The Mail on Sunday - You - - Beuaty Buzz - Sue Peart

December is upon us, and the fes­tive sea­son is get­ting into full swing. And who do we have sprin­kling sea­sonal glitz and help­ing us get the party started? None other than gor­geous su­per­model Heidi Klum with a Santa’s sack full of fab­u­lous fes­tive gear de­signed by Her­self ( page 42). Be­fore your heart sinks, think­ing, ‘Here we go, an­other ex­pen­sive fashion col­lec­tion’, this one is a snip, and you can snap it up while stock­ing up on sausage rolls and Christmas cheer at Lidl. Yes, you heard that right: the cut-price Ger­man-owned su­per­mar­ket. Full dis­clo­sure: I’m a Lidl fan. When I looked at my re­ceipt after my first visit and re­alised how much I’d saved I be­came an in­stant devo­tee. You’ll find me at the front of the queue for a se­quin dress when the col­lec­tion goes on sale this week. Years ago, when I was a ju­nior re­porter on a na­tional news­pa­per, I was sent to in­ter­view Cres­sida Bell. Vi­va­cious, swishy-haired Cres­sida – then in her early 20s – had brought out a range of brightly coloured pat­terned scarves, gen­er­ously sized so you could wear them as wraps. A di­rect de­scen­dant of the Blooms­bury Group, she had clearly in­her­ited the cre­ative bril­liance of her grand­mother Vanessa Bell. Since then, she set up her own stu­dio, de­sign­ing ranges for house­hold-name stores as well her own lines of rugs, shawls, lamp­shades and even cakes. I was sorry when I heard that Cres­sida had been af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing flood that hit her neigh­bour­hood of Lon­don a year ago, and hoped none of her beau­ti­ful de­signs had been ru­ined. On page 36 she de­scribes the hor­ror of that win­ter’s night, and how she has slowly put back to­gether her beloved home of 40 years. Fi­nally, if you’re think­ing your Christmas dec­o­ra­tions could do with a sea­sonal spruce-up, turn to page 58 for our se­lec­tion of baubles and wreaths that are eye-catch­ing, mod­ern and fun.

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