Category Archive: Fashion

Dec 11 2014

Editorial Loving: Vogue Paris – Real-Life Designer Barbie Dolls

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It has been a while since I have actually posted something on my blog that hasn’t had something to do with my wedding, sorry about that but I hope you understand that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I just had to share. So, before I bombard you with photographs from my UK celebrations that fingers crossed you all want to see, I thought I would showcase this amazing editorial from the latest issue of Vogue Paris with real-life designer Barbie dolls.

I have always dreamed of a collection full of designer Barbie dolls, I have a Karl Lagerfeld, a Dior, a Kate Spade one, complete with a little dog, a Coach doll with the cutest bag I wish I would steal, as well as a trio of Christian Louboutin dolls with better footwear than me, so I literally gasped aloud when I saw this beautiful and creative editorial taking inspiration from the Moschino Barbie collection and dressing up each real-life doll in looks from the likes of Valentino, Chanel, Gucci and Miu Miu.

What I love most about this editorial shot by Giampaolo Sgura has to be the fact that models Elizabeth Erm and Magdalena Frackowiak have been shot like Barbie dolls inside their boxes, it is as though they are sat on a shelf in a toy store waiting for me to take them home.

The styling by creative duo Claire Dhelens and Celia Azoulay is outstanding, not only are they showcasing the designer’s latest collections but they really do illustrate what the brand is about – from the butterflies and flowers of Valentino to the David Bowie vibes of Saint Laurent, and the fun-girl pompoms of Miu Miu, and don’t get me started on the equestrian chicness of Gucci, I basically need Mattel to make that happen stat!!

It is hard to pick a favourite, I do love the total Barbie vibes of Moschino, as well as the accessories of the Louis Vuitton doll, she even has her very own doll-sized trunk, seriously swooning over that, and a Ralph Lauren air-stewardess dressed all in gold is super fun, but I think my heart belongs to Chanel, did you see her make-up, her pearl jewellery and her handbags.

It seems Barbie is very much in fashion at the moment and I love this creative-twist on showcasing the latest collections, it must have taken a lot of hours to build the sets and to meticulously attach all the accessories, and I just love that the models are such great dolls!!!

Which real-life Barbie doll is your favourite?

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[Pics: Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris]

Dec 09 2014

My Wedding: My Purely Diamonds Wedding Ring

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I didn’t know how important my wedding ring would mean to me until the love of my life placed it on my finger during out vows, it was at that moment I was so pleased that I didn’t go with a plain band and added some sparkle as it really represents what a beautiful moment we both shared.

I love jewellery especially bracelets and necklaces but rings I find hard to choose, I am not sure why, but the wedding band worried me a lot. My worries tripled after visiting numerous high street jewellers and trying on lots of bling rings that I just felt weren’t right for me and didn’t complement my engagement ring. I was so please when Purely Diamonds got in touch about their bespoke design service as it really did make the wedding ring search so easy.

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During the process I don’t think I was much help, all I knew was the shape of diamond, the colour – it had to be platinum, and it had to be a similar band size to my engagement ring. I think they would have loved for me to say what carat weight and clarity but I have no clue on that sort of thing, but lucky for me the team really know there stuff and were super patient with me and I loved that they even photoshopped the ring design next to my engagement ring so I could really see that it complemented it impeccably.

I love that it adds to the beauty of my engagement ring that Paulie designed with a subtle-yet-beautiful line of diamonds, which really do twinkle perfectly when the light catches them. Separately my rings are beautiful, together though they really are divine and Purely Diamonds really did capture our love perfectly.

Using an online jeweller might worry some people, but once you scroll through their rings, be warned there are a lot, you will see the quality and beauty of their designs, and don’t worry if you don’t see something that isn’t quite right, trust me they will be able to design it for you.

Did you struggle to find your perfect wedding ring?

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Want to see more from my New York wedding? Well check out my becoming a Mrs post, a close up look at my gorgeous vintage wedding gown, and the Priv team behind my stunning hair and make-up.

[Pics: IHNY Photos]

 

 

Oct 30 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Brides In Glasses

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I have loved every minute of planning my wedding, which if you care is now less than a week away and there are only two more sleeps until I jet off to New York, but the one thing that has come up a lot is the question of whether I would be wearing my glasses on my big day, which I hope you will be pleased to find out – yes I will be!!!

Whether it was at a wedding dress appointment, picking out lipstick colours, or even just looking at venues, the amount of times I was asked if I was would be wearing my glasses was a little frustrating. What was even more annoying was the sad, pity look I got each and every time I said “of course, why wouldn’t I?”.

Why is it so weird for brides to wear glasses, are we less attractive just because we have poor eyesight? I thought the whole point about your wedding day was to look the most beautiful version of yourself, and to me if you wear glasses, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to rock a cute pair of frames. With the amount of times I was asked, it even made me wonder if I should try out contact lenses but thankfully my wonderful future husband said he loved me in my glasses and encouraged me to look for the perfect frame.

