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On September 19th, Mario Testino will be presented with the inaugural Moët & Chandon Etoile Award. This award recognises an individual with exceptional talent with longstanding influence.
Of receiving the award, Testino has said: “For me, Moët & Chandon represents excellence and luxury and for this reason I feel very honoured to be the first person receiving the Etoile award, in this my 30th year as a photographer, and I thank them for it.”
Mario Testino has become one of the world’s most well known and celebrated fashion photographers. As well as having published seven books of his work, Testino has had many successful exhibitions in galleries around the world. He has shot fashion stories, covers and campaigns for; Vogue, Vanity Fair, V, Gucci, Tom Ford, Burberry, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Versace and Estée Lauder, amongst others. Testino’s subjects have ranged from Diana, Princess of Wales to Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss; from Julia Roberts to Madonna, Lady Gaga and Emma Watson. And this month he landed three International Vogue covers for their exclusive September issues – US, UK and Paris. An extraordinary talent, an amazing photographer and visionary…
A selection of Mario Testino’s Vogue covers
Your Fabulous Fashion Scoop
5 Delightful Sunday Espresso Shots of News…
Just three weeks ago it was referred to as ‘fashion roadkill’, yet now Princess Beatrice’s Philip Treacy headpiece has reached £80,000. Attracting over a 100 bidders online, the profits will go straight to the Little Bee Initiative, a charity founded by Princess Beatrice to raise money for Children in Crisis and Unicef. Initially attracting much ridicule, with the “Princess Beatrice’s ridiculous royal wedding hat” Facebook page having more than 142,000 likes; Treacy remained defiant, stating “The hat is a symbol of positivity. I hope people all over the world will be generous and the hat will benefit many.” Bidding is set to close today, so a flurry of last minute bids is to be expected… watch this space.
Lady Gaga’s Fashion Also Up For Sale In New Charity Auction
Lady Gaga is selling some of her most iconic looks in aid of the Robin Hood Foundation. The three day event in conjunction with Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti and the charity, will take place in New York but is also open to everyone online via the Gilt Groupe website. One of the most sought after items is the white full length gown, worn by Gaga at Paris Fashion Week in March. As well as clothing, concert tickets and Gaga-inspired charms up for up for auction…
David Beckham’s Underwear Line
David Beckham has announced he will be launching his own bodywear line for men. Beckham has said, “I’ve had the idea of doing a bodywear collection for some time now. The push to do something of my own really came as a result of my collaboration with Armani.”. He will also be launching a new scent entitled ‘Homme by David Beckham’ later this year. The advertisements will include a specially designed logo created by Stella McCartney’s husband Alasdhair Willis (pictured right). Victoria Beckham tweeted a pic of the branding along with the words: “David announced today he is launching his own bodywear range!!! x” last week. And before you ask… of course he will be face of both his bodywear and fragrance products!
Actress and Dior muse, Marion Cotillard has given birth to her first child, a baby boy named Marcel. In celebration, here are some of my favourite Marion Cotillard’s style looks…
The World’s First Fashion Hotel In Dubai
The five-star hotel to be owned and operated by the Al Habtoor Group and will comprise of 30-storeys. The most impressive part… the exterior will display a projection using the world’s largest 100 metre LED screen! Even better than this… it will broadcast the latest Fashion TV highlights, around the clock! Guests will also have access to 30 Fashion TV channels, as well as the biggest Fashion DVD library in the world – offering 50,000 DVDs on the history of fashion! Check me in now…
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Photos from independent.co.uk / grazia.com.au / google images
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We love Audrey Hepburn!
When I asked you all who your style inspirations were, the darling Audrey Hepburn was the name that kept on popping up! Elegant, sophisticated and beautifully whimsical, Audrey Hepburn’s style is timeless perfection.
Givenchy was Hepburn’s signature look, both on and off the screen.
Of the fashion house, Hepburn said: “Balenciaga once said the secret of elegance is elimination. I believe that. That’s why I love Hubert Givenchy… They’re clothes without ornament, with everything stripped away.”
Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy first met in 1953, before she began filming ‘Sabrina’. Hepburn flew to Paris for an appointment with him and to organise her wardrobe for the film. At twenty-six, Givenchy had just left Christian Dior the year previously, to open his own salon in Paris. Influenced by his mentor and friend Cristobal Balenciaga, Givenchy’s style was minimal elegance.
A fashion fairytale was made that day. Givenchy let Hepburn choose anything she liked from his current collection. ‘Sabrina’ then went on to win an Oscar for Costume Design and Edith Head received the recognition. Hepburn was terribly upset by this and called Givenchy immediately to apologise. Of this Givenchy said: “I was very touched, but told her not to worry, because Sabrina had brought me more new clients than I could handle, but Audrey was still upset, and she made a promise to me that in the future she would make sure that it never happened again. And she kept her promise. This was one of the most marvellous things about her. She thought constantly of others.”
Hepburn’s alliance with Givenchy would last her lifetime. Givenchy went on to make costumes for most of Hepburn’s films after ‘Sabrina’ and created a fragrance for her in 1957 called ‘L’Interdit’. It was intended for her personal use only; however, she asked Givenchy to put L’Interdit into the marketplace. Hepburn stared in the campaign but refused to negotiate compensation for using her name; she would gladly assist her dear friend in launching his perfume.