Spartoo bring in the red, white and blue

Nobody could’ve failed to notice that there is a certain sporting event going on at the moment, an event that seems to be sending everyone a little TEAM GB crazy. The only colours to be seen wearing at the moment are red, white and blue – in whatever combination.

In honour of that event, in honour of Team GB, and in honour of all the medals that we are still to win, I have selected four very special pairs of shoes from Spartoo that allow you to show a bit of patriotism on your feet. I have chosen the Odenie design by Coleur Pourpre that totally embodies all the elements of cool Britannia, yet has a court shoe style to it making it totally wearable. For the blue we have the gothic glamour of the sugar hiccup platforms from Iron Fist, a vibrant cobalt shade embellished with skulls. For the red we have Flick Flack from Irregular Choice, a pair of shoes as witty, vibrant and original as that fabulous opening ceremony. And for the white we have that great British classic, Hush Puppies and the elegant design of the Racey. Whether you chose red, white or blue..or all three you can be sure of one thing – your feet will look in medal winning form.

ODENIE Multi-coloured £ 58.20 

SUGAR HICCUP PLATFORM Blue £ 44.40 

FLICK FLACK Red £ 52.49 

RACEY White £ 36.60 

 

Duchess Kate wears Roksanda Ilincic to the Royal Academy

The Duchess of Cambridge summer wardrobe of style continued today, with two appearances by Kate, at the equestrian event to support Zara Philips (who was superb by the way…), and then at an event at The Royal Academy she wore a beautiful dress by one of my favourite designers, Roksanda Ilincic.

But first to the equestrian ground. Kate was in casual mode, wearing the gorgeous Smythe blazer that we first saw during the tour of Canada last summer. Skinny jeans, the Stuart Weitzman wedges and a crisp white shirt completed the look, which had a very preppy edge to it. Every girl needs a smart blazer in their wardrobe, Kate showed that they can look great dressed down with jeans, or smart worn over a dress for work and more formal occasions.

Get the look from Dorothy Perkins

Navy cotton sateen blazer

White pleat side fitted shirt

Indigo superskinny jeans

Black espadrille wedge courts

Kate’s 2nd outfit of the day was a beautiful, dove grey, dress by Roksanda Ilincic. This dress, the ‘Peridot’ dress had also been worn last summer during Kate’s trip to North America, but with new LK Bennett heels, jewelled earrings and a sophisticated updo, this dress was transformed into a perfect cocktail dress.

Roksanda Ilincic dresses are a dream, deceptively simple in design, it is all about the cut which often has interesting drape detailing that is very flattering. For fans of Roksanda who don’t have a Duchess style budget, there is a fantastic high street range for Debenhams as part of the Editions range.

RI Beige satin maxi dress


To view all the current RI dresses at Debenhams, click here.
Kate’s dress is from a previous season, but many of the dresses in the  new season collection, which is now on sale at Selfridges, have the same exquisite draping detailing that is a trademark of Roksanda Ilincic designs. Many dresses in the new collection are in Kate’s favourite shade of blue, which makes me wonder whether we will be seeing her in any of these designs in the coming months.

ROKSANDA ILINCIC Misora dress

ROKSANDA ILINCIC Amu dress

Paloma Faith brings her retro glamour to the Torch relay

Who else would roll up those trousers of the special torch relay tracksuit, put a 1940s style roll to the hair, and then add a rather gorgeous, totally glamorous but dangerously high pair of red platforms to carry the Olympic torch? It could only be that beautifully eccentric goddess Paloma Faith of course.

Paloma never does anything less than full on glamour, and the torch relay proved to be no exception. Yes, this event did involve some walking, and yes, everyone else had worn trainers, but Paloma is an old star movie star transported from the 1940s to the present day, so anything flat and sensible on the feet was never really an option. And, you have to admit, those shoes were pretty gorgeous and a perfect match to her flaming red lippie!