Icon: Cat Deeley in Dior

Cat Deeley's amazing Dior dress reminded us that every girl really should have that 'wow factor' dress in their wardrobe - the little black lacy number.  It is so hard to get lace right - too much and you look like your grandmother, too little you look like a WAG - too tight and you look like a WAG in Essex.  Cat's dress proves that everything can be better in black...  Love her lippy too.

I've tried to find some similar high street versions - but to be honest, the Dior one wins everytime!  These are the closest ones I found - really like to Topshop one here for £170/$250.

Slightly more sedate version here from American wonders Winter Kate.  Absolutely love some of their stuff - and UK customer can ship things very cheaply.  Winter Kate is available through ASOS so there is little excuse not to get on board with their classic pieces. 

And good luck finding underwear to cope with these... I'll be wearing the oh so sexy Spanx pants underneath mine...

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High Street: Pippa Middleton's Zara Dress

It isn't just Kate Middleton (or rather the Duchess of Cambridge, sorry keep forgetting) in the family who is making a name for herself for helping out sales on the UK high street.  Sister Pippa was spotted yesterday out and about wearing a fantastic Zara dress, below.

 Marie Claire

This lovely block colour dress is an amazing £35.99 and is available in store now!

For other Pippa posts, click here - or for more pieces from Zara, click here!

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High Street: Mango Silk Floral Print Trousers

Silk printed trousers were all over the catwalks for SS11, particularly for flagship British houses like Erdem, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Burberry.  I've been looking for a good pair since about March - but its only just got warm enough to warrant wearing them.

This pair from Mango are gorgeous - with a lovely pattern that isn't too 'in your face' and you could wear it in a relaxed office as well as weekend-wear.  I saw a girl wearing them with some pretty fierce heels too on a night out and they looked really good too.

At £49, they aren't too ridiculous - and hell, its pay day this week so you really don't have a reason not too.  They're a dark colour and printed - there is no way you can look anything other than fabulous in them...

Check out similar postings on floral prints, including pieces from Zara, River Island, Oasis, Topshop and French Connection here.

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Duchess of Cambridge in Reiss Shola Bandage Dress

Kate Middleton, or rather the Duchess of Cambridge met with the Obamas today at Buckingham Palace - and it's lovely to see that Kate still flies the flag for the high street in this lovely Reiss dress. Sleek, sophisticated and oh so appropriate for afternoon tea with President and First Lady...

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Designer: Alexander McQueen Scarf Boutique

One of the key essentials for any Brit fashionista is a McQueen scarf.  I bought mine cheekily from Bicester Village last year, a pale blue one with cream skulls on it.  However, for those of you who haven't yet purchased one, have a glance through their new Scarf Boutique and select a little piece of joy to add to many an outfit.

My favourites are:

Koi Skull Pashmina

Moth Wing Silk Scarf

Red Samurai Skull and Ribbon Scarf

I completely understand that they are expensive - from £280 - but this will last a lifetime and never go out of date.  I love Alexander McQueen in a big way, they are British fashion at it's edgiest and most haunting.  Every piece is a statement - buy one!

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Look for SS11: 70s Wedge Shoes

Goodbye 50s kitten heels, hello 70s wedges.  2011's footwear is big, is bold and is colourful.  Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton were the ones to first brave the change onto the catwalk, with Prada and Miu Miu promptly following suit...  I've picked out my favourites...

 Kurt Geiger - £200

Zara - £69.99

 Chloe - £375

ASOS - £75
You can go completely crazy (like those KG ones above) to a slightly more sedate look such as the ones above.  Either way, the whole point is that you can wear them all the time - you don't wobble around in them like you do in normal heels.  Make sure that you don't buy ones with fake leather straps as they rub more - hence why I haven't put many high street options.  A friend has the Zara ones, and she accessorized/DIY'ed them with a flower at the front from an old broach which looked really cool too.

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Look for SS11: Tribal Mini Skirts

Just like switching to bright nail polish and suddenly going from a completely black/grey wardrobe in the week to floral prints; our infatuation with bold, tribal-print pieces always emerges when the sun comes out... and its starting.  I did a piece of a few weeks ago on Warehouse's tribal collection - but since then, there has been a ripple on the red carpet / LA of celebrities ditching the maxi for the mini when it comes to wearing tribal print skirts.

Keira Knightley in Suno Tribal Skirt

Mischa Barton in Urban Outfitters

Katie Holmes in Missoni

This look is for the brave - tribal print skirts are also usually quit tight fitting, if not body-con style.  However, they do look amazing on and the complex print of the skirts are slimming as it diverts the eye to the pattern rather than the 'mass' underneath it.  I hardly ever wear minis, but I have tried a few of these on (I can confirm, I have a sizable rear and my legs need some work), and they look great.
Here are some good high street options:


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High Street: Bally Alicya Heels vs ASOS

I am actually not a huge shoe fan, which may shock a few people.  I don't have thousands of pairs and very rarely tread far away from buying staple shoes.  I live in Russell and Bromley courts and Tory Burch pumps (in my dreams).  But one look I've really loved this year is the block heel, and having made the rash conclusion in my head that this look is here to stay, I've just bought these from Bally:

They will last me forever, and my landlord definitely will not notice that I haven't paid my rent, the boyfriend is away and so I can hide them in secret - all is good.  But, annoyingly I saw a really similar pair this morning that a client was wearing, and unfortunately for me (but great for you) they are from Aldo and cost an awful lot less than mine...

