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Boodles Boxing Ball

The biennial boxing ball – The black-tie event on everyone’s lips, took place on Saturday 21st at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The show is put on by director, James Amos. It’s the only venue of its kind in London to stage such an event, that’s just over 1000 people!

Yes, it’s boxing, but boxing by amateurs, for charity. The proceedings are generally divided between charities.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself strolling down the red carpet to see this glamorous affair, you may well be surprised by how up market this really is.

Some of Saturday night’s guests included, Prince Harry (of course), Princess Eugenie, Pippa Middleton and Zara Philips who wore her dress incredibly well. Plus other A-List celebrities attended, all dressed absolutely top to tail in what was suitably their best for this event.

 

Fabulous Fashionistas

 

Did you watch that programme on Channel 4 last night? It was brilliant! So inspiring, it made me want to change my life, wear bold colours, start a new fitness regime and throw out any beige coloured clothing I own.

If you didn’t watch it, you should. It’s basically about 6 ladies who are all older, ranging from 73 up to an astounding 90 years old. Sue the 73 year old, who decided one day to pack in her famous cookbook empire to become a quirky artist, plus she’ll never be seen without one of her homemade accessories when she leaves the house and also made an interesting quote, “My motto is, don’t wear beige. It will kill you.”

Another inspiring lady, Jean 75, took to changing her life through fashion after her husband passed away after 50 years of marriage. One day she mentioned to her son she’d like to work maybe in a charity shop? To which he said to her after a moment’s thought “why not try Gap, mum?” Which Jean thought about and ended up working in Gap for over a year.

All these ladies have heartening stories, reasons why they are extroverts in their own individual ways. We may not be seeing these ladies in the fashion industry anytime soon, but why shouldn’t they have fun?

In the programme, they project the feeling that getting old doesn’t mean you have to fade into the background. From Dr Martens, long hair, colourful layers, to the oldest working model in the UK, this is a programme to be seen by all.

 

London Fashion Week

So I haven’t blogged for a while (I know, I know) it’s terrible of me!

But what a topic to kick off with – it’s only London Fashion Week. Yes, it’s that time of year again, the bi-annual event has kicked off in all its glory. If you don’t know much about LFW (which I’m sure most of you will) this is where the A-List of celebrities, dressed in their finest of course, throng the front row of the catwalk and watch majestically, in awe of the endless leggy models pacing up and down in some of the world’s top designers’ newest seasons’ ensembles.

One model that comes to mind, you probably guessed it? Cara Delevingne, the girl that everyone’s talking about, the girl that all designers want to use to show off their fabulous creations. Take Mulberry’s collection on Sunday just gone, Emma Hill’s outfits just spoke for themselves. There was an array of floral patterns, swinging shapes and leather outfits, and of course modelled by our very own Cara Delevingne

 

Closing for a Short While

Hello,

We wanted to let you all know that we will be closed from tomorrow 9th August and opening back up on the 27th August 10am.

If you require any appointments from the 27th August, please drop us an email at, joanna@onenightstand.co.uk and we will respond once we’re back in!

Enjoy the rest of your August.

Regards,

Joanna & Nicolette x

 

Glyndebourne Opera Festival

Glyndebourne has taken place annually since 1943. This beautifully country house, estimated to be around 600 years old is located in East Sussex.

Glyndebourne is attended by those who have a love for opera, and beautiful scenery. There is plenty to do, it’s a full day if not more: fine dining, and lots of Art & Sculpture to admire. The festival itself runs from the middle of May until the last weekend of August. Whilst those who generally attend the festival come for the opera (tickets needed) most also like to make a day of it, and take time to immerse themselves in the wonderful gardens, where you can bring a picnic and take in all that Glyndebourne has to offer.

So you have your ticket and you are ready to attend this grand event. The next most important thing: What to wear? You know this really is an event you can afford to go all out and look fabulous for!

We advise, stick with the tradition of wearing an evening gown. The founder, John Christie always said, he felt this was one of the ways the audience could show respect for the performers. Plus it’s an excuse to get dressed up.

Ladies tend to go with long dresses, floaty, colourful, even a print can look very feminine. A wrap works well too, an organza wrap can easily brighten up an outfit, and works well in the evening when it starts to get a little chillier. Obviously a nice coat works well too, if you tend to feel the cold in the evening.

Shoes, wear comfortable ones. If you intend on strolling around the gardens, maybe don’t opt for a stiletto heel, as we know they tend to sink into the ground. A simple court shoe might be more effient, or just go with flats – the safer option.

 

Eurovision 2013 – The Fashion Stakes

Last night’s 58 year old canard, the Eurovision song contest features a drab four chord load of instantly forgettable tunes.  But some interesting outfits.  I like the fact that more and more acts are choosing to wear long dresses instead of the commoner leather or short appliqued frock horrors of the past.

Best dressed would have gone to Ukraine (was it Ukraine?) for that pale pink strapless gown except for the dress-maker failing to account for hip movement resulting in an unattractive bulge that destroyed an otherwise perfect column.

In a neon pink ball gown straight out of Star Wars,  the Compere or shall we say commere’s outfit was good in close up, framing her cleavage and balancing the butterfly beehive, but with those Japanese sleeves and ugly panel missing in the skirt ruined what could have been a timelessly elegant classic gown.  A typical example of a dress designed by committee.

Denmark’s winning number was not just in the tune.  This pretty ballet length hanky hem dress suited the song, the singer and deserved its place at the top. Talking of hankys what about the handsome Armenian with the scarves?  Is this a future trend, guys, or was he promoting his sister’s accessory company?  Skirts anyone?

Did anyone else see a singer in silver sequins fall off the stage during the “visit Sweden” promo song?

