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Fashion designer Louise Goldin was commissioned by private bank, Coutts to create a unique dress for Coutts as part of the bank’s involvement with London Fashion Week.

Lousie won the Fashion Forward award last year which was sponsored by the investment services bank

The remarkable paper dress obviously took many hours  to make was first revealed in the windows of the bank’s head office on the Strand. The dress is now on displey at the Fashion and Textile Museum

The dressmaking was followed throughout by BAFTA-nominated film makers Form Films, who have created a film of the making of the dress.

To see some of what went into making the paper dress creation, and the finished dress watch the video.

Louise was amongst the top 30 mentors, entrepreneurs, pioneers and campaigners in Red Hots Women 2010 awards in recoginition of her design achievements.

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Some predicted that the Maxi Dress might be taking a back seat in 2011, seeing as the style featured so heavily in the last two seasons. However the trend, spurred on by celebrities such as Keira Knightly, the trend seems set to contiune into the Spring season.

The Maxi is a very classic look, and the beauty of it is that it looks great on almost every body type. If you are very tall and thin you can accentuate that and show off your legs without baring flesh by going for a close fitting. For example this stripped knit maxi dress from Vince:

The fuller figure is also flattered by the Maxi dress. It is a style which can love curves! Take for example this green Amanda Wakely/Elements number available from the Littlewoods Maxi Dress collection. Perfect for those who want to emulate Keira’s look from ‘Atonement’:

The maxi dress is a style that is equally suited to both formal and informal styles. It is also a style which has a strong heritage element to it. Along with the modern maxi dress styles, many designers are feeling comfortable exploring the retro dimensions. For example French Connection who have brought out this floral maxi dress, which would be as at home in a 1970’s wardrobe as it is today:

Both the floral and retro angles seem to be polarizing opinions. Certainly it is a look  that not everyone can pull off. Expect the must haves for the spring season to be more contemporary in focus. One way or another, long will continue to dominate both the catwalk and the highstreet in the months ahead.

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There has been a lot of talk about the latest innovations to make motorcyclists less vulnerable to injury when involved in an accident.

Here, in this video, we see a professional stunt man testing out the performance of a motorbike airbag jacket – a relatively new concept in motorbike safety.

fantastic for motorcyclist

The stuntman, with 12 years experince thought the airbag jacket was “fantastic for motorcyclist” and was impressed withits looks too!

Recent statistic claim that people in motorbike accidents are much more likely to suffer an injury than drivers and their passengers  in a car.

Hopefully designs such as this will reduce the risk of personal injury to riders involved in an accident.

Read more about how to become a better ride on this article from the Motorbike blog run by bike enthusiasts at Access Legal

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The Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2011 began this week.

It runs for 4 days during which attendees are likely to want to explore the delights the French capital has away from the catwalk.

Paris is brimming with famous attractions and visitors (new and old) to the city will not have any problem finding interesting and memorable sights to see. Walks up the Eiffel Tower and around Notre Dame, the wonderful art of the Louvre and boat trips gently along the River Seine.

There are so many things to entertain visitors in Paris, from a show at the exotic Moulin Rouge with their fabulous cancan dancers or scrumptious French cuisine at one of the many delicious restaurants around the city. There is the excitement and thrill of the Aviation Club on the Champs Elysees, one of the oldest and most elegant casinos in France.

A tour around the Louvre Art Gallery is a must; although famous for being the home of the Mona Lisa there are thousands of important, ground breaking and spectacular pieces of art on view. The gallery has one of the most complete collections of art throughout the ages and from around the world.

This year an increased number of visitors from the UAE were predicted to fly into Paris for this event. Paris is served by Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi (which also includes passengeres travelling from nearby Dubai to Paris.

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The issue of sizing has dogged the fashion world for a long time. Getting the right size can prove to be tricky to say the least, down in large part to inconsistency between retailers and manufacturers. This problem is exacerbated by the absurd practice of ‘vanity sizing‘.

Vanity Sizing is the idiotic marketing strategy that labels clothes as being far smaller than they are in order to flatter their customers by making them think that they have lost weight. Of course when that customer goes to another store, they will find that they are a totally different size, and could find themselves taking home a pair of trousers they cant even zip up.

