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Dolce and Gabbana Acquitted


Photo courtesy of Imaxtree

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce

Italy’s top designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are no longer being tried for dodging up to $ 1bn (£880m) in tax.

Judge Simone Huerti from Milan cleared the two designers of all accusations of tax evasion on lack of evidence earlier this week at the preliminary hearing.

All senior members of the company were accused of avoiding paying taxes, however all denied the charges since the case went under investigation three years ago.

The accusations came to face after Dolce and Gabbana sold two of their brands Dolce and Gabbana and D&G to a Luxembourg based company called Gado in 2004 and 2005. It was believed that by giving Gado control over these two brands they could avoid paying Italian taxes and could have faced up to a three year sentence.

Dolce and Gabbana have stores in over 33 countries and a huge celebrity clientele such as Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Kylie Minogue.  Stefano Gabbana took to Twitter after being acquitted to thank people for their support:

‘Thanks to all for the great support!!!! Love :-)))) Stefano’

 

So, What do you all think?

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London Street Style


It’s been a busy day, had to take a quick (it actually took ages, there was nothing quick about it) trip to our country’s capital.

It was the perfect opportunity to grab some street snaps of (some of) the fashionable people of London. However, as my day was so busy I kept forgetting, so only managed to snap a few girls in the bustle of my busy day.

I also got to go to Dolce and Gabbana’s Dress Me Up London event, but only for about half an hour because I had to get my train so alas I didn’t get to see the end result. I did however get to see the biggest names in the blogging industry start dressing up manikins whilst drinking champagne. Ugh, jealous.

Anyway, on with the show:

Love this top!

Sucks that I didn’t have a DSLR for these pictures, you can’t see the fringe detail on the top. Great outfit though, love the shoes.

Huge fan of these colours at the moment.

Lace shoes!! Really like this outfit, and her hair.

This whole outfit works really well.

Love the jacket with fur detail. Also, really jealous of her hair…

Adore these shorts. Seriously in love with them.

 

So what’s your opinion on these outfits? Do you think London is Englands fashion capital? Or have I got it all completely wrong?


Street Style


Chinos, chinos, chinos! Is usually the chants heard along London Road in Sheffield at ridiculous O’clock in the morning. This time however, I am not referring to the students favourite kebab shop.

I’ve decided to take to the streets in pursuit of fashionable male students. It’s a lot harder than it sounds with most boys wandering around in hooded jumpers and tracksuit bottoms.

However more and more men are yielding to the increasingly popular, easy to wear, chino trend. With most of them going for the casual stone washed colour, I am starting to prefer the darker hues such as navy, or khaki, or if you’re feeling brave enough then the red/ rust colour works too.

Whether they’re rolled up, cropped or full-length, they are easy fashion and perfect for summer. Not too hot, not over the top, pair it with a plain T-shirt and plimsolls and you’ve nailed it effortlessly.

So I took to the student-filled streets of Sheffield to find a few guys who were already out and about in the latest fashion.

I’m not too keen on the drop crotch trend and think chinos are much better suited to a pair of plimsolls or casual shoes or even smart shoes rather than tucked into a pair of boots. Low crotch and boots do nothing but make your legs look really short.

If you want to look smart then buy the smarter style chinos, but the casual, slightly more baggy style that’s filling our stores this season, give off a very strong ‘less is more’ message. Even the manikins are keeping it simple.

Isn’t that the perfect thing about summer? Hassle free, minimal outfits. No need to layer up to keep warm, just chuck on the simple stuff and away you go. Sorted.

For affordable chinos check out:

Topman:

River Island

H&M

 

What are your thoughts on the latest chino trend among boys?


Memoirs of a Chalet Girl


I’ve decided to do something totally different in this post after watching the new film Chalet Girl.

Doing a season is something I’ve wanted to do since the very first time I went skiing about 6 years ago, so when I finished my A-levels I had already planned and saved to go to Courchevel and work in a hotel.

The gorgeous French Alps

So when everyone went to start their first year at uni. I hopped on a plane with a load of people I didn’t know, some who had done this before, others who were new to it. I was sitting on the plane, next to a girl who was absolutely smashed “been drinking in the airport for the last twelve hours” she told me. Christ, here we go.

There was another girl as well who was beside herself, distraught and hiccupping for breath as the plane took off. As overdramatic as I thought this was, this girl turned out to be one of my best friends on my season, and a fellow chalet girl.

So, my season. Yes it is as messy as everyone hears it is, yes you do have to work some savage hours (starting at 4am once a week), no not everyone sleeps around as much as people assume you do, but yes, there are the select few who do.

