One of the nicest things about the festive season is the chance to wear sequins and glitter in daylight hours. Over the Christmas period I have sparkled like a Christmas tree most days, without feeling self conscious or silly. But I’m now thinking that daytime sparkle is the way to go. January is such a dull, depressing month full of Christmas malaise that it seems the perfect way to brighten up the bleak midwinter days is by adding a touch of daytime sparkle to your outfits.
Many key fashion icons already adhere to daytime sparkle. Kate Moss adds it to all her festival looks, whilst Anna Della Russo sparkles on Fashion week front rows. Blake Lively knows that a bit of sparkle can lift the dullest jumper, whilst Liz Hurley looks sparkly and cuddly in sequins and faux fur. And with the internet sales reducing most of their Christmas glitter, this is a cheap and cheerful winter option.
2011 has been a truly stylish year, with so many unforgettable looks. With a whole host of beautiful celebrity brides, including a new Royal Duchess to entrance with her supreme fashion choices and her ‘It’ girl sister, 2011 will forever more be known as the year that gave us Kate…and Pippa. But there were so many other looks that also excited and thrilled fashionistas this year. Here are a few of my personal favourites.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen
Pippa Middleton in Alice Temperley
Emma Watson in Elie Saab
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
Olivia Wilde in Dolce and Gabbana
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
Florence Welch in Chanel
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein
Angelina Jolie in Versace
Lana Del Ray in Prabal Gurung
Jessica Alba in Versace
Livia Firth in Nina Skarra
Kate Moss in Azzaro
Charlotte Dellal in Vivienne Westwood
Kate Middleton in McQueen
Amber Riley in Ann Barge
Fergie in BCBG Max Azria
Jennifer Aniston in Valentino
Olivia Palermo in Valentino
Paloma Faith in Vivienne Westwood
Let me know what your favourite outfit of 2011 was? Who do you think will be a style star in 2012?
I am slightly obsessed with Florence Welch. I often find myself musing on whether she came to us through some time travelling portal.
Did she slip in via some 1970s Ossie Clark/Thea Porter time travel wardrobe, swathed in hippy goddess threads and long Titian hair? Maybe. Or maybe she was a long lost star of the 1930s, an Art Deco goddess in the style of almost forgotten actresses like Kay Francis and Eleanor Powell,waltzing around in swathes of bias cut silk and furs, emoting elegant suffering at the hands of Cary Grant and Ronald Coleman.
After seeing the glamorous star opening the Harrods sale today, I’m inclined to think the laster. Florence appeared in a vintage routemaster bus dressed head to toe in Chanel. I tweeted that I was hoping she would opt for something a bit Snow Queen in fitting with Christmas, but that she appeared looking more Scottish Widow, although looking glorious all the same.
Every outfit worn by Florence is an event, and I make no apologies in saying I can see her featuring heavily on Fashion-Mommy in 2012. Her sheer elegance induces awe from me and I believe she is one of the best dressed of 2012.