#GlamourAwards 2013: Best And Worst Dressed

Last night saw the 10th anniversary of the Glamour Women Of The Year awards picked up by global superstar turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham.

Looking sophisticated in a black Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit Victoria also brought along her eldest son Brooklyn to accompany her to the event.

Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora

Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora

Alongside Victoria hitting the best dressed category was singing sensation Rita Ora. Rita, who also picked up an award for best Solo Artist Of The Year from ‘wifey’ Cara Delevingne, looked gorgeous in a silver/grey Marchesa gown. Both girls posted an assortment of Twitter and Instagram selfless (left) of themselves at the awards.

Hitting a fashion high note on the night was Les Misérables starlet Samantha Barks who shone in a neon pink cocktail dress alongside (swoon) new beau David Gandy. The model presented her with an award (with Jourdan Dunn) for the Pandora Breakthrough Award. Gandy’s ex Mollie King from The Saturday’s was also on-site to pick up another award for Band Of The Year with fellow band members Frankie Sandford, Una Healy and Vanessa White, ruling the red carpet with her backless ruby-red evening gown. Ellie Goulding also looked sensational in a printed maxi complete with lace trims, whilst presenter Fearne Cotton was back to her old svelte frame (already) adorning a gorge bright blue Jonathan Saunders shift dress.

Jumpsuits were it seemed a theme of the night as Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney, VB, and Laura Haddock all opted for them.

However there was also a plethora of bad outfits namely Jessie J’s flamenco style tunic and trouser combination, whilst singer VV Brown failed to impress in a lemon pastel ensemble with a huge overlay of material that seemed to smother her.

For all the celebrity images from the event click onto Glamour.co.uk

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2012: Yellow Easter gifts

In fashion when we think of Easter we always imagine a yellow daffodil hue and easter chicklete’s and chocolate!

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Gone are the days of being dragged to Sunday school and grown up are the girls who now head straight to the high street for their quick fashion fix. So, with fashion in mind I thought I’d bring you the best round-up of darling Easter gifts in the perfect sunshine shade that will not only make you and friends beam with excitement, but give you something to log on for after that all important Sunday roast dinner….

If purchasing attire for a special Sunday lunch (i.e. meeting the parents for the first time or bringing the boyfriend home) then opt for a classic Mad Men style attire. Cute A-line 50s skirts with nipped in waists and cardigans or prom style dresses with lashings of pearls (Ribbon & Asher at Dorothy Perkins will be your best port of call).

Alternatively if buying a gift for a friend (or yourself) why not opt for this gorgeous egg-yolk yellow satchel by Zatchels (£76) available online at www.zatchels.com. Great for everyday use and to bring a bit of spring colouring to this dull weather.

Next up is a fab neon-style pleat front dress by Asos.com (£30); this on-trend colour is best to wear with a blazer and French Sole flats for day or add killer heels and clutch for a Bank Holiday weekend night out.

Another great online store is OwnTheRunway.com whose celeb clientele include Peaches Geldoff, Cher Lloyd, Fearne Cotton et al and sell at fantastic price points. Their light yellow coloured skinny jeans (£19.99) are perfect for lounging around come Easter Sunday with a logo T-shirt or oversized jumper (for you or your daughter!).

However, if yellow is shade too far for you or a loved one then why not try a smaller dose in the form of Topshop’s Nail Varnish in Bees Knees (£5).

Lastly River Island’s yellow print Julian J Smith wedge heels from their design forum (£55) are the perfect way to cheer up any dull day – and can be kept for that all important summer holiday…

Happy Shopping!

New spring/summer 2012 trend: coloured jeans

Now that spring is officially here (clocks go forward an hour on Sunday – 25th March) and the sun is shinning we are all looking to update our winter wardrobes quick-smart and head to our favourite stores for some inspiration.

Coloured jeans from http://www.vestryonline.com

However, even though the sun is out we still feel a nip in the air come dinner time so with this in mind the perfect piece to adorn any spring weekend would be the coloured jean. Turn them up and wear with deck shoes, t-shirts / vests for a laid back look a la Fearne Cotton or try ultra skinny pairs complete with high heels and a sheer / shimmering top to head out in the evening as per Kim Kardashian.

There are a super collection of rainbow colours in almost every store on the high street with Uniqlo, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse, New Look and Topshop all adorning bright and vibrant hues alongside soft sorbet shades.

George at ASDA also have a fab collection in store from just £14 per pair, which means if they are just on your radar for the summer season then can’t go wrong. Miss Selfridge also offer more tapered versions which flatter pear shapes whilst Wallis provide an assortment of styles for curvy hourglass figures. Online head to www.Asos.com for their bright coloured and printed jean collection and www.vestryonline.com who offer soft denim jegging options from Vera Moda.

My favourite are my Dorothy Perkins electric blue jeans which elongate my petite frame; however, if you are lucky enough to be svelte and tall then try the sorbet apricot, lilac and pale yellow selections.

