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My Primrose Hell with Sadie Frost


It was Sadie Frost’s big moment – and, when she needed them, her famous friends did not let her down.

As the cream of the Primrose Hill set – Kate Moss, Kelly Osbourne and Davinia Taylor, to name but a few – filed into the Living Room bar in Islington, North London, for the party to celebrate the launch of Sadie’s fashion label’s first shop, they brought not only celebrity sparkle but guaranteed publicity.

But behind the glamorous facade of camaraderie, the true picture was very different.
Sadie Frost

Style Clash: Jemima French and Sadie Frost often argued and had little idea how to run a fashion business, says their former managing director, Sharon O'Connor

For Sharon O’Connor, then managing director of FrostFrench, the quirky clothing company set up by Sadie and her friend Jemima French in 1999, it was an eye-opening experience.

‘I naturally thought that with Sadie’s contacts, everyone who was anyone would be there,’ says Sharon.

‘But Sadie said she could guarantee her friends coming only if we paid celebrity party organiser Fran Cutler – herself a friend of Sadie’s – £10,000 to arrange the evening and make sure they all turned up.

Apparently, they wouldn’t just come along spontaneously to support their friend.
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Sharon O'Connor reveals how she found herself dragged into a nightmare of tantrums, debts and jealousy when she worked for FrostFrench

Even so, the famous faces spent the whole night in a cordoned-off section behind a curtain, ignoring everyone else. And Kate Moss was in and out so quickly that most people didn’t even see her.’

For Sharon, 37, it was an episode that has come to sum up the two years she spent working alongside actress Sadie, 43, and 41-year-old Jemima, a former model.

Sharon, a successful retailer with a number of high-profile jobs under her belt, was headhunted and offered a six-figure salary to rescue the failing fashion label, whose dresses cost up to £200.

But she found herself at the centre of the celebrity pair’s tantrums and bitching and had to cope with what she believes to be their slender grasp of the basics of running a business.

As she worked to turn the company around – it had debts of more than £500,000 – she faced not only tearful and unpaid staff but also the constant bickering of Sadie and Jemima over everything from how much each was getting paid to the type of fabric chosen for a T-shirt.

Sharon even became the horrified witness to a fight between the pair at one of London’s most upmarket restaurants.

And after succeeding in getting two FrostFrench shops up and running and ensuring the company was on track finally to make a profit, Sharon was shocked when it fell apart this year as a result of investment drying up, and even more stunned to find herself made a public scapegoat.
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In happier times: Jude Law and Sadie at the launch of her fashion label FrostFrench

The pair released a statement blaming the ‘new management team’ for the fact that FrostFrench had gone into administration with £4million of debt, adding: ‘Sadie and Jemima have been unhappy with the strategic direction and many of the day-to-day decisions.'

But according to Sharon, a glamorous, highly intelligent and ambitious woman who initially relished the challenge of making FrostFrench a successful brand, it was doomed to fail due to what she felt was its founders’ almost comical ineptitude.

In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, for which she received no payment, Sharon, who simply wants to give her side of the story, claims that running FrostFrench could be like an episode of Absolutely Fabulous – often as much about managing the personalities as managing the business.

‘When I first joined, Sadie was barely involved in the company and it was difficult to get her engaged,’ claims Sharon. ‘She had a very short attention span and we’d have some meetings at her house to make it easier for her.

‘She would sometimes cancel, though, especially if the meeting was in the morning. She’d explain that she’d had a big night and ask if we could meet later. When she did turn up, it was often with a twenty-something boyfriend in tow.

‘I saw her most important role as PR – she is famous and has famous friends, so she had a great opportunity to publicise FrostFrench clothes. But I hardly ever saw her wearing them, and her friends wouldn’t either.’
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Sadie, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Moss and Jemima at the party following the opening of the first FrostFrench clothes store

Sharon recalls: ‘We sent Kate Moss a big bag of free clothes and suggested to Sadie that she should ask Kate to wear something, but she told us, “I could never ask Kate to do that.”

‘Jemima, on the other hand, is often described as the creative force of the business and she loved getting involved in designing the clothes.

‘But when I first arrived, she would come to the studio in Kentish Town late in the morning, go off to do yoga for a while and then go out for lunch.

‘She’d be ready to work by about 5pm – just as everyone else was going home. And her behaviour was very erratic. She would throw tantrums and shout and swear.’

Sharon, who is single and lives in North London, joined FrostFrench in March 2006, shortly after it received a large investment from an entrepreneur who wanted someone with a lot of experience to overhaul the business.

