Candle Sniffing, Met Ball Prep and Jo Malone

Karen Elson 

(Photo:prom dresses uk)Back in March, Jo Malone London attempted to throw a dinner in honor of Karen Elson — but the New York weather had other plans, and a snowstorm threw a wrench into things. So when the dinner was rescheduled for Tuesday night, perhaps it was no surprise it was all but rained out, thanks to a heavy April shower.

The delay in the event meant Elson, who performed an acoustic set for guests following dinner at Norwood, could chat about her newest music, which was released earlier in April.

“This month has been madness,” she said. “I’m really keen on just selling it at this point. I’m going to be doing festivals all July in Europe, and I’m going on tour with Ryan Adams as well. And shoots in between. I don’t want to neglect modeling, as well. With my first record I struggled a bit with blending my fashion world with music, but with this record, it’s been a lot easier to seamlessly have the both worlds exist. I can just do them.”

Elson is a Met Ball regular, save for when the event falls on May 2. “It’s my daughter’s birthday, so when the Met falls on May 2, I’m obviously not going to go,” she said. But she’ll be there Monday night, in an outfit she wouldn’t disclose, but which is not sticking to the Comme des Garçons theme.

“The Charles James theme was very me — also the punk exhibit, because I did it in a very subtle way,” she said. “This one admittedly is going to be a lot harder — I don’t think I’m going to go [with the] theme this year, but it doesn’t have to be about that. Go and look at the exhibition and be blown away by a celebration of such an amazing artist. She sort of pulls apart the idea of what [fashion is].”

The model/musician/Jo Malone girl has been a fragrance devotee since her younger years — “my first scent memory was picking bluebells as a child. And my mom wore bluebell perfume” — through her pregnancies.

“I remember my ex-husband [Jack White] — I had bottles and bottles of fragrances all over our old house, and candles everywhere — and when I was pregnant, that was the thing that I just [loved],” she said. “I’d walk past and he’d be like ‘what the hell?’ And my nose! I was always sniffing candles, and I would always have a little black mark on my nose. And he’d be like, ‘you were sniffing candles again.’”Read more at:evening dresses

African-Caribbean students strut fashion flare at show

Students who attended the African-Caribbean Association’s fashion show tasted several cultures both south of the Gulf of Mexico and across the Atlantic Ocean.

As part of International Week, The African-Caribbean Association (ACA) hosted their annual fashion show on April 12. This year’s theme was “Owambé,” meaning “it’s happening” or “right now.”

The event aims to promote and improve knowledge of African, Caribbean and South American culture and presence on campus.

By hosting this event, the ACA hoped that students who attended gained a better understanding of African-Caribbean culture.

There were two segments of the fashion show: Traditional and formal attire.

The event also had trivia along with dancing and singing by members of the International Student Association.

While students prepared for the next performance, Oluwagbotemi “Temi” Omojola told stories from his personal life.

One of the stories Temi focused on was how he entered the U.S. to attend ULM, and why he goes by Temi.

A TSA guard asked for Temi’s real name, and he said it to the guard several times.

“The guard sent me out of the line,” Temi said. “I was worried because I came so far only to be sent back home.” He then thought about how to make his name easier to pronounce.

Temi said, “I thought about the last four letters of my name, and I went up to the guard.

He asked me one last time, ‘Sir, what is your name?’ and I said, ‘Temi.’ The rest was history.”

Temi is the current president of the ACA and future president of the International Student Association.

About four years ago, the African-Caribbean Association began hosting fashion shows at ULM.

Onyinyechi “Nana” Mgbah came up with the idea as the association’s first president. According to Temi, Nana’s goal for the event was to bring students together.

Kelsey-Jo Sharpe and Michael Ifedi enjoyed the event and were glad it turned out well. Both are members of the association.

Sharpe is a sophomore speech-language pathology major from Jamaica. She said her favorite parts of the show were the food and the types of clothes featured.

Ifedi, a second-year pharmacy student, said the event was well-organized.

For next year’s event, the association wants to improve by working on participation and time management.Read more at:plus size prom dresses | vintage prom dresses

Nash and Peter

Nash and Peter share a kiss. 

(Photo:one shoulder prom dresses)They met at gym – and it was a case of love at first sight for Nash and Peter.

