Zara Founder’s Daughter Tops Spain’s Rich List

Zara high street store on Regent Street london

The daughter of Zara’s founder have been named Spain’s richest woman

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Zara’s mammoth global high-street success has ended in the daughter of its founders becoming Spain’s richest woman.

Inditex, who owns Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Bershka, was first hooked up by Rosalia Mera and Amancio Ortega in 1963. Zara was the company’s first flagship offering, with the primary store opening at the high-street 12 years later.

After co-founder Rosalia’s death in August, 45-year-old daughter Sandra Ortega Mera inherited 90% of her mother’s fortune and her stake within the world’s largest fashion retailer. She is now worth $7.3 billion and the youngest female European billionaire, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

‘Sandra Ortega’s inheritance elevates her into the head wealth sphere in Spain,’ said Nicholas Moody, London-based editor at Campden Wealth, a networking community for the world’s wealthiest family businesses. ‘The interesting thing to look at could be whether her involvement with Inditex develops and if she takes a more active part within the business.’

By Robyn Munson

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley Is A Fairytale Princess In M&S Christmas Ad

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in The Marks and Spencer Christmas advert

Rosie Huntington Whiteley enters the paranormal world of Marks and Spencer’s festive advert

Rosie Huntington Whiteley should have had plenty of fun filming the Marks and Spencer Christmas advert, not least because she got to spend time as David Gandy’s fairytale beau.

The video, which have been released online, and which hits TV screens tomorrow (November 6), shows the 26-year old playing quite a number our favorite fairytale characters as she shows off the high street brand’s festive wares.

David Gandy in The Marks and Spencer Christmas advert

Directed by Johan Renck, Rosie, David, Helena and co, take us on a wonderful two-and-a-half minute journey through Alice In Wonderland, Aladdin and The Wizard of Oz.

The advert begins with Rosie taking her (very cute) Westie for a walk, before finding herself falling down a manhole and straight right into a celebrity filled Mad Hatter tea party, with a totally suave My Gandy because the top-hatted host.

David Gandy and Rosie Huntington Whiteley in The Marks and Spencer Christmas advert

After being chased through some woods by some human cards, Rosie finds herself on a magic carpet ride alongside David, before the 2 of them find themselves following a brick road to an emerald-coloured Helena Bonham Carter.

Speaking concerning the advert, Rosie said: ‘It’s really fun, very sweet and kitsch. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. But there’s a bit of pressure if you end up playing the major character or the lead.’

Helena Bonham Carter in The Marks and Spencer Christmas advert

And, after all , while the actors and models all look beautiful, we wish your entire clothes, too. We’re especially smitten with Rosie’s Wizard Of Oz-inspired dress and ruby red slippers, and her sheer navy Alice In Wonderland number.

Time to begin writing that Christmas list…

By Olivia Marks

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Returns To The Balmain Catwalk

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Balmain

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Balmain catwalk

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took to the Balmain catwalk again yesterday, alongside one of the most industry’s biggest names, to model the label’s Autumn Winter 2014 collection.

Rosie, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls came down the runway wearing a chain of super-sexy outfits designed by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the Balmain catwalk

The theme for Balmain’s AW14 collection definitely centred around leather. There have been leather trousers, leather skirts, leather skirts over trousers (yep, that trend looks as if it set for a comeback). The French fashion house took another trip back to the Eighties, with super-sized shoulders, slicked back hair and a few serious chandelier earrings. Tha Balmain customer is definitely a girl that wishes to make an announcement.

Little wonder then that sitting at the FROW was Rihanna, who’s the face of the label. Although she might not were at the catwalk, RiRi was still on modelling duties wearing a top-to-toe khaki look straight from the runway.

And we reckon we’ll be seeing Rihanna wearing more only one outfit from this collection…

By Olivia Marks

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Victoria Beckham’s New Pre-Collection Has Arrived!

Victoria Beckham steps out at the end of her New York Fashion Week catwalk show

Victoria Beckham celebrates the launch of her first ever pre-collection

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Victoria Beckham has yet more cause for celebration today as her first ever pre-collection goes on sale.

