The great and good of British fashion stepped out tonight for the British Fashion Awards, and it seemed like the key to scoring big on the night was being called Christopher. Both Christopher Kane and Christopher Bailey stepped up to receive big awards from their peers, while new talent like Simone Rocha and Sophia Webster were recognised as emerging talents. And with special recognition awards for a supermodel and a front-row legend, plus a publicly voted award for a certain boy-band member, this was one big night for British fashion. Read on for all the winners . . .
Our Pinterest feed is full of colourful hair inspirations — the pastel, dip-dyed kind — and L'Oréal Professionnel is bringing that look to the salon. The brand is launching Hairchalk, which comes in eight temporary shades like blue, pink, and green. "It allows us to go toward younger women, women who love changes, who aren't necessarily [attracted to colouring]," Ségolène de Noray, marketing director of L'Oréal Professionnel and Essie, told WWD.
The Hairchalk colour fades after two to 10 washes, depending on your hair colour, and will also be available for purchase in salons for at-home treatments. Brand ambassador Alexa Chung showed off her braided look accented with L'Oréal Professionnel's Hairchalk (pictured above) on Instagram. The collection hits European salons this month, while we'll have to wait until March to get it Stateside. Each bottle will retail for £15 and contains up to 10 treatments.
Alexa Chung recently announced a collaboration with cult beauty brand Eyeko, and we're excited to say that the first products are now on sale. You can purchase the first Alexa exclusive set (£35) online now. The set features the "eye do" liquid eyeliner and mascara, both of which are a rich carbon black, to emulate Alexa's signature cat-eye look. They also feature nourishing ingredients to help increase lash growth, so the more you use them, the better you'll look!
This move is the latest in a long line of shake-ups for Eyeko. The beauty brand started as a cutesy, pink-packaged label emblazoned with anime-inspired cartoons, known for multipurpose products like the fruity, tinted Fat Balm and shimmering Sun Shine bronzing gel (which we sorely miss). Over time, Eyeko grew up with its customers and narrowed the focus to the eyes only.
Alexa joins the brand as a fan of the amazing liquid liners and squeezy tube mascaras and was very excited to get started on her own exclusive products. "I started scribbling down ideas about how they could improve them and coming up with little puns that I could see or imagine on the barrels of the tubes. I just felt the whole company seemed fun, and it got my creative juices flowing," Alexa told Vogue UK.
"It's probably no secret I'm a big fan of the cat-eye eyeliner flick, and after trying different brands, Eyeko is definitely the best in creating my favourite '60s look," she said. Now that she has her own special version of its famous liquid liner, we can only hope her signature look gets even more gorgeous!
All eyes were on Jessica Biel when she dropped by the Museum of Modern Art's annual Film Benefit in NYC last night while wearing a Chanel frock and clutch. The benefit, which was put on by Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld and held in honor of actress Tilda Swinton, attracted quite a few budding stars, including Imogen Poots and chart-topping 16-year-old singer Lorde, who went for a goth look complete with combat boots and plum lipstick. Of course, the usual NYC power crowd was also at the event, including Anna Wintour and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who skipped Election Night fun as Democrat Bill de Blasio was voted to take his seat when he leaves office next year.
Jessica is back in the Big Apple after traveling with husband Justin Timberlake to Orlando, FL, on Saturday to attend Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding. The nuptials proved to be a veritable *NSYNC reunion, with all of the band members (plus Jessica) posing with the bride at the event. She will likely soon return to LA, where she is currently filming Shiva and May with Girls star Zosia Mamet.
Aside from the revelation that Alexa Chung wrote her entire book, It, via email (as she doesn't own Microsoft Word), we learned much from her friendly chat on today's instalment of Breakfast with Bevan alongside Andrew Bevan. The email dialogue to her editor explains the stream of consciousness tone of her first literary outing, but to explain the moniker, Alexa clarifies, "That title was a joke, because I'm often called an It girl, so I've rebelled against that. It's just so obnoxious to be like, 'That's it.'"
See the two gab over cappuccino and breakfast — and find out why Alexa's too busy for social media, her favourite question to ask people, and what her alternate career path could have been — in the video!
In honour of It, Alexa Chung's prettily pink book of photographs, doodles, and tips on topics ranging from the proper approach to getting dressed in the morning to her favourite book and film characters, we quizzed the DJ-cum-girl-about-town about that certain je ne sais quoi factor in all manners of things. Herewith, her thoughts on . . .
