SINCE watching ‘Breakfast at….. I absolutely love stories about the famous New York jewellers.

Here’s one for record collectors!
‘Tiffany & Co. posted a rebound in its holiday, (Christmas) sales, helped by a new home and accessories collection that included $90 black pencil holders, $275 silver shaving brushes and $450 rulers!

Several of the items, such as the pencil holders and rulers, sold out on the company’s website. Some of the highest-priced products are still available, including a $9,000 sterling-silver ball of yarn and a $10,000 bird’s nest with three porcelain eggs in Tiffany blue!

What a contrast to the story of Holly Golightly, when Audrey Hepburn, playing the role, had a five cent cracker prize monogrammed at the store!

Strictly Chicago!

IT’s tricky not letting addictive ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ become the thrill of the week. But yesterday I found the antidote! I watched the full length dance movie, Chicago (2001). It’s  still sensational with the genius dance moves of director and choreographer Rob Marshall.

With music by Kander and Ebb, the team behind ‘Cabaret,’ Chicago won six academy awards in 2003 and was the first musical to win Best Picture, since ‘Oliver’ in 1968.

Nightclub sensation Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) murders her philandering husband, and Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), is set to defend her. But when aspiring star Roxie (Renée Zellweger) also winds up in prison, Billy also takes on her case. They turn the 1920s ‘Windy City’ into a media circus. Neither will be outdone in her fight for fame and celebrity.


Here Collen Atwood’s costume designs appear in court as Roxie, performs as the innocent victim; killing in self-defence, begging for the life of her (fictional) unborn child, for Billy Flynn, the blindingly corrupt, ‘razzle dazzle,’ lawyer.

Influences around the time of Miccuia Prada’s S/S 2001 collection seem to have inspired both the svelte stage outfits and clothes for prison and street scenes in the movie, don’t  you think?



Magic, Miniskirts and Modish Queens: an exploration of fashion over the royal Jubilee

Image  From a Press Release

“In 1952, when the lovely young Queen Elizabeth came to the throne bringing with her a revival in Tudor-style bodices and modest high collars, Marilyn Monroe was shocking the world by appearing in a calendar in just a bikini top and a pair of Levi’s.

Fashion Media Promotion: the new black magic  looks at how fashion, as an industry, has adapted itself over the last 60 years to always command an important role in the global marketplace. It explores how, through communication methods such as advertising, digital and print media and cinema, fashion has waved its magic wand and entranced the whole world.

Revelling in the nostalgia of some classic fashion firsts since the Queen came on the throne, Fashion Media Promotion explores, with some humour, the impact of quintessentially British designers such as Mary Quant, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood on both British culture and fashions abroad.

This insightful book will appeal, one trusts, to fashion students and lovers, film buffs and writers as it searches every corner of the fashion world’s monopoly, from the inspiration of Hollywood classics such as Gone with the Wind to a critique of Roland Barthes’ promotional work.

The book, published by Wiley-Blackwell, includes 60 original full colour illustrations. Images of Audrey Hepburn’s glamour, Mary Quant’s Mini-skirts to Kate Moss’s androgynous appeal really bring to life how fashion has evolved over the decades.

 “I have always been fascinated by how fashion links the generations and this has never been more the case than over the last 60 years. To keep us talking about it, fashion always has to find new ways to shock and thrill people, yet it also draws on past trends. Today a granddaughter might envy the clothes her grandmother used to wear in the 1950s.”