Thursday, 28 November 2013

Watch Out for The Red Lace Dress! Xx

Scarlett Johansson, looking as hot as ever
 is wearing the most gorgeous red lace 
dress on the cover of Marie Claire this month.

Scarlett's dress is by the inimitable Dolce and Gabbana

You can get yours at Matches £1,790

You can see below where this Red Dress fever
is coming from - the AW13/14 Dolce and Gabbana Show

- Here are some other ideas for red lace dresses.
My favourites are the Bardot line dress, the Embellished Red
Lace dress from ASOS and the embellished dress from Monsoon.

Go try them for yourself and check out your favourite.
If it doesn't fit and make you look good,
after all that is what good design is all about -

So Marks and Spencer has tried their hand at one of these dresses, and here
is Rosie Huntington Whiteley one of the highest paid
models ever wearing it for them on the cover of the latest
issue of the in house magazine ...

Be Afraid … be very afraid of this dress from Marks and Spencer
from their new range.
I was very excited about this dress, 
thinking that at last I could own something from
good ol' M and S again, and a breakthrough would have been made.
I ran in to my local store in Kingston to try one on,
eager to support the store.
(No, I haven't seen anything else in the collection
that I like - not even the Pink Coat)

Unfortunately it is made out of awful scratchy
unforgiving fabric with no stretch.
Yes - absolutely NO GIVE.

This is cut for straight up and down model figures 
with absolutely no hips.  The 12 fitted my arms and 34DD bust perfectly
but would not reach around my hips (which are normally a size 12)
added to fact that it has a zip all the way up the back
(some of the dresses in SS14 have this design feature too) 
that starts at the bottom hem.
Unless you have an arm that stretches to almost the floor - you will
not be reaching to get yourself zipped into this dress.
The size 14 fitted perfectly over my bottom,
but was completely baggy everywhere else - it looked like a flour sack,
but in red, straight up and down loads of material
 round the waist, bust and sleeves.
The kind old lady who had zipped me in
let out a sort of gasp that spoke volumes of
'Doesn't do nothing for you - I'd take it off right now'.
Not really the result you need from a brilliantly designed
dress with a £95 price tag.

This is bearing in mind we are in an age where we can buy 
Paige, 7 For All Mankind, Hudson
and J Brand etc jeans, 
who use groundbreaking materials that shape and thin
and hug our bodies to make us feel good about ourselves.
 And here I am 
in Marks and Spencer who have the nerve to chat
about Magic and Sparkle, while
making me feel and look about as attractive
as a camel in their severely lacking designs.


I am 50 years old, and I have to shop in Topshop to get
any semblance of Style and Comfort, at a reasonable price.

Before I leave this rant about what should be one of our most loved stores,
something I can never forgive M and S for is employing Annie Leibovitz
one of my favourite ever photographers.  
I mean I have been enjoying
and admiring her group shots of Hollywood Characters on the covers of 
Vanity Fair (as everyone has) for years.
They are some of the most enduring iconic images.

How can they reduce these:


The latest group pictures which have 
served as advertisements for so called M and S Style
 have just simply failed in my opinion.
All those lovely people who took part in that shoot
look distinctly lack lustre, wooden and worried.
They have lost all verve, spontaneity and je ne sais quoi (exactement).
No Magic and Sparkle there.
Indeed 'ONLY M and S' could take all the style out of Annie Leibovitz,
and everyone involved.  

Until next time J Xx

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Lulu Guinness and the Love List for AW13/14! Xx

Sparkle Style are loving Lulu Guinness Collection for this Season.
Just as glamorous and individually iconic as always.

They even have a Jenny Bag
Just perfect for me! X

Take a look at Grazia this week  - you may even be lucky
enough to win yourself your very own Jenny.

And on the Lulu Guinness Site itself things get even better!
Create your own Love List and you could win your Dream Collection
worth up to £2000
log in now to
and follow the easy 5 step instructions! Xx

Here are some of our favourite items:

Red Patent Pollyanna   £325                                 Flocked Star Pollyanna  £295 

Small Red Verity  £245

Have fun creating your own Love List! 

Until next time J Xx

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Lisa Redman Bespoke Autumn Winter 2013 Collection! Xx

In collaboration with Debut Contemporary Gallery
82 Westbourne Grove W2 5RT
Lisa Redman showed her Bespoke Demi Couture 
Autumn Winter 2013 Collection
on Thursday 7 November

Sparkle Style loved its Authentic Easy Glamour
in a unique palette of aqua, sapphire, mulberry, onyx,
silver, blush and cream in jacquard, tweed, brocade,
 satin, silk chiffon, and intricate beading.

Lisa Redman has been creating 
individual, timeless and beautiful Couture designs
for over seven years dressing some the of the UK's
most inspirational and influential women.
Each piece is made in house at the Notting Hill Studio
with emphasis on hand finishings and hand embellishment.

 Aqua Ombre Silk Chiffon Gown
Sparkle Style's favourite piece.

White silk t shirt with Jacquard Skirt and Black Silk Sash

Jacquard T Shirt with Black Silk Taffeta Skirt and Sash

Silk Crepe beaded column gown
with beading at neck and cuffs.

Silk Crepe beaded column gown
 with embroidered chiffon and organza tea dress
photos above: Jenny Palmer

 Jacquard dress
 Cream Shift Dress with mink silk sash
brocade wrap dress
 Gorgeous Black Taffeta Evening Gown

Lisa Redman and Jenny Palmer
Lisa wears her own cream low scooped back beaded net gown.
Peter Ogunsalu and Lisa Redman

Lisa Redman 0208 968 1234

Until next time J Xx