Get The Celebrity Look: Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham And Jourdan Dunn

The Glamour Women Of The Year awards sent the Twitterverse into a flurry yesterday with models and celebrities posting endless ‘selfless’ alongside a barage of media coverage.

However, if you had a personal fav for best dressed celeb then it isn’t hard to emulate their designer look for less.

Take for example model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne; the 20-year-old confessed ‘wifey’ to BFF Rita Ora opted to sneer the fashion pack in favour of a more laid back chic approach teaming a ‘Squeeze This’ [insert picture of a bottom] slogan tee with tailored trousers and on-trend pointed pumps. The cheeky tee depicting Rihanna’s bum was actually made in collaboration with photographer George Chin who snapped her when she performed at V Festival in 2011. Naturally the reduced £12 tee has sold out at Asos.com, but don’t despair as you can get your hands on a similar range of styles from www.motelrocks.com (as seen above). I love the Lichtenstein-esque one which costs just a mere £25.

Aside from Cara, fashion designer Victoria Beckham also wowed in her Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit. Vic’s costs a staggering £1,196 from www.net-a-porter.com but you can get your hands on a much cheaper version from high street haven Coast who have created this stylish Rozelda jumpsuit for £115.

Lastly,  I was stunned at just how gorgeous and svelte model Jourdan Dunn looked at the awards in a Victoria Beckham dress (that would have cost in excess of £1,500+). This style suits all shapes as it looks just as great on curves as it does on petite frames. You can also get the look for under £150 with Forever Unique’s new Selfish brand. Just mix their sheer body alongside a black pencil skirt and gold belt for a winning combination.

Happy Shopping!

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SS13 Trend: Sorbet Shades

Candy floss tones, ice cream hues and sorbet shades are all the rage this spring/summer 2013 and with the sun shining what better way to get a new season look for less.

It’s not just online stores that are rivalling some of the major fashion power houses, as this season the high street has also been filled with baby pink, ice blue, lemon and mint undertones which are perfect for all social occasions.

If you’re in desperate need of an outfit for an occasion then why not take inspiration from the catwalks clashing pale shades with neon accents (as seen at Oscar de la Renta), or opt for a classic shade with hints of another trend such as florals (a la Erdem). However, if you do favour a darker shade (such as black – another SS13 trend) then up the fashion ante by adding in some interesting accessories such as pastel jewellery or heels to detract from the stark palette.

And remember pale doesn’t have to be boring – opt for ice cream shades for workwear filtering in strawberry, lemon and vanilla or go bolder for evening with sky blues and peppermint greens; just add a statement necklace or cuff for that added fashion pizzaz…

What To Wear To The Races

Today sees the start of the racing social calendar as the Investec Derby Festival opens it doors for a two-day festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Friday is of course noted as Ladies’ Day with a special emphasis on style and I will be there on hand to scout out the most stylish women for the What Best To Wear Style Competition in association with Harvey Nichols and Investec Bank (whom sponsor the event). The winner will receive a £5,000 shopping-spree in Harvey Nichols as well as appearing live on Channel 4 with former Grazia Magazine style editor, and now fashion director for Harvey Nichols, Paula Reed. Therefore if you plan on attending make sure you amp up the fashion ante and dress to impress.

There is of course a dress code set out for both days at the Investec Derby Festival so if you want to take note please check it out via What Best To Wear...

If you are not sure what to wear to the Investec Derby Festival or for that matter any other major race meet event this summer then do not despair as I’ve pulled together a little compilation of outfits and colourful accessories which you can choose from below…

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For those who prefer not to wear a dress why not opt for a skirt and top; try a metallic pencil skirt complete with simple shirt tucked in and a statement necklace for a different take on board room chic, or adorn a floral suit with smart vest or slouchy tee for that real bohemian vibe, just remember to add jewels and sky scraper heels.

However, if you do prefer wearing a summer/cocktail dress then my suggestion would be to pick a trend from this summer (stripes, cheques, florals, neons etc) and run with that as your main theme adding accessories to match. You can even clash up your look (it’s also very popular for SS13) by mismatching prints or wearing similar shade pastels and neons.

For headwear there are numerous places to purchase fascinators or hats in town such as Coast, Monsoon, Accessorize, Debenhams et al, but if you want something a bit more special and know you won’t wear again, why not spend the same amount hiring a designer option from The Hat Club.

And remember(!) if you are attending the Derby on either day to tweet me @stylistatlarge or @EpsomRacecourse – we want to see your pics!!

SS13 Trends: Metallic Mavericks

For Spring/Summer 2013 designers were keen to inject our wardrobes with an array of lustrous foils, metallic fabrics, holographic touches and iridescent sheens.

Burberry Prorsum of course had this down to a fine art clashing printed high gloss skirts with space-age shirts amongst other pieces, while other fashion houses such as Vivienne Westwood, Emporio Armani and Versace opted for a mixture of simplistic or outrageous designs which all worked well from head to toe.

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Across the water House of Holland and Jonathan Saunders both showed statement jackets in high sheen materials whilst designers like Lanvin and Rodarte added accents of silver, grey and rainbow hues to their accessory arsenals.

If you want to add some high shine into your daily wardrobe then why not take inspiration from the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo and team an opulent gold skirt with a casual knit, finished with simple accessories. If however you feel that may still be too much why not try a simple metallic nail varnish or statement necklace.