After a magical proposal at the Franz Josef Glacier, the couple tied the knot in a moving ceremony decked in high glamour. With not one but two gowns flown in from the Philippines, bride Nash co-ordinated her special day in the most stylish way.

Add Greek dancing, a 3D projection mapped cake, and a wedding video that was filmed and watched by all at the reception, and you have a pretty spectacular wedding. But we’ll let Nash tell you all about it.

How did you meet? We met at a gym back in 2012 where Pete used to work as a personal trainer. I just recently joined and had no clue what I was doing, he came up to me, started chatting and showing me a few routines and the rest was history.

Tell us about the proposal: We went to Franz Josef Glacier for our third anniversary and on our way to hike up the glaciers, Pete found a nice location where he said we could “do some filming” (we like documenting our trips and make videos).

So I was posing and dancing in the snow, and when I turned around, there he was on his knee with a ring on his hand. It was very unexpected and sweet, and a bonus that we captured it on camera.

Location of wedding: The ceremony was at the Greek Orthodox Church where Pete’s parents got married and the reception was at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.

Describe your wedding day: We got married a day before Pete’s birthday. The wedding day was like a dream come true, and how we imagined it to be. Now we know why they say your wedding day is the “best day ever”.

Having all our loved ones there to celebrate with us was a truly wonderful memory.

The reception was decorated by the fantastic team at Red Pebble. Very romantic and intimate. There was a lot of laughter, music and Greek dancing!

We knew everything was going to fly so fast, so we made sure that we enjoyed and savoured every moment.

Tell us about the dress: I had two wedding dresses. I wore one at the church ceremony – a beautiful fully beaded mermaid dress – and another one – a simple, flowy white dress – for the reception.

Both were custom designed by Harley Ruedas Couture in the Philippines.

The flowers: We used white, champagne and greens as our colour palette for our flowers. The beautiful flowers were provided by Black Rose Florist.

I had a photo of my dad and I on my wedding bouquet which was very sentimental to me.

Highlight of the wedding: There were a few highlights actually, the first was walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time – it was just surreal.

Another one was our 3D projection mapped wedding cake. We wanted something out of the ordinary, and we were very thrilled that no one has seen it done here before. It was like having a light show on a cake. Everyone was mesmerised.

Was there any drama? The only thing we could remember was the photo booth at our reception did not print the photos, but was fixed immediately by the company.

The honeymoon: We did a 10-day cruise around the South Pacific Islands – Vanuatu and New Caledonia. It was Pete’s first time on a cruise and he had a blast! We then spent a week in North Shore and Waikiki, Hawaii.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was the amazing Paul Howell. He was just very nice to deal with. We loved all our photos! Our favourites would have to be one with our families, bridal party and us kissing.

Our videographer, Jetmo Project, were from Auckland and they did such an amazing job with our same day edit video which was filmed and also shown at our wedding reception.

Your advice to future brides out there: Enjoy the wedding journey. It can be stressful, overwhelming, but all worth it. Never make it only about you – involve your partner as much as possible.Read more at:prom dresses

Serena Williams Is Literally Swept Off Her Feet by Fiancé Alexis Ohanian

Most brides-to-be have dreamt of being swept off their feet. The most recent to live the dream: tennis star Serena Williams and her fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian. On Monday, Williams shared an Instagram shot of herself in Ohanian’s arms with the caption “My only regret is not pointing my toe sorry coach Garry.” While perhaps toe-pointing is a tennis-training move we don’t know of, we do know that Williams most definitely had her movie moment with Ohanian, wherever the two were vacationing. (The Insta didn’t reveal their exact location.)

But this isn’t Williams’s first ultraromantic movie moment with Ohanian. After they met and had their first date in Rome, Ohanian flew the 23-time Grand Slam winner back there in December 2016 to propose. Naturally, she shared the details of the engagement in a poem posted—where else?—on Reddit in a thread titled “I Said Yes,” giving us an epic glance at her ring.

Williams, though, has remained mostly mum on any wedding-planning details. In a press conference for the Australian Open back in January of this year, she said that “it feels good to just be engaged.” We can’t disagree; the post-engagement bliss period is all too real. But less than two weeks ago, Williams shared another telling Instagram, this time not of Ohanian but of what we are guessing to be part of the train of her potential gown or veil. Perhaps a cathedral-length veil with just the softest Chantilly-lace edging, Miss Williams? She captioned the photo “Romantic lace. Very pretty. #inspired #fashion,” and we’re confident whatever Williams wears to her upcoming nuptials will be absolutely beautiful. She is also a fashion designer, after all.Read more at:long prom dresses | plus size prom dresses

Unravelling the surprises

Aurelie Lalande, DH photo by S K Dinesh  

(Photo:white prom dresses uk)Too much knowledge is a dangerous thing’ and Aurelie Lalande vouches for this. So, when the adventurous expatriate from Paris decided to move to Bengaluru from China, where she was working as a pattern maker, she didn’t research too much about the city.

The French national wanted to keep herself open to all experiences. When she moved to the city in 2016, she loved what she saw. She now works a pattern maker with the label ‘Varana’.

She did her initial schooling and graduated in fashion designing from Paris. “After this, I worked for different fashion labels before I moved to Shanghai in 2011. Those five years were very educative and opened my mind,” she says.

Ask her what made her move to Bengaluru and she says, “I was looking for better and enriching opportunities. I applied for jobs across Asia and northern Europe. I had heard about India being a diverse country and I thought ‘why not?’ when I was offered this post,” she says.

She knew that the city was known as the IT hub but didn’t do any research about the place. “I love watching Bollywood movies and found them really interesting. I had heard about the food and the couture but it stopped there. I like keeping myself open to different experiences, so I didn’t try to learn more,” she says.

She was warned by her close ones about the risks of moving to India, especially about her safety. Aurelie says she wants to change that outlook among people. “The city was a good surprise. The people here have been most heart-warming and pleasant. In fact, I have had the best experiences ever,” she says.

The expatriate has never felt out of place here. “When I moved here, there was a friend who went out of her way to keep me happy and feel accepted. She would invite me over often and we clicked well. I met really nice people here, be it Indians or other foreigners,” she says.

The colours on the street have left a deep impression on Aurelie. She says, “Despite working in the fashion industry for a long time, the striking colours of the houses and fabrics here have left me pleasantly surprised. It is all so beautiful.”

She wears ‘kurtas’ with jeans and loves draping a ‘sari’ for special occasions. The fashion scene might not be as happening as what Aurelie was exposed to earlier, but she observes that the ethnic touch is clearly reflected in the clothes here.

“Shopping isn’t really easy here but I noticed a lot of new Indian brands. My work experience is far from what I had earlier,” she adds.

The culinary experiences here have been really rewarding, she says. “For me, another important thing about a place is its cuisine. I love trying Indian food which has so much variety. I love ‘dosa’, ‘dal’, ‘halwa’ etc,” she says. She loves Kerala food and ‘Fort Kochi’ is one of her favourite eating spots in the city. “I also like ‘Chakum Chukum’ in Indiranagar, which offers awesome rolls,” says Aurelie.

“While other places might not be as open to new things, I’ve seen that one can try new things here. I love Bengaluru’s dynamic nature,” she says. This is what made her experiment with her culinary skills and start a bakery project with her friend Arati.

“We loved cooking. One day, we baked a strawberry pie and took it for a barbecue event at a friend’s place. After tasting the pie, everyone encouraged us to start a project. That’s how ‘La Meringue’ happened. It focusses on French pastries, pies and tarts. We aim to provide the people here authentic French delights,” she explains.

When Aurelie has some time to spare, she likes watching movies. “Indian movies have a mystical element to them,” she says.

“The city has taught me many valuable lessons, including how to be patient and be more open. In Europe, things are very linear. But with the experience here, I am sure I will be more equipped for future challenges.”

“The city welcomed me, like many others, with open arms. There’s a lot I love about the city,” she sums up.Read more at:royal blue prom dresses

FASH mob for the virtual world

Shravya Jamwal 

(Photo:marieprom)Fashion and beauty “blogging” has taken the world by storm. Bretman Rock, Zoella and Nikkie Tutorials are only some of the many successes stories of this new trend. They had the chance to turn their passion into their profession. From Get Ready with Me guides to sponsorship and ad collaborations, to photo shoots and make-up tutorials, these bloggers have found a niche amongst the social media generation. With their fan followings spread out so wide, a single upload receives millions of likes within minutes.

