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Stella McCartney Josephine Marrying lingerie

12 Jul

What with so many A-list weddings not to mention a fabulous couture season, so much attention has been lavished upon pretty dresses with little thought for what goes underneath them. A recent revelation at Bravissimo has made me much more aware of the importance of laying good foundations before getting dressed so lingerie is very much a priority for me at the moment. I’ll admit that Stella McCartney has been one of my favourite designers for years so I may be a little biased but I truly adore her lingerie collections. They always manage to tread the fine line between being girly without being too frou-frou. Her Josephine Marrying range is typically beautiful with leaver’s lace overlaying soft silk and fully boned corset shapes for a gorgeous silhouette. 


Adidas Team GB by Stella McCartney

10 May

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about my Aussie Lusciously Light journey, I just wanted to share another source of inspiration as well as some fabulous exercise fashion. Stella McCartney has been designing for sportswear giant Adidas for almost 10 years now and what once seemed like a strange pairing is going from strength to strength. The latest string in Stella’s bow is creating the official Team GB collection with Adidas for the impending Olympics. The limited edition collection fuses performance and style to form the perfect chic pieces for your workwear wardrobe. To celebrate the launch, Adidas have created an amazing video showcasing the collection, featuring Team GB’s gymnast Louis Smith, triple jumper Phillips Idowu, pentathlete Heather Fell and triathlete Hollie Avil, each displaying speed, strength and agility throughout the film. 

The collection launches next week. 

The best and worst dressed at the Met Ball 2011

4 May

Monday evening saw the fabulous and fashionable out in their finest for the annual Met Ball 2011. The ball is one of my favourite fashion events, much more interesting than red carpet watching at the Oscars and Golden Globes. As it’s a fashion event, attendees can push the envelope with their wardrobe choices should they have the guts to pull it off. Though Monday night’s event was a celebration of McQueen’s work and the opening of the Savage Beauty exhibition, I was surprised that very few stars were wearing his designs.

The designer of the evening was definitely Stella McCartney who dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rihanna. I’m sure I’ve seen Gwyneth in a very similar dress (perhaps at The Oscars?) but the super sexy, slim silhouette just works on her. Madonna looked great, I loved the dramatic train and intricate embroidery. Maggie looked radiant in her midnight blue sparkly number and I’m glad she kept the accessories minimal. Rihanna had Twitter in a bit of a frenzy with her sexy fitted, sheer dress. I liked it but would have chosen different shoes.

If Stella was the designer of the evening, red was definitely the colour of choice. Jennifer Lopez was glowing in Gucci, the colour looked great on her skin and I liked the red lips and scraped back bun. The little cover up was a little much though, I think it would have looked a lot better without it. this may be a little controversial but I didn’t actually like Mary-Kate Olsen’s vintage choice. It’s the Costume Institute Gala…make a little effort. Gisele and Dianna Agron were my perfect ladies in red, both looked absolutely breathtaking in very different ways. Gisele was a vision in her dramatic dress but Dianna’s simple Michael Kors dress was just stunning. 

I’m glad Salma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker were representing McQueen on the night. Two very different looks, I think I preferred Salma’s wispy, delicate beauty over SJP’s high impact, futuristic number. 

Props to Ginnifer Goodwin for wearing Topshop! 

Zoe Saldana also opted to go down the eye-catching brights route in this simple Calvin Klein gown. I’m a fan of her red carpet choices, she always gets it right.  

Christina Ricci’s Zac Posen gown was a little controversial but as I said earlier, the Met Ball is the one place you can get away with being a little dramatic. I think she stole the show and looked utterly amazing. 

The not so best dressed…

It’s Blake Lively, she’s in Chanel. It should work but for me it just didn’t. Karl was clearly inspired by Indian saris but it just doesn’t look right. 

The almost unstoppable combination of Burberry and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley should also just work but to me, this isn’t a good look. I’m not sure whether it’s the cheap looking satin or the amount of flesh on show but I think she could have looked a lot better. 

Apparently Beyonce and Jay Z were booed on the red carpet. I wouldn’t go that far but I really wasn’t a fan of this Pucci dress on her. The fishtail shape is very boring, the black and gold embroidery has been done to death, I don’t like the hair and I don’t know why on Earth Jay Z would wear a cream blazer with a white shirt. Bad. 

Fashion Fix

27 Mar

A while ago, I used to do a weekly post called Fashion Fix which kind of rounded up all the fashion news into one post. I’m feeling a little nostalgic so I thought I would bring it back 🙂 

Revillon and Rodarte? 

There have been lots of whisperings that Rodarte would be bought by LVMH group as CEO Pierre-Yves Roussel has been front row for the past two seasons.  Now, there are rumours that someone else may have already snapped them up. Apparently the Mulleavy sisters are in talks with French furrier Revillon. According to the rumours, their first collection will be shown in July alongside Paris couture. Rodarte’s rep denies the rumours, but watch this space.  I’m not sure how I feel about this to be honest, I just feel that fur is a little unnecessary these days. It would definitely be a very controversial move for them.

In other Rodarte news, they are collaborating with director Darren Aronofsky on his new film Black Swan, which stars Natalie Portman.

Theory and Proenza?

There must be something in the air, the lads from Proenza Schouler have apparently met with Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory, who may be interested in a stake of the American label. Theory already invests in the likes of Rag and Bone and Alice + Olivia.

Tom Ford womenswear steams ahead

This is the most exciting news of all. Tom Ford is on a recruiting spree for his womenswear design team. Here’s a roll call of who has been hired: Caroline Tixier (Givenchy), Pablo Coppola (McQueen) and Michael Lewis (Gucci,  Louis Vuitton and Burberry). Ford is reported to return to womenswear for Autumn 2011, probably with a presentation rather than a show either set in New York or Milian. I cannot wait to see what the creative outcome is, but I’m sure it will completely blow me away. 

Stella shrinks Gap

Stella McCartney’s first collection for Gap Kids sold out of large sizes within hours, so she’s cut everything slightly smaller this season. To be honest, I didn’t pay the last collection much mind, seeing as it was for kids. But I may try to squeeze myself into something as I’ve heard it’s amazing!
New Model/Designer

Irina Lazareanu is the latest model to jump on the model/designer bandwagon. I do like her style, but to be honest I’m sick of people (celebrities and models) deviating from the day job to dabble in design. Lindsey Lohal and Ungaro, I’m talking to you! Designers do such an amazing job I really feel this undermines their vision, creativity and talent. 

Fendi and Chanel hit New York

Andre Leon Talley has confirmed reports that Karl Lagerfeld is shooting both Chanel and Fendi campaigns in New York. He was shooting Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw in Chanel around SoHo and the Lower East Side during the week. If the stupid BA strike wasn’t on, I would be so tempted to jump on a flight to do some Karl-stalking!