The yellow peril – colour of the season?

Baba recently learnt the names of all his colour. When asked his favourite he says, with absolutely no hesitation whatsoever, “YELLOW”.  This is perhaps not that strange, as yellow is my favourite too, and this season, it seems to be having a bit of a moment.

When I think of yellow, I think of some of my favourite ever dresses.  I wore a gorgeous cotton sundress in canary yellow whilst I was four months pregnant to walk around Barcelona in the sunshine, it seemed the perfect choice. I had a favourite pair of ASOS sky-high Mary Janes in patent mustard that I was wearing when I fell out of hubbys car – breaking 2 bones in my foot in the process. Yellow is always in my wardrobe – from the cute Suzy Smith messenger bag my best friend gave to me one birthday, to the large yellow Topshop glass beads that re-emerge every Summer. I simply love yellow!

Some of the most stylish celebrities have also embraced the sunshine colour. Two of the most memorable Oscar dresses were in shades of yellow. Renee Zellweger had her most memorable vintage moment in a Jean Desses dress from Lily et Cie, whilst Michelle Williams wore s beautiful mustard Vera Wang dress with a slash of red lipstick  when she was nominated for her role in ‘Brokeback Mountain’. This look was replicated at the 2011 Golden Globes when Kyra Sedgwick wore a very similar styled Pucci dress.

 

Kyra Sedgwick at Golden Globes

 

Other fabulous, famous golden-yellow gowns have been worn by the likes of Kate Moss, who’s vintage lemon dress is one of her most iconic looks, so much so that she replicated it for her first Topshop collection. Victoria Beckham included an amazing mustard/gold gown in her own dress collection.

More recently, there has been an absolute explosion of all shades of yellow. The red carpet has seen Annette Benning in a lemony shade at the Critics Choice awards, whilst Rosamund Pike wore a deeper shade of Alexander McQueen yellow print to the Baftas. Diane Kruger wore a romantic lemon shade in her own usual, impeccable style, whilst Rihanna wore a dramatic black and yellow Dior Couture gown whilst performing at the Grammy Awards. Jessica Alba showed yellow can be teamed with most colours when she wore a beautiful yellow/bronze sequined dress to the Mui Mui store opening in London. For those who feel that yellow clothing are too much, Miucci Prada, Michelle Obama and Charlotte Dellal showed that yellow is the perfect accessory to lift any look. Miucci wore cute plastic banana earrings at the Prada S/S show in September, whilst Michelle Obama wore mustard shade heels with a H &M dress. Charlotte Dellal, the women behind Charlotte Olympia, carried her own design banana clutch bag to the Mui Mui store opening in London.

 

Annette Benning

Rosamund Pike

 

 

Jessica Alba

 

 

Miucci Prada

 

 

Charlotte Dellal

 

So why is yellow so popular. Well, after the harsh winter we have suffered – maybe you take your sunshine where you can get it. Yellow can brighten the spirits, but also looks great with most hair colours and skin tones. It seems there is a shade to suit everyone. And, as both the High Street and designer sections are awash with the colour, it would be churlish not to embrace the yellow peril.

What to buy? High street hits

 

Dorothy Perkins/Outfit

 

 

Doll and Frog at Dorothy Perkins

Topshop/Outfit

 

 

Topshop Unique

 

 

Topshop/Outfit

 

 

Monsoon

 

 

Aldo

New Look

 

 

Carvela at Debenhams

 

 

 

And designer options…

 

Jessica Dance at Selfridges

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag – selfridges

 

 

Alexander McQueen at Net-A-Porter

 

 

Alberta Ferreta at Net-A-Porter

 

Issa at LFW- Kate’s fave wows the fash pack.

Kate Middleton put the name of Issa on the map when she wore one of Daniella Helayel’s designs for the announcement of her engagement. But the collection at London Fashion Week showed that there is so much more to Issa than one blue dress. The collection was a clear homage to the Halston/Studio 54 era of New York, with halter necks, fluid jersey, chain belts and graphic prints all on display.

There were gorgeous prints on display in teals and browns, a colour combination I love. Worn with Wallis Simpson style hats, designed by Stephen Jones, that would look fantastic on Kate, and with black opaque tights, the look was surprisingly chic. There were elements of the sexy secretary look in the pussycat bow necks, and the skirts were short and flirty. The mismatched prints, sleek and shiny hair and the loose chain belts added to the overall feel of the 1970s jet setting beauty.

