V festival – a sea of dresses

Maybe it’s because the weather has been ‘too darn hot’ in the inimitable words of Ann Miller, but amidst the usual parade of denim and hotpants, there were a lot of very pretty dresses on display at the V festival this last weekend. There were maxi dresses, midi dresses, gorgeous vintage print tea dresses and even some candy stripes courtesy of Sophie Ellie Bexter.

This was a true taste of summer, and the style that I love most – feminine, girly, but grunged up a little with some boots and shaggy hair. Top glamour marks must go to Billie Piper, who looked glorious in her Ossie Clark style maxi – which she seemed to keep pristine. Maybe it’s a good job V is known as the clean festival!

Festival Style

I love Kelly Brooks citrus coloured dress with the lovely 1950s silhouette. A perfect fit for that fab figure and the addition of shoe boots is a winning touch.

The fabulous Emma Bunton combines brightly coloured animal print with a classic tan Mulberry and boots to create a perfect festival look. I love her addition of a denim shirt rather than a jacket for a casual touch.

How gorgeous is Sophie Ellis Bexter here? The primary striped dress cinched in with a black belt and those oh so cool shades make her look like a Riviera beauty from the early 1960s. Loving the retro hair too.

This dress is just stunning. I wasn’t sure who the designer was, although the print is very Clements Ribeiro, but then I discovered tht this dress was from Issa. It has a feel of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell and I just adore it. Billie has a very ecletic personal style that I often admire – and this dress was a bold and brave choice for a music festival, but bravo to Billie for providing one of the looks of the summer.

The real star of last years X Factor (sorry Little Mix – was never that impressed…), Mischa B has started to impress with some great style choices. This dress is great, the vest top makes it practical,  whilst the animal print skirt is both a bit of fun and a little bit of glamour. Gold Star to Mischa.

The One Show’s Alex Jones shows that florals are the perfect print for festivals, tying in perfectly with all that grass! This dress is very similar to the styles from Inlovewithfashion – a flirty mini dress at the front, with a longer train at the back. Also have to say I really like Alex’s sandals too.

Festival Dresses – get the look

LOVE Gallus Print Chiffon Pleat Neck Asymmetrical Midi Dress £48 click to visit Love

Blue floral prom dress Was £39.50 Now £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

SO FUN DRESS £37.00 click to visit White Stuff

SORBET STRIPE MIDI DRESS £22.00 click to visit White Stuff

Animal Printed Shift Dress Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Smudge Animal Maxi Dress Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

ssa Kimono-sleeve printed silk maxi dress £490 click to visit Net-a-porter



The Marilyn Monroe Effect.

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It’s been almost 50 years since Marilyn Monroe died. And yet, that fact is really is hard to believe because her influence is still everywhere. Books are still being printed about her life, her films, and her untimely (and mysterious) death. She has influenced a whole range of modern-day stars and starlets, and is still used to advertise a whole host of products, including cars and perfume.

Lindsey Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Megan Fox and Scarlett Johannson are just some of the modern-day icons who are influenced by the Marilyn Myth.  Lindsey Lohan, in particular seems to be totally obsessed with her idol. She has always spoken of her admiration for her idol in interviews, and in 2008 she recreated Bert Stern‘s iconic ‘Last Sitting‘ photo shoot for ‘New York’ magazine. She has also called her range of designer clothing ‘6126’, after Marilyn’s date of birth. Her clothing website features a range of quotes from Marilyn Monroe on each page.

Jennifer Lopez is another Monroe fan. The actress,  as famed for her curvy derriere as Marilyn was, recently styled herself in a ‘Mr President’ style dress and wig in order to sing a happy birthday tribute to a close friend, comedian George Lopez.

Feisty actress Megan Fox seems worlds apart from the soft, baby girl style of Marilyn Monroe. With her bad girl persona, skimpy dresses and tattoos, she is the polar opposite of Lorelei Lee. Yet look closely at those tattoos and you will see that the rather large one on her right forearm is of, yes, you’ve guessed it, Marilyn Monroe.

Madonna based a large part of her early image on Marilyn Monroe, dressing up as Lorelei for the famous ‘Material Girl’, and posing as Monroe for Herb Ritts. Even now, in her amazing D&G ad campaign shots, she is channelling the spirit of Monroe, with her platinum, cotton candy hair, nipped in suits and general style.

Mariah Carey was reportedly the buyer of Monroe’s famous white piano, at the Christie’s auctions held a few years ago, whilst Scarlett Johannson has based her personal image on Monroe, particularly in her perfume ads for Calvin Klein, and in public appearances at both the Baftas, and the Oscar ceremonies. With her Marilyn-esque curves and her retro style wardrobe, Scarlett is probably the nearest thing to a modern incarnation of Marilyn.

There are other modern-day references to Marilyn in our society today. There are rumours that the strictly un-Marilyn-like Angelina Jolie will play Marilyn in a new movie.  On TV, the prostitute Kelly, a character in the hit tv series ‘Shameless’ donned Marilyn’s white dress in one episode of the latest series. Billie Piper also wore the iconic dress as a young bride in ‘The Miller’s Tale’.  Samantha Morton played a Marilyn lookalike who befriends a Michael Jackson lookalike in the film ‘Mr Lonely’. At least two tv adverts for cars feature Monroe’s image, including the neon lite sign in the Toyota Yaris ad. The closing gala in the hit Musical ‘Dirty Dancing’ features one character in full Marilyn gear, whilst the number of modern-day icons who have dressed up as Marilyn is never-ending;- Coleen Rooney, Kylie Minogue, Cindy Crawford, Drew Barrymore, Rachel Hunter, Anna Nicole Smith, Geri Halliwell, Mira Sorvino, Nicole Kidman,Kelly Osbourne and Ashley Judd, have all portrayed Marilyn, either in films or magazine shoots.

So it seems Marilyn is destined to remain with us forever. We may grown old, but she will remain young and beautiful, an icon for generations to come.