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02nd June 2015

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Lulu loses no opportunity to impress

Lulu loses no opportunity to impress

You'd expect a fashion designer to wear something out of the ordinary for public appearances.

And accessories guru Lulu Guinness didn't disappoint when she arrived at this week's 2014 Red Magazine Women of the Year Awards.

Bag designer Guinness turned up wearing black tights , pointy silver shoes and a striking black dress ensemble with chiffon sleeves and floral motifs.

The ceremony, held at Central London's prestigious Ham Yard Hotel on Wednesday, honoured some of the leading women from all walks of life who are helping to shape the world.

Categories included sections for charity and community, blogging, creativity, digital, media, pioneers and women to watch among others.

The attendees included Dragons Den's Kelly Hoppen, actress Camilla Rutherford, and news broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

Nominees included perfumer and fashion designer Bella Freud, dementia researcher Selina Wray, screenwriter Kelly Marcel, campaigning comedienne Francesca Martinez, and bloggers Laurie Penny, Niamh Shields and Carrie Barclay.

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Is class of 2014 the best dressed ever?

Is class of 2014 the best dressed ever?

New students are putting their best foot forward - being dubbed history's best dressed new university intake.

From sporty socks to fashionable patterned or black tights , from stockings to comfortable leggings , September's freshers are putting on the style from their feet up.

In fact, they're splashing the cash like never before, according to a new survey on university fashion.

The poll finds that over one in four students are arriving at uni for the first time with wardrobes valued in excess of £2,000.

This totally turns on its head the age-old stereotype of university-goers wearing ageing boots, scruffy T-shirts and jeans, and jumpers in need of darning.

More than a quarter (28%) say they are heading off to campus with designer brands in their suitcase - with the highlights to be unleashed on the world during Freshers' Week festivities. Around 7% expect to arrive with clothes worth a total of under £500, while 83% claim there is pressure to create good first impressions with what they wear.

Johnny Tuxedo, the dinner suit and tuxedo specialist, carried out the research.

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Union Jacks loud and proud at Gleneagles

Union Jacks loud and proud at Gleneagles

British golf fans showed off their colours as Europe beat the United States to claim another Ryder Cup win.

Union Jack socks were among the patriotic items worn by the thousands of supporters at Gleneagles in Scotland over the weekend, while flags were draped over shoulders and faces were painted blue, red and white.

Led by captain Paul McGinley, the European players - themselves sporting blue and white clothing - brushed aside their transatlantic opponents 16½-11½ to make it eight wins out of the last 10 Ryder Cups.

Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3 to take Europe to the 14½ needed to win the Cup outright, having led 10-6 going into the final day on Sunday, to spark jubilant celebrations in the crowd gathered around the 15th green.

The players, including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, also celebrated long into the night.

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Serena Williams makes fashion week debut

Serena Williams makes fashion week debut

Serena Williams has ditched her racket in favour of the catwalk.

The tennis ace, fresh from her triumph at the US Open, recently showed off her spring 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week.

A sleeveless long sweatshirt with the letter "S" on the front and leopard print leggings were among the new outfits on display.

Other attire included zipped, slinky mini-dresses, open run, faux fur jackets and jersey-knit dresses.

Fashion icon Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, was watching from the front row, as were a host of big names such as supermodel Beverly Johnson, actor Boris Kodjoe and comedian Marlon Wayans.

Williams is no stranger to the world of fashion, having made the industry her bit on the side for a number of years, and the fact that Wintour chose to attend her runway debut at the esteemed event shows she has most definitely arrived.

A rapturous round of applause met the 32-year-old as she took to the stage at the end of the show.

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Tight-spot Fielding spotted in tights

Tight-spot Fielding spotted in tights

Ghost-hunter Yvette Fielding is used to finding herself in tight spots in the pursuit of the paranormal.

But she recently found herself spotted in black tights for the star-studded UKTV Live showcase at a prestigious London gallery.

Most Haunted presenter Fielding, 45, wore a distinctly monochrome outfit at last week's event at Howick Gallery.

