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Elle Style Awards 2011 – courtesy of Next

15 Feb
Oh what a night. If you followed my tweet-a-thon last night, you’ll know that I did not spend my Valentine’s Day alone. Thanks to the wonderful people at Next, I spent yesterday evening with Alexa Chung, Tom Ford, Matthew Williamson, Courtney Love and Emma Watson among others at the Elle Style Awards. I still can’t believe I attended THE fashion awards show of the year, the perfect evening to whet my fashion whistle before LFW kicks off. I’m going to keep the post very brief as it’s picture heavy so here are the winners and presenters followed by the pictures I took on the night. The new baby (DSLR) stayed home so apologies for the slightly ropey pics.

International designer: Tom Ford, presented by Samantha Cameron
Next breakthrough talent: Noomi Rapace, presented by Danny Huston
British designer: Christopher Kane, presented by  Courtney Love
Best model: Coco Rocha, presented by Boy George
Best actress: Natalie Portman via video link
Best accessory designer: Emma Hill, presented by Corrine Bailey Rae
Best music act: Cheryl Cole, presented by Dermot O Leary
Best jewellery designer:  Dominic Jones, presented by Laura Bailey
Best TV actor/actress:  Blake Lively, presented by David Gandy
Best actor: Stephen Dorff, presented by Minnie Driver
Next young designer: Meadham Kirchhoff, presented by Emanuela de Paula
Outstanding fashion contribution: Helena Christensen, presented by Matthew Williamson
Style icon: Emma Watson, presented by Vivienne Westwood
Best moment of the night? Dame Vivienne presenting Emma Watson with the award just after saying she doesn’t know who she is and only met her five minutes ago! Super huge thank you to Next for inviting me. 

Presenter Alexa Chung
Samantha Cameron
The gorgeous Tom Ford
Noomi Repace
Courtney Love
Boy George
Coco Rocha
Corrine Bailey Rae
Cheryl Cole
Laura Bailey
Dominic Jones
Blake Lively!! Stunning
Blake Lively
Minnie Driver
Stephen Dorff
Meadham Kirchhoff
Matthew Williamson
Helena Christensen
Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood and Emma Watson
Emma Watson

 And here’s what I wore.

Dress – Rare Opulence
Jacket – River Island
Belt – H&M
Wedges – Carvella
Clutch – M&S

Next/Elle style awards blogger competition

10 Feb
In the interest of transparency, this blog post is an entry for a competition to win tickets to the Elle Style Awards next Monday. The task was to recreate my favourite celebrity look of 2010 using items from Next. My favourite look of the entire year was Blake Lively in Lanvin at Spike TV’s 2010 Scream Awards. She looked absolutely stunning in a head-to-toe look straight from the catwalk, accessories included. It was surprisingly easy to recreate this look with Next products; the maxi dress even includes the belt! The only finishing touch needed is a DIY slit at the front, et voila!

Bangles – £12

Elle February 2011 – Collections editorial

3 Jan

It’s that time of the year – the AW collections are looking a little stale and I’m crying out for something new and exciting to capture my attention and spark my creativity. Thankfully, the January/February issues of magazines are crammed full of Spring/Summer 2011 trends, new collections and campaigns. The Collections editorial in Elle February is by far my favourite. The impossibly gorgeous Chanel Iman looks flawless and the team at Elle have put together a really succinct snapshot of the trends, colours and cuts we will be wearing for the next few months. How stunning is the Lanvin image?!

* Source – TFS