Miss Selfridge – Your one stop for Saturday night dresses.

I’ve just been looking through the new season look at Miss Selfridge and it is safe to say that if you need a super special dress for the weekend, you need to look no further. From glittering full  length showstoppers, to vintage inspired designs and new variations on a little black dress, there are some really stunning designs in this collection, which look more high-end than High Street.

Here are some of my hot picks from Miss Selfridge.

This dress is very Balmain inspired, like a longer version of the dress that was worn by Emma Watson. Imagine walking into a Christmas party wearing this! Beautiful, and so sexy with hardly any skin on display.

Miss Selfridge gold sequin maxi one shoulder dress

Marilyn Monroe caused quite a stir  in  the 1950s with a skin-tight lame halter neck dress. Miss Selfridge have updated it, softened the gold tone by adding pinkish undertones, and created this gorgeous floaty dress that is both sexy and pretty in one.

Miss Selfridge blush gold mermaid dress

The 1960s is a big trend this Autumn/Winter, and this black dress is the sort hat Marianne Faithfull might have worn in 1965, whilst Alexa Chung wears her version in 2011. Add flat Mary-Janes for an innocent look.

Miss Selfridge £65

 

Any fan of Markus Lupfer will love the design of this dress, it is a great version of one of his Spring/Summer looks that has been adapted for the new season. Very pretty and frothy – perfect for girlie girls.

Miss Selfridge nude sheer sequin dress

Forties silhouettes and detailing are also a huge story. This black dress has adapted the puff shoulders and sheer dot design, but added a more modern skater skirt, making it a very cute look.

Miss Selfridge £45

All dresses will be  available at Miss Selfridge, Outfit stores nationwide and missselfridge.com

New Look’s Fab A/W collections unveiled at Press Day

Last week ,in the magnificent setting of Number 1 Marylebone,  New Look unveiled its Autumn/Winter collections for 2011-12. Organised into looks with such titles as ‘The Good Life’ and ‘Age of Nostalgia’, this was New Look’s take on glamorous vintage styling. Filled with amazing look after amazing look, it left the fashionista’s positively counting down the days until these looks will be available in store.

Here is a quick overview of each look.

MODERNIST

Full of minimal, clean lines that owe a lot to the paintings of Mondrian and the designs of Yves St Laurent, this is a modern collection full of primary brights teamed with the always classic black. Think elegant daywear.

TOM BOY.

This collection is full of glamorous androgyny. Boy clothes with a feminine twist. There are satchels and loafers teamed with mannish cut trousers and shirts. But the shirts are made of the sheerest of fabrics ensuring this look can be very sexy in a Marlene Dietrich kind of way.

AGE OF NOSTALGIA

The 1940s influence runs right through this beautiful collection. There are faux fur collars on fur coats and jackets that could’ve been worn by Joan Crawford as Mildred Pierce. There are teadresses decorated with bird prints, with a shock of unexpected open back on display.

GOOD LIFE

I think this collection could equally be called English Heritage, it evokes Debo, the Duchess of Devonshire and her granddaughter Stella Tennant, as well as Luella Bartley and The Land Girls. Chintzy floral frocks worn with thick chunky knits create a dynamic mixture of fabrics and textures. Wide leg denims look great with chiffon style blouses to create a folky, utterly English look.

COCKTAIL BIRD

This is a glittery mixture of swinging London dollybird and sophisticated cocktail hour dresses. This is full of pretty colours, soft pinks/peaches and nude shades that perfectly compliment the use of sequins, beads, feathers and furs. This is not just about 1960s styling however, some of the dresses have an art deco 1920s style feel to them. This is a perfect party collection.

ELECTRIC LADY AND ELECTRIC LADY EVENING

Two 1970s inspired collections filled with deep, vibrant shades like teal and magenta, and fun prints of celestial stars and slinky snakes, combined with ladylike styling to create a really stylish collection. The dresses in the collections really stand out – love the pussycat tie necklines on the chiffon style dresses, whilst deep purple coloured fur jackets make a cool evening cover up. The evening collection has a lot of black and white, whilst a revealing maxi-dress could be inspired by Rihanna.

LIMITED EDITION

New Look’s boutique collection features heavily embellished flapper dresses in teal and mustard that will be your hero piece for the party season. The amazing dresses come in different lengths – a great move on New Look’s part, and are beautifully ornate. There are also beaded dresses,  tops and bolero jackets. But it is not just about evening wear, there are teadresses, amazingly snuggly winter capes and vintage inspired animal print coats in this truly eclectic range.