Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ryan Reynolds, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and David Gandy for M&S (seriously!)

Ryan Reynolds, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and David Gandy for Marks & Spencer Autograph M&S

Never one to grumble about seeing more of the delectable Ryan Reynolds (dream man, loved him since Two Guys and a Girl), I was a bit shocked to read that he (and the pouty Rosie Huntington-Whitely) are the new faces of Marks & Spencer Autograph AW collection.

Set to be unveiled officially on the 1st September, Ryan and Rosie will be the faces of Autograph, and as M&S executive Steve Sharp so aptly put it, "beautiful, exclusive and absolutely contemporary". Having an A list movie star and a Victoria Secret Angel and Burberry model is a great achievement for a brand like M&S, and shows how seriously they are trying to reposition themselves in the current clothing market. Joining the beautiful pair is top male model David Gandy for the Collezione M&S sub-brand.

I don't think they could send a clearer "we're more than just pants and good food" message if they tried. But will it make you shop there?


Friday, 26 August 2011

Getting preppy with it

After a fairly good (and very complimentary, *blushes*) response to my last (and first) proper outfit post, I decided to give it another go! Without the very helpful boyf photographer, I had only my camera's 10 second count down and my kitchen work top to work with.

One day this week I came over all preppy, and teamed my camel paper bag topped maxi skirt with a navy polo shirt and a grey jumper knotted 'jauntily' across my shoulders. To lift it up a bit, I added heavy gold jewellery, gold gladiator sandals and my favourite 17 power pink lipstick.

This maxi skirt is such a great piece, and I wear it with so many different style tops. It looks great with a long sleeved Breton tee, a mohair jumper or a really plain, bright tee (reverse Jil Sanders!).


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Zoe Saldana in Balmain at Colombiana Screening

I'm not the world biggest Balmain fan, and I've seen the trailer for Colombiana (not her finest, judging from the trailer), but I love this Balmain dress on Zoe Saldana.

Zoe often tops my own, humble 'Best Dressed' lists, I loved her at Cannes this year and at the 2010 Oscars, and I love how she always mixes up her style and isn't afraid of colour, print or daring cuts. This deep v, structured mini dress straight off the Balmain 2012 Resort catwalk clearly wasn't up to Miss Zoe's standards, and she added a delicate, yet dramatic white train. I actually thought for a second this dress may have been from the Givenchy Couture Fall 2011 collection (maybe that was the inspiration). I love all the embellishment on the dress, but wished she'd kept up the 'gilded' look with metalic shoes, not slightly dull, strappy, black sandals.


Images: Getty

Friday, 19 August 2011

Minnie Mouse Magic with Mawi and Disney Couture

I've spent an inordinate amount to time staring at this amazingly cute necklace from the new Mawi and Disney Couture Jewellery Collection based on everyone's favourite mouse, Minnie.

Each piece is complete with the trademark ears and in a very 'now' monochrome and gold style. I love loads of the pieces, but this necklace with a huge faux pearl, black enamel ears and box gold chain has me hooked.

Check out the rest of the collection on ASOS.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Kristen Stewart for W Magazine

Kristen Stewart for W Magazine

Holy cow, Batman! Have you EVER seen K-Stew look this good? Me either! Whoever the make-up/hair/stylist/photographers were, they deserve a big round of applause. Now, I'm not saying that I don't think she can look great, but, to me, she never looks sexy. This W Magazine shoot has made me do a 180.

After a lengthy twitter discussion with , we decided that we now actually fancy Kristen (quite a lot) and may have to be forcibly removed from this editorial. We also decided that she looks like a mix of Christy Turlington and Crystal Renn (agree?). Whoever you think she looks like, she looks GOOOOOD!


FYI, for all you Twi-hards, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is out in the UK on November 18th 2011.

Images: W Magazine

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

I wanna fall from the stars (and into a Dolce & Gabbana dress)

So yesterday I was harping on about the fact that snakeskin will be huge for AW 11, and it will be, but I would also like to let you in on another trend that will be a hot trend for AW 11 - stars!

