New Look has spring dresses all sewn up

The lastest collection of dresses from New Look shows how the High Street brand is going from strength to strength. From flowing maxi styles, to cute TOWIE-esque skater dresses, New Look proves that this season, any length is allowed. But it is the midi dresses that really catch the eye. For so long this was a length that only the tallest and slimmest of ladies tackled, with a view that on anyone else, the midi was a frumpy option.

We are now beginning to realise that this is wrong, and that, in the same way as the maxi dress can suit anyone providing the cut and style are correct for the body wearing it, the midi dress is actually a really viable option for both day and evening wear. Perfect for those who are not keen on their knees and upper legs, many midi styles also feature 3/4 and long sleeves, addressing another area many women are not happy with.

If you are unsure what type of dress you need, length is a good thing to focus on. A shorter dress might help you show off your flirtatious side, while a longer one might give off an air of elegance or professionalism, depending on the style. A midi dress is nice because it can do both in certain situations, depending on the one you pick. That is because the halfway down your calf length is appropriate for all occasions. That leaves you free to only focus on the pattern or style during midi-dress selection. You can choose a color or print you want and not worry about matching the length to the occasion. Midi dresses can also be worn at any time of year.

 

Rebel Wilson looks amazing in this midi style

Gwyneth Paltrow looks stunning in a Burberry midi

Midi’s look great with flats and a denim jacket for daywear, and, as Gwyneth Paltrow shows, adding a pair of killer heels makes an ultra glamorous evening look.

Check out a few of the gorgeous midi dresses currently on offer at New Look.

Black Strappy Chiffon Midi Dress £22.99 click to visit New Look

Black 3/4 Sleeve Sweetheart Mesh Midi Dress £19.99 click to visit New Look

Red Zebra Sleeveless Midi Dress £16.99 click to visit New Look

Cameo Rose Pink and Black Splatter Cowl Back Midi Dress £19.99 click to visit New Look

Blue Vanilla Black Abstract Swirl Midi Dress £18 click to visit New Look

 

Prabal Gurung – it’s sheer love!

Don’t mind admitting I just love Prabal Gurung. This was the one show during New York fashion show that I was over-excited about, and the shots of SJP wearing one of Prabal’s designs whilst on the promotional trail for ‘I don’t know how she does it’, just further wetted the appetite.

I am so glad to say I was not disappointed.  This was one very sexy collection. Full of sheer panels, on sleeves, on skirts and on hips, vibrant colours like the purple quality street shades used on one of the most showstopping of dresses, and with flirty, feminine shapes with bell sleeves and nipped in waists, there was just so much to love in this Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

The sheer panel dresses were a perfect cocktail hour look. The purple in particular made the shoulders into an erogenous zone and I think it would look just amazing on Gwyneth Paltrow. I  loved that the lengths weren’t super short, but still offered flashes of leg.  Another dress (pictured above) reminded me of the the Alexander McQueen dress modelled by Kate Moss at the Fashion Relief for Haiti show.

This is such a Summery collection. The watered silk splash prints are fresh and pretty and ultimately very wearable. I loved the handkerchief edging to the silk skirt which had a Riviera feel to it. I would love to see fresh beauties like Kiera Knightley and Carey Mulligan wearing these next season. The silhouettes make these clothes extremely flattering for a whole host of figures and shapes, and I can see this being a popular collection amongst the fashion glitterati.

But there were also pieces that screamed of a more grown up glamour. Case in point being the black  and sheer lace up design worn by Jourdan Dunn. This was a real ‘after dark’ look that was dramatic and bordered on slightly vampish gothic. Imagine it with a slash of red lips.

Favourite pieces? The quality street dress just shimmered…all I could think was I would love to see Duchess Kate in this gown…or maybe her Hollywood Doppelganger Anne Hathaway. I also adore the white dress that couldn’t be further away from bridal if it tried. Imagine Mila Kunis choosing this for her Oscar dress this year, she would be top of every best dressed list.

 

Venice Film Festival – an amazing array of fashion and beauty.

The Venice Film Festival has always been synonymous with beauty and style. From the days of Diana Dors in her mink bikini, to the present day array of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kiera Knightley and Madonna, you are always guaranteed a series of total show-stopping looks. Here are some of the fashion highlights from the  glossy, glitzy fashion parade.

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Ward has sported a series of striking monochrome looks in Venice whilst promoting ‘The Ides of March‘. Both of these outfits are by Alessandro Rich. I’m loving the 1940s elegance of the black dress, and really like the crisp look of the white shirtwaister style dress, which reminds me of the sort of outfit worn by Tilda Swinton. I do think  that the white dress would make a perfect short day dress.

Kiera Knightley

I love that Kiera chose a beautiful dress from the collection of Mary Katrantzou for her appearance in Venice. These are exquisite designs, and Kiera looked so pretty in this teamed with nude platforms. This is a stylish way to do daytime dressing, elegant and not overly formal. I totally love it.

Jessica Chastain.

She’s the hottest new actress in Hollywood and has a killer wardrobe to boot –  Jessica Chastain has looked incredible in Venice. I particularly love the nude shade Elie Saab which she looks just adorable in due to her stunning red locks and just the right shade of coral lips.

Diane Kruger

If only I could spend one day in this woman’s wardrobe.  This dress, by Elie Saab is beautifully ornate, and Diane is careful not to add any further adornment. In keeping everything else simple she looks perfect, showing why she is considered such a modern-day style icon.

Kate Winslet

Opinions have been divided about this Victoria Beckham dress, but I much preferred this to the Stella McCartney bodycon number. This looks like Kate has been poured into it, and Victoria herself was well impressed, talking about Kate on Twitter. The only jarring point for me was the quiff, I would prefer a more elegant updo, but other than that, top marks.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth seems to be getting more and more stylish, as these outfits prove. I usually hate peachy tones and blondes, feeling they can wash a blonde out. But Gwyneth proves that with sun-kissed skin, this can be  the perfect shade. The Prada dress managed to show skin and still look classy – no mean feat!

Cindy Crawford

I’m beginning to  think that Cindy Crawford has a picture in her attic growing older. She is just AGELESS! In this beautiful, hot red dress by Roberto Cavalli, she proved that the only accessory any woman really needs is George Clooney.

Madonna

This covered-up, demure outfit from Gucci reminded me of Sharon Stone wearing a long skirt and a gap turtle neck on the red carpet. Madonna looks great, channelling the style of Wallis Simpson whilst promoting her film about the Duchess, W.E. The only thing Madonna should ditch is those glasses. Yes, Wallis used to wear them, but she never stood on a red carpet, did she?

Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough, the Wallis of W.E was a little overshadowed by the legendary singer, turned director of her movie. Which is a shame, because her style was glorious this festival. Her printed Dolce and Gabbana dress felt like the last burst of Summer, whilst she had a Princess red-carpet moment in Dior Couture.