RIP Anita Pallenberg

This week saw the death of the ultimate rock chick. Anita Pallenberg, famously the lover of both Brian Jones and Keith Richard (and possibly Mick Jagger) died at the relatively early age of 73. But boy, had she packed some life into those 73 years, both as a model, an actress and a fashion muse whose style we see every festival season.

Anita was a German born model who took Swinging London by storm in the mid 60s. Her relationship with Brian Jones was turbulent and violent, but she also introduced him to culture and the arts, but after a particularly bad night which saw Brian beat Anita, she fled with Keith Richard, starting a relationship which lasted 12 years.  She starred in the film Barberella with Jane Fonda, and also Performance, where she allegedly had sex with Jagger on Camera in front of both Richard and Marianne Faithful – her close friend and the girlfriend of Jagger.

Anita was considered wild and dangerous – did she really practice black magic arts? She certainly did enough drugs to kill a normal person, and eventually it was the drugs that killed her relationship with Keith, especially when a teenage boy died in her hotel room. The 1980s were not a good time for the one time rock goddess, but she emerged in later years to continue her role as a fashion and acting muse.

Anita was beautiful, stylish and exuded cool in her rock chick style. Acres of scarves, mannish waitcoats, drainpipe jeans, furry gillets, floppy, foppish hats, gold lame worn in a slightly decadent and dishevelled style, Anita carried it all off with aplomb. She inspired her friend Marianne to cast off her slightly twee look, and between them they become the cool face of London, not dolly birds, but true fashion inspirations that we still look too 50 years on. It was boho, it was luxe, it was rock and roll. It cemented her place as a icon of fashion and music.

RIP Anita, the World will be a duller place without your sparkle.

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Met Gala 2017 – The Best Looks

The 2017 Met Gala was always going to be a tough one in terms of outfits. The theme , which often seems to cause problems or is ignored altogether, was Rei Kawakubo, founder of Commes Des Garcons and Dover Street Market, an avant garde fashion legend to say the least. Many of Rei’s designs could be classed as works of art rather than wearable fashion, and this meant that this year’s celebration would either follow the theme and (if we are being honest) look a like bit crazy and ridiculous, or would ignore it completely (like the Victoria’s Secret models and the Jenner girls do every year) and then risk being safe and off theme. It was a hard decision to make.

Rihanna, a real fashion Queen, followed the theme and did look like a walking piece of art, but others who made an attempt, from Celine Dion to Tracee Ellis Ross wore looks that divided watchers due to outfits being oversized and slightly unkempt and de-constructed. (Same goes for Gigi Hadid). I applaud their bravery and vision, but it’s not really the beautiful style that I love to see – call me boring, but Pharell’s wife with no arms looked like something from ‘It’s a Knockout’, whilst the normally amazing Chrissie Teigan looked like an exploding chicken – not a good look.

Giving a nod to the theme

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

Claire Danes

 

But there were some glorious looks on the red carpet, and so this post is dedicated to the style that I enjoyed, from Thandie Newton giving it all in 1940s styling, to Reese Witherspoon with the tiniest of nods to the theme in exquisite structured pleated sleeves. Rose Byrne was another favourite in red, which seemed to be the big colour on the night. Jennifer Lopez showed that she continues to turn back the clock, looking incredible and totally ageless in a demure blue dress, whilst Lily Rose Depp was one to watch in a mouthwatering pink shade.

Met Gala – My fave looks

Miranda Kerr

Sarah Paulson

Kate Hudson

Kate Bosworth

Hailey Baldwin

Reese Witherspoon

Jennifer Lopez

Lily Rose Depp

Jessica Chastain

Michelle Monaghan

Diane Kruger

Emmy Rossum

Felicity Jones

Sofia Coppella

Blake Lively

Zendaya

Alison Williams

Emily Ratajkowski

Alexa Chung

Rose Byrne

Daisy Ridley

Mindy Kaling

Giselle Bundchen

Emma Roberts

Thandie Newton

Did you have a favourite look from the 2017 Met Gala?

Met Gala 2015 – My fave looks

The Met Gala 2015 will go down as one of the most memorable in recent history. The theme this year was ‘China: Through the looking glass; and this gave way to a host of plays on this theme. Unfortunately, for many fashionista’s this meant some sort of poppy display and very questionable eye make-up (I’m talking to you Kris Jenner, and frankly still shuddering at the thought nearly 24hours on.) There was also a lot of flesh on display, as Cher’s fright frocks of the 1980s were resurrected on Beyonce, JLo and Kim Kardashian – all of whom should frankly sack the stylist and put some clothes on.

Fortunately, there were some absolutely stunning looks on display too, and some that will become legendary for the sheer daring interpretation that they gave to the theme. Because, let’s be honest, we probably wouldn’t wear the Crazy World of Arthur Brown Phillip Treacy headdress that SJP wore to the proceedings, but we’re still really glad that she did. Drama, decadence and some stunningly beautiful gowns worn by the world’s most beautiful women is what the Met Ball is all about, and this one had that in spades.

Here are the looks that I loved, albeit for many different reasons.

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Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

Alison Williams in Giambattista Valli

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein

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Sienna Miller in Thaykoon

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Gong Li in Roberto Cavalli

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SJP in H&M and Phillip Treacy

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Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan

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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Atelier Versace

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My absolute winner – Fan BingBing in Christopher Bu

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Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren

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Amal Clooney in John Galliano

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors

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Vanessa Hudgens in H&M

Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi

Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi

Nicola Pelta and Jaime King look amazing in Jason Wu.

Nicola Pelta and Jaime King look amazing in Jason Wu.

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Helen Mirren wears Dolce and Gabbana

Helen Mirren wears Dolce and Gabbana

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Furstenberg

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Furstenberg

So there are my key picks. There was a lot of red, beautiful prints, ladies who opted for trousers instead of dresses and SJP wearing a flaming headdress. Clearly a memorable, fashionable night.

Did you have a favourite look from the night? I would love to know your thoughts.