Tag Archive: Prada

Aug 14 2014

Costume Stories: Scandal’s Olivia Pope Coat Closet

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Olivia Pope wearing a pink Ferragamo coat

I have been gripped by Scandal fever, I know I am a little late to the party, for some reason it passed me by until the show came to Sky Living earlier this month for its third season, which of course meant I needed to catch up fast. This has resulted in binge-watching the first two seasons, living the drama, wanting to be a Gladiator, and most of all admiring Kerry Washington‘s character Olivia Pope’s wardrobe, which is always immaculately styled.

I love discovering TV shows with great fashion, I was obsessed by Gossip Girl, I love the Hampton’s style of Revenge, costume designer Janie Bryant made a Mad Men convert out of me with her ladylike retro pieces, I love to see the trumpet sleeve gowns in Games of Thrones, I still want to be a My So-Called Life grunge girl, I obsess over Jessica from New Girl’s glasses, and no TV star has come close to rocking a skirt suit like Ally McBeal, and of course I couldn’t forget about Carrie Bradshaw and how stylist Patricia Field made SJP a style icon in Sex and the City.

I definitely feel that Olivia Pope’s love of white, clean-cut coats, tailored jackets, and exquisite Prada bags has to be added to my TV fashion list. Watching episodes back-to-back always makes me get more deeply invested in a series, but with the fast paced nature of Scandal, the strength and attitude of Olivia Pope and the incredible soundtrack, I love all the Motown tunes, it really has sucked me and the styling from costume designer Lyn Paolo has been amazing – not just for Olivia but the whole cast.

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Olivia Pope wearing a Max Mara coat with Dorothy Gaspar Gloves

I think the stand out items of Olivia’s designer wardrobe has to be her love of outerwear, we’ve seen Tory Burch, Max Mara, Ferragamo, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Escada, Alexander McQueen and Burberry, basically any designer you can think of. Each one is a classic, they all have sleek lines, and generally they are all white or neutral tones, to represent Olivia as the good guy, with the except of the very gorgeous Ralph Lauren plaid coat that she wears to the court-house.

There has been everything from the classic trench to the floaty wrap style, as well as oversized, plaid, miltatry inspired, and double-breasted. One of my favourites, there a few so stick with me, has to be the soft grey Max Mara coat above with the three-quarter sleeves, I love the cape-like sleeves paired with those Dorothy Gaspar gloves that perfectly match with her Prada bag, simply chic.

“Kerry and I fell in love with this coat but I didn’t like where the sleeves hit on her arms and suggested gloves,” Paolo told E!. “You know, it’s a fashion moment and Olivia Pope can put herself together no matter what is going on in her life.'”

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Olivia Pope wearing Burberry with a Prada bag

I also adore the two Salvatore Ferragamo coats, both are so feminine, I love the oversized collars and it is always nice to see Olivia rocking pink, even if it is light enough to be confused as white. But I think the ultimate white coat has to be the Burberry Prorsum Duchesse satin cape topper from the spring/summer 2014 collection. I love that even under fire Olivia can still rock an amazing look, and I think it was a great move to wear this beauty completely fasten to the neck, it really does make a strong statement.

Explaining the Burberry coat, Paolo told E!: “I felt like she needed to be the white knight, so she needed to be in white, but I didn’t want to do a suit. I wanted whatever she wore to look like armour. She wore the coat completely fastened to the neck not showing any skin, and we talked about the cape being sort of like a superhero so she literally never takes the coat off.”

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Olivia Pope wearing Tory Burch & Salvatore Ferragamo

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Olivia Pope in Ralph Lauren

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Olivia Pope wearing Ann Demeulemeester

As well as gorgeous coats, Olivia’s wardrobe is packed full of tailored jackets and blazers to complete her looks. From the double-breasted military jacket by Ann Demeulemeester to the dark grey Escada suit blazer and her signature white Burberry blazer, but my favourite has to be the Escada caramel blazer, the masculine style collar really works with the feminine style pleating.

Just watching this show has made me excited about autumn just so I can get a new coat or two, and when the times comes I will be posting Olivia Pope inspired pieces from the high street, it just felt wrong to do that in August.

Have you been bitten by the Scandal bug? If like me you have, please no texts, tweets, phone calls or any communication of any kind tonight between 9 and 10pm, as I will be sitting on the edge of my seat with a glass of wine and a big bowl of popcorn in my silk PJs to watch the next episode on Sky Living HD!!!

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Olivia Pope wearing Armani, Escada & Burberry

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Olivia Pope wearing Escada

While I was doing my research I also found this video of Kerry Washington talking about the Olivia Pope closet – it basically looks like my idea of heaven!!!

