- Tall Skirts at Long Tall Sally
Long Tall Sally have all the skirt styles you need for the season ahead.
A great selection of maxis, midi and above the knee skirts perfectly fitted for tall women.
- CC Fashion – New Autumn Collection
Get a fresh feel this season with CC’s new styles.
The beautiful new collections are the perfect way to update your look with confidence. From a flattering printed dress, to colourful jersey tops and lightweight spring knits, CC’s pieces will put a stylish spring in your step.
- Everlane Teams Up With Langley Fox Hemingway to Create the Most Perfect Tank Top Ever
Celebrity collaborations are a dime a dozen. So for one to catch our attention, it has to be pretty spot on: The product has to be great, and the partnership really has to make sense.
And this one, sustainable fashion line Everlane’s first-ever collab with model and illustrator (and Hemingway spawn) Langley Fox, checks all the boxes.
Fox, one of Everlane’s first models, has created two simple tanks for the brand. That doesn’t sound like much of a feat, but each one is just about perfect.
The muscle tank is inspired by a top Fox stole from her big sis, model Dree Hemingway, and wore to death. The drape tank is a bit more feminine, and has a thoughtful backseam detail. Available starting today on Everlane.com, the drape tank is priced at £14, the muscle tank at £16. Both versions come in black, white, and navy. We may be scooping up all six…
- Austin Reed – Women’s Suits
Master the art of fine tailored dressing with Austin Reed’s expertly crafted range of women’s suits.
Opt for ultimate versatility with trousers or skirts that will form the foundation of your stylish working wardrobe, or make a statement with these effortlessly sophisticated dresses.
An elegantly tailored trouser suit will form the backbone of your sophisticated work-wear wardrobe.
Achieve a sharp, formal silhouette with Austin Reed’s tailored range of slim fitting styles and looser cuts, with varying leg lengths and a range of fabrics and colours to choose from.
A well tailored skirt suit is at the heart of any stylish woman’s working wardrobe, and with the range of styles and lengths to flatter every figure, you won’t fail to look sharp.
From classic black and navy, to shades of light and dark grey you will be sure to find a style that suits.
Check out our favourites!
- Atterley Road – Coats
Discover Atterley Road’s selection of your favourite brands and boutique labels from around the world.
Atterley Road’s discerning selection of hand-picked pieces pushes fashion’s boundaries and endures trends.
Autumn is here, so it’s time to look around and shop for the chilly days. Atterley Road has a lot to offer this autumn, check out some of our favourite coats from the new collection, just landed!
- Jigsaw Prints
“This is not throwaway fashion, these are investment pieces.”
Explore Jigsaw’s effortless dresses, easy separates and this season’s brand new prints.
Want to see more? Check out the full collection on the website and shop now!
- Farfetch – New AW14 Collection
The new AW14 Collection is here at Farfetch, inspired by sixties-flavoured, effortless sense of cool.
Check out some of our favourites below and shop the collection now to be prepared for this Autumn/Winter!
- Sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner choose matching outfits for day out in LA
Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner showed their sisterly bond through fashion yesterday.
The TV stars stepped out to film new Keeping Up With The Kardashians scenes in LA wearing matching outfits.
Khloe, 29, and Kylie both rocked red and black plaid shirts with a plain tee and distressed pale blue skinny jeans.
Chunky calf-length boots accessorised the girls’ almost identical ensembles.
The only difference between the stunning siblings came with contrasting hairstyles.
Khloe decided to leave her golden layers loose whereas Kylie, 16, wore her highlighted locks in a high ponytail.
- Oscars 2014 fashion: Best and worst dressed, from Jennifer Lawrence to Angelina Jolie
These days, the fashion on the Oscars red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre generates as many headlines as who wins those little gold guys inside.
But, put a foot wrong on this red carpet and the pictures will haunt an actor for the rest of their career.
Which explains why many are reluctant to take any risks with their look. Jennifer Lawrence opts out of the dress race completely by always wearing the same designer, while Tom Ford calls it ‘a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes’.
Hopes for some maverick style choices from the class of 2014 were therefore not overly high. However, some did try to burst Tom’s bubble – thank God for Lupita Nyong’o.
Here’s our top 3 best and worst dressed picks on a night when the dresses – and tuxedos – were pale and occasionally interesting.