National Television Awards 2012 best and worst dressed

As a stylist it was great to see so many fashionable ladies (and gents) rocking their outfits at the National Television Awards, which was held at the 02 Arena last night. Aside from best dressed there were of course, as always, a few fashion faux pas so here is my round-up of my favourite and should-have-left-it-at-home from the red carpet collection….

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First up stepping into the limelight was the incredible supermodel Elle ‘the body’ Macpherson. She was invited of course to present an award and turned up with fashion designer Julien Macdonald in tow. Looking stunning in a floor-length charcoal jeweled gown Macpherson opted for a on-trend ponytail with matching jewel accessories.

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly also caught the papperazzi’s eye looking like an Amazonian queen in her black gown, split to the thigh, with metallic gold lining and matching neck cuff.

I think also a special mention has to go to Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley. Aside from the above, she really did exude elegance in her long velvet purple gown by Azagury (a brand that the late Princess Diana favoured); showing that there is real Hollywood glamour outside of Weatherfield. Her stylist Martine Alexander also dressed an assortment of the cast including Paula Lane in Roc and Doll and Ali King in Suzanne Neville: one very busy lady on the night.

Another stylist who should also be noted for her amazing skills is Sinead McKeefry; dressing BFF’s Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby. Cotton shimmered in a 1920s style silver flapper gown complete with fringing and beading from Temeperley, whilst Willoughby sizzled in a figure hugging gown by Roland Mouret.

The crew from TOWIE also pleasantly surprised me looking sharp in their chosen tones of pale pink and stark black. Lydia Bright led the way looking like a Hollywood starlet with 1950s inspired curls and red lips whilst Jessica Wright opted for a suitably modest Honor Gold lace dress. Sam Faiers and Lucy Mecklenburgh (dressed in Forever Unique from PasticheCouture.com) sparkled in their chosen gown which were encrusted with Swarovski crystals and metallic sequins – Michelle Keegan and Michelle Collins also adopted the evenings dusky pink hues too.

X-Factor judge and mentor Tulisa of course shrieked with delight when her team won the category of best Talent Show. However, as much as I admire her, the flamingo pink ruffled strapless cocktail dress was a concoction that should have stayed in the nearest wildlife park and gave me flashbacks to Bjork’s ‘swan’ gown at the 2001 Academy Awards.

Alongside her co-host Matt Smith who also won an award for Drama Performance (Male) in Dr Who, Karen Gillan (who picked up the matching award for Drama Performance – Female – in Dr Who) seemed to have unfortunately dressed down for the occasion in a simple LBD, whilst presenter of the NTA after party for ITV2 Caroline Flack also tried to keep it cool in her quirky print chain dress; the length could have perhaps been adjusted to something less revealing when she sat down.

I’m A Celebrity contestant Fatima Whitbread also showed off quite an assortment of flesh on the red carpet with a coffee coloured gown which seemed to swamp the muscular athlete whilst morning TV presenter Kate Garraway also seemed slightly swamped in her bubble gum pink satin gown. Aside from the TOWIE girls that were a hit there were also some that made a total miss; Lauren Gooder exposed herself in an unflattering silver gown whilst Chloe Sims (whom I adore) just needed to add a belt to the centre piece of her outfit. Lastly Lauren Pope’s silver gown, which  looked so demure from the top, literally fell apart at the seams with slashes of lace created throughout the encrusted satin a-line skirt, completely ruining it for me.

But I think that worst dressed celeb for the evening by far was new Dragon Hilary Devey; her space-man costume was far from entertaining for a woman of her age.

For the full list of winners visit http://www.nationaltvawards.com/

Olivia Rubin set to collaborate with Dorothy Perkins

Fashion designer and celeb fav Olivia Rubin is set to collaborate on a new collection with high street chain Dorothy Perkins which is set to launch in store and online in April.

Fearne Cotton in Olivia Rubin

The hush-hush collection has not yet been revealed and no samples are currently at the DP HQ but lucky press are set to see the range of pieces in early February – so I will blog pictures then.

However, knowing Rubin’s quirky and colourful designs I am sure that something as apt as her signature brick or speech bubble knits and prints will be included.

Celeb fans of the brands already include Tulisa Contostavlos, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Denise van Outen, Zoe Ball, Diana Vickers and Emma Bunton amongst others so they’ll be no shortage of queue’s for this exciting collaboration when it hits stores early spring!

London Fashion Week spring/summer 2012 trends

Spring/Summer 2012 certainly didn’t last very long in London this time round with just a five-day stint ending with a menswear spectacular at Somerset House  on Wednesday 21 September 2011.

Attracting a celebrity clad front row which included Kelly Brook, Pixie Geldoff, Jaimie Winstone, , Nicola Roberts, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, et al plus a barrage of US stars such as Olivia Palermo, Kanye West and Whitney Port alongside Anna Wintour, it was an amazement that the fashion pack actually made it to approx 18 shows per day, which were located all across London town.