[Pics: ABC/Sky Living]

Jul 29 2014

Transformers Age Of Extinction: Nicola Peltz In Prada

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Who: Nicola Peltz

Where: At the Japan premiere of ‘Transformers : Age Of Extinction’ at the Toho Cinemas Nihonbashi in Tokyo, Japan

Wearing: A bright orange Prada halterneck dress with a deep V-neckline, open-back and a gorgeous bow tied at the neck, teamed with gold strappy sandals

Verdict: Wow, now this is how to command the red carpet, wear a gorgeous vivid colour, add just the right amount of sex appeal with the plunging neckline, and then extra drama with the flowing skirt – Nicola Peltz looks completely breathtaking at the Japanese premiere for her blockbuster film.

I have already raved about how Nicola is my newest red carpet crush but this Prada gown is just spectacular. I think I love everything about it from the colour to the neckline to the adorable bow neck tie. It works perfectly for her model body and I love that she added drama to her make-up and tucked her hair behind her ears.

I think this look is an actress that has really got to grips with the red carpet and is enjoying it. I love to see that. This look is pure movie glamour.

Do love this gown as much as I do? **Please say yes – I seriously love it**

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[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount]

Jun 28 2014

Begin Again Promo: Keira Knightley In Prada

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Who: Keira Knightley

Where: On the New York streets heading into a press conference for her new film, Begin Again

Wearing: Head-to-toe Prada in a pleated light-blue silk dress, teamed with a stone-encrusted light-blue satin clutch and silver calf shoes. Finishing off her look with very cool sunglasses and chic chignon up-do.

Verdict: There is always a grace about Keira that I love and this look is so her – everything from the icy blue colour to the pleated skirt and the bedazzled clutch. This is a great daytime look and I can imagine a lot of people using this as inspiration for wedding outfits this summer.

I love everything about this love, the pleated detailing, the collar, the T-shirt style sleeves and the colour, I even love her choice of clutch and sunglasses, both are just so much fun, I am just not sure about the heels. I don’t mind them being silver, I actually like that, I just think a strappy shoe would have worked a little better.

Do you rate Keira’s head-to-toe Prada look?

[Pic: via Prada]

Jun 26 2014

Red Carpet Crush: Transformers: Age of Extinction Star Nicola Peltz

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I have many red carpet crushes – there is Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson, and Blake Lively to name a few, and the new Transformers’ star Nicola Peltz, who you may recognise from the TV Bates Motel, is the latest addition to my style crush list after seeing her first few outings promoting Transformers: Age of Extinction.

It must be hard following in the footsteps of bombshell Megan Fox and leggy model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a Transformers’ babe but Nicola Peltz seems to be taking it in her stride with one flawless look after the other thanks to her amazing stylist Leslie Fremar, who also styles the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Connelly.

Peltz has so far hit the red carpet in big names like Prada, Giambattista Valli, and Stella McCartney, not normally the pull of an up-and-coming star but the designer fashion houses must be pleased as she really has been proving that she is every bit the glamorous movie star. As well as being impressed with the range of designers she has been sporting, I have loved the variety in choices, you really can’t guess what this blonde bombshell will wear next.

First up for the Hong Kong premiere was the gorgeous icy blue organza Prada column gown, I adore the jewel-encrusted neckline and waist as well as the sexy cut-out detailing to the bodice. On some actresses this could have looked a little too provocative but on her it was just perfection and glamorous.

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For the after party the actress did turn up the sex appeal wearing a super sexy lace-overlay Dolce & Gabbana skirt with a leather Alexander Wang crop top, the perfect after party look that was made even hottier by her flawless barely-there make-up. I think the only thing I would have change were the heels and gone for something strappy.

For the Hong Kong photocall, Peltz went for this slinky white Stella McCartney gown with wave detailing and a sheer hem from the pre-autumn/winter 2014 collection. I am not normally a fan of white heels but I like this white-on-white look.

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My favourite red carpet look so far has to be this heavenly, ethereal Giambattista Valli couture gown that she wore to the Shanghai premiere. You can always count on Giambattista Valli for a show-stopping look and this gown is truly divine with its embroidered detailing, peplum and lace skirt. My only criticism is that this dreamy gown needed a bigger stage, like Cannes or an award ceremony or even a world premiere. But seriously that is me being picky as this is one gorgeous gown the silhouette is just striking.

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It is hard to follow the Giambattista Valli but I think she could have done a lot better than this Saint Laurent black blazer and leather short combination that she wore to the Beijing premiere. Granted it does look good on her and I do love the red lippy I just wanted more. But saying that she made up for my disappointment at the New York premiere in this strapless shimmering blue Balenciaga gown. The column gown really goes look amazing on her, as does this vibrant hue against her blonde locks, I just wish I had a clearer picture of the back to show you as it really had gorgeous draped detailing.

