Screen Producers Guild Awards – The Best looks

 

Ahead of the Screen Actors Guild awards, we have had the Screen Producers Awards, which were another feast for my fashionista eyes. Unusually, a lady who I think has been absolutely nailing it on the red carpet at the moment, Anne Hathaway, didn’t make my top five in a pretty floral dress that was lovely, but more summer wedding than January red carpet. Also not making my list was Amanda Seyfried, who chose to wear gorgeous zesty orange, but in a creased and ill-fitting dress.

But there were some real movie stars out there too. Here are my favourite five of the night.

Julianna Margulies was a 1940s movie siren just waiting to lure Robert Mitchum to his doom. With her vampish make-up and Veronica Lake hair, Julianna could’ve appeared straight from the set of an Otto Preminger movie. The dress, fittingly was vintage, and the whole look summed up why I just adore Julianna’s style on the red carpet.

 

Jessica Alba is another style favourite of mine, so when she chooses to wear one of my favourite designers, Elie Saab, you just know this is going to be a match made in fashion heaven…and it so was!

The black lace design was like the sexiest merry widow get up ever, and Jessica wisely kept her accessories to a minimum with this design. A total showstopper.

Kerry Washington has been making real style waves of late. I loved her look at the Golden Globes, and think this lingerie style dress is another winner. The dress, from Marchesa, could’ve seemed a bit showgirl on another celebrity, but Kelly’s choppy hairstyle, use of pink accents and simple elegant heels made this a totally wonderful look.

Jennifer Garner is an actress who has become increasingly classic in her style choices. I loved this frilly cocktail dress by Oscar De La Renta. It might seem a simple look at first glance, but this dress is absolutely exquisite up close, with a brocade style print and structured frill detail. I also love her Kate Middleton hairstyle.

In a sea of very elegant black dresses came Hannah Simone in a sea of blue.  This was just fabulous – the Sofia Vergara moment of the night. Hannah’ s dress was super sexy in a Jessica Rabbit way, and by keeping accessories to a minimum, she let the dress just speak for itself and ensured the vintage style dress looked ultra modern.

Little Black Dresses – Five of the best from Dorothy Perkins

Black sleeveless lace dress

Black lace pencil dress Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black waffle peplum dress

Black sequin dress

Black pleat floaty dress

Lands’ End Mommy Bloggers Challenge – Style on the School Run

I’ve become a huge fan of Lands’ End since I attended their A/W 2012 press day and fell in love with their English Heritage based range. So when I was asked if I wanted to take part in Style on the School Run project I was very excited. The brief of the project was simple, to chose a dress from the current Lands’ End Collection that could be worn on the school run allowing you to strike the correct balance between style and comfort. As I have a three -year old and have just started doing the school run this month, I was really intrigued with this project, and namely the question of whether a mom can look fabulous on the school run without resorting to full-on glamour.

The whole dress collection is just gorgeous, but I had fallen in love with a particular dress at the press day, so knew immediately which one I would chose.  The floral Georgette ruffle dress was a gorgeous mixture of berry and mustard shades in a vintage style floral print. Although semi sheer, a coordinating under slip means that your modesty is all preserved, leaving you with a 1940s chic dress that is wearable in so many occasions – including the school run.

The dress on display at the Lands' End press day

Women's Regular Floral Georgette Ruffle Dress £75 click to visit Lands' End

I think this dress strikes the perfect balance between style and comfort on the school run/working weekday morning. The dress is super elegant, without showing acres of flesh – cap sleeves, great knee length, and that underlayer to save your blushes. It is also a fabulous colour which can be matched to so many other shades, and is also great camouflage when your three-year old brushes a rather dirty hand across the skirt (yes, it happened!) But although this dress looks very pretty, it is far from impractical. It can literally be pulled over the head in the morning, no fiddly zips to be dealing with, whilst it has slight waist elastication at the sides which gives you a wonderfully cinched in look, and is also great for those slightly bloated mornings. It has a great tie waist belt, but this is removable so you could create a very different look by adding a thicker leather belt. And I love that this dress is smart enough to take you to the office or an important appointment just by the addtional of heels and a black or plum blazer.

So, how did I style the dress? The fabulous aubergine shades means that plums and purples just look fabulous with this. I wore this dress on a rather gorgeous autumn day, so I left the tights off, but will be adding some cute burgundy knit tights come the cooler days. For shoes I wanted to tie into the 1940s feel by adding a plum leather t-bar shoe from Office. A Cynthia Rowley knit I picked up in a charity shop provided the perfect cover-up. I also added a cute Downton Abbey style hat in a nod to all the fabulous head-wear that has emerged this season thanks to Marc Jacobs.

I truly love this dress, and can’t wait to wear it again. I’m thinking of adding a chunky knit jumper over the top to give it a Land Girl style finish. or adding a neat blazer to wear this for Fashion Days out.  Versatile, pretty and totally wearable, this dress will certainly earn its keep in my wardrobe – top marks.

Visit Lands’ End to view the full range of fabulous dresses.

 

It’s Christopher Beales for Sadie Frost.

In all  the excitement about Kate Moss’s wedding, we didn’t really get chance to  examine what the guests were wearing. Well, it has emerged that Sadie Frost was wearing a custom-made outfit by designer Christopher Beales, and it seems the designer may be a new favourite of the Frost/French founder.

We only got to glimpse Sadie through the car window, but she was wearing a retro looking striped outfit called the ‘Point Pleated’ which consisted of a striped dress and jacket, teamed with a 1940s style hat. A few days before the wedding, Sadie had worn a stunning Christopher Beales evening dress that had truly enhanced her va va voom figure, when she attended the Marie Claire/Rainbow trust charity event.

So, who exactly is Christopher Beales? Well, he was the senior tailor at Alexander McQueen,  who branched out with his own collection, called ‘When the crystal crack’d’ at London Fashion week in February. His creativity has not been solely linked to fashion design. Christopher has worked in costume as a tailor on films including Batman – The Dark Night, Valkyrie, Harry Potter The Half Blood Prince and Robin Hood; and in theatre on Piaf, Twelfth Night and Seasons Greetings, and he has designed and made outfits for Prince, Paul McCartney and The Feeling. Christopher has a feel for the romantic and dramatic that shone through ‘When the Crystal crack’d’, and is now showing in his designs as worn by Sadie.

Christopher Beales will be showing at London Fashion Week this September. I can’t wait to see what he presents to the world next!