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Chelsea Leyland’s Postcard From The South of France


Chelsea Leyland has been jet-setting around the globe this summer, from L.A. to London, for her DJ gigs. Recently, she took a break from the turntables to go to the south of France, along with her hotelier boyfriend Ben Pundole (left), for her friend Martha Wheelan’s wedding. In between the wedding (where she rubbed shoulders with the likes of designer Matthew Williamson, who designed the bride’s dress) and exploring the local hot spots, Leyland snapped a few photos and shared them with, here.

“This my gorgeous friend Martha, she’s the most amazing yoga instructor in London, and Matthew [Williamson] (to her right) is a great friend and he also designed her beautiful wedding dress.” Continue Reading “Chelsea Leyland’s Postcard From The South of France” »

Shop The Look: Neon Jewelry


When it comes to summertime jewelry, the brighter, the better. A neon-hued choker or fluorescent cuff is the perfect accent to any warm-weather getup. From Tom Binns to Dannijo, we’ve rounded up our favorite neon baubles, below.


1. Dannijo bracelet, $230, available at
2. Tom Binns earrings, $115, available at
3. Matthew Williamson necklace, $287, available at
4. Shourouk cuff, $308, available at
5. Bauble Bar studded ring, $62, available at
6. Kate Spade earrings, $98, available at

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Bless Us, Lagerfeld, For We Have Sinned! Karl In Paradise, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories


Mein Gott! Karl Lagerfeld has a starring role in singer Jean-Roch’s new music video—as a kind of angel. A white-clad Lagerfeld floating on a cloud appears at the beginning of the clip. “You were never told Saint-Tropez is paradise?” Lagerfeld quips. [Fashionologie]

Kate Moss is exercising her charitable muscles. Last night, the fashion icon made an appearance at Claridge’s Hotel, where she helped auction off a painting by her close friend Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. The auction took place as part of a fundraiser in honor of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and the painting—a portrait of Rod Stewart—sold for £12,000. [Telegraph]

Agyness Deyn’s not ending her acting career on the stripper pole. The model-slash-actress, who plays a stripper in the upcoming remake of the 1996 cult-classic Pusher (due out this summer), has just been chosen to star in the screen adaption of the legendary Scottish novel Sunset Song. This time around, she’ll play Chris Guthrie, “the resilient heroine.” [Vogue U.K.]

Amanda Lepore wants her Louboutins, and she wants them now. The famous transgender artist and nightlife personality stopped by the shoemaker’s New York sample sale yesterday and upset more than a few people when she decided to walk in ahead of the reportedly 300 women and men already waiting in line. Understandably, only ten at a time were being let in and shoppers were limited to a max of eight shoes. [Page Six]

Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, and Maison Martin Margiela are getting a new neighbor. This November, Temperley London is opening its first flagship store—a six-floor Georgian space on Bruton Street, in London’s Mayfair. The store will house all three of the designer’s collections, including Temperley London, Alice by Temperley, and Temperley Bridal. [Temperley London]



The Beat Goes On


According to some industry experts, print is dead. But if you ask Hanna Hanra, a Britain-based DJ, journalist, and culture vulture, it’s only certain forms of print that are destined to go the way of the Walkman. “People will always buy magazines,” insists Hanra, who contributes regularly to glossies like Love, Elle U.K., i-D, and the London Times. “But the readership has changed. I’m part of the last generation for whom The Face, i-D, and Dazed & Confused are important magazines. An 18-year-old who wants to know what the cool bands are and where the cool shows are doesn’t need to run out every month to buy the newest issue of The Face. He can just read the blogs.” And so blogs—and more importantly, blogs with corresponding free zines—are where Hanra has been devoting much of her attention over the past few years, when she’s not writing for the man or deejaying runway shows for the likes of Matthew Williamson and Sienna and Savannah Miller’s Twenty8Twelve line. After closing down P.i.X, the popular free music paper she started with London scenester Princess Julia earlier in the aughts, Hanra has just debuted her latest project, Beat. “What I’ve done is take the visual sensibility of a fashion magazine and the content of a music magazine and made them one thing,” she explains of the newspaper’s first issue, which hit select coffee shops, nail bars, and similarly hip hangouts in London this week.

