Get the Emma Watson evening look with Esprit

It is sometimes hard to believe that Emma Watson was once that little girl we were introduced to in the Harry Potter series of films. The self-assured elegant beauty we see today has all the hallmarks of a true Hollywood star. Intelligent, talented, and always guaranteed to look fabulous and fashion forward on any red carpet, Emma is one of the brightest British hopes in the movie world today, and, like Angelina Jolie before her, she is also happy to maintain her integrity by using her fame to speak out about issues she feels strongly about.

In terms of style, Emma favours classic looks but with a twist that keeps them young and fresh. Not all her looks are successful, I was never a fan of the modest red dress that turned out to be a trouser suit from the back. But most of her choices she has made have been exquisite, with an emphasis on classic black and deep navy, with the odd splash of red or a nude shade thrown in for good measure. She is a master of the understatement, rarely adding unnecessary adornments to looks that are already perfect, and she keeps the hair and make up simple and youthful. No wonder she is now making best dressed lists in both the UK and America.

This season you can channel Emma’s effortless evening looks with the new collection by Esprit. The cocktail and special occasion dresses by the High Street brand have more than a touch of Emma influence to them, with an emphasis on the neutral palette of black and navy, with other shades of blue adding a dash of interest. I have chosen some of my favourite Emma Watson looks from across the years, and have suggested a fabulous Esprit frock to help you get the look, but without having to delve into a huge designer closet or face enormous price tags.

Are you a fan of Emma’s style?

Emma Watson Get the look with Esprit.

 

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 cotton crocheted lace dress £ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

cotton crocheted lace dress
£ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

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 fine mixed material dress £ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

fine mixed material dress
£ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 3

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 jersey dress with draped pleats at the side £ 59.00 click to visit Esprit

jersey dress with draped pleats at the side
£ 59.00 click to visit Esprit

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 fluid chiffon dress with a lace top £ 69.00 click to visit Esprit

fluid chiffon dress with a lace top
£ 69.00 click to visit Esprit

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 flowing chiffon maxi dress £ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

flowing chiffon maxi dress
£ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

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 flowing maxi dress with lace at the top £ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

flowing maxi dress with lace at the top
£ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

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 stretch cotton dress £ 69.00 click to visit Esprit

stretch cotton dress
£ 69.00 click to visit Esprit

 

Retro glamour with added feathers

I don’t mind admitting that I am truly excited about an event I am going to be attending tomorrow night. The award winning musical Top Hat is opening at the Wolverhampton Grand, and, as a huge fan of the original 1930s movie, I am literally counting down the hours until the show.

Top Hat has been called the daddy of the 1930s musical, full of romance, glorious songs (Puttin on the Ritz, Let’s face the music and dance, Cheek to Cheek) and some of the most beautiful costumes of all time. And I guess that is what has got my excitement levels soaring to an all time high – the thought of those gorgeous, glittering costumes that are simply filled with sparkle, sequins and, best of all, all those feathers.

Is there anything more glamorous than an outfit festooned with marabou or ostrich feathers. Think of Ginger Rogers in the iconic dress from top hat, these feathers perfectly framing that beautiful face, and then swishing at her hemline as she danced cheek to cheek with Fred Astaire. Then there is Kylie, the ultimate showgirl, who is never fully dressed without a tall headdress and a feathered skirt. One of the most iconic of Kate Moss’s looks featured black feathers and Johnny Depp on her arm, whilst Jennifer Lopez is another fan of the feather.

There are some truly exquisite feathered creations on the High Street at the moment, and there are also exquisite designer creations available at Selfridges for those moments when we have a little dream about money being no object.

Let’s enjoy and wallow in the lure of the feather.

Iconic Ladies in Feathers

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Just so glamorous!

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Icon in the making – Laura Whitmore.

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I’m so looking forward to seeing this – the new adaptation of Top Hat.

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Kylie – The Ultimate Showgirl.

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Kate and Johnny.

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The effortless Emma Watson

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Ginger in Top Hat

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Fred and Ginger – He gave her class, she gave him sex.

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Modern goddesss Jennifer Lopez.

Feathers Autumn 2014 style

Kate Feather Shoulder Bodycon Dress £35.00 click to visit Boohoo

Kate Feather Shoulder Bodycon Dress
£35.00 click to visit Boohoo

 

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Rosanna Feather Trim Sleeveless Shell Top £18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Rosanna Feather Trim Sleeveless Shell Top
£18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Lana Feather Collar Necklace £10.00 click to visit Boohoo

Lana Feather Collar Necklace £10.00 click to visit Boohoo

Claral Prom Dress With Feathered Hem Detail £39.99 click to visit Missguided

Claral Prom Dress With Feathered Hem Detail £39.99 click to visit Missguided

Shiny Feather Cape     Price: £110.00 click to visit Topshop

Shiny Feather Cape
Price: £110.00 click to visit Topshop

Purple Feather Chain Cape     Price: £55.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Purple Feather Chain Cape
Price: £55.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

CERIN JACKET £195.00 click to visit Coast

CERIN JACKET
£195.00 click to visit Coast

LILI FEATHER TOP £85.00 click to visit Coast

LILI FEATHER TOP
£85.00 click to visit Coast

CHERISH FEATHER DRESS £250.00 click to visit Coast

CHERISH FEATHER DRESS
£250.00 click to visit Coast

AGNES FEATHER TOP £75.00 click to visit Coast

AGNES FEATHER TOP
£75.00 click to visit Coast

Designer feathers

 VICTORIA BECKHAM Feather-hem crepe dress £2,100 click to visit Selfridges

VICTORIA BECKHAM Feather-hem crepe dress
£2,100 click to visit Selfridges

TEMPERLEY LONDON Feather coat      £1,495.00 click to visit Selfridges

TEMPERLEY LONDON Feather coat
£1,495.00
click to visit Selfridges

JENNY PACKHAM Feather shrug £755 click to visit Selfridges

JENNY PACKHAM Feather shrug £755 click to visit Selfridges

Look out for a review of Top Hat on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monochrome Chic at Coast

For many of us, Summer is the season where we truly embrace colour, littering our wardrobe with pretty pastels and citrus brights that seem to shimmer and sparkle once we have some gorgeous sunshine. But another chic option for Summer dressing has to be the always classic monochrome.

Black and white are timeless and stylish. It has been a popular choice for some of the most famous style icons of all time, from Audrey Hepburn, who first immortalised monochrome in a beautiful Givenchy gown in Sabrina, and then sent it to new heights in Cecil Beaton’s Royal Ascot gown in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Although Eliza shouting ‘move yer bleedin a*** may have spoiled the effect slightly). Grace Kelly and Princess Diana gave it the royal seal of approval, a seal which has continued through the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Today monochrome elegance is as popular as ever, with Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba just some of the stars who wear this look, both on the red carpet, and off.

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Audrey in Givenchy

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Grace Kelly in Rear Window – Edith Head

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

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Jessica Alba

Coast has just unveiled a gorgeous new collection that is made up of monochrome pieces. There are full-skirted designs that Grace Kelly would’ve been proud to have in her wardrobe, neat shift dresses and pencil designs similar to those sported by Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham, and chic separates that would easily grace a working wardrobe, or look amazing for evening attire.

Here are some of the best pieces from the Coast monochrome collection – do you have a favourite?

KIRA CHECK DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

KIRA CHECK DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

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IRRIS CHECK SKIRT £85.00 click here to view
QUEENS SHELL TOP £35.00 click here to view

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MILLAS LACE SKIRT
£65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI £35.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI
£35.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

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To view all the Monochrome collection, click here.