Sunday, July 6, 2014

Victoria Beckham in an English Country Garden

Victoria Beckham wearing Max Mara fisherman sweater, 
Hunter Wellington boots and custom made Stephen Jones hat.

I love all things VB, as readers of my Blog well know. I absolutely adore this shoot by Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue, August 2014. VB may be part based in LA, but she'll always be a cool Brit girl. Despite her usual glossy uptown girl chic, this quintessentially country England themed editorial somehow suits her down to the ground. The cover with Digby the Cavalier King Charles has got some of flack, but I love it. A tongue in cheek nod to English country-style. Obviously it appealed to VB's humour. "I’m never afraid to try something different when I’m working with the best people." she says.
Styled by Lucinda Chambers, the designer is seen getting stuck into the gardening whilst the rain falls on the rhododendrons. "We want to try and do something that I haven't really seen her do before," explains Chambers. "It's about making Victoria feel like it's possible to be a different character."

Editor Alexandra Shulman introduces the August 2014 issue: "This month's cover story began its life at a lunch I had with Victoria Beckham, way back at the end of last year. She was talking about the prospect of both turning 40 and opening her first store (on London's Dover Street), and when I suggested that we might do a different kind of fashion shoot to those that we have seen previously, she was keen to explore the idea. Hence the glamorous, funny, theatrical Victoria pictured by Patrick Demarchelier, shown embracing her inner, welly-wearing self as if she were a latter-day Vita Sackville-West and playing the lady of the manor with gusto ("Victoria's Era"). To accompany the shoot, Victoria let Vogue's Emily Sheffield shadow her in her real life over a week in London (including a Barry's Bootcamp class replacing her usual personal trainer). A story emerges of a woman who is now not only a good sport but a devoted mother of four, a successful and utterly driven fashion designer, a canny businesswoman - and she gets to be married to David Beckham. Not a bad place to be at 40, or frankly any age."

Victoria's Era by Patrick Demarchelier, styled by Lucinda Chambers

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kate back on Top

Kate Moss is back with a new collection for Topshop! "The first collection was seven years ago so I've grown up a lot and I learned a lot the first time around. This collection is a bit more sophisticated, everything in the collection is something that I would definitely wear and I can't wait to get my hands on it."

Nick Grimshaw on Kate:

Charlotte Tilbury on Kate:

From the video of Kate her inspirations look to be boho, 60's designers Ossie Clark & Biba, 70's style prints & 70's glam. Kate loves 70's style hot-pants & jumpsuits. She owns an original Biba playsuit given to her by Anita Pallenberg & recently wore David Bowie's custom-made Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit to the Brit Awards to collect an award for David. "It's important to have some inspiration or a reference point when you're dressing….I really love the late 1960s and 1970s, around the time of the Rolling Stones. I don't channel it in everything I wear, but it does seem to feed through most outfits.  The late part of the 1960s was an exciting time, with lots of changes in the fashion industry. It's important to have some inspiration or a reference point when you're dressing. It's important to accessorise and I always turn to the scarves, hats and sunglasses in my wardrobe. But wearing too many accessories at once can look very bad." from The Telegraph.
Kate in Ossie Clark at her wedding rehearsal
This dress is based on this famous vintage lemon yellow dress Kate wore in 2003 
(her debut Topshop collection also featured a similar copy of the dress).
Kate and Biba designer Barbara Hulanicki 
Kate as Ziggy Stardust by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Paris Vogue December 2011
Kate in Ziggy Stardust's 70s hot-pants jumpsuit at the Brits 2014
Pieces from the collection below feature florals, prints and feminine little dresses, but still that rock chick sensibility. There is also a heavy 70s vibe with sexy Maxi looks, shiny metallics and plenty of fringing.

Kate graces the cover of the latest British Vogue in one of her designs, and Freja Erichsen models another look inside.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Suited & Booted at the Oscars 2014

Kourtney Kardashian in Saint Laurent
I love Saint Laurent and Hedi Slimane, so it was great to see so many incarnations of his amazing suits at the Oscars - and all the women wearing tuxedos and suits! I love a tux (check out my previous post on tuxes and Le Smoking here and sexy jacket looks here). Academy Awards host Ellen wore three divine versions of Saint Laurent's classic Le Smoking jacket.

Ellen in Saint Laurent suits
Pharrel rocked an awsome shorts look from Lanvin but I was more taken with his partner Helen Lasichanh's striking look in a white Lanvin jacket, pussy bow and black pants.

this is not a new look for the couple, with Helen often suited & booted when sje joins Pharrell on the on the red carpet. Here's a previous matching suity & shorts look at CFDA Awards, 2012. 
Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell
At the post-Oscars parties, newly minted 'out' actress Ellen Page decided to go androgynous in a Saint Laurent suit, and fashion forward Kourtney Kardashian looked fabulous in her more feminine Saint Laurent suit. Both looked amazing. I also love Zoe Kravitz in a Balenciaga jacket.
Ellen Page in Saint Laurent
Kourtney Kardashian in Saint Laurent

Zoe Kravtiz in Balenciaga and Lisa Bonet in vintage YSL dress

Brooklyn Decker looked fab at the Vanity Fair Post Oscars Party in crisp Lanvin.
Brooklyn Decker in Lanvin

Here are a few other fave suited looks from this awards season.
Salma Hayek in Saint Laurent at the SAG Awards 2014
Jessie J in Tom Ford at the Clive Davis pre-Grammys party, 2014
 Barbara Palvin in BLK DNM at the ELLE Style Awards, 2014
Barbara Palvin at The Warner Music Group And Belvedere Brit Awards After Party, 2014
Samantha Barks at the ELLE Style Awards 2014
 Angelina in Saint Laurent at the BAFTAs 2014
 Madonna and son David at the Grammys 2014. Madonna in Ralph Lauren
Maggie Q, In Style Golden Globes Party 2014
 Diane Keaton in at the Golden Globes 2014


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