I went to Kensington Palace yesterday with a friend to see their 'Enchanted Palace' exhibition. It was so lovely, and a really good idea. The concept is that each room has been designed by a different designer, including Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes and Paul Costello, that represents the different princesses that lived their, from Queen Mary and Victoria, to Princess Margaret and Diana. It was so beautifully done, and each was so fairytale like. The exhibition itself was very interactive too, and their were some really helpful people there with great knowledge and interesting trivia on the royals that once lived in the palace. If you haven't been already, its definitely worth a visit!
Monday, 27 December 2010
I got spoilt with lots of pretty treats this year, and here are a few of them. The lovely, scalloped edge silk blouse is from Topshop, and I'm in love with it!
Did everyone have a nice Christmas? Mine consisted of sitting in front of the TV, with a box of chocolates, waiting for Christmas dinner...bliss!
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Here are the pictures of Versace's new ad campaign starring the beautiful January Jones, best known for playing Betty Draper, in the fabulous Mad Men. Shot by Mario Testino, these photos don't really leave much to the imagination, with only a handbags covering Jones' modesty...but they're Versace photos after all...
Donatella said of her new muse, "I am always on the lookout for the next Versace blonde, and in January I feel I have found a perfect Versace woman for the twenty-first century. She is chic and elegant but deeply sensual too - it is a 'dramatic' combination."
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Alexa Chung won the British Style Award last night at the BFA's and personally, I am glad she won. There were soo many strong contenders, and I know when I voted it took a while for me too choose, but Ms Chung has been highlighted as a style icon for a while now, and with a wardrobe like hers I am not surprised! She wore this beautiful blush Chanel dress, complete with cute sleeves and a peterpan collar (I'm a little obsessed with them...) Congratulations to Alexa, a worthy winner.
Other winners of the night included Pheobe Philo for Celine, again another truly worthy winner, Model Lara Stone, Christopher Bailey, Naomi Campbell, Mulberry and of course, Alexander McQueen who was awarded Outstanding achievement in fashion posthumously.
Friday, 3 December 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Here is another snippet of what I've been getting up to at University. This was one of 15 descriptive pieces I was required to write on a person or place. This one is about Lady Gaga, enjoy :)
Gaga adj. Informal senile. Relaxed loss of mental abilities because of old age
She stared through the black veil that covered her porcelain face, to witness the echoing army unit. Soldiers donning fishnet tights and exposing their pale china like chests began marching through the base, with great force and aggression, echoing the beat of the drumming music. The gloomy, eerie atmosphere is potent. Peeping light shines through from civilisation to reveal the silhouette of the soldiers, whose bowl- cut hairstyles are so sleek and exponentially shiny.
Suddenly, the ice queen comes to the fore. Her white-blonde hair and curvaceous, blood red lips make these soldiers fall under her dark spell. Her demonic eyes burn into their minds, these are her new servants. The ludicrousness of her mind is represented by the ostentatious, majestic crown perched on her head, established even further by the bloody, sacred heart placed in her hands.
Crazy. Masochist. Lune.
Suddenly, the sound of a knife sharpens, releasing the screeches of a thousand innocent cries. She is sour, sour that her love for Alejandro is no more.
I do not own a Polaroid camera, I really want one, but whilst the the old polaroids are easy to come across...the film however is not, and quite expensive...so, for the time being, I will make do with 'Poladroid', which works a treat. Simply download it free onto your computer, and convert all your favourite photographs into that wonderful vintage effect that we all know and love.
Here are a few I've been playing around with...the photos are of me, taken back in the Spring.
I picked up this little treasure about a month ago, and although I haven't read it all yet, I think its great so far, and a really lovely gift for somebody who is really into fashion & style, British style in particular.
Also, who else is hoping Luella will make a comeback soon? I'd love to see her get her design house up and running again. I was so surprised when it collapsed, Bartley is such a talent, and her designs were just adorable. Here's hoping!
Despite these beautiful photographs being in the October issue of Vogue, I've only just got around to posting them on here! If I have yet to mention, I am a huge fan of Tim Walker. His photographs are wonderfully whimsical, and so fairytale like. There's a real ethereal innocence to them. I have some of his work posted all over my bedroom wall, which,were photocopied from my past Vogue editions, sticking them with blue tac...inventive I know.
Anyway, here are a few from October 2010, taking inspiration from the Ballet Russes, with the beautiful Karlie Kloss as model.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Here is the most recent piece of uni work I did - this time it was a trend report.
For Spring/Summer 2011, indecisiveness has never been more fashionable as designers put an end to our styling dilemmas. Say hello to mismatch, says Colleen Ross.
It may be fair to say, we have all suffered from style phobia at some point, where cleverly piecing together prints, colour and silhouettes can prove to be the most challenging of tasks. As a result, we ultimately end up playing it safe with an outfit nothing more than mediocre.
