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02nd June 2015

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Boot-tights reach UK shores

Boot-tights reach UK shores
After becoming a big hit in the US, a UK business woman has brought an ingenious leg wear invention across the pond to assist in boot-related dilemmas.

When wearing boots, many women may struggle with slippery tights or socks that roll down, however a new invention called Bootights may solve this problem.

The hosiery is simply a pair of tights with socks built in, and has been brought to Britain by Joanne Darbost, after spotting the product on the Oprah Winfrey chat show in the US.

Fans of do-it-yourself fashion can take a pair of their comfy ankle socks and attach them to black leggings or footless tights to create their own pair of Bootights.

Brits heading to festivals this summer can use this latest invention to ensure they stay comfy in boots or wellies.

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Cher Lloyd celebrates 18th in wool tights

Cher Lloyd celebrates 18th in wool tights
Cher Lloyd showed off an elegant grown-up look at her 18th birthday celebrations, silencing critics of her individual style.

The young singer wore a black mini-dress accompanied by a pair of black ribbed wool tights and black ankle socks.

Her hair was shaved at one side, while the other half was teased into long flowing curls.

After coming fourth on last year's X Factor, Cher Lloyd has become famous for her unique urban style and confidence.

She is currently promoting her debut single Swagger Jagger, which was released on July 31st.

To celebrate, Cher played in front of 70,000 people on Sunday at the Radio Aire Party in the Park event in Temple Newsam, Leeds.

Headlining the free outdoor show were Example, The Wanted, Olly Murs and JLS.

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Gossip Girl stylist launches new hosiery line

Gossip Girl stylist launches new hosiery line
Gossip Girl head stylist Eric Daman has launched a new catwalk collaboration with DKNY for its autumn fashion collection.

The man behind Blake Lively and Leighton Meester's TV wardrobes has created his own line of tights and over-the-knee stockings.

Among the eight-piece hosiery range are a pair of black lacy floral tights, grey knee-length stockings and ribbed wool tights in preparation for colder weather.

In an interview with WWD, Eric Daman said: "Tights have really become part of a woman's wardrobe.

"It gives a character like Blair [played by Leighton Meester] life when she's wearing a pencil skirt with distressed rib tights. It gives her look something special."

Eric Daman has worked on various high profile TV shows, such as the Sex and the City series.

He has also made guest appearances on America's Next Top Model and MTV reality show The City.

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Robyn Lawley confident in stockings for Vogue shoot

Robyn Lawley confident in stockings for Vogue shoot
Vogue Australia has, for the first time ever, allowed its cover to be graced with a plus-sized model, in the form of Robyn Lawley.

Robyn was pictured looking glamorous in a military hat, while inside she appeared seductive in black stockings and low denier tights.

The ten-piece feature article in September's issue, entitled Belle Curve, showed the 22-year-old model's curvaceous figure dressed in 50s inspired classic looks, accompanied by striking red lipstick.

Size 14 Robyn Lawley said in a recent interview with Models.com that she feels designers are becoming more accustomed to fitting women of different shapes and sizes.

However, she joins only a select few plus-size models who have been selected to feature in glossy magazine recently.

This includes fellow size 14 model Crystal Ren, who graced the cover of Vogue Mexico in April this year.

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Kim Kardashian left exposed in see-through leggings

Kim Kardashian left exposed in see-through leggings
Kim Kardashian revealed a little too much of her famously curvaceous figure yesterday as she left a work out session in Los Angeles.

The US reality TV star was photographed wearing see-through black leggings and a low-cut black vest leaving Barry's Bootcamp.

Ahead of her wedding to Kris Humphries on August 20th, Kim Kardashian has been stepping up her regular gym visits to ensure she is body confident for her big day.

Kim has silenced the rumours surrounding who will be designing her much anticipated wedding dress this week, revealing that close friend Vera Wang will be responsible.

On her blog Kim wrote: "We had talked about this moment for years, so when it came to picking my wedding dress designer she was the first person I thought of."

Vera Wang was also responsible for designing Kim's sister Khloe's wedding gown in 2009.

