Fashion-Mommy loves -A style review of March Style.

March has been a busy fashion month. It started with the sacking of John Galliano from Dior after his shocking anti-Semitic comments that stunned the fashion industry and public alike. It ended with the launch of Pearl Lowe’s newest Peacocks collection that promises to be another sell out. The month has seen Vivienne Westwood launch her first American store, with a little help from Christina Hendricks, the story of ‘Lucy in Disguise’ told in ‘Lily Allen – from Riches to Rags’ on Chanel 4, and the usual slew of film premieres, launches  and celebrity appearances. Here are some more of the things that Fashion-Mommy has loved this month.

 

Star Style

There have been some interesting looks on display this month. Olivia Munn reflected the glorious spring weather with the perfect floral maxi dress which I think will be much copied this Summer. Taylor Swift was another star who tapped into the floral trend with a pretty sundress teamed with a cardigan to take the chill away. Katie Holmes showed how you can wear leather trousers without looking like a rock chic by adding a beautiful green blouse, whilst Fan Bing Bing became the newest style crush with her chameleon like style. Paloma Faith brought her usual quirky style to the Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld Paris party.

The two Kate’s continued to make fashion waves. Kate Middleton showed again that clothes in her wardrobe have to earn their keep by wearing the camel leather LK Bennett jacket for a meal with William in which her wore scruffy trainers. She then earned her first unanimous praise for her stunning Burberry trenchcoat, which became an instant sell out. John Lewis also cashed in on the Kate craze with their ad campaign in which Coco Rocha seemed to resemble a certain Princess in waiting in a Reiss like dress.

Kate Moss was photographed this month wearing 1970s evening wear and clutching a box of after eight mints for an Abigail’s Party themed night. The dress was amazing, but I don’t think I will be copying the strange curls. She looked her usual amazing self at a club launch in London later this month.

Rihanna’s first cover for US Vogue showed just why she is considered one of the most beautiful and stylish stars in the world at the moment. The internet went crazy for this image in which Rihanna resembled The Birth of Venus.

The launch of the new Pearl Lowe for Peacocks collection has been another success. With Daisy Lowe again the face of the brand, this is another retro styled vintage look with Daisy styled as a brunette Bardot.

I must admit that I have really enjoyed shopping this month. Here are a few of my  favourite buys.

 

Dorothy Perkins - Perfect with camel trousers

 

 

Dorothy Perkins

 

 

TK Maxx

 

 

 

Debenhams

 

I also bought lots of vintage and second-hand items, which I will talk about in a future post.

Another great month over. See you in April!

How children decide the clothes we wear.

The Actress Katie Holmes at the National Memor...

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Poor Katie Holmes, she can’t seem to do or say anything right can she? Most recently, she has attracted criticism and ridicule after admitting that her daughter Suri sometimes chooses her outfits. In particular she pointed out the red evening gown with blue heels that she had worn to the Met Ball that had met with some mixed reviews. Heat magazine, in particular was quite scathing of Katie, printing some unflattering pictures and saying it was quite obvious that the clothes had been chosen by a child.

But why the fuss? I think anyone with a young child would be the first to admit, that even if they don’t actually let their child choose their outfit, the fact that you have a child pretty much governs what you wear anyway. Take me for instance. Before I had Baba, I lived in a wardrobe of slim fitting pencil skirts, dresses and very high heels. I’d wear any colour that I fancied, and particularly loved reds, pinks and yellows. Flash forward to when Baba was born, and I still tried to maintain this every day. Just two weeks after Baba was born prematurely (and I had almost died in the process), I was very proud when my health visitor said that I looked so glamorous in my wrap dress and heels, just a couple of days after bringing Baba home. But maintaining this proved more difficult. Baba was constantly sick after feeds, leaving me covered with nasty looking ( and smelling) puke for most of the day. Darker colours seemed to hide this better than my favourite brights, and so black, brown and navy became staples of my wardrobe.

As Baba has got older, I still find myself dressing to suit him. In the house, jersey dresses which stretch as I change nappies and play with toys on the living room floor are more sensible than more structured clothing. Flat shoes and jeans are more sensible for running around the park than vertiginous heels that I used to live in. Chunky cardis are better for spending time outside than belted glamorous coats, whilst a cross body bag is a lifesaver when pushing a pushchair around the shops during weekdays when Hubby isn’t available. (Thank god for Cath Kidston wipe clean bags and Kipling’s all-purpose, multi pocket bags.)

Now, don’t get me wrong. For going out occasions and times when Baba is with Nanny and Grandad, the heels come back out in force. Last weekend in London, my Love Label lace ups got an airing, the new Ferragamo Kitten heels were much admired at a recent Bridesmaid dress fitting. I still swear by chandelier earrings, even in daytime with jeans, and I refuse to wear combat trousers, joggers or any other monstrosities favoured by some moms on the school run. But you do have to think carefully.

So I think Katie Holmes should be applauded for her turned up jeans and plaid shirt ensembles which she has worn lately. They are practical when looking after a child, and she still usually gets it right with brogues and sunnies.

In addition governing your wardrobe as a practicality, children do like to be involved in wardrobe choices, both their own, and yours. My Baba is a nightmare in Sainsbury’s, every time he spots a Thomas the Tank engine or Cars top, he pops it in the trolley, shouting ‘Momma, this.’ My cousin Terrianne’s little girl is Cheryl Cole obsessed, copying her dancing and clothing. I remember vividly watching my mom dress to go out when I was a child, messing with the clothing and really admiring her leather envelope clutch bag. I have spent years trying to find a similar one, to no avail.

Last year I went away with my 7 year old niece.  I let her help to choose which top I should wear each day. She plumped for the brightly coloured one each day, ignoring a navy River Island tunic I had bought with me. So it comes as no surprise that Suri Cruise chose the bright blue stilettos for her mom to wear. I can imagine Katie showing Suri the pictures from the press and saying, you helped mommy to look lovely, didn’t you. And I, for one, think that is a sweet image.

So, Heat magazine, back off Katie. You never know, you may have kids of your own one day who want you to wear the blue heels with the red dress!