Fashion moments of 2010 pt.2

Alexander McQueen's logo in London

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2010 had so many memorable style moments that I couldn’t limit my list to just ten happenings. So here are my next ten moments from the world of fashion and style from what has proved to be a pretty amazing year.

Fashion for Relief Haiti

This event, organised by Naomi Campbell, saw a whole host of stars taking to the catwalk in order to raise funds to help mother and babies in the Earthquake stricken nation of Haiti. Denise Van Outen, David Walliams, Nicola Roberts and Jo Wood were amongst those who strutted their stuff on the catwalk. My favourite star turns were from the gorgeous Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud, and a rare walk from Kate Moss, who wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress as a tribute to the designer who committed suicide in February of this year.

The death of a genius

The world of fashion was shocked by the suicide of British designer Lee Alexander McQueen in February. McQueen had been left shattered by the death of his beloved mother just days before, following on from the suicide of his close friend and mentor Isabella Blow.McQueen was an amazing, irreplaceable force in the world of fashion, he had both stunned and delighted with his innovative, creative designs and will be sorely missed. Sarah Burton has taken over at the helm of  the Alexander McQueen label.

Biba and Barbara

Biba and Barbara Hulanicki re-emerged in the fashion world this year in very different guises. The Biba label was relaunched by House of Fraser as an opulent, glamorous collection fronted by a stunning ad campaign featuring Daisy Lowe. However, the collection was criticised by Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the original Biba, for being far too expensive. She launched her own affordable collection for Asda George in November. This was a great collection that adhered to the Biba effects of being affordable (most of the range under £30), and more inclusive (sizes up to a size 20).

Biba at House of Fraser

Barbara Hulanicki dress £25 Asda George...I'm wearing this New Years Eve

Barbara Hulanicki Cardigan - a great glamorous cover up

Lanvin/H&M mania

Alber Elbez  fans (and, lets face it, eBay sellers!) turned out in force for the launch of the Lanvin for H&M collection in November. Many shoppers queued overnight to be the first to get their hands on the wristbands that gained entry into H&M stores. The collection itself was a critical hit, with fabulous shoes, cute t-shirts and glam and girly dresses. The whole collection was sold out within hours and was appearing on eBay the same day for double and triple the retail prices. My favourite piece from the collection were these red shoes.

X Factor Fash-Off

With all the scandal concerning this series, thank heavens for the fashion on show each week. Danni and Cheryl provided fashionistas with lots to discuss after each show, with Danni Minogue coming out on top as the most stylish X Factor judge.  Showcasing couture from her own Project D range, Victoria Beckham and Emilia Wickstead amongst others Danni never put a fashion foot wrong. Cheryl, on the other hand, faced criticism for many of her X Factor looks, including her too orange face (from Simon Cowell no less…talk about the pot and kettle!!!), her return to her long extensions, and a range of trashy looking dresses. However, it was not just Danni and Cheryl whose style was dissected. X Factor uncovered a new style star in the stunning Rebecca Ferguson, whose mixture of High Street and designer labels looked polished to perfection.

Rebecca - a new style Sade?

Victoria Beckham – World Domination?

An amazing dress collection worn by Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meister, Courtney Cox, Oprah Winfrey, Danni Minogue and Katherine Jenkins amongst others. A newly launched, sell out Handbag collection. A nomination for best designer brand at the British Fashion Awards. This was the year that Victoria Beckham was finally acclaimed for her designing skills. She was the best advert for her brand, wearing a range of elegant, ladylike looks that banished the WAGTAG for good.

Louis Vuitton Channels the 1950’s.

My favourite ad campaign of the whole year was the one that featured Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson and Christy Turlington in How to Marry a Millionaire mode as 1950’s style models. The ladylike dresses, the Grace Kelly style grooming, the bouncy ponytails. I just totally loved the whole look and feel of the style. This Louis Vuitton campaign was shot by Steven Meisal, and just fitted in so perfectly with my Mad Men obsession.  Marc Jacobs – I salute you!

The rise of the mini fashionista.

One of 2010’s more worrying trends was the arrival of the mini fashionista. Willow Smith, just nine years old, yet looking like a mini Rihanna whilst singing the irritating ‘Whip my Hair’, was the toast of Milan Fashion week, wearing D&G and carrying a leopard print clutch bag. Chloe Moretz, the star of ‘Kick Ass’, aged 13 and wearing Chanel Resort. How I long to go back to the days of the badly dressed 13 year old Emma Watson on the red carpet!

Gossip Girl styles.

The main stars of the series Gossip Girl showcased very different looks this year. Leighton Meester had the edginess, trying a series of directional styles, but Blake Lively looked far better with her sun-kissed blonde babe image. Taylor Momsen modelled for Madonna and resembled a mini Courtney Love with black kohl and ripped tights. You couldn’t escape them if in the style and gossip magazines this year.

And finally…the wedding of the year!

On a personal note, my beloved little sister Jodie got married on December the 4th, and to me, this was the fashion event of the year. A beautiful bride in a dress inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker, bridesmaids clad in black, handsome groomsmen in dinner suits, and a host of stylish guests, this was my favourite fashion moment of the year…and yes, I am biased!

Well, that’s my fashion moments for 2010. Here’s to a very stylish 2011. Fashion Mommy wishes everyone a happy, prosperous and stylish New Year.

