Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Christmas Party Dress Guide

December is nearly here, which means that Christmas is on the horizon! And with Christmas comes allll the parties- sophisticated family ones with canapés and discussions about ‘your future’ with distant relatives, intimate meals with your best friends where Secret Santa’s’ are revealed, and of course the works party where you finally get to see how your manager acts when they are blind drunk!

Whether you want to show your colleagues what you look like out of your dowdy uniform, need to make a good impression on the in-laws or just simply make the effort in the name of Christmas, here are the dresses that will make you the best dressed for Xmas 2012!

Bold Baroque

Baroque relates to a style of European architecture, music, and art of the 17th to mid 18th century. Catapulting into 2012, this aesthetic is the option to go for if you want to make a dramatic impression at your party. It’s the AW trend that is sultry, sexy and very powerful! D&G were the leaders for this look, showcasing beautiful designs in blacks and golds. Combining bold shapes with layering and patterns and being subtly sexy with sheer materials, you won’t need to accessorise with a baroque dress. That’ll save some money!

D&G

D&G

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystifying Metallics

Sequins and Christmas parties go hand in hand. If you could only wear sequins once a year, it would have to be at Christmas! Connoting a sense of glamour and luxury, sequins are still firmly on the fashion radar. Choose a dress in silver or gold for the ultimate Christmas dress or alternatively choose jewel-coloured designs to stay on-trend for this winter. Alternatively, take a leaf out of British model of the year Cara Delevingne’s fashion handbook and opt for a simply cut dress in a hot metallic shade.

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

Cara Delevingnes

Cara Delevingnes

Ellie Saab

Ellie Saab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stella’s Silhouette

Now I know these dresses are fairly ‘old’ where the fashion industry is concerned but I thought I would include them in honour of Stella’s success at the British Fashion Awards this week! And a dress which creates curves in all the right places will always be popular with us ladies. The Stella silhouette dress has been worn by countless celebrities and flatters the female form like no other dress. Worn in simple yet timeless shades, wear this dress with confidence and you will be centre of attention at the buffet table!

Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Prints

This is the choice to go for if sophistication is your thing. Prints are everywhere at the moment and for a pretty party option, take inspiration from Erdem’s floral creations which are popular with the royal ladies and indeed everyone at the moment! Don’t be deceived by the common perception that showing off more flesh makes you look ‘sexier’. These dresses which use clever layering of pattern and longer cuts are hugely flattering and will make you stand out for all the right reasons.

Erdem

Erdem

Erdem

Erdem

Kate

Kate

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and Navy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- you can never go wrong with a little black dress! And hot on the heels of black this winter is navy. These shades are timeless and come in so many different cuts and styles so you really are spoilt for choice. If you want to spice up your dress then choose accessories in contrasting colours (a pretty pink looks fab with navy), or opt for a statement pair of shoes and clutch. Alexa Chung (who again triumphed at the British Fashion Awards this year owing to her fabulous style) rocked a delicately patterned LBD with statement heels. You would be a fool not to follow her style advice!

Alexa in Simone Rocha

Alexa in Simone Rocha

Mollie King

Mollie King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear these dresses to get noticed for all the right reasons this Christmas. And don’t forget the classic fashion rule- legs or chest- NEVER both! Tis the season to be very fashionable 

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

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Miranda’s Secret

Let’s hope the day never comes where we are all forced to wear bin bags out, but Miranda Kerr would not have a problem looking fabulous if the unthinkable happened! World-class model, mother, wife of Orlando Bloom and one of  2012’s top style icons- wow, she really does have it all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The secret to Miranda’s flawless style is not just her natural beauty and perfect figure. By teaming simple, timeless designs and cuts with statement pieces, she always looks groomed to perfection, sophisticated yet always a little playful and daring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For day-time errands (a little different from our everyday errands I’d hazard to guess), she likes to team floaty tops with sharp blazers in black, navy and grey together with statement bottoms. Think geometric patterned trousers, leopard print navy jeans or leather shorts. Neutrals are timeless and effortlessly stylish whilst the statement pieces offset these neutrals perfectly. To show off her never-ending legs, a pair of ankle boots with short shorts and an oversized coat gives her the fashion edge for AW12. And of course a Miranda Kerr outfit would not be complete without a trusty fedora and a BIG designer bag. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For evening glamour, Miranda really lets her model credentials shine, often opting for long sweeping numbers in candy colours which highlight her aussie tanned skin tone and reveal her perfect figure with sexy cuts and slits. And on the catwalk, she’s often seen wearing teeny tiny luxurious lingerie pieces- she does work for Victoria’s Secret after all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple with statement= the secret to Miranda’s successful style. Getting her body might take a lot more work though!

The owl and the pussycat take the fashion world by storm

When you think of animals in fashion, I’m sure that you first think of luxurious snakeskin Birkin bags, fiery tiger-print Cavalli dresses and possibly Kat Moon’s unfortunate love for leopard print. However, this season the fashion world has gone all soft and fluffy where the animal kingdom is concerned, choosing to don jumpers with the cutest woodland creatures on the scene. Various members of One Direction and Tom Daley (who teen girls think are cute enough already) have been spotted in Burberry AW12 tops featuring puppies and owls, whilst the ladies including Kate Bosworth, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Emma Stone have been embracing the animal love too.

