It's a case of fashion mirroring life this week as we bring you news of births and deaths and, er, rebirths. It's been pretty dramatic actually.
|Tom Ford SS12|
|Tom Ford SS12|
|Tom Ford SS12 (All images from American Vogue)|
|Evelyn, her husband Leonard and Estée (from WWD)|
|The Lauder family. Evelyn is seated, hugged by her son. Estée is in the white hat (from WWD)|
|Julia with boyfriend and baby daddy, Robert Konjic (image from thevoguediaries.com)|
|Versace Couture SS09 (images from audreysworld.blogspot.com)|
|Versace Couture SS09|
|Missing: Have you seen this Marc Jacobs SS12? (Image from www.lloyd-evans.com)|
The best ad campaigns are the ones which get everyone talking; Benetton have certainly achieved that this week with their latest set of images which depict world-famous figures kissing one another. If you can see the lighter side of the world's current woes then these are very entertaining. However, the Vatican were not in a humorous mood about the image which shows the Pope in embrace with Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb, an Egyptian Grand Sheik. The Guardian reports that Fr Federico Lombardi said: "We must express the firmest protest for this absolutely unacceptable use of the image of the Holy Father, manipulated and exploited in a publicity campaign with commercial ends. This shows a grave lack of respect for the pope, an offence to the feelings of believers, a clear demonstration of how publicity can violate the basic rules of respect for people by attracting attention with provocation." There is a deeper message to Benetton's images though; they support Unhate which is campaigning for a world free from hate culture, what's to object to about that?
|The Pope with Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb|
|Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarcozy get cosy (Images from dailymail.co.uk)|
|Mellon starring in Jimmy Choo's perfume campaign (image from nytimes.com)|
|Gaga in Simone Rocha (image from graziadaily.co.uk)|
|In Osman (image from telegraph.co.uk)|
|In Roksanda Ilincic (image from telegraph.co.uk) |
Sample Sale Alert! Next Friday 25th November, Mawi jewellers will be having a massive sample sale with up to 80% off usual prices. It'll be at MAWI STUDIO, 2, Nimrod Passage, London. N1 4BU from 9am to 8pm. Just in time for Christmas!
This L'Wren Scott dress is $999 from $2145; in ££ that's about £500.... not bad. Gilt.com
Last night the FashEd had dinner with Kevin Ryan and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson the founder and co-founder of the hugely successful American flash sale site gilt.com at the Savoy. The occasion was the firm making its discounted stock available for UK and European shipping for the first time. Think of the site as TK Maxx online, but whereas TK Maxx run their shops with a less is more approach, Gilt.com is a slick package, and trying to make discounted luxury feel sexy and special.
Joining the site is free, and once a UK member you can log on every day at 5pm to gain access to 20 flash sales. What fun. Today’s bargains come from, among others, L’Wren Scott. You have to but in $$ but with the current exchange rate, this is a good thing! We would encourage you to join now at Gilt.com.