The Royal Wedding 2011: Karma-Style's Top 10 looks

One of the unfortunate things about this Royal Wedding is out of the 1,900 guests the photographers/paparazzi only focused on a select few.  So my Top 10 is not comprehensive. As I watched live I saw so many amazing outfits. I scoured the internet for many more guest pictures but they could not be found come hell or high water..

Anyway, here are my Top 10 looks.

No.1Wills and Kate (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) 

Kate + McQueen = Perfection!

No.2 The Queen 
Looked simply majestic in an Angela Kelly dress and coat. She’s a Karma-Style icon.

No.3 Pippa Middleton
Sister and Bridesmaid in McQueen. Enough said.

No.4 Lady Sophie Windsor
Looked so stunning in Giorgio Armani Prive and Philip Treacy hat. The milliner had the monopoly on wearers on the day. Everyone, everywhere you looked was wearing his creations.

No.5 Tara Palmer Tomkinson
I know it’s too matchy, but I really love this Deborah Milner outfit with Philip Treacy hat. As you all know Cobalt blue is one of my fave colors. All she had to do was wear black gloves and bag and it would have been my Top 3. Her Nicholas Kirkwood studded shoes were amazing!

No.6 David and Victoria Beckham
Posh's outfit (her own design) looked better on TV. This is one of her best looks - understated glamour in 7inch Louboutins! Oh, and he looked alright too. Once David got inside he put his CBE medal on the correct side - Ooops! Not easy to understand the vast British protocol.

No.7 Isabella Calthorpe (Will's ex)
This photo doesn’t do her justice but she looked fabulous and stood out amongst the guests when I saw this outfit on TV. I think she also got away with the short skirt due to the fact her outfit was not figure hugging. She wore Matthew Williamson.

No.8 Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
I love that this lady took a risk and rocked it in Miguel Palacio. She brought flavour to the proceedings. The matching lamp in the picture is slightly distracting though! :)

No.9 Lady Sophie of Wessex
This picture is hard to focus on with Princess Anne screaming in the background! Another lady who has never looked so good. You got to hand it to Bruce Oldfield - one of Princess Diana's favourite designers. 

No.10 Princess Beatrice 
You may been thinking I've lost my mind in putting Beatrice in my Top 10, as she's getting a lot of negative press for this outfit. I loved it, the Champagne Valentino couture coat, and I am one of his biggest fans. She's a young girl who stuck to the Royal tradition of formal dress and yet gave it a fab twist with this Philip Treacy creation - Brilliant!

So what do you think of my choices? Let me know.

Just to add when I saw these three on TV, I wondered who they were. They could easily have been a Hugh Heffner Playboy bunny entourage of hot blondes. Do you know what I mean? Obviously they weren't and are the daughters of Earl Spencer - Princess Diana's nieces...all grown up now :)

Lastly how friggin' good looking are the Middletons. A new celebrity family...Good luck!

© Karma-Style 2011
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Excuse me! Do you know who I am?

Firstly, let me apologise for the radio silence, March was an 'event-full' month. I've been so busy with work and loving every minute. There has been no calm after the storm of London Fashion Week...

In the fabulous world of fashion everybody is somebody and everybody thinks they’re somebody. The fashion event/party is something of an experience, full of darhlings, wannabees, fashionistas and celebrities.  Where strangers become your best friend for those few hours only. Eyes dart back and forth trying to work out who fellow guests and gatecrashers are, always on the lookout for a ‘face’ or ‘name’. I am oblivious to a lot – I know a small number of people and that’s it - pretty clueless at points to be honest.

At the beginning of March I worked on my first film project – and was invited to the Anuvahood premiere then after-party at Cafe de Paris. There were ‘celebs’ in attendance including premiership footballer and England national Carlton Cole. I totally embarrassed myself as I thought he was a model – had no clue about the football thing. 
I could have sworn he was a model; tall, good cheekbones etc. I asked over and over if he was, even through his denials I wasn’t convinced. The endearing thing about him was we had a nice conversation and he still didn’t tell me who he was – a real sweetie and a total hottie!!

Carlton Cole and moi

Adam Deacon, Jebbs, Jazzie Zonzolo and moi
This weekend the film passed the £2million mark at the box office. An amazing feat for a low budget urban Brit flick written by a young guy from Hackney (Adam Deacon). Well done!

Following on was the Austin Reed Q Club launch. In the words of Austin Reed “The Q Club is an exclusive new dimension of personal tailoring from Austin Reed, specialising in three key areas: Q Corporate, Q Bespoke and Q Hirewear. A members only service by invitation” 

Holly of Diary Directory and I were looking at all these big men in the party and at one point we said that they looked like Rugby players and then found out afterwards some were players in the England national team! Oops!

