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Queen Bestows Damehood On Zandra Rhodes


“Personality and jewellery will conquer everything;” said  Zandra Rhodes and now it has. Queen Elizabeth has bestowed one of  her highest honours,  a damehood, on the British fashion and textile designer.

Rhodes received the title, equivalent to a knighthood, as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo - Katherine Rose)

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo – Katherine Rose)

The Queen's Birthday Celebrations. (photo - Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations: Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex, Prince Phillip, Prince Edward, Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William (photo – Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

Rhodes, born in Chatham Kent in 1940, is the daughter of a fashion instructor and graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1964. In 1968 whilst lecturing at art college, she opened The Fulham Road Clothes Shop in Chelsea with Sylvia Ayton. She set up on her own and designed her first collection in 1969.

Considered too outrageous by traditional British manufacturers she took her designs to New York where Diana Vreeland featured it in American Vogue.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

Famous for her vivid prints and colourful hair, she is considered a pillar of Sixties and Seventies British fashion. Having kept samples of all her work she founded the Textile and Fashion Museum in Bermondsey in 2003.

She has designed for the rich and famous, actors and royalty including Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, Freddy Mercury, Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton, Bianca Jagger and Anastasia.

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Known as “The Princess of Punk” Zandra has won many awards throughout her career including ” Designer of the Year” in 1972. She was made Commander of the British Empire in 1997 and holds nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in the USA and UK.

Rhodes lost her mother to cancer  and  supports Mayor Boris Johnson as Breast Cancer “ambassador”  to raise awareness of the devastating disease.

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo - Advanced Style)

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo – Advanced Style)

Honoured with her was Hilary Mantel, author of celebrated Tudor-era novels “Bring Up The Bodies” and “Wolf Hall.”

Angelina Jolie, though not a British citizen, was made an honorary dame for her work toward eradicating sexual violence worldwide.

What Would Maya Angelou Do?


Dr. Maya Angelou renowned poet, professor, singer, dancer, novelist and actress; passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina today. She was 86, but the woman I first met in her book ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’, was timeless. A peer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and friend of Malcolm X, her voice transcended manmade barriers. Having never been to college, she received more than 30 honorary degrees. In 2011 president Barak Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at  Village Vanguard in New York City.(photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at Village Vanguard in New York City. (photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

I credit Dr. Angelou for installing in me the belief that courage is the most important human trait. She also said; “Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself” and “To know the end; look at the beginning.”

In times of great distress or challenges I would often ask: ‘What would Maya Angelou do?’

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Oprah Winfrey said: “I consider it God’s gift to me – a Blessing Incarnate – to witness and experience Maya’s grand, open heart. Her willingness to serve.”

Maya's books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Maya’s books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

I awaited eagerly each new instalment of her autobiography and took pleasure and instruction from her profound wisdom and spirit of dignity, grace, courage, determination, integrity and generosity.

She would say, “Don’t bring the negative to my door.” She projected attention to the positive and highlighted common ground in order to unite. I can hear her say: “In the Eye of the Storm, in the Heat of the Flame, say Thank You – for your faith that deliverance is coming.”

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: 'Mum and me and mum' (photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: ‘Mom & Me & Mom.'(photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Born on 4 April 1928, Maya grew up between St. Louis and the then racially-segregated Stamps, Arkansas. She had a difficult childhood surviving rape at the age of 7 and giving birth to her son, the writer Guy Johnson at age 17, a few weeks after her graduation from high school. She toured Europe in the mid-1950’s in the opera production of “Porgy and Bess” and in 1957 recorded the album “Calypso Lady”. She joined the Harlem Writers Guild in New York in 1958.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem 'And Still I Rise' at the inauguration of president Bill Clinton in 1993.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993.

Combining the two things she loved best, writing and cooking, she published her first cookbook in 2004.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: 'hallelujah! The welcome table'.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: ‘hallelujah! The welcome table’. (photo-Brian Lanker)

Maya spent time working as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. She spoke six languages. It was here that she wrote the first part of her autobiography. Her son says: “I was raised as an only child, but because of my mother I have many brothers and sisters. I share her easily because one cannot own the dew, the snow, the wind , the rain. It is a force of nature.”

Maya, I am passing on your instruction to me; “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

Health And Wealth – Herbalife’s Winning Formula Against Obesity And Unemployment.


The most prominent International Nutrition company  Herbalife, is making strides against the war on obesity and unemployment  with unprecedented growth seen in the UK market. Herbalife won three categories at the annual Direct Selling Association (DSA) Awards. Daniel Spiller, a former pro-footballer, won the UK Top Direct Seller of the Year Award. He joined Herbalife in 2012 after friends recommended he try the products. Spiller says; “Once I found out some of the top athletes were using the products, I decided I would try them out.”

