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I’ll Have A Blue Christmas ANY DAY: Tiffany & Co. SKATE @ Somerset House, London

In Latest Articles on December 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

Reported by Chloe Bond, London

Christmas in London means breakfast at Tiffany’s. On skates. Until January 23rd, once again, the magic of Christmas gives London an icing on the cake in the form of a lovely tradition: Tiffany & Co.’s SKATE at Somerset House. In association with the English National Ballet and Big Dance, Tiffany’s has launched an entire range of holiday festivities for the whole family.

In the center courtyard of Somerset House, an 18th century palace on the Thames renowned for its artwork and the Courtauld Institute, Tiffany & Co. have launched the infamous and iconic Tiffany Blue Box Tuck Shop, a cute little cafe and cupcake shop to nip into in between skating games for some coffee. In the shape of an enormous, trademark Tiffany & Co. gift box, this year tuck shop also contains Tiffany jewellery, chocolate treats courtesy of fine chocolatier Cocomaya and blue-iced Tiffany cupcakes by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aiken. Having breakfast at Tiffany’s can happen every Saturday morning before Christmas, and from 10-21 January there will be ice-dancing lunch hour from 12.30pm.

In addition to the lovely Tiffany’s tuck shop [The Fashion Bubble ‘s fave!], renowned chef Tom Aiken has his own skate-side hangout Tom’s Skate Lounge which serves hot soups, hot roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry wraps, mince pies, mulled cider and and Christmassy espresso Martinis!

One of this season’s most enjoyable days can be spent at Somerset House’s Tiffany’s Ice Rink as it is opened every day til late and in one of the most beautiful landmarks of central London, overlooking the Thames. After all, this is also the home of London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Council!

The opening of the ice skating rink and lighting of the gorgeous 40-foot and Tiffany’s decorated tree is always attended by eager skaters from all over Britain. In the past, celebrities such as Emma Watson and Lily Cole have been honouraries at the lighting of the tree. This year, Paloma Faith serenaded the crowds as the tree was lit and the grounds proclaimed open. Actress Jaime Winstone also attended the opening night of SKATE.

During the day, even though you’re not skating under the stars and under the lights, the magic of the Tiffany’s tree and Tuck shop is still alluring. It is a favourite for a relaxing few hours reading the paper over Tiffany’s coffee and cake.

But for most, skating is best at night. Surrounded by the magnificent Somerset House architecture, even the cold air doesn’t seem so bad. As a Londoner, if I’m to have a blue Christmas, I wouldn’t mind at all, as long as it’s that gorgeous Tiffany blue. Happy holidays, everyone!

For further information on Tiffany’s SKATE at Somerset House, do look at www.somersethouse.org.uk and www.tiffany.co.uk

Photos provided by Time, Somerset House, Tiffany & Co. and Joyce Datiles


Fashion Expo 101: Lesson One ~ VIP @ Britain’s Next Top Model LIVE 2010

In Latest Articles on December 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Reported by Pauline O’Leary, with contributor Joyce Datiles, London

The key to all fashion knowledge. It can be found while perusing through Selfridges’ treasure trove of designer jewelry collections. Or while sampling some champagne during a pop-up boutique launch on Regent’s Street, or even by window-shopping in Mayfair. London seems to offer innumerable opportunities to become better acquainted with all things fashion, but nothing is comparable to a fashion expo – an event comprised of designer catwalks, salons, magazine photo shoots, and shopping. Everything of the fashion world is practically laid out for a fashionista’s feasting eyes, especially when the expo is Britain’s Next Top Model LIVE.

Yes, all the rumors are true. You get to experience what it takes to be the next top model at this expo, be it by strutting your stuff on the Open Catwalk while getting tips and advice from top fashion moguls or by posing for Company magazine in a photoshoot with the chance of getting discovered. This article takes you step by step with The Fashion Bubble through the best fashion expo there is so you know what to expect next time you’re deciding whether or not to attend one. We hope this Fashion Expo 101 crash course leaves you with 100% confidence that fashion expos are a MUST for any fashionista. Enjoy the tour!

