He spends most of his time in a 1,000sqft room, at the centre of which sat a modern four-poster bed. The posts were made of fluorescent bulbs, and a sable bedspread was strewn with paperbacks and magazines and more iPods. Lagerfeld says that he sleeps seven hours a night in this bed; he also spends considerable time lounging on it during his waking hours, reading and drawing. There was a large desk a few feet away, piled with papers, sketchbooks, magazines, books, newspapers and art supplies. Lagerfeld complains that his desk kept getting 'buried'. To deal with the problem, he recently bought four more desks. They got buried, too. A Mac G5 computer was visible among the messy stacks of books and papers on a long table at the foot of his bed, but Lagerfeld insists that he rarely uses it and does not surf the Internet - partly because he is fearful of how it might compromise his privacy. 'I don't want to be on the Internet,' he said. 'I hardly use a credit card - everything where you can … [Read more...] about ‘You’ll think I’m a Madman’, part 2
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With less than three weeks until Christmas, have you got your present shopping sorted? No doubt you have a list as long as Santa Claus, so if you need a bit of inspiration for the children in your life this year, then look no further. We've taken the hard work out of it and have rounded up the top 10 gifts for active kids, who love being out and about. And they're all available under one roof at Halfords, making the process even easier. From scooters to bikes and even hoverboards, you'll find the perfect gift whatever their age (or your budget). So read on and you'll soon be putting your feet up with a mince pie and mug of mulled wine. Merry Christmas indeed! 1. The Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car With Remote Control (was £149, now £109) at Halfords We predict squeals of delight when your little race car driver opens this dream present on Christmas morning. Suitable for ages 3 and up, the Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car will … [Read more...] about Christmas all wrapped up! Great gifts for active kids, whatever their age!
A COUPLE made homeless by this inferno yesterday told how baying mobs ignored their pleas not to torch their block. Garnett and Patricia Fisher were among 26 terrified families who fled for their lives after the historic building was engulfed by flames. When the gangs first began loitering menacingly outside their home, the couple feared they were in danger. Send your UK riot pictures to [email protected] Patricia, who also escaped with her 15-year-old son, said: “My other half leaned out the window and said to the rioters, ‘There are families and children living up here, don’t set the place alight’ but they did anyway. “Garnett called the fire brigade and when we went on the landing there was thick black smoke everywhere. “When we got outside, there was no police or fire brigade to help. Because we’re Tottenham, poor run-down Tottenham, I feel we were ignored.” Their ordeal was echoed by the Malik family who also lost everything when … [Read more...] about London riots: We begged mob not to torch our homes – why didn’t the firefighters come?
When Versace promised to take New York by storm this weekend, it probably didn’t mean it quite so literally. As rain and wind swept through Manhattan on Sunday evening, the brand staged its first ever show in the city at the Stock Exchange to celebrate its new status as an US-owned fashion house. Three months after Versace announced it had sold the company to Capri Holdings (formerly Michael Kors Holdings) for £1.64bn, Donatella Versace – who retained shares and creative control – was Stateside to “pay homage to this incredible city”. Speaking just before the show, she said she wanted to “take the sartorial heritage of Milan and [fuse] it with the energy of New York”. She delivered on her promise. As models circled a giant gold statue of the Statue of Liberty’s torch – a “symbol of New York and female strength”, the designer said – the classic baroque-inspired Versace chain print was juxtaposed with stars and … [Read more...] about Versace harks back to greatest hits with savvy New York show
Karl Lagerfeld is a man on a mission. “I fight against French-bashing,” the designer said after his Chanel catwalk show, a celebration of what makes the country great. And, this being Chanel at Paris fashion week, what makes France great is what makes France chic; in other words, café culture. Repeating a sentiment he expressed after January’s couture show – which took place in the wake of deadly terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices and a Jewish supermarket – Lagerfeld acknowledged France’s turbulent year. “It is hard for [the French] to stand up and speak,” he said. “But because I am a stranger [Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg] I can stand up in support of France. So that is what I am doing.” The Grand Palais was transformed for the show into a classic Parisian brasserie, detail-perfect down to the waiter behind the bar who studiously ignored all requests for café au lait. (To be fair, the waiter was top … [Read more...] about Chanel’s Lagerfeld in love letter to France, written in Parisian cafe