My exclusive first look at Valentino: Master of Couture
by ELLE winner, Emma Griffiths
'When I found out I had won a special press pass to the Valentino exhibition with ELLE, I could not have been any more excited!
I instantly began dreaming of gorgeous, one-off red carpet gowns and the reality did not disappoint.
The exhibition turns the catwalk on its head - you are the model watched by exquisitely dressed mannequins either side of the runway in dresses from the Valentino archive.
As you wander through the exhibition you get to see the designer's beautiful sketches and letters of praise from fashion editors over the years.
The exhibition was truly breathtaking. Having swooned more than I thought was possible, we ended the tour with a delicious glass of prosecco at Tom's Kitchen at Somerset House, a perfectly glamorous end to the most glamorous afternoon.
Thank you ELLE for such a lovely experience!'
THE ULTIMATE ELLE PUB QUIZ
Get the answers right and you could win a prize!
In the December issue of ELLE we introduced Cameron Diaz to the traditional British boozer and quizzed her on some random pub trivia. But how will you score in the ultimate ELLE pub quiz?
All answers can be found in the December issue of ELLE magazine.
1. Who keeps a pre-loaded bronzer brush in her make-up bag for perking up skin in a rush?
a. Cameron Diaz
b. Miss Piggy
c. Cheryl Cole
2. Which beauty trick does entertainment publicist Liz Matthews reveal about Alexa Chung?
a. She wears red lipstick the day after a late night
b. She washes her hair with baby shampoo
c. She cleanses her face with organic egg yolks
3. Who will Florence Welch be taking on holiday to Rome for Christmas?
a. Her boyfriend
b. Her mum
c. Her dog
4. What does Michael Sheen think his Mum would describe as his worst characteristic?
5. What does Cameron Diaz think she has because she can’t remember names?
6. Which of these is NOT a trend for Autumn/Winter?
b. Geometric Prints
c. Tuxedo Suits
7. What advice does Anne-Marie Curtis give about party-dress shopping?
a. If you don’t recognise yourself in the mirror, take it off immediately and start again
b. Always pick dresses with sequins and shimmer for Christmas
c. Start your party-dress shopping in November to avoid stress
8. Who decorated models eyebrows with sparkling embellishment?
a. Dolce & Gabbana
c. Anna Sui
9. Which of these is NOT a feature in the December issue of ELLE?
- Why do we want to be thinner?
- How to bag an unfeasibly rich and silly husband in 5 easy steps
- My other mother
10. Which book got Kelly Osbourne into big trouble at school?
a. Junk, because it’s about drugs
b. Please Kill Me, because she dyed her hair like Andy Warhol after reading it
c. The Da Vinci Code, because she accused her teacher of being in the Illuminati
11. What is fashion designer Louise Gray giving her Dad for Christmas?
a. A metal Stephen Jones hat
b. Instagram coasters
c. Finger paint brushes
How did you do? If you think you’ve aced The Ultimate ELLE Pub Quiz you could win an exclusive ELLE beauty bag and a specially created David Beckham i-phone case, featured in the December issue’s Christmas gift guide.
To be in with a chance of winning, send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with ELLE PUB QUIZ in the subject line along with your name and contact details by midnight on Thursday 29 November and the lucky winner will be selected at random.
WIN TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE OF LIFE OF PI
Guess what? ELLE has a pair of tickets to give away the UK premiere of The Life of Pi in London on Monday 3rd December.
Directed by Academy Awards-winning Ang Lee, the film is based on Yann Martel's best-selling novel about a young man's survival against the most incredible odds.
And you could be getting the red carpet treatment to see the film first.
To be in with a chance of winning, send your contact details to email@example.com with the subject line: LIFE OF PI.
The winner will be selected at random. Deadline for entries is midnight on Tuesday 27th November 2012.
To find out more about cultural events happening this month, see the Preview section of December ELLE, on sale now.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will attempt to break all manner of obscure records. Why? Because it's Guinness World Records Day of course! To celebrate here is a reminder of some of the most extreme, show stopping fashion moments in recent history.
Alexander McQueen’s thigh high platform boots from Autumn/Winter 2009 were a staggering 12 inches high. The boots even beat Vivienne Westwood’s 10-inch platforms that supermodel Naomi Campbell famously fell in while modelling on the catwalk in 1993.
