Harvey Nichols Birmingham S/S 2013 Fashion Show

The Harvey Nichols seasonal fashion shows have always been an unmissable spectacle, but this year the bar was raised in spectacular fashion. Using the industrial space that was once the Old Post Office in Birmingham’s magnificent Mailbox complex, this show showcased the best of this season’s hot style offerings.

In the past the Harvey Nichols show have been impressive, but somewhat restricted to the actual brands stocked in store. But now, with the click and collect service in place, Harvey Nichols Birmingham can now deliver the best of British design, from Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic, Roland Mouret and Christopher Kane. All these designers, and so many more, were represented in a show that was, by equal measure, fast and furious, bright and monochrome, casual and couture. This was a show to truly put Birmingham on the style map.

Here are some of my highlights from a night that was filled with a myriad of fashion treats.

Palette Cleanser

Colour Pop

Foil

Mixed Print

Monochrome

Fantasy Frock

Friday Fashion Stylish Celebs featuring Cheska Hull. Lydia Bright and Cheryl Cole

The weekend starts here, and that means some seriously hot looks to tempt you into spending some of that hard-earned cash. Our favourite reality tv stars have again been out and about sporting the best of the High Street and Online brands, with Lydia Bright a particular favourite in a Coast Limited Edition dress that is now available online. There are also a couple of designer copycats that could help you get the Cheryl Cole look without the Cheryl Cole budget.And finally, if you do win the euromillions on Friday eve (and somebody has to…) there is a beautiful Roksanda Ilincic dress as worn by Princess Beatrice, who seems to have moved a million miles away from that toilet seat hat she was ridiculed for at last year’s Royal wedding and is now showing some serious style chops.

But first up we have to have an Olympian. Victoria Pendleton did not strike it lucky yesterday, but is known as one of the most stylish Olympians. Last week she was featured in a Look magazine shoot and looked sensational in a pretty dotted crop top from Dahlia that is currently in the sale on their website.

Dahlia Gemma Cropped spotty blouse 

 

Cheryl Cole has recently made a storming comeback looking better than ever.  In the Call My Name video she wore a whole series of eyecatching designer pieces, including this fab tropical print jacket. You can get a very similar look in this AX Paris blazer, which would look great with so many looks, tailored shorts, skinny jeans or even a pencil skirt.

Tropical Print Blazer Price: £28.00 

Cheryl has also looked very retro in this early 1960s look that comes complete with beehive hair and a pencil skirt. You could get a really similar, Sophia Loren style look with these amazing pieces from Boohoo.com. I’m loving the leopard print killer heels that Marilyn Monroe herself would’ve loved.

 

Zara textured pencil skirt £18 

Lily Tie Crop Cardigan £12

Marissa Heart Headband £4 

Cienna Leopard Court shoes £30 

The Coast flagship store in London has quickly attracted a celebrity following, with Louise Roe, Alesha Dixon and Melanie Sykes all wearing their exquisite statement dresses. Another celeb to patron the store is Lydia Bright, who looked prom style pretty in this classy black and white gown that is now available to buy online. I say buy this and wear it forever – it is such a classic look!

 

daria bandeau dress £145.00 

And in another part of London, the ever stylish Cheska Hull was again wearing a dress from one of her favourite online brands, Inlovewithfashion. This time it was a very fresh looking maxi dress in red and white that can currently be picked up for a bargain price of just £20. Just add some chunky chains like Cheska to make this your essential summer dress.

LOVE Pink And White Stripe Print Split Back Gathered At The Neck Maxi Dress 

Now for a real touch of luxury, an ‘I LOVE THIS DRESS’ moment. When Princess Beatrice wore the Roksanda Ilincic Izumi dress I must admit I swooned. I loved this dress in the hot pink version, as worn by Ginnifer Goodwin and Coleen Rooney, but this version, in blush saphire is just stunning.

ROKSANDA ILINCIC Izumi dress £900

 

Duchess Kate wears Roksanda Ilincic to the Royal Academy

The Duchess of Cambridge summer wardrobe of style continued today, with two appearances by Kate, at the equestrian event to support Zara Philips (who was superb by the way…), and then at an event at The Royal Academy she wore a beautiful dress by one of my favourite designers, Roksanda Ilincic.

But first to the equestrian ground. Kate was in casual mode, wearing the gorgeous Smythe blazer that we first saw during the tour of Canada last summer. Skinny jeans, the Stuart Weitzman wedges and a crisp white shirt completed the look, which had a very preppy edge to it. Every girl needs a smart blazer in their wardrobe, Kate showed that they can look great dressed down with jeans, or smart worn over a dress for work and more formal occasions.

Get the look from Dorothy Perkins

Navy cotton sateen blazer

White pleat side fitted shirt

Indigo superskinny jeans

Black espadrille wedge courts

Kate’s 2nd outfit of the day was a beautiful, dove grey, dress by Roksanda Ilincic. This dress, the ‘Peridot’ dress had also been worn last summer during Kate’s trip to North America, but with new LK Bennett heels, jewelled earrings and a sophisticated updo, this dress was transformed into a perfect cocktail dress.

Roksanda Ilincic dresses are a dream, deceptively simple in design, it is all about the cut which often has interesting drape detailing that is very flattering. For fans of Roksanda who don’t have a Duchess style budget, there is a fantastic high street range for Debenhams as part of the Editions range.

RI Beige satin maxi dress


To view all the current RI dresses at Debenhams, click here.
Kate’s dress is from a previous season, but many of the dresses in the  new season collection, which is now on sale at Selfridges, have the same exquisite draping detailing that is a trademark of Roksanda Ilincic designs. Many dresses in the new collection are in Kate’s favourite shade of blue, which makes me wonder whether we will be seeing her in any of these designs in the coming months.

ROKSANDA ILINCIC Misora dress

ROKSANDA ILINCIC Amu dress