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Valentines Gift Ideas for Men

For men seeking the ultimate Valentine’s gift look no further than the winner of the Best Luxury Brand Online 2009, AstleyClarke.com.

The fine designer jewellery site caters for men seeking unusual and interesting Valentine’s Day jewellery gifts for their wives and girlfriends. AstleyClarke.com’s collection of designer jewellery in precious and semi-precious gemstones is perfect for those keen to buy an investment piece of jewellery and crucially who want to show the recipient that their Valentine’s gift has been well considered and that thought and effort
has gone into their research.

A large proportion of high value jewellery purchases made on AstleyClarke.com come f r o m men who are gifting their loved ones. These clients, dubbed by Astley Clarke as the Alpha Gifter are happy to spend up to £11k online at AstleyClarke.com on jewellery purchases and spend an average of £4.5k three times a year for Birthdays, Anniversaries and Valentine’s Day gifts.

This Valentine’s Day the Alpha Gifter will look to AstleyClarke.com for the design, craftsmanship and provenance of all of their jewels. These men have purposely moved away f r o m homogenized and generic jewellery brands which to them show a lack of thought and effort by opting for the big-name but mediocre luxury jewellery brands. Partners of Alpha Gifter males tend to be professional women who are independent and shy away f r o m conspicuous consumerism. This makes AstleyClarke.com, the perfect place to shop online for unique and unusual pieces of fine designer jewellery for Valentine’s Day.

Having recently won the Walpole award for Best Luxury Brand Online, Astley Clarke delivers an exceptional online shopping experience. Next day UK delivery is offered to all customers, alongside same day London delivery and International delivery, but it is their VIP Personal Shopping service goes that extra mile. Last Valentine’s day an Alpha Gifter who was on a business trip in London staying at Claridge’s hotel, forgot his wife’s Valentines gift, but saw a piece of jewellery in the Astley Clarke showcase there and called the Personal Shopping team who promptly met him at his hotel suite with a selection of jewels to choose f r o m thus saving him the embarrassment of a Valentine’s day with no gift!

This Valentine’s Day, choose f r o m their enticing array of romantic jewellery gift ideas, including engagement rings, anniversary stones and eternity rings, as well as Astley Clarke’s large selection of rose gold jewellery which would be a welcome alternative to more transient offerings of flowers, chocolates or lingerie. With collections f r o m over 50 internationally renowned jewellery designers including Pippa Small, Carolina Bucci, Shaun Leane, Kiki McDonough and Monica Vinader the online jewellery shopper is spoilt for choice.

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Topshop Announces Return Of Sno Clothing Range

Topshop, the award winning clothing retailer, has announced the return of its Sno clothing range. Included in the collection are trousers, jackets, a ski suit, salopettes and a selection of accessories such as thermal style underwear, sunglasses, snoods, goggles and mittens. All designs are wind and water proof and feature rubberised zip-pulls and waterproof coated zips, offering complete comfort and protection f r o m the elements. The Sno range has been streamlined since 2008 to include only the most essential pieces for customers’ skiing holidays.

Jackets come in black and a monochrome print with a warm fur-trimmed hood. They are based on the mobility and functionality of the ‘boarding’ style jacket and feature a ‘snow skirt’ which keeps the snow out. They include a soft fleece interior, an adjustable hood, a glove pocket, a pocket for goggles and a zipped internal pocket, ideal for an iPod or phone.

There are two styles of trousers, including a ski style and a board style, with both available in classic black. All trousers, salapettes and the all-in-one boiler suit are part-fleece lined for comfort and warmth, and include taped seams and durable gaiters to go around the base of the ski boot.

Additional pieces include cotton thermal style underwear in either pale coral or dove grey, woollen snoods lined in fleece, padded ski mittens, knitted headbands and fleece-lined woolly hats. Spray-back sunglasses are available in black or charcoal and filter UV rays as well as offering resistance to snow glare.

The Topshop Sno range is focused on fashionable and affordable professional ski and boarding garments with accessories. The range incorporates technical ski features and provides manoeuvrability with maximum insulation and minimum bulk.

The Sno range is available at all Topshop stores in the UK and online at topshop.com.

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Icecool.co.uk Launches The Diamond Jewellery Collection for Christmas 2009 & New Year 2010

icecool.co.uk, the UK’s leading online diamond jewellery store announces the launch of 15 stunning new diamond pieces; additions to existing, distinctive diamond jewellery design collections.

