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Name: Danielle Wightman-Stone
Date registered: March 20, 2010


Hey I'm Danielle, a quirky fashion blogger who loves Barbies, celebrity style, Oscars, Hard Rock Cafe bears, shopping, handbags oh and chocolate

Latest posts

  1. Cinderella: Lily James In Elie Saab Couture — March 2, 2015
  2. Musings: Is There A Revolt Against The Red Carpet? — March 2, 2015
  3. LFW AW15: McQ Alexander McQueen — February 27, 2015
  4. LFW AW15: Sophia Webster – Freak Like Me — February 26, 2015
  5. Elle Style Awards: Diane Kruger In Chanel Couture — February 25, 2015

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Mar 02 2015

Cinderella: Lily James In Elie Saab Couture

Lily-James-Elie-saabWho: Lily James

Where: At the Los Angeles Premiere of her new movie ‘Cinderella’ held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

Wearing: A long-sleeved aqua-green fully embroidered tulle Elie Saab gown from the haute couture autumn/winter 2014 collection

Verdict: Wow, Lily James is working her Cinderella princess moment in this gorgeous sheer embroidered Elie Saab gown. The Downton Abbey star is stunning in this ethereal gown, the colour is so fresh and modern and looks perfect on her, and Elie Saab really is the master at exquisite detailing, the beaded tulle is just divine.

As much as I love the gown, which I do, I just wish that they had removed the pockets, or that Lily had resisted the opportunity to place her hands in them. I think it totally spoils the line and magic of the dress, plus it really is distracted seeing her hand through the sheer skirt. I also kind of wish they had taken a few inches off the front it so it didn’t puddle as much on the red carpet. 

Overall though I think this is a great look on her, the dress even with those tiny points is still stunning, and her make-up is flawless, plus I adore that she went for a chic updo, it really suits the gown and occasion. 

Are you a fan of Lily James in Elie Saab?

lily-james[Pic: via Elie Saab/Disney]

Mar 02 2015

Musings: Is There A Revolt Against The Red Carpet?


So I make no secret that I am a fan of the red carpet, I love the fashion, the glamour, the drama and seeing such gorgeous women showcasing exquisitely crafted gowns that I could only dream of wearing. Is that so wrong?

I have felt a change this award season, social media has become more critical of the red carpet, as well as its fans, and it seems that actresses are also tiring of the experience, mainly because they want to be treated like their male counterparts, as more than what they are wearing. Which, I have to be honest I am totally on board with, as I can understand why women are looking to be treated seriously and not just pretty faces wearing a gorgeous dress. 

I’m sure if anyone has been watching this award season you will have noticed that they are asking the men who they are wearing, but to be honest once you’ve seen one black tux you have seen them all, women’s fashion is much more diverse, I know Jennifer Lopez seemed to be wearing the same dress as Robert Duvall’s wife but that is very rare. But you can bet that everyone on the Oscars red carpet was asking who Jared Leto was wearing, a baby-blue Givenchy tux if you care, as it was different from the norm and he has been known for his red carpet style.

I’m not against the #AskHerMore campaign, which Reese Witherspoon was championing on Oscars night, I actually think it is a great idea, but I just want people to get this into some sort of perspective – the red carpet isn’t an evil, sexist trap, I really think actresses get a lot from getting glam for the red carpet. It helped Lupita Nyong’o snag a Lancome deal so quickly after breaking on to the scene, and Jennifer Lawrence’s popularity, in part to her stunning red carpet appearances, must have aided her lucrative contract with Dior. She is beautiful but a model could have fronted that campaign for a fraction of the price, the House of Dior wanted a movie star, someone who epitomises glamour, which in turn comes from those appearances on the red carpet, as it gives the stars a chance to let their personalities shine not just their characters. 

lupita-calvin-kleinLet’s not forget those incredible expensive gowns they are all wearing, for free, to give you some idea on the price tags, Lupita’s pearly Calvin Klein has been quoted as costing $150,000 dollars, so why shouldn’t they have to give out the names of the designer as payment for the loan? I have to say when I have been given something as a gift or a loan so why shouldn’t actresses on the red carpet – also isn’t it just good manners as well.

I also feel that “who are you wearing” is a conversation starter, and in nearly all circumstances the presenters move on quickly, to discuss their film, the awards etc, plus the star can also steer the interview, they’ve all had media training, all have publicists, if they have a charity they are working on then they should speak out. That doesn’t get in the way of who they are wearing. 