Unlike New York’s sport lux appeal there was no real one trend that designers stuck to, or that run steadily throughout the corse of the ‘fashion week’, instead was a variety of trends that ranged from metallic hues at Mulberry, GILES, Gasper Garvida and Topshop alongside quirky, geometric, digital and floral prints at Holly Fulton, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou and PPQ to name a few; mainly concentrating on trousers and dresses.

Apart from embellishment (ASHISH) and a mixture of yellow shades (Nicole Farhi), cut out detailing was also key (Jaeger London).

For next season the autumn/winter 2011 fetish theme seems to have been replaced by mocha and pale coloured PVC, as seen at Marios Schwab, Antonio Berardi and Richard Nicoll.

Palettes of pastels such as sugar-coated almonds, candy floss pink, duck egg blue and a variety of pale hues were painted on pieces at Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic and Issa – who also joined in with pastel ice-cream and leaf prints inspired by Danielle Helayel’s Brazilian roots and carnival theme.

Pretty prim staples also made a comeback alongside summer knits which were shown at Caroline Charles, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland and Burberry, whilst Acne and designers such as Peter Pilotto showed fuller skirts reminiscent of 1950s glamour.

Sport lux did make an appearance though showing at Jean-Pierre Braganza styling tailored jackets mixed with harem style pants, whilst racer back tops, mesh overlay and cut out inserts on dresses were all apparent at Aquascutum and Clements Ribiero.

Accessory wise just as long as you are sporting a straw boater hat, fedora or embellished bib necklace you definitely will be heading in the right direction.

To end fashion week presenter Fearne Cotton decided to show her 6th collection for online store Very.co.uk. Attending front row was BFF Holly Willoughby, Whitney Port, Tom and Dougie from McFly along with Myleene Klass and Sarah Cawood. Fearne’s collection was summary, quirky and fun showing off a silk violet full length maxi – which she adorned – embellished cocktail dress with black and silver sequins, plus a mixture of day wear pieces as which included pussy bow blouses, slightly flared trousers and single breasted pinafore dresses with oversized gold buttons amongst other pieces. All extremely wearable and affordable too…

Glamour Awards revised, Epsom Derby, Isle of Wight and more…

So, as a blogger I feel sooooo bad that I haven’t actually blogged for over a week due to flights, an influx of work, a poorly husband and more: I can literally feel eyes staring in the back of my head for this so apologies! However, what a great week in fashion we’ve actually had…

First up was the Investec Derby Festival in Epsom. The sun was shining and the block colour of the day (and spring/summer season) was enforced by HRH Queen Elizabeth II herself, who arrived wearing a fuchsia pink dress with matching jacket and hat. Thousands poured over the downs to celebrate the Queen’s arrival, and to place bets on the days races. Style was chic, confident and above all individual. See my video report below for Investec and WhatBestToWear.com on Telegraph.co.uk/fashion or click below!

TO WATCH THE INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL VIDEO CLICK HERE

Then came the ever-glamourous Glamour Awards 2011. Looking REEM to say the least was a line up of celeb beauties such as Tess Daly in what looks to be an ah-mazing blush Halston pleat gown, accessorizing with a Yuki Mitsuyasu cuff and designer necklace from EC One; Fearne Cotton in a glowing yellow satin Miu Miu shift dress – who continued her MM theme this week with their S/S ’11 denim and ostrich leather bag (see below) – and Jessica Alba in a fabulous colour block maxi by DVF, and Paloma Faith looking as quirky as ever in a kimono see-through inspired gown.

Gemma Arterton and Louise Redknapp opted for safe black shades whilst amazing actress Karen Gillan, looked like she was about to hit the office.

Unfortunately Kirsty Gallacher’s Kermit the Frog maxi was slightly too much, and fabulous singer Alexandra Burke slightly super-sized her D&G billowing gown, making it hard to see her svelte frame.

View all the images at Glamourmagazine.co.uk

Then at the weekend Lily Allen finally married her beau Sam Cooper, announcing a double whammy that she was also pregnant again. Wedding her builder boyfriend in a vintage gown at a picturesque church in the Cotswolds village of Cranham, she looked thrilled and ecstatic.

The couple are thought to be mini-mooning at Glastonbury Festival next weekend with family and friends, in a luxury tepee. Congrats Lil!

And so, from nuptials to hen party’s, Croydon-born supermodel Kate Moss headed to the Isle of Wight Festival also last weekend with an entourage of friends. Moss started as she meant to go on flying in 300 bottles of bubbly for the first night, so that her and best bud Davina Taylor could get stuck into it with pals, who also included Sadie Frost. However, it seems that Kate may not be able to handle her drink as much these days as a double’ was said to have been sent in by Mossy to cover her tracks on the second day, and divert press attention… That must have been one hangover from hell.

SOURCE: METRO

Last, but not least, was The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who dazzled once again in a blush sequined floor length gown by Jenny Packham last week, for the Absolute Return for Kids Gala Dinner. Showing off her trimmed bronzed figure she wowed the crowds once again. Then this week Kate yet again stole the show when she stepped out in Royal Cambridge blues, with a shift dress, matching fascinator and recycled coat she had worn to a friend’s wedding previously.

What a week in fashion…