For Christmas 2009, Icecool’s new diamond pendants, diamond earrings, bracelets and toe rings, all in 18ct yellow and white gold, make perfect diamond gifts.

Mark Walker, Icecool’s Creative Director and renowned diamond expert says “We have made sure that the new products we have designed are in line with our new diamond jewellery trends. As we do not have a “shop front” on the high street, we are able to pass on our amazing diamond savings to our all customers. We know that they all appreciate our expertise and honest way of doing business, from the extraordinary testimonials we get from truly satisfied customers each and every day.”

One of the key jewellery trends for 2010 is ‘Elementary’; absolutely pure and minimal, where function and form unite with simplicity. Icecool.co.uk’s simple, sparkling diamond earrings are a true reflection of this trend.

Another key trend evident in Icecool.co.uk’s 2010 Collection is ‘DNA’ inspired designs; circles, ovals and organic forms linked together to create amazing chains. The new pendants are designed with set diamonds graduating in size to symbolise life’s journeys.

As well as extending a stunning array of diamond jewellery, Icecool.co.uk also offers customers a bespoke service, ‘You Dream, We Create’, giving clients the opportunity to have the diamond jewellery of their dreams designed and created with the help of Mark Walker and his team.

Customers have the option to discuss their diamond dream with Mark over the phone, or arrange a one-to-one consultation.

Icecool.co.uk is the first and only online diamond jewellery company to join the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices, assuring customers that Icecool.co.uk diamonds are entirely conflict-free.

To view the new Icecool site with the complete Diamond Collection log on to www.icecool.co.uk.

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Hotter Comfort Concept Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Hotter Comfort Concept, which manufactures 1.3 million pairs of comfortable women’s shoes and men’s shoes in the UK each year, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

In five decades Hotter Shoes has grown from being a producer of moulded slippers to become one of the biggest comfort shoe manufacturers in the UK, making some of the most technically advanced Women’s Shoes in the world. The brand, which turned over £37.5m and made profits of £5m in the last financial year, announced 20 per cent growth in the first six months of this financial year.

The company owes its longevity to an innovative strategy which has seen it diversify from its manufacturing roots to incorporate direct selling, online selling, branded stores and independent retailers into its marketing strategy. Indeed the company has a 100 seater call centre sited next to its factory and warehouse in Lancashire.

Managing Director, Stewart Houlgrave, whose parents set up the company in 1959 said: “It’s our 50th birthday in 2009 and we are aiming for 20 per cent growth. In the past six months we have invested in a state-of-the-art website which revolutionises our customer shopping journey, tested our first TV advertising campaign and we are actively looking to boost our overseas presence.

“Over the past six years we’ve invested £6m in our shoe making company and now have one of the most successful production facilities anywhere in the world. We have a ground-breaking marketing model which helped secure £21m of private investment in 2007 – and we have been placed in the top 100 of the Times Profit Track 100 for the past two years.

“We have sold our shoes via iconic photos of the Calendar Girls wearing nothing but Hotter women’s shoes and our monthly factory tour is fully booked until 2016 purely by word of mouth.”

About Hotter Comfort Concept:
As one of the last bastions of shoe manufacturing in the UK, the 380 staff of Hotter Comfort Concept are flying the flag for home-grown footwear talent with an innovative strategy which includes selling its wide fitting women’s shoesladies boots and comfy men’s and women’s shoes direct to its customers via its on-site 100-seater-call centre, through five branded stores and selling through 200 independent UK retailers including garden centres.

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Handbag Design House, Junior Drake Announces Factory Outlet Store Opening

Junior Drake, a leading designer, manufacture and marketer of genuine leather handbags for women, today announced it plans to open an outlet retail store in Santa Monica, California. The outlet store will represent the company’s first outlet retail location. Junior Drake invites media and press to join us on our opening day. Doors will open on Friday, November 6th at 9am. The store is located at 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA. 90401.

The Company’s new 2400 square foot retail location will carry select Junior Drake handbag collections at discounts up to 80% off. The first 200 customers will receive a free Junior Drake tote with purchase, while supplies last. This affluent area is the destination for some of the hottest shops and boutiques Los Angeles has to offer.

