As the world keeps saying recession can sometimes be a good thing - creativity levels surge and the world is forced to get inventive. Gone it seems are the days of brunch - welcome ladies and gentlemen to drunch.
No. 378 in a limited series - And on that occasion our outfits should stand for everything the decade did not...
Catwalk hairstylist Eugene Souleimann shows you how to get spring 2010's sexy disheveled look with the help of a hair-comb. What else?
The models on Dolce & Gabbana's spring 2010 catwalk looked the very essence of Latin sensuality. Tired of sitting at our desks looking washed out, we called on Pat McGrath for a few tips.
Her music has been described by Tom Waits himself as like going swimming in a lake at night. As this is one of our favorite past-times - the concept immediately intrigued us. Ahead of Jesca's debut album launch (end Nov) we find out more.
Mineral water isn’t comparable to any other drink: H2O is cheaper, has zero calories, and, with a bit of knowledge, as varied as wine. Swide discovers a new course to improve your enjoyment of the source of life.
Stuck in a post-Christmas hell of your own making? Break out of the leftover chocolates and bad telly routine with a little help from your computer; the hottest destination for film snobs and genuine fillm buffs alike. Meet the Auteurs.
No.376 - in a limited series. It's one thing to hold a great job, but if you don't look the part - how will you ever get an upgrade and more importantly a taste of real power?
The Swedish are coming and Erik is certainly the one the industry is talking about. Straight from supporting Mika on tour - Swide catches up with him to find out more.
A Fall/Winter 2010-2011 exclusive! Swide is back with the pre-show diaries, your chance to experience the men's collection like you were sat on the front row... before the front row!
Swide's new series is all about interviewing leading fashion icons to discover what makes them tick. To kick start we tried find out what was lurking in Tabitha Simmons' shoe cupboard!
Star of Italian film Baaria - the first Italian film to open Venice in nearly 20 years, it's also one of the most expensive movies ever made in Italy. We take a look at the new diva in action.
The 1956 film And God Created Woman in which Bardot stars pretty much sums her immense beauty. The French cinema star whose sexy, liberated style has outraged and inspired the world was showcased on D&G's spring 2010 catwalk - discover how to achieve the look at home courtesy of super make-up artist Pat McGrath.
No 375 in a limited series - to make life as unpredictable as a game of roulette blur the sartorial rules.
Betty Davis combined the fashion sense of David Bowie, and the flair of Miles Davis, her husband for a year. In time for Christmas parties everywhere Light In the Attic Records are releasing two of her lost albums.
White Christmases are fun for a while but all this snow has triggered some major spring envy and we find ourselves dreaming of light, delicate, colourful clothes. Swide's stylist has got just the right thing in store with a selection from Dolce & Gabbana's S/S 2010!
No. 374 in a limited series - if lost in a sea of greys why surrender and blend in? Let your jacket announce the mood and spend the weekend on your own pink cloud.
Cult items may come and go but there is one that appears intent on sticking around. With vaccination envy in the air this year, Madonna was spotted waving a bottle in Malawi and young children supposedly getting high on it - we investigate the phenomena that is hand sanitizer and the new sterile souls.
No.373 in a limited series - power can come from a range of sources, one of which is looking and feeling good. Opt for the right outfit and the sky is the limit.
With Cannes film festival in full swing and the recession apparently creating a lust for horror movies, Swide thought it was the perfect time to look back at Dolce & Gabbana's FW 97/98 "Fellini/Roma" collection.
Wishing you all the best on this Christmas day: the best in getting up late with a mulled wine induced hangover, the best in stuffing your face with turkey, the best in passing out on the couch after one mince pie too many... Hey, nobody ever said anything about the need for Christmas elegance; you've got New Years Eve for that. Never mind our fancy outfits; we're off to do the same!
The sight of male model Tyson striding down a catwalk is enough to satisfy most of us, however the slaves to fashion that we are, Swide set off backstage to discover more about this Texas treasure.
With Cannes film festival in full swing, Swide exclusively interviewed designers Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana for their unique insights into the world of film.
