Tag Archive: Gwen Stefani

May 11 2014

Exhibition: V&A – Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

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With the excitement of planning a wedding I was really looking forward to seeing the V&A’s latest fashion exhibition, Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, because who doesn’t love to look at wedding gowns, especially when they include dresses worn by Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss and Dita Von Teese.

Spanning across two floors, much like last year’s Ballgowns exhibit, I much prefer this space in the V&A than the one currently occupied by the Glamour of Italian Fashion, there is more space and the dresses really do make more of an impact. However, unlike the recent John Paul Gaultier display at the Barbican there isn’t anything special about this exhibition, well except the exquisitely crafted wedding gowns of course.

As much as I loved the history of the opening section exhibition, covering gowns from the last two centuries tracing the development of the white wedding dress, I wasn’t wowed by anything. I felt a lot of it had been covered before, the shapes and silhouettes of the dresses look like pieces out of the V&A archive, they just aren’t in white, and I wasn’t a fan of the inclusion of the Royal video, it would have been fine if the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress had been on display, it just felt a little bit of a tourist push to make the exhibition more popular with foreign visitors.

My favourite moment from the opening section was seeing socialite Margaret Whigham’s magnificent Norman Hartnell gown from when she married in 1933. Not only is this gown beautiful, a simple sheath dress with dramatic medieval-style hanging sleeves, but I loved how the 3.6 metre train was more sophisticated than dramatic – really suited the Thirties.

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What I did love though was the mezzanine level featuring wedding garments from the last 50 years with an emphasis on the glamour and spectacle of weddings today, which of course includes celebrity weddings. Maybe it is because these dresses are more familiar, maybe it because they are lot more grande, or maybe it is just because they were laid out nicer, but seeing these gorgeous couture gowns up close was amazing.

The first dress you see when you come up the stairs is the divine purple Vivienne Westwood ballgown-style wedding dress that was custom-made for Burlesque star Dita Von Teese in 2005. Not only am I a huge fan of Dita’s but this gown is so special, not only is the colour exquisite, it really does shimmer, but I loved the drama and the styling with the Stephen Jones hat – it really is a wow factor dress.

The celebrity moments really did make this exhibition for me, seeing Gwen Stefani’s John Galliano for Dior spray-painted pink wedding dresses was more stunning than I it looked in pictures. The colour really worked with the dress’s asymmetric construction and the pairing of such a romantic veil – this is how you marry a traditional gown with a modern twist and I love it. Also I think Gwen had the best choice in shoes!!!

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Another highlight was Ian Stuart’s Flower Bomb dress from 2011, I think this was because of its Southern Belle quality in the volume and drama of the skirt, my only wish was that it wasn’t trapped in a glass cabinet. Isn’t it beautiful, and I love the addition of the hat, for a bride who wants something a little different.

If you are a little wedding obsessed like me you will love this exhibition in parts, the modern dresses from the likes of Jenny Packham and Temperley London will have you gushing, but I think you might be a little disappointed not to see more couture.

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V&A’s Wedding Dress 1775-2014 exhibition is open until March 15, 2015 and costs £12. 

Dec 17 2012

Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani In Saint Laurent For Vogue

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Gwen Stefani is certainly having a moment when it comes to magazine covers. This year I have already gushed about her divine Harper’s Bazaar September issue, her abs on the Marie Claire cover, and her digital print mash-up on the October issue of ELLE UK wearing Peter Pilotto and McQ by Alexander McQueen. Well it seems American Vogue wanted to end the year on a high with the release of the January issue with Gwen wearing an ensemble from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane’s spring/summer 2013 collection.

Captured by Annie Leibovitz this is a gorgeous cover. I love the pose on the piano, the ruffles, the sparkly jacket, the pop of red on her lips and even the oversized felt hat – this cover is so memorising that I can let them off for putting too many cover lines all over her.

What do you think of Gwen’s latest magazine cover?

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[Pics: Vogue.com]

Sep 11 2012

Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani Shows Off Her Abs For Marie Claire US

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I feel like i have stepped back in time ten years when my addiction for Gwen Stefani was at its peak as I am so pleased that the No Doubt singer is literally everywhere at the moment. I loved her Harper’s Bazaar cover, I completely adored the mix-matched styling of her ELLE UK cover, and it seems that the good times keep on rolling with this stunning cover from the American Marie Claire.

Each cover has represented a different side of Gwen, first we had glamour, then we had her quirky style, and now we have athletic Gwen – come on those are some amazing abs. I think a lot of women will be making this image their new gym inspiration snap on the fridge – I know I will be!!!

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Shot by Peggy Sirota, the accompanying editorial sees Gwen wearing Jason Wu, Alice + Olivia, Belstaff, True Religion, Rag & Bone and Donna Karan looking simply stunning and in the interview she discusses her marriage, returning to the spotlight with a new No Doubt album, and wanting a third child.