Most edible fashion
Lady Gaga is no stranger to beating records but she really outdid herself with a dress that will go down in the history books for being made entirely of raw meat.
Biggest fashion-show audience
A proper Guinness World Record was claimed by the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which was held at Cannes on 18 May 2000 and watched by more than two million people around the world who logged onto VictoriasSecret.com. Featuring models Tyra Banks, Karen Mulder and Stephanie Seymour, it was hosted by Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John and raised over £1 million for the America Foundation for AIDS Research.
So tight she apparently had to be sewn into them, the black leggings Olivia Newton-John wore in the final scene of Grease have become iconic.
Thriftiest fashion moment
Did you know you could make a dress from a tea towel? Neither did anyone else and (thankfully) the trend didn’t catch on. Top marks for thriftiness though goes to the gingeriest of spices, Geri Halliwell when she donned the now notorious Union Jack dress on stage at the Brit Awards in 1997.
Biggest couture collection
Russian artist, set and costume designer Alexandre Vassiliev has written 27 books, hosts a daily TV talk show watched by some 40 million viewers and owns one of the world's largest private couture collections. The collection of historical fashion consists of about 10,000 pieces — dresses and accessories, from 18th century to today and focuses on Russian fashion as well as French Haute Couture.
Photo credit: Pinot Gallizio - Industrial Painting 1958 on models at Galleria Notizie, Turin 1958 - Courtesy Archivio Gallizio, Turin - © Pinot Gallizio
ENJOY A DAY OUT AT LONDON'S TATE MODERN ON ELLE
The Tate's new exhibition, A Bigger Splash - Painting After Performance explores the relationship between painting and performance so expect to see 'action painting' from the like of Jackson Pollock at its most vibrant.
We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning two of these tickets - valid until 1 April 2013 - send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be selected at random and notified by 24 November.
To find out more about cultural events happening this month, see the Preview section of December’s ELLE magazine, out now.
ELLE FILM CLUB
This month ELLE is offering readers the chance to watch Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations first and for free.
Thanks to screenwriter David One Day Nicholls and a brilliant British cast including Jeremy Irvine as Pip, Holliday Grainger as Estella and Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham this is a film not to be missed. Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams and Sally Hawkins complete the talented roll call and the costumes and sets are as lavish as we hoped they would be.
See this new adaptation of Dicken’s famous love story on us, absolutely free. Search for the ELLE code inside the November issue of ELLE and click here to apply. The ELLE screening will take place on the 19 November – and Great Expectations is on general release on 30 November.
Lola smoking From the series 'Off the set' by Alice Pavesi Fiori © Alice Pavesi Fiori
We love this beautiful portrait from The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012.
The competition, held at London’s National Portrait Gallery, offers a unique opportunity for photographer’s around the world to submit their work and see it exhibited in the gallery.
Of course whenever there’s an opportunity to seek out and support new talent, ELLE is never far away and previous winners of the prize - like Ali Lomas - have shot for ELLE.
Check out the rest of this year’s entries at The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012: Runs from 8 November 2012 – 17 February 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Photo credit: David Slijper
IN THE PUB WITH CAMERON DIAZ
Cameron Diaz is ELLE’s December cover star. We took her to the pub and - turns out - she’s as funny, smart and honest as we hoped she would be. Hollywood’s golden girl talks famous mates, favourite co-stars, the diet that maintains her incredible body, and completes ELLE’s very first pub quiz.
Read the full interview in the December issue of ELLE, on sale 7 November 2012
Photo credit: Francois Dischinger
PEACHES GELDOF BREAKS HER SILENCE
In an exclusive interview with ELLE, Peaches Geldof talks for the first time about the death of her mother Paula Yates, her troubled past and how she has finally found happiness with her husband Tom Cohen and baby son Astala.
To read the full interview and see Peaches’ ELLE photo shoot buy the December issue of ELLE, on sale 7 November 2012
Photo credit: Kristin Vicari
This season’s accessories are a magpie’s dream. It’s your time to shine in the new metallic pieces and spectacular baroque jewels. More is more – ELLE shows you how to nail your party look in the December issue.
Photo credit: David Slijper
BEAUTY’S NEW MOOD
Gothic doesn't have to mean black. This month, Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman, shows you how to create 5 very wearable gothic romantic looks with a step-by-step guide.