No 376 in a limited series - why settle for any less than full-on drama? Cosy Christmas chic is all good but nowhere near as fun - and seductive - as knowing to dress up for the occasion!
Fill those stockings with a little help from the virtual world! Swide's stylist becomes your personal Santa by making all the right suggestions.
Much as stalking celebrities makes Twitter very "useful" - Twitter recipes are tweets you can legitimately follow because they're actually, well, useful. Plus follow leading chef Jamie Oliver's tweets as he cooks for Obama.
In Nine, alongside most of Hollywood's hottest actresses, a couple of priests stole the show (accordingly not any priests...). We used this opportunity to recall our favourite onscreen priest moments.
Have we become the Grinches of fashion or have all the mulled wine and mince pies taken their tolls on our readers? The latest from our super random fanmail.
Professional model Louise Pedersen becomes a professional... something else entirely for the needs of this month's Vogue Spain photoshoot, "The Professional".
OUR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO SERIES RETURNS! The models take acting lessons!
No. 375 in a limited series - wearing all black with an atittude doesn't have to mean social death on the Upper West. Accessories on the right side of cute are just what you need to turn down the volume and turn up the heat!
Knpwn as Super Mario for his exploits on the field, but for the rest he seems just a regular young guy with a bit of an attitude. The next Cantona or a one-goal wonder?
No. 374 in a limited series - we all like a Christmas under the snow but it doesn't keep warm at night! A knight in shining white tuxedo is the perfect alternative to make days merry and bright!
Jessica 6 is a collaboration between keyboardist Morgan Wiley, bassist Andrew Raposo and vocalist Nomi Ruiz who met while on the 2008 Hercules & Love tour.
Lagerfeld shot his muse Anna Mouglalis for a calendar published by Marie Claire as a tribute to the actresses of Italian Neorealism. Pure French elegance meets Italian panache.
His work explores new depths of transgression and discomfort but all for the sake of a reinterpretation of relationships and other human dynamics.
Running for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes,likely nominee for the next Oscars. Time for Margaret Madè to work on that speech!
Hugh Hefner presents an illustrated autobiography with highlights from Playboy's first 25 years, from his cartoon-drawing childhood to his astonishing success with the magazine. His most intimate portrait ever.
A Magazine: a strong, glamorous, addictive substance. Albeit totally risk-free and highly recommended, to fashionistas and many more. Cerebral designers as editors and an innovative website. Come get a fix.
Designed by a graphic designer and professional photographer and a lifelong cyclist - this bike from Bertelli Bici - the Italian slang for bicycle is a unique design object that we want to ride. Now.
If it's a edge you're after then next spring's D&G studded collection is the perfect fit. Taking its inspiration from the concept of an British cowboy - imagine a cowboy who's left the ranch for an aristocratic pile, this collection is one for the urban cowboy.
Nothing screams more Christmas wreck than spilling out of one's dress. Don't take the chance, cover up albeit in a playful way to show your true colours without having to show too much flesh.
No. 373 in a limited series - not by skating at the Rockefeller! The best way to meet and greet is by wearing an outfit that is a conversational piece, may it be black or white or all shades of animal print!
Angela Lindvall is the perfect embodiment of a new breed of all-American beauties who know better than to sport the classic all-American look...
Exclusive backstage action: if our preview left you hungry for more then dinner is served with the first in a series of videos shot backstage on set of the SS10 menswear campaign last month in NYC!
At least it will be with the right presents - helping you choose is our stylist who's revisited the dandy for a current look worthy of a gentleman!
No.372 in a limited series - obviously the city is a better place with friends. Likewise winter is an altogether nicer place with more layers.
No.371 in a limited series - it's not always what you say that makes a different. Sometimes less is more.
No. 377 in a limited series - We're all aware we should be pulling out the red and green dresses but there's something about popping on a white dress that ensures the festive season takes on an altogether more elegant air.
