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.

The Met Ball – Frocky Horrors.

The Met ball was a night of High Fashion, but for every beautiful dress, there was a frocky horror story happening. Bad clothes did happen to good people on the evening. Here are the stars who really should’ve looked in a mirror before they left the house that evening!

Rihanna. She wore a long lace Stella McCartney dress that raised that tiresome question – is she or isn’t she wearing any knickers. The quick answer is – who cares? Everyone has been adopting this look lately, even Kate Winslet, and it’s getting rather boring. And as for the Rapunzel red plait…get a haircut Rihanna.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley, officially the sexiest women in the world wore a rather tarty magenta dress by Christopher Bailey for Burberry. Yes, you have a great body,but sometimes less is more Rosie.

Fergie shocked me  in this frocky horror by Marchesa. Think Alexis Carrington getting married to Dex Dexter in Dynasty, circa 1985, and you get the picture.

I usually love Beyoncé’s styling, but this black and gold number by Pucci was more a Ming Vase than a dress. Not so fierce Sasha, I’m afraid.

Freida Pinto looked strange in a haute couture waiter on a cruise ship outfit by Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld also did a disservice to current muse Blake Lively by dressing her in a sort of sari that did nothing for her figure or for Saris. Maybe these girls should’ve swapped dresses?

There are always stars who look over-the-top, even for a glittering occasion like this. Step forward JLO in Gucci, who thought it was fancy dress and came as Evita, and Liv Tyler, who showed her sense of humour in a Givenchy Haute Couture Big Bird costume.

But the biggest frocky horror show on the night went to the beautiful, but misguided Christina Hendricks, who must sometimes look in the mirror and see a different person than the one we see.She possesses one of the most amazing bodies in Hollywood, but seems sometimes to have not a clue how to dress it. Case in point being this Carolina Herrera Horror show. This strapless number is unflattering, and her boobs are trying desperately to escape. Will someone (come on Westwood!) please help this women dress for special occasions?

Fashion Deja Vu…or Haven’t I seen that before?

I was enjoying an intense session with this Month’s Vogue, when a thought crossed my mind. The images, the ad campaigns, the styles, the faces. Even though these were meant to be brand spanking new, that all looked oddly familiar. That’s when I realised that 2011 will be the year of fashion/style and celebrity deja vu, or, to put it another way, that face looks oddly familiar. Want more proof? You’ve got it. Then you can decide if nostalgia has become a new byword for style.

First up – Edie Campbell – a hybrid of Marianne Faithfull and Penelope Tree.

Edie Campbell is London Fashion’s latest it girl model. Featuring in campaigns for Anya Hindmarch and Orla Kierly amongst others, and dating the obligatory rock star in Johnny Borell, she is following the Kate Moss rule book to a tee. But her large eyes, pouting lips and thick fringed hair points back those 60s icons Marianne Faithfull and Penelope Tree. If those two were to have a much, much, much younger sister, you can bet her name would be Edie!

Next – Rosie Huntington Whiteley is Jerry Hall.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley is the cover girl for March 2011 Vogue UK. She has admittedly been styled as a glamorous 1970s party girl in the style of Jerry Hall, It tells you that in the magazine. But the likeness is amazing. Rosie could almost be fighting off the advances of Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger looking like this.

Scarlett Johansson is Marilyn Monroe.

Scarlett Johansson has long been compared to Marilyn Monroe for her curvaceous body and blonde Goddess looks, but in her ad campaign for Moet et Chandon, the likeness is uncanny. Marilyn hair and red lips brings to mind those last shots of Marilyn, taken by Bert Stern and Douglas Kirkland.

What about Arizona Muse as Lauren Bacall?

Arizona Muse is the hot model of the moment, and the one chosen to replace Daria Webowy as the star of the YSL Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaign. She has strong striking looks, and in the stylish YSL tailoring, she is a dead ringer for the 1950s version of Lauren Bacall. This was the shorter haired Lauren, but she was still smouldering with ‘the Look’.

And finally – The Sandro Paris family featuring Tanga Moreau as Keef and Anita at Nellcote in 1971!

The new Sandro ad campaign features Tanga Moreau and her family in a series of poses that just reminded me of those hot,sticky photos of Keith Richard, Anita Pallenburg and children at Nellcote, South of France in the ‘Exile on Main Street’ summers of 71-2.

I think I have proved my case. Fashion is definitely looking backwards to its stylish past, and the icons of yesterday. Looking at the new campaigns – I think this is a good thing!