Get the celebrity look with Alexa Chung, Lilah Parsons and Lydia Bright

It seems like an age since I have posted a celebrity looks piece, so I am now addressing the balance by featuring some of my favourite celebrity styles that you can find currently on the High Street, or online.

First up we have that (now infamous) suede skirt that seemed to simultaneously kick start the current 1970s trend and offer the promise of saving M&S for another season when it was worn by Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung. It is now available in store, but doesn’t come cheap at almost £200 (it is totally divine though, it has to be said.) But, with the price in mind, I am also offering a much cheaper, faux suede version which is pretty gorgeous in it’s own right.

This weekend saw the wedding of Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan, and so I’m bringing you a couple of pieces from Michelle’s range for Lipsy. The 2-in-1 Cami dress is a gorgeous piece that is subtlety sexy, Michelle has been seen out and about in a white version which I can’t find online, but I have featured the nude and the navy versions – both lovely.  I have also featured another piece from Michelle’s collection – the embroidered maxi. This is a beautiful dress that Michelle proved was red carpet ready, and would make a very stylish prom dress for those avoiding meringue. I love that Michelle is wearing her collection out and about, the pieces are proving to be stylish and understated, and very, very wearable.

Lydia Bright was my best dressed at Michelle and Mark’s wedding this weekend, wearing a 1950s inspired skirt and top from Coast. I also loved the shoes – are they the famous Manolos that Carrie left in the closet in the first Sex and the City movie?

Lilah Parsons is also having a little Coast love affair at the moment. And why not? She wears the range so well and looks just amazing in the colour clash Leta Maxi dress. I also love the fun stripes of the Ellie May mini, another lovely Coast dress that Lilah just rocks.

We also have style for the men, with Roger Taylor from Duran Duran wearing the tt4js labradorite and Swarovski crystal skull bracelet at the launch of the Careless Memories photo exhibition in Birmingham in April.

Who’s celebrity style have you been loving this month?

Alexa Chung in M&S

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     AUTOGRAPH Suede Straight Skirt T507222     £199.00 click to visit M&S


AUTOGRAPH
Suede Straight Skirt
T507222
£199.00 click to visit M&S

     LIMITED EDITION Faux Suede A-Line Skirt T692125H     £31.60 click to visit M&S


LIMITED EDITION
Faux Suede A-Line Skirt
T692125H
£31.60 click to visit M&S

Lydia Bright in Coast

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TESSA TOP £95.00 click to visit Coast

TESSA TOP
£95.00 click to visit Coast

TESSA SKIRT £129.00 click to visit Coast

TESSA SKIRT
£129.00 click to visit Coast

Lilah Parsons wears Coast

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ELLIE MAY STRIPE DRESS £150.00 click to visit Coast

ELLIE MAY STRIPE DRESS
£150.00 click to visit Coast

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LETA MAXI DRESS Now£170.00 click to visit Coast

LETA MAXI DRESS
Now£170.00 click to visit Coast

Michelle Keegan in Lipsy

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Michelle Keegan 2 In 1 Cami Dress £65 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan 2 In 1 Cami Dress £65 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan 2 In 1 Cami Dress £65 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan Embroidered Maxi £75 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan Embroidered Maxi £75 click to visit Next

Roger Taylor wears terryterry tt4JS

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grey labradorite and skull bracelet Model tt4js014 £75 click to visit terryterry

grey labradorite and skull bracelet
Model tt4js014 £75 click to visit terryterry

 

Reviewed Patricia O’ Toole Breda dress

The Breda dress from Patricia O’Toole may just be the sexiest dress I have ever worn. Again utilising built in shapewear that ensures the dress has smooth lines not ruined by underwear, the Breda is the epitome of what we think of when we say ‘Little black dress’. I’m totally in love with this frock and could easily wear it every single day. It’s that good!

Breda €139 click to visit Patricia O' Toole

Breda €139

The Breda dress has a classic shape. In black jersey (you can also go for the black jacquard or coloured options), this is a stretchy dress with no zips, buttons or fastenings. It has capped sleeves and a really unusual asymetrical neckline which you could have a bit of bra peeping out from. The side panel of the dress has a ruched detail, and the length is just below the knee, which I think adds to the sophistication of this look.

