Saturday, 7 May 2011


Double Exposure

Lindsay Lohan, Li-Lo -  or now just Lindsay since the 24 year old actress formally dropped her surname legally last month - posed for the aptly titled BLANK magazine for the May 2011 edition. Photographed by Stephen Gomillion and Dennis Leupold, Lindsay created a chain reaction puffing and pouting mid cigarette, whilst wearing 70s inspired headbands, metallic jumpsuits, floral and animal prints.

The footfalls of  Lindsay's career were at 3 when she signed to Ford's Models as a child fashion model. Yet Lindsay escaped the parent trap and took the ill-fated position of artistic advisor for French fashion house, Emanuel Ungaro in  2008  and later was a guest judge on Project Runway.

So Lindsay - Overexposed or smokin' hot?

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Sound of the Underground

Nicola Roberts clearly doesn't need no good advice from band mate and best friend Cheryl Cole, as she calls the shots and gets ready to release her debut solo single on June 5th.

It is nearly 10 years since Roberts was found on ITV's Popstars: The Rivals alongside Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle. Since then, the 25 year old from Cheshire, has flourished in her fashion skin of late, taking to the fashion FROWS and seating herself next to Ri-Ri, Jaime Winston and Alexa Chung - as well as creating the make-up range Dainty Doll.

The dainty doll herself said on the upcoming album Cinderella Eyes, " The album has a very British sound that was important to me. I co-wrote all the songs on the record. Some are happy, some are a little cheeky and one song is sad."

We have witnessed a style evolution from Ms. Roberts over the decade and Haute-fly looks forward to hearing if Nicola can dance to the beat of her own drum.

The solo single 'Beat of my Drum' is out on June 5th.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

McQueen Memories

" I don't like the norm. You don't move forward if you play safe."
Lee Alexander McQueen

Savage Beauty

Long Live McQueen

As Catherine Middleton stepped out to the world's media outside Westminster, many said that a light ray of of sunshine shone on the Duchess of Cambridge and her couture. Many stated it was a "pure fashion moment", yet  many felt a tinge of sadness for the loss of the head of the McQueen brand who had been commissioned to complete the piece.

Lee McQueen was an east end London boy with deep Scottish roots who had trained at Savile Row from the age of  16. His graduate collection was then bought in full from his the eccentric English fashionista friend Isabel Blow- who later found milliner Phillip Treacey and model Sophie Dahl.

Last night, the brand's Creative Director, Sarah Burton, came together with McQueen's friends Naomi Campbell,  Daphne Guinness and Sarah Jessica Parker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to celebrate the creations of McQueen in the display Savage Beauty. Parker who once walked the streets of New York in Carrie Bradshaw's Manolo's, wore a nude coloured McQueen dress to mark the occasion.

After being flung onto the fashion stage a mere five days ago, Burton wore a white Grecian style McQueen gown with a beaded waist. Commenting on Lee, she softly spoke "He was a genius".  Treacey also commented " For me, this feels horrific but ( McQueen) would have loved it - he would have pretended to hate it, but he would have loved it. The wedding dress would have given him a sense of validation."

For those who were unaware of the fashion power house, you are given the gift of a catalogue of his creations, with 100 pieces being on display.  The romantic rebel  will always be truly missed and this exhibition gives a true insight into McQueen's magic and cabinet of curiosities...

Monday, 2 May 2011

Right Royal Knees Up

From Posh's own creation, David's misplaced OBE, Phillip Treacey's array of hats and Sarah Burton's bridal couture - the patriotic public  also flew the flag for British Style - amongst the flags, cream teas and cucumber sandwiches.

Photographs courtesy of  Vogue. 

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Match made in McQueen Heaven

Haute-fly may have hotly tipped Brazilian brand Issa to be designing the dress, yet it was the House of Alexander McQueen whose creation walked straight into the nation's hearts. Since the death of McQueen in February 2010, Mancunian Sarah Burton who had worked closely with the designer for 14 years, took the role as Creative Director.

Dressed in ivory and white satin gazar with a hand embroidered ivory tulle veil , the Duchess of Cambridge was simply stunning. The creation is romoured to be worth £40,000 and Burton was seen overseeing the final touches before Kate made her vow exchange.

 Burton later commented, " Catherine looked absoutely stunning." It is reported that some members of the team were unaware who the creation was for until the final preparations were underway. Burton and the McQueen team also created Maid of Honour, Pippa's dress. The heavy ivory satin based crepe with a cowl neck gained Pippa many new found fans on facebook and catapulted her into the celebrity sphere.

The creation is set to be displayed in the upcoming weeks publicy so fashionistas and fans alike can observe the beautiful intricacy. In the upcoming weeks, high street designers will be sure to be hot on the trail to create similar copies of this classic couture.