The Fashion Moments of 2010 pt 1

2010 has been a memorable year on the fashion front.  There have been numerous trends, from Cheryl Cole style bondage tights to maxi dresses emerging as a fashion staple regardless of the season. 1950’s and 1960’s style was a big story, with curvy models appearing on the catwalk for Louis Vuitton and Prada, as well as for Mark Fast and Giles Deacon. We have seen the emergence of Christina Hendricks, Carey Mulligan and Diana Vickers as new style icons, and have said goodbye to Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker and Corrine Day. The year has ended with the surprising news that the iconic Carine Roitfeld is to step down as the editor Vogue Paris, with the race now on to replace her. With so much happening, it is hard to choose the fashion moments of 2010…but here are some of the things I really loved in 2010.

Sex in the city 2 fashion-fest.

Although opinions over the actual film were somewhat divided, (I personally loved it..but many didn’t),the fashion parade from Sarah Jessica Parker and the girls at the endless stream of film premieres was a joy to behold. From SJP’s tribute to Alexander McQueen, to Kristen Davies’s vintage obsession, the girls provided the style story of the summer.

Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga has had many interesting looks this year, not wearing what looked like a piece of steak at the VMA’S! But she did look truly beautiful at the Grammy Awards, when she wore an ethereal looking custom-made dress by Armani Prive. Amongst the safe stylish dresses, and usual trashy looks (I mean you Ke$sha!), Gaga looked over worldly, and the look frankly left me, well…gaga!

Curves on the Catwalk

This was the year when Christina Hendricks exploded onto the scene, being named the sexiest woman alive, and gracing the front cover of Grazia magazine. Crystal Renn walked the catwalk for Chanel and Zac Posen, whilst Beth Ditto was the star turn for Gaultier. A pregnant Abby Clancy and Kelly Brook walked for Giles, whilst Ruth Jones, Holly Willoughby and Toccara Jones flew the flag for curves on the small screen. It was not all plain sailing however, Crystal Renn was noticeably slimmer on the catwalk, and it was her face, rather than her figure that featured in Chanel campaigns. However, Look magazine at the close of the year reported that M&S had sold 33,000 of ‘ its ‘s ‘2 sizes bigger’ bra in the run up to Christmas, proving that women are definitely going for the more busty look this season.

Grace Kelly at the V&A

The Grace Kelly exhibition at the V&A was a feast for those who love the allure of ladylike glamour. Featuring a range of her Hollywood costumes from films such as High Society, as well as clothes from her personal Princess wardrobe of Chanel, Yves St Laurent and Marc Bohun for Dior, along with original Hermes Kelly bags, the exhibits were stunning in every way. I feel really lucky to have been able to view items that belonged to such a style icon.

Michelle Obama wears vintage.

It was enough to send the American fashion press into spasms. Michelle Obama, champion of new designers like Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo, was pictured over the Christmas period wearing a beautiful black vintage evening gown from Norman Norell, with whispers that many more vintage pieces have been sourced for her for 2011. I think she looked absolutely amazing in the gown, with its echoes of past presidents (after all, Norman Norell was a great favourite of Marilyn Monroe, who was linked romantically to a certain US President…)

Kate the last for Topshop

The first of November marked the launch of the final Kate Moss Topshop collection. Kate appeared for her usual few minutes at the launch party held as party of Fashion’s night in, looking ageless in a sequined catsuit. The collection itself had a vintage 1930’s glamorous feel, with glittery  beaded evening dresses, feathered capes, vintage prints and fur tippets. Some past lines were relaunched as part of the Kate Iconic range, whilst original prints of Kate from previous ad campaigns were on display in the  Oxford Circus store.

A stunning Kirsten

This is my favourite magazine cover of the year. At a glance, it could be a vintage movie magazine from the 1950’s featuring Grace Kelly. Look closely, and it is possibly more modern, showcasing the glacial beauty if Diane Kruger. In fact, it is neither. This stunning image by Mario Testino is of the beautiful Kirsten Dunst, a million miles away from the grungy teenager of Crazy/Beautiful, which I watched for the first time this year and really enjoyed.

The shoe Galleries at Selfridges

Possibly the most exciting piece of rel estate in London today, the shoe galleries are a must visit part of the Selfridges store on Oxford Street. Featuring everything from high street names (River Island, Kurt Geiger) to designer lust haves (Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood), the store is separated into apartments that echo the designer of the shoes they are home to. A shoe lovers paradise, the shoe galleries are home to 5,500 pairs of shoes! Whats not to love?

Kate Middleton fever

Ever since the royal engagement was announced, the whole of the fashion world has been plunged into Kate Middleton fever. We are yet to find out who will win the coveted job as wedding dress designer, but already Kate is proving that her patronage is highly lucrative. Issa has become a household name based on the stylish blue dress that Kate wore to announce the engagement, whilst the white Reiss dress worn in the official engagement snaps by Mario Testino is set to be relaunched in January. Kate has won the approval of Karl Lagerfeld for her simple, but effortless style, and is set to be the biggest fashion story of 2011.

Emma Watson – style icon

This was a big year style wise for Emma Watson. Her Mia Farrow crop and choice of amazing looks for the Harry Potter premieres throughout November, along with the coveted December Vogue cover saw Emma leave the ranks of pretty girl to become a real style icon for 2010. Intelligent, interesting  and beautiful. Emma is an inspiration, 21st century style.

That’s my first ten moments. Pop back to check out the other moments that rocked fashion-mommy’s year.

Kate Middleton To Be Wax Figure-ified (And It’s Going To Have to Wear Something Very, Very Important): glamour.com

Kate Middleton To Be Wax Figure-ified (And It’s Going To Have to Wear Something Very, Very Important): glamour.com.

Check out this article on glamour.com. What should the waxwork of Kate Middleton wear? Are these the only choices? What about the white coat she positively lives in? Or the sea through dress that attracted William (ok…maybe not that one!)