Hello there, fashion lovers and welcome once again to our weekly round-up of all the goings-on this week.
First up, this is practically ancient news now but Beyoncé is pregnant! She chose the VMA awards and a Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo to reveal the news. As her performance ended and she undid her jacket to show off her bump (encased in stretchy waistbanded trousers!), twitter records were broken with 8,900 tweets being posted per second.
|Sequins and stretchy waitstband, oh the glamour (image from nymag.com)|
|Sofia Coppola with new husband Thomas Mars (Images from stylefrizz.com)|
The cover of Dasha Zhukova's debut issue of Garage magazine (via The Guardian)
The Guardian continues: "Titled Butterfly Divided, it is one of a series of tattoos by famous artists (all men, sigh), including the Chapman Brothers and Jeff Koons, inked onto volunteers (Hirst's "canvas" is 23-year-old Londoner, Shauna Taylor). The works play on notions of who owns the art and what it's worth, while referencing tattooing's popularity reaching saturation point. Asked why she agreed to the tattoo, Taylor answered: "Not one single person can ever say they gave birth through a Damien Hirst piece of art. I can [if I ever give birth]." !!!! Its not everyday you read a quote like that.
The real Wallis Simpson in the late 1930s
We tipped you off a little while ago about Wallis Simpson as a key style reference for FW11.Yesterday, Madonna's highly anticipated film exploring the life of the American socialite (played by Andrea Riseborough) had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. While the film itself has received mixed reviews, the costumes, by Arianne Phillips, have been declared an indubitable success. Another very valid reason for a cinema trip is the appearence of James D'Arcy who cuts quite a dash as Edward. Madonna looked rather fab in her custom Vionnet gown, while Andrea was clearly so fed up of her Wallis look (close to the body, tailored, streamlined) that she decided to go for Princess-y froth in Dior couture.
|Andrea Riseborough in Dior (telegraph.co.uk)|
|Madonna in custom Vionnet with matchy sunnies. I love these colours (telegraph.co.uk)|
Anyway, the show will take place in New York on 10th September and will also be shown live on HelmutLang.com. In other New York Fashion Week related news, due to Hurricane Irene, Marc Jacobs has pushed back his show to 8.30pm on 15th September which is just hours before London kicks off. Not good for London Fashion Week at all. There are going to be some very jet-lagged fashion people zombie-ing about the first few days of London.
|Helmut Lang Resort 2012 (Style.com)|
|Valentino in publicity shots for The Last Emperor (Image from www.cbc.ca)|
It's Friday and not so long since pay day, therefore there is no excuse not to pop into Topshop Oxford Circus to peruse Susie Lau's Edited selection which launches today. Her choices represent her personal highlights of Topshop's current offering and will be available for two weeks in the special Edited area of the store; a bit of a haven from the mad rush of frenzied shoppers. Topshop's Manchester store also has an Edited space so you can see Susie's picks if you're near there too. For an insight into her favourite books, music and some of the looks she has put together, take a look at Topshop's very own blog.
|Susie Style Bubble modelling her Topshop Edited choices. Gorgeous! (Image courtesy of Topshop)|
|Dear Carine (Image from telegraph.co.uk)|
|Young Carine (Image from telegraph.co.uk)|
|Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby film in 1974|