House of Dereon coming to Selfridges Birmingham this Month!

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For those who are shaking their heads and saying ‘what?’ and ‘who?’, I will say one word ‘BEYONCE’. Yes ‘The House of Dereon‘, the fashion range by Beyoncé and her fashion-mommy, Tina Knowles, as well as her late grandmother, Agnes Knowles is launching exclusively in the UK in Selfridges on September 12th. And UK fashion fans are in  for a real treat!

The first UK collection is the Autumn/Winter 2011/12 range. Entitled ‘City Jungle’ this collection reworks a range of exotic patterns and prints,including animal prints and skins, using figure flattering cuts and blending tribal cues with edgy silhouettes, each piece makes a bold statement with Beyoncé as its beautiful muse.

The pieces combine luxe sportswear with lots of jungle style tribal prints and skins. There are hoods and active wear that are cool everyday pieces, and also a range of bodycon and maxi dresses, making the pieces appropriate to most occasions.

Beyoncé is absolutely red-hot at the moment and she is all over this collection. Although Tina Knowles is the main designer, with vast experience as an award-winning designer, stylist and artist, Beyoncé contributes on every step of the collection, and of course, serves as the inspiration for each piece.

Selfridges say ‘…House of Deréon presents the slogan ‘Couture.Soul.Kick’, which accurately sums the characteristics of the three generations of Beyoncé’s family. ‘Couture’ was chosen to symbolise her mother’s tasteful style; ‘soul’ was selected for the elegance of her grandmother’s designs; and ‘Kick’ was the deemed to be the only single word able to describe Beyonce herself…’

Angelica Huston – Style Icon of the New Season!

vogue Italia march 1972

Without doubt, the most important style icon for the new season  is the incomparable Angelic Huston. I first fell in love with Angelica’s style when she played Morticia Adams in the early 1990s. Her sleek Morticia was a dark goddess, with the most perfect cheekbones I  had ever seen. I didn’t really know anything about Angelica, other than the fact she  had been romantically involved with Jack Nicholson for many years. I knew nothing of her fashion past.

Which was truly remiss of me. Because Angelica was one of the most important fashion stars of the 1970s. Shot by the likes of Bailey and Bob Richardson, her face and figure adorned numerous Vogue covers and features. She was fashion aristocracy, beautiful, cultured and part of film royalty that was the Huston clan. Her father was film director John  Huston, her grandfather was the oscar winning actor Walter Huston. Angelica was totally stunning, her dark eyes, amazingly high cheekbones, full lips and jet black hair pointed to a more exotic type of beauty that emerged  in the 1970s with the likes of Tina Chow, Pat Cleveland and Marie Helvin.

This season Angelica style is one of the key fashion stories. From starprints that have been prevalent at Dolce and Gabbana, the pussycat bow blouses, sheer fabrics, wide legged trousers and 1970s glamour that look  set to dominate the High Street in the next few months. Angelica style is very grown up, this is high-octane, expensive glamour that is enhanced by sleek  hair and heavily painted lashes. Here are some more of my favourite Angelica looks.

If you only channel one style icon next season, make sure it is Angelica Huston. She never put a foot wrong when manoeuvering through the tricky minefield that was 1970s fashion!

Get the Jessie J look at Harvey Nichols, Birmingham

Did anyone really pay that much attention to this years Britain’s Got Talent? Let’s face it, apart from the Ronan Parke  and a batty female Liberace called Jean, it wasn’t the most interesting of programmes…that is until Jessie J appeared.

When Jessie J stepped onto the stage, all eyes just shot to her lips, rather than a normal, glossy lipstick,  Jessie’s lips were made up in a perfect Union Jack. This left women everywhere shouting ‘Where can I get that look?’

Well, help is now at hand. I can reveal that Jessie was wearing Violent Lips. Violent Lips are a range of temporary tattoos that come in a whole  range of shapes, shades and prints, meaning you can have fun experimenting with a whole range of different looks. They are now exclusively available from Harvey Nichols, meaning you can get your fix from the Mailbox in Birmingham.

Currently the most popular option is the Union Jack print, £12, to bring the most patriotic look to your lips. But you can also opt for pretty polka dots or a leopard print if you fancy a walk on the wild side. Violent Lips are easy to apply, each pack comes with three temporary appliqués which last for up to eight hours. They are vitamin-enhanced, contain no animal products and can be removed with baby oil.