And this storm has hit the city’s collegians, who have also caught onto this trend. With the power of social media on their side, and an ability to keep up with the latest fashion trends, the city’s rising bloggers are all set to blaze their own trail!

“I try to stay away from mainstream,” says Farah Magi, a student at Mount Carmel College and one of the city’s most prominent fashion bloggers. On whether being a student serves as an advantage, she says “It’s easier to connect with people that share the same age and social environment as me. So, I tailor make my content for them — affordable and functional fashion and dressing up within the context of college,” reveals Magi, who has an Instagram following of 31,000 followers.

Shravya Jamwal, another up and coming fashion blogger from the city says, “Being in college and doing this is great because it gives you an audience to test your stuff on, it’s a great advantage. There’s constant feedback. But, it does get hard to find a balance between college and blog work.”

Kavya Khashnobish, another a student from Christ University, talks about why she started her blog, “I just wanted to create a body positive space and encourage people to break fashion standards and body stereotypes. And also come up with affordable and accessible fashion ideas.” Kavya’s social media following grows day by day, with she has close to 1,500 followers on Instagram.

And thus, though “blogger” culture may include building a network and exploring the fashion community, it seems that city’s college kids may have other plans for the direction it eventually takes.Read more at:evening dresses uk

Artist inspired by the human canvas

Painted onto the human skin and usually lasting for several hours body painting is an art form that requires a high level of imagination and craftsmanship. International make-up artist and body painter Einat Dan is a master at it.

Dan has won several awards including the 2016 La Jolla Fashion Film Awards, Best Make Up Category for the film Fairy fight and the 2015 Cinemoi Hollywood International Fashion Film Awards, Best Art Director for the film Queen Brushhands including nominations for Best Make Up Artist and Best Costume Design. She will be hosting a master class at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh SA International Fashion Film Festival today at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Century City.

What made you decide to become an artist?

I didn’t choose to be an artist, since I can remember I felt that art was a part of me. I was always drawing from a really young age and I was also performing on stage as a dancer so it was within me all the time and I love that. I feel so lucky to be an artist, but you definitely can’t choose that – you either are an artist or you are not. I used to practise make-up on my friends since I was about 10-11, but it was only when I was 21 that I decided to be a make-up artist and body painter.

How did you choose the human body as a canvas?

I think it’s more challenging and fun to paint the human body. I love the curves of the body and I think you can create real magic. The fact that the art on the body could take long hours (between 3-8 hours or more) to do and it lasts only a few hours, to then only be washed off in the shower and all you have left is a photo and a memory, is what makes it more interesting and magical.

How did you perfect your technique?

I learn all my technique by doing (practice makes perfect) and from experience, nobody ever taught me my skills in make-up. If you want to be good at what you do, you have to practise a lot. It just makes it easier in real time and the technique just keeps getting better and better. I’m always developing my techniques and style, so after 22 years as a make-up artist I am still learning.

What are the tools of your trade?

Many times I create avant-garde make-up so it’s not the usual beauty.

I love to create extreme beauty and to use many different colours and techniques, combined with great make-up products and make-up brushes, tools that I have invented and designed myself.

I have my make-up brushes line that I produced in Germany, called “m.i.a by einat dan”.

A line of exclusive, high-end make-up brushes designed in 2012. Each brush is hand-crafted and manufactured in Germany, allowing for a superior quality and flawless application.

How do you deal with critics?

I think we only learn from critics and we have to accept the good and the bad ones. I think I’m dealing well with that, maybe because I am receiving much more positives critics than negative, but I think both are great. I always say, “when people talk about you, if it’s good or bad, it’s great – it means you exist”.

What is the most unusual request for a piece of body art you have ever had?

I’m not working with individual people, only for big brands or fashion editorials so I choose how my make-up will look. I discuss with the clients, but most of my make-up and body painting is designed – no weird or special area of the body but for creativity.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

My advice for every aspiring artist is to believe in yourself and make your dreams come true.

To be successful, for me, it’s hard work and you have to practise a lot to be really good at what you do, so just take all your energy and focus on your dreams and create.

What can we expect from your masterclass today

My masterclass will be about new trends in fashion and creative make-up.