When one thinks of destination stores usually one imagines racks of designer clothes and expensive candles. Marshmallow Peeps, animal-shaped confectionery sweets in a variety of pop colors has just opened a stand-alone store in Washington DC and the hysteria
If your usual Christmas involves DVDs and office parties then it's time to think outside the Christmas box. Our Swide stylist has broken all the rules to bring you our unique selection of gift ideas. We promise no sequins were harmed in this process.
We are hoping 2010 will be bringing silly back and how better to kickstart it than with a few insights into the great minds of our contemporary innovators. So far they're only fictitious but should a Dragon end up reading this... Here are our top picks.
No. 370 in a limited series - no need for crazy extravagance to get noticed, the timelessness of a classic cut will speak volumes about what kind of man you are - a true gentleman.
Yes it may be random - but David Byrne and dance beat guru Fatboy Slim are releasing Here Lies Love, a disco-influenced concept album based on the life of ex-Philippine first lady/shoe-hoarding diva Imelda Marcos and her life-long servant, Estrella Cumpas. Two words - we want.
Fremchman Jean-Baptiste Mondino crossed the Channel to immortalise the best of an eccentric bunch from the pretty actor with a personality to the new generation of Brit chicks who remind us what it is we love about British fashion!
It's all very well casually dropping into conversation what you might like for Christmas, but as we all (sadly) know nine times out of ten this rarely works. Hurray then for links and bookmarks - these seemingly unsexy tools that will ensure your Christmas wish list doesn't remain a virtual dream.
Make the most of this surreal Christmas by turning traditions on their head. The modern gentleman knows when to rely on the classics to add that individual twist to an outfit. Click on our Christmas edit now.
Swide asked model and D&G campaign star Tyson Ballou (the sultry bateleur) a few season-appropriate questions for a little Xmas cheer. Our best present ever? Interviewing Tyson...
Don't settle for mere beachside luxury, go for a floating palace instead! Skip the supermarket and its crowds this Christmas, get in on the superyacht action instead!
For those of you acquainted with someone off to The Maldives, or perhaps The Caribbean rise above your envious stares this new National Geographic article that lists 25 brand-new adventures the wolf-tracking in Slovakia to rafting a forbidden river in Bhutan.
January's cover star for Vogue is quietly sultry in an array of ultra-feminine looks and it sure seems like a long time since The Notebook... Here she discusses the usual, love life, fellow actresses... and the more unexpected.
Is fast food the future of music distribution? A lateral interview.
We do not find the idea of leading Hollywood ladies acting like divas especially new or surprising but this lot are taking it a step further... but strictly onscreen as they play the iconic opera queen Maria Callas.
The year's biggest hits on the Internet's top video channel are a strange affair - we were aware Youtube had a quirky appeal (that accepts about 20 hours of new video every minute) - but what we didn't know was how many people watched these internet hits.
She might be seen by many as the next big thing on the red carpet but Avatar's leading lady Zoe Saldana is nothing like some of her more demanding fellow A-listers. In her new film she is blue and nine feet tall for a start...
Benjy Ferree is Bobby Driscoll, a Disney child actor who turned to drugs when his career floundered in the mid-1950s, and died of heart failure ending his life in an unmarked grave at the age of 31.We find out more this artist's tribute to the child star and his Neverland music.
Shopping prior to Christmas as we're all aware can resemble that of a pack of wild animals. Because at Swide we prefer to opt for a dash of animal print as opposed to acting like one - we're intend to use our fashion instincts and shop online. Click here for our edited selection of D&G online finds.
Exclusive preview of the upcoming campaign! Click here to take a look and read what Stefano Gabbana has to say about the shoot and the star.
Madonna and Lourdes attended Nine's NY premiere last night. Holding hands for the camera, it seems there's something about the film that brings out the sisterhood even from the A-list...
There has been quite a lot of grim talk regarding the current Copenhagen UN summit. Here at Swide, as responsible citizens in touch with our inner eco-warriors, we have however felt a glimmer of hope...
No. 367 in a limited series - living it up in Las Vegas in true Rat Pack fashion. The modern-day crooner is a classic hit in a great dinner jacket and a bow tie... The kind of stranger one would love to meet in the night!
Aside from presents, new heels and cocktails, the holidays also mean inevitable flight delays, long waits on railway platforms, family drama and out of control shopping centres. Whatever the urban emergency - the Sleep Box could well be the festive season's savior.
We're feeling playful this holiday season after a long year of recession talk and there is no game we would rather be playing than a good old hide-and-seek with delightful Ben.
Ah the irony of a dance move named after a curry. With the festive season in full swing try this Bollywood inspired workout to ensure you fit into your party clothes.
Captured on set of the forthcoming Rob Marshall film, Nine in which the designers have cameo roles as Italian priests, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce showcase their passion for cinema. Always inspired by film, Swide caught up with the designers to discover what their dream film roles are and what film they would have liked to direct.
A well-deserved treat after an intense few months on the X Factor judging panel. Way to kick off your stilettos team Minogue.
If you're feeling unsure whether to crack the odd joke at your next Christmas do give it a miss and make your dog your comedy ally instead. With the help of a few clever gadgets your furry doppelganger will be the laugh of the party!
For today's vulnerable man a little protection is essential; this one has found it in the shape of a studded jacket that keeps the bullies at bay and the admirers coming.
We're so used to seeing Elton John on stage entertaining a star-studded audience, that it was refreshing to see, quite literally the tables turned this weekend as Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland serenaded Elton John at his Winter Ball.
This Brigitte Bardot lookalike has most definitely left the ranch for a downtown loft as D&G's new spring/summer collection creates a hip new urban uniform. Layer lace with a boyfriend jacket and a flirty skirt and you'll have nothing to fear at night.
No. 366 in a limited series - hitting the bar is a little passé, the opera is where the cool girls are at. With a dash of animal prints to keep it on the playful side of dramatic.
Whatever happened to Kubrick's dreams of Napoleon? Taschen's new book tells us more.
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in Mel Gibson's latest directorial epic in which he will be playing a viking. Also on board is William Monahan, who penned Leo's flick The Departed.
It is all about the call of nature these days, may it be Copenhagen or an inner desire to go back to our more primitive selves... The latest example comes in the shape of a pretty skyscraper which boasts an actual inner forest… Who needs a balcony!
Cannot wait for his Alice in Wonderland? In the meantime you can always enjoy a little Burton magic with this spread produced by the genius himself for Harper's Bazaar...
Give florals a chance next spring. As they make their way out of your mother's "special occasions" closet they mix and don't necessarily match: a modern take on a classic staple.
In a unique step, pop sensation Lady Gaga, image-maker Nick Knight and fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben are inviting the singer's fans to submit their own video imagery for inclusion in her 2009-2010 World Tour The Monster Ball. Find out more...
Enough with embarrassing revelations under the influence! This holiday season is your chance to glow in the manner of a mysterious screen siren - just keep your lips tight and nicely painted in the new Golden Beams colours.
As if stumbling out of a darkened Alice in Wonderland landscape, the brilliant Tokyo based Ryohei Hase captivates with his thought provoking and 'we want on our walls' digital paintings. Fascinated by the artist behind them Swide went long distance to Tokyo to interview him.
No need for a tabloid fix to read these scoops! Katy Perry herself obliged us via Twitter; this week we found out more about life as a star in the making and learnt about her purring muse...
It’s a case of all the cool kids are doing it with pop up shops literally, well, popping up all over London for the month of December. Whether you want a car, customised champagne bottles, Elton John's cast-offs or just some Marmite on toast, there’s a pop up for everyone – but get there quick or blink and you’ll miss them.
If the man or woman in your life has taste that extends beyond socks - fashion photographer Nick Knight's Show Studio Christmas store is the very place to find that truly exclusive present. And we mean exclusive - as in a Belgian tiger and one-off Gareth Pugh dress.
