Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse tribute

It has upset Mitch Winehouse, but I think that Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture collection for Spring 2012  is a fitting fashion tribute to Amy. Full of models sporting Amy beehives and dressed in clothes that echoed her inimitable style, this is a collection that inspired by and celebrating Amy at her gorgeous peak, sassy, sexy and glamorous.

“I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon,” Gaultier says of the troubled star, who was found dead in July aged just 27. I totally agree with Gaultier. Amy oozed unique personal style and that is something that has had a profound influence on the way girls dress.Her collections for Fred Perry have been successful, and the dress she wore on the cover of Back to Black became an auction sensation and a part of rock and roll history.

This collection brings to my mind the Preen clad, triumphant Amy at the Brit awards, when she reigned supreme as best female singer.Zingy bright colours, bras peeking above shirts and tops, form-fitting pencil skirts inspired by Italian sirens of the 1950s – it’s all there in this loving tribute to a true style icon.

 

 

 

 

Five fashion eras in one month.

July is turning out to be an interesting month style wise, not least because it is the month when retro styling is embracing so many different eras. Just flicking through some magazines and trawling websites I was amazed to see celebs wearing a range of great looks that span from the 1950s right up to the 1990s. Have a look through these and see if agree that for July 2011, anything goes.

1950s – Kelly Brook in Ischia

Not always a fan of her sometimes cartoonish look, but I absolutely adore this 1950s style print sundress. This is so Roman Holiday, and I love the clashing print of her Gucci bag.  A fabulous summer look.

1960s- Eva Longoria wearing ASOS

Just look at Eva Longoria looking amazing in this orange shift dress from ASOS. I love the tulip shape and the vibrant orange shade. This could’ve been designed by Pierre Cardin in 1965, such is the retro look. Eva keeps it bang up to date with the enormously high heels.

1970s – Poppy Delavigne

The 1970s wasn’t just about flares and platforms. Stunning maxi dresses by Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb and Laura Ashley were a wardrobe staple, one which made a welcome return a few years ago and is now as much a part of Summer as ice cream. Poppy shows that a stylish floaty variety can be an amazing look that  can take you from day to night simply be changing your shoes!

1980s – Kelly Osbourne does Madonna

Madonna looked really amazing in the 1980s. Peroxide hair, crucifixes,  leather, boy toy belts – she pushed style boundaries and ruled music and fashion. Kelly Osbourne, the face of ‘Material Girl‘ tones down the elements in her goth glam look, but this still screams Madonna circa 1985.

1990s Daisy Lowe as Madonna

Blonde Ambition was the event of 1990, with the fabulously outlandish outfits designed by Jean Paul Gaultier being a major talking point.Madonna famouly wore a pink conical bra basque, and now Daily Lowe is wearing a dress that suspiciously echoes that famous item of clothing, even in that same shade of salmon. Deja Vu anyone?

Grammys fashion – good, bad and just insane!

Sunday night was a very busy night in the awards calendar. As well as the Baftas, The Grammys were also taking place, albeit on the other side of the Atlantic and in much better weather. The Grammys are renowned for interesting style choices, and this year was no exception. There were angel wings, extreme animal prints and Lady Gaga arriving in an egg! But there were also some absolutely stunning looks on display, along with some plain bad ones. Here they are in all their glory…

The Good.

Nicole Kidman has had mixed reactions for her style choices lately, but her beautiful mermaid style floral dress from Jean Paul Gaultier was the perfect choice. With loose flowing hair and glowing skin she looked totally gorgeous and was definitely one of the best dressed on the night. This dress suited her hair, height and figure.

The ever-shrinking Jennifer Hudson made an interesting choice in her gown with an asymmetrical midnight blue Versace dress. The dress fitted her like a glove and with sleek hair and make-up, she looked amazing.

Florence Welch wore three dresses on the night, two of which were fabulous. Unfortunately, neither of these were her red carpet choice. Florence wore an Elie Saab beaded dress to perform, proving yet again that she is the perfect ambassador for Elie’s dresses. The nude shade dress looked ethereal when teamed with Florence’s striking red hair and pale skin. She later switched to an Oyster YSL dress with draped sleeves which was a throwback to 1930s glamour. This was my favourite Florence look on the night.

 

Florence wearing Elie Saab

 

 

My favourite Florence look - YSL

 

Diana Agron from Glee is fast becoming one of my favourite new red carpet dresses. She wore a Vivien Westwood trademark draped strapless dress, and rocked a cute blond quiff. This was a totally appropriate look to The Grammys and was completely different from the demure Chanel she had sported at The SAG awards. Her co-star Amber Riley continued her strong run of great red carpet looks with a hand painted dress by Ema Savahl and an interesting necklace that extended to the shoulder.

Kelly Osbourne looked so pretty in her violet ruffled dress by Tadashi Shoji, whilst surprise winner Esperanza Spalding showed that green and pink can be a fun and effective colour combination in her ruffled dress.

Kerry Hilson was possibly the best dressed star on the night. Her blue Basil Soda dress showed that mini dresses need not be trampy or overly flesh revealing. With her neat blonde hair, soft make up and strappy heels made for a perfect glam Grammys look.

The Bad.

Ciara. A beautiful girl with a stunning figure. A glorious mane of glossy hair. Ciara should have looked perfect on the red carpet, but she chose what can only be described as a modern-day Wonder Woman costume that showed far too much flesh for the red carpet.

Rihanna. Again her hair and make up were beautiful, and nobody can deny that Rihanna has a killer body, but in the Jean Paul Gaultier column dress previously worn by Andre Pejic as the ‘bride’, all I could think about was the Andrex puppy, and whether she was wearing any underwear…

Lea Michele. Someone needs to tall that girl that she is short! She keeps insisting on wearing dresses that swamp her tiny frame. I did like this Pucci gown, but it was simply too long and too fussy on Lea. Now, if Ciara had worn this, it might have been a different story.

Miley Cyrus. There’s always the look of the great unwashed about Miley, and wearing a tacky dress by Roberto Cavalli was never going to improve this fact. Yes, it is the Grammys, but with those bracelets and her toes sticking out from under her dress,  she just looked slightly dishevelled and trashy.

Florence Welch. Two of her choices made the best dressed list, but the dress she wore on the red carpet did absolutely nothing for her. Kelly Osbourne had apparently picked out the Givenchy Haute couture dress as her choice for Florence to wear at the Grammys, but this was a slightly strange swan design that probably looked better on the runway.

And the just plain insane

Nicki Minaj. This was a hybrid of Cruella DeVille and some of the stars of big cat diary. Animal print overload, teamed with crazy Bride of Frankenstein hair. You could only admire the look and thank god that it was Nicki wearing it, and not you. To think this was Givenchy!

Katy Perry. Fast becoming a poor mans diluted Lady Gaga. ‘Zany’ Katy decided to wear angle wings on the back of her Giorgio Armani dress, and to bring her 90 year old granny along as an accessory. Trying to hard…and, lets face it, no woman married to Russell Brand has any rights to wear angels wings!

And finally…Lady Gaga. She was carried on the red carpet in an egg designed by Hussein Chalayan! What exactly can be said about the women who needs to be hatched before she can perform!