An evening with Roland Mouret at Selfridges Birmingham

One of the best things about being a blogger with an avid interest in fashion is that sometimes you actually get to meet your heroes. I have been so fortunate to meet the likes of Stella McCartney, Markus Lupfer, Philip Armstrong and Amanda Wakeley, and last week I got to add another illustrious name to that list, when the charming genius Roland Mouret made a visit to The Balcony at Selfridges, Birmingham, for a very exclusive fashion show. I was very lucky to get a front row seat.

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It is now eleven years since the Galaxy dress burst onto the scene and enchanted the fashion world, but Roland Mouret still designs the most exquisite dresses that are made to embrace curves. The trunk show at Selfridges was the perfect way to showcase the current designs of the man known as The Master of the Iconic Silhouette, and with French music setting the scene beautifully, and Champagne, Cocktails and canapes courtesy of The Balcony, the stage was set for a memorable evening of high fashion and French style.

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The clothes were impeccable, from wool crepe evening dresses in vibrant colours, to very sexy stretch crepe jumpsuits that come in every shade…as long as it is black. Each and every piece was beautifully cut, something that is always a feature of Mouret designs, with interesting draping details on shoulders and daring opening on the back of the tops. As ever, the dresses were the standout designs – no-one can create a dress that fits and flatters in quite the way that Roland can, but the jumpsuits were elegant and gorgeous, making a smart and sexy alternative to an evening dress. The show was, in a word, spectacular.

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I was super starstruck at the end of the show to get the chance to chat to Roland, who asked if I had enjoyed the show and was frankly charm personified. I was actually meant to interview Roland at the V&A a few years ago but he was unable to the do the time slot, so this was a lovely consolation.

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All in all, it was a pretty special and totally unforgettable evening.

With huge thanks to Clive Reeves PR and Selfridges for the amazing invite.

Duchess Kate ends the year in Style

In terms of pure style, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has had another triumphant year. She showed that maternity style could be chic and elegant, wearing much of her pre-pregnancy wardrobe with aplomb, and making Seraphine a household name. Since the birth of Prince George. Kate has worn great look after great look.

Of course, the Duchess has stayed true to her recycling roots. There have been reappearances from Orla Kiely and Roland Mouret, showing that if a look is good, it is too good to just be worn once. She has also once again taken inspiration from High Street favourites, most recently in the Delaney Coat from Reiss. And she teamed a beautiful gown from Roland Mouret with a bargainous, beautiful necklace from Zara that I spotted on the Graham Norton show worn by the Bake-Off Queen Mary Berry.

Here are some of Kate’s final looks from a great year in fashion, along with a few ideas of how you can get a similar look without the need to trawl the High Street and the net.

Max Mara and Orla Kiely

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Get the look

M&S Collection Jacquard Biker Jacket Product Code: T590699J £59.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Jacquard Biker Jacket
Product Code: T590699J
£59.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

M&S Collection Panelled Skater Mini Skirt Product Code: T577394 £25.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Panelled Skater Mini Skirt
Product Code: T577394
£25.00 click to visit M&S

Per Una Pointed Toe Court Shoes with Insolia® Product Code: T020307 £25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

Per Una Pointed Toe Court Shoes with Insolia®
Product Code: T020307
£25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Gathered Clutch Bag Product Code: T830636C £19.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Gathered Clutch Bag
Product Code: T830636C
£19.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

Kate in Alice Temperley

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Get the Look

Black Cornelli Evening Dress £79 click to visit Jacques Vert

Black Cornelli Evening Dress £79 click to visit Jacques Vert

Garnet Clutch Bag £29 click to visit Jacques Vert

Garnet Clutch Bag £29 click to visit Jacques Vert

Wearing a tiara

 

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Add some bling this Christmas

Designer silver diamante head band £24 click to visit Debenhams

Designer silver diamante head band £24 click to visit Debenhams

Roland Mouret and Zara

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Cream twist show maxi dress     Was £33.00     Now £26.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cream twist show maxi dress
Was £33.00
Now £26.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Rhinestone fan necklace     Was £16.50     Now £11.55 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Rhinestone fan necklace
Was £16.50
Now £11.55 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kate in Reiss

 

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Get the look

Designer black suede leather panelled mid wedge ankle boots £60 click to visit Debenhams

Designer black suede leather panelled mid wedge ankle boots £60 click to visit Debenhams

 Delaney Textured TEXTURED FITTED COAT BLACK/NAVY £295 NOW £195 click to visit Reiss

Delaney Textured
TEXTURED FITTED COAT
BLACK/NAVY
£295 NOW £195 click to visit Reiss

M&S Collection Corduroy Jeggings Product Code: T547010 £22.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Corduroy Jeggings
Product Code: T547010
£22.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

 

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