Stylish Television – Dancing on the Edge

The most exquisitely clothed drama of the moment must be ‘Dancing on the Edge’, Stephen Poliakoff’s absorbing story of the rise of a Jazz Band in the London of the 1930s. Featuring royalty, millionaires, ‘it girls’ and a whole host of beautiful people, and set in the glorious Art Deco surrounding of ‘The Imperial’, Dancing on the Edge is super stylish as only a series set in the midst of the bias cut world of the 1930s can be.

The Louis Lester band find success, due in no small part to the allure of the bands female singers, Carla (played by Wumni Mosaku), and in the lead vocalist role, Jessie played by Angel Coulby. These girls wear the sort of dresses that I would frankly kill to be able to wear, shimmering sequined sheaths in gold and silver for the lithe Jessie, curve hugging velvet and satin for the voluptuous Carla. They look so awe-inspiring in these gowns, utterly burning up the small screen every time they appear.

But it is not just the songstresses whose style had me drooling. Rich girl Pamela and photographer Sarah also appear in stunning look after stunning look.  In particular, the scene where Pamela, played by Joanne Vanderham, dances with the Prince of Wales features a glorious gown of the most fluid gold silk, with Grecian draping detail that makes the ‘It Girl’ look like a veritable goddess.

The 1930s is often forgotten as a fashion decade, in between the strong flapper style of the 1920s and the Utility wartime styles and then the ‘New Look’ of the 1940s. But it is one of the most infinitely stylish decades, with feminine, body skimming evening gowns in acres of silk, midi length tea gowns in china florals and wide leg trousers teamed with floaty pussycat bow necked blouses. Dancing on the Edge is embracing all those trends with such love, making it a fashion experience not to be missed.

Get the 1930s look this Valentine’s Day

Sequins shoulders gown £119.99 click to visit Mango

Metallic gown £69.99 click to visit Mango

Pleated panel gown £89.99 click to visit Mango

Biba Cowl back maxi dress £299 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba High neck pleated maxi £189 click to visit Biba

Biba Cape sleeve tiered printed dress £39.60 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Velvet printed midi skirt £50 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Silk peasant blouse £44 click to visit House of Fraser



Caro Emerald – new style crush.

Strictly come Dancing isn’t usually  the place to discover a new style crush, but that is exactly what happened on the Sunday night result show. Caro Emerald was the guest singer, and she was totally amazing.

A bit of research told me that Caro is currently  the biggest star in Dutch music, and is sure to be a sensation here very soon. A jazz singer who channels the spirit of Billie Holiday, I was totally enthralled by Caro’s voice, music, but, most  of all, her unique retro styling.

Caro has a stunning hourglass figure that she dresses to its best advantage by pouring it into outfits that reflect 50s styling.  The red dress she wore on Strictly was a clear example of this, clinging to her curves in a way that made her look like a screen goddess from the golden age of Hollywood. With vampish red lips and a Billie Holiday like flower in her hair,she was 100% glamour, totally Hollywood. I just adored this look and wanted to see more.

And after tracking down more pictures of Caro’s style, I can confirm she is a girl from another age. Nipped in waists, full skirts, berets and gardenia’s all feature heavily in this girls wardrobe.

What I really love about Caro’ style is that it is a fabulous celebration of her curves. Not super slim, Caro has curves in all the right places and embraces them in clothes that fit the form.  And although black does play a heavy part in her wardrobe, she is not afraid to embrace bight colours -just like that Strictly dress.