nottinghamshire contests.

'People always go on about how I was a lap dancer, but it was something that I did for three months in my life 14 years ago,' says Angie.

'I didn't particularly enjoy it, I found it quite hard, but I'm not ashamed of it. In those days it was topless, not nude dancing. No one could touch you.

'I'd come from Nottingham with £1,000 in my pocket, a one-way ticket and all these dreamy ideas.

'I didn't realise how expensive it was living in London. In the modelling-world you do a job and don't get paid for four months and I had rent to pay,' she says.

Today, running a renowned firm, with a title to boot - all that must seem a world away.

Now they are married, will there be more children? Both say no. They are too busy and like their lives the way they are.

Besides, they have Marcus and Sir Clive has his three children, Belinda, 45, an art historian, Crispin, 42, a property developer and Barto, 39, an inventor, plus three grandchildren aged 23, 20, and 15.

One dreads to think what Sir Clive's adult children make of their young stepmother. Might they now be worried about their inheritance?

'When Ann and I divorced, I gave her all my money as I didn't want any unpleasantness,' he says.

'My divorce lawyer was very cross with me, because it was the largest settlement he'd ever seen, but I wanted her to have the money and we remained good friends until he rdeath in 2003,' says Sir Clive.

'When Ann died, that money was divided among the three children so they have been well provided for. I am very close to my children, but they don't know Angie very well.

'When we returned from Las Vegas, I phoned my daughter, but she wasn't in, so I left a message. Crispin is living and working in Shanghai at the moment so I couldn't speak to him. I am sure they will all be pleased for me.'

The words seem to hang in the air between us.

But for all this unlikely couple's happiness, the fact remains that he is 36 years her senior. In ten years' time he will be 79 and she will only be 43. By then, she might be less of a wife than a carer.

Angie says: 'He's as fit as a fiddle. He's fitter than many 21-year-olds I know. He is up and running at 8am every morning. I don't worry about the future, because the future might not come. I live for the day.'

Sir Clive adds, smiling: 'My mother's uncle got married when he was 92 and lived to be over 100.

'I don't have any health problems and I would be very surprised if I didn't live to be 110.'

Glowing January Jones shows off her growing baby bump in glamorous pregnancy dress

UPDATED:14:03 GMT, 26 May 2011

January Jones is over half way through her surprise pregnancy but it isn't stopping the actress from continuing her work commitments.

The stunning Mad Men star was glowing last night as she walked the red carpet at the New York première of her most recent film X-Men: First Class.

The 32-year-old star looked radiant in a striking purple and black boat-necked Preen dress which showed off her growing baby bump.

Scroll down for footage of January in the film:

She paired the chic cocktail dress with black patent Prada stilettos and simple hair and make-up.

The actress was publicly slammed this week by Hangover star Zach Galifiniakis, who revealed his dislike for her in a magazine interview.

When told by Shortlist that January had referred to him as one of the funniest guys she had ever met, Zach had a surprising response.

'That's really funny because, if I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. It was crazy,' he said before explaining exactly what happened.

'I was at a party — I'd never met her — and she was like, 'Come sit down.' So I sit at her table and talk for 10 minutes, and she goes, 'I think it's time for you to leave now.'

Galifiniakis certainly wasn't going to let her rudeness go unmentioned and told January exactly what her thought of her behaviour.

'So I say, 'January, you are an actress in a show and everybody's going to forget about you in a few years, so f***ing be nice,' and I gotup and left. And she thinks that's funny?'

When asked by the magazine if that means he wouldn't be interested indoing a love scene with the model turned actress he responded: 'I wouldn't want to. I'd hate it.'

In spite of the bashing in the media, January appeared to be enjoying the evening and posed smiling along side her co-stars.

The film's lead actor, James McAvoy, arrived to the event in style, in an open top red sports car whilst the other leading ladies, Zoe Kravitz, in Alexander Wang, and Rose Byrne, in Brian Atwood, both upped the glam factor in chic colour appropriate dresses.

X-Men: First Class is actually a prequel to the original X-Men movie from 2000.

The film chronicles the start of the mutant school by Charles Xavier and the beginning of the superhero group.

Fashion for Japan: How tsunami and earthquake relief efforts are so in VogueAnna Sui, Tory Burch and Opening Ceremony are among the labels to have designed fund-raising products for the cause...

UPDATED:01:31 GMT, 29 March 2011

Relief efforts have been in overdrive since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the north-east coast of Japan two weeks ago.

And in that short time, countless fashion labels have put their talents to good use, designing products and launching charity initiatives in aid of the cause.

From T-shirts to tote bags, a range of affordable and stylish items have been created to help benefit the victims of the Japanese disaster.

Designer T-shirts for charity have always been in Vogue so it comes as no surprise that a string of labels have released Japan inspired designs.

American designer Anna Sui hascreated tops in lavender and black, for men and women bearing the words: 'Japan, We're All in This Together'.

And Tory Burch and designer boutique Opening Ceremony have both produced shirts inspired by the Japanese flag.

Sales of Lady Gaga's $5 red-and-white 'We Pray For Japan' wristband reached $250,000 in 48 hours and now total $1.5 million.

She tweeted: 'I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/Donate here and ALL proceedswill go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters.'

Independent jewellery companies have also been launching exclusive pieces online.

Jewelry for a Cause's Blue Wave Talismans necklace, which donates a percentage from each sale towards the relief effort, was even worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver when she met Michelle Obama.

New England leather company Corter, has raised over $20,000 for Red Cross Japan with their leather bracelet.

OwnerEric Heins said: 'I wanted to help, wanted to give back more than a reblog or retweet. So for the next week or two, I'll be offering a special "For Japan" edition bracelet.

'Out of respect, there is no branding, no fancy packaging- just a reminder to help and remember.'

On the bag front New York designer, Kate Spade offers a Support Japan Tote for $18 featuring her signature spade logo and bold colours.

While handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff has created six red bags, ranging from $295-$495, for her Japan Relief collection, with $100 from each sale going to the American Red Cross.

Other fashion houses including Alexander Wang, Theory, Tod's, Brooks Brothers, Rag & Bone, Coach and Alexis Bittar have also made considerable donations from their in-store and online sales.

And Japanese clothing company Uniqlo is sending $8.6million worth of clothing to the disaster victims, including 300,000 pieces of their Heattech items.

Easy rider: Justin Theroux channels James Dean as he takes his motorbike out for a spin


PUBLISHED:11:36 GMT, 11 September 2012 UPDATED:07:02 GMT, 12 September 2012

While most celebrities travel around New York in chauffeur-driven cars, Justin Theroux prefers a much cooler mode of transport.

The 41-year-old actor looked ever so trendy and appeared to be channelling James Dean as he took his motorbike out for a spin in New York on Monday.

Justin kept his outfit simple in a white T-shirt, black jeans and a leather jacket as he headed out, topping his ensemble off with a pair of aviator sunglasses.

The actor has been spotted enjoying New York Fashion Week in Manhattan over the past few days.

Over the weekend, Justin was seen in the front row of the Alexander Wang show - his first official event since announcing his engagement to Jennifer Aniston.

The pair went public with their happynews in August, with fans now speculating as to what bride Jennifer will wear for the big day.

It was reported recently that Jennifer, 43, is trying to decide whether to wear Valentino, Carolina Herrera or a dress designed by Victoria Beckham.

A source said that Victoria is a strong contender to design the gown, saying: 'Jen wants a dress that's simple and classy, which is what Victoria's known for.

'Evenby Victoria's standards, it would be a huge coup as Jen's wedding will be Hollywood's biggest event in years.

'It would cement Victoria's place at the very top of the fashion elite.'

Kreative licence? Kardashian Kollection bags pay a little too much tribute to top designers' most famous it bags

UPDATED:12:35 GMT, 4 November 2011

Thanks to the success of their reality show, the Kardashian sisters have no shortage of designer 'it' bags.

And it appears it was exactly these that has inspired a new limited-edition line of Kardashian Kollection bags to be sold exclusively in Australia.

But keen-eyed fashion bloggers have pointed out that the Kim, Kourtney and Khloe seem to have been exercising a little too much creative licence.

Writers at today pointed out that no less than eight designer bags appear to have cut-price 'tributes' in the Kardashian Kollection, which is sold exclusively at Sears in the U.S.

Must-haves from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Alexander Wang all seem to have been part of the girls' inspiration.

ABalenciaga-style bag pays the most faithful 'homage' - the shape, zips and hardware of the Kardashian Kollection bag are all uncannily similar to the much-loved designer original.

A cream top handle bag,too looks familiar. That is because it bears many of the same hallmarks as one of Chloe's most famous designs.

Even a black-and-white woven satchelechoes the style of Proenza Schouler's much-imitated PS1 - a risk given that the designer duo very publicly accused Target of copying it earlier this year.

Perhaps the sisters' inexperience in design means they cannot define between inspiration and copying. Indeed, they claim all the designs were their own, and not those of ghost designers.

Khloe told PopSugar Australia: 'It's our collection. Me, Kourtney and Kim design the entire thing ourselves,' she said.

Her sister, Kim, who announced that she was divorcing husband Kris Humphries this week after just 72 days ofmarriage, added: 'We're really heavily involved in the design process from start to finish.'

But this is not the first time the Kardashian Kollection has been accused of taking too much inspiration from other designers.

She says that the Clyde has been a stalwart of her product line since she founded it in 2003, and fans of her brand recognise it on sight.

Ina post on her blog, written shortly after seeing the Kardashian sisters' line, she said: 'Ironically we just discovered below how our Botkier Clyde was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears.'

'They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don't think so...'

She told WWD at the time: 'In a case like this, it’s upsetting because it’s a trademarked shape for us... It’s a lot more complicated because it’s hard for independent designers to do anything against mass retailers or megabrands.'

Sears Holdings Corp, which is the exclusive retailer of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian’s designs, declined to comment on the issue, though the bag was not for sale on itswebsite after Ms Botkier's complaint.

Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA said: 'All designers deserve the right to design protection and only the creator of an original design should profit from that design.

'Taking someone’s work and calling it your own is wrong and robs the designer of a rightful return of their investment.'

Is hip-hop Jay Electronica about to hop it with stunning Cara Delvingne?


PUBLISHED:01:12 GMT, 16 September 2012 UPDATED:06:56 GMT, 17 September 2012

Trouble appears to be brewing between Kate Goldsmith and her hip-hop beau Jay Electronica.

Jay has been spending time with stunning Burberry model Cara Delevingne and Kate – who split from her husband, millionaire financier Ben Goldsmith, in June – is not impressed by their blossoming friendship.

A source says: ‘Kate and Jay are having fearful rows as he’s getting too close to Cara for her liking.’

Record company boss Kate, 30, is still living in her marital home in Kensington, West London, with her three young children – just a stone’s-throw away from her New Orleans-born boyfriend, who moved from Belgravia to be near her.

Cara doesn’t live far away, either – her family home is in neighbouring Chelsea.

The Bedales-educated catwalk star, who celebrated her 20th birthday in August, has been dividing her time between Sao Paulo, Ibiza and St Tropez over the summer and recently she was reported to be dating One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles.

However, friends say she has been spending time with 35-year-old Jay, left, when back in London.

Liberty's out ... then down

Liberty Ross made a triumphant return to the catwalk for Alexander Wang in New York last week – then admitted it was the first time she’d left home in seven weeks.

It follows the news that her film director husband Rupert Sanders cheated on her with Twilight star Kristen Stewart.

But the English model, 33, no doubt regretted attending the after-show party where pictures of her love rival were projected on to the walls.

‘When Liberty made her way through the crowd, images of Kristen and her former boyfriend Robert Pattinson flashed up,’ says a source.

Sanders, 41, is desperate to be reunited with Ross – seen modelling for Wang last week, right – who played Kristen’s mother in Snow White And The Huntsman.

Having finished writing the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever, comedienne Jennifer Saunders is now turning her thoughts to creating an Absolutely Fabulous stage show.

An Ab Fab film is already in the pipeline and Jennifer, 54, who plays Eddie in the hit comedy, is also toying with the idea of a spin-off musical.

‘I think we are doing the film but as for a musical? It could be funny, but it would mean we’d have to do it every night, which isn’t such an appealing prospect,’ she joked at the Mamma Mia! musical last week.

Jennifer added that Kate Moss, 38, who appeared in the Sports Relief Ab Fab TV special, could make an appearance in the film. ‘There’s a possibility, she’s great. Kate’s very professional.’

And the bride wore... From Middleton to Moss, we look back at 2011's finest wedding dresses

UPDATED:00:20 GMT, 2 January 2012

This time last year there was only one wedding dress we were looking forward to seeing... Kate Middleton's. But while Sarah Burton's universally applauded design satisfied every fashionista's craving for a royal wedding gown, the Duchess was far from the only bride who impressed.

Lace was a strong theme, with everyone from Lily Allen and Reese Witherspoon choosing to embellish their dresses with different styles of the sophisticated material. Meanwhile, this year's other royal brides, Zara Phillips and Charlene of Monaco, went for more simple ivory silk dresses.

Silhouettes ranged from Kim Kardashian's wide-skirted Vera Wang number to Kate Moss' slinky Galliano gown - with everything inbetween. Bride-to-bes getting married in 2012 and in search of inspiration need look no further...

Kate Upton joins the supers at Cannes fashion show - but can the Sports Illustrated cover girl hold her own?


PUBLISHED:22:58 GMT, 25 May 2012 UPDATED:13:54 GMT, 28 May 2012

It's no secret that she is dying to forge a career in fashion and it seems that Kate Upton may have finally made it.

The Sports Illustrated cover girl, 19, was one of 20 models that took part in a completely monochrome fashion show staged at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS event in Cannes last night.

To add further credibility, the runway show, which was staged at the Hotel du Cap, was styled by ex-French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

The New York-based swimsuit model joined established models including Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson and Lindsay Wixson.

The starlets walked the catwalk dressed in all-black designer clothing.

Unfortunately, Miss Upton's dress paled in comparison to many of the other designs that were modeled.

The dress hugged her body in some place but not others, appearing as though it was incorrectly fitted to the model's figure.

Although it is not clear which designer created the dress, it was most certainly a well-crafted garment.

Designer labels that featured in the show included Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy and Versace.

Other models included Victoria's Secret's Toni Garrn and French beauty Aymeline Valade, who was a runway fixture during the recent fall/winter 2012 Fashion Week season.

Brazilian stunner Ana Beatriz Barros, who has also modeled for Victoria's Secret, also took part as did fellow Brazilian beauty Isabeli Fontana.

The clothing, which spanned from red carpet gowns to bath robes, were chosen by Ms Roitfeld based around 'her idea of the perfect black wardrobe', according to .

It was the first-ever fashion show to be staged at the prestigious annual fundraiser, which is considered to be the Cannes International Film festival's hottest ticket.

Chanel's chief designer Karl Lagerfeld was also at the event and posed for photographs with Ms Roitfeld.

The French editor, who is now working on a New York-based magazine called CR Fashion Book, was dressed in a skin-tight floor-length black Givenchy gown herself.

She added volume to the streamlined look by wearing large silver drop earrings.

The fashion maven rose out of her seat to give her models a standing ovation once the show had wrapped.

Did you feel Fireworks? Katy Perry emerges from John Mayer's car the day AFTER their Chateau Marmont date


PUBLISHED:12:21 GMT, 4 August 2012 UPDATED:07:18 GMT, 6 August 2012

He is a serial womaniser and she's a clean-living pop star who's just getting over a divorce.

But it would seem things are certainly hotting up for Katy Perry and John Mayer.

After enjoying their first public date at Chateau Marmont on Wednesday night, it looks as though the 27-year-old singer enjoyed a sleepover of sorts at her new beau's house.

On Thursday morning, a sheepish-looking Katy was dropped off at her apartment in Los Angeles in the singer's black Ferrari after reportedly spending the night with the star.

Attempting to disguise herself from photographers, the I Kissed A Girl hitmaker wore a black wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses as she emerged from the vehicle smiling before Mayer sped off down the street.

Katy made sure to take a change of clothes with her, with the raven-haired beauty having ditched the white lace dress she was wearing the previous evening in favour of a simple black T-shirt and patterned camel-coloured jeans, which she paired with a studded Alexander Wang bag.

The rumoured couple were first seen grabbing pizza together last month, before stepping out in public to Los Angeles' Pace restaurant and the Chateau Marmont Hotel earlier this week.

Katy's divorce from Russell Brand - who bears more than a passing resemblance to John Mayer - was made official last month, but the star recently explained she still believes in love, despite the breakdown of her 14-month marriage.

Asked what she wants from her love life, Katy told Elle magazine: 'I'm a woman who likes to be courted, strongly. Never say never, I guess you'd say. I'll let love take the lead on that

Since splitting from Russell in December 2011, the star has been linked to male model Baptiste Giabiconi and Florence And The Machine guitarist Rob Ackroyd, while the comedian has moved on with actress Isabella Brewster.

Meanwhile, John is no stranger to being in the limelight thanks to his string of celebrity relationships.

As well as enjoying long-term relationships with Minka Kelly, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston, John has also dated Jennifer Love Hewitt and Taylor Swift.

However, his romance with Taylor didn't end too well as the teenager later penned a song about their brief romance, entitled Dear John.

And John later said he was 'humiliated' by the song, telling Rolling Stone magazine: 'It made me feel terrible. Because I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that.

'It was a really lousy thing for her to do.'

Calling all curves! Kim and Kourtney Kardashian sell their designer castoffs on eBay... but only TEN per cent of profits will go to charity


PUBLISHED:17:14 GMT, 18 May 2012 UPDATED:18:39 GMT, 18 May 2012

Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney, are selling their old designer wares on eBay.

In a big spring clean sweep, the curvaceous sisters have gathered up 84 of their unwanted platform heels, form-fitting dresses, and animal prints for a flash sale.

Called Kardashians' Closet, the sale is filled with Kim and Kourtney's pricey castoffs from labels such as Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Burberry, Gucci and Alexander Wang.

While many items are steadily climbing in price to reach thousand's of dollars, only ten per cent of the profits will go to charity.

Kim's proceeds will be donated to Life Change Community Church, while Kourtney's charity of choice is the Dream Foundation, which grants wishes for terminally ill adults.

It is unclear, however, where the rest of the proceeds will go.

The items are both new and used, and vary in size from U.S. 2 - 8, while the shoes range from 36.5 to 37.

Many of the pieces up for sale have been worn on television appearances and at press events by the sisters.

Kim's Dolce and Gabanna red silk gown, currently selling for $405, was worn by the reality TV star during an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project last year.

Surprisingly, hidden amongst the animal print slinky dresses and vertigo-inducing heels, there are some classic gems.

While they are slowly creeping up in price, most are still a fraction of the original retail cost.

A Victoria Beckham little black dress is selling for $575, a Chanel floor-length column dress currently sits at $459, and a pair of Azzedine Alaia ankle boots are $154.

This isn't the first time the Kardashian sister's have sold their designer goods on eBay however.

The reality TV stars have been selling items from their personal collection for some years through the charity auction site on eBay.

And while they make a big play of her philanthropy under the banner 'Charity Auction Supporting the Dream Foundation', they have always donated just ten per cent to the cause.

In contrast, Carey Mulligan's custom-made Prada dress she wore to the Met Ball is also still up for sale on , and 100per cent of the proceeds will go to Oxfam America.

The highest bid for Ms Mulligan's dress currently sits at $2,551, with only one day to go.

The Kardashians' Closet auction runs until May 21 on .