1. Lupita Nyong’o
Newcomer Lupita has definitely won red carpet season and signed off with a beautiful plunging Nairobi inspired powder blue Prada gown, complete with a simple crystal hairband. Sounds twee on paper but stunning and fresh in the flesh.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
She kept us waiting but Jennifer provided the perfect scarlet sign-off to this year’s red carpet in a fitted strapless red Dior gown with peplum detail and another backwards necklace. And obviously not wanting to break with tradition, she also took an early tumble on her way up the carpet. Red hot from J. Law.
3. Naomi Watts
Naomi kept it simple in white Calvin Klein Collection ice beaded cap sleeve dress with a spider’s web Bulgari necklace. Her look was refreshing on a night when many went for the Disney princess look.
1. Kristin Bell
Kristen’s Roberto Cavalli dress summed up everything we find dull about Oscars fashion at the moment. In insipid lilac and looking like something you’d wear to your prom – or your wedding – it was too sickly sweet. And we’re not sure about the two lifeless strands of hair hanging down either to be honest.
2. Charlize Theron
Charlize definitely lost out to Jennifer in the Dior wars. The shape of this gown is gorgeous but those thick ‘invisible’ straps holding it up ruin the whole look. Perhaps we should just zoom out so we can’t see them.
3. Amy Adams
There may well be many who disagree but this tuxedo inspired navy Gucci gown just felt a little underwhelming. It’s sleek and a great colour but this is more dinner at the White House than Oscars red carpet.
- NYFW Fall 2014: Calvin Klein Collection
Cozy grunge blanketed the runway at the Calvin Klein Collection show.
Of course, it was done with the brand’s signature minimalist stamp. Layered casual knitwear is having a moment this season and Francisco Costa’s collection seemed to solidify the trend at the end of NYFW.
The Doc Martin-inspired utility boots worn with patchy knit sweater vest dresses layered over knit skirts evoked a sort early ’90s grunge meets a modern day Portland hippie vibe.
Nearly everything, including outerwear, looked like a sweater you’d want to curl up in while taking a nap next to a fireplace. It’s as if designers this season practically anticipated the polar vortex most of the U.S. has been suffering through this season.
Costa’s knits came almost entirely in mohair, sometimes mixed in with cashmere.
Outwerwear came sans buttons, pinned with oversize safety pins for closure. Colors were mostly earth toned in woodsy hues of brown, leafy greens, and burnt oranges mixed with blacks and greys.
Even what would be considered eveningwear at the end of the show could be worn casually from day to night, like a black embroidered gauze and nylon split-waist dress with a glass chain-link belt.
Normally words like “comfort”, “casual”, and “cozy” are the kiss of fashion death and best reserved for loungewear. But this season, they equate a chic simplicity that the busy modern woman has been longing for. Costa’s collection was a shining example.
- Quick tips for a glamorous New Year’s Eve
From a touch of faux fur to a splash of embellishment, welcome 2014 in style with these five easy steps.
New Year’s Eve is here and with it one of the biggest party nights of the year. Whether you are tripping the light fantastic or having a modest soirée with friends, the occasion demands a festive dose of razzle-dazzle. If you’ve neglected your party outfit in the Christmas rush or it requires some added oomph, just a few quick additions will have you glamorized with minimum time and hassle.
Go for faux
Faux fur has undoubtedly been the trim of the season and gives an outfit instant excitement. If you’re looking to make a statement then newly launched label Shrimps is sure to delight. Designer Hannah Weiland’s furry jackets and clutches in cartoon brights have been spotted on London’s most stylish including model Laura Bailey and street style favourite, Julia Sarr-Jamois.
Meanwhile, Helen Moore’s faux fur stoles, collars and capes are not only uber desirable, they are also all handmade in the UK. Our favourite is the luxe Vixen scarf, £68. Drape over the shoulder for Gatsby glamour.
The embellished clutch
If you’re looking to update a pre-existing outfit then an embellished clutch will do just that. The offerings are endless – be it sequin, crystal, beaded or glitter, and an easy way to indulge in some festive glitz.
Jimmy Choo never fails on the evening bag front and has the added allure of shoes to match. On the high street Coast have a suitably sparkly selection for under £100 and Boden’s velvet and sequin clutch has been reduced to the very merry price of £14.70 in sale.
