Vogue’s Best Dressed: Get the Look…

I regularly take a look through Vogue‘s Best Dressed lists and determine whether or not I agree with them…

I usually do, and in the cases below I fully agree.  There are always some things I’d like to change but that’s probably just the perfectionist in me!  For example, I’m not a great fan of Kylie Minogue’s shoe choice. I feel that the shoe is a little clumpy for her delicate frame… a strappy gold sandal would complement her style perfectly.

Rosie shows how you can take your floral maxi’s into autumn- just add a leather jacket.

Poppy softens an edgy leather look with an soft fluffy knit.

Kylie brings a bright pop of colour to the look to stand out in the crowd.

Sophia keeps it simple, mixing tailoring and rock chick accessories.

If you like their looks, I’ve pulled together similar items and where you can purchase them from.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Dress: Oh My Love at Topshop £45, Suede Boots: Isabel Marant at Matches £180, Black Clutch: Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter £495, Belt: Maison Martin Margiela at Shopbop £163

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Poppy Delevingne

Jumper: Goat at Matches £280, Hat: Christy’s at Liberty £95, Boots: Luisaviaroma £189, Shorts: Theory £455

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Kylie Minogue

Red Dress: Narcisco Rodriguez at Shopbop – reduced to £303 from £606, Earrings: Azaara at Endless $180, Shoes: Alexandre Birman at Browns £415

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Sophia Hesketh

White Dress: Oasis £45 reduced from £65, Boots: Chloe at Matches £850, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban at The Sunglass Hut £135

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‘Celebrity’ photography is taken from the Vogue website.

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Style Crush: Emmanuelle Alt

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My all-time favourite lady of fashion is Emmanuelle Alt. Her effortless Parisian style encapsulates a powerful way of dressing, combined with that which is relaxed and consistent.  The Editor-in Chief of Vogue Paris took over from Carine Roitfeld in 2011 and has become ever-more in the style spotlight.

I can relate to her obsession with her trademark skinnys, heels, t-shirts and blazers. I absolutely love this look.  However, I couldn’t mirror this effortless vibe on the face like she does. Emmanuelle often goes make-up free, but I guess this lets the clothes do the talking.

Here are some snaps for fellow Ms Alt fans. Also take a look at iwanttobeanalt.com – a website dedicated to those who admire this style icon.  This is where I’ve cherry picked these images from.

I HEART MS. ALT.

Snap from her apartment

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Best Dressed at Fashion Week…. Well, According to Vogue.

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When I recently read Vogue’s online article – ‘Fashion Week 2012 – Best Dressed‘ I have to say, my opinion didn’t really coincide with Vogue’s.

Some of the fashion pack got it spot on, and some (in my opinion) got it very very wrong.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had many a fashion error, but with their untapped supply of Stylists, and being at ‘Fashion Week,’ well, I’m surprised these errors were made.  Of course, I’m sure many will slate me for disagreeing with the style bible but anyhow, here’s what I thought… I’m feeling in an opinionated mood.

Those who got it WRONG.

L-R: Dakota Fanning – colour is all wrong.  What it is with the trend for this unflattering ice blue? Badly fitting trousers in the wrong shade of mustard. Helena Christensen – lovely dress but the tights and shoes make this look more Essex than New York. Dakota Fanning (again) – this awful color makes her look really washed out. Maria Sharapova – white quilted clutch, black stilettos and a ribbon effect ice blue dress, need I say more?

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L-R: Katie Perry – To me this outfit looks cheap. Where is Katie’s trademark colour? Grunge doesn’t suit her.  Poppy Delevigne‘s boots take all the emphasis away from her clothes, too harsh. Alexa Chung – no sex appeal at all. This look is taking geek/granny chic to a new level. Alexa Chung (again) – I’m not too sure about the cut of the jeans, they just aren’t flattering, especially when paired with a shapeless coat, boxy bag and ruffles.

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L-R: Olivia Palermo – there is too much wet-look leather going on in one outfit here. Julia Restoin Roitfeld and mother Carine Roitfeld – too tight and rather see-through top, whilst Carine’s tight, shoe and fur combination make this outfit look cheap (and it was probably extremely expensive). Anna Wintour – (will probably get into trouble for this one) but the boots and skirt, along with the jumper don’t sit right.  The are all quite shapeless and hang off the body. I do like the colours though. Doutzen Kroes – super mini leather skirt (lack of class).

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Right, bitch over – these are a few examples of who got it so RIGHT!

L-R: Alexa Chung – unusual black gown is simple and elegant, showing off the gorgeous shoulders. Olivia Palermo – I love the classic Chanel boxy jacket, feminine shirt and the 70’s style flares. Abigail Breslin – the colours in this dress and the shape are perfect for her but I do think the shoes are a little harsh. Natalia Vodianova – navy is a great colour and much less harsh than black. The trouser cut, skinny sandals and boxy jacket are elegant and smart.

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L-R: Chloe Moretz – keeping it simple in a buttoned up shirt, black opaques and the beige bag is highlighted against the dark outfit. Alexa Chung – a stunning patterned silk skirt with metallic shoes, gorgeous colour combination. Poppy Delevigne – love this scallop edged jacket with cropped trousers and leg lengthening beige t-bar shoes. Alicia Keys – on-trend buttoned up shirt with statement necklace and cropped black trousers.

