Sarah Jessica Parker and Halston Heritage part company.

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It seemed like a match made in fashion heaven, Sex in the City style icon Sarah Jessica Parker and Halston Heritage, the younger sister of the Halston brand, synonymous with Studio 54 and glamorous seventies style. But is seems that SJP and Halston Heritage have parted company after just 18 months.

This seems such a shame. I don’t know if Sarah Jessica Parker ever actually designed anything, or whether she really sat on the floor sewing sequins on hemlines, as she once said in an interview, SJP became the person who embodied the revitalised Halston – glamorous, ambitious and super smart.

SJP was a fab brand ambassador for Halston Heritage, wearing the stunning designs to their best advantage at a whole host of premieres, award ceremonies, and on the promotion trail for SATC 2. She also wore a number of the dresses in the film itself, notably the white dress that appeared on promotional posters.

So what has happened at Halston? Nobody is talking, but the CEO Bonnie Parker left earlier this year. SJP was close to Parker and  there was speculation that she would leave. It seems that SJP’s contract may simply have not been renewed after it expired.

 


River Island A/W 2011 – It’s all about Retro.

Thursday saw the River Island A/W  press day, where they showcased the womenswear collections that will hit the stores for Autumn and Winter 2011/12.  The six collections, ‘Savage’, ‘Sandy’,’London Girl’, ‘Gigi’, ‘Hustler’ and ‘Deadly’  all have a decidedly retro feel to them, think Faye Dunaway in ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’ and you’ll get the picture.

Here are my thoughts on each of the new collections.

Savage

This is a perfectly stylish daytime collection for even the coldest winter. Taking its inspiration from Native American Indian styling with blanket style knitwear in bold and bright colours to add drama to even the  darkest day. Feathers and Furs make add to the outdoorsy elements to this collection, which is made to be layered.

Sandy

1970s stylish daytime dressing is the name of the game for the Sandy Collection.  The shades of mustard, red and teal combine in the form of pussybow necklines, polo neck jumpers and over-the-knee a-line skirts. This is 70s icons Faye Dunaway in Laura Mars and Network, Cybil Shepherd in Taxi Driver and a stylish Julie Christie. This is a sophisticated look that can take you easily from work to play. The look is complemented by t-bar platform shoes and Trilby style hats which add another layer to the   sophistication.

London Girl

This was my absolute favourite look from the new collection. This is Katherine Hepburn androgyny updated for the modern girl. Wide leg trousers, blazers and tuxedos in a range of checks and tweeds, teamed with striking fake furs for that jet setting luxurious look. The  key is sex appeal through covered-upness – this is not for  those who want to flash the flesh. Think Janelle Morae, Tilda Swinton and La Roux – girls who dress a little bit like boys, but with a slash of red lips.

Hustler

A collection that brings to mind Studio 54, Bianca Jagger and Halston, this is River Island’s new take on grown up glamour. Bright,  jewel colours, long-sleeved catsuits, gold lame style skirts and chiffon dresses with the floatiest feel, these are clothes that are filled with femininity and elegance.

Deadly

Deadly is River Island’s signature evening dress collection, which pulls from every era. These are prim dresses with a twist, the 1960s brocade dress with a huge fur collar,simple shifts that have a flapper feel thanks to acres of  feathers around the hemline, lace and bodycon making 1980s styling feel fresh and new. These are beautiful dresses made to be cherished.

Chelsea Girl

The second Chelsea Girl collection retains that 1960s feel, with cute mini’s with graphic prints, air stewardess style bags and sheer blouses for that dollybird feel. This collection is made for cute Mary Janes and long false eyelashes.

All in all, a series of fab collections that make for a cool, retro Autumn.

A Stylish Christmas wish list…cut out and keep!

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With just 27 shopping days left until we hear Santa’s sleigh bells ring, its high time you made your own Christmas wish list. You’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about what you are going to buy for other people, but what about YOU! Don’t you deserve a little bit of something special come December 25th? So, to help you decide what you would like from the man in red, I’ve compiled a very special wish list of presents that would please any fashionista if they found them in their stocking. Just print it off and give it hubby, boyfriend or lover!

First up – Charms from Thomas Sabo.

I’m just in love with these silver charms – I think they have a charm all of their own! You could add these to a bracelet or pendant, they look exquisite and will definitely attract attention. I have chosen charms that should suit any fashionista – a bag, boot and a Cosmopolitan for any would be Carrie Bradshaw.

Next – scarves from  White stuff.

Quirky brand White Stuff is famous for its luxurious knitwear, and with temperatures plummeting, every girl needs a big, chunky scarf  that makes you feel warm and cosy. These are my picks of the knits.

How perfect from a loved one. The love to you scarf from white stuff.

And what about a bag.

We can never have enough bags and shoes, and fashion-mommy has scoured the web for a range of high street and designer bags that would look amazing under the tree. From Evans to Halston, you can take your pick.

I love this vintage style Dorothy Perkins clutch. Also available from Outfit.

This is such a cute bowling bag from Evans and branches of Outfit.

This is the perfect all occasion bag from Wallis. Velvet and Patent gives it a luxe feel.

Totally stunning Miu Miu Matelesse clutch - top of my wish list this year!

Disco fever! Halston Heritage clutch from Net-a-Porter.

 

Reading material…

There are so many fabulous books this year that could grace a fashionista’s bookshelf. Here are just a few selections that can be picked up from www.amazon.co.uk, but don’t neglect to look in bargain bookstores, I recently got TWIGGY – A life in pictures for just £3.99, and I absolutely love it!

 

My favourite bunny fashionista - Fifi Lapin.

 

And for your stocking…

There are just so many cute presents out there for your stocking. River Island and TK Maxx have amazing ranges of gifts that will suit any price point. From hand cream to purses, jewellery to gloves, you’ll be sure to love any of these things if you’re lucky enough to find them on Christmas morning.

 

Frank Usher set - TK Maxx

 

A beautiful Deco style bracelet from River Island

 

River Island chain mail purse

 

Dents gloves Tk Maxx

Cherry cupcake handcream River Island

 

Vintage Muse - Boots

So, what are you waiting for? Print off this list, and to a loved one…and wait for Santa to come calling!