LONDON, UK London’s hottest milliner, Alexandra Harper Millinery announces third Disney collaboration to tie in with the release of the latest silver screen adaptation of Cinderella, set to premiere in UK cinemas on the 19th March. Harper has designed an enchanting micro range of headpieces as part of an on-going partnership with the world famous film company, capturing the magic of the well-thumbed childhood classic through an abundance of Swarovski crystals, silk and feathers.
Women and children alike have coveted the timeless beauty of Cinderella’s iconic ball gown since the early 17th century. Instilled with just the right amount of fashion, Harper’s expertise and craftsmanship encapsulate the story to perfection in five statement headpieces. A mass of blue-hued butterfly wings flutter on a standout headpiece, ‘Ella’s Enchantment.’ Delicate Swarovski crystals and veiling adorn ‘Ella’s Innocence’ – a trademark, oversized blue silk bow. White hand-tooled silk leaves interspersed with carefully placed Swarovski crystals crown ‘Ella’s Perfect Ending’ – a small headpiece while swathes of pale pink flowers and coque feathers explode atop ‘Ella’s Garden’ – a mini silk pillbox. Tufts of tulle add a touch of finesse to ‘Ella’s Night’ – a clear, blue and iridescent beaded coronet encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
Disney has enlisted some of the world’s most prestigious accessory designers to capture the grace of the new film featuring Lily James and Cate Blanchett as the lead stars. Harper sits in good company alongside Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexandre Birman and Charlotte Olympia.
“It’s amazing to be able to dream up a collection fit for a princess, especially one as iconic as Cinderella,” explains Harper. “Working with Disney over the last year has been a wonderful opportunity.”
Alexandra has and will produce several collections for Disney over a two-year period. The first was a collection inspired by ‘Maleficent,’ starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. The second was centered around Tinker Bell.
On Saturday we went to The Classic Carboot Sale at Southbank. It was a great day out with DJs spinning records, a craft beer bus, loads of vintage goodies and fab retro homeware. The fella bought another Gabicci knitted shirt for his collection, I was the most controlled I have ever been and did not buy anything! Although, it was REALLY hard not to. The location was fantastic as it was right on the Thames. I would be browsing a rack of 1960s shift dresses and the London Eye would be in the background. I would’ve spent all day there if I could’ve and now I’ve been to one I’ll keep my eye out for the next.
Find out more here: www.http://classiccarbootsale.co.uk/
The summer’s coming up I can’t wait to have some fun with summer braiding, pastel shades and beach waves. This will be the first summer I have had long hair for 4 years as I chopped it all off after a frustrating dreadlock situation at Bestival. I rocked my peroxide bob to the max for years then decided it was time to let it grow, give it a rest from the bleach and a break from the heat styling instruments. My hair has grown so fast since I begun taking care of it. I know lots of you are hunting for tips so I thought I’d share mine. First I will give a few tips on growing out your bob. Then I will give my tips on how to grow your hair healthier and faster.
Bye Bye Bob: I had a really short bob that was white blonde. My hair is now long and a more natural blonde with white blonde highlights. The first step of growing out your bob is to kick the habit of having it maintained and look at hairstyles that are two inches than what you currently have. Try researching lob cut, lob hair style. This will instantly give you something to aim for. Leave the tongs to hibernate and start using V05 hot oil or coconut oil on your hair. Rub a pea sized amount in your palm then massage it in when your hair is towel dry. If you have bleached hair make sure you massage it in to the ends. Snap up a kids no tangles spray in conditioner too. This will help when you brush your hair after the shower. Do not cut your hair for about three months, by this point using no heat will have protected your hair enough for it to not need trimming. Style your hair towards the lob style and by the three month mark you will have reached that desired look. If you’re getting bored of waiting for longer hair, experiment with a fringe, or your hair colour. Patience is a virtue! Follow my tips of how to grow healthy hair faster once you reach this stage.
