Fashion enjoys a velvet goldmine

When it comes to fabric, this is the season that velvet makes a comeback. The ornate, luxurious fabric always has the potential to steal the show, with its dark and dramatic connotations, but this is the season that it shows it can be effective in more colours than just the traditional ‘Black Velvet’ or ‘Blue Velvet’ immortalised in song.

It seems there has not been a red carpet in 2015 that has not been walked by someone in velvet. From Camilla Alves at the SAG Awards to Alicia Vikander in a soft, silvery grey at the Cannes Film Festival, velvet has become a staple for all seasons. And it isn’t just the ladies who love to sport the most glamorous of fabrics. Eddie Redmayne moved the velvet suit from the realms of the caberet singer when he wore a teal version with a silver grey tie, he looked so hot.

ASOS has a wide range of velvet pieces this season, some of which you could actually add to a daytime look to add a little decadence to your look. There are also velvet shoes, heels and boots that are great for those who just want to add a little touch of velvet goldmine to a little black dress or a pair of skinny jeans.

Will you be adding any velvet pieces to your wardrobe this season, or will you be saving it for Christmas?

 

Velvet Inspiration

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Cara Delavingne

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Lily Aldridge

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Camilla Alves

Velvet Goldmine

ASOS RETROSPECT Lace Up Ankle Boots £38.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS RETROSPECT Lace Up Ankle Boots
£38.00 click to visit ASOS

Pink Clove Halloween Cold Shoulder Velvet Dress £24.00 click to visit ASOS

Pink Clove Halloween Cold Shoulder Velvet Dress
£24.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Wrap Velvet Playsuit with Lace Hem £35.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Wrap Velvet Playsuit with Lace Hem
£35.00 click to visit ASOS

Free People Slouchy Velvet Blazer in Black £154.00 click to visit ASOS

Free People Slouchy Velvet Blazer in Black
£154.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS SCARLETT Pointed Mid Heels £35.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS SCARLETT Pointed Mid Heels
£35.00 click to visit ASOS

Glamorous Tall Halloween Velvet Keyhole Midi Dress with Sheer Sleeves £39.00 Click to visit ASOS

Glamorous Tall Halloween Velvet Keyhole Midi Dress with Sheer Sleeves
£39.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Skinny Blazer In Velvet £80.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Skinny Blazer In Velvet
£80.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Wrap Skirt in Velvet With Asymmetric Buttons £30.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Wrap Skirt in Velvet With Asymmetric Buttons
£30.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Skinny Blazer In Velvet £80.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Skinny Blazer In Velvet
£80.00 click to visit ASOS

Cheap Monday Crushed Velvet Sleeveless Top £35.00 click to visit ASOS

Cheap Monday Crushed Velvet Sleeveless Top
£35.00 click to visit ASOS

 

 

 

The Cannes fashion fest has begun

My favourite feast of fashion is finally here, and I am unbelievably excited. Yes, the Cannes film festival has begun, and with the likes of Sienna Miller, Lupita Nyong’o, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, and (sighs) Fan Bingbing in attendence, the bar is set for some amazing fashion looks.

I love the drama and decadence of Cannes, the gorgeous weather and stunning scenary just seems to lend itself to the most exquisite of photo opps, and the stars always seem to deliver in abundance. Who can forget last years movie star masterclass from Blake Lively, when she appeared in beautiful look after beautiful look. Other stars who have ruled that red carpet include Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto and the always immaculate Diane Kruger.

It remains to be seen who will be the Queen of the Cannes red carpet this year, but the smart money is probably on fashion’s darling Lupita. She made a truly iconic start tonight in jade green Gucci. It was a total dream of a dress. But was it the best dressed? I also loved the stately elegance of Sienna Miller in Lanvin, Fan BingBing in Ralph & Russo, and Naomi Watts in Elie Saab.

My fave first day picks

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Sienna Miller

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In Lanvin

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Lupita in Gucci

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Naomi Watts

 

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Fan BingBing in Ralph and Russo couture

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Julianne Moore in Armani Prive

Cannes Worthy Frocks from Coast

UMA FEATHER DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

UMA FEATHER DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

AUDREY ROMANCE DRESS Now£195.00 click to visit Coast

AUDREY ROMANCE DRESS
Now£195.00 click to visit Coast

EVA DRAPE MAXI DRESS £250.00 click to visit Coast

EVA DRAPE MAXI DRESS
£250.00 click to visit Coast

CORWIN MULTI TIE DRESS £129.00 click to visit Coast

CORWIN MULTI TIE DRESS
£129.00 click to visit Coast

ZUZANNA PRINT MAXI DRESS £139.00 click to visit Coast

ZUZANNA PRINT MAXI DRESS
£139.00 click to visit Coast

TYLER MAXI Now£145.00 click to visit Coast

TYLER MAXI
Now£145.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

Everyman Cinema opens in The Mailbox

Everyman Cinema’s offer something a little different to the average cinematic experience. Rather than the usual, flip down seating with very little leg room, the Everyman cinemas offer luxurious, sofa style seating with plenty of leg room, mini tables for your drinks, and even footrests. It’s like watching movies from the comfort of your own front room, except you are watching the latest films in perfect definition on a huge screen. I love the fact that we now have an Everyman Cinema in Birmingham’s Mailbox, and on Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to try out the Everyman Experience with an advanced screening of ‘Still Alice’.

The Mailbox Everyman is a three screen cinema, with Screen 3 having the largest capacity, at 141 seats. From the outside you get an instant rush of the golden age of Cinema, an art-deco light up sign that makes you feel you will be able to smell the celluloid of days gone by.

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Once inside, you realise this is no ordinary cinema experience. There is a bar and diner area that serves delicious food, which can then be eaten in the diner, or taken with you into the cinema (it can be served direct to your seat in fact.) We sampled some of the culinary delights, and I have to say, the house special pizza was delicious, topped with mozzarella, prosciutto and salami. We sat in the balcony area with a crisp glass of Champagne and took in the decor, with classic Vintage movie posters catching the eye.

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Inside the auditorium, your viewing experience is one of comfort. The seats are just perfect – so comfortable, and with plenty of room. The foot rest is another great idea – just try to resist the urge to take your shoes off as you may find yourself very relaxed. Sound and picture quality are all good, and although ticket prices are not the cheapest available in cinemas (Peak time viewings cost £12.95 per person), I think this is a superior viewing experience, a complete night out rather than just a trip to the flicks.

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Still Alice

MV5BMjIzNzAxNjY1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDg4ODQxMzE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Julianne Moore quite rightly won the Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of a 50 year old woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Alice is a brilliant linguistics professor who suddenly has to face losing everything that is dear to her – her career, her independence, and her memories, as the awful disease that is Alzheimer kicks in and takes hold of her life. This film could be so overly dramatic and sentimental, but totally avoids this due to the subtlety of how the disease is treated, and the performances of a cast at the top of their game – with Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth all giving career best performances.

This is a film that will really tug at your heart strings with a story that cannot end anything other than tragically. And yet, the ending is as uplifting as it could possibly be. This is a film that will stay with you, it’s real and happening every day.

Highly recommended.