Love IS blind! Kim Kardashian ruins her sleek outfit with horrendous pair of Kanye West designed shoes


PUBLISHED:23:53 GMT, 8 August 2012 UPDATED:13:54 GMT, 9 August 2012

If proof were needed that the old adage of love being blind is absolutely on the money, Kim Kardashian has stepped up to the plate, quite literally.

Because the 31-year-old has given us 6000 reasons to agree by wearing a costly pair of shoes that clash with her outfit... just because her boyfriend designed them.

Kim donned a pair of Kanye West for Giuseppe Zanotti heels, which are made of calf leather and embroidered pearls and cost around $6,000.

She first wore them back in March, before the couple had admitted to being The Greatest Love of All Time(TM).

Kim tweeted before Kanye's show in Paris: 'I j'adore my shoes tonight!' and slapped a picture of the monstrosities next to her franco-english verbiage.

But that night her outfit at least worked with the crazy legwarmer shoe hybrid as she stuck to cosy cream from head-to-toe.

Today, the reality show's gorgeous black minidress would've worked well with a classic point-toe pump or ankle boot, and if she really wanted to look street, an Ash high-top wedge would do the trick.

But Kim and Kanye have become quite the unit over the past few months, so she understandably (and rather sweetly) wanted to show support for her man.

He recently gave her the ultimate accolade by writing a new song, Perfect B**** in tribute to her.

The song references the reality star's famous curves, talking about how the 35-year-old has found his perfect woman.

The 31-year-old in turn tweeted about missing her 'Prince' while she was in LA.

Kanye debuted his new song over the weekend, along with others from his upcoming album Cruel Summer.

According to the New York Daily News the rapper and actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined a table full of models after arriving at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge in New York's Meatpacking District early Saturday morning.

He took over the DJ booth for 45 minutes, playing a number of new tracks that sampled other music and included 'a similar production style' to the one he used on his Watch The Throne album with Jay-Z last summer.

But a source told the paper the standout track of the night was a song that included the chorus My Perfect B****.

'[Heraps] verses about his search for the perfect woman and how he has now found the "perfect bitch",' the source told the paper, adding that therewere a number of references to Kim's curves.

Kimand Kanye have proved inseparable since they started dating earlier this year, shortly after the end of her disastrous marriage to sport star Kris Humphries.

Showbiz Roundup! Fox's undies, Rivers louder than ever, and Russians 'exorcise' Madge...

Not only does the Twilight star strip down for the role of a 16-year-old bride, she simulates a certain sexual act with the two men with her hands in the car.

But the star says the racy scenes came quite naturally.

Stewart told at the Toronto International Film Festival: 'It didn't bother me.'

The entire cast reportedly underwent a three-week 'beatnik boot camp' for the film, led by Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia, in which they read literature pertaining to the Beat Generation.

She added: 'You can do no wrong with [director Walter Salles]. He puts so much inside of you. In the four-week rehearsal process, it was okay to ask any question, to bring up any story, to really over-analyze everything and intellectualize everything.'

Stewart continued: 'Once we got on set, it was so about just breathing and letting it happen. He put so much trust in us, so it was like, "Okay, so I have to take my clothes off?" It's so not a big [deal].'

The Adventureland actress was only 17-years-old when she accepted the role, but thanks to delays she got a chance to mature a bit first.

'I should have definitely been older than 17 while playing this part, absolutely,' she said.

'[My performance] would have been done very differently if I was younger. I wouldn't have played the part, obviously.'

The story is based on the years Kerouac spent traveling the United States in the 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go on to fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

Getting handsy: Not only does the Twilight star strip down for the role of a 16-year-old bride, she simulates a
certain sexual act with the two men with her hands in the car

The film, scheduled for release of December 22, boastsan outstanding ensemble including Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard and Elisabeth Moss.

While many feared that Stewart's affair with married director Rupert Sanders last July could spell the end of her career, Stewart has seemed to brush those concerns aside as well.

Moving on: Many feared that her affair with married director Rupert Sanders last July could spell the end of Stewart's career

After a six-week absence from thepublic, the Runaways star emerged last week to promote On the Road at the Toronto Film Festival and a New York screening at Disney Park Avenue.

While posing with Hedlund and Salles,Kristen looked fierce in her black ALC trousers, androgynous and unbuttoned white Balenciaga shirt, and Jimmy Choo heels.

Stewart will next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, set for release November 16.

reportedthat she is already back together with her costar and ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson,'But they [Robert and Kirsten] are worried about how it might affect his career, like whether or not there will be some kind of crazy backlash,' according to the website.

Hitting the road: While posing with Hedlund and director Walter Salles, Kristen looked fierce in her black ALC trousers and an androgynous, unbuttoned white Balenciaga shirt

She's won us over again! Kristen Stewart is the queen of cool with smokey eyes and backcombed quiff for On The Road event


PUBLISHED:03:40 GMT, 11 September 2012 UPDATED:06:56 GMT, 11 September 2012

Many feared that her affair with married director Rupert Sanders could spell the end of her career.

But Kristen Stewart is fighting back, having spent six absent weeks from the showbiz circuit.

Tonight, the Twilight star continued promoting new film On The Road, this time in New York having made her first red carpet appearance since the scandal last Thursday at the Toronto Film Festival.

Embracing her inner tomboy, the 22-year-old rocked a pair of black ALC pants, an androgynous and unbuttoned white Balenciaga shirt, together with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels.

Posing with a hint of a smile, Kristen's make-up looked catwalk ready with dramatic smokey eyes and heavy eyeliner, together with a theatrical backcombed quiff.

Kristen was joined by co-star GarrettHedlund, who takes centre stage with the Californian native and Sam Riley, in the film version of the Jack Kerouac classic novel of the samename.

One gentleman that was noticeably missing, was estranged lover Robert Pattinson, despite reports emerging that the pair are actually back together.

According to : 'It was communicated to people during TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) that they are [back together]...

'But they [Robert and Kirsten] are worried about how it might affect his career, like whether or not there will be some kind of crazy backlash.'

She also alluded to the fact that they are 'totally fine' when quizzed during a press conference about howthey would handle co-promoting Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 together in November.

Meanwhile, Rupert's wife Liberty Ross took to the runway this weekend to walk for Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Week.

'I was totally terrified!' Liberty Ross didn't leave the house for seven weeks before storming the catwalk at New York Fashion Week


PUBLISHED:01:28 GMT, 10 September 2012 UPDATED:06:45 GMT, 11 September 2012

With her confident stride and the look that said 'I'm back', Liberty Ross looked nothing short of striking as she sashayed down the catwalk yesterday at New York Fashion Week.

However, beneath the supermodel antics and bold swagger lurked a 'terrified' girl - in fact she had spent seven weeks hiding out at home ahead of the fashion event.

Liberty's return to the spotlight marked her first modelling job following the Kristen Stewart scandal that has threatened to rock her marriage with director Rupert Sanders.

The brunette model was seen strutting down the runway, just 48 hours after the Twilight actress made her first red carpet appearance on Thursday, since news of the affair broke six weeks ago.

Liberty, 33, revealed: 'I was totally terrified.'

Speaking to The Cut at the show's after party, she said: 'I hadn't actually been out of my house for sevenweeks so I was really anxious. But it felt amazing.'

The British beauty looked almost extraterrestrial with her razor sharp cheekbones and quirky white windbreaker-meets-pencil skirt creation for the Alexander Wang Spring 2013 collection.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old fashion designer gushed about his decision to use Ross in his show, saying he invited her to walk for him 'because I love her and I support her'.

The mother-of-two wore plastic buckles wrapped around each leg just below the knee and fortunately was given chunky heels to sashay down the runway in rather than skinny sky-high stilettos.

Liberty also had an unusual headdress from the tip of her forehead running down her centre-parting.

Highlighting her natural beauty, Ross seemed to go relatively make-up, with just a ghostly foundation.

Earlier this week, Kristen was seen gracing the Toronto Film Festival in Canada to promote her new film On The Road.

Showbiz roundup. SPOTTED! Liberty Ross back at work & Twilight extended trailerLIZ JONES

UPDATED:21:20 GMT, 17 January 2010

Bring your wardrobe bang up to date - without breaking the bank!

This time of year is always mildly depressing. Summer is over, the shops are full of terribly tempting winter clothes and the next round of catwalk shows loom ominously on the horizon, meaning I have to stop slobbing around and look fashionable, ready for the front row.

As September approaches, I always get those back-to-school butterflies that mean I panic buy, and give my personal banking manager a stress-related heart attack.

But there was very little that was totally new on the autumn/winter catwalks, meaning that with a little careful thought, and the occasional wielding of a pair of scissors, you can bring what is already in your wardrobe bang up-to-date.

So here's my guide on how to make something old look like new and how to bag a bargain:


Cocoon coats, tweed jackets, pea coats and trenches were everywhere on the catwalk for winter - at DKNY, Liz Claiborne, Margaret Howell, Burberry - a sign that designers realise that some of us have to go to work in something vaguely sensible.


A new way to wear your old black suit is to shorten the pants, making them cropped, ensure the shirt is big and slouchy (don't tuck it in) and wear pointy cowboy boots (Zara has some great ones).

Layering is new, too: a shirt under a waistcoat under a jacket under a coat slung over your shoulders: all very Krystle Carrington, but I fear a bit hot.


For tailoring, please don't go totally bargain basement. The best reasonably priced suits, coats and jackets are at Banana Republic. Zara is on a bit of a roll this autumn: I love the black suits, chunky wool pea coats and the white feathery shirts.


When body-con dresses - made of Lycra and clinging to every curve - made a comeback three years ago, young women everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. Here was something sexy, curvy and colourful, but not pretty or girly.

Young women who love to flaunt their legs were not about to let this particular fashion be displaced. Consequently, body con was seen on the winter catwalks everywhere, from Alexander Wang to Versace, so your old body con dress will still do good service this winter. I still have a Helmut Lang body con dress from 2004 that still looks incredibly fresh - more than you can say for me.

• BRING IT UP-TO-DATE: If you do dig out your old body con, the only way to update it is by teaming it with a pair of spike-heeled shoe boots.

• BAG A BARGAIN: Lemon mesh body con dress by Christopher Kane for Topshop, £130, or a black leather bondage dress with elastic, £149, in M&S stores in October.


Anything vaguely Eighties will still look fresh this winter, especially party wear. On the catwalk, Twenty8Twelve had shoulder pads, sequins, Lurex, mini skirts; Anna Sui showed ra-ra skirts; while Stella McCartney sent out mannish jackets over mini skirts.

• BRING IT UP-TO-DATE: Lose the opaque black tights or the cut-off tights of last winter, and team this look instead with sheer, 10 denier black stockings. Avoid colours that are too Eighties, such as pillar-box red, Maggie Thatcher blue or gold, and opt for metallics, as seen on the catwalk at Versace.

• BAG A BARGAIN: H&M has some incredibly Eighties pumps with a crystal studded heel, £25, while M&S has a fabulous silver sequin skirt, £39.50, in store in two weeks' time.


Very skinny jeans - on the catwalk at William Rast et al - along with biker and denim jackets are all in, again.

• BRING IT UP-TO-DATE: Take your old denim jacket and simply chop off the sleeves, making it into a waistcoat, and wear a skinny ribbed grey sweater underneath.

• BAG A BARGAIN: The studded denim jacket by Mango, about £50, is fabulous, as are the studded shoe boots with spike heel and zip by Topshop, £150.



This is a style blog from a 13-year-old American called Tavi Williams, who has been interviewed by Teen Vogue and Grazia, and appears on the cover of the new issue of Pop.

Rather than posting in Comme des Garcons, she should be reading pony books.


Sequins are having a fashion moment this autumn, so I've bought this pair of sequin leggings, £12.99 from H&M.

If you do opt for sparkly, remember to tone down the rest of your outfit.

These look great with a big white shirt or oversizes man's T-shirt (Cos do the best), a man's blazer and spiky shoe boots.


Having loved the movie Coco Before Chanel, I can't wait to read the new biography of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel by former Vogue writer Justine Picardie.

• Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie (Harper Collins, £20).

My essential guide to what to look out for in the summer sales (and I'm an expert!)


UPDATED:08:03 GMT, 12 July 2010

Are the summer sales worth the bother, now that they seem to take place all year round? Do you want to spend a hot day rummaging through rail upon rail of floral print dresses, boxy linen jackets and mismatched shoes?

And doesn't the mere fact something is in the sale mean it wasn't that much of a must-have in the first place?

Here is my unmissable, money-saving guide on how to shop the sales for classic clothes that will see you through to next year...


The worst thing you can do is to go armed with a wallet full of credit cards, and no clear idea of what you want.

Don't leave home without first taking a long, hard look at what is in your wardrobe. What do you wear all the time that needs updating? Do you have a special occasion looming?

Then, look at the autumn trends, and cherrypick what looks suit you andyour life. A big mistake would be to buy something that screams Summer2010, ie, a green floral jump suit, a floaty floral maxi with sequinsat the bust, impossibly high, clumpy platforms. These will inevitablylook boring come September.

Try everything on, even if the changing rooms are packed. And why not use the sales as an opportunity to upgrade, ie to shop somewhere you normally deem too expensive?

Finally, draw up a budget of what you want to spend, and take with you that amount in cash, leaving all your plastic cards at home.


I once went to the Harrods sale and bought a Prada tote, silk Gucci skirt and a pink cashmere sweater for my husband, and thought I had saved £1,500, when I had in fact blown a grand on stuff I didn't even like that much (I never wear the skirt, because I didn't try it on, and later discovered the split shows off my fat knees; the leather bag is way too heavy even when empty; I divorced the husband).



The most useful item you can snap up in the sales, and that will still look fresh into next year, is a curvy jacket with a bit of a pointy shoulder.

A jacket should never be bought dirt cheap; an expensive one can be slung over a dress or jeans, and will lift an entire outfit.

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LIVE: Olympics - follow all the action unfolding on day one


PUBLISHED:03:00 GMT, 28 July 2012 UPDATED:23:07 GMT, 28 July 2012

You can keep track of all the latest news, views and pictures from the Olympic Park and beyond with our live coverage. This is your ultimate guide to all the action as it unfolds during London 2012...

00.07: That's it then. The first day of the London 2012 Olympics is over. We barely seem to have had time to draw breath, but why should we?! We'll plough straight into the live action again tomorrow from 8am, when you can join Dan Ripley. Thanks for reading.

00.06: The match finishes 74-58 to Australia and with that our coverage comes to an end. Great Britain put up a good fight though and should be proud.

00.00: The points difference is 13 here with two minutes left on the clock. These British girls have really done themselves proud against the much-fancied Aussies.

23.48: All eyes are now on the women's basketball then with every other sport having packed up for the night. It's now 62-47 to Australia with just over seven minutes on the clock.

23.45: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have turned around that second set at against the Australian pair at Horse Guards Parade to make a winning start in their attempt to win a third successive beach volleyball gold.

23.42: At the end of the third quarter Australia are leading 57-42. Great Britain have fought valiantly all match long and have contributed to what has been a below-par performance by the Australians. This team have a long way to go but they're clearly making steps in the right direction. Vital they don't let up in the final quarter though and try and narrow that lead.

23.37: The American pair of May-Treanor and Walsh have levelled things up at 18-18 in the second set.

23.30: Over at Horse Guards Parade the Australians are 12-9 up against the US in the second set and could take that one into a decider.

23.27: Australia call the timeout as Great Britain pull it back to 34-45. The Aussies have been off colour tonight, and with some better finishing by the Brits this one might be even closer.

23.20: The US have won that first set 21-18. Meanwhile, the basketball has restarted...

23.16: The American duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are going for their third straight Olympic gold up against the Australians Nat Cook and Tamsin Hinchley. It's neck and neck in the first set...

23.10: The atmosphere is electric over at Horse Guards Parade, where the beach volleyball continues with Australia's women taking on the US - the defending champions.

23.03: Australia lead 39-26 at half-time.

23.00: Australia have called a timeout with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter. Britain have fought back well to narrow the deficit to 35-23.

22.52: Team GB finally have their first points of the quarter, but they trail 13-31.

22.49: There's been a shock result in the women's handball competition with France beating reigning champions Norway 24-23 in the Copper Box.

22.46: It's all gone a bit pear-shaped for GB in the second quarter here and they now trail 25-11 - that's nine points without reply in this quarter.

22.41: Great Britain women's handball coach Jesper Holmris has spoken after his team's 31-19 defeat to Montenegro at the Copper Box:

'Ten minutes before the end I was really pleased with our performance but then they scored lots of fast breaks. I think it was possible to lose by only seven or eight goals, but we let it slip away in the end.

'We have played some of the best teams in the world over the last couple of years and it was a good performance. But it's obvious for everyone that we don't have the same physique as them and we ran out of steam.'

22.39: After a promising start, Great Britain are trailing Australia 16-11 after the first quarter. Australia regrouped well during a timeout, but Britain won't be too disheartened considering they are strong underdogs.

22.34: After the flag fiasco in their opening game, North Korea's women's football team have just lost 5-0 to France: no excuses for that one.

22.27: Here's what Ellen Gandy had to say earlier after qualifying for the women's 100m butterfly final:

'To be honest I wasn't too happy with the time (57.66 seconds, to qualify seventh fastest for Sunday evening's final). I feel like a couple of things skill-wise went wrong. But I'm so happy to have made the final. It's my first Olympic final so I am over the moon.'

22.24: With Great Britain 7-6 up half way through the first quarter, I think it's time for a recap on today's main stories (click on a headline to read more):

22.13: The big news tonight is that Paula Radcliffe is set to pull out of the marathon with a foot injury. .

22.11: It's well past dark now but there's still live sport for us to enjoy. Great Britain are about to take on Australia in women's basketball, while there are still handball, volleyball, beach volleyball and boxing events taking place - though no Brits are still in action in those sports.

21.59: Great Britain have qualified third for the men's team gymnastics final, with Russia pulling out a late second place.

21.53: Fran Halsall has spoken after she helped Great Britain to a fifth-placed finish in the 4x100m freestyle relay:

'I think that was pretty good. Last year (at the world championships in Shanghai) we were 9th.

'To come back from 9th and go (to) 5th shows we're improving.

'Everyone did their best. We just missed out on a British record. It's all we can ask but we're still a little bit gutted.

'But as a team we're pretty positive.'

21.48: Great Britain's Michael Jamieson has spoken after narrowly missing out on the 100m breaststroke final:

'I'm pretty happy with my performance as I swam under 60 (seconds) twice today (Saturday).

'The guys in the top eight are all natural sprinters and the margin for error is so small. I always struggle in the first 50 (metres), but I come strong at the end.

'The heats this morning (Saturday) obviously took it out of me, but now I'm obviously going to get fired up for the 200m (breaststroke), which is my best event.'

21.43: A reminder from earlier that the men's gymnastics team have qualified for the final with the second best performance of any team so far. That is quite an achievement considering no British men's team has ever qualified for an Olympic final. The qualifying is still going on but rest assured, Britain's place in the final is guaranteed.

21.37: Bantamweight Luke Campbell, who received a bye in the first round, will face Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello of Italy in the second round.

21.29: And if any of you think it's ominous that Great Britain haven't won a medal yet, Miley has some words of optimism:

'It's a shame quite a lot of people think these guys aren't getting medals is not good enough. For us as athletes we are always expecting more. Nobody should think Team GB are disappointing. There's still another 14 more days to go. There are lots of other events and races. There's a lot more things to look forward to. Day one is always the hardest to step up to. We stepped up to the mark and everyone else did as well.'

21.24: Great Britain's Hannah Miley has spoken after finishing fifth in the women's 400m individual medley:

'It was an immense effort and the crowd were awesome.'

