Phase Eight Press day

There are bigger press days than the Phase Eight press event, but you would have to look long and hard to find one that is more beautiful, more elegant, more decedently glamorous and more romantic. All of these words would aptly describe the beauty of the collection for Spring/Summer 2014 that Phase Eight unveiled in it’s James Street store last week.

The whole collection just made my swoon. Made up of 1950s style floral prints that seemed to have been inspired by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, these are the dresses that will take you to every Summer wedding, every Ladies Day or Regatta. Grosgrain ribbon belts just added to the prettiness of the collection.For those who wanted a pencil skirt rather than a full skirt, there was a stunning black and white ribbon effect dress that again had echoes of Audrey, this time in her Cecil Beaton designed Ascot outfit in ‘My Fair Lady’.

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Phase Eight also has an amazing bridal range, dresses for those who want something sleek and sophisticated that avoids the meringue. The latest collection has biased cut, 1930s style designs that have intricate bead work of great beauty.There are still echoes of Gatsby in the 1920s fringing that one gown featured.

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And then, of course, there is the Collection 8 range. And if the regular collection has echoes of the 1950s and Grace and Audrey, Collection 8 harks back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the 1930s and 40s, of Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, Kay Francis and Miriam Hopkins.  Totally showstopping, I adored this collection, particularly the Art Deco evening dress pictured below.

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Christmas Gift ideas from Phase Eight

Twist Faux Fur Snood £35.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Twist Faux Fur Snood
£35.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Hamilton Necklace £20.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Hamilton Necklace
£20.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Albertina Necklace £30.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Albertina Necklace
£30.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Anika Peter Pan Collar £35.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Anika Peter Pan Collar
£35.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Yasmin Clutch Bag £49.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Yasmin Clutch Bag
£49.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Adele Clutch Bag £49.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Adele Clutch Bag
£49.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Click here to view all Christmas gift ideas from Phase Eight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase Eight – Top Party Frocks and Collection 8

When you want a seriously knockout party or occasion dress, Phase Eight should definitely be at the top of your shopping list. With dresses that embrace different era’s, different influences and a whole range of colours, Phase Eight will always help you to stand out in any room and feel like a princess at the same time (I can’t be the only one surprised that Kate Middleton is yet to wear Phase Eight.)

It would be hard for me to begin to tell you my favourite dresses from such an exquisite range. The purple choices rate very highly, I adore the Japanese floral influence of the Kimono dress, and the Spanish Infanta styled lace of the Flavia. For those who just like to stick to classic black, the Ebony combines lace and (hurrah!) long sleeves. 1920s Gatsby styling has still not disappeared, the fringing of the Fay dress could’ve come straight from the screen wardrobe of Myrtle, as played by Isla Fisher in the movie. There are just so many dresses to lose yourself in, to dream about, to love.

Ebony Lace Dress £89 click to visit Phase Eight

Ebony Lace Dress £89 click to visit Phase Eight

Lanetta Tapework Dress £195 click to visit Phase Eight

Lanetta Tapework Dress £195 click to visit Phase Eight

Fay Dress £150 click to visit Phase Eight

Fay Dress £150 click to visit Phase Eight

Shimmer Full Length Dress £130 click to visit Phase Eight

Shimmer Full Length Dress £130 click to visit Phase Eight

Kimono Lace Jacquard Fit And Flare Dress £165 click to visit Phase Eight

Kimono Lace Jacquard Fit And Flare Dress £165 click to visit Phase Eight

Flavia Dress £179 click to visit Phase Eight

Flavia Dress £179 click to visit Phase Eight

Belinda Lace Dress £195 click to visit Phase Eight

Belinda Lace Dress £195 click to visit Phase Eight

Anabelle Embroidered Fit And Flare Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Anabelle Embroidered Fit And Flare Dress
£150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 

To shop the complete Christmas collection, click here.

Of course, Phase Eight’s dress range is only half the story, because there are also the Hollywood goddess inspired dresses that make up the Phase Eight Collection 8 range. I am obsessed with Collection 8, each season the dresses are frankly sublime, totally glamorous and red-carpet worthy.

Noto Full Length Sequin Dress £350.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Noto Full Length Sequin Dress
£350.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Elecktra Sequin Full Length Dress £275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Elecktra Sequin Full Length Dress
£275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Callula Fit and Flare Dress £225.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Callula Fit and Flare Dress
£225.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Aretta Sequin Full Length Dress £295.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Aretta Sequin Full Length Dress
£295.00 click to visit Phase Eight

To view the complete Collection 8 range, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Gatsby Fever with Collection 8

It is almost here. The most anticipated film for both movie buffs and fashionista’s is set to be launched at the Cannes Film festival. And from stills already released, we know that we are in for a treat. The Great Gatsby has been made into a film on at least two occasions, in 1949 with Betty Field and Alan Ladd, and a fashionably iconic but ultimately disappointing 1970s version with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford as the ill fated lovers Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Now we are waiting to see what Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Di Caprio bring to the roles.

The released stills from the movie, the trailer and movie posters show that the costumes are going to be every bit as beautiful as those created by Theoni V Aldredge in 1974. The collaboration between Prada and Catherine Martin has proved to be a match made in  style heaven, with Daisy in particular being a vision of 1920s loveliness. I predict that 1920s elegance inspired by Gatsby will be a key look this season, with the Collection 8 range from Phase Eight leading the way.

Collection 8 has once again surpassed itself in the glamour stakes, producing a range of stunning 1920s inspired evening dresses that will make sure every black tie event is covered this summer. The gowns incorporate many of the key elements we associate with 1920s dress, the fringing, the beading and art deco style embelishment, sleeveless silhouettes and the slinkiest of sheer panels that suggest sensuality, rather than screeming sexiness.

Take a look – which dress is your fave?

Paloma Full Length Dress £275.00 

Liberty Tapework Full Length Dress £295.00 

Esmeralda Beaded Full Length Dress £275.00 

Babushka Full Length Dress £225.00 

Aurelia Metallic 3D Lace Dress £225.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pippa Embellished Full Length Dress £300.00 click to visit Phase Eight