I will demonstrate how to create a fashion look for an editorial. It will be creative and interesting.

I will start the demo with a presentation of my work on a big screen and then I will create live creative fashion make-up on my model.Read more at:graduation gowns | backless evening dresses

DJ -Offered Add-Ons You Might Want to Consider

When selecting your wedding entertainment, you typically rely on word-of-mouth recommendations, those you’ve seen at other weddings, preferred-vendor lists from your venues, or online reviews. Aside from DJs’ ability to put together killer playlists and set the musical tone (no pun intended) for your big day, they may also offer other options you might want to consider. Often, DJ companies provide fun special event add-ons that can add the perfect finishing touches to set your big day apart from the rest.

Lighting

Music may set the tone, but lighting will set the mood. Whether you opt for colorful LED up-lighting, dramatic dance-floor spotlights, dimmers, twinkling lights, or clubby strobes, adding lighting enhancements to your reception is definitely worth consideration. If possible, check out your venue at the time of day your wedding will be to see what the room looks like in its natural state, with its standard lighting, or with candlelight, and then go from there. Just be sure to keep in mind your color schemes, themes, and desired feel while making any decisions, and feel free to speak with your photographer/videographer for extra advice.

Photo Booths

A staple at many weddings and events, digital photo booths provide guests with on-the-spot memories and souvenirs for your big day—not to mention tons of fun. Oftentimes, photo booths and their attendants can be conveniently arranged through your DJ company, making it a one-stop shop where you can cross off two tasks within one contract. (Score!)

Smoke Machines

If you want a super-dramatic entrance, exit, or first dance, supplementing your package to include smoke machines is a great idea. Whether you want to appear from the fog and smoke or look like you’re dancing with your new spouse amongst the clouds, these little machines add just the right amount of dramatic “wow” factor.

Slide Shows

Weddings are memories in the making. Photographers, videographers, photo booths, selfie sticks, and more will all be working overtime to capture your big day. But what about the photos and videos that tell your sweetheart story up until now? Lots of DJ and entertainment companies offer slide-show services where they will compile your favorite moments, memories, and mementos (sometimes even same-day edits from your ceremony!) and display them at your cocktail hour or reception. This adds a perfect component of nostalgia and storytelling that will truly personalize your special day.

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music

When determining the timing of your musical entertainment, couples typically first think of the reception. After all, that’s where people will be dancing and partying. Yet, there are other points in your wedding day that can (and probably should) be enhanced by music too. Whether you’d like a DJ to play some tunes for your cocktail hour or live musicians or singers performing your favorites as you walk down the aisle, having a musical presence throughout your day will make a huge difference and is often easy to arrange and add on.Read more at:royal blue prom dresses | prom dresses uk

Ruth Chapman, Co-Executive Chairman of Matches Fashion

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(Photo:prom dress shops)On a day in the life:

It’s always hectic here. Today I had my personal trainer at the crack of dawn, then I was out meeting a jewelry designer for coffee, and then I came into the office and I did some performance reviews, I had a creative meeting with our buying director around the exclusives we’re driving out for next season, I talked to our HR heads about strategy and what we do to make life more exciting for our employees, who at the end of the day have to be treated like customers and well looked after. My husband and I Uber to work most days, I try to go on the Tube if I can but I don’t like to do it at rush hour, it’s not pleasant. The drive takes nearly an hour so we use it to catch up on emails.

On my way in I often go to Colbert which is a restaurant in Sloane Square where I have a meeting, some porridge and coffee, and arrive at the office maybe around eleven. If I have a meeting here, I’ll be in at nine.

This evening we have our monthly drinks in the building, last night we were out at dinner with friends in London, so we have long days and they’re fun and they’re filled with both exciting creative moments and then some more professional moments. It’s very much, how does the team work together?

On leaving work:

Every day is different, but it’s usually around seven-ish. Today I’m going to leave a bit earlier because I’m going to see my daughter. There’s a lot of flexibility.

On her office:

We have the most incredible views of London because we’re on three floors of the Shard. My office has two huge glass walls, and Tom has very good taste in mid-century modern furniture so I have these beautiful velvet chairs around my meeting table. It’s quite zen. We have a clear-desk policy through the building which I’m probably the worst at, but we try to keep every surface clear. At this moment on my desk there’s my Smythson thank-you notes and magazines and books people have sent me and Pippa has very kindly put the itinerary for my trip to L.A. on here as well.

