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Tom Ford Autumn Winter 2012 Colour Collection

When an invitation came through the (virtual) post to attend what was essentially a make up party for the new Tom Ford A/W 2012 in Selfridges, naturally I jumped at the chance to spend some pennies! So myself and Mama-Glamourati took ourselves off to Personal Shopping and settled in for a demonstration of the autumn/winter looks, a mini-make over and a general frolic with the new products.

Heaven on earth has been found!

Make Up + Champagne = GUARANTEED FUN.

New fun additions include a lip and cheek stain – for a just bitten lip or a up-to-no-good cheek flush. The new lip colour comes in the form of Aphrodisiac, a jewel bright magenta perfect for slicking on and brightening up a cold cold day. Or pair it with the new lacquer Naivete for a statement glossy berry lip.

Aphrodisiac and Naivete

For this collection, Mr F has created the most versatile colours yet; from enchanting floral pinks and lavenders to deep shades of black cherry and emerald.

Needless to say I bought a few treats! Most noteworthy of all was the new eye-quad ‘Enchanted,’ which I fell absolutely head over heels for. It is the most perfect palette that contains 4 absolutely gorge autumnal colours which create an impossibly pretty smokey eye from the most minimal of effort. I suggest everyone, the world over, should get one immediately if not sooner!

Limited Edition Enchanted Eye Quad


Sigh it’s so beautiful…I almost don’t want to use it for fear of spoiling it!


Oh the rain.

A fashion blog in this English ‘summer’ has become nigh on impossible. We seemed to have completely missed out the Spring/Summer12 season and gone straight to Autumn/Winter.

Yes, England now has a monsoon season which has stretched from June until the present day and prevented most from leaving their house – let alone write about one’s floaty, pastely summer wardrobe.

Rain coats, thermal socks, wellies and umbrellas. That has been my 2012 summer look, and that is depressing. The ever falling rain has quite literally dampened my soul and fashion spirit. Pun very much intended. Today is a fair day: grey skies with a small chance of rain so I am taking my chances and bringing out my flatforms, bought early in the summer and not yet worn for fear of their drowning! Flatforms = my new love, even if they do make me walk a bit like a geisha!

1. They go with everything. 2 They are mega on trend. 3. They are surprisingly comfortable. They do, however, come with a warning… Don’t get drunk while wearing them or you may will fall off of them! And that is NOT cool or graceful!

Flatforms: River Island, Trousers: ASOS, Shirt: M&S, Necklace: Lulu Guinness

Crazy for collars

I love a collar, there’s no funner accessory at the moment, and that’s no word of a lie. Traditionally belonging to the masculine wardrobe, Marc Jacobs reclaimed it in his Louis Vuitton S/S12 show and made the collar ultra-feminine through his use of pastel colours and broderie anglaise. It is ‘dolly girl androgyny’ at its finest.

Collar from Louis Vuitton S/S12

Collars are the new game changers. They add instant style and personality to an outfit. Their versatility is a key reason for their popularity: sequined peter pan collars serve to smarten up a plain tee, whilst a studded angular one will toughen up a summer knit. Recently I caught sight of the most beautiful feathered collar over at The Sartorialist, and have been itching to create my own.

One H and M gold necklace, one glue gun and one string of feathers later and I have the most fabulously opulent addition to my collection of collars.

Who doesn’t enjoy sartorial maths?

My love affair with Liz

Elizabeth Taylor is an icon. More specifically, my icon. Last night was spent in sheer bliss: in the company the most glamourous woman there ever was, who had the most amazing jewellery collection there ever was. Married 8 times to 7 men, she collected the finest jewels in the world like most collect loose change. ‘Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime’, told the story of her life through her fabulous jewellery – now that’s my kind of documentary!

She adored fur, extravagant headwear, men, a drink and most of all diamonds.

She made a household name of Valentino and Halston, had brows one can only dream of, raised over £270 million for AIDS and HIV, and thought nothing of swimming in Cartier.

I shall follow her guidance forever: “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”

Tom Ford AW12/13

The details of Tom Ford’s AW12/13 show have just been released after a long, arduous wait and oh the leather, oh the shoulders, oh the stilettos, oh the crocodile appliqué. Yes, crocodile appliqué

Now this is POWER dressing

“I like a lot of black this season –I like strong colours too but with black as the accent”

I like what he likes.


“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

Yves Saint Laurent

YSL Cruise Collection 2012 Film


Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide.

Honoré de Balzac

Photos by Mark Segal from Louis Vuitton’s 2012 Cruise collection catalogue

love sophie xx

All Hail Jonathan Saunders

The winner of the highly coveted Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award 2012 was announced yesterday as Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders.

The £200,000 fund is awarded to up and coming designers to help develop their label and enhance their reputations.  He was up against the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda llincic, Nicholas Kirkwood, Marios Schwab and Meadham Kirchhoff – and you don’t get bigger or better rising stars than those.

Saunders' Avery and Renton Silk Printed Dresses from

Saunders is known for using traditional silk screen printing to create unique and distinctive designs, and for having a vibrant and modern take on femininity. From through his pre-collection on, the Avery and Renton dresses epitomise the relaxed glamour that is so synonymous with Jonathan Saunders; who graduated from the illustrious Central St Martin’s and went on to work alongside Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix at Pucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloé.

The prize has previously been awarded to Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane, who since winning have both gone on to become global fashion superstars – hopefully the same will happen to Saunders because he thoroughly deserves it.