Kate Moss: I’d like to be Lady Kate – Telegraph

Kate Moss: I’d like to be Lady Kate – Telegraph.

She’s known for  being the silent supermodel, seen but little heard, so when she does talk, we listen.

Kate Moss tells us about how much she loved the Royal Wedding, what she thinks of Kate (beautiful!), and why she doesn’t think she is an icon (Elizabeth Taylor is an Icon…).

Read the complete interview at The Telegraph.

Nicole Murray – One to watch.

British fashion is an exciting place to be in at the present time, the buzz that surrounded London Fashion Week this year, with its amazing collections and starry front rows, showed that London is once again the capital of the fashion world. And Nicole Murray is primed to become one of its brightest stars. At just 24, she has already seen her first collection sold exclusively through Harrods as part of the ‘Harrods launches’ platform, has received plaudits and acclaim from both the notoriously picky fashion press and celebrities, and is set to be one of the standout collections of the soon-to-be launched website watch-that-label.com.

The Nicole Murray line was first launched in January 2010 and specialises in beautifully constructed, luxurious women’s ready-to-wear. A graduate of the London College of Fashion (previous alumni include Jacques Azagury, Patrick Cox, Ashley Isham and Jimmy Choo),  Nicole was awarded the Harold Tillman Scholarship for Young Designers, the English Eccentrics Bursary and graduated with a distinction. Then followed that amazing first collection for Harrods.  Grazia was amongst those who showered the praise,  saying “block colour ensembles and 40’s glamour was perfectly executed by Nicole Murray”.

A second collection, for Spring/Summer 2011 was also warmly received and led to Nicole signing an exclusive deal with eagerly anticipated online fashion retail site watch-that-label.com. This site will see Nicole’s collection sitting alongside such luminaries as Emilio De La Morena, Josh Goot and Louise Goldin, with a concentration on the best and brightest of new labels and fashion designers from around the world.

Nicole showed her A/W 2011 collection as  part of  the Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London and Paris Fashion Weeks. Her new collection shows her commitment to producing clothes of timeless elegance with a contemporary twist. Using a pallete containing purple shades of heather, amethyst and rosewood as a basis, but with deeper tones of bronze and chestnut browns to add a touch of the dramatic, Nicole has produced a collection that has simple,minimalistic lines, but with fluid sophistication.

 

Nicole with her A/W 2011 collection

 

Silk and wool are teamed with leather detailing such as belts, collars and straps to create garments that retain femininity without being too girlish. This is glamorous dressing, without  ruffles and frills, but with a grown up sophistication that is sure to find favour next season. The fabrics used have the added attraction of being made in England.

Nicole’s  collection will soon be available at www.watch-that-label.com. For more information,visit the Nicole Murray website www.nicolemurray.co.uk

 

Theoni V Aldredge – The Great Gatsby and Laura Mars

Costume designer Theoni V Aldredge died last week. The name may not be instantly recognisable to 21st century audiences, but this lady was responsible for the fabulous costumes in some of the most stylish and iconic films of the 1970s, Network, The Rose, The Eyes of Laura Mars, and, most famously, The Great Gatsby.

The 1974 version of the Great Gatsby was a beautiful failure. Many felt that the leads of Robert Redford and Mia Farrow were totally miscast, and the great things expected of the film failed to materialise. But the costumes designed for this film are another story completely. Theoni V Aldredge was the designer of the stunning and influential costumes for this film. She turned the roar of the 1920s into the romance of the era of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Jay Gatsby. Wide brimmed hats, lace edged dresses in acres of chiffon and voile, floaty scarves and soft focus colours made the film a visual feast for fashion fans everywhere. Mia Farrow in her Daisy Buchanan costumes, was totally unrecognisable from the gamine waif of Rosemary’s baby. The costumes were so beautiful that Aldredge was awarded both an Oscar and a British Academy award for her work, and Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan adapted the costumes into a successful clothing line sold exclusively in their stores.

But Aldredge’s talent wasn’t limited to whimsical romantic looks. Some of her best work was producing designs for the actress Faye Dunaway in two classic 1970s films. The first of these was Network. She created Faye a smart and stylish career women’s wardrobe. This was full of sophisticated blouses, skirts and trousers in muted shades of brown/beige and cream. This look has proven to be timeless, with similar style in High Street stores as I write.

The second Faye Dunaway film that Aldredge designed for was the amazing campy, high gloss classic, ‘The eyes of Laura Mars’. This is one of my most beloved style movies. Faye plays a fashion photographer in this film, and the costumes are simply fabulous. This is late 70s glamour at its finest, pussy cat bow blouses, capes, silks and prints and fedoras. Many fashion designers have cited this film as an influence for their designs, including, most recently, Marios Schwab for his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection for Halston. Linda Evangelista and Raquel Zimmerman recreated the style of this movie in V magazine in 2008. A film oddity, but a fashion triumph, ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’ has a fabulous style all of its own.

V magazine

The Rose is the final iconic film of the 1970s that Aldredge was costume designer for. This is the story of a Janis Joplin type singer on the road to self-destruction. She was played by the glorious Bette Midler, in the role of her life, and the costumes have the feel of a boho with a smattering of glitz. Think Courtney Love on a really good day. I love the clothes in this movie, with Bette in fine form with her Carrie Bradshaw curls.

The work of Theoni V Aldredge deserves to be remembered as one of the costume design greats. Thirty plus years on, her work in these films is as fresh and vibrant and relevant as ever.

Get the Faye Dunaway 1970s look at Dorothy Perkins