It’s very rare that I can write ‘get the Lady Gaga look’ without expecting readers to venture out wearing a leotard/crazy pants/a rasher of bacon but…you really can get the Gaga look in Topshop…and even wear it to an office!
Pic: The Daily Mail
Kelly Brook teamed up with New Look a couple of years ago to create a seriously successful (and flattering) swimwear and lingerie collection…and now she’s back with a 1950s inspired clothing range. Kelly told The Daily Mail that the collection is designed for ‘real women’ (I HATE that phrase) as opposed to size zero models with a normal budget.
The collection is inspired by Kelly’s favourite fashion era with flattering shapes perfect for women with curves – halternecks, full skirts, and cinched waists. Kelly apparently looked at a bunch of vintage pictures of the French Riviera. Are you a fan?
I’m just going to put it out there. I don’t really understand Pixie Lott’s natural style. Sure there’s generally a bit of retro styling going on but then the popstrel starlet flits from almost too grown-up suits and high end fashion to next-to-nothing metallic leotards and bright make-up.
I love this Dolce & Gabbana aubergine outfit and Pixie looks cute but the brand is so sassy and Italian I’d love to see this outfit less ‘put together’ and on someone older and curvier – a powerful woman who is less cute. If I were Pixie, I would have paired the Dolce cropped top with a pair of 1950s style cropped jeans and cork wedges…and had a little more retro fun.
Pic: The DM.
Juicy Couture’s SS12 collection is a predictable mix of bright prints with preppy cuts…and not a velour tracksuit in sight (much to the relief of this writer).
Model, Anna Saminina works some serious hairography moves and we really like the setting of 1950s America – like Desperate Housewives moved to LA with Cadillac’s and slightly similar to Prada’s sexy SS12 ad campaign. Is this one of your favourite SS12 adverts?
We could spend hours looking at all the couture collections- after all couture is all about attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. But for those a little pushed-for time, here is a mini round-up of the highlights so far.
Chanel typically went OTT on the set front with Karl Lagerfeld showing off a beautifully-blue toned beaded collection in an airplane. It kind of reminded us a tiny bit of the SS12 underwater collection with some nods to Chanel classics past.
Meanwhile, one of the colours set to define SS12 dominated the Armani Prive and Versace shows. We’re calling it sherbet lemon. We love the mixture of 1950s shapes (such as structured tops and pencil skirts) and futuristic fabrics and space-age detailing- also created in a retro-style kind of way…think the 1950s Festival of Britain Skylon.
Meanwhile, Christian Dior is still playing the classic card (much like its SS12 show) but we like it and it’s super glamorous. Regarde!
Thanks to Prada, Louis Vuitton and others, we all know that the 1950s and Americana trends are big news for Spring, but for those of us chomping at the bit to buy pieces for the new season, this can be a tad tricky- as powdery pastels took, well , a tad summery (and go a tad see-through) in the drizzle…
…which is why we love this dress from Primark. It’s black, so you can wear it now, as well as into the Spring and has bright pink detailing as well as that fifties lady-like silhouette – and all for £15! Granted, it’s not amazing quality but as a fun piece to pep up your winter wardrobe we reckon it’s a solid buy and will scratch that new season itch.
P.S. It will look extra good on hourglass and pear-shaped girls and can easily be dressed up for work.
One of our favourite SS12 shows was Prada with its super cute retro print sundresses, soft pastels and shoes to die-for. The great news is that Primark is releasing its own homage to 1950s America and two items look incredibly similar to Prada. I will not rest until I find these!
P.S. After seasons of body-con dresses and tube skirts, the full skirt is back big-time. Pear shaped and hour glass shaped girls rejoice!