'Most of the media are expecting me to be depressed and down and in tears. I know it wasn't the result the public wanted, which was a medal, but that was something they decided to put on themselves to have that expectation of me. My target was to try and give the best performance I could. I gave it 100 per cent.'

'This morning was the fastest heat swim I had ever done. It was the same for a lot of the other girls. It was just a matter who could recover the quickest and it was the young ones who won.'

21.21: In the women's handball competition Great Britain have lost out 31-19 to Montenegro. This is the first time we have ever had a handball team at a Games.

21.18: We have a mouthwatering basketball clash coming up in just under an hour, as Great Britain's women take on Australia. There's middleweight boxing action taking place from 10pm as well.

21.08: China' Ye Shiwen has spoken after her incredible 400m individual medley gold medal min and world record:

'I didn't think about it too much. The moment I jump in the water my mind goes blank.'

'In the last 100m I thought I was behind so I tried as hard as I could to catch up. Then I found out it was only me (in front).'

21.01: Britain's David Carry after finishing seventh in men's 400m freestyle final: 'I had a real dream and ambition to do that final. To come here and achieve that dream is pretty special.'

21.00: That was an Olympic Record by the Aussies, who have their first gold medal. The wait goes on for a British medal...

20.55: They were neck-and-neck the whole way with the States, but pulled away in the final leg. Great Britain were in third for a while thanks to a brilliant second leg from Fran Halsall but the Netherlands came back to beat the US to silver.


20.48: Right, the last even in the pool tonight is the women's 4x100m freestyle final. Great Britain are in lane eight.

20.45: Christian Sprenger of Australia has won that one. Jamieson finished third misses out on the final as that heat was much slower than the first.

20.41: In the next heat we've got two Brits: Craig Benson, who is just 18, and Michael Jamieson.

20.40: Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa has just won the men's 100m breaststroke heat with an Olympic Record, with double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima down in fourth and in danger of missing out on the final.

20.35: Ye Shiwen has broken the 400m individual medley world record by an incredible 1.02 seconds with that swim... and she's only 16! I can't quite believe that.

20.31: Here's what Andy Murray had to say after he and his brother's doubles defeat earlier:

'It was tough, we played well. We were a break up twice in the third set. We had enough chances to win the match, each time we got the break we got broken straight back so it was tough,' he said.

'I will try and get prepared and try and do all of the recovery stuff. I will get an early night and get myself ready for tomorrow.'

20.28: Four gold medals now then for China, who are well clear in the medal table now.

20.23: An incredible performance from the 16-year-old Chinese to storm past Beisel - who takes silver - in the last 100m and set a NEW WORLD RECORD. Li Xuanxu, also of China, takes bronze. Miley finishes fifth and will be disappointed.


20.20: Beisel is clear at 300m... Miley in fourth.

20.15: Out they come then... 19-year-old American Elizabeth Beisel is the favoutite for this one, but Miley has a real chance of a medal.

20.08: As Ryan Lochte receives his gold medal, we gear up for the women's 400m individual medley final, where Hannah Miley goes in search of Great Britain's first medal.

20.05: Sun set a new Olympic Record in that race, and he would have had a World Record had he not glided the last couple of metres.

20.00: Park Taehwan of South Korea takes silver and Peter Vanderkaay of the US bronze. Britain's David Carry finishes a commendable seventh.

19.58: SUN YANG WINS GOLD IN THE 400M FREESTYLE: He just misses out on the world record, but he doesn't care. China have their third gold medal.

19.56: South Korea's Park and China's Sun are neck and neck here, with a world record on the cards...

19.53: Next up it's the men's 400m freestyle final. David Carry of Great Britain is in this one.

19.49: Dana Vollmer of the US has won that heat, just missing out on the world record. Gandy finishes fifth and qualifies for the final!

19.45: Ellen Gandy of Great Britain is in lane 2 for the next heat.

19.44: Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden wins that heat/ Unfortunately Fran has finished down in seventh in that one and is almost certainly not in the final.

19.43: Sensational stuff that from Lochte... next up it's Britain's Fran Halsall in the women's 100m butterfly heats.

19.40: Thiago Pereira of Brazil takes silver and Japan's Kosuke Hagino bronze.

19.37: RYAN LOCHTE WINS GOLD IN THE 400M INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: He's won that by a country mile! Phelps is out of the medals in fourth place.

19.35: Lochte is well clear after 200m as they move into the breaststroke.

19.34: Lochte has the lead after the 100m.

19.29: While Phelps is the bigger name of the two, Lochte is the favourite going in to this one. This is Phelps' least favourite event and he just scraped into the final: you'd be a fool to right him off though.

19.26: Excitement building now in the aquatic centre with six finals coming up. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are up first in the men's 400m individual medley.

19:18: Great Britain's 3-0 victory over Cameroon sees the Olympic hosts qualify for the next round.

19:16: And there it is, Keothavong is out at the expense of Wozniacki. Brit tennis dreams smashed in a matter of minutes. She lost 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

19:13: Wozniacki has broken Keothavong and is 5-2 up. She is serving to win the tie.

19:10: Earlier this afternoon the Italian's took gold in the men's team archery. A dramatic conclusion saw them shock the USA with a final arrow victory.

19:08: Keothavong is 4-2 down in her deciding set and is about to serve.

19:06: It's all over for the brothers as they lose the third set 7-5. The Murrays are out.

19:04: The Murray's are serving to stay in the match at 6-5 down in the third set.

18.58: Meanwhile, Keothavong has been broken in the third set of her first round tennis match against Wozniacki.

18.56: Team GB are now 3-0 up in the women's football against Cameroon thanks to Steph Houghton's second goal of the Games.

18.54: The Murrays have been broken back! What a topsy-turvy match that one is turning out to be.

18.51: The Murrays have broken back and are now just one game away from winning.

18.45: The Murray brothers have been broken back in their deciding set against the Austrian pair of Melzer and Peya. Judy Murray, incidentally, has chosen to watch Keothavong over her sons...

18.42: Keothavong and Wozniacki are into a deciding set at Wimbledon.

18.32: Team GB are still 2-0 in their women's football match against Cameroon, with an hour gone in that one. Meanwhile, Wozniacki is a break up against Keothavong in their second set, after the Brit won the first.

18.24: The Murray brothers are in a deciding set, after losing a second-set tie-break. They are a break up in the third though against Melzer and Peya.

18.22: Italy have won team gold in the men's archery after a quite brilliant final against the US. Michele Frangilli needed a 10 off the last arrow to win it, and he delivered.

18.16: Mark Cavendish has tweeted: '4 heroes in @bradwiggins, @millarmind, @chrisfroome & @IStannard. Rode, with the weight of a nation, until exhaustion. So proud.'

18.13: Canada's Joshua Binstock had kind words for British pair John Garcia-Thompson and Steve Grotowski after he and Martin Reader won their beach volleyball match: 'It's hard because they are great people and we like them as friends. It can help to create motivation when you don't like your opponents, but that was not the case. They are stand-up class acts.'

18.05: Anne Keothavong has won the first set against Caroline Wozniacki! A shock could be on the cards at Wimbledon for the Brit, who is facing the Danish former world No 1.

18.01: David Millar has echoed Mark Cavendish's sentiments after the men's cycling road race: 'We lost out, but a lot of teams lost out by planning the race against us. But we expected that. We can't complain because everyone knew what we were going to try and do so it was their job to try and derail us. Which they did.'

17.57: More medal news as South Korea beat Mexico to win men's team archery bronze. The Asian countries are dominating the medal table at the moment.

17.55: Elsewhere in the women's 48kg weightlifting, Japan's Hiromi Miyake has won silver, and North Korea's Chun Hwa Ryang bronze.

17.50: China move into a clear lead in the medal table as Wang Mingjuan wins gold in the women's 48kg weightlifting.

17.41: More good news for Great Britain as our men's gymnastics team are guaranteed a place in Monday's final.

17.39: 2-0 to Team GB in the women's football! Jill Scott has scored the second goal in a matter of minutes in Cardiff.

17.35: Team GB have taken the lead in their women's football match against Cameroon, with Casey Stoney netting.

17.33: Andy and Jamie Murray have taken the first set against the Austrian duo 7-5.

17.30: The Canadian's have won that beach volleyball match against the British duo, who put up a valiant fight. They have two more group matches to come though, so it's not curtains yet.

17.29: Italy have beaten Mexico in the team archery event and will face the US in the final.

17.27: Britain's men's beach volleyball team of John Garcia Thompson and Steve Grotowski are currently a set down Canada's Josh Binstock and Martin Reader and are heading for defeat.


17.21: Here's what Elena Baltacha had to say after winning her first round tennis match: 'It feels amazing. I was a little bit nervous obviously in the changing room, the two matches went so quick before mine.But once I put my gear on and I looked in the mirror, I thought, 'God, I'm so privileged to be playing for my country'. It was such a dream of mine and the fact that I'm an Olympian, I still have to pinch myself to be honest. It's such an amazing feeling.'

17.17: The women's football is under way in Cardiff, with Team GB looking to build on their opening win against New Zealand as they face Cameroon.

17.06: There's a surprise result coming from the team archery event, where defending champions South Korea have been beaten by the US - who will face either Mexico or Italy in the gold medal match.

17.02: Federer has survived that scare against Falla to win their first round match.

16.57: Andy and Jamie Murray are under way in their men's doubles match against Austrian duo Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya.

16.52: Felipe Kitadai of Brazil has also won a bronze medal in the men's -60kg Judo.

16.49: Here are those quotes from a disappointed Mark Cavendish, whose had a bit of a dig at the Australians: 'The guys all sat there in the tent absolutely spent. We did everything we could. The crowd was tremendous the whole way around, but the Aussies just raced negatively. The team were incredible. They left everything out on the road. I am so proud of them. We didn't expect any help. We rode the race we wanted to ride. We couldn't pull the group back on Box Hill. Other teams were content that if they didn't win, we wouldn't win. We expected it. If you want to win, you've to take it to them.'

16.39: The Judo goldrush continues... Russia's Arsen Galstyan has won the men's -60kg category, beating Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka, who takes silver.

16.35: Roger Federer has lost the second set of match against Colombia's Alejandro Falla, so that one is into a deciding set. Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish had some frank and interesting things to say to the BBC - I'll have those quotes with you just as soon as I get them.

16.32: Brazil's Sarah Menezes has won gold in the women's Judo -48kg.

16.28: Uzbekistan's Rishod Sobirov has won bronze in the men's Judo -60kg category.

16.20: Three-time gold medallist sailor Ben Ainslie has been talking after practicing at Weymouth ahead of his race tomorrow... 'It was good to get out there. There were fantastic conditions and it was on the medal race course and also the one we start on tomorrow. It's pretty tricky. It will be a tricky race tomorrow,' he said.

16.15: Brit Elena Baltacha is through to the second round of the women's tennis tournament, beating Hungarian Agnes Szavay 6-3, 6-3.

16.01: Well that's it from me today. I'll see you tomorrow morning for more live coverage on day two of the Olympics, but for now I will pass you over to Joe Ridge who will see you through the evening...

15.56: Meanwhile there has been another gold medal elsewhere as Korea's Jin Jongoh takes top spot on the podium in the Men's 10 Air Pistol.

15.52: Joy for Vinokurov but what went wrong for Britain? They were nowhere near at the end.

The problem was they did all the donkey work in the peloton and there was simply no gas left in the tank come the final push.

15.47: Madness! Uran looks behind him on the home straight only to see Alexandr Vinokurov skip around him on the outside unsighted to take gold for Kazakhstan in the Men's Cycling Road Race.

15.45: We are into the final kilometer as Uran and Vinokurov leading a two-horse race.

15.42: So with the Brit charge collapsing in the cycling. a quick check at the tennis where Britain's Elena Baltacha has won the first set 6-3 against Hungary's Agnes Szavay.

15.39: And now there is a breakaway in the breakaway. Rigoberto Uran and Alexandr Vinokurov are fighting for the lead with 7km to go. Heartbreak this for Cavendish - there will be no bunch and therefore no sprint finish.

15.36: Horror. The gap hasn't closed at all. It's still around 50 seconds back to Cavendish and that is just about curtains for his medal hopes - let alone gold.

15.34: There is 10km to go and it's very difficult to tell the time gap now. It's must have closed after that crash.

15.29: Drama! Fabian Cancellara has crashed at the front of the group going around a corner in a very odd looking incident.

The back wheel seemed to lock and that caused the chasing pack to hesitate a bit.

You have to feel for the Swiss rider but that is a boost for Team GB.

15.24: The gap down to 51 seconds with 20km left. Still too slow but not impossible for Cavendish to still win this.

15.19: As they go past Hampton Court Palace, the Spanish still lead with the gap now down to 53 seconds

I still don't think that is being closed down quick enough by the Brits though.

15.16: Chris Froom has dropped out for Britain, giving Cavendish just three team-mates to help him. The gap up to 63 seconds.

15.12: Gold is slipping away from Britain who are not closing the gap. The trouble is they need some help in the work load. The Germans are trying but it may not be enough.

15.07: Nail-biting stuff this. The gap remains one minute back to Cavendish who still remains calm - you really feel Britain are going to have to move soon.

15.02: Turns out it has fallen flat on its face! I thought Gilbert was on his own up field but the chasing pack have quickly swallowed him up in no time at all.

The gap to the pelaton is now a minute. I hope Cavendish and Britain are remaining more clam than I am right now.

15.00: Gilbert's gamble hasn't fallen flat on its face yet but his lead doesn't look big enough to me to see him to the end.

The Pelaton is around 50 seconds behind the breakaway group but Britain are going to have to get a move on with around an hour to go.

14.55: Nicola Wilson has fallen to 11th with Opposition Buzz in the dressage phase of the eventing, but veteran Mary King has moved into second place of 25 with a score of 40.90 on Imperial Cavalier. Britain as a team are ranked second overall.

14.52: I must point out though that Cavendish and his team have not reacted to this. They have a plan and they are sticking to it.

I wonder how long Gilbert can carry on for up front - I think he has gone too early.

14.49: You can feel the road race starting to come to the boil. Gilbert still impressively leads by 45 seconds while another clique of riders have decided to break away from the pelaton.

14.44: Table tennis is another event starting today and Britain's Joanna Parker is up soon when she takes on Brazil's Caroline Kumahara for a place in the second round. Germany's Kristin Silbereisen awaits the winner.

14.39: More events starting up as women's football resumes with Brazil taking on New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium.

In the same group, Team GB take on Cameroon later knowing a win could see them into the quarter-finals.

14.36: Big, big call from Belgium's Philippe Gilbert who has ditched the lead pack and gone on his own. He has opened up quite a gap of around 20 seconds, with the pelaton (and Britain) still around 45 seconds behind what was the leaders.

14.31: Britain's William Snatch won his heat in the rowing pairs with George Nash earlier, and he has commented on how the duo work:

He said: 'We've changed the way we row slightly and almost gone back to what we did originally - kept it raw and basic. And the crowd cheering you on gives you a bit of a pump.

'We don't actually say that much. George has a few basic calls but if it's going well you can feel it. We try to listen to the boat rather than chatting over it.

'At a world cup you race every day so it's going to be a bit different and we have to make sure we don't take the foot off the gas, but to recover you have to rest. We're both quite young and we haven't done a full Olympic training programme, but we know how to race side by side. I have loads of confidence in Georgeand I hope he has some in me.'

14.28: The gap down to 45 seconds as we start the final lap of Box Hill. Britain are getting attacked leading the pelotan but Cavendish will be more focused on continuing to chase down the leading pack of 11 riders.

14.24: Some news on the boxing at the ExCeL Arena where despite there being no Brit in action today is packed out with fans.

Right now it's the last 32 of the Men's Bantam weight taking place with Britain's Luke Campbell already through to the last 16 with a bye - he will get his gloves on in four days' time.

14.20: This is falling nicely for Cavendish who looks to be in the pound seat at this point. With just under 70km to go we are edging closer towards a bunch sprint.

14.15: More from Louis Smith who commented on his pommel horse routine, compatriot Kristian Thomas (who leads at this stage) and the team's expectations:

'It's been an emotional four years. There's been a lot of pressure on my shoulders, a lot of people have put a lot of hours into supporting me.

'Kristian was a hero. Every single one of the guys was a hero. They're just absolutely fantastic. The guys are amazing and hopefully they'll take a bit of the pressure off me.

'We're on new ground. We've not qualified a team before so I think we've already exceeded expectations and we're just going to enjoy it.'

14.10: Two more laps of Box Hill and pelaton leaders Britain remains a minute behind the front runners.

But the chasing pack have now been swallowed up by Cavendish and Co.

14.05: Just to confirm from earlier that Olympic champion Park was disqualified for making a false start in the 400m freestyle.

The Korean has appealed but they haven't got long to make a decision, the final is later this evening.

14.00: Louis Smith and his team have had a strong morning in the gymnastics, with the captain through to the pommel horse final.

He said on Twitter: 'A brief moment back on twitter to say a massive thank you to every1 who's has helped me and my team get through this day love your support x'

13.55: The gap is really closing. Britain have led the pelotan most of this race and they are just 20 seconds behind the second breakaway pack and a minute behind the leaders.

13.50: Back to the road race road race...and the chase is on! Cavendish has closed the gap to the breakaway bunch to just two minutes.

13.45: Well that's one opponent for Andy Murray out of the way (who is in double's action at 17.30) as Berdych has succumbed 6-4 6-4 to Steve Darcis. The Scot would have been due to face the sixth seed in the quarter-finals.

13.40: Frances Houghton spoke about the home support after her GB team finished fourth in the women's Quadrupple Sculls:

She said: 'The physical hard work is done but this is where the mental work comes in during the next few days.

'At least we're underway now, Monday (the repechage) is going to be the biggest race.'

'Yes, I mean of course, with all these people willing us on you do sort of go 'aargghh'.'

13.35: Britain still haven't blinked in the Road Race. With two groups of 11 in front of them the gap is around four minutes but there is only around 100km to go as the pace increases.

13.30: Out you go sunshine. The IOC have confirmed that 20-year-old Hysen Pulaku has been excluded from the 2012 Games.

The Albanian weightlifter tested positive on 23 July for stanozolol.

13.25: Britain's Alan Campbell eased his way into this Olympic rowing regatta with a comfortable victory in the men's single sculls heats - a strong start enabling the Northern Irishman to control the race all the way.

13.20: Time for a drastic change in focus and to the Equestrian as Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz score of 51.70 penalties puts them in fourth place of 10 starters.

13.15: Britain got off to a bad start in the badminton with a mixed double's defeat but Susan Egelstaff has brought some joy by beating Slovakia's Maja Tvrdy 21-15 21-10. The British No. 1 is up against Sayaka Sato of Japan next in Group H...not immediately of course.

13.12: A very tactical battle this Road Race. The good news for Cavendish and friends is they have started to marginally close the gap to the 11 riders out in front.

But there has been a second breakaway group containing Vincenzo Nibali and Philippe Gilbert to keep Britain on their toes.

13.07: In the Cycling Road Race, the breakaway 11 up front still lead Britain and the main pack by around six minutes as they go into the fourth lap of nine at Box Hill. Still no need to panic for Cavendish just yet.

13.03: Britain's Michael Jamieson reacted after qualifying for the Men's 100m Breaststroke semi-final:

Jamieson said: 'I had a good swim, no problems at all. I have a sense of responsibility so need to raise my game and get to the final. I am as strong as I have ever been, so now it's time to do it.

'It's an amazing crowd, I am so grateful for all the messages of support and all the encouragement we are getting.'

