Full length and fabulous dresses – Time to Party.

A fabulous quote by socialite Susan Gutfreund in this month’s Vanity Fair “…You go to a black tie now and it’s so abnormal to see anyone wearing long. Most women it seems now wear their pyjamas out in the evenings.” I have to agree, and this is such a shame, especially at this time of year.

For Christmas is the perfect opportunity to really dress up. And this year there are just so many beautiful dresses that fit that term ‘full length and fabulous’. Here are a selection available now, with any voucher codes and discounts I could find to help your be a super-stylish-saver too.

Dorothy Perkins

Black embellished maxi dress Was £150.00 Now £105.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins Offer: Up to 30% off everything online & in store
Valid from: Weds 28th November
Valid until: Sunday 2nd December
Discount applied at checkout

Click here to visit Dorothy Perkins

Wallis

Purple Embellished Trim Maxi Dress Was £60.00 Now £48.00 click to visit Wallis

Teal Drape Embellished Maxi Dress Was £55.00 Now £38.50 click to visit Wallis

Offer – Up to 30% off everything at Wallis

Ends 1st December

Click here to visit Wallis

Miss Selfridge

Embellished Waist Maxi Dress Price: £59.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge treat week

Check out the surprise treat of the day here.

Reiss

Kerensa PLEATED PRINT MAXI DRESS RASPBERRY £350 click to visit Reiss

Reiss Offer

Get 20% off at Reiss

Full price items only, discount applied at the checkout.

Valid until 3rd December 2012

Click here to visit Reiss

Mango

Draped long silk dress £139.99 click to visit Mango

Jewelled chiffon gown £159.99 click to visit Mango

Sequins crystal beads gown £169.99 click to visit Mango

Phase Eight

Dolores Velvet Dress £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Monica Maxi Dress £130.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Cassini Cross Over Maxi Dress £85.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Free delivery at Phase Eight ends November 30th.

Coast

LORI LEE MAXI DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

VA VA DRESS £395.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanity Fair and the Ice Cream Colours

I’m a huge fan of Vanity Fair magazine, and in particular the March issue that is always dedicated to all things Hollywood. There cover is always a gatefold, and there have been some truly iconic ones over the years, for instance, who could forget the one featuring a naked Kiera Knightley and Scarlett Johansson with Tom Ford?

This years cover is full of the brightest and most beautiful of the current crop of young actresses taking Hollywood by storm. Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence,Felicity Jones and Elizabeth Olsen are amongst those featured. But it is the beautiful dresses in ice cream shades that have caught my eye. The softest of pink, the iciest of blues and blush and pewter metallics just make this cover the most mouth-watering treat.

The stores are currently bursting with these ice cream palettes with their promise of spring. Here are some of my key picks.

Coral V neck peplum dress Price: £28.00

Coral embellished drape maxi Price: £35.00

Lilac zig zag lurex tee Price: £24.00

Lilac twist knot cowl dress Price: £25.00

felicia short dress £125.00

 

Diamond oversized bag £38

Pink floral jacket £45

Spell On You top £82.00

 

Kate makes the Vanity Fair best dressed list.

The annual Vanity Fair best dressed list has been  published, and our own style duchess has made this years list. The Duchess of Cambridge sits alongside Michelle Obama, Carla Sarkozy Bruni and Princess Charlene of Monaco on this years list, and is praised for her “whirlwind year of fashion successes”. But some detractors are already saying she shouldn’t be on the list, with one Twitter comment saying ‘Kate Middleton makes best-dressed list – why? So here are the reasons I think it is absolutely right that she should be there.

1. Everything she wears turns into fashion gold. From the Reiss dress she wore to meet Michelle Obama, that crashed their website and is now selling on Ebay from £600 upwards, to the Burberry mackintosh that sparked a Burberry frenzy, everything that Kate wears has instant sell out written all over it. Even of people can’t get the real thing, the copies will prove to be just as popular, as Peacocks and Tesco found when they launched their sell out versions of the Issa engagement dress.

2. She’s bringing back ladylike elegance. Kate always looks immaculately groomed, wearing elegant dresses, nude heels and carrying neat and dainty hand and clutch bags. She’s not quite got us wearing white gloves yet, but nude panty-hose has definitely made a re-appearance. It seems we relish this grown-up look after the barely dressed antics of Gaga and Rihanna, it makes a change to dress like a lady.

3. Recycle, recycle. recycle. Kate has made it cool to dig deep into your wardrobe and wear clothing you thought you’d never wear again. From family weddings to Royal tours,  Kate will recycle outfits by adding a different hat, or wearing her beautiful hair in a different style. In the recession hit UK – this is striking the right chord.

4. She makes the High Street not only acceptable, but desirable. Zara, Whistles,LK Bennett, Reiss, Hobbs, Kurt Geiger – all these stores have benefitted from the Kate effect. Kate doesn’t keep these brands for her off-duty looks, she will wear them for important royal occasions too.

5. That dress. Kate could be top of that list for the beautiful Sarah Burton dress alone. The royal wedding dress is already iconic, an exquisite creation that was a feat of design. Kate was pitch perfect on the day, and was universally applauded for her choice of dress.  Enough to stick her to the top of any list.

And if all this wasn’t wnough, just look how cute she looked with William in Holyrood,in their matching outfits. Simply adorable!