Louis Vuitton channels Elizabeth Taylor for the new season

Flicking through my September Issue of Vogue, I found that I just kept turning the pages back to look at the stunning images from the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign. Made up of stunning photographs showing the likes of Karen Elson and Gisele Bundchen, almost unrecognisable in black wigs. The models are clad in sensible winter coats being worn over the wispiest of silk slips and shifts, and my mind was drawn to one of the ultimate style icons of the 20th century in two of her most famous, and also controversial, roles.

The looks from this collection, as photographed by Steven Meisel, are pure Elizabeth Taylor at the height of her 1950s beauty. Specifically they draw to mind two films where she made the slinkiest of undergarments, the shift, into an item of immense sensuality and style. In ‘Cat on a hot tin roof’ Maggie the Cat, as portrayed by Liz, spends much of her time in a white silk slip whilst trying to seduce her husband. Then, in the 1960 film Butterfield 8, her character Gloria, a high class call girl, again seems to live in a uniform of champagne coloured shifts and heels, teamed with more champagne, this time in the liquid form. Occasionally she throws on a luxurious coat, but underneath it she is wearing…well, not a lot if we’re being honest.

Elizabeth as Maggie the Cat

Elizabeth as Gloria in Butterfield 8

The images of Liz playing bad girls in delicate shifts drip glamour and decadence, and the photographs by Meisel are an almost haunting echo.

This season you could attempt the look for yourself with some seriously sexy chemises from Boux Avenue which you may decide to keep for the privacy of the bedroom, or may well wear whilst dancing on a table on a Saturday night. For the not so brave,  Dorothy Perkins has a range of silky camisoles in a range of jewel colours, perfect for under a serious business suit for work, or under a chunky knit cardigan for a winter boho look.

Boux Avenue

Tori satin and lace chemise £35.00 Click to visit Boux Avenue

Tori satin and lace chemise £35.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Tori satin and lace chemise £35.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Jemima long satin chemise £40.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Bella long silk chemise £80.00 Now £40.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Dorothy Perkins

Red swing cami top Price: £14.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White swing cami Price: £14.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Embellished maxi dress Was £57.99 Now £40.59 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

More lingerie styles

Araks Elder Flax Silk Short Slip now £82 click to visit Avenue 32

Alöe Champagne Silk Lace Slip £90 click to visit Avenue 32

TWIN-SET JEANS sleeveless dress £123.01 click to visit FarFetch

BREITA BANDEAU DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

 

Get the High Street version of Key Designer looks

We can’t all afford to wear designer clothing. We may love the Victoria Beckham dress, but without Victoria Beckham’s clothing budget it’s not going to be appearing in our wardrobe any time soon. But, fear not, the trusty High Street seems to always come up trumps with some pretty impressive designer inspired pieces. These won’t break the bank, but will leave you looking a million dollars.

So next time you watch that catwalk show with a mixture of lust and envy, maybe it’s time you took another look at what the High Street, or even the supermarket has to offer.

The Victoria by Victoria Beckham look at George

Scallop Trim Shift Dress £16

Prada Pleats at New Look and George

Pleated Diagonal Colour Block Midi Skirt

Belted Pleat Dress £20

Louis Vuitton Look at River Island

pink sleeveless embellished tank top £30.00

Stella McCartney Look at Boohoo

Tricia textured mesh insert bodycon dress £20

Suzie Bodycon Dress £18

 

Style Icon of the Month – Sarah Jessica Parker

There was only one choice for the style icon to round off the year. Sarah Jessica Parker has looked totally fabulous the whole month through, attending a whole host of occasions and on the premiere trail for new movie, New Year. From vintage Pauline Trigere, Theyskens Theory and Louis Vuitton, she has shown over and over again why she is one of the most iconic fashionistas of all time.

Her looks have ranged from princessy feathers to funky coloured tights. DVF 60s style mini dresses to white lace chic Stella McCartney numbers, there is no limit to SJP’s scope for reinvention.  My favourite dress is the early 1960s style black evening dress from Theyskens Theory that she wore to the Kennedy Centre gala. This dress has a touch of Carrie Bradshaw about it, and the hairstyle in particular reminds me of Carrie and Petrovsky in MacDonald’s, with Carrie wearing a fabulous pink Oscar De La Renta dress.

SJP, we salute your fabulous festive taste in fashion. A true style icon for this, and every year.

Get the Look – coloured tights

Pamela Mann Lurex ribbed tights 

Jeffrey Monteiro Belle Lace Dress £120.55 e

In Louis Vuitton

Get the Look – Feathered skirts

ASOS Bandeau Dress With Embellished Bust and Feather Skirt

Get the Look DvF Fumi dress

diane von furstenberg Fumi embroidered dress 

Get the Look –  White Lace dress

Lavena Lace Dress £49.99 

Get the look – midi dresses

Sparkle Stripe Midi Dress £30.00