Fashion-Mommy Loves – A review of July Style.

July was the month that started with two weddings that encompassed a royal wedding and a rock and roll wedding. It was the month that a wedding dress was put on  public display to the delight of millions of fashionistas and romantics. And it was the month that ended with another royal wedding. In between we had a fashion fest from Emma Watson , and saw the shocking death of fashion icon Amy Winehouse. Here are all the highlights of a busy but interesting month.

Brides, Brides, Brides

Kate Moss looked the epitome of dishevelled, boho elegance in her 1920s inspired gown by John Galliano as she tied the knot with her rocker, Jamie Hince. Photographer Terry Richardson got in trouble for publishing intimate shots of the evening celebrations, including the guests hitting the dance floor.

A more controversial wedding was that of Charlene Wittstock to Prince Albert of Monaco. It was reported that the bride tried to flee  before the wedding after rumours of yet more illegitimate children surfaced, but whatever the truth, the bride was simply breathtaking in her Armani Prive dress.

Yesterday saw Britain’s second royal wedding of the year (honestly  they’re like buses, you wait for years for one, and then two come along!) when Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips married rugby star Mike Tindall. She wore a gorgeous and elegant dress by Stewart Parvin that was reputed to have been bought off the peg. No bridesmaid upstaging on this occasion, but Maid of Honour Dolly Maude did like supremely chic in her shift dress.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge had another fantastic month of style as she wowed the US on her 3 day tour. She wore a faultless array  of outfits, with my pick  being the glorious McQueen evening gown at the Bafta Brits dinner. She outshone all the Hollywood royalty on display, including a flesh flashing JLo.

There were many stylish looks on display this month. Emma Watson shown just how much she has grown up since she started playing Hermione in a range of stunning frocks. My favourite was the exquisite Oscar De La Renta gown that she wore for the UK premiere, but I also loved the BottegaVeneta brown linen and satin dress that did split opinions. Interestingly, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was another best dressed of the month for me, wore the same dress as part of her shoot for the August issue of US Vogue, and then wore another Oscar De La Renta dress for the Harry Potter Premiere.

Also looking good this month was the fabulous Anne Hathaway, who looked ethereal in Valentino at the White Fairy Tale Love Ball in Paris. Olivia Palermo attended this event, and also looked amazing wearing a silver pleated empire line dress from Valentino. I also think Adele looked really stylish in her 1960s style outfit at the I-Tunes festival.

Other stylish fashionistas catching the eye this month were Katie Cassidy in Herve Leger. Now, I am usually so over Herve Leger bodycon, but this tangerine shade looks so hot on the Gossip Girl. I also loved Jennifer Aniston stepping away from the little black dress for silver Valentino at the Horrible Bosses premiere. Justin is obviously a good influence on her oh so boring wardrobe. Hilary Swank showed why yellow is one of my favourite colours in her pretty little sundress, whilst Victoria Beckham  looked simply beautiful in her red maxi dress just days before the birth of Harper Seven. I also loved Kate Moss’s chic return from honeymoon looks, and who could resist the demure Camille Belle in her floral Miu Miu dress?

Amy Winehouse’s death was a shocking and tragic end to a life that had seemed to have so much promise. Although Amy is most likely to be remembered for her untimely demise, fashion fans will always remember the unique and super stylish Amy who created a much copied style all of her own. Her are a few of my favourite pictures of my favourite singer. RIP Amy. Gone, but never to be forgotten.

Here are a few of my buys this month. I can’t document them all as I hit the sales like most people, and then can’t find the appropriate images! But here are a couple of things I got this month.

River Island £20 in sale

 

mulberry-hellier-vintage-scotchgrain-bag – mine is red but I couldn’t find a red image!

I also got a fab blue cashmere jumper from a charity shop, along with a Harrods 1970s vintage skirt, a beaded Ben De Lisi top and a great 1970s pussycat bow blouse – all for under £40! Bargain.

Here’s to a super scorching August.

Rachel Zoe launches new collection exclusively at Selfridges.

Stylist Rachel Zoe exits the Bryant Park tents...

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Rachel Zoe is the über stylist to the stars. Known for turning Nicole Richie from a rather cheap looking madam into a boho glamour puss, and also responsible for the red carpet styling of the likes of Mischa Barton, Kiera Knightley, Cameron Diaz and Anne Hathaway, Zoe has a name that is now synonymous with red carpet glamour.

So it is exciting news that Rachel Zoe is about to launch her first fashion collection in the UK this August.  The collection will be exclusively available from Selfridges Oxford Street store, and online at Selfridges.com. The collection will not be available anywhere else in the UK, so this is quite a coup for Selfridges.

So, what is the collection like?  Well, as you can expect from the Zoe, this collection firmly has its feet in the 1970s. Gorgeous sequined shift dresses nestle alongside amazing capes that look like they belong to Faye Dunaway circa Network 1976. There are boho inspired maxis and fabulous winter coats trimmed with wool and fur. There is also a nod to the androgynous styles that are a big story for next season, with tuxedos and shirts that show mannish tailoring at its best.

 

Rachel Zoe comments on the collection, “I wanted androgyny and the powerful woman look. I’ve grown up a lot. I wanted an amazing white tuxedo for under £650 and a cocktail dress for under £300… It’s very Jane Birkin-y, Anjelica Huston-y and Bianca Jagger-y.”

 

This is an amazing collection, with lots of investment pieces avaialable. Prices range from £165 -£580.

 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 
 

 


 
 

Kate does her best not to upstage bride Zara.

Picture the scene – a royal wedding, 1986. Princess Diana at the height of her beauty attended the wedding of close friend Sarah Ferguson. Many were disappointed with her choice of outfit, a blue silk dress with a black cumberband and polka dots. ‘She’s worn that outfit before’, screamed the press. ‘Its too low key for a royal wedding’ others cried. But this was the whole point. Diana wore something that was deliberately low-key and had already been seen so that she wouldn’t detract from the attention the royal bride should be getting. She let Sarah keep her spotlight.

Go forward 25 years, to another Royal wedding, and a new royal trendsetter. Zara Phillips was bound to make a stunning bride, but there was still lots of apprehension about what the newly beloved Duchess of Cambridge would wear. Would it be another McQueen creation? Or something by Issa? Or Amanda Wakeley maybe. But thrifty, sensible Kate dug deep in her closet to find an outfit she had last worn to a wedding 5 years previously. Kate wore a beautiful cream brocade coat/dress by Jane Troughton that was originally worn to the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles in 2005. On that occasion Kate had teamed it with a fascinator by Phillip Treacy. The hat was the one thing that was noticeably different about the outfit, this time it was teamed with a large picture hat.

I think this was a deliberate gesture on Kate’s part. Interest in everything she wears is at a premium,  but this was Zara’s day, and so Kate wore an elegant outfit in a neutral shade that was chosen so as not to outshine the bride. This is becoming a Kate pattern. When she attended another friends wedding in June, she wore a black and white dotted dress that she had previously been photographed wearing in 2007. And we probably could’ve guessed that Kate would recycle an old outfit when she wore the Diane Von Furstenberg green dress only seen during the tour of America, to the pre-wedding bash on the former Royal Yacht Britannia, allowing Zara to shine in a beautiful one sleeved dress.

Kate and Zara are good friends, and I think this is shown in this show of female solidarity. This was Zara’s time, and Kate fully understood this.