I can totally understand why many brides choose to either opt for contact lenses or even go blind for the photographs as there is a bit of pressure to be a princess bride, even Princess Mia had her glasses snapped in half by her stylist in her ugly duckling to beauty stunner transformation. But I really wanted to let other brides-to-be out there who are considering ditching their trusty frames to consider that your glasses are part of your beauty.

Don’t get me wrong I still sometimes get self conscious about wearing glasses, I am a girl after all it and it wouldn’t be normal not to fret sometimes about my appearance, but I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really look myself without my glasses. Plus I saw my wedding as opportunity to add another great set of frames to my collection, glasses are like bags you can never have too many.

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So when it came to choosing my glasses I knew that I would need to not only love them but also love wearing them with my wedding gowns, so I turned to Glasses Direct and their fab seven-day trial.

I first thought I wanted something clear, I think it was because I had everyone telling me not to wear them that I was thinking clear frames would make them some how invisible, they don’t, they just made me look weird. Clear frames totally work well as sunglasses but as opticals it just didn’t work for me. So in the end I decided to go for ones to match my hair as I really didn’t want to wear black frames on my wedding day.

The best advice I can give is go for frame shapes that you wear regularly, are comfortable in, and what suits your face, rather than what you think will work with your style. As I am wearing a vintage wedding gown it made me think vintage-inspired winged specs would be a good idea, instead it was an instant no, which I was so gutted about as I had found the most amazing glitter Miu Miu pair.

I finally settled on brown, a great shade for glasses as there are so many options to choose from, which made adding just four sets into my Glasses Direct home trial very difficult. So I went for similar shaped frames ranging in size, from the oversized Jil Sander beauties like a pair I wear everyday to the smaller, delicate looking Jones New York style, which just felt so good on and having our wedding location in the name just made them a complete winner.

I then wore all four frames with my gowns to see which one I prefered, which one enhanced my beauty, and I have to say the delicate Jones New York pair won out, which totally surprised me as I don’t normally like such small frames but they really did work perfectly and I can’t wait to wear them next week and become a bride in glasses.

If you are a bride-to-be wrestling with the idea of wearing your glasses or not, why not go for a free seven-day trial and see if the frames you love go with your dress and wedding vision, I bet you will be surprised by how much more like yourself you look.

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For more inspiration, or to just gush at gorgeous brides in glasses check out my Pinterest board, aptly named ‘Brides In Glasses’, which I promise that I will keep on adding to after I am married as I would love to see more beautiful women feeling confident enough to rock their favourite frames.

Follow Fashionista Barbie Danielle Wightman-Stone’s board Brides In Glasses on Pinterest.

[Pics: Top image – via vintagebrides.tumblr.com // all others Fashionista Barbie]

Oct 29 2014

Shopping: Ted Baker Royal Mint Pop-Up

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Can you believe that everywhere is already starting to look a lot more Christmassy? I am a festive season junkie normally but this year my Christmas cheer has been put on hold a little due to a little thing called my wedding!!! However, I couldn’t but feel a little in the party mood when checking out Ted Baker’s amazing Royal Mint pop-up in Selfridges this week.

The enchanted space, complete with two gold horse guards, is open until January and it features everything that is sparkly, shiny, and bejewelled from gorgeous clutches to sleek shoppers and shimmering crystal jewellery. There were more than a few pieces that I fell deeply in love with including the exclusive gold shopper bag that comes with a matching pouch, the cute bow clutch bag, especially in dusky pink, and the chic faux fur accessories from gloves to gorgeous collars.

But the one piece that made my heart flutter the most had to be ‘Lela’ the crosshatch trapeze shopper, this beauty can basically carry everything, and I definitely think my gorgeous black one will be my go-to bag this winter.

The regal accessories pop-up is on the ground floor in Selfridges near the Duke Street entrance and as well as just going to spy what you want to add to your wardrobe there are also loads of goodies that you can pick up for your fashionable friends and family this Christmas.

Have you drop by the Ted Baker Royal Mint pop-up yet?

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[Pics: Top image – Fashionista Barbie // The rest – Ted Baker]

Oct 20 2014

Hitting Stores Soon: Eddy Anemian For H&M

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H&M have a long list of designer collaborations, next month will be a certain Alexander Wang, which you will see everywhere, but for me all attention should be on the incredible Design Award winner Eddy Anemian who has created a gorgeous, elegant 10-piece capsule collection.

Inspired by Tilda Swinton’s character in ‘I Am Love’ and the work of French painter Ingres, the gorgeous line features a craftsmanship that you just don’t expect from someone who is still a fashion student at the visual art school La Cambre in Brussels and a high street name, the meticulous construction and texture of the pieces is going to surprise a lot of people, especially when the prices range from £19.99 to £215.

