Tag Archive: Swarovski

Jul 02 2012

Couture AW12: Jessica Alba & Fan Bing Bing Dazzle At Atelier Versace

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Yesterday, Italian fashion house Versace opened Paris Haute Couture at the iconic Ritz Paris to showcase their autumn/winter 2012 Atelier Versace collection. Last season the label returned to the couture schedule with a presentation, which included some incredible gowns that we’ve already seen on the red carpet, but last night they opened Couture week in style with a catwalk show, if I do say so myself back to wear they belong!!!

I am going to be blogging more on the collection, I don’t want to tease but it was a gorgeous pastel display of utlra-sexy gowns that I am sure the front row celebrities including Jessica Alba, Lea Michele, Fan Bing BingElizabeth Banks, and Christina Hendricks were picking out their next red carpet appearance looks from.

My favourite celebrity look had to be the Jessica Alba’s incredible strapless black leather Versace cocktail dress enriched by black swarowski crystals from the autumn/winter 2012 collection – how divine is this edgy dress and so unexpected from Jessica. I really think that Jessica should wear studs more often!!!

It was tough to choose my favourite look as I also adored Fan Bing Bing in her bright yellow Versace cocktail dress also from the autumn/winter 2012 collection, I love the silver chain-metal detailing to the front and side.

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Also gracing the front row was a demure Lea Michele, who actually looked good in a bright orange Versace cocktail dress with grey leather inserts on the front, but what got me was how tiny she is next to Cory Monteith.

The OTT and totally Versace award has to go to M.I.A. who wore a vintage Gianni Versace printed outfit consisting of gold printed lycra leggings, a gold printed top and leather jacket.

Who gets your best dressed award?

[Pics: Versace]

Apr 19 2012

Style Challenge: Filofax and Fashionista Barbie

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A couple of weeks ago Filofax asked me how would I style one of their funky colourful organisers for a cool project they were doing with other fashion bloggers, and I have to admit I like a good challenge so I thought I would give it ago.

I had the choice of blue, pink, green or yellow, and I have to admit just the choosing which Filofax was hard but I decided instead of going for my go-to pink I would go full on summery with the gorgeous Apex Personal Organiser in yellow, I just thought I could have more fun with a bright colour.

So as my organiser has a textured finished with the crosshatched cover and a smooth, matt interior, I tried to represent that in my outfit by working this gorgeous dress from New Look with its pleated skirt, and silky finish to the bodice, and because my organiser has a contrasting wrap-around elastic closure I added a tan belt to match my wedges, I thought yellow would have been a tad too much. Finishing off my look is my signature Barbie necklace that I adore and a sparkly Swarovski bracelet.

So what do you think – do you like the red and yellow combination? I thought it would make a change from going pink!!!

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As with all style challenges there is a vote element, which makes me feel a little like I am back in high school and hoping that I am the popular, but if you do ‘like‘ my outfit then head on over to Filofax’s Facebook page and hit ‘like‘ on my picture. The blogger who gets the most ‘likes‘ will receive five Filofax organisers to give away to their readers – so if you fancy a funky diary then get liking.

I also want to say a big good luck to my fellow style challenge bloggers who all look amazing with their Filofax’s. I have already voted for Ella from Coco’s Tea Party who styled hers with a fab DVF bag, Reem of Five Five Fabulous who looks smoking hot in her sporty look, as well as one of my favourite style bloggers Frassy who just looks uber-glamorous in a pink and blue outfit. I am definitely up against tough competition!!!

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My Style: I am wearing New Look dress, New Look wedges, tan belt, Swarovski bracelet, and my Barbie necklace.

Apr 04 2012

Press Day: Sparkles At Starworks

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Another hectic day of press days and it was hard to choose just one picture to sum up today – but I finally picked out these Swarovski wings – serious incredible.

Mar 06 2012

My Style: A Coral Beauty From Warehouse With Thomas Sabo

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At the weekend I was official declared a god parent to the beautiful Sebbie, and I decided to go for a dress that would be suitable chic, responsible, as well as reflective of my personality and need for colour. I have to admit the crazy weather of one minute being like spring to the next being freezing cold did play with my decisions a lot but I finally found this gorgeous coral flared dress from Warehouse.

I have to admit I haven’t shopped that much in Warehouse over the past few seasons but I have been so impressed with the new collection that I couldn’t resist this super flattering dress. Not only was it reasonably priced at £60, which is pretty good considering the exquisite tailoring, lining, and accompanying belt it comes with, but best of all it isn’t too short, which has been my biggest problem on this Christening dress hunt.