Sharing the scoop with fans on Twitter, VB wrote: “Excited to determine my first pre-collection arriving in stores now!”

Word of the British designer’s latest launch spread after her successful Spring Summer 2014 season at The big apple Fashion Week, this September.

Now available through Net-A-Porter.com, the pre-collection is then set to enroll in Victoria’s established lines – Victoria, Victoria Beckham, Icon, Denim and Eyewear – on her own e-commerce store.

Expect Victoria’s signature luxe styles, with blush pink and all-black hues contrasting with this season’s flash of neon yellow and bright orange – not forgetting the anticipated (but never disappointing) dose of navy blue and gray tailoring.

VB fans could also get excited for the designer’s first standalone store to open inside the not too distant future.

Responding to rumours of plans to open a shop on London’s Dover Street, the previous Spice Girl store revealed at Fashion Week: “This is where i need to have my first store. I’d care to do something it’s really new, really fresh. Something somewhat conceptual – but not an excessive amount of.”

It’s been a major year for the Beckham household – David has a brand new book, Brooklyn’s football career is off to a flying start and the family’s beloved Beckingham Palace went available on the market – and it doesn’t look set to prevent any time soon.

Big congrats to Victoria Beckham, again!

By Jessica Bridgeman 

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H&M Pulls In An A-List Crowd For Its Paris Fashion Week Show

Miranda Kerr at the H&M Paris Fashion Week show

Miranda Kerr sat FROW at H&M

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H&M made a suitably glamorous return to the Paris Fashion Week catwalk after an eight year hiatus, with a bunch of stellar names sat within the front row.

Miranda Kerr, who was announced because the new face of the Swedish earlier this month, looked elegant in a ladylike black embroidered dress and matching pointy black pumps.

Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Solange Knowles at H&M

Joining Miranda at the FROW was Olivia Palermo, who looked her usual stylish self in monochrome leather, Jessica Alba in top-to-toe white, and one among our favorite fashion week stars, Solange Knowles who wore a published playsuit and statement necklace to look at the show.

Jourdan Dunn also turned out to support the emblem, wearing an identical cardigan and shorts combo.

Olivia Palermo at H&M

Models including Joan Smalls took to the catwalk within the Musée Rodin, which has also housed shows for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, to showcase looks from H&M Studio’s Autumn Winter 2014 collection.

Jourdan Dunn at the H&M show

Pieces from the pricier Studio collection might be available in selected stores worldwide from September 4. 

By Olivia Marks

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Louis Vuitton Officially Names Nicolas Ghesquiere As Marc Jacobs’ Successor

Nicholas Ghesquiere is the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has confirmed the scoop that Nicholas Ghesquiere could be its new artistic director

Louis Vuitton has appointed Nicolas Ghesquiere as its new artistic director, after Marc Jacobs called time on his tenure on the French fashion house in October.

Rumours that Nicolas Ghesquiere would absorb the high-profile position has been circulating for several weeks, and now Louis Vuitton has finally confirmed that they’re true.

Announcing the scoop, Louis Vuitton said: ‘The Maison Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière, one in every of today’s greatest talents. He’ll bring a fashionable creative vision to the House’s women’s collections, building at the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality that are on the heart of the Louis Vuitton Maison since 1854.’

Speaking to about his new appointment, Ghesquiere had this to claim: Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the logo of final luxury, innovation and exploration… i’m very honored of the mission that i’m entrusted with, and proud to affix the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision.

We cannot wait to peer what Ghesquiere has in store for the Louis Vuitton’s womenswear. Roll on February…

By Olivia Marks

10 Things We Loved About Milan Fashion Week

Anna Dello Russo wearing Moschino

Anna Dello Russo sporting Moschino’s McDonald’s sweater dress

1. Golden arches at Moschino
We love a show with a feeling of humour, and Jeremy Scott’s first for Moschino, with prints taken from the packaging of oven chips, cheesy crisps and the world’s most renowned fast food joint, certainly came with an enormous helping of irony. Plus all of us got an iPhone cover that seemed like a section of McDonalds chips. Tasty.

