Anyone for Tennis? Stylish Inspiration from House of Fraser

Wimbledon fortnight has started, and so for two weeks we all get really interested in tennis, albeit fairly briefly. There’s just something about SW19, with its perfect whites, strawberries and champers, Pimms, and the chance that you might spot a Middleton, that holds us all in thrall. And then, of course, there’s the fashion.

Because whether you are attending the tournament, playing on centre court or just watching in your living room, tennis is a seriously stylish sport. House of Fraser are currently taping into the trend with crisp blazers from Ralph Lauren, neat shorts from Warehouse and Ted Baker and perfect white loafers from Bertie. Add in some super sexy shades from Biba, an open weave Trilby that will protect you from both the sun and bad hair days, and accesorise with a colour pop crossbody bag in neon from the hottest British bag brand of the moment, Zatchels, and it will be game, set and match to you in the style stakes. (Don’t groan…I couldn’t resist that one!)

Tennis Style at House of Fraser

Women’Lauren by Ralph Lauren Valerine Stripe Jacket Now £ 135.00 

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Benita one button jacket Now £ 189.00 

Warehouse Blocked side runner shorts 

Ted Baker Bessa coloured shorts £ 79.00 

Bertie Lisandro heavy white sole boat shoes 

Therapy Plain trilby with grosgrain band 

Biba Bridget square sunglasses – As seen in Glamour Magazine 

Zatchels Neon small crossbody bag £ 45.00 

Charlotte Casiraghi shines at Cannes

She is the face of Gucci, and the spitting image of her mother, Princess Caroline of Monaco, when she was a young woman. And now Charlotte Casiraghi can add the toast of the Cannes film festival to her accolades. Charlotte appeared on the red carpet at the screening of Madagascar 3 on Monday and showed that she is swiftly developing a sensuous style all of her own.

The beautiful brunette opted for a teal ruffled dress from Gucci. This was a far sexier style than our own Duchess of Cambridge would opt for. A plunging neckline that was softened by the ruffled pleated edges, with a bar back and then further ruffles on the front, giving the dress a Spanish Flamenco feel.

Charlotte Casiraghi at the Cannes Film Festival 2012

 Ruffles are always a good option for Summer, both for daytime wear and evening wear. They give a romantic feel to any dress,  add interest, and can be used to both accentuate, and add curves. This particular dress is given added drama due to the teal colour, you can almost imagine this dress in a fiery red shade, or as a blast of shocking pink.

Get the Look -ruffled dresses

Collection by John Lewis sleeveless linen dress £69

This linen dress from John Lewis has a gorgeous, vibrant blue shade, with the ruffles kept to the neckline. I could see Kate Middleton looking fabulous in this…and it is one of her favourite colours…

 

Pussycat sleeveless ruffle dress £22

This dress by Pussycat is an absolute bargain at £22, and has a younger feel to it. This dress would look great with a pair of Jeffrey Campbell fierce heels or wedges.

 The pink dress from Lauren by Ralph Lauren is my absolute favourite ruffled dress. I love the raspberry shade, the pretty ruffled neckline, and the simple tie belt. You can get this dress from John Lewis for £130. I think this is a great buy as this dress is timeless and you will wear it again and again.

 

 

Michelle Obama wows UK with her first lady style.

She came, she wore, she conquered. The amazing Michelle Obama showed why she is the most stylish US first lady since Jackie Kennedy this week when she visited the Uk and Ireland. From stunning full length gowns from Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford,  to paying tribute to the Brits by wearing Preen, they style savvy First Lady never put a foot wrong, charming us all with her natural style and elegance. Here is a look back at the outfits that made this the most stylish week  in politics ever!

First stop was Ireland. Where Michelle arrived wearing a dress by US designer Peter Som. She also wore a red dotted dress by Marc Jacobs, which had previously been worn by Leighton Meister.

In Peter Som

Love this Marc Jacobs dress

When she arrived in the UK, (a little early to avoid the Ash Cloud), she wore a stunning vibrant blue suit by Preen, one of my favourite design teams. She looked amazing!

At Buckingham Palace there was a much-anticipated meeting between Michelle and our own new Queen of Style Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Whilst Kate looked amazing in UK High Street brand Reiss, Michelle was the epitome of 1950s glamour in a gorgeous grey dress and pink bolero by Barbara Tfank.

Another engagement meant another outfit from that lusted after wardrobe. The Obamas moved onto 10 Downing Street where Michelle wore British designer Roksanda Illincic’s gorgeous violet full-skirted dress, teamed with a Narcisco Rodriguez blue coat. This colour clash worked a treat, this was my favourite outfit of the visit. The ever glamorous Samantha Cameron added a further style moment in her fabulous dress by Peter Pilotto.

The state dinner at Buckingham Palace saw a dress that has divided opinions. Was it too bridal? Was wearing the same shade as the Queen a fashion faux pas? Was it a tribute to Jackie Kennedy, who wore a similar white dress and gloves when visiting the palace 50 years before? To me, the white Tom Ford dress was simply breathtaking.

Another day means more dresses. Michelle and Samantha Cameron co-hosted a summer barbecue for servicemen at 10 Downing Street.Michelle wore a glamorous black and white dress from Tracy Reese, whilst Sam Cam was pretty in a blue and white dress from Jonathan Saunders.

At Oxford University, Michelle wore an Alexander McQueen outfit, which, has ever was belted. If they ever decide to have a patron saint of belts, then surely the title must go to Mrs Obama.

For the dinner hosted by The Obama’s at Winfield House, Michelle looked glorious in a full length black dress by Ralph Lauren and Tom Bins jewels.

Finally, and completing a perfect catalogue of looks, Michelle left the UK wearing a gorgeous purple Jacquard dress and jacket by Peter Som.