Sophie Ellis Bextor is the face of Phase Eight

If ever there was a match made in fashion heaven, it is the teaming up of the gorgeous and stylish Sophie Ellis Bextor with the home of feminine fashion Phase Eight. If I was choosing a face for Phase Eight, then Sophie would definitely be the top of the list. The queen of vintage styling is perfect for the vintage style prints and antique lace dresses that Phase Eight is famous for.

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Chantay Rose Dress £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Chantay Rose Dress
£120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

The new campaign featuring Sophie is just stunning, featuring soft focus photographs of the beautiful Singer wearing a series of really lovely dresses, many featuring floral prints that are just so perfect for Spring. The photographs themselves draw to mind those iconic Laura Ashley pictures from the 1970s, all soft lighting and dewy images. The dresses are classic Phase Eight pieces, with knee-length skirts, prom style shapes and an abundance of pink all apparent.

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Elodine Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Elodine Dress
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Loretta Dress £169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Loretta Dress
£169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Norma Floral Burnout Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Norma Floral Burnout Dress
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

I always say this when I talk about Phase Eight collections, but these are dresses that could’ve come straight from the wardrobe of 50s era Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, they have such an exquisite retro feel to them. It would be hard to choose an absolute favourite, but I must admit to being partial to the Chantay Rose Dress with its Oriental flower print and Japanese sleeves, and the Ariel Lace dress, which would be a total go-to dress for so many Spring/Summer Occasions.

Ariel Lace Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Ariel Lace Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Ariel Lace Dress
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Ninette Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

More picks from the Sophie edit

Cherie Printed Lace Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Cherie Printed Lace Dress
£150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Mae Rose Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Mae Rose Dress
£99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Avalina Fit And Flare Dress £179.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Avalina Fit And Flare Dress
£179.00 click to visit Phase Eight



 

 

Celebrity dress special featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock and Sophie Ellis Bextor

If there is one item of apparel I couldn’t live without, it’s the dress. From short,flirty mini’s, to fabulous full length evening wear, my wardrobe is 75% dress, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Like most people, I take inspiration for my frocks from a range of sources, and TV and the Red Carpet are certainly amongst the places I look to.

This month there have been a flurry of red carpet events which the High Street have been quick to respond to. Some of the ladies at these key events have actually been sporting the best of the High Street themselves. Television presenter Zoe Hardman looked fantastic at the Brits in a silver dress that was from Dorothy Perkins, whilst best supporting actor nominee Michael Fassbender took his mom as his date to the Oscars, and she wowed the red carpet in Phase Eight. There are also some similar looks to those worn by Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock, from Phase Eight and Coast respectively.

In a more casual, less dressy vein, Holly Willoughby continued her championing of the dress on This Morning in a very pretty, and totally springlike dotted dress from Closet Clothing.

Holly Willoughby in Closet Clothing

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Closet Polka Dot Tie Back Dress Product code: D1401004C £45.00 click to visit Closet Clothing

Closet Polka Dot Tie Back Dress
Product code: D1401004C
£45.00 click to visit Closet Clothing

Oscar Special

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MICHEGAN MAXI £160.00 click to visit Coast

MICHEGAN MAXI
£160.00 click to visit Coast

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Paige Tapework Full Length Dress £325.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Paige Tapework Full Length Dress
£325.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Samantha Full Length Dress £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Samantha Full Length Dress
£120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Zoe Hardman in Dorothy Perkins

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Silver sequin maxi dress     Price: £85.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Silver sequin maxi dress
Price: £85.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

A bit of Ossie Clark

The revival of the iconic brand Ossie Clark by Debenhams continues to go from strength to strength. I love the Biba-esque styling of this Sophie Ellis Bextor image – she is wearing the Iconic jumpsuit in black. This doesn’t seem to be available on the Debenhams site at the moment, but there is a dress version, as well as the stunning blue version pictured here. Kay Adams from Loose Women also shows just how lovely the Ossie Clark dresses are, albeit with a more daytime feel.

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Ossie Clark Blue Iconic jumpsuit  £119.20 click to visit Debenhams

Ossie Clark Blue Iconic jumpsuit £119.20 click to visit Debenhams

Ossie Clark Black Iconic dress £119.20 click to visit Debenhams

Ossie Clark Black Iconic dress £119.20 click to visit Debenhams

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Pink cut-out Lydia dress £71.20 click to visit Debenhams

Pink cut-out Lydia dress £71.20 click to visit Debenhams

And finally…Grace Kelly Style from Phase Eight

I couldn’t leave this rundown without mentioning the totally beautiful Grace Kelly style dresses that form part of the new collection from Phase Eight. Top of the list is this gorgeous Amalfi floral print dress – just the prettiest dress I have seen in a long time.

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Amalfi Fit and Flare Dress £145.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Amalfi Fit and Flare Dress
£145.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Weekend Offers

Phase Eight have 20% off everything online with the code SS14 click here to visit Phase Eight.

Dorothy Perkins have £10 off your order when you spend £50. Exclusions Apply. Use code YOUR10 click here to visit Dorothy Perkins.

 

 

 


Dancing Shoes inspired by Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing rules the Saturday night television in my house. I love everything about it. The mix of celebrities are perfect, the dances inspired, the costumes are never less than fabulous, and, of course I’m in love with the fabulous dancing shoes. The professional dancers and female contestants wear the most feminine and elegant shoes, often mid-heeled and Mary Jane style, and seem to (mostly) glide around the dance floor in effortless style. Maybe they have found the secret of the perfect shoe for causing ‘murder on the dance floor.’ (Bit of a Sophie pun there – sorry!)

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e13db5d7-5a18-4487-a215-0d17daa016ec_sophie-ellis-bextor-strictly-come-dancing-2013With the Christmas party season already beginning for some of us, I’ve been taking a look around to find variations on the dancing shoes styles. Shoe specialist Spartoo has some great styles that would help you channel your inner Alesha Dixon or Ginger Rogers during the festive season, with a fabulous patent pair from Clarks being amongst my favourite. The almost sensible heel should mean you can keep dancing all night, with the patent gloss adding a touch of Hollywood style glamour to the shoe.

 CHORUS JAZZ BLACK    £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

Clarks CHORUS JAZZ
BLACK
£ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

 SARONG CURTAIN GOLD  £ 49.99 click to visit Clarks

Clarks SARONG CURTAIN
GOLD
£ 49.99
click to visit Clarks

 SCARLETT RED   £ 75.99 click to visit Spartoo

SCARLETT
RED
£ 75.99
click to visit Spartoo

 Lemon Black       £ 58.39 click to visit Spartoo

Shelly’s Lemon
Black £ 58.39 click to visit Spartoo

  PRESIA TIED MJ Leopard / BLACK     £ 71.99 click to visit Spartoo


PRESIA TIED MJ
Leopard / BLACK
£ 71.99 click to visit Spartoo

 

 SARONG CURTAIN BLACK    £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

SARONG CURTAIN
BLACK
£ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo