30 May 2012

Behind the Scenes on Cheltenham Fashion Week's Cotswold Style Fashion Shoot - Diamond Jubilee June Issue


Last month I was asked to style Cheltenham Fashion Week's first Fashion Shoot for their media partner, Cotswold Style Magazine's June Jubilee Issue.

The Spring/Summer 12 shoot featured an array of British themed dresses in Red, White and Blue. On the cover, our model wears the Siren dress, a body con fishtail dress by Jexika, accessorised with a beautiful Union Jack hat by Gloucestershire's very own Milliner Denise Innes and Lulu Guinness Fifi Clutch Bag.

Our shoot was on location at the luxurious getaway of Cowley Manor, set within the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Coinciding with our shoot, inspiring sculptures by post-graduate students from the renowned Royal College of Art are on display within the Cowley grounds until the 30th September. The Coutts Cowley Manor Arts Award saw 27 submissions wishing to bring their vision to life, with eight finalists awarded the opportunity.

The innovative installations formed the backdrop to some of our shots, with the winning sculpture 'HEY' by artist Wonwoo Lee, my personal favourite, will take up permanent residence at Cowley.  In the 'Hey' shot you can see a beautiful vibrant blue dress by Nina Naustdal Gold and red patent Keith Scarrott court shoes.

For the second shot Atelier-Mayer's 1960's vintage caped dress floated to and fro on a swing in a quiet section of the Cowley grounds.  A red,white and blue jewelled cuff by Katherine Alexander also at Atelier-Mayer completed the look.

I have loved Henrietta Ludgate's collections for a while and the New York dress in white complemented the white head sculpture behind. The dress was worn with a second Denise Innes millinery creation the Crystal Tear drop in red.

Despite an awful rainy day we managed to capture a few images outside then returned into the hotel for our final shot and also one of my favourite images of the day.  Our model wears Ada Zanditon's Persephone dress and  Mercy Delta Rule Britannia Scarf, available at Foundation in Cheltenham/Stow-on-the-Wold boutiques.

It was a great opportunity for me to spend a whole day with our fabulous Cheltenham Fashion Week team and especially great to be at home for a whole day of fashion fun!

You can see the finished shoot below, view Cotswold Style's June Jubilee edition 'here' and also see the behind-the-scenes action in a film by the Online Video Company!

29 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Fashion Collections



A selection of designers and brands have created beautiful Jubilee Collections which will not only help you to celebrate in style, but could also become collectors items in the future!

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Vivienne Westwood, Exclusive to Net-A-Porter
Barbour at Selfridges

28 May 2012

26 May 2012

A Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure Wardrobe

Back in January I presented the new Royal Ascot Dress code. The looks below all feature my favourite designer and brands, perfect for the Royal Enclosure.

Below you can shop the ready-to-wear items with details of the Milliners provided.

Outfit One
Temperley Dress
Wilbur & Gussie Clutch Bag
LK Bennett Shoes
House of Fraser Hat


Outfit Two
Reiss Dress
Christian Louboutin Clutch Bag at Net-a-Porter
Miss KG Shoes
Jane Taylor Millinery  - Shell Head Piece


Outfit Three
Suzannah Dress
Lulu Guinness Clutch Bag
Sophie Gittins Shoes at Giordano Dieci
Madeleine Millinery - Estela Head Piece


Outfit Four
Libelua Coat Dress
Collette by Collette Dinnigan Lace Top at Matches
Alexander McQueen Skirt with Kick-Back
Vivien Sheriff Hat  - Swan Dive

25 May 2012

Loving What's About Town Aviator Sunglasses for £9.95


I am the first to criticise sub-standard sunglasses.  However, when I recently requested a few pairs of What's About Town Aviator Sunglasses for a ss12 shoot, I was amazed at the quality and sturdiness of these sunglasses, which all cost a stunning £9.95!

If you need a pair for your holiday and do not want the worry of losing your designer sunnies, take a quick look at What's About Town and I do believe you will be equally surprised!

24 May 2012

A Stylish Shoe App for your iPhone by Christian Louboutin


Christian Louboutin has launched a free iPhone app which is packed with all the latest news, stunning illustrations, videos and the SS12 collection, springing from inside iconic Louboutin boxes.  A must-have app for all shoe lovers and Louboutin devotees!

