Olivier Awards 2012: Kara Tointon – get the look

Firstly huge apologies I have not blogged in so long. I have had a manic past two weeks prepping, styling and sorting returns for celebrity clients whom include the gorgeous Kara Tointon and fabulous Olympic Ambassador Dame Kelly Holmes. Alongside this I’ve been working a lot with www.whatbesttowear.com whom I write all their social season fashion and beauty tips for.

Kara Tointon at the 2012 Olivier Awards

Kara Tointon at the 2012 Olivier Awards

You may have noticed in the papers and online yesterday that Kara was in fact was regarded very highly on most of the best dressed lists which – for a stylist – can be no bigger accolade. Therefore when trying to achieve the same style why not splurge the cash (if you have it) on a duplicate Minka dress by Alice+Olivia at Oxygen Boutique (38 Eastcastle Street, w1). Team with nude Christian Louboutin heels and a black clutch bag (also from Louboutin) and finish with black diamonds courtesy of Garrard jewellers.

However, if you are more save than splurge head straight to the high street or online where stores such as Lovely’s Vintage will be stacked with 1920s flapper style gowns: Www.goddiva.co.uk also offer great inspiration. When trying to source nude peep toe heels look no further than stores such as Dune, Aldo, Dorothy Perkins, River Island et al; they all have similar options which can also be used for smart work wear situations. To emulate the black diamond effect head straight to Topshop where their in-house brands alongside concessions such as Mikey will take all the hard work out of looking for you…..

Happy shopping!


Win a Toy Watch with Van Mildert

Apart from their transactional website which stocks an assortment of mens and women’s designer labels and accessories ( www.vanmildert.com ) Van Mildert also sport an array of stores based across the North of England and have won a hat-trick of Drapers’ Awards in 2009, as well as being shortlisted last month for a Drapers’ Fashion Award 2011 as Menswear Retailer of the Year.

Their impeccable online service and choice of sometimes discounted luxury labels, which range from designers such as Paul Smith to Vivienne Westwood, shows off an eclectic mix of day and evening wear suitable for all occasions.

Designer e-tailor Van Mildert are offering all readers the opportunity to win a classic Toy Watch worth £180 for free online now.

To be in with a chance of winning the Toy Watch simply click here to enter your details….

London Fashion Week: Jean-Pierre Braganza spring/summer 2012 collection

Designer Jean-Pierre Braganza put on a sport lux and architectural display for his spring/summer 2012 womens wear collection this afternoon.

Jean Pierre Braganza SS12 collection
Jean Pierre Braganza SS12 collection

Taking inspiration from the Cornish coast, Braganza referenced such artists as Ben Nicholson (a British painter of abstract compositions) alongside architect Mies van der Rohe and swiss surrealist H R Giger showing clothing that was architectural in design and pattern, and mixed with geometric shapes with sharp and neutral colours. .

Key pieces came at the end of the show with geometric printed dresses, and a fabulous coral pink 70s style key cut halter neck jumpsuit; all wearable and fun. Fabrics were light and airy and included jersey, silk and cotton, producing draped and tailored pieces in a palette of black, lemon, white, pinks, and dove grey.

Jewellery and shoes were also strong combining suede and leather cut out heels and shoe boots with some lace up fronts, powered with over exaggerated long and thin leather clutch bags in grey and black, combined on occasion with statement bib style jewelled necklaces.

Hair was again overseen by Indira Schauwecker for TONI&GUY and emulated an almost bouffant style front on some models, with others adorning a side parting, leading to what seemed like a tight high fish tail plait at the back, however, this style was carefully constructed by using label.m volume moose to layer and manipulate the hair into shape, along with redirection style dust to distress two pony tails together in a tight plait which hung perfectly as the models strode down the catwalk. Make up saw striking 80s blush in almost fuchsia pink smeared across cheekbones with nude lips and white powder under the eyes to contrast the strong hues below whilst eye brows were sleek and strong.

In his release Braganza added that “Fashion is about capturing emotion in a glance. My challenge is to create the most esoteric dress for that exact moment, ” – which he clearly has done for spring/summer 2012.

Shows continue later today with Basso & Brooke and PPQ amongst others….

Menswear Spring/Summer 2012 trends from Milan Fashion Week

If you didn’t already know Milan is currently hosting a fashion week for menswear and in true fashion style we are looking ahead; way ahead it seems, to the trends of Spring/Summer 2012.

Vivienne Westwood MAN menswear spring/summer 2012 collection

Vivienne Westwood MAN menswear spring/summer 2012 collection

Like all great fashion weeks it includes collections from some of the worlds biggest designer brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Viktor & Rolf, YSL and Dior, with a classic twist on our biggest sporting event for decades.

Yes that’s right, as designers for next season have chosen to centre their entire collections and main trends on male pastimes and sport, creating a hybrid of sporting hero’s in fashion just in time for next year’s 2012 Olympics.

Opening her show with a model wearing a poignant blazing torch t-shirt, Dame Vivienne Westwood noted “Next year London will be hosting the Olympic Games. We therefore dedicate this collection to the event and to the thousands of athletes who will participate.” But it didn’t stop there as high-end designers such as Prada went golfing with their collection throwing in an array of knits, trousers and flat caps all in floral and pastel tones. Navy blue and black hues were also mixed in to draw attention from the western style scarves wrapped around the models necks and studded shirts.