“Our fans love the soft, well-treated, expensive leathers we use to make our handbags. With Junior Drake, you’ve always known you’re getting quality and style. Now at our new Factory Outlet, you’re getting those things for a sweet deal! We’re so happy to be in Santa Monica. Outlet shopping is a destination activity, and what more could you want than the beach and 3rd St. Promenade right near by?” –Lucy Brown

The Junior Drake House of Design
The Junior Drake collection of quality leather handbags caters to the fashion forward woman. The classy but edgy style of Junior Drake handbags attracts women of all ages who are confident in their own style, strive to make a statement, and exude a distinctive personality.

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Icecool.co.uk Announces The Stepping Stone Diamond Pendant As A New Fashion-Forward Addition To Its Diamond Jewellery Collections

Icecool.co.uk announces the Stepping Stone diamond pendant as a new fashion-forward addition to its diamond jewellery collections, which feature diamond engagement rings, dazzling diamond earrings and necklaces, for contemporary or traditional romantic diamond gifts.

The London diamond jewellery company, Icecool.co.uk, creates contemporary diamond jewellery to suit all occasions and budgets. Icecool’s dazzling diamond pendants, or minimalist diamond stud earrings, are complemented by a bespoke service, You Dream, We Create, which helps customers design their own diamond jewellery.

Experienced Icecool consultants help customers select f r o m a range of traditional style diamond rings, for example, the Princess Solo cut diamond engagement ring, or Romantique ring featuring a diamond pave band, or the contemporary Goth Glam range set with black diamonds.

To view the new Icecool site with the complete 2009 Collection log on to www.icecool.co.uk

A free mail order book is also available via the website or by calling 0207 831 7648

Call the experts – To speak to a diamond expert call 020 7831 7648, 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

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Kate Moss Topshop Christmas 2009 Collection Launches October 29 2009

The collection presents an assortment of luxurious yet sophisticated oriental-inspired pieces for day and evening festive wear, along with an exclusive lingerie preview online.

Influences of traditional Chinese and Japanese clothing run through the collection. The Cheongsam dress, normally made in embroidered satin is brought up to date in a gunmetal lurex knit whilst kimono shape dresses in chiffons and silks offer a sensual laid-back style. The sleeves on the ‘Geisha Rose’ print blouse are voluminous and bell-shaped. Prints of bamboo, flying stalks, lotus flowers and fireworks are flamboyant reflecting the richness of the orient.

Knitwear is given glamorous details, offering comfort and sparkle for winter dressing. A soft grey cashmere tunic is dressed up with a silver beaded obi belt whilst two classic knit crew-neck jumpers in slate grey and navy are spruced up with jewelled shoulder pads stitched to the outside of the garment. A series of lurex-striped shrugs and sequinned knit waistcoats when worn over a casual outfit add instant night-time luxury.

The black rectangular jagged sequin bandeau maxi dress epitomises festive party-wear mixed with Kate’s signature rock-n-roll style. Elsewhere a traditional floral beaded long sleeve dress is one-shouldered and the skirt of a strapless mini dress is covered in black mesh petals and gold beads. Snake print leather obi belts wrap around smart dresses and ostrich feathers adorn the sleeves of a shift dress.

Continuing from the previous season, Christmas embraces chic, smart tailoring. An exquisite satin pencil skirt in navy or black is asymmetrically buttoned down the front and a black grosgrain boat neck shift dress is the ultimate in ladylike dressing. A shrunken Victoriana jacket with frogging and cornelli detailing is easy to wear, and a jacquard Princess coat with jewelled buttons stands out from the collection.

Underwear makes a prominent return this season, with the debut of nightwear and an exclusive online preview of the new lingerie range. Beautiful printed chiffons in triangle shape bras and teddies are feminine, whilst a leopard print balcony bra with an eyelash lace trim has instant sex-appeal. Floral printed silk pyjamas are adorned with an embroidered ‘K’ and come with a drawstring bag in the same material making it the perfect gift for Christmas.

When asked what the inspiration was behind the new nightwear collection, Kate said: “I love beautiful nightwear, it makes you feel great. I’ve collected millions of vintage slips, nighties, camis and bed jackets. Who doesn’t want fab nightwear for Christmas?”

