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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.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights.


This year’s Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On set for Tuesday, 12 November, will be hosted by the iconic Selfridges store. The lights are always spectacular and this year will be sparkling with a new ‘snow flake’ inspired theme.

Photo: New West End Company

Photo: New West End Company

Christmas lights switch on at House of  Fraser 2012. (photo worklondonstyle)

Christmas lights switch-on at House of Fraser 2012. (photo worklondonstyle)

Robbie Williams hosted the 2012  Christmas lights switch on. (photo worklondonstyle)

Robbie Williams hosted the 2012 Christmas lights switch-on. (photo worklondonstyle)

Most stores have been sparkling with Christmas cheer since October.

Warehouse Christmas window (photo worklondonstyle)

Warehouse Christmas window (photo worklondonstyle)

Singer-songwriter Jessie J will be performing some of her greatest hits before switching on this year’s ‘snow flake’ inspired Christmas lights. She will be joined by X-factor winner James Arthur and international pop star Conor Maynard.

Jessie J will be performing and switching this year's Christmas lights. (photo New West End Company)

Jessie J will be performing and switching on this year’s Christmas lights. (photo New West End Company)

The event with a specially built catwalk stage outside Selfridges’ main entrance, starts at 5pm with the ‘switch-on’ at 6.15pm. Capital FM presenters Lisa Snowdon and David Berry will be hosting the event.

Snowflakes Theme Christmas 2013

Snowflakes Theme Christmas 2013

Slim And Strong For Life – Unleash Your Potential.


Diets don’t work because they do not last the distance! Not even my French heritage could safeguard me from the inevitable weight gain associated with pregnancy and changes in metabolism over time. Seventeen years ago after the birth of my daughter Angelique, I set out on the quest to find a healthy way to regain my figure and to unleash the power that lies in every body to maintain great shape for life.

Summer fun. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Summer fun. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Working as a university lecturer, retail manager and business and lifestyle coach demands many hours on my feet. I wanted to be slim and strong with energy to spare for exercise. After many trials and errors, I discovered that holy grail of great nutrition in the form of Herbalife.

Herbalife head office UK.

Herbalife head office UK.

The answer lay in personalised protein to support muscle maintenance. Whereas before I was constantly hungry and craving empty calories from simple sugars, the correct amount of protein rebalanced my blood sugar and I have not needed to diet a day since. Through regular use of the product range I lost 25 kg and have maintained a healthy, energetic weight effortlessly.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

Engela Minshull Business and Life Coach at a conference in October 2013 in Kensington, London.

I use the Herbalife range of products in my work with many clients who approach me to assist them with weight loss or who want to regain energy and vitality. I have found it easy to incorporate these easy to mix shakes in my travels around the world and have made Herbalife friends for life in many countries. One such inspirational group calls themselves the ‘herbaheroes’

Gerrain Jones and the Herbaheroes.

Garrain Jones and the Herbaheroes.

Founded by Mark Hughes in 1980, Herbalife is listed on the NYSE and now available in 90 countries. Based on the latest science, this range of products have helped many to lose, gain or maintain weight. Herbalife is the Global Nutrition Partner of Christiano Renaldo, international football superstar.

Christiano Renaldo drinking Herbalife for a healthy, active lifestyle.

Christiano Renaldo drinking Herbalife for a healthy, active lifestyle. (photo Herbalife)

Fit on holiday South Africa.

Fit on holiday in South Africa.

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

Joan Collins – A Passion For Life


World famous actress and Dynasty television star, Joan Collins signed the latest instalment of her memoirs, ‘A Passion For Life’ at Selfridges in London today. Joan OBE, Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee has sold more than 50 million books worldwide.

A Passion For Life

A Passion For Life

‘A Passion For Life’ follows on from ‘Second Act’, ‘Katy: A Fight for Life’ and ‘Past Imperfect: an Autobiography’. It is an illustrated guide to the life of the British Icon. It includes childhood pictures, images from film sets around the world and the story of her marriage to Percy Gibson.

Joan's autobiography 'Second Act' published in 1996 and her light -hearted look at modern life ' The World According to Joan' published in 2011.

Joan’s autobiography ‘Second Act’ published in 1996 and her light – hearted look at modern life ‘The World According to Joan’ published in 2011.

Joan has written 17 books including beauty books and guides on style. Joan returned to the stage in 2013 with her acclaimed one woman show ‘One Night With Joan’. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator.

Style and Beauty advice from Joan.

Style and Beauty advice from Joan.

Kate Moss Joins British Vogue As Contributing Editor


British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, today confirmed that Kate Moss has accepted a position of contributing editor at Vogue. Shulman praised her “undoubtedly brilliant sense of style, depth of fashion knowledge, and understanding of what makes a wonderful image.” In 2005 Kate guest edited an edition of French Vogue.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Kate has graced the cover of British Vogue 33 times.

Kate on the cover of Vogue

Kate on the cover of Vogue

Last week Topshop CEO Sir Phillip Green announced that Kate would collaborate on a new collection available in April 2014.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond: Chris Bracey – Neon Artist


God’s Own Junkyard neon artist and collector Chris Bracey, is known for his iconic signs for film, fashion and industry. Following in his father’s footsteps, he originally produced signs for Soho sex shops. Soon the film industry came calling and his work has appeared behind some of the greatest movie stars including Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut and Jack Nicholson in Batman.

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Artwork Chris Bracey

Artwork Chris Bracey

Chris had a sellout exhibition at Soho’s SCREAM gallery earlier this year. He uses salvaged signs, recycled found objects, vintage neons and old movie props in his retro displays. After 37 years encroaching property development forced Chris out of his original workshop in Walthamstow on 21 September 2013.

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worklondonstyle visiting God's Own Junkyard pop-up shop at Selfridges.

worklondonstyle visiting God’s Own Junkyard pop-up shop at Selfridges.

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Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon launches debut collection.


Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon’s autobiography, In Her Shoes, went on sale in London today. She speaks candidly about the struggles she faced on her way to the top.

Photo Wenn

Photo Wenn

Tamara is launching her new ready-to-wear collection at Harrods in November. It will include handbags and shoes. The collection which mirrors her own style, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and online at Net-A-Porter.

With this collection she aims to do “a monthly fashion drop”, solving the problem of having to buy clothes in the wrong season.

She says, “I don’t know any woman who wants to buy her winter coat in July” Hers will be available in September.

Photo Telegraph

Photo Telegraph

Coat from The Tamara Mellon Debut Collection.

Photo Rex Features

Photo Rex Features

Tamara received an OBE for services to the fashion industry in 2010.