Jan 27 2015

Haute Couture: Giambattisa Valli Couture SS15

Giambattisa-Valli-couture-look45Quick disclaimer, I love, love, love anything Giambattisa Valli, I am obsessed with day dreaming of dress-up sessions in his exquisitely crafted gowns, and I basically each season just fall in love with the romance of haute couture, and the hope that one day I will be a fairytale princess in need of a gown for the ball!!!

For SS15, Valli was inspired by Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin, which is probably why there was a chic romance mixed in with a haute couture-style rock-n-roll vibe, which made for a gorgeous mix of floral embroideries, frills, sheer panelling, ruffles, plenty of tulle and sexy black veils covering the model’s eyes.

What I adore about this collection has to be the sugar almond colour palette of pale pink, green and lemon, mixed in with the Coco-approved black and white, to make for a feminine, chic and seriously dreamy collection of floor-length gowns, flirty dresses, coats and even trousers. I know can trousers even be couture, well only if paired with a tulle skirt or in a gorgeous printed silk-faille, of course! For me this line-up had everything a haute couture collection should have in it.

Of course the fairytale princess gowns with their explosions of tulle were my favourites, divine in their construction, I am always fascinated with how many hours each gown takes, and all of them had me dreaming of the red carpet. I think the Oscars would be wonderful, would certainly make an entrance but to be honest I don’t think any stylist or actress is brave enough to consider, I think these beauties are destined for Cannes and I can’t wait.

So which celebrities would you like to see wearing this collection? I think Diane Kruger and Emma Stone would look incredible, and I would love to see Cate Blanchett opt for feminine rather than edgy, and I think the Fan Bingbing would look spectacular in the vibrant bubblegum ballgown.

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Jan 26 2015

Red Carpet: SAG Awards 2015 – Best Dressed

So this award season hasn’t really blown me away, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards were OK, there were a few standout looks but nothing to be honest that you would remember for years to come, and it seems the SAG Awards held the same fate, the red carpet was filled with “nice” gowns. But for me nice doesn’t really have a place on the red carpet, I want to see drama, high fashion risks and creative designs. The only thing I can hope for is that all the major fashion houses are holding back on their gorgeous gowns for the Oscars next month, otherwise this could be one of the most disappointing award seasons on record.

OK, so I am being a little over dramatic, I just love the award season red carpet so much, it rivals Cannes for exquisite gowns and I love it when my favourite actresses really bring it. Normally I am a huge fan of the SAG Awards red carpet, mainly because the big stars seem more relaxed and happy to be there, but I felt last night the award show was missing some big A-list names that always kill it in the fashion stakes such as Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Lopez.

Saying all that I did love some looks, namely Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon, who actually made the Golden Globes red carpet as well, there were also some great choices by Downton Abbey girls Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael, as well as some stunning Donna Karen Atelier gowns worn by Camila Alves and Sofia Vergara, plus some improved outings from Kaley Cuoco, Keira Knightley and Felicity Jones, all of which grace my red carpet Pinterest board, but I have to confess I was still a little underwhelmed by Jennifer Aniston’s vintage Galliano gown, which no doubt everyone else is raving about, for me is was a little too much boob, but I do think her body is looking better than ever.

So here you have it my five best dressed ladies from the 2015 SAG Awards:

Emma Stone in Christian Dior Couture

I am really enjoying seeing Emma Stone have a lot of fun on the red carpet and I love how she really brings a menswear-inspired edge to proceedings. I loved her Golden Globes Lanvin look but this Dior Couture tuxedo-style dress with a sheer skirt and sweeping train really makes that outfit look boring. I love that she went for drama, sex appeal and fun in her look and as always she is the coolest girl in town. I really think that her partnership with stylist Petra Flannery is on fire and I have high expectations for the Oscars.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture

I am loving Julianne Moore’s love affair with Givenchy, they really do seem like a team made for one another, and this is another gorgeous gown. OK, so this isn’t the most original look, a redhead wearing green, or Julianne wearing sequins or a column gown, but saying all that I still love its drama and the fact it made a statement on last night’s SAG Awards red carpet when most did not.

I know some people on Twitter were saying that they wish she had done something more with her hair but I love that she has this minimalistic vibe when it comes to her hair and make-up, plus I adore those purple stone earrings she is wearing.