Tom and his terrier

 

Team terrier for Emma

A high fashion embellished owl

Burberry Bosworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Jensen’s fox sweater dress has been a huge success on the high street, as have designs from Joules. And venturing out of the woods, Jil Sander used whales in her collection whilst Taylor Swift was spotted looking all warm and snug in a panda knit.

Jil Sander

 

Peter Jensen

 

Taylor Swift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This look fits perfectly in with the current heritage theme of AW, where all things country are celebrated. Burberry dressed up these animal jumpers with stunning knitted pencil skirts with bows at the waist for the ladies and with luxurious slick blazers for the men. For the ultimate heritage look, team an animal jumper with skirts and coats in autumn oranges, ox-blood reds or subtle yet ever fashionable grey. Accessories-wise, a fedora will set off your outfit perfectly, as will fur accessories.

If you go down to the woods this autumn, you’re sure to find a very fashionable bunch!

Burberry

Burberry

Pretty in Purple

Pretty in Purple

H m
$79 – hm.com

Mulberry lock bag
$470 – flannelsfashion.com

Burberry
dellamoda.com

John Lewis purple beret
$24 – johnlewis.com

Purple Rain. The perfect sum up for AW12 in Britain

And the award for most unlikely style icon for AW12 goes to….Disney’s Ursula! Yes deep purple is well and truly in this AW. Commonly associated with power and royalty, purple is the ultimate statement colour. We’ve had ox blood red and jewel colours already this season, now it’s time to look pretty in purple.

Kristen Stewart in a purple-studded J Mendel Creation

The ultimate purple statement piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dior, Christopher Kane and Vivienne Westwood all debuted purple creations at their AW12 shows, presenting wonderful dress cuts which enhanced tiny tiny waists alongside bold patterning. The key to pulling off this colour is to do it with one statement piece of clothing whether it’s a big chunky winter coat, a pair of shorts or a pair of pixie boots. Wearing head to toe purple is only for the brave and very fashion-savvy!  For a strong look without looking like a human blackberry team with leather (you won’t have a problem finding it on the high street at the moment!) or pure white knitwear for a nice contrast. It also works wonderfully with the current Goth trend- Perfect!

 

Floral with Purple at CK

Pretty in Purple at Dior.

Floaty Purple for Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Powerful purple from head to toe at Erdem

 

A silhouetted purple CK dress

Winter Hats To Make You Feel Snug As A Bug In A Rug (But Look Way Better Than A Bug In A Rug)

Hats are complex little things. Who knew one little accessory could have the potential to cause so much trouble? It’s bad etiquette to wear them indoors (maybe less so now than the ‘olden days’ but still), they can mess up your hair something chronic, and frustratingly there seems to be a different hat for every head-shape! None the less, hats are a necessity in winter. Picture the scene- ice-skating, snow, a big winter coat and a snug hat. Perfect winter image.

When done correctly, hats can offset an outfit perfectly. Do it wrong, you can look like a bit of a plonker. So which hats should we be wearing this AW?

Knitted headbands 

Ok, so this one isn’t an official member of the hat crew, but knitted headbands are the perfect compromise between keeping warm and keeping your hairstyle intact. Beware though, pick wisely! You don’t want to look like you’re kitted out for a fancy dinner AND a date on the ski slopes at the same time.

Whitney Port

Cara Delevigne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ever-fashionable beret

Wipe any French stereotypes clear, and concentrate on the utter chic-ness that is a beret! A timeless fashion accessory, the beret is simple and can be dressed up for a winter evening out in the city or dressed down and tilted slightly on your head for a spot of Christmas shopping. This is good choice for longer faces as they help to give a rounder effect to your face.

Jessica Alba

Katy Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement cossack

Big, bold and very fluffy, the Cossack hat is the ‘get me noticed’ accessory. A favourite with fashionistas, the Cossack  is luxurious and usually made from faux or real fur. Very fashionable darling.  Warning- must be worn with confidence!

Kate Moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The faithful bobble hat

The bobble hat is the ultimate winter companion. Easy to wear, playful and very cute. A favourite with all ages and probably the easiest choice! Pick a slouchy one with an extra big bobble in a berry red this winter to look on trend. This one definitely wins ‘most comfortable hat’.

Cheryl Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashionable Fedora

Think Rosie-Huntingdon Whiteley and basically the whole crew of Made In Chelsea. This is an up-market look and another one for the brave as you will stand out on the streets. Team with a fur coat and some slick boots for a sophisticated winter look.

Millie Made In Chelsea

Rosie H-W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the one to avoid….

Animal hats will always be more suited to fancy dress than Vogue but are fun all the same!

Another excuse to go shopping? What’s so wrong with hat?  (Awful)

 

The Favourite Five

The Favourite Five

Burberry trench coat
net-a-porter.com

Hobbs camel coat
$555 – johnlewis.com

Tote handbag
boutique1.com

MaxMara long opera glove
$250 – farfetch.com