Click 'here' to download the app from iTunes.

23 May 2012

Chelsea in Bloom 2012


Each year, the beautiful accompaniment to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea in Bloom captivates my attention, therefore this year I decided to feature my favourite entrants!

The competition sees various shops in Chelsea, mostly around Sloane Square or on the Kings Road, participate in turning their exterior or shop windows into a fantastical flower display with a united theme. This year Chelsea in Bloom celebrates HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

As my Mother is a Florist I have from an early age watched in awe of her flower creations, whether in our local Church Flower Festival or at various events. Flowers have a unique ability to brighten your day and spending time looking around Chelsea in Bloom was a wonderful experience, one that I definitely encourage you to do too.

My favourites, in no particular order, are shown above, for more information on Chelsea in Bloom, check the website.

22 May 2012

Handbag Crush - The Del Rey has arrived in stores and online!


Lana Del Rey's first collaboration with luxury accessories brand Mulberry has hit the shelves worldwide!

Priced under £1000, the Del Ray is set to cause the same craze as Mulberry's partnership with, Presenter, Alexa Chung, entitled the 'Alexa'.

Similar in structure and silhouette to the iconic Bayswater, the Del Rey has a timeless quality with added practically, two of the key elements with all of our favourite handbags.

I loved this bag back in February, at London Fashion Week, when I first caught a glimpse of the Del Rey, naturally swinging from the arms of the songstress herself.

Lana's White version of the Del Rey is a bespoke creation and unavailable, although hopefully if the collaboration is extended a further season new shades will be added into the mix.  For now, head to the stores, to see just how well the Del Rey will look on your arm!

21 May 2012

Tara Starlet - What vintage dreams are made of!


A mother and daughter brand, created out of a shared passion for the glamorous days of the 40s and 50s, the Tara Starlet collection is inspired by vintage paintings and stars of the screen, such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

The clothes take you back to a time when dressing up was daywear and clothes were cherished.

Tara starlet are ethically aware and have built up a collection of original buttons and trimmings from the era they love, not only recycling but adding true authenticity.

There are many Tara Starlet pieces on my wishlist but the Hawaiian Sarong dress is perfect for the summer holidays or shopping on a sunny day. (We can but hope!)

20 May 2012

Royal Mail Designer Stamps Celebrate 60 years of British Fashion


To celebrate 60 years of post-war British Fashion, Royal Mail have released a collection of British Fashion Designer Stamps.

The stamps feature designs by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Ossie Clark with print by Celia Birtwell, Granny Takes a Trip, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes and Paul Smith.

The designs are perfectly photographed by fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo and I love the vibrancy of the colours with sharp silhouettes.

Royal Mail have also created a presentation pack which includes an illustrated guide to the History of British Fashion, written by LCF professor Amy de la Haye.


19 May 2012

Something for the Weekend - British Accessories Brand - Mercy Delta


Mercy Delta scarves are simply stunning.  Founded 2 years ago by Fashion Agent, Katie Lightfoot and Designer, Winnie Lee. The brand are influenced by their trips around the world, so that each piece has its own narrative.

The designs are a careful balance between subtle and bold with designs to suit all tastes. Some pieces feature bright colours and loud patterns, while other pieces are soft and subdued.

My favourite is the silk, Rule Britannia scarf in Denim.  Perfectly apt for the Jubilee and Olympics, the beauty of this scarf is in its simplicity and softness.

To see the entire ss12 collection click 'here'.

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1 Rule Britannia, £250
2 Spirit, £250
3 Stampede, £95
4 Dentelle, £152
5 Hampton Court, £160

16 May 2012

Competition - Design your Dream Shoe with Nelly.com and win lots of great prizes!


The other week I designed my dream sandal for the Nelly.com competition.  At first it felt like being in a sweet shop, as you can choose an assortment of upper shoe and heel styles, including a multitude of shades, patterns and embellishment.  However, after about fifteen minutes I realised exactly the shoe I have been looking for, yet cannot find!

Not only do you get to become an accessories designer for a few minutes but also there are many great prizes you could win too! Each entry will receive a £5 voucher code (which is redeemable on purchases over £30) The winning entry will see their shoe design sold at Nelly, receive a £2000 Nelly shopping spree and an exclusive goodie bag.