Reese Witherspoon in custom Giorgio Armani 

There is something about Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet, she doesn’t always go for the edgiest of designs or even the raciest, but she always looks incredible, and I love this white custom Giorgio Armani gown. White for me on the red carpet can sometimes seem too bridal or not very flattering but there is something so elegant about this one-shoulder design with its matte sequin detailing along the neckline and shoulder that makes it beautiful.

Add to that her flawless body, stunning hair and make-up, I am a huge fan of a ponytail done right on the red carpet, and all those sparkling Harry Winston jewels and it really does make for a gorgeous look and did you see the back – that scoop is pure perfection.

Camila Alves in Donna Karen Atelier

Donna Karen really had a great SAG Awards with Emilia Clarke, Sofia Vergara and Camila Alves all looking absolutely stunning, and I am sure for most Sofia will get the best dressed nod because she wasn’t wearing a stiff-looking mermaid-style gown, but for me Camila Alves looked a knockout in this strapless aubergine gown that was tailored to perfection to show off her incredible body.

If this gown had been in black, like a lot of looks were last night, I would have been bored – it is the colour of this dress, as well as her beauty that really makes this a standout look of the night for me.

Laura Carmichael in Vionnett

For my fifth and final best dressed star it was a hard choice between Downton Abbey stars Laura Carmichael and Joanne Froggatt, who did look radiant in Honor, but I think Laura’s subtle sexy and daring choice in Vionnett with its sheer and patterned skirt deserved the space that little bit more.

What I love about this look is how different and modern this look is, she took a risk and it paid off, and I am so pleased that she resisted the temptation to over style it as the dress really does speak for itself. I am sure this look will split opinions but I love it.

For more red carpet looks head on over to my Pinterest Board or Facebook page.

So who made your SAG Awards best dressed list? Leave me a comment below or tweet me your favourites.

Jan 25 2015

Producers Guild Awards: Jennifer Lawrence In Prada

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I have been pretty disappointed with the award season so far, well that was until I saw this incredible look from Jennifer Lawrence, looking stunning in a custom Prada gown to the 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards in Los Angeles.

After a number of award seasons with Jennifer being the Oscar favourite, 2015 hasn’t really been the same without her on the red carpet, granted I haven’t always thought she wore the right thing, but no matter what she always brought drama and fun to the crazy world of the red carpet, and I have missed that, so it was so amazing to see her step out for the PGA Awards.

First up, yeah to the fact she isn’t wearing Dior, the rumour mill is already swirling with talk her contract is up, which I hope is true as when she is free to shop around for a gorgeous dress this is what happens, a wonderful Grecian-style gown with a plunging neckline, open back and thigh-high split that perfectly shows off her incredible figure. I have to be honest I was surprised it was Prada, this has to be one of the most gorgeous red carpet looks they have ever produced.

I love the nude colour, the silver embellishments, and the plunging neckline, which is just right, but for me this gorgeous gown is all about the sexy back, so I am so pleased that she went for her hair up to show it off. Also her eye make-up is divine, I don’t think I have seen Jennifer look this good in a while, it really makes me hopeful that she will pull out all the stops if she attends the Oscars this year.

I really love this look – are you a fan?

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Updated: Also you have to watch her hilarious speech while presenting an award to Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, which produces the Hunger Games films.

[Pics: via Prada]

Jan 23 2015

Wearable Tech: The Knomo Elektonista Digital Clutch

knomo-elektronista-clutch-1I’ve had many interesting debates lately regarding wearable tech, nearly everyone I have spoken to says they aren’t convinced because nearly all think that the wearable tech products out there might be useful but they are also ugly, bulky or just too geeky to even want to wear.

Generally, this talk is directed to those smartwatches, which can read your e-mails, track your fitness, and even make phone calls, obviously not on their own! But there is much more to wearable tech than watches, there are also sci-fi like glasses from Google, which totally needs a lot more work to make them cool, as well as technology embedded into clothing, and even rings that vibrant to inform you of your notifications. Basically wearable technology can be anything that incorporates functional, portable electronics and computers into your daily life, which I am totally on board with, if only technology could work with fashion more to make them appealing.

There aren’t many I can rave about, even the Apple watch doesn’t really make that huge leap to fashionable as well as functional for me, so I am so pleased that Knomo has launched something that is useful, organised, as well as fashionable with its Elektronista digital clutch with Danish blogger Christiane Vejlø.

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This really is my kind of wearable tech, as at first glance this looks like any other black bag, it has chic gold finishings and is in the dreamiest leather, but if you look closer it folds out into an organiser for your digital devices, basically it carries everything you need to carry your desk with you on the go, which is very handy for a fashion blogger.

