Wow! What a month January has been in the style stakes. The awards season has started with a vengeance, with The Golden Globes, The SAG awards, The People’s choice awards, The National television awards, The Palm Springs awards and the Art of Elysium awards all taking place this month. This has meant a whole host of fabulous frocks and outfits for Fashion-Mommy to peruse over for your benefit. In addition – an amazing array of collections at Paris Couture week left Fashion-Mommy drooling.
January has been the month of the pregnant fashionista, with Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Devon Aoki, Marion Cotillard and Amanda Holden joining the pregnant ranks already swelled by Holly Willoughby, Jayne Krakowski and Mylene Klass. On the High Street, the sales have ended, although there were still bargains to be found for those prepared to dig deep, but the new collections have been so mouth-watering that shopping has been a must do activity.
So, lets look closer at the style and events that have impressed Fashion-Mommy in the first month of 2011.
Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway were the big style winners at the Golden Globe Awards. Angelina sported a stunning green Versace dress that proved to be the most popular colour on the night, whilst Anne shimmered in a backless Armani Prive dress.
Many other stars have shone on various red carpets this month. Kim Kardashian looked amazing in a coral Vera Wang dress at the Critics Choice awards, whilst I loved Anna Kendrick’s look at the Art of Elysium event. Eva Mendes looked like a beautiful princess at the Art of Elysium, whilst Julia Stiles showed that slinky jumpsuits are now perfectly acceptable red carpet attire in her black strapless suit.
The National Television awards showed that yet again, most small screen stars have no idea how to dress for red carpet events. Flesh was on display in abundance as the stars of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street jostled for the tabloid front pages. Thank goodness then for the pregnant Holly Willoughby, who once again showed that she is a natural, glamorous dresser for red carpet events. Cheryl Cole, on the other hand, did not look great, contrary to what you might have read in the press. Her bondage style dress showed off a back that now contains far too much body art, which frankly looked cheap and tacky.
It has been a great month for curvy and plus sized fashionistas. Amber Riley was pronounced on of the best dressed stars at The Golden Globes by no less an authority than Fashion Police, whilst Monique looked amazing with her slate grey dress (and shaven Legs!) whilst announcing the Oscar nominations. Queen Latifah was simply stunning at the Critics Choice awards in a beautiful turquoise gown, whilst Beth Ditto looked fabulous at the Etam catwalk show in Paris. Ruth Jones was one of the stars of the month, and looked fantastic, both as herself on ‘the big fat quiz of the year’, and as larger than life star Hattie Jacques in the BBC4 biopic ‘Hattie’. She proved that the 1950s silhouettes clearly suited a curvaceous figure. My girl crush Christina Hendricks proved to be one of the best dressed at a seriously underwhelming SAG awards in form-fitting black L’wren Scott.
More looks I’ve loved this month include Carey Mulligan in a gorgeous purple Prada dress at The Palm Springs Awards, Michelle Obama in a glorious Alexander McQueen dress during the Chinese State visit to Washington, a casual Kiera Knightley wearing Burberry. Diane Kruger showed again why no-one today wears Chanel like she does in soft pink straight from the catwalk, whilst Kate Moss had a glamorous return to form in day and evening wear. Andrea Riseborough was definitely one to watch in hr striking black ensemble.
Fashion showed this month that it has the ability to be fun, to provoke thought and argument, and to shock. A gaggle of Kate Middleton lookalikes descended on Buckingham Palace in blue Issa dresses, providing photo oppurtumities for many bemused tourists. Oxford Street saw a march of mature models in their underwear to promote a new fashion website promoting a new body mentality, and protesting at the ‘one size fits all mentality’ that it believes the High Street currently has. Jean Paul Gaultier raised more than one highbrow when the beautiful blonde ‘Bride’ in his catwalk show, actually proved to be a groom, male supermodel Andrej Peric. Transsexual model Lea T was photographed kissing Kate Moss for the Love front cover under the headline ‘This is hardcore’. Clearly, anyone wo believes fashion is just about pretty clothes is sorely mistaken!
I’ll end with my personal favourite things from January. I feel in love with the Rose n roll sandals from by Roger Vivier, I think they are stunning, although they probably cost a few months salary. My own bargain of the month was this great Lulu Guinness tote, which I am using everywhere at the moment, and got for just £25!