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Leona Lewis pairs black tights with peep-toe shoes

Leona Lewis pairs black tights with peep-toe shoes
Leona Lewis has been photographed by the Daily Mail heading to a meeting with her record label Sony, in a sophisticated girly outfit.

The former X Factor star wore a black pleated dress, accompanied by low-denier black tights with peep-toe platform heels, to create a professional and ladylike look.

This week's meeting was reportedly to discuss the launch of Leona Lewis' new single Collide, which is due for release on September 4th.

Leona has revealed that her latest track is a summer song which has a very positive romantic vibe to it.

While back in the UK, the singer's love life has been under the spotlight, after she recently dined at celebrity hotspot Nobu with her boyfriend Dennis Jauch.

The pair have been dating for over a year but try to keep their relationship out of the public eye.

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Rihanna parties in red fishnet tights

Rihanna parties in red fishnet tights
Rihanna celebrated the annual Kadooment Day on her home island of Barbados this week, by dancing among the crowds on a float.

The 23-year-old singer wore a jewel-encrusted bikini, accompanied by red fishnet tights and matching garter belt, to commemorate the occasion which marks the end of the harvest season.

She was pictured energetically dancing with the members of the huge crowd, proving that the official tourism ambassador for Barbados is a big hit on the island.

Earlier this week, Rihanna hit the UK headlines, as rumours suggested that she could have a starring role in the new series of the X Factor.

After performing live on the show last year, the S&M singer will reportedly be part of the Boot Camp stage of the competition to decide who makes it through to the judge's houses.

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Dakota Fanning combines tights and shorts while filming

Dakota Fanning combines tights and shorts while filming
Dakota Fanning has taken to the rainy streets of London this week as she takes on one of her toughest roles yet.

The teenage star was spotted sheltering from the drizzly weather in black tights, denim shorts and Converse trainers, while filming her latest movie Now Is Good.

Sporting a cropped blonde wig, Dakota plays a terminally ill teenager who makes a list of everything she would like to do before she dies, including losing her virginity.

Based on the book Before I Die by British author Jenny Downham, the film follows the tumultuous relationships between Dakota's character Tessa, her parents and her love interest, English actor Jeremy Irvine.

Fellow Brits Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams have also signed up to the movie and are believed to be playing Dakota Fanning's parents, who find it difficult to allow their daughter to experience life's adventures in such a short time.

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UK celebrates first National Underwear Day

UK celebrates first National Underwear Day
The UK celebrated undergarments last week, prompting the nation's men and women to re-assess their wardrobes.

On August 5th the UK staged its first ever National Underwear Day, launched by retailer Marks and Spencer.

M&S encouraged people across the UK to sift through their top drawers to consider whether their underwear really fits them and to question if it offered the right level of comfort and support.

The retailer also urged Brits to treat themselves to new lingerie and flattering underwear solutions, to help the public to be more body confident.

Women across the country took part by wearing their best underwear to work or in the house.

While this was the first time the UK has celebrated this day, annual events are already held in countries such as the US and Brazil.

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Socks block pipes, find engineers

Socks block pipes, find engineers
The answer to where all those missing items of footwear go to might have finally been solved, after drainage engineers in the UK revealed the shocking truth about what lives in the nation's pipes.

Figures released by home emergency company HomeServe showed that engineers pulled more than 5,000 pairs of socks and pants from pipes last year, making these garments the fifth most common cause of blockages.

"You'd be surprised at some of the things I have found whilst servicing blocked pipes and drains over the years," said Steve Bailey, a HomeServe engineer working in Liverpool.

"I once discovered a quarter of a chicken stuck in the U-bend of a toilet causing it to overflow."

It follows reports in the Lynn News that a company in Norfolk is preparing to send men's socks to the military after winning a £1.6 million contract.

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The National gives sock video the toes up

The National gives sock video the toes up
A filmmaker and musician has won top prize in a competition, with a little help from his footwear.

C F Meister's entry into a music video contest for The National's song Exile Vilify was victorious, and featured the world's saddest sock puppet, MSNBC.com reports.