It has pockets for your tablet, it fits my 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S, smartphone, my cables, travel card, make-up, notepad, business cards, cash in a handy detachable purse, bank cards, and even space for a pen, which I love as no matter how techie my life gets you can’t beat writing down your thoughts with pen and paper.

Oh and I nearly forgot the best bit, the clutch comes with an in-built Knomo 3000mAh battery and charging cable, so you can keep your devices charged up on the go, which I definitely will be using a lot during fashion week next month. I carry with me on a day-to-day basic a battery charger for my devices and this battery pack means I don’t have to do that, and unlike other portable chargers I have used this one is fast, has more than one charge in it, and is light.

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It has the same feel as my Knomo Knomad Mini, except it is a little bigger, comes with a battery pack, and it zips into a luxurious clutch that I can wear over my shoulder, cross-body, or as a clutch, which is great when you go straight from the office to an evening event or date.

What surprised me about the Elektronista Clutch is how much you can fit in it, as well as the pockets once it is zipped up it acts like any other bag, I took it into London the other day and it fitted my book in easily as well as my diary without it being too heavy to carry or lose its shape.

At the moment it only comes in black and only with the gold chain strap, I spoke to Knomo and Christiane at the launch and there is talk for more colours and just a plain leather strap, which I think will make this bag appeal to more people. I have even tried to make mine more my own by accessorising it with my monogrammed tags that I bought in New York from Kate Spade Saturday, I just think they add something personal to this bag that makes it even more special, especially because I use it all the time.

I have to be honest, I love black, I wear black a lot, but I think I would like this beauty to be available in all the colours of the rainbow!!!

What are your thoughts on wearable tech?

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**I was gifted the Knomo Elektronista Clutch but as always my opinions are my own**

Jan 21 2015

Instagram: 6 Fashion Illustrators To Follow

PaperFashionInstagram is more than just a photo-sharing social site, it has become a hotbed for inspiration, whether its fashion, interiors, food or beauty it is full of creative images, and lately I have been obsessed with adding fashion illustrators to my feed in the hope that their immense skill will rub off on me!!!

So, because I am obsessed I thought I would share the love and introduce my favourite 6 fashion illustrators I love following on Instagram, so you too can go ahead and fall in love with their work like me. Just click on their sketches to be taken straight to their Instagram. PaperFashion-1

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New York-based Katie Rodgers is one of the most romantic illustrators with a love of high fashion ballgowns that she paints rather than draws and adorns with sequins, beads, and glitter. I really love it when she recreates red carpet looks.

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I first discovered Megan after I bought one of her illustrated notebooks, which led me to stalking her on Instagram, as her high fashion sketches for the likes of Dior, Chanel and Cartier are uber-glam and so, so pretty and feminine. I think out of all the illustrators Megan is who I would love to come and graffiti my home.

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Sofie is a 25-year-old illustrator from Copenhagen and I adore her haute couture illustrations. Her style is sexy and sassy and in my opinion mini works of art – I would love to print all her Instagram pics out for my wall.

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@Lenaker

This Russian fashion illustrators takes inspiration from pop culture in her sketches from Rita Ora to Moschino’s Barbie collection, and I love it when she does videos showing her drawing in action.

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Eleni is a wonderful artist and I am so lucky to say that I have a personalised sketch of myself from her on my wall. Her illustrations are just sweet, romantic and ultra-glam. I love her portrait work but it has to be her town scenes and cherry blossoms that make me gush every time I see them.

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Clym is one of my favourite London-based illustrators, I love seeing him around fashion events sketching away, just watching him is so much fun as the speed in which he captures a runway look is so impressive. Lately he has been sketching menswear fashion, but he has also worked for Harrods, Charlotte Olympia, and for the Royal Opera House. I love his work.

Do you have any fashion illustrators that you can recommend to follow on Instagram? Also don’t forget to follow me @fashionistabarbie.

[Pics: via Instagram]

Jan 20 2015

Obsessions: My Need For Designer Stationery

designer-stationery-1I’ve spoken about my addiction to stationery before, I have a love for buying notepads, pens, pencils, cute erasers, and even colourful paper-clips, most of which I find too cute to even use, but lately I think I have been hitting new heights with my latest purchases that I just had to have, designer pieces of stationery.