How To Grow Your Hair Faster And Healthier: I am going to give my tips in short points below as I know I rambled a bit above!
DROP THE TONGS! Do you want dry, frazzled, product filled hair that’s going to snap off? OH HELL NO! From now on it’s no more straighteners, tongs, curlers, hair dryers, crimpers etc. It’s back to old-school sleeping in plaits, rag curls and tying a loose bun in towel dry hair. TRUST ME – you will see a speedy improvement in your hair after about a week.
MIND HOW YOU BRUSH YOUR HAIR: It might sound silly that something that seems so insignificant could really make a different, but yeah it does and it makes a big difference. Invest in a brush that cares for your hair. I recommend the “maxi-phine taming brush” by Kent Brushes. It’s a fantastic quality hairbrush and a great price at only £10.
The Maxi-Phine Taming brush by Kent Brushes
Never brush your hair straight from the shower. Towel dry it, then spray with a tangle free leave in conditioner. I am currently using Schwarzkopf Supersoft Kids Detangling Spray. Ok, yes I know it’s for kids. But it does the trick – no knots, no broken hair, no ripped ends – and yup it smells great too! AND you can pick it up in Poundland. Everyone loves a bargain!
It does the trick and smells great!
3. LET’S GO COCO! Coconut oil is not only great for your diet, it’s also great for your hair, skin and nails. Take a soft pea sized amount, rub it in your palm and massage in to the ends of your hair. Then let your hair dry naturally.
4. DIET FOR HEALTHY HAIR: I don’t mean stick to rabbit food but by including more foods with healthy fat content such as avocado, salmon, walnuts, eggs, lentils, wholegrains and foods rich in iron you can really make a difference to your locks. Iron is REALLY important for hair growth as it helps carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Eating too little iron can cause hair loss. True fact!
Let me know how you get on and tweet me any questions to Twitter.com/DJLuluWilliams. xx
After reading Pandora Sykes’ recent blog post “Lead With The Feet” I am now obsessed with Malone Souliers. Here’s a little about the company before I yap on about how fabulous their SS15 collection is.
The SS15 look book features a selection of incredibly stylish shoes, all placed in fetish poses. What attracts me to this collection the most is the different texture and colour elements the label combines; shocking pink pony skin on a classic mule design, brightly coloured leather shoe ties and stunning combinations of snakeskin and suede.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a stunning pair of shoes Malone Souliers is the answer.
Keep your ear pricked for the name – they will be huge this summer.
Recently I discovered the online fashion boutique Pretty Little Thing: www.PrettyLittleThing.com. It’s a seriously awesome online shop selling everything from flatforms to waterfall coats and co-ords. On the subject of co-ords I’m seriously obsessed with Pretty Little Thing’s Zafia khaki crepe palazzo trousers and knot crop top.
How chic is that? It transports me back to how I imagine the 1970s to be; martini in hand by the side of some exotic swimming pool, chaps in aviator sunglasses smoking cigars. I would style it with vintage platforms, nude lippy and big voluptuous curly hair.
Another amazing item that caught my eye was the Amie camel suedette tassel jacket.
I’m actually dreaming about this! I would wear it with worn denim shorts and super cute printed 1970s-esque shirt tucked in to the shorts.
I really recommend you checking out their online shop: www.prettylittlething.com Pretty Little Thing have so many stylish pieces at really affordable prices. I know where I’ll be shopping this summer!
Bora Aksu presented a stunning collection at London Fashion Week. A sumptuous mix of texture, drapery and elegance created the dreamy romantic looks. MTV presenter Laura Whitmore modelled a stunning black number.
J. JS Lee brought back the 1960s design culture within her autumn/winter 2015 presentation at London Fashion Week. The new looks were a playful mix of tailoring and shearling. Greyscale tones, dusky rose shades and sharp pattern cutting stood stylishly dominant in this beautiful autumn/winter collection. Here are my favourite looks: