August 1st, 2011
Girls, big news in the bag world, there is a new bag that you simply have to have, the Mulberry Carter bag. This delightful bag comes in three sizes; the Mini Carter Camera bag (a perfectly small cross body bag) the Carter Camera bag (classic adjustable shoulder handbag straps) and the Carter Double Handle (see above on Kate). In Mulberry’s words ‘The Carter family is a luxurious, chic and new range focusing on glamorously modern details with a vintage twist’ and that they certainly are. Their quality and finish is truly divine, the Croc Nappa Leather is simply gorgeous and the Carter bags have been made in practical muted tones, think soft grays, browns, navy and black. Now they are not cheap, they start at $1000 for the Mini and $1550 for the Double Handle but in order to justify purchasing one of these delectable bags I feel the need to retract my declaration that these are ‘IT’ bags, actually they are anything but, they are a new modern classic and should be considered an investment! You can find at www.mulberry.com
July 27th, 2011
Boys, chaps, guys, girlfriends, wives, are you aware of Mr Porter yet? If your answer is no then this must change immediately. It is a sophisticated new shopping website from the founders of Net a Porter that caters exclusively for men. It has a carefully curated selection of incredibly wearable clothing of varying cost (think affordable J Crew to the more pricey Zegna) for the modern and stylish working man. What I especially love about the site is that it features inspiring profiles of real men, which explores their personal style and highlights their specific picks from the site. Another interesting feature are the style aides such as the ‘Wardrobe Manager’, where you can peruse a list of essentials that all men should own each season. Its almost like having your very own knowledgeable and trustworthy style adviser! Take a look pronto at www.mrporter.com
July 21st, 2011
Emma Stones’ appearance at the Friends With Benefits NYC premiere has been met with mixed reviews. Her Giambattista Valli red and pink color clash dress is either loved or loathed! I read one particular review that lambasted the actresses’ high fashion choice and accused her of having no right to wear a dress that was designed only for 6ft models! Yes, the dresses’ structure is somewhat unconventional and I can understand that the folded fabric adornments that rest on her hips could make some fashion fans nervous but I think Emma wears it exceptionally well. The nude Louboutins tone the outfit down somewhat and I applaud Stone and her stylist for not playing it safe on the red carpet. Bravo!
July 18th, 2011
Can you believe that Chloe Moretz, seen above at the Veuve Clicquot polo event in Sussex this weekend, is only 14 years old. Yes you read it correctly, 14. I can not deny that her monochrome look is spot on trend and wowed the polo crowd, but I can’t help feeling uncomfortable with the fact that Miss Moretzs’ grown up and stylish appearance belies her age to such an extreme. Her choice of Giambattista Valli pleated cropped pants, tight cream tank, straw boater and nude heels may have been better suited to a women in her 20’s and early 30’s than a girl of 14. That being said, Chloe clearly is a clothes horse in training and I look forward to seeing her sartorial choices in the future!
July 12th, 2011
In LA there is rarely a day that goes by that sunglasses are not required and for the last four or so years I have worn nothing but Ray Bans. I own the classic gold rimmed aviator, a vintage tortoiseshell Wayfarer (thanks Mum) and a black modern mid size Wayfarer. But I must confess, as much as I love these old faithfuls I am getting a little tired of them. Only the other day I was chatting to a fashion photographer friend of mine who has irritatingly exquisite taste, and he brazenly declared ‘Ray Bans are over, we need to find something new’. And he was right. After years of wearing unisex Ray Bans I am craving a more feminine silhouette, and one in particular is the cat eye (see above on New York fashion maven Olivia Palermo). Prada kick started the rejuvenation of the cat eye trend and I for one am embracing them wholeheartedly. There is something very flattering about the upturned angle of the cat eye shape, its uplifting, rather like an immediate mini facelift via sunglasses wearing! Who wouldn’t want that!? Find at www.netaporter.com
July 10th, 2011
Now its no secret I love a bit of leopard print but I always insist that when incorporating this trend into your look the key is ‘less is more’. I absolutely LOVE these Steve Madden loafers which are a real steal at $119, http://www.stevemadden.com These shoes are surprisingly versatile and can be worn during the day with a white tee and denim high rise shorts or at night with your LBD and Chanel black quilted 2.55. Whatever you wear with the loafers just keep it really simple and devoid of fuss, the shoes provide more than enough personality! Ah Parisian chic at its finest, J’adore! xo
July 3rd, 2011
2011 will be forever known for its grandiose weddings, so far we have Catherine and Wills, Lily Allen and Sam Cooper, Charlene and Prince Albert, and now, to add a bit of rock and roll and edge to the wedding line up, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince. I loved Kate’s Galliano dress, it was both ethereal and whimsical in just the right amounts. Its beading and bias cut gave Kate’s appearance a timeless quality; this dress will never date! The flower girls and bridesmaids looked so sweet and pretty in their Stella McCartney chiffon dresses, ballet flats and fresh flower headdresses. I approve of the cut of Hince’s YSL suit but the color just doesn’t do it for me and doesn’t look right with the ivory and gold shades of Kate’s dress…what do you think?
July 1st, 2011
When I walked into a garden party this weekend, I set eyes on my friend Eugene and his outfit took my breath away! Polished, colorful and oh so chic, I ran up to him and demanded that I be allowed to take his photograph, graciously he agreed! Here are his outfits credits; Brooks Bros pants, Martin Margiela shirt, vintage Saks Fifth Ave blazer, vintage cotton scarf, Gucci Loafers, Tom Ford sunglasses, J Press belt, $20 hat from a kiosk (I love this man!!) and last but certainly not least Annik Goutal cologne. Divine.
June 27th, 2011
I hate looking like I have tried to hard when dressing up for the evening, there is nothing worse than feeling over done and too formal; it feels aging and old fashioned. I always admire Alexa Chung and Kate Bosworth’s relaxed approach to beauty and swoon over their red carpet moments which tend to include lusted after designer dresses offset with natural, almost scruffy hair. One hairstyle that I am particularly loving right now and sporting regularly is the top knot. Playful, youthful and fun (see above on Aussie super Jess Hart) the top knot will give you that burst of fun to your night time look. It is so easy to achieve, all you need is a hair bobble (dear US readers, that’s a hair tie!) and some dry shampoo. Spray hair with said dry shampoo, pull hair up high onto head, twist into a bun and wrap hair bobble around bun. Done. xo
June 20th, 2011
When hosting a small dinner at my apartment in LA with my dear girlfriends last week, I announced to them that I had found the perfect horizontally striped dress to flatter all figures. I was met with a chorus of ‘Yeah right I’ll believe that when I see it’ and ‘Clare! That is just not possible!’ Spurred on by their collective animosity (and a couple of glasses of Prosecco!) I set us a challenge; we were all to try on said dress with the same shoes, bag and accessories and pose for a pic to see if my statement was true. See results above! We are a mish mash of different body types, long legged, short legged, big chested, large chested and I think the dress works on all of us! Its lightly corseted waist and tulip skirt creates an hourglass effect on all of our figures whether we have that womanly shape or not! What do you think? If you like the dress you can find at Zara (surprise surprise!) for only $129. Hurry before they sell out.