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京都でも桜が3,4分咲きのところが多くなってきました。京都が一番、輝く季節です。うちの生徒さんも、嵐山に行く、とか、姫路城に行く、とか、カンサイに住んでいるからこそできる観光を、暮らしとともに楽しんでおられるようです。

さて、今日は、その京都に、「現在いない」方からのお問い合わせについて取り上げてみたいと思います。

日本語教室の生徒さん集めで、やっぱり一番に効果があるのは、ネット上での募集です。

私たち日本人も、いまどき、違う国にいったとしても、情報を収集するのはネット上で、グーグルなどの検索機能を使って、というのがマジョリティになってきていると思います。それはどこの国の人でも一緒です。つくづく、世界は小さく、早くなってきているのだなぁと実感します。

そんなわけで、日々、様々なかたちで、問い合わせのメールが私のところまで届きます。

バングラデシュ、スリランカ、ロンドン・・・なかには、「ウェブ上で日本語のレッスンをしてくれないか」という依頼まで!!(汗)さすがそれは現状ではお受けできないので、お断りしましたが・・・いやはや、生徒さんのニーズは本当に多様ですね・・・。

でも、ウェブ上で日本語のレッスン、なんて、考えてみもしませんでしたが、実は、次世代の語学学習は、そっちのほうがスタンダードになっているのかもしれませんね。

そうなったら、どんなに面白いヨノナカでしょう!京都に居ながらにしてベンガル語が習え、ロンドンにいながらにして京都からリアルタイムなレッスンが自宅に届けられる・・・それは、「観光」や「語学学習」というものの形をドラスチックに変えるのかもしれません。

ただ、その場所にある、におい。街の息遣い。そういうものだけはきっと、ネット上ではお届けできないでしょうね。

あらかじめ語学をバーチャルで学んでから、京都の息遣いを感じるために京都にやってきて、ネット上で作り上げた人間関係を、よりリアルでも楽しむ。そういうものが、グローバライズされた異文化コミュニュケーションの将来形なのかもしれませんね。

そういう前向きな空想を頭のなかに描くのは、楽しいものです。

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The hell raising pair are new neighbours after One Direction heartthrob Harry moved into London's Primrose Hill.

And one of the locals, flamboyant celeb Grimshaw, was quick to introduce himself to the pop star and show him some of the celebrity haunts.

A source told The Sun, "Grimmy promised Harry he’d give him his very own guided tour of Primrose Hill. He showed him where his famous friends live and all their favourite boozers. They ended up in The Lansdowne until kicking-out time.

"They even stopped for a bite to eat with pals. They had a great night.”

The area is a fave with celebrities including Kate Moss and new Spider-Man star Rhys Ifans.

In other Styles news, Harry is reportedly getting back together with his television presenting cougar ex Caroline Flack.

A source told Heat magazine: "When they do meet up, it's likely to be privately at a mutual friend's place. Harry's attitude is, 'Who cares what people think? It's between us, but She doesn't want to be made a fool of again."

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This week saw the that luxury department store Harrods has teamed up with the world's most digitally progressive fashion brand Burberry to not only live stream their Autumn/Winter 2012 show on the store's , but data mine the opportunity by democratising the buying process - i.e. giving consumers the opportunity to "be" a Harrods buyer for this exclusive opportunity. Fans of the luxury retailer are being invited to "Like" their favourite look from the Burberry AW12 show and Harrods will by default include those pieces in the AW buy, which will subsequently be sold in store.

We have already seen the democratisation of the editor via the rise of social media (i.e. everyone has a public voice that can matter whether it is via Twitter, a blog, a fan page etc.), and in early 2011 the created the world's first crowd-sourced designing experiment with the launch of the Bill Amberg collaboration Calgary tote bag. However, this is the first time that a UK department store has data mined/crowd-sourced publicly in advance of a collection launch/buy (Burberry ran this initiative with Bergdorf Goodman last September in the US). It is an highly pioneering move and will, once again, set Harrods ahead of its peers, positioning the store as a true digital innovator and retail brand leader.

This move is simply another in the department store's ongoing digital brand growth strategy. Harrods is already ahead of its competitors "socially" from a raw numbers perspective, over the last two years, it has amassed in excess of 165,000 Facebook fans, and over 85,000 Twitter followers - more than any of its competitors, even with regional stores combined. This digital community growth is a result of sheer investment and strategic interaction from the brand. For example, the Twitter feed is live 24/7, managed by an industry leading professional (not an intern), the tone of voice is completely in line with the overarching ethos and personality of the brand and every question and enquiry is dealt with and responded to within minutes, even on a weekend.

Managing the digital community for a retailer of this size isn't the easiest feat. To do it well, it does require the laborious task of 24/7 community maintenance and interaction, dealing with antagonistic consumer complaints about purchases, customer service and so on, and passing them on to the relevant in-house teams and maintaining a professional public representation of the brand overall.

Spurning positive endorsement proactively within the digital sphere also come hand-in-hand with the task. Harrods has not only pioneered intelligent digital activity - creating a slick GPS-based smartphone App to help consumers navigate around the store, launching - an online magazine on Harrods.com edited by former Financial Times fashion editor Nicola Copping (another example of how seriously digital editorial is being taken) and live streaming shows but has also proactively fostered digital relationships with key stakeholder on and offline.

This includes a relationship with another pioneering digital fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana. Since "giant falling out" in 2010 between Dolce and one of Harrods' biggest competitors which resulted in said luxury department store no longer stocking the brand, Harrods has maximised its digital relationship with Dolce via its digital hub, and relationships with the brand's strong digital team, which has resulted in Harrods being treated as a key media platform with access behind the scenes to Dolce shows in Milan, exclusive Twitter interviews with the brand's models including David Gandy and even meet and greets with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

The symbiotic relationship between the editorial platforms of two non-traditional media outlets has set an bar for how digital engagement between brand and retailer can be leveraged for mutually beneficial goals.

Next week's Burberry show live stream partnership will simply be another string to the digital bow that Harrods has every right to wear with pride, and by the sounds of things, there is a lot more in the pipeline for the brand's digital growth in 2012.

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has linked to yet another beautiful girl - the star was seen driving in a car with Burberry model Cara Delevingne.

The pair left the Omega House in Soho earlier this week, and looked to be enjoying each other's company as they drove away together.


Bur-eautiful: Cara Delevingne

A source told The Mirror:


Heartthrob Harry Styles

An insider added to The Sun:

The twosome was spotted together earlier this year after they left exclusive Mayfair nightclub Le Baron together and are said to be close friends.

Delevingne's agent, Sarah Doukas, said of the 19-year-old: "She has the most beautiful face and engaging ­personality, like her older sister Poppy. She is adorable and very talented. She also has the ability to shake up the energy in a room full of stuffy people and make people ask 'who is that girl?'."

There could be some sibling rivalry, as Cara's older sister Poppy admitted to Grazia she had a crush on the pop star.
She said: "I want to sit on Harry Styles' lap. I have a total crush on him. He walked past me at the Aquascutum show recently and I was salivating. I like his curly hair and he looks like a little cherub."



OpenDyslexic, a free-to-use font created by Abelardo Gonzalez, aims to help people with dyslexia read online content easier.

The open-sourced font features heavily-weighted bottoms to help give letters "gravity," thus curbing the brain's ability to rotate characters and make them look like other letters, explains the .

The BBC reports that a recent update to Instapaper, an app that allows users save Web pages to read later,. It has also appeared in word processors, e-readers and been installed on school computers.

Gonzalez, who released his designs in 2011, said he started to project in order to give people with developmental reading disorder a free alternative.

There are other, similar fonts being sold that are geared towards people with dyslexia. In 2010 "Dyslexie," a font developed by , was (though not speed) in people with dyslexia in a master's thesis , according to the Boston Globe.

OpenDyslexic works on the same principle as Dyslexie, except that it is free and open-source. Personal use copies of the latter reportedly cost around $90, while copies for school use may cost significantly more.

Approximately , according to the Dyslexia Research Institute.

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We've teamed up with Greta Larkins, the genius behind the brilliant Tumblr in a weekly series of animated fashion shots.

This week, FashGif takes on this beaded jacket from 's spring 2013 show from . Can we expect to see wearing this on the campaign trail? We doubt it, but it sure would make things even more exciting.

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'The Dictator' has caused chaos on the Oscars red carpet, following

It all seemed to be going so well. General Admiral Aladeen aka Sacha Baron Cohen was happily giving red carpet host Ryan Seacrest details about his red carpet outfit:

"Hello Death to the West, I'm wearing John Galliano, with socks by K-Mart. As my friend Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks. Don't waste money."

But there was an ominous urn in his hands, with the face of North Korean late dictator Kim Jong-il on the front. And so the Dictator carried on:

"It gave me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and double standards partner Kim Jong-il - it was his dream to come to the Oscars and be spread over the red carpet and Halle Berry's chest again..."

And then it all went haywire, as the Dictator appeared to trip, and the contents of the urn - about a hundred ashtrays' worth of powder, later reported to be likely to be pancake mix - went all over the thousand-dollar Burberry suit of a mortified Seacrest, who struggled to keep his composure.

The Dictator was unabashed, comforting Seacrest: "You can say you are wearing Kim Jong-il" - before he was unceremoniously bundled off by security.

Seacrest addressed the camera and his co-presenters: "I had a feeling he was up to something, I just didn't know what form it would take..."




LONDON — Luxury goods maker Burberry Group PLC said Wednesday that sales of its signature trench coats and other outdoor wear led a 26 percent gain in full-year profit.

Burberry reported that net profit for the year ending March 31 was 263.3 million pounds ($415 million), up from 208.4 million pounds a year earlier but still just short of analyst expectations for 275 million pounds. Revenue rose 24 percent to 1.86 billion pounds, and the company raised its dividend by 25 percent to 25 pence.

Burberry reported double-digit sales gains in all regions. Asia-Pacific is its best-performing region, generating 37 percent of combined wholesale and retail revenue. Outerwear and leather goods accounted for about half of all sales, the company said.

Burberry shares were down 3.1 percent at 1,343 pence in early trading in London.

"A combination of profit taking after the recent rally, a weak broader market and results which were slightly shy of expectations has driven the price sharply lower in early trade," said Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers.

"Yet the numbers themselves are robust."

Burberry said it plans to invest at least 180 million pounds this year in new or remodeled stores, including Regent Street in London, Pacific Place in Hong Kong and a rebuilt store in Chicago.

During the past year, the company opened its first larger format stores in Hong Kong, Paris and Taipei.



I never gave clothes much thought, but I knew the moment my daughter refused to wear jeans at the age of two because they were "ugly," I was outclassed. And that precious toddler grew up to be my stylish Sarah who now works for Stylelist and lives and breathes fashion.



Fragrance is an important accessory which serves to amplify and sometimes influence your mood and therefore it needs as much thought as the colour of the bride's dress or the groom's buttonhole.

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"I fear I've caused complete and utter confusion," Prince Charles told Burberry's 800-plus staffers who gathered to greet him when he inaugurated the company's new Horseferry House headquarters Thursday morning.




When you're a hot 27-year-old prince, wooing the ladies doesn't stop at dinner and a movie. How about a movie premiere, a VIP after party and an even more chi-chi after party later?

That was apparently 's M.O. this week in London, where he in a shiny blue suit (that we've ). Who was the lucky lady? Reportedly it's Cressida Bonas, a model who was also in attendance at the premiere -- as Harry's date.

The pair avoided being photographed together (sneaky!), but later they at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden and then moved on to Le Salon nightclub in Mayfair. The Sun -- and Harry left just two minutes after her.

Bonas, 23, and seems to be something of a British socialite; she's the daughter of another model: Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon. Another fun fact: she studied at Leeds University, where Harry's ex Chelsy Davy also studied.

We know Harry likes his blondes -- , and of course, -- so we won't be surprised if the Prince and the Model become the next .

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As the UK economic outlook remains gloomy, retailers are venturing further afield to develop international markets. But what is the impact of going global on the UK high street? Miya Knights finds out.

Where domestic retail sales are stagnating, it is easy to see why UK retailers are looking to foreign shores to boost growth. But what does this trend mean for the future of our local high streets? Technology is playing a central role in driving development forward on both fronts.

Luxury firms are perhaps the UK's most successful retail export, capitalising on the value of their brands to supplement slow domestic sales with growth abroad. In itself, this is nothing new. The cross-fertilisation of retail brands across regional markets has also brought us many now-familiar UK high street names, such as Gap from the United States, H&M from Sweden and Zara from Spain.

The difference today is that, while analysts predict virtually flat UK retail sales growth in spite of the usual Christmas boost, many more UK retailers are seeing markedly increased demand in overseas markets which they cannot afford to ignore. Burberry's latest sales figures, for example, grew by 21 per cent in the last quarter of 2011, largely driven by a £210-million (36 per cent) sales boost in the Asia-Pacific region. In contrast, its sales in Europe were up by 20 per cent to £160 million.