It is so hard for up-and-coming actress to wow on the red carpet, it helps when you have a blockbuster like Transformers’ to pull in the big designer names, but I definitely think that Nicola Peltz is a star to keep an eye on and I can’t wait to see more amazing red carpet looks from her.

Are you impressed with how confident Nicola Peltz is on the red carpet?

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[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount]

May 21 2014

Women In Suits: Léa Seydoux Rocks Prada In Cannes

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So my love of masculine tailoring on women seems to have turned ‘Women in Suits’ into a regular feature, it has its own category tag and everything, as well as its own Pinterest board. I really just can’t get enough, it started with me just loving women in tuxedos and now it is any androgynous chic look, with French actress Léa Seydoux wearing a blue Prada suit during the Cannes Film Festival being the latest celebrity to capture my attention.

What makes this a great look, other than the incredible fit of this masculine double-breasted suit, has to be the gorgeous blue hue that makes it feminine and looks like it was made to be teamed with her strawberry-blonde hair. Adding the crisp white shirt, the maroon Prada heels, chic dark nails and smouldering make-up really just completes this amazing look – I love it from head-to-toe and kind of want to be here!!!

It is casual in its colour, it is smart because it is a matching two-piece and the fact she is wearing it buttoned up, and it is also feminine and flirty with the fun heels and cool make-up – this is one great look.

Do you love Léa Seydoux’s Prada suit as much as I do?

[Pic: via facebook.com/Prada]

May 20 2014

Exhibition: Pradasphere At Harrods

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When it comes to store takeovers Harrods has the competition beat, last year they allowed Dior to move onto the fourth floor of its Knightsbridge department store, the year before that it was Chanel, and this month is Pradasphere, dedicated to the diverse passions of Miuccia Prada and her amazing Prada collections.

As well as taking over 40 of Harrods iconic windows, Pradasphere also includes a cafe and a pop-up boutique, but for me it was all about the exhibition on the fourth floor charting the history of the 101-year-old brand that blew me away. First up, you have to remember this is a department store not a museum, I think Harrods could teach the V&A a few things about how to put together a great fashion exhibition in a limited space, and secondly unlike most other fashion exhibitions taking place in London, the Paul Smith retrospective, the Italian Glamour, the Wedding Dresses and Jean Paul Gaultier this showcase is free, yep and they do free guided tours.

Trust me it is not to be missed, you don’t have long as it is only open until May 29, but you will be under Miuccia’s spell by the time you leave as it really does showcase what makes Prada so great, with its gorgeous 40s silhouettes, exquisitely crafted bowling bags, fun heels and playful arty prints that the Italian fashion is really known for. I really did love the way the exhibition was set out and styled, it was instantly recognisable as Prada, there was a colour of explosion encased behind huge glass cabinets that spanned the length of the room displaying ready-to-wear and accessories that fit into Prada’s key concepts from “Modernity” to “Figuration and “Animalia”.

I just really loved that all of Prada’s greatest hits were mixed together as it meant that I bounced about the exhibition from case-to-case finding my favourite pieces that I have added to a mental list of vintage pieces that if I ever saw and could afford I would just need to buy, no matter what!!!

As well as fashion, the retrospective also reflects Prada’s non-fashion loves such as art, architecture and film, I loved relaxing in the screening room and watching the specially commissioned films by the likes of Wes Anderson and Roman Polanski, it really shows that this Italian fashion house is much more than just clothing and accessories.

Are you a fan of fashion exhibitions?

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Mar 03 2014

Oscars 2014: Best Dressed – Lupita Nyong’o In Prada

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Who: Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o

Where: At the 86th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, California

Wearing: A custom cornflower blue silk georgette pleated Prada gown featuring a deep V-neck top to the front and back, teamed with gold and diamond jewellery from Fred Leighton including a headband, earrings and bracelet

Verdict: Lupita really has been a breath of fresh air this award season, each red carpet I have been excited to see what she wears as she mixes up her designers, silhouettes and isn’t afraid to wear colour.

This for me was easily one of my best dressed looks – not only was the colour perfection, which she said reminded her of Nairobi her home, but I loved how the crystal embellishments on the skirt sparkled when it hit the light, especially when she went up to collection her well deserved award for her role in 12 Years A Slave.

It was also youthful, fun, and modern, as well as being fashion-forward and appropriate for the Oscars red carpet – Miucca really did well.

As well as loving the gown I also adored how the actress styled up the look with her gold jewellery including a delicate diamond headband and gorgeous ear cuff.

I love everything about this look from head-to-toe and I am so pleased that she won her speech was moving and emotional I loved that she ended it with “no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid”.

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