70s style returns with ‘American Hustle’

The year’s first must-see film is released today, and could bring Studio 54 style into the mainstream once again. ‘American Hustle’ is set in 1978, and features an amazing cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. And whilst I must be honest and say the hot men are looking decidedly ropey on this occasion (Bradley Cooper with a tight, curly perm…Christian Bale with what can only be described as a paunch…) The women look fabulous. Jennifer Lawrence is smouldering in the publicity posters in a white dress that seems to be chanelling Debbie Harry from Blondie in those ‘Parallel Lines’ album covers, but it is Amy Adams who really stands out.

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American HustleFor Amy’s style, we are talking full-on seventies glamour. Large, Jackie O style sunglasses, Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses showing more than a hint of boobies, teamed with strappy sandals, fur trimmed coats and floppy Fedora hats. And her hair is just stunning too, either in lush dark curls, or that ultimate 70s disco style, crimped. (I slept in plaits when I was young trying to achieve this look, not to much success mind.) Think Faye Dunaway in Network and Laura Mars, crossed with disco diva’s like Diana Ross and Donna Summer, and you get the general idea.

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rs_560x415-131212112358-1024.Amy-Adams-American-Hustle-Fur-Hat.jl.121213‘American Hustle’ has been critically acclaimed and is set to be one of the most talked about and admired films of the year. In terms of style inspiration,  I think Amy’s glamorous retro looks could have us reaching for the sequins, crimpers and that can of Elnett all over again.

BHS present a wonderful, traditional Christmas…in July!

I was lucky enough to be put on the guest list for the BHS Christmas in July press preview last week. This was a real treat for me as BHS is always one of my must visit destinations at Christmas, mainly for its fantastic array of Christmas decorations. But the press preview gave me a great glimpse of the things we will be buying from BHS in the months ahead. And I have to say, there is so much more to the collections that crackers and tinsel!

 

In terms of decorations and trimmings, red and white are definitely the colours. BHS have gone down a  traditional route, with lots of glitter and snow smattering the proceedings. The lauch had ‘Joy’ and a Christmas star at its heart, and this adorned the walls. Pretty red trestle tables were lined through the middle of  the room in order to showcase the, baubles, candles and crackers that will be on offer very soon. There were an array of tree decorations that will be perfect for a fashionista, mini dresses and glitter covered sandals to hang on your tree, whilst you wait for Santa to bring you the real thing. The whole feeling of the Christmas themed goods was that of tradition, yet with a modern, vibrant theme.

The gift selection was also good. Baylis and Harding have upped their game and are presenting chic red travel bags filled with sweet-smelling toiletries, whilst the men’s selection features a soft bathrobe and more smellies. There are toys that would suit both big and small boys, the remote control Ferrari is sure to be a crowd pleaser. For your little princesses there was a lovely selection of real party dresses that would sort budding Suri Cruise’s out for every occasion, adorned with netting and lace, and alpine knits are proving that they will not be going away anytime soon.

BHS have always been known for their fabulous array of coats, and this year is no exception. The women’s collection is a sea of colour, magenta, orange,navy, teal and red are all represented. The men’s selection has a real military feel to it, with double and single breasted designs.

And, of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without partywear. This season, the 1970s theme continues with Studio 54 style dresses, pleated skirts, beaded tops and slinky maxi and midi dresses that skim your body and flatter the figure. Kitten bow blouses and silk chinoiserie jackets add to  the opulent feel.

BHS always does Christmas well, and this season looks like being no exception. It features the traditional, the modern and the aspirational – all under one roof.