Trend of the season – Louis Vuitton Checkerboard collection

It was a collection that I thought was cute on the catwalk (or escalators in actual fact), but wasn’t really sure who would wear it in real life. The answer proved to be ‘everybody!’. Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer collection for Louis Vuitton 2013 has proved to be one of the most popular collections ever in terms of celebrity patronage. Everyone, and I mean everyone, seems to have been spotted wearing at least one of the pieces from the range.

The collection is an intoxicating mixture of 1960s geometric design and block colour. Think Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne and Peggy Moffat modelling and you get the general picture of what this collection brings to 2013. And it all works – something that seems so based in the design and colour of the swinging sixties has proved to be ultra modern and stylish in 2013. Miranda Kerr, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Hailee Steinfeld, Bereneice Bejo and Juno Temple are just some of the famous ladies who have worn and loved this unusual range. In addition, model Lindsey Wixson looked just amazing in the green version on the cover of Japanese Vogue, whilst Fan BingBing went against the grain in a block yellow dress from the collection.

 Get the look

Black/white diamond print Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Black check print tube dress £25 click to visit River Island

Black and white check sleeveless shirt £28 click to visit River Island

Olivia Rubin Jumper wall £75 click to visit House of Fraser

 

 

Halloween – a feast of dark and gothic looks

The witching hour is almost upon us and the looks on show are decidedly dark  and gothic. With Kristen Stewart and Daphne Guinness as muses, along with the high interest in Twilight sequels and all thinks vampire, there is a real fashion interest in the dark side. Leather, lace and heavy velvet in every shade of blue (midnight of course!) and black are all over the High Street and catwalks. So embrace a bit of black magic and make this Halloween the most spooky, and yet most stylish ever.

Poster girls for Gothic Glamour.

Here are some of the  key picks for the Halloween trend.

Miss Selfridge Textured maxi 

This Miss Selfridge maxi dress reminds me of that slinky Morticia Adams gown that Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars the year she was voted best supporting actress for Girl Interrupted. Perfect for a glamorous fancy dress look.

Miss Selfridge Black lace pleated dress £47 

Love the gothic feel of this lace mini dress. The long sleeves and high neckline give this a dramatic edge, and the lace taps into the Victoriana gothic style.

Wallis Black pu pleated skirt maxi 

Wallis Black Sequin Sleeve Dress 

Wallis has a fabulous range of darkly glam black dresses. I particularly love the cape like sleeves on the black  sequined dress, sort of reminds me of a very sexy witch.

Barratts Black Zip Flower Shoe Boot 

I love these boots from Barratts. And yes,  that is a flower, but don’t you think it has a spider web feel to it?

McQ Alexander McQueen Cobweb long sleeve top £95 and black leather exposed zip skirt McQ Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen classic skull scarf £165

Alexander McQueen classic skull clutch £825 

Alexander McQueen was the King of the dark, gothic looks and so it seems fitting that the MCQ range is just full of clothes that evoke the imagery of Halloween. I just love this outfit!

Sportmax Black Vorra Elbow Length Suede & Leather Gloves 

You can tap into the look with your accessories, these Sportmax gloves are a real touch of luxury.

 

MTV Movie Awards – Thank goodness for the two Emma’s!

Sunday saw the MTV Movie Awards, with a host of favourite style savvy stars walking the red carpet. Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Leighton Meester and Blake Lively were just a few of  the fashion-forward stars that appeared at the event, which proved to be a bit of a fashion flop. Take a look at some of the outfits on display on the night.

Good

Emma Watson was the best dressed star on the night, in not one, but two fantastic dresses. Proving that  white is still one of the hot shades this year, she looked beautiful in a Marchesa dress, that was both age appropriate and elegant. She then changed into a fantastic lime green mini dress by the same designer.

Emma Stone also looked great (must be something about that name…). She wore a black lace dress by Bottega Veneta and was back to her much more flattering red hair colour. This is such a flattering way to wear sheer lace.

Mila Kunis continues her good run of red carpet looks in Balmain, which proved to be the hot designer on the night. Mila wore her embellished Balmain skirt with a slouchy style top which proved to be a really cool rock chick looks. She accessorised with Justin Timberlake.

Blake Lively looked like an American Classic in cool Michael Kors. This showed off her amazing body to perfection. I loved the cut, the colour, and the surprisingly sedate length. This was style that didn’t have to try too hard. The only jarring point was the purple shoes, which took colour clashing a bit too far.

Bad

Leighton Meester in Balmain. I don’t hate the dress, if JLo had worn it I would be in love, but on Leighton it looks all too casual, a bit like the little girl who raided glam mommy’s wardrobe. A fashion fail.

Amanda Byrne.

Yes it’s a Herve Leger dress, which I am so bored with, but it’s the shoes that put her on the worst dress list. They look like two of Jim Henson’s muppets taking root on her feet. And as for the Oompa Lumpa legs, all I can say is..Amanda – step away from the Fake Bake!

Kristen Stewart also sported Balmain, in a hot red mini dress. The problem is she always looks so uncomfortable in little dresses that I wish she hadn’t bothered. The dress is also just so-so.

Selena Gomez turned up in Giambattista Valli in an outfit that was just fine, for a summer barbecue. This just looked too daytime for an awards ceremony, even if it was for MTV. Still, it was cute and age appropriate, and may stop those who snipe that she looks more like the Bieber’s auntie than his girlfriend!

Nikki Minaj…word just fail me, bondage queen meets GI Jane. Just terrible!