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Italian  fashion designer Giorgio Armani reveals he is a great admirer of Kate Middleton’s sense of fashion and is looking forward to see her choice of outfit for her wedding with Prince William.

Armani, who will design Charlene Wittstock’s wedding dress when she marries Monaco’s Prince Albert in July, admits Middleton is “so discreet and straightforward and is highly aware of fashion trends”.

“She will have all the time in the world to become fully integrated into her new role and choose the most sophisticated and precious dresses and outfits for official occasions,” femalefirst quoted Armani as saying.

In the same vein, Karl Lagerfeld has described her as”Better for the generation to come,” he told WWD. “She is very different from Princess Diana, and seems a very well-balanced and a happy person. She is chic in a way the position needs. Let’s wait and see.”

And, although she may not have royal blood, Lagerfeld asserts that Middleton bears a striking resemblance to another European royal: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. “Like a younger sister,” he commented, adding that she is both “beautiful and elegant”.

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Queen of retail therapy walks the high street favourites in order to find out how the ‘fast retail stores’ can offer us, shoppers, a truly enjoyable experience. Primark, H&M, Zara and New Look are just the first ones the Iron Lady of the Retail targets in her first episode of ‘Mary Portas: Secret Shopper’.

Enjoy it!

River Island has definitely done its homework related to this Spring/Summer Collection. Bold colours? dungarees? earthy colours? harem pants? wide legged jeans? They have them all and more…If you are also curious on what else do they want to treat you with this season, here is the preview video!

A flurry of bold colours, floral prints, shorts, skirts and dungarees plus white beach comber are just the start.

Don forget sheer fabrics are a must-have, just be sure to layer properly. Same applies to dungarees.. They are officially back again this season and further more than your baby’s Oshkosh stripped ones…! Printed versions compete with the easy to work denim pair.

If you are a fan of Primark’s approach to the latest catwalk trends, don’t worry, Mister, there are plenty of treats also for you…

Hooded trench £19 due in store beg. Dec, Jog shorts £9 due in store mid Dec, 100% cotton pique polo £8 due in store end of Dec

Fine gauge striped cardigan £12 due in store beg. Jan, Striped slim fit crew neck £4 due in store beg. Jan, Flat front chino £8 beg. Jan

2 pocket button jacket £19 due in store beg. Jan, Stripe slim fit crew neck £4 due in store beg. May, Tick stripe chino £10 due in store March.

Summer suit jacket £30 due in store end Jan, Slim fit formal shirt £6 due in store mid Jan, Twin pack slim fit tie £4 due in store mid Jan, Chino short £5 due in store mid Jan.

 

*All images are courtesy of Primark PR Shots

Ready, steady…goooooooooooo!! From late January the Primark’s SS11 collection will be flooding the retailer’s stores, yay!!

Newest arrivals reflect many of the forthcoming seasons must have’s including the 70′s: wide legged jumpsuits, platform heeled shoes, cork wedgies, straw pamelas and tons of covetable handbags!.

Floral and nautical themes remain popular in SS11 and with many collections including crochet fabrics. If you already dreaming of this year’s holidays or simply counting down the days to that festival, keep an eye on the below inspirational outfits!

Colour palette for this range goes from nautical staples red, navy blue and white, to trendy Earthy tones. British witty sense humour is also present with the cute pale blue number on the left!

More beach prints, exchange Brighton’s views for shells on this ruffle trimmed dress.

3 Colours Rule is presenting the Style me Happy Fashion Show, a charity event for the benefit of women & children.

The fashion event will help breakthrough women look & feel amazing, happy by providing FREE styling, attire, pampering & a network of support to help them thrive in life.

Added to that, all the financial donations will be given to NSPCC to help children in need. It will be a day of fashion revamping followed by a fashion catwalk with music performers, goodies, prizes and more surprises. For a night out not like any other come with your friends to have a good time and help us raise funds for NSPCC

With an unbeatable agenda, this is one of those events you can’t miss!

