When Pudsey Met Katie

Following the success of the Louis Vuitton Pudsey bear last year (it sold for £36,000 at auction), Children In Need have enlisted the help of Katie Grand, editor of LOVE magazine, and the biggest names in fashion to give Pudsey the ultimate fashion transformation. That polka dot eye patch is history; the likes of Mulberry, Prada, Tom Ford, Missoni and many others have all put their unique and sartorial stamp on the much-loved bear in an effort to raise money for Children In Need this year. Indeed Balenciaga love Pudsey so much, they’ve given him not one, but five different makeovers! The one-off bears will be auctioned at Christie’s in November but for now, they can be seen on display in Selfridges (of course, it is the best, and most fashion-forward, department store of the lot). It’s worth going along to see them all just so that you can say you were a witness to the most stylish teddy bear’s picnic ever to have taken place. Selfridges are also selling small versions of the Paul Smith and Anya Hindmarch bears, along with one of their own design. I will definitely be getting my hands on one of these cute fashion icons.

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Bags fit for a Queen

Two iconic British bag designers have paid tribute to the upcoming Diamond Jubilee by creating special bags celebrating the occasion. You can find the bespoke Maud clutch bag at Anya Hindmarch. This little beauty comes in 6 exclusive Jubilee shades – silver, emerald, fuchsia, plum, midnight and black (I’ll have fuchsia or midnight please!). You can also have your initial embroidered on the outside, and a name or personalised message inside. On top of all that, it comes with a paper tiara and instructions on how to wave like the queen. Perfection. The queue for this little gem starts behind me!

Mulberry also have a Jubilee special. They are releasing 3 of their most popular, classic bags with a very British twist; the metal plaque will feature a Union Jack rather than the usual Mulberry tree. The bags are the Bayswater, Lily and Pouch, and they will go on sale from May 31st. In addition, the lining of each bag will be a special print consisting of the Mulberry tree, a heart and a Union Jack, signifying that Mulberry loves Britain.