Monochrome Chic at Coast

For many of us, Summer is the season where we truly embrace colour, littering our wardrobe with pretty pastels and citrus brights that seem to shimmer and sparkle once we have some gorgeous sunshine. But another chic option for Summer dressing has to be the always classic monochrome.

Black and white are timeless and stylish. It has been a popular choice for some of the most famous style icons of all time, from Audrey Hepburn, who first immortalised monochrome in a beautiful Givenchy gown in Sabrina, and then sent it to new heights in Cecil Beaton’s Royal Ascot gown in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Although Eliza shouting ‘move yer bleedin a*** may have spoiled the effect slightly). Grace Kelly and Princess Diana gave it the royal seal of approval, a seal which has continued through the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Today monochrome elegance is as popular as ever, with Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba just some of the stars who wear this look, both on the red carpet, and off.

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Audrey in Givenchy

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Grace Kelly in Rear Window – Edith Head

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

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Emma Watson

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Jessica Alba

Coast has just unveiled a gorgeous new collection that is made up of monochrome pieces. There are full-skirted designs that Grace Kelly would’ve been proud to have in her wardrobe, neat shift dresses and pencil designs similar to those sported by Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham, and chic separates that would easily grace a working wardrobe, or look amazing for evening attire.

Here are some of the best pieces from the Coast monochrome collection – do you have a favourite?

KIRA CHECK DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

KIRA CHECK DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

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IRRIS CHECK SKIRT £85.00 click here to view
QUEENS SHELL TOP £35.00 click here to view

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MILLAS LACE SKIRT
£65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI £35.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI
£35.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

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To view all the Monochrome collection, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Get the Look featuring Emma Watson, Jessica Alba and Alison Williams

Today’s Get the Look is more about ideas to get a similar look, rather than finding the identical items wore by the stars. That said, we still have a few actual ‘get the looks’ from The One Show’s Alex Jones, a lady who always seems to spark early evening discussions about ‘where did she get that?’ on Twitter.

Shall we make a start? Let’s begin the sartorial tour through a few sought after looks.

 Alex Jones wears Ted Baker and Wallis

I have to say I’m a huge fan of Alex’s smart, but laid back style. Recently she wore this gorgeous, ruffle sleeved top from Ted Baker on The One Show  (sorry no picture). This is a lovely piece to wear with jeans to add Spring to your wardrobe. In addition, Wallis added a picture to their Instagram feed of Alex wearing one of their leather jackets. Now, the jacket doesn’t seem to be available at present, but Wallis has said that there will be a white version of this in stock sometime this Spring. In the meantime, I have added another couple of jackets from Wallis that are similar to Alex’s look. One is a cheaper ‘pleather’ option, whilst the second is a very covetable suede one in a great stone colour way.

 MYRINE Ruffle sleeve top     £99 click to visit Ted Baker


MYRINE
Ruffle sleeve top
£99
click to visit Ted Baker

 

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Black Biker Jacket     Price: £58.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Biker Jacket
Price: £58.00 click to visit Wallis

Stone Suede Biker Jacket     Price: £195.00 Click to visit Wallis

Stone Suede Biker Jacket
Price: £195.00 Click to visit Wallis

 

Emma Watson in J Mendel

I usually love Emma Watson’s style, but had been seriously underwhelmed by some of her recent choices, particularly, the rather drab dress she wore to the Oscars. But how she redeemed my faith in her with this jumpsuit from J Mendel. Seriously sleek and businesslike, this was more like the fashion forward Emma whose style I love. You can get the look with these separates from Wallis.

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Ivory Crochet Petite Blouse     Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Crochet Petite Blouse
Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Tapered Trousers     Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Tapered Trousers
Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Alison Williams

Marnie is not my favourite girls character, that would have to be the irrepressible and outrageous Jessa. But Alison Williams is fast becoming one of my favourite style stars. She is just effortlessly cool and glamorous. This is one of my fave looks from the lady recently, and again, this is a look that can be achieved with pieces from Wallis, including amazing trousers from the latest W collection.

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White Shirt     Price: £27.00 click to visit Wallis

White Shirt
Price: £27.00 click to visit Wallis

Khaki Green Soft Trousers     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Khaki Green Soft Trousers
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Kylie on The Voice

The Live shows are well and truly underway, but for week after week, we were treated to Kylie in this Little Black dress.  Trawling through the Dorothy Perkins website this week, I noticed that the Bardot style dress below was a perfect way to get Kylie’s Bardot look on a budget.

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Black Sleeveless Bardot Dress     Price: £27.99 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Sleeveless Bardot Dress
Price: £27.99 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kate Middleton Style at Kaliko

Kate Middleton was out and about on Monday, sporting the High Street again in a Hobbs Coat, but I am thinking back a couple of summer’s to the teal Jenny Packham dress that has to be one of my fave Kate looks of all time. Kaliko obviously feel the same and have produced a long and short version of this dress, called ‘The Middleton’ of course.

