Raise a glass: Port cocktails | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 22 November 2012 Port has been the quintessential English gentleman’s tipple since its creation in the 17th century, by British sailors who added brandy to Portugese wine to prevent it spoiling on the voyage home. The drinking of it is steeped in etiquette — port should be passed to the left; and if anyone dallies with the decanter, you should ask whether he knows the Bishop of Norwich… ‘He’s a terribly good chap, but he always forgets to pass the port.’ Port is no longer just an after dinner drink, it's an essential cocktail component That bibulous Bishop must be turning in his grave — port’s stuffy image is no more. Sales have risen by 50 percent in the last 15 years, to 75m a year, and it increasingly appeals to young drinkers and women.
'Paying celebrities to sit on your front row I'd rather spend the money on the work itself!' Mark Fast on star-studded front rows and why Daisy Lowe is a dream to work with | UPDATED: 16:30 GMT, 20 September 2012 He is the knit wit behind fashion's most versatile wooly creations and the designer who favours curvy girls over skinny catwalk minnies.
Minnie, is that you Disney Mouse gets a super-skinny size zero makeover courtesy of Barneys' latest campaign | UPDATED: 18:46 GMT, 29 August 2012 It had not occurred to us that Minnie Mouse was in need of losing a few pounds. But it seems that was not the case for the marketing team at Barneys, which elected to severely slim down the popular cartoon character for its upcoming holiday campaign. The new-look Minnie has an elongated neck, a jutting dcolletage, and limbs that would make a pencil look fat.
The Choo is on the other foot! John Galliano boss Pierre Denis poached by shoe brand Jimmy Choo and announced as CEO | UPDATED: 13:49 GMT, 24 July 2012 It has been a dramatic year for designer shoe brand Jimmy Choo. Just five months after the company was sold to Swiss company Labelux for 525.5million, both its co-founder Tamara Mellon and its CEO Joshua Schulman decided to jump ship in November 2011. And now the fashion house – a favourite with celebrities including the Duchess of Cambridge – has named their new CEO as French industry bigwig Pierre Denis, who has been poached from the top job at John Galliano SA.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall! Vogue editor Anna Wintour caught on camera in meeting with disgraced designer John Galliano | UPDATED: 13:50 GMT, 9 July 2012 He may have been fired from Christian Dior, but it seems Anna Wintour still has time for John Galliano.
The weird anatomy mash-ups in designer Raf Simons' new fashion campaign… and it's NOT a Photoshop fail | UPDATED: 20:03 GMT, 20 June 2012 Raf Simons' new campaign for his fall/winter menswear collection has been revealed, and it features some bizarre Photoshop distortions.
Peek-a-boo chic or sheer folly LIZ JONES on the new see-through celebrity look | UPDATED: 00:12 GMT, 16 May 2012 With each new fashion trend I often ponder the provenance. What were the designers thinking when they came up with sheer – first glimpsed on the catwalk in 2008, in transparent, gossamer gowns designed by John Galliano for Dior couture, and which is now ubiquitous Do they find it funny we are all going out and about showing our big pants Gothic dream: I think this is rather lovely. Actress Kristen Stewart is always a bit gothic rather than girly, but in this lace fishtail gown by Marchesa the look is softened by panels of silver
Cameron Diaz and Bar Refaeli are BFFs at the Christian Dior show (that's best friends in fashion) While bosses at Christian Dior are yet to appoint a replacement for disgraced designer John Galliano, it seems the slow process is doing nothing to damage the label's reputation. Cameron Diaz and Bar Refaeli were just two of the big names to attend the show today as Couture week kicked off in Paris
Is Peter Brant Jr a fashionista in the making As he turns 18, a look at the VERY sharp style of Stephanie Seymour's son Fashionista in the making: Peter Brant Jr may be just 18, but his style is already well-evolved His supermodel mother, Stephanie Seymour barely looks like she's reached her mid-thirties, so many will be surprised to learn that her son, Peter Brant Jr, celebrated his 18th birthday last week.
Out with Galliano, in with Lanvin: French couture house lands coveted job designing Christmas tree for Claridge”s Festive: Judging by this early illustration, Alber Elbaz”s Christmas tree for Claridge”s hotel will be a colourful affair