Partywear From Wallis

The dark nights can almost be used as an extra excuse to sparkle and shine (have to get the Nativity pun in there as I watched it last night!). Winter is almost here and it is dark and cold by 5/30pm, but after dark is the perfect time to break out the high octane glamour. It’s time to party!

Wallis is always a good destination if you are looking for a party outfit, and this season they have some great dresses that could earn their keep in your wardrobe all through party season and beyond. Coco Chanel would be pleased that her chic ‘Little black dress’ is well represented, remaining the epitome of style and elegance almost 90 years since Coco decided that it was fit for so much more than formal mourning dress. The presence of so many dresses with sleeves will also be music to this ears of those that hate their upper arms due to real or imaginary bingo wings.

Little Black Dresses

Black Cold Shoulder Shutter Shift Dress
Was £70.00 Now £56.00 Click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Sparkle Flute Sleeve Dress
Was £45.00 Now £40.50 Click to visit Wallis

Black Flute Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £48.00 Now £45.60 Click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Neck Dress
Was £42.00 Now £37.80 Click to visit Wallis

But if you wear every colour except for black, your wardrobe needs are covered too. Navy, purple, red and berry shades all add colour to your ‘sparkle and shine’ (yes, that phase again), and there are also elements of Christmas’s favourite fabric, velvet, in my personal favourite gown, the purple velvet puffed sleeve shift dress.

Wallis is great in that there are a good selection of dresses in the petite selection, as well as dresses of midi, mini and maxi lengths, giving you the choice that suits your style and body shape.

A splash of Colour

Navy Embellished Neck Overlayer Dress
Was £48.00 Now £43.20 Click to visit Wallis

Red Flute Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £39.00 Now £19.00 Click to visit Wallis

Purple Velvet Puff Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £45.00 Now £40.50 Click to visit Wallis

Berry Lace Midi Pencil Dress
Was £55.00 Now £52.25 Click to visit Wallis

If you want to add your sparkle and shine (last time I promise) to your daytime wardrobe, then a glittery knit, teamed with skinny or boyfriend jeans, is a great way to become a queen of daytime sparkle. The pink and pearl effect jumper is absolutely gorgeous, in a 1950s vintage kind of way – I love it!

Glitter Knits

Black Sequin Stripe Bardot Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Front Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Prosecco Embellished Jumper
Was £30.00 Now £27.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Embellished High Neck Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £38.00 Click to visit Wallis

 

A Dark Fairytale at Chi Chi London

Chi Chi London is always a great place to find fairytale dresses. Beautiful pastel colours, full 1950s style skirts, acres of lace and tulle, Chi Chi has dresses that you only dream of. But this season, it is turning to the dark side of the fairy story, just in time for Halloween. These are dresses and looks that are gothic, glamorous and dramatic.

Chi Chi Melanie Dress
£85.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Marlene Dress
£73.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi describes the Dark Fairytale collection as bringing

‘…new edge to the classic Chi Chi look via daring cuts, darker shades and edgy accessories…’

All the usual Chi Chi elements of elegance and femininity are still there, the full skirts, the lace and ribbons, but these dresses have a more dangerous edge, you can imagine them being worn by the bad girl from the Fairy Story, they are more Wicked Queen (definitely channeling Angelina as Maleficent) than Snow White, and all the better for it.

Chi Chi Rana Dress
£68.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Cassie Dress
£85.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Not all the dresses are black. The Leticia dress is in mink and brings to mind the dishevelled Kinder Whore looks of Courtney Love, Amanda De Cadenet and Babes in Toyland in the early 1990s. Just add a plastic tiara and you are ready to go.

Chi Chi Letitia Dress
£70.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

The collection also shows that Bardot styles show no sign of going away, as with the design of the exquisite Octavia and Maryam dresses. The Maryam, in particular, is so on trend for Autumn 2017 as it is in this season’s red shade, and will serve you well at parties right into the festive season, especially when teamed with the Chi Chi Manda heels.

Chi Chi Octavia Dress
£75.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Maryam Dress
£80.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Manda Heels
£34.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

To view all the Chi Chi London Dark Fairytale Collection, click here.

Venice Film Festival – Best Looks

The Venice Film Festival is always a glittering and glamorous affair. Although less well known than Cannes, Venice still has its fair share of A List movie stars who come to publicise their latest movies, wearing an array of stunning daytime and Red Carpet outfits as they do so.  The 2017 festival has been no exception to this.

This years festival has been attended by Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Bosworth. Fashion mavericks Chloe Sevigny and Girls star Zosia Mamet have had a stellar festival, but for me, there is one lady who has totally stole the show with her choice of outfits. British star Rebecca Hall has totally killed it on the red carpet with a whole host of beautiful, elegant looks. I loved her in ‘Starter for 10’ and ‘Frost/Nixon’ and think her star is definitely going to be rising in 2018. Jennifer Lawrence is another lady who has had a super stylish Venice, and Kate Bosworth has also made some stunning choices.

Here are a few more fabulous looks from Venice, with a few red carpet worthy dresses that you can find on the High Street.

 

Izabel Goulart

Isabeli Fontana

Chloe Sevigny

Zosia Mamet

Kate Bosworth

Rebecca Hall

Amanda Seyfried

Isabeli Fontana

Kate Bosworth

Karolina K

Jennifer Lawrence

Stella Maxwell

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

Helen Mirren

Rebecca Hall

Julianne Moore

Amal and George Clooney

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Phase Eight

Astrid Full Length Dress £120.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Drape Wrap Full Length Dress
£120.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Angalina Frill Full Length Dress
£150.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Faber Full Length Dress
£120.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Gardener Full Length Dress
£275.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Hetty Embellished Full Length Dress
£325.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Elfie Ombre Full Length Dress
£275.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Tomasina Bugle Bead Full Length Dress
£350.00 Click to visit Phase Eight