X Factor Fash Off – Week 5 – Pretty, Pretty,Pretty

This week I had a shock, horror revelation during the vote off show as I realised that I had loved all the dresses on display over the weekend. From Tulisa covering up and looking great, to Nicole showing that you can reveal skin without looking tarty, I totally enjoyed all four of the looks we were treated to. No frock horror shows, nothing to edgy or experimental, just four great dresses.

Saturday night

On Saturday night Tulisa just sparkled in a beautiful dress from New York designer Jovani. The exquisite and strategically placed beading looked amazing under the studio lights, reminding me of the skin and beads dresses designed by Bob Mackie for Marlene Dietrich and Cher in the 1970s. Tulisa kept her accessories to a minimum, although I wasn’t so impressed with the mermaid style hair. What did impress me was that Tulisa had apparently hired the gown from Girl meets Dress for less than £50, and that you could hire the same dress too for a fantastic Christmas party look.

JOVANI - Blue Sequin Dress HIRE : £49 - RRP: £1,200 click to visit Girl Meets Dress

Motel Crinkle metallic dress £46.40 click to visit House of Fraser

Warehouse Sequin lace bodycon dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser

Nicole also looked fabulous on saturday night. I love that she opted for a leather outfit that was really classy, showing that leather can look elegant. Nicole’s outfit was actually a skirt and top designed by Ermanno Scervino, although it did have the appearance of a dress. The pencil length skirt keeps this looking grown up and glamorous, whilst the top may be strapless, but it is not too revealing.

 

Black Bandeau Peplum Top £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Leather Look Pencil Skirt £24.99 click to visit New Look

Sunday night was another goodie. Tulisa looked perfect in a black and white structured lace dress that I first thought was by Phillip Armstrong. The magical creation was actually designed by Kruszynska Couture and this was a very angelic look for Tulisa, one which suited her perfectly. I loved that this dress was quite conservative in comparison to some of her other choices, but the black panel keys in perfectly to this seasons opulent brocade trends, making this possibly Tulisa’s best ever X Factor look.

Sally Top Lace Chiffon Dress £30 click to visit Boohoo

Scallop Lace Skater Dress.£39 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Nicole opted for a slip of a dress that did have the look of beautiful vintage lingerie. I personally thought this was super soft and pretty, the lace detailing and neutral shade suiting Nicole perfectly, whilst her hair looked just stunning in a vintage style roll. I am also rather partial to those Guiseppe Zanotti shoes.

Poppy Lace Cap Sleeve Dress £30 click to visit Boohoo

Sarah Grace Lace Dress £149 click to visit Monsoon

 

X Factor Fash Off Week 4 – Happy Halloween.

Last weeks X Factor is destined to be remembered for Cigarettes and Alcohol rather than any of the performances on the night. Gary Barlow’s shockingly rude comment about Tulisa’s fagash breath seemed out of the character for a man usually renowned as a gentleman, and left the other judges in a state of shock. (Louis Walsh’s face was an absolute picture). The comment certainly overshadowed the fashion on display, which predictably had a dark feel to keep in with the Halloween theme.

First up is Nicole, who was wearing a Julien MacDonald embellished catsuit. Now, there is no doubt that Nicole has an incredible body, but in the same way I hated Tulisa’s look last Halloween when she dressed as ‘Girl on a Motorcycle’, I hate this. I know it’s Halloween but that’s no excuse for turning up in a costume that Catwoman might wear for Sunday best. It was dramatic and beautifully made, but oh so attention seeking.

Get the look

MARK FAST Body Price: £45.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Macrame Legging Price: £22.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

On the other hand I really liked Tulisa’s beautiful black evening gown by Ariella Couture. Yes, it was a little tight on the bust area when she was sitting down, looking far better when she was standing up at the beginning. But this was a real Gilda dress, and with retro 1940s waves I really liked what Tulisa was trying to achieve – a glamorous Old Hollywood look that was a world away from the cartoon Halloween look of Nicole.

Get the look

SAVANNAH MAXI DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

BREITA BANDEAU MAXI DRESS £220.00 click to visit Coast

On Sunday night Nicole looked simply stunning. Her John Richmond gown was revealing, showing both decolletage and endless legs, but there was nothing trampy about this outfit, and it was a welcome departure after her Saturday night frightshow. The black and gold was striking, whilst the skirt had a flamenco style to it. One of my favourite Nicole looks so far.