The competition was sponsored by Valve, the games developer behind the successful Portal franchise, and attracted 300 entries in the space of a month.

Mr Meister's effort, which follows the journey of a sad sock puppet through a variety of landscapes, landed him an Eastwood guitar signed by the band.

Recently, Patch.com reported that youngsters at the Bloomingdale Library in New York have taken part in the fifth annual Stupid Sock Creatures Workshop, with creations based on a popular children's book by John Murphy.

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US takes tights tips from Kate Middleton

US takes tights tips from Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge is contributing to a renaissance in sheer leg wear over in the US, it seems.

According to fashion writers across the pond, sheer hosiery is coming back into fashion thanks to it being spotted on glamorous European socialites like Kate Middleton and Carla Bruni.

Angela Hawkins, general manager of hosiery brands at HanesBrands, said she thinks the Duchess looks "polished and sophisticated" and this will have an impact on hosiery sales abroad.

"We frequently see trends emanating from Europe and this should be no different," she said.

"There has been a slow but steady increase in younger women wearing sheer hosiery, or as they say in the UK, sheer tights."

Speculation has been rife recently that Kate Middleton may already be expecting her first child, although the royal couple have not confirmed or denied this.

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Black socks on Tinie Tempah's backstage demands

Black socks on Tinie Tempah's backstage demands
Rappers are known for their often outrageous lists of rider requests, so perhaps it's refreshing that Tinie Tempah rocks it backstage a little more modestly than most.

The British chart-topper's demands for the Ultrasound Music Festival in Tamworth this September included two pairs of black men's socks (size eight), a packet of Yorkshire Tea, some water and five Pot Noodles.

Additionally, Mr Tempah requests confectionary in the shape of snakes and a copy of the Sun in his backstage kit - with bottles of wine and Jack Daniels being the most rock 'n' roll things on the list.

The 22-year-old, perhaps most famous for his number one singles Pass Out and Written in the Stars, took a number of accolades at the South Bank Awards, Brit Awards and Ivor Novello Awards this year.

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Gossip Girl guru launching tights range

Gossip Girl guru launching tights range
Eric Daman, the costume designer for TV's Gossip Girl who is behind some of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester's most successful outfits, is teaming up with DKNY to launch a new range of legwear.

A new line of tights and over the knee stockings by the style guru will be launched in DKNY's autumn catalogue, and in an interview with fashion site WWD he revealed that he understands just how important legwear is.

"What we try to do in Gossip Girl is lots of texture," he told the publication.

"It makes the characters come alive. It gives a character like Blair life when she's wearing a pencil skirt with distressed rib tights."

It was recently revealed that Connor Paolo, who plays Blake Lively's on-screen brother Eric in the show, will be exiting to star in ABC thriller Revenge this autumn.

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Peter Jones: Stripy socks impressed royalty

Peter Jones: Stripy socks impressed royalty
Nobody is quite sure what makes a successful entrepreneur, but in the case of Dragon Peter Jones, it seems what he wears on his feet gives him a bit of an edge.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 45-year-old tycoon said he has always worn novelty socks, and his stripy footwear has become something of a "trademark", even though his staff consider them to be the "height of bad taste".

"When I met the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Kensington Palace, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show them off," he told the newspaper.

"Much to my surprise, Prince Philip lifted his trouser legs to reveal his own pair."

A new series of Dragons' Den recently began on BBC2, with the departure of James Caan seeing the introduction of Bolton-born Hilary Devey to the den.

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Thousands of illegal socks detained in Bulgaria

Thousands of illegal socks detained in Bulgaria
Customs officials in Bulgaria have extended the long leg of the law to thousands of items of illicit foot wear, which were en route in a van travelling from Turkey to Poland.

Officers at Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the Turkish border recovered 22 undeclared plastic bags containing a total of 5,280 pairs of men's socks - every one of them contraband, Sofia News Agency reports.

The smugglers are allegedly involved in the illegal traffic of autumn clothing, and the socks shipment is believed to have been a test to check how vigilant authorities are being during the height of summer holiday traffic.