The Fashion Bubble was absolutely delighted to be invited to the first ever Britain’s Next Top Model LIVE, alongside BNTM TV Judge Charley Speed, TV Presenter and host Emma Willis, BNTM Winner Tiffany Pisani and other contestants from series 6, and special celebrity guests Diana Vickers, Alesha Dixon, Eliza Doolittle and Jessie J.

Our very own Glamourazzi, Joyce Datiles, attended BNTM LIVE in style, decked out in a baby pink sweetheart Rare Fashion cocktail dress, a gift for the event from the boutique fashion brand influenced by catwalk and celebrity designs [Thank you, Rare!]. Check out the amazing new collections at Rare Fashion for the holiday at www.rarefashion.co.uk now! Joyce was also wearing shoes by Steve Madden and a jacket by Rugby Ralph Lauren [see picture below].


Joyce was able to attend the opening of the event with some other VIPs on the red carpet entrance. As a VIP ticket holder, she was given a VIP bag with dozens of samples and stylist products, had full access to the VIP Lounge, Casting Couch, Style Icon Workshops, Company Magazine Paparazzi Zone, Adee Phelan Salon, the Powder Room and the Central Champagne Bar. She took some amazing photos for you all so you could experience the event and be sure you’d want to come along next year!

The 3-day expo based on the television series was successfully brought to life, complete with pink carpet and glamour galore.

Joyce’s view from the VIP Lounge!

VIP gift bag & seating @ the VIP Champagne Bar!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Britain’s Next Top Model, or BNTM as the popular show is lovingly called, is a reality show featuring several models who compete for a top modeling contract. The series was first started in America by supermodel Tyra Banks and was such a hit that it found its way to other countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.




Fashion & Champagne? Yes, please!

Fashion Workshops every hour@ Style Icon!

Classes on classic looks & new styles for everyone

The latest edition of BNTM, Series 6, which just ended in October, offered a modeling contract with Europe’s biggest modeling agency, Models 1, a 6-page fashion editorial spread as well as the front cover in fashion magazine Company, and a £100,000 cosmetics contract with Revlon cosmetics which will see the winner do a make-up shoot for Revlon’s new Colorburst Lipstick as well as becoming the face of Revlon’s new Autumn/Winter 2010 trend collection that launched in the UK in November.


The Fashion Bubble’s Joyce Datiles, making friends @ BNTM VIP Lounge!

Best bit of this fashion expo? No, not the retail therapy of over 100 top fashion brands, nor the dozens of open catwalks, fashion workshop sessions or make-up demonstrations by Bobbi Brown specialists. Nope, nothing compared to being a front row VIP at the Live Catwalk Show, which basically brought BNTM to life as it featured the finalists from the television series.

Walking to the Live Catwalk Show ~ Finale!

Esorted to the Fashion Editor Front Row VIP Seats!

TFB’s Joyce Datiles posing in front of the catwalk with her VIP gift bag and wearing RARE FASHION, Ralph Lauren, and Steve Madden.

The 45-minute spectacular finale show made up of seven catwalk shows, took place on Excel’s 23m-long catwalk with three giant projection screens in the 2,500-seat auditorium.

The catwalk showcased the BNTM contestants led by 6th season winner Tiffany and illustrated the story of the reality series by six themed catwalks. The event drew an audience of 30,000 over all three days.

BNTM 6 Winner, Tiffany, in the finale piece!

BNTM LIVE 2010 proved to be a success and a day of fabulous fashion for everyone, and showcased the world of models and designers in a brilliantly fun way. The Fashion Bubble had so much fun at the inaugural event, and hopes that you all enjoyed our Fashion Expo 101. We hope you all come next year ~ we can’t wait!

