The final Downton Fashion feast

The curtain finally falls on Downton Abbey on Christmas Day, with millions of fans already mourning its departure. Many will miss Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, and the inimitable Maggie Smith and her acerbic one liners. But if I am brutally honest, what I will miss most is the frocks and fashion.

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Downton started just before World War One, but the most recent series have been set in the roaring twenties, when hemlines were raised, waists were dropped along with not so few inhibitions. The 1920s is a fashion era that was truly revolutionary, especially for women, and it remains both fascinating and iconic for designers, who still find themselves influenced by pieces that are both Art Deco and yet always feel young and modern, yet decadent and glamorous.

This Christmas,  Downton style is very easy to achieve, just grab yourself a beaded dress from the huge range at House of Fraser, and sling a fur stole nonchalantly over one shoulder. (fake of course from the great collection from Topshop). You can add a Matthew Goode lookalike for good measure of course, although this is not obligatory (maybe it should be come to mention it). All you need then is an all night party with cocktails and a little bit of 20s Jazz, and you will be shimmying the night away all the way to 2016.

Dresses from House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Sleeveless beaded flapper style dress £161 Click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Sleeveless beaded flapper style dress
£161 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Cap sleeve V neck gown with sequin pattern £119 Click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Cap sleeve V neck gown with sequin pattern
£119 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell All over beaded cap sleeve dress £133 Click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell All over beaded cap sleeve dress
£133 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Art deco beaded dress £240 Click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Art deco beaded dress
£240 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Tassel detail fully embellished flapper £132.30 Click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Tassel detail fully embellished flapper
£132.30 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Lace and Beads Sleeveless Embellished Flapper Maxi Dress £95 Click to visit House of Fraser


Lace and Beads Sleeveless Embellished Flapper Maxi Dress
£95 Click to visit House of Fraser

Faux Fur stoles from Topshop

Faux Fur Stole Scarf     Price: £28.00 Click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Stole Scarf
Price: £28.00
Click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Tonal Stole     Price: £28.00 Click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Tonal Stole
Price: £28.00
Click to visit Topshop

Mixed Buckle Cape     Price: £60.00 Click to visit Topshop

Mixed Buckle Cape
Price: £60.00
Click to visit Topshop

Oversized Faux Fox Stole     Price: £55.00 Click to visit Topshop

Oversized Faux Fox Stole
Price: £55.00
Click to visit Topshop

 

Downton and Strictly herald the return of the fringe

It’s that time of year again. The night’s may be drawing in and the days getting shorter and darker, but they are also filled with sparkle, shimmer and…fringes. Autumn sees the return of two of the most glamorous programmes on television, Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing, and with the return of these programmes we also see the welcome re-emergence of the flapper dress, and those fabulous fringes.

Flapper dresses, the standout piece of 1920s style, is a perennial party favourite, with those long fringes perfect for those who love to standout on the dance floor. This is highlighted no better than on Strictly Come Dancing, where Alison Hammond, Caroline Flack, Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge have already shown of their 1920s style in the first few episodes of the series.

Where the celebrities lead, the High Street is sure to follow, and this is certainly true this year. As we head closer to the festive party season, Phase Eight, M&Co, Biba at House of Fraser and Miss Selfridge have all unveiled dresses and skirts which have definite fringe appeal.

Will you be unveiling your inner 20s It Girl come Christmas party season?

Downton and Strictly inspiration

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Caroline Flack

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Alison Hammond struts her stuff.

The Flapper – High Street Style

Renata Fringe Dress £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Renata Fringe Dress
£160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Charleston Fringe Dress £79.00 Was £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Charleston Fringe Dress
£79.00 Was £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Tallulah Fringed Full Length Dress £275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Tallulah Fringed Full Length Dress
£275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Noleen Fringed Maxi Dress £169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Noleen Fringed Maxi Dress
£169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Fringed flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Fringed flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Plus sequin flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Plus sequin flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Viola Blue Flapper Dress     Was £160.00     Now £80.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Viola Blue Flapper Dress
Was £160.00
Now £80.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

 Biba Fringed beaded shoulder dress £149 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Fringed beaded shoulder dress
£149 click to visit House of Fraser

Black Beaded Fringe Gown Item No. 010036023 £499.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Black Beaded Fringe Gown
Item No. 010036023
£499.00
click to visit Jacques Vert

ASOS Mini Skirt with Fringe £35.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Mini Skirt with Fringe
£35.00 click to visit ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Chancellor shines in the New M&S campaign

The latest, star studded campaign for M&S has arrived in typically classy style. Following hot on the heels of the Summer campaign which featured the likes of Annie Lennox, Doreen Lawrence and Rita Ora, the Autumn/Winter campaign continues to feature women who are admired as much for their talent and personality as they are for their fashion sense. The first star to be unveiled is the brilliant actress Anna Chancellor.

 

Anna is probably best known as Duckface from Four Weddings and a Funeral, or for her turn as Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. This Autumn, she is also joining the cast of the nation’s favourite costume drama, Downton Abbey, and so will be a familiar presense in our living rooms in the run-up to Christmas. And it seems that she will also be appearing on our small screens in the ad breaks between Downton as the latest star wearing classic M&S designs.

Anna is a great advocate for a brand that is more about serious style than throwaway fashion. As she says in the film above, she knows what she likes, and the styles she wears are more suited to everyday activities than walking down a red carpet. I have a feeling she is going to be a popular face for the High Street brand.

A few pieces of Anna Style

     AUTOGRAPH Twin Pockets Spotted Shirt T504323     £35.00  click to view


AUTOGRAPH
Twin Pockets Spotted Shirt
£35.00
click to view

     M&S COLLECTION Buttonsafe™ Double Breasted Flap Coat with Stormwear™ T491308     £85.00 click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION
Buttonsafe™ Double Breasted Flap Coat with Stormwear™
£85.00
click to view

     M&S COLLECTION Satin Pocket Top with StayNEW™ £15 click to view


M&S COLLECTION
Satin Pocket Top with StayNEW™
£15 click to view

     M&S COLLECTION Leather Greta Across Body Bag     £59.00 click to view


M&S COLLECTION
Leather Greta Across Body Bag
£59.00 click to view

     AUTOGRAPH 7/8 Cropped Trousers with Merino Wool T504154     £45.00 click to view


AUTOGRAPH
7/8 Cropped Trousers with Merino Wool
T504154
£45.00 click to view