Fashion: The Year of Yellow

It may be a type of green that has been named the Pantone colour for 2017 (greenery – which is a shade I have frankly never heard of) but it seems to be yellow, all shades of yellow, that is having a moment.

For proof you need to look no further than the recent Golden Globe awards, where Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and  Maisie Williams were amongst the many ladies wearing a shade of yellow. Best Actress winner Emma Stone has also hit the campaign trail in yellow, as has one of my style crushes Naomie Harris. Kate Moss is famously a fan of the colour, one of her most iconic Topshop designs was based on a beautiful yellow gown from her own collection. Michelle Williams and Renee Zellweger wore two of the most iconic Oscar dresses of all time in, you’ve guessed it, a fabulous shade of yellow. When done correctly, I don’t think there is a better, more flattering colour. Now it is all over the press again as Emma Stone an La La Land have won a whole host of Oscar nominations, cue millions of pictures of Emma in that, soon to be iconic, yellow dress.

Yellow Inspiration

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Naomie Harris attends the 17th annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actress Emma Stone attends W Magazine Celebrates the Best Performances Portfolio and the Golden Globes with Audi and Moet & Chandon at Chateau Marmont on January 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

On the catwalk – Giambattista Valli

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The key to wearing yellow is to suit a shade that will suit you. It works well in vibrant shades on redheads like Emma, and lemon and buttercup shades look good on paler blondes. Brunettes can pretty much get away with any variety. I’m a blonde, but love yellow, it is far and away my fave colour and one which I wear a lot.

I love Yellow

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Yellow on the High Street

**Vila Yellow Chiffon Dress Was £42.00 Now £21.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Vila Yellow Chiffon Dress
Was £42.00 Now £21.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Vero Moda mustard pleated top Price: £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Vero Moda mustard pleated top Price: £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Yellow lace soft tee Was £24.00 Now £12.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Yellow lace soft tee
Was £24.00 Now £12.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Yellow Floral Linen Dress £36 Click to visit Next

Yellow Floral Linen Dress £36 Click to visit Next

Pointed Slipper Shoes £40 Click to visit Next

Pointed Slipper Shoes £40 Click to visit Next

Lipsy Love Michelle Keegan Applique Detail Bodycon Dress £65 Click to visit Next

Lipsy Love Michelle Keegan Applique Detail Bodycon Dress £65 Click to visit Next

Riva Jacquard Dress £90 Click to visit Boden

Riva Jacquard Dress £90 Click to visit Boden

 Skye Funnel Neck Jumper £70 Click to visit Boden

Sophia Shirt Dress Now £31.80 To £47.70 Click to visit Boden

Sophia Shirt Dress Now £31.80 To £47.70 Click to visit Boden

Ruby Demi Wedge £98 Click to visit Boden

Ruby Demi Wedge £98 Click to visit Boden

 

The perfect yellow dress from Kaliko

If there was any further evidence needed that sunshine yellow is the colour to be seen in this season, then the site of the Duchess of Cambridge emerging from hospital holding the gorgeous Princess Charlotte was all that just that. She looked amazing in a yellow floral print dress from Jenny Packham, and when, two nights later, I took a stunning yellow lace dress from Kaliko for a test drive, I was told I was wearing the ‘Middleton yellow.’

DOUBLE LAYER DRESS Item No. 060037795 £129.00 click to visit Kaliko

DOUBLE LAYER DRESS
Item No. 060037795
£129.00

The double layer dress is a bit of a departure for Kaliko this season. Many of their dresses have a 1950s feel with full skirts and prom styles – they wouldn’t be out of place in Grace Kelly’s wardrobe. This dress however, is more Jackie Kennedy than Grace Kelly. A simple shift style in lace style nylon, it is knee length, sleeveless and has a lovely double layer effect due to a floating bodice. It is cool and stylish for summer, but can also have a 1960s ‘dollybird’ effect when teamed with opaque tights and Mary Janes.