According to a recent survey by HomeServe, more than 5,000 pairs of socks and pants were recovered from the UK's pipe systems last year, meaning there may be more than one way for hosiery to travel undetected.

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Elle Fanning rehearses in white tights

Elle Fanning rehearses in white tights
Elle Fanning was spotted taking a break from her ballet lesson this weekend, in photographs from the Daily Mail.

The 13-year-old actress looked graceful in white tights, black leotard and floral shorts, as she drank a bottle of water outside her California class.

In 2010, Elle was able to demonstrate her dance skills in the movie The Nutcracker in 3D. While it failed to make an impression on audiences, she has clearly not taken this to heart and continues to practice her ballet.

The younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning can be seen in cinemas this summer playing the lead role in sci-fi thriller Super 8.

Produced by Stephen Spielberg and directed by Star Trek filmmaker JJ Abrams, the story follows a group of friends in Ohio who witness a traumatic train crash, which is followed by a series of unusual disappearances.

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Men's underwear helps beat the bulge

Men's underwear helps beat the bulge
A new clothing collection for men has been designed to help them to beat the bulge and suck in their beer bellies.

Inspired by women's body forming Spank knickers, the men's underwear range from Asda now includes Bodysculpt trunks to accompany its Bodysculpt vest, which was launched in 2009.

Nicknamed 'Manx', the underpants promise to smooth out love handles, lift and firm male buttocks and suck in excess belly fat.

"We know some guys worry about unmanageable body wobbles just as much as women do, so why not offer them a little helping hand to look their best too?" claimed Heather Moreton, men's clothes manager for the supermarket chain.

Control underwear has become a popular staple for many women to help them to create a slimmer silhouette and smooth unwanted curves, while it has also been immortalised on screen in the Bridget Jones movies.

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Sock drive raises money for cancer patients

Sock drive raises money for cancer patients
A charity in the US has opted to sell clothing to help raise money for rural cancer patients and survivors, The Norwood Post has reported.

The Caring Friends group is hoping to raise funds by selling socks for $20 (£12.14) per pair.

Francie Smiles, event organiser and resource coordinator at the San Juan Cancer Center, which also runs the charity group, told the newspaper that the socks are all "crazy-striped and multi-coloured".

Ms Smiles claimed that this was to show the importance of enjoying life and always maintaining a sense of humour.

The charity is hoping to raise $50,000 (£30,388) to help give rural cancer patients things like petrol money and food, as well as social trips away.

In its fifth year of operation, the San Juan Cancer Center provides care for residents in seven counties across south-western Colorado.

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Daniel Radcliffe's girlfriend spotted in leggings

Daniel Radcliffe's girlfriend spotted in leggings
Daniel Radcliffe was spotted earlier this week hand in hand with his girlfriend Rosanne Coker as they strolled down a New York sidewalk.

Brunette Rosanne was dressed in a casual long purple vest top and a pair of black leggings, accompanied by flip flops.

Gripping her hand tightly to protect her from the media glare, this was the first time that the pair have been spotted out together, despite reports that they have been dating for a year now.

Rosanne Coker, who is a 22-year-old painter and decorator's daughter, first met Daniel Radcliffe when she worked as a production assistant on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in 2007.

The young couple worked together on the last three Harry Potter films as well as Radcliffe's more grown up film The Woman in Black, which is due for release next year.

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Radio 4's fridge full of socks?

Radio 4's fridge full of socks?
Radio 4 staff have been faced with a conundrum of late, concerning who is storing odd items in the office fridge.

As well as the usual milk and packed lunches, journalists and production staff have found socks and tights on numerous occasions, according to the Daily Mail.

Other weird contents include a biography of Benjamin Disraeli, however socks have become the most recent problem.

Staff have reportedly sent emails round and left notes to try and get to the bottom of this legwear mystery, however the culprit is yet to be found.

While storing these items of clothing in the work fridge may be deemed inappropriate, many women keep tights in fridges at home to reduce the risk of laddering.

