X Factor Fashion – Halloween shockers

Well, there was no Kelly, owing to a cold of Transatlantic proportions, so we got former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke to keep the seat warm. But the looks on display bordered on fright night proportions, with only one outfit really winning the Fashion-Mommy seal of approval. Here are a rundown of  this weeks looks from the judges table.

Tulisa as Catwoman

Tulisa channelled the spirit of Catwoman and Emma  Peel in her form-fitting Catsuit. She looked great, and her figure is amazing, but this was more a costume than an outfit for the most high-profile role in British telly. The catsuit was by Jitrois and definitely left the male audience panting for more, but unless you are going to a fancy dress party as  Marianne Faithfull circa ‘Girl on a motorcycle’, I’d give this a miss.

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heaven sent matte leggings

Alexandra opts for a Cabaret look…(but don’t mention Cabaret…OK.COM)

If Tulisa had  opted for fancy dress, then Alexandra Burke was opting for a more sophisticated look. She wore a black  and white sequin dress that  had me thinking Las Vegas Showgirl, and I hated that she had teamed it with such clumpy boots. Another fail for me.

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Miss Selfridge Honeycomb sequin dress

Topshop Knitted sequin dress

Tulisa’s frocky horror

Sunday saw the Tulisa dress up weekend continue, or at least I think she was dressing up. She wore a full length maxi dress that was dark and dramatic in  shades of grey. It reminded me of the sort of gowns worn by witches in pantomimes, and was a strange look that seemed to stun all the social networking sites.Comparisons to Morticia Adams abounded, with others asking if she was taking the Halloween theme just a tad too seriously…

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leather bodice print dress

Velvet Maxi Dress By Boutique £165.00


Alexandra in Jonathan Saunders…finally..Hurrah!

Finally,there was a dress that I could really admire. Alexandra wore a knockout Jonathan Saunders green and black shift style dress that I adored! With a gorgeous bird print and eye-catching diamond print, this dress was a dream. It took two episodes and three not so good outfits before we finally hit the jackpot.

shadow print shift dress

Trailing oriental printed shift dress



Ugg Australia Accessories come to Selfridges, Birmingham

Nothing says warm and cosy in winter more than Uggs, the Australian luxurious boots loved by everyone from a-listers to Yummy Mummies. And so it is very exciting news that the 2011 Ugg Accessories collection will be available in Selfridges Birmingham this Autumn/Winter.

Shearling doctor bag 

The accessories collection comprises a range of luxurious goods in knit, shearling and fun fur, with a smattering of festive sequins for good measure.   There are soft beany hats, gift boxed ear muffs in shearling, with the double ‘U’ logo for good measure, and cable knit chunky scarves for added winter warmth. There are also hero pieces like the Long Pile Shearling Snood, which add an instant style lift to any outfit. This piece captures UGG Australia’s signature luxury and comfort with rustic aesthetic.

UGG Classic long pile shearling snood £385.00 

To add  to the  excitement, there will also be pieces from the amazing Ugg bag collection also arrives this Autumn, featuring directional styles in shearling, leather and suede. From quilted nylon oversized bags, to the hippy-esque Santa Fe, raw cut leather laced suede clutch, to Shearling Doctor Bags in Bomber Chestnut, UGG Australia offers the accessories that will be just perfect when the cold weather comes along.

Embroidered clutch. 

Style Icon of the Month- Solange Knowles

She’s Beyoncé’s little sister, but has a style all of her own, and is now emerging as the one to watch in the fashion stakes. This month Solange Knowles was my standout choice for icon of the month for her interesting mix of  fabrics, styles and colours  that make her hypnotically watchable,  and totally unforgettable.


Solange has a gloriously groomed look that echoes 1970s Diana Ross crossed with 50s icon Dorothy Dandridge.   She flashes her wondrous legs in a series of showstopping dresses that just scream 1970s chic, but also looks amazing when she shows how to make androgyny a totally feminine look by adding heels and a leopard print  headscarf. She is single-handedly making the afro a statement hairstyle again, with both her long and short styles, and has a flawless make-up style that always looks soft and dewy.

I love that Solange is  so experimental in her choices. This can mean mistakes, but also means she is never less than interesting. In short, a perfect style icon because she understands fashion should be fun! Solange – I salute you!