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Gongs for the queens of fashion and cycling.
TWO of Britain’s Olympic golden girls, queens of fashion and cycling, re-lived the glorious summer of London 2012 yesterday with the real monarch.Her Majesty, who left her own marvellous Olympic legacy with her James Bond-themed arrival at the opening ceremony, made champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton a CBE and Team GB kit designer Stella McCartney an OBE.

The glittering Buckingham Palace investiture was especially emotional for Stella, who has stepped from out of the shadow of her Beatles legend father Sir Paul by creating her own highly successful fashion label.

She went to the Palace with husband Alasdhair Willis and their four children, but her late mother Linda was very much on her mind.

Stella, 41, wore a veiled fascinator on which were two brooches, one hers and the other an antique heirloom that belonged to her mother, who died in 1998 from breast cancer.

Her voice wavered as she explained: “It was a gift from my father to my mother – so I feel like my parents are both here with me.”The designer on meeting the Queen, 86, who was wearing a pale coloured dress joked: “I slipped her a card. I promised her a discount.”

Victoria Pendleton, 32, swapped her Lycra cycling outfit for a Philip Treacy hat, a Paul Smith dress, a jacket from Reiss and a cape from Coast.

She revealed about her meeting with the Queen: “I was so worried about what I was going to say but she was lovely. She said, ‘Here’s a medal to add to your collection’.”

Pendleton, who weds sports performance scientist Scott Gardner this summer, ended her career at London 2012 by winning a gold and silver to add to her gold from Beijing 2008.


Easter Bonnets On Parade.
The Brits love their hats. But they love their Easter bonnets even more. Perhaps it stems from the fascination with the royals, whose Easter toppers always get front-page attention. Everyone’s already buzzing about what Kate Windsor et al. will be wearing at this weekend’s Easter church services. However, we can bet that the witty, whimsical, and totally outrageous hats on display at designer Fred Butler’s Easter bonnet competition last night aren’t in the running.

London talents like Piers Atkinson (left), Antipodium, Tatty Devine, Margot Bowman, Phoebe English, and Alex Noble, created wares for the event, all of which were judged by a panel that included Love magazine’s Alexander Fury and British Vogue’s Emma Elwick-Bates. Magnificently festooned bonnets (think egg yolks, gingham, and bunny ears) made their way down a runway in the courtyard of London’s Sanderson Hotel. The spectacle was narrated by drag queen Jonny Woo (who donned a giant cherry blossom hat) and Butler manned the DJ decks.

Not surprisingly, milliner Piers Atkinson won the title of “Bonnet Master” with his “Double-Yolker Easter Egg Surprise”—a hat that depicted oversize eggs being hatched by tiny chicks. “I’m a big fan of a bit of insane millinery, and that’s really what this event ended up being about,” said Fury. “There’s always a touch of glamour and humor to Piers’ work—a whimsy combined with something a little provocative and exciting. His bonnets were hilarious. Plus, they’re in that amazing egg-yolk Louis Vuitton yellow that feels very right for spring.” Most importantly, Atkinson’s winning design best embraced the evening’s vibe—the rejuvenation of spring, the Easter spirit, and complete, wacky fun.


Kate Hudson’s photoshoot nightmare.

Kate Hudson was in excruciating pain during her photoshoot for Ann Taylor.

The actress has been the face of the women’s retailer for four seasons now.

But she was having painful dental issues when it was time to step in front of the lens to shoot her latest campaign.

“I had my first horrible wisdom tooth experience. I was just pulsating at the mouth,” she told People magazine.

Kate managed to pull off a day’s work despite the throbbing pain.

There’s not a hint of a grimace in the ads, inspired by a deco dinner party.

The 33-year-old models Ann Taylor’s holiday range of comfortable knits, combined with animal print separates and leather gloves that give the pieces an edge.

And Kate says it was all worth it to work for the label again – because she really believes in its mission.

“As a brand, the focus is empowering women – and what they stand for philanthropically is just as important as what Lisa [Axelson] as a designer is trying to put forth,” she explained.