Style on the Small Screen featuring Carrie Bradshaw, Mad Men and Hayley Atwell

I must admit to being a bit of a telly addict. (I did consider naming this post Telly addicted, but then I couldn’t get thoughts of Noel Edmonds and his interesting jumpers out of my mind, so I thought better about it.) I watch all sorts of programmes, from Eastenders to Scott and Bailey, from Broadchurch to The Village, and I also love quizzes and documentaries too. But the programmes that will always catch my eye will always have an element of style to them. From the sumptuous early shopping experiences of ‘Mr Selfridge’ and ‘The Paradise’, to the stunning Arena documentary series about Norman Parkinson that was shown  on BBC4 last week, there is always at least one programme per week that is a feast for the eyes of fashionista’s. The good news is that there are currently some great BT Vision Packages available that not only allow you a great range of channels, and the option of accessing BBC I-Player on your TV, but are also currently offering a Sainsburys voucher when you subscribe.

My favourite TV programmes always seem to be playing on a random channel at any particular time. ‘Sex and the City reruns’ are played over and over, but never seem to grow old, Carrie’s style and sass is timeless and never less than relevant. And certain episodes are just so perfect that they are always a joy to watch, in particular Carrie Bradshaw as fashion roadkill in that New York fashion show (with Heidi Klum of course), or the ‘The Way We Were’ break up with Mr Big.

Another fashion classic is ‘Mad Men’. It is hard to think of a recent series that has been as influential in terms of fashion. Banana Republic has even had a highly successful Mad Men clothing range that has been influenced by the 1960s looks showcased by January Jones, Elizabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks. Megan Draper, as played by Jessica Pare, has added a new dimension with her slightly carefree, younger Pucci print ethic. Mad Men is television where sometimes the plot is of secondary importance to the clothes…and to the dashing Don Draper of course.

There are so many programmes where I sit and drool over the clothes that I have set up a special Pinterest board that is just for stylish television. Recent additions have been the 1930s elegance of ‘Dancing on the Edge’,  Hayley Atwell just killing 1940s dressing in ‘Restless’, and Romola Garai as the ever impeccable Bel in ‘The Hour’.

Bel in 'The Hour'

Hayley Atwell in Restless

Dancing on the Edge

Do you have a TV programme that has influenced your wardrobe? Let me know your small screen style stars.


Gorgeous Looks from the Evening Standard Awards

The Evening Standard awards are, in general, a far more low-key affair in British film than the Baftas, which are due to take place this sunday, but they still throw up some good looks, and, in Andrea Riseborough’s Jenny Packham, a dress that could rival anything that Hollywood has to offer.

Also attending the ceremony was Helen McCrory, that wonderful actress so often in the shade of hubby Damian Lewis. I loved her maxi skirt and black silk blouse. This was just such a grown up look, a touch 1930s, and so striking, teamed with a very glam Kate Spade clutch bag. Hayley Atwell went for a brightly printed burnt orange and black maxi dress which I loved, it was vibrant and original enough to stand out on the red carpet, and just had a real element of cool about it. And Gemma Chan opted for a glamorous, prom style gown covered in black roses that was both pretty and elegant. Her bright red lips allowed this gown to be grown-up rather than little girlie, and it did remind me of something that Carrie Bradshaw had once worn, albeit that was pink rather than black.

Get the look – Hayley Atwells’s maxi dress

Double print gown £49.99 click to visit Mango

Animal print gown £99.99 click to visit Mango

Scarf print long dress £64.99 click to visit Mango

Degradé paisley print gown £124.99 click to visit Mango


Jameson Empire Awards – Best dressed.

If you thought the awards season ended when the Oscars were given out, think again. Last weekend saw the Jameson Empire awards given out in London, and although Hollywood glamour was a little thin on the ground (Olivia Wilde in her nan’s nightie didn’t impress me) there were a few looks that you worth a second look.

Look 1 – Bonnie Wright channels androgyny

I always love the idea of a really pretty, feminine girl in a tuxedo, so I loved that Bonnie Wright went for this look. Usually her style is for quirky midi dresses teamed with colour pop platforms, so this was a great departure for her. This is a great prom look for tomboys, covered up yet super sexy.

Get the look

Over The Edge Jacket £125.00 click to visit French Connection

Over The Edge Trousers £92.00 click to visit French Connection

Look 2 – Agyness Deyn in House of Holland (natch)

Have to be completely honest, I never got the fuss about Agyness Deyn when she first appeared on the fashion scene. She seemed to be a gangly, slightly funny looking girl with appalling fashion sense. But I have to say she has been looking truly beautiful lately, and I loved her red dress designed by her best friend, Henry Holland. The shoes were pretty fabulous too – a nod to the quirky Agyness of old.

Get the look – red dresses

Red lace dress Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Maroon peter pan collar dress Price: £34.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red embellished dress Was £45.00 Now £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Look 3 – Hayley Atwell’s colour clash

Hayley Atwell went for a touch of VaVa Voom in form-fitting jade green. This dress fitted her curves to perfection and she then added interest to the look with colour clashing heels in the brightest of orange.

Get the look

Green peplum dress Was £28.00 Now £17.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Green V Back Jersey Dress Price: £48.00 click to visit Wallis

Super Orange Mary Jane Heel Price: £45.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge