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

 

An End Of Sale Bargain Dress From Lovedrobe

As one season ends, you can really find some exceptional sales bargains, particularly when Summer hasn’t been as good as we would’ve wanted. Sales can be a minefield for those who impulse buy, you can end up buying a lot of fashion trends that you then don’t wear, but for savvy shoppers you can get pieces that can work transitionally into the next season, or are worth keeping for your next holiday or for next Summer.

A case in point is Lovedrobe, who have some amazing sales bargains at the moment. One such bargain is the Lovedrobe GB Black Poppy Print Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, which comes in sizes 14-30 and is now half price at just £19. A beautiful Spanish style dress with more than a touch of flamenco about it, this is a stunning gown with a Bardot style off the shoulder look but with shoulder straps too,

Lovedrobe GB Black Poppy Print Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress now £18 Click to visit Lovedrobe

The print of this dress is classic and would definitely work as a transitional piece, it is actually quite a dark choice for Summer and is much more suited to Autumn, where it could be worn layered over a polo neck or a long sleeved t-shirt for a bohemian look. The fact that it is fully lined also makes it warmer than you might think.

There are a few things you need to be aware of with this dress. The first is that the style is soft and flowing which means you could size down. I chose a size 16, but a 14 would definitely have been a better fit for me, so I decided to add a belt and that felt much more my style. The second is that the dress is long. I’m 5ft 7 and without a shoe with a heel, this touched the floor. I added a pair of 1940s style red wedges which worked perfect, so unless you are very tall, you will need to add some height in order to keep the dress off the floor.

Lovedrobe has some amazing sales bargains that are well worth a look at the moment, you can find all sales buys here.