By freezing tights they can last longer and are less likely to catch on furniture and start to unravel.

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Chantelle Houghton celebrates birthday in PVC leggings

Chantelle Houghton celebrates birthday in PVC leggings
Chantelle Houghton celebrated her 28th birthday this weekend by taking two friends and her boyfriend to celebrity restaurant Nobu in London's Mayfair area.

The former reality TV star wore black PVC leggings, a white vest top and peep-toe heels, as she clung on to her partner Alex Reid's arm as they left the exclusive eatery.

Holding a Chanel tote bag, onlookers would be forgiven for forgetting that the blonde only shot to fame five years ago, after being the first non-famous person to ever appear on Celebrity Big Brother.

Also dining at Nobu was comedian David Walliams, who was celebrating his 40th birthday a few tables away from Chantelle.

He was joined by a host of well-known faces, including Natalia Imbruglia, Holly Valance, Noel Gallagher, Jonathon Ross and new X Factor judge Gary Barlow.

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Rihanna bares her legs in fishnet tights

Rihanna bares her legs in fishnet tights
Rihanna took to the stage this weekend as part of a memorable duet with Eminem at the V Festival in Staffordshire.

The singer performed in a Union Jack top, denim shorts and fishnet tights on the Virgin Media stage, playing a host of tracks including Umbrella, Don't Stop the Music and dance hit Only Girl (In the World).

After singing earlier in the day she appeared back on stage that evening to join Eminem to perform their international number one hit Love the Way You Lie.

Eminem played a fast-paced set with early songs such as My Name Is and Stan, before bringing out modern tracks from his most recent album.

Other acts to perform over the weekend included Tinie Tempah, N-Dubz, Plan B and the Arctic Monkeys.

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Mary Portas reveals new hosiery selection

Mary Portas reveals new hosiery selection
Mary Portas has launched her own fashion store inside House of Fraser on Oxford Street, which promises to specialise in grown-up clothes for style-conscious women.

Among her collection, Mary has a selection of hosiery, including opaque tights and black lace tights to complement some of her more daring looks.

These include a leather dress and a snake-skin printed long sleeve smock, which are meant to cater towards the fashionable over-40s market.

She described the store as "for women who are old enough to know who they are and what they want".

Mary Portas is a former fashion PR and Harrods shop girl, who has since risen to national fame starring in various Channel 4 series such as Mary Queen of Shops.

Earlier this year David Cameron sought help from the style entrepreneur to assist in revitalising the British High Street.

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Rose Byrne sparkles in star leggings

Rose Byrne sparkles in star leggings
Rose Byrne has been photographed picking up a coffee in New York's East Village neighbourhood wearing a vintage-inspired outfit.

Fashion critics have been quick to praise her stylish black leggings, which contained a bold white star pattern and were accompanied by a grey bicycle print t-shirt.

She accessorised the outfit with a colourful straw bag and classic black ballerina pumps, creating an effortlessly cool look.

Rose has recently appeared in the summer comedy Bridesmaids, as well as blockbuster film X-Men: First Class, where she played the role of Moira MacTaggert.

While the film was a critical and commercial hit both in the US and the UK, she has recently admitted in numerous interviews that she does not know whether her character will reprise her role for a possible sequel.

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Avril Lavigne designs own skater tights

Avril Lavigne designs own skater tights
Avril Lavigne has released her own clothing collection, which reflects her grunge skater style.

Among the designs are skull hoodies and graffiti-adorned t-shirts. These can be worn with her ripped patterned tights, which are sure to appeal to her teenage fans.

The clothing label has been named Abbey Dawn and can be seen at the upcoming New York Fashion Week, where Avril Lavigne fans can catch her range of dresses, denim, skirts, handbags, footwear, wallets and purses on the catwalk.

After first shooting to fame with the catchy track Sk8er Boi, the Canadian-born singer has since released popular tunes such as Girlfriend and What the Hell.

She has briefly appeared in US TV shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and feature films including Over the Hedge, where she voiced the character of Heather.