Daniel Lucht, research director for retail analyst ResearchFarm, said the lure of internationalisation was due to the impact of "a very austere economic outlook for 2012". This, in turn, has had the effect of generating a huge move away from debt-financed business growth. "Cash flow is going to be a big issue," says Mr Lucht. "For both retailers and consumers, it will be about not what they want, but what they can afford." He adds that the presence of essential infrastructure components, like communication networks and roads, is often a prerequisite for successful expansion, making countries like India challenging for overseas entrants, despite its rapidly expanding middle class.

"Most UK fashion and clothing retailers have piled into the Middle East," says Richard Fitzpatrick, director of Retailmap, a specialist retail analysis and competitor monitoring company. "But that is because of a number of large entrepreneurial firms who build and own their own retail properties." The presence of two or three very strong joint venture or franchise trading partners, such as Alshaya, Al Futtaim and Al Tayer, who provide the UK retailers with a complete turn-key solution - logistics, warehousing and access to the biggest shopping malls - have helped add the region to the UK's list of international destinations, alongside Asia.

Mr Fitzpatrick adds that high-end luxury brands have done well in the Middle East, Asia and also Russia because a growing proportion of their middle classes and super-rich are conspicuous in their consumption. But he says: "The value and budget segment is also probably one of the best UK exports, with the likes of Primark already starting to take Europe by storm. This is where we also see Tesco, George @ Asda, Sainsbury's TUI, Matalan and even New Look expanding."

Across 50 UK clothing and footwear retailers, surveyed by Retailmap in 2011, each traded in an average of 11 separate countries and had an average of six outlets per country. Some retailers had a much wider global exposure. Topshop, for example, is in 29 countries, yet even this UK high street fashion stalwart only averages five outlets per country. By comparison, Tesco operates in nine countries but it has an average of 250 stores per country in each of the grocery and own-brand clothing brand markets it operates in. "It is little surprise that in central Europe, Tesco's F+F clothing brand is one of the market-share leaders," says Mr Fitzpatrick.

"A UK high street chain with 200 or 300 stores is looking for greater economies of scale and efficiencies than any small joint venture or franchise investment can deliver," he says. "H&M, for
example, does 25% of its business in Germany alone." To put Topshop's global presence into perspective against the weak domestic market, its owner Sir Philip Green revealed recently that it was looking to close 250 to 260 stores from its 2,500-strong UK estate over the next three years. This will pave the way for ambitions to expand the Topshop brand further overseas.

The consequences of such strategies do not bode well for the UK high street. The government's recent retail review by TV retail guru, Mary Portas, found less than half the UK's retail spending is now on the high street and that this figure is falling.

But the lure of overseas profits need not necessarily sound its death knell. Technology can help span the miles between head office and the flagship store on the other side of the world, or automate finance reporting and administration with country-specific software rules. But it is the explosion in internet shopping, and its relatively lower operating costs and higher margins that have really been fuelling not only international UK retail ambitions, but also domestic ones too.

But, in some cases, UK retailers like Next are switching their international expansion plans away from opening lots of new overseas stores to setting up foreign language and international currency online shops. Perhaps, if eCommerce was as mature a decade ago, the cautionary tale of Marks & Spencer's experience would not have seen it unceremoniously pull out of its first foray into France, where it had operated 18 stores. Undeterred, it re-launched there last October, but with its first international transactional website, which the retailer said was part of its bricks-and-clicks global approach, preceding the opening of a flagship Paris store a few weeks later.

Success is, in fact, by no means assured abroad or even at home, in stores or online. Just think of the ill-fated Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy joint venture. The US electronics retailer last year ceased trading through 11 Best Buy UK stores, at the cost of some 1,100 jobs. Significantly, services spanning multiple channels, such as click and collect or reserve in-store and deliver to home, are becoming more popular in the UK where internet trade body, Interactive Media Retail Group (IMRG) recorded a significant rise in the percentage of click-and-collect online sales in the third retail quarter of 2011.

Accounting for 10.4 per cent of all UK eCommerce sales in the period, this merging of retail sales channels becomes all the more important in prospective foreign markets that also have a higher proportion of digital natives with multichannel expectations.

Adam Stewart, marketing director of Rakuten's Play.com, predicts: "In the year ahead, cutting-edge mobile devices, worldwide mobile and broadband penetration, and innovative social shopping services will open up global markets, providing huge growth opportunities for merchants large and small, and unparalleled consumer choice." Play.com, one of the UK's largest internet retailers, was recently acquired by Rakuten - the "Amazon of Japan" - for £25 million.

The question is though, will UK retailers be able to keep up? Take Japan, the world's most digitally advanced nation, for example. According to IDTechEx research, 47 million Japanese adopted smartphones with tap-and-go payments functionality in three years, making its adoption of mobile payments technology one of the fastest roll outs of electronic products in history. Super-fast broadband speeds and 4G enable in-store ordering direct from a customer's smartphone, along with localised, targeted promotional offers and the widespread use of Quick Response (QR) codes.

The influence of the tech-savvy multichannel consumer and UK retail experience in more advanced multichannel markets is already making its presence felt on our local high streets. Women's fashion company Oasis is equipping staff with iPads to boost service levels and assisted sales, as well as reduce lost sales from out-of-stocks, for example. Ish Patel, strategic development director at Oasis' parent Aurora Fashions Group, points out that fast smartphone adoption is paving the way for mobile or mCommerce to help blend traditional physical and emerging online channels.

In this way, lessons learnt from going global may also help UK retailers better mind what is at home, despite the fact they may be strategically focused on distant shores.

This article orginally appeared in a special report on The Future of Retail, produced by Raconteur Media and published with The Times (UK). Please see www.raconteuronthetimes.co.uk for further articles from this report.

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LONDON - They say weather is a national obsession in Britain — but perhaps more for Burberry Prorsum's Christopher Bailey than for most.

With a clap of thunder and a torrent of realistic rain running down the sides of a glass tent, the luxury brand's creative chief sent his umbrella-toting models down the catwalk in a finale that brought a smile to everyone's face.

Burberry, which stages its twice yearly runway shows in its own temporary Hyde Park tent, is the biggest and glitziest production during London Fashion Week. On Monday, the autumn and winter 2012 display drew a huge crowd of buyers and spectators, including a host of international stars such as Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth, celebrity photographer Mario Testino, and even Korean pop group Girls' Generation.

"I quite like celebrating rain," said Bailey, who has been credited with revitalizing the once-fusty fashion house and boosting its international style credentials. He's also known to create a spectacle using weather elements: Last year, he filled his catwalk with fake snow.

"I like the romance. I quite like the melancholy," he said of the rain.

It wasn't just the rain that was British — much of the detailing on the clothes was, too. There was velvet quilting, corduroy, herringbone wool and tweed caps, riding jackets and skirts, and of course various incarnations of the brand's most famous garment, the trench coat.

Bailey said the collection was a study in merging city style and country living. Bridle leather straps, shearling parkas and the use of quilting were evocative of the horse-riding country lifestyle of the English upper class, while the appearance of cute owl drawings and appliques on some of the collection's T-shirts and sweaters, as well as gold metal fox belt buckles, were a fun and quirky take on the "country" theme.

"I like the idea of celebrating the country, celebrating the town," Bailey said after the show.

A huge range of coats and jackets made up much of the collection. Some were cinched in with candy-coloured belts with bows, while others had masculine tailored shoulders and large pouches. Cropped, down-filled puffer jackets were paired with tweed ruffled pencil skirts, giving the ladylike look a sporty twist.

The most striking coat was the one Bailey chose for his finale — a quilted, belted creation in deep royal purple, cinched in at the waist but flaring out in a full skirt.

Colours were rich and autumnal, with mustard, burgundy, black currant and forest greens, while wide horizontal stripes in grey, navy and honey kept the look young and vibrant.

"I like it because it's British and I'm British," joked Leah Weller, a 20-year-old singer and model, who added that she was particularly fond of the gold-studded black gloves and clutch bags on show.

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Associated Press writer Raphael Satter contributed to this report.




He may be the world's one and only male supermodel, but David Gandy is also the most humble, sweetest most down to earth guy you could ever hope to meet. Despite being in an ego driven industry, this boy has his feet firmly on the ground.

I met him last year at the annual Scottish Fashion Awards and we hit it off. He was in town again for the 2012 Awards and very kindly invited me to afternoon tea. It wasn't all smooth sailing I nearly had to cancel because of my school run, but thanks to my dear, sweet friend Morna Rose we made it happen. And thanks to my wonderful hairdresser and make up artist Zak Coldicutt who moved appointments around to accommodate me.

Despite the fact that I was twenty minutes late and that the tea had gone cold, David was still as hot as ever, and shrugged off my tardiness in a gentlemanly manner. I blame the fabulous Celebrity Stylist Derek Warburton who had whisked me off to the Diamond Studio to style me for the Fashion Awards. En route back to the Blythswood Hotel we ran into Fashion Editor Janis Sue Smith and the lovely Patricia Fraser. When Derek's around there's no such thing as stopping to say a quick hello, five minutes quickly turned into fifteen.

But like I said to David the best things in life are worth waiting for.

We chatted all things Scottish Fashion Awards and about his fabulous new fitness app. This is his second year in town to support the Awards.

"I am a huge believer in supporting British fashion. Scotland has a huge amount of fashion talent. You just don't realise it until you are working in this industry and you end up meeting so many Scots. So it's fabulous that Tessa has set up this Awards ceremony in order to give them recognition and also to celebrate their great talent."

"We have got such great heritage, such great fashion, Westwood, Savile Row, Burberry, Pringle it's such a shame everyone is so keen to hotfoot it to Milan, Paris etc when we have so much going on here. I don't think of it as Scotland and England I think of it as Britain as a whole. If we didn't think of it as separate we could be a fashion giant. People just don't realise how much money fashion brings in. If we concentrated our efforts we could truly be a great Britain."

"I try to promote Britain as much as possible; I try to wear British made clothes. For the Awards I will be wearing a Marks and Spencer's jacket that cost £99, it's a great cut, and lovely fabric. I wear a lot of Reiss and Topshop as well. It should be about the high street and not high end."

"I love coming to Glasgow, there's a much more relaxed atmosphere here, compared to London where there's a great deal of snobbery. People always ask me where I get my dark looks, I once said I have some Scottish heritage and it's totally stuck."

David is constantly asked where he gets his clothes and how he maintains such a fabulous physique. And trust me, this example of human perfection does not require photoshop. But thank god he's not like every other model you meet that say they can eat anything and still look great. David is very honest and admits he works hard to maintain this special level of perfection.

"I have to work at my body; I have to work a lot. Over the years I have worked with some of the best personal trainers in the business, and I have discovered there is no magic pill, no cheat's way. It's not about dieting; it's about changing your lifestyle. I am not suggesting cutting out all fats. I am suggesting that you look into nutritional guides etc, you have to research and change your lifestyle, learn what your body type can and cannot handle."

"I know what works, I am the evidence of what works. And I have put together all my knowledge into this new app. It's all the knowledge I have gained over the years through trial and error of what works for my body. It's very user friendly, it's not complicated, there are no silly diagrams. We have videoed all the moves, you can also Facebook it. I've also added a nutritional guide, because it's very important to cover that as well."

Three unknown facts about David:
He's very articulate, not just a pretty face
He's an absolute gent
His favourite tipple is English Breakfast tea

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Exposure to back-lit electronic devices, such as tablets, before bedtime could lead to sleeplessness, suggests a new study.

A two-hour exposure to self-luminous displays may cause melatonin suppression strong enough to affect sleep by disturbing the body's natural circadian rhythm, a small new study in the suggests.

“Our study shows that a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22%. Stimulating the human circadian system to this level may affect sleep in those using the devices prior to bedtime,” said study author Mariana Figueiro, in a statement.

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the body when it’s dark to encourage sleepiness.

Suppression of melatonin by light has been implicated in sleep disturbances, increased risk for diabetes and obesity, as well as increased risk for more serious diseases, such as breast cancer.

Participants in the study used self-luminous tablets to read, play games, and watch movies. While one-hour exposure to tablets caused little affect, after two hours, melatonin levels dropped significantly.

Figueiro said in a statement: “We recommended dimming these devices at night as much as possible in order to minimize melatonin suppression, and limiting the amount of time spent using these devices prior to bedtime.”



WASHINGTON -- A slew of new polls shows Newt Gingrich leading the race for the Republican nomination, both nationally in three of the first four primary and caucus states. However, a close reading of both the recent polls and a recent focus group of Republicans shows that rank-and-file Republicans are far from a final decision.

Gingrich has certainly experienced a surge in support. Two new national surveys from and Fox News now show Gingrich with support in the mid-30-percent range and a wide lead over Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican primary field. The current estimate produced by the , which is based on all available public polls, gives Gingrich a lead of 37 to 20 percent over Romney, with the rest of the Republican field in single digits.