See the rest of Gwen’s stunning pics and get a sneaky preview of her interview by heading on over to Marie Claire.

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[Pics: MarieClaire.com]

Aug 31 2012

Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani For ELLE UK in McQ

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I am still working my way through my September issues and the October covers are already being unveiled. September for me was all about Gwen Stefani, I love her cover for Harper’s Bazaar US, and it seems that October is going to follow suit as this is one of the best ELLE UK covers I have seen in a while.

Shot by Matt Irwin, Gwen looks incredible in this very high-fashion full of personality cover, I love the contrast of mixing the digital prints of Peter Pilotto with the flirty florals of the McQ by Alexander McQueen floral skirt. If you are thinking that the McQ looks a little familiar it is because I fell in love with the dress version at the press previews and adored it on Victoria Justice at the Met Gala.

For me the whole look gives the cover a 3D effect and I am sure even though I love it this cover is going to be a little like Marmite – you will either love or hate it.

I am desperate for my subscriber cover to drop through the letterbox, I am hoping that it isn’t just this image with the cover lines stripped off, I want more Gwen!!!

ELLE UK’s October issue will hit newsstands on September 5 will you be buying? Also do you think the mix-matched styling is a little too much or like me do you think Gwen can pull anything off?

UPDATED: 

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Yeah, my subscriber cover just arrived, and it is so what I was hoping it would be. This cover totally shows off why I love Gwen as she is fun, quirky, but still drop-dead sexy. This pose looks even better in the mix-match styling than the newsstand cover and I am so pleased. This is what the subscriber should be – different, unexpected but striking. I love, love, love it!!!

Which do you think is best newsstand or the subscriber version?

[Top Pic: ElleUK.com / Bottom Pic: FashionistaBarbie Instagram]

Aug 07 2012

Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani for Harper’s Bazaar US

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Finally, the Harper’s Bazaar US cover for September has been released. This is the one I have been waiting for and I am not disappointed Gwen Stefani is stunning and I am going to have to say it’s my favourite September cover.

As soon as I saw this girlie cover I actually swooned. I knew it would be amazing, I am a huge Gwen fan, and she looks gorgeous in this Jil Sander gown and amazing Alexis Mabille couture hat, but what I am super happy about is that they decided for girlie and glamorous rather than edgy and quirky.hbzseptembergwen5 Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani for Harpers Bazaar US %tag

To be honest the No Doubt singer really could pull off anything and I am so pleased that she wore one of my favourite Alexander McQueen gowns as well as this striking figure-hugging The Row leather dress. But the one picture that really made me squeal had to be seeing Gwen in this black Vera Wang bridal gown paired with elbow-length leather gloves and cute pink framed shades – how Barbie doll does she look – I would buy a Gwen Stefani Barbie in a heartbeat!!!

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So what do you think of this Terry Richardson shot Harper’s Bazaar cover? Granted it is very text heavy, but this cover is what I was wanting to see from Victoria Beckham – it is very fashionable and eye-catching!

Check out the rest of Gwen’s amazing editorial on the Harper’s Bazaar’s website – there are some beauties of her wearing Versace, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg. I will be rushing to this issue come August 21 – will you?

[Pics: harpersbazaar.com]

Aug 05 2011

Xmas 2011: The Last Ever Harajuku Lovers Fragrance

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A couple of weeks back I went down to The Perfume Shop’s Christmas in July press day and tweeted about the last ever Harajuku Lovers fragrance, Jingle G. Well I have finally got my act together to blog about it *sorry for the delay peeps, especially @SamanthaA*.

I don’t know about you guys but I am super sad at the thought that this is the last ever fragrance from Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers collection. The festive mini, Jingle G, is a cutie with its notes of tangerine, orange blossom and vanilla, as well as doubling as a tree decoration. Love it , want it, need it!!

The scent hits stores September 21, priced £13 for a 10ml eau de toilette, which means it is a perfect stocking filler.

I will certainly be getting this beauty to sit alongside my other Harajuku Lovers, and I think I will have to start collecting the ones I missed starting with all these via The Perfume Shop!!

May 20 2011

Cannes 2011: Gwen Stefani Sparkles in Stella McCartney

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Who: Gwen Stefani

Where: At The Tree Of Life premiere held at the Cannes Film Festival

Wearing: A black sequinned Stella McCartney jumpsuit with a plunging v-neck

Verdict: Seeing Gwen like this I am begging Mattel to do a Barbie series on the No Doubt singer, this look is so 70s glam Barbie with her voluminous curly hair and Barbie pink lippy, and I adore it so much. I know for some this won’t be a great look – but I just love it.

[Pic: Stella McCartney]
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