Mango Wrap Silk Party Dress

Mango Wrap Silk Dress

Mango Party Dresses for 2011

Mango have an amazing collection of party and cocktail dress for the new 2011 Autumn Winter season. There are more than sixty dresses to choose from, ranging in price from just over £20 up to £180, so there really is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

In this article, I’m going to describe some of my personal favourites from the collection. However, if you want to browse them directly yourself at Mango, here’s the link: Mango Party Dresses

Mango Wrap Silk Dress

Be pretty in pale peach with the Mango Wrap Silk Dress, a sleeveless wrap dress in silk which has a v neck and v back and falls to about knee length. There is pleat detail to the front with ruffle embellishment to the shoulders.

On the waist, there is a belt which is embellished with a series of shiny stud appliqué detail. The belt can be removed for an alternative look.

I like this dress because it’s a flattering and easy to wear style, yet very pretty and feminine. Complete the outfit with a pair of nude heeled court shoes.

Mango Sleeveless Leather Shift Dress

Mango Sleeveless Leather Shift Dress

Mango Sleeveless Leather Shift Dress

The Mango Sleeveless Leather Shift Dress is a sleeveless, above the knee leather dress which has a scoop neck, concealed back zip fastening and panel detail.

It’s a smart and sexy style, and perfect for on and off duty looks. Complete the look with a pair of towering black leather heels and a mini gold box clutch and you’re sorted for your night out.

Mango Vintage Style Dress

Mango Vintage Style Dress

Mango Vintage Style Dress

The Mango Vintage Style Dress is an interesting style. Far from being vintage, to me it has more of a futuristic look about it, with the metallic sequin embellishment to the shoulders and waist. I love the way the sequins give the dress an almost armoured look, when it is in fact lovely and soft.

The dress has cap sleeves, a v neck  and falls to just above the knee.

Complete the outfit with a pair of nude heels, such as Mango’s Shiny Pumps in shade “make-up”, and the Hard-structured clutch handbag in gold.

Mango Strapless Mini Dress

Mango Strapless Mini Dress

Mango Strapless Mini Dress

You gotta love the Mango Strapless Mini Dress, a white bandeau style mini dress with black stars embellished with shiny black sequins.

Being monochrome, it will go with anything accessory wise, although I think it would look good teamed with Mango’s black leather peep toe platform court shoes and the black Channel style quilted handbag.

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Lipsy Pixie Lott Bandeau Colour Block Panelled Dress

Lipsy Pixie Lott Bandeau Colour Block Panelled Dress

Pixie Lott Lipsy Dresses Autumn Winter 2011

Pixie Lott yesterday afternoon launched her fourth dress collection for Lipsy at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, and also sang live for the many Pixie Lott and Lipsy fans who had assembled to catch a glimpse of her.

Pixie was in a happy mood, explaining: ‘I am excited about launching my new collection here, I love this city and the girls here seem to love to dress up and have great style.”

The new collection has both a daywear and an evening wear collection  and its description is of “bold body-con party dresses and chic Parisian-inspired styles”‘.

Lipsy Pixie Bandeau Colour Block Panelled Dress

Certainly, Pixie is wearing a fabulously bold colour block dress on the right – it is called the Lipsy Pixie Bandeau Colour Block Panelled Dress.

Lipsy Pixie Side Embellished Ruched Playsuit

Pixie Side Embellished Ruched Playsuit

Pixie Side Embellished Ruched Playsuit

Of course, Pixie is a girl who likes to dress up, and she also took the opportunity to model a few more dresses, including the one on the left, which is the Lipsy Pixie Side Embellished Ruched Playsuit – so not actually a dress at all in fact, but a rather cute looking playsuit in electric blue, a very on trend colour for this season.

Lipsy Pixie Pleat Detail Bandeau Dress

Lipsy Pixie Pleat Detail Bandeau Dress

Lipsy Pixie Pleat Detail Bandeau Dress

Later in the day at the collection’s launch party, Lipsy wore this cute pleated bandeau dress, which has all over animal print detail.

Pixie attended the party with her boyfriend, and there were a host of other celebrities there wearing Lipsy dresses,  including stars from Hollyoaks Gemma Merna and Carley Stenson.

Lipsy dresses are generally available in all sizes from UK 6 up to UK 18.

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D and G Goddess Gown Look for 2011

D&G Goddess Gown and Look for Summer 2011

Here is another of our occasional features where we put together a “look” for the new season, using some of the best designs around.

The centre piece of this look is the fabulously floral peony printed D&G Goddess Gown made from pure silk. This is an awesome gown, which features a cross over bust with ruching, a deep v back and a gorgeous silk self tie sash around the waist, which hangs down the back. The delicate peony flowers against a dusky nude pink background are the very essence of summer itself and breathe life into any occasion.

I decided to team the dress with the wonderful Pour La Victoire Jessie Wedges in pale camel. The D&G Goddess Gown is long, so unless you are particularly tall, it’s a good idea to have a bit of leg lengthening going on underneath it :-). Not only do these wedges add inches (or centimetres if you’re a metric girl) to your legs, they do so in the most comfortable way imagineable. The wide platform sole mitigates the height of the heel, and wedge heels provide a much broader base of support for the foot than a stiletto.

