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Have you ever discovered sunglasses so perfect you buy them in the darkest months of the year? This lady has.

Say hello to my brand new Tom Ford Lana superspy shades (from the sunglass superstore that is SmartBuyGlasses).

To keep my eyes feeling happy after multiple laser surgeries, I have been wearing a selection of old school sunglasses, then throwing them in my handbag in the evening. Naturally, this has resulted in some wear and tear. To combat the issue, I have been wearing my Tom Fords from sunrise to sundown, then tucking them into their uber luxe suede case like a responsible adult.

It must be love.

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Instagram (@lelalondon) – left to right, top to bottom:
1. Let it stick, let it stick, let it stick…#snow
2. Spot the frolicking snow babies.
3. How I do birthday cake.
4. Finding some interior design inspiration in the Saatchi Gallery.
5. Birthday cocktails at Adventure Bar!
6. Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013 ad preview. I want it all.
7. Lifelong attempts at supermodel height.
8. Costa Bingo kindly provided me with pizza hut vouchers, bingo, and a bit of Bond lovin’ for a night in with friends. Thank you, guys!
9. My latest article/food photography for HungerTV! (Read it here).
10. Anonymous birthday presents from best friends hahahahaha.

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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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  • My model crush is getting Vogue covers left and right! For the December 2011 issue of Vogue Russia, Hedi Slimane snapped up one of my favourite photos of Arizona Muse to date (she is also wearing Roberto Cavalli)!

  • Joseph Altuzarra – the fashion designer behind the eponymous line, Altuzarra – has been announced as the grand prize winner of this year’s Council of Fashion Designers/Vogue Fashion Fund! The award includes a friendly $300,000 cash prize, as well as development and mentoring assistance. This year’s selection committee were as follows; past Fashion Fund winners — Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Anna Wintour (no introduction needed), CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and CEO Steven Kolb, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, and Coach’s Reed Krakoff.

  • After Pringle of Scotland‘s former creative director – Clare Waight Keller – left the company in March, the arrival of ex-Balenciaga designer Alistair Carr has won the label an £11 million bailout after the company experienced major losses between through 2010 and early 2011.

  • The New York Times launched an iPad app, The Collection!

  • Barely an outfit change after Jimmy Choo announced that Tamara Mellon was leaving, new reports are claiming that she is putting things together to launch her own brand, a la Tory Burch or Tom Ford and Tory Burch. Funding for the company is already believed to have been secured.

  • After Taylor Tomasi Hill decided she was leaving her role as accessories director for Marie Claire and jumping ship to Moda Operandi, a very fabulous position was left open. For all of two seconds. Six years ago, Nina Garcia took a chance on Elle’s (now) Senior Accessories Editor, Kyle Anderson, and he is now stepping into Taylor’s Marie Claire shoes.

    “I think after six years of working in the accessories department at ELLE, now is the right time to move on to a position where I can contribute more to the look of a magazine. And for me, working for Nina Garcia again and Marie Claire is the ideal fit.”

    I am so excited for him! Kyle is a genius. Congratulations!

  • Ever wanted to see the kind of work that goes into an Alexander McQueen runway show? Take a peak behind the scenes at Paris Fashion Week for S/S 2012!

  • Some thieves have very good taste in fashion, it seems. Yesterday, Marc Jacobs‘ sample collection for Spring/Summer 2012 (we’re talking one of a kind), was stolen from a train leaving Paris! As it was on it’s way to the London press day, those attending received the following e-mail:

    Dear all,The Marc Jacobs PR team is sorry to inform you that our press day tomorrow [a refresher of the clothes that were first shown on the catwalk. What, the models’ googly-eyed death stares were distracting, alright?] in the Marc Jacobs store is cancelled, due to the theft of the spring/summer 2012 collections during its transfer from Paris.

    What in the world would a thief do with a collection that hasn’t been released? Sell it? Caught. Wear it? Caught. (And I’m thinking…”thank god his collection for Louis Vuitton was spared!”)

  • Molly Sims Wedding

  • Molly Sims tied the knot (wearing a mermaid gown by Marchesa) with Hollywood film producer Scott Stuber (wearing Tom Ford) this past weekend in Napa Valley, California. Congratulations, beauties!

  • Speaking of Tom Ford, his Spring/Summer 2012 collection has been suffering a beating. Maybe such a small, private affair works against a designer, nowadays?

    From the first model on the runway, we are struck by what resembles an out-of-style Gucci collection from ten years ago. The fussy complications of the cuts (drawstrings, shirring, high-waisted skirts, leg-of-lamb sleeves), the disheveled hairstyle of a girl barely back from happy hour, and the overdone makeup… Overload is the key word of the show… The laced shoe? An ersatz model of an Alaïa. The jogging shorts in black leather? Already seen last year in Céline‘s cruise collection, as were the sandals with bracelet straps (here, encrusted with rhinestones). The coat bristling with raffia? A pale version of those in Yves Saint Laurent‘s spring 1967 collection.
    […]
    At the end of this inventory suited to Kim Kardashian, Tom Ford appears. He advances. And he remains there, in the central area, asking people to stand up. Perhaps [people would do so] out of distress, or sympathy, or because all of this is supposed to be festive after all. But everybody just looks at their feet. The music does not stop. Ford tries to speak above the noise, louder. We can’t hear a thing. We just see this baby-faced man trying desperately to clear the air. He throw[s] himself upon his companion, Richard Buckley, and hugs him (Ralph Lauren often hugs his companion Ricky at the end of his shows, but then he returns backstage). But here everyone stays put. So Tom Ford retreats toward Anna Wintour and now it’s she whom he decides to embrace. Troubling.
    Virginie Mouzat of Le Figaro

  • It’s official! Andre Leon Talley is leaving America’s Next Top Model as a judge (sad face), and is being replaced by People’s Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone (WOOHOO face). ANTM will be losing an intelligent and endearing fashion plate, but will be gaining a rock-hard PR maven and seasoned reality show pioneer. Win some, you lose some.

  • Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff gave birth to her first child over the weekend, a baby boy. More congratulations!

  • Steven Tyler’s other beautiful daughter, Chelsea Tyler, has been signed as a model by IMG.

  • Starting with a GQ bar in Instanbul and a Vogue cafe in Kiev, Condé Nast plans to open many more restaurants next year!