They wore it well – Oscars 2012

My favourite quote of the night was early in the proceedings, when Billy Crystal said: “So tonight enjoy yourselves, because nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.” Brilliant Billy, I love your work.

Is it crazy that the red carpet arrivals is almost more important than the awards themselves? What a person wears to the Oscars goes down in history, good or bad. And it stays there. Forever. The only thing you can do to redeem yourself is to get back out there the following year and this time, hire a stylist!

So in keeping with this new tradition, my favourite dressed of the evening starts with a dapper Englishman, and no, it’s not Colin Firth.  

Gary Oldman in his bespoke three-piece Paul Smith tuxedo and his wife Alexandra Edenborough in her black Roberto Cavalli gown. It took me a week, but I finally found the name of her gown’s designer. I can move on now. 

Not everyone will agree, but I like this J. Mendel dress on Kristen. The colour of the dress compliments her skin tone and hair colour and the shape is just right for her.  

Tina Fey doesn’t always hit the mark, at least not in a fashion and style sense, but this time she scored a bullseye with her choice of Carolina Herrera.  Elegant and perfectly shaped for her figure.

Michelle William’s burnt orange Louis Vuitton gown has grown on me. I wasn’t sure if it was the right choice for her at first, but the more I see it, the more I like it. I like how she paired it with a small pink clutch too. Pretty and feminine.

Meryl Streep was the lady of the evening, winning her third Oscar and channeling the golden statue with her gold Lanvin gown.

The evening stand-out was far and away, Rooney Mara in white Givenchy. She just nailed the brief, don’t you think? Everyone’s going to be cutting their fringe this next season, I can see it now. 

I have kept it simple, but really the plain truth is that there were way more boring dresses than outstanding ones, so it was pretty easy to pick a favourite. I’d love to hear from you, what was your favourite? Leave me a comment here or pop over to my Facebook page and post a comment and a picture if you like.



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Dolce, Dolce, Dolce!

I always look forward to the Dolce & Gabbana show at Milan Fashion Week. Stefano and Domenico’s overtly feminine designs float down the runway on models that are clearly happy to be wearing their clothes, and why wouldn’t they?
Layered and textured, key elements of their Fall 2012 RTW collection will trickle down the many different fashion fronts and hopefully, one way or another will end up in my wardrobe – whether it be in the form of a lace dress, embellished velvet jacket or faux fur coat. Of course, it is highly unlikely they will be labeled Dolce & Gabbana, more likely my local High street vendor, (that is unless I win the lottery), but clearly, Winter is going to be just delovely this year!



Give a frock Friday

Stephanie Seymour wearing an Azzedine Alaia original photographed by Gilles Bensimon for Flaunt magazine, June 2010.

The magazine featured a rare interview with the famed Tunisian born designer. Here is a taste of what writer Long Nguyen talked about with Monsieur Alaia.

“What was fashion like then?
It was the end of the hippy era. The 1980s were about unisex and power dressing with very large clothes. But for me, I did a completely different silhouette—it was skinny and close to the body.
You’ve kept this silhouette until today?
Yes, because fashion for me is a concentration on and a study of the body. It was the influence of my study of sculpture. There are silhouettes I developed that I keep, but every time there is a new proportion, a new material, and I change the sleeves, the armholes. Even if you don’t perceive something different, it is not the same dress or jacket. It’s in the materials.”

Alaia has always been my first love where haute couture is concerned. I wrote about him back in 2009 where I talked about my Alaia inspired design I had made for my high school graduation formal, which you can read about here.

We are having an internet-free zone here at my house this weekend. In the past we have found these to be such a wonderful way to disconnect from the ethernet and reconnect with each other. It feels quite strange to not be able to just “Google it” when I need information, but it doesn’t take too long for those feeling to evolve and in the end it is liberating.