The black-and-white thigh-high combo couldn't quite steal the show for the former Blue Peter hostess, however.

For larger-than-live US celebrity David Hasselhoff was also in attendance. The former Baywatch star had the audience in stitches with an impersonation of John Cleese doing his Monty Python silly walks.

But celebrity watchers from The Mail thought Hasselhoff was himself upstaged by a Welsh girlfriend reportedly 28 years his junior, Hayley Roberts.

TV naturalist, Life on Earth legend David Attenborough was also in attendance. Sir David, 88, staged an informative Q&A session.

Wildlife presenter Nigel Marven appeared with a vibrant, exotic-looking panther chameleon.

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Look Who's wearing snazzy socks

Look Who's wearing snazzy socks

He's socked it to the daleks, cybermen and sycorax. Now he's been pictured literally socking it to red-carpet observers at a film premier in London's glittering West End.

David Tennent donned the timeless Scottish combo of pulled-up white hobwool socks , black lace-up boots, white shirt, thick black belt, cropped blazer and tartan kilt.

Tennent, who played galaxy traveller Dr Who from 2005-2010, is photographed grounded on Earth in the year 2014, for the opening of What We Did On Our Holiday.

Sporting a monster beard, the 43-year-old former timelord appears here alongside his movie's co-stars Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly at The Odeon.

The pregnant Pike, 35, is seen exhibiting her new baby bump via an elegant black frock with a Peter Pan-style collar and a hemline above her knee.

Comedian/actor Connolly, 71, is pictured in a brown trouser and blazer combination.

The BBC comedy features Tennent and Pike as a married couple who try and put their relationship troubles behind them with a visit to Gordy McLeod's (Connolly) birthday party.

Bond villain find himself in a tight spot

Bond villain find himself in a tight spot

James Bond baddie Steven Berkoff and his partner have been spotted wearing outfits nearly as black as General Orlov's heart this week.

The 77-year-old Octopussy star is pictured donning a black shirt and suit with only a white bow tie and white trims round his funky black canvas shoes for light-coloured relief.

But Berkoff's partner Clara Fischer is seen trumping him for blackness, wearing a totally dark outfit, including slimming black tights .

The pair have been at London's Corinthia Hotel for a dinner to mark Al Pacino's achievements.

Wednesday's bash saw The Godfather and Scarface 74-year-old New York-born actor honoured with a British Film Institute Fellowship, the charity's highest accolade.

It was a star-studded dinner with Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam, actors John Hurt, Sir Ian Holm and Richard E. Grant, and football supremo Greg Dyke among the guests.

Champagne company Moet & Chandon supported the dinner.

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How Frosty reception was anything but

How Frosty reception was anything but

A touch of Frost has hit London's West End this week - but the reception has been nothing but warm.

Sadie Frost is pictured here enjoying the red carpet treatment in London's West End for the Raindance Film Festival's opening gala on Wednesday.

Frost, 49, is seen in a trendy outfit - with black tights and matching ankle boots and honeycombed-patterned lace dress - befitting the co-launcher of a major fashion label.

The Splitting Heirs, The Krays, Dotty and Captain Jack actress was among the celebs at the launch at Leicester Square's Vue Cinema.

The festival, which runs until October 5, will include more than 100 films in addition to 40 sector events and 150 short movies.

It launched with the sci-fi thriller I Origins, whose cast includes Brit Marling and Michael Pitt.

One of the highlights will be the guest appearance of John Malkovich on Saturday at a screening of Cesar Chavez. This biopic of civil rights agitator Chavez stars Malkovich and Michael Pena in the title role.

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Python animator draws the crowds

Python animator draws the crowds

He's best known as Python's eccentric animator and he's no stranger to drawing the crowds. And at 73, Terry Gilliam shows little sign of slowing down.And at 73, Terry Gilliam shows little sign of slowing down.

Here he is pictured at a London red carpet event with his gloriously-attired wife, costume designer Maggie Watson, who wore something completely different in the shape of purple tights and red shoes.

