Thursday, 24 June 2010

Festival Fever

So, seeing as Glastonbury kicks off today, I thought I'd put an end to my naughty lack of blogging, with a festival themed post. Unsurprisingly, all things fashion have become fest-focussed of late, and everyone who's anyone has been bulk buying the Batiste in preparation. I'm obviously a nobody, as I'm not going :( however, a friend's 21st in Derbyshire will be equally as fun, complete with champagne and cupcakes, and thankfully minus a tent.

Fearne, Katy and Alexa show us how to slum-it in style...

A Barbour jacket, floaty dress and Office boots are perfectly paired for a stylish but functional look.

Never one to blend into the background, Katy Perry ups her fash-credentials in neon Vuitton.

Alexa understands the importance of great accessories no matter what the occasion, coordinating muted tones with black espadrilles, peeking bra straps and of course, a quilted Chanel bag.

Despite the obvious paradoxes, this season designers showed us how catwalk and campsite can combine to form a very happy 'fashion marriage.'

Chloe brings the classic Barbour up to date, teaming its version with the only shorts to be seen in this season. Leather may be sweaty but at least it's waterproof!

Emmulate Kate in fringed boots and a waistcoat. Metallic printed hareems, as seen at Isabel Marant, add a touch of glamour and bring 2005s 'boho' into 2010.

If Katy Perry can wear Louis Vuitton, I can wear Balmain...(if only in my dreams).

Images from and

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Influence by Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

Yesterday, while convincing myself that I was doing valuable 'research' for the dreaded dissertation; I stumbled across something which I just had to buy. Instead of presenting me with the perfect book for my topic, clever old Amazon distracted my thoughts with 'suggested purchases.'

Amongst the beautiful hardback editions of The Sartorialist and Ten Years of Tom Ford (which at £72.56 and £50 respectively, I could quite easily bypass), up popped Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's, Influence.

For way too long now, whenever I go into Urban Outfitters, I manage to waste far too much time flicking through the pages, absorbing each beautiful image and feeling a tiny bit envious of their connections to Karl et al. So technically, it was a must-buy really, the consistent wasting of valuable shopping time being a crime of some sort, I’m sure.

I’m pretty excited about the book’s arrival, which should be any day now! In the meantime here are a few fashion treats, and if like me, you feel that Influence is a must-buy, simply click here

Ashley in Calvin Klein

Mary Kate in complete outfit by Giambattista Valli

Mary Kate in Givenchy leather jacket, boots by Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton scarf

Images from & fuckyeahmarykateashley

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Lara Stone - The Face of CK and Fashion As We Know It

Since signing with IMG in 2006, Lara Stone has catapulted into supermodel stardom. Despite being dubbed the 'anti-model' due to her gappy grin and curvy proportions (by model standards at least), she managed to break the mould, landing contracts with Prada, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Givenchy and Calvin Klein amongst others.

Daria Werbowy & Lara Stone in H&M S/S 10 campaign shot by Patrick Demarchelier

Although she replaced Kate Moss as the face of Calvin Klein Jeans in 2007, the new contract will see Stone front all brand apparel advertising and catwalk appearances for autumn, marking the first time in years Calvin Klein has chosen one model to front all three of its brands (Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Jeans).

The Collection campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Christy Turlington, Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova have all previously benefitted from the kudos of being Calvin Klein girls, however, with a long list of credible covers, campaigns and editorials already under her tightly cinched belt, it may be CK who benefits the most.

Cool Covers
i-D, November 08, shot by Alasdair McLellan

Numero, September 09, shot by Karl Lagerfeld

British Vogue, December 09, shot by Mario Testino

Amazing Editorials
Another, Spring 07, shot by Horst Diekgerdes

 V magazine, May 09, shot by Mario Testino

Controversial French Vogue shoot for which Lara's skin was painted black
October 09, shot by Steven Klein

Runway Ready
S/S 08, R-T-W Marni

S/S 09 R-T-W Stella McCartney

S/S 10 Givenchy couture

The queen of the catwalk married the err...queen of British comedy, David Walliams earlier this year wearing an ivory satin dress by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. Held at Claridge's, the service was typically 'fashion' with guests including Jefferson Hack and Tom Ford.
So, in a little less than 5 years, Stone's been thrown into the world of all things fashion, adored by Carine Roitfeld, multiple designers, top phtographers, oh and David Walliams...whatever next? I can't wait to find out.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

MTV Movie Awards 2010

I aim to celebrate fashion through my blogging comentary, featuring what, in my opinion, are the best looks, the most stylish and inspirational. Sometimes, however, it's hard to be complementary and all too easy to be critical.

Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards saw more style shockers than I care to recall, with Katy Perry leading the way as a repeat offender. In order to save the best 'til last, I inevitably have to start with the worst...

Zuhair Murad dress with Rock & Republic heels.
Hmmm, I've seen transparent mesh 'decorated' with strategically placed crystals before. Britney Spears wore something strikingly similar in her Toxic video...word of advice to Katy Perry; take fashion tips from Britney and you will end up with a truly toxic look. Regarding the blue wig - words fail me.

Dress by Herve Leger, shoes as before

Dress by Atelier Versace, platform pumps by YSL
It puzzles me as to why Christina Aguilera still insists on relentlessly championing the hair and make up of a 50s sex siren. It isn't new or surprising anymore, it's standard and what is expected from Xtina (cringe). The bandage style top with oversized chain straps is all a bit Jodie Marsh, and the bottom half weirdly reminds me of the body of a blackbird, all shiny feathered and oily looking. Far too try-hard and far too tacky when paired with a peroxide quiff and stripper heels.

Dress by Dolce & Gabbana
I don't want to jump on the bandwagon and become yet another one of Kristen Stewart's very harsh critics, but when you are a star of cult classic movies, and have access to the world's greatest stylists, I think you should use them.

Pamela Roland jumpsuit
Lindsay Lohan; always cheap, never chic.

Now for the best part, providing the perfect remedy for the above...

Dress by Giambattista Valli
Looking fresh and demure, Jessica Biel proves you don't have to let it all hang out in order to get noticed.

Dress by Louise Goldin
Jessica Alba looks super cool in sheer, sparkling leggings and a sports inspired dress, by British designer Louise Goldin.

Yigal Azrouël dress, Sergio Rossi heels
Whitney gets it just right, as usual, setting off her golden tan in zesty lemon and nude body-con. Gold accessories add the perfect dose of glamour...check out the shoes!!!

Stella McCartney Pre-Fall with Roger Vivier accessories

Stella McCartney Pre-Fall with Jimmy Choo shoes
I've spotted Amanda Seyfried out and about in a whole host of super stylish outfits recently. Definitely one to watch I think...

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Whitney Port: Style File

Whoever said having your own personal style was all about loyally following one particular look or formula was wrong. I'm not sure that anybody has actually said this, but it's the general consensus, right? Stick to what suits, job done...Sure it's safe, but it's also a tad dull.

The 'Sienna effect' highlights my point exactly, as girls and women of all ages embraced the Boho trend season after season. By having such a definite style, and hardly ever straying from the skinny jeans or maxi skirt and gladiators combo, Sienna Miller's look was easily replicated. Yes, she did look great, but by 2008 we were all a little bored of Boho, no?

Whitney Port, on the other hand, likes to mix it up. Whether at work or play, her stylish mix of Californian cool and New York gloss never fail to inspire. Quirky combinations keep her look fresh, unexpected and formula free. The only common features appear to be her trade mark honey-hued locks and effortlessly long legs.

Cute & Casual
Never knew florals and a frown could look so chic?
Pink flats add a pop of colour
Trying out the tribal trend at this year's Coachella
Groomed to perfection in geometric brights and brogues
Love this 50s inspired playsuit!
High-tops shoot to the top of my wish list after spying this look
Proving she can play the casual card just as well without the sun

After Dark
Leather shorts, this season's hottest item
Steering clear of her usual edgy style in favour of girly glamour
A simple white tee = easy chic
Needing this dress, right now!
A Topshop jacket adds a touch of Brit grunge
Patterned tights inject interest into an otherwise simple look
Nautical + Floral = Potential nightmare, actual dream
Another successful white dress and patterned tights combo
The Hills star turns to Hollywood glamour