Fashion-Mommy loves -A style review of March Style.

March has been a busy fashion month. It started with the sacking of John Galliano from Dior after his shocking anti-Semitic comments that stunned the fashion industry and public alike. It ended with the launch of Pearl Lowe’s newest Peacocks collection that promises to be another sell out. The month has seen Vivienne Westwood launch her first American store, with a little help from Christina Hendricks, the story of ‘Lucy in Disguise’ told in ‘Lily Allen – from Riches to Rags’ on Chanel 4, and the usual slew of film premieres, launches  and celebrity appearances. Here are some more of the things that Fashion-Mommy has loved this month.

 

Star Style

There have been some interesting looks on display this month. Olivia Munn reflected the glorious spring weather with the perfect floral maxi dress which I think will be much copied this Summer. Taylor Swift was another star who tapped into the floral trend with a pretty sundress teamed with a cardigan to take the chill away. Katie Holmes showed how you can wear leather trousers without looking like a rock chic by adding a beautiful green blouse, whilst Fan Bing Bing became the newest style crush with her chameleon like style. Paloma Faith brought her usual quirky style to the Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld Paris party.

The two Kate’s continued to make fashion waves. Kate Middleton showed again that clothes in her wardrobe have to earn their keep by wearing the camel leather LK Bennett jacket for a meal with William in which her wore scruffy trainers. She then earned her first unanimous praise for her stunning Burberry trenchcoat, which became an instant sell out. John Lewis also cashed in on the Kate craze with their ad campaign in which Coco Rocha seemed to resemble a certain Princess in waiting in a Reiss like dress.

Kate Moss was photographed this month wearing 1970s evening wear and clutching a box of after eight mints for an Abigail’s Party themed night. The dress was amazing, but I don’t think I will be copying the strange curls. She looked her usual amazing self at a club launch in London later this month.

Rihanna’s first cover for US Vogue showed just why she is considered one of the most beautiful and stylish stars in the world at the moment. The internet went crazy for this image in which Rihanna resembled The Birth of Venus.

The launch of the new Pearl Lowe for Peacocks collection has been another success. With Daisy Lowe again the face of the brand, this is another retro styled vintage look with Daisy styled as a brunette Bardot.

I must admit that I have really enjoyed shopping this month. Here are a few of my  favourite buys.

 

Dorothy Perkins - Perfect with camel trousers

 

 

Dorothy Perkins

 

 

TK Maxx

 

 

 

Debenhams

 

I also bought lots of vintage and second-hand items, which I will talk about in a future post.

Another great month over. See you in April!

Style Icon of the Month-Sarah Owen

Like any fashion obsessive, I have found myself fascinated by the Lily Allen documentary ‘From Riches to Rags’ that concluded this week. This detailed the journey of Lily Allen pop star to Lily Allen vintage boutique entrepreneur as she set up her vintage fashion emporium ‘Lucy In Disguise’.

I’ve always admired Lily’s eclectic style, from her prom dresses and trainers stage right through to her Chanel Obsession, but this series proved that Lily is not the only fashionista in the Allen/Owen household. Step forward Sarah Owen. Sarah is Lily’s older half-sister, a former party girl who previously had a fractured relationship with Lily. She has glossy dark hair, cheekbones to die for and amazing personal style. Sarah is my new fashion crush, and in tribute I have named her my inaugural style icon of the month.

 

At the Lucy in Disguise Launch

Describing Sarah’s personal style is quite tricky. She is a lover of vintage, but does not stick to any one era or look. There are Mad Men style early 1960s fitted dresses with spiky stiletto heels, cute 1960s lace crochet style dresses with smoky Sophia Loren eyes,1970s Halston effect jumpsuits with flared legs and draping necklines. There are even nods to the 1980s with jackets that sport acres of sequins in multi coloured stripes and patterns. Sarah is able to rock each look perfectly, always looking groomed and elegant.

 

Sarah is the sort of girl who would wear heels, whatever the occasion, and whilst you can imagine Lily setting up a home in a rural location, you could never imagine the ultra glamorous Sarah doing that.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching From Lily Allen – From Riches to Rags, , but now it is finished I am wondering how I will manage without my Tuesday night Sarah style fix?

Wallis 1923 Collection – Sneak Preview

Wallis will be launching a new collection on April 18th. Called the 1923 collection, this is a glorious collection of day dresses and accessories that take their cues from the 1950s. Think Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’, Julianne Moore in ‘Far from Heaven’ and Doris Day in just about EVERYTHING!

There are five beautiful dresses in the collection. These are bright coloured, with full skirts and nipped in waistbands. There are a range of prints, and the colour clashes are a nod to this season’s ongoing trend, with blue teamed with both green and orange.

The prints have been  sourced from the Wallis archives to give the dresses a real vintage feel. The collection also has the perfect cream cardigan that could be matched with all the dresses, and pretty rose print flats that would also look great teamed with jeans.

I love all the dresses and think you really need to invest in at least one for the upcoming season. Whether you are enjoying afternoon tea during the Royal wedding, attending a summer barbecue, a  guest at a wedding, or enjoying a day at the races – there is a dress in the collection that would suit every occasion. A ll you need to add is white gloves for a truly ladylike look!