YLB for Winser London now out!

Yasmin’s long-awaited capsule collection for Winser London has finally launched!  Much like with her collections for Wallis over 5 years ago, Yasmin fully involved herself in the design process and created very special pieces that she herself would want to have in her wardrobe.   Combined with Winser London’s reputation for luxurious and comfortable, timeless clothes with a high attention to detail and style, Yasmin’s collection is very personal, reflecting her own classic tastes and eclectic influences.  “It gives an opportunity for me to develop their style, which I believe in and love, and to take it a little bit further and add my own personality,” she said.

Among her inspirations for this collection are the city of London itself, a place where she has long lived and loved, and classic cars.  Several of her pieces reflect the mystique of early motor racing, when many women were among the racers, and the styling of old racing suits.  She was very much inspired by the adventurous spirit of these liberated women from the twenties and thirties, who dared to take risks in an era of strict gender norms.

Browse her new limited edition collection at Winser London.

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#Legend Magazine April 2016

In their first fashion shoot together since 2001, Yasmin and Simon are featured on the cover of the April issue of Hong Kong-based magazine #Legend, with several additional pages and an interview together inside.12916739_446124372263626_611361634702452208_o Some tidbits from the interview, which you can read in full on #Legend‘s website:

Simon: “I think things are very stable at the moment in music. It seems quite institutionalised, with the success of stuff like The Voice, The X Factor and Pop Idol. The scope for rebellion is really big now. There’s a lot for young people to kick against. I think we’re due for a big, big musical rebellion right now. And I’m looking forward to it. I won’t be part of it, but I’ll definitely watch it.”

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Why we will never see him as a judge on The Voice: “I don’t want to be part of the establishment. It feels like giving in. I also think it chips away at your credibility with your fans and your ability to be free and honest. It’s a taint. It’s money. It’s tainted money and it’s not good for artists.”

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Yasmin, on her favorite Duran song, which changes constantly and are “never singles”: “I’m very lucky. I’m never alone: when I’m missing Simon, I’ve got his voice always.”

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Do they use Skype when they’re travelling?  Yasmin says that she was hesitant at first, because, as she said, “When you really are away from somebody, you have to protect yourself a little bit, distance yourself a tiny bit, kind of steel yourself for that time away. Otherwise you become very, very emotional.”  When they tried it for the first time, “I remember him being far, far away and he decided that he was going to put the camera on. He put the camera on – and burst into tears. And I said: ‘Right, that’s it. That’s exactly what I knew was going to happen.'”

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Simon talks about his commitment to Blue Marine Foundation, a cause to which Yasmin is also devoted: “We’re becoming more and more aware now of how much the seas have been overfished. Have you ever had a holiday in the Mediterranean? The kids say they don’t want to go swimming because there are too many jellyfish in the water. That is a direct result of over-fishing, because a lot of the animals that feed on the jellyfish larvae, mainly tuna and turtles, have ended up on tables. The rate at which the seas are being cleared of life is unsustainable. We will end up with a jellyfish-infested toilet to swim in.”

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Does petrol-head Yasmin own any classic cars?  “I don’t. I have them all in my head, thank you very much, which means they’re fantastic on maintenance, servicing and storing. I buy a lot of magazines that I have to say the family are getting really sick of. I’ve become like the crazy old lady with magazines.”

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Why Simon is not a fan of Kindles: “I prefer paper books because when you finish it, you can give it to someone. You can’t do that with a Kindle. Also, when you read a book that’s made out of paper, you leave a trail. You’ve got a thumbed page, a smudge on it, or a coffee ring. I think there’s something very human about it.”

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Also, don’t miss their video interview on #Legend’s website!

FYI, Duran Duran is currently on tour in the USA supporting their latest album Paper Gods.  See them near you, if you can – always a fun show.

Image credits:
Photographer: Robert Astley Sparke
Stylist: Roberta Resta
Make-up: Liz Daxauer, Caren Agency London
Hair: Hamilton
Photography assistant: Hugo Knapp
Styling assistants:Carolina Cecchet and Yiting Zhang
Retouching: Eduardo Ardoneto
Location: Blakes Hotel

Happy 30th anniversary, Simon and Yasmin!

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most enduring celebrity marriages, Yasmin and Simon Le Bon!  The couple wed on 27th December 1985 in a quiet ceremony with family and friends in an Oxford register office (the bride wearing a grey and white mohair dress that she had purchased at the last minute), having had their first date the preceding spring at a film premiere after Simon famously spotted her in a photographer’s portfolio and instantly fell for her.

