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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]

May 18 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Cate Blanchett & Zoe Saldana Go Bridal…Well Sort Of!!!

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When I was looking for my wedding gown instead of just looking at bridal collections I also took inspiration from the red carpet, like the high street look to the catwalk, wedding designers also check out the latest celebrity trends when designing their gowns and I think I have found two that need to be rolled out into production!!!

The first look is a gorgeous, elegant, one-shoulder white Ralph Lauren gown worn by actress Cate Blanchett. It is the statuesque silhouette of this gown that makes it perfect for a glamorous, modern-style wedding for a bride looking for an edge – you can’t get more fashion-forward than that half-cape detail that drapes over her arm. 

My second look worn by Zoe Saldana during the Cannes Film Festival is a romantic Victoria Beckham gown from her autumn/winter 2014 collection. This dress might seem a little casual for a wedding, but that is what appealed to me, not every bride-to-be wants a dramatic, show-stopper of a gown, and this Victoria Beckham is simple, yet still gorgeous. I can really picture this pleated gown at a beach wedding or one with a boho vibe -especially with that asymmetrical ruffled detailing. Casual and non-traditional doesn’t have to be boring. 

Could you see these two gowns walking down the aisle rather than the red carpet?

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[Pics: via facebook.com/RalphLaurenUK & facebook.com/victoriabeckham]

Jan 27 2014

Grammy Awards: Katy Perry In Valentino Couture

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The Grammy’s were held last night in Los Angeles and as always I found the red carpet to be a little predictable – metallics, shimmering fabrics, tight, tight and a very tight, and the odd quirky look to showcase the musician on the red carpet.

One star I can generally depend on to wow me has to be Katy Perry, do you remember when she wore that gorgeous sky blue Elie Saab gown in 2012, well last night she was a vision in tulle wearing a stunning Valentino Couture gown that might look a little familiar, yep it is one that I featured on my Couture Bride post last week.

Other that the fact it was fresh off the runway, I love that it seemed to have been made for the Grammy Awards with the embroidered musical notes on the tulle skirt. It is fun, elegant and romantic all at the same time and it really does look like a work of art. Apparently this beautiful gown took 1,600 hours to do all the embroidery – the craftsmanship is sublime.

Not content with just one look from Valentino’s spring couture collection, Katy also looked incredible in a shorter red tulle with a feathered serpent to the after party. As much as I love the red carpet gown, and I do, I think this flirty number is my favourite – I love the rich colour of the dress and the snake motif. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!katy perry grammys valentino Grammy Awards: Katy Perry In Valentino Couture %tagMadonna ralph lauren Grammy Awards: Katy Perry In Valentino Couture %tag

Another great look I just had to share was Madonna wearing a wide-leg Ralph Lauren tuxedo with a black felt gaucho hat, a sparkly fingerless glove, and a grill, yep if you saw her interview on E! she showed off her mouth jewellery.

If I can forget about the grill, as I hate them, I love, love, love this mannish look from Madonna. I am a huge fan of girlies in suits and this one will be remembered I am sure. Also no-one else works the red carpet like Madonna!!!

Were you a fan of Katy Perry’s and Madonna’s looks at last night’s Grammy Awards? 

[Pics: via Facebook.com/Valentino & facebook.com/RalphLaurenUK]

Dec 18 2013

Grudge Match: Kim Basinger In Ralph Lauren Collection

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Who: Actress Kim Basinger

Where: At the Grudge Match screening held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York

Wearing: A navy pinstripe Ralph Lauren Collection three-piece suit, teamed with light blue striped shirt, and a printed navy tie

Verdict: Well if you are going to work masculine tailoring you might as well go for it and work the gangster look. I love, love, love this pinstripe suit on Kim Basinger, not only is the cut impeccable but the additional styling of the slicked back hair and the chain of the pocket watch is perfection.

It is a risk opting for a suit rather than a full length frock but for me Kim is totally pulling off her mobster-inspired masculine vibe with added sex appeal by adding vibrant hot red lips.

I have gushed before about my love of androgynous ensembles and this year we have had some beauties on the red carpet. How do you think Kim’s look compares to Saorise Ronan who went for a deep purple The Kooples suit at the BFI London Film Festival Awards or the sexy Michael Kors look that Julianna Margulies rocked on the red carpet?

If like me you love women in suits, then check out my dedicated board on Pinterest - where I pin my favourite masculine-inspired red carpet, editorial and street style shots.
Follow Fashionista Barbie Danielle Wightman-Stone’s board Women in Suits on Pinterest.

[Pic: twitter.com/RalphLauren]

Sep 23 2013

Primetime Emmys 2013: My Best Dressed List

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It has been a while since I’ve enjoyed an awards red carpet, but on Sunday night the very best in TV donned some gorgeous gowns for the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Normally the TV Emmys are a little hit and miss, but this year it seems everyone really upped their game and I fell in love with a lot of looks – from the sophisticated ice-blue J.Mendel that Zooey Deschanel wore to the romantic Marchesa gown that Kerry Washington stunned in.

Trying to decide on my favourite look was hard, these seven looks were easily my favourites, but for me the two minimal-yet-exquisite looks – the sleek and glamorous Calvin Klein dress that Rose Byrne went for and the vibrant statement Ralph Lauren gown worn by Allison Williams were miles ahead of the rest. Normally I would got for dramatic, verging on the side of OTT and usually of the princess variety, but I was blown away by how perfect these two looks were.

