Category Archives: British

Lessons in Fashion







Returning to college after a summer of fun and frolicks was always a dread-inducer, but a college teaching you how to accessorize your Christopher Kane dress and whether midi length skirts are hot or not would have me sprinting to my desk before the bell even rang.

Publishing giant Condé Nast have just announced the launch of their new Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design, which will open its doors this September in time for the 2012 academic year. Up to 300 places will be offered to fee-paying students, and on the fashion school menu will be a year-long foundation course based around legendary fashion bible, Vogue, along with 10-week extensive fashion courses for a more condensed alternative. There will also be modules on the history of fashion and design, the fashion year, print and digital journalism, luxury brand marketing and a House & Garden interior design and decoration course.

Condé Nast is perfectly placed to enter the world of education,” Condé Nast UK managing director Nicholas Coleridge said this morning. “The reputation and authority of our brands puts us in a strong position to teach and inspire the fashion and decorating talent of the future. We look forward to becoming the go-to academy for students from Britain and further afield.”

Running the show as the fashion school’s principal will be Susie Forbes, former editor of Easy Living magazine. The location of the college is yet to be confirmed as they are still securing premises, but it is likely to be around central London. Susie says:

“With access to some of the sharpest and most creative minds shaping the fashion, design and interiors industries today, we aim to educate students to the highest level. It makes perfect sense for Condé Nast to open its College doors in London, the fashion capital of the world.”

The attendence rate of this college will surely be among the best in the country – after all, who would want to skive a lesson which requires you to flick through Vogue all morning? Oh, to be a student again!

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Sighhh







Cannot wait to see this.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the chillingly stylish screen adaptation of John le Carré’s much celebrated British spy novel. The story centres around disgraced British spy George Smiley who is lured out of spy retirement to track down a suspected Soviet mole. Much sneaky sleuthy double-dealing ensues.

The cast is packed full of British gems including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Tom Hardy (lord serve him up to me on a plate.. allow the creepy blonde mop) and the 70s styling is impeccable.

I love a bit of espionage. The word literally makes me tremble. When I was growing up my dad was always telling me I should set my sights on MI5 (must be my inherently devious nature). I had a good old go at the online application form a few years ago… 40 mins later, I was defeated. That thing is LONG!

Check the super slick trailer and get excited.

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