This dress is perfect for the spring/summer with its beige belt  and I had planned to wear with nude peep-toe heels, but for the wintry/rainy Sunday I decided to opt for black accessories, so I change out the belt for a black one so I could team with tights, a three-quarter blazer from New Look, and I even brought out my pointed toe laser-cut heels out of retirement, well that was until I got covered in mud so the trusty patent Russell & Bromley brogues came out!!!

My Style Details:

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Jewellery plays a big part in most of my outfits, especially in this one as I didn’t seem to take a bag, and I decided to wear my favourite pieces – my Thomas Sabo charm bracelet and my half-butterfly Swarovski crystallised necklace.

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I have more than 10 Thomas Sabo charms that Paulie picks up for me regularly for my birthday, our anniversary and Christmas, and I have to admit I always find it hard to choose which ones to include. In the end I settled for a mix of classic, new, and oh so cute – with my first ever charms of the pink crystal heart and elephant, my latest charms being the panda and moo cow, and two of my favourites have to be the Eiffel tower and my Barbie head silhouette heart.

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**Thanks to my good friend Sarah for taking my action shots in the brief moment that the rain stopped, as Sarah put it adding the balloons and motion was very Sex and the City, and I quite agree – so pleased with how the shots came out.**

Feb 27 2012

Elton John Oscar Party: Dita Von Teese In Jenny Packham

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Who: Dita Von Teese

Where: At the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party held at the City of West Hollywood Park

Wearing: A pale pink chiffon beaded cap sleeve Jenny Packham gown with keyhole detailing on the bodice, cut-out panels to the shoulders and pleated draped detailing to the front, teamed with Swarovski clutch, Bulgari diamond jewellery and Christian Louboutin heels

Verdict: I make no secret that I have a style crush on the burlesque beauty, but is is surprising when she wears gorgeous gowns like this? I was surprised not to see Jenny Packham on the main Oscar red carpet, especially after Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet have both worn her designs recently. This is a very elegant look, perfect for the occasion and I love the sparkly cap sleeves. Also does anyone else do red lippy quite as well as Dita? Gorgeous!!!

[Pic: via Facebook]

Feb 20 2012

LFW AW12: Fyodor Golan – Welcome To The Machine

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Friday for me was all about the pedigree of Fashion Fringe, with the 2010 winner Corrie Nielsen starting proceedings followed by 2009 winner’s Jena.Theo and last year’s winner’s Fyodor Golan. Like with their winning collection at last year’s Fashion Fringe final, this was another collection filled with their trademark sculpted lines, luxurious detailing and exquisite styling.

Showing in the new intimate LFW showspace at the Embankment Galleries, the venue has a lovely long runway, which totally suited the drama of this collection with its high necklines, blade embellishments, cut out detailing and statement jewellery by Pebble London.

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Inspired by the juxtaposition between Russian peasants and royalties, autumn/winter 2012 was a rich and detailed display showcasing not only their creative process but their exquisite craftmanship. Once again I was in awe at the use of contrasting textures from luxurious velvets to quilted leather, as well as Swarovski embellishments, tribal detailing, feathers and sheer panels. Every single piece that strutted down the runway was mind-blowing, and the colour palette was rich in its use of whites, burnt oranges and reds, and greens, which included a green glittery woman.

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Like with Corrie Nielsen I think the Fyodor Golan duo are aware of making their line commercial and there were a number of sharp tailored overcoats and some gorgeous knitwear items, which sat really well against the dramatic dresses. My favourite look though had to be the finale, which included a statement headpiece that I am sure Lady Gaga’s team are already eyeing up, and for good reason as it as it just blew the audience away.

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I loved the dark romance about this collection, which had a lot going on, but I am so proud of their first solo show as it presented their technical and creative skills to the max. On the way out of the venue people were saying that it was reminiscent of the late Alexander McQueen and I most certainly agree. I love it when emerging designers aren’t afraid to do couture looks and step away from just following the trends, this collection really has made me excited to see more from the uber-talented Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman.

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Jan 30 2012

SAG Awards: Emily Blunt Goes Neon In OdlR

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Who: Actress Emily Blunt

Where: At The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California

Wearing: A vibrant one-shouldered emerald Oscar de la Renta gown, which looked like it had been slightly modified from a dress that was seen on the Resort 2012 runway, teamed with a Swarovski clutch, Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Jimmy Choo heels

Verdict: I have to say that I don’t think anyone does green better than Oscar de la Renta, this gown is so striking and looks perfectly against her new dark brown hair. Brights were certainly a trend at this year’s SAG Awards but this was certainly one of my favourites – the neon hue worked really well on the red carpet. I also love that she added some sparkle to her outfit with that square clutch and that gorgeous gemstone cuff.

[Pic: SAG Awards - Jordan Strauss/WireImage]
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