Thankfully though, our prayers have finally been answered. Mismatch fashion was embraced by many a designer this season, who dared to experiment with an array of fabric, print and texture, to maximum effect, a rarity up until a few years ago, when it was predominantly Comme des Garcons territory. Notably, it was the younger design talent, taking a leaf from Rei Kawakubo’s book and lead the way with this trend. Consider this a battle against the minimalist looks that also popped up on the catwalks this season.
Dutch designer Michael van der Ham pieced together a superb collection at London Fashion Week, fashioning together chic midi-length shift dresses using colourful, handcrafted, textile collage. “He uses gorgeous fabrics, like pure silk, cotton and wool, all brought together to create such a wonderful mismatch. The great thing is you can choose how you want to wear them.” Explains Josipa Perkovic, of Liberty, London, where his designs are stocked exclusively.
Fashion East winner, Louise Gray, who was inspired by the Trinidad & Tobago tribes and Peter Pilotto were also at it, using a similar technique, beautifully illustrating the art of draping and clashing fabrics, resulting in wonderfully whimsical collections. Meanwhile, in New York, the reigning queens of alternative fabric fusions, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, presented a more refined, seventies suburbia inspired collection, using intricate wallpaper- like prints.
Over in Paris, as the house celebrated its 40th birthday, creative director, Antonio Marras delved into Kenzo’s extensive archive, utilising the houses signature vibrant prints and fabrics, in a fitting tribute. The end result was volumes of floral patchwork tent dresses, and striped jumpsuits, in turquoise, coral and peach hues.
Whilst some of the silhouettes of this trend may not be reminiscent of seventies design, the idea certainly holds retro sensibilities, particularly the merging of various prints and colour, favoured by some of the most iconic designers of the time, including Zandra Rhodes and Ossie Clark. But, whilst the references were there, these designers created something new and uniquely exciting. Much to the jubilation of some fashion savvy celebrities who already have the look down to a fine art, including the Olsen twins and blogging extraordinaire Susie Bubble.
Of course if you’re not as daring as Miss Bubble, there are some not-so-daunting alternatives. Keira Knightley nailed the look at the London film festival last month in a Rodarte dress, proving the look can be both chic and feminine. So, opt for cinched in waists and mid lengths to counteract the eclecticism of this look.
Remember, that mismatch can be taken off the runway, and right into our homes too. Interior designer, Ruthie Sommers believes the look to be effective because, “the combinations are usually unique to the person, signalling individuality.” So, don’t be afraid to get crafty and a make a home that’s your own. Looking for a little guidance? Be inspired by Kirsty Allsopp’s ‘Homemade Home’ and thrift hunt for some real vintage treasures. Alternatively, experiment with assorted dressers via German brand, Raou Kashmir
After much recession talk over the past few years, the playfulness of this trend suggests that whilst we aren’t out of the dark yet, designers are optimistic that it’s all about it change. So, be imaginative
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Personally, I think she will be fabulous. I watched the Great Gatsby a few months ago, and really enjoyed it, Mia Farrow is superb in it. Of course its risky business to remake such a classic, but if anyone can do it then Baz Luhrmann can, especially with such a supreme talent as Mulligan in the title role. Plus, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby, you can't go wrong!
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sweet seventies seduction
Marc Jacobs takes us back to the days of disco for Spring/Summer 2011, says Colleen Ross.
In seventies flick Taxi Driver, a very young Jodie Foster tries her hand at seducing a rather unwilling Robert De Niro to no avail. Fast forward 34 years and Foster, dressed in some seriously short coral hot pants, a cropped, tie-front blouse, floppy hat and sunglasses, you know, the typical seventies garb, could so easily have fit in on the runway of Marc Jacobs seventies luxe, Spring/Summer 2011 show.
Whilst Foster’s influence was the most prevalent, it certainly wasn’t Jacobs’ only reference point. Think Jerry Hall holidaying in St. Tropez by day and partying at Studio 54 by night, Faye Dunaway and undoubtedly YSL, the Moroccan years.
The orchestral sound of ‘Summer’, by Vivaldi filled the Lexington Armoury, to introduce the plethora of chic day, beach and glamorous eveningwear to a front row filled with everyone from Alexa Chung to Courtney Love. Jacobs had clearly missed the front row glitterati that he dismissed last season.
The runway soon played host to a reunion of seventies silhouettes with model Luisa Bianchin setting the scene, wearing a striking orange spot, bell sleeved coat and a pair of orchid suede gaucho pants.
Puffy peasant blouses, mid length skirts and high-waisted, flared trousers in orange silk, were truly nostalgic. There were various desirable dress styles, shapes and sumptuous fabrics too. From romantic asymmetric maxis to crinkle taffeta gowns, sheer and embellished, to being emblazoned with geometric prints and Missoni-esque chevron stripes. Meanwhile hot pants came in metallic gold leather and jumpsuits in honeycomb embroidered guipure lace. Jacobs’ opted for a sweet colour scheme, selecting a delicious array of coral and rose pinks, maroon, grape and strawberry red fusions. It was a clear move from his past rather muted collections, particularly his dream-like Autumn/Winter 2010 show. Goodbye subdued serenity, hello disco.