On staying organized:

Pippa, who assists us, is the reason we stay organized. I don’t think I could stay organized without her. She’s completely brilliant and a real problem solver. I would be probably a quarter as productive if she wasn’t here. I also have somebody helping me at home, a domestic assistant, a P.A., so I’m covered. Because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do anything.

On the importance of eating well:

Breakfast is one of my favorite things, it’s a time before the days starts that feels a bit like a meditation. I still like to read my print newspaper as well as digital. I’ll be reading the Guardian online, The Financial Times, the New York Times … Then I like to eat some sourdough bread, some coffee; a piece of fruit. Often if my 18-year-old is home we’ll have breakfast together. I don’t drink tea, actually I have a coffee or maybe two in morning then switch to peppermint or chamomile or green tea, something just a bit calmer. I’ll be too wired otherwise.

I usually eat lunch at the desk or in a meeting, we’ve got a brilliant chain in London called Leon; it’s organic and they’ve got good healthy options so we generally have something from there.

On taking the show on the road:

I travel quite often although less so now as we have a really strong buying team. But I tend to travel for all show markets, I love to come to New York, it’s a big favorite, so I try to come before Christmas for the pre-collection market if I can get it in. It’s more for my own curiosity than anything else. I pack far too much, but I always manage to forget something. The weather can change, your day can change, so I just like to have all bases covered. For New York if I’m there for a week I’ll take two suitcases — one with clothes, and one with shoes, cosmetics, chargers, things friends have asked for. I’m going to L.A. tomorrow and I’ve been asked to bring some marmalade, so I have a whole stash of marmalade to take out there. In case something leaks, I put everything in plastic bags as well.

On communication:

I really like to have a phone conversation, I find it so much easier, and then I’ll send a follow-up, rather than emailing from the start. I think things get lost in translation. I make about 10, sometimes 20 phone calls of varying significance. I do get anything between 100 and 140 emails a day, but a lot will be delete, delete, delete. You find yourself getting things from all kinds of curious places you don’t need.

On her favorite thing about the job:

Definitely the people we work with. Tom and I have this strategy that we try to have people who are way smarter than us, so that makes it very interesting and fun. You’re always working with people who can think outside the box and think creatively and it’s the biggest pleasure.

On managing stress:

I think most people who know me consider me quite calm. I do get anxious sometimes about little things or I can feel it just building up and that’s not good. I rely on weekends, exercise, and sleep is key. I try and make sure I get a good seven hours a night. That will make a big difference. I love yoga, and I try to do it on Friday morning. I’m not very consistent but I’d like to work harder at it. If I find a situation stressful I’ll try to reflect on why. I also really believe in that energetic power of going into something with kindness and positivity.

On keeping energy up:

I work with a really great nutritionist called Eve Kalinik who has gotten me on a reasonable protocol, which helps immensely. I don’t have a lot of dairy, I don’t have a lot of gluten, I don’t have a lot of sugar, and then she has me taking supplements each day to maintain energy and de-stress.

On her fashion uniform:

It’s different every day, but I tend to wear a lot of trousers and shirts and knitwear; it depends on my mood. As gets warmer I’ll wear a few more dresses. It depends on the morning and how I’m feeling. It’s really about being smart, elegant, and comfortable. Today I have on Martin Margiela silk pants, Nicholas Kirkwood boots that have the pearls underneath, an old Missoni knit on top, and a Blazé blazer.

On what’s in her bag:

I’m carrying a black Margiela bag, it’s the one … it’s quite big and businesslike but very cool. It’s got a separate compartment inside. And my purse is in it and my sunglasses and glasses some lipstick, my expenses. The sunglasses are Oliver Peoples for The Row sunglasses and The Row spectacles as well.

On the one thing she’d change about her work life:

I wouldn’t mind a little more time to travel. Tom and I have three children together, and one is in L.A. and one is in South Carolina and what would be brilliant would be to have a little more time to spend with them. But I think that’s coming, it’s just about carving out that time.