The need for accurate sizing is at its most acute when it comes to shopping online. That is the reason that Littlewoods Europe’s announcement about their new sizing policies is such a breath of fresh air. The sizes have been arrived at after too scientific surveys into how people are shaped in this day and age – Shape GB and Size UK. Each product page, e.g. plus size clothing has its own sizing guide as well, which is a nice touch.

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All men love a woman in lingerie, and women love nothing more than feeling sexy. That is why for many couples, lingerie is a popular gift from the male to the female companion. But blokes often mess up the buying part, not knowing the right size or style for their other halves.

But fear no longer. Here is a helpful video from Debenhams TV on how to shop for lingerie for your other half by avoiding the usual mistakes.

If you didn’t buy some for the lady in your life over the festive period, you might be able to pick up a naughty little number for cheap in the January lingerie sale

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Samantha Cameron m&s dressFashion is definitely a part of politics. I remember France’s First Lady Bernadette Chirac and her addiction to handbags in the 90’s; now Michelle Obama has been seen wearing gorgeous dresses and other various designer outfits on different occasions, making politics a lot more interesting…

Last week’s Tory conference has been much talked about: David Cameron’s hour-long speech was quite emotional and touched many areas, but Samantha Cameron is the person who stole the show by sitting in the audience wearing a £65 dress from Marks & Spencer.

It is a bit strange, coming from a woman who is the creative director of luxury label Smythson; the grey dotted dress was on sale last spring, so Mrs Cameron must have kept it in her closet for quite a while! This choice of outfit has surely worked and won her a lot of attention and more followers…

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This month It has become aware to me that actual things are a lot more fun when they are free. The monetary savings to be made for just say spending an hour looking around for the best deal. Take for instance this.

Currently one of my Favourite bands Kasms are playing a show at my local ‘Rawk’ venue, quite exciting, I hear you say…

Kasms By Tom Oakley

Kasms By Tom Oakley

Now to prove how actually by not spending any money you can go to these kinda cool events which luckily wont attract the average Shoreditch poser. After seeing the gig advertised in the criminally underrated Artrocker magazine – The New Blood Converse Tour I decided to put in my email address to get two tickets – I then later that day got an email back to say I just needed to go into my local Schuh shop to get the tickets… To entice even more into watching the band they where even giving away a free 5 mega pixel camera for the first 50. After queuing behind a small child who wanted a pair of Fred Perry shoes (Overpriced!) I made it to the counter and found that perhaps I was the saddest person in my local city, who had stood in the rain to get tickets to see a band at 9am . So I got the tickets and asked for my camera, and then was given this !

Converse Box

Converse Box

The anticipation grows!

Shiny in Black

Shiny in Black

And then to make me feel great they gave me a free 2 GB memory card ‘ perfect for perfecting my rock photography/annoying Facebook photos’

Shame its not a Converse Memory Card!

Shame its not a Converse Memory Card!

Thank you Converse – Its a really pity that your shoes however have gone up tremendously in price since I was a kid…

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Everyone is aware of the perils of growing old disgracefully, a strange sense of fashion, a urine mixed with soap kinda smell and an obsession with saying things your children will never forget and will forever be haunted by. Age however is something that none of us will be able to escape, but who hasn’t indulged in at some point in some small fortune of age turn-a-round investments.

Vivienne Westwood in the picture below should have a long hard chat to herself (who doubts at her age 67, that people don’t have friends ‘which don’t exist…), and decided not to ever leave her house again looking like a cross between a slightly slow old lady and a pre-war granny.

There are however some ways of genuinely making yourself look a feel better about the aging process without having to resort to slightly over the top surgery.

“Hippie” I hear you cry!

But yes, natural ways are always the best.

MySavings have provided a great 4 tip guide which is easy to follow as to how to stay and feel young.

Tip #1: Laugh

Laughter is so good for us, and yet most of us don’t do it often enough.  Laughing loudly and often has been scientifically shown to reduce stress.  And we all know that stress can take years off of our lives.  Plus, it just feels good to laugh!  So if you want to stay young, find the funny in everything.

Tip #2: Cover Up Your Gray

If your gray hair is dragging you down, then cover it up!  Men especially find their gray hair to be discouraging, so check out Just For Men’s Touch of Grayhair treatment.  Touch of Gray is unique because it’s not a blob of new color.  It allows you to keep some gray, and works very gradually.  This means that unlike other brands, your friends and family won’t know you’re changing your hair.  And for a lot of men, this is a major benefit.  Touch of Gray comes in five shades, and because it uses a simple comb to apply the color there is no mess like other brands.

