Monday, 28 February 2011

Ugliest dress: Oscars 2011.

NOOOOO (slow motion movie voice)!

Nicole Kidman looks most unfortunate. Like a bridesmaid to a bride who hates her- and she is wearing Dior, probably not the best idea given all the negative publicity that Mr Galliano has received of late (and most deservedly; racism is always repulsive).

But its not the dresses creator that makes it so gross.

It is totally repugnant, independent of origin. Believe me, if this were the holy shroud, the Pope would run screaming.

From the frumpy embroidery, the washed out colour, bargain basement cut and bad accessories- this look does not have one redeeming feature.



For me Camila Alves takes the best dressed prize at the Oscars.  She looked like royalty in her black taffeta Kaufman Franco gown, swept back chignon, potent confidence  and divine features.

I hate princess gowns but the black infuses her look with an air of dignified solemnity and class- furthermore more the cut away back and front draws the eye down and balances the heaviness of the skirt. The absence of a heavy diamond necklace keeps her look modern and young.

Maybe I'm biased, but I have always believed that when going to a party thats bound to have every woman wearing colour, it is best to wear a  perfect black dress- accessorized simply with expensive accessories. There is nothing worse then looking through a facebook album at a group of girls all looking ridiculous wearing candy coloured gowns and smiling from ear to ear- reminds me of a cheesy American prom or a tasteless wedding.

10/10 Camila.

OSCARS 2011- Mila Kunis- Love her look or hate it?

The Oscars this year gave us a plethora of glamorous dresses. The themes were Swarovski crystals, nude tones, purple shades and cap sleeves.

I made a point of watching the live coverage of the celebrities on the red carpet. Looking at a photo is all well and good, but it doesn't show you  how a dress moves, how its wearer looks when they walk and stand in it, nor does it reveal which details are lost in the absence of bright bulbs and high definition lenses.

A lot of people were in awe of Mila Kunis in her lavender lace Ellie Saab gown and I agree that in the photos she looks elegant and ethereal. However, this was Not something that translated on the screen. As I watched her walk the red carpet she looked pale and underwhelming, the beautiful detail of the lace was lost to the eye and the shape of the dress did not much flatter her slender frame. Watch the way she looks and carries herself in the video, compared to the photo still- less impressive, non?

But perhaps I am being a harsh critic. However, I do think there were ladies who outshone Mila in the style stakes at the academy awards.

Purple reign: Black Swan star Mila Kunis dazzled in a plunging Elie Saab haute couture dress Purple reign: Black Swan star Mila Kunis dazzled in a plunging Elie Saab haute couture dress

Sunday, 27 February 2011


A bit off topic (if there even is a topic), but allow me to recount the mayhem that ensued when today I took Plato, my 8 month old Shih-tzu, to buy a bottle of water in my local newsagent.

As we were approaching the newsagent, Plato was on the lead, marching excitedly ahead of me, waggy tail high in the air. He was in a particularly bouncy mood.  

The newsagents I go to has a stall of fruit and veg on the outside.

 Plato loves colour and the site of melons, pears, oranges and bananas immediately rooted him to the spot. This is where things got bad. 

A man walked inside the shop and left his great dane (a very big dog) tied to a large shelf  of fruit. The dog was pretty chilled and found an orange on the floor that it held between its paws like a ball.

 Despite trying to bring up my shih-tzu to have the right values, the sight of the great dane enjoying his orange wrongly imbued Plato with a misplaced sense of ownership towards the fruit and a foolhardy boldness. 

So. Plato tricked me into thinking he was unperturbed and as we walked past the dog he  suddenly my ran towards him barking and purring (like a tiger, not a cat). Understandably the big guy got upset. So he got up, ROAREEEEEEEEED and leapt towards Plato.

As he did this, he pulled the metal stall of fruit away from the wall and it came crashing down on his head. ORANGES, APPLES, GRAPEFRUIT EVERYWHERE. The dog was so alarmed that it bellowed and ran into the middle of the road, with the metal shelves crashing behind him at the end of his lead.

Buses beeped, cars swerved. I closed my eyes as the canine came terrifyingly close to the wheels of a 4x4.

The owner ran out of the shop at the commotion- blinked at the chaos and started screaming after his dog, who at this point had crossed the road and was racing down the street- until the shelves got caught on a lampost and he was forced into a halt.

I looked around me at a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood action movie. A crowd of open mouthed spectators. Cars stopped with the drivers standing in the road staring. Fruit everywhere. A corner shop proprietor who staggered out of the shop and gasped at the damage. And me and my dog, creeping quietly away, unnoticed from the scene of the crime. 

