One dress – two ladies – two very different looks.

Take one stunning Giambattista Valli dress, add two beautiful, but very different ladies into the mix. Change the shade of the dress from the palest of blues to the hottest of reds. And what you end up with is two absolutely amazing looks that couldn’t be more contrasting if you tried.

The dress is question is the glorious chiffon strapless dress by Giambattista Valli that comes complete with its own veil. I first saw the dress when it was worn by Charlotte Casiraghi for the gala ball on the evening of Prince Albert of Monaco‘s wedding to Charlene Wittstock. I was struck by the dress for many reasons. It was such a beautiful feminine design that made Charlotte seem like a fairytale princess – very ethereal and delicate. The cape added to the whimsical feel of the dress – it seemed that only one of princessy blood should be wearing that dress with that cape.

But I was also faced  with the ghosts of Princesses past. The dress had dreamy echoes of one once  worn by another Monaco Princess, Charlotte’s grandmother Grace Kelly in the film ‘TO Catch a Thief‘. This chiffon blue gown had been designed by Edith Head and this film is the one Grace Kelly had been filming when she was first introduced to Prince Rainier.

I was also reminded of another tragic Princess who had also worn a similar dress, possibly in tribute to Grace Kelly. Diana, Princess of Wales had worn another floaty blue chiffon dress in the late 1980s, and had evoked the image of Princess Grace, whose fate she was tragically to share.

I thought I knew every inch of this dress – this was a fairytale princess dress – worn by the those with a tinge of royal blood.

So imagine my surprise when I saw Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the Princess dress – in the deepest shade of red. The cool beauty of the dress had turned into a hot-blooded flesh and blood gown. No longer ethereal – the dress now looked sensual and daring. Maybe Sarah Jessica Parker is the only modern icon who could pull of this dress – two parts Gilda to one part Red Riding Hood. She looked sensational, and the dress was the perfect tribute to her location – Red Square of course.

One dress, two very different ladies, two very different colours. But the outcome is still the same – SENSATIONAL!

 

 

 

Style Icon of the Month July – Olivia Palermo

To be honest, with her effortless chic, Olivia Palermo could be the style icon of any month. But in July, Olivia really showed her style credentials as she showcased a whole range of stunning looks. Who else could attend the Giambattista Valli show wearing a Topshop dress, and still outshine everyone else in the room? Olivia did this in July,  and a whole lot more.

I love everything about Olivia’s style. She is always immaculately groomed, never a hair out-of-place for this girl. Her clothes always look effortless, she will wear a simple shirt and maxi skirt for a film premiere and make it look like haute couture. She is never matchy- matchy, sometimes the bag or shoes don’t entirely match the outfit, but the end effect is always perfect. She is a huge fan of the High Street, wearing an array of Topshop and Zara, as well as Mango, who she fronted a campaign for.

I was once in the company of PR extraordinaire Sarah Byworth, who is a good friend of Olivia. She told me that Olivia has a knack of making any outfit look like the most amazing thing you have ever seen, and she does it usually without the help of a stylist. Surely that is the sign of a true style icon?

A few of Olivia’s July looks

In Topshop for the Giambattista Valli show

 

Elizabeth and James skirt channelling boho chic

In Zara to sit front row at the Stephane Rolland show

At the White Fairytale Love Ball

Colour clashing in DKNY

Casual elegance at the Friends With Benefits Premiere