Myleene Klass launches new collection for Littlewoods.com

Adding to her expanding collection for Littlewoods.com Myleene Klass took to the stage yesterday evening at the St.Martin’s Lane Hotel to perform a piano solo for selected members of the press, to help launch her latest edition to her new range, and literally blew them all away. Not only with her musical skills but more importantly with her attention to detail and colourful collaboration for autumn 2012.

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After sipping Myleene Martinis guests were treated to view the 23 piece collection which consisted of colourful knits, printed dresses, workwear tops and an assortment of day-to-evening wear ranging from a healthy bank balance worthy £35 to a more substantial £150 for detailed evening and occasion wear pieces. My favourite pieces have to be the leopard print skirt and cream mask jumper…

The new range itself will be online (at Littlewoods.com: 0844 822 8000) from next Tuesday 24 July 2012.

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/

Dancing On Ice line up for 2012

So, long gone is presenter Holly Willoughby (who has also switched channels to present The voice later on this spring), and in her place comes axed morning presenter Christine Bleakley whom will none the less look fabulous thanks, I am sure, to the likes of Angie Smith whom is her resident stylist. Alongside Christine will be the fabulous Phillip Schofield and Olympic winning mentors Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.


The line up this year however is not as sparkly. Some fantastic contenders whom will I am sure raise the bar may come in the form of  runner Sébastien Foucan due to his athletic training alongside British alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott, but aside from Sam Nixon (who entertains my niece weekly on children’s TV) and 1980s Dallas favourite  Charlene Tilton, there is only a handful of soap stars past and present (Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden,  Coronation Street actor Andy Whyment, EastEnders actress Laila Morse, Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter, Jennifer Ellison) alongside 1980s pin-up Chesney Hawkes and childhood actor Corey Feldman whom I recognise… the rest I am either not as interested or afraid I am none the wiser on (Rosemary Conley, Heidi Range, Mark Rhodes, Andy Akinwolere). BUT I will watch in intrepidation as I do love a good ice dance even if they are going forward instead of backwards (that’s you Todd Carty). The spandex and sequins alone are enough to make me believe that somehow this show just may produce a winner worthy of Ray Quinn’s status…

Dancing On Ice starts Sunday on ITV1.

Kate Middleton voted No1 beauty icon for 2011

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The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton have been voted the UK’s consecutive number one and two choice as  beauty icons for 2011.

In a Beauty Icons poll led by high street store Superdrug the Middleton sisters out-ranked other celebrities including Cheryl Cole (who came 3rd) and TV presenter Holly Willoughby and pop princess Rihanna – whom all came in the top 5, whilst X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos just missed out coming in at 6th place.

It was in fact Kate who beat Pippa by just 10 per cent of the vote due to her steady application of black eyeliner and fresh dewy skin. The eyeliner has now become a staple for most women’s make up bags raking up sales of black kohl eyeliner by a further 20 per cent this year alone.

Noting that within the top 5, four of the women were brunettes, Sara Wolverson, Superdrug Director of beauty, who commissioned the research said: “What is fascinating is the four of the five celebrity women to appear in the top five are brunettes, which would indicate that while blondes may have more fun, brunettes are seen to be more beautiful.”

(What do you think?… comments below)

Whilst the top 6 all seemed to be under 30 years of age the rest of the top ten included megastar and mum-to-be Beyonce, Harry Potter actress and Burberry muse Emma Watson, Amercian singer Katy Perry and fashion designer/ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.

Other stars who were noted on the list were TOWIE’s star Amy Childs, Lady Gaga and singer Adele. Shockingly celebrities which appeared in last year’s top 20 Beauty Icons, such as Kylie Minogue, Fearne Cotton, Leona Lewis, Michelle Obama and Gemma Arterton, have all been dropped from this year’s list.

Sara Wolverson added: “As always our Beauty Icons survey gives a snapshot of the changing face of British beauty.”

TOP 20 BEAUTY ICONS OF 2011

1.       Kate Middleton

2.       Pippa Middleton

3.       Cheryl Cole

4.       Rhianna

5.       Holly Willoughby

6.       Tulisa Contostavlos

7.       Beyonce

8.       Emma Watson

9.       Katy Perry

10.   Victoria Beckham

11.   Kelly Rowland

12.   Lady GaGa

13.   Amy Childs

14.   Katherine Jenkins

15.   Nicole Sherzinger

16.   Adele

17.   Pixie Lott

18.   Angelina Jolie

19.   Keira Knightley

20.   Scarlett Johannson



 

 


 


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…

Very.co.uk joins forces with Fashion Fringe

As the platform for emerging fashion talent Fashion Fringe has always been at the forefront of every fashion editor’s lists as ‘the competition to watch’, so it comes as no surprise as FF reaches its 8th year in the business that they have partnered up with Very.co.uk as their official E-tail sponsor.

 

Fearne Cotton for Very.co.uk

Fearne Cotton for Very.co.uk

Very.co.uk have always launched a platform for talented designers, and celebrities who launched their very own collections. Among the chosen few who adorn Very’s online pages range from the fabulous Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Pop by PPQ to Olivia Rubin (who was a Semi-Finalist of Fashion Fringe in 2007 and 2008).  FF are also looking to reach a new audience who are in line with the brand’s mission to make style accessible to all – and through supporting FF, Very.co.uk customers will be able to access and enjoy the exciting world of new generation designers too.

Fashion expert Sir Colin DcDowell, who launched FF back in 2004, stated that “Fashion Fringe lives by sponsorship and we are thrilled to welcome as new Official E-tail Sponsor Very.co.uk, a young and thrusting company that shares many of our beliefs.  Their commitment to mentoring and nurturing designers and what we are doing is very exciting!”

But the fun doesn’t stop there are FF have also recruited a new panel of judges that include supermodel Claudia Schiffer and fashion designer, Roland Mouret. With such huge names being connected with this event it is sure to be a masterclass of talent this year; bearing in mind that FF has already spurned such designers as Basso & Brooke, Erdem et al.

The FF competition is open until May 4, 2011 with a shortlist of designers being announced thereafter: these designers will then go on to showcase their first collection in London, for Spring/Summer 2012, in September.

For more information on Fashion Fringe or Very.co.uk click here