Monday, 31 January 2011

'It's like so whatever' - Claire Danes

Awkward teenaged non-flirtations struck a cord with anyone who grew up glued to My So-Called Life. We'd all been there and Claire Danes was our hero. She was ethereal in Romeo and Juliet and was a dream opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Below, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night, she wins my favourite outfit of the night hands down.

Flowing and belted in Louis Vuitton the loaner shows that there is so much more to Louis Vuitton than logoed luggage. See the rest of the 2011 Cruise Collection at Louis Vuitton.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

To be fair

I love vintage fairs, antique markets, charity shops and car boot sales. You can, if you are strong-willed, leave empty handed but more often than not you find a gem that is not only beautiful and original but also a bargain. I always advocate going as early as possible because I can't face missing out. A nine o'clock wake up this morning was rewarded two-fold.

Straight off the stall and onto my arm was a vintage Mulberry Somerset bag at a snip of the price you'd pay at the shop
Second up, a matching black leather and brass-cased 1970s men's watch. Too drool for school.

Up for a rummage? I recommend the following sites to check upcoming events.

Hammersmith Town Hall vintage fair
Chiswick car boot, W4 3UN, London (first Sunday of every month)
Affordable Vintage Fair - York Hall, Bethnal Green (next on 27th Feb)
The Vintage Furniture Flea - York Hall, Bethnal Green (on 27th March)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Black Swan

I cannot wait to see Daron Aronofsky's new film Black Swan featuring a reportedly epic performance from Natalie Portman but more excitingly, costumes designed by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Out on the 24th Jan. Book now to find out...

Monday, 17 January 2011

Golden Globes: The Good

When I started scrolling through the images from last nights Golden Globes I started to despair. Catherine Zeta Jones are you hoping to bring back taffeta? Helen Bonham-Carter why not surprise someone and wear Calvin Klein? Angelina and Ann Hathaway in horrible sequins straight from an 80s Gospel church - why stop before putting on a ridiculous matching hat? And I am not even going to talk about Minnie Driver. I am just not.

But then I found some true gems. While much is being made of the emerald trend on the red carpet I think the only trend to take from the evening was demure glamour. Full length and gorgeous gowns with discreet twinkles. A flattering fold. I have included my favorites below for you delectation.

The ever luscious Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab
Olivia Wilde in starry Marchesa
Mila Kunis working discreet pleats of a Vera Wang confection.


Sunday, 16 January 2011

Trend: Boardwalk

High gloss Vanity Fair’s shots for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire have inspired me to cherry pick the best of vintage-look swimsuits for your sojourns beside the seaside.

Splash Out
Above: Diane von Furstenburg 'Zane' bikini top £133 and bottoms £102. Sold separately - sorry! (In fact the whole Resort collection is mouth-watering). High-waisted bottoms flatter the curvy girl and the bikini top is a supportive yet stylish option whether you need it or not.

Modesty Blaze
Above: If you are 'pale and interesting' and are happy slathering yourself in Factor 20 plus, this £125 Miu Miu one piece is ideal - otherwise I shudder to think of the tan lines!
Cheap and Chic
Above: Coming in at just £32 this Topshop swimsuit is a more affordable option that will have you feeling every bit the Boardwalk girl.

Don't overlook the importance of accessories to complete the look. I found some beautiful Roundhouse sunglasses by Sunettes (exclusive for Liberty £85). Team with the go-to for every London fashion girl, bright red, matt MAC lipstick Russian Red £13.50.