If you only wear one piece of sparkle then make it a pair of lavish drop earrings. Nothing says evening glam better than a cluster of crystals at your lobes so go for something big and bold for maximum impact.
For costume bling Accessorize has the best on high street and Miu Miu’s brand of kitsch glam makes for wonderfully O.T.T gems. Pull hair back into a ponytail or sweep over to one side to best showcase your sparkle.
Astley Clarke is the ultimate virtual jewellery box, stocking covetable sparkles to suit all budgets including Miguel Ases beaded chandelier styles, which are now on sale.
If there is one thing that will capitulate an outfit to red carpet readiness in two minutes flat, it’s slipping on a decorative headpiece.
Jennifer Behr’s Swarovski headbands and Art Deco-inspired hair clips add Hollywood glamour to the plainest of outfits whilst Maison Michel’s lace kitty ears spell minxy fun.
Both Browns Fashion and net-a-porter.com stock a myriad of hair accessories adorned with crystals, pearls and gems but for a cheap trick try River Island’s twinkly headband for under £10.
Perhaps the speediest way to inject some fun into an outfit is with a pair of patterned tights. Saint Laurent’s crystal studded fishnets dazzled on the winter catwalk, demonstrating the worth of glamorous hosiery. Retailing at a cool £688 they are somewhat extravagant but thankfully, Topshop have an equally spangly pair for only £10.
Marks and Spencers, Falke and sockshop.co.uk have lace print, polka-dot and glitzy styles. Stick to black any stay clear of anything novelty.
If time is really against you then a quick slick of lipstick has transformative abilities. After dark hours call for red, be it hot coral or seductive berry. Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil has remarkable lasting power and Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy range has a shade of red to suit all complexions. Finish with a spritz of heady scent et voilà!
- Neelam Johal, Burberry’s First Indian Model
It Girl Alert: Neelam Johal has arrived.
The Coventry, England native walked in Burberry’s September catwalk show, and now the psychology student is their latest campaign face, posing alongside actor Jamie Campbell Bower and teen aristocrat Lady Jean Campbell.
Besides being a striking model and a not-so-secret bookworm (her favorite author is Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini), Johal is the first Indian model Burberry’s ever cast in a fashion campaign.
Shot by Mario Testino, the teen looks gorgeous in the label’s khaki jacket, and she’s giving us a serious case of tousled-hair-envy.
Plus, it seems Johal is a budding fashion blogger: Check out her backstage photos from Burberry Prorsum’s last fashion show, including a coveted picture with Harry Styles.
So as long as no rabid Directioners take fashion’s newest princess captive, we predict big things for her in 2014… starting with a new bespoke trench coat in her closet.
- Walk In My Closet Launches In Europe
According to Ambre Dahan, co-founder of Walk in My Closet, there is an estimated 148 billion euros, or $201 million, worth of unworn clothes languishing in closets around the world – and she wants to sell them.
Dahan says that of the 212 billion euros, or $288 billion, spent on luxury goods in 2012, just 30 percent of items will be worn one year after purchase.
Walkinmycloset.com, which has just launched in Europe, is packaged as a “luxury consignment destination and virtual fashion diary.” It features a luxury fashion resale service that employs a team of experts that verify each item’s authenticity and ensure that it matches the needs of a demanding customer.
Unlike competitors such as Vestiaire Collective or Covetique, Walk in My Closet offers a curated lineup. It states on the site that it accepts only the “best in luxury pre-owned designer fashions” and points out that “not all selling requests can be accepted.”
Items are photographed in-house and the site charges a 25 percent commission on items, which include pieces such as a pair of near-perfect Chloé Susanna studded boots for $672, which will retail at about $1,345 new. A pair of Alexander Wang sandals is available for $268. The section can be shopped according to designer, size, gender (men are occasionally invited to become “influencers”) or country.
Amandine Rohmer, co-founder of the Web site, said its average basket size was increasing and that there were few returns because of its high quality-control measures.
The site has other featuress. A frequent traveller – she is married to Joe’s Jeans founder Joe Dahan and is the denim brand’s design director – Dahan needed a way to catalogue her wardrobe in order to make packing and wardrobe planning easier.
