X Factor Week 3 – Kelly, Tulisa and a bit of Kelly Clarkson.

It was rock week on the X Factor this week(not that anyone told Tulisa..I mean Kesha???), and that meant Saturday was the night for leather, studs and a whole lot of black outfits.

Kelly won the saturday night war in a sexy little black leather dress from…Topshop. This dress seemed made for her new curves and suited the rock night theme without going overboard. I liked so many details of this dress.The fact that the skirt was short, but not too short, and with the skater effect it avoided looking tarty like a straighter skirt would have done. Although I like Kelly’s hair when it is sleek and straight,  a little bit of Slash style never hurt anyone, least of all on a rock night. Kelly’s outfit was not all about the High Street however, as she added a gorgeous pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels and an Alaia belt.

I’ve searched for Kelly’s dress and can’t find it on Topshop’s site at present, but there are some other leather dresses on the site, one of which featured below.

Topshop black leather dress £150 

Tulisa went for a long Herve Leger halter neck column dress, covered in what looked like silver metal chains. She wore her hair in a quiff style updo, and looked to have slightly overdone her face in Fake Bake, which unfortunately didn’t seem the same shade as her shoulders and arms.

The dress certainly demanded attention, and Tulisa has an amazing figure which certainly suits this silhouette, but overall the look  left me cold. Herve Leger is such an overdone designer, and always screams easy option to me. I would like  have seen Tulisa rocking some of the seriously gothic looks that were all over the Catwalk last February, or a young British designer like  Holly Fulton. Opting for the Leger over and  over again just comes across as safe.

There are lots of halter neck maxi dresses around at the moment, as this is a perfectly glamorous style for Christmas parties. Here are a few I found whilst browsing the web. House of Fraser has this amazing dress  with stud detailing that echoes Tulisa’s

Sunday night saw the girls turn away from the heavy black, and move towards glamour and glitz. Kelly wore a long dress by Falguni and Peacock that had an art deco style bodice and a sheer skirt. It is no surprise that Kelly has finally wore a Falguni and Peacock design on X Factor, she has long been a fan of the design duo, and this was a very fashion forward look.

I think Kelly looked just gorgeous in this dress, and was very on trend. Sheer panelled skirts are a big fashion story and I think they look elegant, whilst still having major sex appeal. Here a few sheer panelled looks from the High Street.

Sheer Mesh Maxi Dress by Rare** 

Wetlook 1 Shoulder Maxi Dress £50 

Incidentally, if you loved Kelly’s Julian MacDonald long black dress from last week, check out this fabulous copy from missguided.co.uk – I think this is amazing – and a steal at £24.99.

missguided Juliana mesh insert bodycon dress £24.99

Tulisa wore a dress that has definitely divide opinions. This was a Dolce and Gabbana emerald-green sequined dress, that on Twitter was likened to a quality street green triangle and a Christmas cracker. I thought it was beautiful, and a definite departure for Tulisa. It covered that horrid Lady Boss tattoo, was of a length that was neither thigh or floor skimming, and was very chic. My one reservation was that this dress did not need that huge necklace to add sparkle or detail, that  was one accessory too many in my eyes. But this was certainly one of Tulisa’s best looks.

Sequined dresses are just the perfect trend for Christmas and I just love the long-sleeved version. Tulisa’s dress is available at net-a-porter.com for £1,660 (wow!). But there are lots of cheaper versions on the market in a range of fabulous colours.

Dolce and Gabbana metallic paillette embellished dress £1,660 

Be beau sequin shift £25 

 

sequin dress £28 

And sequined dresses were definitely the order of the day with guest star Kelly Clarkson also looking amazing in a sequined dress.

Wolves and Harvey Nichols Join forces for Charity.

Footballers get a bad press. Newspapers are always full of stories of their off the pitch shenanigans, usually involving fast cars, fast women and copious amounts of alcohol. So it is a real pleasure to report on a group of footballers who are putting something back into society and giving up their time for a really good cause. Step forward Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, known to one and all as The Wolves.

On Tuesday Night, 5th April, players from Premiere League club Wolves will join forces with luxurious department store Harvey Nichols, Birmingham for a charity fashion show for the Alzheimer’s Society. Taking place in the Hayward Suite at the Molineux Stadium,  players such as Richard Stearman, Stephen Hunt, Matt Jarvis, Christophe Berra, George Elokobi, Steven Fletcher and Matt Murray will ditch the orange and gold and instead don designer wears from the likes of  Dolce & Gabbana, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Alexander McQueen. Joining them will be the WAGS and professional models, who will also strut their stuff on the catwalk.  Model Danielle Lloyd and TV presenter Suzi Perry will add extra glamour as the celebrity presenters.

 

Matt Jarvis at HN show

This is the 2nd time that Harvey Nichols and Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined forces for charity. The first event last year was a great success. This year The Alzheimer’s Society is one of goalkeeper Matt Murray’s chosen charities for his testimonial season. He said: “We are delighted to team up with Harvey Nichols for such an important charity event. It will be a great chance for fans to see players in a very different light and hopefully raise a lot of money for this very worthwhile cause.”

