Grammy fashion – Who made the grade.

The Grammy’s is always interesting in fashion terms  (who could ever forget Gaga arriving in an egg?), but this year there was a sombre cloud hanging over the proceedings, following the death, just hours earlier, of Grammy winning superstar Whitney Houston.

But the show did go on, and there was one undoubted winner on the night, both in the music and style stakes. Adele looked so beautiful in a Giorgio Armani black shimmering gown, with long sleeves and a slightly low back. Her hair was lighter and fixed in 1950s movie star waves. She was perfection, and swept the board with six Grammy wins out of six.

Rihanna also wore Armani, and said she wanted to channel the sleek, sexy look of Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘Scarface’. She certainly achieved her aim, in a deep plunging fronted dress that was also backless. It was a fabulous look for the Grammy’s, the only thing not rocking my world was her hair. It looked like it was borrowed from Goldie Hawn…

Jessie J was another lady in a perfect frock with less than perfect hair. The stunning silver chainmail detailed dress was from Julian Macdonald, and it was like the prettiest disco ball you have ever seen. But I love Jessie with her sleek bobbed hairstyle, and this pony tail was just a little bit like Whitney Dean from Eastenders.

My first fashion miss was from Katy Perry.Her blue Elie Saab dress was beautiful, if  this was a wedding, and Katy was one of the bridesmaids. But this is the Grammy’s, and Katy just looked to staid and safe. The blue hair was another mistake, almost looking like a blue rinse, or a Bubble Guppy.

Kelly Rowland was a vision in a blush coloured dress from Alberta Ferretti. I adored the embellished detail on the bodice, and the streamlined shape. Kelly also scored high marks for her hair, which she kept naturally styled, and frankly made you wonder why she ever wears extensions, when her real hair looks that good.

After a fashion fail at the Golden Globes, Kelly Osbourne has really hit a run of fashion form. I love this dress by Tony Ward, which has a blingy 70s feel that is just perfect for the Grammy’s. It even looked good against that silver/lilac hair.

Nicki Minaj sported a red Versace Cardinal’s outfit.Words frankly fail me…

I’m a real fan of Taylor Swift’s style, and this gold, brocade dress from Zuhair Murad was simply breathtaking. I also adored her simple topknot hairdo. Taylor shows time and time again that you don’t need to flash the flesh to look amazing on the red carpet.

Corinne Bailey Rae was the first person on the red carpet who made me go wow. Her beautifully ruffled gown from Christain Siriano was wonderfully sculptured and looked great against her corkscrew curls. A fabulous red carpet gown.

What do you think? What was your favourite look on the night?

A five minute chat with Giorgio Armani Face Designer Cesar Santos

In November, I was lucky enough to be treated to a very special makeover by Giorgio Armani cosmetics. The genius behind my makeover was Cesar Santos, Armani’s international face designer. After Cesar had transformed my skin beyond belief, I asked him a few questions about what it is like to be one of the world’s foremost make-up artists.

Fashion-Mommy: Cesar, how long have you been in the make-up industry?

Cesar Santos: I have been International face designer at Armani for 11 years. I am currently London-based but have worked all over the World, including Milan and London fashion weeks.

FM: You must have worked with some exciting and interesting people, tell me about some of your favourites.

CS – One of the most rewarding and exciting experiences was when Lady Helen Taylor asked if I would do her make up for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding last April. Lady Helen was a Giorgio Armani ambassador for nine years, and I was over the moon to be asked. Other wonderful women I have worked with include Penelope Cruz, who is just wonderful, and the amazing Kim Cattrell. I was like…’It’s Samantha!’

Lady Helen Taylor at the Royal Wedding

FM: What would you say is the most indispensible item in your Armani make up kit?

CS: That has to be the Luminous Silk Foundation. This is the definite must buy and must have.

GIORGIO ARMANI Luminous Silk foundation £33.00 click to visit Selfridges

FM: What advice would you give anyone wanting to get into the beauty business?

CS: You need real passion, and to keep your eyes open to everything. Look in magazines, at people in the street. You need to make sure you absorb style all the time. And you need to practice, practice, practice!

FM: Who are your current beauty icons? Whose style do you admire?

CS: I love Beyonce, she just looks amazing. In terms of make up, I currently like Jessie J. She looks so current, but has not overstepped the mark. Her look is edgy but beautiful. I love it.

FM: So what can we expect to see in make-up trends in 2012?

CS: Luminosity will continue for the eyes, with champagne colours and sand and ivory. Lips will continue to be strong and striking. And for summer…WATCH THIS SPACE!

Thank you to the wonderful Cesar Santos for his time and genius. Selfridges Birmingham and Jennifer Hale from L’Oreal.


MTV EMA’S – The best looks.

Sunday saw the MTV European Music Awards. Lady divas  were out in force with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jessie J and Katy B all in attendance. But, as seems to be usual from the MTV fright shows, seriously good fashion looks were a bit thin on the ground. Lady Gaga looked like she’d lost her heart to a starship trouper in futuristic Paco Rabanne,Katy Perry came as a bad Frenchie from Grease lookalike complete with kitsch 50s outfit and pink hair, whilst Jennifer Metcalfe wore Olivia Newton John’s bad girl trousers from the same film.

Still, there were a few looks worth checking out again, and here they are.

Jessie J showed that a leopard print maxi dress is something that is not confined to the summer with her vibrant Dolce and Gabbana gown. Her Marcel wave hair looked similar  to the style sported by Fearne Cotton at present. This is a dramatic departure for Jessie and I think it suits her.

Get the Look

Mango Animal print maxi £114.90

Selena Gomez was the presenter on the night and wore lots of outfits,  but my favourite was the exquisite white Marchesa dress that she arrived in. Some have dismissed this as being a bit Ice Queen, or Swan Lake, but I prefer to see this as a beautiful snow princess. She is so fresh and pretty that she is able to pull this look off with aplomb.

white witch flared dress £97

Aldo Dezenzo shoe £60

Hayden Panattiere kept to that classic colour palette of black and white for her simply chic outfit. It wasn’t exactly a rock and roll outfit, but it was neat and stylish and looked great with her funky crop.

Morning Mist Dress £110.00

Wallis Petite Ivory Paisley Dress

Aldo Nasrin £70