I wore this dress for the press night of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Unfortunately the weather had decided to skip Spring/Summer and return to Autumn, with biting winds and heavy rain. This meant the look I wanted for this dress – strappy gold sandals and accessories – just wouldn’t work.

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11052470_756848501079920_7609861128160991205_nI love yellow and black as a colour combination, it is just so vibrant. (Unless we’re talking wasps of course.) So, with the weather being horrid, I added my favourite Planet jacket and opaque tights and heels.

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I think this is a gorgeous dress that just can’t be spoilt, even when a gale force wind manages to transform the hair into a fright wig.

 

Summer trends unveiled at Boden

Light nights, long days and lots and lots of Vitamin D inducing Sunshine. Oh, how I love and long for Summer. As seasons go, it is definitely my favourite, which I think maybe something to do with the fact that I’m a June baby – I’m never happy that when I’m lounging in summer sunshine with a Pimms or Martini.

Another great thing about summer, apart from the aforementioned sun and cocktails, is summer fashion. Without the restraints of everything having to be covered by a heavy coat, we can turn once again to cotton and silk, to gorgeous colourful prints, and boho styles that literally scream ‘holiday’. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be bringing you the best of the High Street, online offerings and a few designer lust haves. I’m starting with Boden, who I think are one of the best brands for bringing a distillation of summer to our wardrobes.

This season Boden have focused on a combination of their much loved Vintage inspired pieces, and a boho inspired collection that combines the late 60s style of Talitha Pol, and the more recent Kate Moss/Sienna Miller boho revival looks. There are also geometric designs that could be outtakes from Pierre Cardin/Yves Saint Laurent 1960s collections.

What do you think of Boden’s initial Summer 2015 designs?

Yellow

Sarah Ponte Dress WH774 £79.00 click to visit Boden

Sarah Ponte Dress
WH774
£79.00

Ursula Dress WH803 £99.00 click to visit Boden

Ursula Dress
WH803
£99.00

Casual Jersey Dress WH760 Was 49.00 Now £29.40 To £49.00 Depending on colour click to visit Boden

Casual Jersey Dress
WH760
Was 49.00
Now £29.40 To £49.00

Helen Dress WH831 £139.00 click to visit Boden

Helen Dress
WH831
£139.00

Boho chic

Francine Dress WH799 £79.00 click to visit Boden

Francine Dress
WH799
£79.00

Ingrid Dress WH821 £110.00 click to visit Boden

Ingrid Dress
WH821
£110.00

Arianne Top WA575 £69.00 click to visit Boden

Arianne Top
WA575
£69.00

Arianne Dress WH806 £99.00 click to visit Boden

Arianne Dress
WH806
£99.00

Tassel Gladiator AR672 £79.00 click to visit Boden

Tassel Gladiator
AR672
£79.00

60s style Geometric

Modern Pencil WG588 Was 59.00 Now £47.20 To £59.00 dependent on colour click to visit Boden

Modern Pencil
WG588
Was 59.00
Now £47.20 To £59.00

Iris Shirt Dress WH818 £79.00 click to visit Boden

Iris Shirt Dress
WH818
£79.00

Genoa Embroidered Pouch AM232 £49.00 click to visit Boden

Genoa Embroidered Pouch
AM232
£49.00

Harriet Wedge AR674 £69.00 click to visit Boden

Harriet Wedge
AR674
£69.00

Vintage Inspiration

Phyllis Dress WH809 Was 79.00 Now £63.20 click to visit Boden

Phyllis Dress
WH809
Was 79.00
Now £63.20

Sandra Sundress WH808 Was 89.00 Now £71.20 click to visit Boden

Sandra Sundress
WH808
Was 89.00
Now £71.20

Vintage Halterneck Dress WH820 Was 89.00 Now £71.20 To £89.00 click to visit Boden

Vintage Halterneck Dress
WH820
Was 89.00
Now £71.20 To £89.00

Vintage Bow Dress WH819 Was 110.00 Now £88.00 To £110.00 click to visit Boden

Vintage Bow Dress
WH819
Was 110.00
Now £88.00 To £110.00