Fashion-Mommy loves – A review of January style.

Wow! What a month January has been in the style stakes. The awards season has started with a vengeance, with The Golden Globes, The SAG awards, The People’s choice awards, The National television awards, The Palm Springs awards and the Art of Elysium awards all taking place this month. This has meant a whole host of fabulous frocks and outfits for Fashion-Mommy to peruse over for your benefit. In addition – an amazing array of collections at Paris Couture week left Fashion-Mommy drooling.

January has been the month of the pregnant fashionista, with Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Devon Aoki, Marion Cotillard and Amanda Holden joining the pregnant ranks already swelled by Holly Willoughby, Jayne Krakowski and Mylene Klass. On the High Street, the sales have ended, although there were still bargains to be found for those prepared to dig deep, but the new collections have been so mouth-watering that shopping has been a must do activity.

So, lets look closer at the style and events that have impressed Fashion-Mommy in the first month of 2011.

Awards Style

Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway were the big style winners at the Golden Globe Awards. Angelina sported a stunning green Versace dress that proved to be the most popular colour on the night, whilst Anne shimmered in a backless Armani Prive dress.

 

Many other stars have shone on various red carpets this month. Kim Kardashian looked amazing in a coral Vera Wang dress at the Critics Choice awards, whilst I loved Anna Kendrick’s look at the Art of Elysium event. Eva Mendes looked like a beautiful princess at the Art of Elysium, whilst Julia Stiles showed that slinky jumpsuits are now perfectly acceptable red carpet attire in her black strapless suit.

 

Kim Kardashian in Vera Wang

Anna Kendrick

 

 

Eva Mendes

Julia Stiles

The National Television awards showed that yet again, most small screen stars have no idea how to dress for red carpet events. Flesh was on display in abundance as the stars of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street jostled for the tabloid front pages. Thank goodness then for the pregnant Holly Willoughby, who once again showed that she is a natural, glamorous dresser for red carpet events. Cheryl Cole, on the other hand, did not look great, contrary to what you might have read in the press. Her bondage style dress showed off a back that now contains far too much body art, which frankly looked cheap and tacky.

 

It has been a great month for curvy and plus sized fashionistas. Amber Riley was pronounced on of the best dressed stars at The Golden Globes by no less an authority than Fashion Police, whilst Monique looked amazing with her slate grey dress (and shaven Legs!) whilst announcing the Oscar nominations. Queen Latifah was simply stunning at the Critics Choice awards in a beautiful turquoise gown, whilst Beth Ditto looked fabulous at the Etam catwalk show in Paris. Ruth Jones was one of the stars of the month, and looked fantastic, both as herself on ‘the big fat quiz of the year’, and as larger than life star Hattie Jacques in the BBC4 biopic ‘Hattie’. She proved that the 1950s silhouettes clearly suited a curvaceous figure.  My girl crush Christina Hendricks proved to be one of the best dressed at a seriously underwhelming SAG awards in form-fitting black L’wren Scott.

 

Amber Riley

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Monique

Christina Hendricks at SAG Awards

Ruth Jones as Hattie

 

 

Ruth Jones on The big fat quiz of the year

 

Beth Ditto at Etam Show

 

 

More looks I’ve loved this month include Carey Mulligan in a gorgeous purple Prada dress at The Palm Springs Awards, Michelle Obama in a glorious Alexander McQueen dress during the Chinese State visit to Washington, a casual Kiera Knightley wearing Burberry. Diane Kruger showed again why no-one today wears Chanel like she does in soft pink straight from the catwalk, whilst Kate Moss had a glamorous return to form in day and evening wear. Andrea Riseborough was definitely one to watch in hr striking black ensemble.

 

Carey Mulligan in Prada

Kiera Knightley in Burberry

Jessica Alba attends the Vogue Paris Dinner in Gucci

Olivia Wilde

Kate Moss at the Wolseley

 

 

Diane Kruger in Chanel

 

 

 

Andrea Riseborough

 

Fashion showed this month that it has the ability to be fun, to provoke thought and argument, and to shock. A gaggle of Kate Middleton lookalikes descended on Buckingham Palace in blue Issa dresses, providing photo oppurtumities for many bemused tourists. Oxford Street saw a march of mature models in their underwear to promote a new fashion website promoting a new body mentality, and protesting at the ‘one size fits all mentality’ that it believes the High Street currently has. Jean Paul Gaultier raised more than one highbrow when the beautiful blonde ‘Bride’ in his catwalk show, actually proved to be a groom, male supermodel Andrej Peric. Transsexual model Lea T was photographed kissing Kate Moss for the Love front cover under the headline ‘This is hardcore’. Clearly, anyone wo believes fashion is just about pretty clothes is sorely mistaken!

I’ll end with my personal favourite things from January. I feel in love with the Rose n roll sandals from by Roger Vivier, I think they are stunning, although they probably cost a few months salary. My own bargain of the month was this great Lulu Guinness tote, which I am using everywhere at the moment, and got for just £25!

That’s it for another month…but February brings London Fashion Week, the Oscars…and Valentines day! I can’t wait…

Paris Couture Week – Valentino, Gaultier and Elie Saab

Paris fashion week was full of beautiful outfits, catwalk surprises and star appearances, and the shows of Valentino, Elie Saab and Gaultier had all three. From the buttermilk shades on display at Valentino, to the mixture of Punk 76 and Moulin Rouge Gay Paris 90s at Gaultier, the shows had colour, drama and, with the male model bride that closed the Gaultier show, the ability to shock.

