Following on from last weeks London Fashion week, and building up to Paris next, its was Milan’s turn this week, and even though the Italians tried really really hard at being reserved and reflective of the hard economic times, it only lasted a day!
Second day in and the celebs had been flown in, pushed to the front seats of the cat walk complete with a couple of coats of newly sprayed tan just to be sure, with Liz Hurley, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johannson all in attendance, its only a matter of time before WAG royalty appears in the form of Mrs Beckham.
Versace let rip with its signature evening dresses in metallic swirling tones, cute cut-out mini dresses and girly pink overcoats, so no austerity there then?
The show stoppers and the pieces that the celebs had really come to see though were the trade mark evening dresses that Gianni Versace made famous, it seems fitting that Donatella has adopted them also though as somewhat of a legacy, or homage to her brother.
dolce and gabbana”, not to be out done clung to the Madonna “Vogue” imagery, wearing corsets over clothes, which to be honest I can’t see catching on, but as statement, the luxuriant fabrics that underlined the show had an air of mid 20th century opulence, following on from films such as Kate Winslet’s Revolutionary Road, which has started somewhat of a mini revival of 20th century fashions.
Dsquared also put on a more middle of the road all American “Thirty Something” type of show, a far cry from some of the bizarre designs they’ve created for Brittany Spears circus tour which incidentally also kicks off in March.
However the climax of the fashion show season is undoubtedly Paris, where rumours are strong that Pamela Anderson has agreed to walk the catwalk for Vivienne Westwood, and Beth Ditto, better known as the lead singer with indie rock band “The Gossip” will headline the Fendi show, just prior to her women’s clothing range hitting the shops exclusively at Women’s clothing retailers Evans later this month.
After months of talk and media coverage, the royal wedding is almost upon us, so not long to decide on those all important wedding guest outfits. You did get an invite didn’t you? no us neither, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of that extra day off work with a right royal party to celebrate Will and Kate’s nuptials in style.
It is of course going to be the wedding of the year and probably the decade and it would seem such a shame to let the occasion go by plus there is no better excuse to get dressed up in your most fab party dresses.
Even though not many people have been invited to the royal wedding, there will no doubt be countless other couples choosing the same weekend as the royal couple, so you may well be needing those wedding guest outfits. Choosing wedding guest outfits can be a task that strikes fear into even the most stylish of girls. It isn’t that difficult though just follow these simple rules. Wedding guest outfits should be smart and look like you have made an effort, they should not however be white, try to over shadow the bride in anyway or be too revealing. Try and choose something that fits with your usual style and that you feel comfortable in. Smart dresses teamed with a pair of heels make perfect wedding guest outfits.
This charcoal sheer dress by Phase Eight is incredibly flattering and the wrap style helps to define the waist for a feminine silhouette. It would look great accessorised with a bright orange clutch bag.
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For the rest of us, a street party, garden party or house party are all great ways to gather your friends together to celebrate. You can keep an eye on the TV so you don’t miss out on seeing Kate’s all important wedding dress (as if). In the run up to the royal wedding you can also do a bit of people watching and check out the wedding guest outfits for the celebrities. You can choose whether to get really dressed up in your smart dresses of go for something a little more relaxed with casual dressed.
This floral chiffon dress by Rare is a great choice for wedding guest outfits but would also work well for any royal wedding party whether it requires smart dresses or casual dresses. Add some nude heels or tan coloured boots depending on the look that you would like to achieve.
Rare have a range of more casual dresses with really on trend Peter Pan collars which would be ideal for a street or garden party (weather depending). We love this striped Peter Pan dress which again would look great with tan coloured boots.
London fashion week for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season got off to the best of starts on Friday with the opening address made this year by Samatha Cameron the PM’s wife, she is now an ambassador for the British Fashion Council, as such she was dressed head to toe in British designer labels. Very stylishly, and in all black, Mrs Cameron looked every inch the fashion ambassador dressed in a Mulburry dress, a Sykes jacket and shoes from LK Bennett.