Or maybe the solution is that they use their own spin machine, social media or carrier pigeon if they so choose to announce who they are wearing, then us fashion obsessed will still know, the designers will still get their moment and then they can be asked more. 

But what is it you want to know? I was thinking as well as their next projects, what sort of movies they would like to do, and who they would like to work with, how about the last book they read or the best burger they’ve ever had, on no sorry food is also off the table as well, as Ryan Seacrest was criticised for asking Naomi Watts about her frittata. I also think we have to remember that the coverage of such red carpets is generally for entertainment purposes, light-hearted is generally how the interviews are going to go, I think deep thoughts are going to take longer than the 1 minute 30 seconds they have with each correspondent. 

I think it is an interesting debate, but I think everyone also needs to realise that the red carpet has been very lucrative over the years for movie actresses, the rumoured sums that they get paid just to wear certain designers is unreal, and I’m sure if those endorsement deals start to dry up they will be more than welcoming to being asked who they are wearing.

I would love to know what you think – leave me a comment below.

[Pics: Tom Ford, Calvin Klein]

Feb 27 2015

LFW AW15: McQ Alexander McQueen


There is something cool about McQ Alexander McQueen, it has the rock-chick-meets-grunge-with-a-touch-of-glamour going on for it. At the autumn/winter 2015 presentation the design team laid out everything you need to be a cool girl, this wasn’t a collection about just making a statement, rather about styling up great everyday pieces including leather jackets, gorgeous chunky knits, and jeans.

Texture was showcased throughout, from an oversize cream cricket jumper with a panel of what looked like silver foil but felt more like rubber to a shiny silver material that was seen on tops and dresses, and even studs, shearling, chiffon and leopard-print pony skin were featured on the pieces. 

On their own some pieces look rather boring, more classic in design than I expect from McQ, but the beauty of this collection is that the art is in the layering, the pieces look good on their own but even better placed together, especially when the neutral colour palette of grey, white and black is worked alongside the colourful orange, yellow and leopard print pieces. 

As well as showing off the clothing and accessories, McQ also used the Serpentine Gallery space to exhibit the amazing pictures for its AW15 campaign shot by Harley Weir, which kind of had a Kes vibe to them, if you haven’t seen the Northern-based film or read the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave do, both are amazing. 

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[Pics: taken by me, Fashionista Barbie – do not reproduce without crediting]

Feb 26 2015

LFW AW15: Sophia Webster – Freak Like Me

AW15-sophia-webster-21When the invite reads ‘Freak Like Me’ you know you are in for a pretty quirky ride, and in true Sophia Webster fashion her autumn/winter 2015 presentation during London Fashion Week was full-on crazy fun. Sometimes fashion takes itself too seriously and I love that Sophia Webster combines her design creativity with a fun showcase, which this season was a circus like no other with futuristic, galaxy vibes with the models wearing larger-than-life planetary costumes in a Shona Heath designed set that really brought to life the derelict Welsh Chapel on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The ‘Freak Like Me’ collection took inspiration from the footwear designer’s fond teenage memories of Gwen Stefani’s No Doubt era, with her love of tartan, checks, and leopard print popping up on her incredible heels. There were also references to Victor Vasarely’s optical illusions seen in the “warped check” and glitter pieces.  

Her heels are always fun with some decorated with pompoms and feathers, others full on glitter or bedazzled in jewels, and there were even mini-me versions of her famous butterfly wing styles. I think for me I was most excited to see her speech bubble clutch bags continue with tongue-in-cheek sayings including ‘Hot Stepper’, ‘Say My Name’, ‘Miss Thang’, ‘Boss Lady’, ‘Carnival Queen’ and ‘Girlgang’. There were also slogan backpacks – I loved the ‘Sexy Back’ and ‘Tell It To My Face’.

If that wasn’t enough fun, Sophia has also collaborated with Coca-Cola on a fun collection reworking the iconic logo into her shoes and bags, with hi-shine coke-print stilettos, complete with a heel of stacked hearts, “If You Only Drank Cherry Coke” clutch, and a ‘Very Cherry!’ fun backpack. 

I loved it so much I now have a very long wishlist of pieces I want.

Scroll down and check out my snaps and step inside the presentation with my video that I captured, it was only on my mobile but I think it came out really well. Want to see more pics head on over to my Facebook page there are a lot!!!

