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Monday, April 30, 2007

From The Mailbox

Our Washington DC Field Reporter, Laura L was able to attend the Michael Kors event at Marymount University. She sends this cute photo and brief prelude with the promise of "details to follow...."

Well, I had a FABULOUS Friday afternoon at the Michael Kors event at Marymount University! The staff at Marymount were terrific and treated the "press corps" like royalty (at one point yours truly was seated between the Today Show staff and a reporter from Women's Wear Daily - go figure)! Unfortunately I am having MAJOR internet issues at home (seems like the dark ages without my wifi!) -so I am unable to finish my post for BPR this weekend. I will try to send you something soon. In the meantime I thought you might enjoy the attached photo. This pic is particularly special because the dress I am wearing belongs to my 85 year old mom who purchased in a trendy little boutique in the Netherlands in 1968! She will be thrilled to see it next to Michael Kors!!!!

Anyway, hope all is well and I will send my post as soon as humanly and technologically possible!

Isn't that a cute photo? Thanks Laura L - we are looking forward to "the rest of the story."

Let's take another look at Chloe's designs for QVC!

Liz Claiborne, Inc. has established a Tim Gunn Scholarship!

Here is an interview with Tim Gunn in the Connecticut Post. Thanks Deb.

More from Tim's book here.

Nick Verreos recently served as a judge for "Resident Runway" at UCLA.

Cleveland Fashion Week is right around the corner! Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Simply Haute Blue Satchel

Simply haute...nuff said!

My Dior Medium Frame Bag (click for details)

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Moss Definately Not

Now you will have to be blind or dead not to realise that a certain Kate Moss has just launched her 'so-called' collection at Topshop. The media has gone completely crazy; the anticipated launch is being covered in all the newspapers and it was on the BBC this morning. Nice to know where our TV licence money is going to. I even heard a PR lady cancelling a product launch for tomorrow because she did not want it to clash with Katie's day. Jesus, what is the world coming to? Topshop are certainly hyped up for the grand occasion and even though the launch is not until tomorrow, the flag ship store in Oxford Street opened its door at 8pm to day till 12pm so Mossettes can get their little mitts on the garments and just so everyone can get a fair crack at Kate's little gems, buyers are only limited to five items. And there I was thinking that we lived in a free society.

The media fascination with Croydon's finest bemuses me, I can take or leave Kate Moss but I do wonder exactly what her input was in creating her line of clothes. There have been comments from snooty fashionistas that the collection is just a rehash of her own wardrobe and some people have even said that the stuff looks like something from cheapo shop, Primark. Ouch!!
Check it out for yourself. Well celebrities 'designing' their own collections is becoming de rigour with Madonna hooking up with Hennes and flopping and who can forget the mayhem that Stella McCartney caused when she launched her stock at the same store a couple of years ago. Still at least McCartney was a bonafide designer but one thing for sure you will not catch me spending my hard earned cash on Kate's 'so-called' designs. I have better things to do with my money and find the idea of buying items from her wardrobe very boring. I wouldn't say no to the Sainsbury's bag that was designed by fashion designer, Anya Hindmarch. Dubbed 'I'm not a plastic bag,' the ethos of the product is to encourage recycling and cut down the usage of plastic bags. Take it from me, that is one cool bag and it is no surprise that people queued up in the morning to get one. The bag was sold for �5 but there were rumours of the bags being flogged on eBay for �500. Not bad eh.

LONDON - boombox, hoxton square bar and kitchen, 04/29/07

Oh i wish i was a punk rocker...

Rock is back!!! well lets face it, rock really never went out and it never will...BUT in the last few seasons runways lacked anything really sexy rather focusing on the 60's and girly swift dresses. But the hot rock scene was set by the likes of Anna Sui, D Squared and Luella. Chloe also seemed to take a turn for the best with new designer Paulo Melim Anderssen turning the innocent Chloe girl oh-so-angry. So keep the sweet shifts for day and bring out the bad rock chick when the sun goes down.

Flat Boots and Shoes

Girls prepare to get comfy with this seasons take on footwear!! Chanel paraded his models down the catwalk in tiny heeled boots and flats, whilst Giorgio Armani, Anna Sui and co showed off their collections of ballet flats, shoes and flat boots down the runway. This symbolised a woman's confidence, power and having her feet strongly grounded. This is sure to please any High heel pump loving girl who wants to give her feet a break.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

John P Interviews Daniel Vosovic in San Francisco - Part One

Saturday, April 28th. 1:15 pm PST. The one and only Daniel Vosovic, the incredibly talented fashion designer from Project Runway�s sophomore season, arrives at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to meet students from the Department of Fashion Design and his adoring public. The fan favorite from the hugely successful Bravo television program immediately begins the meet and greet with a smile that lights up the room and a demeanor that is welcoming and makes everyone feel at ease. There is NO diva behavior here. This is a designer who lets his work (rather than a fabricated caricature so required by modern reality television) speak for itself. His character as a compassionate, sympathetic, and approachable human being also makes him stand out as an exemplary young fashion designer. I have this incredible opportunity to meet with the noted New York-based designer, but being the gracious and dignified person that he is, he first meets all his fans who have waited up to two hours to say hello.

And yes, Daniel meets everyone, signs autographs, poses for pictures, and flashes that mega-watt smile while being so elegantly yet casually attired. But before I get the opportunity to briefly glimpse into his mind, there is one thing that comes first�.FASHION!

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Andrae, Tim and Nick!

Photo from EvansWard/
Here is an article about Tim's appearance at FIDM - more to come!

Kate and Tim....

BPR Field Reporter Jonathan Trimm sent in this great photo of Kate and Tim... Can anyone offer a caption?

From The Mailbox

First, here is an interview with Tim at ETonline. Thanks Jackie!

Michael Kors enjoys a vintage cookbook. Thanks Wendie and Deb.

Here and here are stories from fellow bloggers about meeting Kate and Tim.

Uli Herzner's designs will be featured in HSN's Scoop Style. Thanks Kathryn.

Here is more about Chloe on QVC.

Here is an article in the LA Times about the book fair. There is a little interview with Tim.

And just in case you are ready for something NEW - we have an exclusive interview with Daniel Vosovic tomorrow AND a field report from the Michael Kors event in Washington DC. Stay tuned.....

Deb Reports From the LA Times Festival of Books

The weather was incredibly cooperative as my mom and I headed to Westwood to see Tim and Kate at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The traffic? Not so much.

We arrived about ten minutes into Tim and Kate's presentation, after dealing with the congestion on the 405 freeway, and then having to hoof our way across pretty much the entire campus of UCLA. Much of what the two discussed today followed the same lines as that of previous panel/Q&A sessions on the book tour, but I'll post some random items below that I noted. My apologies to Kate and Tim if I have any of the details a bit mixed up, out of order, or just plain "off" in any way; unfortunately my notes turned out to be a tad on the cryptic side!

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Saturday, April 28, 2007


After almost 3 years, I've decided to leave Paris. Of course the City of Lights is charming, but, let's face it, not a hotspot for fashion fodder. I've been roaming streets and crashing parties all around the world, scanning faces, forgetting the meaning of the working week. I've learnt a lot over the past year and I couldn't fail to notice this: the image of Paris you get from the fashion industry is a million miles away from the "real people" who mostly don't get off on dressing up. Old people still have a snappy sense of style, but the young have lost their heritage and aren't experimental enough to replace it. I might as well just say it, Paris has lost its sense of style. London, New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Reykjavik are the most inspiring places I've been - places where you can find people inventing new cultures, new ways of dressing, or at least enjoying elegance. I've chosen London because it offers more diversity, plain craziness and cultural invention per square metre than pretty much anywhere else around. Needless to say being based in Europe allows me to get around easily too. New York will doubtless be the next step. So I'm changing my address, but not my life. I'll keep travelling as much as possible, always on the hunt for personalities rather than simple trends. For the Paris lovers, don't worry, the Eurostar won't lose my custom. Here's my line-up for the coming weeks:

April 29th - May 14th: London
May 15th - 21th: Belgrade
May 22th - 27th: Madrid
May 28th - 30th: London
June 1st-3rd: Switzerland
June: Venice, Helsinki and Paris to be confirmed

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your support. London Fashion Trends is a really crazy adventure that brings me new projects all the time. Half the fun is sharing them with you.

PARIS - la perle, 04/28/07

PARIS - fluokids party, point �ph�m�re, 04/27/07

PARIS - on the street, le marais, 04/27/07

Friday, April 27, 2007

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From The Mailbox

Here is a nice interview with Tim from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Attention Palm Springs: Tim and Kate will be at Peppertree Bookstore from 5:00 - 7:00 today.

Austin Scarlett is mentioned in this article from The New York Times.

Here is a nice piece from a fashion blogger about Emmett McCarthy.

Roz Reports From Santa Monica

Dear BPRs,

It turned out to be a beautiful day in Santa Monica by the sea in California. This stop on Tim Gunn's book tour was at the Santa Monica library from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. I arrived at the library with my 81 year old mother who was visiting me from New York, who just the day before was introduced to Tim for the first time on TV when he appeared on the "Today Show."

When we got there Robert Graves from the library greeted each person who came and had us wait in the courtyard until 2:45 pm when we would all be allowed to enter the library's auditorium. Tim and Kate were late, and then we were told by Mr. Graves that we had to wait further as Tim and Kate first had to do an interview before we could file in. That elicited some good natured shouts from the assemblage to tell Tim to "make it work." In the meantime copies of books were for sale. Santa Monica was the middle of three stops today for Tim and Kate.

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PARIS - on the street, le marais and les halles + picnic, quais de la seine, 04/26/07

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Blazer Up an LBD For Work

Remember this cute, cotton Gap dress? Add some sweet pumps and a dressy blazer (and a camisole, if your top is low-cut) to a simple, cotton dress to make it totally work-appropriate and 100% chic:

Besides the LBD, I highly recommend a simple, chic blazer to add to your collection. A great blazer, especially from a suit set, can make almost anything work appropriate (yea, not anything, but you know what I mean). Invest in a good one to get a good cut and a blazer that will last you awhile in wear and classic style.

Dress - Gap
Camisole - The Limited
Cotton Chino Blazer - Banana Republic
Linen Peep-Toe Pumps - Banana Republic
Vintage Lucite Earrings - D Celestine Limited