Glam celeb looks from Ashley Benson, Kate Winslet and Florence Welch

This weeks celebrity focus turns to the glamorous. Some ladies are never really off duty, always looking immaculate even if they are just walking from A to B, today I have featured some such ladies. We have Florence Welch wearing Amanda Wakeley in Cinnamon, a colour she was just born to wear, and Kate Winslet showing that her pregnancy style is just as elegant as when she isn’t pregnant, wearing Isabella Oliver, and, even though it is such a cliched saying, absolutely glowing.

We have Pretty Little Liars style Ashley Benson in French Connection, proving that a shrunken biker jacket should definitely be part of your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter, whilst Fearne Cotton shows that Zara Taylor is the jewellery designer that the celebs just love to wear.

There are lots of other great looks to, but I’ll let you check them out for yourself.

Nicky Hilton in Celeb Boutique

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Maddox dress £109.99 click to visit Celeb Boutique

Maddox dress

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DECO MAXI DRESS £395.00 click to visit Coast

DECO MAXI DRESS
£395.00 click to visit Coast

Ashley Benson wears French Connection

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 Athena Colour Block Biker Jacket £97.00 click to visit French Connection

Athena Colour Block Biker Jacket
£97.00 click to visit French Connection

Fearne Cotton wears Zara Taylor London

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Crystal Quartz Point Pendant £25 click to visit Zara Taylor London

Crystal Quartz Point Pendant £25 click to visit Zara Taylor London

Kate Winslet wears Isabella Oliver

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 Somerton Maternity Dress £109.00 click to visit Isabella Oliver


Somerton Maternity Dress
£109.00 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Florence Welch wears Amanda Wakeley

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Lyza Pant in Cinnamon: click to visit Amanda Wakeley

Arlinda Coat in Cinnamon

Lyza Pant in Cinnamon click to visit Amanda Wakeley

Lyza Pant in Cinnamon

 Mollie King wears Reiss

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 CONTRAST TRIM SILK TOP WHITE £110 click to visit Reiss

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 TEXTURED SLIM TROUSERS BLACK/WHITE £120 click to visit Reiss

TEXTURED SLIM TROUSERS
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Get the Charlize Theron look with Wallis

Black Beaded Shoulder Maxi Dress Price: £90.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Beaded Shoulder Maxi Dress

 

 

 

 

An evening with Amanda Wakeley

A few weeks ago I was invited to one of the most exciting experiences of my life, the chance to meet a real fashion legend, a woman whose designs have been worn by the likes of Diana, Princess of Wales and Kate Middleton, and whose career is full of amazing highs and horrifying lows, the fabulous Amanda Wakeley.

I was invited by Fiona Gandy from the digital media agency 7thingsmedia, along with a small group of bloggers to spend an evening with Amanda at her flagship store on the Fulham Road, London. On arrival we were greeted with Pink Champagne and canapés, and had chance to marvel at the beautiful clothes that were surrounding us. There was a lot of excitement in the studio at the news that Venus Williams was going to be wearing an Amanda design at the Pre Wimbledon party at Kensington Roof Gardens the following evening, and this general air just added to the glamour of the evening.

Venus Williams wearing Amanda Wakeley

 

Amanda circulated amongst the audience before the start of the talk, and was warm and very friendly. She was really interested in talking about my blog and was interested to find out the origins of Fashion-Mommy and how I was using this to forge a career and make some sort of living from it.   We also had an interesting chat about the situation with fashion interns and the problems that this has created.

Amanda then gave us a potted history of the Amanda Wakeley line. We heard about the origins of the original designs from the early 1990s, when Amanda found it difficult to find the cool, clean lines and understated garments that she had enjoyed wearing in New York in the late 1980s, how she had often been asked about her handmade clothing(particularly a black suede duster coat) whilst out shopping in London in stores like Browns and Harvey Nichols, and how she had realised there was a real gap in the market for well made, understated clothing in the UK.

Amanda explained how she had started in a very small studio, but that the label had taken off so that soon Diana, Princess of Wales was wearing the label. Amanda explained ‘Back then, the power of dressing a royal was huge, the same as dressing Angelina Jolie, or Kate Middleton today.’

However the success of the 1990s was followed by the dark times of the millennium. Many problems with the ownership of the company and the company name saw Amanda Wakeley hit her lowest point in December 2008, with the company sold from beneath her to a restructuring company. She says ‘I didn’t even own Amanda Wakeley – the name, my name.’

However Amanda bounced back and registered the name AW Atelier, and by the end of January 2009 she was able to buy back the Amanda Wakeley name and Amanda Wakeley Bridal. The new flagship store was opened in 2009, with the website launched in the same year. The very successful jewellery line was launched in 2010, and is now highly acclaimed, and much sort after. Amanda’s story is a real cautionary tale, but one that has a really positive ending.

I asked Amanda the question – Did you ever feel like giving up?

AW: For about 3 weeks in Christmas 2008 – I felt really bad about what had happened with the company being sold beneath me. I thought how could someone I had known socially do that to me? But after that three weeks – no. Still as passionate as ever.

Another question – How important do you think online influence, marketing is?

AW: So important – generating both sales and brand awareness, taping into different markets. As little as 5 years ago print was way more important than online, but you couldn’t say that now. What Natalie Massenet has done with Net-A-Porter is amazing. What vision!

What is your proudest moment?

AW: Probably my OBE. But it is also rewarding when a women wears your clothes and feels empowered, as rewarding as when celebs wear my clothes?

I did try to find a little about Kate Middleton, but…

AW: I have to sign a confidentiality clause…but I can say she is a fan of the brand….

What keeps you up at night?

AW: Everything – My dog! Sales figures, all aspects of the job. Always things to think about – always the next collection.

Who would you like to dress?

AW: I love Emily Blunt, and Rachel Weiss, they both have great style, they’re both cool.

And the new, Pre-Fall collection…?

Lots of corsetry. Scuba jersey – 1950s inspired. Kaftans in beautifully embellished Japanese silk. Clothing that is soft on the outside but structured on the inside. Leather is very popular in the collection – Nappa leather in particular feels gorgeous. Calf skin dresses with exposed zips – something of a signiature. A little bit of Mad Men styling.

 

With many thanks to Amanda Wakeley, 7thingsmedia and Fiona Gandy.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge wows in Amanda Wakeley.

One word – WOW!

The Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely exquisite last night when she carried out her first solo official engagement, standing in for Prince Charles at a charity event.

Wearing a 1930s style bias cut white/silver evening gown by Amanda Wakeley, Kate had movie star glamour and elegance. The dress was more revealing than Kate has worn for evening engagements since the Royal Wedding, showing off slim toned arms and shoulders.

This is not the  first time Kate has turned to Amanda Wakeley for an evening event, wearing the salmon pink and silver gown for the Ark event in June, and it seems that the designer and Kate are a match made in evening wear heaven.

I have searched Amanda Wakeley online and can’t find this dress, which  may have been custom-made for the Duchess. But it does have some resemblance to this Amanda Wakeley wedding dress, which could have been redesigned for the Duchess.

Ruched tulle wedding dress £2,600 click to visit amandawakeley.com

If you want to get the Amanda Wakeley look without the price  tag, Very stocks dresses by Amanda Wakeley elements collection. I love this blue dress with embellished straps for £99. In the Kate style, if not the colour, is this amazing dress I found on the  Kaleidoscope site.

elements by Amanda Wakeley £99 

 

sequin trim gown £85