In a way similar to Pinterest, users can upload pictures of the items in their wardrobe, or use a button on a browser to add online pictures. A “C” (for “Clique”) button can be added to bookmark bars to facilitate this and wardrobes can be private or shared with a “Clique”.
The “Clique” refers to the site’s social aspect, whereby users can choose to follow each other and “walk” in each other’s closets. A mobile app allows posting and browsing on the go. The camera function allows users to post pictures of fashion finds or outfits and other users can “like” them.
Rohmer, who has worked in luxury goods for more than 15 years, said that she receives more “likes” of the content she posts there than she does on Instagram. Based in L.A., Dahan produces the site’s editorial content, which focuses on the wardrobes of her stylish friends, including Lola Rykiel and Elettra Wiedemann, and interviews with them.
The site launched in the U.S. earlier this year and attracted between 60,000 and 70,000 unique visitors in November, while 30,000 people have downloaded the app. Dahan and Rohmer are seeking offers of interest for a first round of investment to help them develop more tools and features within the site.
- Duchess of Cambridge Attends SportsAid Dinner
The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a black Alice Temperley dress for the annual SportsAid Gala black-tie fundraising dinner in London on Thursday night.
Kate met with a roster of aspiring athletes and presented the One-to-Watch Award at the event held at Super Nova, a pop-up venue in the Victoria Embankment Gardens.
SportsAid is an institution that helps budding athletes. A patron of the charity, Kate took part in a SportsAid workshop in October where she played volleyball in her 5-inch Stuart Weitzman shoes.
During the seated dinner, guests viewed a SportsAid video and according to Press Association, a contributor to the video commented about her volleyball skills, noting that you have “got to give respect to anybody who can play volleyball in wedges.”
- The secret of Rei Kawakubo’s signature look
At the start of her career, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons loosened screws in the knitting machines making her sweaters, causing them to malfunction and leave random holes in the garments. The idea was to challenge uniform perfection and inject a feeling of the hand.
For her spring/summer 2014 collection in Paris, Kawakubo again looked to modes of distress and decay. Her men’s suits were, in theory, formal: pinstriped double-breasted styles and the grey morning coat complete with waist seam. However, the fabrics were creased and rumpled, felted, with seams exposed. Some had raw-edged panels peeling away, or sleeves sliding. Attached with buckles, they echoed punk styles, and Kawakubo has a genuine punk sensibility, here attacking the stifling formality of the buttoned-up suit.
Her models, plastered with grease and eyeliner, had a rebellious look of youth, shirt-tails trailing like naughty schoolboys. For the finale they marched out with bandannas wrapped gang-style around their foreheads, each wearing a reconfigured variation on the white shirt, collars pulled askance.
Rebellion is something Riccardo Tisci is desperate to evoke through his Givenchy collections, sometimes at the expense of innovation. The oversized shorts layered with leggings, a jacket wrapped at the waist like a skirt and muscular sweatshirting up top is a silhouette culled from the twin subcultures of skateboarders and hip-hop.
However, that’s sportswear, not fashion design. The standard shapes acted as simple foils, once again, for Tisci’s plays with graphic print. This season those were inspired by vintage computer-game imagery, juxtaposed with bold horizontal bands of colour slicing up the proportions. There was also a vague feel of Africa, evoked in a hard, even brash palette of black, white, blood-red and sky blue, models’ faces painted with warpaint and a tribal beat banging away on the soundtrack to hammer the point home.
There was a brutal, savage strength to this Givenchy show. When those jarring shades were combined in the eye-popping print and engulfed the silhouettes from head to toe, the effect was hallucinatory, a bit like a colour-saturated music video.
It will certainly pop in pictures, and on the sales racks – you could practically hear the tills ring as Tisci’s Transformer-print t-shirts made their first fashion show appearance. Next season they’ll be on the back of half the audience.
But for all its effort, Givenchy’s rebel stance rang hollow. Ultimately this was a hyper-commercial collection of cotton cash-cow casuals sheep-dipped in a slick coating of youthful disquiet. In contrast to Rei Kawakubo’s bravado reclaiming of her rebellious roots, this loud and rowdy Givenchy show just wasn’t challenging enough to feel real.
- Mario Testiono’s Peruvian-inspired collection for MATE
Net-a-Porter has finally unveiled its exclusive collection by Mario Testino for MATE.
