Jingle Belles – The Spice Girls, X Factor and a bit of Girls Aloud.

Even as the year draws to a close, we still have time to feast our eyes on a host of wonderful looks, as those Christmas events come rolling in thick and fast. Last weekend alone saw the Capital Radio Jingle Bells Ball featuring the newly reformed Girls Aloud and girl of the year Rita Ora amongst others, whilst the X Factor final saw Nicole and James Arthur reigning supreme.

There have been other fashionable moments that also deserve to be celebrated, last night saw all five of the Spice Girls together for the premiere of Viva Forever, all looking suitably stunning and totally individual. And then there are just some fashion moments to cherish, like the rise and rise of Markus Lupfer and his stylish knits.

Here are some of my favourite looks from the winter so far, and a few ideas of how to get them.

Jingle Bells Ball

Cheryl was suitably fierce in a military style catsuit from Balmain. but then bought it down a notch when performing with the newly reformed Girls Aloud. Worth watching for ‘The Promise’  alone, Kimberley showed off that enviable midriff, whilst Cheryl and Nadine opted for little black dresses. My style pick was Nicola – I just loved her tuxedo style jacket.

Get the Look – Cheryl Cole , Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts

Nikki Sleeveless Peplum Dress £15 click to visit Boohoo

Tilly Cut Out Shoulder Bodycon Dress £12 click to visit Boohoo

Suri Box Shoulder Feature Button Blazer £18 click to visit Boohoo

Another gorgeous Jingle Belle was Lisa Snowdon, who was sparkly and resplendent in a one sleeved dress. Now, I’m not sure whether this dress is yet another example of a star wearing the Project D Itala dress, but it certainly looks very similar.

Get the lookProject D

PROJECTD LONDON Itala Ocean Asymmetric Sequin Maxi Gown £595.00 click to visit My Wardrobe

Dorrie Round Neck Sequin Maxi Dress In Antique Gold £49.99 click to visit Missguided

Now, there have been mixed feelings about Rita Ora’s new look. I personally hate the shoes, and the slicked back hair. But the dress is gorgeous, I love that mustard shade, and with a pop of red lips, Rita just about pulls this look off, but I hope the Marilyn curls return soon…

X factor Final

There was just so much great fashion to savour on this weeks X Factor final. Nicole took the style title for the series, and certainly saved some of her best looks until last. The Zuhair Murad red dress was sublime, a lesson in showing nothing and appearing super sexy. The dress just poured over her curves, and with her hair sleek and glossy, she looked simply sch-mazing.

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Designer red sequinned maxi dress £122.50 click to visit Debenhams

Rihanna was the guest of honour on Sunday nights show, and this was an exquisite looking Rihanna that we were treated too. Head to toe in Alexander Wang, I get the distinct impression that Kirsten Stewart could be on the way out at Balenciaga…with Rihanna making a stunning new face for the label.


Tulisa also looked at her absolute best on final’s night. With her mermaid style hair and a shimmering dress that again poured over those curves, you wished that she had channelled this style for the whole of the series.

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Jane Norman Sequin bandeau maxi £75 click to visit House of Fraser

But of course, Sunday night belonged to one lady. With two of her boys in the final, Nicole seemed to take her inspiration from a certain Cheryl Cole, as this dress really bought David Koma to mind. It was actually designed by Stephane Rolland haute couture, and succeeded in being Old Style Hollywood, and slightly space age – at the same time.

More Christmas Crackers

I’m a huge fan of Markus Lupfer, so I’m loving that so many celebrities are picking up on his unique sense of styling, and turning his knitted dresses into a wardrobe must have for 12/13. Beyoncé looked totally incredible, the hottest mama ever, in this gorgeous design, and I love how she picked up the red theme in her brightest of lipsticks.

Mel C was also seen on tv’s This Morning wearing a Markus Lupfer design, showing that these dresses are perfect for any occasion.

Get the look Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer Contrast Stripe Collar Body Con Dress £195.00 click to visit My Wardrobe

Markus Lupfer Peplum Frill Bodice Dress £245.00 click to visit My Wardrobe

Spice Girls Viva Forever Premiere

All the girls turned out for the premiere, even though Victoria was fashionably late. I loved the individuality of the looks, from Melanie C looking fierce in slate grey, to Victoria showing off her androgynous chic in pared down tailoring. Geri looked beautiful, but this was more bridesmaid dress than premiere if we are truly honest.


Victoria Beckham S/S 13 – good, but not great.

The latest collection from Victoria Beckham proved to be a further departure from the Roland Mouret style designs that made her name. Sure, there are some form fitting gowns, but these owe more to the minimalist, lingerie style designs of Calvin Klein than to the hourglass fifties silhouette of Mouret.

I have to say I was a little disappointed by this collection on the whole. The form fitting lingerie style dresses look a little dated, and a little cheap, whilst the short a-line skirts and crisp shirts just got me thinking ‘so what’. They are well cut, as you would expect, but they don’t stand out as spectacular.

That’s not to say there isn’t merit in the collection. I love the use of a palette of black, white and vibrant orange, and there are some gorgeous additions of sheer, lace effect panels which move the illusion dress onto a much more classy plane. The sleek midi skirts teamed with white shirts are also very good – perfect for Tilda Swinton and Care Blanchett in their sophistication.

But nude dresses have been done to death by Herve Leger, and do we really need to elevate the bra strap showing to High Fashion – I think not. Furthermore, whilst I love the Tuxedo style black blazer and cigarette pants, styling this with a multi ways bra just gives this the look of a Madonna tour costume from 1993.

So, for me, this collection is good, but not great.I prefer Victoria’s designs that flatter rather than flaunt, designs that seem a little bit more grown up than this.

Olympic Closing Ceremony – Spice Girls and the Supers

The most amazing two weeks I can remember has now come to an end, and we are left with just wonderful memories. But what memories! And for fashion fans, there was a final, unforgettable treat with the reformed Spice Girls, and the stunning appearance of the British Supermodels dressed in an array of gold outfits which showcased the best of British design.

The Spice Girls whipped up a storm, performing two of my favourite Spice tracks – ‘Wannabee’ and ‘Spice up your Life’. All the girls looked fabulous and age defying, but Victoria was probably the pick of couture wearing a beautiful trained dress from Giles Deacon. Geri gave a cheeky nod to that Union Jack dress with a flag style bustle on the back of her strapless red dress. Mel B revisited the catsuit in a sparkly number from Zuhair Murad, whilst Emma Bunton looked like Bardot in a futuristic pink number which showed she is far away from being a baby. Mel C looked chic in a white catsuit that updated her sporty status in a most elegant way.

I must confess I squeled when I heard the strains of David Bowie’s fashion and realised the supermodels were on their way. A line up that included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson and Georgia May Jagger amongst its number, all dressed in the most exquisite gold outfits, was a breathtaking sight, and one which elevated the ceremony to the realms of fashion folklore. My picks were the ageless Kate Moss, who sparkled like an Oscar in Alexander McQueen, and Georgia May Jagger representing the new generation in Victoria Beckham.