Friday, 27 May 2011

Backstage Report: House of Fraser Mini Fashion Show

Last week I had the fortunate opportunity to manage backstage at a Fashion Show at House of Fraser, organised to aid the promoting of their Personal Shopping Service.
The idea was to create a mini show using pieces from House of Fraser's concessions.  

It was great to be a part of this project and compared to the larger shows that I have worked on, particularly London Fashion Week shows, this mini show really was a "walk in the park"! Even though there were a few moments of mania backstage, generally, it was a lot slower paced. There was also a lot less planning and general co-ordination to do than I'm used to!

I arrived at House of Fraser in the afternoon and my priority was to ensure that we had all the necessary items to create complete outfits along with other logisitics as well as helping with co-ordinating the rehearsal.

When it was "show-time" I was backstage managing the dressing of the models, putting outfits together and cueing them for the catwalk.
I had the pleasure of working with a great team of gorgeous models who, thankfully, kept the diva-esque behaviour to a minimum!

A range of beautiful pieces were used from the following collections: Day Birger, Anya Hindmarsh, Biba, Warehouse, Oasis, Ted Baker, Stefanel, Bastyan, Pied a Terre, Label Lab, Hugo Boss, Linea, Episode and a few others.
The items selected were catergorised into 4 different looks or collections: Casualwear, Workwear, Occasionwear and Eveningwear.
Model behaviour: The lovely models - Julia (left) in halter-neck bead-trimmed dress and wide-brimmed hat by Ted Baker. Alessandra (middle) in leather shorts, silk Safari shirt and silk scarf by Biba. Arna (right) in long tassled dress,  cardigan and necklace by Day Birger - All from the Casualwear Collection.

I simply loved the Biba outfit (modelled by Alessandra - middle). It is the type of outfit that is perfect for those hot summer days spent, for example, on an excursion whilst on holiday, or a friend's BBQ and such occasions.

Here's a closer look at the pieces:

Biba beige, silk, safari blouse - £66
Deep beige, leather shorts  - £75
Style Tips: The fluidity of this fabric is preferable for those with a curvaceous upper-body as it will comfortably flow over the curves and the loose fit allows for ease of movement.

The structured shorts can be proudly donned by those with very shapely, toned legs.

I also fell in love with this beautiful Ted Baker silk bead-embellished maxi dress that was showcased as one of the Eveningwear looks. I unfortunately was unable to get a shot of it being modelled but found an adequate one on the Ted Baker website:

Orange delight - Ted Baker - £249.00

I am contemplating purchasing this dress as I think it would be ideal for a friend's wedding I am attending over the summer in Italy. This would also work well for a summer ball or a gala evening.

Style Tips: As this dress is loose fitting and flowy, it works well for those who either do not have a defined waist but are, rather, straight / angular-figured or those who have unwanted weight surrounding the waist area as it will obviously conceal this.
If you have very broad angular shoulders, a strapless dress will only serve to emphasise them. Therefore a dress with thick straps will work best for very broad angular shoulders as it will give the illusion of the opposite, i.e. narrower shoulders. 

To my dismay, it was not possible to get any images of the outfits on the catwalk on this occasion. But here's a snippet from backstage:

Myself with the fashion show organiser, Vicki (leopard print dress, blonde hair) and the lovely models

The show ran relatively smoothly with good feedback from the organisers and audience.

[Images courtesy of and]

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Style File: Kate Moss

It is well established that Kate Moss is a much celebrated style icon and uber-cool fashionista of our day.
After noticing her rather fetching "get-up" that she put together on a visit to Croydon yesterday, her position was once again reinforced.

This outfit just absolutely screams cool! Her lauded signature style, which I love, is always so effortless and the infamous cliche "This old thing? Oh I just threw it on.." is befitting of her.

The leather jacket and leopard print clutch has the most appeal for me as I happen to have quite an obsession with leather jackets and leopard print... well.... everything! It therefore bodes well for me that this fabric and print are very much "in" again this season!

Want to follow in Kate's stylish footsteps? Well here are some leopard print handbags that I found worthy:


Leather Leopard Print Across Body Bag - £35.00

Rachel Ruddick Govett leopard print calf hair tote - £440.00 (available at Selfridges)

Style Tips: Slim ladies - ensure that you grab a clutch bag similar to the size of the one that our dear Kate has here. A huge tote bag is not for you, I'm afraid, as they will overpower your small frame and look unbalanced, plus you don't want the bag to be carrying you!

Curvacious ladies -  You can afford to opt for a slightly larger clutch or other type of handbag. Avoid ones that are very small as they will simply become "lost" on your frame.

