Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Red Carpet Fashion - The Oscars 2012

The Best Dressed

Some of my favourite ensembles from the "Glamouratti Squad" at this year's Academy Awards..

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoii with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

I love the fact that she is wearing a dress created of fabric 
which has fluidity to it as her voluptuous body shape 
requires this type of fabric as it is more flattering.

Cameron Diaz in Gucci Premiere

Cameron Diaz has light (blonde) hair and light (blue) eyes 
therefore she is able to carry off light, bright colours well.
Especially as her skin is also somewhat tanned.

Stacy Keibler looking positively stunning in Marchesa

Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier

Viola Davis looked fabulous in a custom-made Vera Wang gown.

How is it possible that someone can have so much cleavage on display
and still manage to look so classy? I  love this pea-green colour
on her - it suits her beautiful, glossy skin tone very well and her
 golden brown tresses are a great contrast.
Glenn Close in Zac Posen

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood with Chanel jewels
 and Jimmy Choo shoes. 

She embodied glamour in 
this gorgeous shimmering number.

Images courtesy of Style.com

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The show that everyone's talking about - London Fashion Week Highlights 2012

Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Burberry sets the standard and, according to Vogue "acted as the official announcement of  some of London's trends" for this coming  Autumn/Winter. 

In synopsis: prominent features were heavy texture - tweed, wool and corduroy, stripes, large pocket detailing, high-waisted elasticated belts with bow features, calf-length skirts, blazers and coats with double-breasted, ruffle and peplum detail.
Key colours are shades of mustard, burgundy, olive and brown.

The "big hitters" of the fashion world show us how to layer up for next season.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

London Fashion Week 2012 Highlights - Mary Katrantzou - A/W'12 Collection

Mary Katrantzou is one of the designers of the moment and the spotlight has been on her unusual and inventive collection at this year's LFW which took place at the Topshop Showspace.

Lampshade-sculpted dresses and Elizabethan corsetry, outfits were accented with spoons, phone dials, typewriter keys, luggage tassels and clothes hangers.
One dress was even cleverly created from yellow pencils - how droll!
Dramatic, stiff and structured silhouettes contrasted the softer and fluid creations.
These pieces would probably not be a choice for an everyday outfit and they would prove to be  daring for even the most outlandish among us. But I certainly do appreciated the uniqueness and creativity of this collection. It is no wonder that she was the winner of the Emerging Talent Awards at last year’s British Fashion Awards

Mary Katrantzou currently has a much coveted Spring/Summer '12 capsule collection in Topshop featuring the signature prints that she is famed for which has already "flown off the shelves"! A minimal amount of pieces are still available online.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Style File: Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles seems to be in a league of her own when it comes to her unique style. She just never appears to get it wrong.
Over the month of February she is the featured style icon on vogue.com for the "Today I'm wearing.." photo blog where she shares her chosen ensembles everyday.

When I realised that she is this month's "Today I'm wearing.." style-sharing star, I decided that I just simply had to blog about her!

I love her chameleonic and adventurous style and outfit choices and the fact that she is clearly not afraid to explore with a broad variation of colour, print/pattern, texture, style and design.
The words fabulous, elegant, original, ethereal, bold are just some words that come to mind when describing her style.

Here is her photo blog to date:

February 1st and 2nd
First outfit: T by Alexander Wang sweater, Guess by Marciano leather pants, BCBG shoes, Linda Farrow glasses and a CC Skye clutch . Second outfit: Tibi trousers, Alexander Wang shirt-dress, Dries Van Noten shoes,  Aldo rings, and Illesteva glasses 

February 3rd and 6th
Third outfit: H&M gloves, a Velvet sweater, Gucci leather leggings, Phosphorescence glasses, Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes. Fourth outfit: Torn by Ronny Kobo minidress and Alaia shoes

February 7th (Day and Eve)
Fifth Outfit: Proenza Schouler jacket with a DVF blouse, Armani trousers, a vintage YSL envelope clutch, Lorraine Schwartz turquoise earrings, an Urban Outfitters hat and Lia Spohia and Konstantino rings. Sixth Outfit: Vera Wang gown
February 8th and 9th
Seventh Outfit: Velvet sweater, Zara trousers, Mulberry Alexa and Linda Farrow sunglasses. Eighth Outfit: Vintage jumper, American Apparel pleated skirt, a Phillip Lim belt and Miu Miu dragonfly shoes

February 10th and 13th
Ninth Outfit: Opening Ceremony crop top, Cacharel leather skirt,  Zanotti gold wedges and a Cavalli clutch. Tenth Outfit: Alexander Wang romper and shoes by  Dries Van Noten.

Solo, I salute you! 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Zara are always on point when it comes to their footwear range -ever elegant, chic and cutting edge.

As soon as I clapped eyes on this foot-candy from Zara, it was love at first sight! Making at least one of these pairs, or maybe even both (!) the new additions to my ever-increasing shoe collection will definitely be a step in the right direction!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Paling Into Significance

The Pastel Colour Trend - Spring/Summer 2012

"Spring is drenched in the palest of shades.."
Louis Vuitton SS'12
Turn your attention to subtler shades for Spring/Summer 2012 which are set to massively take precedence in the season soon to be upon us.

I'm talking about  soft and muted tones: mint greens, rose pinks, lemon yellows, glacier blues and as always we observe the catwalks for inspiration:

Calvin Klein Collection, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana, Erdem
As above, wear your choice of pastel head to toe, if you're feeling daring enough.

Or as an interesting alternative, revive a trend of yesteryear by pitting or "blocking" together layers of diverse pastel hues in one outfit or combine varying shades within the same palette:

3.1 Phillip Lim, Just Cavalli, Fendi, Etro

A pop of bright colour, in the way of shoes to accent your candy hued oufit is guaranteed to add a dramatic effect, as seen on the Just Cavalli catwalk (above).
You can also rack things up a notch by opting for pastels featuring fusions of metallics, prints or even one pastel colour fading into another:

Giambattista Valli, Jonathan Saunders, Hervé Léger, Richard Nicoll

Style Tips: Choosing the correct pastel shade is important as you want to ensure that it compliments your skin tone .
Those with pale skin, light hair and light eyes should avoid certain muted colours, particularly dusty rose pinks and beiges as it will be sure to "wash you out" and create an insipid complexion. Instead opt for warmer tones such as lemons and greens.

So for this Spring/Summer 2012, be sure to walk into the light!