Monday, 30 November 2009

World AIDS Day

Support World AIDS Day




Tuesday 1st December is World AIDS Day.  Show your support by buying a red ribbon at GAP, H&M and MAC stores throughout the UK.

Later,

Duck
xxx

Friday, 27 November 2009

British Fashion Awards: Nominees Announced


The British Fashion Council has just announced the nominees for this year's British Fashion Awards, which include...

Accessory Designer
Emma Hill (Mulberry)
Katie Hillier
Nicholas Kirkwood

Model
Daisy Lowe
Georgia Jagger
Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Designer Brand
Burberry
Mulberry
Pringle of Scotland

Emerging Talent Award for Accessories
Camilla Skovgaard
Holly Fulton
Jessica McCormack
Maria Francesca Pepe

Emerging Talent Award for Ready to Wear
Mark Fast
Meadham Kirchoff
Peter Pilotto

And for predictions?  Well, I would be very surprised if Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Burberry don't win their respective categories given the year they've both had.  And Anastasia particularly hopes that her favourites Maria Francesca Pepe, Nicholas Kirkwood and Peter Pilotto take home the other prizes.

xx
Duck

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Erdem by Diane



Enjoy this interview of our new favourite designer Erdem with Diane Pernet over at A Shaded View on Fashion! And you can see the launch of his collaboration with Cutler and Gross here.

xx
Duck

David Koma strikes again



It appears David Koma has found another friend in the music industry.  Last time it was Cheryl Cole, and now Rihanna is wearing his dresses!  She wore this yellow and black number for her performance in Florida at the launch of the Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world.  This particular dress is from his SS10 collection:

 

Later,

Duck
xx

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Spotted: Gwyneth Paltrow in Giles AW 09



Spotted: Gwyneth Paltrow wearing an off-the-shoulder silken semi Kimoni-style grey dress from Giles' AW 09 collection at the Dean Street Townhouse launch party on Monday evening.  Sleek and understated, she already looks like she slipped into something more comfortable.

Duck
xx

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Kasher my Kosherface

Dear Readers,

Just an update that the British Journal of Photography has rated Frederic Aranda's Kosherface as the number one exhibition to visit in the UK at the moment...


xx
Duck

Kiss Me Qasimi

The final party on Thursday night was at Il Bottaccio in South Ken to celebrate relative new-comer to the London fashion scene, Qasimi.  Qasimi is a menswear and womenwear fashion brand designed by Khalid AlQasimi, son of the King of Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates.  So of course, Qasimi has a pretty big budget!  Some of you might remember my post from their SS10 fashion show, which involved a lot of champagne...


 
 

I had never been to Il Bottaccio before, and it is a pretty stunning space for holding a party!  Beautiful high-ceilinged rooms, a dance floor, a bar area...  The cocktails were free flowing and it seemed like half the fashionista socialites in London had shown up: Georgia May Jagger, Joy Vieli, Alice Dellal, Pixie Geldof, Jango James, PPQ's Amy Molyneaux, Jade McSorley from BNTM, Fletcher Cowan, and Khalid himself even showed up (you'd be surprised how many designers don't go to their own parties...).  I also bumped into Delphine Hervieu who blogs at Style Cartel and has started a collaboration with Kristin Knox from the The Clothes Whisperer.





Model wearing Qasimi

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Cutler & Gross v. Erdem



Après the Furla party on Thursday night, Anna and I taxi'd on to the Cutler & Gross Vintage Store in Knightsbridge to celebrate the launch of their collaboration with Erdem.  The store was tiny, but it was packed with some of the most down-to-earth fashionistas I've met.  Don't get me wrong, there were crazy hats and very very expensive clothes on show (not just ours...) but everyone just seemed so nice.  Perhaps that is the Erdem effect.  He had decked the store out in his ubiquitous floral displays, and the glasses cases had been replaced by shelves upon shelves of Vintage Patisserie cupcakes (with Erdem, Cutler & Gross and spectacle designs in icing) and vintage teacups.  You could pick your own teacup which was then instantly filled with a delicious if unusual mixture of green tea and champagne, with a few berries tossed in for a vitamin shot.


 
 

There was such a friendly atmosphere, and we had a great time chatting to Monica Chong, the Creative Director for Cutler & Gross, her fabulous daughter who is studying print making at LCC, a new designer from CSM, as well as (the very handsome) Erdem Moralioglu.

Furla SS10 Press Party



Thursday this week was a mega-night of press parties that included Cutler&Gross and Qasimi, but kicked off with a bash at the Regent Street Furla store.  The Italian brand had brought in a rather cute DJ spinning slightly irritating house/jazz tracks, and besuited waiters were wandering the two levels of the shop offering copious quantities of champagne and tasty bites (except for the truffle-stuffed quails egg which I picked up, confusing it with a white chocolate truffe!  at least I got one part of it right...:-S ).  The party was attended by the likes of Ben Grimes, Jo Malone, and Daisy de Villeneuve.




Now, Furla isn't exactly my kind of accessories brand, so I don't normally bother to look in the windows, but it turned out there are a few items for next season which I actually quite like.  Take for example, these colourful snakeskin-print bags, which would be totally appropriate for a holiday on the Italian Riviera.


 

And I also loved these scaly silk scarves - something about the print reminded me of both Alexander McQueen's reptilian creations for next season, and Julian Macdonald's fishy mermaid dresses.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Confused

Sorry, something seems to be up with Blogger atm, I don't understand why the sidebar is appearing at the bottom of the page...  If anybody knows what's going on please let me know!