For the first time, you can purchase the world-renowned photographer’s gorgeous range of clothes and accessories, inspired by his Alta Moda exhibition.
Alta Moda features a series of portraits showing Peruvians wearing traditional clothing and coincides with the new capsule collection, which includes t-shirts, kaftans, tote bags and scarves. The gorgeous abstract prints were all inspired by Mario’s home town of Lima, Peru.
We’re lusting after this statement necklace, designed by Vicki Beamon and inspired by Peruvian craft. We’ll be teaming it with a crisp white shirt and jeans for the ultimate summer wardrobe update.
Holli Rogers, Fashion Director at Net-a-Porter: “We are huge fans of Mario’s photography and are delighted to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to wear his works of art.
“The color and detail in the Peruvian costumes are unbelievable and this has paved the way for a fun range of clothing, bags and jewellery.”
We couldn’t agree more. Twenty per cent of the profits will be donated to MATE, Mario’s organisation which aims to promote and celebrate arts in his home country. Online shopping for a good cause? We can’t think of a better way to spend our evening on the sofa.
The collection goes on sale later this month. Prices start from £115.
- Brora – Autumn Collection
Brora is not about fast fashion. You can find beautifully made, often timeless pieces, from quality cloth and yarn that is made to last; they like the idea of buying less and making sure that what you do buy is very special.
Brora should be passed on and enjoyed by more than one generation and it is a luxury that Brora would like more people to be able to enjoy. Once converted to Brora, it is hard not to get addicted!
Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to something from Brora’s new luxurious cashmere collection. This season sees an array of cashmere jumpers and cashmere cardigans in autumnal shades of crabapple, tea rose, fresco and bracken, stunning new pieces in oxblood and steal stripe and much loved fair isle.
This season also brings chic new autumn clothing, jackets and waistcoats, as well as ladies blouses and elegant shirts in nostalgic prints such as Abstract, Paisley and Liberty Print. We see a fabulous assembly of ladies dresses in beautiful muted tones, or maybe you prefer one of the flattering skirts and a choice of ladies tops to help ease you through the transitional period.
- Thandie Newton Turns Party Host For Jimmy Choo’s Summer Soirée
Thandie Newton turned party host last night for Jimmy Choo’s summer dinner party in London.
Co-hosting alongside the luxury shoe label’s creative director, Sandra Choi, the actress was the star guest at the party held to celebrate the brand’s pre-fall 2013 collection, which is inspired by summer’s bumper calendar of social events.
Dressed in a shimmering sky blue dress with bell sleeves by Stella McCartney teamed with a metallic clutch and peep-toe heels by Jimmy Choo, Thandie led the style charge at the party at the Clifton Nurseries in the Little Venice district of the capital.
Other famous faces spotted at the bash included models Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevingne, Portia Freeman and Tallulah Harlech, as well as make-up artist Jemma Kidd, designer Jasmine Guinness and Prince Harry’s former flame Florence Brudenell-Bruce.
With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 taking place this week the event had a summer garden theme, where the guests were treated to a beautiful party setting courtesy of contemporary floral artist Rebecca Louise Law who created an installation complete with a canopy of pink flowers under which the guests dined.
The installation, which features a whopping 6,000 English country flowers, will reamin at the Clifton Nurseries in London as part of The Chelsea Fringe Festival.
- Jules B – New SS14 Collection
Jules B has been dressing the stylish men and women of the North for over 25 years. Husband and wife team Julian and Rhona Blades opened their first Jules B store in the leafy suburb of Jesmond just outside the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1984.
Since then more Jules B and Conservatory stores have opened in the North East as well as Yarm, an affluent market town in North Yorkshire, and Kendal in the stunning Lake District area of Cumbria – all of which have become prestigious shopping destinations catering for an elite clientele of fashion devotees.
Jules B Jesmond remains the flagship store and where Jules B online was established in 2007 and continues to operate from. So you can now find the complete range of designer clothing and accessories brands from all the stores under one virtual roof. They deliver to many places across the globe including the UK, Europe, North America and other selected international destinations.
So wherever you are in the world exclusive fashion from Jules B is just a click away. Jules B stock leading designer fashion labels such as Paul Smith, Armani and Mulberry, as well as exciting up-and-coming brands, like Halston and ToyWatch.
Discover the latest designer menswear & womenswear from the multi-award winning designer clothing store.
