gatsby If you haven’t caught the Gatsby bug yet, you obviously haven’t seen the film’s previews. It is going to be a sartorial feast for the eyes.

The costumes in this story of the rich and famous in the roaring twenties are simply sumptuous. This fashion era was not about practicality, it was about elegance, statement dressing and fun.

Catherine Martin is the film’s costume designer (married to Baz Luhrmann, the film’s director, with credits including Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet). Some of Carey Mulligan’s costumes are designed by Miuccia Prada.

Even if you are not a fan of twenties fashion, you cannot help but swoon over the beautiful fabrics and embellishment used and appreciate the skill that has gone into creating them. The High Street has been influenced by this anticipated epic, so if you come away from the film wanting to adopt a bit of Gatsby glamour, you won’t be disappointed. Read more…

Thatcher blogBaroness Thatcher became Prime Minister just as Colour Me Beautiful was introduced and became the first image consultancy in the world. In 1985 she said “The essence of the well-dressed woman should never be exaggerated. Appearance is the first impression people get of you. And it does matter. It matters tremendously.” We took note. Read more…

Reiss main image cropFrills, ruffles, call them what you will, are back. The Romantic personalities will be ‘frilled’ (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

Frills don’t usually appeal to the Natural, Classic or City Chic personalities as they find them too fussy for their tastes. However, the new frill is not the familiar busy ruffle we know but instead a more elegant detail. It might be a demure neckline, a stylish ripple on a cuff, a soft drape on a top or a sculpted wave on a skirt. It might be just one ripple or two or three, but they won’t be fluttering all over the place making the eye dizzy. Read more…