My designs for the stars? I dream them

By Jan Shure, October 1, 2009

There is no equivalent to Pnina Tornai in the UK fashion world; no-one transcends Planet Fashion in quite the same, immensely glamorous — and sometimes vulgar — way that Israel’s number one bridal designer does in her home country.

Vivienne Westwood comes close, being a designer of frocks with “personality”, but Tornai (pictured above), who has recently acquired a dedicated UK shop, is in another league.


The September issue: which coat?

By Jan Shure, September 25, 2009

It’s the big issue at the beginning of every winter - which coat to buy. After all, in the noughties we know that a coat that is not just about keeping warm, but about looking edgy and fabulous when we step outside on a chilly November morning.


Style with substance

By Jan Shure, September 25, 2009

● The 25th annual London Fashion Week began its catwalk schedule last Friday on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, forcing a few US and UK buyers and fashion press to miss out on Saturday’s catwalk schedule as well as several of the A-list parties. Ten years ago, when LFW barely stretched over three days, the JC reported on the anger among industry insiders about the clash, but with a healthy six days of runway shows and a five-day exhibition, no-one was complaining.


Smart choices for New Year

By Sarah Tankel, September 26, 2008

Deciding what to wear in synagogue over the festivals can be tricky. We offers three solutions to the problem.

Some people find Yomtov dressing as easy as pie. Others, like moi, always end up stressed, late and, well, not quite right.

With the beloved summer tan faded, and that slender beach bod gone, all of a sudden we need to look smart, proper and appropriate, and that is without considering the good old British weather.


Your holiday cover

By Sarah Tankel, August 1, 2008

No need for bikini trauma - we find beachwear to flatter every body


It is pasty, round and untoned. What is it? The average British "bikini body". Sure, most of us have worked hard to perfect these goddess-like physiques - endless hours of eating out, lazing on the couch and not going to the gym are the three key ingredients for the Kelly Brook look. Not.


The long and short of dressing for summer

By Sarah Tankel, June 6, 2008

From minis to maxis, frocks are in

There has never been a better time to say “yes to the dress”. With summer (I use that word loosely) looming near, my advice to you is ditch the denims, toss out those trousers and get those pins in shape. This season, the dress has taken centre stage, with long ones, short ones, patterned ones and even micro-mini ones, everywhere from Prada to Primark. It is easy-peasy chic: just slip on and you are good to go.

Super cute: Matalan's tea dress


Blueprint for the hip

By Sarah Tankel, April 18, 2008

Fashion: Denim is cool again — if it comes in the lightest blue

It’s official: denim is having a bit of a moment right now. Yet, with the darker hues fading into fashion obscurity, this spring’s denim has been pushed to new limits with super-light shades, distressed finishes and (alarmingly) a whole lot of ripping. It is not just jeans that have lightened up — the denim jacket has made a comeback in the palest of shades, while light denim jumpsuits, skirts and dresses give the cult fabric a girly twist.


Swinging into the spotlight

By Jan Shure, April 18, 2008

For a very small country just six decades old, Israel has made a considerable impact on the world of fashion.

Its clothing industry is valued at $1.1 billion, and at the most prosaic level Israeli-made undergarments cover the world, its factories producing what is coyly termed “intimate apparel” for labels as diverse as Gap, Donna Karan, Victoria’s Secret and Marks & Spencer.


It's game on for the playsuit

By Sarah Tankel, March 20, 2008

Before you start to wonder if I am a) out of my mind, or b) absolutely clueless, there is an ’80s revival emerging and thankfully it is not perms.

Jumpsuits/playsuits/all-in-ones (they all fundamentally mean the same thing) made an intriguing return on a myriad of spring runways. So, simply disassociate them with dressing like a toddler and get yourself acquainted with this summer’s staple.


Talent-spotting at Fashion Week

By Jan Shure, February 14, 2008

As fashionistas flocked to the capital to show off their new lines this week, three hot young designers stood out

Gabby Harris

Making her debut at London Fashion Week this season is Central St Martin’s College graduate Gabby Harris, who has fitted in production of her second — and highly acclaimed — knitwear collection while preparing for her July wedding in Israel.