Paris Fashion Week – Front Row Style.

Paris fashion week is well-known for the starriest and most stylish front rows, and this year has been no exception. From Princess Charlene who shone in gold on the front row at Akris, to Clemence Poesy and Uma Thurman flying the flag for Chanel, the front rows have been a good combination of star power and style power.

Here are some of my favourite front row looks, and how you can channel the look for a fraction of the cost.

Carinne Roitfeld and Jennifer Hudson both looked fabulous in the simple, but very stylish pencil skirt and shirt combo.  Pencil skirts are a hot story this year,it was only last week that the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted buying a green version from Topshop, and they can only ever look chic. You could take inspiration from this look on the high street at Oasis and Miss Selfridge. Of course, the amount of buttons you leave open is up to you…

Oasis ponte pencil skirt £30 click to visit oasis-stores.com

Miss Selfridge black utility shirt

Little black dresses

Olivia, Clemence and Uma prove that the little black dress can mean many things to many different people. Olivia wears the daring see-through creation to dramatic effect. This can be copied on the high street in a range of maxi skirts with sheer panels. Clemence looks so pretty in this embellished design that has a Black swan feel to it, whilst Uma is the epitome of traditional Chanel, in the timeless boucle style jacket and frayed edged dress. All three looks show that, once again, black is back.

Oasis Boucle jacket £65 

Miss Selfridge Black Macrame maxi dress £50 

Miss Selfridge black split maxi skirt £37 

Princess Power

Whilst London Fashion Week  had P-Middy at Alice Temperley, Akris had the lovely Princess Charlene, who took her place a few seats away from Anna Wintour. She wore a golden Akris dress and sandals. Golden/Champagne shades look so much more flattering on most skin types than nude shades, and Reiss has a range of beautiful dresses in most caramel/gold shades.

Reiss Casablanca asymmetric draped dress £179 

Coast Annalee dress £135 

The Bright’s

Liv Tyler and Poppy Delavigne were on hand to bring some colour and pattern to the proceedings. Liv’s directional floral tunic style dress was an unusual style which I’m not altogether sure of, but I did love the bright flower print. Poppy Delavigne went for a gorgeous pleated dress in one of the seasons hottest colours, royal blue. The block shade looked great against her blonde hair as she posed outside the Dior show. You can take your style inspirations from Liv’s large flowers and Poppy’s shade of blue this winter.

Oasis floral print tunic £60 

Dorothy Perkins blue crossover pleated dress

Alexa

Alexa Chung arrived at the Stella McCartney show very late, but showed star quality later at the YSL show in her black and red satin dress. Her look was probably my favourite from Paris, just loving those pockets in that dress!

 

The Met Ball – Frocky Horrors.

The Met ball was a night of High Fashion, but for every beautiful dress, there was a frocky horror story happening. Bad clothes did happen to good people on the evening. Here are the stars who really should’ve looked in a mirror before they left the house that evening!

Rihanna. She wore a long lace Stella McCartney dress that raised that tiresome question – is she or isn’t she wearing any knickers. The quick answer is – who cares? Everyone has been adopting this look lately, even Kate Winslet, and it’s getting rather boring. And as for the Rapunzel red plait…get a haircut Rihanna.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley, officially the sexiest women in the world wore a rather tarty magenta dress by Christopher Bailey for Burberry. Yes, you have a great body,but sometimes less is more Rosie.

Fergie shocked me  in this frocky horror by Marchesa. Think Alexis Carrington getting married to Dex Dexter in Dynasty, circa 1985, and you get the picture.

I usually love Beyoncé’s styling, but this black and gold number by Pucci was more a Ming Vase than a dress. Not so fierce Sasha, I’m afraid.

Freida Pinto looked strange in a haute couture waiter on a cruise ship outfit by Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld also did a disservice to current muse Blake Lively by dressing her in a sort of sari that did nothing for her figure or for Saris. Maybe these girls should’ve swapped dresses?

There are always stars who look over-the-top, even for a glittering occasion like this. Step forward JLO in Gucci, who thought it was fancy dress and came as Evita, and Liv Tyler, who showed her sense of humour in a Givenchy Haute Couture Big Bird costume.

But the biggest frocky horror show on the night went to the beautiful, but misguided Christina Hendricks, who must sometimes look in the mirror and see a different person than the one we see.She possesses one of the most amazing bodies in Hollywood, but seems sometimes to have not a clue how to dress it. Case in point being this Carolina Herrera Horror show. This strapless number is unflattering, and her boobs are trying desperately to escape. Will someone (come on Westwood!) please help this women dress for special occasions?

The School Run fashionista!

According to a recent poll conducted by Debenhams, six in ten moms feel pressure to dress to impress whilst doing the school run. More than 1/3 wear  heels when they are walking/driving their little ones to school. On average,  they spend one hour and 15 minutes getting ready to drop the kids off. Why is the school run now a fashion event?

I have a two-year old, and whilst not actually doing the school run, I take my little one to play and stay twice weekly. I started off going in jeans and flat shoes – all the better to get down on the carpet to play with cars and train sets. But I was amazed at  just how some of the moms were dressed. Tight skinny jeans, teamed with high heels and Rick Owens style leather jackets seemed to be the norm for some of the moms, with glossy Cheryl Cole hair and a full face of that clever barely there make up. I felt quite dowdy in my jeans,flats, scraped back hair and no make-up look, although I was able to play with Baba in a way that skinny jeans would never allow.

I have since decided that the school run yummy mummy’s are split into two distinct categories. Allow me to introduce them to you.

The Claudia

The Claudia mom follows the perfectly groomed example of Claudia Schiffer. From the top of her glossy hair to the tips of her heeled shoes or boots, Claudia treats the school run as another catwalk appearance. Markus Lupfer luxurious knits are about as casual as Claudia ever gets. Elle McPherson is another honoured member of this group. She even wore red leather trousers to do the school run. These mommys are  never without sunglasses, even if it is a wet Wednesday morning.

The Liv

The Liv follows the example of the lovely Liv Tyler. The school run is when you drop the kids off at school, not a photo opportunity. Therefore, warmth and comfort are the name of the game. chunky knits, flat shoes and Ugg boots all make an appearance. Jeans can be boyfriend style rather than skinny, even converse pumps can make an appearance. SJP is a member of this group, with her cute beanie hats and Ugg boots. These women still wear the inappropriate sunnies…but they are celebrities after all!

The Debenhams poll cited that 39% of women cited competition with other moms as the reason for the glamorous school gates look. Clearly, the Claudia’s have a lot to answer for. 13% dress to impress the hot single dads,whilst 37% admit that they change straight back into something more comfortable when they get home.

So, which mommy are you? Do you paint your nails before you leave for the school run, or are you dragging something from the bedroom floor whilst trying to  get the kids to brush their teeth? Whether you’re a Claudia pounding the playground catwalk, or a Liv kicking a football with the kids, the school run promises to remain an interesting and fashionable experience for all involved in it.