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Style Addict News & Views from the Capital 14th January



Wet Weather Gear {mosimage}


On the up is wet weather gear, it certainly makes sense as meteorologists predict a hotter and wetter climate for the UK. Check out the huge range of trench coats, printed umbrella’s and colourful Wellies. Fun Wellies are no longer restricted to the Kidswear department and I’ve spied quite a few varieties on ladies puddle-splashing around the city. For some fun Wellies check out: Office, Shellys, Tamara Henriques, Juju and Joules – available at www.wellieboots.com



Pierre Cardin Calls it a Day


{mosimage}Pierre Cardin, 82, has decided to call it a day after a lifetime dedicated to the world of fashion. After more than 60 years in the industry Cardin is now looking for a buyer for his haute couture business. Cardin stated that he had ‘reached an age where he wanted to do something different,’ and that he would like to ‘devote his time to supporting the arts.’ Feeling like it’s time to move on – Cardin accepts that he is nearing the end of his life and sees the sale of his businesses as a practical move. Cardin created his business from scratch; his empire spans almost 100 countries and employs over 200,000 people. He was one of the first couturiers to open stores all over the world and to establish ‘brand licences’ for his name to be used on other products such as furniture. Cardin, does however, still care for his business saying that he is ‘looking for good buyers, like textile industry professionals rather than unethical money men.’ And while he’s certainly not short of a bob or two Cardin has no plans to retire, stating that ‘creativity’ is what keeps him going.



Reebok Teams Up with Top Shop


Reebok hopes to tap into more of that lucrative female market by teaming up with fashion retailer TopShop. Sportswear shops often attract plenty of young men but fail to appeal to young women. Reebok will launch collections in TopShop stores across London, Manchester and Belfast, while its latest campaign fronted by Jamelia will also give the sports brand that feminine edge. www.reebok.co.uk


Reebok featuring Jamelia



No Sweat put on a Show{mosimage}


No Sweat, the activist, campaigning organisation for fair trade and ethical working conditions, has joined up with the London Institute Students’ Union to put on two fashion shows. The shows will take place at the London College of Fashion, W1 and the aim is to highlight the abuse of sweatshop workers throughout the fashion industry. Scheduled for the 25th February, just after London Fashion Week, there will be a 2.30pm and a 6.30pm show. Tickets cost £2.50 and all funds raised will go to a union organisation which is attempting to help workers on the Haitian-Dominican Republic border. Tickets will be available from the No Sweat website www.nosweat.org.uk and if you would like to get involved – donate designs, services, etc then please email: markosborn@macunlimited.net



{mosimage}Model of the Moment


Turning heads right now is Jamaican girl Nakiesha Robinson. Aged 19 Nakiesha has only been in the UK for a few weeks and is already causing a bit of a stir. Modelling since she was 16 Nakiesha’s mother agency over in Jamaica sent her photographs to Premier Model Management, London. They liked what they saw and immediately invited her over. A booker at Premier Model Management commented:

“Nakiesha has all the right qualities and we think she’ll make a huge impact at London Fashion Week this February.”




By JoJo Iles







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