Stylish Television – Dancing on the Edge

The most exquisitely clothed drama of the moment must be ‘Dancing on the Edge’, Stephen Poliakoff’s absorbing story of the rise of a Jazz Band in the London of the 1930s. Featuring royalty, millionaires, ‘it girls’ and a whole host of beautiful people, and set in the glorious Art Deco surrounding of ‘The Imperial’, Dancing on the Edge is super stylish as only a series set in the midst of the bias cut world of the 1930s can be.

The Louis Lester band find success, due in no small part to the allure of the bands female singers, Carla (played by Wumni Mosaku), and in the lead vocalist role, Jessie played by Angel Coulby. These girls wear the sort of dresses that I would frankly kill to be able to wear, shimmering sequined sheaths in gold and silver for the lithe Jessie, curve hugging velvet and satin for the voluptuous Carla. They look so awe-inspiring in these gowns, utterly burning up the small screen every time they appear.

But it is not just the songstresses whose style had me drooling. Rich girl Pamela and photographer Sarah also appear in stunning look after stunning look.  In particular, the scene where Pamela, played by Joanne Vanderham, dances with the Prince of Wales features a glorious gown of the most fluid gold silk, with Grecian draping detail that makes the ‘It Girl’ look like a veritable goddess.

The 1930s is often forgotten as a fashion decade, in between the strong flapper style of the 1920s and the Utility wartime styles and then the ‘New Look’ of the 1940s. But it is one of the most infinitely stylish decades, with feminine, body skimming evening gowns in acres of silk, midi length tea gowns in china florals and wide leg trousers teamed with floaty pussycat bow necked blouses. Dancing on the Edge is embracing all those trends with such love, making it a fashion experience not to be missed.

Get the 1930s look this Valentine’s Day

Sequins shoulders gown £119.99 click to visit Mango

Metallic gown £69.99 click to visit Mango

Pleated panel gown £89.99 click to visit Mango

Biba Cowl back maxi dress £299 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba High neck pleated maxi £189 click to visit Biba

Biba Cape sleeve tiered printed dress £39.60 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Velvet printed midi skirt £50 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Silk peasant blouse £44 click to visit House of Fraser

 

 

W.E. – It’s almost time for Wallis to Rule

The reviews aren’t exactly glowing, but I’m still very excited about Madonna’s new movie about the great love affair between Edward and Mrs Simpson. The film is released on 20th January, with Angela Riseborough playing Wallis, and from film stills and publicity shots I have seen pre-release, this is going to be a supremely stylish affair.

Any film about the Duchess of Windsor is always going to feature fashion heavily. Clothes were important to Wallis, she believed that not being the most beautiful women in the world mattered far less if you were the best dressed. Wallis was always exquisitely turned out, favouring designers like Mainbocher and Schiaparelli, and having an extensive jewellery collection that included the infamous Cartier panther bracelet.

Madonna has recreated Wallis’s impeccable style and found a real star in Andrea Riseborough. Riseborough is no slouch in the style stakes herself, and has shown real star quality already in roles in ‘The Devil’s Whore’ and Margaret Thatcher in ‘The long walk to Finchley.’ Together, they have created a Wallis full of charm and style, who should herald the return of the Ladylike 30s and 40s to the fashion firmament.

To get the Wallis look, you need to look  carefully at your lines. Broader shoulders, nipped in waistbands and straight skirts all help create the Wallis look. Bias cut evening gowns in a palette of black and white, diamante style brooches that stand in for the real thing and kid gloves that show you are a lady all add to the look.

Get the Wallis look….from..where else but WALLIS

Bird prints are great for achieving a 1930s/40s look. I love the draping effect that gives this dress an ultra flattering feel.

Black Bird Print Belted Dress Price

Nautical stripes were a favourite of Wallis’s. Add ultra wide leg trousers and deck shoes for that ‘just got off the yacht’ look.

Navy Stripe Eyelet Cardigan Price: £35.00 

 

Brick Crepe Wide Leg Trouser 

 

 

Colourblock Fishtail Dress 

Pink Scarf Pleated Maxi Dress 

 

 

Art Deco style – The Ultimate Christmas Wish List…

I don’t mind admitting that I am a real Art Deco girl. In my dream world my house would have a flat roof and geometric edges,my colour scheme would be black and White and all my jewels would have previously been owned by Wallis Simpson in the 1930s. I love the Chrysler building, the Hoover building, Saltdean Lido, The Electric Palace on the Portobello Road and every single bingo hall converted from an Art Deco cinema. In short, I’m in love with Art Deco. Which is great this season, when there are 1930s influences to be found on a whole range of clothing, accessories and gift ideas. Here then, is my Christmas list.

Articulated Art Deco earrings 

Feather embellished dress £95 

 

Art Deco Curve Jewellery Box 

Art Deco Sterling Silver Circle & Semi-Circle Brooch/Pendant 

 

Arlo Wool Funnel Coat £210

Pretty Perspex Purse £100 

Silver Simmons Clutch £75 

 

Winter Bex Beads Dress £185 

wine coloured sequin top £12

 

Art deco pencil dress £38 

Follie DECO PIPED T BAR SANDAL CHESTNUT £180 

Art Deco London £9.69 click to visit Amazon