Dresses don’t normally look like Fabergé eggs, or tessellated Duplo bricks, or typewriters gone haywire. Brocaded suits don’t generally resemble banknotes. Lampshades aren’t usually skirts. But for 10 years now London designer Mary Katrantzou, 35, has designed for women who wear said eggs and eccentricities with verve and panache. They include Cate Blanchett, who opened the 71st Cannes Film Festival as jury president in a gown by Katrantzou, devised as a half-finished page from a paint-by-numbers book, only with the colour hand-embroidered (it took six months to complete). ‘She’s the big one,’ says Katrantzou. ‘I’ve wanted to dress her for a long time. Meeting her, I was a bit awestruck. Celebrity doesn’t usually have that effect on me at all.’ Which is good, as she also counts Keira Knightley, Taylor Swift and Sarah Jessica Parker as fans. Other more eccentric customers include the flamboyant Italian fashion editor … [Read more...] about 10 years of Mary Katrantzou: the designer on her best moments
10 year business anniversary
The memory still haunts many. Facing an incredible $619bn in debt, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on 15 September 2008. The largest failure in history, it was a defining moment in a global financial crash that was already making its presence felt around the world. On that early autumn day we watched, mesmerised, as the company’s now ex-employees scurried from deceptively robust office buildings clutching the flimsiest of cardboard boxes. Few of us realised then that we were witnessing the epicentre of an economic earthquake whose rubble still threatens to bury us a decade later. As the tenth anniversary of that surreal day rolls around, experts across the financial and business industry have been trying to wrestle hard facts and objective measures from the subjective, politically and socially fraught history of the last ten years. “The financial crisis ... was followed by the deepest recession experienced in the UK, and … [Read more...] about Financial crisis 10 years on: Who are the winners and losers?
A weekend of events is being planned for early next month to mark the 10-year anniversary of the major flood in Morpeth. As well as information about what happened on September 6, 2008 – more than 1,000 residential and business properties were damaged as a result of the River Wansbeck bursting its banks and surface water flooding – there will be details of its aftermath, including the impact upon the community and those most badly affected.The events will take place in Morpeth Town Hall. On Saturday, September 8, there will be an evening of stories, poetry, music and drama.The audience will also be addressed by some of those affected by the flood and who played their part in providing support and practical help over the ensuing weeks and months.On Sunday, September 9, there will be a photographic exhibition of people’s pictures of the flood.Hive Community Radio will also be present to record people’s experiences of and reflections upon the flood.Barbara Ross, … [Read more...] about Marking 10 years since devastating flood in Morpeth
From 18-inch heels to skinny jeans, Annmarie O’Connor looks back at the trends that have dominated her 10-year tenure as Weekend’s Fashion EditorTHIS YEAR marks my decade-long anniversary as ‘Weekend’ Fashion Editor. Not bad going, given the industry’s reputation for change. And things have changed – a lot. The past decade alone has witnessed a global recession, the spread of social media, and a complete restructure in shopping behaviours – all of which allude to a burgeoning democracy in matters of taste. It also gave us wedge sneakers, onesies, harem pants and the Kardashians.That’s the thing about fashion: not all trends were created equal but all have equal sway. Some are exciting – like first-date butterflies; others are comforting – like chocolate and Friends reruns; a few will elicit shame, remorse and/or flat-out denial. Like them or loathe them, their tenure on the style-scape collectively represent a sign of the … [Read more...] about A decade in trends: Annmarie O’Connor on 10 years as Fashion Editor
News / UK and world by Press Association August 1, 2018, 9:39 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Direct Line boss Paul Geddes is to leave the insurance giant next summer after 10 years at the helm. My Geddes said he had been “privileged” to lead the firm, with a tenure that saw him oversee Direct Line’s split from Royal Bank of Scotland and its stock market flotation. The announcement came as Churchill owner Direct Line reported a 13.9% fall in pre-tax profits to £293.8 million for the first six months of 2018 after taking a £75 million weather hit after the Beast from the East freeze sent claims soaring. Chairman Mike Biggs said the group had a “well-developed” succession plan in place and aimed to have a new chief executive in position by the time Mr Geddes leaves next summer. Mr Geddes said: “As I approach my 10th anniversary, it is right to put a successor in place to lead … [Read more...] about Direct Line boss to stand down in 2019 after 10 years in charge