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Iceool.co.uk Announces Its Raindrop Diamond Necklace And Dewdrop Diamond Earring Collections

Iceool.co.uk announces its Raindrop Diamond Necklace and Dewdrop Diamond Earring Collections. These elegant ranges of diamond jewellery in 18ct white and yellow gold offer a touch of film star glamour: chic, classic yet affordable looks for diamonds this season.

This Autumn/Winter sees a return to elegance and tailoring, with a hint of effortless Hollywood glamour. To enhance this season’s look, www.icecool.co.uk now offers two collections of stunning yet affordable diamond earrings and diamond necklaces.

Modern yet traditional, Icecool’s Raindrop Collection includes a fine chain in 18ct white or yellow gold featuring single collet-set diamonds with a choice of either six or nine diamonds.

The Dewdrop diamond earrings are the newest addition to Icecool’s fabulous diamond jewellery collections. Available in 18ct white gold set with diamonds, hanging from single diamond ear studs, Dewdrop Diamond earrings have a total diamond weight of 1.83cts.

Visit www.icecool.co.uk to view the whole diamond jewellery collection and the You Dream, We Create bespoke service, which offers clients the opportunity to design their own diamond jewellery.

To speak to a diamond expert call 020 7831 7648, 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Icecool.co.uk is the first and only online diamond jewellery company to join The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP).

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Trewano Launches Exclusive Collection Of Jeans

The acclaimed, hot jeans designer in Europe, Christiano Argentini and Sieron C. displays his latest collection of club and street-wear jeans online. The Two designers jeans are not only the most sought after jeans in Europe but have made a niche in international market too. Trewano launches this exclusive collection of Trewano jeans on demand from lovers of designer jeans in Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, Berlin, Rome and other parts of the world.

Jeans are very popular casual wearing around the world. Since its inception in 1850, there are many styles, designs and colors of jeans but nothing could snatch its rough-tough status from it. It was first made to withstand wears & tears of some laborious tasks that its wearer had to carry out. It still withstands this rigorous nature and even put the same tag on its wearer – the rough tough guy. Designer jeans, because of its unique styles and low-price are also equally popular to branded jeans.

Trewano, the Italian jeans designer, answers all the fashion statements of zippy, zingy and zesty youth with ultimate, individualistic and exotic collection of designer Denim jeans. The designer is known for putting exceptional style and attraction in his jeans. “I just feel that they are specifically made for me” says Brian “I feel great in Trewano’s denim” he adds. “These jeans perfectly reflect my passion for life” says Carl another Trewano fan.

The collection on display include “Die is certain Life is Not”, “Tribal Devil”, “Sexy Rose”, “Casanova”, “Vulcano”, “The Worker” and other club and street wear jeans. The designer wears are available for men and women from 15 to 40 years of age.

Since 1999, Trewano is a reputed brand in designer jeans in Europe and most bought brand among teens and young in Germany, Holland, France, Russia, Spain and Italy. The popularity of Trewano designer jeans can be judged by the fact that the new designs are awaited every week and picked within a few days of their launch. No stock lasts longer than a few weeks on-line. “This also prompts us bring up more and more new designs every week” says The Manager of Trewano Chris Leon.

Trewano jeans are cut from the best denim available in Europe and sewed with a thread powerful and elastic enough to withstand any stretch or skew in the shape. Every stitch counts. The jeans are made to fit from a tribal rebellion to a more formal leader in the herd.

Trewano jeans, for both men and women, can be bought only in esclusive designer stores. If you want to see the collection visit the website www.trewano.com.

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Online Fashion Magazine Launched by Fashion Confidential

Fashion Confidential, the designer fashion website, are pleased to announce the launch of their new online fashion magazine. The Fashion Confidential magazine, which launched at the start of September, is available to view online exclusively f r o m the website.

Despite only being launched at the beginning of September, the weekly magazine by Fashion Confidential has already amassed a great degree of content. The magazine currently boasts 33 pages of high end, quality fashion insider information. This magazine is for those who have a keen interest in designer fashion and all things associated with it. The clear and precise layout of the magazine means that it reflects that of a high end glossy magazine but provides the reader with a greater degree of convenience.