The dark-suited US film director, actor and screenwriter was at the West End gathering for a BFI Fellowship meal in honour of fellow American Al Pacino.

Celebrity spotters and photographers turned up in force to usher in Gilliam and other stars through the doors of the Corinthia Hotel to honour the hardman actor's achievements.

Gilliam was joined by actors Richard E. Grant, Sir Ian Holm and John Hurt, and movie all-rounder Steven Berkoff.

Pacino was honoured with the fellowship, which is the film institute's leading accolade at last Wednesday's bash (September 24).

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Vivienne Westwood keeps it in the family

Vivienne Westwood keeps it in the family

Vivienne Westwood is keeping it in the family when it comes to great fashion.

Dame Vivienne is pictured with Cora Corre, her granddaughter, during her Red Label show for London Fashion Week in central London's Victoria House on Sunday.

The 73-year-old fashionista is seen wearing a typically eccentric gold and black maxi-dress with red shoes and lacy black tights .

She was captured on the catwalk with granddaughter Cora on day three of the five-day event, which runs from September 12-16.

Dame Vivienne's collection saw the usual femme fatale array of outfits, from cheeky micro shorts to dresses and draped blouses to daring bustiers.

She told journalists she is not thinking of retiring, but is planning to reduce her prolific output to concentrate on quality, and politics.

The fashion icon is the woman viewed as largely responsible for bringing new wave and modern punk designs into mainstream consciousness.

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Mary joins the cast of Downton Abbey

Mary joins the cast of Downton Abbey

It's the season for gathering autumn berries, and a special charity presentation of ITV drama Downton Abbey collected one of its own.

Mary Berry appeared at the star-studded exclusive screening last week in London.

She was pictured looking very colour co-ordinated in black tights , heels, handbag and dress styled with a chic silver bolero.

The 79-year-old Bath-born Great British Bake Off co-judge wasn't the only famous name at London's Empire cinema present for the bash.

The TV presenter and food writer rubbed shoulders with several cast members from Downton Abbey.

The much-loved ITV drama's stars who turned up on the day included 66-year-old Jim Carter (Carson the butler), Lesley Nicol (cook Mrs Patmore) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith).

Julian Fellowes, its 65-year-old creator, also enjoyed the glittering Leicester Square red carpet treatment prior to the showing of series five's opening episode.

All money raised went to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund charity.

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Ebony and ivory in perfect harmony

Ebony and ivory in perfect harmony

Some people believe that nothing in this world is black and white.

But this week's spectacular Tom Ford spring/summer womenswear collection was just that - if the catwalk is anything to go by.

The slim model donned fashionable tights , a low-cut white dress, black choker and black-and-white shoes.

In fact, you could say that ebony and ivory were in perfect harmony during day four of London Fashion Week's five-day festival of style on Monday.

Ford is also a big name in the movie world as a director, so it wasn't a complete surprise that Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper was spotted among the famous faces taking in the new line.

The 39-year-old Philadelphia-born American Hustle, American Sniper, Serena and The Words star has won world's sexiest man gongs in past polls.

But on Monday Cooper was content to keep a low profile sat alongside Anna Wintour, Vogue's editor-in-chief for the US.

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Poses give Valentine a day to remember

Poses give Valentine a day to remember

Being a fashion blogger, you may expect Amy Valentine to have her finger on the pulse of UK style trends this autumn.

And you'd be right in that assumption if this latest photograph is anything to go by.

Valentine, 19, is pictured wearing three of the fashion staples of the new season - pink hair, black ankle boots and, of course, black tights .

She was posing for photographers - complete with black hat and matching leather-like coat - outside the capital's Somerset House last week.

Amy was there as part of London Fashion Week's (September 12-16) annual big bash.

She is part of a growing stable of celebs going pink. They include Rita Ora, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Fashion experts call the trend a glamorous statement of "feminine rebellion".

Valentine's colourful blog covers her various interests such as fashion, music and metal festivals.

