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  1. Peter Pilotto Wins Designer Fashion Fund. We Approve!

    Given that I was raving about Peter Pilotto the other day and how super excited we are for the launch of their Target line (with select pieces to be sold on Net-A-Porter), I was not particularly surprised to hear that the designer duo (Peter Pilotto and Chistopher de Vos), were named winners of the 2014 Designer Fashion Fund, sponsored by the British Fashion Council and Vogue.

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    Proud winners, Peter Pilotto and Christoper de Vos

    The editor of British Vogue was quoted saying “They have remained true to their vision of a print and colour-focused brand, but have managed to expand and grow the business to a level where they can now compete on an international stage. It’s a pleasure to be able to support them.”

    We’re in full agreement with Alex Shulman and are thrilled to see our current favourite designers receive some solid acknowledgment for their contribution to fashion. How proud we are that those boys are British! Seriously, you just have to check out the line of celebrity looks they’re responsible for to get a sense of how well they’re doing and how much attention their designs are getting. Which ones are your favourites..?

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    Sandra Bullock

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    Kerry Washington

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    Naomie Harris

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    Cate Blanchett

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    Kristen Stewart

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    Miranda Kerr

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  2. Fierce and furry fashion coat monsters

    We can think of nothing cosier and more fun than a bright furry coat to keep us warm this chilly January. Now we’re not talking Cruella Devillie’s REAL and exotic furs – tis not the season to skin live cute animals – but the fake and ethical variety looks pretty amazing.

    Mulberry brought monsters to the AW12 catwalk referencing the wonderful Where The Wild Things Are and there are some great furry gilets on the high street. Why not team a shaggy coat with skinny jeans and a gothic-style scarf for Kate Moss style chic or throw on a bright furry coat over your party dress for a rock and roll take on glamour?

    If you don’t fancy taking on this monster trend (or Sesame Street chic inspired by BluMarine), try a statement furry scarf or collar, which Peter Pilotto made us swoon over on their colourful catwalk. We loved Vogue’s December issue with its epic Pop Art feature, which included a fun take on fur coats.

    If like us you’re slightly crazy for a zigzag furry coat by Mulberry but have spent all your money on Christmas presents why not give our app a whirl. Just download Snap Fashion from the iTunes App Store, take a photo of the expensive coat and our super technology will find you the real deal and/or look-a-likes to suit your budget in seconds. Go and give it a try- you can even track sale prices to make sure you get the best bargains around!

    Big Bird was Blumarine’s furry inspiration, maybe?!

    For a toned-down take on Blumarine, try Topshop’s striking £250 bomber jacket with bright orange undertones

    If you don’t have a Mulberry furry gilet, hug a monster like Lindsey Wixson

    Amazing patchwork coat from Chelsea Girl just £55

    We adore this pink rock and roll furry jacket from Miss Selfridge – Just £65 and would look equally amazing with jeans and glitzy Christmas dress

    We loved Vogue’s colourful furry feature from its ‘Pop’ December edition

    Super furry scarfs at Peter Pilotto AW12

     

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  3. Christmas: Best fashion books

    Happy December! At Christmas, we live by the mantra ‘give fashionably’ but sometimes it’s hard to buy clothes for your nearest and dearest and this is where fashion books come in!

    While magazines are amazing (and a subscription is an awesome Christmas gift) we do love a stylish hardback. It looks great on a coffee table, makes for a great conversation starter and is a great reference book for your own style. Here are five of our favourites new out this year that we would love to find under the tree…friends take note!

    The one we’ve been waiting for. Grace by Grace Coddington.

    Simply called Kate. This is the definitive book about Kate Moss edited byFabien Baron, Jess Hallett and Jefferson Hack

    Give for the amazing retro cover and story of one of the sixties’ icons

    Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen, by Anne Deniau. Facinating.

    THE Vogue gift of this year

     Or of course you could go to an expensive Christmassy department store, take lots of photos then use our app to find high street copies for a designer-looking Christmas to suit your budget! www.snapfashion.co.uk

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  4. Vogue promotes healthier body image – yay!

