Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Cinderella effect

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The release of Walt Disney's live version of Cinderella
has led to unprecedented discussion surrounding the movie, the fashion and most importantly the story, because every girl would like to be the belle of the ball right?
Lily James wearing Christopher Kane 
for the New York Post fashion
This new take on a classic story surrounding fairy tales, 
princesses and true love has established a new protagonist- the modern day Cinderella.
That modern day Cinderella happens to be you. I define this as the Cinderella effect.
wearing Sibling and Julien Macdonald 
for the New York post
This British darling, Lily James, has mesmerised the world with her 
take on rags to riches transforming from a cinders girl
to the most iconic Disney princess of them all. 
She has captured the minds of the film industry, 
the fashion world and just about 
every fairytale dreaming girl out there, of every age.

World première style
All eyes have been on Lily James over the past month as she promotes the release of Cinderella. Designers are at her feet in hope they will get the chance to have her flaunt one of their gorgeous couture pieces. This is any fashion bloggers dream as couture simply does not get the attention it deserves. 
My favourite piece from Lily's première wardrobe, and I am sure many of you will agree, is this glorious Elie Saab. Using the iconic Cinderella blue, the world reknown Elie shimmer overlay has never looked more flawless. I simply could not think of another designer that would have the same presence and impact as Elie Saab. His designs are truly magical at all costs.
 The Elie Saab sketch
Christian Louboutin and Charlotte Olympia provided the most divine accessories to add to this phenomenal look. This styling is something we have never seen before and is the epitome of the unimaginable. Exaggeration and excessive sparkle is everywhere to be seen but it's prominence is a necessity in creating a look fit for a princess, and that is exactly what these accessories do.

Other première looks
At the London première, Lily deviated from the over the top sparkle we have been exposed to over the past few weeks. Choosing to wear a dynamic Balenciaga this darling strapless piece by the one and only Alexander Wang is sleek and sophisticated. Embellishment will always turn heads but it is power dressing, in the form of bold cuts and statement features, that really make the world talk.
Because who said Princesses' weren't powerful in their own right? 
I love the experimentation with prints and lengths as Lily embraces the hottest SS15 trends including fur, sleeves and high necks with both her Mary Katrantzou and Erdem ensembles. 
She truly is representing the best of British designers and both these pieces are iconic of each brand.
For photo calls Lily has often opted for laid back and effortless however equally chic pieces. Her Prabal Gurung and Gucci not only show her experimentation with a range of designers but shine the spotlight on her newly appointed, and well deserved, fashionista status.
Modern day princesses need the best of day wear and evening wear which is evident through Lily's sassy Mary Katrantzou and flowing Prada.
But of course it is darling house of Dior who must place their mark on 21st century royalty. Dior excels in utilising the colours white and pearl, ultimately making their presence radiant and ravishing. These two looks are so different, yet so elegant- everyone glares in admiration.
Finishing with a Dolce and Gabbana piece we can see that the fashion world, shown through the distinctive wardrobe of Lily James, has fallen in love once again with royalty. Everyone desires to dress a Princess and make it their finest work of art. All these pieces are of such a contrast. When every fashionista whether young or old has their eyes laid on Lily James as the star of their new favourite movie, they are exposed to a source of inspiration and are encouraged to experiment. 
Designers see their couture pieces off the Parisian runway and into the global limelight, which in turn provokes the recognition they oh so deserve.
 Sandy Powell, three time Oscar winner, designed all the costumes within the movie.

Designers show us their vision of that Cinderella glass slipper ...
Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia and Nicholas Kirkwood.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Stuart Weitzman and Christian Louboutin (as pictured above)

All of these sketches were brought to life and can be seen on various red carpets and photo shoots. It is simply too hard to choose my favourite but which is yours?

Cinderella glam
Mac cosmetics, one of our favourite beauty brands, has their own dash of Cinderella chic.
Re releasing some of our favourite colours, with a divine new packaging. this make up collection sold out in an instance. Weeks later we are still struggling to get our hands on it.

Fashionista's on the modern day Cinderella






Coco Rocha and Lauren Conrad have paired with Disney and Kohls to provide the 21st century girl with a little inspiration as to how they can channel their inner Disney Princess in their every day style. These instagram Queen's have created two contrasting collections/edits that are enticing and timeless.
Whilst Lauren chooses a more garden party chic, texture and colour palette, Coco is all about bold and dynamics. Fashionista's today can manipulate what was once an old fairy tale into something of significance as it hits the runway and captures the attention of a global audience.

The Cinderella effect is the impact that this movie, the fairytale and everything that lies between, has on today's society, primarily in the fashion world but most significantly on women.
 The new Cinderella is bold, daring and powerful. We never thought that an old tale would bare such prominence today but it's arrival is more than welcomed.