The rise in support for Gingrich has also been evident in the early primary and caucus states. Gingrich now leads on a half dozen new polls in , and three recent surveys in . The former speaker is leading by even wider margins on recent polls in Florida conducted by , and .

Romney continues to lead in , but the most recent shows his support falling from 40 percent in late October to 35 percent last week. Meanwhile, support for Gingrich in New Hampshire has jumped to the mid-20-percent range on four recent surveys.

Although a plurality of Republicans now prefers Gingrich nationwide, it is also evident that most Republicans remain uncertain about how they will vote in their primaries or caucuses next year. The CNN/ORC poll conducted in late November, for example, found just over a quarter of Republicans (27 percent) said they would definitely support their first choice, with the rest either willing to change their minds (67 percent) or still completely undecided (6 percent).

Decision-making is farther along in the early primary and caucus states, but not by much. The Time/CNN surveys found just over a third of Republicans (between 34 and 39 percent) willing to say they are certain to support their first choices in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, and only slightly more (44 percent ) in New Hampshire.

A of Republican primary voters, conducted last week by veteran Democratic pollster Peter Hart as part of a sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, helps put these results in context.

While a focus group is not a survey -- its non-random recruitment and small sample size cannot provide a statistically representative view of any larger population -- the 12 voters from suburban Fairfax County, Va., who participated provide a richer view that helps flesh out the survey findings.

The Republicans in Hart's focus group found much to like about Gingrich. Virtually all rated him as highly competent, someone who they described variously as "experienced," a "great debater," the "smartest one running," someone who "stands firm in his beliefs," "get things done" and can "completely turn the ship around."

They were less enthusiastic about Romney, but still had praise. They lauded his "family values," said he "did a nice job at the Olympics" and as governor of Massachusetts, and called him a "politician" who is "good at it."

But the participants could also list many thing that troubled them about both Romney and Gingrich. Regarding Gingrich, some expressed concern about his personality, that he's "careless and combustible" or that "he's behaving himself in this campaign right now and saying what he's supposed to." Some participants worried that "his hands are already too dirty...with his experience and how he got there" or that "he has been in side the Beltway for a long time." Still others feared he might "give up some of his beliefs to get things done," that "something will come up in his marriage," or that "issues with his affairs will blow up like Clinton."

Misgivings about Romney began with the perception that he "goes with whatever people want to hear," and is "wishy-washy," "vanilla" or "manufactured." They complained that "he doesn't have the conviction, too phony," that he will "flip-flop," is a "R.I.N.O. -- Republican in name only" and that "repealing Obamacare will not be a priority."

In short, while these voters were more enthusiastic about Gingrich, it was also clear that they remain in the process of making a decision and are far from decided. When Hart asked whose vote was still "up for grabs," half raised their hands. At the same time, many indicated they had already narrowed their choices to some degree. Most, for example, said they had already ruled out supporting Herman Cain -- who dropped out of the race two days later -- and others had ruled out Paul or Perry, or even Gingrich or Romney.

The narrowing of choices among Republicans is also evident in a completed a week ago. They found that majorities of Republicans consider only Gingrich (62 percent) and Romney (54 percent) to be "acceptable" nominees for president. Even though Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann well enough to rate them, between 52 and 58 percent of respondents now regard these candidates as "unacceptable" presidential nominees.

So for many Republicans, the race is narrowing to a choice between Gingrich and Romney, but it's a choice that often remains tenuous. According to Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport, 35 percent of Republicans on the same survey consider both Gingrich and Romney to be acceptable nominees, while 81 percent consider either candidate acceptable.

Last week, Peter Hart reflected on the fact that, while only two focus group participants walked in as Gingrich supporters, 7 were ready to vote for him on the way out. "Here we are a month away," Hart said. "Boy there's gonna be a lot of volatility."

The survey data says he could be right.

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Almost every retailer now has the expertise to use Facebook to grow consumer awareness of their brand, however, there are only a handful of retailers that have truly monetised Facebook and extended its reach from a sharing space to a retail platform. A number of retail commentators have argued that whilst connecting with the consumer through social media is key, the monetisation of Facebook as a standalone platform has not happened, and will possibly never be a success.

This argument originated in the US after online retailers posted poor sales forecasts after Christmas from F-commerce sales. The argument focuses on the fact that Facebook is where people come to connect with their friends - and sometimes brands - but they do not go on to buy from Facebook pages and never will. I disagree with this sentiment entirely.

I do agree that F-commerce is in its early stages, however it should not be dismissed; I would go as far to say that ignoring it could have a detrimental effect on a company's bottom line in the near future. To understand my argument, you only have to look at how technology has transformed the way people shop over the last 15 years, and subsequently how the evolution of technology will continue to change consumer habits. If you combine this with the need for Facebook to continue to diversify its revenue streams, I believe Facebook itself will push for F-commerce to be a success, as it's a natural progression/transition.

I also have reason to believe that Facebook will become an influential sales platform. As CEO of BrandAlley, an online retailer that specialises in designer 'flash sales', I have seen first-hand how F-commerce works; it has both driven sales and further engaged our Facebook followers. Since launching our F-commerce platform late last year, it already generates five per cent of sales and this is set to rise over the coming year.

It was 10 years ago that people questioned whether online shopping would become a viable platform for retailers, but with online sales generating £68.2bn last year and counting for 17% of retail sales in the UK, it is clear that the consumer will continue to look online to make purchases. However, I believe that with the increase in people using social media platforms and accessing the internet on their mobile phone or tablet device, customers will begin to move away from the traditional homepage and seek sales in other locations.

Other retailers are with me on this argument. For example, Burberry has committed 60 per cent of its marketing budget on online and social media channels and companies as diverse as Procter & Gamble, Levi's and Delta AirLines have committed to selling their product or services on Facebook.

The evolution of how the consumer shops will undoubtedly have a positive effect on F-commerce but how Facebook pushes the concept itself will also heighten the success of the platform. With Facebook's recent floatation, there is now a push from its shareholders to grow and further monetise Facebook and I believe F-commerce will form part of its growth plans. It is likely that Facebook will encourage brands to have fully functioning online stores. At first this will be free but eventually they will ask for a small percentage of the sales once they have consumer buy-in.

So, how do you convert a growing fan base to buying your product? I think the answer is relatively straighforward in that you simply need to give them a reason to make that first jump into spending on the site. Exclusive previews or sales plus competitions are the easiest ways to quickly engage the consumer. Admittedly BrandAlley's flash sale format has helped us convert our customers into buying through Facebook. For example, we held an exclusive preview sale recently with 7FAM (Seven for all mankind) onFacebook which accounted for 50% of revenue for that particular sale.

A few years ago it was only a select few retailers who saw the importance of engaging with their customers via social media platforms. Now social media is very much part of the marketing mix but retailers need to start being commercially aware and monetising Facebook. I do not believe that F-commerce will overtake any other e-commerce platform right now, but when you have a captive audience of people who you know are interested in your brand, then the next logical step is to directly sell to them. Web users spend one in every eight minutes on Facebook which only goes to show the future and need for retailers to capitalise on this.

Facebook users may be in 'share mode' with their friends at the moment but I believe it is only a short time before they are in 'spend mode', buying their favourite brands through F-commerce.



For nearly 50 years, sat as an arbiter of fashion by publishing a yearly list of the 10 Best and Worst Dressed People in the Demi-monde. Although best known for his "Worst Dressed"list, he maintained a successful career as a fashion journalist. Richard Blackwell was a powerful syndicated columnist who wrote features in newspapers and lifestyle magazines. Matrons and starlets, stockbrokers and models, politicians and prize-fighters all jockeyed to be included. Blackwell's critiques could be cutting. Being included in Mr. Blackwell's Best Dressed list could quickly improve one's social standing in New York, Miami or Hollywood while being included in his worst dressed list could doom one to social Siberia.

Although Mr. Blackwell has gone on to his maker, we here at the STONEzone revived this hallowed tradition four years ago. We have vigilantly watched the world of entertainment, sports, politics, academia, art and fashion to determine who has style....and who truly doesn't.

Therefore, we proudly present our FIFTH ANNUAL 10 BEST AND WORST DRESSED PEOPLE IN AMERICA list for your consideration.

Compiling such a list is a far greater challenge than one might think. The advent of "casual fridays" is symptomatic of an overall decline in our standards regtarding what is right and wrong about the way Americans dress. Sadly, fashion today is more motivated by economics than aesthetics. Men are seen in both business and social settings in running shoes, tracksuits, sweats, T-shirts, and caps, which advertise either a sports teams or a brand of farm tractor. Women are seen outside the gym in spandex workout ensembles and hoodies. Women actually leave their homes with a Victoria Secret slogans on their ass.

Americans cared deeply about proper dressing in the 1930s, 40s and even the 50s. The 60's, a decade fashion forgot, also began a trend of informality that devolved over time from slovenliness in the 90's to dishevelment in the 2000's. The sheer number of men who will go out in public in a wife-beater is staggering. Very few can look like a young Marlon Brando but men still crowd casinos, bars, malls and sports events in this "outfit."

Our goal is to sort out those who are merely fashionable from those who possess real style, for fashion is fleeting and style endures. We also try to eschew "costume." That's why you won't find Lady Gaga or Tom Wolfe on our list. While both are distinctive in their dress, both are affecting a costume more appropriate for the stage. While fashion is about fads and what is "in" now, style is a personal factor that cannot be learned or taught - either you have it or you don't.

Style is, in fact, the direct opposite of fashion. Fashion is a look that is temporarily "in". Fashion is people imitating each other. It's about fitting in and looking like everyone else's Style. Fashion, on the other hand, is about individuality; what sets one apart from the crowd. Real style comes from within; it is the sign of your character and personality that you display to those who see you. Style never indulges fads or gimmicks.

Style is timeless. Style looked good thirty years ago and will be in good taste thirty years from now.

True style is never studied. It manages to make it's own statement heard above the temporary fads of fashion. Style requires good taste, individuality and a certain nonchalance, what the Italians call "Spezzatura." It is the art of dressing distinctively without looking like any thought or planning has been put into the final look. Being "thrown together," but perfect. It is said hoofer Fred Astaire threw his new custom made fine cut English suits against the wall repeatedly to "knock the newness out of them".

Finding our 10 Best and Worst Dressers requires careful study. The dressing of our citizens hasn't improved much in 2011. There are among us no Jack Kennedys or Gary Coopers, no Katharine Hepburns or Marlene Dietrichs, Instead we have Cee Lo Green, Jack Black, Snooki, or anyone of the Kardasians.

10 BEST DRESSED MEN OF 2011Joseph Gordon Levitt - The hot young actor is new to the Best Dressed list. He's developing a personal style that evokes a cool updated 50's Rat Pack look. White short point collared shirts, skinny black ties, narrow lapels with dark fitted suits teamed with a pork-pie hat mark Gordon Levitt as a hipster but a perfectly turned out hipster at that. He pulls of the monochromed shirt-tie-suit look without looking like Joe Pesce in the movie "Las Vegas".

Charlie Watts - When band-member Mick Jagger was wearing sequin tights and oversized Uncle Sam hats, the Rolling Stone's drummer was quietly going to Poole and Dege, two of Savile Row's oldest tailors. The result is somber, perfectly-fitting and low key suits that are as solid as his back-beat. Watts is as fastidious as Keith Richards is disheveled.

Larry Kudlow - The CNBC Talk Show host and ardent supply-sider makes our list for the fourth year in a row. Kudlow's sense of dress shirt, suit and tie combination is always right, and interesting. Kudlow show some whimsy with pink and patterned neckwear. New York Tailor Leonard Logsdail makes Kudlow's impeccable fit. The knot of his necktie is always so. The economic analyst and pro-growth advocate sets a standard other men can aspire to.

Gordon Woodrow - The long time top level Republican U.S. Senate staffer, Presidential appointee and businessman dresses like a country squire. He teams hefty tweeds with tattersall, checks and plaids and brown suede shoes, sometimes with a bright sweater-vest. Large knots the size of your fist in heavy wool ties. Woodrow always looks like he just came from shooting grouse or skeet on the Moor.

Prince Philip - Husband of the Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Phillip, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, The Duke of Edinburgh, is long-time a client of Gieves & Hawkes Ltd, the venerable London tailor who's house style has military lineage. Phillip, father of Prince Charles, who prefers a double-breasted look made for him by Anderson and Sheppard, was rushed to the hospital with chest pains only weeks ago. The Duke has his dashing military dress uniforms made by Johns & Pegg Ltd, his kilts by Kinloch Anderson Ltd, and shoes and boots by John Lobb. Affectionately called "Charlie the Greek" by his country-men, no one can compare with Prince Phillip at Ascot. We wish him a speedy recovery from heart surgery.