Really Ree, Holly and me

Next event: The Boux Avenue Launch party at Sketch - an affordable luxury lingerie line and chain of boutiques. It was an amazing party aside from the cocktails and champagne there was so much to see and do. A stunning ariel acrobatic display, a Burlesque performance, magicians, tarot card readers and so much more. There was also a Boux photobooth to capture moments. It truly was one of the best parties I’ve been to in a long while, and all in the name of work. 

Emma De Vees

A few of my fashion friends - Prince Cassius and Charles Ampadu

The last event in March was the Dolce & Gabbana ‘dress me up’ party at the Old Bond street store. As I was waiting to go in, guess who walks past? Arnold Schwarzenegger! He walked right up and past me and it still took me a while to believe it was him…Surreal! What made it more surreal is the long line of paps and Londoners following him and it was as if he didn't notice - he has a very calm demeanour. 
Arnold Schwarzenegger
There were a lot of celebs inside D&G, none as A-list as Arnie. Once again I found out who a lot of them were the next day on and other online press. I knew Alexandra Burke – who I’d seriously like to style. (Holla at me girl!). 

The champagne was flowing so everyone was very relaxed under the watchful eyes of the store staff. I spoke to one lady who looked so chic in a mahogany brown silk chiffon dress (which I would wear in a heartbeat). After complimenting her on her dress I had a quick chat then moved on, turns out it was Jasmine Guinness – who knew! I didn’t – obviously!
Jasmine Guinness

I thought her name was Peaches!
Pixie Geldof

Alexandra Burke - Stunning 

Gorgeous Naomi Harris
(Her face was familiar but didn't know her name until Hanna of BSF magazine enlightened me)
Philip Salon in the background
Last but not least, my most embarrassing moment was at the Carolina Herrara launch party in Portland Place. There I was sipping Pol Roger and on the look out for food (as always). When I saw a cool older rock chick with neon yellow hair, she came over and we chatted away for a good 20 minutes. Thicko (that’s me) did not realise until the near end of our fab conversation, which was a real, meaningful one about life (a rarity at a fashion party). It was none other than the great British fashion designer – Pam Hogg, a true icon. She has always been so anti-hype and publicity shy, I never really knew what she looked like...Her last show at LFW was one of the hottest tickets in town (didn't get one). She is adored by the youngsters and has stood the test of time. Meeting her was a joy...

The irony is all the celebs and famous people would love some anonymity in their lives. As some go to great lengths for privacy but unfortunately the world is not as clueless as myself and they need the publicity - and isn’t that what fame is about? The fashion world clamours to dress them – they get noticed and stand out to the photographers, paparazzi and the world…

So, back to the question;

Excuse me! Do you know who I am? Someone in world knows who you are even if I don’t...

and that applies to us mere mortals too. 


©Karma-Style 2011

Happy Easter from DKNY with love (and eggs)…

On Thursday, I was kindly invited by DKNY to their first London vs. New York Easter egg hunt and my first ever Easter egg hunt…

The rules: 15 clues were sent via twitter. Once the members of the New York or London team had found an easter bunny, we were to tweet a picture of the bunny and product found with it to DKNY PR girl.  It kicked off from 3pm. The whistle blew and the chosen few (7 of us) ran around like crazy people amongst the very civilised DKNY Bond street customers - It was such fun. We searched across 2 floors. I gave the single file escalators a miss when I saw Bunnipunch, Prince Cassius and Clotheshorse90 having a near punch up on it :). Watching them trying to get ahead of each other in the narrow space was a crack up and they were cracking up too...So, I hoisted up my maxi dress and took the stairs – everytime! 

We searched in good spirits, however competitive, we laughed the whole way through with the ultimate goal of beating the New York team of fashionistas.

Clotheshorse90 limbering up outside the store
The London Team: LizzieClotheshorse90BunnipunchKarma-Style, Liza and Prince CassiusEmily Jerman, Fashion Foie Gras is the only one missing from this pic.

The team - err strategising!?!
More strategising..
To cut a long story short, After a bit of glitch from the London team (don’t ask) Blogger/PR girl Bunnipunch and Stylist Emily Jerman eventually tied and won the London prize for finding the most bunnies and the London team tied with New York(ummmmm!) on the collective finds. I was sure London won, anyway...The beauty of this DKNY hunt was that we all won prizes; a huge bag full of Thorntons Eggs, fabulous DKNY sunglasses and a watch!! 

Winners all round for sure...
Some of our goodies from Thorntons and DKNY

Bunnipunch in her DKNY shades - Looking good girl! 
Lastly, a huge thank you to DKNY, Liza and Ginny of Purple PR and Store Director Guiseppe for the invite and for using social media in such a clever, innovative and fun way. I’m sure this was a first, and a memorable Easter for me...

©Karma-Style 2011