Roll-up, Roll-up for the Selfridges Shoe Carnival

What is your favourite carnival? Maybe you attend a local one each year, with floats full of children in fancy dress. Do you go to Notting Hill every August, seeing out the end of the holidays in festive style? Or maybe you’ve got further afield, to the beauty of the Venice carnival, with its masked figures and Rococo style elegance, or to sun dripped Brazil for the Mardi Gras? Fabulous carnivals one and all.

But this year you don’t need to travel that far to experience all the fun of the carnival. Just pop along to Selfridges and experience the colour, vitality and sheer lustworthy beauty of the Shoe Carnival taking place this month. This is an opportunity to check out all the latest in shoe trends, from the bright, bold and beautiful, to the surreal and wonderful. There are exclusive styles in the theme of fun, theatre and dance from the cream of the shoe design world.

I’ve been browsing through some of the key designs and matching them up to some of my fave celebrity fashionista’s. Here’s what I’ve chosen for each lady.

Jennifer Lawrence

Super pretty and girlie, but with a tougher edge, it had to be the pink studded McQ’s for Oscar Winning Jennifer…although she would have to watch her step of course!

MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Studded leather courts £265.00 click to visit Selfridges

Kate Moss

Rock chick, super model and all round style icon Kate is rather partial to a pair of red boots, so I think the St Laurent red leather would be perfect for her. Pointed toe, skyscraper high heel, all she needs to do now is dig out those hot pants and she’s good to go.

SAINT LAURENT Paris leather ankle boots £600.00 click to visit Selfridges

Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith is the Queen of crazy and quirky style, but is never without glamorous heels. She even walked the Olympic Torch relay in mega heels. I think she would love the current Rupert Sanderson collection, in particular the yellow satin parrot prints, as bright and colourful as Paloma’s stage persona.

SELFRIDGES Rupert Sanderson yellow satin parrot £595 click to visit Selfridges

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is the ultimate shoe icon, Carrie Bradshaw was as well know for those Manolo’s as we was for her disastrous love life. In real life SJP is rather partial to pointed toes, and I think she would love these delicate yet edgy darlings from Valentino.

VALENTINO So Noir leather sandals £600.00 click to visit Selfridges

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez remains the quintessential Hollywood glamour girl. From head to toe Jennifer always seems to sparkle, sometimes quite literally. If Jennifer was heading to the Selfridges carnival, she would make her way straight over to the Jimmy Choo room, and I think she would choose the Dolly shoe, covered in Swarovski embellishments.

Selfridges Birmingham Gina Dolly Swarovski-embellished courts £1250 click to visit Selfridges

To view more of the brilliant designs that make up the Selfridges shoe carnival, click here.


Project D for Simply Be – Amazing First Collection

One of the most exciting collaborations between a designer label and a High Street name has just hit the shelves. Simply Be has teamed up with the one and only Project D to produce a fabulous designer range that doesn’t stop at a size 16, and the collection is just fabulous.

Project D, the label founded by the super Stylish Tabitha Somerset Webb (of Tabitha bags) and the one and only Dannii Minogue (the X Factor legend who I miss more and more each year as I cringe through another Tulisa show), is a celebrity favourite. Project D dresses have graced the likes of Tess Daly, Sarah Harding and Pippa Middleton, they are always ultra feminine with beautiful prints and beadwork and they flatter the wearer in a way that many ‘designer’ styles fail to do. They are now bringing this glamour to Simply Be, and I am so impressed that they have chosen to work with a brand that actually goes up to a size 32.

So what is the collection like? Just as you would expect from Project D, beautiful is the first word that springs to mind. Floral maxi dresses that are perfectly floaty and will be your summer holiday must have, adorable evening pieces featuring glittery American skylines, and dotted, 1940s inspired dresses that are timeless classics that will live in your wardrobe forever.

So many wonderful pieces – I’ve basically made a wishlist and included them all!


Lincoln Print Maxi Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £140 click to visit Simply Be

Rockefeller Belted Print Tunic Top & Camisole by Project D London for Simply Be £80 click to visit Project D

Carnegie Strappy Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £90 click to visit Simply Be

Brooklyn Embroidered Cover Up Shrug by Project D London for Simply Be £60 click to visit Simply Be

Trinity Print Maxi Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £150 click to visit Simply Be

Madison Spot Wrap Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £120 click to visit Simply Be

Liberty Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £90 click to visit Simply Be

Whitney Swallowtail Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £120 click to visit Simply Be

Click here to view complete collection.

Suki Waterhouse 1960s inspiration at my-wardrobe

One of the hottest new style icons that have emerged this year is über model Suki Waterhouse. The gorgeous blonde is the epitome of the 1960s ‘dollybird,’ with her thick blonde bangs, dark eyebrows and her pale pink lips. Even her name has a 60s feel, a hybrid of Suki Poitier, a tragic 60s model girlfriend of Brian Jones, and Keith Waterhouse, 1960s playwright extraordinaire.

Suki has a wardrobe to match her swinging sixties name, favouring pastel mini skirts and dresses, white kid boots and tights, belted trenchcoats a la Catherine Deneuve and pink, lots of pink. This just makes her the perfect icon for this season, with my-wardrobe just filled with 1960s inspired styling from Marc Jacobs, MSGM and Goat. From block colour to graphic prints, short dresses, to the most amazing printed trapeze style coats, my-wardrobe is bringing the sixties bang up-to-date – just like Suki, in fact.

Suki Waterhouse style

Get the look with my-wardrobe

Goat Romeo Keyhole Sleeveless Shift Dress £420.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Paul & Joe Sister Cavallo Lurex Tweed Coat £235.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Moschino Cheap & Chic Multicoloured Macramé Pencil Dress £479.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Crochet Lace Shirt Dress £322.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pottery Print Crepe T-shirt Dress £353.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Marc by Marc Jacobs Scooter Stripe Skirt £250.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Marc by Marc Jacobs Scooter Stripe T-shirt Dress £385.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

MSGM Graphic Raffia Dress £415.00 click to visit my-wardrobe


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