Whoever said sofas can’t be sexy? When a leading British fashion designer met one of the biggest furniture producers in the UK, they proved that the living room isn’t just for living; it’s for loving!

Giles Deacon teamed up with DFS sofas this month to produce the ultimate in fashionable soft furnishings. Deacon has given it some lip with a bold and beautiful design inspired by one of his previous collections.

The collection, named ‘Lipgloss’, includes a three-seater sofa and footstool. Despite putting fashion at the forefront of this collaboration, Deacon has by no means compromised on comfort, highlighting that the footstool could be used to extend the sofa into a giant bed.

The design also echoes elements of Giles Deacon’s S/S ‘14 catwalk show at London Fashion Week earlier this month, with a reproduction of the lip motifs he printed on a number of bright and playful dresses.

The designer himself says the design was actually inspired by a previous dress in his S/S ‘13 collection.

The handmade DFS Lipgloss sofa is a monochrome print with small pops of bright orange to make it a real showstopper. The design features large lips all over, giving the collection its name. Giles says that he had a clear vision of what he wanted to create and labels the daring style as his own creation – ‘Sophistipop.’

The loud and stylish sofa would suit any fashion lover wanting to bring a little of the magic of LFW home with them and it would make a great focal point in a modern home. The sofas are handmade in Britain and combine a high quality finish with comfort.

This is the first time Deacon has collaborated with a furniture company although he has previously worked with Sky, Converse and jewellery company Evoke to create limited edition designs.

The 44 year history behind DFS and their launch of the new DFS Design scheme made Deacon excited to work on the project.

Giles will be on the panel of judges to decide who wins the £20,000 DFS bursary aimed at final year design undergraduates in February next year.

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Lindsay Lohan Playboy

Lindsay Lohan - Playboy

  • Well, there you have it. Lindsay Lohan posed for the cover of Playboy, and the image has leaked. Her ‘wobbly bits’ (as Bridget Jones would call them) are hidden behind a Playboy bunny-shaped chair, but her vampy red lips and platinum waves are both on full show. The whole spread is said to be unveiled on Ellen (?!) on December 15th, which has me thinking there probably won’t be any more ‘naughty‘ points next to Lindsay’s name this Christmas.

  • French label Emanuel Ungaro seems to be cursed after last year’s major financial losses. With designer Giles Deacon quitting the house in September, CEO Jeffry Aronsson is also waving his white flag after only six months, leaving to focus on his work at Aronsson Group – his investment and consulting firm.

  • Modelling agency “Wilhelmina” has signed Gloria Estefan to their celebrity division.

  • Oh God, my Trapper Keeper from 1995 is going to lose it over this news. Remember super-sparkly Lisa Frank and her line of incredible dolphin/unicorn/rainbow stationary? Well, now she is selling adults apparel. It’s hipster-tastic, and I kind of want everything.

  • Pantone – the colour forecasting firm – is collaborating with cosmetics giant Sephora to develop a make up line! In will be released in March of 2012, and my inner design nerd is ecstatic.

  • “The First Supermodel”, Janice Dickinson, spoke out recently about feeling “conned” over her time as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.

    “CoverGirl are the people that choose the [winner],” she explained. “Not any of the judges, not what Tyra says. It’s who CoverGirl thinks should win.”
    – Janice Dickinson

    Uh…eep?

  • Though I was far too busy to attend any shows, I absolutely died over the review of Chanel’s pre-fall 2012 collection – “Paris-Bombay” – yesterday. There were sumptuous, golden highlights everywhere, Kohl-smudged eyes, and the most luscious Indian-inspired construction seen from the garments to the catering. Their new golden nail polish, “Diwali“, also debuted; it is destined for absolute nail mania.

    The best seat in the house is available for your viewing pleasure, below.

  • Giles SS12
    While Giles Deacon whimsically tagged his latest collection as “showgirls, superstars, society ladies and a silver swan“, I have seriously never seen silver like the silver I saw at Giles for Spring/Summer 2012.

    Inspired by photographer Cecil Beaton (and the images of his sister Baba, in particular), Giles presented a collection that was stuffed to it’s flawless brim with striking and super-shimmering pieces; standout pieces include swan prints mixed with light-reflective design, feather-trimmed wedding dresses, and a bevy of silver laser-cut leather that I am now convinced every woman needs. Not to say it was all metallics, as one of my favourite pieces was an opulent red, tiered column gown. On top of that, the casting was incredible. This season, Giles Deacon managed to combine the theatrical with the wearable in such a way that young designers will be referencing this collection for years to come. View Post

    Swarovski Collective Spring Summer 2012

    • Swarovski has just announced that they will be sponsoring British fashion labels J.W. Anderson, Marios Schwab, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, and Craig Lawrence‘s Spring/Summer 2012 collections, meaning they will have plenty of Swarovskied garments to present to us. Bibhu Mohapatra, Jason Wu, Juan Carlos Obando, Rebecca Minkoff, Richard Chai, Rodarte, Mugler and Viktor & Rolf also received sponsorship.
    • Dior just released the latest commercial for their successful fragrance “J’Adore“. In it, long-time frontwoman of the brand, Charlize Theron, sneaks incognito into the Versailles Hall of Mirrors for a fashion show that features iconic beauties Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe (CGIed, obviously). The ad was directed by “Seven Years in Tibet” director Jean-Jacques Annaud, and it is heavenly.
    • In a speech given at London’s Royal Opera House for the Deloitte Ignite Conference, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz explained:

      I don’t understand this marathon of fashion. Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and – these days – cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs, a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films, a writer just needs to write three great books. Now let’s look at designers – they produce six to eight shows a year, most designers have a 20-year-long career, so I need to create about 250 collections in that time. Not even Danielle Steel could write 250 books.

       

    • 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson (essentially the most famous fashion blogger in the world) has launched her much-anticipated new website, Rookie. What was initially a joint venture with Jane Pratt and Say Media is now under Tavi’s sole ownership.
    • Guess what, beautiful Americans? Starting tomorrow, Zara‘s U.S. e-commerce site is launching with free delivery and exchanges to all 50 states, and all deliveries will come wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. ALSO, if you ‘like’ Zara on Facebook then click through to the ‘Shop Online’ section, you’ll be invited to a special online shop at 6 p.m. tonight.
    • Emma Watson‘s commercial for Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose has finally been revealed! While I expected more from such a hefty budget and impressive actress, you can’t deny ‘little’ Hermione Granger’s beauty.

    Giles Fall Winter 2011
    All guests of last night’s Giles shindig were summoned (yes, the invitation was a fashionable summons) to enter through the metal detectors of a court house. I invariably have a concoction of ideas for Mr. Deacon, yet my premonition is always positive. For Fall/Winter 2011, everything exhibited much more sophistication. Black and white were the prevailing colours, with special attention paid to black Swarovski beading, and every noggin was topped with a refined bow. Giles hit it on the head. See the top five looks below! View Post