13.00: It feels like I'm back at Wimbledon trying this, but at Centre Court sixth seed Thomas Berdych has lost the first set 6-4 to Belgium's Steve Darcis - the Czech star is a potential opponent for Britain's Andy Murray later on in this tournament.

12.55: Australia ease to victory in the second heat with Netherlands and Denmark also in the final. The times are in.. and Great Britain do indeed make it through to tonight's medal race.

12.50: The first relay event in the pool is the women's 4x100m and the United States come home first ahead of China and Japan with Great Britain joint fourth with Sweden. It will be down to the times in the other heat to determine if they go through.

12.40: The first medalist of the Games, Yi, has been speaking about her success: 'I'm very happy. I want to say thanks to China, to my mother and father.

'I'm very excited and happy. I have been shooting since I was 13-years-old.

'I've been up since 5am this morning. There was a lot of pressure on me.'

12.30: George Nash and Will Satch have won their heat in men's pair art Eton Dorney. They are a relatively new team but could be medal contenders on this performance. New Zealand look ominous though, they've broken the world record by an impressive six seconds. They crossed the line in a time of 6 minutes, 8.50 seconds at Dorney Lake - easily surpassing the previous best time of 6:14.27 minutes posted by Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell of Britain in Seville in 2002.

12.25: We are looking at a lead of just over five minutes in the road race with the Brits leading the chase at the front of the pelaton. Germany's Tony Martin is helping out and he'll be hoping his countryman Andre Griepel can fight Mark Cavendish for the sprint finish.

12.20: Over to the badminton which started this morning and sadly Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier have lost their opening mixed doubles group match to Russia 14-21 21-9 21-18.

It's a must-win clash against Germany next for the Anglo-Scottish pair.

12.15: But it's not all bad news, with creator of the Olympic cauldron Thomas Heatherwick claiming that all 204 nations will take home a piece of the copper petals at the end of the Games.

'We were aware cauldrons had been getting bigger, higher, fatter as each Olympics happened,' Heatherwick said, 'we felt we shouldn't try to be even bigger than the last ones.

'This incredible event has 204 nations coming together, so we had a child from each country bringing these copper polished objects in.

'At the end of the Games this cauldron will dismantle itself and radiate back down to the ground and each of those copper pieces taken away by each nation and put in a national Olympic cabinet somewhere.'

12.12: Sadly there is more controversy surrounding the organisation with many seats empty at the 'sell-out' Aquatic Centre.

London 2012 communications director Jackie Brock-Doyle said: 'The public have turned up, it looks like they were accredited seating [for officials or media].

'We are looking into who should have been sitting there and why they were not.'

12.09: And both are through to the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke - very strong stuff from the Brits in the pool this morning.

12.06: Wow, Michael Jamieson has also produced an outstanding swim to record a time of 59.89 - that will almost certainly put him in the semi-finals.

12.02: And boy does he deliver, Benson recorded a time of 60.04 to finish fourth and that should be good enough to reach the semis.

11.59: It's a busy morning in the pool as Britain's Craig Benson aims to reach the semi-finals of the men's 100m breaststroke. The 18-year-old will need to be at his best though.

11.54: Michael Phelps only just squeezed into the 400m medley final and the American admits the heat times took him by surprise:

'I didn't expect those guys to go that fast in the heats. I just wanted to get some good turns, carry my speed in and out of the walls. A final spot is a final spot.'

'I think the only thing that matters is getting a spot. You can't get the gold medal from the morning.'

11.51: So Siling takes the first gold medal but sadly for Britain, McIntosh failed to make the final. She remains upbeat though and sees her first Olympics as a positive experience.

McIntosh said: 'We're not exactly used to that but it was phenomenal. I just want to thank everybody that came along and showed their support today. That was absolutely fantastic.

'It took a wee bit to get used to, but actually I found it really helped. It gave me something to laugh about, which helps deal with the nerves.

'It was my first Olympics, the score wasn't great. I'd have liked to be in the final but performance-wise I felt like I handled it really well. You live and learn.

I'm going back to bed. I'm so tired from getting up so early. I've got another event in a week's time (the 50m rifle 3 position) so I guess I just go away and think about that and come down from this high I'm on right now and get ready for my next match.'

11.48: Sadly for Wilmott she fails to make the cut, but Miley has indeed made the final of the 400m medley which will take place tonight.

She is up against it though, she was five seconds off the fastest time in those heats despite winning her race.

11.44: So over to the final heat where Aimee Wilmott hopes to join her British compatriot in the final.

11.43: Top swim from Miley, who is given a huge cheer by the home crowd after winning her heat with a time of 4:34.98 - that should take her to the final.

11.40: Over to the gymnastics at the O2 Arena, Britain have made a solid start with a score of 44.199 on the rings.

It's considered their weakest of the six-set apparatus but that is a positive start.

11.37: The Queen is in attendance at the Aquatic Centre this morning, which is where Britain's Hannah Miley is about to start her 400m medley heat.

11.32: There is still a pack of 12 that have broken away in the Road race with the gap back to the Brits now up to five minutes. Nothing to panic about just yet though.

11.28: Rowing has been strong for the Brits this morning with the Men's Lightweight Four dominating the heats to reach the semi-final.

Plenty of the British rowers have spoken of the huge buzz they get in the final 200 meters when they can hear the home crowd's cheer.


Sylvia Bogacka let nerves get the better of her as Yi Siling takes gold in the women's 10m Air Rifle in her first Olympic Games.

11.20: From Sportsmail's Alex Kay:

Looks like the first gold medal of the Games is going to Poland... three round to go.

11.16: There was nearly more drama in the swimming with Michael Phelps only just squeezing into the final of the 400m medley.

Rival Ryan Lochte will also join him in the final.

11.12: Drama in the third heat...big drama! Olympic champion Park Taehwan won the race but has been disqualified.

What for we are not too sure, but it's likely to be for a false start.

It can't be for anything else but there didn't seem to be anything wrong with the Korean's start. All will be revealed I hope.

Britain's David Carry finished third with a time of 3:47.25 - that will put him through to the final.

11.08: From Sportsmail's Alex Kay:

Shooting surprisingly good to watch. Very tense final, this. Barely anything separating the eight.

11.06: There has been a breakaway bunch in the Cycling Road Race, but the British riders are at the front of the pelotan as the race edges towards Box Hill. There is 205km of the 250km race to go with the Brit's just over four minutes behind.

11.02: A decent swim form Renwick but his second place might not be enough, with a slower than average heat. 3:47.44 the Brit's time.

10.59: Back to the Aquatic Centre for Brit watch, with Robbie Renwick about to start his heat for the 400m freestyle.

10.57: Argentina eventually fell away but despite Britain overtaking them, it's New Zealand that win the heat by ending the strongest. All three go to the semi-finals - with the world champions setting a new Olympic record at 6:11.30.

10.53: A good start from Britain but at the half-way point it's Argentina who lead narrowly from Lucas and Townsend with New Zealand a close third.

10.50: Sticking with water but back to rowing as Britain's Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend take on Estonia, New Zealand and Argentina in the Men's Double Sculls.

10.47: Likewise from Britain's Ellen Gandy who also ended strongly to record a time of 58.25 in her heat - again that should see her through with one to go.

10.44: A reasonably good start from Britain's Fran Halsall who finishes second in her 100m Butterfly heat with a time of 58.23 - that should be enough to take her into the semi-finals.

10.40: From Infostrada 2012:

Katerina Emmons (W 10m air rifle) won the very 1st gold medal in Beijing. She can also become 1st gold medallist.

The Czech star only just made the final though with Pole Sylvia Bogacka and Chinese Siling Yi recording scores of 399 out of 400.

10.36: As we saw earlier, Britain crashed out of the men's team archery competition to a very impressive Ukraine side at Lord's, and team member Larry Godfrey touched on went wrong:

Godfrey said: I'm not really sure. We all went high and whether that was the adrenaline pumping or what I don't know.

'We were slow to adjust and they came out and smashed it straight away. 223 is a good score and 212 is way below our usual standard, we'll have to have a chat to see what went wrong.'

10.32: Michael Phelps has made his mark at the London 2012 Games, winning his Swimming 400m medley heat looking like he had more left in reserve.

That should see him through to the final providing six more swimmers don't better his four minutes 13.33 seconds time in the final heat (highly unlikely.)

10.28: Just to highlight how up-and-down it's been for the Brits this morning, Ashley Mckenzie has crashed out of the Men's -60kg judo, losing to Hiroaki Hiraoka.

10.24: A cracking race sees Germany win and qualify for the final, but Britain ran them close in second place and they go into the repechages along with the Netherlands and Canada. On this evidence I fancy them to reach the final too.

10.19: More rowing action now with the Men's Eight. Britain are up against Canada, Germany and the Netherlands in a high quality opening heat.

10.14: It was the Women's 10m shooting that started things off this morning, but in a very close qualifying section, Britain's Jennifer McIntosh has missed out on a place in the final with a score of 392 out of 400.

The top eight go through and the 20-year-old finished 36th - highlighting just how much of a perfectionist you need to be to progress in that event.

10.09: After the success of the women's pairs earlier, sadly it's bad news from Eton Dornery as Great Britain's women are out of the Quadruple Sculls.

Ukraine cruised to an easy win with Australia and New Zealand pipping the team of Melanie Wilson, Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton and Debbie Flood at the line.

10.05: Some interesting comments from Great Britain cycling manager Dave Brailsford before the event, who admits all of Britain's hopes on Cavendish:

Brailsford said: 'There's no doubt they (the team) are riding for one rider. They've got no aspirations for themselves. It's all for Cav. We have all our eggs in one basket.

'There are certain teams who want a bunch sprint, and it's up to the other teams to stop us having a bunch sprint. That's the intrigue. It's a very, very long race. They'll be attacking early but that doesn't always work either so it will be a game of intrigue this one, for sure.

'There is confidence, bit of nervousness, excitement, expectation, it's all of those things that make you think, well, we're ready to go.'

10.00: We are underway in the men's Road Race, in just over six hours time hopefully we will see Cavendish ride home to claim gold. Very sunny conditions down at The Mall and I'm pleased to say there is a large crowd too.

9.55: Concerning Cavendish's road race, the big talking point on a relativley flat course is Box Hill.

It could be where the race is won and lost with many riders aiming to get in front of the Brit on the high terrain section, knowing the Manx Missile will probably blow everyone away in the sprint down to The Mall at the end of the race.

9.50: Just 10 minutes to go until Mark Cavendish begins his quest for Olympic gold in the Cycling road race.

While there is more Brits on show in the Men's -60kg Judo.

Ashley McKenzie takes on Hiroaki Hiraoka in eight minute's time, with the Japanese last year's World Championship runner-up.

9.45: Don't forget folks if you want to check out live results, a guide to the sports or even look at the schedule just click on the links in the green box to the right.

9.41: From InfostradaLive:

Great Britain's Glover/Stanning set a new #Olympic record in heats of women's pairs #rowing, breaking Australia's record set in 1996.

9.38: Excellent stuff from the Brits who set an Olympic record of 6 minutes and 57 seconds to move into the final.

The American's finish a boat length behind to also seal a final spot, with Romania in third.

9.35: And an excellent start for the British pair who stretch into nearly a boat length's lead at the halfway point.

The big surprise sees Olympic champions Romania struggling in fourth.

9.30: Over to the rowing at Eton Dorney, where British pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will attempt to come through their first heat against Romania, Argentina, Germany and the USA. Very nice and sunny in that part of the world.

9.24: Back to that mixed badminton doubles match this morning involving Poland and Japan, it's actually part of a reschedule following a complaint from the Poles.

The pair successfully challenged a change to the London 2012 programme that left them playing twice in one day.

Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba complained after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced dramatic revisions to the playing schedule on the eve of the competition.

The changes would have meant Mateusiak and Zieba playing both the Danish pair of Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen and Canadians Toby Ng and Grace Gao on Monday.

Zieba said: 'We are so angry because it is only one day before competition. For us, it's worse because the Japanese is a big, important match.'

The BWF made the alterations after realising they had not followed their own regulations concerning group matches when drawing up the schedule.

The rules stipulate that when using a round-robin stage, as they are for the first round in London, the highest-ranked participants in each group must play the lowest first.

9.21: Two scores of 10 from Wills and Terry ensure Britain end on a high but Ukraine hold their nerve to clinch a 223-212 victory. They will face South Korea in the last eight but sadly for GB they are the first team out.

9.18: Final round and with the lead still at 11 - only a very, very poor round from Ukraine can deny them a quarter-final spot now.

9.16: Nines are not a bad score but another three of them from GB are heavily punished as Ukraine increase their lead to 12.

Six arrows to go for each side and Ukraine effectively have one foot in the quarter-finals.

9.14: The lead down to nine with GB even hitting a 10 score dead centre of the target - Robin Hood stuff that.

9.11: At the half-way point GB are in huge trouble. They are a full 10 points behind Ukraine now with Simon Terry, Larry Godfrey and Alan Wills struggling with the range and possible wind. many of the arrows simply too far up the target.

9.08: The lead up to six now with a score of 84, with Ukraine even able to afford hitting a seven.

9.06: From InfostradaLive:

China has won the table tennis women's singles event at last 6 #Olympics, one behind the active record streak by any NOC in any event.

9.05: And that lead increases to four as Ukraine stay ahead on 57 points - a poor seven score letting the hosts down in that previous round.

9.02: Not a good start either. GB fire a respectable 27 in the opening round but Ukraine hit 29.

8.59: And the bad news is GB have never beaten the eastern Europeans in four previous matches...

8.54: All women's events those...except for the Archery at Lords where Ukraine are about to take on Great Britain in an elimination match at Lord's cricket ground.

8.52: More events about to get underway with Archery, Basketball, Beach Volleyball and Table Tennis set to get underway at nine o'clock.

8.47: The mixed doubles in badminton is scheduled to feature Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier for Britain in around an hour's time when they take on Russia in Group A.

The pair are a good shout to claim a medal but there is already a minor shock on the cards with Poland a game up against Japan in Group B.

8.42: Regarding Cavendish later this morning, there shouldn't be too much concern he has just come off the back of Toure de France.

The Manx Missle has already commented that his training recently was to build his overall strength at the expense of explosive power - but we will find out later on today if that will be to his benefit.

8.35: And it's the shooting where we will get our first gold medal later this morning.

It's qualifying for the final that is taking place now and the good news is McIntosh is off to a decent start, firing a 99 score. Still early days though.

8.30: From Sportsmail's :

Right! Off to the royal artillery for the first medal of the games. Worried athletes won't be able to get their guns through security checks.

8.25: Susan Egelstaff is Britain's hope for the women's singles in badminton.

But it seems the smart money is with the Chinese...


Since 2000, Chinese #badminton players have lost 9 #Olympic women's singles matches – but 6 of them were against fellow Chinese players.

8.20: Gold medal hopeful, on Twitter:

En-route to The Mall... In less than 2hours we'll be riding the Olympic Road Race.

8.15: While they load up their bullets at The Royal Artillery Barracks, the Badminton is set to get underway at 8.30am at Wembley Arena.

The Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles are first to serve.

8.10: First up though is the Women's 10m Air Rifle where Jennifer McIntosh features for Britain - that starts in just five minutes time.

8.05: Right, there are LOADS of events happening today but the main one this morning will be the Men's Road Race at 10am where Britain's Mark Cavendish will be going for gold..

8.00: Let the Games begin! Footballers and archers may have already made their own Olympic headlines, but after last night's entertaining opening ceremony, London 2012 is fully up and running.

Good morning and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the Olympic Games.

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22.20: I seem to be saying this every evening but what a day that was... I don't know where to begin, but I suppose the logical place to start is with Great Britain's first gold medal of the day, which came at Eton Dorney where Katherine Grainger ended her Olympic hoodoo to win gold in the double sculls alongside Anna Watkins. Also in the rowing, Alan Campbell in the men's single sculls, and George Nash and William Satch in the men's pair all won bronze. Just a day after Gemma Gibbons' silver - Britain's first judo medal in 12 years - Karina Bryant won bronze in the +78kg category. Then, at the Velodrome, the men's team pursuiters won gold and were quickly followed by Vicoria Pendleton topping the podium in the keirin. There was another bronze medal for a tearful Rebecca Adlington in the 800m freestyle at the Aquatic Centre. And finally, Jessica Ennis has a comfortable lead heading into the second and final day of the heptathlon tomorrow after two brilliant runs in the 100m hurdles and the 200m, while Andy Murray is through to the final of the tennis after beating Novak Djokovic on Centre Court at WImbledon... Phew! Join Rik Sharma for more live coverage from 8am tomorrow. Adios.

22.09: Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot won silver and bronze respectively in the 10,000 metres, but that race was all about Dibaba, who streaked clear with a 62-second final lap.

22.02: Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba wins the women's 10,000 metres to take her third Olympic gold...

21.59: Here's what Jessica Ennis has had to say after taking a lead into the final day of the heptathlon tomorrow: 'I'm knackered, I'm so tired. It's a great way to end the first day. To lead after the first day makes me really happy. I never knew I was going to run as fast but to get a personal best on day one is amazing. I am going to go back and look at what I have to do tomorrow. I have to make sure everything is really solid for tomorrow. I know it sounds really cheesy but running round the bend, you really hear the crowd and it just lifts you.'

21.57: We've got two Ethiopians and two Kenyans now battling it out in the 10,000 metres with two laps to go.

21.53: Team GB have lost that thriller against France in overtime, but what a fight they put up. Valiant defeat, sadly, is becoming a recurring theme for both the men's and women's basketball teams this Olympics.

21.47: Team GB's women may be already out of the basketball tournament but their determined to go down fighting. They've taken France into overtime after the fourth quarter ended at 67-67.

21.42: Tomasz Majewski of Poland has won the first gold medal inside the Olympic Stadium, retaining his shot put title from four years ago. David Strol of Germany takes the silver. Reese Hoffa of the US takes bronze.

21.37: Selby wins it 19-15 despite a two-point penalty in the last round. That puts him into the last eight of the flyweight competition.

21.31: Selby now leads 12-8 after the second round over at the ExCeL...

21.30: The women's 10,000m final is under way in the Olympic Stadium, where Britain's Jo Pavey and Julia Bleasdale are running.

21.28: British flyweight Andrew Selby has taken the first round of his bout with Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan 6-5.

21.20: It's full-time in the women's football and Team GB have been beaten 2-0 by Canada and are out of the tournament. A disappointing end to a promising campaign from Hope Powell's team.

21.19: More great news from the Olympic Park is that both Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson are both into long jump final... and the reigning champion Irving Saladino is out, meaning there is a real medal chance for both Brits.

21.15: Ennis takes the lead in the heptathlon! She collects 1,096 points with that time of 22.83 seconds.

21.13: It's a photo finish between Ennis and Schippers...

21.11: It's time for Jessica Ennis' 200m heat...

21.09: Boos ring around the stadium as Team GB see one of the most blatant penalties you'll ever see completely ignore by the referee. It looked stone-wall in real time, and even more so on the slow-mo as the Canadian defender slid straight through the back of Aluko without getting anywhere near the ball. Let's hope they won't be made to rue that decision. Six minutes left...

21.02: Meanwhile, Team GB still trail Canada 2-0 in Coventry. There's under 15 minutes left and they're throwing everyone forward - can they turn it around?

21.01: Adrian Zielinski of Poland has won the men's 85kg weightlifting.

20.59: A result I didn't bring you from earlier - although I think I can be excused given all the drama in the Velodrome, the Aquatic Centre and at Wimbledon - was that Great Britain's women's volleyball team have lost to the Dominican Republic in straight sets.