Sexy Sanderson




Recently I had the opportunity to indulge myself fully and enjoy a fabulous night at the Philippe Starck-designed Sanderson Hotel in London.  Originally I had only planned to get a Standard Double room, but the generous receptionist Claudia (French, but her mother loved Italy) upgraded me five times!  So in the end, I had a Deluxe Double Double Suite and it was AMAZING!  Wooden floors, white walls, two double sleigh-beds covered in silver leaf, paintings on the ceiling, various Philippe Starck accoutrements such as a silver swan chair, a chaise longue, and a bizarre egg-shaped object.  The bathroom was separated from the main area by a large glass wall shielded by electronically-controlled thin veils of fabric.  The bathroom itself was all glass and mirrors and copper plating, and I particularly loved the backlit mirror.  I have to say, if you are ever in London, you need to stay in this hotel - and remember to have a cocktail or two in the NY-inspired Long Bar (although avoid the stares of the 20-year-old bimbos hanging off their sugar-daddies' arms...).  Sheer in-dul-gence!

Also, I hope you enjoy my attempt at using the panoram setting on my camera - it's really the only way to get the scale of the room!


 
 

Ladies Who Lunch


 
Thought you might like to see some photos from a long liquid lunch I enjoyed on Saturday at Liberty.  Of course, the gorgeous Anna Jewsbury was there, and we were joined by her friend from school who is now an artist, Meera Chauhan.  The staff seemed somewhat bemused - I guess most people don't knock back five bottles of red at lunch in Liberty...


 
 


Later
Duck
x

Favela Chic



On Friday, after we had checked into The Grange St Paul's, Anna Jewsbury and I got dressed up (me in my new MJ) and went across to Shoreditch for the other third of B-AnnaMichele's (Bianca Abulafia) birthday party at hip London/Parisian restaurant/bar/club Favela Chic.  The guests included friends from Oxford and Cambridge, many of whom are now also living in London.  Unfortunately the club was absolutely packed and it was quite difficult to grab some drinks (although we did have a pitcher of tasty caipirinhas), so we spent a lot of the evening cooling down outside.  But luckily we met some interesting French girls there.



The lovely Bstarstar*



 

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Oh My Castelbajac

According Digital Spy, Dita Von Teese is now dating French aristo, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, son of Anastasia&Duck's favourite designer, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac!  Come now, Jean-Charles, me thinks it's time you stepped in and reminded Lou-Lou that he only has eyes for Anastasia!  A pic of Lou-Lou:




And now for some unrelated but totally fabulous shots of JCDC outfits:








 

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Kettners & St Paul's

On Friday, after waking up in the gorgeousness that is St Martin's Lane, Anna and I hotfooted it over to Kettners in Soho for lunch with our friend from uni, Caroline.  Kettners used to be a favourite of ours - we loved the tasty french food, the beautiful chic white interior and its unfussy nature.  I even hired a private room there for one of my birthday parties.  Sadly, it was a bit of a let-down...  None of us really liked our food, the service was incredibly slow, and the wine was positively crap - although we managed to get down two bottles of it! 




Après Kettners, we popped into Balans on Old Compton street for a few more bottles of wine with another friend, Sarah, and a good bitch about the latest I'macelebrityxfactorblahblah popstars on MTV in the bar.  Of course, all this wine could only lead to one thing - shopping!  So we literally ran into a taxi and rushed over to Marc Jacobs before it closed.  I got myself a cute fluoro sweater, a photography book (what kind of photography it was, I can leave up to your imagination), a nice leather cuff and an exciting present for Bianca Abulafia's brithday party that evening (a tasty leather purse...).  The day ended with the check-in to our new hotel for the evening, the brand new Grange Hotel St Paul's... but the night was just beginning!


I loves this picture of Anna in my new Helmut Lang top!



Later,

Duck
x

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

St Martin's Lane



Now, no good evening at Asia de Cuba is complete without an emergency check-in to the St Martin's Lane hotel.  And our evening was very good indeed!  We got a double room at the deluxe 5-star boutique hotel, dropped off our baggage, and then went for a walk around Soho by night - always hilarious!  Then we enjoyed a few cocktails in the Light Bar, before retiring to our room to watch a selection of DVDs that we had sent up from reception.  We also made full use of the delicious Korres products helpfully left for us in the room.  This might have been the highlight of the weekend, had it not been for what happened on Saturday night.... details to follow later in the week! :-)

 
Anna Jewsbury posing in our new abode

  

 

Asia de Cuba




After working up an appetite schmoozing with the Shoreditch art crowd, Bianca Abulafia, Anna Jewsbury and I grabbed a cab over to St Martin's Lane for a quick spot of dinner at Asia de Cuba, which is fast becoming one of our fav haunts in Londontown.  Luckily, we managed to get a table right at the back behind a pillar, so we could have a private meal, although a rowdy table of unpleasant banker-types managed to spoil our meal by holding almost constant toasts and doing shots very noisily.  I thought you might like to see some pics from the massive meal we managed to wolf down, which included my favourite yummy deepfried plantain!


Fried Plantain


Lamb sautéed with vegetables, herb sauce and pea-tops

Kosherface




Last Thursday some friends and I braved the horrendous weather to waddle along to the ThePrintSpace Gallery in Shoreditch for an exhibition of work by fashion photographer Frederic Aranda, entitled Kosherface.  In the past Frederic has photographed Tom Ford, Agyness Deyn, Natalia Vodianova, Bill Clinton and Miuccia Prada for magazines like Vogue and GQ, but this show was based on a collection of portraits of orthodox Jews which the artist has built up over seven years.  Who knew Tokyo had a chief rabbi?