Who’s bored of hearing things like ‘animal prints are in’ and ‘animal prints are a trend’? We know that whatever season we are in or approaching, whether it be a catwalk show in Milan or London, you’re bound to see some kind of animal design. Printed, knitted, rendered in metallic… for as long as there is fashion, there will be animal prints.
But this time I’m not just talking about a spotty leopard print. I’m talking full on, living mamals. Giraffes. Fashion and giraffes are the new trend!
I’m sure everyone happened to peruse the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, but if you didn’t, you missed out on a fabulous FABULOUS shoot that inspired this blog post. Just take a look…
Isn’t it stunning? I can’t stop looking at it. If you’re thinking how on earth did they manage this one, it isn’t just a case of cleverly superimposing the animals onto the pages. This was shot at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, a 1930s European pile/hotel that has been adopted by a herd of wild giraffe for years. They interact with guests, poking their heads through the windows at feeding time, as seen above (I’ve done my research!).
And then who can forget the new AMAZING Louis Vuitton ‘Spirit of Travel’ campaign, featuring Karen Elson, Edie Campbell, a hell of a lot of LV luggage and some incredible animals, with the majestic giraffe taking centre stage. Here’s the video, but the final shots from the campaign (below) show once again fashion’s love affair with the giraffe…
This isn’t the first time that Louis Vuitton have used giraffes. Oh no. Anyone remember their shop windows from a couple of years ago?
Or what about their Spring Summer 2011 collection, where Marc Jacobs delivered a brilliant Oriental cum art deco show that featured a white trousers suit adorned with a snaking giraffe up the leg and back, a jumper with sequinned giraffe on the front and giraffe heels so camp that I should have just bought them for the mantelpiece…
And, FYI, that wasn’t the first giraffe that Harper’s Bazaar have used. They shot Demi Moore for the cover of the US magazine in April 2010 with a mighty tall giant, in a shot that is so unbelievably gorgeous it boggles the mind…
Burberry like the giraffe too. Here’s a model in AW 2013 and Tinie Tempah in a Pre-fall 2013 T-shirt…
So you see, when news hit that Copenhagen Zoo took it upon themselves to euthanase a baby giraffe because it was considered ‘surplus’, even though they were offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to take it off their hands, it deeply offended and upset me. These animals are incredible, and what’s more, they are a CONSTANT inspiration!
Mummy G chose Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace as her first best dressed at last night’s Oscars. She said: “She looked absolutely stunning, I have no idea how you even wear a dress like that!”. And her second best dressed of the night goes to Charlize Theron. She said of Charlize’s Christian Dior couture dress: “THIS is how you wear a black dress!”
And these are actually my BEST dressed of the night. First, Mrs John Legend, Chrissy Teigen in this stand-out Monique Lhuillier black printed gown. I’m such a massive fan of any gown that firstly has pockets (these were added in for Chrissy), and secondly is this dip hem shape. Mummy G LOVED it. And Mrs Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, in this OMGorgeous Gabriela Cadena gown. It’s a knock out! One long sleeve, lots of draping, amazing colour on her.
BEST DRESSED FOR ME!
Even before I asked, Mummy G announced that Lupita, unfortunately, was her biggest disappointment of the night. And I might have to agree with her. We both came to the conclusion that although the colour of this Prada was great on her, the fit – bust and length – wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t WOW enough.
Also, Mummy G didn’t like Cate Blanchet’s Armani Prive gown either. She said: “It just wasn’t fashion forward enough for her, considering what she’s worn in the past!”. Again, I agree with her. And lastly, Pharrell Williams in his short suit. She said: “Sorry, this just isn’t for me!” Personally, I think this is wrong for the Oscars red carpet. Fine for a performance, but I wanted to see him in something fabulous!
Never mind who won at last night’s Oscars, and never mind anyone else on the red carpet (OK, so maybe there were other amazingly dressed celebs too), it was ALL about my two divas, Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli.
Both came as a surprise to me, I wasn’t expecting either, they obviously forgot to call me to let me know. But a very very nice surprise.
Bette actually sang at the awards ceremony – see video below – in a different gown to the AMAZING Reem Acra red lace one she arrived in. What a frock! You just never think seeing the dresses strut down the catwalks that they might, just might, end up on one of your favourite 68-year-old actresses!