To help your partner create this overall look think epic blockbuster Gangs of New York in 1900s buttoned down collars with large stripes and a clash of fabrics. However, for evening wear head straight for two-tone metallic suits circa mid 1990s with tapered legs; match with cummerbunds and spotted handkerchiefs. Block colour also seems to be a staple-staying trend again across the board as DSqaured2 showed in their collection, paying homage to Greek gods half-dressed in skinny purple chinos and jeans that were preppy and fun, whilst Gucci showed an array of fine knits, fitted jackets and two-piece tailoring.

All-in-all your beau should be well honed for next season à la David Beckham.

Shows continue this week with Givenchy, Hermes, Lanvin et al.

Katy Perry announced as New Face of ghd

World-renowned singer and experimental pop starlet Katy Perry has just been named as the New Face of ghd hair care in a global partnership with the brand.

Synonymous with ‘Good Hair Days’ and fabulous day-to-eveing hair, ghd have been creating iconic styles that have inspired catwalk shows and beyond for over nearly a decade now, so it seems extremely fitting that ghd introduces the new Iconic Eras of Style limited edition collection, capturing the essence of these by gone trends, whilst adding a funky new 2011 twist.

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The collection brings a modern-day slant on a series of fabulous fashion decades, making 50’s Glamour, 70’s Boho Chic and 80’s New Wave must haves for 2011. With an era to suit all, dedicated followers of fashion can recreate their favourite catwalk looks as seen in the Spring/Summer 2011 shows – a glamorous beauty wave, loose wave or bouncy curls. Each limited edition set contains the ghd Gold Classic styler, a stunning bag, and an exclusive get-the-look book showing you how to recreate these iconic styles at home,  all presented in a striking gift set.

Working in close collaboration with Perry, the association will kick off this month with an exciting new multimedia global brand campaign recently shot by world renowned photographer David LaChapelle.

”Katy is the epitome of modern fashion and styling.  Her unique, ever-changing looks are the envy of style devotees around the world.  Katy completely embodies ghd’s spirit of female transformation and empowerment, as she is recognised as a cutting edge style icon unafraid to push fashion and beauty boundaries.  Sassy, stylish and sexy, Katy is the perfect partner for ghd,” says Paul Stoneham, Chief Executive Officer, ghd.

Perry added; “I’m so excited to be working with ghd, especially using their tools on my California Dreams Tour to get me stage ready. ghd products have a reputation of being the best products in the biz, and I like being associated with that. I’m very excited to reveal the styles I did with legendary David LaChapelle in the upcoming ghd campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for it!”

Britney bounces back in Dolce & Gabbana

For all the love I have for Britney Spears, she seems to have definitely bounced back more times than Charlie Sheen’s addictions, so with this in mind I wasn’t surprised to hear that she was launching yet another new album; however, I was surprised to learn that Dolce and Gabbana were showing her as their new muse and music icon.

Britney Spears in Dolce & Gabbana

Britney Spears in Dolce & Gabbana

Usually synonymous with sexy, powerful, women such as Scarlett Johansson and Kylie Minogue , Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have turned a new fashion corner professing that they “love Britney, and we love to dance to her new songs! We can’t wait to hear the whole album!”

“She has always been among our favourite artists because she has been able to remain true to herself and to her style throughout the years. With her music she influenced and inspired generations of people for more than 10 years, always staying at the top, and we can’t but congratulate her for this new, important achievement.” Wowzers, they really are fans.

So what are the iconic design duo dressing Britney in for her latest album promotional images? A selection of couture-esque gowns, polka dot body suits, basques and underwear. The mother-of-two, 29, can obviously pull this off, but how will her Femme Fatale album fair? The decision they say, is yours…


Shuttuuup! Essex Fashion Week is here

Shutuuup! Essex Fashion Week is totally here, and it’s happening right under your noses this week.


The TOWIE cast

The TOWIE cast


Billed as the ‘social event of the fashion calendar’, Essex Fashion Week would not, of course, be complete without the stars of ‘The Only Way Is Essesx’ in tow, so you can guarentee that reality/soap fav’s such as Mark Wright, Lauren Goodger, Jessica Wright, Kirk Norcross, Amy Childs, Sam Faiers, James ‘Arg’ Argent, Lydia Bright, Nanny Pat and Lauren Pope will all be appearing throughout the event which is set to run from Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 March.

Other celebs confirmed to attend include Jeff Brazier, Simon Webb and Tamara

Created in 2010 by brothers Adam and Simon Ryan, Essex Fashion Week was born around their own fashion brand ‘One Off One You’, and is set to throw other fashion weeks to the waters, as the design duo have set up an array of events and glamourous attractions to make sure that Essex is set securely on the fashion map. From VIP speed boats and helicopters, to champagne lunches and special performances from TOWIE stars such as James “ARG” Argent, this fashion forecasting event will ‘apparently’ have it all.

Ill be on site this Thursday to check out the styles and fashion, alongside top model agency Next Model Management who have teamed up with New Look and Now Magazine to find their new face of the season.

Just remember to have your Vajazzles at the ready girls…

For more information on Essex Fashion Week visit oooy.co.uk; 020 8554 8899