With 18 years in retail, including senior jobs at clothing brands such as Oasis, Pilot and the Arcadia group, Sharon fitted the bill.

She says: ‘It was clear there was a lot of work to be done – the company was in chaos and on the brink of administration. Staff were walking out because they hadn’t been paid. I thought the brand had huge potential, though. I was looking forward to getting stuck in and making a real difference.’

Sharon brought in new staff, formulated a five-year business plan and quickly took control, all of which was approved by Sadie and Jemima. But her first board meeting proved to be a bizarre sign of things to come.

‘It emerged at the meeting that Jemima had agreed with another director that her salary would be a six-figure sum and that Sadie wasn’t aware of this and was furious.

‘An argument broke out between them. I couldn’t believe it. The meeting ended but the arguing didn’t. Sadie said she was going to the sushi restaurant Nobu for
a date with Russian socialite Evgeny Lebedev, so Jemima decided we would go with her while she waited for him to arrive.

‘Jemima and I stayed in the bar while Sadie went upstairs to eat with her date but both of them kept coming down between courses for a cigarette. I went to the toilet and when I came out, I found Jemima, who was drunk, launching herself at Sadie’s face with her designer handbag.

'Sadie’s date was watching the whole spectacle open-mouthed. He and Sadie ran back upstairs, while I had to carry Jemima to a taxi to take her home.’

After four months, Sharon removed Jemima, who owned a 3 per cent share in the company, from her hands-on role and placed her on an equal footing with Sadie, who had invested several six-figure sums and owned about a quarter share.

Both oversaw and agreed all the decisions, but left the day-to-day running to the new team.

‘I had Sadie’s full support in reassigning Jemima,’ says Sharon, ‘but Jemima was shocked. She referred to it as a “drive-by shooting”.’

Sharon claims Jemima ‘was a destructive presence in the studio, behaving in an erratic, unprofessional manner’.

‘When she was given a project to look after, it was a disaster. Toblerone commissioned a limited-edition bag from us and her designs were pretty awful and late, which made the whole process late.

The bags cost a fortune to make because we had to get them done quickly to try to meet the deadline, and when they came back some of them were faulty.’

Because of poor cash-flow, there was often not enough money to pay everyone.
‘I made it a rule that the staff were paid first and the directors last, but Jemima hated it,’ claims Sharon.

‘After one meeting, when I’d told her there was no money for her salary, she left the room kicking things and swearing.’

Despite Sadie and Jemima being friends since they were teenagers, Sharon says they rarely agreed on anything. ‘When it came to taste, they were like night and day. Jemima liked things to be very obvious, such as T-shirts with very rude things written on them, while Sadie liked much cooler clothes.

‘Sadie would often ask me to disregard Jemima’s ideas, and vice versa. But Sadie had better taste so we’d usually go with what she wanted.’

Sharon speaks warmly of Sadie, whose personality, she says, is in total contrast to that of her business partner. ‘Sadie was like a scared kitten when Jemima was being her usual forceful self,’ she reveals. ‘She’s a very sensitive character, and nervous about how she’s perceived.

‘She and her ex-husband Jude Law seemed very close and would still go on holidays together with the children.

Sharon claims that her struggle to get Sadie to wear FrostFrench clothes was one of her major headaches. ‘She had an allowance of £2,000 worth of clothes a season.

She loved them and always took them all, but rarely seemed to wear them in public.
‘If Sadie did a magazine shoot, she loved to dress in Dolce & Gabbana or some other top designer to benefit her own profile.

'I wouldn’t have minded her falling out of nightclubs if she’d done it in a FrostFrench dress, but she never did.’

Despite its problems, Sharon believed the company was on the road to long-term success. After the first FrostFrench shop opened in Islington last September, a second opened on the Kings Road in Chelsea in March and there were plans for two more this year.

So Sharon was shocked when she realised that the company was on the brink of insolvency after what had seemed like a reliable investment stream dried up. She felt she could not continue as a director and her employment was terminated in April.

She parted on what she believed to be good terms with Sadie and Jemima, until they appeared to blame her and her management team for the failure of the company.

Sharon says: ‘It would have been easy and much more honest if they had blamed the change in their investment circumstances.

‘Sadie and Jemima had agreed every change I implemented. They can’t claim to have been unhappy with the decisions because they were involved in all of them.’

FrostFrench has been replaced by a new company called FrostFrench London Retail after a Norwegian investor came to its rescue.

Sharon, who is in talks with major retailers to find a challenging new role, does not hold out much hope for this venture while it is under the control of Sadie and Jemima.