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Fearne Cotton shows off latest look

Fearne Cotton shows off latest look

Fearne Cotton took a break from the studio to unveil her latest fashion collection.

The Radio 1 DJ stole the show as she rocked up to the event at One Marylebone in central London wearing a bright pink mini dress.

She was flanked by two models wearing a selection of garments from her SS15 range for - whom she has been designing for since 2009 - with funky socks and jazzy tights very much on the agenda.

Dipped-hem dresses also look to be in style in what is the 33-year-old's sixteenth collection for the online retailer.

Her previous instalment, AW14 collection, took inspiration from the swinging 60s. This time round the getup is based on a circus theme.

Fearne changed into a slogan T-shirt and shiny trousers for the catwalk show, while her mother-in-law, Jo Wood, arrived in a flouncy shirt and jade green blazer combo.

The likes of Lucy Watson and Stephanie Pratt were also in attendance.

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Kylie shows class at new drinks launch

Kylie shows class at new drinks launch

Kylie Minogue and Coca-Cola have joined forces to launch a new drinks product sourced from Northumberland spring water.

Already a massive product in the US, Glaceau was launched in the UK with the help of the Aussie star and a good deal of glamour at the Dairy Art Centre in London.

Kylie looked breathtaking in black velvet, her top featuring rose cut-outs was paired with similarly-patterned legwear , finished off with a pair of black heels.

The star almost stole the show from the premium spring water product; almost, but not quite.

Glaceau Smartwater, a vapour distilled, electrolyte-finished product, has been sold in the US for 18 years, where It's popularity has led Coca-Cola bosses to bring it to Britain.

Now it is manufactured at the same Coca-Cola Enterprises factory as Schweppes Abbey Well water, on Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, in Morpeth.

Recent developments, led by the new launch, prompted the company to invest another £3.5 million in its Morpeth facility earlier this year.

Pete Smith, operations director at Coca-Cola Enterprises Morpeth, said: "This is an exciting new development for Morpeth.

"The factory already has a proud history of producing high quality water for consumers across Great Britain."

Fashion blogger opts for checked socks

Fashion blogger opts for checked socks

When it comes to autumn fashions, who better to follow than one of the most prominent fashion bloggers during the capital's premier style showcase week?

Lily Melrose's pony skin and black leather ankle boots paired with black and white checked ankle socks helped in getting her photograph taken by paparazzi at London Fashion Week.

Her fabulous footwear, combined with a long fawn coloured coat, ivory midi skirt, cat-eyed T-shirt and an oversized handbag and sunglasses gave Melrose a chic look.

She calls the sleek and smart boots the "nicest" she has seen for ages. Melrose posed for photographers outside the capital's Somerset House during the week's festivities.

Lily, known online as LLY MLRS, is a UK beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger and YouTuber based in London.

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Ford models on the road to success

Ford models on the road to success

Ford models have always been pioneering in the car world.

And so it is in the fashion industry, with London Fashion Week's Tom Ford fashion show turning heads like few others.

Among those leading the way was this catwalk fashionista as she donned black stockings with a revealing maxi skirt and bralet combination.

The striking blonde model was showcasing part of Ford's womenswear spring summer collection for next year.

It came on day four of the spectacular five-day event, which has featured the designs of some of the world's greatest names, including veteran Vivienne Westwood.

The Tom Ford show is always eagerly anticipated in style circles. Texas-born Ford, 53, doubles up as a film director and fashion guru.

His beauty, eyewear, clothing and accessory label is known all over the world and he also had a huge impact when working at fashion giants YSL and Gucci.

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Sadie opts for black at Red awards

Sadie opts for black at Red awards

Actress Sadie Frost joined a host of celebrities to honour some of the most inspirational women in Britain at the Red Magazine Women of the Year Awards in London on Wednesday night.

Clad all in black with a figure-hugging dress, tights , shoes and clutch bag, Frost mingled with the likes of TV presenter Susanna Reid, Rolling Stones musician Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally, former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, newsreader Kirsty Wark and artist Grayson Perry.