Completely free of charge to visitors of the Fashion Confidential website, the magazine not only notifies the reader of the key trends that are emerging within the fashion industry but also gives them an insight into how to create those looks. Committed to helping the fashion-savvy consumer, Fashion Confidential’s online magazine also directs readers to the exact website where they can pick up these fabulous finds to create their own unique fashion forward look. In addition to this the reader is privy to information about the latest collections f r o m the hottest designers as well as insider gossip f r o m all the best fashion events.

Not only does Fashion Confidential publish this great magazine, but it also provides a whole host of other services for visitors to the site. Fashion Confidential tirelessly scours the best online fashion boutiques to provide visitors to the site with the latest and greatest in designer fashion.

Fashion Confidential has something to suit everyone, f r o m those who need the must have designer purchase of the season to those who are more interested in bagging themselves a designer bargain, Fashion Confidential has it all. The website boasts sections which allow visitors to browse all the latest top picks in designer fashion and accessories whilst their Bargain Hunter section displays the best designer products which are available at discounted prices. The Bargain Hunter section also provides information on upcoming sample sales and discounts and offers which are taking place within designer outlets online and offline.

Fashion Confidential was first established three years ago and provides busy, fashion loving, female professionals with a place where they can browse the latest offerings f r o m their favourite designers. Since its launch in 2006, the website has been a roaring success and has developed an ever growing fan base. Rather than directly selling high-end designer garments, Fashion Confidential carefully selects the very best designer items f r o m a range of online designer stores and boutique and displays them on their website, thus making it ideal for those who are pressed for time. Visitors to the Fashion Confidential site can shop at the click of a mouse and are automatically transported to the retailer of their desired item – where they can buy online.

To browse the latest hand-picked designer fashion f r o m around the web, or to find out more about the new online fashion magazine, visit Fashion Confidential.co.uk.

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Women’s Fashion Brand Roman Originals Have Launched A New Women’s Underwear Collection

Women’s fashion brand Roman Originals have launched a new women’s underwear collection in collaboration with fashion guru’s Trinny and Susannah and fashion brand Sloggi. What’s more, Roman Original is also offering a further free delivery service for those customers that spend £45 or more.

Roman Originals have launched a new range of flattering and affordable women’s underwear. Their knickers come in a variety of luxurious soft to the touch mixed fabrics and a selection of soft to vibrant colours. Both comfort and flattery are qualities that are at the forefront of the new Roman Original underwear designs.

The new womens underwear collections are available in an array of styles, colours and sizes. These women’s underwear ranges focus on accentuating the female form and importantly, supporting the body fully and comfortably at all times. All of Roman Originals underwear is designed with figure improving and supporting qualities. Consequently, the new underwear will boost confidence not matter a females shape or sizes. In particular, the unique and exclusive range of ‘Magic knickers’ and ‘Control Thongs’ designed by fashion guru’s Trinny and Susannah are said to flatten the stomach, synch in the waist, slim the thighs and lift the bum. As a result, women nationwide are set to look and feel fabulous when they sport Roman Originals underwear.

Roman Originals offers this new beautiful range of womens underwear at very affordable prices. Their wonderful women’s underwear ranges consist of underwear sets in soft and comfortable cotton mix fabrics. All of the women’s underwear sets are designed with comfort, practicality and most importantly, flattery in mind. Roman Originals has brought quality clothing to the high street for over 50 years now. Roman Originals listen to their customers, especially during this current economic climate. This progression means that the all clothing, even the underwear ranges continue to be of the highest quality at entirely affordable prices. The underwear provided is designed with women of all ages and sizes in mind. With all of this taken into consideration, customers are returning time and time again with confidence in the longevity of style and standard of their purchases.

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Patricia South Offers Free Wedding Gowns For The Recently Unemployed

In an effort to brighten the economic outlook of the recently engaged brides that have lost their job in the last 90 days and are looking for a job but do not want to postpone their special day.

The idea to give dresses to struggling brides came to South as she inventoried her beautiful selection of gowns in the 11,000-square-feet wedding center. She found that many designer sample gowns – some that had cost as much as $3,000. South thought, “What a shame that these gowns couldn’t be used by someone in need.”

Dresses in a variety of sizes f r o m designers Amsale, Jim Hjelm, Rena Kohl, Bellisima, Allure, Jacqueline’s, Pronovias and Maggie Sottero are included in the giveaway.