Very similar look, and achieves exactly the same goal - you can wear them casually or with a smarter outfit.  Buy these, not the above - jeez, I hope Net a Porter do refunds.

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High Street: American Apparel Accordion Skirt

If you are anything like me, then the collection that blew you out of the wonder (and cry about not being able to0 afford) was the Chloe SS11 one.  Their pleated skirts, neutral colours (though with a hint of the bronze stuff that will carry through to AW11) and all that jazz... Hannah McGibbon's final collection for the house oozed class, sophistication and elegance - and luckily for us, the high street has caught on in a big way.  You can definitely tell that main boss Phoebe Philo worked for Stella McCartney too - there are huge similarities between the houses in 2011...

The staple piece from the collection was definitely the long, pleated skirts - and having surfed the net and the streets for a replica I have finally found one that doesn't look bad (shiny fabrics are so hard find cheaply without looking... cheap) over at American Apparel:

Mix this with a body or tight fitting tee as above to mirror the 'Ballet look' that everyone is going for following the successes of Black Swan etc, etc.  At £51, it isn't an impulse purchase - but it also isn't going to break the bank.  I personally don't like maxi skirts with heels (recipe for disaster??) but for those who do, or rather can walk doing it, then buy some brown/nude heels.  I'll be wearing mine with my ballet pumps and my hair in a bun...

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High Street: Next Lace Camisole

Just a quick one, I spotted this amazing lace top from Next. This store is a new addition to my high street favourites this year, after years of me branding it as 'a place my mum goes to' (even though she doesn't... you know what I mean) I'm back shopping there for little bits and pieces....

This lovely top is the right balance of flesh Vs fashion, and at £40 it's a bit of a steal!  Also, comes in Charcoal which is equally lovely.  Buy it!

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Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Dress by Sarah Burton

Little bit delayed, but better late than never.  As rightly predicted by all, it was Sarah Burton who made Kate Middleton's (or rather, Catherine, Duchess of York) dress for her wedding day.  And what a dress it was.

Sarah Burton has said that Kate was very much involved in the design of the dress, and was very certain of wanting to go for a timeless dress, rather than an 'of the moment' piece like the royal brides before her (Sarah Ferguson for example - eek).  It was also very important to her that she didn't mirror the design of her late mother in law in any way...

About the Dress

The gown itself echoed the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, although made different with a V neckline with the bespoke lace appliqué from McQueen.  The skirt resembles an opening flower made with white satin gazar arches and pleats, not forgetting the trademark royal train which was made with ivory and white satin gazar, spanning over 8ft.


Kate's 'Something Borrowed' was a Cartier Halo Tiara, lent to her by The Queen.  The tiara was a gift to the late Queen Mother, who was bought it in 1936 as a wedding gift from her husband-to-be.  It was then passed down to Elizabeth (now Queenie) for her 18th birthday. 


Kate who wore her hair half up and half down, also wore leaf-shaped diamond earrings by Robinson Pelham. The earrings were a wedding gift to Kate from her parents, and in addition to taking inspiration from the tiara, did so from the Middleton family's newly revealed coat of arms.  The diamond set includes stylized oak leaves, a pear-shaped diamond set drop and a pave-set diamond acorn suspended in the center. (The Middleton coat of arms features both acorns and oak leaves.)

Copies are flocking the market, check out this one in store at House of Fraser in Belfast for £350.

The Telegraph

For an overview of Sarah Burton's background, click here

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Look for SS11: Red Shoes

Fearne Cotton

Red shoes both for smart and casual wear, are all over the feet of celebrities at the moment, and its an easy way to make a simple outfit stand out.  Look how the people in the photos here make their shoes a statement piece - either when wearing jeans and a t shirt or walking down the red carpet. 

Salma Hayek

Alexa Chung

Sienna Miller

Jessica Alba

Blake Lively

Georgia Jagger

I absolutely love this look, its  instand glamour and so easy to replicate.  But with red, I would advise not to buy cheaply unless you want to run the risk of looking cheap - you don't need to spend a fortune (unless you have the budget to, if so I am very jealous) but at the same time don't cut corners.  I prefer the "dressed-up" take on this look, and here are a few pairs I have found that I think stand out from the rest:

This pair, above, are great as they aren't too high and so you could wear them both in the evenings and during the day - and are smart enough to wear with a dress-up outfit or with jeans.  Also, from experience ASOS shoes are very durable - and a great 'low price' alternative to high street equivalents...

This pair are great for someone who is nervous about going for the bright red colour - they're similar to the pair above that Jessica Alba teamed with her little black dress.

Or, just as a sneaky wish-list item - have a look at these:

A girl can dream...

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