New SS14 Collection
Check out some of our favourites from the new collection!
- Mint Velvet – Luxury Women’s Fashion
Mint Velvet’s clothing collections are all under pinned with the relaxed glamour ethos, meaning each garment is beautifully designed to work effortlessly with the modern woman’s wardrobe.
Mint Velvet uses luxury fabrics and finishes giving each garment an extra special feel, offering a full range of dresses, trousers, jeans, shirts, tops, skirts, knitwear, shoes, handbags and accessories.
The end of season sale is now on at Mint Velvet, we cherry picked some of our favourites for you.
- Stefanel – Maxidress and Overall outfits
Light, essential, capable of brushing against the tips of yours toes with every step. Whether in a solid color or covered in geometric shapes, floral or with delicate lace inserts. Whether in cotton or satin chiffon. However it must be long.
The maxidress is capable of adding an extra femminine touch to the look. It gives us the ability to make us appear elegant even if wearing a pair of simple ballet flats and also lets us feel like real princesses.
It’s like one of those loves that steals our hearts. The maxidress and overalls are the items that will be accompanying us through the summer.
Maxidress and Overall outfits by Laura Comolli
One shoulder maxidress in soft flowing silk georgette. Just the right touch of eccentric. Perfect for whoever loves to attract attention at any moment. You will surely be noticed in this outfit. Pair it with a maxi bag and leather sandals with laces that tie around the ankle. Perfect Boho Chic style.
A maxidress in white linen. This fabric is both impalpable and sensually transparent making it very femminine and delicate, for those who love being elegant while aiming for simplicity. This look is for anyone who firmly believes in the “Less is More” motto. With an eccentric accessory it be become a sought after, personalized look. Perfect for a coffee with the best friend or for a poolside cocktail at sunset. Match with a jewelled sandal and a mini clutch bag.
Rock the Night
If you want to amaze and be amazed, go for black and a jumpsuit which highlights your shape and figure. A deep neckline gives it a femminine and sensual touch. Perfect for anyone who is isn’t large-breasted. Wear it for an unforgettable evening with your man or at the discotheque with your friends. 12 cm heels and long hanging earrings polish the look. You will be fabulous!
Maxidress and Overall outfits by Stefanel
- Madeleine’s new summer collection is here
The Madeleine summer collection places the focus on sheer femininity.
This new collection is filled with flowing skirts to flatter your figure, stylish blazers to create an eye-catching silhouette and a range of fabulously colourful tops to exude the warmth and fun of the summertime.
The summer collection is marked by its extraordinary array of colours, cuts and fabrics. Two-dimensional patterns, leather looks and light fabrics are all in vogue this summer. The perfect summer look will highlight your femininity by combining bold colours, exquisite materials and unique designs.
This summer is awash with bright and cheerful colours. New and unique colours such as tomato, vanilla, mint, azure blue, coral, fuchsia and grass-green are finding their way into our wardrobes.
All of the colourful splendour of the spectrum is combined with extensive and varied floral patterns. Lightweight clothing, figure-flattering trouser suits and boldly-styled leather jackets can all be found in the colours of summer.
For the full collection and special offers check the website and shop now here.
- Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney autumn/winter 2013
Stella McCartney paid homage to British tradition with men’s-inspired tailoring before moving onto a softer section of silk dresses.
“The only thing I hate about Stella’s show,” groaned Twiggy from within the scrum of celebrity photographers, “is why don’t they have it at 3pm instead of 10am?”
That call-time chez McCartney may be early, but this collection draws stars like lint to wool: the headline acts today were Sir Paul (as ever) and Bono, a duo that lent a Live Aid frisson to the gold-leafed extravagance of Garnier’s Opera House. The sight of Jessica Alba, Natalia Vodianova and Nicole Richie (who talked through the show) made those photographers jostle and squirm like a frenzied ball of sardines.
Finally, the clothes. And had we not only just seen Stella’s husband – resplendently straight-backed in Prince of Wales check Savile Row and G.K. Chesterton’s beard – they could have suggested trouble at the McCartney marital mill. It was if Stella had emptied his wardrobe, slashed it to pieces, and then put it together again – the way she wanted to wear it.