Patricia South is offering select designer wedding gowns f r o m her stock to deserving brides struggling to afford the wedding of their dreams, on Wednesday and Thursday October 7, 8 and 14, 15, f r o m 4-8 P.M. to deserving brides struggling to afford the wedding of their dreams.

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ElementsFashion.com – “Webtique” Grand Opening Offering Apparel, Handbags, Jewelry, Accessories And Vintage Selections For Women

Elementsfashion.com is located in Los Angeles the fashion and entertainment capital of the world. The online offerings includes handbags, apparel, accessories and jewelry. The “web-tique” also offers carefully select vintage pieces that are timeless and rare. Owner, Ebone fuller takes pride in offering the latest and emerging styles at affordable prices and great quality!

Elements fashion caters to women that love fashion that’s unique, hip and affordable. The mission is: “live dream and look fabulous”. Elementsfashion.com also offers visitors free advice on fashion and style trends. The “web-tique” features: “get the look for less” a weekly column for the budget conscious fashionista this selection consist of red carpet or celebrity inspired “looks 4 less”. That are available for purchase onelementsfashion.com.

The “web-tique” offers a selection to fit every women’s style. The site is a one-stop for all your emerging fashion needs. New, vintage and fabulous finds at great prices. Elements fashion also offers personal shopper services. They are available to assist with selecting the perfect gift, professional or casual attire that fit’s your lifestyle and budget. To learn more visit: http://elementsfashion.com.

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The Brand New Wonderbra By Dita Von Teese Collection

Based on the success of the last collection the iconic burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese has returned to the drawing board to create a second line for Wonderbra, and House of Fraser was the first online retailer to stock the collection.

The designer bras collection launched at House of Fraser on 11 September and is titled the ‘Party Edition’.

Speaking about her inspiration for the line, Dita said: “I wanted to re-invent the existing collection for a few reasons, one being that I love it so much myself, and I was so happy with the execution of the new bra shapes Wonderbra made for me, that I kept fantasizing about having it in other colours and fabrics.”

The Sparkle Teese lingerie is sure to excite customers, with its combination of sequins, tulle and ruby red tassles. Designed to provide sexy yet sophisticated styling, the Sparkle Teese is available in a cleavage and balcony bra, brief and thong bottoms and matching suspender belt.

The Satine Teese lingerie has been created to provide pure silver screen glamour. The line comes in two shades of a fiery red satin and a delicate mauve with a sensual lace trim. The Satine Teese introduces the shaping high suspender to exaggerate curves and sits alongside a matching cleavage bra, thong and brief.

Wonderbra lingerie continues to have a strong following, thanks to its range of designs, in particular their bestselling Wonderbra Strapless bra as well as a variety of different underwired bras. From one icon to another, Wonderbra by Dita Von Teese is a fabulous addition to the House of Fraser lingerie collections. Both in store and online shoppers can find a whole host of brands including Elle MacPherson intimates, Freya, Calvin Klein and DKNY. Dita Von Teese’s ‘Party Edition’ Wonderbra range can be purchased from House of Fraser stores and online.

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Christopher Kane Returns This Season With His Third Collaboration With Topshop

The landmark collection, which is 39 pieces strong, will be the largest Topshop Boutique collection with a designer to date.

Echoing his AW09 collection Kane’s fusion of manmade embellishments creates a subversive look. Body conscious pieces in fine black gauze form the back bone of the collection and are embellished with mirrors and eyelets. This adornment features on several pieces including 50s inspired briefs which are high waisted and worn as outerwear, slim fitting leggings, a slick long sleeved dress and a high necked body with cap sleeves.

Simple garments are given an element of luxury; a black cotton shirt buttons-up to the collar to expose oversized black gems covering the neckline, a white T-shirt dress features several rows of oversized white opaque gems around the neck, sleeves and hem of the dress. Evening dresses and camisoles have a deep V to accentuate the décolletage and feature oversized jewels around the neckline. A heavy black jersey scarf is adorned with gems along the perimeter updating a winter essential.

For this collection Christopher Kane also debuts a footwear and accessories collection creating pieces which are suitably both modern and romantic. Slouch leather pouch bags are oversized and can be worn with a cross body strap, covered entirely with tiny mirrors, the bag features two large leather tassels which hang from the base of the pouch.