The pics don’t do the collection’s technique and textures justice, but the structures and abstract patterns have been intricately created by using cut floral upholstery fabric into strips to create the skirts, jackets, trousers and tops.

I am totally in love with the long yellow floral skirt constructed from vertical strips, as well as the blue floral jacket and matching trousers, and the gorgeous white skirt made from horizontal raw-edged ruffles to give the impression of the patterns found in marble. Simply divine and this is coming from a fashion student – imagine the greatness after a few collections under his belt.

If the bold pieces weren’t enough to get you excited, the collection also features a white jumpsuit with floral sleeves, a black heavy twill top, and a pair of white high-waisted trousers to provide contrast and the tailoring looks exquisite.

The collection launches in select H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23 and I can tell you now that I will be trying on that incredible maxi skirt.

Are you excited to see new talent like this getting exposure on the high street?

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Oct 13 2014

New In: Mr Men x House of Holland

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Since I was little I always wanted a Mr Men book to be named after me, I have to be honest I don’t know why, but I loved those books and I am now more than a little jealous that Henry Holland has been immortalised as ‘Mr Quiffy’ in honour of his famous quiff. I think at the time my Mr Men or should I say Little Miss character had raving crimped hair, it was the eighties, and I was called Miss Stone, I was a child it wasn’t original and I had just learnt how to spell my name!!!

My love affair with Mr Men has continued into adult life, who doesn’t love Mr Men characters, and I generally want all the pieces from the new Mr Men x House of Holland collection. There are 14 pieces in totally, including patchwork jeans **my favs**, cute character T-shirts, dresses, knits, shirts and jumpsuits featuring the new Mr Quiffy print, as well as a cool appliqué badge bomber. Oh and if that was cute enough, the entire collection is available for all mini mes, so mum and daughter can dress a like.

The collection is available at Liberty London, Colette in Paris, and online at HouseofHolland.co.uk, I think I really need the Mr Bump jumper, those skinny jeans with Mr Men embroideries on and the Mr Messy clutch – and I totally want to wear them all together!!!

The line ain’t cheap though, we are talking £220 for the jeans, £400 for the adult bomber and £170 for the kids, and £150 for the sweatshirts. The T-shirts are the most affordable pieces at £90.

So if you could be immortalised as a Mr Men character what would you be called?

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Oct 10 2014

First Look: Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty At The V&A

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When the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York honoured Alexander McQueen’s brilliance with a retrospective exhibition back in 2011 I knew I had to see it, sadly a press trip I was suppose to be going on was postponed and I missed it by a few days. Since then I have hoped, prayed and signed numerous online petitions to see the exhibition here in the UK and was ecstatic when my favourite museum the V&A announced they would be bringing the sold-out Savage Beauty exhibition to London.

Yesterday I attended the press preview for the exhibition and I am so excited as it seems like the long wait will have been worth it as it is going to bigger and better than the original and generally take over the V&A. There will be 30 additional garments, including some rare pieces that couldn’t make the journey to New York, like the red ballet dress from The Girl Who Lived in the Tree collection from AW08 and the breathtaking white feathered dress from The Horn of Plenty AW09 collection, as well as pieces lent by private individuals and collectors such as Katy England and from the Isabella Blow Collection.

There will also be a Cabinet of Curiosities, which will showcase designs produced by McQueen with jeweller Shaun Leane and milliner Philip Treacy, as well as pieces from his time at Givenchy, including the exquisite black horned headpiece from the Givenchy SS97 collection.

I am also pleased that there will be a room dedicated to the designer’s early years, exploring his career as a  pattern cutter on Saville Row, as well as showcasing some of his earlier work, including a piece from his Hitchcock-inspired ‘The Birds’ SS95 collection, and footage from his SS96 The Hunger collection. There will also be a life-sized hologram of Kate Moss replicating the one that closed McQueen’s Widows of Culloden AW06 catwalk show and the exhibition will close with McQueen’s last fully realised collection, Plato’s Atlantis from SS10, which fused the designer’s love of the sea and technology, and was widely considered to be his greatest achievement.

The exhibition will be huge, there will be more than 200 ensembles and accessories showcased, over 10 sections, making it the largest ever collection of McQueen designed pieces seen together. Trust me I only saw four looks on display at the preview and I was blown away. The exhibition is going to be popular, the museum has already sold 16,000 tickets and it is widely expected to out perform the David Bowie exhibition that ran last year, so probably best to pre-order your tickets to avoid disappointment as it is only on from March 14 – July 19, 2015.

Is anyone else planning to see the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A next year?

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, runs from March 14 – July 19, 2015. Admission £16 (concessions available). V&A members go free.

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