Monday, 15 January 2018

Pantone Colour of 2018 - Ultra Violet

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet signifies "the mysteries of the cosmos" and based on what we see in popular culture this speaks volumes. It's a colour that allows you to have an imagination, express individuality and think of all the endless possibilities that lie within life. Just think of all the inspirational quotes you see on merchandise, positioned on top of a hazy purple background. Then there's pop icons such as Prince and David Bowie who propelled the colour into forefront of the music industry. Whilst such a colour can directly be associated with creativity it can also be closely linked to mindfulness and spirituality - creating a calming effect.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

Golden Globes 2018 - Red Carpet

Last night the 75th Golden Globes took place in Los Angeles. The stars were out in force, dressed in black in acknowledgement of the 'Me Too' campaign, showing solidarity with victims of sexual harassment. Take a look at what the stars wore to attend this event...
Dakota Johnson - Gucci / Margo Robbie - Gucci
Saoirse Ronan - Atelier Versace / Lily James - Valentino
Nicole Kidman - Givenchy / Diane Kruger - Prada
Kate Husdon - Valentino / Jessica Biel - Dior Couture
Greta Gerwig - Oscar de la Renta / Angelina Jolie - Versace
Emilia Clarke - Miu Miu / Sarah Paulson - Calvin Klein
Isabel Huppert - Chloe / Alicia Vikander - Louis Vuitton
Kerry Washington - Prabal Gurung / Maggie Gyllenhaal - Monse
Gal Gadot - Tom Ford / Mandy Moorse - Rosie Assoulin
Michelle Pfeiffer - Dior / Allison Williams - Armani
Millie Bobby Brown - Calvin Klein / Kendall Jenner - Giambattista Valli
Caitriona Balfe - Chanel / Alessandra Mastronardi - Chanel
Tracee Ellis Ross - Marc Jacobs / Natalie Portman - Dior
Shailene Woodley - Ralph Lauren / Laura Dern - Armani

Best Dressed
1. Saoirse Ronan wearing Versace - The young actress has had an incredible run on the red carpet whilst promoting her latest movie 'Lady Bird'. This Atelier Versace gown was serious power dressing!
2. Diane Kruger wearing Prada. Diane rarely puts a foot wrong on the red carpet, and this delicately embellished Prada gown was no exception. Beautiful.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Outfit of The Month - January

My 'go to' look this past year has definitely been a mini skirt / polo neck combo, but for 2018 I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone. Whilst I probably won't be rocking up to work wearing athleisure any time soon, I do want to try to wear more dresses. Ok, so not that drastic of a change. I used to wear dresses all the time up until recently and then I had a wardrobe cull and ditched all the ones which didn't suit me anymore. I love dresses which are super practical and easy to wear, offering a contrast to my somewhat slim flitting a-line mini's. This georgette dress from Michael by Michael Kors is the perfect silhouette to flatter my figure. The shirred waist band is ultra flattering for me and adds an extra element of detail to this easy to wear everyday dress.  A loosely ruffled hem and delicate star print add slight rock 'n' roll vibes to the dress...something which I'm all about when it comes to fashion. A beautiful wool-blend coat by Stella McCartney falls just at the right length to skim the hemline of the dress. Completing the look are a classic pair of knee-high black leather boots and a Chloe 'Nile' bag. The perfect day-to-night outfit!
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Saturday, 30 December 2017