Rachael Proud, senior buyer for Topshop said: “What Christopher Kane has done with this collection is a really new thing for Topshop – in both the size of the range and the production of it. It’s such high spec, such high quality and I really think if you saw it on a catwalk at London Fashion Week it wouldn’t look out of place. It’s got amazing elements of past collections but the new mirrored dresses and opaque gems on other styles just look so amazing.”

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French Connection, The High Street Clothing Specialists, Has Delivered Details Of Its Ladieswear Collection For Autumn/Winter 2009

French Connection has injected a casual diffusion range into the main collection, paying special attention to cut, fit, premium materials and quirky little twists.

The casual diffusion line is a collection of everyday pieces. Womens T-shirts take on a new form with oversized proportions adorned with abstract and playful prints. Special attention has been paid to denim with ultra skinny indigo wash to 80s bleached stone wash jeans. Playful outerwear continues with wet look hooded bombers and subtle zebra print drawstring parkas.

The main French Connection collection introduces a range full of diversity that fits together in unexpected ways. Underpinning the range is smart attention to detail, a rarity that you only find with vintage.

Lorna Perrin, director of marketing and PR at French Connection, said: “This season we have concentrated on key trends including the 80s with shoulder pads, deluxe sequin embellishment, exposed zips and fierce tailoring while giving everything a French Connection twist. Leather jackets, pencil skirts and trousers have added a tough luxe edge to the collection.”

Dresses have evolved in both sharp tailored fabrics and draped jersey with totally tropical prints. Necklines are square with shoulders given 80s power woman presence, with skirts staying tulip with front pleating and wrap over detailing. Eastern China vase prints adorn strapless dresses and oversized box shifts. Womens knitwear creates easy-to-wear versatile styles with geometric contrasting panels. Knitwear is u p d a t e d with kitsch and vintage embellishment, overlapping loop details on collars and cuffs and faux fur trims.

The outerwear range is inspired with new silhouettes, f r o m oversized masculine designs in mustard hues, a little red riding hood swing style to grey with solid military hardware. Exaggerated proportions are also evident in collars, bell sleeves and strong empire lines. The classic leather jacket is given a new slim line edge with super soft leather and gold fastenings.

Owl, wolf, tiger and rabbit prints give a playful nod to this year’s bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, appearing cleverly across silks, t-shirts and shirts. The collection is drawn together in an autumnal colour palette of greys, black, mustard and rich red with splashes of tropical brights and high shine metallics.

About French Connection
French Connection was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks who set out to create well-designed women’s clothes that would appeal to a wide audience.

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French Connection Has Revealed The Details Of Its Menswear Range For Autumn/Winter 2009

The season starts off with a prison story, presenting styles and details with a heavily distressed penitentiary influence. The collection then moves on to revel in a horror theme where colour, texture, and print work symbiotically to convey the move in to darkest winter. Finally, the range leads in to Christmas with a colourful and kitsch mountaineering inspired collection guaranteed to get you on the go.

French Connection enters the season with a nod to 1930’s workwear. Soft powder pinks and Oxford blues are complemented by micro spots and stripes and vintage bib or removable collar detailing. The mood darkens with the introduction of the Gothic, including Beetlejuice striped shirts, motor jackets in leather, or a maroon wool suit with white tipping and buttons. The mountaineering story provides technical down-filled removable linings, ropes and toggles, paired with fashionable gingham shirts and covetable knitwear.

Lorna Perrin, director of marketing and PR at French Connection, said: “For French Connection menswear we have focused on preppy chic blazers and shirts, while knitwear is given original design twists, and tailoring is fashion forward in quality fabrics and designs. The younger FCUK sub-brand leads the way in stylish streetwear with checked shirts, authentic denims, fun graphic tees and battered leathers.”

FCUK presents vibrant street sportswear with highlights of ‘pop’ colours. Bold dark wash denim and a base monochrome palette are livened up with bright piping on baseball jackets and bold prints. Bright colours prevail with hip-hop style retro track tops and alternative windbreakers with multi seams and jersey collars.

French Connection’s other main line, FC72, this season focuses on heavy detailing to liven up staples such as a cotton donkey jacket or denim dungarees. Overdying, paint-splattering, crushed knits, and heavy stitching all lend to a distressed penitentiary feel, solidified with a fun barbed wire stripe print. The season ends on a softer note, with brushed cottons and cosy bright chunky knits with fairisle detailing.