20.55: Great Britain's Louise Hazel has just won her heat in the heptathlon 200m. Jessica Ennis' heat is coming up soon as she will be buoyed by the news that current leader Austra Skujyte of Lithuania finished down in seventh in that race.

20.52: Back over to the Olympic Stadium now and Ross Murray and Andrew Baddeley have just qualified for the semi-finals of the 1500m.

20.48: A tearful Rebecca Adlington has just collected her bronze medal to a standing ovation in the Aquatic Centre. Here is what she had to say after the race: 'I am not disappointed I have got a bronze medal so there is nothing to be ashamed of, what I am disappointed more in is the time. I do not know whether the expectations and environment got the better of me. I gave it all and I hope that people at home see that. I am proud to be on the podium,' she added. 'The pressure has been hard to deal with over the past four years, no other Brit has ever won two gold medals.'

20.43: Meanwhile, Fran Halsall is into the women's 50m freestyle final.

20.36: This night just gets better and better, let's hope Hope can inspire Team GB to turn around their 2-0 deficit against Canada in Coventry - the second half has just got under way.

20.31: HE'S DONE IT! Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5. He will play Roger Federer in the final on Sunday, just a month after the two faced each other in the Wimbledon final. Will it be a different outcome this time? Let's hope so! Just a point about the final, it will be played over five sets.

20.30: Match point Murray.

20.26: Back in the pool and a bit of a shock in the men's 50m freestyle, France's Florent Manaudou wins ahead of Cullen Jones into silver.

20.21: Up in Coventry it is half time and Canada lead Team GB 2-0. Work to do for Powell's girls.

20.18: Mixed night for Britain's female sprinters as Abi Oyepitan makes it through the 100m heats but Anyika Onoura has failed.

20.13: Back in the stadium and British long jumper Greg Rutherford has jumped 8.08m with his first jump, which is 2cm of automatic qualification. Good start.

20.08: Over at Wimbledon it is going with serve in the second set between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, it is 4-4, Murray leads 1-0 in sets.

20.03: GOAL! It's all going Pete Tong up in Coventry as Canada take a 2-0 lead over Team GB through Christine Sinclair. Hope Powell's girls have it all to do now.

20.01: Jessica Ennis has dropped to second in the heptathlon after finishing ninth in the shot put. There's still the 200m to come later though and she is ahead of her main rivals Natallia Dobrynska and Tatyana Chernova.

19.56: Katie Ledecky of the US wins gold! What a remarkable race that was - no-one saw that coming... Adlington will have to settle for another bronze as Belmonte-Garcia takes silver.

19.55: Belmonte Garcia has come out of nowhere to move into second. Ledecky still leads with Adlington in third at 700m...

19.53: Ledecky from Adlington from Friis at 500m. Ledecky is well ahead of World record time here...

19.52: Adlington is up to second at 300m. This is a very, very fast race...

19.51: Ledecky of the US has gone off like a shot and leads after 200m, but Adlington isn't far behind...

19.50: GOAL! Canada lead Team GB in the women's football through Jonelle Filigno.

19.49: Adlington is third at 100m...

19.46: What a roar for Adlington! Can she win our fourth gold medal of the day?

19.45: Italy have won bronze in the men's team sabre fencing.

19.42: Michael Phelps wins it! He was down in seventh at the turn but he stormed back to pip a mightily close race... Le Clos - eighth at the turn - takes silver, tied with Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia.

19.40: It's Phelps v Le Clos Round II in the 100m butterfly...

19.38: Murray saves a break point to hold in the opening game of the second set.

19.36: Missy Franklin wins gold with a new World Record! Simmonds swam brilliantly to finish fourth - considering she qualified eighth. Anastasia Zueva of Russia takes the silver and Elizabeth Beisel of the US bronze.

19.34: Franklin leads on World Record pace at 100m...

19.32: First up in the pool tonight it's the women's 200m backstroke final. The favourites for this one are the Americans Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Franklin, while Lizzie Simmonds of Great Britain also swims.

19.30: I've got one eye on the swimming and one on the tennis for you, but fear not, I'll bring you goal updates from the women's football too where Team GB are taking Canada for a place in the semi-finals... What a night!

19.25: Andy Murray wins the first set against Novak Djokovic 7-5! The Scot is on fire out on Centre Court and seals the set with a beautiful forehand passing shot.

19.23: What a day it's been so far, and there's plenty more in store... Michael Phelps goes for yet another gold in the pool, Team GB start their women's football quarter-final against Canada very soon, there's latest leg of Jessica Ennis' bid for heptathlon gold in the 200m, and there's the small matter of Rebecca Adlington going for a second consecutive Olympic gold in the 800m freestyle in around half an hour's time... Oh, and Andy Murray is taking on Novak Djokovic in the tennis semi-finals.

19.16: Make that 5-5 in the first set...

19.14: Still no breaks at Wimbledon with Djokovic serving at 4-5 in the first set. Both he and Murray look on top form.

19.09: A great ride from Vicky who countered Meares' early move to take the lead on the penultimate lap and pip Guo Shuang of China to the line. Meares was well down in fifth as Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong took a shock bronze.


19.05: One lap before they're released...

19.02: Here we go then. Will it be Pendleton or Meares? Or will we see an upset? We'll find out in a couple of minutes time...

19.00: Here's what Geraint Thomas had to say after he and the rest of the Great Britain men's pursuit team won gold with a new World Record: 'The amount work we had to put in since November in Manchester was full-on. I was ill last week so it has been hard mentally.'

18.56: A shock result in the women's football: Brazil are out after losing 2-0 to Japan. Great Britain take on Canada at 7.30pm for a place in the semi-finals - I'll keep you posted on that one.

18.50: Great scenes inside the Velodrome as the crowd stand to applaud Clancy, Thomas, Kennaugh and Burke as they receive their gold medals. Pendleton is up next in the keirin final. Can she make it three golds already on the track for Great Britain?

18.44: Murray and Djokovic are going with serve in their opening set - it's 2-2 at Wimbledon.

18.36: I forgot to mention that before that race, New Zealand won the bronze... Great Britain move back above France in the medal table with that gold.

18.35: What a ride that was. We were expecting gold, by not by such a comfortable margin. Hats off to Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke.

18.32: GREAT BRITAIN HAVE WON GOLD WITH A NEW WORLD RECORD!!! Australia take silver finishing 2.9 seconds back... Incredible!

18.30: Great Britain lead by 0.3 seconds after 1750 metres...

18.28: The team pursuit final is about to get under way. Great Britain vs Australia. Here we go...

18.27: Here's what an exhausted Juan Martin Del Potro had to say after he lost 19-17 in the deciding set to Roger Federer in their semi-final earlier: 'It is tough to speak now, I feel sad, but Roger made a fantastic match, he is a good winner. When you lose you can't see the good things. I'm very sad at the moment. I just hope I will be better before my mixed doubles match. It's not an easy situation, someone always has to win these matches and today it was him. In other big matches it has been my turn, such as the US Open (2009), but this time it was his.'

18.22: So we're just waiting for the men's team pursuit final to get under way, as well as Andy Murray's semi-final against Novak Djokovic. We've also got the women's keirin final coming up when Victoria Pendleton will go head-to-head with Anna Meares, women's football as Team GB take on Canada, more action from the Olympic Stadium as Jessica Ennis continues her heptathlon campaign, and we've also got Rebecca Adlington's 880m freestyle final coming up at 7.43pm... That should be enough to whet the appetite!

18.14: Serena Williams has thrashed Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour to set up a gold medal clash with Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon. Andy Murray is next on Centre Court...

18.13: Here's what Ben Ainslie had to say after finishing sixth and first in today's Finn class races, putting himself in a strong position to challenge for gold on Sunday: 'The last two days have been huge, to draw back those points. It's going to be a very important race. It's a huge opportunity to race in front of a home crowd. Obviously there's a lot at stake but it is going to be fantastic.'

18.05: Pendleton wins it! We're all set up for a ding-dong battle between her and Meares in the final later on...

18.01: Anna Meares wins the first heat, Pendleton goes now in the second...

17.56: Sensational stuff there from the British women, who look a dead-cert for a gold tomorrow. Next up it's Pendleton in the second round of the keirin.

17.52: What a ride! It's a new World Record for the women's team pursuiters in their qualifier and they're nearly four seconds clear of the rest of the field!

17.48: Great Britain are half a second up already on the first lap of their team pursuit qualifier...

17.41: Williams has won the first set against Azarenka 6-1 and is a break up in the second with just 31 minutes gone in the match, Murray could be on sooner than we thought...

17.37: Canada have set the pace so far in the women's team pursuit. Great Britain will go last with Australia and New Zealand still to go.

17.33: Serena Williams is leading Victoria Azarenka 4-1 in a repeat of the Wimbledon semi-final in the women's tennis tournament. Andy Murray is due on Centre Court after the completion of that match, and as a result of the length of Federer and Del Potro's semi-final, his mixed doubles match with Laura Robson will be put back to tomorrow.

17.28: Here's what Mark Cavendish had to say to the BBC on hearing the news of Baranova's failed drugs test: 'It is frustrating. Our sport has been dragged through a lot, really dragged through the mud. It is always in the spotlight. Our sport has put in so much money and effort, and a few individuals just don't care and it's not fair on the rest of us. It really winds me up. It's really disappointing.'

17.26: It's full time over at the Riverbank Arena and Great Britain's men have beaten Pakistan 4-0.

17.18: Next up at the Velodrome we have the women's team pursuit qualifying, where world champions and world record holders Great Britain are the favourites.

17.09: Mark Cavendish is feeling the heat in the Velodrome. He has just tweeted: 'The temperature is increasing to "cooking" here in the Velodrome. If anybody is watching on BBC, I apologise for my shiny, sweaty head!'

17.06: Goal! Great Britain go 3-0 up against Pakistan courtesy of Ashley Jackson.

17.04: BREAKING NEWS - Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova has failed a drugs test, and has been sent home from the Olympics.

17.01: That Judo gold for Teddy Riner of France has pushed Great Britain down to fifth in the medal table. A couple of golds tonight though will see that change, and we have plenty of opportunities in store: the men's team pursuit's gold medal race-off is at around 6pm, Victoria Pendleton should be in the keirin final at 6.40pm, and Rebecca Adlington swims in the 800m freestyle final. at 7.43pm.

16.52: Roger Federer has beaten Juan Martin Del Potro 3-6, 7-6, 19-17. What a match! Federer will face either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in the final.

16.46: The British men's team pursuiters have beaten Denmark with consummate ease and will face Australia in the gold medal race, which is scheduled for 6pm. New Zealand and Russia will ride-off for bronze at 5.55pm.

16.44: Federer has broken Del Potro and will serve for the match at 18-17... what a thriller that one has been. Does Del Potro have anything left in the tank?

16.40: Next up in Round 1 of the men's team pursuit are Great Britain up against Denmark. They set a new World Record last night...

16.36: Teddy Riner of France has won gold in the men's +100kg Judo, with Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin winning silver.

16.33: Great Britian's men's hockey team are currently 2-0 up against Pakistan over at the Riverbank Arena.

16.25: Over at Wimbledon - where Del Potro has managed to save three break points at 14-14 against Federer - Maria Sharapova is into the women's final after beating Russian compatriot Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3.

16.23: In the women's +78kg Judo event that saw Karina Bryant win bronze, Idalys Ortiz of Cuba has won gold, beating Japan's Mika Sugimoto into silver medal position.

16.20: The medal news continues to fly in as Oh Jin Hyek of South Korea wins individual gold in the archery ove at Lord's, beating Takahuru Furukawa of Japan to silver.

16.18: It's gone from Bad-minton to Good-minton for the Chinese, whose pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei have won gold in the mixed doubles event.

16.16: Rafael Silva of Brazil has also won bronze in the men's +100kg Judo.

16.15: Xiaoxiang Dai of China has won bronze in the men's individual archery over at Lord's

16.13: Andreas Toelzer of Germany has won bronze in the men's +100kg Judo.

16.12: A brilliant ride from Pendleton sees her just snatch it on the line from world champion Anna Meares. Those two both go straight into the next round.

16.09: Del Potro now leads Federer 14-13 at Wimbledon, surely that one can't out-do Tsonga and Raonic's record-breaking 25-23 marathon final set earlier this week?

16.06: Kristina Vogel of Germany has won that first heat from Ekaterina Gnidenko of Russia - they automatically qualify for Round 2. Pendleton goes in the next heat.

16.04: Round 1 of the women's keirin is under way and kicks off the second evening of action in the Velodrome...

16.01: But as Victoria Pendleton prepares to return to the Velodrome I now must hand you over to Joe Ridge, who is still buzzing after seeing Chris Hoy take a historic fifth gold medal last night.

Ridge can keep that one but nothing is taking away the special moment from earlier today when I saw Grainger finally take gold in the rowing!

Before my tears start rolling again, I will sign off. Over to you Joe...

15.56: Federer looks in deep trouble on Centre Court as he falls to 0-30. But the Swiss star isn't world No. 1 for nothing and quickly rallies four consecutive points to level up again at 12-12.

15.51: And still the madness continues on Centre Court as Del Potro leads 12-11 against Federer. This final set has been going on for nearly two hours.

15.46: We are literally fighting our way into medal contention a the ExCeL.

Fred Evans has beaten Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the last 16 of the boxing men's welterweight - upping his tempo in the final round.

15.42: My word, what drama! Del Potro breaks straight back and he does it to love! It's now 10-10 at Centre Court for the tennis - breathtaking stuff.

15.39: Federer breaks! The Swiss now leads 10-9 over Del Potro as he prepares to serve for the match...surely he can hold.

15.34: Fabulous stuff from Bryant who comes from behind to win with two Waza-aris!

Typical, you wait 12 years for one judo medal and two come along in successive days!


15.24: The drama goes on at Centre Court - it's now 8-8 between Federer and Del Potro in the final set of their semi-final.

15.19: Bryant is back on at the ExCeL as she takes on Iryna Kindzerska of Ukraine. This is the start of the bronze medal repechage for the Brit.

15.14: It's not Wimbledon as we know it but it has all the tension of a grand slam semi-final on Centre Court.

It's now 7-7 between Federer and Del Potro.

15.09: Good news for Ainslie as his chess-like tactics have come off perfectly.

He wins the penultimate race in the Finn ahead of Postma and Christensen to cut the latter's lead to just two points.

A repeat result in the final race on Sunday I believe will hand the Brit his fourth gold medal.

15.04: Leuris Pupo wins gold for Cuba in the Men's 25m Rapid-fire Pistol.

14.59: Into extra-time in the tennis (not a technical term) as Federer and Del Potro are level at 6-6 in the final set.

No tie-breaks here folks - this has to end by two clear games.

14.54: Ainslie comfortably leads Christensen in the Finn, but that isn't good news.

The Brit needs the Dane to be further back in the order, so takes the bold move to slow down and allow the Dutch to catch up.

It works as Pieter-Jan Postma moves into second and Ainslie sails clear in the lead.

14.49: We are about to get underway again in the Equestrian following a break, where Charlotte Dujardin of Britain leads on Valergo with an Olympic record of 83.663 in the dressage.

Britain also lead the team event ahead of Denmark and the United States. Germany have yet to complete their runs though and will feature in the top three at least.

Remember though, no medals are awarded today.

14.44: I started the day by saying Murray would be up at chance of that folks.

Del Potro and Federer are still going hammer and tongs on Centre Court and after them Victoria Azarenka takes on Serena Williams....then it's Murray's semi-final with Novak Djokovic.

14.41: Two penalties are the undoing of Bryant who loses by the slim scoreline of 1-0. She now go into a bronze medal repechage.

It doesn't get easier - she is the defending champion.

14.38: Sugimoto looks the more likely to score here but Bryant is defending well. One minute left.

14.36: Ainslie leads the tenth Finn race at Weymouth with Christensen down in fourth. Should the result stay like that the Brit would lead going into the final race on Sunday.

14.33: Over to the ExCeL now where Karina Bryant takes on world champion Sugimoto.

Bryant's best performance of the games is the quarter-finals at Athens in 2004 so she is up against it.

14.28: The second concerns the COMPLETED standings after round two of the heptathlon.

Ennis leads Fountain of the USA but our own whipper-snapper Johnson-Thompson is in third. That's a triple dose isn't it?

14.25: Double dose of Brit good news coming up. The first concerns Alex Smith, remember him?

He was the British hammer thrower whose chances I wrote off of making the finals.

Guess what he's just done by finishing 11th?

I'll give you a clue, there are 12 competitors in the final.

14.20: Coming up shortly is Karina Bryant's +78kg judo bout with Mika Sugimoto of Japan.

A win would guarantee a medal for the Brit but defeat would still give her an opportunity at bronze later....let's aim high though.

14.15: There is a tight men's semi-final at Wimbledon with Juan Martin del Potro just three points off sealing a 2-0 victory over Roger Federer at one point.

But the only problem was it came at tie-break with Federer on set-point, and the Swiss star slammed home an ace to move the match into a decider.

14.10: One final report from the Olympic Stadium from me. The men's 3000m steeple chase has been completed with Stuart Stokes of Britain finishing 12th in his heat, therefore he wont make the final.

He won't qualify but at 35-years-old the Olympic Games in London is how he will end his career.

14.05: Ben Ainslie has already lost one race narrowly this morning but he has just gone off in the Finn at Weymouth for the tenth and final regatta before the medal event.

The Brit is currently second overall - four points behind the Dane Jonas High-Christensen.

14.00: Third time unlucky from Johnson-Thompson who fails to clear 1.92. She comes joint second in the event though so a great effort from her.

Overall, Hyleas Fountain of the United States leads Ennis, with France's Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida in third.

13.57: More convincing from Johnson-Thompson as she goes again at 1.92m but again the bar comes clean off. One go left but her job is already done here I think with the PB.

13.54: Johnson-Thompson has already set one personal best but her attempt at 1.92 ends with her jumping through the bar. She may have found her limit here.

Only Austra Skujyte of Lithuania has jumped the height so far.

13.49: Sadly Ennis's high jump is over as fails three times at 1.89 - which is an average performance from her,

But Jonson-Thompson continues her fine start to clear the very same height - the 19-year-old is flying.

13.44: Can you tell us what’s happening with the dressage. Cheers.

Dawn Bowdidge, email.

Of course Dawn. It's day two of the individual and team Grand Prix event at Greenwich Park.

German Kristian Spehe leads the way on Desperados with 79.119. But following behind is British pair Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer on 77.720 and 76.839 respectively.

Denmark, Australia and Germany are the top three teams with GB in fourth with nine riders to come.

13.39: Ennis makes her first attempt at 1.89 but she will need to do much better to clear this height after clattering into it - two more attempts to come.

13.36: We've had mixed conditions at the Olympic Stadium today. It's gone overcast again but there was a torrential downpour earlier on that caught one or two athletes out.

13.33: Also time to tell you Amy Smith won her three-race swim off and will be in the 50m freestyle semi-final along with Fran Halsall.

13.30: Double cheer for Britain. Both Johnson-Thompson AND Ennis clear 1.86m. A few athletes are starting to drop now in this event.

13.25: Worries for Ennis as she fails twice at the height of 1.86m - she needs to capitalise on Chernova's failings as she has failed to clear 1.80m.

13.20: And their male compatriots will join them...not in the same race obviously.

They qualified second fastest behind the USA, but it's the Americans and Australia that are hotly tipped for gold tomorrow.

13.15: Back to the Aquatics Centre. Britain's women in the 4x100m have reached the final despite coming fifth in their heat.

Only Holland were quicker than them in the first heat so they go through sixth fastest.

13.10: Katarina Johnson-Thompson is playing a good understudy to Ennis in the high jump as she also clears 1.83m.

