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?

Caryn Franklin is bringing her How to look Good show to Pavillions.

Style Birmingham Live is the Most important Fashion date on the Midlands Fashion Calender, and last week there was much excitement when it was announced that fashion legend Caryn Franklin was bringing her live ‘How to Look Good’ show to Pavillions during the three-day event.

Caryn is basically a fashion icon,  a journalist, presenter, Writer, producer and director, Caryn has worked in fashion for nearly 30 years. She successfully bridged the gap between avant-garde and mainstream when, as Fashion Editor of the magazine, i-D, she became the presenter of the BBC’s ground-breaking and long-running fashion magazine show, The Clothes Show.

In recent years, Caryn has devoted time and energy to the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk with Erin O’Connor and Debra Bourne. This was an initiative to promote greater body and beauty diversity in fashion imagery  and she is involved in a number of initiatives all aimed at promoting a wider spectrum of beauty, including a government steering committee looking into air-brushing in photography. Caryn is passionate about a move towards more representation of different ideals of beauty in the world of fashion.

So it will be very exciting to welcome Caryn’s show as one of the star attractions when Birmingham Live hits the second city between 23-25 September 2011. The free show will take place three times each day on the Pavilions High Street Level.  The show promises to bring together fashion trends, styling advice and expert tips on how to flatter your shape and pick clothes confidently to suit your body. The ‘How To Look Good’ stage show demonstrates Caryn’s long held belief that ‘all’ women, regardless of age, shape and size can make fashion work for them. You will be able to enjoy seeing the latest Autumn Winter trends from Pavilions favourites like Hobbs, M&S, Monsoon and Evans,  independents like the fabulous Wysteria Lane, Silk Step and Aspecto. How To Look Good promises to be a fascinating mixture of catwalk fashion,  beauty masterclass and makeovers.

As well as Caryn, there will be appearances from celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole (This Morning, GMTV) and Midlands’ hairdressers and global L’Oreal ambassadors, Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko, whose celebrity clientele has included Hollywood a-listers, music star Katy Perry and model Lily Cole.  In addition to the stage show, a special beauty zone in the Pavilions Arena will provide the opportunity for hair and beauty consultations from Ariane Poole, Royston Blythe and Pavilions beauty retailers who include L’Occitane, Destination Skin and Pure Halal Beauty.

Royston and nick


Arianne Poole

Celebrate ghd’s 10th Birthday with Selfridges

Whatever did we do before ghd’s? It’s hard to believe there was ever a day when we didn’t have the Aston Martin of stylers, but once upon a time we left the house with some pretty strange, not to say rather frizzy, hairdo’s. But this month sees the 10th birthday of the nation’s favourite straighteners/stylers, and to celebrate, Selfridges are running a special, month-long promotion for fans of ultra sleek and stylish hair and the product that won Best Life-Changing Product in the Fabulous 2011 Beauty Awards.

Until the 31st July, you can save £20 on the Iconic Eras of Style range, featuring the new ghd Gold Classic Styler. This is the fab range with an ad campaign fronted by the gorgeous Katy Perry, who describes the brand as having “the best products in the biz”. The Iconic Eras of Style collection promises to appeal to your inner glamourpuss, whatever your  favourite era. You can embrace  50’s Glamour, 70’s Boho Chic and 80’s New Wave, or all three, if you  are a style chameleon.

Each limited edition set contains the ghd Gold Classic styler (the sleekest to date), a stunning bag representing the era that gives a nod to this season’s catwalk trends, and an exclusive get-the-look book showing you how to recreate these iconic styles at home, all beautifully presented as a striking gift set.

The discount will enable you to get any of  the three iconic eras of style packaging for £109, a £20 saving. But the other is only valid until the end of the month, so you need to snap yours up pretty quickly!