Well, it’s almost the end of another stylish month, and Fashion-mommy has decided to have a review of all the stylish things she has loved this month. September has been an extremely stylish month, with all the fashion weeks happening across the globe, and launches of the Perfume Diaries at Harrods, The Shoe Galleries at Selfridges, and Biba at House of Fraser. We’ve remembered sadly missed icons of style Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, and have lost Catherine Walker. We’ve welcomed the Autumn collections in all their full-skirted, 1950’s glory. And we’ve celebrated the rise of the curve, with Chanel campaigns for Crystal Renn, and a Grazia front cover for Christina Hendricks.
So, what else did Fashion-mommy like this month?
Firstly, I must comment on the amazingly fabulous, newly launched Biba collection at House Of Fraser. The designs, as modelled by the glorious Daisy Lowe, were reminiscent of the opulence and decadence of the original designs, with leopard prints, velvets and silk paisley prints all represented. I am totally in lust with one full length dress, which has a 1930’s Hollywood feel to it. In addition to the clothes themselves, I just loved Birmingham‘s glamorous Biba concession, with a black piano at the centrepiece.
While we’re on the subject of House of Fraser, I’m just loving their new pink carrier bags. They are proper Ellie Woods, Legally blonde pink, and are girly and lovely. The new Lola Rose packaging is also pink and stunning. Check out their range at QVC – some great savings to be made.
There were some great fashion looks in September. Sarah Jessica Parker rocked a whole series of looks with her inimitable flawless style, My favourite look was one she wore during London Fashion week. It was in gorgeous chocolate/caramel shades and frankly showed young whippersnappers like Olivia Palermo how it’s done.Kate Moss showed why she remains the style icon of choice for many in the stunning outfit she wore at her Longchamp launch. She looked groomed and elegant, the total epitome of real style without trying too hard.I loved the various TV and Soap awards that occurred this month. They provided so many giggles, I mean, did you see some of the ‘dresses; (using the term loosely) that the various soap starlets wore. Far be it for Fashion-mommy to criticise her fellow females, but hell, do any of them actually own a mirror? However Nina Wadia from Eastenders retained some fashion dignity whilst flying the flag for curvier women at the inside Soap awards, and for that I salute her.
In terms of shopping, surprisingly Primark has been one of my favourite shops this month. They have an amazing knitwear collection which has been hard to resist. Cute boyfriend cardis, embellished bow front jumpers and 1950’s style cardigans are all key items.
There have also been lots of end of season sales, and more exciting, new season sales at all key stores. Debenhams, New Look, Coast and Monsoon have all had good sales with items that could take you into the next season. I got a fabulous teal handbag and an unusual black and white beaded collar necklace and bracelet for just over £30. Monsoon has just started its mid-season sale. You can pick up my Tabitha tea dress for half price.(grrrr!)
In terms of style events, the fashion weeks were pretty impressive. Fashion mommy didn’t get to any of the fashion weeks, what with being tied to the kitchen sink and Baba, or slaving over a hot laptop. But I did get to the Perfume Diaries at Harrods, and the Grace Kelly exhibition at the V&A. Both were amazing, and I will talk about them in future postings.
All in All, a fabulous, fashionable month.
- House of Fraser Relaunches Biba Brand (shoppingblog.com)
- Fashion favourite: Daisy Lowe’s grungy glamour makes her a natural choice for the iconic fashion house Biba (independent.co.uk)
- Daisy Lowe is the new face of Biba (catwalkqueen.tv)
- Daisy Lowe’s the face of new Biba (myfashionlife.com)
- House of Fraser to bring back iconic Biba (telegraph.co.uk)
- Alexander McQueen’s rose tribute to Isabella Blow (telegraph.co.uk)