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.

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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.

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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.

 

X Factor – latest Fashion Catch up

It will soon be drawing to a close, with just one week left for those requiring their X Factor fix. The series has not been classic in the fashion stakes compared to the wonderful years of Dannii and Cheryl, but there have still been some great style moments, and in Kelly Rowland, a genuine style icon has been born. Here is a review of the outfits from the last two weeks of X Factor.

Tulisa’s Looks

Tulisa has sported four looks in the last two weeks, and the safest thing to say is that some looks have been more successful than others. Bodycon was the theme for two of her looks, with Herve Leger’s raspberry full length dress looking  good on her super slim figure. However, the straightjacket style dress with cutout shoulders was a poor choice which was both ugly and unflattering. This sort of style needs to stay in the bad days of the 1980s!

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Silence + Noise Cut-Out Maxi Dress Web Exclusive £75.00 

Lipsy Cut Out Halterneck Maxi Dress £60.00 

Reiss Harmony ruched dress £179 

Tulisa’s other looks were again hit and miss. I loved the silver futuristic dress that she sported for the results show on Sunday, but hated the frou frou animal print prom number worn the previous week. The forced peplum, the front zip, that puffball..I don’t know where to start with the post mortem of this number.

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M&Co twist waist dress £56.25

Calvin Klein Shift Dress 

 

Kelly’s Looks

Kelly has had a home run of immaculate, stylish looks during the last few weeks of X Factor. One shoulder dresses seem to be a bit of a favourite with ‘momma’ and this is definitely a style that suits the girl’s mentor. She has sported this style in both bright and pastel shades, with a blue and lime number by Georges Chakra  proving that the old adage ‘blue and green never be seen’ is completely ridiculous, while she also wore a stunningly pretty pale pink version by Hugo Boss.

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Ted Baker Aloia one shoulder dress 

Kelly’s other looks were equally fabulous. Her full length Jenny Packham dress was a real Marilyn skin and beads dress and looked just glorious. It was great to see Kelly yet again flying the flag for British fashion, something she has done a lot this series. Her second look was more paired down, but oh-so-chic. This was a monochrome dress from Osman, that she teamed with Nicholas Kirkwood blue shoes for a touch of colour pop.

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Sheath/ Column One Shoulder Floor-length Sequined Evening Dress

Gigi FRONT TWIST DRESS BLACK £189