Year: 2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Julian Assange Hails ‘Important Victory’ After Sweden Ends Probe

A month shy of his fifth year of refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge, west London WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stepped onto the balcony to hail “an important victory”. Clenching his fists he stated in measured tones to the media scrum below him: “Today is an important victory for me and the UN human rights system, but by no means erases seven years of detention without charge… while my children grew up. That is not something I can forgive or forget,” “My legal staff have contacted the UK authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what will be the best way forward,” he added, saying he was also “happy to engage” with the US. Scotland Yard had confirmed Assange still risked arrest if he stepped out the Ecuadorean Embassy after Swedish prosecutors revoked an arrest warrant for the transparency activist over rape allegations. The Met who claimed to have spent £12m in round-the-clock security to prevent the fugitive’s escape stated Assange was still wanted for jumping bail and would execute an …

Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Artistic Director Dame poses after receiving her Dame Commander from Britain's Queen Elizabeth at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool - RTS15ASO

When Ice Queen Anna Wintour Met Her Majesty

They’ve both had long reigns over their respective kingdoms. One is celebrated for her dedication to royal duties and longevity while the other her ice-cold nerves of steel in the world of fashion glossies. Enter Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief for her damehood conferment ceremony before Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The 67-year-old accompanied by her daughter Bee Schaffer received the accolade for her services to journalism and fashion. Even without her signature blacked-out glasses, it was the Queen who seemed to struggle to attach her medal to her belted pink tweed Chanel coat. Wintour took it all in her stride /saw the funny side: “She couldn’t find where to put the brooch. I congratulated her on Prince Philip’s service because obviously that’s so remarkable and such an inspiration to us all.” She grew up in London and was once the editor of British Vogue for two years and spoke of her lingering affection for the capital. “Obviously this is a city I grew up in, a city that I have so much love …

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The ‘Happy House’ that Rose Built

Award winning interior designer and antiques dealer Rose Uniacke [pronounced Uniaak] is so hot right now her name adorns some of the most desirable home refit projects in west London’s golden postcodes. The stylish socialite who decorates homes for the stars and London’s jet-set described the cavernous home she shares with husband Harry Potter director David Heyman as “Monastery meets Venetian palazzo”. Her earthy lived-in style has won her many interior design accolades and the trust of the Beckhams who dumped their previous designer Queen of beige Kelly Hoppen and commissioned her to fit out their £40m home in Holland Park, west London. She dubbed her home ‘the happy house’ in a video series, In Residence, for the lifestyle blog Nowness. Built by the architect George Morgan in 1861 for James Rannie Swinton, a society portraitist, every inch of the sprawling 14,000-square-foot home has benefitted from Uniacke’s signature attention to detail and a nod to antiquities with some quirky twists along the way. There is a concealed door that melts into a wallpapered wall in the courtyard. Across …

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“20 years of Bottling it Led to 2 Years of Total Chaos”: Prince Harry on Coping After his Mother’s Death

Prince Harry has opened up in Kensington Palace about his years of turmoil after two decades of not thinking about his mother, Diana Princess of Wales’ tragic death in Paris in 1997. The fifth in line to the British throne who was 12 when his mother died, said he had spent his adolescent years and twenties determined to block out dark thoughts about her passing. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.” The admission in a 25-minute podcast interview about his fragile state of mind with The Telegraph is one of the most revealing from a member of the Royal family renowned for their discretion …

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From Elspeth Champcommunal to Edward Enninful: British Vogue’s New Editor Bucks all the Fashion Trends

Embed from Getty Images British Vogue’s confirmation of Edward Enninful as successor to Alexandra Shulman as editor of the influential fashion Bible has sent ripples of surprise across the fashion world and Ladbroke Grove in west London where he grew up in the same Notting Hill neighbourhood as another notable British menswear designer Ozwald Boateng. Read more: Vogue 100, A Century of Style Enninful’s appointment is unprecedented as a female has always held the post since Elspeth Champcommunal became the first editor in 1916 and after her nine women including Anna Wintour have occupied the influential position. Ghanaian-born Enninful has fashion running in his blood becoming the youngest fashion director of style magazine i-D magazine at just 18. He also seems to have worked with everyone who is who under the fashion firmament. From late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani to Wintour at American Vogue before his present stint as fashion and style director at W magazine. He also seems to have leapfroged Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter who had been hotly tipped for the job. …