On how her work habits have changed since starting the company:

It’s a different world now. When we started it was just the two of us so we did everything, from the hiring, to the finance, to the store, to the sales, to the display, to the buying, to restocking the fridges with wine and coffee, to keeping the data on customers. And now because we are co-chairmen we have a lot of people who are doing that. We now have a more overarching vision of the business and are more there to mentor the team and guide, but everybody’s empowered to do their roles. I work probably the same amount [as I did then] but it’s much more thoughtful and considered and easy. Back then, doing everything yourself, you’re running around constantly. I don’t feel I run around now. I glide.

On how she unwinds:

I love to read when I can, which is more on holiday. I’ve got books piled up to hopefully start this week. The last books I’ve really enjoyed are by Junot Díaz. I also quite enjoy cooking — I like to make a roast chicken — but Tom is a better cook. Sometimes we’ll sit in the garden as the weather gets nicer, or invite friends round. We’ll have dinner, a glass of wine; we might watch television. I’m not that great on TV, Tom really enjoys it, it’s a good switch off for him. I like a good movie or box sets of things, like an episode of House of Cards, or we watched Taboo with Tom Hardy. Last night I tried to watch the old Cary Grant To Kill a Mockingbird with my 18-year-old but she got bored, I think that generation expects everything in vibrant color. We have two dogs at home as well, a Labrador and a Jack Russell. The little one is much older, and the big one’s young and very silly and quite immature. Our children are crazy about them; they get so much attention, these dogs.

On bedtime:

I have the best of intentions so I’ll start thinking about going to bed around ten, but often I end up going to bed at 11:30 — sometimes later.

On how she’s celebrating 30 years:

We are doing a residency in New York with three days of events. Our press day is first, followed by dinners and customer events every single day — designer consultations and designers like Gabriela Hearst, and Joseph Altuzarra in conversation [with Julie Gilhart and Garance Doré, respectively]. We tend to work on a serendipitous basis — Joseph is a friend, now Gabriela [Hearst] is a friend, it comes really down to serendipity and chemistry … Gabriela Hearst will be talking about the sustainable part of her brand; because she grew up on a farm, and she’s really keen to make sure that we’re sustaining and maintaining those artisanal industries. We’re not about looking back, more about celebrating what the future looks like. That is why our hashtag is #30yearsandcounting.

What does the future look like?

It’s all about finding innovative ways of connecting with the customer. We’re very big believers in the concept of brick and mortar in addition to e-commerce, even though it’s a tiny part of our revenue. We’re interested in what we offer to the customer coming into our stores — it’s not about inventory, but an experience. You have time to meet someone highly educated about the product, and seeing and touching and feeling new and exciting ideas. Also online, bringing more innovative ideas and ways to inspire, and making our shipping faster. We’ve introduced 90-minute delivery in London. We love to hear criticism and we always take it on board and use it to make the experience a better one.Read more at:formal dresses uk

Nicki Minaj rents out entire hotel rooms to store her clothes

Nicki Minaj 

(Photo:vintage prom dresses)Rapper Nicki Minaj has to book extra hotel rooms when she’s travelling to house her enormous wardrobe options.

The Super Bass hitmaker relies on her stylist, Maher Jridi, to come up with fabulous options and when they are evaluating the looks he picks out for her, they often need a big space.

“I usually have a room just for clothes,” Nicki tells the Daily Front Row’s Hollywood issue. “We’ll have so many racks of clothes and shoes, accessories, shades, headpieces, all of that stuff. They’ll set up, and usually I don’t like anybody to be there when I first go in… I don’t like my choices to be swayed.”

Minaj became the latest face of Wilhelmina Models after signing a modelling deal with the agency this week (29Mar17), but the star isn’t concerned about fitting into a fashion model stereotype.

“I’m not going to look like a model on the catwalk, and that’s fine,” she says.

Nicki, 34, previously gushed about her new contract with Wilhelmina: “I love the synergy between my music and how it inspires my fashion,” she wrote in a statement. “My message is always about celebrating your own style. I’m thrilled and honoured to have signed with Wilhelmina. They get me.”

The musician isn’t new to modelling – she has previously fronted campaigns for the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Adidas.

Nicki has also dipped her toes into the world of beauty over the years, having launched her first fragrance line back in 2012, and she collaborated with MAC Cosmetics and OPI Nail Polishes on various collections.Read more at:sexy prom dresses