London

I love London. I sign things London. London is the key to my heart – it deserves some writing.

Jason Wu Target

  • Now that Jason Wu has been confirmed as the next Target collaborator, we are already being teased by what’s to come! Above, we have a sketch of a Jason Wu for Target design next to one of his Spring/Summer 2012 runway looks, for reference. The collection will launch February 5, 2012, and the teaser video below already has me overloaded with excitement.

  • At the end of March 2012, London’s Design Museum will be opening a retrospective of Christian Louboutin‘s 10-year-long rise to the top of the shoe game!

  • Kanye West‘s debut collection was apparently more high risk than many thought, as he “took out motherf—ing loans to get the best models“. One of those models, the exquisite Chanel Iman, has also sparked rumours that she might be Kanye’s new girlfriend.

  • The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have scheduled the Spring/Summer 2013 shows at Lincoln Center to start on September 13, 2012. A week later than usual. Why? They don’t want to force anyone to work over Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, this means that the succeeding shows in London, Milan, and Paris will have to be put on hold to avoid an overlap.

    Milan isn’t on board. The Italian Chamber of Fashion has complained that moving shows like Max Mara and Gucci back any further would mean they would not be able to send their orders into production quickly enough to satisfy their buyers.

    This means London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week could show at the same exact time. Conde Nast (the publisher of Vogue, W, Glamour, etc) representative Jonathan Newhouse, the international charmain, said his editors will choose London over Milan.

    Can a fashion week work without the likes of Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani? I think a change will have to be made on someone’s behalf to keep all ‘fashion cities‘ happy!

  • If you weren’t one of over 600,000 people who went to view Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress while it was on display at Buckingham Palace, it’s unlikely you ever will. After the exhibition closed yesterday, a source at the palace said that Kate is “keen to ensure that the [packed up] dress survives undamaged for as long as possible, and so this inevitably means limiting the number of times that it is transported or displayed.”
  • Westfield London Car Bootique
    For the second year in a row, Westfield London have taken it upon themselves to completely revolutionize the modern car boot sale with…drumroll, pleaseThe Car Bootique!

    This year, The Atrium was filled with 10 fashion-forward Mercedes Benz beauties, brimming with the best of Autumn/Winter 2011. Each gorgeous luxury vehicle was decorated by a brand, who each individually had something special on offer for visitors. Brands involved were Reiss, Coach, French Connection, Twenty8Twelve, Onitsuka Tiger, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, Firetrap, River Island and DKNY Jeans

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    On top of that, there was a “Blogger Hunt” set in place for a chance to win a £100 Westfield Gift Card. To win, you had to follow Lily from What I Heart Today and Jess from CatwalkQueen.tv on Twitter, follow their clues, and try to find them.

    Clue 1: I’m feeling truly British today! #wihtwestfield @westfieldlondon

    Amazingly – because I never win anything – my fashion knowledge and mental map of Westfield’s 1,614,600 ft² building came in handy as I managed to find Lily (above) within a minute of reading her clue! Proof that a Mulberry obsession can be profitable, no? ;D

    Westfield London Car Bootique

    Back to the Car Bootique with gift card in tow, I finally got to join the crowd of style-savvy visitors to play around (and get snap-happy with) new and one-off pieces from some of my favourite brands. Pure fashion heaven.

    Westfield London Car Bootique

    So, what were some of the best goodies, you ask?

    The cute-as-can-be car, above, belonged to River Island, who were ready and willing to share their exclusive Chelsea Girl collection! For those who don’t remember, Chelsea Girl was actually the high street favourite from the 60’s to 80’s before they transformed into River Island, right as the 90’s approached! Everyone who visited The River Island wardrobe were entered into a draw to win £500 worth of River Island vouchers.

    Onitsuka Tiger implemented a ‘fishing’ game where you could ‘fish out’ a shoe from the car’s boot which would contain an origami object that unfolds to tell you your prize! There were also major 50% off discounts.

    Reiss were offering 10% off stock, a showcase of their anniversary collection ‘Reiss Editions’, and a chance to win an entire Reiss wardrobe worth £500!

    Westfield London Car Bootique

    Firetrap were doing it big! Not only did they have a gorgeous, glam grunge collection on offer, but they were giving some really fabulous things away. First, there was complimentary Nail Art manicures by Sophy Robson’s NailPorn, then there were free customised t-shirts with every purchase over £20 (with proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust!), and – to celebrate the launch of The Sunday Girl collection – Sunday Girl herself aka Jade Williams was doing a special DJ set.

    DKNY Jeans, ready with a New York City cab-esque Benz and traffic lights, were offering every shopper an amazing 20% off any new season collection purchases!

    And last, but not least, Ted Baker! With every purchase during the Car Bootique, customers received an envelope with a ‘win or lose’ message inside. With a win, they had the chance to get a prize from ‘Ted’s tombola’, or even the grand prize – the entire wardrobe of Ted Baker goodies in the boot itself!

    Westfield London Car Bootique

    After all that shopping, there was even a “Hair and Beauty Pit Stop” where The Ginger Group and new make up brand KIKO were offering full make-overs! With blow-outs, styling and trials of the latest, greatest palettes and products in Westfield, it was a great opportunity to get glamorous in time for their…

    fashion shows! Each day, there were four shows that showcased the most beautiful and trendy garments for the season ahead. Autumn/Winter style selections included all of the Car Bootique brands, and they were styled to perfection. It was a great source of inspiration and entertainment for anyone outside of the fashion industry who typically doesn’t get to see the shows. They were super professional, and demonstrated key trends we will be seeing over the next few months; heritage, ladylike lines, animal print, and mod, especially.

