Monday, 28 February 2011

Oscars 2011: Style

Last night saw the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, aka The Oscars.  We were ecstatic that, as predicted, Natalie Portman scooped Best Actress and Colin Firth Best Actor, a result we couldn't agree more with!  But, along with awards for acting ability, red carpet glamour was also under scrutiny.  So who did we think won in the style stakes?

We thought nobody got it disastrously wrong last night.  Naturally there were a few looks that weren't to everyone's tastes (Nicole Kidman) but in the most part we thought it was a very successful ceremony for designers.  We thought Cate Blanchett looked beautiful in her Givenchy Haute Couture gown, but then again is there ever a time when she looks anything else?  The lilac chiffon was gorgeous and the bib neckline encrusted with crystals and pearls was perfectly different.  Her minimal make-up and sleek hair really let her dress do the talking.

 Michelle Williams, another actress who always looks effortlessly beautiful, graced the red carpet in Chanel.  Carrying off, in splendid fashion, a look most of us would avoid, she wowed in a nude, fitted, floor-length, embellished dress.  With a gamine crop and fresh-faced make-up her look ticked all the right boxes.


Purple was definitely high on the agenda for the a-listers, and joining the club in her Dolce and Gabbana, purple lace gown was Scarlett Johansson.  We loved the all-over lace and high neck, and with a figure like Scarlett's it would be a shame not to flaunt it in this gown.


Our all-round favourite of the night was winner Natalie Portman.  Absolutely stunning in a plum (another addition for the purple crew), gown, she showed that style and elegance can still be high priority when pregnant.  Her off-the-shoulder, Grecian-style dress by Rodarte (who designed the costumes for Black Swan), was accessorised with Tiffany & Co jewellery and Jimmy Choo shoes.  Need we say more? Beautiful!   


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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Best of London Fashion Week

So, London Fashion Week is all but over for another six months but don't fret because we've listed our favourite bits so you can relive the action time and time again!  Our top five collections were: PPQ, House of Holland, Topshop Unique, Burberry and Ashish.

With accessories like mega, statement jewellery and ice-cube bags, what's not to love about this collection?  We found the cat ear hats and Heidi braids wacky and thought the ruffle detailing, sharp tailoring and full-on shoulders were gorgeous.  We can't wait 'til next season to see if this whole look takes off!


House of Holland
You can always rely on Henry Holland to pull something quirky-cool out of the bag and he did just that with his theme of OAP chic (yes, you read that right, Granny is king for A/W 2011)!  We loved the candy coloured suits worn with stripey ankle socks, and the bingo ball print jumpsuit, well that's a massive WANT!


Topshop Unique
Another show bordering on the eccentric (do you see the pattern here?) was Topshop Unique.  This show had a running 101 Dalmations and Cruella de Ville theme, with lots of dalmation fur and models sporting hair shaped like dog ears, and noses painted like our furry friends!  Our favourite looks included silk blouses with Peter Pan collars and faux-fur trimmed dresses.


The Burberry show was in a league of its own, with a soundtrack featuring Dusty Springfield and Adele, a finale including fake snow falling with models wearing cute little clear ponchos and a FROW full of a-listers, including Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung and Anna Wintour!  An absolutely beautiful display of coats and other pieces inspired by the 1960s.  We wanted it all!


And finally, an absolutely bonkers offering from Ashish.  We're talking sequinned tartans, ripped jumpers, union jack tank-tops and models with cobwebs painted on their knees!  We'll definitely be looking out for this collection come next season, can't wait!    


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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Colour Pop! - S/S 2011

Another S/S 2011 collection?  Why not!  As you might have guessed, Colour Pop! is all about, um, well, colour.  The catwalks were awash with vibrant colour for S/S 11.  We loved Jil Sander's colour-blocking (you can view the show here).  We've followed suit with our accessory range devoted to the bright and beautiful.  Think paintbox colours, summer patterns and florals (in lots of varieties).

This Bright Yellow Weave Strap Bracelet, £10, is a brilliant solution to add a flash of colour to your outfit.  Making a huge statement, not only with its colour but also with the weave and buckle wrap design, this bracelet is not for the shy. 

These Pink & Gold Triangle Earrings, £7, are gorgeous!  We love how great pink and gold looks together and can't help thinking how amazing they would look with a golden tan.  They have such a 70s vibe, and the bright pink shimmer is so eye-catching.

You might like to shield your eyes from the next piece.  This Anchors Away Necklace, £14, in a dazzling turquoise, is just the tonic to add some vibrancy to your outfit.  Its gold twisted fabric chain and toggle design complicate the necklace further to make it even more outlandish!

Our fave piece from the collection is this Butterfly Garden Stack Ring, £13.  We are totally feeling the love for stack rings at the moment.  A statement piece in their own right, you only need to wear one, for maximum impact.  This one particularly caught our eye because of the fusion of neon brights and primary colours.  A 3d ring, the ladybird and butterfly look so life-like.  We can't stop staring at it!

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Elle Style Awards 2011

First of all, we hope you all had a good Valentine's Day (if you were celebrating it, that is).  It seems at the moment we can't blink without seeing another awards ceremony.  Not that we're complaining, we love seeing our fave celebs in all their finery.  Last night saw the turn of the Elle Style Awards and we've put together a highlight of who wore what on the red carpet.

