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Since showing his first collection back in 1997 fashion designer Matthew Williamson became a house hold name almost instantly, with strong celebrity followers such as Cat Deeley. Williamson was almost solely responsible for helping to create Sienna Miller’s boho luxe look back in the early 00s, which helped launch her acting career.

Even though Williamson has a barrage of fashion collaborations such as Butterfly by Matthew Williamson – which is sold in high street chain Debenhams – and diffusion lines (stateside) such as Matthew Williamson for Impulse which is sold exclusively in Macy’s New York, we have not yet been introduced to a UK-based diffusion line that is so clearly missing from the market. But do not despair as this time around Williamson’s latest launch MW Matthew Williamson will be sold solely via online retailers

The MW Matthew Williamson collection consists of Williamson’s  iconic prints alongside sexy yet serene embellishments with sophisticated styles. Williamson has stated that it is “… for having fun in”, which is reflected in the youthful and playful pieces.

Currently the line consists of three current looks which include a leopard print bubble sleeve belted coat, knotted detail maxi dress and jersey polo neck body top which are available to purchase now online at from as little as £122! What a bargain indeed.


XFactor latest: Simon Cowell sacks Cheryl Cole from U.S. show


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It seems her championing mentor Simon Cowell has done a complete 360 on Cheryl Cole. Just months after he gushed over ‘America falling in love with her’, he has taken back his words – and his job  – advocating ex-Pussy Cat, and solo artist Nicole Scherzinger as head judge on the U.S. panel of the X Factor.

The drop was said to have come for two reason’s, mainly because he feared that the American audiences were not engaging and understanding of Cole’s Geordie accent very well, but secondly because their seemed to be no real ‘chemistry’ between the females in the team; namely Cole and Paula Abdul.

This must come as a complete blow to Cole as not only had Cowell pushed for her to move to L.A. and be in the line up for his judging team, but after her year in turmoil (her divorce and malaria scare) she must be left reeling by the result.

So what is to come of Cole? Of course audiences would love to see her back on the U.K. show, but this may not be a possibility since N-Dubz singer Tulisa has already been lined up to take her part.

And what of Steve Jones? His co-presenter status may also be up in the air, as if the U.S. cannot understand a northern lass, then how on earth will they understand the Welsh? Hmm, I would not like to be Simon Cowell right now…


Kate Middleton crashes REISS website

It seems the Duchess of Cambridge can do no wrong.

The Duchess of Cambridge in REISS, Prince William, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

The Duchess of Cambridge in REISS, Prince William, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

Fresh back from her honeymoon with Prince William, she was positively  glowing and bronzed on her first official engagement to meet the US President Barack Obama and his wife, the First Lady, Michelle. But no sooner had she stepped in the room the press call photographers swamped them with photographs which were then quickly uploaded to the web. Moments later it was announced that Kate was, in fact, wearing yet another REISS creation – this time the SHOLA dress.

Since that moment REISS have been fighting back their switchboards offering both UK and US contacts to try to help consumers get their hands on their perfect size. The website crashed almost instantaneously, following with at least 3 more crashes in under 24 hours. At one point the company were selling a dress a minute and have seen their fan base grow by 11%.

This isn’t the first time however that Kate has sent REISS into pandemonium. When her engagement pictures were shot last year, the famous fashion photographer Mario Testino, allegedly helped her pick out the cream origami effect shift dress which then meant -as it was a frugal buy years before – that REISS had to reinstate the dress into their – then current – autumn/winter collection due to popular demand.

It seems that now, no matter what the Duchess choses to wear, just like Princess Diana herself, she will forever be a style icon…

The Royal Wedding: promo shoots

Kate and Wills

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So, firstly apologies for no blogging for the past few days; I myself have been caught up in the Royal Wedding bubble calling in, prepping and making sure I have everything I need for celebrities I am either styling, or helping to style for TV promo’s (such as the gorgeous and very down-to-earth, Amanda Byram) or making sure that stars such as Fearne Cotton have a fabulous range of a very amazing vintage jewellery brand to hand.

Yesterday, however, I was trawling around town with ITV (USA) who were filming Amanda Byram for TV promo’s of the Royal Wedding. This included a stint at milliners Lock & Co. trying on hats; finding the most fabulous cocktails at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel (such as the Royal Blush), and then onto a wedding dress shop to talk to an expert wedding planner. Amanda will then go on to film several other promos before presenting alongside American male co-hosts live from the ITV studios next Friday for American channel TLC, bringing you – and America (this will be streamed live in Times Square) – the best coverage around on Wills & Kate’s forthcoming nuptials.