The It vacation spot:
"Maybe Disneyland? That'd be cool [because] you can wear ears around and go on the runaway train."
The It accessory:
"I have a big collection of sunglasses, but I always lose them as frequently as I buy them, so now I've realized it's not worth spending that much money on them. I'm just going to lose them in the back of the taxis. I like cat eye-shaped ones, and that's kind of it. Maybe a good pair of circular ones like John Lennon."
The It animal:
"I like thin skinny [dogs] like whippets or greyhounds. I met one this weekend, and it had the longest nose in the history of noses. I really liked him. Horses are probably the ones for me. I love them. They're beautiful, you can ride them, they make a cool sound like they're tap-dancing all the time, and you can braid their hair."
The It ride:
"I like getting on the back of my friend's Vespa. That's my favourite way to travel, and we sing songs as we go along. I haven't yet felt the brutal smack of wind in my face thus far; I've just been singing. That's my favourite. You can goof around and look great doing it. But sometimes stupid in a helmut."
The It drink:
"I really like a glass of Malbec."
The It piece for Autumn 2013:
"I don't really shop in the future, and this is a question I get asked frequently but can never answer. I'm really not forward-thinking. I don't have the foresight to plan for the season ahead, which is really quite an American thing. In London, the clothing you'd see in a shop is what you're wearing, while in America you see the Autumn pieces in the height of Summer. I'm not of the mentality to buy something and save it for when it's cold. It's just not in my nature."
The It gift to give:
"I'm actually really terrible at that as well, as you can imagine. I'm just always so busy, I can't even think about the next day and I'm not very good at it. I don't think about the future. I do like going to Evolution in New York. They have weird stuff so people wind up with things like stuffed toads. It's a taxidermy, novel thing."
Stars popped up both in the front row and on the runway at the Chanel Spring 2014 show during Paris Fashion Week today. Katy Perry got decked out in a black-and-white Chanel ensemble to work her stuff in front of specially created art pieces that were designed for the presentation. She was joined in the front row by Rita Ora, who got to watch her best friend Cara Delevingne strut her stuff on the catwalk in a rainbow number, and Vanessa Paradis. Meanwhile, the show itself was full of surprising runway returns for famous models. Alexa Chung, who used to model before she became a TV host, strutted her stuff down the stage, and Miranda Kerr, who made her Paris Fashion Week 2013 debut yesterday at Stella McCartney, also took over stomping duty alongside Fashion Week regular Cara. One supermodel who didn't work her stuff for designer Karl Lagerfeld was Kate Upton, who took time off from her model duties by sitting in the front row next to Vogue's Grace Coddington.
The daily Radio 1 fashion parade had a guest star today, as Alexa Chung made an appearance, joining Fearne Cotton in running the paparazzi gauntlet from coffee shop to studio. But which star had the best street style? We're loving Alexa's ability to make multizippered leather shorts look casual with the addition of a pretty blouse and strappy sandals, but Fearne's swing dress and layered pendants are also on the money for London's surprisingly balmy September weather. There's only one thing to do, so we're handing it over to you. Vote now for your best-dressed London lady!
Some of the most handsome men in the world gathered up in London last night for the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards. Top honorees included designer Tom Ford, who was given his spiffy trophy by none other than pal Justin Timberlake; Emma Watson, who showed off her midriff while chatting with Tom Hiddleston; and Dan Stevens, who had a mini Downton Abbey reunion with former costar Laura Carmichael (aka Lady Edith) while chatting with friend Eddie Redmayne and his girlfriend, Hannah Bagshawe. Meanwhile, Justin's buddy Pharrell Williams played the social butterfly while mingling between Russell Brand, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley, and Elton John. The bash wasn't a good night for plus ones as Justin's wife, Jessica Biel, stayed home and Suki Waterhouse took a solo trip down the red carpet without her handsome man, Bradley Cooper.
It was all about Summer fun for some of our favourite style stars this week as they took to social media to share their moments of work and play. Doutzen Kroes, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and more models slipped into bikinis to bask in the sun, while Alexa Chung opted to stay in the city. Work duties called for Emma Roberts, who got glamorous to promote We're the Millers in NYC, as well as Cara Delevingne, who spent time on set in a wig. Speaking of hair, Coco Rocha got rid of most of hers — she chopped her mane into an edgy pixie cut and shared photos and video of the event on Instagram!