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In the UK we've had quite a bit of snow recently (by our standards, anyway)...
Can you see past the sequinned nipple tassels?
A number of people are ruffling a few feathers with their recession-busting measures...
Changing the fabric of fashionable society...
Can kaos work in a time of chaos...
Set to be huge during AW10...
One of this season's hottest looks...
A sneak peek at the AW10 collection

My Favourite Fashion Discovery

Everybody has one. The cringe-worthy story told by a friend or relative that you just know will crop up in a speech on your wedding day or a milestone birthday...
My Favourite Fashion Discovery

Republic AW10 collection - An In-Depth Preview

This month sees the launch of Republic’s autumn/winter range which is designed to be mixed, matched and loved. The overarching theme is opulence with edge; outfits dripping with embellishments, draped with lace, and accented with faux-fur and feathers.
Republic AW10 collection - An In-Depth Preview

Fashion Gets Personal

Made to measure, commissioned pieces have rarely been within the grasp of those of us who have had to make do with hovering around the outside of the fashion press, but recently, t-shirt manufacturers have been introducing a different kind of unique and affordable personalisation.
Fashion Gets Personal

Republic Sneak Peek

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to view Republic's autumn/winter collection. As a little teaser, here are a few exclusive behind the scenes photos I grabbed whilst watching the shoot take shape...
Republic Sneak Peek

Panic Attacks

It’s been a stressful day at work and you are standing on a crowded tube, going through the motions of your daily commute home. The lights flicker, the carriage rattles through a tunnel and suddenly you feel like you

are about to die.
Keep Calm

Britney Challenge

I was struggling with a bit of writer's block one day, when my friend Ryan challenged me to come up with 500-1000 words on Miss Spears in 45mins as a way of getting the words to come out.
Britney Spears

North London in the snow

In the UK, we've had quite a bit of snow recently (by our standards anyway). This afternoon, I made my way to the local park and took a few photos of the snow, sledges and stunning skies.
Snowy scenes

Is green the new black

In recent years, the global green initiative has exploded. An increased awareness of how our lives impact the environment on a day-to-day basis has lead to a multitude of sectors attempting to boost their eco-credentials by branching out and developing new business strands or goods deemed more ‘earth friendly’.
Ethical fashion

Management in Kaos

To boost employment in the sector and prevent a repeat of the latest recession, is it time for a new kind of management strategy to be brought to the fore; for kaos to reign in a time of chaos?
Kaospilots

Trend Spotting

Candy colours and pretty pastels may be dominating SS10, but forward-thinking fashionistas take note: prepare your wardrobe for AW10 by indulging in chocolate box chic.
AW10

Summer Style

Sleek, sumptuous and sophisticated; this season, sportswear has emerged from the back of the gym locker having been given a luxurious makeover.
SS10

POP Princess

In the promotional blitz for her seventh studio album, the last cover I expected to see Britney Spears gracing was that of bi-annual style magazine POP...
POP Princess

D.A.N.C.E

17:22 Reporter: Alison 1 Response

I’d like to start a campaign. Before you turn your nose up at the idea, hear me out; this campaign will help the whole pop industry. No, scratch that – if this campaign is successful, it will help all of humanity. I’d like to bring back the dance routine.

As you have probably noticed, there has been a steep decline in the number of songs accompanied by a dance routine over the past decade. Most of the acts that have made half-arsed efforts have spent more time gurning at the camera than busting out copyable (or even discernible) moves. Even the usual stalwarts – boybands – have been slacking. It seems that ever since Celtic lords of the dance Westlife turned ‘standing up’ into an acceptable substitute for any actual choreography, routines have fallen out of fashion.

This dance drought is not only frustrating for the mp3 buying public - who are left to awkwardly sway, fist-pump and generally make idiots of themselves individually on the dance floor - but also a grave mistake on the part of the artists. Abandoning the dance goldmine means thousands of acts are missing out on revenue both now and in years to come.

Don’t believe me? Well pay attention, because here are five sure-fire reasons why it’s in our and pop acts’ interests to revive dance routines:


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The Hunger: feed your imagination

19:26 Reporter: Alison 0 Responses
Do you need to up your cultural intake? Fancy indulging in something that's a veritable visual feast? If you like your editorial with a bit of a bite, then look no further than newly launched The Hunger magazine.
Portia Freeman © Rankin - The Hunger: Issue One

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All that glitters

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Image: Alexander McQueen SS12 by Marcus Tondo from style.com


As the faint glow of Britain’s last-minute heatwave fades away, it seems a bit premature to be talking about pieces for next spring. Days are getting shorter, models have only just stepped off Parisian runways and frankly most of us are ready to spend the next few months swaddled in faux fur, but if you want to get a head start on the new season’s trends, it’s time to invest in gold.


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Reigning Cats and Dogs

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Image: Patrick Lindblom, The Independent


Amidst post-apocalyptic wastelands and Amish schoolgirl armies, the runways of autumn/winter 2011 posed a question that has the potential to divide a population, let alone the fashion front row; are you a cat or dog person?


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Get Lippy

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Jane Goodall 

Lady Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace

 Gertrude Belle Elion

 Stephanie Louise Kwolek



Do the names above ring any bells? If you answered no, you're probably not alone in your unfamiliarity... 



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