Monday, 30 March 2015

Best dressed; 23rd-30th March

Style Queen of the week:
Taylor Swift
wearing Kaufmanfranco
This ensemble divided the opinions of many fashionistas and I still cannot figure out why?! How amazing does Taylor look in this show stopping lbd?! Her petite frame, gorgeous pins and perfect hair are simply beautiful, making her my best dressed of the week. Simplicity is key and Taylor's cut out piece, by such a phenomenal designer, is striking and sophisticated. 
You can tell this darling has graced the covers of Vogue.

Other fabulously dressed starlets
Kate Bosworth,Hailee Steinfeld, Suki Waterhouse and Kate Mara
 
This week was all about Dior, particularly couture, our favourite. The pieces are elegant and not an inch of detail is left unattended. All these pieces are drastically contrasting but all have an equally powerful presence. Dior is a red carpet favourite and quite rightly so, it's dominance is delightful. Whether strapless and polka dot or a plunging dramatic neckline, Dior is sexy, sleek and sophisticated.  
                                       
Jessica Chastain
wearing Oscar de la Renta
The legacy of this incredible designer is evident through his designs. We still have a massive whole in our hearts after the passing of Oscar last October but Peter Copping is certainly doing his fashion house proud. This all over printed, floor length dress with long sleeves is ultimately ravishing. Trying to make statement making print work can be problematic and tricky but Jessica Chastain and Oscar go hand in hand. A combination of monochrome florals and a flawless beauty look lay the foundations of one of our favourite looks of the entire week.

Kiernana Shipka and Jennifer Hudson 
wearing Miu Miu and Herve Leger
These starlets are killing on the red carpet. These two very different pieces each demonstrate the mastery of these two darling designers. These looks are seamlessly sassy and exquisite. The cuts, lengths and colours are all hot on trend and are paired with two immaculate beauty looks.

Which was your favourite of this weeks look darlings?
What are your thoughts on Taylor's killer Kaufmanfranco?
Be sure to let me know! 
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It's all about Gigi

 Gigi Hadid
Jelena Hadid, or as we know her Gigi Hadid, is exerting power and
dominance over the runways of our favourite fashion cities.
 This 19 year old dutch model has the fashion industry at her feet. 
 
Best friends with rising supermodel, Kendall Jenner, 
this sassy fashionista and natural beauty is another
 model high in demand. Starting from the age of two,
 modelling for Guess, her future on the runway was
 almost set in stone.
At the age of just 18 she landed her first appearance in Sports Illustrated becoming one of the most iconic faces in the swimwear industry. As you can see Gigi and the beach go hand in hand. She's a carefree beach babe that also just happens to kill it on the runway. 
                                       
Within the first two months of this year she headed 
the best dressed lists of every awards show, led the hottest
fashion campaigns and most importantly dominated
the cities of New York, London, Milan and darling Pariee.  
It's unusual within the fashion industry to find such a woman 
whose name extends from swimwear to the hottest catwalks
 of the greatest designers. Here we can see her walk for Dolce
 and Gabbana, Moschino, Max Mara, Tom Ford, Anna Sui, 
Emilio Pucci and Sonia Rykiel. These are just a few of the 
many many runways we found her on. 
  
She also manages to make one half of the finest couple around. Gigi and Cody Simpson are not only dating but have landed the first ever Mario Testino couple in the towel series #69.
Gigi is making a name for herself and people are talking, in all the right ways.
... killer street style

Whether walking the streets of Paris,
jetting from JFK, 
or doing things every other teenage girl does
... this darling looks head to toe flawless.

Gigi's ensembles are effortless yet scream sophistication.
How many other women aged nineteen have made it as a supermodel, swimwear queen and appeared in Vogue, Elle, Grazia and just about every other high fashion magazine on earth?

It really is all about Gigi.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Cinderella effect

                                                                                               ... a new pair of shoes can be life changing
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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