Don’t let the zine mentality fool you—this is no amateur project. Beat is art-directed by Dean Langley, who was art director at i-D, and features work from Alasdair McLellan, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and Clare Shilland, who just won the National Portrait Gallery’s photography prize. And though it’s not short on fashion content, its focus is squarely on music—which, for Hanra, means letting musicians dress themselves. “You can always tell when a band’s been put in someone else’s clothes,” she says. “[Beat] is not anti-fashion, it’s anti-fake fashion. Like, we featured Grinderman and Nick Cave always looks amazing. Then there’s Alice Dellal on the next page with ripped tights and Dom Jones earrings and a slayer leather jacket. There’s also a section on how to dress chill wave, that’s literally just street style and Flickr pics of people embodying the trend, like Victoria [Legrand] from Beach House.” The first issue features a boy cover and a girl cover on alternating sides (represented by Josh Ludlow of Turbogeist and Jenny Lee Lindberg and Theresa Wayman of L.A. band Warpaint, pictured, respectively) and, of course, there’s already a full-throttle blog, There’s that digital/print divide rearing its head—and Hanra is nothing if not opinionated on the strengths and weaknesses of each. “There are certain things you can’t do online—a great picture doesn’t translate, for example,” she says. “But I wanted to have both things. As long as people have walls, they’re going to want things to stick on them.”

Photo: Clare Shilland/Courtesy of Beat

London Goes In Search of Halston


There was a conspicuous lack of anyone who could pass for that mythical beast, the Halstonette, in the noticeably young audience for the first U.K. screening of Ultrasuede: In Seach of Halston on Monday night at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road. Andrea Dellal had fond memories of escorting the legendary designer round Rio, but surely she was a mere child at the time. Co-host of the evening Nicky Haslam also had some personal—though not particularly favorable—memories to share. But Halston’s best buddy Bianca Jagger was out of town—dommage!—and Liza Minnelli, André Leon Talley, and Pat Cleveland, all of whom lend major heft to the film, were hardly likely to cross the pond for such an intimate event.

So it was down to director Whitney Sudler-Smith to ruminate on Halston’s significance, which was perfectly appropriate because Ultrasuede is from the documentary school of Roger and Me, where the filmmaker’s search for his subject turns him into the main character. Like a perverse imp on the director’s shoulder, Nellee Hooper was insisting his friend made the film to meet girls, but Sudler-Smith brushed off the suggestion. He said fashion interested him as a fascinating subject that he knew little about and Halston seemed like a good way to educate himself. He certainly casts himself as a good listener as his pundits weigh in on disco, decadence, and the unholy excesses that eventually upended Halston’s career. If Ultrasuede doesn’t exactly throw new light on the decline and fall, it had more than enough “previously unseen footage” to entertain an audience that included Sara Parker Bowles, Dan Macmillan, Sophia Hesketh, Stephen Jones, and Amanda Sheppard, also co-hosting. “It’s new Halston,” said Kinvara Balfour (pictured, with Sudder-Smith), another of the evening’s hosts, of her drapey gold jumpsuit. “I tried on a vintage piece and it just didn’t feel as good.” Such heresy would be music to the ears of new Halston designer Marios Schwab, who was part of a design contingent in attendance, along with Matthew Williamson and Issa’s Daniella Issa Helayel. She’s spent the last week fending off questions about Kate Middleton’s wedding dress (not to mention seeing knockoffs of the one she wore to announce her engagement sell for as little as £16 at her local Tesco). “Tonight, I just want to speak about me, myself, and I,” she said with a laugh, though the very notion of a Brazilian designer making the wedding dress of the future Queen of England is radical enough to merit the fuss.

Another radical sight—Giovanna Battaglia in Uggs. She’s broken two toes and is off heels for the foreseeable future. Gio in Uggs? What’s next? Anna Dello Russo in chinos?

Photo: Courtesy Photo