Alan Flusser - The men's wear designer Alan Flusser knows more about men's clothing than perhaps anyone in the world and his taste level and flair make him the authority. Author and arbiter Flusser is an advocate for all that is correct and refined. Flusser is the designer other designers secretly emulate. The late saloon singer Bobby Short, a debonair dresser himself, consulted Flusser. Whether in a double breasted beaded stripe suit or with a scarf knotted ascot-style around his neck, Flusser is sartorial perfection.

Johnny Depp - Second year on the list. Last year we said "Now, rockers and actors, and those in the creative field can get away with things the rest of us cant, but Depp's dark look, his affection for hats and a minimal but tasteful jewelry land him on the list. Scruffy but never too scruffy, it's a look Depp has perfected. "No one has looked this good in a short brimmed straw fedora since Sinatra.

Jacob Stein - Few men can pull-off the bow-tie without looking like Pee Wee Herman or Malcolm X. Fox Talking head Bob Beckel from "The Five" was recently on-air with what appeared to be too perfect clip-on. Only clip ons that squirt or spin should been worn and then only if you are a comedian. Bow ties should never be perfect or prissy. They should be slightly askew, tousled and imperfect. Washington power lawyer Jacob Stein, lawyer for Monica Lewinsky, pulls this off like nobody else. Seen on K street, the dapper Stein always looks great. The DC barrister's wife owns a consignment shop and Stein clearly choses quality vintage pieces to mix into his traditional wardrobe.

Dave Beckham - Great tailoring is meant to hide imperfections, making the fat look thinner, the short look taller, hiding a paunch etc. In Dave Beckham's case none of that is necessary. His body and level of fitness are incredible. Not every man can wear a vest (what the Brits call a waistcoat) without looking like a riverboat gambler or John Foster Dulles. Beckham pulls them off along with smartly cut suits, newsboy caps, classic aviator sunglasses and perfectly tied scarfs which make him stand-out when he's he not semi-nude or in a soccer uniform.

Josh Mankiewicz - Hitting our list for the second year, this NBC Dateline reporter tops Brokaw, Lauer and Williams. His two-button natural shoulder suits are always fastidious, his shirts and ties chosen with care. His look is quiet, understated and always low-key. The length of his collar points chosen to compliment his face, are always accented with the perfect pocket-square in a puff that looks like he stuffed it in his breast pocket without a thought.

Bill Clinton - The ex-President wasn't much of a dresser when in the White House, buying off-the-rack and wearing the clothes of Donna Karan, who designed what a woman thought a man's clothes should look like. Since his heart surgery and becoming a vegan Clinton's inner pea-cock has revealed itself. Clinton has largely dumped the big shouldered double breasted suits than made him look blocky for three piece-models that accentuate his weight loss. His new look is dignified yet natty--what we want an ex-president to look like. Check out Clinton's photo on the cover of which outlines a path ahead for America and is designed to submarine Obama, who Clinton neither likes or respects - deep blue suit, silver tie and perfect fitting vest. Hail to the Ex-Chief!

LIFETIME AWARD: Willie Brown - From his hand-crafted Brioni suits to his extensive collection of hats, the former California Assembly Speaker could be the best dressed man in America. While most men should avoid brown as a suiting color (Philadelphia Brahmin Biddle was once asked why he had over 200 identical bespoke blue suits. "Because brown looks like shit," he replied) Willie brown pulls it off in both double-breasted and three piece vested models. As Mayor Brown sometimes changed clothes as many as four times a day for his various public ceremonies. A master of color-coordination, Brown's shoes, suit, shirt, necktie, hose and chapeau always complement each other.

The Worst Dressed Men of 2011Michael Moore - Looks like he slept in the Occupy Wall Street tents even though he didn't. Looks like he slept in his clothes and might have. The man gives the word "slob" new meaning. Oversized sweatshirts just make a fat guy look fatter. Slovenly. While we're at it, how about a shave?

Larry King - Thank God, this man is done in primetime. What is with the black shirt, black ties, black suspenders look? Who does Larry think he is - Johnny Cash? Even worse - the black shirt and white tie. Even Lucky Luciano wouldn't wear that. Larry actually wears clip-on suspenders. Clip-ons. Wise up Larry.

Simon Cowell - Fourth year on the WORST list. Man-boobs should be hidden not accentuated . This guy still looks like a wax pear that sat on a radiator too long. I swear he is buying out of the International Male catalog. A pinstriped suit with a shawl lapel? He's from the U.K and can afford the best. Rush this man to a proper tailor.

Jesse Ventura - Since leaving the governor's chair he looks like a homeless Hulk Hogan. The bald with a ponytail look is so...still bald. Jesse wants to be the Libertarian Party nominees for Vice President but there is no real support for him. Hint: If you are going to go on TV with outlandish conspiracy theories don't wear outlandish clothes and try washing your hair occasionally.

Chuck Schumer -This guy is a schlub. Schumer has been seen in the Senate wearing the same baggy-kneed, wrinkled suit and dress shirt and pilling sweater vest three days in a row. New York has some of the greatest tailors in the world. The senior senator needs to call one. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who once held a US Senate seat from New York, was a dandy who fancied bold striped suits, polka-dotted bow ties and jaunty Irish walking hats. Schumer dresses out of the Salvation Army.

10 BEST DRESSED WOMEN OF 2011Natalie Portman could wear a garbage bag with an old rope around the waist for a belt and still look stylish. Portman is just one of a growing number of celebrities whose basic budget-friendly choices make them seem more relatable and down-to-earth than stars who drop thousands for a single, wear-it-once dress so fashion consultant picked out. For last year's Golden Globes she chose a simple pale pink dress decorated with a large red rose which flattered her body shape perfectly, a red Dior clutch and a pair of red platforms. Always well put together and elegant.

Pippa Middleton - Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton, the English socialite and younger sister of Catherine "Kate" Middleton embodies the best in English style and has elbowed her sister off our list this year. Since she was the maid of honor at her sister's wedding to Prince William she's surpassed her sister as a style-setter in the U.K. Some say she has a perfect derriere and in jeans, a mini-skirt or a party dress it seems so. Take that Kim Kardashian!

Blake Lively - The Gossip Girl star has legs that go on forever. If she's sporting a short skirt she hides the cleavage. If showing the decolletage she sheaths her legs in a long dress - in other words, Lively knows when too much is too much. Liveley knows purple just "works" for her as a color and she wears it a lot-meaning she knows what she looks good in.

Carly Foulkes - You know her as The T-Mobile Girl. The Canadian-born model and actress wears a summer dress like no one else. Foulkes is the "picture-perfect" brunette. Saucy, stylish and comfortable, she could get us to buy a phone or just about anything else. Always looks like she's ready for a picnic on a beautiful day.

Carla Bruni - The wife of the French President has a style that is continental, chic, and understated. Although Italian she may be the single best ambassador for French couture. Her look is spare and simple and accentuates clean lines. No flashy or bright colors works for her. Blues, grey, charcoal. Cutting edge chic.

Sophia Loren - Although she is seldom seen in public these days, when she is seen she wears high end Italian couture like no one else. This raven haired beauty is somehow sexier in her clothes than she would be au natural. If you have seen photos of her in a garter belt and silk seamed stockings, you have seen feminine perfection.

Eva Mendez - Two Latin spitfires make our list this year. For Sofia Vergara look below. Let's face it. Mendes could wear a shower curtain and she would still look good. The woman oozes sex yet never makes it tawdry. Ms. Mendes has a skin tone that allows her to choose any color, but which works particularly well with pastel colors. Mendes knows her body and selects outfits to accentuate it. Mendes is sultry and stunning, always.

Emma Watson - A stylish little hottie, the English actress who broke through in the Harry Potter films has graced the covers of Teen Vogue, the UK's Tatler and Italian Vogue. Watson cares about clothes and supports the British Fashion Industry in high style. Her choices are sure-footed. She has twice been chosen as the face of Burberry. Twiggy and Mia Farrow never looked this good in closely cropped hair.

Jennifer Aniston - This woman knows what she looks good in. She sticks to a short skirt and strappy heals because she knows it looks best on her. She rarely changes her hairstyle because she has a looks that works for her and sticks to it. Aniston has always been an example of impeccable style and hardly ever gets it wrong with her looks, both on and off screen.

Sofia Vergara - Usually seen on the arm of boyfriend, banking heir and someday politician Nick Loeb, Vergara has a strongly Latin influenced style that always has her looking chic on the red carpet or on the streets of Manhattan. The star doesn't shy away from her signature curve-hugging clothing. Equally stunning in jeans, dresses and colorful tops, Vergara wouldn't be caught dead in cut-off jean shorts proving you can be sexy without being vulgar.

The Worst Dressed Women of 2011Snooki - Last year when we said his girl has "a big all natural Italian rack" we were inundated with complaints. Seems the Jersey Shore gal isn't Italian.

Julianne Moore - Sadly this actress has no sense of coordination and can't piece together an outfit to save her life.

Christina Aguilera. - When one gains weight one must adjust the size and color of one's clothes to accommodate. This singer doesn't seem to understand that. Tight fitting clothing accentuates fat, doesn't minimize it. A female sausage about to pop.



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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - the official Burberry Body - attended the Burberry Paris Boutique opening at the British Embassy in Paris today. And she was wearing Burberry, natch.


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From interactive ad campaigns to the world's debut 'Twit-walk' (catwalk via Twitter) Burberry has always been something of a trail blazer when it come...



We got a quick preview of the campaign from a a print photo. But now Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Ryan Reynolds' ad for Marks & Spencer is here -- and the two gorgeous stars look, well, gorgeous.

The hazy video is simple but effective -- the director of the video didn't need to do much beyond instructing the actor and Burberry model to each give their best smoldering stares.

And how they smolder. , Ryan makes us believe he's only got eyes for Rosie as they walk the London streets. And who wouldn't?

Check out the ultra-romantic ad for Mars & Spencer's Fall/Winter 2011 collection below.

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Looks like Marks & Spencer have added a touch of Hollywood sparkle to their Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign, which reveals Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Ryan Reynolds as the impossibly attractive new faces of the British brand.

Following in the footsteps of other celebrity M&S spokesmodels, which include Twiggy, Dannii Minogue and Lisa Snowdon, Rosie and Ryan front the new Autograph campaign - the high street store's luxury in-house label.


Missing from the article are photos of models at the launch of the lingerie today, so I went to RHW (Rosie's twitter) and took a look. In amongst the comments of praise for the line, were also ...."nice to see curvy models for a change, not stick think ones".
Curvy? So I looked again, and wondered if the so called curvy ones are representing the 'plus' demographic. Certainly representing women that have a teeny bit of shape anyway, as her bra line goes to a "G" size.
Another comment on RHW was... "why do none of the models look happy?" A mystery to me, as the fashion world trains their models to look bored, and barely conscious. There's a smile in there somewhere, but for some unknown reason, it might detract the buyer from purchasing if they were to see a truly happy person.

Onto the headline for this article "Rosie covers up..." Odd choice for her to wear a very severe black dress better suited for going to a funeral than a lingerie launch.

Her lingerie line overall looks elegant and tasteful.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley seems to be having a nude moment. First she had pulses racing in her plunging Burberry suit earlier this week, and now she's been perched front row at New York Fashion Week, in another flesh-hued ensemble.

The model-actress was snapped hanging out backstage at the Michael Kors show, in this perfectly coordinating, Sixties-inspired outfit of shift dress, knee-high boots and matching clutch...


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When we think of American flag shirts, we usually think of or those Fourth of July tees churned by Old Navy instead of chic style.

But British model Rosie and her boyfriend Jason Statham hit Miami Beach yesterday to catch some rays American style, and we have to say... the look becomes a whole lot sexier on a supermodel.

Rosie slipped into a pair of dark shades to go with her blue bikini bottoms and a cut-off flag tee and she and Jason wove through a crowd on onlookers in Florida. Hmm... maybe it's a tee?

Check out photos of Rosie's look below and tell us: are you feeling her patriotic outfit?




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Burberry have just announced their new scent 'Burberry Body'. It's billed as the brand's most sensual fragrance to date and will be fronted by model du jour, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.




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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had temperatures soaring when she hit Macy's in New York last night, to celebrate the launch of the new Burberry fragrance.

The model-actress slipped into a sleek nude Burberry suit for the occasion, which featured a daring plunge neckline. And of course, Rosie being Rosie, opted to go sans shirt. (Or bra, by the looks of things.)




Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves wearing a trench coat.

So it's the ultimate irony that her new fragrance ad, which will continue to catapult her already-rising star, finds her removing a trench coat till she's wearing almost nothing at all. "This particular trench was amazing because it was silk and just felt amazing on the skin," the British model tells us. "I think that one had a sort of mink lining... which was really sexy," she adds, laughing.

