P is for Paloma Faith

I’m spending the evening trying to persuade my hubby that the best birthday present I could receive this year would be Paloma Faith tickets for her June 7th gig at the O2. It would be true to say I’m more than a little obsessed with the singer, her sublime voice is the sort that could sell you a nursery rhyme, whilst her style combines the best of the quirky, the unique and the decidedly retro, sort of what would happen if Rita Hayworth had been combined with Minnie Mouse.

Even when we consider all the beautiful and stylish, and mega talented female singers we have on the music scene at the moment, from Emeli Sande to Rita Ora, not forgetting Rihanna, Jessie J and Taylor Swift, Paloma stills stands out, she’s funny and says exactly what she thinks (did you see her putting Ugg boots into Room 101?), and yet can reduce you to tears with the tender beauty of her songs, the voice sounding bruised and fragile on songs like ‘Just Be’.

2013 has been a vintage year in terms of style for Paloma watchers. From lace and jeweled beads at the Brit Awards, to outshining the acting talent in sequins and an Art Deco style headdress on stage at the Baftas,  then getting set to wow America, and Perez Hilton in particular wearing a unusual pink dress and a hat Cruella De Ville would skin a multitude of puppies for, Paloma is never knowingly under-dressed, and I frankly love her all the more for it. Can you imagine her sporting this seasons dungarees, or a pair of Converse, or even, heaven forbid, a hoodie? Paloma is a byword for glamour, and that makes her style refreshing and inimitable, a feast for the eyes on every occasion.

Would love to know what you think of the fabulous Paloma, and her exquisite style choices.

BAFTAS – My Best Dressed

I have to say that this years BAFTA awards was one of the most enjoyable in years. Stephen Fry was on great form presenting, and the Hollywood contigent was almost in full attendance, making this a super glamorous and starry eyed occasion. It was also one of the best dressed award evenings I have ever watched, with just so many fantastic looks, ranging from super elegant to super sexy.

I’ve decided to focus on my favourite dresses from this years ceremony, so there are no places for Anne Hathaway (fine, but a tad dull in Burberry), Andrea Riseborough and Marion Cotillard (who wore the same, gorgeous shade of yellow in equally disappointing dresses from Vivienne Westwood and Dior respectively). But let’s not dwell on those dresses – let’s look at who really did make the grade.

Jessica Chastain was my best dressed of the evening in a totally amazing gown from Roland Mouret. I could look at this for the rest of my life and still not be able to find a single fault with it. The perfect colour for a red head, the exquisite cut – Jessica was Rita Hayworth incarnate in this dress.

Jennifer Lawrence was true to form in wearing Dior, but this time I loved the look. A very soft pink, embellished with black stones and studs, this gown was perfect for her slim frame, and also seemed age appropriate after some seriously aging gowns. Her hair, was another story. It looked a tad greasy, or wet. An updo would’ve been so much more elegant with this look.

Helen McCrory opted for the most exquisite vintage gown from William’s vintage, a 1963 ice blue, crushed satin confection from Givenchy that looked as if it could’ve previously belonged to Grace Kelly – it was that pretty. This is Helen’s second red carpet triumph in a week and I’m beginning to look out for her choices.

BAFTA rising star winner Juno Temple showed that sometimes simple is best in her chic Stella McCartney dress. I loved her retro waved hair and soft make-up. The only jarring point was the beaded bag, which was a tad too big to be paired with this outfit.

It was a great night for Nicholas Oakwell, who dressed Helen Mirren and Paloma Faith, amongst others. I loved Paloma in this very 1940s styled dress. The beading was exquisite, the slash only hinting at skin, and then she teamed this with a dramatically styled Betty Grable-esque updo. It may not be for everyone, but I think Paloma is amazing and hope she continues to pull off such arresting looks.

Helena Bonham Carter often gets a bad press and hits the worst dressed list, but on this occasion she looked wonderful. Her vinyage style tulle dress was one of her best looks ever, still allowing her quirky personality to shine through. I posted this particular look on Facebook and it seemed most people agreed that Helena looked divine.

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Jools Holland Hootenanny 2012 – Paloma Faith, Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sande

Jools Holland Hootenanny is always a tradition in my house for New Year, with a small child we’re usually back in well before the clocks strikes Midnight(no Cinderella moments for me) and so always welcome the new year with Jools and his guests. And in recent years I’ve noticed it’s become a bit of a fashion event too.

Last year Jessie J was Louise Brooks in 1920s style fringes, and this year we had Paloma Faith rocking origami styling and looking incredible (was it Sass and Bide – it reminds me of the Sass and Bide dress that Nicole wore on this series of X Factor), Lianne La Havas in the cutest Harlequin/1960s print playsuit and Solange style hair, and Emeli Sande in her gorgeous, elegant, black cocktail dress which showed why she is a real star, one not needing to flash the flesh to impress.

Talk about getting 2013 off to a cracking start!

This dress does have similar folds and was by Sass and Bide.