As that may be potentially defamatory or slanderous – others channels may well provide amazing coverage too(!) – then I would also like to exclusively reveal that Stylist-at-Large has also been asked to appear on TV, for news channel France24, to comment on Kate Middleton’s jewellery on the day – this will be between 10.30-11am so if you can live stream or pick the channel up on Sky, tune in and let me know what you think, as I am completely petrified of appearing and saying the wrong thing!

Lastly I met the most fabulous wedding expert yesterday – he has lots of inside news on the Royal Wedding day and what’s happening in and around Buckingham Palace. All will be revealed later…

New York Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg A/W 11

The saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ and it seems designer Diane von Furstenberg is going by that rule.  Her latest collection titled, ‘American Legends’ stayed true to her winning formula of easy, sexy wearable clothes, with a shot of colour and a dash of exuberant print.

Diane von Furstenberg A/W 11

Diane von Furstenberg A/W 11

There was a cowboy feel to Diane’s latest offering, with gaucho-pants, fringed poncho-jackets and knee-boots, and the Wild West theme continued in bolero hats, loose peasant blouses and sash belts.

Star motifs and fringing were a common occurrence and the striking colour palette of black burnt orange, aquamarine and gold seemed to reference American Indian culture.  Of course the wrap dress returned, in an array of exciting new prints and the whole collection was accessorised with stacked bangles, oversized retro sunglasses and a powerful, dark red lip.

In amongst the print and draping, there were colour blocked outfits in green, red and blue and Diane, along with her creative director Yvan Mispelaere, finished the show with some dramatic evening wear; floor length sequin gowns in the same colours.

As the designers walked down the runway, Diane looked chic in a printed dress and sunglasses; were they a fashion statement, or to hide a pair of black eyes from her recent and almost fatal skiing accident?  Whatever the reason, it’s clear that this lady is not going anywhere.

View Diane von Furstenberg’s A/W 111 collection here

By Vanessa Woodgate

Topshop launches Sandstorm make-up collection

After the success of the launch of their own in-house make-up brand a few seasons back; Topshop have come back with this all new limited edition Sandstorm collection.

Topshop Sandstorm eye shadow

Topshop Sandstorm eye shadow

This capsule trend collection comprises of nine solid products including four individual must-have nail polishes (£5 each), which can also be brought in duo sets; metallic mousse eyeshadow, which is hard-wearing and durable (£8) and a selection of gloss’, lip shades, eye compacts and blushers.

Priced from £5-£12, this affordable array of make-up will start to filter into stores from mid-February through to March, and dependant on sales may become a solid part of their already growing make-up empire.

The look is centred on Sandstorm colours, iridescent of the Nevada desert and based on the ‘Burning Man’ Festival. Topshop’s Senior Designer, Lizzie Dawson was “inspired by the eclectic mix of sun bleached neons and tarnished, dusty metallics that create the landscape of the festival. I wanted this to translate into a unique and experimental mini spin-off trend range for the make-up collection, one that embodied the essence of S/S 11. The end result is a collection of one-off formulas in contrasting colours and textures that encapsulate the experimental, festival vibe.”

I would highly recommend the collection for festivals, as the long-lasting, smudge-effect means you won’t have to keep reapplying throughout your stay; and with prices so low you can afford to stock up.


Asos to launch transactional store on Facebook

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Online fashion e-tailer Asos has annouced this week that it is set to launch a transactional fashion shop to go live on Facebook tomorrow (January 27, 2011). The company will be the first in Europe to sell products via the social network, and are set to send Facebook into a viral spin after its surge in sales in the US.

Launched in 2000, Asos, or As Seen On Screen – as it was first known, has turned over huge profits every quarter, and even when Britain hit the slum of a recession, Asos were one fo the only online retailers still making large profits.

After the launch of its US website last October Asos sales increased rapidly to 267 per cent for the first quarter (up to December 31), which means that US sales increased by over double the amount of UK sales did when they first launched (initially started on around 100 per cent).

Asos have stated ‘that millions of its users already interact with its website through Facebook’, and attract over 11 million unique visitors per month.

James Hart, Asos’ e-commerce director, added: (Asos’) “Facebook Store will allow them to do this directly through Facebook.” So, in theory this will be a much more viable link for everyone…