Blood, tears and sweat

One thing that caught my eye this fashion week has been the tights on the Fendi runway. The pumpkin hue is fun yet classy- wouldn't you agree?

Ah! Payday this friday, ergo I shall be scouring the shops for something that excites me. The best thing about working is the fun you have spending the money you earn with your blood, sweat and tears (no, I am not being melodramatic).

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearFendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Inflict the chaos

Now's your moment, floating in the blue lagoon.. boy you better do it soon

Something to make you smile.

There you see her
Sitting there across the way
She don't got a lot to say
But there's something about her
And you don't know why
But you're dying to try
You wanna kiss the girl.

Yes, you want her
Look at her, you know you do
It's possible she wants you too
There's one way to ask her
It don't take a word, not a single word
Go on and kiss the girl (kiss the girl)

My oh my
Looks like the boy's too shy
Ain't gonna kiss the girl
Ain't that sad
it's such a shame
Too bad, you're gonna miss the girl
go on and kiss the girl (kiss the girl)

Nows your moment
Floating in a blue lagoon
Boy, you better do it soon
No time will be better
She don't say a word
And she wont say a word
Until you kiss the girl (kiss the girl)

Friday, 25 February 2011

Aquascutum AW '11: THANK YOU!

I have never been a lover of British fashion- mainly because I am not the target end consumer  and the clothes reflect that. But, I loved Aquascutum's AW '11 collection- Joanna Sykes' debut for the iconic British brand.

What I loved about the collection was that it didn't bore me to death with Cliche attempts at 'Britishness' (Pringle). But the collection still retained a delicious flavour of shooting weekends, sloaney blondes and public schools, whilst at the same time being deconstructed and effortlessly cool.

The look was strong with bold saturated colours and clean lines. We continued to see the colour blocking trend that many designers are embracing this season- And lady's take note: ORANGE IS THE COLOUR FOR AW '11

I will definitely be getting an Aquascutum trench this Autumn.

Aquascutum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearAquascutum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Aquascutum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearAquascutum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Aquascutum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearAquascutum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Burberry AW '11. Party in the Park

The Burberry Prorsum AW 2011 Womenswear show took place yesterday.

A massive tent was erected inside London's Hyde Park, beneath the towering splendour of Albert Memorial, a fitting location for such an iconic British label. Unsurprisingly, celebrities turned out in their droves to witness Christopher Bailey's latest offering.

Much of the outerwear came in warm Autumnal colours. Russet oranges and warm greens alongside berry red capes and coats. This vivid outerwear was  styled as vivid blocks of colour against the more muted tones of the trousers and tops.

Burberry also utilised an updated version of its check print throughout the collection, in the same seasonal colour palette imposed on lumberjack print.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearBurberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Fur also made a strong appearance. Snowy whites to chocolate browns- all with an elegant modern twist.  It's commendable that Christopher Bailey managed to utilise something as difficult as fur to create a look that's both timeless yet slightly edgy,  as often the two are mutually exclusive

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearBurberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearBurberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearBurberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

I suspect this Jourdan Dunn look may be one of the most popular- it's very young,  wearable and fits beautifully.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Check out the show highlights and the full catwalk show, below. I highly recommend watching the highlights and the climax of the show.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Ordinary Secrets

Post secret is a concept where people write their secrets on a post card and send them in. I am going to get the published book for my coffee table. There is something so poignant about reading both peoples' ordinary and extraordinary secrets.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

You can't get more flattering than Alaia

Alaia make some of the most flattering and classic dresses around. I saw a gorgeous one in Harrods today and although prohibitively expensive (at £2000!) the fit is just perfect.

I wish the high street would hurry up and catch on.

Make up for last night

Make up for last night by Hanushka I featuring long sleeve dresses
MesDemoiselles de Paris

Welcome to the Roller-Boogie

Anyone who has seen 'A Single Man' and like me loved it, will be excited to hear of Tom Ford's latest offering.

Rumour has it that Ford is planning to remake the cult 70's classic, Roller-Boogie. Seems to be an interesting change of direction from the artistic melancholy mood of 'A Single Man', but the costumes themselves should be enough to keep us all entertained.

Very Excited!

Make yourself at home

I adore interior design and beautifully designed spaces. I am a wallpaper voyeur and can while away hours discussing perfect colour palettes and flower arrangements.

This beautiful flat is located in what I consider to be the best postcode in London- Eaton Square, SW1 and yours for only £4.3m.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Someone's been paying attention

Cupid was good to me this year! On Valentines day I got the most beautiful gifts. The Christian Louboutin Rope Capra bag I was lusting over and the Roland Mouret Myrtha dress in Black. All beautifully wrapped in  python print wrapping paper and a huge red ribbon.

Roland Mouret Christian Louboutin