 

The night is sure to be an ultra-glamorous occasion helping a superb cause. Tickets are now extremely limited, with just a few tickets available at the  cost of £25, with 25% donated to charity. If you would like to attend contact the Wolverhampton Wanderers commercial office on 0871 222 2220 (option 4) or email commercial@wolves.co.uk.

 

George Elokobi at HN show

 

 

 

Style and Champagne – The Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer Fashion Show.

The Mailbox is Birmingham’s most exclusive shopping destination, with Harvey Nichols being arguably its crowning glory. The 1st and 2nd March saw the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer fashion show, bringing all the glamour of New York, Milan, Paris and London to the second city. Fashion-Mommy took a front row seat to take a peak at the Harvey Nichols take on the key season trends. I was seriously impressed with the styling, staging and atmosphere of the show.

The show featured the pick of the new season in both menswear and womenswear. This was then organised neatly into key trends. The show started with ’70s Glamour’, with models wearing a whole range of looks that evoked the headiness of Marrakesh in the days of Talitha Getty and Mick Jagger. Kaftans by Tory Birch shared space with 1970s style denim. Pick od this collection was a bright See by Chloe shirt, worn with hippy wide leg style jeans by Current Elliot. This look was totally wearable for every day, perfect for lazy Summer’s days!

 

See by Chloe shirt, Current Elliot jeans.

 

The next collection of womenswear was aptly titled Liquorice Allsorts for its fun take on brights. These were dresses that embraced cocktail style, with body skimming silk and jersey fabrics. These were real glamorous pieces, that still had that element of 70s Studio 54 styling. The blue Diane Von Furstenberg dress was a sexy nod to  Kate Middleton, whilst the red halter neck from Paul Smith Black Label was a real vamp look, My favourite dress was a long-sleeved, purple Gucci dress which proved that a more covered up look could look devastatingly sexy.

 

Diane Von Furstenberg dress

 

 

Paul Smith Black Label Dress

 

 

Gucci dress

 

The Bare Necessities celebrated Riviera chic beachwear. A beautiful Taj Kaftan in white and silver caught my eye, whilst a blue juicy couture swimsuit bought Betty Paige to mind.  Animal prints were also featured, showing that this is now a serious wardrobe staple. This animal print however, in the form of a Diane Von Furstenberg chiffon maxi dress, was a much softer and floatier version of the form.

 

Diane Von Furstenberg maxi dress

 

Desert Queen showed the Out of Africa is not the only way to do Safari style. The Burberry Brit trenchcoat had a definite utility feel, and when worn with J Brand jeans and a Markus Lupfer jumper, this becomes a look you could just live in because it screams comfortable and wearable style. The Burberry Brit tank top and combats showed that this is the season where anything goes in terms of colour, with these more muted tones contrasting against the brights of Liquorice Allsorts.

 

Burberry Brit trenchcoat, J Brand Jeans and Markus Lupfer sweater

 

 

Burberry Brit tank top and combats

 

Florals are also huge news this season, in a range of forms. From large bouquets bursting from the fabrics, to faded watered prints, flowers are a big style story. The Harvey Nichols showcase had all forms of prints, from the firework bright burst of the amazing Robert Cavalli maxi dress, to the tomboyish feel of the Paul and Joe sister draped top, worn with Paula and Joe Sister shorts.  I loved the vintage style print of the American Retro maxi skirt, perfect with toe post sandals and a simple vest all summer long.

 

Roberto Cavalli maxi dress

 

 

Paul and Joe Sister

Paul and Joe Sister

 

 

Retro Romance from American Retro

 

The womenswear ended with Clinical Elegance. This was a collection of minimalist outfits in neutral shades that were simply perfect. From the Grecian styling of the Roberto Cavalli dress, to the Kate Moss at a wedding style Dolce and Gabbana trousers and Jacket, and ending with the silver magnificence of a Dolce and Gabbana mini dress, this was a collection that would work in any season, beautiful and simple – style without the frills.

 

Roberto Cavalli dress

 

 

Dolce and Gabbana

 

 

Dolce and Gabbana

 

Every look on display was flawless, and special attention must also be paid to the beautiful make-up by MAC, who designed a palate that created a statement whilst still maintaining a natural look. The fabulous hairstyles, created bt celebrity stylist Royston Blythe were also high on glamour, with big 1970s hair made up of crimped tresses on the agenda. This was statement hair that amazingly looked great with every look. I spoke to Kevin Breese, the manager of Harvey Nichols, after the show and he told me that the models absolutely loved the hair styling and were really excited about it. I can totally see why – Royston Blythe had worked boho magic with the styles.

 

Hair by Celebrity stylist Royston Blythe

 

 

cotton candy crimping by Royston Blythe

 

Menswear was also on the agenda on the catwalk. From the country boy PRPS denim shorts and checked Nudie shirts as part of the Trailer Trash trend, to the retro 1970s Adidas look of the Dolce and Gabbana track suit top and bottoms, this was a look that offered comfort as well as style.  I absolutely loved the vintage style elegance of the D&G velvet jacket, which had a lounge lizard style to it.  Night Crawlers showed that shine and glitter is not just for women by showing such features in masculine styling.

 

Nudie Shirt PRPS shorts

 

 

Dolce and Gabbana track suit

 

 

D Squared Shirt Nudie Jeans

 

A totally fantastic night of style in spades, atmosphere and champagne. Well done to all involved!