BAFTA’s – Helen’s Winners and Losers

Posted on February 22, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

2009 was a miserable year economically and 2010 doesn’t seem to be shaping up to be much better. Luckily, us mere mortals still can revel in the glamour of awards ceremonies – like the BAFTAs!!

If you’re looking to recreate some red carpet glamour but don’t have a deep enough wallet, I’ve found this red maxi dress from Goddiva. No promises on whether the dress suits all figures as when you buy cheaper clothes, you know that you are taking a gamble on the fabric and the precise cut – will it suit your unique figure?


Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh, Girls Aloud singer made a fashion clanger in my eyes. She had what was potentially a very eye-catching and lovely dress, she turned it into a calamitous ensemble with that strange fluffy thing draped over her shoulders.

The result?

Fashion critics saying she looked like a lampshade!

The dress undoubtedly took some poor soul hours to make, but the end effect was fussy. You can’t possibly be overstated at the BAFTAs, this is as high end as celebrity fashion goes! The ordinary people like you and me would look positively overdressed at a ball in a dress like this. Kimberley’s choice was a brave one, I just feel she didn’t quite pull it off. Commiserations.


Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson certainly should know a thing or two about pure Hollywood glamour! Born of the Redgrave acting dynasty, I expect she and members have her family have been down the red carpet more than anyone! Joely’s dark blue dress is perfect for the BAFTAs, a beautiful dark blue that shimmers when the light catches it. The fabric clinics in all the right places showing off her shapely silhouette.

Because of the ‘bling’ on her shoulders, she doesn’t need a necklace so she can show off her enviable decolletage. Here is one actress who is hanging on to her looks very well and does not appear to be overdoing cosmetic treatments, unlike Angelina Jolie who despite being 10 years her junior, has become scrawny, sinewy and frankly, a little strange to look at.

If you’re looking to recreate Joely Richardson’s glamourous look on a smaller scale, check out Max Studio UK for designer dresses. There are still some sale items left!

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X Factor Fashion!

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

The UK has been gripped by the X Factor every Saturday and Sunday nigh for the last five weeks – and we have another seven weeks to go until the eventual winner of the TV show is announced.

On Saturday (7th November), Lucie was ejected by Simon’s decision to go to deadlock. This happens when the judges can’t agree who should leave the competition so the contestant evicted is the person who received the lowest amount of public votes. John and Edward have been consistently blasted for being completely unable to sing or dance and Simon has been very vocal about his disdain for the Irish duo. However, viewers were baffled when instead of saving the very talented and beautiful Lucie Jones, Simon chose to go to deadlock and let the public decide yet again this week. At the time of publication of this blog, 50 complaints had been made to OFCOM, with more expected to be registered over the coming week.

As soon as the result was announced, the Twitter community was once again swamped by #XFactor talk. One twitterer said, “If Simon Cowell ever says ‘this is a singing competition’ again he should be taken to court under the trade description act.”

Lucie’s shock exit overshadowed (to me at least) Stacey Solomon’s new sexy look. Donning wet look leggings, skyscraper heels and a shiny top with a black cardigan slung suggestively over her shoulders, Stacey was transformed from overwhelmed single mum from Dagenham to a polished pop star.

Can this look be translated to normal people? I think yes!The general opinion seems to be that wet-look leggings are mainly for younger women and I must admit that I am inclined to agree. Women who are less daring can stick to more sensible cotton fabrics to stay on trend. Her outfit as a whole is not necessarily one you might want to adopt unless you want lots of attention on a night out but elements can certainly be adapted for every day wear, such as wearing a long cardigan on one shoulder for example.

Normal people wanting to imitate this look might also wish to consider wearing a longer t-shirt. Most fashion authorities seems to agree that in the real world, your top should cover your bottom and the very top of your thighs to avoid showing off the legging sagging slightly in the crotch area… definitely not a good look!

See the video of Stacey’s performance here:


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My thoughts and observations on the autumn 2009 fashions

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

The Autumn 2009 Range

There is a theory that fashion tends to reflect the current economic situation, so when times are good, skirt hemlines are shorter and when economic times are bad, skirts become longer. It seems simple enough and possibly even plausible! Of course, every theory has its detractors so with the recession taking hold and unemployment reaching an all-time high, this autumn’s trends were always going to be the ‘one to watch’ for fashionistas and economists alike. Funnily enough, skirt length doesn’t appear to have featured this season, the structure and texture of skirts is actually what is important this season.

This autumn, there appears to be four major themes running through the fashion houses:

Shoulder Pads

We’ve seen them on the fashion elite, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss and they’ve filtered down from the catwalk and into the high street. It is easy to be vulgar and apply every trend to your outfit but try to hold back! True style comes from not about jumping on every seasons fashion bandwagon, you need to add your own personal touch otherwise you go from stylish to a fashion horror.


Textures are extremely important this season and this has been injected into Max Studio – a luxury high street brand. The the feel of a material is paramount to designers and consumers alike and this is where texture comes into play this season. If you love the feel of a material against your skin, you’re going to love wearing your purchase. Take a look at this embroidered lace top by Max Studio.  The detail is exquisite yet bang on trend.

Cinched waists

Feminine shape is still big news this season. Whilst the cinched in waist is still a feature this season, it is not as harsh as previous seasons. The androgynous look is firmly back so to avoid being overly masculine, make a feature of lovely feminine waists.


This season, being stylish is all about having an impact! Berry colours (and purple in particular) are THE colours of Autumn 2009. Stand out from the crowd with large pieces of jewellery, quirky shoes or structured overcoats. Many shops, particularly cheaper shops like Primark have jumped onto sequinned items with a surprising vigour and this is an easy way of updating the investment pieces in your wardrobe like black trousers.

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