 

Get the look

Strapless Drop Back Jewel Dress Price: £45.00 click to visit AX Paris

Peacock Strapless Drop Back Dress Price: £40.00 Click to visit AX Paris

Tulisa had another great night on Sunday in an elegant prom style dress from Stephanie Allin. I loved everything about this dress, from the lave panel across the top, to the midi length skirt. Lace is a great way to utilise the Halloween trend without going into Morticia Adams territory, and this dress was gothic prettiness. The only thing I would change is to pair this with black, or red heels, but other than that it was another great night for the female boss.

Get the look

DRAY DRESS £150.00 click to visit Coast

Julia Lace and taffeta prom dress £40 click to visit Clothing at Tesco

 A bit extra – The Pride of Britain Awards

Blenheim Print Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Tanya dress £50 click to visit Virgos Lounge

 

X Factor Fash Off – Week 3 – A very mixed bag

Week three of the X Factor live shows, and it was safe to say it was not a vintage week in terms of fashion or music. With only Ella, James and District 3 impressing during the live show, and with dubious outfits from both Tulisa and Nicole, it was again left to Ella Henderson to add some style and class to the proceedings. Here are my opinions on the clothes on show this week, which again I judge to be honours even.

Nicole started the weekend well with a mouth-watering raspberry skater dress from Alexander McQueen. The colour was just amazing on her, and I  liked that the bodice and top was very modest in comparison to the short and flirty skirt. The outfit was perfectly accessorised with 1980s style gold jewellery including a Cleopatra effect collar. If the hair was a little Siamese dancer, that could be forgiven as this was an overall hit for me.

 

FOREVER UNIQUE Omega babydoll dress £70 click to visit Selfridges

Daniels Platform Court Shoes - Nude Patent £37 click to visit Littlewoods

Vintage Brass Cleopatra Cobra Necklace £19.99 click to visit Zara Taylor London

But Tulisa had a shocker. Wearing custom-made Ricci Burns, the comments on Twitter ranged from ‘Moulin Rouge reject’,  to those saying she looked like she’d had a supermarket sweep through Ann Summers. I didn’t feel love for this at all. A saloon girl in the Wild West was really missing her bustier, whilst the satin skirt was just too tight. On the plus side, her hair and make-up were flawless, showing what a beautiful woman she is, whilst the shoes, which I believe were Chanel, were fabulous.

 

Acrylic Front Busk Closure Corset With Ruffles £19.12 click to visit Light in The Box

Biba Satin waistband pencil skirt £89 click to visit House of Fraser

South Lace Panel Satin Pencil Skirt £32 click to visit Littlewoods

Giselle Black Suedette Metallic Trim Heels £35 click to visit Boohoo

For the second week running, my favourite X Factor outfit was worn by Ella Henderson. Her sparkly sequined number was customised Lipsy, but I have found a similar design in French Connection at the moment.

Spiegal Sequins Tunic Dress £275.00 click to visit French Connection

The second set of live shows were a role reversal for Tulisa and Nicole. Nicole was a directional disaster wearing an Alpana & Neeraj dress with Topshop Unique shoes and Crow’s Nest Jewels. I hated this dress, which for some reason reminded me of Cheryl Cole and her hubcap number. Nicole is far more sophisticated than this dress suggests, maybe the style would be more suited to an experimental twenty-something like Jade Ellis, than the 30 something Nicole.

 

House Of Dereon Mesh Mini Dress £85.00 click to visit Lipsy

Vivian Side Peplum Bodycon Dress £25 click to visit Boohoo

But I actually loved Tulisa’s metallic prom queen look from the black strapless Milly by Michelle Smith frock to the gold waist belt and mesh heels. The shimmer effect of this dress was very eye-catching and I loved the gold accents on the belt. The cage shoes were the one jarring element – I would’ve liked something slightly more girlie rather than trying to toughen up such a feminine look.

Glacier Sequin Midi Dress £185.00 click to visit French Connection

Kimmy Lurex Bandeau Skater Dress £25 click to visit Boohoo

And finally onto Jade Ellis. Jade has been quietly making fashion waves each week with a series of eye-catching outfits, and this week she showed that an online bargain can look seriously fabulous. Her cute leopard print skirt was from Inlovewithfashion and costs a total steal of just £10. This is the sort of perfect piece that can be dressed up and down, and is the one item I would suggest you grab before it disappears!

LOVE Black And White Animal Print Skirt £10 click to visit Love