Fashion takes a front seat on Plate Day

THE threat of rain was not enough to wither the infinite variety of fashions on offer at this year’s Northumberland Plate Day.

Old foes thrown together

WHILE the only glitz England’s footballers are likely to experience this summer will be at striker Wayne Rooney’s wedding, the glamour at Euro 2008 will be provided by the four teams who make up Group C.

We have the potential to make up for injustice, insists ambitious chairman

AMBITIOUS Gateshead chairman Graham Wood believes he can help return League football to the borough – almost 50 years after what he brands the “injustice” of the club being thrown out of the Football League.

The Angel of Corbridge, Main Street, Corbridge

THE cult of the gastropub is developing apace. The combination of restaurant quality food with the informality of a pub reduces any dress-code starchiness, while offering potentially fine dining experiences.

Given still has faith in his powers of recovery

FOR years he was affectionately known as “Lazarus”, but Shay Given jokes that he could be renamed “Sicknote” if his appearance record does not improve soon.

Skin-deep beauty is given a whirl

THE dance company BalletLorent has presented us with many memorable spectacles over the past 10 years or so – but this month it just might put all previous efforts in the shade.

It’s time to go back to black

IT’S the biggest party night of the year and if you haven’t over-worn your Little Black Dress (LBD) over Christmas, tonight’s the night!

Ryan’s charity run pays off

ELSWICK Harrier Ryan McLeod ran off his excess Christmas turkey in spectacular fashion yesterday by winning the Woodlawn Special School’s Christmas Pudding Fun Run 2007.

Mark’s work has lots of polish

IT’S no surprise to learn that Mark Rowney has led a fascinating life on three continents.

Firm has dress sense

A BUSINESS in the North-East has shown good dress sense by packing up almost 4,000 old uniforms so they can be used in one of Africa’s poorest communities.

Which city centre Waterstone’s should go?

A HISTORIC building which is closing as a bookshop on Christmas Eve will start a new chapter as a high-street clothes store next year.

At home in a passionate place

HANNAH Davies leads the way through the tangled romantic history of Gibside to a backdrop of stunning Vivienne Westwood clothes.

Dear Caroline

YOUR exclusive beauty column from Mac Cosmetics’ senior make-up artist, Sunderland-born Caroline Donnelly.

Seven likely to go in massive FTSE shake-up

THE FTSE 100 Index is reported to be heading for its biggest shake-up since the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks as companies feel the force of the global credit crunch.

New image

FAMILY-owned fashion retailer, Kids Style, is celebrating 19 years in business with a new image and the launch of a new website.

New kid in town wins top fashion award

FASHION boutique havetolove in Gosforth, Newcastle, has won a prestigious national award just a year after opening for business.

John Lewis off to a fast start

JOHN Lewis has credited a little black dress and winter holidays for a strong start to the crucial Christmas trading period.

Fashion On The Fairways

More than 100 ladies descended on Romanby Golf & Country Club to see a spectacular fashion show organised by lady captain Rosemary Archer and Margaret Walton, owner of Verve Designer Womenswear in Northallerton.

Midgley predicts Eagles triumph

FABULOUS Flournoy’s Newcastle lock horns with border rivals Scottish Rocks tomorrow night in a dress rehearsal for next month’s cup semi-final clash – and Great Britain star Richard Midgley is confident of winning both.

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‘Face furniture’ can be a spectacular spectacle

WITH all the spectacle brands in the world today, from edgy couture to celebrity, sports brands, cosmetic houses and even Donald Trump and Scooby Doo, you’d think there’d be a few more aspirational spectacle wearers in the public eye.

Milner aims to make up for lost time

JAMES Milner is determined to be Newcastle’s match-winner against Liverpool this lunchtime after the in-form winger admitted that his recent exploits have increased his greed for goals.

Dear Caroline

SUNDAY morning I had a call from American Vogue. I was assisting make-up artist Mathias Vann Hoof for a feature on women’s wear designer Jonathan Saunders.

You can bank on the Swedes

SWEDISH bank Handelsbanken, which has recently opened an office at Winder House on Kingfisher Way, Stockton, has formally celebrated its arrival in Tees Valley, Swedish style, with an official launch event attended by 80 people.

Events prove an inspiration to young

SCORES of events have been held across Teesside to help inspire young people as part of Enterprise Week.

Purls of winter wisdom

THIS season, knits aren’t only big on the fashion front, they’re jumbo in size.

Provocateur sold to 3i for £60m

LINGERIE brand Agent Provocateur has been bought by private equity firm 3i in a £60m deal, it announced yesterday.

Burberry’s 13% earnings hike

SOARING demand for luxury handbags has helped fashion house Burberry deliver a 13% hike in interim earnings.

Hairdresser’s big investment in training

A DURHAM hairdresser has sights set on growth following heavy investment in staff training.

Retail therapy

FREDERIC Fekkai believes “your hair is your most powerful fashion accessory,” so he’s created Coiff, a wardrobe of styling products that are so fine and light, they can be used with each other.

Peacocks put on a dazzling display

THE high street is fast moving, fit to burst and feeds our ever-hungry fashion habit on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on how much we crave and can afford.

I’ll take my chance to shine, tells rising star

FALCONS flanker Ben Woods believes he has a battle on his hands for the Newcastle number seven shirt, with a player back in action at openside for tonight’s European Challenge Cup-tie at Centransa El Salvador in Spain determined to make up for six weeks on the sidelines with a broken hand, writes ALAN HEDLEY.

Popular ice rink opens again in city

PART of the Newcastle city landscape was transformed into a winter wonderland in spectacular fashion, as two of the world’s greatest ice dancers took to the ice to mark this year’s opening of the longest-running European attraction of its kind.

Bags of unique fashion designs

Teenage runaway and fashion designer Karina Hesketh has battled illness to return with a fantastic eclectic collection.

Wednesday morning business bulletin

Record oil prices help FTSE to positive start; Housebuilder Redrow blames market conditions for uncertain full-year profits; Fashion chain Next faces volatile trading conditions despite sales improvement.

Art of success

YOUNG Teesside entrepreneur Ben Saunders is setting up his second business in just over a year, after his first was so successful he sold it.

Fashion duo aim to get us in shape

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TRINNY and Susannah are the pair who’ve taken it upon themselves to teach us what to wear through whatever media channels they can muster.

DESPITE clear conflicts, the implementation of the ban on smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places has been positive and smooth. Members of the public are genuinely pleased with the cleaner air, better atmosphere and the lack of the smoke-stink on clothes when getting in from the pub.

Workers are enjoying a healthier atmosphere in workplaces, including pubs and clubs, with the longer term benefit saving hundreds of lives every year and greatly reducing the likelihood and extent of serious chronic illness.

Janet aims to expand her empire with style

AFTER training hundreds of stylists a successful hairdresser is now hoping to extend her empire.

Dear Caroline

YOUR exclusive beauty and grooming tips from Mac Cosmetics’ senior make-up artist, Sunderland-born Caroline Donnelly.


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