    Good news girls! Vogue’s 19 international editors have made a pact to encourage a healthier approach to body image in the fashion industry in a fancy programme called The Health Initiative. This hopefully means less tiny hungry models on the catwalk.

    “As one of the fashion industry’s most powerful voices, Vogue has a unique opportunity to engage with relevant issues where we feel we can make a difference,” says UK Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman. It will reportedly “build on the successful work that the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the support of American Vogue in the US and the British Fashion Council (BFC) in the UK have already begun to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.”

    This is obviously really good news, but I am aware that plenty of top designers insist upon using super-skinny girls and as the fashion magazines and the BFC need a good relationship with all the best designers, the issue can be brushed aside. It is something that all parts of the fashion industry needs to embrace.

    To its credit, Vogue has vowed to “work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image” and to “be ambassadors for the message of healthy body image,” which is great. We’re not sure we will see a range of sizes in the fashion glossies on a regular basis any time soon but it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.

    The BFC wrapped up its Model Health Inquiry in 2007 and has a Model Programme to promote healthy models. There are now a bunch of recommendations in designers’ LFW contracts such as no under 16s on the catwalk, healthy food and drink to be available backstage and relaxation zones as well as a representative body for models…but these are recommendations and arguably more needs to be done to make sure we have healthy, happy models who are better role models for girls. It is arguably natural for designers to want to showcase their work on pretty girls (let’s not presume otherwise!) but this does not been that they have to be hungry-looking. After all, it is women of various shapes, sizes and ages who the fashion industry seeks to inspire and who buy the clothes.

    Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman, says: “Vogue believes that good health is beautiful. Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the wellbeing of their readers.”

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  5. Style Crush: Riley Keough

    I’ll be honest. I hadn’t really taken much notice Riley Keough before, but it turns out that she’s Elvis’ granddaughter, a face of Dior, Victoria’s Secret model and an actress…which leads me to think –  why not and where have I been?! A little bit grungy and a lot glam, she’s definitely worthy of a style crush.

    Wearing Dolce & Gabbana with a Prada jacket from the SS12 collections

    Sixties siren for Vogue Korea 2005

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    Leopard lady!

    With Dakota Fanning at The Runaways premiere

    For Dior

    Super cute!

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  6. Scarlett Johansson for Vogue: May cover

    Who doesn’t love Scarlett Johansson’s retro style? Legendary photographer Mario Testino has captured Scarlett in sumptuous Art Deco surroundings for Vogue magazine at a time when we are all gaga for Gucci and The Great Gastby’s 1920s glamour. The only disappointment is the predictable sugary pastel cover…why?!

    We will also take this opportunity to reminisce over a previous amazing Vogue Paris shoot. Ooh la la!

    One of my favourite images in recent years I think!

    What is more 1920s glam than a dangerous spotty kitty?!

    Sexy in Prada

    Why the sugary pastels after such a strong editorial? Are you a fan?

    Such a sexy shoot from the past. Scarlett is a great hair chameleon

    And again!

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  7. Ooh la la! French Vogue goes English

    Parlez vous anglais? Well, oui actually. You can now read the ever so chic French Vogue in English. Voila – hours of extra fashion happiness. But only some of the content will be in English, so we can gleefully continue to play guess the content and put our school French to good use. To be fair, ‘Le look book de jour’ and ‘Linda Evangelista pour Chanel’ is pretty easy to translate – we’re almost fluent ;)

    Who better to launch the new version of the site than our Kate?

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  8. First look: Adele’s Vogue cover

    Adele is on the cover of Vogue. She looks great but surprise, surprise it’s a close-up so we don’t see her figure (like most Vogue covers), which makes it look more lifestyle than fashion mag if you ask us.

    In my humble opinion it’s a particular shame given Karl Lagerfeld’s recent misjudged comments, (we hope Adele got looks of Chanel as a sorry gift). Whatever, her makeup and hair look amazing. Go Adele!

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