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Naomi's Style Tips: Oct

October tips bought to you via Paris, where its terribly un-Paris like to be on time to anything….

There has been of late, a spate of pop-up restaurants gracing the living rooms and spaces of London. Another one I hear you say? Yes, but this has a chef who cut his teeth at the Fat Duck heading up the kitchen. Enter The Rebel Dinning Society. Launching on the 7th near Old Street, all the invites have been sent but reservations are being taken for the 21st October. Creator Shay Ola tells me it will be ‘an interactive art based dinner party, for which we have commissioned various artists from various disciplines and to dress the venue, display works and create an activity that diner will be encouraged to get involved in. In addition we'll have live music from various bands’. It will run every fortnight until the end of November. With only 60 spaces and a very reasonable £28 per person, I would book now.

If London has taught me anything, it’s to be versatile, and goddam these dancing beauties are. Agent Lynch is rapidly becoming a retro entertainment svengali. Move aside Cowell. After her Burlesque Academy, and a gazillion shows across Europe (including main stage at Bestival MAIN STAGE people), comes Studio 64 - Friday 9th October Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 9pm- 2am (£7 Guestlist or before 10, £8 After) She has snared personal favourite Lewis Floyd Henry from his usual spot on Brick lane, a prolific one man band and modern-day Jimi Hendrix. Cavorting under her glitter ball will also be 1960s all-male dance troupe The Action Men, and of course Lady Lynch herself. Dress: 60s Space Kitten, Studio 54 VIP Room, man-made fibres.

Vintage Hair and beauty experts, Lipstick and Curls are taking over the fabulous East London lingerie store, Bordello, to host a Girls' Night in, complete with a full vintage hair and make-up master-class, live demonstrations and invaluable insider hints and tips. After the class, you're invited to take advantage of exclusive discounts in-store and complete your new super vixen look with the most gorgeous selection of lingerie, corsetry, retro-inspired accessories and boudoir treats. 15 October 2009, 6.30pm. Tickets for the Retro Hair and Make-Up Master-Class are £45.00, and are extremely limited, so purchase your ticket in-store or over the phone. ...

One of Vintage Secret's favourite musicians, Gabby Young (we recently styled her for her shoot with Rankin!) will be performing her whole album live at Bush Hall as part of her Album Launch, with over 20 stalls of arts, crafts, fashion, homemade goods, including cake! Vintage Secret will be there, with lots of goodies for you to rummage through. And support from the amazing MAGIC LANTERN 22nd October, Bush Hall, from 7.30PMadvance tickets £6

The end of the month sees the return of London’s premiere Party duo with a Halloween event in homage to arguably the worst genre movie maker of all time, and star of Tim Burton biopic of the same name - 50s B-Movie director Ed Wood. The Enchant-Ed Wood Saturday 31st October. This time our friends Fleur de Guerre and Emerald Fontaine are turning the inside of the Fox into a spooky forest, replete with creeping ivy, wizened tree branches and skeletal leaves crunching underfoot. The air will be filled with the sounds of the sighing wind howling desolately through the trees and they have once again got a fantastic band who will be filling the night with haunting gypsy music and some sleazy 50s rock n roll as well as 1920s jazz. The band and dancefloor will be located in the dining room of decaying splendour, lit only by candelabras, and the smoking terrace will be unrecognisable as a ghoulish graveyard filled with corpse candles and wills 'o'the wisp. Four sinister sirens will be dancing burlesque for your devilish delight. Dress Code: think 50s kitsch: angora sweaters and pencil skirts (for the ladies and indeed for the chaps, as Wood was a lifelong transvestite!), wasp waisted Vampiras, mad scientists, dapper zombies, glamorous ghouls and even elegant extraterrestrials. No toilet-paper mummies please, you might shamble too close to a corpse fire! In true Hallowe'en style, we'll be offering a prize for the best outfit - a slap-up meal for two at the Fox. This devil of a night can be booked in advance for a mere £10, or £12 if you pay on the day.

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It all started in the beautiful Dorset countryside where Finnish designer Minna Hepburn started collecting lace, brooches, buttons and other beautiful finds from strolling around local antique markets. Not really knowing what to do with them, she started making tops and dresses from Scottish lace and embellishing them with her beloved findings.

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