‘I can’t see it working with those two in charge,’ she says. ‘Even with a never-ending pot of cash, I doubt they will ever learn from their mistakes.’

Lawyers for Ms Frost and Ms French disputed the truth of Ms O’Connor’s claims, but were not in a position to discuss the details.

Charlize dazzles on the red carpet at Venice Film Festival


Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron brought old school Hollywood glamour to the red carpet of the 65th Venice Film Festival in Italy.

The Monster star dazzled fans and photographers at the premiere of her latest film The Burning Plain.
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Glamour: Charlize Theron oozes old school Hollywood sex appeal


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Jewels: Theron was as dazzling as the jewellery she wore

She was famous for transforming herself into an ugly, overweight serial killer for the film Monster.

But no trace of Theron's depiction of Aileen Wuornos could be seen as she worked the red carpet before the screening of her new film.

Earlier in the day the 33-year-old South African looked stunning in a shocking pink dress as she made her entrance in Venice by boat, to a pack of waiting photographers.
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Screen stars: Theron and her Burning Plain co-stars(L-R) Jose Maria Yazpik, director Guillermo Arriaga, Jennifer Lawrence and JD Pardo

Theron won an Oscar in 2003 for her role in Monster but her own lfie has been packed with drama.

When she was just 15 she witnessed her mother shoot her father dead at the family home in South Africa. Her mother opened fire on her husband in self-defence against his domestic violence.

Theron now lives in Los Angeles with her Irish actor boyfriend Stuart Townsend.

Newlywed Coleen reveals why she loves being Mrs Rooney


Newlywed Coleen Rooney has vowed to use her new surname in all aspects of her life as a gesture of commitment to husband Wayne.

In her first set of interviews since becoming Mrs Rooney, the 22-year-old revealed that her new book - Coleen's Real Style - will be her last ever project under her maiden name Coleen McLoughlin.

And she has been practising her new, shorter signature to get it just right.
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Committed: Coleen says she will be Mrs Rooney in every aspect of her life

She told the Sunday Mirror: 'I'm changing my name completely. At first I thought about keeping my own name, then I thought about using both names and then I said to Wayne, "What do you want me to do?"

'And he said, "I want you to change it". I thought, "You know what, when I have children I'd like us to have the same name."

'It also means a lot to Wayne. If you ask him what he finds special about being married, he'll say it's the fact that I took his name and we've now got the same surnames.'

It is just 11 weeks since Coleen married her childhood sweetheart in a lavish £3million, four-day affair on the Italian Riviera, followed by an extended honeymoon in Las Vegas.

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Wedded bliss: Coleen and Wayne enjoyed an extended honeymoon in Las Vegas

At the highly anticipated event, she wore three gowns by design house Marchesa, and guests dined on lobster and pink champagne.

Her left hand now sparkles with a giant diamond ring designed by New York jeweller Jacob and Co.

'Whenever I look at my ring it reminds me of my wedding and brings back memories of when Wayne and I said our vows,' she told the News of the World's Fabulous magazine.

And, although Wayne, also 22, has never been a fan of jewellery, Coleen revealed that he wears his own wedding ring all the time because 'he says it's meant to be'.
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Lavish affair: The couple's wedding on the Italian Riviera lasted four days

The loved-up pair met in the backstreets of Liverpool when they were just 14.

He didn't make the best first impression - breaking her brother's tennis racket.

But things started looking up when handy Wayne fixed Coleen's bicycle chain and the youngsters went on a date to the cinema.

As his football career began to soar, schoolgirl Coleen was famously catapulted into the media spotlight when she was snapped wearing a Puffa jacket and long socks.

But her own career, and style, has since rocketed, and savvy Coleen has amassed a fortune through her work as the face of George at Asda, through her perfume, Coleen X, her autobiography and presenting the TV series Coleen's Real Women.
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Playful: Wayne teases Coleen about her bum looking big in tracksuits

She has been so successful that up to a third of the couple's £30million is thought to be down to her.

Her love of fashion has spawned her latest project, Coleen's Real Style, which offers tips on choosing clothes and how women should dress correctly for shape and size.

She readily admits that she is a 'classic British pear', with 'hips, legs and quite a round bum' that have not escaped some playful teasing from her husband.

'Wayne is really cheeky and says my bum looks big when I wear my Juicy tracksuits and I just laugh when he says it but I do get up and have a little look in the mirror,' she said.

But, despite admitting 'I don't know what the perfect wife is', she is firmly enjoying married life and being part of a team.

'Being husband and wife gives that extra commitment and makes you feel more stable. It's very special.'

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