tom ford apple store
As I mentioned on Twitter, today was the kind of day that called for a blog. Why? I spent my afternoon with Tom Ford.

Well, Tom Ford and 100-something other fashionistos and istas. The occassion? The Apple Store on Regent Street held “Tom Ford In Conversation With Paula Reed” (Grazia’s Style Director) today.

Unsurprisingly, Tom sent everyone’s hearts a-flutter. As well as being the legendary designer who made Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent into what they are today, he is incredibly charming, witty, and well-spoken. Though the full interview will soon be up on iTunes for your enjoyment, I thought I would share a few of my interview highlights below.

On shoes:

The shoe is a piece of architecture. It stands on its own. There’s a vocabulary that has to relate.

On confidence:

Of course I doubt myself. In fashion, you have to doubt yourself until the very last minute.

On having fashion in the blood:

I have a niece and her first word was shoe.

On moving from Santa Fe to New York at the start of his career:

I knew I had to get out. I knew it was the place for me and I knew that I had to go.

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Vogue China September 2011 Cover
Run for cover! China’s taking over (and I like it)! First sign? One of the best worldwide covers of the ever-important month of September. We have a Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin-shot cover for Vogue China featuring the Asian beauties of Du Juan, Sui He, Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Ming Xi, and Shu Pei in Gucci greatness.

After that? A surprising and elegant shoot from fashion photographer Maciej Kucia called “China With Love“. Photographed in Shanghai, the spread features model Lauren Elizabeth Aitken in some incredible gowns by famed bridal designer Wang Ta Chen.

Saskia de Brauw Interview

Saskia de Brauw Interview


From the glorious insides of August 2011‘s issue of Interview magazine, we have it-girl Saskia de Brauw looking very dissatisfied by the advances of Marique Schimmel. To be honest, if I was clad in Gucci (as styled by Karl Templer), had perfect hair (Luigi Murenu) and make-up (Diane Kendal), with the photographic genius duo of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in front of me, I’d be satisfied enough already. So much Gucci! Gucci overload! Gucci-gasm! View Post

Kristen Stewart W Magazine
It’s not Brooke Shields, it’s not Lindsay Lohan, it’s a Barbarella-haired Kristen Stewart on the cover of W Magazine‘s September 2011 issue! What a knockout. With the combination of her white Max Mara mohair and wool sweater plus a swipe Rouge Dior lipstick in Angélique Beige, she has retro, chill-out glamour down to a tee.

Inside the editorial, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, she continues to vamp it up in Junya Watanabe, Dolce & Gabbana, Theory, and the same Gucci dress Beyonce Knowles wore on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

My favourite segment from the accompanying interview:

Twilight was your college, and you graduated, in a way: You became Bella Swan at 17, and now you’re 21.
Yeah—and that time has been sort of nuts for me. In film, I have chronicled every stage of my life since I was nine. And it’s more intense now, obviously, because I’m not in control of it anymore.
You’re not in charge of your life?
No. Not really. Not if I want to think solely about what I really like to do. It’s a funny thing: You want so badly for people to see what you do—you’re proud of it—and I like the effect that movies have on people. But the attention can also make me uncomfortable. In certain situations, people say to me, “C’mon, what’s wrong with you?” I apologize. I love what I’m doing, but I’m a little uncomfortable.

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Gucci Guilty Intense
Guess who’s coming out with an incredible new Eau de Parfum, guys?

If you couldn’t tell by the interlocked G’s (or…ahem…the title), it’s Gucci! As a follow up to the gargantuan success of Gucci Guilty (and the incredible campaign featuring Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans), Gucci Guilty Intense has ravishing top notes of mandarin and pink pepper, middle notes of lilac, violet and heliotropine, and base notes of patchouli – Gucci’s fragrance glory. And that’s just in the ladies perfume.

The male fragrance…well, it’s pure sex. Top notes are lavender, coriander (so fantastic) and amalfi lemon, middle notes are african orange flower and neroli, and base notes are patchouli and amber. In fact, the men’s fragrance is so deliciously complex, I would recommend it as a unisex fragrance.

Both will be launching on the 24th August, 2011.