Not to be overshadowed, accessories were intricately decorative. Most models wore Lily corsages around there necks or in their hair, waists were accentuated with thick brown or purple leather belts and feet were adorned with glitter, geisha style platforms, or strappy snake sandals. Gripped in their hands were quilted buttery leather or suede clutch bags, in satchel and semi-circle shapes.
Hair was big and fabulously frizzy à la US Vogue’s Grace Coddington. Oh Marc, flattery will get you everywhere. The look was completed with vampy pale faces, painted plum lips and seductive smoky eyes.
Jacobs’ model army of seventies divas included Jamie Bochert- who stepped out in a glorious statement maroon kaftan dress, complete with embellished neckline- Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio and every designers favourite, Freja Beha Erichsen.
Whilst the glamorous nights of disco at Studio 54 are over and Mick Jagger is no longer with Bianca (or Jerry), we can still dream a little dream of the seventies thanks to Marc Jacobs. The king of reinvention has proved once again to be the one we all want.
Monday, 1 November 2010
This is a catwalk report I wrote as homework for uni. We were required to write a report on Alexander McQueen's Autumn/Winter 2001 show and could choose any element to write about. So here it is, along with a video clip of some of the show, enjoy :)
A- taunting -toy story.
Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2001
A merry-go round, clowns and balloons, things reminiscent of our childhood spent at fairgrounds or a trip to the circus. However, when kidnapped by Alexander McQueen, those sweet memories can soon turn into a nightmare. Ragged, amputated dolls, haphazard stuffed animals and haunting looking clowns made up the eerie mise-en-scene of McQueen’s Autumn/Winter show, in an abandoned Vauxhall warehouse.
McQueen’s model minions took to the catwalk, scandalously gyrating around a stripper pole as they went. Clad in shiny patent leather, re-worked military coats, feathers and fringing teamed with vampy, twenties flapper hair &makeup. Before leaving their mischievous playground, models suggestively positioned themselves for one last ride on the merry- go round.
But, it wasn’t until then, that the show really began. A baby’s lullaby, mixed with its crying screams echoed through the room. Life size toys came alive as they began tragically dragging themselves across the catwalk, one with a skeleton attached to her foot. Innocence had certainly been snatched from these figures.
As it came to an end, McQueen’s final message came in the form of a song. ‘A spoon full of sugar’ (yes that’s the one from Mary Poppins) began to play.
One thing’s for sure, if McQueen is the villain, then we are his ever willing victims.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
This is the shopping feature about seventies style dresses, I did for my university assignment. I chose Grazia as my chosen publication. Enjoy :)
Dreamy dresses (the fairest of them all!)
Colleen Ross reveals why our compulsive love affair with dresses is set to continue this season and this time, it’s grown up seventies chic, that’s won our doting hearts.
Ladies, take note. This autumn/winter, the focus is on pretty, ethereal dresses; with soft, flowing maxi’s, artist smocks and charming midi’s at the fore. A look that’s had us all wishing we were seventies screen siren, Faye Dunaway in her delightful ‘Network’ heyday.
Made up of silk, chiffon, patchwork and vanishing floral prints, let floaty and feminine be your mottos for the coming months. However, this look does come with a warning label...dresses are not to be worn without suitable layers: a chunky knitted cardigan, ankle socks, buttery leather (or suede) gloves and boots are essential. Remember though that layers can come off, and boots exchanged for a pair of oh so cute Mary Jane’s to form a faultless evening outfit (see Alexa Chung, right).
As for length, only midi or maxi will do, if you’re petite stand tall with a block heel. Accessorise with a floppy hat and long cascading hair, in an ode to ultimate bookish enchantment. But, do try your best to avoid the infamous Farrah Fawcett hair-do, circa 1976! Modernise the look with some super studenty glasses, barely there makeup and you’re good to go.
Also, be sure to banish bright block colours to the back of your wardrobe and opt for rich autumnal shades. Think dusty greys and browns, burnt orange, navy, maroon and berry for maximum results.
Take a leaf from the books of Kenzo, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, whose hopelessly romantic styles have had us weak at the knees. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a huge hit off the catwalk as well, with fashions favourite icon Alexa Chung working her grey Marc Jacobs midi effortlessly, whilst the infuriatingly beautiful model, Anja Rubik sported a stunning, silk Chloe maxi at Paris Fashion Week.
The trend has been fully embraced by the high street too, with some of our favourite stores offering up a bundle of lust worthy pieces. Look no further than Topshop, Warehouse, Zara and Mango, whose fabulous frocks are definitive winners.This look isn’t quite Bianca Jagger at Studio 54. Think more decorative than disco and you are on the right track. So,
jump on the seventies bandwagon and treat yourself to some of these lovely ladylike beauties!