70s style returns with ‘American Hustle’

The year’s first must-see film is released today, and could bring Studio 54 style into the mainstream once again. ‘American Hustle’ is set in 1978, and features an amazing cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. And whilst I must be honest and say the hot men are looking decidedly ropey on this occasion (Bradley Cooper with a tight, curly perm…Christian Bale with what can only be described as a paunch…) The women look fabulous. Jennifer Lawrence is smouldering in the publicity posters in a white dress that seems to be chanelling Debbie Harry from Blondie in those ‘Parallel Lines’ album covers, but it is Amy Adams who really stands out.

American Hustle


American HustleFor Amy’s style, we are talking full-on seventies glamour. Large, Jackie O style sunglasses, Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses showing more than a hint of boobies, teamed with strappy sandals, fur trimmed coats and floppy Fedora hats. And her hair is just stunning too, either in lush dark curls, or that ultimate 70s disco style, crimped. (I slept in plaits when I was young trying to achieve this look, not to much success mind.) Think Faye Dunaway in Network and Laura Mars, crossed with disco diva’s like Diana Ross and Donna Summer, and you get the general idea.





rs_560x415-131212112358-1024.Amy-Adams-American-Hustle-Fur-Hat.jl.121213‘American Hustle’ has been critically acclaimed and is set to be one of the most talked about and admired films of the year. In terms of style inspiration,  I think Amy’s glamorous retro looks could have us reaching for the sequins, crimpers and that can of Elnett all over again.

Roll-up, Roll-up for the Selfridges Shoe Carnival

What is your favourite carnival? Maybe you attend a local one each year, with floats full of children in fancy dress. Do you go to Notting Hill every August, seeing out the end of the holidays in festive style? Or maybe you’ve got further afield, to the beauty of the Venice carnival, with its masked figures and Rococo style elegance, or to sun dripped Brazil for the Mardi Gras? Fabulous carnivals one and all.

But this year you don’t need to travel that far to experience all the fun of the carnival. Just pop along to Selfridges and experience the colour, vitality and sheer lustworthy beauty of the Shoe Carnival taking place this month. This is an opportunity to check out all the latest in shoe trends, from the bright, bold and beautiful, to the surreal and wonderful. There are exclusive styles in the theme of fun, theatre and dance from the cream of the shoe design world.

I’ve been browsing through some of the key designs and matching them up to some of my fave celebrity fashionista’s. Here’s what I’ve chosen for each lady.

Jennifer Lawrence

Super pretty and girlie, but with a tougher edge, it had to be the pink studded McQ’s for Oscar Winning Jennifer…although she would have to watch her step of course!

MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Studded leather courts £265.00 click to visit Selfridges

Kate Moss

Rock chick, super model and all round style icon Kate is rather partial to a pair of red boots, so I think the St Laurent red leather would be perfect for her. Pointed toe, skyscraper high heel, all she needs to do now is dig out those hot pants and she’s good to go.

SAINT LAURENT Paris leather ankle boots £600.00 click to visit Selfridges

Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith is the Queen of crazy and quirky style, but is never without glamorous heels. She even walked the Olympic Torch relay in mega heels. I think she would love the current Rupert Sanderson collection, in particular the yellow satin parrot prints, as bright and colourful as Paloma’s stage persona.

SELFRIDGES Rupert Sanderson yellow satin parrot £595 click to visit Selfridges

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is the ultimate shoe icon, Carrie Bradshaw was as well know for those Manolo’s as we was for her disastrous love life. In real life SJP is rather partial to pointed toes, and I think she would love these delicate yet edgy darlings from Valentino.

VALENTINO So Noir leather sandals £600.00 click to visit Selfridges

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez remains the quintessential Hollywood glamour girl. From head to toe Jennifer always seems to sparkle, sometimes quite literally. If Jennifer was heading to the Selfridges carnival, she would make her way straight over to the Jimmy Choo room, and I think she would choose the Dolly shoe, covered in Swarovski embellishments.

Selfridges Birmingham Gina Dolly Swarovski-embellished courts £1250 click to visit Selfridges

To view more of the brilliant designs that make up the Selfridges shoe carnival, click here.


BAFTAS – My Best Dressed

I have to say that this years BAFTA awards was one of the most enjoyable in years. Stephen Fry was on great form presenting, and the Hollywood contigent was almost in full attendance, making this a super glamorous and starry eyed occasion. It was also one of the best dressed award evenings I have ever watched, with just so many fantastic looks, ranging from super elegant to super sexy.

I’ve decided to focus on my favourite dresses from this years ceremony, so there are no places for Anne Hathaway (fine, but a tad dull in Burberry), Andrea Riseborough and Marion Cotillard (who wore the same, gorgeous shade of yellow in equally disappointing dresses from Vivienne Westwood and Dior respectively). But let’s not dwell on those dresses – let’s look at who really did make the grade.

Jessica Chastain was my best dressed of the evening in a totally amazing gown from Roland Mouret. I could look at this for the rest of my life and still not be able to find a single fault with it. The perfect colour for a red head, the exquisite cut – Jessica was Rita Hayworth incarnate in this dress.

Jennifer Lawrence was true to form in wearing Dior, but this time I loved the look. A very soft pink, embellished with black stones and studs, this gown was perfect for her slim frame, and also seemed age appropriate after some seriously aging gowns. Her hair, was another story. It looked a tad greasy, or wet. An updo would’ve been so much more elegant with this look.

Helen McCrory opted for the most exquisite vintage gown from William’s vintage, a 1963 ice blue, crushed satin confection from Givenchy that looked as if it could’ve previously belonged to Grace Kelly – it was that pretty. This is Helen’s second red carpet triumph in a week and I’m beginning to look out for her choices.

BAFTA rising star winner Juno Temple showed that sometimes simple is best in her chic Stella McCartney dress. I loved her retro waved hair and soft make-up. The only jarring point was the beaded bag, which was a tad too big to be paired with this outfit.

It was a great night for Nicholas Oakwell, who dressed Helen Mirren and Paloma Faith, amongst others. I loved Paloma in this very 1940s styled dress. The beading was exquisite, the slash only hinting at skin, and then she teamed this with a dramatically styled Betty Grable-esque updo. It may not be for everyone, but I think Paloma is amazing and hope she continues to pull off such arresting looks.

Helena Bonham Carter often gets a bad press and hits the worst dressed list, but on this occasion she looked wonderful. Her vinyage style tulle dress was one of her best looks ever, still allowing her quirky personality to shine through. I posted this particular look on Facebook and it seemed most people agreed that Helena looked divine.

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