World champion Tatyana Chernova is struggling though as she fails in her second attempt at the height of 1.80m - this not the Russian's strongest event though.

13.05: Alex Smith looks very unlikely to reach the men's hammer throw final having thrown 74.71 giving him 10th spot - there is more competitors to come though.

13.00: From Infostrada 2012:

Katherine Grainger won gold in W double sculls and at 4 total medals, she became the equal most decorated GBR woman in #Olympics.

12.55: Sergei Martynov of Belarus claims gold in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone in his sixth Olympics with a score of 705.5 points.

12.50: Ennis did indeed pass 1.80 on the high jump and has just gone one better to clear 1.83 at the first attempt - the joint highest of anyone so far.

12.45: No tears on the podium from Grainger this time as she is presented with her gold medal, just beaming smiles.

The lip's wobbling though as 'God Save The Queen' is played but Grainger holds the tears back...for now!

12.40: Mahe Drysdale finally delivers on his potential to claim a gold medal for New Zealand in the Men's Single Sculls ahead of Synek for the Czechs.

Campbell came back in the 500 meters to pip the Swede of Karonen and seal a well deserved bronze.


12.36: Into the last quarter Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand leads ahead of Ondrej Synek.

Campbell slips to fourth just behind Sweden's Lassi Karonen.

12.32: Alan Campbell now competes in the final of the men's single sculls - where he will hope to pick up a medal.

As usual he makes a strong start but it's still a tight field as he crosses the 500m mark in third.

12.27: The judo bug is really catching on in Britain! Karina Bryant has come back from a losing position in the last 20 seconds of her +78kg bout with Gulzhan Issanova to win and progress into semi-finals. She faces Mika Sugimoto of Japan where victory will hand her a guaranteed medal.

12.24: Into the high jump in the heptathlon, where Ennis has jumped 1.77 but not 1.80 as she clips the bar.

No worries yet though as she has another two attempts at it.

Johnson-Thompson has also cleared 1.77m.

12.21: It hardly ever looked in doubt! One of the loudest cheers I've heard at Eton Dorney greet Grainger and Watkins over the line as they maintained their two-three second gap over Australia with Poland third. Magnificent!


12.16: The gap now 2.6 seconds to Australia! Not over yet but Britain are being roared home by the crowd.

12.14: At the halfway point the lead has doubled over Australia, with Poland still in third over four seconds back.

12.12: Britain lead by 0.7 seconds after the first 500 meteres from nearest challengers in this final, Australia. Poland are a distant third.

12.10: An almighty roar from the home crowd as Grainger and Watkins are introduced. Here we go, nervous doesn't begin to describe it...

12.07: HUGE race coming up now. Katherine Grainger will go fourth time lucky in the women's double sculls as she teams up with Anna Watkins to try and claim gold.

After three previous silvers, nothing less than top step on the podium will do for Grainger in what is her Olympic send-off.

There will be tears and lots of them whether she wins or loses.

12.03: One person joining Greene in the 400m semi-finals is Jack Green who finishes second in his heat with a 49.49.

But so does Williams, who qualifies as a fastest loser. Three out of three through there for the Brits.

11.58: No surprises as New Zealand pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray rip apart the field to take gold in the Men's Pair. But despite being pipped by France to silver, there is cheer for Britain as Nash and Satch take our first medal of the day. Top effort from the 23-and-22-year-olds - what potential they have shown.


11.53: New Zealand and France open up a comfortable lead at the halfway mark. Britain are third, four seconds back, but there is a mighty scrap with the other boats for a bronze medal.

11.50: It's final time again at Eton Dorney as Brits George Nash and William Satch attempt to upset the odds again by going for a medal in the men's pair.

11.45: Britain's Rhys Williams finishes fifth in his heat of the 400m hurdles, but does not look like he will make the semi-final with Greene. He does though set a season best of 49.17 - so it's not all bad news on a personal level.

11.41: From Infostrada 2012:

For the first time in Olympic, Japan will not win a gold medal in men's judo in an Olympic Games it is participating in #London2012.

11.38: Mixed news for the Brits in the Judo. Chris Sherrington is out but Karina Bryant is through to the last eight of the +78kg, beating Lucija Polavder of Slovakia with a yuko.

11.35: Britain falter after rising to third and they finish fifth. Germany take a dominant win to claim the gold medal in the Men's Quadruple Sculls. Croatia finish second with Australia third.

11.32: Dai Greene wins his heat at a canter to qualify for the semi-finals with a 48.98. Easy as that.

11.29: But it's over to Eton Dorney where it's the final of the Quadruple Sculls. Britain feature but Croatia and Germany are the favourites.

11.24: Coming up on the track is world champion Dai Green who starts his Olympic assault for Britain in the 400m hurdles.

11.19: Davies has finished seventh in his 1500m freestyle heat and that means he will miss out on the final. The swimmer has claimed it will probably be his last race.

11.14: We will be off to Eton Dorney soon where tricky wind conditions have seen lanes redrawn.

A big victim is Britain's Alan Campbell who has moved from lane five to three ahead of the single sculls final - he will now be more affected by the winds hindering his medal hopes.

11.09: From Sportsmail's :

My Olympic spirit being tested a bit by some of these 100m runners. I've seen pensioners run faster for a bus.

11.04: At the Aquatics Centre, Daniel Fogg of Great Britain has set the second fastest time in the heats of the 1500m freestyle with a time of 14:56.12. Dave Davies is up next for the hosts with the fastest eight qualifiers going to the final.

10.59: More bad news in the shot put too as Carl Myerscough misses out on the shot put final for Britain by quite a distance.

10.54: Disappointing for Britain in the handball as their women's team have lost 31-25 to Angola.

10.49: Good news for Britain's Yamile Aldama who has already qualified for Sunday's triple jump final. Finishing second in qualifying with a 14.45.

10.44: Ennis will be back again at 11.15 when the heptathlon moves onto the high jump.

Ennis equalled the time Dawn Harper clocked when winning individual 100m hurdles Gold in Beijing.

10.39: Ennis naturally leads the heptathlon after that with 1195 points ahead of Jessica Zelinka of Canada and Hyleas Fountain of the USA.

10.36: Marker...marker! She's only just gone and set the world's best time at 12.54 seconds! What a start from our golden girl in the heptathlon.

10.33: Wow, what a cheer for Ennis who now goes in the 100m hurdles. This is one her favoured events so we need a very strong marker laid down here.

10.29: Another Brit on show in the heptathlon, with 19-year-old Katarina Johnson-Thompson equalling her personal best of 13.48 . One for the future.

10.26: Gemma Gibbons seems to have inspired her peers. Britain' Karina Bryant as defeated Algeria's Sonia Asselah by ippon in the +78kg - she moves into the last 16.

10.23: Louise Hazel has the honour of being the first Brit to compete inside the stadium and as her name is read out in the heptathlon she is given an almighty cheer - just imagine the reception Ennis is going to get.

Hazel finishes fourth with a 13.48.

10.20: Halsall holds it together to win her heat and reach the semi-finals. Amy Smith finished seventh on a 25.28 but her story doesn't end there.

She is tied in 16th with two other swimmers with a swim-off deciding who progresses to the semi-finals.

10.17: Two Brits in action inside the Aquatics Centre. Fran Halsall and Amy Smith will battle to reach the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle. Halsall has had a fairly poor Games so far.

10.13: And the Ukrainian wins in 13.58 - four tenths faster than she has run all season. A strong result for Dobrynska in one her least favoured events.

10.11: Cloud cover is starting to take over the stadium as one of Ennis's main rivals in Olympic champion Natallia Dobrynska goes in heat two of the 100m hurdles.

10.06: The first heat of the women's 100m hurdles in the heptathlon will get us going though - no Ennis in this race folks.

10.04: Stunning pictures are on the way to you showing the Olympic Stadium. There are a few gaps in it but I can assure you it's packed to the rafters with spectatotors.

10.01: The sun's out at the Olympic Stadium as the men's shot put qualification is about to get underway.

9.56: From :

World record holder Im from Korea eliminated in men's individual archery, the only event that Korea has never won at the Olympic Games.

9.51: Britain's Larry Godfrey on his last 16 elimination in the archery:

'I'm holding it together at the moment. When it sinks in a bit later today there will be a few tears I expect.

'It's archery. I went out there to give it my best and I think I did give it my best. I got beaten by a better archer on the day. You just have to shoot it the way you see it.

'You only have to be half a degree out and you miss the target. To get that far out is nothing.

'This is my third Olympic Games and this is the best atmosphere I have felt. I've still not got a medal.

'I'm only 36 and there are still some big events to try to win this year. The future depends on Rolls Royce (his employer).'

9.46: It's not close anymore as Angola stretch their lead to 10-5. Timeout called by the GB team - they need it.

9.41: An entertaining game at the Copper Box where Angola lead 6-4, the hosts ever so slightly on the back foot though.

9.36: Just half-an-hour until the track and field begins and despite the tube problems, the stadium is filling up nicely. It better be tickets have been like gold dust.

9.31: We are underway at the Copper Box, with Britain already a goal down. Plenty of support for the home side though.

9.26: Great Britain's women's handball team are effectively out of a chance of winning a medal, but bottom of their group they are playing for pride as they take on Angola inside the Copper Box in five minutes.

9.21: Another star from the Games has been Michael Phelps who has become the most decorated Olympian of all time at London 2012.

The American had a slow start but he has recovered, .

9.16: True to form, the Brits lose the shootout (shoot-off). Godfrey hits a poor nine and Mohamed keeps his composure to hit 10 - the fifth seed progresses but it's been a solid Olympics from Godfrey.

9.13: A stronger round from Mohamed sees him take the set 28-26 so it's 5-5. We will now have a shoot-off - the archery equivalent of a penalty shootout.

It's just one arrow each,whoever is closest to the centre wins - brutal.

9.10: And it's advantage Godfrey who takes the fourth set 28-26 to move within a point of victory. He only has to draw the fourth set to win.

9.07: Right now though it's neck-and-neck at 3-3. Godfrey lost the first set and drew the second before taking the third.

A quick recap on the match system it's the first to six set points, where you pick up two points for winning a round of three arrows and one point for a draw.

9.02: As more events get going, attention switches to Lord's as Larry Godfrey takes on Khairul Anuar Mohamad of Malaysia.

The Brit will be attempting to reach the quarter-finals which take place at 2.15pm today.

8.57: But not everything went to plan. , but she will be back in action at 4pm today for the keirin.

The same cannot be said for her team-mate Jess Varnish, whose Games are sadly over.

8.52: But a close second would be . Considered an also-ran, the Brit defeated the world champion to reach the final of the -78kg before sealing silver and Britain's first medal in the sport in 12 years.

8.47: My personal favorite story yesterday came from the Lee Valley White Water Centre near Waltham Abbey, where the Brits shocked the Hochschorner brothers of Slovakia to take gold and silver in the canoe doubles.

ahead of a rejuvenated David Florence (following his poor singles performance) and Richard Hounslow. Fantastic scenes.

8.42: If you want to build a dam, don't take tips from the Argentines. They are 1-0 down in the hockey thanks to Matthew Butturini's penalty corner.

8.37: Loads of success stories yesterday,.

The Scot cycled his way into British Olympic history by claiming a joint record fifth gold medal - but it wasn't without controversy.

and it is sure to lead to a rule change in the sport.

8.32: I fear for Argentina here. Just two minutes have gone and Australia are all over them.

They are going to have to do the hockey equivalent of 'parking the bus' here which I guess is to build a dam with the sticks.

8.27: Apart from the fact that London transport has done what it does best this morning (come to a standstill) the weather is holding up nicely so far. A bright start will add to the atmosphere inside the stadium as the track and field gets going in 90 minutes.

8.23: First up this morning as usual is the hockey when Group A leaders, Australia take on Group A basement boys, Argentina.

The Argentines need a win to keep up their hopes of progressing from the group when they get started at the Riverbank Arena in a few minutes.

8.18: Andy Murray is back at Wimbledon today, but we are heading towards the business end of the Olympic tournament at SW19.

After defeating Nicolas Almagro yesterday, the Brit takes on Novak Djokovic today on Centre Court at around 3pm in his semi-final. If he wins he is guaranteed a gold or silver medal.

8.13: Quick word of warning folks, there has been a signal failure at Woodford on the Central Line (the main London Underground line to the stadium) causing severe delays. Expect carnage on the platforms.

8.10: Our best shot of gold this morning comes at Eton Dorney again where Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins compete in the women's double sculls final at 12.10pm

It could be a fairytale ending for Grainger who at 36 is set to compete in her final Games. She has three silver medals from Sydney, Athens and Beijing - so it's set to be an emotional occasion either way in the rowing.

8.05: Britain's Rebecca Adlington will attempt to defend her 800m freestyle title in the Aquatics Centre tonight, but for now our focus is on this mornings/early afternoon's events.

Today we see the first London 2012 appearance from Jessica Ennis as the Brit starts her assault for a medal in the heptathlon at 10.05 - roughly the same time as the action starts inside the Olympic Stadium.

8.00: Well what a fine day yesterday it was to be British.

It's been a slow start to London 2012 for Team GB but five golds in two days has seen Olympic fever seep the country.

And it could be more today. There are some more British stars going for the top prize as well as the start of the bread and butter of the Games - the athletics. Another cracking day awaits.

Burberry is officially top fashion brand on Twitter with 21,000 Fashion Week tweets trumping Victoria Beckham's 17,000 (thanks to a little help from Harry Styles)


PUBLISHED:10:41 GMT, 27 September 2012 UPDATED:12:23 GMT, 27 September 2012

Burberry won the social media battle at London Fashion Week this month, generating over 21,000 mentions on Facebook, Twitter and other blogs.

But while two thirds of the comments were about the label's clothes, 25 per cent focused on One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, who took pride of place on the front row beside burlesque star Dita von Teese.

Burberry's stellar guest list - including TV presenter and model, Alexa Chung, and Paralympic champion Johnnie Peacock - was a major part of the appeal, according to business information group Precise.

The brand enjoyed double the exposure of its nearest rival, Topshop, whose Unique show attracted around 10,000 mentions.

Unlike Burberry, however, most of the conversations about Philip Green's label were fashion-focused.

In terms of social networks, Twitter was the most popular site for fashion commentators, followed by blogs and Facebook.

Burberry and Topshop racked up the largest number of tweets - with 20,924 and 9,161 respectively - VivienneWestwood came next with 3,031, followed by Matthew Williamson in fourthwith 2,228, and Erdem in fifth with 1,402.

Burberry and Topshop also came first and second when comments on all blogs were taken into account, while third place was taken by Philip Treacy and Lady Gaga, with 8,000 betweenthem.

Fourth and fifth places went to Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou, who accrued 2,700 comments, and Henry Holland's House of Holland, which racked up 2,500.

Singer Lady Gaga attracted over 5,000 mentions on social networking sites in the wake of her appearance on thecatwalk at Philip Treacy, although the designer himself only received 3,000.

James Withey, Head of Brand Insight at Precise said: 'The massive growth in social media buzz around this year' event shows how importantsocial media now is to the fashion world.

Runners-up: Model Cara Delevigne takes to the catwalk for Mary Katranzou, left, while House Of Holland's show, right, racked up 2,500 comments on social networking sites.

'Where once a brand could rely on having a few key editors on-side, today's arbiters of a brand's success or failure are the thousands of enthusiasts who follow them closely.

'This year's exhibitors will doubtless be pleased to know that over 95 percent of the posts we have tracked over the past week were positive.'

He continued: 'What also stood out about this year's event was the extent to which the 'front row celebrities' have shaped these conversations – even overtaking the brand completely at times.

'Will such big spikes help these brands cement their reputations with target consumers? Only time will tell.

'Meanwhile, it has been encouraging to see many up-and-coming designers harnessing social media with a different rule book – using their events to widen the awareness and appeal of their work.'

Burberry's social media success comes in the wake of Victoria Beckham's triumph at New York Fashion Week.

Beckham racked up a whopping 57,000 new Twitter followers over the five-day event, and was mentioned 17,173 times on social networking sites.

Also popular in New York was Louis Vuitton supremo Marc Jacobs, whose show for his eponymous line resulted in 8,813 mentions.

Veteran designer Diane von Furstenburg came in third place with 8,608 tweets, followed by Alexander Wang with 6,767.

Daisy Lowe plays peekaboo in a very racy outfit at Fashion Week party

UPDATED:09:16 GMT, 23 February 2011

The stand-out trend for the A-listers during London Fashion Week has undoubtedly been colour - and lots of it - with Nicola Roberts, Jaime Winstone and Peaches Geldof all standing out in the bright ensembles.

Model Daisy shunned colour for the fashionista's favourite black last night, but still managed to turn heads.

The 22-year-old wore a crochet-style Mark Fast top to the combined LOVE magazine, Alexander Wang and Liberty party last night, and the racy outfit put her bust on very prominent display.

Revellers at the party, held at Liberty's Regent Street store, didn't know where to look as the brunette beauty played peekaboo in the risqué outfit.

It was not just her chest, but her midriff on show as she left the stylish soiree with a friend and jumped into a cab.

Earlier the model wrapped up sensibly in a black shearling coat and purple scarf as she arrived.

The model has been working throughout Fashion Week, walking for Pam Hogg and Vivienne Westwood on Sunday.

It hasn't been all work though, Daisy - daughter of Pearl Lowe and Gavin Rossdale - was front row yesterday as she took in the Burberry Prorsum and Christopher Kane shows.

And last night the model was kicking up her heels as she rubbed shoulders with David Beckham and Amber Rose and grooved to Beth Ditto, who performed at the party.

Jaime Winstone was equally eye-catching in a fuchsia pink dress with a fringe hem, and black and white cropped blazer.

Beth - who belted out I Will Always Love You inside the party, according to LOVE magazine's Twitter page - wore a sheer white dress and her trademark heavy make-up.

London Fashion Week will come to a close tomorrow.

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Hair heroine: The sharp bob is the latest trend fresh from London Fashion Week


PUBLISHED:14:38 GMT, 20 September 2012 UPDATED:16:17 GMT, 20 September 2012

Celebrity hairdresser Paul Edmonds gives his verdict on the supermodel Karen Elson’s new style — the sharp bob.

British-born Karen Elson has been sporting a show-stopping new do at London Fashion Week.

This razor-sharp, chin-length bob is the haircut of the moment — perhaps because it’s practical and easy to style, yet still chic.

All of the models are having it done, but it looks particularly great on this fiery redhead, as it accentuates her sharp cheekbones and shows off her beautiful long neck.

As well as looking gorgeous, this cut is practical for autumn and winter, as it will help you avoid the dreaded ‘scarf hair’ haystack.

Like mother, like daughter! Lourdes, 15, poses in Madonna's famous cone bra backstage at MDNA tour


PUBLISHED:22:33 GMT, 27 June 2012 UPDATED:12:46 GMT, 28 June 2012

She's only 15 but Lourdes Leon already seems to share her mother's exhibitionist gene.

Madonna's teenage daughter was pictured playing dress-up backstage at her mother's MDNA tour - in the pop star's famous cone bra.

A tweet from their joint clothing line venture, Material Girl, showed the cheeky teen sticking her tongue out and grabbing the bra for the camera.

'Lola backstage at MDNA!' read the tweet, posted on Wednesday.

Moments later, Madonna would have taken the stage in the very same corset - a recreation of the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier bustier that she wore while performing Vogue during her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

The pop star is currently on the European leg of her 80 nation MDNA tour, which kicked off last month in Tel Aviv.

The epic show marks the start of her ninth world tour and her first since her Sticky And Sweet set in 2008.

The singer changes outfits eight times, but the conical confection is the highlight of the collection.

This time around Gaultier reinvented the bra and corset, layering it over a suit just as he did 22 years ago albeit with a few key alterations.

He told WWD earlier this year: 'We played with the ideas of a suit and a corset. But the corset is now likea cage. What I have done this time is a nod to the conical bra corset of the Blond Ambition tour but reinterpreted in 3-D, in patent leather on the outside with metallic leather on the inside. It's all about masculine and feminine, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier classics reinterpreted for 2012.'

The MDNA tour wardrobe, including costumes for Madonna, her 22 dancers, backing singers and band, was overseen by long-time stylist and costume designer Arianne Phillips, whohas styled her last four world tours.

Other designers lucky enough to dress the Material Girl and her troupe were Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.

MDNA is scheduled to travel from Europe to the Americas before finishing in Australia in early 2013, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.

But while she's busy perfecting her show, the Queen of Pop may also be cracking down on her daughter's sassy behaviour.

Madonna seemed to reveal concerns Lourdes may be growing up too fast earlier this year, after the teen wascaught smoking a cigarette in New York City.

The Sorry singer told NBC's Brian Williams: 'Cigarette smoking I'm not very fond of, for anyone. I don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes, most of all my daughter.

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All guns blazing! Madonna comes under fire for brandishing AK-47 as she kicks off MDNA tour in Israel calling for 'world peace'

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PUBLISHED:10:14 GMT, 2 June 2012 UPDATED:16:02 GMT, 2 June 2012

Madonna has been criticised for glamourising guns as she kicked off her MDNA world tour in Israel.

The singer performed characteristically controversial dance routines during which she brandished a machine gun and handgun, and as she sang her hit Revolver she wielded an AK-47.

Bizarrely, the superstar explained that she deliberately chose Israel as the starting point for her tour to send a message about 'world peace' just minutes beforehand.

She said: 'If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world.'

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Madonna then launched into a series of dance routines holding the firearms.

The move has naturally been judged inappropriate considering that violence between the Jewish state and Palestinians is an immediate concern.

During her song Gang Bang Madonna wrestled a group of armed men before 'shooting' them.

Audience members and anti-gun groups have spoken out against the star.

A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns told the Daily Star: 'There will be parents taking their kids along to her concerts who won't feel comfortable with the fact that she's desensitising them to deadly weapons.'

Chrissie Hall of the gun crime victims group Infer Trust told the paper: 'People who have been injured or bereved would find that extremely distasteful and distressing.'

According to the Mirror, one fan said: 'Given the problems this seemed tasteless and designed to create controversy.'

'It was pretty sick and plenty of the audience were not impressed with the guns.'

The 35,000-seat Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv was sold out as Madonna commenced her her 80 nation MDNA world tour on Thursday.

Showing off her super toned arms in black rock chick attire, and her cheeky side in a red and white cheerleader ensemble, the Queen of Pop certainly put on a show.

The mother-of-four spoke to the audiencebetween sets and revealed why she chose the Israeli city to launch her tour.

She said: 'I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason.

'Youcan't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, we all bleed the same colour,' she said as the crowd cheered wildly.

'Ifwe can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace.

Madonna, who is dedicated to Kabbalah, put on a show that the large majority of her fans seemed to be ecstatic about.

Israelifan Carmit Zindani, 32, beamed: 'There is simply nothing bigger than Madonna starting her world tour here in the Holy Land. She is one of us.'

Another follower said on Twitter: 'The true and only Queen Madonna ruled Tel Aviv, amazing show!'

The church of Madge: Madonna kicked off her show with the backdrop of a red cross

From Israel, she will head to Abu Dhabi and then to Europe and the Americas before finishing in Australia in early 2013, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.

'Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer,' stylist Arianne Phillips told the WWD website.

She has signed up a list of designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.

She has also planned to wear Prada and Miu Miu shoes, as well as footwear and lingerie from her own Truth or Dare line.

Bulging biceps and cheerleader outfits! Madonna kicks off her MDNA world tour in Israel and son Rocco joins her onstage too

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PUBLISHED:22:25 GMT, 31 May 2012 UPDATED:08:58 GMT, 2 June 2012

Tel Aviv was transformed into a land of razzamatazz tonight when Madonna took to the stage to kick off her 80 nation MDNA world tour.

The 53-year-old wore a variety of outfits as she appealed for world peace and calm in the Middle East as fans went wild in the sold out 35,000-seat Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Showing off her super toned arms in black rock chick attire, and her cheeky side in a red and white cheerleader ensmeble, the Queen of Pop certainly put on a show.

Scroll down to get a first look at the tour

The mother-of-four spoke to the audiencebetween sets and revealed why she chose the Israeli city to launch her tour at 9.45pm tonight.

She said: 'I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason.

'Youcan't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, we all bleed the same colour,' she said as the crowd cheered wildly.

'Ifwe can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace.

Madonna, who is dedicated to Kabbalah, put on a show that the large majority of her fans seemed to be ecstatic about.

Israelifan Carmit Zindani, 32, beamed: 'There is simply nothing bigger than Madonna starting her world tour here in the Holy Land. She is one of us.'

Another follower said on Twitter: 'The true and only Queen Madonna ruled Tel Aviv, amazing show!'

The church of Madge: Madonna kicked off her show with the backdrop of a red cross

From Israel, she will head to Abu Dhabi and then to Europe and the Americas before finishing in Australia in early 2013, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.

'Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer,' stylist Arianne Phillips told the WWD website.

She has signed up a list of designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.

She has also planned to wear Prada and Miu Miu shoes, as well as footwear and lingerie from her own Truth or Dare line.

Don't strain your voice too much! Madonna reveals massive bulging neck veins as she belts out a tune during MDNA concert


PUBLISHED:02:02 GMT, 29 June 2012 UPDATED:10:54 GMT, 29 June 2012

She is often lambasted for lip-syncing in her performances.

And while Madonna has been dancing up a storm on stage during her MDNA tour, it appears that she has also been strenuously straining her vocal chords.

So much so that the 53-year-old singer revealed some massive bulging veins around her neck as she took to the stage in Berlin this evening.

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The Like A Prayer star over-exerted herself so much that they began to pop as she belted out a tune.

The blonde star was also sweating profusely as she strummed away on her guitar.

And it's no wonder why, as she had slipped into a very tight black costume featuring vinyl and Lycra.

Underneath the ensemble she wore a leopard print bra and her look was finished off by some fingerless leather gloves and a coat of black polish on her nails.

During the performance, Madonna stretched out on a raised platform where she showed off her ample cleavage in the outfit.

Throughout the show she displayed her usual antics featuring her signature sexy moves.

The pop star is currently on the European leg of her 80 nation MDNA tour, which kicked off last month in Tel Aviv.

The epic show marks the start of her ninth world tour and her first since her Sticky And Sweet set in 2008.

The singer changes outfits eight times, but her famous conical bra is the highlight of the collection.

And last night her daughter Lourdes Leon posed in her mother's famous attire and posted a cheeky snap of herself on her Twitter account.

This time around the designer Jean Paul Gaultier reinvented the bra and corset, layering it over a suit just as he did 22 years ago albeit with a few key alterations.

Hetold WWD earlier this year: 'We played with the ideas of a suit and a corset. But the corset is now like a cage. What I have done this time isa nod to the conical bra corset of the Blond Ambition tour but reinterpreted in 3-D, in patent leather on the outside with metallic leather on the inside. It's all about masculine and feminine, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier classics reinterpreted for 2012.'

TheMDNA tour wardrobe, including costumes for Madonna, her 22 dancers, backing singers and band, was overseen by long-time stylist and costume designer Arianne Phillips, who has styled her last four world tours.

Other designers lucky enough to dress the Material Girl and her troupe were Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.

MDNA is scheduled to travel from Europe to the Americas before finishing in Australia in early 2013, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.

on .Madonna's cone bustier is BACK after 22 years as Jean Paul Gaultier reinvents iconic design for MDNA tour


PUBLISHED:22:26 GMT, 31 May 2012 UPDATED:06:31 GMT, 1 June 2012

Kicking off her much anticipated MDNA tour, Madonna stepped onto stage tonight in Tel Aviv to sing Vogue wearing a recreation of her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier conical corset.

Worn by the pop queen in 1990 during her Blonde Ambition tour, the racy design cemented her reputation as the edgiest diva in pop and took Gaultier's career to new heights.

This time around the eccentric French designer transformed the look by emphasizing the rigidity of the corset even further and playing with the contrast of masculinity and femininity.

The star, now 53, who is best known for her ability to reinvent herself, sported the famous soft pink cone-cupped bustier over pinstripe suit trousers for her performance of Vogue during the controversial 1990 tour.

Tonight'sensemble brought together a white shirt, long, black opera gloves and askeletal-shaped corset over a similar trouser suit.

The eccentric designer told about the recreation: 'We played with the ideas of a suit and a corset. But the corset is now like a cage.

'WhatI have done this time is a nod to the conical bra corset of the Blond Ambition tour but reinterpreted in 3-D, in patent leather on the outsidewith metallic leather on the inside.

It's all about masculine and feminine, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier classics reinterpreted for 2012.'

Mr Gaultieralso lent his talent to the creation of costumes for Madonna's 22 dancers', working closely with the star's main stylist and costumier Arianne Phillips.

MsPhillips, who has overseen wardrobe design for the singer's last four tours and won an Oscar nod for her costumes in the film W.E., spoke excitedly about the vision for this latest show.

'It's a real journey from the first act to the fourth, and the way she constructs her shows is like a theater piece,' she said of the four part 'epic' spectacle.

Madonna, along with her backing vocalists, dancers, band members and even children Lourdes and Rocco, who appear various times throughout the show, also sported outfits and pieces by Jeremy Scott, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang and J Brand.

Ms Phillips is also responsible for many of the original creations such as a Joan of Arc ensemble that featured a metal mesh tunic, Swarovski Elements and a sword.

Of the 1940's majorette costume she dreamed up for Madonna' Girls Gone Wild number, she said: 'I was looking for something playful and fun.'

In a shift towards a moodier atmosphere, guns and other dangerous weaponry were brandished by both the star and her back up troupe while menacing masks designed by Fausto Puglisi disguised the faces of the leaping, dancing bodies.

Explained Ms Phillips: 'The show explores the idea of stripping away layers of identity and discovering the layers of who you are.'

Crediting her famous boss with the direction they took she added: 'This is her brainchild and her concept. We have a 15-year relationship and there’s a rhythm to how we collaborate. She’s very open-minded but she expects a lot.

She's always challenging herself and pushing herself constantly to learn new things and she pushes me further than I would myself. When you’re on the world stage with her, you really have to bring your A game.'

Never one for shyness of course, Madonna's own designs also featured in the costume line-up that saw her changing eight to nine times while her dancers race to switch outfits over ten times.

Pieces from her Truth or Dare intimates collection as well as lingerie from Agent Provocateur were debuted and the team's 700 strong shoe collection included her own designs next to those of Prada and Miu Miu.

Referring to the towering Prada heels to be sported by the singer's male dancers during Vogue, Ms Phillips explained: '[Prada] have been generous for so many years. Her relationship with them is really special.'

For his part, Jean Paul Gaultier was equally willing. He told WWD: 'I love Madonna. She is the only woman I have asked to marry me. She refused, of course. But when she asked me to do a costume for her for this tour, I couldn't refuse.'

Tamara Ecclestone: I keep my hundred-strong shoe collection in a specially designed wardrobe

UPDATED:23:46 GMT, 17 September 2009

Model, socialite and TV presenter Tamara Ecclestone, 25, is the eldest daughter of billionaire Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone. Tamara, who presents Sky Sports Italia Grand Prix coverage, lives in Chelsea, London. She says:

I know I am a very lucky girl, and clothes, handbags and shoes are incredibly important to me. I have inherited many classic designer pieces from Chanel and Louis Vuitton from my mother Slavica, who is Croatian and was a model, and I keep all my beautiful clothes in a specially designed dressing room at my home in Chelsea.

It has lovely backlighting and mirrors all the way around. I am very precise about my clothes.

My dressing room is my favourite place in the house - it's my little hideaway.

I have my own steamer, and steam every outfit before I attend a red carpet event.

All my most expensive evenings dresses are hung together and themed, all my jumpers colour-coordinated and my jeans hang neatly in a row.

I keep all of my designer shoes in their original boxes, with a Polaroid stuck to the front, and my handbags are displayed so I can pick out the one I want immediately.

I buy from the catwalk, designers send me pieces and I adore shopping with my mum and my sister Petra. I also buy online if I am in a rush.

I attend a lot of functions - this week, for example, I have been out every night to a party or event, and tomorrow I am flying to Milan for my sports show. If it's a big event, I have a make-up artist who comes to me, and I am constantly visiting the Real Hair salon near my home to have a wash and blow-dry.

I love structured clothes, and one of my favourite items is the Herve Leger bandage dress, which keeps everything in place. I am 5ft 8in and a size ten, and I share a lot of clothes with my mum and my sister.

My favourite designers are Alexander Wang, Matthew Williamson and Issa, and for shoes I love Louboutin and Jimmy Choo.

I do buy from the High Street, too, - just this week I bought a jacket from Zara for under £100.


DRESSES: Ninety to 100, from short mini skirt dresses to long Roberto Cavalli evening gowns.

JUMPERS: Fifty to 60 , either big slouchy ones from Topshop or ultra-soft cashmere from Autumn Cashmere.

JEANS: Ten pairs of designer jeans, from Current Elliott or from J Brand.

SHOES: Eighty to 100 pairs of designer shoes and boots, many from Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo.

T-SHIRTS: About 30, often High Street buys from Zara or Topshop.

JACKETS: About 20, some designer such as Matthew Williamson, but also from stores such as Zara.

HANDBAGS: Around 30 - some Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Anya Hindmarch and Alice Temperley.



I love this dress. I bought it from net-a-porter for £400. It's so vibrant. I've been working out and I'm feeling toned, so a figure-hugging dress like this goes in and out in all the right places.

I could not guess how much my wardrobe is worth - I hate to think.

But every item is loved, and the classics I am buying now will be carefully stored and handed down to my children.

Glamorous family: Tamara Ecclestone with her father Bernie (left) and sister Petra (right)


I Adore Louboutins - they make an outfit - andJimmy Choo.

I have between 50 to 100 pairs of shoe.


The most expensive item in my wardrobe is probably this Roberto Cavalli gold dress. I adore Matthew Williamson.

For casual dresses I love American designer Rebecca Taylor. And, I love the simplicity of Issa fashion. I have about 90 to 100 dresses.

It cost about £3,500, and I will keep it for my children. I also love a black Alexander Wang dress which I wore this week - it's simple, but lots of people commented on how well it suited me.

For evening dresses, I adore Matthew Williamson. For casual dresses I love American designer Rebecca Taylor. And, I love the simplicity of Issa fashion. I have about 90 to 100 dresses.


Day to day, I live in jeans. I'll wear flats during the day and then heels for night-time.

I have about ten pairs of designer jeans in my wardrobe - I think it is important to buy quality ones as the fit is so much better.

I love the J Brand and also Current Elliott.

It's lovely to have casual days when you are not on show, and I wear leggings a lot, which I buy from Topshop.


In the winter I live in cashmere jumpers. I love this time of year when I can shop at Autumn Cashmere.

I also shop at Mimi on the King's Road.

I have about 50 jumpers in many colours.


Anya makes classic bags, and I adore my most recent additions. I have a lot of handbags, many of which I inherited from my mother.

Some of my most treasured ones are Louis Vuitton cases from 25 years ago, handed down to me.

They get better-looking with age. I have around 30 designer bags.

Tamarahas donated a Temperley clutch bag to the Handbag Amnesty 2009, run and Cancer Research UK. See

The Tennessee-born star graciously thanked fans for voting for her, despite previously claiming she didn't think much of her acting in the Transformers movies.

Earlier this year, she said: 'Unless you're a seasoned veteran, working with (director) Michael Bay is not about an acting experience.

'I can't s**t on this movie because it did give mea career and open allthese doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's a*s.People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.'

While Megan looked colourful in her red Martin Grant halterneck and high-heels, Liv and Jessica looked drab in their dark ensembles.

Liv went for a formal look in a black jacket, leggings and shoe boots as she presented Best Horror Actor to English star Stephen Moyer for True Blood.

Jessica covered up her curves in a shapeless belted Lanvin jersey dress and leggings as she gave Johnny Depp with the Most Anticipated Movie award for Alice In Wonderland, which is due for release next year.

As well as picking up an award, Johnny also presented the Rock Immortal accolade to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

The crowds gave Keith - who Johnny based his Captain Jack character from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on - as standing ovation as he walked on stage.

Another big honour of the night was the Scream Mastermind award for horror director George A Romero, which he accepted from Quentin Tarantino.

The big surprise of the night was William Shatner coming on stage to accept the Best Sci-Fi Film for Star Trek - despite being snubbed for a role in the blockbuster.

Addressing the film's director JJ Abrams - who also won Best Director - he said: 'J.J., I'll handle this.

'This movie was big. Imagine how big it could have been with me in it? ... I'll be waiting for your call.'

McQueens for a night: Fashion's finest pay tribute to late designer in ravishing array of gowns at Met BallGisele Bundchen, Salma Hayek and Daphne Guinness were among the stars to choose Alexander McQueen designs, though British labels Burberry and Stella McCartney were also red carpet favourites...

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It is the biggest night of the fashion calendar, and with the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen as a theme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute gala ball last night, red carpet expectations were very high.

And the A-listers didn't disappoint. Countless stars including Sarah Jessica Parker and Salma Hayek wore the British designer's creations, proving, with every arrival, that he was not known as a genius for nothing.

The supermodels, naturally, looked superb. Gisele Bundchen wore a showstopping scarlet number from autumn 2005, while Crystal Renn, who sported an impressive geisha-inspired hairdo, wore a black ruffled gown.

Works of genius, from left: Salma Hayek, Gisele Bundchen and Daphne Guinness all wore Alexander McQueen to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's gala ball last night

Sarah Jessica Parker wore a figure-hugging gold embellished sheath from the same collection as Gisele's, while Daphne Guinness wore a creation made entirely of feathers that was the finale of Sarah Burton's second solo collection for the fashion house earlier this year.

Salma Hayek also wore a current creation, a gold chiffon gown with rose detail from the spring 2011 offering by Sarah Burton.

And if McQueen couture is good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge, it's good enough for Naomi Campbell, it seems, as the model wore a bespoke number by Sarah Burton. The designer herself wore a similar, albeit less fussy floaty white gown with an empire waistline and gold embellishment.

But many other designers had a chance to shine too - particularly Stella McCartney, who created a number of dazzling pieces for the night. Madonna's slinky blue gown with stars cascading down the back was probably the prettiest thing she's worn in years, while Iman wore a bright gold pantsuit from the same label.

Embellished: Gold on black was a key theme of the night, seen, from left, on Mick Jagger's designer partner L'Wren Scott, Beyonce, who dazzled in Emilio Pucci, Diane Kruger in split-to-the-thigh Jason Wu and Michelle Williams in a custom-made Miu Miu gown

Golden girls, from left: Sarah Jessica Parker would have made Carrie proud in Alexander McQueen, a pregnant Jessica Alba shimmered in Ralph Lauren, Kristen Bell in Tory Burch, and Iman in a sequinned Stella McCartney pantsuit

Also in McCartney was and Eva Mendes, who channelled the Seventies in asymmetric royal blue dress with knife pleats, and Gwyneth Paltrow who wore a sparkling taupe column with a high neckline and long sleeves.