Have a great weekend,


Source: You can read the full interview at

Scenes from the front row…

Mulberry: Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Michelle Williams and Elizabeth Olsen

I finally got to see My Week with Marilyn today and I was not disappointed. In the words of my BFF Kirsty, “Michelle Williams nailed it!” and for my money, so did Kenneth Branagh – I’ve always loved him. He was just so wonderful, the very likeness of Laurence Olivier as “the Prince”. Judi Dench was perfection, her character was so delightful, as was Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and I almost didn’t recognise Zoe Wanamker as Paula Strasberg. A triumph if ever there was, the best film I’ve seen in a while, right up there with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for its beautiful cinematography, costume design and art direction. The casting was pretty spot-on too! 



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Ralph Lauren channels Downton Abbey

I just finished watching season 1 and 2 of Downton Abbey. Two things. One, yes I am aware I am a late starter here, I make no apologies. And two, I am totally and irrevocably hooked!

The cast of Downton Abbey photographed at Highclere Castle by Jason Bell for Vanity Fair.

Ralph Lauren’s FW 2012 collection at NYFW was so obviously inspired by the hit television series. Here are some of my favourites from the collection.

Tweed, velvet, cerise, leather, plaid, animal prints and bomber jackets worn with evening gowns. Hats of the bowler, cloche and top kind, and long, long gloves. Ralph Lauren gives prim and proper Britishness an injection of cool. Looking closer I am reminded of costumes from 80s movie High Road to China, and another favourite British television series set in the 1920s, The House of Eliott. As the third season of Downton Abbey moves into the 1920s, I cannot wait to see what delights the show’s costumier delivers. 

What I cannot believe is how long I have to wait to see it. Is it true we have to amuse ourselves with something else until October? Thank god Mad Men returns next month!



Give a frock Friday

I had chosen an Alaia frock for today’s frock Friday post but I came across this pretty Jeremy Scott number whilst on Tumblr last night and decided to post this instead. Rainbow sequins, is there anything prettier? 

So by now you will know that I prefer to keep my blog positive, and that as a rule, I generally steer away from negative comments. But regarding the Marc Jacobs FW 2012 collection at NYFW this week, I really must protest – what the? I think maybe he is over worked? Has too many collections to design for forced an inspiration deficit and so by the time he got to his namesake label he had nothing left? What about those Mad Hatter inspired enormous hats? I cannot wait to see if The Sartorialist snaps anyone brave enough to don one of those monstrosities and wear it out in the open for all to see. Really I cannot wait to be proven wrong, if anything so I can have a laugh!  Ok. Enough said. 

It has been a super busy week and I have had the most marvellous support from you for my new blog banner, thank you all for being so generous with your comments here and on my Facebook page, I love hearing from you!

Have a great weekend,


Image source: Bryant Eslava 

Ta da! What do you think?

Lovely readers I have today, just now in fact, finally made a decision on my blog header. I am dying to hear your views, comments, response to it – please share with me because this has been so much harder then I thought it would be.  You’ve no idea how picky a girl can be about how she looks… ha!

I value your opinion, but please… be kind!



Photo of Moi by Daniel Lewin.

Inès de la Fressange, my style saviour

If there is one person who appeals to my style sensibility, who embodies those things that appeal to me most, it has to be Inès de la Fressange. Without doubt, she is my greatest fashion influence. Why? Put simply, she prefers flat shoes, she wears her hair short, and she loves to pair blazers/jackets with pants and jeans. Model, muse, designer, single mother and according to what I have read, possibly the first to pair her Chanel jacket with her jeans, Inès is a trend-setter, not a follower. But of course.

Ok, so I don’t own a Chanel jacket (not yet anyway), but that doesn’t mean I cannot embody the essential characteristics of French chic, does it?

Whenever I need to dress as to feel safe, that is, when I want to feel most confident – I dress like Inès does. On most days, or for an occasion, or even when the weather dictates it – I dress in the manner of Inès. It suits me, it suits my body shape; it is me to a T.

Inès was muse to Karl Largefeld in the 80s before a silly falling out, but the two have since made up and in 2010 she walked the Chanel runway again.

