Kelly and Tulisa – The great X Factor Fashion Parade so far.

Well, we are now two weeks into the live shows, which means a grand total of four showstopping outfits for the female judges Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. And, as the fashion parade of Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole was one of the definite highlights of previous series, sometimes upstaging the music, I thought I would cast my eyes over what the girls have been wearing so far.

Week 1

Tulisa stepped out for her first live show wearing a form-fitting Herve Leger dress in  a nude shade. This bondage style dress did suit Tulisa, but it frankly left me a bit cold. It would’ve been nice if Tulisa could’ve moved away from the Cheryl style dress for the first show and shown a little bit of her own style, rather than a Cole Clone. Still, her hair and make-up looked great!

Kelly took a more daring approach with an Atelier Versace dress, but again the gamble didn’t quite pay off. The dress was too fussy and too garish. The skirt was, quite frankly, a very strange shape. Full marks for thinking outside the box, but this dress didn’t really hit the spot for me.

The Sunday results show outfits were a major improvement. Maybe opening night nerves were beginning to subside, with both girls showing some serious style and really hitting their own personal fashion stride.

Tulisa went for a short,sparkly number by Vivienne Westwood that I really liked. With her unusual choice of purple heels, a great shade in my opinion, and with her quiff style ponytail, I thought she  looked young, fresh and funky in this dress. A real improvement which suits her style sensibility.

But it was Kelly who really set the glamour status last week.Her shimmering Cavalli dress was stunning, a real show-stopper, and really added true shimmer to the proceedings. On anyone else it could have been slightly showgirl, but on Kelly it was very Monroe. Cavalli is the King of glamour, and his designs are perfect for the high-octane style the X Factor should exude. On a personal note, am slightly biased,  as I once had an email saying Roberto Cavalli had mentioned me in a tweet, which I have kept forever.  This dress was made for Kelly, you can almost hear Beyoncé whispering in her ear ..’Wear that one Kelly – you go girl!’

Week 2

Tulisa tapped into the dark gothic trend that is so hot this season in an interesting black dress with cutout detail. It seemed like an early Halloween outfit and was not particularly impressive. I loved the hair and make-up, but this dress, although unusual, was not a good choice for Tulisa…although it would probably look fab on Daphne Guinness. On Tulisa it looked too old, there was nothing fun about this outfit.

Kelly looked great on Saturday night in a red draped stretched crepe and silk georgette dress by Todd Lynn. (£985 from Net-a-porter)/ This dress was simple and demure, but it looked so elegant on Kelly’s lithe frame, and standing next to Tulisa proved that sometimes less is most definitely more.

On Sunday, Tulisa opted for a very short, prom style dress in an ivory shade by Bruce Oldfield. Although I laughed out loud at one Twitter comment – ‘How does she manage to make every outfit look like something from Lypsy?’, I did much prefer this to Saturday’s effort for so many reasons. The ‘Gloria‘ look (such a great name for a dress!), although again reminiscent of a certain Ms Cole, was young and fresh, and the colour seriously suited Tulisa’s new, darker locks. I adored the embellishment on the bodice, and couldn’t help but wish this had been followed through to the skirt, imagine this with an embellished pencil skirt, rather than the satin prom queen look.

Kelly turned up the heat in the studio a few notches higher with a beautiful, but very revealing black dress by Welsh designer Julian MacDonald. She looked like a goddess, the dress is super-sexy with all the detail in the sheer bodice, but I wonder what the watchdogs will have to say about so much boob on display before the watershed.

So, all in all, an interesting start with Kelly just shading the style stakes, and Tulisa showing bags of potential.The next few weeks could be really interesting!


Tulisa – What a style transformation.

I wrote a blog a few months ago concerning the one of the new additions to the X Factor panel, Tulisa. It was in response to news that X Factor had hired a stylist in order to make the NDubz singer appear more sophisticated, and said she was faring quite badly in the style stakes in comparison to the stunning Kelly Rowland.

Well, I have to say that the transformation is complete. In recent weeks Tulisa has just blossomed in style and confidence and I will admit, she has shown off some seriously impressive looks. The Olivia Rubin dresses that seemed to b be a little bit garish for television have disappeared, replaced by block colours and elegant silhouettes.  The block style platforms have gone, with fierce heels and stilettos taking their place.

For the official X Factor publicity shots, she looks amazing in skin-tight Herve Leger which shows off her wonderful figure whilst fitting like a second skin. And the hair is as immaculate and glossy as any of the hair extensions worn by a certain Ms Tweedy.

I also love that Tulisa is obeying the mantra ‘less is more’. When wearing a showstopping gown, the accessories are minimal, no fussy chains or earrings,  just a great dress and fab pair of complimentary shoes.

And it’s not just on the X Factor that Tulisa is showing a wardrobe  overall. Compare the outfit worn for the Glamour awards and Fashions Night Out to those worn by Tulisa in her blonde NDubz days, she doesn’t look like the same girl. I personally loved the Yong futuristic outfit she wore for Fashions Night Out,  it was glamorous,yet young and the flash of toned midriff added to the sense of fun.

Glossy and groomed, Tulisa might just be giving Kelly Rowland a fight for the X Factor style crown this year. Who’d have thought it!



Kate the Great…and for once I don’t mean Middleton!

Kate Winslet at the BAFTAs at the Royal Opera ...

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According to all reports, this week has seen the double Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet turning into a super hero. Kate was a guest at the Necker home of Richard Branson when fire broke out following a tropical storm. Kate helped to clear the house of all the people present, and apparently helped save Richard Branson’s ninety-year old mother.

I frankly adore Kate. She’s an amazing, luminous actress with talent in spades. She’s beautiful, but in a natural,  rather than over glossed way. And I totally adore her personal style. So, in tribute to Kate, who has just added Super-hero to that already impressive resume, here are some of my favourite Winslet fashion looks.

Kate was an early supporter of Alexander McQueen. She wore one of his designs for Titanic‘s Oscar Night, a beautiful, baroque style green dress that was highly praised, but my favourite McQueen look was the beautiful medieval style wedding dress she wore for  her first marriage to Jim Threapleton. This was such a beautiful dress, very vintage inspired and extremely flattering.

Kate has always bought  sheer class to Oscar night, with a string of beautiful, elegant looks which mean she is always near the top of the best dressed list. My absolute favourite, indeed, one of my favourite Oscar dresses of all time, is the red Ben De Lisi gown with the floral strap. This was a truly feminine design that stood out from amongst the sea of red carpet black. Kate has worn coloured Oscar dresses since, notably the blue Badgeley Mishka design and the pale green Valentino that she wore when she was nominated for Little Children.

I think part of the reason I love Kate so much is that she embraces the look of old Hollywood. She just looks like a movie star should. Immaculate, glamorous and groomed. She often reflects the look of her dresses with a Marcel wave to her hair. And she never overdoes it, not for Kate massive amounts of ‘bling’, Kate keeps things simple and elegant. I loved the silver YSL  strapless dress she wore to the Oscars in 2010…and her hair had that touch of Veronica Lake that just enhanced the whole look.

But Kate’s look isn’t just about the long evening dress. Kate looks absolutely amazing in short cocktail styles. Just look how incredible she is in a Herve Leger bandage style dress.

Kate is always immaculate, always fabulous, and most important she is always a lady. Here are a few more of Super Kate’s fabulous looks.