BAFTA Style red carpet fashion from House of Fraser

The television Bafta’s are this year teamed with House of Fraser as an official style partner, and in honour of this, I thought that it would be a good idea to show you some of the amazing red carpet styles that the department store currently has on offer. House of Fraser is always a great port of call for occasion dressing, with brands such as Biba, Untold and Ariella all showing that you can create looks suited to Hollywood events with a more modest budget.

In addition to the fabulous gowns, which offer colour, beading, a range of silhouettes, and retro and icon influences, House of Fraser are also offering up to 30% off all occasion wear, leaving you extra pennies to sort out your accessories.

So whatever your special occasion, or if you just treat life as a red carpet, take a look at the beautiful finery on offer here…will you be able to resist adding a little frock to your basket?

Great Gatsby Influences

Untold Beaded blouson style dress £175 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Beaded pattern sleeveless dress £90 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Sequin cut out back detail dress £140 click to visit House of Fraser

JS Collections Embellished fan detail dress £200 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Clutch bag £35.40 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Deco embellished jacket £87.50 click to visit House of Fraser


1950s styling

Ariella Ottoman full skirted dress £120 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Dress fit and flare £125 click to visit House of Fraser

Dickins & Jones Ladies shimmer stripe prom dress £66.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Mesh top dress dress £135 click to visit House of Fraser

Kate Middleton influenced

Pied a Terre Lace shift dress £87.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Lace dress with sleeves £180 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Full skirted jacquard dress £80 click to visit House of Fraser








Great Gatsby Fever with Collection 8

It is almost here. The most anticipated film for both movie buffs and fashionista’s is set to be launched at the Cannes Film festival. And from stills already released, we know that we are in for a treat. The Great Gatsby has been made into a film on at least two occasions, in 1949 with Betty Field and Alan Ladd, and a fashionably iconic but ultimately disappointing 1970s version with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford as the ill fated lovers Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Now we are waiting to see what Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Di Caprio bring to the roles.

The released stills from the movie, the trailer and movie posters show that the costumes are going to be every bit as beautiful as those created by Theoni V Aldredge in 1974. The collaboration between Prada and Catherine Martin has proved to be a match made in  style heaven, with Daisy in particular being a vision of 1920s loveliness. I predict that 1920s elegance inspired by Gatsby will be a key look this season, with the Collection 8 range from Phase Eight leading the way.

Collection 8 has once again surpassed itself in the glamour stakes, producing a range of stunning 1920s inspired evening dresses that will make sure every black tie event is covered this summer. The gowns incorporate many of the key elements we associate with 1920s dress, the fringing, the beading and art deco style embelishment, sleeveless silhouettes and the slinkiest of sheer panels that suggest sensuality, rather than screeming sexiness.

Take a look – which dress is your fave?

Paloma Full Length Dress £275.00 

Liberty Tapework Full Length Dress £295.00 

Esmeralda Beaded Full Length Dress £275.00 

Babushka Full Length Dress £225.00 

Aurelia Metallic 3D Lace Dress £225.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pippa Embellished Full Length Dress £300.00 click to visit Phase Eight



Next Key trends – it’s all about Gatsby

When Next announced a special network challenge in order to find a guest blogger for their ‘Style Secrets’ blog, I was immediately interested. I love to blog about the sort of clothes that I personally love to wear, especially those from one of my most visited High Street stores. I decided to take up the challenge to show Fashion-Mommy readers what I would choose as the five key pieces for A/W 2012 from the current Next collection. My picks were influenced by the most eagerly awaited film of the season – the Carey Mulligan/Leonardo Di Caprio vehicle ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The latest Great Gatsby movie is released on Boxing day and promises to be as big an event for fashion as it will for film. The original F Scott Fitzgerald novel was written in 1925, at the height of the roaring 20s, and this most fashionable of era’s will be the setting the party trends for the upcoming festive season. The images of Carey Mulligan in beautiful feathers and beading, drop waisted dresses in lace and shimmering fabrics, and darker black and gold art deco trends will dominate our festive season wardrobes, and Next is right at the forefront of this most glamorous of looks.

How to get the look with Next

This beautiful dress takes one of the key shades of the 1920s – nude, and adds another key trend for A/W 12, brocade, as an embroidered detail. The drop waist is pure Jazz Age, but the look is updated by the dippy hemline.

Nude Embellished Dippy Hem Dress £45 click to visit Next

The Floral embellished cami is exquisite, and has all the hallmarks of the Gatsby era. It features a palette of nude and black that makes this art deco in style, and it also has 1920s style floral motifs in the beading. It looks totally amazing with black wide leg trousers, but you could wear this with jeans and heels for a Friday night look too.

Embellished Floral Cami £35 click to visit Next

Another 1920s style that has been given a 1960s shot of fun is the embellished shift dress in white and gold. With a pattern that resembles art deco fans, there is a definite 20s flapper feel to this, but the shorter hemline means that this is looking to the decade known as the ‘swinging sixties’ too!

Embellished Shift Dress £65 click to visit Next

The gorgeous laser cut butterflies on this pretty vest are very reminiscent of the fluttery detail on Carey Mulligan’s mauve dress in the released stills from the Great Gatsby. This is a great way to get some of that vintage style into your day wardrobe, this is so pretty it will look great dressed down with skinny jeans or cigarette pants.

Butterfly Laser Cut Vest £32 click to visit Next

My final choice of key picks for the Gatsby season is this beautiful, gold embellished, pearl wrap. Next have realised that the most beautiful of gowns should not be ruined by dark and heavy outdoor coats and so have provided this gorgeous cover-up to take you from the taxi to the club. But it seems such a shame to restrict something so gorgeous to just evening wear, so wear it scarf style to jazz up plain winter coats, adding glamour to even the darkest of days. You know Daisy Buchanan would approve!

£32 Gold Embellished Pearl Wrap click to visit Next