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Feb 25 2015

Elle Style Awards: Diane Kruger In Chanel Couture


So I thought the Vanity Fair red carpet would be my last celeb posting for a while, well that was until I saw Diane Kruger in this gorgeous, frothy Chanel Couture look at the Elle Style Awards. I am a sucker for Diane’s red carpet style, pink, cute, and lacy Chanel.

This Chanel Couture lace gown from the spring 2015 collection is so Diane, it is fun, edgy and so oozing with Parisian style that it is such a statement piece that not many people could pull off this look. I adore everything from the colour, it really is a delicate pale pink, as well as all the embroidery added to the bodice and skirt. 

For me this look is simply enchanting and I love it. Also can you believe that this was literally a day after she hit the red carpet in Los Angeles for the Vanity Fair Oscar party – how does she look so good.

I also love that she styled the dress with silver accessories, her point-toe heels are chic, I adore her Edie Parker zig-zag clutch, plus I wish I could afford her Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Art Deco watch.

This look for me is a modern-day princess and Diane pulls it off perfectly. 

Diane-Kruger-elle-style-awa[Pics: courtesy of Elle Style Awards]


Feb 24 2015

Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Best Dressed Round-Up


I know I have been bombarding you with lots of red carpet fashion, Oscars weekend is full on, I’ve already run through all my favourite Oscars looks, gushed over Diane Kruger’s hybrid look, and now here we have Naomi, Amy and Natalie rounding off my best dressed at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.


Naomi Watts stuck with Giorgio Armani, changing out of her embellished Armani Prive gown into this chic timeless custom white silk tuxedo. Women wearing tuxs on the red carpet is nothing new, I have a Pinterest board crushing over them, but this look really does stand out and it is because of the peplum-like detailing on the jacket. 

I love a white tuxedo and this one is stunning, going collarless makes it so chic and thank you Naomi for going braless as it really turns up the heat on the look. I love gowns especially on Oscar night but I like this change of pace from her. 

Also loving that she styled up the tuxedo with black from her Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ heels, this look really did need a barley-there strap on the heel, to the thin belt and clutch. I do love a monochrome statement. 


I missed Amy Adams at the main event, but I suppose when you aren’t nominated or presenting there really is no reason to go, but she certainly made up for it is this beautiful powder-blue custom Atelier Versace strapless gown that was embroidered throughout the front. 

This gown is pure elegance, everything from the cut, which is perfectly showing off her incredible figure, to the colour, which I prefer to the hue she wore to the Golden Globes, and I always love a flowing train. Finishing off her look with gorgeous wavy hair was a touch of old Hollywood glamour that she pulls off so well. 

I actually think this was better than some of the Versace gowns that actually hit the Oscars red carpet. 


My last pick is Natalie Portman who looked stunning in this long-sleeved cream Christian Dior gown. So simply, minimal and totally chic – I love the clean lines of this gown. Everything about this look is perfection and finished perfectly from the colour, I’m glad she opted for a light hue, to the shape, and even her hair and make-up. We haven’t seen much of Natalie on the red carpet and I am so pleased that she blew me away in this gown. 

[Pics: via Armani, Versace & Dior]

Feb 23 2015

Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Diane Kruger In Donna Karan Atelier


I wasn’t going to bother doing a play-by-play look at the Vanity Fair red carpet, **the Oscars red carpet was a little disappointing this year**well that was until I heard that Diane Kruger was to wear custom Donna Karan Atelier, and as soon as I saw the hybrid dress-come-jumpsuit creation I knew that I couldn’t not share it – just look how amazing it is!!!

I had been looking forward to a gorgeous Donna Karan Atelier gown on the Oscars red carpet, especially after seeing what the designer created for Emmy Rossum at the Costume Designers Guild Awards but sadly it wasn’t meant to be, but now I know it is because the designer was busy working on this beauty for Diane Kruger.

OK, so this hybrid look, of a dress, cape and jumpsuit is nothing new, we’ve all seen Emma Watson and Emma Stone pull off great choices, but just look at the incredible construction of this jumpsuit with its asymmetrical neckline with the cape flowing beautifully over the one-shoulder. The draping to the front is perfectly placed, it is tailored to perfection, and I love, love, love the vibrant colour on her. 

As well as the outfit I basically loved everything else about this look from the uber-cool Anya Hindmarch ‘Pencil Case’ clutch, going to put it out there I want something graffiti with Anya stickers, to her chic Jimmy Choo ‘Minnie’ sandals, and as always her hair and make-up was also flawless – love the ponytail and the matte red lips.

Diane Kruger for me is always simply, gorgeous!!!


[Pics: Donna Karan/Getty Images]

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