Fashion: Bits and bobs

EVA SO USEFUL

According to the Daily Telegraph, 62-year-old Cyril Long put a poster of Eva Herzigova in his garden to stop boy racers speeding outside his home in Suffolk. Let's hope the lovely Eva doesn't take a fence.

GREAT SCOT

Tom Fleming, a 27-year-old homeless man from Edinburgh, is set to become the face of the millennium, according to The Independent. Fleming, who is more used to sleeping out of doors than eating inside the Savoy, is experiencing the high life with model friends (pounds 130-a-throw bottles of champagne at Hanover Grand), come-hither glances from model agency Select and the possibilities of an acting career. "We've had heroin chic and Mr Gorgeous California LA Guy, now we are looking for something different," said Select spokeswoman Heidi Corkrum.

THE BIG WOW COMES TO TOWN

A newly opened restaurant on the King's Road guaranteed to have fashion folk flocking for cappuccinos. David Rockwell, architect to the stars of New York, has designed the interior of Cafe Milan to create what he calls his "Big Wow". Part of the Gosh Factor will be life-size cut-outs of models on a Milanese catwalk, "with a front row of Barbie dolls and paparazzi flashbulbs going off" explained Rockin' Rockwell in the Evening Standard. It's enough to froth up a latte.

IN HER HONOR

It's a tough life for a blue-blooded model. Honor Fraser (below) flew off to Chamonix to celebrate her 24th birthday only to be disappointed. Her birthday pizza arrived punctured with 24 candles which promptly melted all over her margherita topping. "The chef realised it was no longer edible," said a sad Honor in the Evening Standard, "and before I got to take a bite he had taken it out to throw away." Well, she probably wasn't going to eat it anyway.

GUCCI GUCCI GOSH

Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, one of the biggest fashion conglomerates in the world, bought more than a 5 per cent share stake in Gucci this month. LVMH presides over the French names Christian Dior, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix and Louis Vuitton but rumour has it that this is the first time it has seriously gone Italian.

FULL MARKS?

Marks and Spencer un-veiled its Spring/Summer 99 collection this month. The range, the result of consultations with Betty Jackson and Tanya Sarne of Ghost, seems to have come out rather well. A particular favourite was a host of white flowing things. "Not unlike those seen at Nicole Farhi's catwalk show and suitably modern and minimal, these are sure to get fashion pundits racing to the nearest M&S branch," said the Guardian.

CELEBRITIES STRIKE A POSE

"Real people" crept onto the catwalk this month, with Janet Street-Porter modelling for Antonio d'Amico's in Milan, Chris Eubank strutting it for Vivienne Westwood and American fashion guru Andre Leon Talley striding out in Yamamoto in Paris.

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