I came across everything on my season, from people having threesomes, walking in on people getting it on, people getting naked and crowd surfing, people skiing naked, people skiing down mountains drunk, in the dark (I’m sorry but I have to put my hands up to this one). A lot of this took place in the seasonal Valley Rally, which meant a lot of drinking, a lot of nakedness and a lot of gruesome tasks within a time limit.

The most lethal drink that ever touched our lips, which wasn’t a consumable version of petrol, was Mutzig.  ‘Mutzig- Forget Everything’ was the slogan, and what a poster advert the seasonaires were for it.

Mutzig!

There were nights such as Power Hour, where four-pint jugs of mutzig were only 8euros for two, that’s right two. If you could still stand by the end of your second jug then you were probably pouring your beer away in the toilet. It was lethal, but it was how every seasonaire let their hair down, the night before their day off.

Of course, every Power hour night meant serious repercussions. If you were silly/ drunk enough to shit on your own doorstep then you had to face the consequences, usually at 6am the next morning, still slightly drunk.

It was also these nights where those who came out with partners at home, became unfaithful. In all honesty, not one person who had a partner back home remained faithful; that is the vicious truth.

However there were the select few who couldn’t resist the romance of the Alps, and settled down into relationships, most of which are still together now, even back in ‘the real world’. This is where I blush and admit to being one of those people…

I met some of the most amazing people on my season, made some unlikely friends and awesome memories. It was one of the most upsetting moments in my life having to say goodbye the people who had become my best friends, and family. Everyone was going on to something different, summer seasons, university or some were putting their wild sides behind them to get a “real” job.

Getting home was incredibly exciting at first, but within a week of catching up with everyone who I’d missed for months I was ready to jump back on a plane to France.

I had so many stories to tell, people I wish everyone back home new about, yet they didn’t and they struggled to relate. However it means whenever I meet up with people from my season, and a year on I still see them, we can spend many nostalgic hours reminiscing over the ravaged antics of our season and the best moments of our lives.

We spent five months, skiing, drinking, laughing, working and never having to hear the sound of a police car or ambulance, we were almost shut off from reality with our lack of internet and television.

Yet being able to go for walks through the snow-capped trees, eat at some of the most gorgeous restaurants dotted around the mountains, go sledging through the trees or paraglide of the mountain in the sunshine, made my season perfect.

I didn’t care for the amount of weight I put on, or the lack of sleep I had. I quickly got over changing soiled sheets and cleaning toilets with a toothbrush. It was only a small price to pay for the best months of my life. If I could, I would drop everything in a second and do it all over again. Even for only £70 a week. Easy.

Any offers?

For other brilliant articles on chalet girls see:

Chalet girl: the life of a seasonaire

Chalet girl: the real story


Smoking…


Is it cool to smoke again?

With the government fighting to discourage the younger population, and reduce the number of people smoking altogether, the fashion world is doing exactly the opposite.

Throwing celebrities such as Lady Gaga and previous runway model Kate Moss on the catwalk with fag in tow, to pay homage to such a controversial topic has had columnists in tangles over whether it is completely outrageous (see Jan Moir ), or fashionable.

Personally that eye-watering, breath hindering smell of cigarettes is not one I’m going to be substituting my Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume for any time soon.

The fact that when Kate Moss did it, the press went mad, she’s a ‘bad role model’, she should know its ‘bad for your skin’, its like they had just caught her doing a line of coke all over again, yet when Lady Gaga does it, everyone looks away- if it’s not made of meat they’re not interested in her poor attention seeking attempts.

 

Kate Moss Smoking

Lady Gaga smoking

Even designer Kurt Geiger has started ‘Le Smoking’ trend, with the ‘cigarette heel’ in smokey hues. Now I’m all for this kind of smokin’ hot style, especially when it comes to shoes (that I more than likely can’t walk in) I’m all over it like a rash. Particularly sky scraper (Carvela)  heels which ooze pizzazz:

 

Le Smoking heels


Student Awareness


Emma Watson, famous for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise, is renowned for being an environmentally friendly student, and just as brainy off screen as she is on screen.

Having worked with People Tree over the last year trying to push ethical fashion into the lime light, Watson also took a trip to Bangladesh to fully immerse herself in the project and see exactly what goes on behind the scenes of the production line.

“It was an incredible and life-changing experience. I wish everyone had the chance to see the difference Fairtrade makes”.

Emma’s latest eco-friendly project is working alongside designer Alberta Feretti, using only environmentally friendly materials.

Watson and Ferretti

The intentions are all very good, and it is all for a good cause, however if any of you can afford to fork out between £300- £1,100 for a skirt, pair of shorts, or a dress then I envy you.

I forget that, despite her being a student, she does have a few bob in the bank, along with a lovely six figure Lancome deal on the way. Sigh.