On Friday in London, the 2012 Olympics opened with a bang, not least in the fashion stakes. Kate Middleton wore a pastel blue satin Christopher Kane coat dress to the Buckingham Palace reception, where she was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama in J.Mendel. They both headed over to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony, where Team GB kit designer Stella McCartney entered the spirit of the Games in her gold sports-luxe trouser suit, having designed a bespoke jacket for her dad Paul McCartney's performance, Samantha Cameron was in a red and black Roksanda Ilinic top, and the Queen was pretty in pink. Take a look through the first weekend's fashion and tell me what you thought of the opening ceremony!
Last night in London, Sarah Burton took home the highly coveted designer of the year award for her work at Alexander McQueen. As though that wasn't enough of a highlight, a fashionable flock of ladies walked the red carpet wearing and supporting their favorite brands from Matthew Williamson to Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou to Charlotte Olympia.
Victoria Beckham took home the award for designer brand, Stella McCartney got the red carpet award, Christopher Kane won the new establishment award, Charlotte Olympia won for best accessory designer, and Alexa Chung was awarded best British style. Read the complete list of winners here and scroll through the slideshow to see all the amazing outfits!
The wife of UK's prime minister, Samantha Cameron, looked lovely this morning as she made her way into the abbey in a green suit with a gold and red beaded necklace and a feathery, sparkle fascinator. Her makeup is simple and polished, typical of the political style we see in Washington DC. What do you think of her hair and makeup look for such a symbolic day?
London Fashion Week drew to a close yesterday with a few more shows. Paloma Faith and Marina Diamandis joined together with their Desperately Seeking Susan style at the Ashish show, while Zoe Salmon, Katy Hill, Lisa Snowdon, and Tamara Ecclestone were at Triumph. Olivia Parermo attended the Emilio De La Morena show, after chatting with BellaUK about her lips. After hosting a cocktail party for the A-list, Samantha Cameron sat front row at Meadham Kirchhoff. From the opening shows to the big events like Burberry, Fashion Week has attracted a stellar crowd again. There have been magazine parties which have attracted the likes of Kate Moss and the Beckhams. FabUK and BellaUK have been backstage and interviewed lots of famous faces amongst the best dressed celebs of the week. Click through to see the other celebs on the last day, including Amber Rose, Louise Redknapp, Yasmin Le Bon, and more.
This afternoon's Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week saw famous fans of the line turn up in droves to Kensington Gardens. Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson made the trip across the Atlantic to be there in person. You can watch the show at FabSugar UK. Alexa Chung contined the Fashion Week fun from all the shows yesterday, as did Anna Wintour and Daisy Lowe plus the woman who opened the week, Samantha Cameron. FabUK chatted with Daisy about her stint on the catwalk and the shows she's seen this week. Douglas Booth and Ellie Goulding also posed for pictures, and Sir Philip Green and his daughter Chloe smiled with Mario Testino. Since the opening day the front rows and parties have attracted the stars.
Stars including Nicola Roberts, Alexa Chung and Jameela Jamil have been out at London Fashion Week over the last couple of days, as our capital started its turn as a stylish centre after NYFW came to a close on Thursday. Nicola Roberts showed off her long locks and a gorgeous LBD as she left the Bora Aksu show, where she met up with Keisha Buchanan and sat front row with Laura Whitmore. Alexa Chung attended the Charles Anastase Show this morning, looking chic as ever after hosting the Elle Style Awards earlier this week, and her old T4 colleague Jameela Jamil took to the decks after Jessie J performed at the launch of Vivienne Westwood's Get A Life Palladium jewellery collection last night. FabUK caught up with Jameela this morning at a show, so stay tuned for that interview. Click through to see celebs including Dominic West, Olivia Palermo, Paloma Faith and so many more:
Following the first show this morning at London Fashion Week, Harold Tilman officially opened proceedings with a short speech at Somerset House. The head of the British Fashion Council gave a speech about the difficult economic times and the growing international interest in the fashion showcase. He talked about Christopher Kane being the winner of the Fashion Fund prize before welcoming the new BFC ambassador to the stage; Samantha Cameron.
Samantha gave a speech about her passion for fashion and how she would strive to help the industry grow as well as celebrate all the amazing homegrown talent that we have. She wore a Mulberry LBD for the occasion with a black blazer. BellaSugarUK and I will be around the tents all weekend bringing you all the action from the front row and the catwalk so stayed tuned for more!
Now that you've checked out all the stars on the red carpet, it's time to find out who took home a gong at the Elle Style Awards last night. Alexa Chung was the host and she received help from presenters Matthew Williamson, Courtney Love, Vivienne Westwood, Laura Bailey and many more. You can watch the awards here, but first click through to see who won what!
The British Fashion Council and Vogue hosted a cocktail reception last night to celebrate the nominees and the winner of the 2011 fashion fund. Christopher Kane was awarded the prize (with a David Downton illustration). He was joined at the party by nominees Charlotte Olympia, E. Tautz, Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman Yousefzada, Peter Pilotto and Richard Nicoll. The event was supported by Harold Tilman, Alexandra Shulman, Samantha Cameron, Christopher Bailey and socialites Daisy Lowe and Laura Bailey. Click through to see photos from the party.
We're looking back at the biggest headlines of 2010, and we'll be revealing more throughout the month of December. Here's one of the stories that created the most buzz over the past 12 months and don't miss the rest of our Best of 2010 coverage across the network!
Britain was thrown into a state of flux in May, when we experienced a hung parliament. The General Election resulted in no one political party having the necessary majority. Having been in charge since 1997, Labour lost out and we got a coalition government.
On May 11, Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister, leader of the Labour party, and an MP. He announced his intention the day before, accepting that his party's inability to an overall majority was also a judgement on him. Although it was thought he would stay in his position until September, he acted sooner rather than later. As is the protocol, Brown formerly tend his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended David Cameron succeed him. Cameron became Prime Minister that evening and announced a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. Late that night, Nick Clegg was named Deputy Prime Minister.
2010 was a year of change for the Camerons on the personal front too. They announced Samantha Cameron's pregnancy in March. She was due in September, but gave birth early, while the family were on holiday in Cornwall. They named their daughter Florence Rose Endellion, after the village St Endellion in the north of the county.