V festival – a sea of dresses

Maybe it’s because the weather has been ‘too darn hot’ in the inimitable words of Ann Miller, but amidst the usual parade of denim and hotpants, there were a lot of very pretty dresses on display at the V festival this last weekend. There were maxi dresses, midi dresses, gorgeous vintage print tea dresses and even some candy stripes courtesy of Sophie Ellie Bexter.

This was a true taste of summer, and the style that I love most – feminine, girly, but grunged up a little with some boots and shaggy hair. Top glamour marks must go to Billie Piper, who looked glorious in her Ossie Clark style maxi – which she seemed to keep pristine. Maybe it’s a good job V is known as the clean festival!

Festival Style

I love Kelly Brooks citrus coloured dress with the lovely 1950s silhouette. A perfect fit for that fab figure and the addition of shoe boots is a winning touch.

The fabulous Emma Bunton combines brightly coloured animal print with a classic tan Mulberry and boots to create a perfect festival look. I love her addition of a denim shirt rather than a jacket for a casual touch.

How gorgeous is Sophie Ellis Bexter here? The primary striped dress cinched in with a black belt and those oh so cool shades make her look like a Riviera beauty from the early 1960s. Loving the retro hair too.

This dress is just stunning. I wasn’t sure who the designer was, although the print is very Clements Ribeiro, but then I discovered tht this dress was from Issa. It has a feel of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell and I just adore it. Billie has a very ecletic personal style that I often admire – and this dress was a bold and brave choice for a music festival, but bravo to Billie for providing one of the looks of the summer.

The real star of last years X Factor (sorry Little Mix – was never that impressed…), Mischa B has started to impress with some great style choices. This dress is great, the vest top makes it practical,  whilst the animal print skirt is both a bit of fun and a little bit of glamour. Gold Star to Mischa.

The One Show’s Alex Jones shows that florals are the perfect print for festivals, tying in perfectly with all that grass! This dress is very similar to the styles from Inlovewithfashion – a flirty mini dress at the front, with a longer train at the back. Also have to say I really like Alex’s sandals too.

Festival Dresses – get the look

LOVE Gallus Print Chiffon Pleat Neck Asymmetrical Midi Dress £48 click to visit Love

Blue floral prom dress Was £39.50 Now £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

SO FUN DRESS £37.00 click to visit White Stuff

SORBET STRIPE MIDI DRESS £22.00 click to visit White Stuff

Animal Printed Shift Dress Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Smudge Animal Maxi Dress Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

ssa Kimono-sleeve printed silk maxi dress £490 click to visit Net-a-porter



X Factor Fashion – Kelly’s back to turn up the heat.

This was a pretty special week even by X Factor standards. Kelly Rowland was back after  recovering from the devastating illness that had left her with the ‘worst pretending to be ill’ voice ever. Frankie Cocozza was back to fight another week, and Louis and Gary were most definitely not enjoying each others company. Not all sunshine and smiles, that’s for sure.

But this was a vintage week for X Factor style. And with Florence Welch as the amazing musical guest wearing a  glorious Art Deco style design,and Mischa B looking fierce in an Oasis tailcoat, this was the best fashion display yet from this series.

First  Up – Kelly Rowland’s High Fashion Parade

Kelly pulled out the big guns this week. No cute Topshop dresses, this was full length fabulousness in John Galliano and Alberta Ferretti. On Saturday she looked exquisite in a raspberry strapless gown that she teamed with a stunning necklace that enabled her look to shine even from behind the desk.

The great news is this look can be achieved on the High Street. Coast have the fantastic Symphony maxi dress that has a similar style to Kelly’s dress. Team it with the Kimmy sparkle necklace for that highly glamorous look that seems second nature to Ms Rowland.

Coast Symphony Maxi dress £170

Kimmy Sparkling necklace £55

Kelly’s Sunday night evening was a beautiful white embellished gown from John Galliano. This was another highly glamorous look, albeit  one that was slightly bridal in tone.  This look is harder to achieve on the High Street, although white dresses are getting lots of star approval  (with Kelly, Tulisa and Florence all sporting  them on Sunday night), they are not numerous on the High Street. Here are a few example I have been able to find.

Tulisa – Short and Sweet

Whilst Kelly opted for the drama and  romance of long evening gowns, Tulisa upped the sex factor with her thigh skimming gowns. Saturday saw a glittery disco number with a one sleeved dress. It was a tad too short, but did fit the theme and she teamed it with a cute headband that really suited her. This is a look you can find all over the High Street, one sleeved dresses are just about everywhere this season.

On Sunday night, Tulisa opted for a swanlike white dress with a frilled skirt. She toned down the prettiness with her fierce Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and black belt. This dress did sort of remind me of toilet roll, but there is no doubt she  looked very pretty in this look, and it was a bit of a departure from the bodycon styles she often sports.

feather and bead dress £49.99

multi strap platform sandal £24.99

black pewter waistbelt £6

I also liked Mischa B’s look this week. Usually she seems to be chanelling the spirit of Grace Jones, with wild hair and even wilder looks, but this week her look was toned  down, and she looked just gorgeous.


Gavin contrast jacket

Leather and ponte trouser

I can’t finish this X Factor piece without worshipping the Art Deco beauty of Florence Welch, looking like the Chysler building brought to life, she looked so, so beautiful. Pure perfection.