While being relatively unknown as a fashion designer, Avril Lavigne did in fact released a previous catwalk collection in 2009.

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Eve sings for charity in leather leggings

Eve sings for charity in leather leggings
Eve performed this week at the National Breast Cancer Coalition Benefit in New York, ahead of her much anticipated return to music.

The singer wore an eclectic mix of fabrics, pairing leather leggings with a denim bustier top, a floppy hat and bejewelled strappy sandals.

Her unusual legwear choice had a lycra top half, while from mid-thigh downwards her legs were clad in tight leather.

She sang some of her classic hits such as Tambourine and Who's That Girl at the gig, which she claimed was close to her heart, as her grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.

Eve is set to release her first album in nine years in 2012, which is entitled Lip Lock and is expected to follow the international success of her 2002 Eve-Olution record.

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Smuggler stopped at LAX with birds in socks

Smuggler stopped at LAX with birds in socks
People are stopped travelling through customs for all manner of unusual reasons, but the means employed by one passenger to smuggle rare birds through Los Angeles LAX Airport last week has caused a pretty big stir.

US Fish and Wildlife officers found two exotic birds stuffed into socks that were taped to a woman bound for China.

In what may go down in history as one of the strangest uses of flight socks during a journey, one of the birds was strapped to the woman's chest, while the other was found attached to her leg.

Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transport Security Administration, explained that the species of the birds was unknown. "It was just one of those weird things that happens at our checkpoints," he added.

Earlier this month, customs officials in Bulgaria uncovered more than 5,000 pairs of contraband men's socks at a checkpoint on the Turkish border, reports the Sofia News Agency.

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Sprinter Justin Gatlin suffers 'sock frostbite'

Sprinter Justin Gatlin suffers 'sock frostbite'
US sprinter and former Olympic Champion Justin Gatlin may be excused for his failure to qualify for the IAAF World Championships 100m final, owing to sore feet.

The runner arrived at the Daegu championships last week suffering frostbite on both feet, having undergone cryogenic chamber treatment with wet socks.

His exit from the South Korea event in the semi-finals will have been a bitter blow for the 2004 champion, who only returned to professional sprinting last year following a four-year doping ban.

Describing his frostbite ordeal, the 29-year-old explained: "You wake up at 9 o'clock in the morning in Orlando and it's already 90 degrees F.

"So we're already hot, drenched with sweat. Get in the booth, socks were wet, socks froze to me instantly."

Gatlin's heat was eventually won by Kim Collins, while the final saw Jamaican Yohan Blake pick up the gold medal, after fellow countryman and world record holder Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start.

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Nicki Minaj chooses childish cartoon socks

Nicki Minaj chooses childish cartoon socks
Nicki Minaj attempted to express her playful personality in a cartoon inspired outfit at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

The quirky singer wore an odd mix of pink colours and patterns complete with a bizarre face mask, white stockings and brightly coloured childlike socks.

Her layered look was topped off with a Japanese cuddly toy accessory and a candy coloured wig.

While Nicki Minaj may have taken extreme measures to stand out, the pastel pink and blue colours were also present on Katy Perry and other singers.

One star known for her fashion style is Beyonce, who also took this opportunity to tell the world that she was pregnant with her first child.

The Crazy in Love singer whipped off her jacket for photographs to reveal her bump in a flowing orange maxi dress.

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Record number dons Robin Hood tights

Record number dons Robin Hood tights
A record number of people came together in Nottinghamshire this weekend to dress up as local hero Robin Hood.

Some 1,215 people donned green tights and feathers, amounting to almost 100 more participants than the previous record set by the same group in 2008.

The gathering took place at the Camping and Caravanning Club's National Feast of Lanterns, which brought together outdoor enthusiasts from around the UK.

All participants were required to wear the complete Robin Hood costume, including a feathered hat, green or brown tunic, and appropriate tights and footwear. Prizes were also awarded on the day to the people who were deemed to have made a special effort.

Robin Hood is synonymous with Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor and has become famous worldwide after numerous Hollywood and theatre productions.

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