Tip #3: Eat Healthy

We know, you’re probably rolling your eyes at this one.  How many times have you heard how important it is to eat right and get all the nutrients you need?

Probably dozens, if not more.  But, we’ve got to drive the message home: eating right is vital if you want to look young and healthy!

If you think your diet is a little on the narrow side (meaning, you rarely work in fruit and vegetables) then try taking supplements. Nature Made has a wonderful line of liquid softgel vitamins ranging from Calcium, Super-B Complex, D, C, and two different multi-vitamins.  Taking Nature Made supplements everyday can boost your energy, bolster your immune system, and make sure your body gets everything it needs to function the way it’s meant to.  And, if you’re worried about wrinkles, start increasing your Vitamin C.  Nature Made’s Vitamin C caplets can help hold your skin’s connective tissues together, as well as giving you tons of other benefits.

Tip #4: Get Enough Sleep

Some people might find this one a bit difficult, especially if kids are in the picture.  But, there’s a good reason why people call it “Beauty Sleep”.  Sleeping really does help us look and feel younger.

If you’re currently having trouble sleeping, then you might want to check out Perfect Sleep.  Perfect Sleep uses a non-addictive formula that allows you to only take it when you need it.  Perfect Sleep is available over the counter, and uses natural ingredients like calcium and magnesium to help your body relax.  Perfect Sleep also uses natural herbs such as valerian, passion flower, and chamomile to help you drift off to sleep.

It also uses L-theanine, which is an amino acid found in green tea, to help relax and calm your mind.  So, if you’re the type that lies in bed for hours with a million thoughts running through your head, Perfect Sleep is perfect for you.

Although none of us can avoid the steady march of time, we don’t have to let it march all over our bodies.  By taking steps to stay healthy both mentally and physically, we’ll feel much younger than the date showing on our driver’s license.

Unfortunately Millions of people each year turn to more drastic options such as plastic surgery, which sometimes goes hideously wrong such as in this case… Poor Woman

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OK, so we have all – well only if you are male, have owned at some point in our lives. Mine I’m happy to say was in a pre-pubescent era of my life which I am proud to say has been forgotten, and even in writing this article brings back chills to my skin.

Can you guess what im talking about yet? Yes, im talking about the omnipresent(especially in European Countries) Speedo variety of male swimwear. Which today whilst browsing the gloriously righty front page of the Daily Mail are to be banned by family favourite day out Alton Towers.

The resort is banning the ‘humble Speedo’ on the grounds that it is ‘ inappropriate in a family resort’, according to the Daily Mail the resort is..

…so dedicated to maintaining a family atmosphere and not scaring the kids that it’s even considering offering complimentary male waxing to prevent unsightly hair from being on display.

Which does seem fairly unfair on especially the gorilla types of the male species, if not extremely unfair on the well endowed, recently divorced male who is seeking to impress the also recently divorced female who has decided to bring the children to a day out at Alton Towers.

To add to the insanity and ridiculous amount of Political Correctness which has quite clearly gone horribly wrong. Alton Towers Sales and Marketing Director, Morwenna Angove released this excellent statement.

Our Waterpark team observed an increase in the number of men wearing tighter trunk style swimwear whilst enjoying the tropical temperatures at the Alton Towers Resort Waterpark. We feel this small brief style is not appropriate for a family venue so we are advising male bathers to wear more protective swimwear such as shorts.
We are also looking into offering complimentary male waxing, which will ensure we preserve the dignity of all our guests

Complimentary Male Waxing!!! To preserve the dignity of all our guests! – So Morwenna you are to ‘preserve the dignity or guests’ by kinda enforcing a believe that should some one have an amount of body hair they are a freak and should not be allowed to bathe in your swimming pools? Seems slightly Apartheid to me?!

People should be allowed to dress in a way they see fit, and allowed to grow hair in any place they choose (I know some of these blokes have no choice), it seems Morwenna Angrove’s decisions is most likely fuelled by a desire to do something ‘controversial’ rather then something that actually benefits the company.

Shame on you Alton Towers…

Long live the Speedo… And Peoples ability to choose what they wear!

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