Whichever way you wear it for summer make sure to stand out from the crowd by wrapping precious metals with sparkling glitter-esque finishes and gleaming gauzy fabrics. Here’s a pick of my fav pieces (above) currently available to purchase now…

New SS13 Beauty Scents

It may be wetter than average this season but that still doesn’t mean your style, or summery scent, has to suffer…

This spring designers and perfumers were in their element creating a clash of citrus, fruity, floral and woody fragrances for all and dependant on your personal style there is something to suit everyone out there. So here’s just a few of the amazing new scents on the beauty scene.

Jo Malone  (one of my personal fav’s) have brought out two new scents that clash a mix of fresh and fruity or citrus based notes. Their English Pear & Freesia and Nectarine Blossom & Honey are the perfect pick me ups for a full day out (as their longevity is divine) 100ml is £78 and 30ml is £39; www.jomalone.co.uk 

The Perfume Shop is also another fab high street and online alternative and this season they are offering Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine EDT scent for £44.50 (50ml) with free standard delivery online or free gift wrap in store (what’s not to love there) – perfect for birthday treats and with Father’s Day nearly upon us it’s worth browsing online just for inspiration on other brands and scents.

For a mere £8.50 you can also pick up one of The Body Shop’s latest light, wearable scents; choose from 8 addictive notes that include Mango, Strawberry, Coconut, Grapefruit et al; a great way to start your 5 a day!

Catwalk creators Carven have also launched their brand new scent Le Parfum, £72 for 100ml, offering a gorgeous floral bouquet of White Hyacinth which is light and fresh and perfect for hot summer days; £38 for 30ml available from Harrods and Harrods.com.

Estée Lauder  have also released their biggest fragrance for summer Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche (£45 for 100ml) which sprays a Caribbean inspired scent onto your body injecting notes of Coconut milk, Sandalwood and Vanilla reminiscent of  high summer on tropical beaches and warm heat.

If you’re after something more zesty then why not try Superdry’s brand new range of neon perfumes; great for those who don’t like fanciful packaging and also enjoy something light, fresh and zingy (£35 for 40ml), plus the brand also sell a miniature pack for those who can’t decided or want to take all four scents on holiday (£29.50 for 4 x 25ml)!

Lastly Thierry Mugler has just launched two new limited edition fragrance aptly named Alien Aqua Chic and Angel Aqua Chic. Both derived from his original scents these new fragrances have been mixed in with fruity accords and aromatic water. Alien Aqua is energising and vibrant (with notes of Lemon Tree, Pink Grapefruit and Jasmine) whilst Angel Aqua is floral and juicy (with hints of Raspberry and Green Apple); both however are fabulous for an evening out on the town. Visit www.muglerstore.co.uk for more info…

 

Millie Mackintosh Named As New Face Of Very.co.uk’s Love Label Campaign

I love Made In Chelsea. The long pauses, the never-ending lotharios and of course the sophisticated girls; however, non more so than Millie Mackintosh who since starring in the show has opened a whole new avenue of opportunities and thus forged a fabulous fashion career.

Mills first started by doing some work experience at Glamour Magazine, progressing on to advertising a string of beauty endorsements (and being the face of St. Tropez) before finally launching her own fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog millie-mackintosh.com. This has catapulted her into the style stratosphere and the envy of girls (and women) across the country.

However, the starlet is now set on further U.K. domination after it was announced that she is the new face of fashion and lifestyle online store Very.co.uk’s Love Label, which must have been in the pipe line for quite some time as Millie has been sporting pieces from their latest collections since early this year.

After nursing her hubby-to-be rapper Pro Green (he was hit by a car last week) the multi-talented gal was beaming with excitement over her latest venture as the new face of Very.co.uk’s Love Label High Summer campaign. Think 1960s mixed with a sassy swing and you’re there as Millie shows off an array of monochrome hues, big earrings (even bigger hair), playsuits, hot pants and more – perfect for the summer parties and festival season.

For more info visit www.very.co.uk 

The Berkeley Hotel Launches Prêt-à-Portea

Forget picnics in the park this summer, as with this unpredictable weather you’re better off staying indoors and having a cup of tea; however, if you do prefer your Assam and Earl Grey’s as a treat why not make it a slightly more glamorous affair with friends or family by heading to The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, where you can now try out their fabulous Prêt-à-Portea.

Pret-a-Portea At The Berkeley Hotel

Pret-a-Portea At The Berkeley Hotel

That’s right as this season the luxurious hotel has opened its doors to the likes of Manolo Blahnik and Tory Burch (amongst other designers) for a classic take on afternoon tea adding cakes and pastries that resemble the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious.

Costing £39 per person you will also see such delights as Jason Wu’s coconut “Carolyn” hatbox, Prada’s Geisha-like white chocolate and Grand Marnier oversized coat embellished with red poppies and Balenciaga’s modern monochrome dark and white chocolate mousse dress set on a pine nut brownie topped with flamenco ruffles amongst other clever curated patisserie and biscuit creations.

To make the experience even more glam the Berkeley has also forged with pottery experts Wedgwood to produce a bespoke collection of fine-bone china for Pret-a-Portea in an exquisite multicolored diamond-shaped pattern gracing the new plates, cups and saucers and teapots etc for the ultimate fashion touch.

If you love fashion and afternoon tea this is a must-do experience.

For more information please call the Berkeley 0207 235 6000