Cote D’Azur styling from Boohoo

I have to be totally honest, I’ve not always been a big fan of Boohoo.com. I’ve always found  the prices to be reasonable, but always felt that the clothes and styling was just a little bit, well, young for me. So I was more than presently surprised when I received some images of the latest collection Monte Carlo, because there were so many things that I was frankly dying to buy.

This is a cool collection, chocked full of grown up styles influenced by that most chic of French Riviera resorts. There’s an obvious nautical influence, with a prevalence of reds and blues, along with the obligatory stripes. But there are also clear echoes of those most iconic of French citizens, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Here are my favourite items, prepare to be surprised.

Alexandra Multi Stripe Shell Top 

Georgia Blazer £25

Grace dress

Rihanna blue round toe wedge 

Charlie wrap dress £20 

Quentinne Contrast & Padlock Detail Bag 

Penny Colourblock Broderie Trim Shift Dress 

Santana Zip & Stitch Detail Saddle Bag

 

 

Pippa Middleton – The Dress Code.

This week has been a bumper one for Pippa Middleton watchers. She has been spotted out and about not once, but three times this week, and each time she has been wearing a great dress. Here is the lowdown on the outfits this week in Pippa-land.

Look 1 – The red cricket dress

I speculated that this dress was possibly an high street design as Pippa is often spotted wearing dresses from the Higher end of the High street,like Whistles and Hobbs. But this pretty red dot design dress turned out to be from Issa! It seems that Daniella Hayalel never need to take out advertising again, because two of the countries current style icons are constantly wearing her designs. Pippa always looks great in red, and this was no exception.

Look 2 The safety-pin dress

Back to work and Pippa wore a gorgeous safety-pin print dress that was from the High Street. The  pretty black dress was from the High Street brand Whistles, although I believe it is now out-of-stock. This is a great dress for drizzly summer days, because it has an elegant, chiffonesque feel, but long sleeves for chillier days. This would look great with opaques when the weather turns cooler. Pippa paired it with her favourite padded leather jacket, also from Whistles.`

Look 3 – Is it a skirt…or a dress?

Pippa was pictured with her glamorous mother Carole shopping on Chelsea’s Kings Road this week. I thought Carole looked amazing in a very pretty floral summer dress. Pippa was more business like, in an outfit that could be a skirt and top, or a dress. I’m frankly not sure. What I am sure of is the fantastic colour co-ordination of the navy and grey that looks just fantastic. Pippa is of course carrying the Modalu Pippa bag, that is now back in stock.

As Jane Birkin, Grace Kelly, Jessica Stam and Alexa Chung could all testify, having a bag named after you is the clear sign of fashion arrival. Pippa is definitely a new British Style icon. Next stop – the world…if Simon Cowell has any say in the matter.

Rachel Zoe launches new collection exclusively at Selfridges.

Stylist Rachel Zoe exits the Bryant Park tents...

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Rachel Zoe is the über stylist to the stars. Known for turning Nicole Richie from a rather cheap looking madam into a boho glamour puss, and also responsible for the red carpet styling of the likes of Mischa Barton, Kiera Knightley, Cameron Diaz and Anne Hathaway, Zoe has a name that is now synonymous with red carpet glamour.

So it is exciting news that Rachel Zoe is about to launch her first fashion collection in the UK this August.  The collection will be exclusively available from Selfridges Oxford Street store, and online at Selfridges.com. The collection will not be available anywhere else in the UK, so this is quite a coup for Selfridges.

So, what is the collection like?  Well, as you can expect from the Zoe, this collection firmly has its feet in the 1970s. Gorgeous sequined shift dresses nestle alongside amazing capes that look like they belong to Faye Dunaway circa Network 1976. There are boho inspired maxis and fabulous winter coats trimmed with wool and fur. There is also a nod to the androgynous styles that are a big story for next season, with tuxedos and shirts that show mannish tailoring at its best.

 

Rachel Zoe comments on the collection, “I wanted androgyny and the powerful woman look. I’ve grown up a lot. I wanted an amazing white tuxedo for under £650 and a cocktail dress for under £300… It’s very Jane Birkin-y, Anjelica Huston-y and Bianca Jagger-y.”

 

This is an amazing collection, with lots of investment pieces avaialable. Prices range from £165 -£580.