Saturday, February 17, 2007

Glam, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am!

Reigning queen of retro-glam, Lulu Guinness has been designing handbags for London's most fashionable personalities since 1989. Some of her biggest fans include Dita von Teese, Helena Bonham Carter, Jemima Khan, Sophie Dahl, Rachel Weisz, Keira Knightley, and Claudia Schiffer. Her signature 'burlesque with a dash of English prim' style and famous phrase (and now book title), "Put on your pearls, girls!", has been translated into alarmingly sexy footware and eyeglasses, travel accessories, perfume, and, most recently, the bedroom. Last year saw the launch of a dramatic collection of bedlinens and custom rugs, in typical Lulu style.

Let's have a peek:

Lulu's rugs, manufactured by The Rug Company, can be custom sized: Glamour Girl (left)is £695 per square meter, and Canvas Rose (right) is £525 per square foot.

Duchess Stripe bedlinens, silk and satin, in a shade of pink to make Else Schiaparelli proud.

Polka Dot Icon, a pattern of all-things Lulu (tiny graphics of sunglasses, rose baskets, beach hats and shoes) with her emblematic lilac-and-white stripe on the reverse.

Birds of Paradise, a limited-edition bedspread, can double as a beautiful wall hanging

For more information and shopping sources, visit

Should you be in the U.K. during February 22-25th, you can find Lulu's charming designs on discount at London's Fashion Weekend at The Natural History Museum on Cromwell Road. Tickets for the opening-night charity party are available for purchase online. Funds will be donated to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, (FTBC) UK* in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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