Thursday, 22 November 2012

Darling Dita 2012 - Part 2

Dita von Teese is one of the most immaculately clothes celebrities, and I love to have a look at what she's been wearing on and off the red carpet.  Here are some outfits for the second quarter of 2012...

Isn't this the most darling outfit? Dita looks gorgeous in red on 8 April.

A nice view from the back too.

Dita leaving Chateau Marmont (a hotel in Sunset Boulevard built in 1927 and modelled after a French chateau) that evening.

Looks like she is wearing one of her own Muse dresses, but with a different bra underneath.

Could it be this, her own Von Follies bra? I like the fact that she wears her own brands.

Classy in all black on April 13 leaving La Bodega Negra, Soho's newest trendy restaurant. The backdrop of peep-show neon is perfect. Her brooch looks like a tiny daschund!

It is a daschund! Dita wore it out the next night too, having dinner at The Wolsey in London with Christian Louboutin.

A better view of her outfit, the dress is Alexander McQueen.

Leaving the Sunset Marquis. Look at that wonderful clutch with the jewelled snakes! I do like long leather gloves with three-quarter sleeves. She's with her new boyfriend, the 25 year-old Theo Hutchcraft, singer/songwriter of the pop-duo Hurts.  Not quite as classy as a French count...

I'm always interested to see what Dita wears to Coachella, because one just can't wear stilettos and suits to a music festival.  This year she chose a gorgeous cherry-print jumpsuit, paired with high black wedges, and a few armfuls of Bakelite bangles.

Here's a closeup of those bangles, look at that amazing one in the middle. Definitely vintage.

Next day she wore a long-sleeved maxi dress with a ruched waist in a heart print, and flat sandals with big ankle bows.

And this was another outfit at Coachella, I gingham sundress with huge gingham roses on the shoulders (not sure about them). Have you noticed that she has a different pair of sunglasses to match each outfit? I love her attention to detail.

Her shoes are Melissa for Vivienne Westwood crystal-studded flats. A pretty alternative to heels.

Dita launches her Art Deco cosmetics in Munich on April 26. Stunning colour for a dress.

Launching her perfume at Liberty of London.  I found this dress, which is by Herve L. Leroux, rather boring.

But this is exactly the same dress, in gold, and I love it! There's something almost Cleopatra-like about it in gold.  Dita leaves The Arts Club in London on May 1.

It also has an glamourous long train at the back, it's so old Hollywood.

Dita at the 2012 Duftstars Awards, which are the German perfume industry awards. She is wearing Jean-Paul Gaultier from his Fall 2002 collection.  The bodice is quite amazing, all that sculptured cording and huge knots.

I don't think the colour particularly suits her, and the baggy, draped skirt is a little unflattering, but it's so different that I think it's great to see. Dita's perfume won the Lifestyle - Women category.

On June 7 Dita was at Ku de Ta in Dallas, Texas for the Cointreau Poolside Soiree, wearing this beautiful 1930s gown. The dress has three velvet straps on each shoulder that tie in a bow, and along with the cut of the dress, I wonder if this inspired the Muse dress she designed?

What do you think? It's very similar.

At the Costume Institute's 2012 Exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The dress is Herve L. Leroux, the earrings are Chanel.

It's quite stunning from the back.

Dita at the Jonathan Saunders Resort 2013 Celebration Dinner, wearing one of the designer's dresses (which I don't think looks particularly good on her - too stretched on the bust) and an Erickson Beamon necklace.

I don't think this dress looks good on anyone though - look how awful it is on the model!

I adore this outfit that Dita wore to the Queen's Cup Final at the Guard's Polo Club in Egham, England. The sleek dress in such a flattering colour, the cute leopard shoes and matching bag, and those wonderful gloves.

At the amfAR Inspiration Night at Maxims, Paris, wearing Marc Jacobs.  I do like the fact that Dita doesn't always wear vintage-inspired bombshell outfits, she often experiments with more modern looks (although I like the bombshell stuff better I must confess!).

Next installment to come soon I promise!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cupid Hat for Edgeley

These little hats (I suppose they are fascinators but I prefer to call them cocktail hats) are my latest creations for Edgeley.

