Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Best Dressed at the 2010 Emmy Awards

The 'Mad Men' beauties, January Jones (in Atelier Versace), Elisabeth Moss (in Donna Karen) and Christina Hendricks (in Zac Posen), all score full marks on the red carpet, as they all work their different body shapes, assets and personal style, with no one shrinking into the background as they all look so happy, confident and beautiful.

Claire Danes looked, literally, dazzling! From her glowing skin, to her perfectly highlight bouffant to her deliciously sparkly, yet simple and elegant, Armani Prive column dress. I L.O.V.E this look!

Everyone who's a regular reader will know I'm a bit in love with this pint-sized Glee lady, and that's she's my 'red carpet one to watch'. Lea Michele did not disappoint me at the Emmys with her beautifully dramatic Oscar de la Renta dress, which suits her petite frame and insures she stands out without looking desperate for attention *cough* Naya Rivera *cough*.

Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter kept things simple like Claire Danes and let her sparkle do the talking in this pewter one shouldered beauty. Jennifer's character in 'Dexter' is very manly and un-glam, so I'm so glad she upped the style stakes and went 'Old Hollywood' with her Emmy look. She has the figure and the height, so why the hell not cover yourself in sequins?!

Maria Menounos gave a lesson in 'How to Show Skin without looking Trampy or Under-dressed', and completely schooled Blake Livey. Apparently, fifteen thousand Swarovski crystals covered this Ralph & Russo couture dress. This drool-worthy cut-out and backless dress fits like a glove and Maria complimented the dress beautifully with very polished, classic hair, make-up and accessories.

Did I miss anyone who really should have made the list? (I loved Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera, but can't look at that picture any more - it's everywhere!)


Friday, 27 August 2010

Put Your Best Boot Forward - DUO Bloggers Event

We've all been there, found that *perfect* pair of boots in a shop, whether they were the 'pirate' boots circa 2007 or the 'riding' boot so popular in 2008, they're that seasons 'it' boot, just what you've been searching for. But instead of a Cinderella moment, we're either struggling to zip them up, gawping at the *huge* gap around calf, wincing in pain as they contort our feet, or just plain giving up when they're only half way on. Been there? Thought so, as have I (many, many times), but finally there's an answer - DUO Boots.

I was very kindly invited to the DUO bloggers event last night at their Savile Row fitting rooms, where we were given a private viewing of their AW 2010 collection, picked our favourites, were measured up for a pair of boots, and then the fun bit, got to try lots and lots of gorgeous boots on. With the weather being as crap as it has been, it was really lovely trying on things for AW, and as I was wearing boots already that day, managed to avoid that awkward 'crap, I'm not wearing socks' moment.

What makes DUO so great is the choice of not only style, colour and heel height, which you get in most high street shoe shops, but shoe sizes from 2-10, 3 choices of foot width, and 21 (yes, twenty-one) different calf widths. I have muscular calves (thanks, mum) so often struggle with boots that fit, and most of my friends struggle with this, or the opposite, that boots are to big on their skinny calves. The staff at DUO are clearly very well trained, they were friendly, gave advice and style ideas and were so helpful. With 4 shops in the UK, a very good e-commerce site (and I'm a fussy online shopper), and prices from £70-355, we can all have a Cinderella moment.

They've been getting fantastic press, and amazing recommendations from stylists and other bloggers, and were recently featured in Tatler and modelled by Mad Men's gorgeous January Jones, showing DUO have got plenty of style as well as substance.

Our clothes come in all different sizes, and can you imagine buying a 'size 10' bra, instead of a cup and back size? I'm most definitely a DUO convert and will be investing heavily in the AW range, my calves have never felt so loved.

Here's are my favourites from the AW 2010 collection:

From top to bottom: Cedar Black Mock Croc Leather £355, Elm Tan Leather £205, Tilia Black Leather £250, Morina Tan Leather £140 and Piccadilly Red Crinkle Patent Leather £90.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Lara Stone for Vogue US September Issue

I'm so in love with everything about these images. Mad Men eat your heart out, the Lara Stone shoot by Mert & Marcus for Vogue US shows how to seriously rock a twinset for the cocktail hour! The outfits, the perfectly set hair, the location, the furniture, all perfect. If I could live in a photo shoot, it would be this one.


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Might you join me for a Nightcap?

I'm more than a little obsessed with luxury loungewear at the moment, I also love the institution that is the 'nightcap', so imagine my delight when I came across this American label which mixes up boudoir, loungewear and sportswear to create this totally wearable and lust-worthy range. Ladies and gents, I give you Nightcap Clothing, my new addiction.

Dreamed up by designer Carisa Brambles, Nightcap Clothing brings the effortlessness of loungewear to contemporary culture, with each piece intended to be worn from the bedroom to the street. Carisa uses soft supima cotton laced in crochet to create '70s beach style that combines the lady of leisure with the lady of the city and gives its wearer an easy, free-loving presence. (Singer22)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

In The Trenches

If we can't beat the miserable UK weather, then lets stick two fingers up at it by looking pretty in our shiny new Trench Coats. My obsession du jour is most definitely to find a beautiful trench coat, after stupidly missing a gorgeous Burberry one on The Outnet for £250!!! Idiot! To make sure you and I stay dry and timelessly classic, lets do some trench shopping.

After all, we don't want to wear our Aviators at the same time, do we? Don't neglect the Mac or the Trench!


Monday, 16 August 2010

The Best of Copenhagen Fashion Week SS11

There were some amazing collections shown at Copenhagen Fashion Week this week, which was great considering how excited I was about it! The Spring Summer 2011 trends that came out of CFW are all about block colours, clever prints, draping and layering with nipped in, belted waists. Everything had a tongue in cheek, playful feel and the stand out collections for me were, Bruuns Bazaar, Peter Jensen and Ivana Helsinki's brilliantly titled show, 'Where the Fuck is My Sailor?'






Everything was finished off nicely on Saturday with 'The World's Greatest Catwalk', where 220 models walked 1 mile of catwalk in front of 100,000 people on the streets of Copenhagen.

If that's not enough CFW for you, this website is great and I've handily translated it for you already - Fashion Week Live.


Images: Copenhagen Fashion Week

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Copenhagen Fashion Week SS11

Today is the start of Copenhagen Fashion Week SS11 in Denmark, and as I'll be away on my travels for New York Fashion Week and (sob) London Fashion Week, it seems I'll have to get my Fashion Week fix from these very stylish Danes.

Having looked at the schedule, that doesn't seem like a bad thing at all, with amazing designers, such as, Peter Jensen (one of my favourite designers) and Henrik Vibskov, hitting the catwalk this week. Denmark's most famous fashion export, Helena Christensen, is hosting a catwalk show of her own, The Worlds Greatest Catwalk, where 220 models will walk 1 mile, and the entire show will take place on a street in Copenhagen in front of 100,000 people.

To get us in the mood for CFW, here's a look at some of the best looks, shows and styles from the last few seasons.

I'll bring you as much Copenhagen Fashion Week SS11 coverage as possible over the next few days, and hopefully stretch those fashion muscles for the long months of Fashion Weeks ahead - enjoy!