The Row S/S 2012 – A bit too much white for me!

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have longed since shrugged off the child star tags to be respected in the fashion world for their collections, ‘Elizabeth and James‘ and ‘The Row‘. Their latest collection was unveiled at New York Fashion Week this week, and was shown to be all white. No, that isn’t a spelling error, the collection really was ALL WHITE. A collection of cleanliness and purity, but one which unfortunately started to blend into itself as the whites made your eyesight blurry and milky. If ever something was crying out for a blast of colour, it was this collection.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some great pieces in this collection. I love the crisp Oriental feel of the side fastening jackets and kimono sleeve tops that seem to embrace the cool of white rather than the red and black theme these clothes usually appear in. There are also echoes of the luxurious 1930s loungewear that Jean  Harlow and ice-cream blondes like Carole Lombard and Thelma Todd were famous for. Wide leg trousers, long silk robes and slinky camisoles look sensuous in innocent white.

My favourite pieces also had a retro feel. I adored the white tuxedo that echoed the style kudos of Bianca Jagger and Charlotte Rampling, this was a piece of high sex appeal. I also love one of the simplest designs, the wide leg trousers with the white tee decorated by the tiniest piece of embellishment.I can see Elizabeth Olsen rocking this at a photocall, with its easy chic and wearability.

But other pieces simply jar. One suit resembles chefs whites, whilst the constant layering just reminds me of a crisp bed, a sheet, under a pillow, under a duvet etc. And I looked for a splash of colour, a bit of red..a dash of navy..even a citrus lemon shade. Because you can have too much of a good thing, and I think this is the major problem with this collection..its a blank canvas of a collection.

Cannes continues – More Frock Stars and Frock Horrors.

Day 5 and 6 of the Cannes film festival have given us some more looks to sallivate over, and a few others that have left me shaking my head and asking ‘Why’. Good clothes have happened to good people, but bad clothes have also happened to good people. Here are some of my best and worst looks of the last few days.

Good – Elizabeth Olsen in The Row.

It is official, Elizabeth Olsen is the best advertisement ‘The Row’ will ever get. The little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley wore her sister’s designs, a daytime look in white and a stunning black 1920s flapper look whilst promoting her film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’.

Bad – Julie Judd – who found a clever place to put her satin stole when the clock room was full! Trust me, there’s a great green gown under there!

Good – Fan Bing Bing. I think she looked glorious in this two-tone lilac Atelier Versace. This is an ultra romantic gown that she compliments with impeccable grooming.

Bad – Naomi Campbell in Pucci. Yes, she looks amazing, but surely this is a tunic, not a dress. Naomi seems to have forgotten half of her dress. And that lacing at the neck always reminds me of heavy rock videos.

Good – Zoe Saldana in Armani Prive. This red striped Armani dress looks great, but what really makes this outfit effortless and appealing is the lack of fussy hair and accessories. A simple gold cuff is all the adornment needed.

Bad – Mia Wasikowska in Valentino. OK, it;s quite simple. This girl either needs to get some colour in her wardrobe, or she needs to get a spray tan. In this blush Valentino dress,  she is in danger of fading into the carpet. And the Princess Anne hair doesn’t  help matters.

Good – Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace. In this chocolate-brown Versace dress she is  just sheer movie star. This is Hollywood glamour at its best.

Bad – Dasha Zhukova in Valentino. This resembles a scarlet Valentino sheer dressing gown.

Good – Zhang Zilin in Elie Saab. This is one of the beautiful Elie Saab S/S dresses that I absolutely loved, so I am so glad to see them on the dazzling on the red carpet.Note to Dasha, this is how to wear red on a red carpet.

Bad – Li Bing Bing in Elie Saab. Another Elie Saab dress, but this looks too long, too big across the  bust, and, with that leg thrust out, it’s far too Elizabeth Hurley!

Good – ageless French Style courtesy of Isabelle Huppert and Aissa Maiga. Isabelle Huppert looked beautiful in this simple satin column dress. Her hair would be better in a neater updo, but she still seems to grow more beautiful with age. Young French Actress Aissa Maiga shone in a Grecian style blue strapless column dress.

And the most fabulous outfit of the last few days…Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney. We’ve seen this jumpsuit before,  Iman wore a gold version at the Met Ball, but I think Gwen looked unbelievable in the black version. It’s not for the faint hearted, but Gwen looks like she’s just left Studio 54. Amazing!