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When the German multi-millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs began romancing the French screen idol Brigitte Bardot in May 1966, he didn't do things by halves. After he arranged for a helicopter to drop hundreds of red roses over La Madrague, her Côte d'Azur property, the then most desirable woman in the world certainly paid attention. "It's not every day a man drops a ton of roses in your backyard," Bardot later wrote in Initiales BB, her autobiography. Her sex kitten role in And God Created Woman, directed in 1956 by her first husband Roger Vadim, had already put Saint-Tropez on the map but her relationship with Sachs, covered in great detail by paparazzi and reporters, transformed what had been a sleepy Mediterranean fishing harbour into a must-visit destination for the jet set.
A chic, discreet address that's fit for a queen
The new shoes are flat, if the spring/summer 2011 catwalk is anything to go by.
Mutilated pilot whales line the dock at Klaksvic on the Faroe Islands, a Danish protectorate, after being slaughtered by islanders who slash and stab to death hundreds of the animals as part of an annual hunt.
Steven Seagal has discovered that not even he – actor, writer, philanthropist, aikido black-belt, blues musician, buddhist and reserve deputy sheriff of Jefferson Parish in the state of Louisiana – is above the law. You might indeed, were you so inclined, describe him as being under siege, too. This week his former personal assistant, 23-year-old Kayden Nyugen, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Seagal three times while working for him in New Orleans, and that he retained two young Russian attendants as sex slaves. Nyugen, one could say, is out for justice – oh, and $1m in compensation. Seagal's lawyer says the allegations are "ridiculous and absurd".
Catwalk trends come and go. But one French company has earnt a place in fashion history by sticking to the classic slipper-like footwear beloved by ballerinas and Hollywood stars alike
He was the ugly singer whose heavy-breathing hit was banned by the BBC. But across the Channel Serge Gainsbourg is a hero. On the eve of a new biopic, John Lichfield explores his colourful life
A nude, cavorting Brigitte Bardot and Louise Brooks in bondage gear are among the bombshells on show in a new provocative exhibition of 1960s comic-strip art.
Former Bond girl Ursula Andress has been named the ultimate ‘Bikini Goddess’ in a new poll of British women.
Jean Paul Gaultier lived up to his showman's reputation again at Paris Couture Week yesterday. For his latest collection he staged a cinematic spectacle. Each area of the auditorium was named after a film studio, girls handed out ice creams and the show began with the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare.
The annual season of concerts in the central open courtyard of Somerset House has become one of the more romantic fixtures of the London summer, offering as it does the possibility of alfresco entertainment minus the mud and the prospect of bunking down under canvas. Even when, as tonight, the squally breeze brings drizzle rather than drowsy warmth, it's never a real threat to audience spirits – particularly if the performer happens to be the year's most successful new act, her debut album Rockferry racking up in the region of two and a half million sales in the four months since its release.
The house/flat I grew up in... was a Thirties semi on a corner plot, near Hanger Lane. The garden ran around three sides, with a pond, a swing and two cherry trees. The tree got a fungal infection and had to be cut down. It was heartbreaking.