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Victoria Beckham smoulders on the cover of Elle Uk March 2013 dressed in Burberry. In the 12 page spread Victoria delves into her fashion line, Victoria Beckham Collection, and her band’s latest project ‘Spice Girls’ Viva Forever’ a musical launched in London last month. Victoria Beckham is also set to launch Icon, a new capsule collection of dresses. Victoria created the line in response to demand for her sold-out dresses, which are regularly worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Blake Lively. Icon is launching online in February to tie in with the eagerly-awaited relaunch of victoriabeckham.com.

This will be the designer’s first foray into e-commerce, with accessories, denim and a special selection of pieces from the Victoria Beckham line edited by Victoria herself, available to buy online. With a commercially successful and critically acclaimed label (despite what the naysayers predicted), Victoria Beckham’s fashion career is definitely an enviable blueprint for any young designer. As well as hardwork and perseverance, “it’s also about recognising the importance of combining creativity with commercial viability,” she explained.

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Catherine Baba is a Paris based Australian stylist who is the queen of bold statements. Baba is a street style favourite notorious for arriving at the Paris Fashion Week shows on a bicycle wearing the latest designer heels. Her love of vintage pieces acquired in flea markets means she is often seen in turbans, kimonos, catsuits, furs, arms full of bangles, long tassel earrings and 1930’s dresses. “This obsession with old clothes made my mother hysterical, especially since she spent her time sewing my conservative pretty dresses, but it is at garage sales in Sydney that I began to find my freedom” Catherine reflects. She especially adores Yves Saint Laurent and has a collection of over 300 vintage pieces. Baba has worked for Chanel, Givenchy, Balmain and Ungaro and is a freelance stylist and consultant for a number of fashion houses and designers. She has styled some amazing shoots for Dazed & Confused, Vanity Fair and many international editions of Vogue.

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Remembering fashion legend Anna Piaggi who has passed away at age 81 on Tuesday 7th August. With her kiss curled blue hair, pencil-ringed eyes, colorful canes and fantastic hats, Italian Vogue’s Anna Piaggi is widely regarded as a style icon and undenably influential. Her fans range from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to her pal Manolo Blahnik, who calls her “modern beyond belief.” Another friend of Anna’s, Karl Lagerfeld chronicled 12 years of the journalist and self-styled fashion diviner’s “anna-chronistic” in his 1986 tome Lagerfeld’s Sketchbook. What the designer called Piaggi’s “appetit graphique” is equally evident in her witty magazine work. She’s produced more than 7,000 editorial pages, and Vanity, an illustrated journal she curated in the early eighties is cultishly collected. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London held an exhibition in 2006 of her extensive wardrobe collection, including thousands of dresses and hundreds of pairs of shoes. Master Milliner Stephen Jones said Piaggi was not only his muse, she was also “a talisman for all those around the world who believe that fashion is a way of life and that freedom of expression should manifest itself in what we wear.”

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Charlotte Casiraghi is the daughter of Princess Caroline and the granddaughter of Princess Grace (Grace Kelly – the Hollywood actress and iconic beauty) and Prince Ranier Grimaldi of Monaco. Charlotte’s father was Caroline’s second husband, the Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi, who died in a speed-boating accident in 1990. By the time she reached her late teens, Charlotte had become popular with paparazzi and society reporters, who found her beauty to be reminiscent of her mother and grandmother. She is an avid horsewoman who has competed in equestrian events across Europe.

Charlotte Casiraghi is the new face of Gucci’s Forever New campaign. The first two images above show the brunette beauty posing in the label’s Fall 2012 campaign which has just been unveiled. Gucci recently announced that it was extending its relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi, who will be the protagonist of it’s new “Forever Now” advertising campaign series conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini. Shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the black and white photographs celebrate Gucci’s iconic metal horsebit, which adorns many of their accessories and was first used by founder Guccio Gucci on the house’s saddle-stitched handbags in the Fifties.

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