My Soundtrack of 2017

Ok, so it's pretty fair to say that I LOVE music. I love nothing better than listening to a playlist of songs that perfectly reflect the way that I am feeling / the mood that I am in. I thought I would share with you my most played songs of 2017, the soundtrack to my year...
Miracle by Coldplay ft Big Sean
Waking Up Slow by Gabrielle Aplin
Beautiful Ones by Hurts
True Disaster by Tove Lo
Beloved by Say Lou Lou
A Song for Our Grandfathers by Future Islands
Oh Woman Oh Man by London Grammar
Lovers by Anna of The North
Blood On Me by Sampha
Green Light by Lorde
Unstable by Zak Able
Want You Back by Haim
Open Your Eyes by School of Seven Bells
Lost In The Mystery by Shock Machine
The Sound by The 1975
Are You In Love With A Notion - The Courteeners
Don't Take The Money by Bleachers
Shoulda by Jamie Woon
Flesh Without Blood by Grimes
Call It What You Want by Taylor Swift
Music Is The Answer by Joe Goddard
Hold It Down by Noah Kahan
IVRY by Miles from Kinshasa
Surround Me by LEON
Do It by Rae Morris
Midnight River by Vaults
Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran
ILYSB by Lany
Rebekah by Jack Vallier
A Coin In Nine Hands by Nicolas Jaar
Miss You by James Hersey
Conrad by SOHN
Hugs of Thunder by Broken Social Scene
Come Fly Away With Me by Maverick Sabre (KANT remix)
Paris by The Chainsmokers
No More Sad Songs by Little Mix
Sign of The Times by Harry Styles
It Ain't Me by Kygo ft Selena Gomez

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Best Dressed 2017

For the forth year in a row, I am taking a look back at some of the best dressed stars on the red carpet from the past 12 months. If you follow me on pinterest (phillippadesign) you will know that I have a 'Celebrity Red Carpet' board, and on here I pin all the best looks from: major awards shows, premieres, film festivals, the MET gala, etc. I love seeing how catwalk looks translate onto the red carpet and this year there have been some great red carpet moments. Keep reading if you want to see my 'Top 10 Best Dressed 2017' list...
Jennifer Lawrence - Atelier Versace Fall 17 - Mother! London Premiere
This look left me utterly speechless. Head-to-toe stunning! JLaw often opts for Dior, so in itself it was refreshing to see the actress wearing an unexpected brand. Whilst the silhouette is classic, the detail is beyond extraordinary. The hair and make up was also perfection.  10/10
Cara Delevingne - Chanel - MET Gala
Cara is never one to shy away from really making an impact on the red carpet and if there was ever an event for the young actress to pull out all the stops it was of course going to be the MET Gala. I love that Cara doesn't always play by the rules when it comes to fashion, ditching a classic gown and instead opting for an exquisite embellished Chanel suit. What really made this look work for me, was the head-to-toe silver styling. I can't really think of many other Hollywood actresses who would take such a risk, so Cara has to be saluted for that.
Elle Fanning - Vivienne Westwood - Cannes Film Festival
Super stylist Samantha McMillen has really put Elle Fanning on the fashion map for me. Elle always delivers show stopping red carpet moments and this year at the Cannes Film Festival the actress really shone. This customised Vivienne Westwood gown was everything a Cannes gown should be. It was Hollywood glamour but with a fun / youthful twist. Loved it.
Lily Aldridge - Ralph Lauren - MET Gala
As we know the MET Gala is the one event where it is generally accepted that attendees will take risks and wear something a little different. I adored the drama of the Ralph Lauren dress as worn by Lily Aldridge. The razor sharp cut-out details created a 'look at me' moment without being overly 'try hard'. The red Balenciaga 'knife' boots were the perfect choice for this look, adding yet more drama. Had it not been for the boots I don't think this look would have made my top 10.
Zendaya - Dolce and Gabbana - MET Gala
Talk about making an entrance! Zendaya is one of my favourite red carpet stars, constantly pushing boundaries with her red carpet looks wearing the the most eye-catching pieces from seasonal collections. It is not very often that stars wear printed gowns to such huge events, a photocall perhaps, but not usually an event the scale of the MET Gala which is why this look was a breath of fresh air. Amazing!
Daisy Ridley - Monse - Star Wars: The Last Jedi LA Premiere 
Daisy Ridley is definitely one to watch as a rising star of both the screen and the red carpet. Having enlisted the help of stylist Samantha McMillen, Daisy delivered some incredible red carpet  moments on the Star Wars: The Last Jedi promo tour. Each look was perfect for the theme of the movie, and non more so than this incredible sequinned gown from the Monse SS18 collection. Monse is fast becoming one of the hottest brands to wear on the red carpet, and with a star applique design it really was a match made in heaven that Daisy wore this dress. It was show stopping and fashion forward at the same time, but without being too OTT. I can't wait to follow Daisy's style evolution on the red carpet over the next year.
Blake Lively - Atelier Versace - Golden Globes
Blake rarely puts a foot wrong on the red carpet, knowing exactly how to nail the Hollywood glamour look. Back in January the actress took to the red carpet at the Golden Globes in a floor length Versace gown. It was elegant and sophisticated and yet I also loved the relaxed feel of the gown with the addition of embellished pockets.
Kate Bosworth - Alexandre Vauthier - InStyle Awards
Ok, so whilst this look wasn't worn to a major event I absolutely adored it. Kate Bosworth is one of my favourite style icons, loving her style both on and off the red carpet. Kate can do ultra feminine looks, but as this outfit proves she can also do drama. I mean what is not to love about a floor length sequinned gown with defined shoulders and a thigh high split? The blue floral corsage and red rip showed Kate's natural flair for red carpet dressing.
Lily Aldridge - J.Mendel - Bulgari event
Same as above, this look was not worn to a major red carpet event, but nonetheless it was flawless. The fitted bodice was ultra flattering and the cape added drama to the look. The beautiful colour of the dress really made this outfit memorable for me. It is not always easy to successfully wear a floor length gown in such a bright colour, but Lily managed to pull this off superbly. Slick back hair completed the look.
Zoe Kravitz - Christian Dior Fall 17 Couture - Emmy Awards
Zoe is another star who is not afraid to take risks on the red carpet. The actress is known for her edgy style and she always shows that when dressing for events. This Dior gown with rainbow coloured feathers was breathtaking. Wearing one colour can be daring in its own right, let alone a multitude of colours. A plunging neckline and diamond choker added the finishing touches.