You can see my design below, if you like the idea of my shoe, I would really appreciate your votes! For the inspiration, behind my design simply enlarge the image above!

To start your design click 'here' good luck everyone!

15 May 2012

(Video) Chanel Cruise 2012-13 Fashion Show, Versailles.

Last night's Chanel Cruise 2012-13 show was set within the opulent Gardens of Versailles. Pastel-bobbed, models paraded around the 17th century fountains.

The collection combined a pretty pastel palette infused with rich brocades, gold-embroidered denim, sheer ruffled skirts and volume from the waist. I loved the off the shoulder dresses, entirely plain except for a panel of elaborate coloured embroidery!

The references pointed to Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI style, although rocked up with a 21st century use of fabrics!

I found a great recording, below, from Luciano Burgos interviewing Karl Lagerfeld after the show and you can see the entire collection in the second film, by Chanel.



Carey Mulligan auctions Prada Met Gala Dress on eBay


Actress, Carey Mulligan is auctioning the gown she wore to the Met Gala, on eBay, to raise money for charity.

The stunning, size 8-10, Prada dress, covered in gold and silver metal paillettes, can be yours in a few clicks!

When the online auction began the starting bid was $500 and the current bid stands at $2,075, with over 22 bids placed already.

The proceeds from its sale will go to Oxfam America, an organisation which "creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice".

If you haven't placed a bid yet, don't worry you have another four days left before the auction closes. Click 'here' to be a part of the auction.

Latest News: Louis Vuitton & Stationery?


You can imagine my excitement when I read on WWD that the new rumour about town, contains Louis Vuitton and stationery in the same sentence.

According to the article, the luxury brand is looking to extend the market in which it already sells pens, agendas, travel guides and notebooks.

Not only will I keep a close eye on this but I will be crossing my fingers too!!
WWD ARTICLE: "ROCK, SCISSORS AND...: Word has it that Louis Vuitton, which earlier this year confirmed it would extend its brand into perfume, is also plotting a move into stationery. According to sources, the French leather goods powerhouse — which already markets some pens, agendas, travel guides and notebooks — plans to pump up its writing category with paper goods and related paraphernalia. It is understood the product initiative is tied to the ambitious forthcoming expansion of its boutique at Saint-Germain-des-PrĂ©s, a neighborhood on the Left Bank whose famous cafes and booksellers have long been a magnet for famous writers. Vuitton officials could not immediately be reached for comment"

8 May 2012

Celebrating fashion at the annual Met Gala 2012


After watching the live stream of the red carpet and re-tweeting a few of my favourite pictures. I looked to find my best dressed celebrities.

The theme of this year's Gala was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. You would have thought celebrities would choose to wear Prada or perhaps a splash of Schiaparelli. However only a handful of celebrities wore the luxury fashion house or referenced Schiaparelli!

Carey Mulligan, Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Gwyneth Paltrow and Linda Evangelista wore Prada while Coco Rocho added a dose of Schiaparelli pink to the occasion, wearing a vintage yellow & pink ensemble, once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, finishing her style with pink dip-dyed hair.  Other celebrities remained faithful to their favourite designers and some definitely stunned in the style stakes!

On my best dressed list, six celebrities caught my eye, Carey Mulligan wearing a Prada dress covered in gold and silver metal paillettes. Nina Dobrev whose DKNY Atelier gown featured a floor sweeping train. Emma Stone in an adorable Lanvin gown, adorned with 3000 plastic and crystal flowers. Camilla Belle shimmered in silver Ralph Lauren which perfectly complimented her skin tone and Rachel Zoe's rose gold sequin dress for Karolina Kurkova hinted at the old Hollywood head-to-toe glamour!  I think Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked effortless and statuesque in Burberry.

BID ON CAREY MULLIGAN'S PRADA DRESS

There were a few dramatic moments, one when Marc Jacobs turned up in a lace black dress and another when we saw Florence in a 3 tier Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, white, dress.  Although I didn't rate this dress, I think Florence managed to pull it off and make it work!

What were your highlights and do you agree with my favourites? Let me know on the comments form below!