Mrs Cameron during her speech proclaimed “I’m passionate about fashion, I love it, but it’s not just about how it makes people feel about themselves, it’s because of what it can do for our country.” She went on to say that British fashion is “one of the most important industries, full stop”, continuing to underline that the industry made billions of pounds for the counties economy and employed hundreds of thousands of people in the UK.
London Fashion week falls straight after New York fashion week which showed several directions for trends in 2012 such as pleats, red hues, peter pans collars and rock chick looks. In contrast the LFW started with one of the most well know British designer labels Paul Costelloe whose label has just been saved from administration weeks beforehand. He debuted rustic designs of mini skirts dresses and coats featuring Harris tweed, native wools to reflect his Irish roots in autumnal colours.
This years London Fashion week is claimed to be the most accessible yet with screens all around London showing highlights of the fashion shows, and For those of you who can’t make it you can also follow all the big catwalk shows from the very best in British designers labels using the london fashion week live stream
To further celebrate London fashion week French Connection a very British fashion company despite its name, have released the “London Dress” especially for the occasion. The competition they’re running is if purchased during London fashion week, the purchaser automatically gets entered into a prize draw to win £1000 shopping spree of French Connection clothes.
The season to be sparkle is well and truly underway at House of Fraser and with over 800 party dresses, there is no excuse for you not to be sparkling too. www.houseoffraser.co.uk has recently launched its Christmas Shop. As well as thousands of gifting ideas, decorations and festive dining options, the Christmas shop also helps you identify your perfect partywear picks by trend.
Shop the opulence of velvet and lace, bedazzling jewel tones, the delicate detail of embellishment and little red dresses for those daring enough to hang up their LBD in favour of this season’s must have LRD.
To make an elegant and classic style statement, opt for lashings of black lace and dramatic velvet. Get Emma Watson’s red carpet look in flirtatious mini dresses such as this one from Vero Moda Vero Moda All over lace dress or exude high octane glamour in this velvet maxi dress from Biba Biba Velvet maxi dress
For a seasonal shimmer choose pretty beading and delicate embellishments. Look for glamorous detail at the neck, shoulders, wrists and empire lines. Dazzle in Therapy’s all over sequin mini dress All over sequin dress and beguile in luxury labels such as Anoushka G and Jaeger. For glamour rather than gaudy, keep accessories and shoes simple.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the boldest belle of the ball? Select from shades of pillar box, scarlet and claret red for the fiercest style statement you can make. Anoushka G, Linea Linea Origami rose one shoulder maxi dressand Oasis look set to fan the flames of passion for stolen kisses under the mistletoe.
If that wasn’t enough, pop over to our featured Party Dress Brands Page for House Of Fraser to see all your favourite Evening dresses. Further more If you think £100 might come handy just in time for the sales, House Of Fraser have donated £100 worth of vouchers to spend across the store.
With the release of the latest blockbuster film, Black Swan, ballet inspired party clothes especially black dresses for women are likely to be a huge trend for the season ahead.
The film which is a psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman which follows the journey of a young ballerina working towards playing the role of a lifetime. The film was gripping for a number of reasons and its amazing costumes were just one of the attractions. Whilst most little girls have an inexplicable desire to wear tutus, this doesn’t necessarily go away as they grow up. The black swan costumes were designed by New York design duo Rodarte and inspired by the artwork of Degas and his ballerina series .
Whilst most of us would be a little embarrassed to wear a full ballerinas tutu as party clothes, there are so many ballet and black swan inspired clothes around at the moment, that we can definitely indulge our inner ballerina with something a little simpler like ballet inspired black dresses for women or black swan inspired, feather embellished party clothes. Wearing black instead of white or pink not only explores the dark side of ballet (as does the Black Swan film) but also helps to balance the look and prevent it from looking too frou frou.
Ballerina inspired pieces can be feminine and graceful. They are the perfect choice for party dresses but you can also work the off duty ballerina look for casual with leggings, ballet pumps, wrap cardigans, bodysuits and legwarmers (although not all at once).
For the perfect ballerina inspired party clothes look for black dresses for women with delicate tulle or chiffon skirts as well as feather skirts. Also look for shoes with ribbon ankle ties. Wearing your hair in a neat bun is also a great way to add a little ballet inspiration to any outfit.