A little black dress and a pair of red shoes

Trends come and trends go, but a little black dress is a timeless classic, destined to be around forever. It is a piece of clothing that will take you to any occasion (even acceptable for weddings these days) and it is something that never looks anything less than chic. We all agree that Coco Chanel was a fashion genius, but maybe her greatest gift to the world was making the little black dress something much more than funeral attire.

I don’t think I could count the amount of black dresses that I own, for both every day wear and evening attire. My latest favourite is the Lovedrobe pleated lace dress from JD Williams, a piece that manages to combine style and comfort beautifully in one elegant dress. This dress combines so many of my favourite features – lace, stretch fabric, a pleated skirt in a midi length, and a v neck style to balance out a bigger bust

Lovedrobe Pleated Lace Dress now £55 Click to visit JD Williams

This dress is really lovely, with close attention needed for the lace fabric, it is just so beautiful. The lace is layered over a block coloured lining in polyester that is again stretchy, making it comfortable to wear.

The Fabric is super pretty

The dress has a very vintage feel, with lots of echoes of the 1950s ‘New Look’ styles. There is a keyhole fastening on the back of the dress, but no fiddly side zips or fastenings, you can simply put this on by pulling it over your head, a real good point if you are in a hurry and trying to throw something on and leave quickly.

I really love this dress and how it makes me feel wearing it. It has such a glamorous, old Hollywood style to it, perfect for occasions when you really want to dress up. I have wore this dress on two different occasions, for the premiere of ‘The Red Shoes’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome (where I teamed it with red shoes and bag and won free cocktails for best dressed.) I also wore it for Valentine’s Day, where I continued the red shoes theme with Westwood Melissa’s and a vintage faux fur stole. I think the dress could be teamed with accessories of many different colours, as well as metallics for an updated look.

JD Williams have a great range of dresses that start at size 8 and go up to a size 34, which is brilliant. If you are looking for a dress for a particular occasion this year I would well recommend taking a look.

Spooky fashion treats for Halloween

The witching hour is almost upon us. For me, nothing says that winter is almost here more than the arrival of Halloween. And whether you spend the spookiest night of the year in front of a cosy fire, take to the streets trick or treating, or rock the night away at a costume party, there is still something magical about the night when the witches, ghosts and goblins rule.

Fashion has always had an obsession with all that is dark and gothic. With the rise of the vampire franchise Twilight and television hits ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘True Blood’, it has never been a better time to embrace your inner vamp. And whether you do this through jewellery and accessories from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Butler and Wilson and Lulu Guinness, or through vampishly slinky maxi dresses a la Morticia Adams and Angelina Jolie, adding a Halloween touch to your wardrobe is a smart move guarenteed to get you noticed.

Halloween Star Style

Angelina Jolie

Alexa Chung

Kate Moss and Nellee Hooper

Halloween treats

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Large skeleton necklace £165 click to visit Selfridges

 

£16.00 Lace Overlay Formal Dress - Green click to visit George at Asda

Charlotte Gold Spider Web Flats in Red Suede £23.99 click to visit Daisy Street

**Ghost Handknit Sweater by J.W. Anderson for Topshop £69.99 click to visit Topshop

Butler & Wilson Crystal Spider Web Snap Bangle QVC Price: £58.00 click to visit QVC

Lulu Guinness Kooky Cat Round Coin Purse QVC Price: £40.50 Click to visit QVC

Gold studded owl jumper Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black crochet batwing Jumper Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black All Over Lace Dress Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Berry Etherial Skull Scarf Price: £16.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Fishtail Bodycon Dress Price: £37.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

NAILS INC Crackle top coat £11 click to visit Selfridges

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Icon of the month April – Emily Blunt

My choice for style icon for the month of April was a no-brainer. At a host of film premieres, and the Tribeca film festival, Emily Blunt just stood out from the sea of bodycon, micro-minied lovelies in a style that is almost a cross between that of Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly. With an exquisite collection of ladylike, calf length shift and prom style dresses.

Unlike Kate Middleton though, Emily knows her designers. From red lace from Michael Kors, to my favourite, the wonderful yellow dress from Elie Saab, Emily has worn clothes with serious designer credentials. These are clothes that flatter her figure and body shape, whilst showing her stunning, natural beauty to its best advantage.

Here are Emily’s standout looks from April, with some ideas on how to get a similar look.

 

In Elie Saab

In Michael Kors

In Jason Wu

 

In Carolina Herrera

 

In Victoria Beckham

 

Get the Look

Mary Portas Lorelec dress Product code: D314914 Now £ 70.00 

Jaeger Lace overlay shift dress Product code: D341033 £ 180.00