Kate the Great…and for once I don’t mean Middleton!

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According to all reports, this week has seen the double Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet turning into a super hero. Kate was a guest at the Necker home of Richard Branson when fire broke out following a tropical storm. Kate helped to clear the house of all the people present, and apparently helped save Richard Branson’s ninety-year old mother.

I frankly adore Kate. She’s an amazing, luminous actress with talent in spades. She’s beautiful, but in a natural,  rather than over glossed way. And I totally adore her personal style. So, in tribute to Kate, who has just added Super-hero to that already impressive resume, here are some of my favourite Winslet fashion looks.

Kate was an early supporter of Alexander McQueen. She wore one of his designs for Titanic‘s Oscar Night, a beautiful, baroque style green dress that was highly praised, but my favourite McQueen look was the beautiful medieval style wedding dress she wore for  her first marriage to Jim Threapleton. This was such a beautiful dress, very vintage inspired and extremely flattering.

Kate has always bought  sheer class to Oscar night, with a string of beautiful, elegant looks which mean she is always near the top of the best dressed list. My absolute favourite, indeed, one of my favourite Oscar dresses of all time, is the red Ben De Lisi gown with the floral strap. This was a truly feminine design that stood out from amongst the sea of red carpet black. Kate has worn coloured Oscar dresses since, notably the blue Badgeley Mishka design and the pale green Valentino that she wore when she was nominated for Little Children.

I think part of the reason I love Kate so much is that she embraces the look of old Hollywood. She just looks like a movie star should. Immaculate, glamorous and groomed. She often reflects the look of her dresses with a Marcel wave to her hair. And she never overdoes it, not for Kate massive amounts of ‘bling’, Kate keeps things simple and elegant. I loved the silver YSL  strapless dress she wore to the Oscars in 2010…and her hair had that touch of Veronica Lake that just enhanced the whole look.

But Kate’s look isn’t just about the long evening dress. Kate looks absolutely amazing in short cocktail styles. Just look how incredible she is in a Herve Leger bandage style dress.

Kate is always immaculate, always fabulous, and most important she is always a lady. Here are a few more of Super Kate’s fabulous looks.

Why Don’t You have a fabulous December…

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I can’t believe it’s actually December! 2010 has rushed by us and we’re almost ready to embrace 2011. But there’s still a full 31 days of frolics, festivities, fashion and fun to enjoy before the year officially ends. Here are some ideas for activities to get you busy all December long.

  • Check out an Oscar winners dress. Harrods is currently hosting an exhibition of 10 dresses designed by Elie Saab. All the dresses have been worn by famous women, but the star of the show is sure to be the brown and floral gown worn by Halle Berry when she won her Academy Award for ‘Monsters Ball‘. So, go see it in the flesh. (Until 21st December – Harrods).
  • Don your best alpine knitwear and earmuffs and enjoy a twirl on the ice. Most major cities have set up outdoor ice skating rinks for the festive season, including the famous one at Somerset House.  Alternately, you could visit the Snowdome in Tamworth for snowboarding and skiing.
  • On display in Harrods.

  • Get some last-minute gifts from a Christmas market. There’s  Nottingham’s famous ‘Goose Fair‘, Lincoln’s christmas market in the castle grounds, York’s market, Birmingham’s German Christmas market …the list is endless. You can pick up an unusual Christmas gift whilst enjoying hot turkey sandwiches and a hot toddy. What could be better?
  • Check out a fashion exhibition. Dior illustrator Rene Grau is celebrated at Somerset House in the exhibition ‘Rene Grau and the line of beauty. (www.somersethouse.org.uk for details) whilst the design museum is playing host to ‘Drawing fashion’ which includes original fashion drawings from Chanel, Dior and McQueen. (Until March 2011).
  • Enjoy Sex and The City 2. No, not the movie, but the follow-up to the first, successful Sex in the City night held in Cannock to raise funds for Children’s Charity Newlife. Sex in the City 2 takes place in the Bank bar, Cannock on Wednesday 8th December from 7pm. There will be half price cocktails, and cosmetics and fragrances from Vera Wang and D&G, as well as a range of dresses, shoes and bags on sale for bargainous prices.
  • Hit the Clothes Show live. This is in Birmingham from 3rd to 8th December at the LG Arena (formally the NEC). Over the weekend Gok Wan will be on hand offering fashion tips galore.
  • Enjoy a Christmas classic on the big screen! The ‘Electric Cinema’ are showing ‘White Christmas’ and ‘It’s a wonderful life’ over the festive season, with ticket prices starting at just £6.50. This would be sure to leave you with that warm festive glow and put you in a real Christmas mood.
  • Go and see possibly the campest Christmas movie release ‘Burlesque’ starring Christina Aguilara and Cher. Expect spangles, sparkles and sequins galore, along with a battle of the voices. (Released Nationwide 17th December).
  • Choose a new fragrance for Christmas. I’ve put ‘Oriens’ by Van Cleef and Arpels at the top of my Christmas list this year, if only for the amazing bottle.
  • Enjoy a shopping evening before Christmas…and then hit the sales after! River Island is hosting a shopping evening on December 2nd in association with Look magazine. Expect DJ’S, vodka cocktails and 25% discount. (selected stores only). Then…on the 26th…hit the Selfridges sale! Get there early for tremendous savings on must have ‘it’ bags and shoes.
  • Enjoy the X Factor final. I predict the final three to be Matt, Rebecca and One Direction, with Matt the winner. Will I get it right?

There’s just a few suggestions for things to enjoy in Decmber…will add more ideas as I get them.

Seasons greetings to fashionista’s everywhere!