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 |  May 08 2011, 10:26 AM

Students from London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) are striking a pose with Bentley with a series of designs inspired by the iconic British auto manufacturer.

Taking their studies in a new direction, these students created cool designs for women’s clothing that reflect the Bentley brand. The lucky 17 fashion students spent several months working with Bentley’s leading designers, to finish their assignment – design a car coat (three-quarter length travel coat); footwear (driving shoe); and a weekend overnight bag.

“As a brand, Bentley knows the importance of its female customers and the discerning influence they bring to bear,” said Christine Gaskell, Bentley board member for HR. “Our cars reflect their understanding of the best in quality materials, design technology, style and sophistication. The RCA students have captured these attributes perfectly.”

As part of their assignment, the students had to fashion their designs to reflect Bentley’s status as a luxury brand and weave elements from the new Bentley Continental GT into these items.

Making the shortlist with their designs are Rebecca Thomson (car coat); Louise van Hauen (weekend bag); and Alvaro Gonzalez (driving shoes). We can expect to see prototypes for display at the end of the summer term.

 |  Apr 27 2011, 4:15 PM

Brooke Sheilds used to say “Nothing comes between me and my Calvin’s” but now you can come between Calvin Klein and his 1985 Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

The famous fashion designer is known for having great taste in design, and looking at his old car, we have to agree. This example, which currently sits at the Classic Car Gallery in Southport, CT., is in beautiful condition inside and out. In black on black with a factory whale-tail spoiler, the car looks menacing. The dealer also points out that the 3.2-liter flat-six engine has always been very well maintained and the clutch feels like new. Given Mr. Klein’s bank account has been quite healthy for several decades now, he obviously spared no expense in keeping his precious ride in tip top shape.

The car is currently listed on eBay and so far has highest bid is $24,100. So if you fancy owning a car with a celebrity first owner, this could be the one for you. You’d still have to pay extra for a new pair of CK Jeans.