1950s fashion inspired by Quirke

For the past two weeks I have spent my Sunday evenings in the 1950s, more specifically 1950s Ireland courtesy of the new BBC serial Quirke. This is a series that has seen mixed reviews, but I have loved the atmospheric lighting, the moody acting of the always fabulous Gabriel Byrne, and, most of all, I have loved the styling and the clothes – oh my, the clothes.

As a real fan of 1950s fashion and glamour, I love anything that harks back to the times when ladies still wore gloves, dresses included a full skirt, and attention to every detail was second to none. Quirke has it’s roots in High Society, the patriarch is a rich judge, and so the female characters that make up part of his family, played by Geraldine Somerville and Aisling Franciosi, are always immaculately turned out in costumes that are truly elegant. In addition, the beautiful Charlie Murphy played a seductive character called Deidre in episode 2, and entered the episode in a stunning backless gown of Grace Kelly styled satin.

Quirke is well worth a look for lovers of the 1950s, the stories have been absorbing and you can just get swept away with the sheer romance of Grace Kelly/Elizabeth Taylor era costumes.

 

 

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Love Geraldine Somerville’s lace dress.

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1950s styling from Coast

On the High Street there are many examples of 1950s inspired pieces, with Coast leading the way with full skirted evening dresses, stiff satin skirts and strapless sweetheart necklines. With stunning prints, and soft watered pastel shades, these are some of the prettiest looks you will find this Summer.

GRACE MAXI DRESS £495.00 click to visit Coast

GRACE MAXI DRESS
£495.00 click to visit Coast

AMALI PRINTED DRESS £495.00 click to visit Coast

AMALI PRINTED DRESS
£495.00 click to visit Coast

HELSINKI SKIRT £115.00 click to visit Coast

HELSINKI SKIRT
£115.00 click to visit Coast

 

DARLING DRESS £295.00 click to visit Coast

DARLING DRESS
£295.00 click to visit Coast

CORDELIA SKIRT £125.00 click to visit Coast

CORDELIA SKIRT
£125.00 click to visit Coast

LILY-ANNA DRESS £175.00 click to visit Coast

LILY-ANNA DRESS
£175.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER CO-ORD TOP £45.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER CO-ORD TOP
£45.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagerly awaited – Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly

The publicity stills and on-set photographs have got people pretty excited about a film set for release in March. ‘Grace of Monaco’ is a film about Princess Grace, formally Grace Kelly, and is set during the early 1960s, a period when the Princess considered returning to Hollywood filming in Hitchcock’s Marnie. This was not a happy period in time for Princess Grace, and by focusing on this particular time, we get to see the not-so-happy ever after behind the fairytale wedding.

In the film Grace is played by a modern Hollywood goddess and style icon, Nicole Kidman. I’m a huge fan of Nicole for both her acting and sense of style, she is fabulous in ‘Moulin Rouge’,’ The Others’ and ‘To Die For’, but I’m not sure how she will play the role and whether she is right for it. Beautiful and glamorous, and tall and elegant, I can see why Nicole was chosen, but I’m still not convinced that Nicole will be anything other than herself doing an impression of Grace. The funny thing is, I would’ve preferred to see Naomi Watts in this role (rather than in the poor Diana film.).

All this said, I’m still looking forward to seeing the film, if only for the fabulous recreations of Grace’s Princess style. This is regal Grace we will be looking at, during her Marc Bohun at Dior period, and the evening dresses that have already been revealed are as spectacular as we would’ve hoped for.

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Grace’s elegant style never fades in its influence. This season, you can channel the Grace look with pieces from Coast. Here are just a few of my faves from the current and new season ranges.

