Back to the eighties on a magic carpet ride! So, let’s make like it’s 1988 and dress like a Texan Belle…. Like a coltish young Jerry Hall – with scarlet lips and that famous, tumultuous mane of long, long blonde hair. Wow! I didn’t realise just how luminously beautiful Hall was in the eighties, until I skipped over to the V&A to see the ‘From Club land to the Catwalk’ – exhibition – www.vam.ac.uk
No wonder Mick Jagger was smitten and stole this earthly goddess from Bryan Ferry. Hall looks like a porcelain, painted Venus in an Antony Price glittery gown – the couturier de jour to rock star royalty.
It was fascinating too to see how John Galliano was inspired by 18th Century tailoring and marvel at Helen David’s intricate, eclectic prints for her label English Eccentrics. I can recall a wonderful fashion shoot in the noughties, in David’s House, which once belonged to Dame Margaret Rutherford. I had former IT girl, Paula Hamilton, dressed like a principle boy and swinging from a chandelier!
So, fashion and music are having a back to the eighties moment. We need to dress for a party that never ends, and go dancing all night long at Guilty Pleasures. My inspiration? Saturday Night Fever and Dirty Dancing… yeah!
So, what should a girl wear? No eighties look would be complete without a body con dress strewn with an entire constellation of glitter or sequins. Adolfo Dominguez, the Spanish fashion house, has just what a girl needs. For winter – form fitting, sequin shift dresses to electrify the dance floor in stellar hues from kingfisher blue, to antique gold and silver, and all for under £200 www.adolfodominguez.com/uk I first discovered this Spanish fashion label more than ten years ago, when I was looking for a one of kind evening gown, without a mile high price tag.
AD produces high fashion with a genius for luxurious, quirky embellishment and divine colours. Now they have gone brilliantly sustainable, using the high tech, luxury eco fabrics of the future, including viscose that drapes and feels like silk, and all from clever wood pulp. www.adolfodominguez.com/uk/vestido-manga-paillettes-29308509932
Staying on a theme of rock chicks – and being a theatrical miss, I just adore this opulent, statement piece, rose embellished pouffe, by Dawn Rose for her gorgeous new home interiors label – Ragged Rose – www.raggedrose.com Dawn worked as a buyer at Selfridges, and her heroine is the ultimate rock chick, turned organic queen – Jo Wood. “ I love Jo,” Dawn tells me with a sigh of admiration. “She’s my heroine. I love her rock ‘n’ roll spirit. Dawn also loves the bold, vibrant flowers in her garden and decided there was the gap in the market for a flower power collection with a little more attitude and drama. “ I love flowers, but I wanted to design a collection of vibrant, colourful lovely pieces for the home that was more rock ‘n’ roll – something with attitude and verve, and a bit rough around the edges – that is how Ragged Rose was born.”
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I think Dawn has succeeded brilliantly. Her pieces are colourful, witty and destined for a cult following. To celebrate, the first five readers who buy the Ragged Rose pouffe will receive a matching cushion worth £50.00 as a special free gift. When stocks run out, you can still buy the pouffe and receive a gorgeous wash bag worth £20.00 as a free gift. The pouffe comes in three gorgeous colours – pink, lime green and purple. Price £180.00.
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Now, I just have share a rather special fashion secret with you. My absolute favourite knitwear company is Gudrun and Gudrun – www.gudrunandgudrun.com Based in the far-flung Faroe Islands, the design duo behind this utterly covetable, artisan label designed the sweaters that have their very own cult following in the hit TV series the killing. G and G, as I affectionately call them have a talent for knowing exactly what all winter snow princesses want to wear when the temperature drops. Most importantly, they do this with a quicksilver sense of luxury, originality and gorgeousness, using the finest natural and sustainable fibres. The result is an ever-evolving collection of statement pieces, often in ice cream colours, with surprising, unexpected details, like this frosted, icy pink cardi, which is both quirky and adorable. Price £318.00 www.gudrunandgudrun.com Perfect for roller skating at the new, indoor skate park at Kings Cross.