Alas, for the sexy commercial, Huntington-Whiteley had to take it off -- almost entirely. "There are certain tricks," she laughs, explaining how she manages to undo the coat, roll around and somehow never reveal more than a generous hint of skin.

The ability to pose nearly naked with confidence is something Huntington-Whiteley learned from years modeling, including her turn as a Victoria's Secret Angel. She was less familiar, however, with acting, something she needed to learn quick as the female lead of this summer's "Transformers 3."

"Well I didn't have much time [to prepare]," she tells us about making the action flick. "It was like, from the moment I was asked to be in the film to my first day on set was about two weeks. So I didn't really have much preparation time, and there wasn't a finished script for me."

She added, "Physically it's very demanding -- you know you're running for like days and days on end, and you get bruises and cuts and scrapes and you fall and you get up." (When asked whether she would do it all again for a possible "Transformers 4," Rosie replies, "Absolutely.")

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Her new gig, thankfully, requires no falling, no running and certainly no bruising. As the face for Burberry's Body perfume, Huntington-Whiteley rolls around seductively in the aforementioned silk-and-mink trench coat, selling the shiny new fragrance for the British fashion house.

She also sold it last night at Macy's in Herald Square, where (wearing more than she wears in the commercial, but not by much). Last night's posing was easy, as it barely compared to the giant press tour she and Shia Labeouf endured for "Transformers 3."

It was on that long tour around the world, at photo calls and red carpets, that we saw Rosie wear an array of stunning dresses. Her favorite? Her gown for the movie's UK premiere in London, for which Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey custom-designed her dress. "I said I want a Michelle Pfeiffer, 'Scar Face' dress," Rosie laughed. , she said, "I felt like a million dollars."

The only thing that could have possibly made it better, perhaps, would have been a guest-appearance by a royal -- one in particular. "I'm waiting for my proposal [from Prince Harry]," , admitting to a giant crush.

? How could she be attracted to those lame moves?

"I love a bad dancer!" laughs Rosie. "Most British men are bad dancers."

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She's baaaack!

After spending her year doing seemingly anything but runway modeling -- , and, oh yeah, -- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has returned to the runway.

Walking in Sao Paulo Fashion Week (which, , is happening right now -- it can be hard to keep track!), Rosie took two turns for Animale, a line designed by Priscilla Darolt.

Although Rosie looked as natural as ever out on the catwalk in Brazil, it had been a while. The British model this past year with the explanation "I'm working that day" (on what we don't know) but her angel wings were missed.

It was refreshing seeing Rosie in something other than lingerie, however. Could this be the year she conquers not only the tabloids and the red carpet but high-fashion's runways as well? We think she's up to the challenge.

Plus she's gotta find some way .

Check out Rosie's runway return below.




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The supermodel and face of Burberry Body was snapped in Miami Beach with her long term BF Jason Statham yesterday. While clearly we are well jels of Rosie's amazing abs, we have to admit her beach style is très chic.




Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been chosen as the body -- er, face of Burberry's newest fragrance, Body.

, which features Huntington-Whiteley showing off her famous figure wearing nothing but a satin trench by the iconic British brand.

The "Transformers 3" bombshell , "To be asked to be the first 'Burberry Body' is an amazing compliment."

A compliment you probably don't even need, of course,

Burberry Body will debut on September 1. .




The unveiling of , normally released in December, is a ways away. But dedicated to , which celebrates its 40th birthday this year.

And why not? The models are all featured stark naked in warm-weather locales... seems more appropriate for August, anyway.

Unfortunately for those hoping for a sneak peek of 2013's big shoot, GQ Germany's spread is devoted to vintage pics from past calendars. The winning shot? A , posing with her back to Terry Richardson's camera in nothing but lil' shorts. Mysteriously, her nipple seems to have pulled a disappearing act...

WARNING: The photos below contain full-frontal nudity and may not be safe for viewing at work.

Other models to earn spots in the retrospective include Naomi Campbell, Natasha Poly and Ana Beatriz Barros, who does the sexy-messy-eating thing with a hunk of watermelon dribbling down her chest. [Ed. note: do men even find this sort of sloppiness attractive?] And a Pirelli retrospective wouldn't be complete without a vintage Kate Moss photo -- although there are plenty to choose from, GQ Germany's fave was from 1994, shot by Herb Ritts.

While on first glance (and second and third and fourth glance...) the photos simply show beautiful naked women naked, GQ Germany's roundup nicely juxtaposes the unique shoots, from to Mario Testino's souped-up glam in 2001, allowing the differences between the models, photographers and even historical eras to shine through.

See? Looking at topless models in GQ is so totally educational.

Check out plus some of GQ Germany's favorite vintage shots below.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has tweeted the first photos of her with her Mad Max 4 co-stars Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough and Adelaide Clemens.

The quartet recently arrived in Namibia to start filming their roles as wives in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself and new Mad Max co-stars Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough and Adelaide Clemens

The model-turned-actress - who got her start in Hollywood when she appeared in the third Transformers movie last year - will also be sharing the screen with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in the action flick, with Hardy taking over from Mel Gibson in the role of Max.

for her role as Furiosa in the film. She and Tom Hardy were first attached to Mad Max 4 in 2009, but it was postponed after a number of production setbacks.

She told

The fourth Mad Max film comes 27 years after the last instalment, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Residence: New York, NY, US
Hometown: Devon, England
Height: 5'9"
Eye Color: Blue
Date of Birth: April 18, 1987
Agency: Women Model Management
Campaigns: Abercrombie & Fitch, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Clinique, DKNY, Levi's, Topshop, Victoria's Secret

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is often compared to other models, from Kate to Gisele to Natalia, but we think she's making quite a name for herself and needs no comparison.

Born in Devon, England, on April 18, 1987, Rosie is the oldest of three children and a distant relative of Queen Victoria. She was discovered in 2003 while attending Tavistock College. Always interested in fashion, she had her sights set on a career behind the camera until she walked into London's Profile Model Management looking for a little work experience. Instead of giving her an internship, the agency quickly signed her.

Rosie modeled locally for about a year before signing with Women Management in 2004; she landed on the covers of ELLEgirl and Teen Vogue that same year. Since her bright beginning, Rosie has appeared in many monthlies, including Elle and Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and British Vogue, in whose November 2008 issue she was featured alongside Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn in a feature celebrating the newest crop of British models.

As for campaigns, Rosie has worked with Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch, Paul Smith, DKNY, BCBG Max Azria, Clinique Happy, Burberry, and Victoria's Secret.

Not a girl to be confined to glossy pages, Rosie is at home on the runways as well, having made her debut in September 2004 in the Nicole Miller and Vivienne Tam shows in New York. She continued her tour of the runways for Dsquared2, Just Cavalli, Moschino, Valentino, Betsey Johnson, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, and Elie Saab in 2005. And 2006 and 2007 saw Rosie walking for Heatherette, Max Azria, Vera Wang, Marchesa, and Rock & Republic.

Fashion is not just Rosie's day job: She is a trendsetter on and off the runway, rocking such signature looks as short hemlines and of-the-moment clutches. She made waves at the 2008 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, to which she wore Burberry. Actually, she manages to make style waves no matter where she goes, most often at the hottest London parties and fashion events worldwide. This English girl lives in London and loves surfing as well as the green movement, having joined up with Green Thing, a new online community, to make the world a better place. Other Rosie favorites: steak, chips, and Diet Coke.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely struck a seductive pose in for fall's Mario Testino-shot Burberry Body campaign.

But the British beauty has taken a more demure turn in ads for Marks & Spencer's latest Autograph collection, which hits stores today. The images see Rosie, 24, getting cozy with Ryan Reynolds, a decade her senior.

The model radiates classic elegance in a ladylike rose-hued blouse, seasonal staples like a chunky knit sweater and versatile blazer.

Rosie that the British high street store gives her pangs of nostalgia for her English upbringing.

What do you think of the images? We like that they have a hazy, cinematic look, which is fitting given Rosie's .

We also can't argue with the selection of easy-on-the-eyes Reynolds as Rosie's on-camera partner.

Check out the photo below -- what do you think of the pair?




Burberry, the luxury British outerwear maker, will reveal all its looks via Twitter today, prior to the designs featuring on the runway.

The luxury brand is set to show at Kensington Gardens at 4pm, but in the brand's signature democratised fashion, fans from around the world will see the designs before key editors and guests at the runway show.

In an interview prior to London Fashion Week, that digital media is just as important to the brand as fashion design.

He said: "Burberry is now as much a media-content company as we are a design company, because it's all part of the overall experience. It's very important to consider new technologies with a light approach. Facebook, for example, is not just a mailbox. You need to keep it going, add content, create a genuine, non-deceptive relationship."

The runway show will also be l. London Fashion Week has an extensive digital schedule, .

Fans of fashion, and observers of digital media application, can follow . London Fashion Week runs until Wednesday, when male fashion will take over from five days of womenswear.




, who is best known for playing Ron Weasley in the , has always been overshadowed by his co-stars. not only rid the wizarding world of He Who Must Not Be Named, but he has also had a successful theater career, and even took it all off for the lead role in "Equus." , on the other hand, has been embraced by the fashion world. In addition to landing the cover of Vogue, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and now T Magazine's September issue, the has and .

So, back to Grint. Although he may not have quite the fashion cred of , the British-born actor has solidified his off-screen look. Whether walking the red carpet or doing errands, you can expect to see the child star wearing his uniform: a graphic t-shirt, blazer and dark slacks.

To celebrate Grint's 24th birthday on August 24th, we're taking a look back at how his style has changed (or hasn't changed) over the years. Which one of his blazer/tee combos is your favorite?

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Academy Awards producers are certainly regretting their decision to allow Sacha Baron Cohen to attend the award show in full "Dictator" regalia, after he .

"Ryan was visibly upset about the stunt but managed to keep his composure," an E! insider told me. "It's not only that Sacha used Ryan in a desperate attempt to get publicity for his film; it's the fact that the joke was just not funny."

But Seacrest didn't seem too torn up over the fumbled urn.

"My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know," . But behind the scenes, no one at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was laughing.

"It's the Oscars, for God's sake," an A-list TV presenter told me. "It's just not the time nor the place. We were all amazed that the academy allowed him to walk the carpet dressed like that in the first place. But after the incident they were livid. Unless he ever gets nominated for something, you can expect to never see him invited back again."

Jennifer Lopez was one of the first celebrities to talk with Seacrest after the incident, checking that her "American Idol" friend was okay. It turns out that it takes a lot more than Bisquick mix to stop Seacrest from asking that all-important question, "Who are you wearing?"




On the opening night to the fashion world's biggest week, Fashion Night Out turns the streets of New York City into runways, the neighborhoods into the most trendy block parties and the stores into music venues. With celebs like Helen Mirren, Dwayne Wade, Justin Bieber, the Kardashians, Beth Ditto, Anna Wintour and even the enigmatic Banksy running around, you never know who you will be rubbing shoulders with. With everything open to the public, it's a free-for-all adventure through fashion and what the latest trends will be with the attention on every store trying to outdo their competition as to who will deliver the best party and attract the most faces. With name DJs supplying the soundtrack to each venue and free alcohol flowing like water, the choices as to what to do can be intense and overwhelming.

My night was made simple as the British buzz band, (and a band I have tipped to be one of the "") were flown in from Burberry to play at their SoHo flagship store and coincidentally would be the bands first American gig. I caught up with the lads from the tiny town of Morcombe who were wide-eyed about their maiden voyage to the city. "I am just thrilled to be in the city that gave us The Shang-Ri-La's and The Ronnetts!" bassist Deaks told me as I met with the band before their big gig. The band played two sets at the Burberry store to a packed audience who were curious to see a live band rather than someone spinning records. "Just last week were all crammed in a small room sleeping and recording together, now we have been put up at Tribeca Grand, I just can't believe this!" singer Matthew Whitehouse told me. Funny enough, Whitehouse is also a Burberry model, so the pairing of such a great brand and band was just inevitable.

The excitement the boys of The Heartbreaks had was displayed in the two 20-minute sets they played at Burberry. Set number one was as if they were their own opening act, showing off their sound and style to the audience who were fascinated with this new band. "This song went to number 482 on the Billboard 500 here, we are very excited to play it," Whitehouse told the audience before they broke into the catchy "Jealous, Don't You Know." The sound of The Heartbreaks is very British, so it was only fitting that Burberry was their debut performance. They are four very dapper gentlemen who make fantastic Britpop meets surf rock chic of music. While set one saw them introduce themselves, it was their second set that really had them cooking. With champagne flowing in the crowd and the band really breaking out of their shells, it was then that they had arrived in perfect fashion. "It is not really a proper gig, but it's cool," drummer Joseph Kondras told me after the gig. "We are really excited to hopefully come back now after we put our record out, we can't wait to get the record out," he continued. The Heartbreaks trip to New York City was short-lived but the excited and wide-eyed band will return home with their heads held up high. They are currently in the studio recording their debut with Frank Turner's producer Tristan Ivemy. The record is expected to be released in March and from the sound of it already, they should get used to being spoiled and having big things come their way.