Get the look with Coast

MAE STRIPE SKIRT £110.00 click to visit Coast

MAE STRIPE SKIRT
£110.00 click to visit Coast

LISBETH MAXI DRESS £350.00 click to visit Coast

LISBETH MAXI DRESS
£350.00 click to visit Coast

JASMINE SHOE £55.00 click to visit Coast

JASMINE SHOE
£55.00 click to visit Coast

 

LORI LEE SHORT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

LORI LEE SHORT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

MANICINE SHORT DRESS £175.00 click to visit Coast

MANICINE SHORT DRESS
£175.00 click to visit Coast

RITA SKIRT £95.00 click to visit Coast

RITA SKIRT
£95.00 click to visit Coast

CAMARA COAT £149.00 click to visit Coast

CAMARA COAT
£149.00 click to visit Coast

SWIRL MAXI DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

SWIRL MAXI DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boden Spring/Summer 2014 brights…and a little Christmas Cheer

Somerset House once again became Boden’s Spring/Summer haven as one of my fave brands unveiled it’s 2014 offering.Transforming the Portico rooms into an indoor beach, complete with sand, deckchairs and a rather fetching yacht, it was easy to forget the rain and biting wind outside. And with the beautiful pastel and neon bright colours of the Boden collection, it was so easy to long once again for those lazy, hazy days of Summer.

In recent seasons I’ve noticed that Boden has embraced two particular silhouettes and era’s, that of the 1950s and the 1960s. In many ways, these two era’s of fashion address all body shapes and style preferences. There are the two key shapes of the 50s, the full skirt, and the pencil styles, worn by Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe to such amazing effect.The 1960s gives us looser shapes, the eponymous shift dress and the hippyish tunic shapes. This season Boden is once again employing all those features, and adding Riviera style prints and Pucci colours to make a collection that is eye-catching, feminine and fun.

I just loved so many of the pieces. Here are a few of my favourites.

 

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Of course, we are currently closer to Christmas than to Spring, let alone Summer, and Boden once again has some seriously good pieces, whether you are thinking ‘Party’ or just trying to style out the cold. You can currently get 30% off selected dresses, shoes and bags at Boden, so this week is a great time to pick up Christmas presents, party clothing, or just something you’ve had your eye on for a while.

Jewelled Tunic Dress WH590 (Was £129.00 ) now £90.30 click to visit Boden

Jewelled Tunic Dress
WH590
(Was £129.00 ) now £90.30 click to visit Boden

Aperitif Dress WH522 (Was £89.00 ) now £62.30 click to visit Boden

Aperitif Dress
WH522
(Was £89.00 ) now £62.30 click to visit Boden

Elegant Embellished Shift WH571 (Was £149.00 ) now £104.30 click to visit Boden

Elegant Embellished Shift
WH571
(Was £149.00 ) now £104.30 click to visit Boden

Colette Dress WH534 (Was £89.00 ) now £62.30 click to visit Boden

Colette Dress
WH534
(Was £89.00 ) now £62.30 click to visit Boden

Selina Dress WH449 (Was £129.00 ) now £90.30 click to visit Boden

Selina Dress
WH449
(Was £129.00 ) now £90.30 click to visit Boden

Dazzling Heels AR596 (Was £119.00 ) now £83.30 click to visit Boden

Dazzling Heels
AR596
(Was £119.00 ) now £83.30 click to visit Boden

Chic Mid Heel AR583 (Was £99.00 ) now £69.30 click to visit Boden

Chic Mid Heel
AR583
(Was £99.00 ) now £69.30 click to visit Boden

Pointed Pump AR591 (Was £79.00 to £89.00 ) now £39.50 to £62.30 click to visit Boden

Pointed Pump
AR591
(Was £79.00 to £89.00 ) now £39.50 to £62.30 click to visit Boden

Canonbury Clutch AM190 (Was £59.00 ) now £29.5o click to visit Boden

Canonbury Clutch
AM190
(Was £59.00 ) now £29.5o click to visit Boden

Chelsea Bag AM196 (Was £149.00 ) now £104.30 click to visit Boden

Chelsea Bag
AM196
(Was £149.00 ) now £104.30 click to visit Boden

 

To visit Boden to check out the complete range, click here.