If I had to choose between the two, and it is hard, I think I would go with Allison Williams, her strapless corset Ralph Lauren just looked incredible on TV – the bold colour teamed with the minimal structure to the shape of the gown worked perfectly. But it was her gorgeous tousled, wavy hair and flawless face, and those Fred Leighton gold bracelets that narrowly put her head of Rose.

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Rose was a very close second though in this custom petal silk crepe Calvin Klein Collection top and skirt – she looks smoulderingly hot in this sexy two-piece. I love how simple and streamlined this look is while being so on trend with the crop top. My favourite bit of this look is the criss-cross detailing as well as the colour it is divine.

Like with Allison, Rose also finishes her look with gorgeous hair and make-up as well as great accessories, I love her silver Jimmy Choo ‘tube’ clutch and her Tiffany & Co earrings.

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From minimal chic to two very different white looks, both gorgeous and both looked spectacular on the red carpet. First up we have Scandal actress Kerry Washington wearing a romantic Marchesa gown from the labels spring/summer 2014 collection.

Kerry’s was the closest to a princess dress and I adore the floral appliqués, the ribbon bodice and the tulle train – she looked incredible and it worked with her same colour Edie Larker clutch and delicate jewels by Fred Leighton.

At the other end of the all-white scale we have Kate Mara in a graphic lace embroidered J.Mendel gown featuring a silk crepe asymmetrical wrap skirt. I love the sex appeal of this dress with the peek-a-boo mesh-like lace and the super high thigh-high split. I also have to give her credit for the over-styling that totally paid off with the white-edged clear platform heels and white manicure – simply gorgeous.

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Next up we have January Jones, who gave me the biggest surprise, no sexy split, no edgy look, just a gorgeous romantic dress. Custom-made for her by Givenchy, this dusky pink strapless dress really stood out on the red carpet because of the intricate detailing of the floral lace skirt and her flawless make-up.

Another elegant look came from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel wearing an ice-blue J. Mendel column gown from the Resort 2014 collection featuring asymmetrical folded detail at the waist and thigh-high side slit. This is a sophisticated look that looked stunning on her and was perfectly styled with silver accessories – I really love her sequinned Edie Parker clutch.

My final spot in my seven best dressed is for Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery who was dressed for grabbing the headlines in this striking two-tone red Prada halter-style gown with its high-low hem at the front and cute bow detailing at the bow.

With a raised hemline at the front the heels are very important and these double-strap beauties also by Prada are perfect – delicate and glamorous. I also love her red jewelled clutch.

I think out of the seven looks this might be the one that splits opinion.

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I know I said my seven best dressed, but there was something about Claire Danes ethereal Giorgio Armani Privè gown that I just couldn’t leave out. The nude flare gown looked gorgeous on TV, the tulle bodice embroidered with sequins and the lace skirt really shined, however all the pictures don’t do it justice. But one thing I can’t love is her faux-bob and vibrant lippy – that comes across whatever the medium!!!

So who gets your best dressed from this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards?

[Pics: via Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prada, J. Mendel, Givenchy, Marchesa]

Jan 10 2013

People’s Choice Awards: Taylor Swift In Ralph Lauren Collection

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Who: Taylor Swift, who pick up the Favourite Country Artist award

Where: At the People Choice Awards 2013, which were held last night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Wearing: A floor-sweeping white Ralph Lauren Collection gown featuring cap-sleeves and a plunging neckline, teamed with turquoise drop earrings and smoky eyes

Verdict: Wow, Taylor Swift came ready for being crowned best dressed in this stunning Ralph Lauren Collection gown. This is a look that I would have expected more from someone at the Golden Globes on Sunday than at the People’s Choice but I am certainly not complaining as it is simply gorgeous.

Considering the rumours, the country singer doesn’t look like she is in the middle of a break-up from One Direction’s Harry, and if she is this simple-yet-stunning gown is really showing him what he is missing.

I just love the simple silhouette of this gown, it fits her perfectly and really is showing off her incredible figure, while still keeping it youthful and fresh with the daring plunging neckline that truly makes the dress a show stopper.

But a look isn’t just about the dress, the reason why Taylor is my best dressed is that everything came together perfectly. Everything is simply stunning from her gorgeous turquoise drop earrings to her flawless make-up and hair. I think 2013 is going to a great year for her!!!

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[Pics: facebook.com/RalphLauren & facebook.com/peopleschoice]

Dec 12 2012

Downton Abbey: Michelle Dockery In Ralph Lauren Collection

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Who: Michelle Dockery

Where: At an evening with the cast and producers of PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey” hosted by Ralph Lauren & Graydon Carter in New York City

Wearing: A one-shouldered black embroidered leather Ralph Lauren Collection dress, teamed with Ralph Lauren Collection shoes and vintage jewellery

Verdict: I am not sure why Lady Mary looks like a deer caught in headlights in this image as she looks fabulous in this uber-tight and very sexy Ralph Lauren Collection dress, which kind of reminds me of Versace.

I do wish that she had taken a risk and shortened this dress a little, but I suppose she is trying to do edgy while still being sophisticated, which works but I would have loved her to really wow me.

Finishing up her look is a faux bob, it seems everyone wants shorter hair lately, and a gorgeous deep pink lippy, she really does do minimal make-up well.

Overall I like this look. What do you think of Lady Mary – did she play it a little too safe?

[Pic: courtesy of Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren]
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