Glam celeb looks from Ashley Benson, Kate Winslet and Florence Welch

This weeks celebrity focus turns to the glamorous. Some ladies are never really off duty, always looking immaculate even if they are just walking from A to B, today I have featured some such ladies. We have Florence Welch wearing Amanda Wakeley in Cinnamon, a colour she was just born to wear, and Kate Winslet showing that her pregnancy style is just as elegant as when she isn’t pregnant, wearing Isabella Oliver, and, even though it is such a cliched saying, absolutely glowing.

We have Pretty Little Liars style Ashley Benson in French Connection, proving that a shrunken biker jacket should definitely be part of your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter, whilst Fearne Cotton shows that Zara Taylor is the jewellery designer that the celebs just love to wear.

There are lots of other great looks to, but I’ll let you check them out for yourself.

Nicky Hilton in Celeb Boutique

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Maddox dress £109.99 click to visit Celeb Boutique

Maddox dress

Denise Van Outen

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DECO MAXI DRESS £395.00 click to visit Coast

DECO MAXI DRESS
£395.00 click to visit Coast

Ashley Benson wears French Connection

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 Athena Colour Block Biker Jacket £97.00 click to visit French Connection

Athena Colour Block Biker Jacket
£97.00 click to visit French Connection

Fearne Cotton wears Zara Taylor London

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Crystal Quartz Point Pendant £25 click to visit Zara Taylor London

Crystal Quartz Point Pendant £25 click to visit Zara Taylor London

Kate Winslet wears Isabella Oliver

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 Somerton Maternity Dress £109.00 click to visit Isabella Oliver


Somerton Maternity Dress
£109.00 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Florence Welch wears Amanda Wakeley

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Lyza Pant in Cinnamon: click to visit Amanda Wakeley

Arlinda Coat in Cinnamon

Lyza Pant in Cinnamon click to visit Amanda Wakeley

Lyza Pant in Cinnamon

 Mollie King wears Reiss

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 CONTRAST TRIM SILK TOP WHITE £110 click to visit Reiss

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 TEXTURED SLIM TROUSERS BLACK/WHITE £120 click to visit Reiss

TEXTURED SLIM TROUSERS
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Get the Charlize Theron look with Wallis

Black Beaded Shoulder Maxi Dress Price: £90.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Beaded Shoulder Maxi Dress

 

 

 

 

Mr Selfridge – Totally seduced by the style and shopping.

After a weekend of ill-health, I finally got around to catching up properly with ‘Mr Selfridge’ last night. I was totally dazzled and enchanted, as I had expected to be, with the fascinating story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, played in the series by Jeremy Piven,  and the iconic department store he created, bought to life on the small screen. All those instantly recognisable features, the wonderful window displays, the luxurious fixtures and fittings, the Art Nouveau style lifts, it was all there, albeit in a 1909 version.

Mr Selfridge was a retail visionary. So much about the way we enjoy shopping is down to him, from the opportunity to be able to ‘handle the goods’, to browse and window shop, the fact that we have rails and rails of choice, all this can be linked back to the ‘Earl of Oxford Street’ and how he perceived the shopping experience. The fact that he was also a seductive romeo who lived and loved life to the full, also adds to his general, larger than life personality.

As you would expect, the show is visually stunning, with the female characters seeming to have walked straight off the Marc Jacobs catwalk locomotive, such is the stylised Edwardian look. Key characters include Katherine Kelly playing Lady May Loxley, and Zoe Tapper as the glamorous showgirl Ellen Love. I’m not sure if Ellen Love was real person, the real Selfridge certainly had a relationship with one of the notorious Dolly Sisters, so Ellen could be a fictional character.

I am already hooked on the glamour and drama of Mr Selfridge, and am also thrilled that the modern-day  Selfridges are getting into the spirit of the series too, with a special Selfridges selection that includes, of course, the Lindy Woodhead book on which it is all based, and those very special red gloves that start it all.

DENTS Buttoned leather gloves £79.00

EXCLUSIVE MR WINGATE Selfridges Oxford Street cushion cover with pad

BOOKSHOP Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead

 

 

The ever recycling Duchess of Cambridge

As an avid Duchess of Cambridge watcher, I am totally obsessed with her wardrobe. But more and more lately, I am having instances of deja vu, as Kate recycles her outfits over and over again. And I have been struck by a thought. This recycling is not just about Kate being frugal, or making that wardrobe earn its keep. This is also about everyone knowing that Kate is thrifty, everyone recognising that in this time of economic hardship, the Duchess is trying hard not to flaunt her extravagance.

Kate is not the first Royal to recycle her outfits. The Queen and Princess Anne have both recycled outfits for years, the Queen actually wore a cloak for the Jubilee concert that she had first worn for a photograph in 1968. Even the late Princess of Wales recycled outfits, often having them restyled – sleeves removed from dresses, lengths of skirts shortened etc. A example of this was the salmon pink suit that Diana wore as her going away outfit in 1981, and then wore again on a royal tour a few years later with a longer sleeved jacket and a different hat.

 

But this seems to be the key, and where Kate differs from previous royal recyclers. The other royal ladies tried to leave a decent sized gap between wearing their outfits again, almost in order for people to forget them, or they had the outfit remodelled or restyled so that it looked like something brand new. But I think Kate wants people to realise she is wearing the same outfit again. Take the Emilia Wickstead soft pink dress that she wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party. Kate was seen in that dress for two official occasions with less than two weeks between them. There was no danger that people would’ve already forgotten a dress only so recently seen. And you could say that Kate’s like the rest of us, if it looks good and feels good you want to wear it again and again, but I really don’t think that is the reason for wearing this dress so soon after its first wearing.

In the same vein, the Missoni jacket that Kate was wearing in Nottingham last week was the same one worn at Fortnum and Mason earlier in the spring, teamed with a hat also seen earlier this year. Another instantly recognisable piece, if only because the Missoni jacket had attracted discussion for the Italian label – with questions about if Kate should be buying and wearing British.

Last weekend, after the wonderful display of (new) McQueen that Kate had sported during the Jubilee celebrations, it was business as usual when Kate attended a Spencer family wedding. The gorgeous Jenny Packham dress which she wore to the polo during last years tour of the US and Canada,  had another airing, teamed with the Katherine Hooker coat worn for last years Order of the Garter. I think she looked beautiful and this was a nice way of not upstaging the bride by wearing a brand new outfit that would have got the fashion world buzzing again.

I also think that Kate’s frugality is something which separates her from the clothes-horse princesses of Europe. Mary of Denmark and Madeleine of Sweden are known as fashionista’s who spend large amounts on clothing. Kate seems content to continue to wear High Street looks for key occasions, or just to recycle something she’s worn before. The pretty teal dress that Kate was seen in for The Art Room performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was, you’ve guessed it, from High Street fave Zara.

But Kate still knows how to wow her audience like no other British lady at the moment, when she does choose to wear something new. A key example of this was the gorgeous Erdem silver-embroidered dress that Kate looked so fabulous in at the Trooping the Colour this weekend. This proved to be a new outfit worth waiting for.

Kate Style in the sales 

ellison dress now £55.00 click to visit Coast

rayna dress now £75.00 click to visit Coast

marissa colour block jersey dress £39.00 click to visit Coast

princess dress £75.00 click to visit Coast

aymeline dress £89.00 click to visit Coast

zeta dress £79.00 click to visit Coast