Issa has made a name for the draping jersey designs, and there was always going to be a blue dress in the new collection. This time it was a beautiful, cornflower blue maxi with a draped neckline, that managed to look both elegant and comfortable at the same time.

Other looks I adored from this collection included a gorgeous red winter coat, that again would be perfect for Kate Middleton – maybe for the first Christmas gathering at Sandringham. I also thought that the drummer boy style drain pipe trousers and blouse were great – very Amanda Harlech, especially when worn with red leather kid gloves.

The real showstoppers of the collection were the stunning evening dresses. The show had started with the sound of Candi Staton singing ‘Young hearts run free’, and with these dresses – 70s disco print maxis, halter neck styles with Halston -esque draping, it really could’ve been 1977 all over again.

There were also echoes of Victoria Beckham’s collection in the skater style skirts in neutral stone and vibrant red and grey. I loved the matchiness of this collection – shoes matched dresses, gloves matched tights and hats matched everything.

This Issa collection also featured beautiful evening gowns like this black Grecian style number, that required very toned legs. The teal beaded number was reminiscent of the styles worn by Penelope Ann Miller in Carlito’s way – 1930s bias cut updated for the 1970s and then updated again for 2011.

Daniella was able to call on two familiar faces from fashion royalty for her show. Yasmin Le Bon and Andrea Dellal showed that perfect genes are age defying as they walked the catwalk. Andrea, in particular, looked fantastic in a 1970s style red draped dress.

This was a perfect collection for those who love grown up retro glamour. The colours, fabrics and styling were impeccable and are sure to garner the Issa label more fans, even if these may not be future Queens!

Emma Case – Wedding photographs without the cheese

I love weddings, but, let’s be honest, wedding photographs can be really cheesy! You have the bride and groom, arms entwined as they drink from champagne flutes. Or the ones with the happy faces superimposed onto conjoined wedding rings, and don’t even get me started on the wistful bride staring out of a window, looking for her handsome groom. These pictures can often make even the most romantic soul gag.

So we need to thank heaven for the wonderful work of photographer Emma Case.  Emma is a Birmingham based photographer, who looks to the ghosts of weddings past for vintage inspiration.  I was lucky enough to meet Emma ( and her beloved Pete…and there is a spooky story attached to this fact…but I won’t go into that…) at the Designer Vintage Wedding Show in Birmingham last Saturday. I am pleased to say that the girl is as warm and lovely as her photographs.

Emma discovered her talent for photography when Fiance Pete proposed. She started looking for photographers, and just couldn’t find any whose style she liked. Having  just had a new camera, Emma decided to have a go herself, and whilst messing around with the camera, found that she had a real talent for taking unusual and fascinating pictures. She was then asked to photography wedding backdrop of a close friend. This was a vintage style wedding that was featured on Kat Williams ‘Rock N’ Roll Bride’ blog. This was just the start for Emma. Vintage style weddings are now preferred ‘big day’ style for many brides-to-be, and Emma is inundated with bookings and requests, with her diary full until October.

 

Emma’s calling card and the Show booklet for the DVB Show, which Emma photographed.

Emma is influenced by old photographs, and this shows clearly in her work. She uses a range of vintage props in her wedding work, often provided by the happy couple themselves. Other props are found in charity shops and from Ebay. The beautiful vintage chest of drawers that featured in the photograph above was purchased for just £30 from a second-hand furniture shop.”These things get left behind, whilst Ikea style flat pack furniture gets snapped up…’ Emma mused to me.  1950s and 1960s furniture is another key influence on Emma’s photography, whilst music is also important. ‘..I love Johnny Cash, and I’m really into Imelda May at the moment’, Emma said, citing these icons as two further influences.

 

 

Emma’s DVB SHOW Props

 

 

Emma’s work fits into the vintage wedding vibe perfectly. The use of retro props and staging means that many pictures could actually be from your nan’s wedding in 1953. The pictures look unusual, and unique, with non of the superficial gloss that can be found in so many modern style photographs.  Emma Case believes that vintage style is so right for the moment, that brides and grooms now know the theme that they want, and are finally able to step away from the conventional and be true to themselves.

 

Emma Case – unique and original.

 

Check out more of Emma’s great work at http://www.rocknrollbride.com/

Find out more about Emma Case at http://emmacasephotography.blogspot.com/