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The UK's first lady, Samantha Cameron, never attempts to hide her interest in A-list fashion shows. In fact, style is part of her job: she's the ambassador for the British Fashion Council, after all.

Last year, SamCam and other shows, and she also that was graced by the likes of Anna Wintour and Tom Ford.

And this year, she continues her sartorial streak, popping up at A-list shows and hanging with fashion's biggest names.

In a Jonathan Saunders green top paired with a black suit, she perched front row at both Burberry and Christopher Kane shows on Sunday. Later, she in a gorgeous pink frock and camped out next to Anna Wintour and Salma Hayek -- the latter of who was attending her first ever London Fashion Week show.

We can't wait to see where SamCam will show up next!

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The designer dress worn by Prime Minister David Cameron's wife to last year's royal wedding is being auctioned for charity.

Samantha Cameron was described as one of the best dressed guests when she wore the green, silk teal Burberry dress to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's nuptials, accessorising it with a dazzling orange scarf, statement necklace and nude shoes.

The garment will be sold to raise money for Save the Children.


The Burberry dress is being auctioned on eBay

Mrs Cameron said: "Save the Children do amazing work here in the UK and internationally.

"By taking part in the Born to Shop auction, the public can do their bit to help Save the Children make a difference to the lives of children all over the world.

"I love the Burberry dress I wore to the royal wedding, and am thrilled that I have been able to donate it to the Save the Children Born to Shop auction."

Fashionistas have eight days left to bid on the eBay auction to secure their piece of fashion history.

Launched on September 13, #bidboutique, Save the Children's first online auction in conjunction with both eBay and The British Fashion Council is supported by a host of celebrities and designers, including Preen, Erdem, House of Holland, Alexander McQueen and Piers Atkinson.

The Born to Shop #bidboutique online auction is part of the No Child Born to Die campaign which aims to stop the needless deaths of more than 7.6 million children every year.

With the money raised from the auction, Save the Children will be able to deliver life-saving aid to children in some of the world's poorest countries.



The Brits are here!

Britain's prime minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron, finally touched down on this side of the pond on Tuesday to mark their long-awaited visit to the United States.

And of course, we were anxious to see what Mrs. Cameron, who's somewhat of a style icon, would be wearing, and we got our answer: a Burberry trench coat, Joseph trousers and L.K. Bennett shoes -- a favorite of --

Despite her all-black ensemble, SamCam looked cool in the sun as she alighted from the plane with her husband, British prime minister David Cameron.

The Camerons spent the day with the Obamas in Washington before the president and the prime minister jetted off to Ohio for a basketball game.

While the boys , FLOTUS and Mrs. Cameron attended a mini-Olympics event with local school children at American University's Bender Arena. SamCam looked pretty in the she wore in February for her Fashion Week party at 10 Downing Street. Mrs. Obama opted for a frilly chartreuse cardigan by L'Wren Scott with very chic wide-legged trousers.

This wasn't the pair's first rendezvous; they at 10 Downing Street together (we know, SO cute!) and apparently swapped fashion tips, as

Check out all the pics below!


With the polka dot trend in full swing and as today happens to be the anniversary of the last Mickey and Minnie Mouse cartoon strip Walt Disney ever scripted, it gives me a tenuous enough reason to celebrate some animated fashion via Lazy Oaf's revisiting of Minerva's iconic look.I agree with you. I don't know what the hype is. I find her incredibly unattractive in fact, borderline ugly.

If you take her features apart, the only thing that is pretty on her face are her eyes, their color, her mouth is okay.

But the entire package is lame.

I used to work in the city, where they'd occasionally film an episode by my work place, where I'd see her on occasion, she was skin and bones! too thin, even for my taste.

They do dress her beautifully though, and that's the only thing that she has going for her in terms of beauty.

Art director Christopher Lee Sauvé's impeccable style radar and youthful vision have won him a diverse and enviable client list of New York's finest, boasting names from Alexander Wang to DVF via W Hotels and the New York City Opera. However, it's the collection of 'scandalous' T shirts for his eponymous line that is making waves right now.

CLS has taken the rebellious cheeky controversy-courting spirit seen in his infamous 'Save Anna' shirts (in support of US Vogue's legendary Editor-In-Chief, Anna Wintour, when it was rumoured she was to be ousted from her Condé Nast throne) to a new level with this unisex range inspired by various designer and celebrity gaffes, making something so right from some things that are generally a bit wrong.

Featuring hand drawn illustrations of their subjects with details of the scandal scrawled and cut'n'pasted alongside in a truly punk fashion, CLS brings us some fun, tongue in cheek Ts that include Lady Gaga and the Meat Dress vs Peta, Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford's anti-fatty rants, and Madonna's controversial gun-heeled shoes.

Check out the whole range, which is available to buy at £60 per shirt, on 's site - an amazing little site that brings the best in cutting edge and emerging New York and Los Angeles design talent to the UK -


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Clumsies beware! White is going head to head with red in the colour battle to be this year's Christmas No. 1.

The Autumn / Winter 2011/12 catwalks were awash with snowy looks from top designers including , £665), Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Hermes.

As prepares to open its White Wonders concept store, I had a sneak peek at some of the pieces designed exclusively for this Wonder Room pop up which, if - like me - you're an accident magnet and a slave to the dinner medal, you'll be pleased to hear includes a host of amazing alabaster accessories.


Burberry Pattison jacket, £995

From a milky (£895) and Givenchy tote (£1,165) to a fitting Tom Ford White Musk candle and glitteringly sleek make up set from MAC, switching its signature black packaging to fit with the achromatic theme, the White Wonders collection is filled with gorgeous gifts and some seriously covetable clothing (the and Burberry trenches in white for men and women - HELLO). Brit Artist Marc Quinn, whose 2008 golden Microcosmos Siren sculpture of Kate Moss in a complicated looking yoga pose recently made headlines after reportedly fetching over $900,000 at auction, has also put together a capsule range of products for the store as well as a new installation which will be on display - hopefully no frozen blood heads this time.

I'm not sure whether I should have included this before I've got my own hot little hands on them as they're guaranteed sell outs (again), but in the spirit of seasonal sharing check out these festive L'Oreal sets which are also Selfridges exclusives. If you're a product junkie, you're going to want to be all over the - a fantastic diet alternative to the usual chocolate variety - which contains 24 mini treats from the likes of Lancome, Kiehls, Shu Uemura and YSL. There's also a genius version (£38) - mini screwdrivers and fortune telling fish be gone!

If you're brave enough to try to pull off the winter white trend on a clothing level it might be wise to make like Victoria Beckham (who also has a specially designed bag in the White Wonders collection) and match your beverage colour to your outfit to minimise staining dramas - mmmm Starbucks steamed milk with an almond shot...


My favourite footwear pieces - all white Dr Martens & some classic retro Moonboots (£135)

Some White Wonders items are available to purchase now from but if you want to see the full range, the White Wonders Concept Store opens on 28th October and will be located within the Wonder Room on the ground floor of Selfridges' Oxford Street flagship.

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Coachella officially kicks Music Festival season off in the US this weekend and, as the UK's Summer Festivals loom large, there's one thing you can guarantee - rain. Luckily, designers and retailers, ever quick to herald their Festival Fashion trends, have finally caught on to the fact that floral dresses, a plaid shirt and some cut off denims aren't really where it's at. What modern festival goers really need are cool, lightweight, at least shower-proof jackets and ideally ones that can be screwed up at the bottom of your backpack or tied round your waist when that sun decides to show itself.

Pac-a-macs have enjoyed a huge resurgence recently but can get a bit 'boil in the bag' so thankfully now there are some serious yet practical fashion options available that are perfect for everyday too and come in this season's cheeriest shade - bright, citrus-y, sunshine yellow. Here's my pick of some of the best rainwear out now, and a selection of cute wellies - including the inspired Moschino Cheap And Chic 'Wet-A-Porter' boots for Net-A-Porter.com - to go with them.

Top Row: , £1,400, , £395, , £550, , £300, , £95,.

Bottom Row: , £125 from , Ilse Jacobsen soft shell water repellent coat, £110 from , Paddington Bear shower proof parka, and if you don't fancy going all out yellow, you can rock a hint of primary with this unisex - I have this, it's awesome - for half price! Now £55 from .

Top Row: , £235 from, in White, £110 from , , £125, exclusively from .
Second Row: Left and right - £95 from Coggles.com now plus Poste Mistress Covent Garden and Harvey Nichols from May, and centre - Aigle Yellow Chantebelle boots, £80 from .
Third Row: , £85 (Top Tip - try Marc by Marc Jacobs stores 'Special Items' section for cheaper versions of these in a variety of colourways without the fitted style), , £125, , £250, all from.
Bottom Row: Aigle lightweight foldable wellingtons - roll them down to stash them in their own little carrier, £75 from .

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She's borderline Tranny. The dress is too tight and looks exaggerated , especially with her breasts looking like they're about to explode.The hair is too sleek for the size of her head. She's got a large head and large features squeezing that type of statuesque body into a gress that's so detailed exaggerates what's already exaggerated by nature. The fingernails and the toe nails should match. Is that a daytime dress? She definitely looks like a transvestite.

LONDON — It looks like for some designers, next spring is fashion's moment to shine – literally.

Metallic leather, shiny satin and foil-like fabrics in rainbow colors dazzled on the catwalk at Burberry Prorsum Monday, reinforcing a trend that already saw lashings of sequins and space-age style designs earlier in London Fashion Week.

Burberry, which typically puts on the most extravagant and celebrity-studded display during the week-long style extravaganza, went for flamboyant luxury for its latest spring collection. The catwalk was packed with iridescent swimsuits, metallic leather trench coats and satin corsets, and the palette was that of precious metals and gemstones: Gold, silver, emerald, turquoise and ruby.

"I wanted to do a collection that makes people smile," creative director Christopher Bailey said after the show. "I want it to be joyous, a bit sassier and sexier."

The show's front row guests included boy band One Direction's Harry Styles, burlesque actress Dita von Teese, "Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel and tennis player Andy Murray.

Bailey opened with a structured white silk cape draped over a rose gold bodysuit with fine ruching.

Coats – especially Burberry's signature trench coats – featured prominently, but there was also a notable move toward capes and a puffy, button-less cocoon jacket shape.

Standout variations on the cape included one in silver leather, draped over an emerald shift dress, and another in clear orange plastic trimmed with python leather.

The repeated pairings of capes with corsets was inspired by early 1900s photos from the Burberry archive, Bailey said.

Meanwhile, trench coats were reimagined in a luxurious gold lace, a hot pink-to-red ombre, and in the finale, a rainbow of metallic textured leather in shiny fuchsia, purple, cobalt and bronze.

That same shiny colored leather was seen on the bags, too, paired with matching shades of clear plastic.

Burberry's Bailey wasn't the only one bit by the shiny, metallic bug. Holographic material and full-on sequined party dresses appeared at Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique had silver paired with white organza, and Preen's show featured metallic lace.

Scottish heritage brand Pringle also featured plastic details, though it was only a nod. The brand, best known for its fine argyle knits, updated frumpy `50s crew neck twinsets with vibrant colors like jade and canary yellow, and embellished them with geometric plastic beading.

Pringle, which presented its collection in a hotel room instead of on a catwalk, also featured a host of pretty sorbet shades, the other trend for next season. Knits and jackets were made in soothing hues of dove grey, lilac, pale lemon and powder pink.

Also showing on Day Four were Christopher Kane, Erdem and Peter Pilotto. The action will be winding down on Tuesday, the last day of womens' wear previews at the fashion week.



THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Three Canadian companies have been ordered to pay roughly $2.5 million for selling knock-off Louis Vuitton and Burberry handbags in what a Federal Court judge describes as an "egregious" case of trademark infringement.

Vancouver-based companies Singga Enterprises Inc. and Carnation Fashion Company, along with Altec Productions of Toronto, were accused of importing, manufacturing and selling handbags bearing Louis Vuitton and Burberry logos.

Louis Vuitton and Burberry filed their lawsuit after using private investigators for two years to visit warehouses and purchase fake handbags in person and online.

Judge James Russell said all three companies were involved in large-scale importing, manufacturing and selling of fake handbags and took steps to cover up their actions.

"All of the defendants' previous and ongoing actions are clearly knowing, planned and deliberate," Russell said in a written judgment posted to the court's website this week.

"The defendants have also attempted to deliberately conceal or cover up their wrongdoings, avoiding dealing with unknown individuals, obscuring domain name ownership and switching websites, and/or hiding such goods from view of the public or anyone entering their premises."

Neither Singga nor Altec appeared at hearings in the Federal Court last year, and neither provided any evidence to dispute the allegations.