Heavy chalkstripe and pinstripe wools were fashioned into double breasted dresses, nehru collar tops, peplummed blouses worn with baggy trousers and strapless calf-lengthers, often teamed with black baseball caps.
Of these sober materials playfully used, McCartney said afterwards “it’s really playing homage to British tradition but inserting movement – flicks and kicks – and bringing a sensual woman into the pieces.”
This Charlie Chaplin opening movement segued to a softer section of cream silk dresses with irregular panels of print inspired by ripped wallpaper. Soft tartan bomber jackets and a grey John Smedley-ish knit dress that bottomed with a wonky window of black lace re-established McCartney’s masculine versus feminine back-and-forthing. Supersized mannish coats – some with only one ornamental lapel – in that needle punch tartan, imperial purple and McCartney’s favourite blue followed.
The purple, and black too, was deployed beautifully in some silk dresses with delicately placed sheer windows and wide, elastication-puckered strips that circumvented their wearers at the knee or below the shoulders.
For her last look McCartney returned to her other half’s wardrobe and played merry havoc with a Kanye West-style summer suit: the white top half of this two piece outfit looked like a man’s jacket turned inside-out and then cut into a backless blouse. Afterwards, McCartney said: “I think that women want to be feminine and have all the things they traditionally have had. But we are allowed to have a strength too – and that doesn’t mean you have to be feisty, but it does take a confidence.”
- Kate Middleton Wore A MaxMara Studio Leopard Print Dress, Pink Coat And Lock & Co’s Hat To Attend A Wedding In Switzerland
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the weekend soaking up the snow and the sunshine of the Swiss Alps where they attended the wedding of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson.
The groom is a long-term friend of Prince William and Prince Harry, who was also among the guests. The trio plays polo together and Tomlinson’s parents are acquaintances of Prince Charles while Laura is a British dressage rider who competed in the Olympics.
Following the church service wedding guests gathered for the reception hosted at a hotel owned by the bride’s grandfather, the billionaire Karl-Heinz Kipp, 88, who also owns a chain of German department stores.
Kate wore a mix of pieces that she’s been spotted in before, aside from the wool mix coat, which is currently unidentified. The leopard print dress is by Max Mara Studio and the Duchess first wore it for an official visit to Cambridge in November last year with a similar pink coat over the top.
Kate’s brown hat is by Lock & Co’s and she previously stepped out in it when she attended the Shamrock Ceremony with the Irish Guard in March 2012. Finally she wore two accessories from Emmy Shoes including a pair of chocolate Valerie pumps and a matching Natasha bag.
- Iconic Diana Princess Of Wales Dresses For Sale
Ten of Diana, Princess of Wales’ most iconic dresses will go up for auction on March 19. The collection was originally bought at a charity sale held in New York in June 1997, arranged by the Princess a few months before her death in August that year.
The upcoming Kerry Taylor Auction will feature gowns by designers including Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker and Bruce Oldfield. Highlights include the midnight blue velvet Victor Edelstein gown that Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta at a State dinner given by the White House in November, 1985, an experience Travolta later described as being “like a fairytale”.
A dark green velvet dress features a small hand print that could have been the mark of one of the late Princess’ then-young sons. Many of the creations appeared in portraits taken by legendary photographers such as Lord Snowdon and Mario Testino. Estimates range from £20,000 to £200,000.
- Anne Hathaway’s Mea Culpa at Oscars
Hathaway’s mea culpa: Anne Hathaway looked lovely in a pale pink Prada column for her best supporting actress win at Sunday’s Oscars, but her gown choice apparently ruffled some feathers at the house of Valentino.
The actress told reporters on the red carpet of her Prada dress, “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago. I tried on a lot of dresses, but at the end of the day, I loved the simplicity of it.”
Apparently Valentino thought it had a lock on her Oscar look and sent out a press release prior to seeing Hathaway on television. The misinformation was picked up by the blogosphere, causing momentary confusion about what she was wearing.
On Tuesday, Hathaway released a statement through her publicist Stephen Huvane: “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans. Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
It wasn’t clear how news of the other gown came to Hathaway’s attention, but the only other Valentino worn by a major star on Sunday was the red ballgown on Jennifer Aniston, also a Huvane client. Huvane, who sent the statement to WWD and people.com, declined to elaborate, as did Prada and Rachel Zoe, Hathaway’s stylist. Zoe, Hathaway and Aniston are all longtime Valentino supporters — which is why the snafu, and the subsequent apology, carries more weight than is usually placed on such matters.
Hathaway wore a vintage red strapless Valentino gown to the 2011 Oscars, and a custom creation to her 2012 wedding. Aniston has famously worn several body-conscious Valentino gowns, far more her signature silhouette than a ballgown. As for Prada, Hathaway last wore it at the Paris premiere of “Les Misérables” earlier this month. Ironically, one of Aniston’s most famous looks was the red strapless Prada column she wore to the 2000 Emmy Awards on her first red-carpet appearance with then-husband Brad Pitt.
- Paris Fashion Week Front Row: Olivia Palermo goes super stylish at Dior
The refined, effortlessly chic-looking fashion favourite looked show-stoppingly gorgeous arriving at Christian Dior’s Autumn / Winter 2013 show this weekend at Paris Fashion Week.
Not that Olivia looking gorge is out of the ordinary, far from it, but normally she opts for natural make up, loose bohemian curls in her mid length locks and either midi length skirt or skinny trousers teamed with super-chic layered up separates. Not this weekend. It looks like Olivia pulled out all the stops for the high profile fashion event at Paris Fashion Week.
So, what to wear to sit on the front row at a Christian Dior show? Dior of course – what else? Olivia did just that opting for a dress from the label’s Spring / Summer 2013 ready to wear collection.
Olivia styled the striped tulle dress with a fur trim jacket (who can blame her, it’s freezing in Paris), red clutch and sleek modern detail heels. Olivia picked out the red stripe on the hem on the dress with a pop of colour on the lipa and coordinated the look with slicked back, centre parted hair.
- Anne Hathaway In Gucci – 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards
Anne Hathaway hit the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in California yesterday evening.
Wearing a one-of-a-kind Gucci dress, she sparkled from head-to-toe in the silver paillette cocktail dress with crystal cut-out detail along the neckline and an open back, accessorizing with vegan-friendly sandals which also featured some bedazzlement.
Sporting a Bieber swoop, the actress’ bambi-brown eyes were enhanced with wing-tips, with subtle matte nude lips warming her porcelain skin.
Julieri studded earrings and Kwiat bangles completed her swing-60s-style look.
- Pregnant? Love Kate Middleton? Then this maternity dress is for you!
If you follow the fashion adventures of Kate Middleton, and we know that you do (oh yes, we do!) then you’ll want to tune in to this blog post. Especially if you’re pregnant. Well, actually only if you’re pregnant. Apologies to everyone else!
The blue Issa dress which was made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge at the announcement of her engagement to Prince William has been reinterpreted for the mothers-to-be out there. Issa has figured out another way to capitalise on its best-selling wrap around dress by re-releasing the dress in maternity sizes. Now that’s what you call some very clever marketing.
Sold via Blossom Mother and Child, the Issa classic silk wrap dress in indigo blue is available for £522 online. Of course we all know how much the original version of this dress flew off the racks following Kate and Wills’ engagement announcement. Then there were the copycat versions. But we promise this is the real deal, so much so that it might just be worth getting pregnant over. Just kidding!
If you’re on the hunt for some Kate-inspired maternity wear that is a little more budget-friendly then perhaps some Gap jeggings might interest you? The Duchess was spotted just last weekend eyeing up a pair as she shopped along the Kings Road in Chelsea. Sources claim she took a keen interest in the jeggings because she likes “very skinny jeans,” but in the end decided not to purchase a pair.
- Isabella Oliver – For the pregnant fashionista
When you are pregnant, just getting dressed every day can be a struggle. Add to that getting dressed for work every day, or any kind of special event and you can feel totally and completely overwhelmed with the lack of fashionable options out there.
Being a mother-to-be in London needn’t be an uncomfortable frump fest. With some shopping around, it can be a chic and enjoyable experience.
As chic and stylish as maternity wear can get, Isabella Oliver provides a range of elegant dresses – including its dreamy belle époque wedding frock – as well as a range of wrap tops, designer maternity jeans and gorgeous funnel neck jackets.
Isabella Oliver is for the pregnant fashionista, you can find high style maternity clothes which are often seen being worn by expectant starlets and celebrities!
We hand-picked some of our absolute favourites for you.