What’s their secret?  Aside from spending a lot of time apart (“You can support someone, but you have to go off and have your own life,” Yasmin has said, adding that she would have “murdered him” if they had to live out of each other’s pockets), it is love, dedication, hard work, and laughter that has kept them together.  Yasmin cites her parents’ relationship as being an important influence in her life: “[They] stayed together through thick and thin for 44 years.  I saw the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that taught me not to be frightened of it.  In retrospect, that had a big impact on me, because throwing in the towel at the first hurdle has never been on the agenda for me.”  As Simon said a few years ago, “I guess I’m really lucky that I picked somebody really bloody good in the first place.  She’s great fun, fantastic, beautiful, and we laugh all the time.  It’s not always easy at all.  But I really want to stay married for life.  People are led to believe that if it’s not perfect then just ditch it and change it these days.  That’s a f***ing mistake.”

Thirty years on, their love does not seem to have dampened.  Earlier this year, Simon said, “It’s actually very cool being married to Yasmin. Not only is it great just to wake up and look at her in the mornings, it’s great seeing the effect she has on other people, men and women. I just think, ‘That’s my girl.’  I’ve got a lot of affection and I show it. It’s funny but I’m really looking forward to going home and seeing her this evening.”  “There are times when Simon’s on tour and we haven’t seen each other for weeks, and we miss each other desperately, so I fly out to him,” Yasmin said a few years ago.  “I still fancy Simon.  I always think he’s the best-looking guy in the room.”

To many more!

Thirty+ years of photos…

Yasmin launches new style book in collaboration with Heathrow

27th October, 2015, London, UK – Globally-renowned British supermodel, Yasmin Le Bon, took centre stage at Heathrow to launch new coffee table book, A Journey in Style, visiting the T5 departure lounge and T5 Art Gallery, which is also exhibiting some of the images from the limited edition book. Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk and at the Gallery itself, A Journey in Style sees Yasmin collaborating with the UK’s hub airport to celebrate the enduring relationship between fashion and flying and the arrival of the Chanel store in Terminal 5; capturing stunning images of the jet-set, through to today’s style elite.

A Journey in Style has been created to mark the completion of a three year £40 million programme to bring together the most luxurious fashion brands in the world at Terminal 5 and cement its fashionable reputation amongst frequent flyers. Completing the line-up, and joining Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Cartier and Rolex in Terminal 5, will be Chanel, which opens its doors to customers in December. Once open, the terminal will boast a collection of 23 fashion and luxury brands, each of which has been beautifully re-designed to echo the store’s flagship location.

Boasting renowned Fashion Editor, Elizabeth Walker, as Art Director, the book includes over 160 stunning images, capturing and celebrating the glamour of air travel from stylish departures and statement arrivals through to the chicest of destinations. The glossy pages feature some of the most iconic style influencers of all time – from screen sirens, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich; music legends, Mick Jagger and The Beatles; to queen of the catwalk, Kate Moss and HRH herself, Queen Elizabeth II.

The hardback book, the proceeds of which will go to Oxfam, also features one of the most iconic faces of the Swinging Sixties, Twiggy, on its cover. In an image that sees her waiting to board a flight to Tokyo in 1967, the doe-eyed model, sporting her signature pixie crop, exudes classic glamour.

The introduction for A Journey in Style was written by Yasmin Le Bon, whose modelling career spans over 30 years. Yasmin has fronted campaigns for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Karl Lagerfeld, walked the catwalk for Chanel and Chloé and graced the cover of Vogue magazine 11 times. Yasmin has also been photographed countless times travelling through Heathrow, flying to international fashion shows, travelling with her family and accompanying her husband, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran fame, on worldwide tours.

Commenting on the book, Yasmin said: “There’s something fabulously glamorous about flying that has always fascinated me and to this day I still get excited about travelling. From the starlets of the 50s stepping onto the runway in their oversized sunglasses and trollies stacked with monogrammed luggage, to today’s style icons, air travel has always been packed with stylish possibility.”

“The book includes stunning archive images from some of the world’s most renowned photographers, including Dennis Stone, Heathrow’s resident photographer since 1946 – and there’s even one or two of myself in there! It’s been hugely enjoyable working with the team to celebrate the unique relationship between style and flying and to see the book come together. I’ll definitely be keeping a copy on my coffee table.”

A selection of the images will also be on display in the T5 Art Gallery for four weeks to mark the launch of the book. The exhibition will feature an array of the stunning images, including the cover shot of Twiggy, the always glamorous Joan Collins with her teetering tower of designer luggage, the ever-stylish Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood.

Jonathan Coen, Retail Director at Heathrow said: “Heathrow and fashion have long gone hand-in-hand, as the launch of A Journey in Style proves. While we’ve always been known for the quality of our retail experience, our recent programme has expanded our luxury fashion and accessories offering to 23 premium stores, rivalling some of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the UK.”