Daniel Spiller, winner of the UK DSA  Direct Marketer of the Year Award. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Daniel Spiller, winner of the UK DSA Direct Marketer of the Year Award. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Herbalife has sponsored some of the top footballers in the world including LA Galaxy and David Beckham, Lionel Messi and currently, Christiano Ronaldo, 2x winner of the FIFA Ballon D’or.

Christiano Renaldo (photo-Herbalife)

Christiano Ronaldo (photo-Herbalife)

worklondonstyle visiting the Herbalife corporate head-office in Uxbridge.

worklondonstyle visiting the Herbalife Corporate head-office in Uxbridge.

Victoria Evans won Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Linda Mills, Director of the Direct Selling Association says; “Victoria has built a very successful direct selling business at the age of just 25. What’s even more impressive is that she’s done this while studying for a degree, supplementing the cost of her course with direct selling’.

Victoria Evens

Victoria Evans (photo- Herbalife)

Gavin Aley, Senior Director UK, Ireland and Iceland won the Direct Selling Leadership Award. Linda Mills said, “Gavin has lead Herbalife through an unprecedented period of growth over the past three years”.

Renaldo

Ronaldo using Herbalife nutrition. (photo-Herbalife)

Founded by Mark Hughes in California in 1980, Herbalife, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is one of the largest direct selling companies in the world. More than 3 million independent Herbalife partners generated sales in excess of $7 billion in 2013. Herbalife offers a range of science based weight management products, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

My morning routine. Healthy shake and quick weights workout. (photo- worklondonstyle)

My morning routine. Healthy shake and quick weights workout. (photo- worklondonstyle)

Herbalife partners coach customers in reaching optimum health goals through a proven method of direct selling known as use, wear, talk. Herbalife UK celebrated 30 years of success at Wembley Arena in June.

If you are looking for financial independence or to achieve your health and weight loss goals; contact me at engelaminshull@gmail.com.

Dot London – April 29


The launch of .london on April 29 confirms the growing power of London as a global city “brand”. Following in the footsteps of Berlin and Vienna, this will make London the third city ahead of New York and Paris, to launch its own web domains.

London's Financial district. (photo  - worklondonstyle)

London’s Financial district. (photo – worklondonstyle)

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson said,”It is hard to imagine that 25 years ago few of us had heard of the internet. Now we take it for granted: watching films on demand and buying weekly groceries.”

Boris Johnson - The Mayor of London

Boris Johnson – The Mayor of London

Johnson’s open letter in the Evening Standard newspaper, who made history by becoming the first business to adopt the new “Dot London” website name,  was signed by 40 prominent figures from culture, business and charity. Johnson said, “Twenty five years ago it was about connecting computer networks. Today it is about connecting with people, communities and customers – and being relevant to them.”

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From 29 April London businesses that until now defined their online presence with internet domains ending in .co.uk and .com, will have the opportunity to choose the .london domain. Web addresses are expected to go live by late August or the beginning of September and will cost from £40 per year.

An initial three month “grace period” will prioritise London-based applicants over those from outside the capital, when applying for the same name.

For information about Dot London go to http://www.dotlondondomains.london.

Parlez-Vous M&S? – Twenty New Food Stores To Open In France.


Marks and Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland’s announcement that the retailer is planning to expand its French footprint with 20 stand-alone Food stores, saw shares rise 2.2% to 469.90p at the close yesterday. At an Investor Seminar in Paris, he announced an ambitious plan to drive international growth by opening 250 new stores in Western Europe, India, China, Russia and the Middle East.

Marks and Spencer's Chief Executive Marc Bolland with two models at the opening of the Champs Élysées store.

Marks and Spencer’s Chief Executive Marc Bolland with two models at the opening of the Champs Élysées store in 2011. (photo – M&S)

Bolland said: “We are focusing on Flagship stores to deliver brand presence and stand-out. We also see great opportunities in fresh Food and Lingerie and Beauty concepts.”

The Champs Élysées Flagship store by night. (photo - M&S)

The Champs Élysées Flagship store by night. (photo – M&S)

The plans for Paris would make France it’s largest food market outside the UK. M&S hopes that the expansion will bring relief from the pain it has suffered in the over saturated UK market.

Whiskey and baked goods are favourites with French shoppers. (photo - M&S)

Whiskey and baked goods are favourites with French shoppers. (photo – M&S)

A new franchise partnership with SFH Invest will see three new on-street stores, trading from c.300 square metres, open this summer.