First up, Kate Spade New York, literally the mecca for the cutest pieces that you didn’t even know you wanted, from bow-shaped push pins to micro-skinny pencils, and even a rotating phrase stamp to graffiti every piece of paper in sight, all of which are currently on my very long wish list. I added to my collection in New York these cool pens with phrases like ‘What’s the Word’ and ‘From the Desk of’, as well as these bookend notepads. The reason why, because they were so adorable I couldn’t possible leave them behind!!!

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Another favourite has to be the Christian Lacroix Papier, which I can’t help myself when I pass by Liberty’s or browsing on Amara. I love the fashion illustration collections the best and I now have a number of his notebooks as well as a cute note card set that I said was to write to friends but I haven’t quite brought myself to use them, I was thinking instead that they would make great additions to my fashion illustration wall.

For posh notepads with a touch of personality there is only one place to go Aspinal of London, I love their refillable journals with the dreamiest of leather covers, and don’t forget to get it personalised – trust me it is worth it. I have a number of them with my initials on and I love them.

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After something fun then you have to check out the Archie Grand range with their witty statements on the front, like ‘Designers I Met And Liked’ and ‘Accessories I Had And Liked’. I find these make the perfect gifts as well as day-to-day pads.

A new favourite has to be Rob Ryan’s collection of notepads, I love his intricate and whimsical artwork and it really does lend itself perfectly for gorgeous stationery that will brighten up any desk. My favourite has to be the bright pink ‘I am the notepad of’ featuring inspirational quotes on the front cover.

Other brands I’ve added to my stationery collection recently and I think you should too, yep that’s right I am enabling so I’m not the only stationery addict are: Sloane Stationery, they kind of mix the best of Aspinal of London with Archie Grand, Cath Kidston, always good for a fun notepad or pen, and Nuuna who do a great selection of handbag sized notepads, I am currently scribbling in their ‘I’d Rather be at the Beach’ notebook, well one can dream while jotting their to-do list.

Do you buy stationery just to look at or is that just me?

For more of my designer stationery selections – scroll through my picks below:

Jan 19 2015

My Style: Winter Up North – Giant Coat Needed!!!

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I ventured home, up North for the first time in more than a year, I know I am a bad daughter but with the wedding everyone for once just seemed to come to me, so it was nice at the weekend to relax, chat with my mum, and take in the sights of Morecambe during my whirlwind visit.

It was one of those laid back weekends that was just fun, the weather however was not so fun, it was downright annoying, I literally took these pictures in between torrential rain, sleet and gorgeous blue skies, to say that you can’t predict the weather in Morecambe is a little of an understatement, but I think that just adds to the charm of the Northern seaside town.

There is something about Morecambe that calms me, maybe it is the sea, which I generally find is more out than in, but I kind of like that as I love seeing the boats looking like they have been abandoned by the gods. But I also love the Art Deco history in its buildings, like the Midland Hotel, its super long promenade that is perfect for walking all your worries away, and the fact it holds lots of memories of when I was a kid and we came to Frontierland, a theme park, which I am still sad when I see it looking all derelict.

I would normally take style posts without my coat, unless I truly loved the coat or styled the outfit around the coat, but I have to be honest it was so bitterly cold that I only managed a few without, but to be honest I really like the contrast of this functional Bench coat paired with a leather pencil skirt and this cute cross body Knomo Elektronista clutch, which I will be talking about more in a separate post as it is actually not just a clutch, it is an organiser for all your digital devices, this is wearable tech you will actually want to buy!

This Bench coat is amazing, perfect for a chilly winter as it is two coats in one, which was definitely needed against the bitter wind coming in across the bay, plus with its slim cut and adjustable waist I find that is also super flattering for a giant winter coat.

I know, my outfit was probably inappropriate for a sleety, snow kind of day, but I did have sensible shoes on as they have a hiking boot-style tread, but I do find that when it is cold I generally go for jeans and a chunky jumper and I am trying to mix it up and still wear the things I love, just with a few more layers, and if that means I have to wear a practical coat then so be it.

How is your wardrobe coping with the winter chill?

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My Style: Bench ‘Kufen’ coat, Bench (c/o) // Green leather skirt, Next (c/o) (similar one) // Black and white jumper, New Look // Black shirt, Primark // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet, Links of London & Monica Vinader // Glasses, Glasses Direct (c/o) // Elekronista Digital Clutch, Knomo (c/o) // Boots, Quiz Clothing (c/o) (similar) //

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