Street Style: Rossella’s Christmas Party Dress On Carnaby Street

Rossella Iaccarino’s electric blue AQ/AQ dress & vintage coat in London.

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]ossella Iaccarino, on Carnaby St, is studying and lives in Bethnal Green. She wears a vintage faux fur coat from Petticoat Lane market, H&M hat, Office boots and that gorgeous electric blue dress she just bought from AQ/AQ.Rossella Iaccarino

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Music: Lianne La Havas Summer Gigs & Videos

Lianne La Havas love affair; thankfully she has plenty more audio treats this summer.

Our love affair with Lianne La Havas continues, and thankfully she’s giving us plenty more audio treats this summer. She has premiered two new videos, an emotional two part visual story representing the songs “Elusive” and “Gone” from her new album, see below. After her UK tour this month including two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush she will be performing at V Festival in Stafford on 17th August and Chelmsford on 18th August.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas at Essence Awards


V&A Museum Opens Fashion Gallery With Ballgown Extravaganza

V&A museum reopens the doors to it’s grand domed Fashion Gallery on Saturday with Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, an exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from the 1950’s to today.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he V&A museum reopens the doors to it’s grand domed Fashion Gallery on Saturday with Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, an exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from the 1950’s to today.

Such spectacular creations, once worn by young maidens at their coming out balls, at post-war Britain’s lavish balls, and later in the 1980’s at fashionable charity balls, are today more popular for red carpets and cat walks. Providing much glossy magazine fodder for the rest of us making do with rentals or high street copy’s for our special occasions. Now V&A are inviting us to lust after such opulence in the flesh, with headline making pieces such as Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ and gowns worn by Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger. According to V&A, “There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, one that has been upheld in the late 20th and 21st centuries through the work of designers such as Hardy Amies, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The exhibition covers more than 60 years of a tradition that continues to flourish.”

Ballgowns is largely made up of pieces from the V&A’s collection, also designated as the UK’s National Collection, and has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of dress in the world. Covering two floors, the exhibition shows old and current designs for social events such as royal state occasions, debutante balls, opening nights, catwalk shows and red carpet events by a range of  designers from Ossie Clark and Catherine Walker to Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou. Innovative designer Gareth Pugh has created a stunning metallic leather dress especially for the exhibition. Expect some spectacular features such as a stylised ‘ballroom’ space with around 30 evening gowns on open display under spectacular pavilions surrounded by oversized pearls, and unusual interpretations such as a latex gown by Atsuko Kudo. It’s enough to make me want to repeat my freshers ball, but this time with a Vivienne Westwood on, and no puking.

You can own your own piece of Great British Fashion for just £6 by way of a Royal Mail stamp set. Commissioned by the V&A, it includes designs from Hardy Amies and Vivienne Westwood, see below.

Vivienne Westwood
Victoria and Albert Museum – 19 May 2012 – 6 January 2013

London Fashion Week: Fiongal at Jaguar Shoes

Style snooping at Menswear designer and fashion illustrator Fiongal’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Jaguar Shoes 22/09/10. See more London Fashion Week street style.


Elles wears shirt, bag + belt: vintage. Shorts: American Apparel. Shoes: FINSK. Check out Elles’s style blog Kewl is the New Cool

Jena Kyle Street StyleJena wears Religion T-Shirt (Customised), vintage Levi’s shorts, Diesel leather jacket, Dr Martens boots, Topshop tights, scarf from a Spanish market + chain with added relicks from travelling.

Liz wears American Apparel bandeau dress + beaded top from Kimberley Festival

Menswear designer and fashion illustrator Fiongal’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Jaguar Shoes 22/09/10.

Lily Allen’s New Vintage Venture: Lucy In Disguise

The star looking gorgeous & pregnant at her vintage shop opening.

The opening of Lucy in Disguise, Lily Allen’s new venture with her half sister Sarah Owen, offered a feast of ridiculously good-looking guests and (surprisingly reasonably priced) vintage designer togs. Pregnant Lily Allen looked blooming marvellous in a vintage shift dress. Her shop on King Street, Covent Garden, stocks vintage garms to buy or rent, many from Lily’s own collection, with prices ranging from £30 to £4000. Downstairs we were met with plush cream carpets, sofa’s and a playstation to keep any long suffering boyfriends entertained. We went along to get some style inspiration, but mainly got distracted by the Grey Goose cocktails and disco tunes from Jamie Jones on the decks.

Miquita Oliver + Amy Braid

Singer La Roux + friend

Amy Braid, Lily Allen, her baby bump + Emma Neame

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