Category: dresses

The Oscars 2019

There were the good dresses – Emma Stone in Versace

Lady  Gaga  in  Alexander  McQueen.

And an  ‘Oh  no!’  for  the  lovely  Olivia  Coleman,  perfect  from  the  neck  up.

But  most  of  al, this year marked  a cheer  for  the  men  that  were  prepared  to break  boundaries,  like  Spike  Lee.

And  Stephan James in Etro.

The  blushing  pink  of  the  masculine  Jason  Momosa.

Pharrell  Williams  showing  men  have  legs  too.


Mark Ronson putting on a Mark Ronson twist.

And Chadwick Boseman looking fabulous. Because here’s  the  irony:  This ceremony  celebrating  the  peak  of  visual  creativity  is  actually  all  about  conforming.  Apart  from  the few  braves  souls  who  don’t.

Of  which  the  prize  goes  to the  stylish,  the  bravura,  the  impeccable,  Billy Porter  in  Christian  Siriano. Not a breath of kitsch, no sign of a send up, just a sonic statement in understated class.

The  shirt.  I want.

Billy Porter says when he debuted his dress-wearing persona at the Golden Globe parties, he was astounded by the amount of attention it caused with crowds ‘parting like the red sea’.  He says ‘It’s infuriating that a man in a dress still garners this much attention. Women wear pants every day and nobody  bats  an  eye.  But  you  put  a man  in  a dress  and  it’s  like  the  sky  is  falling.’ Porter  asks  ‘Are  you  saying  that  women  in  pants  equals  masculinity  and  that’s  good?  But  a man  in  a dress  equals  feminine  and  that’s  bad?  Well,  I’m  done  with  that.

(All pics Hollywood Reporter and Pinterest)

And so am I.

Laters, Kate x

Pippa Holt x

Not cheap. But these are the dresses I could live all summer long in. Simple, free, colour and a touch of the barefoot…

Beauty without having to think. Ticks the boxes for mr.

 

Laters, Kate x

Three wishes..

 

And one of them would be to buy a summer dress from Three Graces London...

With a joyous attitude that isn’t afraid of volume, a lightness of touch and a cunning eye for cut, these dresses embody the free, unfettered spirit of summer.

Classic yet modern, these dresses have the ability to move effortless up or down social requirements, from the perfect piece for a day knocking back the Pimms on Centre Court, to a throw-over beach dress for a family holiday.

(All pics Three Graces London)

 

Time to get saving..

Laters, Kate x

Christy Dawn x

Christy Dawn produces indie pin-up pieces beautifully crafted for easy living and barefoot dancing in the golden rays of the Californian sun.

Her clothes are made with deadsotck fabrics – the left over fabrics from other fashion houses who’ve over estimated their needs: smaller supplies means smaller production runs making these dresses eco friendly near-originals handmade in LA.

For the laid back beach babe bride, her bridal section is also well worth checking out for its simple lines, lightness of touch and sheer summer elegance.

(All pics Christy Dawn and Pinterest)

In fact Christy Dawn, with her prices of around $260 for a dress, $800 for a wedding dress is the perfect illustration of quality over quantity, buying less but buying better, her prices truly reflecting the costs involved for a genuine artisan label rather than an omnipotent big name brand with willy waving status issues.

 

Worth a thought.

Laters, Kate x

Summer Lovin’

 

Loving The vyshyvanka trend but not the designer prices? Take a peek on Etsy for some authentic, investment worthy alternatives like these from BoutiqueUA.  Whilst not High Street prices, They’re much less than the thousands some labels are demanding…

 

(Pics from Etsy and Pinterest)

 

Of course the 2-3 weeks it takes to ship from the Ukraine does mean it’ll probably be winter again here or at least gales, hail and torrential rain…but somethings are worth waiting for.

 

Laters, Kate x

At Last!

And as if from nowhere the weather in London has changed to summer – 27 degrees predicted for today which proves we are a nation of extremes:  No time to wear-in sandals or pack away winter woollies before the clouds clear and brilliant sunshine pours down which means discovering where the best summer dresses are hiding is a no-brainer.

First port of call for me is always Freepeople because they manage hit a particular sweet spot and offer a high summer aesthetic that still looks good in a City or on a beach.

Their boho ranges from just thrown on hand embroidered artisan creations to the more structured you-could-even-wear-this-as-a-wedding-dress gorgeous offerings.

(All pics Freepeople, all links Pinterest)

Just pass me the sunscreen and a credit card…

Laters, Kate x

The Oscars 2018

With dresses it’s personal, but given timeless elegance with a touch of vintage or eyeball hogging extravaganza the first will win every time.  Like Laura Dern in Calvin Klein by Appointment pure cool, sleek understatement.

Looking with new eyes, never is the difference between men and women more visual than on Oscar night, hashtag – when will we see a man in a dress? This is Gal Gaddot in Givenchy with just the right amount of flapper girl swing.

2018 marks another year with little experimentation, hence Haley Bennett in Christian Dior makes my best dressed list.  A brave choice and with any luck, the current PC storm will suppress any bush trimming innuendos. Who knows?

Zoey Deutch in Elie Saab Couture sneaked in because it shouldn’t work, but it does.

(All pics Vogue)

 

Phoebe Waller Bridge, a particular icon of mine, looking demure in Vionnet.  Except I lay good money she chose the print to match her beauty spot and trod the carpet giggling inside…Go Phoebe!

 

Laters, Kate x

 

 

That dress x

So this dress has been causing controversy again, although not quite the same way as it’s ancestor did.
When Liz Hurley stepped out in her Versace dress in 1994 for the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral she was an overnight sensation, though not for her acting skills – she wasn’t in the film, her then boyfriend Hugh Grant was – she made the headlines for being an object of desire.
But it wasn’t the picture of Jennifer in her dress that made my eyebrows raise.  It was this one, standing with four men.
Jennifer Lawrence has defended herself on Facebook writing:

‘Wow. I don’t really know where to get started on this “Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold” controversy. This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.
This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over- reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!’

To Jennifer I say, many of us don’t realise the level of sexism we have internalised. We are conditioned by it, educated in it and live out our lives in it.  You wore this dress because of an insidious undercurrent of rules that dictates female Hollywood stars should wear such dresses, full stop, regardless of the expense, the quality, the label, the fashion statement, the weather, or even what the men are wearing.  You were expected to dress like this, you knew this and unquestioningly fulfilled that obligation.  Where the ongoing problem lies is that you don’t see your behaviour as influenced and that’s where the sadness lies, because every time our daughters see a women, particularly a women proud to hold herself up as a female icon, refuse to acknowledge such an event or puts her well being second, or does something that reinforces the idea that being object of desire/cleaning/childcare is a woman’s primary role, we let them down.  In the words of Charles Boudelaire: 

The loveliest trick of the devil is to persuade you he doesn’t exist.

Open your eyes. The truth is, there should have been five human beings standing there, not four men and a beautifully packaged piece of tempting meat.

Laters, Kate x