Have a shoe studded Christmas

If your idea of serious party dressing involves footwear that the label ‘fierce’ was created for, then step right this way. Jeffrey Campbell is the King of creating weird and wonderful shoes and boots that could also double as a protective weapon if you found yourself in a sticky situation. Heels that could be mistaken for sky scrapers, studs reminiscent of the punk fashions of 1977 and wedge shapes that seem to be defying gravity, Jeffrey Campbell shoes are not for the faint hearted. But they are totally beloved by the A list fashionistas, with Madonna, Alexa Chung and Beyoncé just some of the lovely ladies whose feet have been graced by Jeffrey Campbell designs. These are the sort of statement shoes that everyone in the room notices, a true style statement.

Office seems to have a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and boots to match every mood, including many Office exclusives. There are ‘glam rock’ 1970s style boots that could come straight from the Marc Bolan archives, and silver wedges that evoke the image of Alison Goldfrapp singing ‘ooh la la’. Then there’s the dangerous glamour of the ‘Battle’ heels, with their studs and spikes. And then, just when you think you’ve seen everything Jeffrey Campbell has to offer, you see the beautiful simplicity of ‘Bullet 2’.

Jeffrey Campbell Bullet 2 high heel nude black toe £115 click to visit Office

Jeffrey Campbell During spike black suede silver spikes £130 click to visit Office

Jeffrey Campbell Battle spike high heel nude suede gold spikes £130 click to visit Office

Jeffrey CampbellLita platform ankle boot gold metallic £120 click to visit Office

Jeffrey CampbellPrickly black leather gold spike £140.00 click to visit Office

 

 

Weekly Star Style round up featuring Madonna. Kate Moss and Towie!

This week’s star style round-up features a global megastar, a supermodel extraordinaire and some of the loveliest reality TV stars around at the moment. There are shoes, as chosen by Madonna and as designed by Madonna (and Aldo), wonderful dresses and maxis from InLoveWithFashion, a real favourite of those gorgeous Faiers sisters. And there is that fabulous Stella McCartney Illusion dress, as worn by Kate Moss and the inspiration for a million High Street looks, including a rather fabulous, bargain version from Boohoo.com. All in all, a total fashion feast.

Kate Moss in Stella McCartney

STELLA MCCARTNEY Panelled dress 

And a great bargain version from Boohoo

Dotty Heart Back Contrast Side Bodycon Dress 

Sam and Billie Faiers wear Love


LOVE Cream Scuba Cut Out Bodice With Coral Mesh Skirt

LOVE Grey Long Sleeve Wrap Dress 

LOVE Valerie Print Pleat Neck Crop Top 

LOVE Valerie Print Slit Front Maxi Skirt 

LOVE Silver Split Leg Maxi Dress £42 

Gemma Collins Collection, now at Simply Be

The gorgeously curvy Gemma Collins has recently launched her own collection, and you can now purchase this at Simply Be. This  collection is full of pretty colours and prints, dresses that drape curves, and in the case of the wrap dresses, owe more than a nod to Diane Von Furstenburg. I particularly love the gorgeous scarf prints and Versace style blue/green prints that are bold and bright – a bit like Gemma herself!

Gemma Collins Scarf Print Wrap Dress £60 

Gemma Collins Holland Daisy Cut Out Dress 

Gemma Collins Vencie Print Wrap Dress 

 

Madonna in Office

Madonna has been a rather busy lady this summer, and during her recent MDNA UK tour, she was spotted in Selfridges, Oxford Street, where she headed straight for the Office concession and snapped up four pairs of shoes and boots. I’m guessing that the flat versions may well be a gift for that directional teenager Lourdes, whilst the Jeffrey Campbell’s have Madonna written all over them.

Jeffrey Campbell Prickly, £150

Jeffery Campbell Aubery Spike £145 

NIGHTHAWK £80 

Underground Wulfrun creeper blksilvstud £100.00 

As well as buying lots of shoes, this season has seen the Material Girl launch her own collection, ‘Truth or Dare’ in collaboration with Aldi. On sale exclusively at Selfridges, my favourites are the Skeels courts, which are just beautiful, and the cute flatties ‘Kulig’, which remind me of a much loved pair of Kurt Geiger pumps I owned, which died on me on the way to the Missguided Press show a few weeks ago. So they are definitely on my shopping list for the Autumn season.

TRUTH OR DARE BY MADONNA Skeels courts £110.00 

TRUTH OR DARE BY MADONNA Feline courts 

TRUTH OR DARE BY MADONNA Michonski ankle boots

TRUTH OR DARE BY MADONNA Kulig ballet 

 

 

 

Madonna launches her first perfume

It’s taken Madonna a long time to come up with her first perfume. After a career that has seen music, film,video, books, clothing for her own line and collaborations with H&M amongst others, it is hard to believe that 2012 has seen the very first fragrance from the Material girl.

Hard to believe, but true. But the Queen of Pop has finally dipped her multi talented feet into the fragrance pond with the launch of Truth or Dare, her first perfume, which is currently available exclusively at Selfridges. Like the recent Stella McCartney fragrance L.I.L.Y, Truth or Dare was inspired by the singer’s mother, who tragically died when Madonna was just six, and whose perfume she carries with her everywhere. “My oldest memory of my mother is her perfume.’ Madonna says. ‘She always smelled like Gardenias and Tuberose’. Madonna wanted to recreate this scent saying that smell “connects us to memory, nostalgia and the ability to dream and fantasize.”

MADONNA Truth or Dare eau de parfum from £25.00

So what is the perfume like? I was lucky enough to be sent some samples and I have to say it is a really lovely, and long-lasting fragrance. It reminds me of the sort of fragrances that were popular during Madonna’s early 1990s heyday – Tendre Poison and Paco Rabanne’s Ultra Violet – both of which are big favourites of mine.  The smell is very musky and the elements of tuberose and gardenia come through very strong, making this a distinctive, pretty floral fragrance. It is also very long-lasting, being eau de parfum it retains a strong scent without needing to be reapplied.

I love the ad campaign,which shows Madonna looking much as she did at the time of the original Truth or Dare documentary/Blonde Ambition tour. I also think Madonna has taken care to make sure you can’t miss the pretty bottle in Store. Rather than glass, Madonna has opted for a  luxuriously classic bottle and box designed in collaboration with Fabien Baron . The whole packaging has to represent the concept of  Truth or Dare by balancing purity with provocation – the white bottle and logo represent truth and spirituality whilst the unexpected beading detail gives the bottle a raw edginess.

The Eau de Parfum starts at £25 for a 30ml bottle, going to £32 for a 50ml and £42 for a 75ml. I think this is really reasonable for eau de parfum. You can also get a shower gel for £14 for an all over scent. All fragrances are available exclusively at Selfridges.

MADONNA Truth or Dare shower gel