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Hugely successful handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has just launched a range of outerwear for traditional countrywear label Barbour.

The range of outwear is set to bring a new ‘fashion’ crowd to the country persuits brand. The designs are part of the Barbour Autumn Winter 2010 collection which will launch later this year, and is already gaining a huge amoutn of interest from fashion journalists.

The Telegraph reported on the collection, will the following quoted by Anya herself:

“Barbour is an iconic British brand. It is part of my childhood, and the feel and smell of a Barbour waxed jacket is something that evokes home, family and country weekends,” Hinbdmarch said today. “It was fascinating working in the archives, hearing the Barbour stories behind some of the coats, from explorers, military men and heroines.

“It has been fun to add a little Anya Hindmarch style. We have respected the original design but played with the cut, fit and the details. I can’t wait to have mine so I can look less like a “pavement girl” in the country.”

Anya Hindmarch designs a collection of coats for Barbour

This isn’t the first time the heritage brand has try to seek modern twists on thier classic waxed coats. Back in 2007 designers on the first series of Project Catwalk were asked to design a garment for the brand, in keeping with thier brand ethos, while bringing it more up to date with a ‘fashion’ twist. The winner of the week was congratulated with the company putting the design into production, and availabel for sale through thier stores.

Deborah Walker was the lucky winner, with the winning design shown above.

I look forward to seeing what is to come, although I am still a little uncertain…

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The Daily Mail yesterday released images of Britney Spears, untouched, from her photoshoot with American brand ‘Candie’s’

Brave move: Britney Spears has allowed airbrushed images from her shoot to be released along with the original raw photos which show all her imperfections

Brave move: Britney Spears has allowed airbrushed images from her shoot to be released along with the original raw photos which show all her imperfections

I think this is such a brave and courageous move from Britney, and I congratulate her on it. Finally, someone is speaking out wholeheartedly about the way images in magazines are retouched beyond recognition. Although, saying that, there have been a few minor changes, but her face has remained virtually untouched. It is so refreshing to see the extent to which these images are altered to make us, the naive public, realise that people don’t look like they do in magazines in day to day life.

I think Britney looks fab before the retouching. So she has a few bruises on her leg…who cares? Who doesn’t have bruises (mine are from sheer clumsiness!)?!

Well done Britney…I hope this leads to a wave of other celebrities releasing similar images.

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