French Connection is also placing a high emphasis on men’s accessories this season. Men’s bags are the main focus, but a complete collection of ties, hats, cuff links and leather belts are also available.

About French Connection
French Connection was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks who set out to create well-designed men’s clothing that would appeal to a wide audience.

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Base London Has Expanded Its E-Commerce Site To Incorporate An Online Gentlemen’s Club

The Gentlemen’s Club is aimed at entertaining and educating their loyal customer base and giving them the opportunity to interact directly with the brand.

A variety of ‘rooms’ in the Gentlemen’s Club play host to elements of interest to the Base London target market including competitions, videos and reviews along with fashion and style tips educating the customer on key looks for the season and what to wear to which social event.

Once in the Gentlemen’s Club the visitor has the opportunity to enter a selection of ‘rooms’ such as the Video Lounge, screening the choice cuts of the best videos on the net, and the Comedy Club which offers some witty one liners and classic quips. The Trap Door reviews a variety of subjects ranging f r o m weird restaurants to the latest movie releases while a Games Room offers the chance to win a pair of the latest Base London men’s shoes.

The Base London Gentlemen’s Club also features a Dressing Room section that advises customers on how to pull of the latest looks and a Street Style section that spots Base London customers on the streets f r o m around the UK. The Base London Gentlemen’s Guide also offers some handy tips for men, with topics ranging f r o m how to impress your boss to pub magic.

Customers can find everything they need to know about the latest Base London formal, semi formal and casual shoes as well as pairing shoes with situations, with all products available to buy in the Base London Online Shoe Shop.

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Men’s Footwear Brand, Base London Showcases The ‘Best Of British Footwear’ For Autumn 2009

Base London’s autumn range goes about tackling the everyday obstacles that face the modern day man. A fashion formal collection, comprising of clean cut, smooth silhouette lace up and slip on men’s shoes, such as Encore and Reason, combine rich leathers and intricate stitch detailing with a sharp fashion focused approach that’s set to impress, whether in the office or at the bar.

The semi-formal range of men’s shoes featuring Pressure, showcases casual shoes in a dressed down style. While being discreetly lifted by formal uppers and a casual collection reveals a sporty approach, shown by Dart and Stealth, and a fresh look to styles strongly considered Base London signature pieces. The autumn collection introduces new prints and trims as well as an earthy colour palette of autumnal tones.

Autumn also sees a strong presence of formal and casual men’s boots, with rich treated leathers and strong detail trims. Smart and tailored trending, with subtle detail stamped leathers displayed by Force and Review, form the crux of the formal styles, whilst the more casual styles have a rugged and urban led fashion feel, displaying clear military influences and heavy detailing, shown in Keystone and Metal.

About Base London
Base London was founded in 1995 after a niche was spotted in the market – branded fashion formal shoes for the high street. Previously consumers had the choice of own label or exclusive designer names with nothing in between.

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Animal, The Freesports Apparel Brand, Is Proud To Announce That The New Animal E-Store Now Gone Live Has

The E-Store will stock one of the widest selections of Animal products available in the UK including extensive clothing ranges as well as watches, footwear, luggage, eyewear and accessories.

Animal has taken the decision to launch an online store as e-tailing is the fastest growing form of shopping and is proven to have become an essential part of Animal customers’ lives.

Animal CEO Kevin Keaney said: “I am delighted that with the launch of the Animal E-Store our loyal customers across the UK will now be able to access a full range of Animal merchandise 24/7. The benefit of shopping at the E-Store will be its ability to offer Animal products UK wide and in a space unconstrained by shop floor size.”

Not only will the E-Store stock all the latest Animal collections but there will be regular opportunities to win unique and exclusive prizes. All orders before the 30 September will receive free standard delivery and automatically go through to a prize draw to win a holiday for two on next year’s Animal Snowcamp to Austria.

The E-Store gives shoppers the chance to check out the new autumn/winter season range just as the new Animal clothes are going into stores. As well as clothes, shoppers can order footwear, wallets, gifts and Animal bags. E-gift vouchers are also available for those who are traditionally tricky to buy presents for.

About Animal
Established in 1987 in Poole, Dorset, Animal is one of the UK’s leading freesport brands specialising in the design, marketing and retailing of freesports influenced clothing, technical clothing, footwear, luggage, eyewear, accessories and watches.

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