Kate Moss returns to the catwalk…and heralds the return of white in your wardrobe.

We’ve only just stopped talking about her last appearance on the Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton catwalk, the one where she appeared to be wearing support pants and was smoking a cigarette on National No smoking day. And now Kate Moss has returned to the Louis Vuitton catwalk, and this time it was apparently at her own request.

If Kate shocked on her last appearance, this time she just looked extraordinarily pretty. The Spring/Summer collection for Louis Vuitton is a frothy, candy floss confection of early 60s style dresses which were modelled on the biggest carousel Paris had to other. This was a sweet and girlie collection, that made the most of that  most misunderstood of colours – white.

So many people talk about how they can’t wear white unless they have a suntan, and that this is a shade that washes them out. It is often dismissed as clinical. Yet white can be the most adaptable of colours, looking cool in Summer, but also crisp on winter days. Think of Kate Middleton in the Winter coat that she seems to have been wearing for years, or Marilyn Monroe in her Sunray pleated dress, and you can see that whether you’re blonde or brunette, white has a place.

With Winter almost upon us, white could be the colour to make you stand out at that winter party, or the shade of choice for your coat, or maybe just the choice of shade for your accessories. With Selfridges having White Christmas as its Winter theme, this may just be the year that you choose to add a little white to your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brits – a host of Westwood and no eggs in sight!

The biggest night in British music took place in London last night. The Brit awards did not attract as many superstars as The Grammy awards, nor as many fashionistas to watch(with the honourable exception of Rihanna). There was no Kylie, no Lily Allen, no Florence Welch, but there were still many outfits to savour, and a few to commiserate with. Here is a quick rundown of those who won the style awards, and those who were the also-rans!

Style Winners.

Rihanna wore two stunning couture gowns on the night. She arrived in a Christian Dior Haute Couture dress that was the combination of a purple bodice and turquoise tulle skirt. It was a dramatic look, although I kept expecting her to step out of the turquoise skirt to reveal a mini. It was that sort of dress. I personally much preferred her beautiful Oscar De La Renta flowered gown that had a touch of Audrey Hepburn about it. I really don’t think James Cordon’s cousin Jeanette had that dress for her bridesmaids, she should be so lucky! Oscar De La Renta may not have Michelle Obama wearing his dresses, but in Rihanna he has a new style ambassador.

 

Christian Dior

Oscar De La Renta

 

I was torn by Cheryl Cole on the night. Her dress was a beautiful, slinky, black number by Stella McCartney that fitted her perfectly. But the low back was another excuse to show off that ‘tramp stamp’ tattoo, which cheapened the elegant look. In addition, I think this would’ve looked better with a strappy sandal rather than a nude platform.

 

If you look from this angle - Perfect!

 

I loved Sophie Ellis Bextor in her cute Dolce and Gabbana strapless prom queen dress. Retro styling really suits Sophie, and she was one of the most original dressers on the night, eschewing the short, tight trap that others fell into.

Katherine Jenkins looked like a blonde Dita Von Teese in her form-fitting green dress  by Vivienne Westwood. Katherine looked beautiful with her retro hair and make up, and the Westwood dress showed off her curves perfectly, showing that Gethin Jones is a very lucky man indeed!

Adele stuck to her trademark black for the awards, wearing an elegant beaded dress. This look totally suits her status as ‘the voice’ at this years award. Her performance was spine tingling and beautiful, and her look was beautiful, classic and timeless – like the lady herself.

My favourite look on the night came from the quirky fashionista Paloma Faith. She was another star who sported Vivienne Westwood, wearing a glamorous full length gown with long black gloves. The one jarring point was the huge Minnie Mouse bow in her hair, but Paloma always adds fun to her outfits, so I can forgive her that, especially when she looks like a stunning torch singer from the 1940s.

Style also -rans.

Jessie J is on a roll. The number one single at the moment, the critics choice winner at the Brits. I really wanted to like her Vivienne Westwood dress, but it was just too short and looked too tight! The overall effect was sloppy, although her hair is extremely chic.

Vivienne Westwood was a popular designer on the night, even designing the brand new Brit award. Another singer sporting Westwood was Ellie Goulding, who unfortunately chose to wear a champagne coloured gown that was loose and ill-fitting. She gets the Tracy Emin award for services to a bed sheet. The pink hair was not a good idea either!

The overall worst dressed award goes to one of my favourite singers. Eliza Doolittle sported what could only be described as the shortest, whitest, clingiest, cheapest, tackiest dress on the red carpet. She teamed this with huge aqua wedge sandals and what can only be described as a pink tail feather. Her legs looked amazing, but this outfit stunk. Eliza would’ve looked better if she had stuck to her skinny jeans!

Baftas – style highs and lows.

