Monochrome Chic at Coast

For many of us, Summer is the season where we truly embrace colour, littering our wardrobe with pretty pastels and citrus brights that seem to shimmer and sparkle once we have some gorgeous sunshine. But another chic option for Summer dressing has to be the always classic monochrome.

Black and white are timeless and stylish. It has been a popular choice for some of the most famous style icons of all time, from Audrey Hepburn, who first immortalised monochrome in a beautiful Givenchy gown in Sabrina, and then sent it to new heights in Cecil Beaton’s Royal Ascot gown in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Although Eliza shouting ‘move yer bleedin a*** may have spoiled the effect slightly). Grace Kelly and Princess Diana gave it the royal seal of approval, a seal which has continued through the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Today monochrome elegance is as popular as ever, with Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba just some of the stars who wear this look, both on the red carpet, and off.

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Audrey in Givenchy

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Grace Kelly in Rear Window – Edith Head

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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Pippa Middleton

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

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Emma Watson

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Jessica Alba

Coast has just unveiled a gorgeous new collection that is made up of monochrome pieces. There are full-skirted designs that Grace Kelly would’ve been proud to have in her wardrobe, neat shift dresses and pencil designs similar to those sported by Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham, and chic separates that would easily grace a working wardrobe, or look amazing for evening attire.

Here are some of the best pieces from the Coast monochrome collection – do you have a favourite?

KIRA CHECK DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

KIRA CHECK DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

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IRRIS CHECK SKIRT £85.00 click here to view
QUEENS SHELL TOP £35.00 click here to view

     Home     Skirts     MILLAS LACE SKIRT       alternative view     MILLAS LACE SKIRT     alternative view     alternative view       zoom     enlarge MILLAS LACE SKIRT £65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLAS LACE SKIRT
£65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI £35.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI
£35.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

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To view all the Monochrome collection, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate wears Tory Burch for a visit to Plunket

Prince George may well have stolen the show, as well as toys belonging to other babies, but Duchess Kate showed, once again, her impeccable fashion credentials during a visit to Plunket, a New Zealand well baby programme, on the second day of the Royal Tour. Opting for a stylish, yet practical option, Kate was able to get down on the floor and play with the baby prince, whilst looking cool and elegant – and that is no mean feat.

146027The monochrome, graphic print dress that Kate wore was the Paulina dress from American designer Tory Burch. I’m not sure if Kate has ever worn Tory Burch clothing before, the designer is better known for her accessories and highly coveted flat shoes, but sister Pippa is certainly a fan, and has worn Tory Burch pieces on many occasions.

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pippa-middleton1-zThe Paulina dress that Kate chose was another perfect choice. Short sleeved, and in a soft, open knit, the stretch allowed the Duchess to sit and play on the floor with the adorable baby prince. A simple, elegant design, the pattern assured that minimal accessories were needed. The dress is available at Net-a-Porter (although it currently says all sizes will be available soon at the moment).

 Tory Burch Paulina open-knit dress £390 click to visit Net-A-Porter


Tory Burch
Paulina open-knit dress
£390
click to visit Net-A-Porter

Print dresses are a great way to tap into pattern, and are versatile enough for any occasion. You can add a blazer and heels, or a denim jacket and flat ballerina pumps, to get two very different, and yet effective, stylish and totally wearable looks. There are some great print dresses on the High Street and internet at the moment, as these are also a perfect transitional piece.

Get the look – Print dresses

 Isla Print Day Dress Item No 060/032257/244 / Price £89.00 click to visit Kaliko Fashion


Isla Print Day Dress
Item No 060/032257/244 /
Price £89.00 click to visit Kaliko Fashion

 Silk Honour Print Dress Item No 060/031894/241 / Was £149.00 Now £75.00 click to visit Kaliko


Silk Honour Print Dress
Item No 060/031894/241 /
Was £149.00 Now £75.00 click to visit Kaliko

Moda Stripe Chiffon Dress £20.00 click to visit Asda George

Moda Stripe Chiffon Dress
£20.00 click to visit Asda George

Tribal Print Belted Midi Dress     Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Tribal Print Belted Midi Dress
Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Polka Dot Netted Prom Dress     Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Polka Dot Netted Prom Dress
Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Arianna Dress WH670 £149.00 click to visit Boden

Arianna Dress
WH670
£149.00 click to visit Boden

Darcey Dress WH649 £89.00  click to visit Boden

Darcey Dress
WH649
£89.00 click to visit Boden

Easy Day Dress WH621 £69.00 click to visit Boden

Easy Day Dress
WH621
£69.00 click to visit Boden

Nicky Printed Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Nicky Printed Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shell Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shell Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pagoda Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pagoda Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cream is the colour for Prince George’s Christening

A future king was christened today, and whilst he looked adorable in antique styled lace, it was his ever-stylish mother who all eyes were turned too. And, as ever, she didn’t disappoint with her choice.

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The Duchess of Cambridge chose who else but Alexander McQueen for Prince George’s big day, showing that when it comes to the big occasions (her wedding, the Jubilee celebrations, only evening occasion in the United States tour) it is McQueen and Sarah Burton she turns to. Perfectly complementing George’s Victorian style Christening gown, Kate’s suit was ruffled and romantic, and looked exquisite when teamed with a beautiful pillbox hat with dotted netting. This was designed by Jane Taylor and seemed to be a nod to the hats worn by her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales – a nice touch from the Duchess.

Prince-George-2484035Kate’s gorgeous cream outfit was perfectly complimented by the cream wool coat chosen by sister Pippa. This 60s style coat by Susannah was another elegant choice, reminiscent of styles worn by Jacqueline Kennedy in the days of Camelot. The outfit was a nice accompaniment to her sister, totally complimenting the look without upstaging her sister on what was her big day.

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Get the look – cream

 Georgie CONTRAST TRIM JACKET CREAM £189 NOW £115 click to visit Reiss

Georgie
CONTRAST TRIM JACKET
CREAM
£189 NOW £115 click to visit Reiss

 HOBBS LONDON Gwen Skirt £129.00 click to visit Hobbs


HOBBS LONDON
Gwen Skirt
£129.00 click to visit Hobbs

 INVITATION BY HOBBS Invitation Vienna Dress NOW £114.00 click to visit Hobbs


INVITATION BY HOBBS
Invitation Vienna Dress
NOW £114.00 click to visit Hobbs

 HOBBS LONDON Parlour Top NOW £29.00 click to visit Hobbs


HOBBS LONDON
Parlour Top
NOW £29.00 click to visit Hobbs

Bijou Frill Front Blouse £145.00 click to visit LK Bennett

Bijou Frill Front Blouse
£145.00 click to visit LK Bennett

 

Shania Silk Frill Detail Top now £40.00 click to visit LK Bennett

Shania Silk Frill Detail Top
now £40.00 click to visit LK Bennett

Nigella Contrast Dress £120.00 click to visit LK Bennett

Nigella Contrast Dress
£120.00 click to visit LK Bennett

M&S Collection Faux Fur Collar Tweed Coat with Wool £89.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Faux Fur Collar Tweed Coat with Wool
£89.00 click to visit M&S