All photos provided by Joyce Datiles

‘Accept My Baggage’ Tour: Camille Gabriele, LLC

In NEWS on December 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Reported by Verity Promise & Joyce Datiles, London UK and contributor Camille Gabriele

Founded in 2002, Camille Gabriele LLC is a luxury handbag company that specializes in couture evening bags and boasts of its launch of the ‘modern’ luxury handbag. The lovely Camille Gabriele, senior designer for Camille Gabrille LLC, attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and University of North Carolina at Greensboro Textile Design Product program. After graduating in 2003, Camille embarked on designing couture leather handbags, inspired by ‘simple, unconventional concepts.’ The brand’s latest trunk show tour is called, ‘Accept My Baggage.’

Camille Gabriele’s handbags are constructed with skins of textured embossed leathers, delicate lambskin and durable calfskin as well as high-spun woven cotton linings, customized hardware in metallic colours [gun metal, nickel, gold, brass and antique coppers] and encrusted finishes on each unique piece.

Camille graciously honored The Fashion Bubble with a mini-autobio, so here is the talented designer in her own words:

“Camille Gabriele designs come from inspirations that are a part of everyday life, i.e. the things we see everyday but view differently with a peculiar eye. I am usually drawn to colors and shapes. I then re-vision them in non-conventional ways. For instance, ‘Magnanimous’ – that inspiration came from the rim of a car.

‘Modern Luxury’ describes the type of handbag designer Camille Gabriele LLC is to the customer. The modern side appreciates the new way of designing handbags with exclusive unique hardware and shapes, yet the luxury embraces the quality of how the handbags are constructed while adorned in fine skins and details.

“Accept My Baggage” is a play on an acceptance of me as an emerging designer. I started designing handbags while attending college at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; it was my first class project in Sewing Construction 101. Shorty after I started having trunk shows whilst in college. The first Camille Gabriele LLC trunk show entitled, “The Absense of Color” sold about $500 worth of handbags.

What drives me the most? Above all things, I really like to be creative. It is something divine that takes place, when you create something from nothing. And then you stand back and see the final product. WOW, it becomes very emotional!

There were many people who influenced me in my career: Dr. Nancy Nelson and Sherri, who shared their knowledge and love for the industry. My mentors Evon Ruffin and Sheila Wiggins financially assisted me while in school and attended all my trunk shows. The Roberta Sheilds Ludacris Foundation created a national platform for the brand while hosting and sponsoring my show at their infamous restaurant.

There were many people who influenced me in my career: Dr. Nancy Nelson and Sherri, who shared their knowledge and love for the industry. My mentors Evon Ruffin and Sheila Wiggins financially assisted me while in school and attended all my trunk shows. The Roberta Sheilds Ludacris Foundation created a national platform for the brand while hosting and sponsoring my show at their infamous restaurant.

In addition, I must say my parents and peers. My father has always been a motivator because of his strong work-ethic and my mother, who has been the greatest spiritual influence on me. If you put it all that together how can you give up?

My advice on purchasing handbags: Find the bag that compliments your wardrobe. If you have a vast wardobe, of course, you will have many options. However, if you have a limited wardrobe, purchase handbags that are suitable for your wardrobe and lifestyle. Also take into consideration your body type. For instance, if you are petite, carry a handbag that will compliment your size. Don’t carry anything that will swallow you up in the handbag! If you are tall, carry medium to large-sized bags. We also like to see what you are carrying. If you are going out for a night on the town, choose a bright-colored clutch!

My advice to any aspiring or budding designers is to build healthy relationships in the fashion/retail industry. There are plenty of people who are interested in what you are doing, so they are willing to help. Find mentors or people who don’t mind sharing and shadow them. Talk to everyone, let them know what you are doing. You will be surprised at the interest, and you will have a host of people supporting your dream in so many ways.”

Thanks so much, Camille!

If you’re obsessed with Camille Gabriele’s divine luxury handbags like we are,

check out the company’s website here: www.camillegabriele.com

Happy shopping, Glamourazzis!

Photos & Press Kits graciously provided by Camille Gabriele LLC


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