Thursday, 25 March 2010

Model Behaviour - Abbey Lee Kershaw

It's official - the Queen-Bee Model of the AW 2010 catwalks was... Abbey Lee Kershaw! The Australian beauty is signed to Next and walked for more than 70 designers over all 4 major fashion weeks and has had numerous contracts and magazine covers (even though she's younger than me - depressing much?!) Here's a little somethin somethin about Miss Abbey Lee from

Birth Date: June 12, 1987
Country of origin: Australia
Hailing from down under, Abbey Lee Kershaw, got her big break after winning the 2004 Girlfriend Model Search. Since the fateful contest the Aussie beauty has risen through the ranks to become one of the most coveted faces in fashion. As of 2009, has 8 tattoos. She is friends with models, Daisy Lowe, Karlie Kloss, Cat McNeil, Freja Beha Erichsen, Karmen Pedaru and Jonatan Frenk. Abbey loves movies.
Past campaigns include:S/S08: D&G with Mario Testino; F/W08: CK Jeans with Steven Meisel, Express with Peter Lindbergh, Gucci with Inez and Vinoodh, D&G with Mario Testino, D&G Pre Fall with Mario Testino
And here's a few snaps of the girl in action! Loves it! If the name doesn't ring a bell, the face sure will!


Saturday, 20 March 2010

ASOS Access All Areas Bloggers Event – SS10

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to go to the ASOS bloggers event Access All Areas, in their headquarters in Caaaamden Town! We got a sneak peak at a creme de la creme selection from their Spring Summer Twenty Ten collection, including the revolutionary new section, The Green Room which includes ASOS Africa and own brands which are based on fashion pieces that have been created and sourced from a social and ethical ethos.

 The collection was very on-trend, with nods to all the huge catwalk trends; clashing tribal prints, colourful graphic prints, florals, embellishment, oversized shapes, sports luxe, nudes and nautical. I was personally most bedazzled by the sequin pieces, that were extremely high quality, well done and you'd expect it to be priced a lot higher than £60!

The accessories, shoes and bags were also especially strong, and included lots of statement necklaces and bags in bold colours that would update most outfits! The shoes were v. high and laced or buckled giving a fashion/utility feel.

 The fun really began after we'd had a look around and drooled over all the yummy clothes! We were all given the chance to have a make-over from the hair and make-up teams; on the make-up team - Illamasqua and on the hair team - Cobella (both super-duper teams were from Selfridges). Then the best bit - we were allowed to select our fave pieces from the rails to try on and strike a pose or strut our stuff in!

I met some lovely bloggers, saw some gorgeous clothes, and got spoiled rotten by ASOS! All in all, a fab night! Thanks ASOS!

Read the full story here, on the Self Service blog


Thursday, 11 March 2010

Paris Fashion Week - Louis Vuitton - And Marc Created Woman

Not much needs to be said after seeing the Louis Vuitton catwalk, I would wear every single piece - simple old school glamour, cut to celebrate and show off curves! And not a single pair of trousers! And what a stunning setting for a catwalk, (it was the courtyard of The Louvre fyi), it felt like a scene from a Hepburn film! I heart Marc Jacobs!

Video and Images: Telegraph and

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

She & Him & Me

So it's a long way off, but I feel my outfit planning for the She & Him gig at Koko should begin now. Sure it's not until the 7th May, but when you're up against the gorgeous lead singer Zooey Deschanel, it's going to take about 2 weeks just to pick out the right bow for my hair!
For those of you that aren't familiar with the dreamy, gorgeous-ness that is She & Him, they're a folksie, indie Americana band made up of She (Indie romcom, 500 days of Summer etc..., actress and new face of Rimmel Cosmetics, Zooey Deschanel) and Him (hip musician/guitarist Matt Ward). They make the kind of music that makes it feel like summer and that you should be skipping down a country lane with a picnic basket wearing a bow in your hair and a petticoat (just me?), Zooey has a dreamy 50s musical/60s doo wop kind of sound and makes the saddest song sound warm and fuzzy. But why read about me explaining it - go have a listen and make your own mind up!
Now, back to the serious business of what to wear! Not only is Zooey an actress, singer/songwriter, but she's also a style icon with her laid back nod-to-retro wardrobe and style. From the thick blunt fringe, to the bows in her hair, to her to die for collection of 50s and 60s style dresses, she manages girlie without looking like a extra from Grease. Here are my outfit ideas so far, Volume One, other suggestions are very welcome!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

And the Oscar nominees for best dress are...

Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab
 Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
 Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries van Noten
 Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta
 Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

And the winner is...Rachel McAdams - simply stunning - chic, elegant, feminine and dreamy!

Who won it for you?


Saturday, 6 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is in our cinemas! After what seems like an eternity, the 'one to watch' film of the year (The Guardian), Tim Burton's highly anticipated adaptation of the Lewis Carroll and Disney's classic children's story, Alice in Wonderland, has finally be released!
Pre-order ticket sales have already been staggering, with IMAX cinemas selling out fast for the opening weekend! Predictions are that this 3D Wonderland will be top of the box office charts for weeks! And if you're thinking about going, book up early! I was lucky enough to have a sneak peak of the film at Self Service's Tom Binns for Disney Jewellery event last Friday at the gorgeous private screening room of The Soho Hotel. Individual old school popcorn boxes, state-of-the-art 3D glasses and very comfy red leather bucket seats were good, but the film was better!

The film sees Alice return to Wonderland after 10 years; the characters are the same but there's a very different story! Alice is all grown up, and is expected to fulfil her Victorian duties; become a wife and stop living in her fantasy world. Yet Alice being Alice prefers to run wild in her imagination, with fantastical creatures and scenarios, than live in a dictated reality. In Burton's iconic style, the movie moves on from Disney's last psychedelic offering, creating almost a squeal, which conjures up a darker, Gothic inspired Wonderland.

Alice is as loveable as ever as she gets reacquainted with her old friends, even though many doubt if she's 'absolutely Alice'; the Alice who's return they've been waiting for, to save the kingdom from the titanic rule of The Red Queen. It's a feast for the senses as Alice and co. journey through this beautiful, wondrous place. The scenery and costumes steal the show, and there's so much to see and take in, you'll be itching to watch it again as soon as the credits start rolling!

Alice's wardrobe changes nearly as much as her size, and if all I had to do get my hands on some of those scrumptious dresses was eat some 'Eat Me' cake, or drink some 'Drink Me' potion, I'd be asking for seconds! The story is often predictable and is pretty straight forward, but that doesn't really matter when the effects and majesty of what you're watching is to this incredibly high standard. There have been rumors that Costume designer Colleen Atwood will clean up this awards season, and rightly so! Taking inspiration from the original Lewis Carroll book, Atwood creates couture worthy pieces that have a McQueen-esque feel.

There are amazing performances from the gorgeous elfin new-comer Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the charismatic Mad Hatter, Stephen Fry as the mysterious, magical Cheshire Cat and Helena Bonham Carter as the bullying dictator, The Red Queen. What the film lacks in depth of story and character/relationship building, it more than makes up for in cinematic splendour and eye catching effects. After watching this movie, you will leave the cinema, but you will not leave Wonderland!

Sorry it's been a while...

...LFW, Alice in Wonderland Disney Couture events and changes at work have left me working 16 hour days and most weekends for some weeks now! So a big apology for serious lack of new posts!
If you want to see what I've been doing, check out my work blog for LFW coverage and front row gossip or for all or Alice in Wonderland Tom Binns for Disney events and coverage.
And I promise to post more this week, starting with a review of the brand spanking new Alice in Wonderland film!