Style Snippets: Pudsey Gets A VIP Makeover For Children In Need + Katy England’s Short Film

15 November 2013

This week we've had no shortage of fashion news, as the Isabel Marant for H&M collection arrived in stores around the globe, the Victoria's Secret Angels hit the catwalk in New York and we got a first glimpse at Kate Moss' Playboy shoot. But we don't want you to miss out on any style news, so have rounded up everything else you need to know this week below...


V.I.P. has a new meaning this November: Pudsey is the man of the moment, with a bespoke collection of ten bears, designed by British film, TV and music stars alike, on exhibition whilst they are auctioned off. And what a collection it is. Stars who’ve created their personalised bears vary from Queen guitarist-turned-astrologer, Brian May, whose blue velvet bear wears a scholarly olde English waistcoat - and, like most bears, carries its own telescope around - to One Direction’s design who favours a 1D emblazoned baseball jacket (sure to be a hit with the Directioners). One of our personal favourites is Shirley Bassey’s ‘Diamonds are Forever’ black velvet Bear, adorned with 3,500 Swarovski crystals and a luxurious (for a bear) glass bead fabric bandana. Unquestionably the chicest bear around. Sarah Monteith, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at BBC Children in need discusses: “We are truly privileged that these national treasures have redesigned Pudsey for this incredible collection. Their creativity has given each Bear wonderful character and personality, and you can’t help but smile when you see them. We hope the public will get bidding to give these Bears a home and to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.’ On auction now at See the exhibition at St Pancras International until the 17th November.

Louis Vuitton For Children In Need

French fashion house Louis Vuitton has designed a unique Pudsey Bear backpack for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Online Auction which commences today. Following on from the BBC’s 2012 appeal for Children in Need, this backpack is one of 19 created by much sought after brands last year raising £152,000 for the charity. Can you bear (I know, awful) to miss out?

It’s SHOWtime


Bored of your run-of-the-mill exhibitions? Head to Maison Martin Margiela’s SHOWcabinet exhibition in collaboration with SHOWstudio, the self-proclaimed home of fashion film. Inspired by scent and its ability to trigger the memory, artists including Richard Gray, Conrad Roset and Tobie Giddio to name a few, have got their noses to the grindstone and depicted personal memories prompted by Maison’s own Replica perfumes. With December being SHOWstudio’s ‘Model Month’, each creation will also include a top model ensuring premium fashion fun. Here’s the weird bit – memory drawings will be concealed in minimal, Maison-style white boxes, only unveiled when a visitor peeps inside – not your average gallery, that’s for sure! Opening from 28th November, you’ll have the chance to sample all the scents from the perfume bar, view or even buy a selection of couture pieces from the Replica range. Cool, huh?

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IT’S A WONDERFUL DAY to spend Christmas shopping

Jacket, Lanvin, Gente Roma at Farfetch; Jeans, Acne, Start at Farfetch; Shoes, Hanneli's own []

It must be nearly Christmas! Farfetch, go-to online store, made up of the world’s best and most diverse boutiques, have launched ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL STORE’, their aptly named Christmas campaign. Is it obvious that it’s inspired by seasonal favourite, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? Offering five bounteous weeks of festive shopping, including Christmas inspiration from Farfetch’s family of more than 290 boutiques and with gift guides galore, Farfetch will be your shopping equivalent to Santa’s elves. And with the likes of Hanneli Mustaparta, Swizz Beats, Quentin Jones, Bompas & Parr and Zoe Kravitz as guest curators from the respective worlds of fashion, music, art, food and film, you are in excellent hands. Most excitingly, will offer you the chance to win an assortment of yummy prizes, including Lanvin’s much-sought after ‘Help’ necklace and a Givenchy Nightingale tote bag. This week is all about Hanneli and we couldn’t think of anyone better to help our transition into festive buying – think Kenzo, Viktor & Rolf, Acne, Moschino, T by Alexander Wang and so many more.

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Made in England

English style and design is praised for its individual approach. Katy England’s short film, which sees an assortment of current fashion packs journeying through England, is a testament to this wonderful individuality. A collaboration with Vauxhall Motors, the film sees these representatives of British youth culture ferried around in a Vauxhall Ampera, and hints at the car company’s drive to engage with those who drive Vauxhall now, and who will in the future. The film is not only stylishly raw, but is Vauxhall’s nod to their British heritage, as they celebrate their 110 year anniversary this year. It’s cool, sure. After all, how many times do you pass Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie in the street?

Ethical fashion

Australian super brand, Sass & Bide, has joined forces with The Ethical Fashion Initiative in a bid to empower disadvantaged women from sub-Saharan Africa. Joining the likes of Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Fendi, Sass & Bide will commit to collaborating with African artisans to help change lives. Simone Cipriani, Head of Poor Communities & Trade Programme, Chief Technical Adviser of Ethical Fashion, explains: “This is about shared values. It is about the world’s great design talents working together with marginalized people to create fantastic accessories while always observing a triple bottom line of People, Profit, Planet. We are delighted to welcome sass & bide, whose talent we have been watching for several years, to join other fashion stars working with The Ethical Fashion Initiative.” Limited edition accessories, including a shopper, clutch and purse, adhere to the sass & bide aesthetic of tribal elements and are created by women from the Kikuyu, Masai, Samburu and other East African tribes. Snap them up while you can!

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The Kooples watches ticking boxes

As if The Kooples couldn’t get any cooler, they’ve released a film which marks their new watch collection created in collaboration with Swiss luxury watchmaker, Johan Isaacs. Moody, monochrome and arty, the film sees a couple, obligatory to the Kooples image, dancing to bluesy garage rock ‘Black Grease’ by the Black Angels, imitating the ticking of a clock. With eleven watches on offer, all with a contemporary Parisian twist and an elegance matched in the film, The Kooples is the place to be for wrist wear this winter.

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Custom leather please!

Leather, leather, leather. We can’t get enough of it this season. There is little that beats BLK DNM’s new website,, which allows customers to customise one of three core BLK DNM leather jackets. Sleeves, collar, colour: you name it, you can customise it. Choose fabrics ranging from emerald green, high-gloss sheepskin to goat-hair shearling in midnight blue, and await your individually stitched and totally unique jacket to drop on your doorstep. Creative director and Founder, Johan Lindeberg believes that ‘to have your own unique leather jacket stitched together locally, for you, in the textures, colours and combinations you choose by hand is a beautiful experience.’ And we agree. With Lindsey Wixson fronting the brand, we just can’t resist.

Iris & Ink Accessories line released

London-based brand, Iris & Ink, launched their fabulous accessories range on Monday. The collection, filled to the brim with lovely leather goods, is the perfect addition to any London wardrobe. Inspired by, and named after, the city’s most stylish hotspots, there is a piece for everyone. With simple, sleek lines and the occasional colour pop, this is a collection that will look as good at work as it will on a night out. The question is: will you go for the Hoxton, the Notting Hill, the Bloomsbury, or the Chelsea bag?

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I-Wear Glasses

Get ready for the new big thing in the social media sphere. I-Wear is an interactive video which allows its viewer to create and record their own video by simply tapping keys on a keyboard. Not only is it a welcome project in a fun break from work, but it also promotes the idea that our specs are the most important accessory we wear (hence the name I-Wear). Rachel Williams and Lenz Von Johnston prance around looking elated whilst donning a variety of different optical frames and the most exciting bit is that you can (almost) control them. This is about mixing and matching eyewear and creating a positive experience for those that wear a lens, which seems a good i-dea.

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By Hannah Coates


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