Black jersey swatch

Black jersey swatch

One of the main selling points of this dress is the built in shapewear. I am a huge fan of shapewear. I love the way it can pull a look together, can iron out the creases of a look caused by underwater, tights etc, not to mention in my case my ‘jelly belly.’ But it has to be said that some shapewear can be uncomfortable to wear, very tight fitting to the point of not being able to breathe, and woe betide if you try to eat anything, or go to the toilet (*Shudders). The shapewear in the Patricia O’ Toole dresses is designed with comfort in mind and this makes the dresses a joy to wear – they look good and feel good too.

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I wore my dress last week for that very special, Duran Duran fueled night at Malmaison, and it elicited lots of compliments. I teamed it with animal print heels and a silver bracelet and kept all other accessories to a minimum. It was an amazing night and due to events that night the dress is now christened ‘the one I wore when I met Roger Taylor’. If I had a dress archive, this one would definitely be taking pride of place.

Fashion-mommy meets Roger Taylor.

Fashion-mommy meets Roger Taylor.

To read my other Patricia O’ Toole review, click here.

*I was sent this stunning dress from Patricia O’ Toole for the purpose of a review.

Roger Taylor joins the Careless Memories launch

Following on from last week’s press and VIP launch, last night saw the official opening of Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories exhibition of Duran Duran photographs. Taking place at Birmingham’s Malmaison, Duran Duran fans had traveled from far and wide to be a part of the special evening, and were rewarded with an appearance by Duran’s drummer Roger Taylor.

photo credit Ryan Phillips

photo credit Ryan Phillips

It was a really great event. The stunning images that I had watched being hung last week were now providing a real visual spectacle in the reception and side rooms of Malmaison, taking viewers back to the golden heyday of one of Birmingham’s most famous bands. The champagne reception being hosted in a cordoned off area of the bar was buzzing with anticipation for the arrival of an actual member of Duran Duran. Denis was also there, charming all the guests with his warm and friendly manner, clearly pleased with just how good the prints looked against the cool modern decor of the Birmingham hotel.

The arrival of Roger was one of quite frenzied excitement. The drummer who is sometimes known as the quietest member of the band was clearly over-awed with the number of guests, fans and press that turned up to great him, but happily posed for a number of photographs outside Malmaison before rushing off to for a quick change.

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Roger with the general Manager of Malmaison hotels Damian Goom

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One of the iconic images of Roger on display.

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It’s Roger in the glare of the camera once again.

With Roger temporarily unavailable, another surprise guest made an unexpected appearance. Johnny Robinson was one of the final ten on The X Factor a few years ago and is now on the promotional trail. A lovely, friendly man, he was happy to pose for plenty of pictures, and I got a couple of selfies with the man himself before he was introduced to Roger, which, I have to say, was one of those surreal moments that just don’t happen every single day.

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With the very lovely Johnny Robinson from The X Factor

With Roger back in head to toe black, looking as handsome as in his heyday, the Duran frenzie continued. It seemed like everyone in the room wanted to get a picture with the iconic drummer, and it has to be said that Roger was friendly, gracious and totally accommodating to all requests. I was lucky enough to get a few minutes chat and a rather lovely photograph with the man himself, and it seems there could well be some more live dates later this year (keeping all fingers and toes crossed for this). He also said how lovely our photograph was, which, to someone who’s first album purchase was ‘Seven and the Ragged tiger’, was a definite weak at the knees, starstruck moment.

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With Duran Duran classic hits pumping out from the DJ, and a video screen showing how Denis’s book was put together, this was a Duranie’s dream. I managed to grab a few more words with Denis, thanking him for almost crashing my site last week, and managing to grab a quick picture, which, in the excitement of the press launch I had completely forgotten about, before it was time to leave. I had an amazing night, one which I will never forget. I guess you could say I had made a few Careless Memories of my own, and become a tiny little part of the Duran Duran continuing story.

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Roger and Denis with ‘Careless Memories’

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Finally – a selfie with Denis!

The Careless Memories exhibition is at Birmingham Malmaison for the next three weeks. Whether you are a Duranie, or just love beautiful photography – this is well worth a visit.

*With thanks to East Village and Prepared PR for the invitation.

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