Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ladies go crazy for flowers at Ascot

Rosey ... ladies go crazy for flowers at Ascot
Rosey ... ladies go crazy for flowers at Ascot

THERE were some very bizarre hats on display at Royal Ascot's famous Ladies Day. Designs went flower power crazy, as many channelled the recent Sex & The City film with oversized blooms.

Butterflies also loomed large - with many choosing huge representations of the insects as head gear. Contrasting coloured feathers were another popular choice for those who wanted elegance above all else.

But for those choosing to make a statement in the style stakes, taste was left firmly out of the equation. One racegoer went for a full-on Marie Antoinette inspired wig, complete with ruffled Courtesan dress.

While another chose to have a version of the Jodrell Bank telescope made out of fuschia pink silk and strapped to her coiffed hair. But the most classic designs beat the outlandish. Black and cream outfits topped with bright hats were the most popular choices of the day.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cat's style

CAT DEELEY is doing it for Brits abroad, building up a style worthy of a spread in US Vogue. The TV star looked a real blue-belle in this bandeau dress at a recent Fox Upfront event in New York. And she seems to have kicked off a trend, with celebs galore opting to go electric in the shade stakes. Natalie Portman and footie WAGs Alex Curran and Coleen McLoughlin have all been feeling blue too – it must be catching.

CREDITS: Cat's outfit: Dress, £565, Phillip Lim; shoes, £370, Sergio Rossi; bag, £450, Mulberry

Monday, June 2, 2008

YSL designs on the red carpet

YVES SAINT LAURENT once said: “To be beautiful, all a woman needs is a black pullover, a black skirt and to be arm-in-arm with a man she loves.”

During an incredible FIFTY-YEAR career the man who became known simply as YSL gave women freedom by opening up a whole new style of dressing.

His death on Sunday from a brain tumour was announced by the 71-year-old’s former partner Pierre Berge, who described him as a “true creator”.

But to women his breathtaking designs meant so much more.

Stars including Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have all worn YSL designs on the red carpet.

Wags Coleen McLoughlin and Alex Curran shop til they drop for the latest YSL accessories, including £450 Tribute shoes and £1,160 Downtown tote.

But his greatest triumph was the trouser suit, which he made famous after dressing Bianca Jagger in a revealing white design for her marriage to Mick back in 1971.