When lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone married her first husband, Michael, at the age of 19, the wedding was a modest affair in their native Glasgow.
Now as Baroness Mone of Mayfair, she is planning a rather grander second wedding to businessman Doug Barrowman.
She has told friends they plan to tie the knot at the Adare Manor Hotel in Limerick, Ireland, former seat of the Earl of Dunraven, later this year.
Now as Baroness Mone of Mayfair, she is planning a rather grander second wedding to businessman Doug Barrowman
And Lady Mone will wear a bridal gown by Suzanne Neville, who created wedding dresses for soprano Katherine Jenkins and Olympian Victoria Pendleton.
Presumably Michelle, nicknamed Baroness Bra, will design her own undergarments.
Why it takes a lot of bottle to wear this old rubbish!
Jodie Kidd has proved that she has plenty of bottle.
The model staged a triumphant return to the catwalk after 15 years, wearing an eco-friendly dress made using plastic bottles salvaged from 22 clean-up schemes around the country.
Jodie, 40, had retired from the runway because she was suffering from severe panic attacks.
‘So much fun back strutting again,’ she declared yesterday.
The model staged a triumphant return to the catwalk after 15 years, wearing an eco-friendly dress made using plastic bottles salvaged from 22 clean-up schemes around the country
Also taking part in the show were the daughter of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, Leah, and her nine-year-old, Maggie
Now a pub landlady in West Sussex, Jodie wore the floor-length floral dress by British design duo Vin + Omi at London Fashion Week.
Also taking part in the show were the daughter of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, Leah, and her nine-year-old, Maggie.
Leah, 40, who wore a grey wig, spoke of her pride, joking a ‘star has been born’.
Prince Andrew’s Chinese whispers
Prince Charles’s charity, the Prince’s Trust, has announced it won’t accept any new donations from Chinese technology giant Huawei over security concerns.
His brother Prince Andrew is, though, keen to keep the Communist regime on side.
I hear that the Duke of York was spotted among the guests at a Chinese New Year party on Wednesday hosted by the country’s ambassador, Liu Xiaoming, who has insisted Huawei is not a security threat to Britain.
‘I never expected to see a royal there, given all the tensions with China,’ a fellow party-goer at the ambassador’s official residence in Hampstead, London, tells me.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirms that Andrew was a guest, explaining: ‘His Royal Highness has been a regular visitor to China since his first visit in April 2004.
‘The Duke continues to help further the relationship between the two countries since President Xi’s State Visit to the UK in 2015.’
The night Kylie’s sniffy ex ordered her home to wash
Pop princess Kylie Minogue, who is going out with GQ magazine’s creative director Paul Solomons, seems to have had a lucky escape from her ex, French actor Olivier Martinez (pictured during their romance).
A friend has told an astonishing story about how she heard Olivier tell Kylie to go home and wash because he didn’t like her choice of fragrance.
Perfumier Azzi Glasser tells me: ‘Kylie was in Paris and met up with Olivier for dinner and gave him a kiss and he went, “Oh, my God. What have you got on? What is that perfume?”
A friend has told an astonishing story about how she heard Olivier tell Kylie to go home and wash because he didn’t like her choice of fragrance
‘She told him it was Chanel No.5 and that she had worn it because they were in Paris and he was, like, “We’re going home so you can wash and wear the one you normally wear.” ’
Speaking at the launch of her Artist residency at London’s Mandrake Hotel, Azzi adds: ‘I can’t believe he actually made her go home and wash.’
Beckham battles for his name
Victoria Beckham memorably tried to prevent League One football team Peterborough United using their club’s nickname ‘The Posh’, arguing that the word was ‘inexorably associated’ with her.
Now her husband, David Beckham, has lined up a target of his own, complaining about the name used by a South-East London estate agent.
Tara Taylor, sole director of Beckhams Property Services, has bid to secure a trademark for her company’s name, but Becks has lodged a formal objection at the Intellectual Property Office.
Beckham and Victoria are, of course, West Londoners these days. In 2013, they spent £21.4 million on an eight-bedroom mansion in Holland Park — indisputably posh.
Boris Johnson’s heart may have skipped a beat when he learned his brother Jo had been paid an £85,000 advance for a new book.
Could it be that the younger Johnson was going to spill the beans on his sibling’s colourful life?
However, Boris can breathe a sigh of relief because Jo’s book will, I learn, be about another intriguing figure — the private equity tycoon Jeremy Coller, worth an estimated £300million.
Boris Johnson’s heart may have skipped a beat when he learned his brother Jo had been paid an £85,000 advance for a new book
‘I’m in the very early stages of a collaboration with Coller on responsible investing,’ confirms Jo, who stood down as a transport minister last November.
But will he beat Boris to the bookshops? The ex-Foreign Secretary’s tome about Shakespeare, The Riddle Of Genius, was due to be published last December, but has since been put back to this autumn as he continues his tiresome leadership manoeuvring.
Prince Edward had to enjoy some humour that was a touch close to the bone at the 100 Hearts Night of Comedy at the London Palladium.
Compere Clive Anderson set the tone at the bash — for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals transplant programme — by commenting: ‘We thought he wouldn’t make it because the Duke of Edinburgh was driving him.’
Actress Emma Samms, who played fiery heiress Fallon Carrington Colby in Dynasty, is left aghast by men’s behaviour on public transport.
‘Some men exude an air of confidence, sit[ting] with their upper legs requiring at least half of the seat next to them — in both directions,’ says Emma. ‘It’s most prevalent on Tube trains.’
Can’t imagine her Dynasty co-star Dame Joan Collins would venture Underground.