Both companies were accused of running the counterfeit operations out of storefront warehouses and online. They also worked together, with Singga sending customers to Altec and receiving commissions in return.

Altec has continued to sell counterfeit bags online despite the ongoing court case, Russell said.

"Given the egregious nature of their activities, the normal trademark and copyright profit or damages assessments would not be sufficient, and punitive and exemplary damages should be awarded," Russell wrote.

"This is particularly true with the Altec defendants, who have blatantly continued their activities notwithstanding commencement of this proceeding, and have ignored the process of this court."

Singga was ordered to pay a total of nearly $850,000 to Louis Vuitton and Burberry, including $200,000 in punitive damages. Altec was ordered to pay about $1.2 million, including $250,000 in punitive damages.

Carnation owner Jessie Guo did appear at the hearings and admitted she was selling fake bags, though she insisted she wasn't familiar with Canadian trademark law. She also denied having any connection to Singga.

Lawyers for the fashion houses said Guo had been co-operative during the legal process and described her operation as significantly smaller in scale than Singga and Altec. Her company was ordered to pay $390,000.

"Guo gave me the impression that she may have learned her lesson and she expressed contrition for her past conduct," Russell wrote.

"Guo obviously knew, however, that what she was doing was wrong, and yet she kept on doing it for several years and simply hoped that she would not be found out. The clandestine nature of her activities confirms this. There is no real excuse. She was perfectly happy to go on doing what she knew was wrong in order to make money at the expense of the plaintiffs' rights."

Louis Vuitton adopted of a "zero-tolerance" policy for counterfeit goods in 2004, which has led to over 13,000 legal actions, 6,000 raids and about 950 arrests, according to the company's website.

A crackdown against stores in Vancouver-area shopping malls led to a successful 2008 lawsuit in which Louis Vuitton claimed $980,000 in damages and about $50,000 for court costs.




Saturday rolls around and I'm annoyingly aware it's the first weekend in ages that no plans have been made with the beau - I worry that he has tired of my affections, (incredible as this may seem) ...My best friend Zoe saves the day with a text.

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Last night Burberry celebrated the launch of Body, the British fashion house's new fragrance, in Beverly Hills.

Serena Williams, Rachel Zoe, Kate Bosworth, and Solange Knowles are just a handful for the stars that attended the event.

Knowles, one of , served as the party's DJ and wore a bold printed blouse with a high-waisted blue skirt.

"I definitely gravitate toward prints and color," in an interview earlier this month.

We love her use of color and proportions. HIgh-waited pants and skirts are on the rise (pun intended)--and a great staples in your Fall wardrobe.


Here's a look at the event's stylish scene.




Whether it's a Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler or Chanel that your heart desires, it's likely, if you're spending upwards of $1,000 on a purse, you want it to be real.

But there are plenty of people out there -- online and on street corners -- who are looking for people super keen on buying a Birkin to scam. (Can you imagine what it would feel like to think you've bought "the real deal" when all you've snagged is a knock-off? Blah.)

Avoid the feeling of "it" bag buying defeat, by checking out these tips from . Their five tidbits will help you spot a fake online, and will save you from serious sartorial heartbreak.

Easy Tells
Spotting replica handbags used to be simple; check the hardware, logos and material. Lightweight metal accents, slightly skewed logos and cheap materials are still the first lines of defence for warding off fakes, but with today’s higher-quality knock-offs, it’s a case of needing steps two through five as well.

Online Indicators
When buying a handbag online, make sure it’s from a reputable source. If sites are based in China or Hong Kong, proceed with caution, as the two countries make up 88.8 per cent of the goods seized. Also, check the descriptions and reviews for signs of inauthenticity. If customer reviews say the bags aren’t the real thing, then they likely aren’t.

Respectable Resellers
Just because a bag is sold online, it doesn’t mean it’s fake. Authentic and vintage handbags are often sold on eBay; buyers just need to be smart in researching the seller. If the deal looks too good to be true, it usually is. A Chanel bag will never be $50, so use common sense. Certified resale sites like Portero also offer discounts on authentic bags.

Craftsmanship Flaws
A Burberry or Prada handbag will not have crooked stitching or unfinished edges. High-end brands take ultimate pride in craftsmanship, so no imperfect bag would leave their factory for a legitimate retailer like Nordstrom. The leathers and fabrics of authentic bags will always be perfectly stitched and lined up, never crooked or gapped stitched.

Brand-Specific Giveaways
Know the signs to look for in the specific bag. For instance, Marc Jacobs’ zippers are embossed with either RiRi or Lampo and all Louis Vuitton bags made since the early ‘80s have a date stamped somewhere on the interior. Brand fanatics spend time spotting knock-off bags to protect their favourite designers’ integrity, so a quick search before you buy will reveal specific tells for each high-end brand.

Armed with these five tips, spotting imitation designer handbags should be simple. Don’t fall into the impostor trap -- if the real thing is too expensive, buy an authentic, quality handbag of a lesser-known brand.

Here are real Hermes bags on the arms of celebs:

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A graduate of London College of Fashion (LCF), Matteo Mollinari showed his Spring/Summer 2013 menswear and accessories range as part of LCFM, an initiative that brought together LCF menswear alumni Molinari, Domingo Rodriguez and Asger Juel Larsen to show their collections to an attentive audience that gathered on a runway at the Royal Society of Arts on 15 June 2012.

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Yesterday, on a long-awaited balmy Los Angeles day, Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey hosted a classic English Tea at an Ivy-covered estate in Beverly Hills. The cute-as-a-button Brit had flown into town on a one day jaunt to celebrate the brand's very first beauty line, which launched at Nordstrom earlier this month.

Though the weather was schvitz-worthy, the intimate crowd -- which included Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Rachel Zoe and Jayma Mays -- managed to stay cool as the cucumber and chive tea sandwiches being served.

And Bosworth particularly stood out in a nude lace creation from the Burberry Porsum pre-fall '10 collection.

"We're twins!" the actress laughed as a fellow guest strolled by wearing the dress' black-hued counterpart. Only Bosworth added her own spin to the outfit with a tanned leather belt, lending a young, laid-back quality to the look.


GARDEN PARTY: Model May Anderson and Kate Bosworth.


She wasn't the only bold faced name to wear slick accessories. Nylon Fashion Director Dani Stahl, who was hosting a Lia Sophia jewelry event at the Sunset Tower Hotel later that evening, sported a cool copper headband; While Zoe effortlessly strutted the lush green lawn in a pair of stilt-like platform sandals that became a topic of guest conversation.

But the accessories with the most buzz were the lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes in Burberry's brand new line of cosmetics. The collection, simply called Burberry Beauty, consists of twenty extremely wearable, classic shades including Brick Red No. 19, a deep, blood-hued lip color, and Russet Blush No. 01, a natural, peachy cheek powder.

Bosworth is a fan.

"I'm in love with the collection," she gushed to Bailey before inviting him to later meet her at Chateau Marmont for a drink.

But Bailey, who was only in town for twelve hours, had to decline.

"Next time," he said, looking genuinely bummed. As the air finally started to cool, it was anyone's guess what the designer would miss more: the company of a movie star or the first genuinely perfect night of summer.


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This week, with runway newcomer Tali Lennox, daughter of rocker Annie Lennox. The 17-year-old is signed with Next Models and has already graced the catwalk for Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry and Missoni. , "My family is very supportive; they have a lot of faith and trust in me. I talk through every aspect of my job with my mum, and she's given me a lot of self-belief and wisdom. I don't talk about it that much with most of my friends. It's nice to be with people who are detached from the industry."

She also shared her most memorable experience from the last season of shows:

Speeding through Milan on a motorcycle in heels and a minidress, trying to get from the Missoni show to the Versus show, being over four hours late. I rushed in and had four people doing my hair, two people doing my makeup, and another two on nails and toes all at the same time. I heard an Italian woman repeatedly calling "Tali, Tali! Where is Tali?" I finally make it to the backstage line where all the other girls are already lined up and see that the woman calling for me is Donatella Versace! The show set was like a playground, and I felt like the naughty girl at fashion school!

Check out some images of Tali on and off the runway.





Meet the new faces of Burberry -- although they should look familiar to you.

That little lady on the right is Tali Lennox, daughter of songstress Annie, who is kind of a big deal. And on the right? Tara Ferry, son of rocker Bryan Ferry.

We would have loved to be a fly on the wall (on the beach?) at this photoshoot. We've already married them off to each other in our minds.

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Tali is one of the most successful young models in the UK. Having shot the Topshop Christmas campaign in 2010 Tali has gone on to shoot for Burberry, and is the current face of Karen Millen. She has modelled for the likes of Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Julien Macdonald, House of Holland, Prada, Missoni, John Rocha, Topshop, Issa and Betty Jackson. Julein Macdonald personally asked herto be a guest judge on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model alongside Elle Macpherson. She has also customised and decorated a watering can that will be on show on a one-off pop-up shop on 63 Broadwick Street, London W1F. It is part of a series of exhibits designed by other celebrities, including Katharine Hamnett, David Shrigley and Bill Nighy, all to be auctioned on ebay – .
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Apple has become one of the world's most valued brands, following stellar sales in both developed and emerging markets last year.

It was only beaten into second place by beverages giant Coca Cola in Interbrand's 13th annual global brand survey.

Technology giants dominated the listings in 2012, with social media giant Facebook entering the report at number 69 after making headlines as the third largest IPO in US history

Search engine Google experienced a 26% increase in brand value over the last year which helped to place it an impressive fourth, ahead of its rival Microsoft for the first time. Microsoft placed 5th.

But there was a distinct lack of British companies - just four in the list's 100 companies. This is partly explained by a number of fallers from last year's report, including Barclays which suffered from its rate-rigging scandal.

Barclays wasn't the only financial services company to suffer; Zurich and UBS also failed to make the grade in 2012.


Luxury brands also performed well

Luxury goods performed well, thanks mainly to their retained brand value - with Burberry placing at 82, Prada at 84, Tiffany and Co at 70 and Hermes at 63.

Louis Vuitton secured 17th place, with Gucci coming in close behind on 38th.

Automotive brands performed well too as companies become more attuned to the emotional connection consumers have with their cars.

This has caused many automakers to develop more effective, technologically savvy ways to reach target markets and help prospective buyers better relate to car brands.

Audi’s digital showroom, Audi City, combes digital product presentations and personal contact with dealers. It placed at 55.

Similarly, Ford (placed at 45) is working hard to improve MyTouch, its in-car communications and entertainment system.

Brands like BMW (placed 12th) and Hyundai (placed 53th) are investing in global brand campaigns and are becoming more digitally connected and tailored to narrower target groups.

The whole industry is hoping to engage customers and prospects in a relevant and personalised manner throughout the entire purchase cycle, said.

Another interesting brand to note was Smirnoff, which increased its brand value by 5%, but still only managed to place 90th, one place down on 2011.

Interbrand examines the three key aspects that contribute to a brand’s value:

Elsewhere, Amazon UK, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser have topped the UK Ecommerce Performance Index study.

However, the report, which scored 25 of the UK’s top retailers’ websites against a detailed best practice benchmark, presented a disappointing average score of 58%, well short of 2011’s score of 63%, which indicates retailers are struggling to keep up with maturing consumer expectations.

David Bowen, product manager at EPiServer which produced , commented: “The overall score of 58% demonstrates there is plenty of room for improvement and a real opportunity for savvy retailers to give themselves a significant competitive edge with just a few simple measures.”

The biggest bones of contention for consumer expectations were the speed of checkout process and the cost of delivery.

"We’ve seen some great examples of websites delivering excellent service in particular areas, but very few are scoring well at all stages of the online shopping journey," said Bowen.

"Many retailers have fallen down at different points too, so there’s no single point of concern across the board. Amazon is a great example of how taking care of every stage can deliver a superior customer experience and this will ultimately support increased conversions and sale values.

“Our findings highlight areas where even the UK’s top retailers are risking customer loyalty, extra revenue and market share by underestimating consumer expectation.”

After 5 years pursuing their own successful careers – Alana as a professional dancer and Lisa as a theatre producer, identical Scottish twins Alana and Lisa Macfarlane decided to join forces and are one of the hottest new presenters in the UK.

They started their presenting career with Verge Magazine, the UK’s largest student magazine that’s distributed to all UK universities and colleges, it's here they crafted their quirky yet personable presenting style.

The Mac Twins have covered some of the biggest music events including The Brits, Wireless Festival and Radio 1's Big Weekend. Away from music the girls have covered a range of events from London Fashion Week through to the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. It seems like everyone wants to be interviewed by The Mac Twins and they have interviewed a host of stars including Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32, Keith Lemon, Katherine Jenkins, Plan B, Stooshe, Vic Reeves, Brooke Kinsella and Rizzle Kicks.

The girls have made a splash in the world of radio and feature on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s breakfast show with Twin B each week. As broadcasters their talents have been used for BBC Scotland TV and Sky's Digital's Community Channel, as well as hosting events at the o2.

