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You may not normally associate super-models with burgers, but Gigi Hadid is a definite exception. Appearing in a Celebrity episode of MasterChef USA, the Victoria’s Secret model prepared a beef burger dish to impress judges Gordon Ramsey and Christina Tosi, and to consequently beat fellow model Devon Windsor. Naming the recipe the so-called “Gigi Burger” (packed with pickled jalapeños and crispy onions), she claims it keeps her “sane”. Maybe I should try one…

Love Self-Portrait? Me too. Then I’m guessing you’ll be just as excited to see their new Bridal collection as I was. With its pretty-meets-progressive aesthetic, this collection is bound to be super successful, and its low (for bridal wear) price points of £650 to £1,000 only aids this. With dashings of white lace, mesh and unique shapes, these are wedding dresses for a far more forward thinking customer (and also one who wants to be able to move on their special day). “I think it’s about understanding what the modern woman today wants and creating that perfect balance,” founder Han Chong told Vogue of his brand ethos, which has already captured the attention of Kristen Stewart, Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Olivia Palermo to name only a few. “The versatility of our pieces has definitely been a key factor to our success. A mixture of intricate detailing combined with comfort makes our dresses perfect for wearing day or night, which I believe is a perfect formula for occasion dressing.” It is indeed.

The BFC Fashion Fund final five have been revealed and include: Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman, Prism and Sophia Webster, who all of which will compete for the prize – which comprises a bespoke mentoring programme over a 12-month period and a £200,000 grant to help build the necessary infrastructure to progress the winner’s business plan. This amazing accolade has launched the careers of those like Mary Katrantzou and Erdem, and enables the designer to take their presence in the fashion industry to another level. Judged by some incredible fashion heavyweights, such as Alexandra Shulman, Caroline Rush, Joan Burstein, Sarah Manley and Victoria Beckham, it’s anyone’s game…

Cara Delevinge visited the White House on Wednesday, to take part in a discussion about climate change with presidential advisers – opting for casual attire of a black trench coat and Puma trainers – and, of course, documenting the event via her Instagram. “Let’s see how you feel about climate change in 10 years Mr Trump,” the model wrote. “It is painfully real. Also, can Donald Trump do this???? #itrumptrump #ichallengetrump #climatechangeexistsfool.” Go Cara!

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Saturday was the day of Kate Moss’ 42nd birthday; the supermodel/superpartier celebrated with a gathering at her country home which involved a Dirty Burger van (interesting). She also paid tribute to David Bowie, wearing an outfit designed by Pam Hogg which she, of course, Instagrammed with the caption: “Saturday 16th. Kate Moss b-day party in honour of David Bowie. Kate looking awesome in my archive 1991 black and silver sequin suit. Bowie flashes of stardust inspiration forever.”

A wax version of Kendall and Cara? Yes please! This week it was revealed that the model-turned-actress has been immortalised, along with Kendall Jenner, by Madame Tussauds which has created waxworks of the pair for its special London Fashion Week Experience (Madame Tussauds is getting a lot more fashion-y recently, with additions including Adrianna Lima and Kim Kardash). The experience, entitled Fashion Week at Madame Tussauds, will be open in the run-up to LFW from February 9, giving visitors plenty of time to get up close to the girls. I think will most definitely be making a visit!

Nabil Nayal is the next designer to watch. And Karl Lagerfeld agrees. Melding modern sportswear silhouettes with Elizabethan techniques, Nayal has created pieces that have already been worn by stars encompassing Rihanna, Florence Welch, Lady Gaga, Claudia Schiffer and Victoria Beckham, and he shows no slowing down. Obtaining the Graduate Fashion Week womenswear award in 2008, followed by a BFC scholarship and reaching the finals of the 2011 Fashion Fringe prize, the Syrian-born and British-based Nayal has recently received the ultimate stamp of approval – one that may have just catapulated his career skywards. “I met Karl during the LVMH prize and he was really fascinated by my bonded pleating methods and said he had not seen it before. I think he really appreciated the level of craftsmanship that goes into each and every one of my pieces. It was a very surreal experience; he studied the garment for a while and then exclaimed ‘I love it, I love it, I love it,’ then insisted that he buy it as a gift for Amanda Harlech; it was a really amazing moment for me, quite possibly the highlight of my career.” Check out Nayal’s designs to see what all the fuss is about (they’re good, trust me).

McQueen the movie is happening! It was revealed this week that a biopic about the late designer’s life will be directed by Andrew Haigh and written by the award-winning playwright Chris Urch. It’s rumoured that production will start towards the end of the year. The question is: who will play McQueen? And, more importantly, will they do him justice?

Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2016 was most definitely one of the best shows during men’s fashion week in Milan, which took place on Saturday and featured a predominant palette of white, grey and black. Also, you may want to know that Mr Dolce & Mr Gabbana are now officially, definitely, completely not tax-evaders. Case closed (this week).

By India Hunnikin

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