Last night was the most important night on the British film calendar – The Baftas.  As expected, ‘The Kings speech’ dominated the awards winning seven in total, including Best film, best Actor for Colin Firth and Best supporting actor and actress for Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Best actress went to Natalie Portman, who was absent due to her pregnancy, but many other Hollywood stars made the trip across the pond and braved the wet London weather for the ceremony. Here is Fashion-mommy’s guide to the best and worst looks on the red carpet last night.

Trend – all shades of blue!

Blue was definitely one of the key colours on the red carpet at the Baftas. Jessica Alba looked totally beautiful in a strapless, draped Versace dress, wearing her hair in Heidi style braids. Julianne Moore was much improved from her Golden Globes Lanvin debacle in a midnight blue gown from Tom Ford, which she accessorised with bright red lips and the delectable Mr Ford himself. Livia Firth was her usual red carpet perfect presence in an eco-chic sustainable Nina Skarra gown. She described it as her ‘Rita Hayworth’ moment, and I couldn’t agree more, she was definitely one of the best dressed on the night. Gemma Arterton split opinions with her YSL black strapless dress that was decorated with a huge blue bow on the front. I personally liked the look, and thought she vamped it up perfectly with flowing hair and red lips. A less successful blue dress was the Stella McCartney gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence. The ‘Winter Bone’ star had been one of the best dressed in hot pink at the SAG awards, but this blue dress just looked ill-fitting and she seemed in danger of loosing it all night.

Trend 2 – Pinks, reds and every shade in between.

As with other awards shows this year, the trend for pinks, reds, orange, corals etc was still in abundance. As with the blue shade though, some looks were more successful than others. Emma Stone continued her strong showing this awards season wearing an amazing Lanvin gown in coral. With her hair still blonde and channelling Marilyn Monroe, she looked perfect. Thandie Newton is always on best dressed lists on occasions like this, and her beautiful Monique Llhullier pink strapless gown was romantic and dramatic, and her simple hair and make up were also flawless. Amy Adams wore a dress from the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 11 collection that perfectly matched her skin tone and hair colouring, and, unlike her SAG dress, this actually fitted properly! Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright was beautiful in her floral dress from Clements Ribeiro. The length was unusual, but suited the dress which had a slight oriental feel to it. Sam Taylor Wood showed that minimal can be oh so flattering in her orange Celine dress, although I wasn’t so sure about her beau Aaron Johnson’s paisley Tom Ford tux, which was slightly cruise ship singer for me. I was not impressed with Sarah Harding’s Georges Chakra red dress, it was a little bit like a Las Vegas showgirl, seemed to age her, and the tattoos just looked tacky.

 

Emma Stone

 

 

Amy Adams

Bonnie Wright

Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron Johnson

Sarah Harding

 

The mavericks

There are some fashionistas who ignore all the trends and style rules when they hit the red carpet. This is a risky venture, but when it pays off, the results can be dazzling. Helena Bonham Carter stayed true to her favourite designer, Vivienne Westwood, for the BAFTAS. She was nursing a cold but sported one of her best and most flattering looks, appearing elegant and glamorous.  On the other hand, the gloriously beautiful Eva Green turned up in a gothic black gown from Tom Ford that made her look like a reject from the Adams Family. It reminded me of a similarly unflattering look sported by Gwyneth Paltrow at The Oscars. Tilda Swinton, who can get it wrong on the red carpet, looked spectacular in a trouser suit by Haider Ackermann which made the statuesque actress look like the heir to Marlene Dietrich’s androgynous glamour crown.

Rosamund Pike divided my opinions in her mustard Alexander McQueen gown. Although I loved the halter neck dress, I feel the same as I felt about the similar Mila Kunis dress from the SAG awards. It was just too Summery, perfect for The Serpentine, or Elton John’s summer ball, bit not to an event in drizzling February. Their was no such split opinion over Tracy Emin’s look. With her wearing a bed sheet Vivienne Westwood dress, and just got out of bed hair, I can only surmise she is relaunching her unmade bed artwork, with herself part of the human exhibit!

 

Young stars

Emma Watson proved yet again why she is a style icon to watch with her ethereal dress from Valentino. Her hair and make up were great too, but she looked a little moody on the night, a smile would’ve improved her look even more. Hailee Steinfeld wore a calf length dress from Mui Mui, that I was torn about. The length was unflattering and needed to be either shorter or longer to really suit the young star. Her hair was also a bit mumsy, with a Queen Victoria style bun. One look I really loved was the gorgeous tulle style prom dress worn by Felicity Jones. This was really an example of a young star dressing age appropriately and having fun with fashion. The vintage Chanel dress was frothy and fabulous, and with her cute bangs and smoky make-up, her whole look was spot on.