Doris Day – forgotten style icon?

One of the nicest things about taking a little time to chill over the Christmas period has been the opportunity to catch up on some television. I was delighted to see that one of my favourite channels, BBC 4, was dedicating some time to look at Hollywood Goddesses, the icons that still light up our screens today. Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Clara Bow were the main focus, but I was also really excited to see a documentary about one of my favourite stars, Doris Day.

I grew up loving Doris Day. My mom had a real love of her films, from ‘By the light of the Silvery Moon’ to ‘Love me or Leave me’. I grew up loving ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘That Touch of Mink’. Doris seemed like a magical being, radiantly blonde and pretty, super talented, with an exquisite singing voice, and also a strange combination of prim and sexy. For I never understood why Day was described as a professional virgin, films like ‘Pillow Talk’ and ‘Move over Darling’ were sexy, and Doris was sexy in them.

And she was also superbly dressed, Her film wardrobes were always elegant and often spectacular (check out her showgirl costumes in ‘Love me or Leave me’, where she plays torch singer Ruth Etting), and they often featured the latest styles. Off screen, Doris could also look amazing. At the 1960 Oscar Ceremony, Doris wore a shimmering silver sheath style gown by Irene that made her one of the best dressed of the night. This style, coupled with her acting talent, comedic wit and beautiful singing voice, made Doris the World’s top female star by 1964, but by 1968 it was all over, and Doris retired, never to make another film.

If you haven’t checked out Doris Day, you really need to get some DVDs and set yourself up for the ultimate girls night in with the ultimate girl next door. Doris was a shining star who deserves to be both remembered and respected by future generations.

 

Party Dress season is here!

Well it’s the first of November and the party season is now truly here. I’ve just received my invite to my first Christmas party and it was for next week – a keen reminder that these days the parties and celebrations start earlier and earlier. The best thing about the festivities is that you finally get the chance to wear a truly showstopping dress, something that makes you feel ultra glamorous – like a Hollywood movie star. Some of the most gorgeous dresses I’ve seen this year come from Phase Eight. As well as the glorious Collection 8, there are a wide range of other dresses that will suit every Christmas celebration – from candlelight meals to Christmas concerts, to all those dazzling parties. Furthermore, these dresses will be suitable for other occasions well into the new year.

Some of my favourites

Cobweb Sequin Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This beautiful black dress would be perfect for the Duchess of Cambridge during the festive season – Prince’s trust concert maybe?

Twinkle Jumpsuit £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

I just love the 1970s Studio 54 vibe of this jumpsuit – makes me think of Penelope Ann Miller in Carlito’s Way. Great if dresses are just not your thing.

Lorabelle Sequin Dress £130.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This sparkly number is a real 1960s Dolly girl like. Imagine Sharon Stone in Casino in this dress – so glam and very sexy.

Ishiko Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This dress just makes me think of Audrey Hepburn munching a Danish outside Tiffany’s. The perfect black cocktail dress – just beautiful.

Pollyanna Ribbon Tapework Dress £189.00 click to visit Phase Eight

The Pollyanna ribbon dress is just so romantic. A 1950s prom dress given a modern update, and in a gorgeous shade of midnight blue.

Pleat Front Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

The perfect Herve Leger style that will take you easily from day to evening – the office party anyone?

Phillipa Tapework Dress £169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Another prom style dress, but in this chocolate-brown shade this becomes a more sophisticated option. Definitely more goddess than ingenue. I alsolove brown as an alternative to classic black.

Dottalyn Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This dress is so Mad Men it should be called ‘Joan’. Made for enhancing, or creating curves – this is simply beautiful.

Lace Fit & Flare Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

My absolute favourite – effortless and needing no further adornment. The glamour of the lace is perfect for the Festive season, but will also take you right up to Valentine’s day. Loving the ultra feminine shape and Hollywood style glamour – Grace Kelly in dress form.

 

 

 

Boden’s 1960s Winter – Love!

This season, it seems like Boden is taking us on a journey to the 1960s, British style. I can’t help but look at the new collection and be transferred to the time of Marianne Faithfull, Georgy Girl, Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie.  This is the 1960s of Kitchen Sink drama’s and gritty realism, tweeds and  shift dresses, a time when Mary Quant ruled and every button was huge!

Boden has taken a raft of those classic cuts, the simple shift dress, the collared tunic designed to be worn as a sexy mini, and those patent shoes with the just high enough heel to enable you to dance the night away. They have added warm, primary bright coloured coats with upturned collars and the one wardrobe essential from the 1960s that has remained a staple for every decade since, the polo neck jumper. They have also increased the decidedly British heritage feel by using tweed from Abraham Moon & Sons in Yorkshire, in  three heritage checks and a marvelous moss colour. Overall, a collection that looks totally classic, and yet ultimately modern.

Take your sixties style  inspiration from a couple of the decades icons, Julie Christie and Jean Shrimpton.

Julie Christie

Jean Shrimpton

60s Coat WE355 £199.00 

British Tweed Shift WH377 (Was £139.00 ) now £118.15 

Collared Tunic WK770 (Was £89.00 ) now £75.65

Favourite Roll Neck WK763 (Was £49.00 ) now £41.65 

Iris Dress WH378 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 

Sixties Heels AR540 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 

Trapeze Jacket WE359 (Was £169.00 ) now £143.65