Vogue gets in the spirit of the Olympics and puts a couture twist to various sports in its new issue. The editorial, photographed by Steven Klein, features a bevy of models hanging around a pool in pretty fantastic swimwear including Jessica Stam and Caroline Trentini (who looks alarmingly dark). Now if only Michael Phelps was in here…


For W magazine’s September issue, Kate Moss was photographed in a Turkish bath posing her pants off… literally. The “Hammam” photos were shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in Istanbul. Now, if only we could all look like that at our local Turkish baths… Some of the pics are NSFW.

Speaking of which, if any of you happen to visit (or live in) Vancouver, go to the Miraj Hammam Spa – one of Canada’s only authentic Turkish baths. From their steam room inlaid with Jerusalem gold marble to their Sultan’s room where you’re fed Middle Eastern tea and sweet cakes, the Miraj Hammam can only be described as the ultimate exotic oasis.


Don’t you love September when all the magazines pull out extra stops for the biggest issue of the year? Domino magazine has a great feature on designers within their strongholds. The article shows the favourite rooms of these fashion legends: Christian Louboutin in his bedroom in Portugal, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein in his garden in New York, Vanessa Bruno in her apartment in Paris, Matthew Williamson in his London home, and Sonia Rykiel in her Paris living room. As well, the late Yves Saint Laurent’s renowned Majorelle Gardens in Morocco are featured in the article.

This season, tattoo tights are making an entrance in the fashion world. They just might be the perfect alternative for those of us who’ve fantasized about getting inked up but never got around to it. (For myself, I blame needle-phobia) The tights, seen here on Lily Cole, are available at Be Baroque, an up and coming label based in Scotland. The girls at Be Baroque draw and embroider the tights themselves ensuring a unique design at reasonable prices.

Would you wear tights like these? Or are these best left on Lily?

Back in June, Prince Charles launched a five-piece organic treatment line called Highgrove, named after his estate in Gloucestershire. The royal heir has long been a leader in eco-friendly lifestyles; he has said in the past that “it’s better to work with nature than against it.” The line is inspired by the plants that grow in the garden of the Highgrove estate. As well, the estate produces fruits and veggies of its own that are sold in Prince Charles’ Highgrove boutiques.  If you’re interested in buying the Highgrove treatment line, you’re out of luck as they are already sold out at organic pharmacy stores and Prince Charles’ boutiques. Darn!

Hmm. Why do I have an urge to draw inappropriate sketches over Sean Avery’s face à la Perez Hilton? Very odd.

The September 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar features a number of designers living out their fantasy life on the pages of the magazine including: Michael Kors, Donna Karen, Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, and Roberto Cavalli just to name a few. The most amusing is probably Karl Lagerfeld’s fantasy of being a rapper. The designer claims, “Believe it or not, I love rap!” Hee.