Leopard print handbags are the perfect way to add that extra dash of intensity and pizzazz to almost any outfit.

I do hope that this trend will be with us for many seasons to come!

[Images courtesy of, and]

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Style File: Chanel Iman

Not only is she stunningly beautiful, but I find that there is something somewhat intriguing and certainly endearing about Chanel Iman's effervescent but equally demure demeanor.
In a video interview with her that I recently viewed on Vogue Italia this is truly evident.

She seems to possess a natural ability to allure her audience through the rapport that she effortlessly builds with the camera - something that has undoubtedly been well-crafted since the beginning of her career at 12 years old. 

Her billowing success is evident for all to see; one of the most recent examples of this being that she is currently the face of the Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign Advert for the DKNY "Be Delicious" fragrance.

She has graced countless catwalks across the world for several mainstream and major Fashion Houses, namely Marc Jacobs, Ana Sui, Phillp Lim, Valentino, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, John Galliano, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Micheal Kors, Oscar De La Renta, and Givenchy.

Gucci succumbed to her beauty in 2009 and thus she became the first black model in 8 eight years to strut their catwalk.

Her poise and embodiment of glamour and not to mention fabulous style places her firmly  in the category of an emerging supermodel and she certainly has the makings of a style icon.

I have personally taken a liking to Chanel Iman's style because her choices of outfits are almost always typically chic, feminine, glamorous and haute couture and, importantly, suit her body shape well which allows her to carry them off with confidence. 
She displays that she is not afraid to explore various looks and maximise her attributes.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Red Carpet Fashion - The "Fashion Oscars" - Met Ball 2011

Everbody who's anybody made an appearance at the only place to be seen on Monday evening - The Costume Institute Gala!  
This star studded affair took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in celebration of the Museum's new Alexander McQueen's exhibition - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
Dubbed as the "Fashion Oscars", the decadent glamour swept across the red carpet in full effect.
Here are some of the best ensembles of the evening:

Eva Mendes sashays in cobalt blue silk pleated Stella McCartney
Zoe Saldana in a bright lemon Calvin Klein number

Gisele completely stole the show with this red fishtail gown from Alexander McQueen. Very few can carry off this type of ensemble with success and maximum impact. Gisele's flat abs and slim waist allows her to do just that with ease

Racy: Kerry Washington stuns in this mint green gown. Although more revealing than I would care to wear, Kerry's perfectly balanced and petite proportions and bodyline allows her to pull this off with coveted class and elegance
Vera Wang and Jennifer Hudson.Vera's dress is a tad too bright for her pale skin tone, but the ruffles compliment her lower body line well and balance out her angular upper-body and shoulders. Jennifer looks positively doll-like

All that glitters: SJP hardly ever disappoints. She sparkles in this floor-length sequinned number by Alexander McQueen
Chanel Iman in lace Dolce and Gabbana. This is not the most flattering length hemline, but as she has very slim shapely legs, what could've been a faux pas, isn't!

 Oh, to have been able to "basque in the glory" of this Glamouratti Squad!

[Images courtesy of and]

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Dress Fit For A Princess

On Friday, almost the entire world witnessed the most anticipated marriage ceremony of the decade: that of Kate Middleton and her charming Prince William.

On this auspicious occasion, after much speculation, what we had all long awaited was revealed: THE wedding dress.

Kate looked a vision in this elegant creation by Sarah Burton, designer for prestigious UK brand Alexander McQueen.

The ensemble comprised of a silk bodice shaped in a deep V-neck with long sleeves made of lace. The full, high-waisted skirt flowed into a 2.7 metre train and the look was complete with an ivory tulle veil featuring hand-embroidered intricate flowers.

A beautiful Cartier diamond scroll tiara, lent to her by the Queen in keeping with tradition, crowned Kate's head.

There have been comparisons drawn between Kate  Middleton’s dress and that of Grace Kelly’s worn on her wedding day to Prince Rainier III in 1956. It has been said that Kate’s dress is a modern adaptation of Grace Kelly’s as there are similarities: the lacework, high neckline, the shape and structure of the bodice. 

Kate's dress is definitely reminiscent of 50's elegance and Sarah Burton has done well to give a nod to a woman such as Grace Kelly who was so classic and iconically stylish in her day.

Due to the furore and heightened anticipation leading up to the unveiling of the dress, I must admit though, I was expectant of a little more elaborate detailing, but it was quite simplistic and subtle.

However, the essence of Kate Middleton was most certainly captured with this compostion as it was very much in keeping with her signature style: classic, elegant and demure and therefore suited her perfectly. 
She certainly carried off the dress with the appropriate regality.