Oh, and Liza Liza Liza, with a Z of course. My legendary diva, showing up on the red carpet in this dazzling blue Vintage Halston. She’s probably had this in her wardrobe for years and years – she was very friendly with Halston. I love that even at the Oscars she remained true to her kaftan top over trouser look.
And she even matched the hair with the dress – not my favourite look, but give her some credit people!
WHERE THE HELL WAS CHER AND DOLLY?? That’s what I want to know! That would have completed the night for me!
Just about to hit the Red Carpet, courtesy of Reem Acra, the most adorable designer. Thank you, Reem! (She actually came to my house!)
And then another one, followed by the picture below: “Glam squad in action!”
Fashion month is in full swing, and if you thought it was just the designers who work flat out, you’re wrong. The celebs attending their shows are also on schedules. Rihanna is the best example. She’s been doing the rounds hasn’t she? Jesus, this woman is non-stop! From Dior (in that hideous negligee and fur coat outfit) to Lanvin, and then of course her beloved Balmain (above). This outfit is a full look from the pre-fall 2014 collection, and looks AMAZING on her! She actually missed Olivier Rousteing’s catwalk presentation due to traffic (tut tut, where’s the choppper Ri?), but turned up in this utilitarian look for some pics.
One of my all time favourite divas, Jane Fonda, never disappoints on a red carpet. She ALWAYS brings the glam. And at 76, to wear this Elie Saab Resort 2014 gown (at the Unite4: Humanity event on Thursday 27th February) and look THIS amazing is testament to her incredible figure. LOVE HER!
Diane Kruger is fast becoming a style icon for me. Her stylist is doing a fantastic job with her, she should be very happy right now. Everything she wears takes into consideration her body shape, her height, her skin tone and hair colour and personality. For me, she is a walking masterclass at how to nail the red carpet. This Theory tailored look – consisting of lots of wonderful asymmetry – is definitely what I would wear on a red carpet! Diane attends the annual National Hispanic Media Coalition gala on Friday 28th February.
Lastly a new obsession of mine, Noomi Rapace. The Swedish actress attended the Lanvin show on Thursday wearing… LANVIN. And this head-to-toe nude/blush look is a full outfit from the Resort 2014 collection (you can buy the coat here and the top here). Both pieces feature ruffled wind flaps – I know, an odd description – which drape together giving this very sensual, liquid look. I love love love this duster-length of coat at the moment, and those ruched trousers! Just gorgeous.
Marni was the stand out show for me from Milan Fashion Week AW14. Every look made me gasp with joy: deconstructed shapes, layers of amazingness and feathers feathers feathers. Also, Marco De Vincenzo’s metallic rainbow look BLEW MY MIND!
Blumarine’s magical cream coats are a definite season’s must-have, as is a Pucci jewel coloured velvet trouser suit!
Take a look…
I thought it was about time. Not to blow my own trumpet, but a few people have asked why I don’t really do outfit posts on the blog, and the answer is… I don’t really know! It’s not like I don’t have fun, photogenic clothes, and it’s not like I’m shy. OK, so maybe I have only just found my ‘good’ camera, which was buried under a mountain of stuff. That might be why!
Anyway, here’s the first of hopefully many. And I thought it was a very good time to do this shoot whilst up in Malton, North Yorkshire, to review the rather amazing Talbot Hotel. The hotel, although just off the main road through Malton, has the most gorgeous gardens, which I thought would make a great contrast to my Blood Brother leather joggers, black and white printed sweater and Jaeger duffle.
Did I also mention that Talbot is dog friendly? Oh yes! This is mainly what drew me to this particular hotel. There aren’t actually many dog friendly hotels in the UK – apparently the Mal Maison group have now stopped allowing dogs – so this was a big selling point for me. And Dhilly, who loved his bed and bowls.
*Wearing my Isabel Marant x H&M scarf and Vivienne Westwood three-tongue high tops*
The 26 bedroom Talbot Hotel actually went through a £4million refurbishment, and re-0pened in 2012. It has got that charming country home feel about it, with big comfy sofas in the drawing room – the first thing we did was have afternoon tea in there, with Dhilly in tow of course (he came down to breakfast too) – embroidered cushions everywhere, and we even spotted the owners re-arranging the furniture and pieces of artwork whilst staying there. Was so lovely.
I’m having a bit of a love affair at the moment with Blood Brother’s offerings. Their printed sweats are my LIFE right now (check out this one too), and these are the first pair of their joggers I own… I haven’t taken them off since I got them. Leather and drop crotch = SOOOOO ME!