Model Rosie Huntington declaring the store open for business three years ago. (photo - M&S)

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley declaring the store open for business three years ago. (photo – M&S)

Workers and customers were outraged when M&S shut its stores in France in 2001.

Workers and customers were outraged when M&S shut its stores in France in 2001.

Renowned for quality, affordable lingerie and beauty, it has also lined up 20 sites for expansion in emerging markets.

Noemie Lenoir, a former M&S lingerie model. photo - M&S)

Noemie Lenoir, a former M&S lingerie model. (photo – M&S)

The company will also expand internationally with a ‘bricks and clicks’ approach by establishing flagship stores in key cities, supported M&S Food stores and a full online offer. It has recently revamped its website.

M&S's current 'Leading Ladies' advertising campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases it's food and clothing products. (photo - Annie Leibovitz for M&S)

M&S’s current ‘Leading Ladies’ advertising campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases it’s food and clothing products. (photo – Annie Leibovitz for M&S)

M&S’s International arm made profits of £120 million on sales of £1.1 billion last year. The new French Food stores will offer customers convenient access to a range of up to 2500 exceptional quality, fresh M&S products.

The Paris Flagship Store (photo - M&S)

The Paris Flagship Store (photo – M&S)

Celine’s New Flagship Store Opens At No.103 Mount Street London.


Phoebe Philo and her team opened the doors to their elegantly designed new flagship store on Mount Street today. Clear grey marmorino plastered walls and marbled floors inlaid with semi-precious stones, greeted eager customers. Danish artist FOS created specially commissioned artistic details including door handles, floor lamps and a chandelier.

Born in Paris and educated at Central Saint Martins in London, Philo won the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award in 2010 and the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award in 2011.

worklondonstyle shopping Celine's new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo - worklondonstyle)

worklondonstyle shopping Celine’s new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Geometric shapes were integral to her accessories for the season. Bags featured square handles coupled with cubic bangles and chunky, rectangular platform shoes.

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo - Celine)

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo – Celine)

In a move away from her usual minimalism and understated elegance, Philo introduced bright colours and bold graphic prints for Spring /Summer 2014. The layered look and asymmetrical pleated skirts were teamed with coats and blazers.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Travel informed the Spring/Summer collections of many designers at Paris Fashion Week. It is represented by colourful tribal prints in the collection at Celine.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Stay Cool With The ‘Ice Queen’ Of French Cinema – Catherine Deneuve


At 70 and with more than 100 films to her credit, including the controversial ‘Belle De Jour’; the fiercely private Catherine Deneuve embodies French chic, aging well and being ‘bien dans sa peau’. She has been the muse for Yves Saint Laurent and the face of MAC, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton and Chanel No.5, among others.

In her new film ‘On My Way’ she stars as Bettie, an aging beauty queen, dealing with a failed relationship and an ailing restaurant. She takes a road trip to clear her head. Along the way she picks up a passenger; her charming, rude but comforting grandson. The film is set in the lovely French scenery of rural Brittany.

Catherine Deneuve and Nemo Schiffman in 'On My Way'. (photo - Cohen Media Group.)

Catherine Deneuve and Nemo Schiffman in ‘On My Way’. (photo – Cohen Media Group.)

Whilst she has had many relationships, Catherine has only been married once, at 21, to British photographer David Bailey. She has two children. A son Christian from her relationship with director Roger Vadim and a daughter, Chiara from her relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni.

Kate Moss arranged to be photographed with Deneuve after a meeting with David Bailey. They were photographed in Paris by Patrick Demarchelier.

Catherine Deneuve and Kate Moss photographed at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris for Vanityfair. (photo - Patrick Demarchelier)

Catherine Deneuve and Kate Moss photographed at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris for Vanityfair. (photo – Patrick Demarchelier)

What is the secret to her evergreen beauty? Her daily routine includes a Citron Presse at 5pm. She credits good genes, living a good life, keeping out of the sun and drinking lots of water.

Make your own Citron Presse with the recipe from the famous ‘Cafe de Flore’.

Citron Presse recipe from Cafe de Flore. (photo

Citron Presse recipe from Cafe de Flore. (photo – Debra Fioritto)

Stay cool with the drink 'du jour' a 'Citron Presse'. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Stay cool with the drink ‘du jour’ a ‘Citron Presse’. (photo – worklondonstyle)

‘On My Way’ directed by Emmanuelle Bercot is released in French with English subtitles.

Stunningly beautiful, interesting and as cool as it gets.

Stunningly beautiful, interesting and as cool as it gets. (photo – Carole Bellaiche)