Here are my best dressed at this years Oscars. An unusual amount of white/silver on the red carpet but still lots of pastel colours doing the rounds. Rooney Mara and Milla Jovovich are by far my top two.
So today was a very exciting day for me, I spent it in a room filled with beautiful women (and one male sex addict). I was at a jumble sale, in a church in Kings Cross, parting with my cash to help raise money and celebrate International Women’s Day (coming up on the 8th March).
So who were these women I hear you ask, well the ‘creators’ were Dawn Porter and Gemma Cairney. They managed to get donations from the likes of Fearne Cotton, Jimmy Carr, Lauren Laverne and Claudia Winkleman. What was equally impressive were the celebrities who showed up to run their own ‘stalls’, Kate Nash, Cherry Healey and Grace Woodward. Dawn and Gemma each had their own section and Dawn’s finance, (now a Hollywood star) Chris O’Dowd came down to show his woman some support. Oh and the cakes, my God there were so many cakes! I actually had to back away and distract myself or I would have ransacked the lot. There was also a very friendly man from Bleach London who was colourfully spraying stencils into people’s hair (I refrained from this as he was too close to the cake stand and I didn’t trust myself).
I was lucky to get in early and have a sneak preview thanks to Amy who runs Sink The Pink club nights with her partner in crime Glyn. They were also selling goodies ranging from old school CD’s to ridiculously cheap accessories. There were so many clothes and shoes it was enough to rival Carrie Bradshaw‘s wardrobe. Beautiful vintage and designer pieces going for as little as £8!!!! Absolute bargains. I was walking around in a daze for about twenty minutes, not quite believing what I was seeing. I’m glad I was able to take my pictures when I did, because as soon as those doors opened it was carnage. At one point I was actually stuck between two girls arguing over who should have the royal blue jumpsuit donated by Lauren Laverne, it was the most awkward moment I’ve had for a long time.
As I mentioned earlier there was a sex addict thrown in amongst these hoards of women. I know this because he did actually advertise the fact on a BBC Three documentary a couple of months ago. Yes it was the one and only comedian Jeff Leach, all 6ft plus of him in his black wife-beater covered in tattoos. I have to admit he was looking pretty attractive (it was painfully obvious I thought this when asking for a picture of him, I giggled like a schoolgirl, two awkward moments in the space of an hour!). He was selling
his body lots of books and other random bits.
Cherry Healey’s table had to be my favourite shopping point, not only is she extremely beautiful and friendly, she was wearing the most amazing biker jacket and red striped shirt. She also had a ridiculously sexy pair of shoes that my unfortunate large feet just wouldn’t fit into.
So as I mentioned this was all in aid of International Women’s Day as there are 1.3 billion people living in poverty worldwide – more than two-thirds of them are women and girls. Events like this jumble sale raise vital funds to support women around the world. Oxfam are asking women to hold their own get-together events on or around International Women’s Day (remember March 8). As Tesco say, every little helps.
I’m unsure yet how much was raised, but by the looks of the 250 people waiting outside when I left, I have a feeling it’s going to be a pretty sizeable amount.
For more information on the Get-together campaign visit www.oxfam.org.uk/womensday
I am going to post about other shows from Milan but I was so impressed by Versace this season, I thought it deserved one all to itself. I absolutely love anything that has a Gothic element, and Donatella showed this in full force. The crucifixes, studded leather, alarmingly tight looking coat-dresses and chain mail (first seen on the Versace runway back in1982), were all on the catwalk. The coats were especially beautiful with flashes of jewel toned colours or all black with appliquéd crucifixes. I’d quite happily rock up to Tesco in any of them, although if I could afford one, I’d more likely be shopping in Waitrose. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rooney Mara decided to wear something from this collection to the Oscars.
So like I said in my previous post, I had the honour of meeting Ozwald Boateng; one of Britain’s most influential and successful fashion designers of the past two decades.
He is in the middle of promoting his documentary film ‘A Man’s Story’ which spans over a 12 year period starting in 1998. It documents his journey through the fashion world from being recruited as the new creative director of menswear for Givenchy, to moving his business back to Savile Row. It also shows intimate parts of his life as he struggles to balance life and work.
We met in the Soho Hotel, at first I did feel like Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’ minus the hooker boots. Everyone looked very professional in suits and structured dresses. I was wearing a biker jacket and chunky boots, only relaxing when I spotted Asher D and his entourage having a meeting.
As usual things were running behind schedule and I was made to wait in the corridor whilst he finished up with a journalist. When I entered the room I was greeted by the director of the film Varon Bonicos (who has 20 years of experience in the film and TV industry,) he was full of smiles and very chatty. Ozwald was sat in the corner looking suave in an immaculate suit of his creation (as you’d expect) waiting for a diet coke. He too was very chatty and oozed confidence, he really is a very strikingly handsome man.
As I listened to him speak, I noticed how incredibly open he was. He did not shy away from questions about his divorce (the breakdown of his 2nd marriage to former model Gyunel is clear to see in the film) he was very honest and had such grace about him. He said that when people watch the film, there is always one part they will focus on more as it will relate to an aspect of their life. If they then watch it back, there is at least 50% more film they will see. When asked if he had a favourite person to dress he said he didn’t look at it that way, instead he thinks of it as helping someone be there most confident because they feel good in his clothes.
Having dressed the likes of Richard Branson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Keanu Reeves and Ray Winstone, Ozwald Boateng has come a long way since he opened his first studio in Portobello Road back in 1991.
‘A Man’s Story’ opens in the UK on 9 March and has a DVD release of 19 March.
Take a look at the preview below.
Wednesday 22nd February marked a very special day for me; I had the pleasure and privilege to meet two of the worlds greatest contributors to fashion. The first was Ozwald Boateng, but let’s leave him for another post (it’s fair to say he deserves one all to himself.) The second was the world-famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. He was in store signing copies of his books and shoes from his exquisite collection that Liberty London are proud to be housing, which opened on February 13th.
As posted on the Liberty London website “I am very excited to be selling my collection at Liberty. I love the store; it has so much character and history. I adore the Liberty Art Fabrics and I use some in every collection.” Manolo Blahnik
Even though I had to queue for around three hours, it went incredibly quickly, despite the freezing cold weather conditions. At one point I was interviewed by Liberty TV so that passed the time nicely (once the footage is up,depending on how terrible it is, I may share it with you.)
Once inside there was mass confusion about what could actually be signed. Many people could only afford a few books, yet were being told he was only signing shoes. After several complaints it was luckily made clear he would be signing books also (cue a mass sigh of relief.)
Finally it was my turn and I was greeted by the biggest smile from the man himself. He looked very dapper in his grey suit and trademark bow-tie, he has a childlike quality about him which I found very endearing. I expected him to be tired from all the signing he had already done, but he was energetic and full of apologies for keeping me waiting, an absolute gent! He was very complimentary and told me about his swollen cheek (due to an issue with a tooth) and posed for countless photos.
I left feeling very elated as it was so refreshing to meet someone I admired, who turned out to be more than I expected. So many times I have been disappointed because someone turned out to be an absolute prick, luckily Blahnik was not one of them.
Below are some of my favourites from his collection at Liberty.
If you get the chance I would suggest taking a trip to Liberty and having a look for yourself at the collection.