X Factor Fashion – Kelly’s back to turn up the heat.

This was a pretty special week even by X Factor standards. Kelly Rowland was back after  recovering from the devastating illness that had left her with the ‘worst pretending to be ill’ voice ever. Frankie Cocozza was back to fight another week, and Louis and Gary were most definitely not enjoying each others company. Not all sunshine and smiles, that’s for sure.

But this was a vintage week for X Factor style. And with Florence Welch as the amazing musical guest wearing a  glorious Art Deco style design,and Mischa B looking fierce in an Oasis tailcoat, this was the best fashion display yet from this series.

First  Up – Kelly Rowland’s High Fashion Parade

Kelly pulled out the big guns this week. No cute Topshop dresses, this was full length fabulousness in John Galliano and Alberta Ferretti. On Saturday she looked exquisite in a raspberry strapless gown that she teamed with a stunning necklace that enabled her look to shine even from behind the desk.

The great news is this look can be achieved on the High Street. Coast have the fantastic Symphony maxi dress that has a similar style to Kelly’s dress. Team it with the Kimmy sparkle necklace for that highly glamorous look that seems second nature to Ms Rowland.

Coast Symphony Maxi dress £170

Kimmy Sparkling necklace £55

Kelly’s Sunday night evening was a beautiful white embellished gown from John Galliano. This was another highly glamorous look, albeit  one that was slightly bridal in tone.  This look is harder to achieve on the High Street, although white dresses are getting lots of star approval  (with Kelly, Tulisa and Florence all sporting  them on Sunday night), they are not numerous on the High Street. Here are a few example I have been able to find.

Tulisa – Short and Sweet

Whilst Kelly opted for the drama and  romance of long evening gowns, Tulisa upped the sex factor with her thigh skimming gowns. Saturday saw a glittery disco number with a one sleeved dress. It was a tad too short, but did fit the theme and she teamed it with a cute headband that really suited her. This is a look you can find all over the High Street, one sleeved dresses are just about everywhere this season.

On Sunday night, Tulisa opted for a swanlike white dress with a frilled skirt. She toned down the prettiness with her fierce Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and black belt. This dress did sort of remind me of toilet roll, but there is no doubt she  looked very pretty in this look, and it was a bit of a departure from the bodycon styles she often sports.

feather and bead dress £49.99

multi strap platform sandal £24.99

black pewter waistbelt £6

I also liked Mischa B’s look this week. Usually she seems to be chanelling the spirit of Grace Jones, with wild hair and even wilder looks, but this week her look was toned  down, and she looked just gorgeous.

 

Gavin contrast jacket

Leather and ponte trouser

I can’t finish this X Factor piece without worshipping the Art Deco beauty of Florence Welch, looking like the Chysler building brought to life, she looked so, so beautiful. Pure perfection.

Vauxhall Fashion Scout Exhibition – Edward Finney

Vauxhall Fashion Scout is a veritable hotbed of new fashion talent, with the exhibition a great showcase for new design. I had a good look around yesterday and totally fell in love with the unique, unusual designs of Edward Finney. My first words on seeing his collection were ‘This is a man influenced by Alexander McQueen‘,  and I was fascinated to learn  that Edward Finney had worked with McQueen, and also with another fashion genius, John Galliano , with whom he worked as assistant designer for four years. After viewing his offbeat designs, I don’t think it will be that long before we mention Edward Finney in the same breath of McQueen and Galliano.

Using a host of ‘heritage’ plaids and checks, Finney has created a wonderful collection rich in character and design.  Using the American socialite turned Happy Valley Vixen Alice De Janze as inspiration, this is a collection that, like Alice, breaks all conventions and has a seriously wild side. From sophisticated shift dresses that turn out to be seriously cute playsuits, to the use of shoelaces for adornment, this is a collection that requires you to look and look again.

 

Finney’s collection re-creates the hedonism of the 1920s ex-pat community with ‘a modern blend a fusion of tribal strength and classical style.’ So you have classic dress styles with full skirts and Prince of Wales check bands that are subverted with ultra sexy and modern cutaway details. Or the traditional plaid fabric turned into a 1980s style puffball mini dress.

My absolute favourite piece is the totally fabulous dress that bleeds ink, a stunning, innovative piece which leaks ink slowly spattering  the snow-white skirts with black ink as the model walks and moves. This is a dress filled with drama that is totally breathtaking.

I love this collection, and think there are enough quirky, edgy beauties on the red carpet who could really do it justice. Jaime Winstone would look amazing in the red tartan, full length dress below, whilst I would love to see Emma Watson in the puffball style strapless dress, this would look fantastic against her elfin beauty.

A designer whose works combines a sense of the dramatic with the element of fun, Edward Finney is truly a name to remember.


Kate Moss’s amazing Rock n Roll wedding!

She finally did it..and she did it her way! Kate Moss, the eternal bachelor girl, finally tied the knot yesterday with her rocker, and she looked  absolutely amazing.

Kate wore a beautiful vintage style dress by her troubled friend John Galliano for the wedding. This had a real 1920s feel, which tied in with Kate’s obsession with all things ‘beautiful and damned’. It was sleeveless and bias cut, rather like a decadent evening dress, and the hemline shimmered with rhinestones and gold leaves. There was a small train, and the veil and headpiece was reminiscent of that worn by The Queen Mother for her wedding to The Duke of Young in 1923,  which seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment,  as Lily Allen’s was also in this style.

Jamie was suited and booted in a pale blue suit that was rumoured to be YSL, and wore the obligatory rock star shades.

There are so many things to love about this wedding.  I love the  fact that Kate was very naturally styled, with her hair loose and flowing,  and frankly, a little bit dishevelled! I love the natural make-up, the 15 bridesmaids!!!!The fact that Manolo Blahnik designed shoes with the something blue lining. I love that Kate remained loyal to John Galliano, despite his recent troubles. And I love the fact that the night before the wedding Kate turned up dressed as Stevie Nicks and posed with her man!

 

The full  wedding will be published in the all-important September issue of US Vogue (Anna Wintour was a guest yesterday…would that still have been the case if Federer was still in at Wimbledon?). We may then get a glimpse of the evening dresses designed by friend Stella McCartney. But for now we can enjoy these lovely, happy shots of a Kate who seems to have put the past behind her.