Ms McCartney, who was co-hosting the event with Anna Wintour, wore a design from her own collection of course, the asymmetric 'mullet' skirt proving a hit with fashion bloggers.

Among the other stars she dressed for the night were 14-year-old True Grit star HaileeSteinfeld, who wore a brown lace number with the same hemline as Ms McCartney, and Rihanna, whose flawless body did the figure-hugging lace gown justice.

Boldly go: Madonna in Stella McCartney (left), Blake Lively in Chanel Couture (centre) and Liv Tyler in Givenchy (right) took fashion risks - and they all paid off

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, who traditionally wears Chanel couture for the event, posed for photographers with her daughter, Bee Shaffer, who wore burgundy Balenciaga. But it was Blake Lively who arrived with designer Karl Lagergfeld, who had dressed the Gossip Girl beauty in a Chanel Couture creation from fall 2009.

Burberry's Christopher Bailey was no doubt proud of Transformers star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in his pink satin number, while Miranda Kerr and Shalom Harlow braved the infamous Marchesa collection that had models fainting during the New York FashionWeek showcase in February.

Jessica Alba may be pregnant, but that didn't stop her wearing one of the most elegant gowns of the night - gold strapless Ralph Lauren styled by Rachel Zoe's former assistant Brad Goreski.

Colour me beautiful, from left: Eva Mendes in Stella McCartney, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry, Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein and Ginnifer Goodwin in Topshop

Kristen Bell, who wore Tory Burch, wore the same hue. She arrived with the designer and Kanye West who she also dressed - her way of announcing the launch of her first men's collection.

Ashley Greene also surpassed herself in aprincess-like Donna Karan, while Taylor Swift impressed the fashion pack by choosing a sophisticated J Mendel number.

But while most stars wore couture, actress Ginnifer Goodwin did the unexpected, opting for an emerald green Topshop Unique gown with long sleeves and sexy splits at the midriff and leg.

I'm wearing... myself! Alexander McQueen head designer Sarah Burton in one of her own creations (left), Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney (centre) and Designer Vera Wang in chartreuse Vera Wang (right)

Time to shine: Karen Elson in a gold Alexander McQueen gown she last wore on the catwalk (left), Gwyneth Paltrow (centre left) and Haileee Steinfeld (centre right), both in Stella McCartney and newly-single actress Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera (far right)

Her choice on her high praise from fashion fans following red carpet arrivals on social networking sites.

Twitter user mariarahajeng wrote: 'Ginnifer Goodwin wore a Topshop green silk twist front gown to the MET?? Kudos to you, totally made it look couture.'

Thegala event marked the launch of the Met's much-anticipated Savage Beauty exhibition, which charts McQueen's career.

Double acts: Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture with her daughter Bee Shaffer in Balenciaga (left), co-host Colin Firth in Tom Ford with his wife Livia in Stella McCartney with Roger Vivier shoes (centre)and Tory Burch with Kanye West, both in Tory Burch (right) - the designer's way of announcing the launch of her first men's collection

According to the museum, 'his iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion.

'Approximatelyone hundred examples will be on view, including signature designs such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the Origami frock coat, as well as pieces reflecting the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s that he crafted into contemporary silhouettes transmitting romantic narratives.

'Technical ingenuity imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at fashion’s vanguard.'

The exhibition will be open to the public from May 4, and will run until July 31. For more details, visit

Glow in the dark: Katy lights up the gala, as she arrives with the designer

Concealed rows of fairy lights gave the CuteCircuit design a fluorescent aura at the star-studded event, which attracts the toast of New York society.

It was the best possible advert for CuteCircuit, a fashion company based in London that designs wearable technology.

As Katy walked down the red carpetall eyes were on the glowing singer, who accessorised with ChristianLouboutin shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

She was attending the CostumeInstitute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the American Woman:Fashioning a National Identity exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum ofArt.

CuteCircuit are no strangers to hi-techfashion. In 2006 their Hug Shirt was named one of the Best Inventionsof the Year by Time Magazine.

Katy's dress is a more wearable version of the design duo Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz's stunning Galaxy dress - a hi-tech gown embroidered with 24,000 tiny LED bulbs now on display in an American museum.

Francesca is an architect andgraphic designer, while artist and anthropologist Ryan has worked asart director for Signal Interactive and ASAP Media Services in the U.S.States.

In 2006 their Hug Shirt was named one of the Best Inventionsof the Year by Time Magazine.

Katy said: 'I feel like I really have torepresent those girls that just go for it and do their own thing and,you know, have their own bit of spontaneity and self confidence,' shesaid.

'I think sometimes in fashion it can get a little stuffy so Iwanted to lighten up!'

And she told Us magazine she controlled the lights with a switch inside her bra.

'I love it, it's so much fun,' she said. 'I have this thing in my bra.

I don't know if that's a good place for it or not.'

Light it up: Katy's eye-catching flashing gown stole the show on the red carpet

Any colour as long as it's pink: The dresses do the talking for Karlie Kloss, Emily Blunt and Emma Stone as the style set pays tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli at the Met Ball


PUBLISHED:04:10 GMT, 8 May 2012 UPDATED:20:26 GMT, 8 May 2012

Celebrities were pretty in shocking pink at tonight's Met Ball Gala, paying tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s signature colour.

Karlie Kloss, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone and the host Eletrra Weiderman were among many fashion stars who donned the colour on the world's most formidable red carpet, which also paid tribute to Miuccia Prada for the launch of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

Whether it was worn head-to-toe, or in small bursts, touches of Schiaparelli pink were scattered throughout an otherwise sea of gold, citrus and black.

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Pretty in pink: Karlie Kloss (left) wears Jason Wu, Emily Blunt (middle) in cut-out Calvin Klein, and Emma Stone (right) turned heads in Lanvin

Schiaparelli pink: Wendi Deng (left) wore a bright coral gown by Vera Wang, who was also her date, Julianne Hough (middle) wore fuchsia and Chelsea Clinton wore coral

Pink pops: Amber Heard (far left) wore a dusty pink Zac Posen gown, Sarah Jessica Parker (left) donned pink flowers on her Valentino dress, actress Paula Patton (middle) opted for pale Vera Wang, while Girls star Allison Williams (right) decided on magenta in Ralph Lauren

Pale pink: Hailee Steinfeld (left) wore an embellished Prada dress, Jessica Biel (middle) chose a low-plunging Prada dress and Leslie Mann (right) wore Nina Ricci

Earlier it was rumoured that Anna Wintour asked Vogue editors to wear pink in a nod to the late Italian designer, but the magazine staffers weren't the only ones to heed the editor's advice.

From the hot pink top peeking out of Coco Rocha's canary yellow Givenchy pant suit, to Karlie Kloss's Jason Wu-designed fuchsia dress, the flowers on Sarah Jessica Parker's Valentino number, and the Stella McCartney heels worn by Girls creator Lena Dunham, hues of pink highlighted the red carpet arrivals.

Amanda Heard wore a strapless, dusty pink Zac Posen gown, Julianne Hough turned heads in Carolina Herrera and Allison Williams, also from the hit show Girls, wore a magenta Ralph Lauren silk strapless column dress.

Goldengilrs: Anna Wintour (far left) wore a custom Prada gown made to represent Schiaparelli's famous Lobster Dress, Karolina Kurkova (left) shone bright in Rachel Zoe, Scarlett Johansson (middle) looked radiant in Dolce and Gabbana and Cameron Diaz (right) opted for Stella McCartney

Glitz and gold: Paying homage to Miuccia Prada, Mad Men's Jessica Pare (far left) wore L'Wren Scott, Cery Mulligan (left) wore Prada, Lana De Rey (middle) was dressed in custom Altuzarra and Jessica Alba (right) sparkled in Michael Kors

Paula Patton also opted for a dusty pink, while Dee Ocleppo, Tommy Hilfiger's wife, wore a long-sleeve fuchsia design by her husband and Chelsea Clinton wowed in bright coral.

MsSchiaparelli, who passed away in 1973, once famously said: 'I gave to pink, the nerve of the red, a neon pink, an unreal pink'.

Sheused the colour in her famous Tears Dress, a slender evening gown printed with a Dali design of trompe l'oeil rips and tears, lined in pink and magenta, and her perfume bottle, called Shocking!, was alsocreated out of her signature bright pink.

Silver sirens: Sofia Vergara in Marchesa, Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren and Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

Striking black: Rooney Mara (far left) was dressed in custom Givenchy, Gisele Bundchen (left) also wore a Givenchy gown, Mary-Kate Olsen (middle) chose one of her own high-neck The Row gowns and Chloe Sevigny (right) wore a black geometric cut-out Miu Miu dress which shimmered under the red carpet's lights

But if not wearing pops of pink, attendees played it safe in black, paid homage to Miuccia Prada in metallic or chose vibrant yellow or cool persimmon to break away from the pack.

There were a great deal of sequins, beads, embroidery, feathers and shapes verging on sculpture - finally, unbridled dress choices, and a few pant looks, that all altogether were a carnival for the eyes.

Manyturned out in Prada, including the evening's co-chairwoman Carey Mulligan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth and of course, Anna Wintour, who wore a custom Prada gown made to reflect the 1937 Lobster Dress by Schiaparelli- a simple white silk evening dress which featured a large lobster painted by Salvador Dali onto the skirt.

Classic selection: Cate Blanchett (far left) wore an Alexander McQueen gown, Rihanna (left) wore a Tom Ford design, Beyonce (middle) chose a Givenchy haute couture gown and Linda Evangelista went the extremely safe route by wearing a Prada dress in the classic colour

Black and white: Classic tones were blended by Stella McCartney (left) who wore her own label's pants and top ensemble, Doutzen Kroes (middle) wore a Roland Mouret gown and Chanel Iman (right) wore a Tom Ford dress. The designer was also her date for the evening

Plentyothers were dressed by their designer dates - Emma Stone looked pictureperfect in Lanvin accompanied by Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford and Chanel Iman were a polished pair and old friends Olivier Theyskens and Caroline Trentini came together.

So did Alexander Wang and Azealia Banks, Joseph Altuzarra and Lana Del Rey, and Greta Gerwig with Parabal Gurung.

Citrus stars: New mother January Jones (far left) wore a strapless Versace gown, Emma Roberts (left) chose an Escada dress, Coco Rocha (middle) wore a vintage Givenchy pant suit that was once worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Solange Knowles (right) wore a strapless Rachel Roy gown

Pretty in persimmon: Katharine McPhee (far left)shone in Elie Saab, Kirsten Dunst (left) chose old world glamour from Rodarte, Eva Mendez (middle) supported in Prada and Ginnifer Goodwin (right) chose Monique Lhuillier

Mix and match: Some celebrities broke all the rules entirely such as M.I.A. (far left) who wore Stella McCartney, Kristen Stewart (left) who chose a Balenciaga design, Elizabeth Banks (middle) who wore a multi-layered Mary Katrantzou dress and Shailene Woodley (right) who wore a Christopher Kane gown

Approximately 800 guests attended theGala this year, and Ms Wintour announced that over $11million had been raised for the Costume Institute, its biggest sum yet.

Elettra Wiedemann co-hosted the red-carpet arrivals with Vogue's Billy Norwich, who at the end of the evening, after hundreds of vibrant, sparkly and jaw dropping creative dresses had walked past him, said: 'There's a real feeling of surrealism. I feel a little bit trippy'.

It perfectly sums up the exhibition, and the two iconic Italian designers it honors - Schiaparelliwho broke the rules of fashion through her continual collaborations with surrealist artist Salvador Dali, and Prada, who remains at the forefront of fashion through her eclectic visions and quirky style.

Legs forever! Miranda Kerr steps out in hotpants and skyscraper heels


PUBLISHED:19:55 GMT, 30 June 2012 UPDATED:06:58 GMT, 2 July 2012

Her off-duty attire may be miles away from the bizarre ensemble she wore to work hours before before, but Miranda Kerr still looked as though she'd just stepped off the catwalk yesterday.

The 29-year-old beauty showed off her enviable legs in tiny denim shorts as she walked through the West Village yesterday following a photoshoot.

Miranda teamed her hotpants with towering colourful heels.

Her eye-catching outfit consisted of a silver sequinned T-shirt with hot pink writing, paired with metallic blue snakeskin trousers.

Iridescent boots, similar to ones spotted on Rita Ora last week, completed the look.

Miranda's usual fresh-faced look was ditched for heavy black eye make-up.

Miss Piggy shoes for $595 and $180 Animal shirts: How designer labels are taking their style lead from the new Muppets movie

UPDATED:20:07 GMT, 18 November 2011

The new Muppets movie doesn't hit cinemas for another week, but it seems the fashion pack has already fallen head over heels for Jim Henson's classic characters.

A number of designer brands have created limited-edition products to tie in with the film. And, a far cry from typical novelty merchandise, the latest offering has serious style cred.

Hip New York boutique Opening Ceremony is stocking a Muppets X Opening Ceremony capsule line alongside creations by Chloe Sevigny and Alexander Wang.

And Jerome C Rousseau has designed the $595 Diva Glitter pump, to go on sale in January, that was inspired by Miss Piggy. She even appears in an ad for it, gazing at the sparkly shoe in wonder.

Also on the footwear front is a series of Adidas Originals trainers, which launched today, each inspired by a different Muppet - a favourite is the Kermit-inspired design complete with green felt collar tongue.

And nOir jewellery, a brand beloved of Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry, has also created a line based on the movie.

Thebeauty world too, is cashing in on the Muppets' popularity. Those who want lashes like Miss Piggy for their Christmas bash can fond falsies atMAC, while OPI's 'Simply Moi' nail polish collection also takes its lead from the porcine primadonna.

Cheryl Wischhover of , whooriginally reported on the volume of Muppets merchandise, believes nostalgia is one of several reasons designers are so inspired by the characters.

'So many peoplewho are designing now grew up with the Muppets and probably have fond memories,' she told MailOnline.

'Second, they're (or rather their creators are) smart. Despite the fact that they're puppets, the show in the Seventies and Eighties and subsequent movies had plenty of witty, edgy adult humour.'

She added that their popularity is also down to the fact that they are easy to identify with. Not only are they portrayed interacting with humans, but because each character is flawed in some way, or has a unique neurosis, like Miss Piggy's temper and Gonzo with his chicken fetish, they seem more human themselves.

But most of all, any collaboration presents a lucrative business opportunity.

'The reality is that nowmovie tie-ins are really lucrative and this one is a no-brainer,' she explained. 'Unlikeother more kid-focused Disney properties, the Muppets are perceived to be "cool" and there's a lot of cross-over opportunity.'

Naomi Campbell the dancing diva: Model throws some moves in the street clad in leather hot pants and fishnet tights during Fashion's Night Out celebrations

UPDATED:13:40 GMT, 11 September 2010

She has something of a reputation for being a diva.

But last night it wasn't a temper tantrum that was giving Naomi Campbell that reputation.

Instead the 40-year-old model became a dancing diva, performing an energetic routine in the street outside the Dolce & Gabbana store in New York's Madison Avenue.

Naomi was accompanied by an army of models, who all joined her in wearing leather hot pants, fishnet tights and charity print T-shirts for a truly traffic-stopping display.

It was all part of Friday's Fashion's Night Out, a global one-night-only retail event - and brainchild ofVogue editor Anna Wintour - aimed to spark sales in the sluggish economy.

Campbell was also celebrating the 25th anniversary of her modelling career.

She used the Dolce & Gabbana store as her home base, getting unexpected visits from Tyson Beckford and photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

Fans packed the store for Campbell's signature on T-shirts that show her at various times in her now 25-year career in modeling.

'I can't thank Domenico (Dolce) and Stefano (Gabbana) enough to do this for my 25th anniversary in modeling,' Campbell said.

While she's had a rough ride in the press lately with her appearance at the Hague in Charles Taylor's war-crimes trial, Campbell has a close relationship with many fashion insiders, ticking off the names Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Stefano Pilati, John Galliano and the late Alexander McQueen as dear friends.

'I've had a great ride so far these 25 years, and I'm grateful. I have bonded with some designers. I vacation with Stefano and Domenico. I see them in the off-work time, I see them at a relaxing time,' she said.

'My friendships aren't based on if someone is giving me work, it's if we like each other.'

Campbell, 40, said she does, in fact,sometimes go dancing in on her nights off, leaving her with the feelingthat her performance for the crowd was somewhat natural.

She even counted down the 'five, six, seven, eight' that starts many professional numbers.

'I studied dance way back when, but Igave it up when I became a model. Sometimes I'm just a frustrated olderwoman who gets these moments when she can get her dance on.'

Clothing retailers and big-name fashion designers in the United States and around the world joined together on Friday in festive promotional events aimed at enticing recession-weary shoppers to go on a spending spree.

The event is now in its second year, with promotional parties thrown across 100 U.S. cities from New York to Los Angeles, Houston and Miami.

Joining in are shops in, Australia, Portugal, South Korea and Turkey, along with those in fashion centres who held events last year such as Britain, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Brazil, India, Spain, China, Germany, Japan and Taiwan.

In Milan, tens of thousands of fashion-hungry shoppers and party-goers thronged the Italian fashion capital's small streets for a party on Thursday, hoping to rub elbows with big-name designers at Valentino and Prada who offered champagne and artistic performances.

'This city, usually, is dead at night, and that's not because of the downturn,' said fashion supremo Giorgio Armani, who offered a live performance of British pop band Hurts.

London events featured actress Gwyneth Paltrow and model Claudia Schiffer helping to draw big crowds.

In New York, more than 1,000 retailers and brands including designers Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang and Donna Karan were set to minglewith shoppers at in-store parties.

Wintour made an early stop at Ralph Lauren, where she posed with actress Halle Berry, who wowed in a sheer, bejewelled back top which left little to the imagination.

Wintour said the event had grown in a year 'by slightly epic proportions.'

Hundreds of people lined up outside Bergdorf Goodman, where huge crowds flocked to see Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige, who came out to promote her eyewear line.

'We love you Mary!' shouted fans.

Designers including Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Lela Rose and Thakoon Panichgul trotted out their dogs for a modeling contest, dressed in duds from top hats to wedding gowns to boas.

Crowds grew so big it was hard to use the escalators or leave the store. 'You don't see this much excitement at stores,' said Badgley as he surveyed the crowd while holding his beagle Ramel, dressed in a top hat and tuxedo.

The design team's beagles were dressed as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

An ice rink in Houston was transformed into a fashion runway, Cirque du Soleil performers were playing in Washington's streets, Miami was hosting a shoppers' block party and shoppers on Rodeo Drive could get free rides on a Ferris wheel in Los Angeles.

But while the night was aimed at turning around shoppers worn down by economic hard times, many retailers do not measure the precise economic impact of the event and some concede it was more of a social event than sales boost.

Foot traffic jumped in New York stores after last year's event by 50 percent, according to research firm ShopperTrak. NYC & Company, which promotes marketing and tourism in the city, found 75 percent of shoppers bought something in a survey of 1,300 consumers.

Saks Fifth Avenue, which is hosting dance lessons with designers such asZac Posen, has expanded the event to 34 of its U.S. stores.

'We were impressed by the response from customers,' said Saks' chief executive Steve Sadove, calling it 'a perfect way to kick off the fall season.'

Designers can use 'Fashion's Night Out' to help make fashion feel more accessible, Kolb added.

Jessica Alba, at Polo Ralph Lauren in SoHo, said she came to New York just for the event.

'It's a perfect way to boost the economy and hang out with some friends, have a little champagne and shop all night,' she said.

Strutting their stuff: Entourage actress Perrey Reeves, Singer Cassie, and actress Keisha Whitaker, wife of Forest Whitaker

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