In the cut-throat world of social media Digg may have come across as the less attractive older brother but after a clever makeover it is getting us excited again. Well as excited as we can get about something that isn't a shoe...
A look worthy of quite a few she-wolf whistles! We may have been a little distracted by some of the newer pop divas this year but Shakira proves she's here to stay - and that is without the usual antics!
Although cinema talk may be focused on 3-D - there's also a different sub current of creativity that is getting the industry excited...
We would have thought Ashley had it pretty good but it seems someone has it even better - none other than the furry, barking apple-of-her-eye fox terrier Marlow.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the baddest of them all? Had Rihanna asked her jacket as she appeared on Saturday Night Live last week it would most certainly have designated her...
As we struggled to get through door frames this year with our extended shoulders it got us thinking about other 2009 fashion moments. Take a peek at the fashion moments captured on Facebook profiles the world over.
We want her voice, we want her life, we want her wardrobe... Now we can at least hope for the latter thanks to Glamour's insight into our 2009 music crush's fashion sense.
Aim for more than the usual chocolate this year - the iconic Louvre has gone online with exciting daily treats. Twice the fun, none of the calories!
It's at this time of year when we tend to moan about dark shadows under our eyes. Rankin's latest campaign however for Sightsavers raises more important issues than even waterproof mascara can solve. Did you know women account for two thirds of blind people in the world? Find out more
2009 may have been a tough year for most but if anyone can look back and feel pleased with themselves it is F1 champion Jenson Button. Giving us a lesson in style of how determination does pay - let us watch and learn, n'est-ce pas Gordon?
She has delighted us in Nine with her singing tribute to Italian film and as a cover star for British Elle's December issue she does look rather like a 60's screen siren. Bellissima!
As the debate rages bitterly between London and Athens over ownership of the Parthenon's ancient Elgin Marbles, it seems the Greeks have now fired a cultural salvo of another order entirely. Indeed, while the Brit music scene drowns in a tsunami of banal guitar bands, Athens' own Night on Earth pick right up where the likes of Portishead and the sorely absent Massive Attack have left off.
Although we could argue that gossip is an art form we also paid attention to some of the more traditional artists over the year, with a slight penchant for the controversial (sometimes) and the thought-provoking (always).
In Swide's series Meet The Bloggers, we've interview the leading lights of the blogasphere to find out more about what makes them tick. Today's subject is the ultimate dandy James Andrew - named one of the world's best 20 bloggers by the Daily Telegraph and the closest you may get to a modern day Gatsby character.
While grooming parlours and Balinese spas may now be considered as acceptable amongst menfolk - it is true that these havens to relaxation miss one important thing - conversation. Swide takes a look at the revival of the barber shop.
Another one of Madonna's Brazilian crushes? Who cares about the gossip when such pictures are speaking thousands of sexy words to us! Italy's Vanity Fair explores the man behind the hot model.
When the first few rays of sun manage to hit in the new year - the usual focus is to hit the gym. This is all well and good however this spring - it may also be time to sharpen up your tailoring as menswear mixes sartorial elegance with casual nonchalance.
Forget glitter and glass baubles as Swide takes you to South Africa. The virtue of sunsets and beaches, of mystical dreams and lovers, sweaty nights and big skies are all part of Africa's spellbinding mojo.
Please even the most demanding ladies this Christmas with the piece we have all been craving (oh Maria Callas, to hold you against our chests!) and the rest of our clever selection from this season's D&G collection so that we do the hard work and all is left for you is to click away into Christmas shopping bliss!
Take what probably is the least eco-friendly of vehicles, tear it apart and use it to save the planet! Enter the new generation rider, a knight in green armour pedalling into environmental bliss.
GQ understamds a man's needs. Stripping it down to the essential: no fancy set, no incredible visual effects, no nonsense. Just a real man (with beard and all) in real cool yet classic glasses.
Nerd - the group fronted by Pharrell Williams has a new member Rhea. Up she pops with a new video and (style crush) and our 2010 play list is officially complete.
In a nonsensical world of everything being turned upside down maybe the most surrealist statement is to step out in the good old classics. Our stylist brings you a timeless selection.