The event, sponsored by the skincare and cosmetics firm Clinique, was held at the Ham Yard Hotel.

Among the women who were honoured on the night were the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates, Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali, the founders of Daughters of Eve and former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, who co-founded Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca.

Susanna Reid presented the Blogger award to 23-year-old Ella Woodward who writes about healthy eating.

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Only the best black tights for Bestival

Only the best black tights for Bestival

Synth-pop queen Lauren Mayberry helped to make the atmosphere even more electric during the weekend's Bestival four-day concert.

The 25-year-old Stirling-born Chvrches lead singer was entertaining The Big Top's enthralled audience on Sunday.

She wore an understated look, donning her best black tights as a ballast against the changing of the seasons.

She also wore a dark T-shirt at the popular Downend venue on the outskirts of Newport on the Isle of Wight.

The Glasgow-based Team, Falling and Tightrope three-piece band transformed the Robin Hill theme park into a riot of sound and energy.

Mayberry twiddled on her samplers and synthesisers as well as lending lead vocals.

Other stars of the 55,000-capacity feel-good festival included OutKast, La Roux, Beck, Sam Smith, Lethal Bizzle and Chic.

Chvrches finished in a list of top five most promising music acts compiled by the BBC last year. The band also featured in the Commonwealth Games' opening video recently.

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Fashion tights loved best of all at Bestival

Fashion tights loved best of all at Bestival

Wild Beasts, OutKast, Chic, Beck, Caribou ... they all were there at the weekend.

But Bestival has been just as much about the battle of the footwear as the battle of the bands during the four-day music jamboree.

Tights , such an important fashion staple of the summer, seemed to just about shade it from ankle socks .

These colourful revellers certainly show the wide spectrum of footwear on display at the Isle of Wight festival with tights' versatility once again to the fore.

The tights didn't just extend to the audience, however. Chvrches' lead singer Lauren Mayberry could also be seen sporting them on Sunday.

Party-goers breathed a sigh of relief that they didn't have to get their wellies out for Glastonbury-style monsoons.

Instead, the 55,000-capacity venue at the popular Robin Hill theme park in Downend, near Newport, Isle of Wight, rocked to the sound of some spectacular music to fair weather.

Lethal Bizzle, La Roux and Sam Smith were other stand-out performers.

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Irina dances into practice

Irina dances into practice

Acrobatics fans will be cock-a-hoop that one of the world's largest circuses is returning to London.

Hula hoop specialist Irina Akimova is one of Cirque du Soleil's stars coming back to the capital's Royal Albert Hall next year.

The venue has announced the dates for the next run featuring Akimova, pictured here outside in a fishnet body and leggings combination, with friends.

They will play a limited run of their Kooza show from January 6 to February 8.

Akimova is renowned for her legendary balance, skill, speed and flexibility.

The Russian entertainer has performed throughout the world and will spearhead a show comprising two of circus's biggest draws - clowning and acrobatics.

Promoters promise a show staged in an exotic, electrifying visual context saturated in chills, thrills and surprises. It traces the tale of a depressed loner seeking his place among the world via trapeze artists, the amazing Wheel of Death, high wires and contortionists.

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Westwood speaks up for Scottish independence

Westwood speaks up for Scottish independence

Legendary designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has told the fashion industry that an independent Scotland could be a 'model to us all'.

Queen of Tartan Westwood, 73, clad mostly in black, posed for the cameras with fellow designer Andreas Kronthaler in a tartan jacket, kilt and black knee-length socks at the ninth annual Scottish Fashion Awards in London on Monday.

The designer believes an independent Scotland would be a very 'people-friendly' society.

Also pictured is the founder of the event, Tessa Hartmann, who had the pleasure of inducting Westwood into the events Hall of Fame to mark her contribution to the fashion industry. She thinks it would be a shame if Scottish fashion were excluded from British fashion and believes Scottish designers would miss the opportunities and support of the industry in London.

Among the famous faces watching Westwood pick up her award were singer Pixie Lott, TV presenter Jenni Falconer and the band Twin Atlantic.

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