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.

BAFTA worthy Dresses from Phase Eight

Tia Fishtail Full Length Dress £199.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Paloma Long Dress £275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Minueta Full Length Dress £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Stefana Tapework Dress £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Sweetheart Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Friday Shopping Fix – Lustworthy Picks from Selfridges

It’s Friday again, and oh how the months are flying by. Friday on Fashion-Mommy always features a range of beautiful items that you could purchase as a pay-day treat, things that often have discounts or are at sale prices.

But this week I wanted to show you some beautiful, money really isn’t any object pieces I have been dreaming of from Selfridges. Items that I have on a virtual shopping list just in case my Euro Millions ticket comes up tonight. These are my lust objects, my objects of desire – some of my favourite pieces of the moment. And if my numbers come up tonight whilst I’m enjoying some family time in Wales (sans laptop), I will make sure I put an order in first thing on Monday morning.

This Roland Mouret dress is just beautiful with its intricate folds, and could be another perfect choice for the Duchess of Cambridge, who wowed in a Mouret dress last week.

ROLAND MOURET Mirah gown £2,100.00 click to visit Selfridges

This cotton canvas coat is just made for the androgynous angular beauty of Tilda Swinton. Striking in white simplicity, I am quite simply blown away by the beauty of this garment.

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Cotton-canvas coat £1,595.00 click to visit Selfridges

Not usually a fan of Barbour jackets, but this just screams Britain, the jubilee and mod culture, all in one fabulous jacket.

BARBOUR Best of British International jacket £215.00 click to visit Selfridges

This Stella McCartney jumpsuit is simply stunning. A definite tribute to Studio 54, Bianca Jagger would’ve looked fabulous strutting her stuff in this in 1978.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Wide-leg jumpsuit £890.00 click to visit Selfridges

The Del Rey has arrived and a bit like the wonderful Lana herself, it is divine. I would love to get my hands on the classic black, and hubby has promised me that if her wins the lottery this week – he will buy it for me.

MULBERRY Del Rey spongy bag 34cm £795.00 click to visit Selfridges

What’s not to love about the Alexander McQueen Marvel peep toe coats. A glorious salmon shade of pink, pretty studded platform, and wonderful and rather cute skull adornment on the front. Tres Magnifique!

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Marvel peep-toe court shoes £615.00 click to visit Selfridges

This Cavalli dress could’ve been made for Gwyneth Paltrow, it is so sleek and sexy. I’ve been a fan of Roberto after I asked him a question on the Vogue website and he not only answered, he tweeted me to say thank you! What a legend!

ROBERTO CAVALLI Open-front embellished gown £1,285.00 click to visit Selfridges

A jubilee souvenir that you will cherish. Penhaligons Jubilee Bouquet was first created for the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and is a gorgeous floral confection of jasmine and green lily.  Very pretty.

PENHALIGONS Anthology Jubilee Bouquet eau de toilette 100ml £110.00 click to visit Selfridges

Asa huge fan of Princess Diana, I am fascinated  by this wonderful replica tiara from Diva Tiaras, based on The Cambridge Lovers knot tiara worn by the Princess.

DIVA TIARAS Replica Princess Diana tiara £99.00 click to visit Selfridges

To view  more beautiful items from Selfridges, click here.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Perkins new season – All about the dress.

I’ve just been previewing the gorgeous new collection from one of my High Street faves Dorothy Perkins,  and its safe to say that if Spring/Summer 11 was all  about the all-in-one jumpsuits, the Autumn/Winter is all about the dress. From Mad Men silhouettes to sexy leather shifts, from colour blocking to colour contrasting, from pencil skirts to skater skirts, there seems to be a dress for everyone.

Look 1 – Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Michael Kors

Rosie totally rocked in a black leather shift dress from Michael Kors. Who knew leather could look so sophisticated? You could copy this look in the stunning Leather and suede panelled dress from Dorothy Perkins. I would accessorise this by adding the cobalt blazer for that shock of colour. If this leaves you feeling black and blue, you could just add colour with the feisty blue platform heels.

Black leather dress with suede panel @ Dorothy Perkins @Outfit

cobalt blue blazer @Dorothy Perkins @Outfit £49 click to visit site

Blue feisty platforms @ Dorothy Perkins @ Outfit

Look 2 – Carey Mulligan in Roland Mouret.

Roland Mouret will always be associated with the iconic Galaxy dress, and this form-fitting silhouette shows no signs of going away.  Carey Mulligan looked beautiful, and very contemporary wearing a more recent Mouret design, whilst Mad Men and the BBC drama ‘The Hour’ show us how flattering the late 1950/early 1960s styling can be – it’s just so ladylike. You can get the look in a series of elegant dresses from Dorothy Perkins this season. If you’ve decided to inject some colour into your wardrobe –  try the green one. This is a sophisticated look, so remember your sense of fun with the dalmatian dotted heels.

 

black crepe dress @Dorothy Perkins @Outfit

green fitted dress @Dorothy Perkins @Outfit £30 click to visit site

open toe dalmatian print heels @Dorothy Perkins @Outfit

Look 3 – Katherine Jenkins and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

Victoria has revitalised the skater skirted dress as the must have wardrobe staple. In a range of bright colours, this is a cute and flirty shape that fits and flares, hence making it hugely flattering. Katherine Jenkins wore a bright version to Wimbledon this  year, whilst Victoria sticks to the classic black. Dorothy Perkins has many dresses in this shape – with both one block colour and two colour blocking options.

 

orange fit n flare dress @Dorothy Perkins @Outfit

black grey white dress @Dorothy Perkins @Outfit

Stay tuned for more fabulous previews of the new season.