Dolce & Gabbana rule this season with their celestial print, with it popping up all over their boy-meets-girl AW 11 collection. Whether it's punchy black and white, or bold yellow and black, draped sheer chiffon or structured cigarette pants, the Dolce & Gabbana star print is what everyone wants to be seen in. It's been a big hit already, with it featuring heavily in editorials and on the red carpet in the past few months.

Jessie J and Anne Hathaway wore the same dress for their, respective, Glamour and Marie Claire Covers, and Beyonce is on the cover of this month's InStyle in shimmering sequin stars. Three covers in two months isn't bad going for one collection and, best of all, they all look fantastic.

But I knew I had to write this post after seeing how good Rose McGowan looked at the VH1 Do Something Awards in a strapless Dolce & Gabbana star dress, which made her look like a real life Betty Boop! The Harper's Bazaar editorial image with Britney is also so gorgeous (I do love a good bit of graffiti *looks up at blog header*).


Ps. Top marks if you got the Simply Red reference in the title!

Images: Style.com, InStyle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Getty

Monday, 15 August 2011

Traffic People - Snake Eyes

 Snake Eyes- Blues Dress- Yellow Mix £59

Want to make sure you're wearing the coolest prints for AW 11? Then I recommend a healthy dose of snakeskin. Snakeskin, or the luxe python skin, prints were all over the catwalks for AW 11, including head-to-toe looks at Chloe and Prada, and have been making their way onto the highstreet. When the press release for the new Traffic People snakeskin range landed in my inbox, I was immediately smitten. The multicoloured snakeskin print is beautiful (and ticks the rich, luxe, jewel tone AW 11 trend box, too!) and the dresses look really wearable and luxe.

I'm in L-O-V-E with the Snake Eyes Diversity dress (below image, £72), with that gorgeous print, a belted waist AND a cape back (perfect dress, or what?!)

Snake Eyes- Diversity Dress- Yellow Mix £72
Snake Eyes- Confused Dress- Green Mix £49

Will you be adding some snakeskin to your AW wardrobe?


Friday, 12 August 2011

It's knot the 90s!

I'm not usually one for doing outfit posts, but I quite liked what I was wearing yesterday and thought 'why the hell not!'. I clearly need to work on my poses (please be kind!), but hope you like the outfit. I was feeling 90s-tastic with my knotted tee, and I'm really into that look at the moment (especially knotted hems on maxi dresses). The dress is really see-through on the bust, so the addition of a tee is a handy fix.

Would you like to see a few more outfit posts? Let me know! 


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Shop Spotlight: Miss Selfridge

First Warehouse, then Topshop, now Miss Selfridge - all shops which have fallen off my radar in recent years currently have clothing that has gone right to the top of my wish list! What's going on?! Maybe it's due to the lady-likeness of the AW 2011 catwalks and the highstreet is mirroring this, or that the 30s, 40s and 70s have remained big influencers in fashion this season, but the high street is starting to look a little more grown up and luxe.

One look at the Miss Selfridge AW 11 lookbook and you can see the difference in styling, silhouette and fabrics, which is a long way from their typical teenage customer's typical look. I'm really loving lots of their clothing (and shoes) at the moment, especially the pussy bow shirt dresses, skater dresses, midi skirts, chiffon shirts and 40s style tea dress. There's still lots of black lace, body-con and jersey mix-and-match items, but Miss Selfridge seems to have grown up.

Here are my top picks from the Miss Selfridge AW 11 drop that's in stores now (I've tried to include other items besides dresses. This was tough).

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

I Love London

I was born in London. I live in London. I love London. Let's hope the atrocious acts of the few are healed by the love of the majority. We will mend our great city.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

5 Colours in Her Hair

Yep, totally just used a McFly song as the title for this post (but you already knew that, didn't you??). In case you missed the memo, coloured hair is having a moment. Everyone's at it. Katy Perry has gone pink, Jessie J has gone purple, Kate Bosworth has gone green, and Rihanna's is still bright red.