We'll start with Emma Watson, after all she bagged the Elle Style Icon award, so we're expecting big things!  We're pleased to say she didn't disappoint.  Taking a different stance from a lot of the maxi dresses seen (and a fair few midis, we have to say), she donned a beautiful blush-coloured mini dress, designed by Hakaan.  We love how daring the dress is, not only with the (very) short length but the cut-out waist detailing.  To complete the look, her slick hair looked fantastic.  A style icon, indeed!

Emma Watson in Hakaan.  Photo:

Next up is Blake Lively's offering.  Looking absolutely stunning in Emilio Pucci, the colour of this gown speaks volumes!  We adore the electric blue, and next to Blake's gorgeous tanned skin, it looks a complete dream.  The dress was awash with chiffon tiers, and had a slight train at the back reaching up to a shorter front (to show off her enviable legs!).  Her hair and jewellery added a touch of boho with lots of gold bangles and a half up-do. 

Blake Lively in Emilio Pucci.  Photo:

We're not sure what to make of Pixie Geldof's look.  When we first saw her loud, purple and cream print, backless dress we were slightly aghast, but now we're kinda feeling it.  Designed by Henry Holland, it was teamed with black platforms, dark red lips and hairstyle-of-the-moment, the bun.  So, undecided!

Pixie Geldof in House of Holland.  Photo:

Our fave outfit of the night though, goes to Alexa Chung.  Perhaps an obvious choice, but we ADORED her YSL creation.  With a nod to the 70s, the black and blue midi dress, complete with cut-out waist, looked super on presenter of the awards, Alexa.  Accessorised with simple black stilettos and minimal jewellery, she carried the look off perfectly.  Oh, how we heart Alexa!

Alexa Chung in YSL.  Photo:

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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Bags! - S/S 2011

Roll up, roll up!  Our most anticipated collection is GO!  Yes, our wonderful collection of bags is now live on the website.  Our thinking behind this, our newest S/S collection, is that handbags are a great accessory to experiment with, so we've put together a diverse range from clutches to satchels to bright patents to safe browns.  

Here's a quick rundown of the ones that are ticking all the right boxes for us at the moment.  First up, is The Samantha Shoulder Bag.  The Samantha is an edgy, grey, envelope-design shoulder bag.  We love the studded detailing and think it's the perfect bag to accessorise the rock chick look!  The Samantha is priced at £24.

The Caitlin Duffle Bag is available in grey and purple, but it's the purple one that we've developed more of a crush on.  This could easily be our 'go-to' bag.  It's a handy size and with its long shoulder strap it's a really comfortable bag to use.  Our favourite part of the bag though, is the colour and fringe design.  The perfect choice for this summer's festival season.  The Caitlin is priced at £15.

A bit of a wild card now (in true Chelsea Doll tradition!).  The Rubik's Cube Bag is exactly what you think, a bag in the shape of a Rubik's cube!  Mad, huh?  If you're looking for a bag that's guaranteed to get you noticed, then this is it!  In a patent material (making the primary colours seem even brighter), with a dual zip and chain hand straps, this bag is so kitsch it's unreal!  The Rubik's Cube is priced at £28.

Our all-round favourite though, is The Petra Satchel.  A classic, staple bag, EVERYBODY should own a satchel.  So practical yet unbelievably quirky, we love the vintage feel wearing one gives us.  The Petra is in tan brown and provides us with the ideal accessory for channeling the 1970s!  The Petra is priced at £25.


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Thursday, 3 February 2011

70s Chic! - S/S 2011

The seventies trend first reared its rather stylish head last season, when we saw the revival of camel, fur and flares (for some fantastic seventies inspiration, view our previous post), and it's definitely not going anywhere for a while yet!  Paying homage to the look of 40 years ago, we've launched our collection - 70s Chic!

Our favourite pieces of the collection?  Hmmm, that's a toughie!  We suppose, if we are compiling a hit-list, then this Black Floral Hairband would HAVE to be on it.  A gorgeous, boho-esque, wide band design with red and pink rose pattern, this accessory is perfectly in-keeping with the era, and priced at only £7 is a fantastic way to give your outfit a nod to the seventies.

The colour of this Crystal Stud Cuff says it all.  Tan browns are so hot right now and so are faux leather cuffs.  We particularly liked this one because of its crystal and stud detailing.  Priced at £9, it's a brilliant statement piece.

We love this Amber Stone Turtle Necklace!  It's not only the amber stone and antique gold capturing the seventies that drew us to this piece, but also the turtle, which adds that quirky edge (a characteristic we ADORE in fashion jewellery!).  This long length pendant sits beautifully with a sheer blouse and flares (for extra seventies appeal), and priced at £13, we're sure it'll prove an investment piece for the season.

We've saved the best 'til very last, though.  A definite favourite of the collection and, dare we say, a favourite of all the Chelsea Doll pieces, is this Black Floral Bow Ring.  We're loving bows this season, so pretty and delicate.  This bow is decorated with beautiful enamel red and green flowers, centred with crystals.  Priced at £8, it's hard to resist such a wonderfully pretty piece of finger candy!

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