Who was your best dressed star of 2017?

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

SS18 Accessories Trend - 90's Bum Bags

That 90's trend really isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Making a major comeback for SS18 is the 90's number one choice of accessory - the bum bag...yes really. There was me thinking that I had assigned these bags to the distant past of my 90's childhood and then the SS18 catwalk shows assured me that this trend is well and truly back (for at least the next season anyway). This somewhat humble bag has been given quite the hipster overhaul for Spring, with many styles being reinterpreted in luxe leather and suede. Traditionally worn around the waist, for SS18 designers styled them as teeny-tiny crossbody bags...how chic! Think of them as the sister bag to the backpack - they enable you to go hands-free but without being able to hold as much. And if you need further assurance that this bag is worth the investment for next season, then take note that the likes of Nicola Peltz and Kaia Gerber have already been rocking this trend. Key Designers: Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Sportmax
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Monday, 18 December 2017

Xmas and NYE Party Outfits

'Tis the season to get all glammed up and dress to impress at countless festive parties. Here are 3 festive party looks, I have put together, to inspire you this holiday season...
Outfit 1
If you are looking for a super chic party outfit, then look no further than this beautiful printed wrap dress from Rixo. The starry print is perfect for the holiday season! Team with a pair of classic mules and sophisticated accessories. This is a perfect look for someone who wants to dress for comfort, and yet look effortlessly stylish at the same time.
Outfit 2
A sequinned dress is a festive wardrobe staple and this little number from Topshop is ideal for covering a multitude of sins. The loose silhouette will ensure you feel confident and you don't need to worry about feeling self conscious. Edgy accessories complete the look.
Outfit 3
'If you've got it, flaunt it' sprung to mind when I put together this outfit. This classic LBD with a twist, thanks to the gold embellishment, is a party winner. Black and gold accessories complete this super glam look.
Which is your favourite look? What will you be wearing this festive season?

Phillippa x

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