The Gatsby Girl premiere and shop the trend at Lipsy

The Great Gatsby is turning out to be the most influential fashion event of 2013. The premiere at the Cannes film festival on Friday was a super stylish event which saw the attendees pulling out all the stops in the style stakes. To put it quite simply, the abundance of beautiful looks on the big screen meant that it was simply unthinkable not to make the same amount of effort off-screen. Most fashion critics even commented on how glamorous the normally low-key star, Carey Mulligan looked on the red carpet, with sleek long hair and a slash of red lipstick.

Great Gatsby Premiere stars

Lipsy has some great Gatsby inspired pieces at the moment. Placing emphasis on the beautiful beading that was so important to the trends of the 1920s, but bringing things bang up to date with shorter lengths and strapless bodices, Lipsy have really excelled in creating pieces that will be perfect for addressing this trend now, but also surviving into next season and proving to be a great option come party season.

Take a look at some of my favourite pieces from the Gatsby trend at Lipsy.

Lipsy Embellished Rose Top £40.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy V I P Lace Beaded Detail Feather Hem Shift Dress £130.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy Scallop Beaded Vest Dress £65.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy Scallop Edge Beaded Vest Top £40.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy V I P Scallop Sequin Bandeau Dress £120.00 click to visit Lipsy

Frock And Frill Tabard Top Embellished Dress £75.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy V I P Flower Beaded Shift Dress £125.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy V I P Jewelled Detail Low Maxi Dress £130.00 click to visit Lipsy


Ted Baker’s latest collection – My Favourite piece

I’ve fallen in love with a dress, a dream of a dress that has a divine, mystical feel to it. The sort of dress that Mila Kunis or Carey Mulligan would look just amazing in, standing out on the red carpet full of cookie cutter pretty dresses. This dress is the perfect, standout Christmas party piece – it would stand out in a room fall of sequins with the sheer beauty of the design and the originality of the print. The dress is the Peera dress, and it is part of the latest range, the Langley Collection, from Ted Baker.

Peera dress – coming soon – click to visit Ted Baker

The Peera dress combines a traditional bustier style bodice that resembles a traditional formal evening gown. With the tie bow detail on the waistband, you could be forgiven for expecting a black taffeta skirt to complete the look. Instead what you get is a mystical fairy tale, complete with a beautiful unicorn and botanical prints in muted shades of pink and yellow. The full, flowing skirt is almost floor sweeping, giving the whole look a majestic presence. This dress is just so beautiful, you can’t help but fall in love with it, and I think it will be the total standout look of the new collection.

This dress doe not look the sort of piece you would buy from a High Street Brand, instead imagine what would happen if Peter Pilotto’s digital, celestial prints were merged with those famous and now iconic Stella McCartney Horse prints from a few seasons ago.  But there is more to this dress than just an exquisite print. The bodice would both help to create and enhance curves, whilst the maxi skirt means that this is perfect for those who want to embrace the full length and fabulous, and also for those who prefer longer skirts due to not liking their knees, ankles etc.

The Peera dress will be hitting stores very soon – I expect to see Katherine Jenkins first in the queue!



Next Key trends – it’s all about Gatsby

When Next announced a special network challenge in order to find a guest blogger for their ‘Style Secrets’ blog, I was immediately interested. I love to blog about the sort of clothes that I personally love to wear, especially those from one of my most visited High Street stores. I decided to take up the challenge to show Fashion-Mommy readers what I would choose as the five key pieces for A/W 2012 from the current Next collection. My picks were influenced by the most eagerly awaited film of the season – the Carey Mulligan/Leonardo Di Caprio vehicle ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The latest Great Gatsby movie is released on Boxing day and promises to be as big an event for fashion as it will for film. The original F Scott Fitzgerald novel was written in 1925, at the height of the roaring 20s, and this most fashionable of era’s will be the setting the party trends for the upcoming festive season. The images of Carey Mulligan in beautiful feathers and beading, drop waisted dresses in lace and shimmering fabrics, and darker black and gold art deco trends will dominate our festive season wardrobes, and Next is right at the forefront of this most glamorous of looks.

How to get the look with Next

This beautiful dress takes one of the key shades of the 1920s – nude, and adds another key trend for A/W 12, brocade, as an embroidered detail. The drop waist is pure Jazz Age, but the look is updated by the dippy hemline.

Nude Embellished Dippy Hem Dress £45 click to visit Next

The Floral embellished cami is exquisite, and has all the hallmarks of the Gatsby era. It features a palette of nude and black that makes this art deco in style, and it also has 1920s style floral motifs in the beading. It looks totally amazing with black wide leg trousers, but you could wear this with jeans and heels for a Friday night look too.

Embellished Floral Cami £35 click to visit Next

Another 1920s style that has been given a 1960s shot of fun is the embellished shift dress in white and gold. With a pattern that resembles art deco fans, there is a definite 20s flapper feel to this, but the shorter hemline means that this is looking to the decade known as the ‘swinging sixties’ too!

Embellished Shift Dress £65 click to visit Next

The gorgeous laser cut butterflies on this pretty vest are very reminiscent of the fluttery detail on Carey Mulligan’s mauve dress in the released stills from the Great Gatsby. This is a great way to get some of that vintage style into your day wardrobe, this is so pretty it will look great dressed down with skinny jeans or cigarette pants.

Butterfly Laser Cut Vest £32 click to visit Next

My final choice of key picks for the Gatsby season is this beautiful, gold embellished, pearl wrap. Next have realised that the most beautiful of gowns should not be ruined by dark and heavy outdoor coats and so have provided this gorgeous cover-up to take you from the taxi to the club. But it seems such a shame to restrict something so gorgeous to just evening wear, so wear it scarf style to jazz up plain winter coats, adding glamour to even the darkest of days. You know Daisy Buchanan would approve!

£32 Gold Embellished Pearl Wrap click to visit Next