Louis Vuitton channels Elizabeth Taylor for the new season

Flicking through my September Issue of Vogue, I found that I just kept turning the pages back to look at the stunning images from the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign. Made up of stunning photographs showing the likes of Karen Elson and Gisele Bundchen, almost unrecognisable in black wigs. The models are clad in sensible winter coats being worn over the wispiest of silk slips and shifts, and my mind was drawn to one of the ultimate style icons of the 20th century in two of her most famous, and also controversial, roles.

The looks from this collection, as photographed by Steven Meisel, are pure Elizabeth Taylor at the height of her 1950s beauty. Specifically they draw to mind two films where she made the slinkiest of undergarments, the shift, into an item of immense sensuality and style. In ‘Cat on a hot tin roof’ Maggie the Cat, as portrayed by Liz, spends much of her time in a white silk slip whilst trying to seduce her husband. Then, in the 1960 film Butterfield 8, her character Gloria, a high class call girl, again seems to live in a uniform of champagne coloured shifts and heels, teamed with more champagne, this time in the liquid form. Occasionally she throws on a luxurious coat, but underneath it she is wearing…well, not a lot if we’re being honest.

Elizabeth as Maggie the Cat

Elizabeth as Gloria in Butterfield 8

The images of Liz playing bad girls in delicate shifts drip glamour and decadence, and the photographs by Meisel are an almost haunting echo.

This season you could attempt the look for yourself with some seriously sexy chemises from Boux Avenue which you may decide to keep for the privacy of the bedroom, or may well wear whilst dancing on a table on a Saturday night. For the not so brave,  Dorothy Perkins has a range of silky camisoles in a range of jewel colours, perfect for under a serious business suit for work, or under a chunky knit cardigan for a winter boho look.

Boux Avenue

Tori satin and lace chemise £35.00 Click to visit Boux Avenue

Tori satin and lace chemise £35.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Tori satin and lace chemise £35.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Jemima long satin chemise £40.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Bella long silk chemise £80.00 Now £40.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Dorothy Perkins

Red swing cami top Price: £14.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White swing cami Price: £14.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Embellished maxi dress Was £57.99 Now £40.59 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

More lingerie styles

Araks Elder Flax Silk Short Slip now £82 click to visit Avenue 32

Alöe Champagne Silk Lace Slip £90 click to visit Avenue 32

TWIN-SET JEANS sleeveless dress £123.01 click to visit FarFetch

BREITA BANDEAU DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

 

Why staying in is the new going out.

I must be getting old! I used to be able to dance the night away, from dusk til dawn, and then get up and do a full days work. I used to like nothing more than a great night out, meeting friends, eating, drinking and frankly being merry. But now nothing makes me happier than a night in, with a great takeaway, a nice bottle of wine and something seriously good to watch on the TV. And I think the TV might just be the key to why I now enjoy this so much.

Television now is a global event, opinions on TV programmes shared on Twitter in live time, plots discussed and dissected, and sometimes even spoiled by social media. Viewers benefit from the range of channels, the opportunity for live pause and rewind and catch up options (check out the Talk Talk TV packages that are currently available), all allowing us to watch what we want, when we want. And with some real classic TV in 2013, and more to come as the year progresses, I’ve become telly addicted all over again.

Here are a few of my current highlights.

The Fall

With the serial killer unveiled in the opening episode, The Fall turned all the usual conventions of crime thrillers on their head. An ice-cool, some would say freezing cold, heroine played by Gillian Anderson totally captivated as she lived her life like a man, using a rather dishy detective for sex, sleeping in the office as the case progressed, all the time giving the impression that she was the only person capable of solving this case. The series ended on a massive cliffhanger, with the killer on his way to a new life, a new destination, and probably new victims.

The Returned

For all those who say you should watch TV, rather than read TV, then please just watch the opening episode of French drama, The Returned. A beautiful village in the Alps suddenly sees its dead returning, starving and with complete amnesia about their deaths. Years have past, but the ‘returned’ are stuck in time, preserved at the age they left, and both terrifying and astonishing their loved ones. So many questions were raised by the opening episode, that I spent the next half hour googling the series.

Burton and Taylor

Set in the early 1980’s, just before Richard’s premature death, Burton and Taylor is a much-anticipated programme for anyone with interest in one of Hollywood’s greatest love stories. Rather than Lindsey Lohan (please!), we have the super talented Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor, and Dominic West as an uncanny Richard Burton. Planned for screening at the end of the year, I cannot wait to see this!

Made in Chelsea

My guilty pleasure, Made in Chelsea keeps me entertained, amused and hooked every single episode. I love the smarminess of Spencer, Millie, Rosie and Lucy and their fabulous sense of style. I giggle at the bromance between Proudlock and Francis, constantly engaged in chasing the same girl, and just love the way the characters/actors, whatever they are, all take off at the drop of a hat and holiday somewhere amazing with all these people they seem to really hate. A real soap opera couldn’t be any more amazing than #MIC.

Duchess Kate’s final Canadian looks take a cowgirl twist.

The Canadian leg of the royal tour came to an end with the Calgary stampede, which saw Duchess Kate in a white leather Stetson, cowboy boots and bootcut jeans. Dressing perfectly to fit the occasion, Kate reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor  in Giant as she enjoyed the Calgary festivities.

Kate wore two pretty blouses by Alice Temperley from her resort 2012 collection. The first was a pretty blue and white embroidered blouse with a real Country and Western feel to it. Kate teamed this with a pair of bootcut jeans from Goldsign – the Passion bootcut style that saw a move away from the J Brand skinnies that she seemed to live in during the middle section of the tour. For day two of the Stampede, Kate wore the pretty Temperley ‘Rodeo’ shirt with its gorgeous white lace inserts.

I personally hate the cowboy styling on anyone, but it was entirely fitting for the occasion and I think Kate got it just right with such gorgeous blouses. These looks occurred after two bits of fashion controversy for the Duchess. The first was when Kate wore a dress by Danish designer Malene Birger. This was the first time that Kate had moved away from a British designer,or a British based designer, since the wedding.The dress was very stylish, cream silk and linen, and was teamed with LK Bennett’s platform heels,  but it was again criticised for being ‘nice and safe’, and many commentators seemed fed up with the colour pallete of nude shades.

For those desperate for colour, Kate wore a gorgeous Jenny Packham yellow ‘Primrose’ dress when she arrived at Calgary airport. This was a real vintage style dress, similar to the 1950s daydresses in its simplicity and styling. The dress had a real summer feel to it, and looked very fresh, but then Kate had a Marilyn  Monroe moment that saw the dress billowing about and almost revealing those royal Golden point knickers! Nobody could’ve accused that of being a boring look!

 

Kate left Canada in perfect style. She paid a final tribute to their hosts by wearing a beautiful fit and flared coat dress by Catherine Walker in Canadian red. With that Maple leaf brooch on her lapel, she looked every inch the confident royal Duchess, and this outfit was the perfect mix of Kate’s sophistication, and clever knack of styling.

Kate’s next stop is America, and a BAFTA dinner giving the Duchess the chance to outshine Hollywood’s brightest stars.