They are called Cupid hats, and they come in a range of colours. This is one of my favourites, with Swarovski crystals applied to the leopard lycra, and a stunning trimmed pheasant feather. I also made this in leopard with a hot pink feather!

It uses the same leopard fabric as the Edgeley Silhouette Dress, wouldn't they look great together!

The Cupid also comes in a sequinned fabric which looks very sparkly and lush. 

It was the back of this Edgeley Silhouette Dress which actually inspired the Cupid hat!

The sequins are tiny and cover the fabric totally. I also made one with matt red sequins and a red feather, but the sequinned fabric is available in heaps of other colours, including several silvers, gold, green, turquoise and dusty pink.

They are made entirely from scratch - I mould the heart-shaped base from buckram myself, and they are wired around the edge and underlined under the fabric. Then they are lined and edged with grosgrain. I am really proud of how well they turned out, and hopefully I can get some photos of them being worn very soon.  I'm also going to do a tutorial about how to make a covered cocktail hat like this from scratch very soon.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Wedding Cake Trial

My cousin the beautiful Miss Edgeley of Edgeley, and the dashing Mr Griffiths of Metal Couture, are getting married very soon, and I've been asked to make their wedding cake! Although I'm quite partial to a bit of baking, but I have very little experience with decorating cakes, so I'm a bit nervous.

William requested a chocolate cake, and Alice asked if I could make it like a Mexican heart milagro. Luckily I have a heart cake tin.

Here is my sketch for the cake: pink buttercream icing, red fondant heart in the middle with their initials in gold, a gold flame, and the whole thing ringed with marigolds.

So off I went to Cake Deco, which is an amazing shop in the city, near Flinder Street Station.  It's tiny but crammed with every cake tin, biscuit cutter and cake decorating thing you could ever want.  Here is the cake board, new swanky piping bag and food colouring I bought.

I bought some icing colouring paste, in red and Electric Pink, and also gold edible ink and gold edible spray.

The test cake! The buttercream icing was actually an even brighter pink than this, the photo doesn't do it justice. The gold ink worked really well. My modifications for the real cake will be thus:
- do a thin layer of pink icing all over the cake beforehand, so there are no gaps
- make the red fondant heart thicker, so it doesn't drape over the lumpy buttercream like in the photo
- the flame needs to be much bigger (I was being stingy with the fondant so I didn't have to buy another packet) and possibly have some red or orange colouring to shade it.
- I'm going to use a circular cake board

The cake (a chocolate beetroot cake) was delicious and the icing was lovely, although it did turn my tongue pink. Alice was very happy with the test cake, so it's all go for the wedding.

Monday, 5 November 2012

New Vintage Vogue

Vogue's Winter/Holiday 2012 pattern collection came out recently, and included two new Vintage Vogue patterns.

V8850 is a rather stunning cocktail dress from 1951 with a loose-fitted skirt and a side drape which extends from one shoulder all the way down to the opposite side.  It has three-quarter length sleeves, a self belt, and a crossover tab at the neckline. I adore this pattern illustration!

Vogue have made it up in a brilliant red satin, which I think detracts from the detail of the neckline and drape - you can't really see what's going on because it's all too shiny!

The skirt has two pairs of darts both front and back, and there are waist darts in the bodice and at the back neck.

The short-sleeved version is a little less formal, but really it is quite a dressy dress, and I'm not sure I'd have an opportunity to wear it. I do like the neckline and the drape is quite dramatic.

V8851 dates from 1952, and is a semi-fitted dress with a front and back yokes extending into the sleeves, and a contrasting collar with lapels.

Although it has a centre front seam, it actually fastens with a side zipper (of course, it's 1952!) and has a self belt. Apparently it has a side pocket too!

I like the way they have made it up in the original colours, although that hat does look quite silly.  I can actually imagine wearing this, it looks comfortable and suitably demure for work. They suggest flannel, shantung or linen. I imagine a flannel would be the best choice for daytime, maybe red with a white collar? Black would be very useful too.

Of course one doesn't have to have the contrasting collar, as illustrated here. Do you think you would make either of these patterns?