Best dressed of 2011- My top 20.

2011 has been a truly stylish year, with so many unforgettable looks. With a whole host of beautiful celebrity brides, including a new Royal Duchess to entrance with her supreme fashion choices and her ‘It’ girl sister, 2011 will forever more be known as the year that gave us Kate…and Pippa. But there were so many other looks that also excited and thrilled fashionistas this year. Here are a few of my personal favourites.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Pippa Middleton in Alice Temperley

Emma Watson in Elie Saab

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Olivia Wilde in Dolce and Gabbana

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Florence Welch in Chanel

 

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Angelina Jolie in Versace

Lana Del Ray in Prabal Gurung

Jessica Alba in Versace

 

Livia Firth in Nina Skarra

Kate Moss in Azzaro

Charlotte Dellal in Vivienne Westwood

Kate Middleton in McQueen

Amber Riley in Ann Barge

Fergie in BCBG Max Azria

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Olivia Palermo in Valentino

Paloma Faith in Vivienne Westwood

 

Let me know what your favourite outfit of 2011 was? Who do you think will be a style star in 2012?

 

Dalia MacPhee brings beautiful and ethical gowns to the red carpet.

It is a real pity that Kate Middleton didn’t attend a real red carpet event during her recent tour of Canada, because there was the perfect designer waiting in the wings to produce a super showstopper dress. Vancouver born Dalia MacPhee has started to make quite a splash across the pond with her stunning collections of evening dresses that range from fabulously frothy cocktail styles to dramatic full length affairs.

There are just so many things to love about Dalia’s dresses. She uses a stunning spectrum of colours and fabrics to create dresses that hark back to the golden age of Hollywood, when movie stars really looked like movie stars. She produces dresses that come in sizes ranging from UK 4-24 (us 0-20), showing true understanding of how to dress a curvier body to its best advantage. One of her most famous customers is the fabulous Amber Riley from Glee, who consistently gets it right on the red carpet.

Amber Riley in Darlia McPhee

Other stars are wearing Dalia designs on the Red Carpet and in editorials. The Hills stars Audrina Partridge and Lo Bosworth have both been photographed wearing exquisite Dalia styles, Audrina for the cover of Enchant magazine. Alyssa Milano looked like a goddess in a red Dalia MacPhee gown, whilst Hillary Duff and Maiara Walsh from Desperate Housewives are also fans.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Dalia MacPhee is her commitment to making fashion that is ethically sound, as well as beautiful. The dresses are 99% vegan free, they contain no silk. For each Dalia MacPhee dress sold, a new tree is planted in Tahoe National  Park. It’s great that Dalia is making such a principled stand that shows you can be fashionable without it costing the Earth.

For more information. Visit the Dalia McPhee website

http://www.daliaonline.com

The Curvy Girls changing the face (and shape) of Fashion.

Last year, curvy girls seemed to explode onto the fashion scene. Christina Hendricks led the way with her much-lusted after hourglass shape that she showed off to great effect in her role as Joan in ‘Mad Men’. She became a Grazia cover girl, and went on to become the face of Vivienne Westwood’s jewellery collection. Beth Ditto sashayed down the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, exuding confidence and stealing the show. Amber Riley became a major star in Glee and also began to feature on best dressed lists, whilst Crystal Renn, the most famous plus sized model, became one of the faces (if not the body) of Chanel. It seemed that the fashion world had finally woke up to the fact that women actually came in different sizes, and decided to act upon this fact.

2011 has seen more positive moods towards positive representation of curvier girls in the world of fashion. This week there has been much excitement about the Cover of Vogue Italia, which features three plus sized models in a photograph which could’ve been taken on the set of La Dolce Vita. Featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley in their underwear, and shot by Steven Meisel, it is a stunning shot. Editor Franca Sozzini says ‘A growing number of readers are now asking to see – even in fashion magazines – a real world, made of real people who are not obsessed with staying thin, but are able instead to naturally accept and respect their bodies as they are.’

This is Robyn Lawley’s second important magazine cover this year, in March she was featured as the cover girl for French Elle magazine. It was a fabulous high fashion shot that belied the argument that clothes look better on thin girls.
But Robyn is not the only curvy model making waves. Marquita Pring is building up a fabulous portfolio of fashion shots, including a recent shoot for Evans. She has also been supported by the influential Huffington Post. Toccara Jones has also continued to have a high-profile, featuring in a Now fashion  feature which proves that plus size fashion is starting to make an impact on mainstream magazines. Look magazine has a real commitment to ‘real’ women, featuring models who range from tiny size 6, right into the realms of plus size, both in the magazine and in their fashion shows.
Marquita Pring
Look curvy models

Toccara Jones

Tara Lynn

There are now far more visible role models for women who are not the perfect size 10, or, heaven forbid, size 0. Queen Latifah is a spokeswomen and model for Cover Girl cosmetics. Adele, the musical breakout star of the year, has graced numerous magazine covers,including US Elle. Glee’s Amber Riley has proved a stunning presence as a cover girl for Essence magazine. Hayley Hasselhoff, daughter of David and a new curvy role model for teenage girls everywhere, is making a splash as the face of style369.com.

Queen Latifah for Cover Girl

 

Hayley Hasselhoff for style369.com

 

The High street is also making really effective moves towards catering for a plus-size market. Evans has further updated its collections with a stunning range of Ruby Rocks dresses, whilst Primark has expanded its sizes to go up to a size 20. New Look have launched a fabulous campaign featuring real women, using its staff of all shapes and sizes.

I think these are real positive moves towards acceptance for different body shapes. The fashion world needs to understand that we all come in different shapes and sizes, and that the diversity needs to be embraced rather than ignored.  Just as some women are size 6,  some women will be size 30, both want to be accepted, the opportunity to be fashionable, and to see positive role models who they can identify with. Maybe we are finally moving in the right direction.