A Journey in Style is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of fashion, travel and vintage glamour, and is available on Amazon.co.uk and at Terminal 5’s Art Gallery in departures for £15. Anyone wanting to tweet about the campaign can use #JetSetStyle.

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The book is available at Amazon.co.uk and at the T5 Art Gallery at Heathrow airport for £15, with proceeds going to Oxfam.

Many thanks to Heathrow Media Centre and Lindsey at TLC Casting for the press release and photos.

Yasmin and Amber raising funds for Quintessentially Foundation and Elephant Family

In advance of their 5 day rickshaw race in early November through Madhya Pradesh in India as part of Travels to My Elephant, an effort inspired by the work of the late Mark Shand to help call attention to the plight of endangered Asian elephants and support their conservation, Yasmin and Amber have established a Virgin Money Giving page to raise money for Quintessentially Foundation and Elephant Family.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: (L-R) Yasmin Le Bon, Amber Le Bon and Joanna Lumley pose at the launch of 'Travels to my Elephant' Rickshaw Race at Clarence House on March 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

From this March: Yasmin and Amber with actress Joanna Lumley pose alongside one of the rickshaws that will be raced as a part of Travels To My Elephant

Amber, who set up the page, writes that funds raised will go to helping save endangered Asian elephants, a cause close to both of their hearts. She adds that those who donate will be added to an email list to receive fun pictures and videos of them from the roads of India.

Elephant Family, the organization founded by conservationist Mark Shand, is dedicated to saving the Asian elephant, whose numbers have plummeted by more than 90% in the past century, from extinction.  Quintessentially Foundation aims to improve the education, health, and welfare of disadvantaged people worldwide.  Your donation will help support both of these important causes.

So far, £267.50 has been raised with a goal of £10,000.  Donations will be accepted through November 1st.

Visit Yasmin and Amber’s Virgin Money Giving page to donate.

Red Magazine July 2015

Yasmin is on the cover of the July issue of Red Magazine, photographed by David Gubert and styled by Nicola Rose with hair by Ben Cooke and makeup by Ashley Ward.

In the accompanying article by Saska Graville, she talks about her active and weathered household (“You can see every wire in my home, it’s like spaghetti junction. And let’s not talk about the dog pee.  All I can say is, what was a cream carpet now looks very on-trend tie-dye. And my curtains are very ‘dog-pee ombre'”), “muddled” family life (“We’re a happy gang, and our gang gets bigger and bigger”), durable marriage (“I’m sure the reason we’ve been married so long is that we’ve spent huge amounts of time apart.  You can support someone, but you have to go off and have your own life”), and where she sees the future taking her (“I’m open to adventures. I want to go hiking in Chile, discover more of Europe… Who knows, the world’s my oyster”).  She also opens up about her longtime struggles with depression for the first time in a refreshingly upfront and honest fashion that goes to show that it can affect anyone and helps call attention to a condition that remains largely stigmatized.

I have had real depression,’ she says. ‘It’s a running battle every day and I’ve worked very hard at it. I’m in control of it but it’s there all the time. I’m not frightened of it any more, I can talk about it.’

For herself, she has never gone down the antidepressant route, but trusted that the darkness will come to an end. ‘You’ve got to know you are going to get out of it. It may take time, but you will,’ she says. ‘I haven’t [taken medication] but I would if I felt myself really on the edge and needed extra help. If your body’s not producing what it should be, then there’s nothing you’re going to be able to do about it. We have the science, knowledge and understanding to put it right. You’re not a failure, it’s an illness.’

In addition to being featured on the cover, Yasmin was also photographed with her three daughters (Amber, 25, Saffron, 23, and Tallulah, 20) in their first family photo shoot for Red since October 2001.

The magazine will be available at newsstands on 28th May and can be purchased as a digital download at http://www.redonline.co.uk/magazine/digital-edition.

All images via Red Magazine and photographed by David Gubert, who most recently shot Yasmin for the June 2007 issue of Red.

Harper’s Bazaar Bride India April 2015

Yasmin and Amber were photographed for the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar Bride India at the Jaipur Polo Grounds in New Delhi, where Yasmin and Simon served as judges at the Cartier “Travel With Style” Concours d’Elégance classic auto and motorcycle exhibition this past March.  All three Le Bons were also interviewed for the magazine, in which they muse on classic cars, marriage, and jewellery.

“Vintage Vignettes”
Harper’s Bazaar Bride India April 2015
photographer: Amit Sharma
fashion editor: Ayesha Amin Nigam
hair and makeup: Chandni Singh