Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Elie Saab

IF there’s one thing that Elie Saab does very well, it’s a fairytale dress. For brides-to-be, or even for brides that were, his are the sorts of dresses that dreams are made of – they’re the ultimate princess fantasy and you can’t help but fall in love with them, simply because they are so exquisite, elaborate and beautiful. Essentially, there’s not a lot not to like – unless of course you’re a tomboy through and through, and in which case it’s probably best to look away now – because they tick all the boxes of “pretty”.

And Saab once again achieved what he set out to do. He gave us gowns of the loveliest shades – from pink and pistachio to flesh and pale blue – in combinations of sheer and sprinkled with crystals or pearls to match the base colour beneath. They came mostly long in length and demanding their models to pick up the skirts at the turn of the corner with only a couple of cute short lengths thrown in too, but ravished throughout with embellishment and this lovely tone-on-tone rainbow of colour.

Romantic to the core, these were gowns to sweep you off your feet and in a world where normcore-casual is the zeitgeist of the day, you wouldn’t be able to help but feel amazing in one of these. If you got the chance to wear one that is.

To shop more Elie Saab visit: www.eliesaab.com or click below to shop for the latest Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collection:


Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2013

THE Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – one of the biggest and most expensive extravaganzas on the style calendar – took place in New York last year.

A riot of colours, crystals and jaw-dropping costumes, this year’s show took birds of paradise, a British invasion and Parisian nights as its themes with 40 models parading down the catwalk and a multitude of wings.

A star-studded affair, the big names weren’t only bedecked in lingerie – live entertainment came courtesy of Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy and A Great Big World, while from the front row Valentino Garavani, Olivia Palermo and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld watched on.

On the catwalk, Malaika Firth and Josephine Skriver made their debuts, while veteran Angels Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima were back. Candice Swanepoel was bestowed the honour of modelling this year’s fantasy bra – the most expensive ever with a value of $10 million.

To shop more Victoria Secret visit: www.victoriasecret.com


Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Dries Van Noten

ONE of the best ways to gauge what you’re going to see at the womenswear shows is by taking a look at the menswear shows – and there are some designers more than others from whom you’re going to get a good indication as to what to expect.

A case in point is Dries Van Noten. The designer picked up right where he left off in January with a collection of swirling, colourful kaleidoscopic prints for the girls that got us thinking the models weren’t wearing those oversized shades just for fun – though in bright yellow, dark green or light lilac round frames, they certainly looked like they were having fun in them too.

Magenta and yellow, grey and green, navy and orange, there were optical swirls spawning on hips and rampaging down skirts; vivid florals popping up on long-length blazers or gowns infused with a Thirties spirit.

Flowers then stepped off the garments and sprang into life as vibrant corsages or crawling across the collarbone as a neck adornment.

Aside from the colour and print, this was a collection that cleverly worked to combine and blur the lines between casual and dressed up. Mannish tailoring, sequins and tea dresses, T-bar shoes, a casual stole or furry jacket falling off the shoulder – mix them up whichever way you see fit and you have your look sorted.

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Beauty Advent Calandars 2014

Finally Christmas is on its way and soon the countdown begin. Growing on last year’s sell-out success, some of my favourite beauty brands and retailers have topped last years treats with these lust-have miniature surprises that in total are worth way more than their package price. Open them daily from December 1st, or dive in with one go and treat yourself with all these mini goodies, but shop swiftly – they won’t stay on shelves for long…

Find here my top choices of Advent Calendars 2014:

#1: Benefit

It’s the gift that gets sweeter every day! Benefit advent calendar is filled with 24 mini beauty treasures. Open the sweet shoppe doors to reveal a Benefit bestseller or surprise gift. It’s never been more fun to countdown to gorgeous.

What you will find: 

1. “that gal” | 7.5ml
2. the POREfessional | 7.5ml
3. benetint | 2.5ml
4. high beam | 2.5ml
5. chachatint | 2.5ml
6. posietint | 2.5ml
7. stay flawless mini
8. they’re real! mini
9. ultra plush in dandelion mini
10. ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister mini
11. ultra plush lip gloss in fauxmance mini
12. BADgal lash mini
13. stay don’t stray in light/medium mini
14. fakeup in 02 medium mini
15. it’s potent! eye cream mini
16. total moisture facial cream mini
17. ooh la lift mini
18. watt’s up! mini
19. beauty sticky notes
20. doodle pad
21. heart-shaped paperclips
22. pinky, polka-dot hair tie
23. elastic hair band with bow charm
24. metallic silvery hair tie

The price:

£60

Where to find it:

Now available at Benefit: www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

#2: Selfridges

The Enchanted Spells advent calendar has magic potions hiding beneath each 24 doors. The selection of fragrances, makeup and skincare comes from some of the world’s best luxury beauty brands including Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s and Victor & Rolf which will see your festive season goes off in style. A total lust-have!

The price: £85

Where to find it:

Now available at Selfridges: www.selfridges.com

#3: Liberty

What you will find:

1. Aromatherapy Associates Rose Renewing Cleanser 30mll
2. C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve 22g
3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Varnish 15ml
4. Decléor Aroma Comfort 50ml
5. Dermalogica Precleanse 50ml
6. Diptyque Mini Baies Candle 70g
7. Dr Sebagh 20ml Serum Repair
8. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 30ml
9. ESPA ProCleanser 30ml
10. Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser 50ml
11. Hourglass Mini Femme Rouge in Grace
12. Josh Wood £25 Voucher
13. Kai Body Lotion 50ml
14. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps 30ml
15. Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace
16. Liberty Lavender Soap 200
17. Malin & Goetz Rum Body Wash 30ml
18. Margaret Dabbs Nail & Cuticle Serum 15ml
19. NARS Mini Blush
20. Omorovicza Lip Balm 10m
21. REN Express Make-Up Remover 50m
22. Surratt Smokey Eye Baton
23. Trish McEvoy Line Refiner
24. Weleda Skin Food 30ml
25. Sisley 30 Minute Facial

The price: £185

Where to find it:

Now available at Liberty: www.liberty.com

#4: Jo Malone

If Liberty’s is the Rolls Royce, this is the Bentley. Bursting with little luxuries, Jo Malone’s offering embodies the brand’s Georgia townhouse and behind each door you’ll find the likes of colognes and body crèmes that will make you feel a million dollars all year round. What dreams are made

What you will find: 

Grapefruit 9ml Cologne
Lime Basil & Mandarin 9ml Cologne
English Pear & Freesia 15ml Body Creme
Grapefruit 15ml Body Creme
Peony & Blush Suede 9ml Cologne
Pomegranate Noir 9ml Cologne
Pomegranate Noir 15ml Body Creme
Blackberry & Bay 9ml Cologne
There will then be a larger Pomegranate Noir 50ml Body Creme gift behind the 24th door!

The price: £250

Where to find it:

Now available Harrods: www.harrods.com