As expected, the front rows were filled with stylish fashionistas sporting a sea of black outfits. Dita Von Teese made appearances at both the Jean Paul Gaultier and Elie Saab shows, wearing her trademark Black Dahlia look. Catherine Deneuve was also front row at Gaultier, showing that real style is endless and ageless, whilst Alexa Chung and Caroline Sieber were perfectly colour coordinated on the Valentino front row,

Valentino – Soft and floaty

This was a beautiful collection from Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccoli. It featured soft and ethereal designs in buttermilk, nude and caramel shades that seemed as light as air. There were delicate frills, lots of lacy Elizabethan style high neck ruffs, and lots of scalloping for edges and frills that gave the impression of waves on costumes.

There were romantic ruffles and pretty butterflies and flowers added onto dresses like applique, and there was a lot of sheer fabrics used in this collection.  The overall impression was of pale and interesting, although there were some striking splashes of colour, including the beautiful red dress that I would love to see Kirsten Dunst wear. I thought that this collection was beautiful, but eminently wearable. Think stars like Natalie Portman, Thandi Newton and even Tilda Swinton,whose bone structure would look amazing in the rose-coloured scalloped frock coat.

 

Jean Paul Gaultier – revisiting can-can and Punk in One show.

Who else but Jean Paul Gaultier, the original enfant terrible of French fashion, would use the influences of Moulin Rouge era Paris and London 1976 punk in the same show? There were fish nets stockings, humbug striped can can dresses and Mohicans on display, as Gaultier showed his schizophrenic side. Hot model Lindsey Wixson bought to mind a young Angela Lansbury starring in ‘The portrait of  Dorian Grey’ with her doll-like features and stripy gay 90s tight hobble style dress. This era was also evoked by the rich colours, the multitude of feathers and the cartwheeling catwalk show. I particularly loved the bright orange frock coat style orange dress.

 

Lindsey Wixson

 

But this was also a collection heavily influenced by the birth of Punk in London in the Summer of 1976. Models were sporting Mohicans and brightly coloured zoot suits, whilst designs had names like ‘The Clash’. There was also some bondage style outfits like those sold by Vivienne Westwood in ‘SEX’, these reminded me of Madonna’s blonde ambition outfits from 1990.

Gaultier ensured his show would gain extra column inches when he used supermodel Andrej Pejic as the bride in his catwalk show. Andrej is a tale, beautiful blonde who also happens to be a man. I feel that this was a controversial gimmick that a show as visually exciting as this didn’t need, and that the attention it has received has been at the detriment of the clothes. Still, you can never accuse Gaultier of taking the safe option!

Elie Saab – Simply stunning!

The first thing I want to say is – Expect to see lots of these gowns on the upcoming red carpets. This was a collection that just screamed grown up sophistication. A range of beautiful gowns that went from chic little cocktail hour dresses to those that fully deserved the title full length and fabulous, there was a real feeling of couture about this collection.

There was a good mixture of romantic dresses in soft peaches/golds and whites, but also more dramatic looks in blacks and reds. My favourite shade was the stunning periwinkle blue dresses. There were VaVa Voom designs that would suit Jessica Rabbit, or her alter ego Dita Von Teese, but this is also the collection I would love to see Kate Middleton wear, albeit with some modifications.

As you would expect from an Elie Saab collection, many of the dresses are exquisitely beaded. There are sheer panels, but with beading that spares the blushes and stops the dresses from moving into more risqué territory. Elie Saab is the undisputed master of red carpet dressing, and this collection confirms this.

 

I would love to see Kate Middleton in this dress!

 

 

Kate’s back – The return of the Moss!

Since the launch of her last collection for Topshop, it had been fairly quiet on the Kate Moss front. There were lots of stories abounding around what Kate would do next, with stories of making an album and opening a modelling agency amongst them, but from the lady herself, silence! When the Spring/Summer ad campaigns hit the glossy mags in Early January, the Daily Telegraph was amongst those who highlighted a distinct lake of Moss in the most recent ad campaigns, and talked of the demise of Moss as one of the fashion worlds most famous and fabulous muses.

But people should know by now that you write Kate Moss off at your peril. And January has shown that she is back with a vengeance! Kate has been a highly visible part of Paris Couture week, and has also featured in a highly controversial magazine cover, has taken over from Gisele as the face of a top sunglasses company, has featured in another controversial shoot for Italian Vogue with a film currently all over the internet, and has writhed with cartoon snakes for Balmain. In addition to all of this, she has celebrated her birthday, an event that is always deemed newsworthy thanks to the infamous celebrations that have occurred during this event in past years!

The shoot for Italian Vogue’s January issue showed a dark-haired, amazing looking, Kate in a series of very sexy poses. Kate was shown in various states of undress, posed in some industrial settings and also in a kitchen, with stockings and suspenders on show. They were shot by Nick Knight, and were also accompanied by a mini film which seemed to show Kate as a prostitute, displaying her wares for a potential client.

In addition to this sexy shoot, Kate has also been filmed for Balmain, writhing on a sofa whilst an array of cartoon snakes slither all over her.

Kate has also become the new face of Vogue sunglasses, replacing Gisele Bundchen in this campaign. Mario Testino took the photographs for this brightly coloured, 1950s style shoot, and Kate looks fabulous, showing that many of indeed been guilty of writing her off too soon.

Love magazine has this month featured Kate on its front cover. The controversy has followed because Kate is pictured kissing transsexual model Lea T, with the tagline – This is Hardcore.

Kate has been a highly visible presence at Paris Couture week, She has been photographed on the front row at the Etam lingerie show, sitting with Charlotte Casiraghi, whilst watching her boyfriend/husband? Jamie Hince perform with Mark Ronson, attended the show of her friend Stella McCartney wearing emerald-green leather, positively endorsing the view that this is the colour de jour this season, was seen on a series of shopping trips around Paris, wearing her trademark tiny shorts, and has also been partying with friends like Alexa Chung, showing that a 37th birthday has not slowed down the legendary party animal.