Inès on the Chanel runway in the 80s.
Inès with Karl Largerfeld, 1983.
Inès, the first face of Coco parfum.

Her style is simple, elegant, defined by blazer, slim pants, flat shoes, simple makeup (if any) and short unpainted nails, and of course, short hair.

I make no apologies for my Parisian style influences – if you’ve read any posts on I like, I wish, I heart you will already know how much French women are an influence and style barometer for me. And so…

Inès turned photographer on the street during fashion week.
I love that Inès hates super-high heels, even daring to walk the red carpet in flats – a woman after my own heart! 
Who says that Red Carpet style has to equal super high heels?

She is smart about shopping for her age, stating that she would never go into a shop meant for women her age because: 
“It’s all about your mental attitude: if you accept that fact that you are old and it’s over – you will look old, non?”  

Instead, Inès chooses to mix her wardrobe with high-street finds,  raiding her man’s closet and then pairing it all with jeans, sneakers or an army surplus coat and ballet flats.

My favourite look: pants or denim jeans with a beautiful blazer. I am in love with this emerald green velvet blazer!

Inès admits that as a young woman she was a perfectionist and not always happy, but “today I prefer to feel good, be happy and appreciate my friends.  That’s far more rewarding than being able to wear a miniskirt … I know what fits me – and how to look better quicker.”

Inès with Luigi d’Urso on there wedding day in 1990.

Her husband, Luigi d’Urso, died suddenly of a heart attack in 2006 at only 52. Since then Inès has been a single mother living in Paris and raising her two daughters Nine and Violette. Of learning to be a single mother she says: “I had to bring the joy, the money, the affection, the fun, the authority, everything.”

Inès with daughters Violette and Nine.

As a mother, I appreciate and adore her take on making life easier for yourself by choosing to laugh instead of getting angry – something I strive to do everyday!
“There is a moment when you decide if it is hard or not.  If you come back home and it is messy and you decide everything is dramatic then it is dramatic. But if you decide, “Ok, it is messy but it is better to laugh…”  Perfect wisdom.

Inès on the cover of French Elle with baby Nine in 1994 and on the Chanel runway in the 80s.

In 2011, Inès wrote a style guide called “Parisian Chic” which I bought and devoured of course, and from which she says: “Invest in these basics: a blazer, a trenchcoat, a navy sweater, a white vest (tank top to some of us), a little black dress and the perfect pair of jeans.” 

But my favourite thing about Inès? Well, it is that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.



Sources:,, lefigaro.frParisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange,, alltheprettybirds, garance dorè,   

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I heart Adele

I hear that the Grammy’s are being re-named The Adele Show. It’s not surprising really as she has been nominated in six categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Short Form Music Video.

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love to listen to Adele. My girls adore her and I often hear them singing along to Rolling In the Deep, Chasing Pavements or Rumour Has It on their iPod.

At such a young age, Adele’s music and incredible voice has changed the face of music.

“My life is full of drama and I won’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like. I don’t like going to the gym.”
“I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine. Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my t**s and a** out for no one.”
“I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.” – via Rolling Stone magazine.

I love her attitude. It’s refreshing and it challenges the norm, all good things in my opinion. I hope she sweeps the Grammy’s like the critics are predicting!



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Give a frock Friday

Jil Sander maxi dress and hat by Stetson as seen in Marie Claire France, June 2011. 

It’s bright and sunny here and so I cannot possibly resist classic nautical stripes when the weather is this gorgeous! 

Ok, so if you’re wondering, last weekend’s photo shoot went very well! I did manage to relax a bit but my fabulously talented photographer Daniel Lewin was a consummate pro and put up with my constant fidgeting – thank you Dan, from the bottom of my heart! 

I am working on the new blog header this weekend and I have posted a few bits about the shoot on my Facebook page, so head over and check it.

The results of the shoot will be up here on the blog very soon!

Have a great weekend,


Image Source: Marie Claire France – photographer unknown. 

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