The Mac Twins also model and act. Lisa appeared in the latest Harry Potter film (Deathly Hallows) and Alana is a fittings model for Burberry, Karen Millen, ASOS, Miss Selfridge and Ted Baker. They also have partnerships with Primark, Hobs Salons and Liza Smith celebrity Nails.

Alana currently runs her own performance school in Scotland called Gie It Laldy (www.gieitlaldy.com)

As DJ’s The Mac Twins were the official DJ’s for the World Series Squash Championships (live on Sky Sports), Tinchy Stryder’s ‘Goji Headphones’ Launch, National Women’s Day at Aura night club, The Olympic Torch Relay in front of 30,000 people and are now the new resident DJ’s at top exclusive London club ‘Whisky Mist’ every Friday night. For bookings or more information on the girls please contact info@thehubentertainment.com

As if this wasn’t enough the girls are training for a half marathon on October for MIND charity (alongside being official ambassadors for the charity) and Lisa has just returned from being the main reporter on the 5 day ‘Tall Ship Voyage’ that will bought the Olympic Torch into Dover in front of 30,000 people.

It was another week of eye-catching fashion moments.

Gabrielle Union tops our list in a black-and-silver printed Bill Blass dress she wore to a screening of “Being Mary Jane” in New York City Thursday night. Not only do we love the abstract print, but the neck-to-navel keyhole detail is super sassy.

The 2012 New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala took place Tuesday night, with model Selita Ebanks, Jessica White and "American Boy" singer Estelle in attendance--just to name a few. Ebanks wore a showstopping Jovani gown with a plunging neckline and chic cutout detailing along the shoulders. Oh, and we can't forget the design feature du jour---.

Across the pond, Corinne Bailey Rae was spotted sitting front row at the Spring 2013 Osman show at London Fashion Week. The songstress wore an adorable head-to-toe pea green-hued ensemble. Monochromatic looks aren't the easiest to pull off, but Corrine passed with flying colors.

Here's a look at those stunning gals and more of the week's style standouts in the slideshow below.



As thrifty fashion lovers, we're big fans of jumping in the car and hightailing it to outlet malls, which are usually tucked in faraway suburban highway exits and tantalize us with hours of budget name-brand shopping.

And we'll soon have another: Tom Ford Outlet, the first EVER in the world, is , that enclave of designer outlets located about an hour north of New York City.

Tom Ford has a reputation for being elusive with his designs, as in, holding and . Maybe his new store will require you to check bags before you scoop up a $20 $200 tee?

And it gets better, New Yorkers: Reed Krakoff is this summer.

Ford's outlet, which is set to open on July 15, will join the other posh designer outlet stores at Woodbury, which Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, D&G, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Prada, YSL and others.

We're excited! Check out the video of Ford's fall 2012 collection below to get a sneak peek of what you might be able to score at his outlet shop.

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Shia LaBeouf will not be returning for according to his co-star Josh Duhamel.

The actor played Sam Witwicky in the first three movies and there has already been speculation about whether he would reprise the role for a fourth time, after he suggested he was "done" with the action-packed franchise.

And now Josh has told E! News that Shia would not be in the flick, and it doesn't look like he will be reprising his own role of Captain William Lennox either.

He said: "I don't think anybody's doing it. I know Shia's not doing it. I don't think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it."

He continued: "Whenever these movies make that much money they're going to make as many as they can. [But] I haven't heard anything about it. They haven't called me."

Earlier this month it was revealed that

"Steven Spielberg and I are working on a whole new re-imagining of Transformers, the fourth instalment. We have been working on the idea for a few months. I'm excited about where it's headed," he said on his official website.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had already hinted that the franchise may be starting afresh.

"I think we really are going to do a reboot there. What that's going to be, we don't even know yet. We've got to get a story first," he told MTV.

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I'm not a cat calendar kind of girl (yet) so thankfully there's a whole ton of really cool, quirky or downright kitsch cat-related stuff around right now from high end designers to the High Street in fashion, footwear and all manner of other home and lifestyle accessories too.



A primary school worker in his 30s and a student are amongst those who have already pleaded guilty to looting and rioting in courts on Wednesday.

31-year-old Alexis Bailey from Battersea in South London pleaded guilty to burglary after being arrested in Croydon.

He will be sentenced at a later date and was granted bail, but with a curfew.

Defendants scheduled to appear today are from a number of backgrounds and up to 40 years old.

David Cameron said earlier 160 people had been charged with rioting related offences and courts were working through the night to process them.

The prime minister said: “As I speak, sentences are already being passed, courts sat through the night last night, and will do again tonight. It is for the courts to sentence, but I would expect anyone convicted of violent disorder to be sent to prison.”

Despite the promise, some pleading guilty to rioting are already being let off with fines. David Attoh was told by chief of magistrates Melvyn Marks not to get into trouble again and fined £150: “You have a bright future ahead of you, if you get into trouble again you are going to jeopardise that future.”

The 18 year old student pleaded guilty to stealing two Burberry shirts in Hackney on Sunday evening.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had temperatures soaring when she hit Macy's in New York last night, to celebrate the launch of the new Burberry fragrance. The model-actress...Extremist Symbolism in Fashion - a Cultural Statement or Unacceptable? You Decide...

Again, Nazi associated imagery is permeating into mainstream fashion, only this time it is not the swastika which has somehow made its way into the popular fashion world (a symbol with many different cultural and religious meanings), it is a symbol more specifically associated with the Nazi Party than the swastika, the Parteiadler - The Nazi Party eagle.



UPDATE 9/6 @2:00pm:
Jill Scott has taken to Twitter to refute the reporting conducted by TheYBF.com. The singer tweeted three messages last night stating that she in fact worked closely with Essence on the October cover shoot and that the only "coup" was having natural hair on the cover--not any discourse while producing it.

In addition, a PR rep for Essence issued the following statement to The Huffington Post:
Essence invited Jill to showcase her natural hair on the cover of the October issue and Jill was excited to do so.

Here's a look at Jill's tweet about the situation (note: It appears the tweets have since been deleted from Jill's timeline).

@ @ ok. U kinda got that right. I didn't stage a coup. It was a coup for Essence to have natural hair on the cover.

— Jill Scott (@missjillscott)

@ @ Essence Magazine and I completely worked together on this shoot. Yes it was important 4 me 2 b natural.

— Jill Scott (@missjillscott)

@ @ I needed my son to see mommy like he does at home. I wanted 2 show him that Mommy likes herself. Bravo Essence!

— Jill Scott (@missjillscott)

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and Viola Davis aren't the only stars ready, willing and able to show off their natural hair to the world. Grammy award-winning singer Jill Scott is proudly rocking her TWA (teeny weeny afro) on the cover of the .

In fact, for the feature. She told TheYBF.com that she "staged sort of a coup" by giving the glossy an ultimatum: either she shoots the cover with her natural hair or she doesn't shoot it at all.

Way to pull the diva card for a fabulous cause, Jill! The result, a perfectly polished and gorgeous cover to add to her collection.

In the October issue, the "Golden" songstress opens up about her hair and how much fun she has expressing herself through different styles.

“This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”

We love her confidence and we totally adore this cover look. What do you think?



NEW YORK — Investors spent Tuesday preparing for two events sure to move markets this week: a Federal Reserve meeting and a court decision on whether Germany can help support its struggling neighbors. And if the stock market's gains Tuesday are any sign, they expect both events to turn out well.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 69.07 points to close at 13,323.36. The average of 30 large company stocks has already gained 1.8 percent to start September, a month which is usually dismal for stocks.

Bank of America led the 30 stocks in the Dow, rising 5 percent, or 45 cents, to $9.03.

Federal Reserve officials will gather for a two-day meeting on Wednesday. Many expect the Fed will announce a new effort to revive the sluggish economy Thursday afternoon.

On the same day the Fed starts its meeting, Germany's high court is expected to rule on whether the country can participate in a European bailout fund. The court rejected a last-minute appeal to delay the decision on Tuesday.

"It's going to get interesting this week," said Randy Frederick, managing director of active trading and derivatives at the brokerage Charles Schwab.

Frederick expects the Fed will make some sort of move, especially after the government reported last Friday that employers added fewer than 100,000 jobs in August.

"Prior to the employment report people weren't as sure," Frederick said. "I am definitely on the majority side here. There's some sort of easing coming."

In other trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4.48 points to 1,433.56. The Nasdaq composite increased 0.51 of a point to 3,104.53.

The assumption that the Fed will announce new stimulus measures is so widespread that some worry the market could take a plunge if the Fed fails to deliver.

Ron Florance, managing director of investment strategy at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Scottsdale, Ariz., said he's always wary when stocks rise on nothing more than expectations.

"These are the things that make you nervous, when markets are going strong in anticipation of news," Florance said.

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that exports to Europe dropped 11.7 percent in July, stoking concerns that Europe's troubles could smother the U.S. recovery. Overall U.S. exports fell 1 percent to $183.3 billion, lowered by weaker sales of autos, telecom equipment and heavy machinery.

Morgan Stanley and Citigroup rose after the two banks settled a dispute over how much to value their jointly owned brokerage firm, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. The deal cleared the way for Morgan Stanley to buy Citigroup's stake. Citi gained 83 cents to $32.66. Morgan Stanley rose 64 cents to $17.25.

A profit warning from luxury clothing chain Burberry helped tug down other high-end retailers in early trading. Burberry said slowing sales to China will likely weaken earnings. Ralph Lauren lost $4.09 to $156.22. Tiffany & Co. sank 78 cents to $62.26.

Among other stocks making moves:

_ Legg Mason jumped 5 percent following reports that its CEO will step down Oct. 1. Clients have been pulling money out of the money manager's funds, weakening revenue. Legg Mason's stock surged $1.38 to $26.85.

_ Hewlett-Packard gained 52 cents to $17.95, a 3 percent gain. The computer and printer maker said late Monday that it will cut 29,000 jobs by October 2014, or 2,000 more than it had previously planned. Sales of personal computers have slumped as people favor smartphones and lightweight tablet computers.

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AP Business Writer Christina Rexrode contributed to this story.



Usually this time of year I'm running around London Fashion Week rushing from show to show and no matter what shoes I wear I end up with my feet punishing me in some way. So this season I decided on something slightly different. I decided to stay at home and see what brands were doing to promote their new collections via the internet and digital media.



British actor Jeremy Irvine refuses to sign up for social networking sites because he is convinced connecting with fans on the Internet would shatter his acting "credibility".

The War Horse star has no plans to start airing his thoughts on the web, and is baffled by actors who regularly update their online pages.

He tells Marie Claire magazine, "If you know too much about an actor's personal life, they lose all credibility when they try to portray a role."

Irvine also avoids looking up articles about himself on the Internet after his mother discovered a gay discussion page dedicated to the star.

He explains, "She emailed over a link to some gay forum about me. I was like, 'Mum, don't send me this stuff'. I've never Googled myself. I'd be terrified."

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's resident womaniser is doing little to dispel rumours he is dating model .

Not only did Harry turn up to support her as she took to the catwalk at the Burberry show during London Fashion Week yesterday, he was full on gushing to reporters about how "amazing" she looked. He was even caught locking lips with the model on camera!

Harry had taken up a plum seat on the f-row alongside Dita Von Teese, Dev Patel and Victoria Pendleton and when quizzed by ITN about Cara's catwalk appearance after the show, Harry smirked: "She was great, she did a great job. She looked amazing."

And then, if that wasn't enough to convince us he is totally rubbing belly buttons with her, he was caught congratulating Cara on camera, which involved a cheeky kiss.

It comes just days after Cara refused to comment on Harry when pressed by reporters.

Asked what was going on between her and the One Directioner, she said: "I've heard this thing. I don't know, I'm not going to answer that question. I like to keep my private life private and that's all I'm going to say."

Guess the cat's out of the bag now, Cara.

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Burberry Prorsum sent killer coats down the runway for Fall 2011 RTW with heavy duty repetitive buckles. Try mixing the buckle trend into something other than a coat with a DIY kilt made from a wool scarf and three buckles. I love the drapey but structured look of the wrapped scarf with the hardware. It’s pretty easy to complete and the finished product is chic and looks anything but homemade. I can’t wait to wear this with some nubby tights, black combat boots and a fisherman’s sweater!

Follow the easy steps in the photos below to create a fun piece you'll wear all winter long!

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Forget Fashion Week -- it's Wool Week in London, , with sheep even taking to the streets to celebrate the natural fiber. The event is part of the Campaign for Wool, spearheaded by Prince Charles and engaging more than 80 labels like Burberry, Pringle and Paul Smith.

So what does Wool Week entail? Via W

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投稿者 cheap toms : 2014.04.25 金 14:19

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投稿者 mbt svizzera : 2014.04.25 金 14:22

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