 

I think we can safely say the mid to dark blues will be on-trend for the next season but pale icy blue will not.

Would love to know if you agree/completely disagree, leave a comment and let me know…

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Louis Vuitton, Bay Garnett & Plenty of Fizz…

I’ve never won anything in my life.  Well, I won a colouring competition when I was around 10 years old but that doesn’t count, as I don’t even remember what the prize was, and around 17 years have since passed.  Sooo, when I received an email one afternoon, sitting aboard the train London bound for the weekend, telling me that I had won the competition I had recently entered, I could not prevent the grin from spreading from ear to ear!

I’d entered into the Louis Vuitton competition hosted on their Facebook page, by posting a photograph of an object that signified an important journey in my life.  I decided to enter the photograph as the object itself.  It signified to me, a very important journey on which I embarked around India; to see some of the world, experience new things and seek a sense of direction in life (as corny as it sounds).

The Winning Photograph - Pushkar's Holy Lake

The prize was an afternoon spent with Contributing Fashion Editor of Vogue and Stylist, Bay Garnett, at the Louis Vuitton store on Bond Street in London. We would be styled in beautiful clothing for an afternoon and get made up by a Dior make up artist.

I knew who would love to accompany me on this treat of a day and when I rang Ciara to pass on the good news, she squealed with delight and jumped with joy!

The day was not a disappointment.  On 7th November we arrived at the store at 2pm, and were given a guided tour by Digital Officer, Anna Reiter, before being escorted up to the private apartment in a darkly lit lift.  Louis Vuitton do a lot of work with various artists, including that of Grayson Perry, recent winner of the Turner Prize.  It was really interesting to see the use of art within the store, the digital screen staircase, the moving handbag wall, and I particularly loved the book section, full of amazing fashion and art finds.  Even if you aren’t planning on investing in an LV monogram bag, seriously go and take a browse in the store – it really is incredible.

The Louis Vuitton, Bond Street Store

The dark wood panelled apartment is exclusive and only known to a few.  It isn’t advertised by the press and only really used by ridiculously rich clients. On arriving in the spacious warmly lit lounge room, we were introduced to Bay Garnett.  It was an honour meeting such a great stylist, renowned in the industry for such amazing work.  After sipping on champagne, trying on the AMAZING platform green wellies (not quite suitable for Glastonbury), sampling the delicious nibbles and chatting to both Bay and Anna, we took our places in the make up chair to be beautified by the lovely Dior make up artist.

Nibbles

LV Masks...

The first sip of Veuve Cliquot champers...

Chatting to Bay and Anna

The amazing Wellies

Veuve

The make up room...

A girl's dream in Dior

Ciara taking note


After my make up had been done, Ciara took her turn and I perused the rail of the most beautiful Louis Vuitton clothing and got to select my first outfit.  Luckily Bay recommended that I wear the very playsuit that Thandie Newton wore in their campaign (seen below in a snapshot from the Facebook page) as it suited my frame.  Complete with tights, grey patent leather gloves, knee-high boots, the cutest LV bag and a small mask, I was ready to pose for the camera.  And I loved it, it was so much fun playing dress up!

Styled by Bay

Changing hairstyles...

Thandie Newton's Playsuit

Thandie's Playsuit

My favourite image

Both myself and Ciara changed a couple of times into various ensembles. Ciara got the chance to wear one of Alexa Chung’s actual printed dresses (the image in which we are holding hands – looking totally normal, as we would on a day out shopping(!)), which suited her perfectly – so ladylike!

Ciara

Dot & Peggy

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The Alexa Chung dress on Ciara...

New outfits, new make up - my £6,500 dress

So yes, we may look slightly silly in a few of the images but it’s not every day you get to wear a dress that’s worth £6,500, drink champagne, chat to Bay Garnett and play models and dress up, so we lapped it up (as well as the fizz).

Myself, Bay and Ciara

At the end of the afternoon, we were each given a little keepsake.  These leather embossed luggage tags printed with our initials, are something to keep forever… I just need to save for my Louis luggage trunks now.

Our Initialed Luggage Tags

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End of an amazing day

Thank you to Anna Reiter at Louis Vuitton and Bay Garnett for giving us the opportunity to have such an fabulous day – we loved every minute!

To be notified of the latest news from Louis Vuitton and hear all about competitions like the one I won, follow their Twitter account here. 

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Fierce Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle Alt has stepped up to take the place of the one and only Carine Roitfeld to become Editor in Chief of Vogue Paris. Now these are incredibly big and somewhat high-heeled shoes to fill, for Carine, it seems, has done no wrong over the last 10 years she has held the post.  Looking at Ms. Alt’s style and career history, including being the former Fashion Director at the fashion publication, it is clear to see just why Conde Nast has chosen this stylish French woman for the position.

The President of Conde Nast France has said that he believes Emmanuelle will bring a breath of fresh air to the publication.  Some would say that this is just what British Vogue needs, which has now become somewhat stale within the industry.

Emmanuelle’s style is fierce, it’s the ultimate in power woman.  She means business, and never drifts away from her signature style.  Always snapped in skinnys, towering heels and a blazer, she certainly knows how to pull off a classic, strong look.  Personally, I simply love her style, and mirrors everything I look to in a style icon.  I think I have found her.

Congratulations to Emmanuelle Alt – I for one am looking forward to seeing what innovative direction she takes French Vogue.

Images taken from http://www.graziadaily.co.uk