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 Navy Middleton Pleat Maxi Dress Item No 060/032792/190 / Price £179.00 click to visit Kaliko


Navy Middleton Pleat Maxi Dress
Item No 060/032792/190 /
Price £179.00 click to visit Kaliko

 Lilac Middleton Pleat Dress Item No 060/032795/161 / Price £139.00 click to visit Kaliko


Lilac Middleton Pleat Dress
Item No 060/032795/161 /
Price £139.00 click to visit Kaliko

Jessica Alba style from Zalando

Another lady who I believe is actually incapable of getting it wrong is Jessica Alba. Whether on the red carpet, or out and about, Jessica is the epitome of style. I love her casual take on this season’s jumpsuits, and you can get a similar look from Zalando.

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 Gwynedds CUMBI - Jumpsuit - blue £125 click to visit Zalando

Gwynedds CUMBI – Jumpsuit – blue £125 click to visit Zalando

Kate Moss wears Muubaa

I love Kate Moss, and I love Muubaa, and I will let them explain to you the thinking behind this very special look.

“Kate Moss is wearing a customised studded version of our Gilet in the latest Rimmel campaign, ‘Rockin Curves’. Part of this campaign is the Rimmel LFW Makeover Bus that you might have seen driving around London in the past week. We lent the gilet to stylist Katy England for the shoot and she asked if she could customise it – Kate Moss then loved the gilet so much that she requested to keep it!”

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Muubaa Kate Leather Sleeveless Studded Biker £495 click to visit Muubaa

Muubaa Kate Leather Sleeveless Studded Biker £495 click to visit Muubaa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite looks from the Elle Style Awards

Tonight saw a whole host of stylish ladies attending the Elle Style Awards. One of the most respected of all style awards, this year saw luminaries like Emma Watson, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne amongst the ladies in attendance.  With a guest list like this, we were promised some interesting looks at the very least, and unfortunately, it has to be said that most of the looks on display were to be admired for being interesting, rather than actually looking that good.

Cara seemed to be dressed in a black satin dressing gown, Jessie J was basically beyond words and Ellie was again sans knickers and flashing the flesh, this time in a Matthew Williamson catsuit which I quite liked, but do feel we have seen before on Ellie. Luckily, there were some looks that were successful, including Sophie Ellie Bextor in William Vintage, and a very glamorous Lily Allen in form-fitting Roland Mouret.

Here are the looks that I rated.

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

I think she has looked great of late, and this understated look from Suki plays up her natural 1960s style beauty.

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GODDESS MAXI DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

KIMORA JACKET £65.00 click to visit Coast

KIMORA JACKET
£65.00 click to visit Coast

PERLA CLUTCH £60.00 click to visit Coast

PERLA CLUTCH
£60.00 click to visit Coast

Felicity Jones

I’m a real fan of Felicity’s pretty prom style, she reminds me of Zooey Deschanel. This dress is just lovely, I love the hot pink shade which is great against her dark hair.

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Paradis London Sequin Prom Dress RRP £55.00 £17.50 click to visit ASOS

Paradis London Sequin Prom Dress
RRP £55.00
£17.50 click to visit ASOS

KG by Kurt Geiger Bailey Black Leather Heeled Court Shoes £110.00 click to visit ASOS

KG by Kurt Geiger Bailey Black Leather Heeled Court Shoes
£110.00 click to visit ASOS

Olga Kurylenko

Olga is fast becoming a style star who never puts a foot wrong. I love the fabric of this dress and the multi strap detail. I would’ve preferred a silver strappy shoe, but that is a minor moan, Olga does look fabulous.

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HAYLYNN DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

HAYLYNN DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

Truffle Nude Heeled Pointed Shoes RRP £30.00 £20.00 click to visit ASOS

Truffle Nude Heeled Pointed Shoes
RRP £30.00
£20.00 click to visit ASOS

Amber Le Bon

Amber kept it short and sassy in a black beaded dress. I love that she kept her hair up and left the jewellery at home. Also loving the silver accessories.

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True Decadence Beaded Low Back Cami Slip Dress £65.00 click to visit ASOS

True Decadence Beaded Low Back Cami Slip Dress
£65.00 click to visit ASOS

Roland Cartier Silver glitter 'B' mesh rc Roland Cartier glitter clutch bag  £35 click to visit Debenhams

Roland Cartier Silver glitter ‘B’ mesh rc Roland Cartier glitter clutch bag £35 click to visit Debenhams

 Call It Spring Silver 'Lanese' diamante strappy sandals £45 click to visit Debenhams


Call It Spring
Silver ‘Lanese’ diamante strappy sandals £45 click to visit Debenhams

Sophie Ellis Bextor

I’m always a sucker for vintage, and Sophie is one of the key purveyors of the retro look. This is Grace Kelly ice blue, and I love the simple style. Adding the quirky dotted shoes was a masterstroke and true to Sophie’s kooky roots.

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ALBERTA DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ALBERTA DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

More looks I loved.

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Foxes in pretty retro pastels

Lily Allen in Roland Mouret

Lily Allen in Roland Mouret

Arizona Muse

Arizona Muse

Erin O Connor

Erin O Connor

Not a fan of the wonky hair, but love this dress on Katy.

Not a fan of the wonky hair, but love this dress on Katy.

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1980s influence on Emma Watson