For accessories, I’ve decided to echo the dusky pink undertones of the dress and have chosen a series of items in rose gold to compliment the ensemble – the Michael Kors large rose gold chronograph watch, the  Dannijo Rose Gold Ring and the gorgeous Halston Heritage Rose Gold Sequinned Jenny Clutch to add a dash of glamour. Of course, if you prefer you could go for yellow gold accessories as these too would look good. Personally speaking, I would be less enthusiastic about teaming the dress with silver accessories, as this dress has an aura of warmth which is best complimented with other warm metals.

All the items above were available from my-wardrobe.com at the time of writing.

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Casual Looks for 2011

Casual Looks for Spring Summer 2011

Do you need some help putting together a smart casual outfit? Here I have put together a fantastic casual look using clothes and accessories currently on sale at my-wardrobe.com,  the great place on the web to find everyday luxury designer fashions.

I started the outfit with the Nudie Jeans High Kai skinny jeans in bleached indigo. High waisted jeans can be more flattering to the figure,  creating a sleek outline. I’ve teamed these jeans with the cute Sonia by Sonia Rykiel frill waist vest top. Again the frill top can provide something of a flattering disguise if your waist isn’t quite at as trim as you would like it to be.

For a jacket, I have chosen the Farhi by Nicole Farhi Linen Cropped Jacket. Navy jackets are very versatile and this navy linen jacket is ideal for taking the place of your leather jacket once the warmer weather arrives.

I couldn’t resist finishing the outfit off with a matching bag and boots from Mulberry. The handbag is the Oversized Oak Silky Snake Tillie and the boots are the Oak D Ring Wrap bootie. Both the bag and boots are made from the most beautiful oak snake textured leather with pale gold hardware, and they look stunning worn together.

All the items mentioned were available from the my-wardrobe.com website at the time of writing.
my-wardrobe.com is based in the UK but offers worldwide shipping.

Going Out Look for Spring Summer 2011

Going Out Look for Spring Summer 2011

my-wardrobe.com, one of my favourite online designer stores and a fantastic place to find everyday luxury designer fashions for both men and women, is celebrating its 5th birthday.

To wish my-wardrobe a great big “Happy Birthday” from one of its biggest fans, I’ve put together a luxurious going out look using five items that can currently be found on the website, as can be seen in the photo above.

The centre piece of the outfit is the fabulous Elizabeth and James Maxi Dress. This maxi dress, which is made from pure silk, is pale grey in colour with a subtle print design. There is a long split at the front, to give everyone a glimpse of your fabulous legs, and the silk ruffle frills around the neckline and sleeves are very feminine. The buttons at the front look fabulous, but you don’t need to worry about fastening and unfastening them as the dress has a concealed side zip fastening – very thoughtful.

Of course, a dress like this needs a pair of vertiginous heels, and I have chosen the Pour La Victoire Metallic Irina Platforms in silver cracked leather.  The heels are so high but the high concealed platforms make them more comfortable. Keeping the silver theme going – as silver goes so beautifully with grey – the handbag I have chosen is the D&G Silver Sacha Metallic Bobble Clutch. This clutch is one of my favourites of the season anyway. I love the bobble effect from all the silver beads and the fact that I can attach the chain strap to wear it over my shoulder if I want to keep my hands free.

The choice of jewellery was a little more difficult as there are so many stunning designs around at the moment. However, I finally decided upon the Merle O’Grady Silver Crystal Curb Collar Necklace and the Iosselliani Multi Stack Silver Crystal Ring. The Merle O’Grady necklace because I love the combination of the heavy silver coloured curb chain and the differently shaped large, sparkling crystals, and the Iosselliani ring because it’s four rings in one – whilst the ring  looks fabulous with its various parts stacked together, you can rearrange them as you wish and wear them singly or combined.

All the items above were available from my-wardrobe.com at the time of writing.
my-wardrobe.com is based in the UK but offers worldwide shipping.

Coast Wedding Dress Avalana Maxi Dress Coast Wedding Dresses and Bridal Collection for 2011

Coast have now unveiled their 2011 bridal collection, and they have a brilliant collection of eleven different wedding dresses, which you can view in the slide show above, together with shoes, a bag and jewellery to match.

All tastes and budgets are catered for, with prices starting at £295 for the Freyja Frill dress, which although it is the cheapest dress in the range, is made from pure silk, going up to £550 for the Veronique Maxi Dress, which is made from polyester tulle,  or the Lavinia Maxi Dress, which is made from 100% silk chiffon.

All styles are catered for, with some of the dresses being full length like the Venetia Dress and the Angelique Maxi dress, together with knee length dresses, including the Vecaria Feather Dress and the Petunia Dress.

Some of the dresses are a combination of the two, with a long back but graduated to around knee length at the front. The Avalana Maxi Dress (pictured right) and Iris Maxi Dress are in these styles.

Wedding dresses can cost thousands of pounds, but you can save so much money by buying one from Coast, and still look absolutely amazing on your big day.

The dresses are available in UK sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Fabric and Care: Various, depending on the dress. Many are made from pure silk.

Style note: The Coast Malena shoes are a good choice to go with all the above dresses. They are off white and lacey, with a high heel – but not too high – a slight platform sole and peep toe. The Crystal Clutch is also an ideal accessory, and the inside of this bag is imprinted with the words: “To have and to hold” in blue. So you get your something new and something blue in the one piece!

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