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Style Advice

Weddings can be one of the most enchanting and beautiful events to dress for. However, in saying that, if you are unsure of what to wear such an event can also fill you with dread.

Below is an email I received from a lovely reader, Stella, who had this exact dilemma…

Dear Cara,

I have a wedding to attend in a couple of weeks and I have no clue what to wear! It will be a Spring city wedding and I have no dress code to work with. Please help! I need a little inspiration.

Love Stella x

Dear Stella,

Spring is the most popular wedding season. So channel your inner ‘Girl Scout’ and start planning your wedding season outfits early.

The best advice I can give is – don’t leave it until the day of the event to select your outfit {trust me I have been there and definitely done that!}. Don’t forget to plan your heels, handbag and accessories – being prepared in all areas is key to a lovely wedding day {even if it isn’t yours}.

The Darling Bud Of Wedding Season

Feminine and exquisitely pretty, florals are always an exceptional choice for Weddings. Brilliant blooms add a whimsical romance and sweet aesthetic to simple silhouettes and charming accessories. For classic floral dressing, a little cocktail dress in a pretty print is perfect with heels. Be inspired by Erdem’s delightful dedication to elegant florals…

Lovely Lace

The little lace dress has become style staple. Fresh, refined and sweet – the lace dress is all about polished beauty. A vividly coloured little lace dress is a glamorous wedding look… just add heels and go. Take colour note from this delectable Valentino red lace dress…

Bright Eyes {And Dresses}

Bright Spring shades are feminine, fun and positively glowing. From tangerine dreams to wonderful watermelon; zesty tones are the perfect way to welcome Spring colour into your wardrobe. Lanvin’s vivid yellow cocktail dress is perfect to colour note to capture attention…

Stella I am sure you will look gorgeous on the day! I cannot wait to hear what you choose.

Love Cara xx

p.s. if anyone has any style questions or are unsure of what to wear, please feel free to email me or post them on the Uptown Twirl Facebook page…. I cannot wait to be of help!

Photos from style.com

Beauty

Colourful Peepers

The eye make-up palettes from the Fall collections were full of technicolour delights. From vivid orange to hypnotic green, the eyes have it in candy colours that pop perfect for your Easter long weekend.

Atmospheric eye make-up has a retro elegance for Fall. Take your cue from rich hues; bold lines; and an explosion of concentrated colour – across the lids, lashes & lips.

Statement making peepers appeared across the runways. At Prada, futuristic eyes had a Mad Max inspiration. Black was painted around the eyes and finished with bursts of orange intensity at the brow. Prabal Gurung’s brilliant blue plumes evoked a striking peacock; while at Stella McCartney lashes were layered in beautiful blue mascara.  

At Anna Sui, theatrical cobalt blue eyeliner flicks made a startlingly beautiful impression. To create the look, a thick liquid line was drawn along the models’ upper lashes with an upward flick on the end. The inner rim was traced with a white pencil to open the eye, before a coat of mascara added a dramatic 60’s feel.

Inspired by candy coloured brights, eye make-up is delicious enough to eat this Easter…

Will you embrace candy coloured eye make-up? xx

 

Photos from style.com / harpersbazaar.com

Fashion

Spotlight On: Stella McCartney

As one of the world’s finest female fashion designers, Stella McCartney’s sharp yet feminine pieces are instantly recognisable for their timeless chic appeal.

“Stella’s style has been influential because she is her customer” – Tom Ford

About Stella McCartney

There aren’t many students who would have world renowned super models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Yasmin Le Bon take to the runway to model their collection…. at graduation.

After graduating from world renowned Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design in 1995, Stella McCartney had that well publicised debut collection quickly bought up by London boutique Tokio.

In 1997, established and esteemed French fashion house Chloé hired McCartney as their new Creative Director (despite criticism from celebrated German designer and former Chloé  Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld).

After four and a half successful years at Chloé, where she achieved both commercial and critical success – bringing a more feminine and romantic feel to the brand,which still resonates with Chloé pieces today – McCartney entered a joint venture with luxury powerhouse the PPR Luxury Group (formerly Gucci Group).

Since her debut collection under the Stella McCartney brand in Paris, October 2001, it has become one of the most talked about companies in fashion today.

Stella McCartney has continued to create an array of luxurious garments; beautiful scented perfumes; and not to mention the launch of her Stella McCartney Kids collection in late 2010 (…what could only be described as positively adorable).

A Cut Above

At Stella McCartney tailoring is always a matter of priority. McCartney has become renowned for her precision cuts, with her distinctly feminine yet sharp trousers and tuxedo jackets coveted by women of all ages. 

While studying fashion, McCartney turned her attention to the craft of tailoring, honing her skills for world renowned Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton.

It was this time spent on Savile Row, learning and observing the philosophy of the ‘perfect cut’, that has now positioned McCartney as one of the world’s finest designers – creating timeless pieces perfect for the modern day woman.

The Fall 2012 Collection

Focused on merging city & country, and day & night; Stella McCartney pieces perfectly encapsulate how women want to dress.

Of the collection, McCartney said: “The Stella woman is about balance”. 

Working mainly with a dark colour palette and an emphasis on vivid midnight blue, McCartney’s Fall 2012 collection played with the aesthetic of masculine and feminine; rough and soft. Fabrics with a tough sensibility – i.e. traditional English tweed –were made softer and more feminine; while iconic masculine pieces, such as the oxford shirt, were refined and reinterpreted.  

With an unmistakable sporty feel (understandable considering McCartney has just revealed the official British Olympic team uniforms), the collection also placed an emphasis on chic comfort and understated elegance.

McCartney’s signature emphasis on tailoring was dressed up with beautiful botanical embroideries. Graphic white and black prints appeared strikingly against the brilliant blue.

Coats and tuxedo jackets appeared slightly oversized with unexpected detailing, such as asymmetrical zips, contrast panels, and oversized proportions. Trousers slouched from the hips, while shoulders were emphasized and waistlines highlighted. Luxe texture was also a feature, with chunky knit separates and dresses making an incredibly chic impression…

What do you think of Stella McCartney’s Fall 2012 collection? xx

Photos from style.com

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