• Fashion catwalk
• Complimentary drinks & canapés reception
• Goody bag
• Music & dance performers
• Celebrity guests
• Raffle & prizes to be won

What? Style me Happy Fashion Show

When? Sat, 29-Jan-11 — Sun, 30-Jan-11 Time: 17:00 — 03:00

Where? The Gallery in Redchurch Street, 50 Redchurch Street London London E2 7PD

Phone. 02030167811

Tube Station: Shoreditch High Street

Who? Flavilla Fongang flavilla@3coloursrule.com

How much? 20.00 GBP Click here to Register

MANGO unfolds its softest colour chart for the summer season: nude and pastel colours combined among themselves, with vibrant swatches of colours like green and red.

The Spanish brand -tight competitor for Zara, proposes modest hemlines, gorgeous muted shades and unexpected strokes of acid colours, giving a main role to coral pink, jade green and refreshing lemon yellow. All from a 70s perspective that brings back down to the streets flare trousers, cork wedgies, hair bands and tons of flowery garments.

If you are yet looking for a more down to Earth outfit, take a look at their last weekly arrivals, you’ll find beauties as the following!

Last September, British designer Giles Deacon returned to the London catwalk, having shown in Paris for the past two seasons. In 2009, he was recipient of France’s ANDAM award. Worth €160,000 (£134,000), it is backed by the French National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, LVMH, Gucci Group, the Pierre Bergé Society and Longchamp, among others, hence the move. Having landed the job at Ungaro, however, it now makes sense to take his signature line back to London – and very welcome it is too.

However, Deacon is best known for his playful designs and his collaboration with High Street retailer New Look. Deacon was employed by the fashion houses Bottega Veneta and Gucci, before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003. He launched his first collection for GILES at the 2004 London Fashion Week and was named “Best New Designer” at the British Fashion Awards. Deacon’s designs have been met with critical acclaim and have sparked a renewed interest in London fashion.

So if you either want to know what the so-called new Brit terrible enfant is to bring to your local shopping spot or if you just ever dreamt of seeing a prime line fashion show behind the scenes, thanks to New Look we are able to know the inner side of organizing a boombastic fashion show.

Make yourself comfortable and enjoy it!!

Nearly reaching an end, sales are still hitting London hard. So if you want to make the most of this weekend, take note and don miss any of them!

If watering forecast locks you at home, you can always spoil yourself with a bit of click on, buy it therapy. House of Fraser is offering mass attracting discounts up to 50% in all your online purchases. Among best findings this Pied a Terre cuttie, which was 50 pounds and now is just at 12!!! We all need a white staple blouse, and this one would not only rocket your style but help you to conceal the Xmas excesses in your arms ;D

What about finally setting your hands on the omnipresent jean shirt? This is a winning choice, also from HoF: just £9.60…Talking about trends, really need to stick to this Therapy All lace blouse, with an unbeatable price and even better style.

If feeling more in tweed and corduroy mood or simply want to add a little bit of American chic to your wardrobe, take a look at the best Under £120 selection by Polo Ralph Lauren UK. I am 100% in love with this Ruffle-ish treat!

For those purely British, steal a little bit of the national most sought after coats and shoes, by L.K.Bennett. As you are already there, don be lazy and take a sneak peek at their ‘This week must have‘ section, it never let you down!

Finally and still at your comfy sofa, Jaeger celebrates the end of its sales with an extra 20% off their already downed by 70% stock! What are you waiting for? Last chance this Sunday, 16th of January…Try to be lucky enough to hang one of their remaining Slimline Double Breasted Coats

The V&A is to host the first UK exhibition of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto,one of the world’s most influential fashion designers.

The installation-based retrospective takes place 30 years after his Paris debut and will feature over 80 garments spanning Yamamoto’s career. The exhibition will explore the work of a designer who has challenged, provoked and inspired the fashion world. The retrospective is designed by Yamamoto’s long-term collaborator Masao Nihei.

Follow here exhibition curator, Ligaya Salazar, as she documents the evolution of the exhibition and offers an insight into the research, design and installation process.

From 12 March – 10 July 2011, the V&A will present the retrospective, conceived as a site-specific installation with its core in Gallery 38 and small interventions throughout the V&A, Yamamoto’s menswear collections will be included in the display of his work for the first time. Each space will take its own meaning within the narrative of the exhibition which explores Yohji Yamamoto’s design world.

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