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

 

Kate – The best looks from the best dressed women in Britain.

Finally, a respected magazine gives the opinion on the Duchess of Cambridge’s style that many of us mere mortals hold. Kate has been named as Number One in the Harper’s Bazaar best dressed of 2011 poll. The magazine says ‘Catherine’s incredible style evolution has gripped us all. She gave us the year’s – if not the century’s – most thrilling fashion moment at the royal wedding, and is shaping up as an amazing ambassador for British designers and the high street.’

I am thrilled at this news. Kate has proved that by mixing the High Street and High end designers, you can create a wardrobe that is full of instant classics that can take you to any occasion. Tie in the fabulous  recycling that has seen outfits re-emerge  years after they were originally worn, and you get a style icon for the 21st century.

Kate has proved to be a great  advert for both British design and the great British High Street. From Alexander McQueen to Roksanda Ilincic, from Amanda Wakeley to Lock and  Company, from Burberry to Catherine Walker, British design is  being championed for its classic, elegant style. Throw in outfits from Reiss, LK Bennett and Zara, and you get the makings of an icon that can shift a million dresses just from one appearance.

Elegant, beautiful and always impeccable,  Kate has proved that star quality isn’t the confine of those who live to strut in sparkly short  frocks. Here are some of my highlights from the Duchess of style.

 

stunning in Erdem

 

In Diane Von Furstenburg

 

That Burberry trenchcoat!

 

 

 

The worrying rise of the mini fashionista

Actress Chloë Moretz participating in the Kick...

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The news that Romeo Beckham, at the grand old age of 8, has made the GQ Best dressed men of the year list has had me shaking my head all day long. Romeo appears on the list at number 26, being lauded as a star of the future, one to watch.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Romeo is an extremely well dressed little boy, if you like children to look like some aging David Niven, but he is 8 YEARS OLD.  He wears clothes that are brought and paid for by his parents, both stylish people in their own right, but they still make the choices, not the 8-year-old. And Romeo Beckham is not a celebrity in his own right.  He is the son of two celebrities, he has done nothing (yet) to merit press interest in him as a person.  Which leads to the question –  is it right to even put a child on a list like this, even if he does have famous parents?

Little Romeo follows on from a whole list of teeny tiny personalities who have been feted by the media and fashion industry for their personal ‘style’. Willow Smith, undoubtably one of the breakout stars of 2010, attended the Milan Fashion week, sitting on front row at shows like D&G and Roberto Cavalli, whilst wearing a whole range of inappropriate, fashion forward looks that made her resemble a Rihanna clone. Yet just recently, Willow made The Guardian newspapers alternative best dressed list for her ‘sartorial superiority’, whilst her annoying single ‘Whip my hair’ narrowly missed getting to number 1, following from millions of hits on You Tube. Her style was also mooted as one of the fashion moments of 2010 by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. I have already wrote about how I find Willow Smith to be a troubling phenomena, an over-ambitious child with too pushy parents who seems to be growing up far too soon. Yet, previous postings have received comments from young children and teenagers who wanted to say they find Willow to be inspiring. What exactly Willow inspires is open to questioning!

Other, slightly older, mini fashionistas have started to appear on fashion’s radar. Chloe Moretz, the 13-year-old star of Kick-Ass, is mature in her style choices, wearing a series of way beyond her years pieces from Chanel Resort. These dresses age the young girl in a way jeans and t-shirts never could. They are staid, sensible, and totally age appropriate…for Alexa Chung that is, not for a 13-year-old girl.  Just look at the difference between the young girl promoting Kick-Ass at the top of the page, and the groomed, assured going-on-21 fashionista below.

Elle Fanning is another pretty young actress who is currently wearing designer threads all over the red carpet and being praised and feted for her style. The star of the new film ‘Somewhere’, and the younger sister of Dakota, Elle wears Marchesa, Valentino and Chanel, rather than Topshop and Gap. It makes me long for a cute (and unmistakably young) Emma Watson looking teenaged and awkward on the red carpet.

This is not a new experience. I remember looking through a book of Oscar history, and seeing a teenaged Patty Duke looking like some 40-year-old Santa Monica Matron on Oscar night. But it seems that designers are positively seeking out these very young girls to wear their designs, which must be a turn off to grown women everywhere. Because frankly, if it’s been worn by a 13 -year-old, no matter how fashion forward that 13-year-old might be, then who else would want to wear it, by definition it’s become kids clothes! Children need to be allowed to dress like children, wearing Disney t-shirts, Hannah Montana tops, cute jeans, and those daft trainers with the wheels on them. Teenagers need to be experimental and to have fun with fashion, but £10,ooo dresses from Chanel are frankly way beyond fun, and don’t even get me started on Suri Cruise and those heeled shoes…