The thing that little girls look up to and women reminisce from their childhood
 has now taken centre stage and can be embraced in it's finest form.
We only hope Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast will do the same.
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Friday, 20 March 2015

Blogger spotlight: Chiara Ferragni

Blogger: Chiara Ferragni, 27 
Founder of The Blonde Salad 

This weeks bloggers spotlight is on the fabulous Chiara Ferragni.  If you have ever visited the Blonde Salad website or follow Chiara on instagram you will know why she remains my favourite. Her websites follows her daily outfits (they are gorgeous), her travels (number one jetsetter) and the many events she attends (hello fashion week.)

The Blonde Salad is one of the high flying blogs today, not just in Italy but around the globe receiving 110,000 views a day. The Chiara Ferragni collection which is comprised of slogan inspired tees, accessories and primarily shoes is now world reknown.

Not only has this darling created a phenomenal international blog but she has also established a company of 6 people, The Blonde Salad Crew, who accompany  her as she jets across the globe week after week (literally one day New York next day LA).

I constantly keep up to date with her style posts. She mixes high end brands with boutique pieces and although she can be girly, be classy, be sophisticated, she has an edge. You will often find her sitting front row at the hottest catwalk shows and collaborating with many different brands. 
Just this week she has been in Milan, Marrakech and Switzerland, a dream for anyone right? This darlings inspiration and influence within the fashion world is unprecedented. Over the past month she has landed her first Vogue cover, expanded her clothing brand and her team have have received a blogger award.
Her blog, like any, evolved from nothing and has transformed over the years.
Her work is continuous and she notes this through the hashtag #TheBlondeSaladNeverStops on all her instagrams. Coming from Milan this law graduate fashionista has made the move of a lifetime and is now based in LA where she lives with her high fashion photographer boyfriend, Andrew Arthur.
Her outfit above comes from when she sat front row at Moschino in 2013. I had only just starting following her blog a few weeks before this picture was taken. This dress is mesmerising -I love the colour, the cut and the accessorising making it one of my favourite and most memorable Chiara pieces to date.
Chiara also owns her own shoe line. Here iconic pieces can be found at http://www.chiaraferragnishoes.com/ and range from her gorgeous lipstick flats to fabulous heels. The website now also excels in the best accessories any fashionista could ask for.

I salute your impeccable style,
Chiara Ferragni 
Follow Chiara's blog: http://www.theblondesalad.com/

*I do not take ownership of these photos

Monday, 16 March 2015

An Irish wedding wardobe

Darlings, you know my love for weddings and this will soon be shown in the return of Wedding Wednesday this coming week.

Since fashion month and awards season is over it was time to give myself a little break break from blogging. During this duration I spent my weekend celebrating an Irish wedding. Two of my favourites, Olivea and James married in the most amazing ceremony I have ever witnessed. Not only was she the sassiest bride I have ever met but she was head to toe beautiful and the entire wedding was the epitome of perfection. 
She is the first of us hunnies to get married so as you can imagine between the wedding and partying with the Irish all weekend, it was a roller coaster of emotions. They literally make the most perfect couple it's indescribable. 

Having wedding celebrations all day every day for the past three days required a killer and well prepared wardrobe. Being March I decided it was time to fully embrace SS15 through the use of colour and style. Take a look at what I wore this weekend. 

Thursday
Our last pre marriage drinks with the bride to be
Playsuit: Topshop
Leather jacket: River Island BUY HERE
Shoes: Topshop
Friday
The wedding
Dress: River Island BUY HERE
Shoes: Topshop
The reception 
Glam courtesy of Toni & Guy hair - official fashion week stylists
(visit ), Fake bake spray tan (visit) and Mink individual lashes (visit )

Dress: River Island BUY HERE
Shoes: Carvela BUY HERE
Saturday
Morning
Blouse: Topshop concession
Cami: Miss Selfridge
Skirt: River Island BUY HERE
Shoes: River Island 
Glam courtesy of Fake bake spray tan (visit) and Mink individual lashes (visit )

Afternoon- going casual to watch the six nations Rugby, of course supporting the Irish
Leather Jacket: River Island BUY HERE
Jumper: Topshop
Jeans: River Island BUY HERE
Boots: River Island BUY HERE

Night- dancing the city away 
Glam courtesy of Fake bake spray tan (visit) and Mink individual lashes (visit )

Playsuit: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Carvela BUY HERE
Candid 
Here are the nicest people you will ever meet. These Irish darlings, Olivea & James, the bride and groom and Edna & Mick, the parents of Olivea created the most amazing weekend. 
How amazing does the bride look?! or even so how amazing do every single one of these hunnies look? I can't believe she is now married and couldn't be happier for her.
and the most fabulous people to spend your weekend with.

I am now in a state of post wedding depression- you know how I adore them
Which was your favourite ensemble darlings?

Thank you to Olivea and James for the most perfect weekend.

Thank you to Toni & Guy, Fake bake and Mink for my gorgeous glam and of course all our favourite high street stores for my ensembles.
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