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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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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. …

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Cowell £1m Gem Burglary: We left Safe Open as Lauren Wanted to Leave Quietly

A serial burglar was able to help himself to almost £1m-worth of jewellery at Simon Cowell’s Holland Park home in west London as the safe was left unlocked to allow his American partner Lauren Silverman retrieve her gems quietly before she left for the US.   Darren February, 33, of no fixed address, had denied the break-in while the X Factor and music impresario and his family slept. He scooped a handful of jewellery including a ring valued at £500,000, earrings, watches and a diamond bracelet alongside two passports (perhaps as mementoes) from an unlocked safe while a security guard was in the loo in December 2015, Isleworth Crown Court heard. February who coincidentally got his comeuppance on 27 February had previously been convicted of 37 burglaries, the prosecution said. He was first convicted aged 12 and has committed a further 58 offences spanning two decades pushing him firmly into the ‘serial category’. The jury were very speedy with him finding him guilty in under one hour after a four-day trial. Sloppy Getaway The court heard February’s …

Grrrrrr… Mild Xmas Ruins Serpentine Dip

Serpentine Swimming Club members are hardy souls used to sub-zero skinny dips in the Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. They train all year for a festive swim in the annual Peter Pan cup donated by author JM Barrie and the club says “if the lake is frozen we break the ice and still swim”. But one of the mildest Christmas Days since records began melted their resolve with all expectations of a frozen pool and a brrrrrrrrrilliant contest. The water temperature was an unseasonal 4C in a race which Volker Koch won with 63 trailing in his wake. The Christmas Day fixture held since 1864 can only be entered by paid-up club members who compete every Saturday morning throughout the year, regardless of the weather.

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Blair Inc. on the Move … but not to Brexitland

Tony Blair’s office has issued a denial about the former prime minister preparing to muscle his way back into British politics to shape Brexit talks. Mr Blair who lives in west London’s Connaught Square had announced he was winding up some of his lucrative consulting businesses – which has earned him millions of pounds since he left Downing Street in 2007 – based in plush offices in Grosvenor Square leading to intense speculation over his future. The Blair Office twitter feed statement read: “Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon.” Earlier a spokeswoman had denied the former PM was positioning himself to play a role in shaping Brexit talks describing the speculation published in the Sunday Times as “wholly wrong”. She also denied a report that the former Labour prime minister branded incumbent PM Theresa May as “a total lightweight” and Jeremy Corbyn a “a nutter”. Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon! — Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) November …

Julian Assange's cat sits at the window of Ecuador's embassy as prosecutor Ingrid Isgren from Sweden interviews Assange in London, Britain, November 14, 2016.

Julian Assange ‘Cat and Mouse’ Continues

And the Julian Assange saga goes on in west London’s Knightsbridge at the Ecuadorean Embassy where the WikiLeaks founder is holed up. Four years, £12.6m police surveillance costs, a UN ruling of unlawful detention and several balcony appearances later the Swedish chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren has finally braved the press scrum to question Assange over allegations he sexually assaulted  a woman in Stockholm in 2010. The Australian has continued to protest his innocence saying consensual sex took place claiming the charges are politically motivated. He has expressed his fears of extradition to the US where he is unlikely to be welcomed with open arms after embarrassing data dumps masterminded by his whistleblowing organisation. However, Assange still has his die-hard supporters with Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson also dropping in with a tray of delicacies for the Australian. Harrods’ food hall is quite handy, but it could turn out to be a foolhardy jaunt for nibbles when Scotland Yard is lurking around the corner and ready to pounce. But under no risk of imminent arrest is Assange’s recently …