Coming soon to a cinema near you is a extra-shot of Italiano - as Chicago director Rob Marshall brings not only Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson but Judi Dench, Fergie, Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman to the big screen in a musical film based on Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic autobiographical film 8½.
With Christmas parties looming we couldn't have wished to spy a more useful article than Wired's how-to series which outlines how to keep your online persona clean our of mischief. If you have any sort of party looming - miss this post at your peril.
Recession chic to end the year - $10 robotic hamsters are this Christmas' hit. Meanwhile a French hotel is offering guests the chance to live like a hamster for a day. Indeed.
Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Stewart and Natalie Portman are some of the Hollywood names set to hit the Sundance Film Festival - the main event for independent American cinema, which unfolds Jan. 21-31 in Utah.
Dramatic black can become cute to boot on the little ones this Christmas with the right dose of fantasy courtesy of some (party) balloon sleeves. Now we're furiously hoping we might fit into the bigger sizes!
Lily Allen singing at Chanel's spring womenswear show, Ryan Bingham the soundtrack to Dolce & Gabbana's spring menswear show - Taylor Swift making all the 2009 headlines and Jack White hanging out in Nashville - get our drift cowboys and cowgirls?
For all the talk of recession and penny-pinching we've still enjoyed our food like there was no tomorrow this year.
A glitter ball may be nice this Yuletide but remember it's not for life. If tasteless presents are appealing right now - click (immediately) for inspiration of the educated kind.
When Chanel channels Minnie Mouse and Josephine Baker (brilliant moves!) the result is something surreal out of a black and white wonderland.
Planning to leave the house in search of red and green? Turn Christmas shopping on its head by opting for online shopping from your armchair and a new Christmas colour palette.
With Christmas coming and Princesses seemingly everywhere - call us scrooge but the happy ever after line isn't really working for us. Photographer Dina Goldstein and her Fallen Princesses series made us smile in a way a faux-tiara just can't.
It's only fitting that the year bloggers hit the front row seats at womenswear fashion week a blogger would be one of the 24 lucky debutantes at the Crillon Ball. Plus Swide takes a closer look at the creation of a fairytale dress for Clint Eastwood's daughter, Francesca Eastwood.
... in Twitterland. Swide reviews the buzzwords of 2009.
Karl Lagerfeld re-designs Sponge Bob, Italy's Rolling Stone Magazine hosts a Christmas party in honour of the character, and the forthcoming Miami Basel hot ticket is a secret kids club. Welcome to the world of hip kids.
Hunting is creating a buzz but this time it's not the fox-lovers we're hearing; a new brand of eco-conscious urbanite is daringly redefining the old hunter gatherer paradigm...
Like that doomed old Roman Empire itself, Soho, NYC, was once a towering bastion of culture and sophistication, eventually brought low by shameless decadence, disdainful treatment of the commoners and the insatiable greed of the landed classes. And while Nolita would soon become its Constantinople, Soho, like ancient Rome, was swiftly overrun by Barbarians—er, well, in this case, people who shop at Pottery Barn.
New trains coming to keep us on track this year. 2009 is the year Warren Buffett bought 3 rail companies, Madrid and Paris announced a high-speed rink and California gets a rail pass.
An innovative recipe for a Christmas dinner in style: take some classic red loafers, season with salt, lemon and herbs... Et voilà! A fabulous look for the holidays! Serve HOT!
Those of us dreaming of a holiday season in golds, blacks and reds needn't blend in with the Christmas tree - be the party scene's rockstar with a very now, very luxurious baroque selection from the D&G F/W 09 collection and wait for the groupies to get in line!
Premiering today at the exclusive Mondrian in South Beach Miami, in the new Kiki Di Montparnasse store and throughout the celebrated Art Basel - Keith Haring for Proper Attire condoms honour today's World AIDS day.
A dilemma it is! Which would you snog, which would you marry? ...We go on imaginary first dates with our two leading men in the hope of finding out...