This week in London, Olympic gold medal rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins celebrated their roles as brand ambassadors for Long Tall Sally as the new LTS Row capsule collection was launched. The label was the official clothing supplier for the women's Olympics rowing team, so it makes perfect sense that it has tapped the double sculls champions to be the faces of its leisurewear range for tall women (both are over 6ft). Anna, who wore the Printed Tea Dress (£55) for the party, also showed off her patriotic nail art. Click through to see the launch, and tell me whether Olympic ambassadors encourage you to wear a particular brand.
Victoria Pendleton scored her first beauty campaign as Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek ambassador ahead of the 2012 Olympics, and now the gold medal cyclist has dish out advice on the must have products for sportswomen. She told Vogue UK that Max Factor Waterproof Mascara (£8.99) is "very important", as is a concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (£25) or ByTerry Touche Veloutee (£35). Victoria also relies on Lucas Papaw Ointment (£5.40), saying: "When I'm stressed out, I tend to get really dry lips from chewing on them, biting on them, stressing out. Especially in the Velodrome, there's a really dry atmosphere."
When it comes to haircare, unsurprisingly Victoria says her favourite product is Pantene 24 Frizz Fighter (£4.69) "because it's kind of like a serum, it keeps down all the stray, loose pieces of hair, which is quite important because it can get a bit frizzy with all the humidity and sweating." The gold medalist also loves Elemis' Papaya Enzyme Peel (£28.60). Shop Victoria's picks below and tell me if your cosmetics cupboard has been influence by the Olympians' choices!
The 2012 London Olympics have come to a close! The closing ceremony wrapped up in London last night, and there were many famous Brits who took part in the fun. The theme was a celebration of British music, and British bands Muse, the Spice Girls, George Michael, The Who, and even the guys of One Direction were on stage! The production included a particularly optimistic note from Monty Python's Eric Idle with "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
There was also a tribute to British fashion, with models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Karen Elson strutting their stuff. The royals were in attendance to see the spectacle, with Kate Middleton and Prince Harry having prime seats. Check out all the closing ceremony pictures here!
Kate Middleton and Prince Harry had great seats for yesterday evening's Olympics closing ceremony in London. They were on hand to watch as British musicians including Kate Bush, George Michael, and One Direction performed — check out all the closing ceremony highlights! Both Kate and Harry have been frequently sighted around Olympic Park during the Games' 16-day duration. Kate's husband, Prince William, was able to attend the opening ceremony and many early sporting events, but he was called back to work with the Royal Air Force last week. Kate and Harry, though, have been a fun royal presence, congratulating British medal winners and cheering on Team GB during final matches. Kate, decked out in a blue dress from Whistles, was seen giving William and Harry's aunt Princess Anne a kiss. Later on, Kate also stopped to chat with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha.
Kate Moss was one of eight British models to strut her stuff at the Olympics Closing Ceremony last night. She — along with Georgia Jagger, Stella Tennant, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, and Jourdan Dunn — were wheeled out into the stadium inside billboard-sized images of themselves. They burst through the paper to reveal themselves in the flesh, clad in various gold-toned dressed designed by British designers. David Gandy was the lone male model to join the group. Kate wore a gown by her late friend Alexander McQueen, while Georgia wore something from Victoria Beckham. The gang made their way around Olympic Stadium to a medley of David Bowie songs, including his tune "Fashion."
With the Olympics now over, I've enjoyed following Kate Middleton's fashion throughout the two-week period. The Duchess of Cambridge has been to tennis, cycling, swimming, handball, athletics, sailing, gymnastics and equestrian events plus official functions like the opening ceremony. Last night at the closing ceremony, Kate continued her love of recycling her outfits by donning the Bella dress from Whistles she wore to the Jubilee Concert two months ago. In the final days, she dressed in a white Team GB sleeveless top and skirt combo for the hockey, having styled out that navy Smythe blazer and Stuart Weitzman wedges she's worn multiple times. Take a look at Kate's wardrobe from every angle here, and tell me which of Kate's outfits was your favourite during the Games!
The Olympics came to an end last night with a spectacular closing ceremony featuring the best of British music and fashion alongside all those fantastic sporting achievements. Our major models including Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger and Naomi Campbell broke out of billboards to walk the Union Jack stage in outfits by a variety of our country's top designers, with Kate Moss looking stunning in McQueen.
Jessie J went for a nude catsuit and leotard by Vivienne Westood for her performances, and Kate Middleton's final Olympics outfit was a rewear of her Whistles Bella dress. The Spice Girls joined together in updated versions of their previous style personas, with Victoria Beckham in a mullet hem custom made Giles Deacon gown. Emeli Sande, Annie Lennox and Darcey Bussell all took to the stage in stunning costumes too, so take a look at them all here and tell me who was most fab at the London 2012 Games closing ceremony!
The Spice Girls were back together at this evening's Closing Ceremony in London! The five girls — Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, and Emma Bunton — reunited to sing the hit that made them famous, "Wannabe," as well as "Spice Up Your Life." We caught a glimpse of the Spice Girls rehearsing earlier this week, and they even polished off their moves with one last run-through this morning. For the big show, Victoria wore a dress from British designer Giles Deacon, and Geri even had a bit of Union Jack on her red mini.
It seems Victoria was excited to be back with her old bandmates, as she tweeted a couple picture of their preparations this afternoon. She also shared the quote, "Behind every success is effort, behind every effort is passion, behind every passion is someone with the courage to try." Mel B was also feeling the magnitude of the occasion. She tweeted, "What an amazing day today!" Emma, meanwhile, was in a girl power state of mind. She wrote, "It's all pink tonight, baby!"
Kate Middleton wore a sleeveless top this morning to attend the women's field hockey bronze medal match between New Zealand and Great Britain at London's Riverbank Arena. She made it through a tense game to see the UK team claim a victory, and congratulated the players afterward. The Duchess of Cambridge has been a faithful attendee of various Olympic matches, but field hockey holds a special place in her heart — she played the sport growing up! Joining Kate this morning was Dame Kelly Holmes, who won medals at past Olympics for middle distance running. Yesterday, Kate and Prince Harry made the rounds at the Olympic Park together. They shared laughs while greeting members of Team GB who have already won medals.
Naomi Campbell welcomed fashionable friends like Kate Moss to a Fashion For Relief charity dinner held at London's Downtown Mayfair restaurant last night. The dinner, held as an Olympic celebration, came just before a rumored appearance at Sunday's closing ceremony for Naomi and Kate. They're apparently walking in a portion of the show dedicated to British style, and will don outfits from UK designers.
Both Naomi and Kate are home in London following exotic getaways. Naomi was just in Ibiza for a bikini-clad yacht vacation, and Kate wore a swimsuit cruising around the Mediterranean with her husband, Jamie Hince. Last night, Kate donned a black and gold caftan while Naomi made the rounds in black Roberto Cavalli. They models said hi to Sarah Ferguson, Lily Donaldson, Rolling Stone Ron Wood, and designers Vivienne Westwood and Sarah Burton.