It seems bright hair colour is moving from 'alternative' to mainstream, due to all the celebs, including Jaime Winstone and Pixie Geldof, who have now embraced the trend and are set to spark 100s of imitations. I actually really love playing around with my hair, and have been every colour from peroxide blonde through to jet black, but have never really dabbled with 'colour'. While I don't think this trend is for everyone, on the right person it can look very cool (and flattering). Jessie J looks great with her purple bob, with a definite Republica vibe going on!

With salons opening all over the place that specialise in bold colours and dip-dying, like Bleach in Dalston/Topshop Oxford Street (the sister salon to the WAH nail), this craze won't just be for celebs and the East London crew (which I'm now in after my recent move to the E17 postcode!). From dip-dying to all over colour, and candy tones to bold primary shades, I think this rainbow-inspired hair trend will be around for a while yet.


Dolce & Gabbana: Rules for the Modern Gentleman

Just when you think chilvary is dead, Dolce & Gabbana gallantly come to the aid of women (and the men in their lives) with an iPhone app designed to turn your boy into a sophisticated, dashing and gentlemanly fellow. Dolce & Gabbana, alongside current GQ Editor Dylan Jones, have compiled the 'Dolce & Gabbana Rules for the Modern Gentleman' app with tips on how to be the perfect Modern Gentleman.

Split into three sections, the app covers Etiquette, Style and Grooming, elegantly and intelligently conveying witty tips for a variety of modern scenarios (I love the 'Small Talk' guides in the Etiquette section.). But best of all, the app is completely free to download (how very gentlemanly of Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana!).

The app was inspired by the new ‘Dolce & Gabbana - The One Fragrance’; a new fragrance for the modern gentleman that embraces all things gallant and elegant. It's available in the UK at Boots, and at Bloomingdales in the US.

Have you tried the app yourself (or secretly downloaded it to your boyfriend's iPhone)? I'm a sucker for chivalrous acts and etiquette, and would like to thank Dolce & Gabbana for trying to make the men of the world more gentlemanly!


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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A Fairytale Takeover

I don't think you can get more 'Zeitgeisty' (yep, just made that a word) than Fairytales at the moment. With no less than 7 fairytale fable movies released this year/in production, including two Snow White movies, one with Kristen Stewert and one with Lily Collins, Jack and the Beanstalk, a 3D version of Pinocchio, Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Beastly, a Beauty and the Beast adaptation with Vanessa Hudgens, the fairytale is firmly back in vogue.

With fairytales, fables and fantasy movies creating very lucrative franchises, such as Twilight and Harry Potter, the industry is looking to this genre for 'fresh' ideas. And where movies and Hollywood lead, other industries follow. Fashion is always so closely linked to the movies of the the time, and movies play a part in fashion forecasting, creating trends, colours and silhouettes (remember the hugely popular Vivienne Westwood pirate boot resurgence around the time of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies?).

We saw a leap into the modern fairytale at Couture Fashion Week in Paris at several shows, especially Givenchy's angelic collection, and at The White Fairy Tale Love Ball, held by Natalia Vodianova at Valentino's Ch√Ęteau (complete with a fairytale painted snow capped background). These couture catwalk trends will continue to filter through the highstreet for 2011/2012, with a gothic vs ethereal fairytale style.

While I've been recently thinking about this trend and doing a post about it, what really got me in the fairytale mood was going to see my brother's play, Little Bear, at the Camden Fringe on Monday night. Based in an enchanted forest, Ula, the Little Bear, retreats into a fairytale land to escape her real life issues, but soon discovers that your problems never really leave you behind.

There's just something about the reworked, magical, fantastical, gothic fairytale that has us hooked, and as 2011 will be all about the fairytale, you best brush up on your Hans Christian Andersen.


Little Bear runs until the 7th August (except Thursday 4th) at 7pm, with an additional matinee performance at 1pm on Saturday 6th August - St Martin’s Garden, Pratt Street, NW1 0HR. All performances are outside, so bring your own drinks and picnic food, but picnic blankets are provided. And it's free!