    A real high note to end the day!

    Westfield London Car Bootique

    Take note, all! Until the end of the day, Westfield is holding an online competion where they are giving away a car boot filled with 10 prizes (worth over £1,500!) to one lucky winner. Check their Facebook for details, and good luck!

    Besos,
    Lela xo

    London Riots Woman Jumping

    A Letter To The Participants of the London Riots

    To (your name),

    Your city is burning around you, and whether you literally lit the flame or not, it’s been instigated under your initiative.

    You have to stop.

    I know you’re angry. Most of us are. With little to no stake in the system, a huge percentage of people – like you and I – are cut off from social and economic rewards that are frequently flaunted in front of us. A small percentage of us can afford the ‘latest and greatest’.

    It sucks, but it is no excuse for what you are doing. Those rewards are not a birthright, but gained through work and education.

    “I heard two girls arguing about which store to steal from next. ‘Let’s go Boots?’ ‘No, Body Shop.’ ‘Hit Body Shop after it’s dead [meaning empty].'” The girl came out of Boots “nonchalantly, as if she’d done her weekly shop at 4:30am”, he added. He described others, holding up clothes to themselves in the broken windows of H&M. “They were just so blasé about what they were doing.”
    “Tiel”, North London

    There is no way to rationalize your actions. The killing of Mark Duggan, unfortunate circumstances of low finances, the ‘race card’ – they are all lazy sparks to exploit an existing fury. It is you who has turned it into a bonfire, and it is you who has to extinguish it.

    You’re burning down our home. Those stores you loot for thousands of pounds? Those independent retailers who have their livelihood’s torched under your command? The women you are kicking off their bicycles or mugging with machetes? They are people. Born with the same genetic code as you. They are mothers, uncles, brothers, grandparents…people who are working for their living and hold no responsibility over the source of your anger.

    There are men and women in the armed forces risking their lives to protect your country every day. To be a domestic terrorist is a slap in their face. It is a slap in the face of everyone who has ever fought for the United Kingdom’s civil rights.

    You can be rich, you can be poor, you can be somewhere in between – no matter your ‘financial situation’, there will be problems: problems with the economy, problems with the government, and problems with the police. Be pro-active, not re-active. Your actions are digging us further into a hole our country is struggling to pull out of.

    You are the future of this country. You can empower yourself, your friends and your family to make a peaceful change. That pair of trainers will mean one of two things to you in six months time:
    a) A criminal arrest.
    b) Nothing.

    What will mean something real? The home you’re so inspired to tear down.

    Perfect Smile White Teeth
    Raise the alarm! Most of us are suckers for some pearly whites (though maybe not on George Hamilton level – hello, Veneers). Because of this, we wipe out our drugstore whitening kits and toothpastes without so much as a glance towards the ingredient list. A Hollywood smile for a few dineros? Yes, please!

    What the products aren’t telling you is that they are scraping by with the bare minimum regulations and are destroying your teeth. To cut the medi-speak down, the jist is that all of these ‘quick fixes’ forced upon us are not properly trialled, and many contain small particles of sandpaper that are abrasive enough to wipe stains away, but will also cause damage and sensitivity in the long run.

    So, how do we safely get a mega-watt smile? Fashion fan and expert beauty Dr. Anjali Rajah of NW Smiles sat me down to share the friendly and fool-proof methods:

    1) For the whitest teeth possible? Zoom! In-Surgery Power Whitening. Don’t worry, we’re not talking scalpels. A specialised light and gel break up stains to reveal mini-pearls. It’s a tooth time machine.

    2) Brite Smile To Go Whitening Pens. Too exclusive for drugstore sales. Just a click of brightening formula from a Touche Eclat-sized pen that requires no waiting time once spread over your chompers. The safe alternative to painting your teeth with a Wite Out pen. (I sadly witnessed a girl trialling this method a few years ago.)

    3) Lipstick! The right one will brighten your smile instantly. Anjali even offers consultations to find your best shade in her beautiful boutique practice, where many top beauty tricks have been tried and tested to add extra sparkle to your smile.

    Look after your mouth, ladies and gentlemen! Use a proper dentist – like NW Smiles – now so you don’t have to end up as a “before” photo a few years down the road.

    Playboy Funky Buddha Nicole Scherzinger

    Nicole Scherzinger


    As the daughter of a former Playboy bunny, there is always a pique in my interest regarding the latest and greatest from the glamorous guild.

    Last night, Bunnies, tycoons, and celebrity beauties flocked to Mayfair’s Funky Buddha to rub shoulders with newly announced Playmate of the Year, Hope Dworaczyk. Also in attendance were model Kelly Brook and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger (cats versus bunnies!). Mark from The Only Way Is Essex even managed to make it out (and chatted to me about his love for next door’s Nobu), though fellow castmates Amy Childs, Sam Faiers and Harry Derbidge were denied entry (ouch!).

    Throughout the night, I was sipping on a ton of Playboy’s new energy drink which is delicious and has no foul acidic aftertaste (looking at you, Red Bull). I even got into a friendly argument with the Oxford Rowing Team defending the sugar free version as the ‘better’ drink. Great night on all accounts!

    Playboy Energy Lela London and Charli Beale

    PR Queen Charli Beale & I (in enormous heels, believe it or not!)