Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards…the key looks.

The end of the year always sees a flurry of activity for fashion awards.  Harper’s Bazaar’s December issue announced their women of the year, and the awards ceremony, as you would expect, attracted a very fashionable crowd which included double Delavingne’s, two generations of model Le Bon’s, and a whole host of 1990s supermodels. Here are the key trends from the night.

If in doubt – wear black!

Daisy Lowe in her ringmaster costume, Yasmin Le Bon defying age, Laura Bailey, Claudia Winkleman, Liberty Ross, Sophie Dahl and Natalia Vodianova, all these ladies had one thing in common. They all opted for failsafe black. There outfits led to mixed results (what was Laura Bailey wearing – it looked like late 60s mourning attire), there were also some beautiful looks on display. Black remains the epitome of chic for almost any event, and is still a perfect choice for the upcoming festive season.

And my faves in black – Elle Macpherson was a gothic delight, Yasmin just looked impeccable in her one sleeved dress, and Liberty Ross added a rock chic edge with her red leather Jacket worn nonchalantly over her Pucci dress.

Get the Look

Elita one shoulder maxi dress £160 click to visit Coast

Oui red leather jacket £219.95 click to visit Zalando.co.uk

Claudia crochet maxi dress £89 click to visit monsoon.co.uk


 Golden Girls

Florence Welch was the night’s best dressed in gold by Alexander McQueen. This was the perfect colour for her, looking just beautiful against  her red hair. But she wasn’t  the only golden girl on display. Those model sisters Cara and Poppy Delavingne also opted for gold (Pucci I think).  Both sisters looked beautiful, although I wish that Cara had worn some more flattering shoes with such a great dress, rather than toughening the look up.

Get the Look

Lucy star halter dress £165 click to visit French Connection

mw by Matthew Williamson Womens Wrap Front Lame Gold Dress £375.00 click to visit Van Mildert

true decadence sequin dress £69.99 click to visit House of Fraser


The School Run fashionista!

According to a recent poll conducted by Debenhams, six in ten moms feel pressure to dress to impress whilst doing the school run. More than 1/3 wear  heels when they are walking/driving their little ones to school. On average,  they spend one hour and 15 minutes getting ready to drop the kids off. Why is the school run now a fashion event?

I have a two-year old, and whilst not actually doing the school run, I take my little one to play and stay twice weekly. I started off going in jeans and flat shoes – all the better to get down on the carpet to play with cars and train sets. But I was amazed at  just how some of the moms were dressed. Tight skinny jeans, teamed with high heels and Rick Owens style leather jackets seemed to be the norm for some of the moms, with glossy Cheryl Cole hair and a full face of that clever barely there make up. I felt quite dowdy in my jeans,flats, scraped back hair and no make-up look, although I was able to play with Baba in a way that skinny jeans would never allow.

I have since decided that the school run yummy mummy’s are split into two distinct categories. Allow me to introduce them to you.

The Claudia

The Claudia mom follows the perfectly groomed example of Claudia Schiffer. From the top of her glossy hair to the tips of her heeled shoes or boots, Claudia treats the school run as another catwalk appearance. Markus Lupfer luxurious knits are about as casual as Claudia ever gets. Elle McPherson is another honoured member of this group. She even wore red leather trousers to do the school run. These mommys are  never without sunglasses, even if it is a wet Wednesday morning.

The Liv

The Liv follows the example of the lovely Liv Tyler. The school run is when you drop the kids off at school, not a photo opportunity. Therefore, warmth and comfort are the name of the game. chunky knits, flat shoes and Ugg boots all make an appearance. Jeans can be boyfriend style rather than skinny, even converse pumps can make an appearance. SJP is a member of this group, with her cute beanie hats and Ugg boots. These women still wear the inappropriate sunnies…but they are celebrities after all!

The Debenhams poll cited that 39% of women cited competition with other moms as the reason for the glamorous school gates look. Clearly, the Claudia’s have a lot to answer for. 13% dress to impress the hot single dads,whilst 37% admit that they change straight back into something more comfortable when they get home.

So, which mommy are you? Do you paint your nails before you leave for the school run, or are you dragging something from the bedroom floor whilst trying to  get the kids to brush their teeth? Whether you’re a Claudia pounding the playground catwalk, or a Liv kicking a football with the kids, the school run promises to remain an interesting and fashionable experience for all involved in it.