Fendi AW14

2. Drone cameras at Fendi
Them taking an image folks taking an image of them…the remote controlled drone cameras hovering above us at Fendi certainly made great Instafodder, and likewise captured the show for the website’s live stream.

Dolce & Gabbana AW14

3. In the event you go right down to the woods today…
Grab your old copy of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree next season, because there’s Enchanted Wood inspiration in every single place. From Marni’s feathered dresses and Sergio Rossi’s presentation in a mystical copse, to Dolce & Gabbana’s squirrel, owl and fox motifs, the forest is your friend for a/w2014.

Prada AW14

4. Retro wallpaper prints at Prada
Our favourite collections from Miuccia are those brimming with prints you have present in your Gran’s lounge circa 1972, so we fell in love with the yellows, purples and browns on show in Milan last week. We’re also hoping she makes some cushions within the same fabric. Fingers crossed…

Tods AW14

5. Geometric leather at Tod’s
From a distance we thought this was cotton, but up close we discovered the best, thinnest leather you will imagine. And it looked absolutely beautiful cut and bonded into these linear designs.

Emporio Armani AW14

6. Eat your heart out, Pharrell
Emporio Armani showed MASSIVE hats at the catwalk – they reminded us of the Vivienne Westwood person who have been glued to Pharrell Williams’ head for what appears like a month – and the InStyle team was lucky enough to have just a little try on after the show. Every one has a smaller elasticated section inside in order that the hat stays perched on top of your head in place of covering your eyes.

7. More cool bum bags!

We already questioned our style identities after we saw bum bags we liked at Long island fashion week, and now it’s happening another time. Maybe our love of flat shoes is nurturing our practical nature: who knows? Either way, we all know we’re coveting Missoni’s double bum bags for a classy hands-free option next season. 

8. Cow print at No.21

Just after we thought we had the entire flat shoes any girl could ever need, we spied some DIVINE cow print flats at the catwalk at No.21. WANT! Look out for cow print ordinarily next season: it’s the brand new leopard.

9. Think pink
Yeah, yeah, we all know you’re already thinking pink – it’s been the foremost prevalent colour for the last two seasons – but it’s staying put for a/w2014 too. Fendi’s oversized fuchsia parka set our pulses racing, and if we were celebrities, we’d be fighting over Gucci’s dusky pink leather bejewelled confection to wear at the red carpet.

10. Under-the-radar brand of the week

This prize goes to Agnona, which was founded by Ermenegildo Zegna and is now designed by Stefano Pilati.  We loved the alpaca separates in navy, peppered with bright yellow, pink and orange, all displayed at the coolest mannequins we’ve seen.

By Hannah Rochell
 

Burberry’s Christopher Bailey Enters Fashion Hall Of Fame

Christopher Bailey is pictured at a fashion week dinner

Christopher Bailey has more reason to celebrate as he’s enrolled into fashion Hall of Fame

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Congratulations are to ensure that Burberry’s Christopher Bailey after he was awarded the Hall of Fame accolade finally night’s WGSN Global Fashion Awards.

The Yorkshire-born designer was honoured with the celebrated title on the London ceremony in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Fashion’s finest turned out for the glamorous bash, which also saw Erdem, Nicholas Kirkwood, Oliver Spencer and Acne make the winners list. But it was Christopher Bailey who really stole the show, as he continued his successfully year with another impressive title.

As well as wowing the way pack at London Fashion Week, the much-loved designer recently announced his appointment as CEO on the British fashion house. Replacing his longtime colleague, Angela Ahrendts, who made a stunning move to Apple, Christopher continues to juggle his previous position as chief creative officer at Burberry.

Previous winners of the respected Hall of Fame award have included photographer Rankin and Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki.

Meanwhile Topshop also celebrated success on the annual industry awards, scooping the gong for Best Multi-Channel Retailer.

Amber Le Bon and Emilia Fox were also among guests to wait the development, donning their best red carpet frocks alongside host Cat Deeley.

Expect Burberry’s legion of star-studded campaign faces to be first to congratulate the designer, including Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Victoria Beckham’s son, Romeo.

We couldn’t have picked a more deserving winner, well done Christopher!

By Jessica Bridgeman

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