Style advice for the over 50s from TV’s Brix Smith-Start

London: TV stylist Brix Smitih-Start looks at fashion style for the autumn/winter fashion season.

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She frequently trumps Gok Wan in the battle of the stylists on Gok’s Fashion Fix, now Brix Smith-Start is sharing her expert fashion advice for fifty plus ladies.


It’s all about body confidence and whatever your size or shape, there are clever styling tricks that can help you hide your problem areas and enhance the best bits, whilst making sure you stay comfortable and on-trend. 


If you’re one of the 60% of women who worry you’ll look fat in photos, Brix is on hand to offer you some words of advice. The research, carried out by online retailer also revealed that almost three in four women want to hide their midriff, a third hate their bums, and two in five don’t like having their arms on display.


In this video, the stylist and TV presenter looks at some of the key trends for the Autumn/Winter season and shows you how they can help you look and feel your best, whatever your age, size or shape.


The clothes featured are from the Savoir at isme collection, created by experts who truly understand the shape, size and style of today’s modern fifty plus woman.  Created on a revolutionary clothing block each garment is designed to fit and flatter an older figure. 


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Get the autumn look – update your wardrobe

Summer might be on the way out, but that doesn’t mean to say your style has to head the same way!  With the new season comes a whole new range of fabulous pieces to set you up for those chillier autumn days and evenings.

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Whether you need a practical outfit to see you through work and into the evening, or an outfit for a special occasion, this season’s trends of flexible knitwear, sequins and the new staple on the highstreet, jeggings, are bound to ensure you make an impression at every opportunity.

In the following video, Fiona Holmes, fashion buyer for Gray and Osbourn shares her top tips for fashion that is stylish yet comfortable. Looking at the practicality of jeggings – which are no longer just for trendy teens – the benefits of a great jacket and how to use sequins to give your outfit some glamour, she showcases seven different fabulous outfits fit for any shape.

Style tips for busy mums by Caryn Franklin


London: Caryn Franklin gives three women makeovers to demonstrate how mums on the run can look great without spending lots of time…

Working mums don’t have time for several costume changes a day. Instead, it’s a case of making the same outfit work for all occasions, from the school gates to the office and then out on that rare night out with the girls.

A recent survey has shown 81% of working women experience frustrating ‘dead time’, (averaging over half an hour a day) where they feel stuck inbetween work and leisure and are unable to make the most of either. Almost two thirds of women wish they could use this for some much needed ‘me’ time while another fifth wish they could use this dead time to get some more work done in order to fully relax.

Whatever you want to do to transform your dead time, you need the wardrobe and the tools to make the most of it. The BBC Clothes Show’s Caryn Franklin has taken the three lucky winners of a national competition held in association with Vodafone Netbooks and given them just that. Incorporating workwear that fits equally well for that drink after work and allowing their outfits to reflect the increasingly blurring lines between ‘work’ & ‘life ‘

But it’s not just about shoes, bags and make-up – the latest tools to keep you in touch and on the pulse are vital life accessories that can kill off ‘dead-time’ and make a look work through the whole day wherever you are. More at

See Caryn and her ladies makeover in this video Makeover Mums

Rejuvenate your life with La Dolce Vita


Ahh Italy, they really do have the best of everything. Fabulous fashion, top designers, fast cars, beautiful weather and of course delicious cuisine The La Dolce Vita with Viva Italia festival, coming to London’s Olympic exhibition centre from the 13th-16th of March is a celebration of all things Italian and will give you an insight into just how inspirational Italy is.

So if you fancy adding some Italian chic to your wardrobe, learning the secrets to the mouth watering Mediterranean diet & how to add a touch of Italian flair to your lifestyle then why not come along to experience the true taste of Italy?

Check out this video featuring Italy’s very own Aldo Zilli to see what’s in store
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Graduate Fashion Week – Earls Court, London – 8-12 June


Graduate Fashion Week has become the world’s greatest showcase of young up and coming fashion and design talent and with a move to Earls Court 2 this year it promises not only to be bigger but even better.

Truly the best place in the world to spot undiscovered new talent Graduate Fashion Week is the industry’s looking glass into the future of fashion and all it’s related disciplines. It will celebrate the work of more than 1000 of the finest BA Degree fashion students from 49 member universities across the UK, for the biggest showcase of young talent in the world.

Sponsored for the fourth year by leading high street fashion brand River Island and attracting some of the industry’s biggest players and most influential international commentators, Graduate Fashion Week is now a firm fixture in the diaries of those in the know. Last year some of our fashionable guests included Victoria Beckham, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Glenda Bailey of Harpers Bazaar USA, Mulberry’s Stuart Vevers, Zandra Rhodes, Jimmy Choo OBE, Liberty’s Design Director Tamara Salman, Hilary Alexander (Daily Telegraph), Sophia Neophitou (10 Magazine), Suzy Menkes (International Herald Tribune), Colin McDowell (Sunday Times Style) and Clare Waight Keller (Pringle).

Graduate Fashion Week is the ONLY major international fashion event open to the general public and is a chance for your readers to sit alongside international fashion editors, recruiters and talent scouts from all over the world, watching professional catwalk shows.

What’s new for 2008:

This year, Graduate Fashion Week moves to Earls Court 2 from Sunday, 8 June to Thursday, 12 June 2008. Already the home of the BRIT Awards, Earls Court 2 is the venue’s newest hall and is a very modern and clean structure, offering the event some much needed additional space.

What better way to decide whether fashion really is what you want to study or not! The new Graduate Fashion Week Education Day on Thursday, 12 June, will target 14-18 year old school children and those at FE Colleges. The day will be dedicated to the universities promoting their individual courses and will invite schools from all over the UK to bring groups of interested students for a packed day of research, catwalk shows and careers education.

To ensure that absolutely none of the event’s exceptional catwalk talent is missed, an extra step in the selection process for the River Island Gold Award will be added for 2008. An elite industry panel will be requested to join the audience at the university shows every day (changing each day) with the mission of highlighting what they consider to be the hottest collection from each show. This information will then be passed on to relevant course leaders to help in their final selection for nominees.

In addition the nominated collections from the Pringle Visionary Knitwear Award and Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Awards will also join the selection process to be short listed for the final 10 collection for the River Island Gold Award. The final ten collections are then reviewed and the students put through a really gruelling interview process by the always expert and prestigious River Island Gold Award judges. Judges will again be asked to select a menswear and womenswear award winner, in addition to the River Island Gold Award Winner.

A brand new addition for 2008, the Fashion Innovation Award, will embrace every area of the GFW remit from catwalk to exhibition/product development to new techniques in thinking and manufacture. Colleges will be invited to submit one entry only and it has been designed to provide a symbolic bridge between the existing divisions in what we do.

Unprecedented demand for Gala Show Tickets led to the introduction of a second show being added to the GFW schedule at last year’s event. This was a massive success and the introduction is set to continue for 2008. The first show at 5.30pm will allow visitors to see all the student entries for the Gala Awards. No award winners will be announced at this performance. The second show at 8pm will feature the best 16 collections from the weeks shows in front of an “ invitation only’ audience made up of press, designers, head-hunters, recruiters, sponsors, key trade and industry figures and of course the nominated students, judges and presenters. This show will announce the award winners.


EXHIBITION ONLY: £10.00 (No advance booking) UNIVERSITY SHOW: £10.00 + £2.50 handling charge (if purchased in advance) including admission to the exhibition. GALA SHOW ONE 5.30 pm: (June 11th only) £25.00 + £2.50 handling charge.

Tickets for all University shows and the 5.30pm Gala Show are now available on line. Go to