Germany’s beige sequined pageant gown with the hi-low hemline didn’t work for me.  The stiffness of that heavily beaded fabric looked clumpy as she moved about the stage; hi-low hemlines work best in a soft flowing fabric.

Britain’s Bonnie Tyler – well…..who’s idea was it to put her in a black off the shoulder cat suit?  Didn’t suit her, didn’t suit the song.  What more can one say?

Finland’s wedding dress certainly fitted the tune but ruined by the pink over boots and the back group in red PVC pinafores – golden showers, anyone?

Estonia, my favourite.  An elegant strapless flowing white gown. Pregnant she may be, but the dress was beautifully balanced nonetheless.

The Mathematical Queen

She’s mainly known for playing a big part in one of the most popular ever game shows, Count Down, in which she was part of for 26 years. That’s as old as me!

But nowadays Carol is mainly in the news relating to her current attire. Some articles give her credit, some slate her appearance. I’m neither here nor there about Carol, but she does pull it out of the bag every now and again with what she wears. She has a curvaceous figure and dresses it well (sometimes).

Some items she’s worn recently are maybe not to everyone’s taste? The skyscraper heels worn to her daughter’s birthday party last week, or the slight glimpse of ‘side boob’ on Thursday night. But one can’t say she doesn’t try – and generally, she gets its right!

Carol is pictured here in a Stella McCartney dress, worn to the British Inspiration Awards last night.

Spring Sale 2013

It’s here again. Our bi-annual sale has come round in no time!

We have lots of new stock in, so we need a little spring clean. Why not come and see if you can pick up a bargain from £25.00. We have evening gowns and cocktail dresses from size 6 -18, plus corsets, stoles and jewellery too.

ONE DAY ONLY

– Thursday 25th April 2013

– 10am – 8pm

Wine & nibbles available

Call us on: 0207 352 4848 for further details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Karren Brady in a Jovani

So it was nice to see Karren Brady in a Jovani dress on the Piers Morgan show on Friday night. She can be seen in her interview wearing a long black high neck dress which features nude mesh inserts and a beautiful low back. She looked fantastic as ever of course.

The dress is new in for the Spring/Summer 2013 collection from Jovani. And can be hired from us here at One Night Stand in a size 10/12. Make an enquiry with us if you’re interested in looking as fabulous as Karren did last Friday.

Men in Make – Up?

Today on my usual journey to work, nothing seemed unusual to me, apart from, on the other side of the tube, I saw a man applying make-up.

Now I consider myself to be pretty open-minded, but I did have to look not just once, but three times, as I was, to be honest, a little shocked to see this normal guy putting on his under eye concealer, very casually, without any hesitation.

It made me think, I must be pretty naive to think that it’s only women who wear make-up. I know that people on TV, in film, theatre and on the camera have to wear make up, as they need to dull the reflections from the lights and so on. But it didn’t really occur to me that men wore make up?

I think in today’s world, people do what they feel to make them feel more confident. And I see no problem with this. In fact, I say they should advertise these products more freely, and then it may encourage more men to use the products actively – anything to give people more confidence!

The Skirt

 

It is said to have been discovered back in 3,900 B.C. in Armenia, in the form of a straw-woven skirt. These garments have been worn by men & women over the years in many different cultures. This is still alive today, some men in Scotland wear kilts, as do some Asian men wear what is called, the Dhoti or Lungi, a piece of material that is wrapped around the waist and knotted, resembling a skirt.

Women’s dresses started to become a lot more varied in the 19th century than in any other culture. Waistlines originally started under the bust, called the ‘Empire Silhouette’, and they started to drift towards the natural waist. The skirt had started of quite narrow, but was now moving towards styles like the Hoopskirt or Crinoline skirt. This was all taking place around 1860s.

Then, skirts took a radical change in the beginning of the 20th century – the hem was no longer at the floor. Around the 1920s skirts became short(er), then in the 1930s, long again. Then throughout the War, skirts became shorter as there was a fabric restriction at the time.

And of course what came into fashion in the 60s? The Miniskirt by Mary Quant. She had dared to create this item the measured normally no longer than 4inches below the bottom. These skirts were so popular, as they are today, worn by teenagers, young adults and can also be seen in sport, such as skaters, cheerleaders and tennis players.

How To Measure Yourself

You may want some help when doing this.

Height

1. Stand straight with your feet together

2. Start at the top of your head and pull the measuring tape down to the floor (you may need some help with this)

3. Don’t wear shoes

Waist

1. Your waist is usually found 1inch above your bellybutton

2. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, not so tight so allowing you to breathe comfortably

Hips

1. Your hips are generally about 7” below your waist (depending on your size)

2. Looking in a mirror, find the widest part of your hips

3. The measuring tape should brush across both of your hipbones

Shoulder

1. You start by measuring at the back, from one edge of the shoulder socket to the next shoulder socket

Bust

1. Relax your arms

2. Keep your bra on, as you’re not measuring your bra size

3. Pull the tape around the back across the shoulder blades, then under your arms and across the fullest part of your bust – take measurement

The Scrunchy – It’s back to stay!

This fabric covered elastic hair tie, huge in the 80’s. This fascinating accessory was commonly used to fasten long hair. You could find them in lots of shops in many elaborate styles, colours, fabrics and designs.

They sadly (and I mean sadly) started to fade out though when the bobble came along, with a ‘move out of the way’ sort of attitude. So as a nation we seemed to ditch our beloved favourite coloured scrunchies, and made way for this almost none apparent hair elastic.

Some may say these little hair bobbles were a factor for our damaged hair. As they were tied so tightly around our precious little strands of hair, it was only a matter of time before hair started to break off. Not helping was the hourly routine of taking both hands to separate the ponytail into two parts, and pull with force away from each other with one swift movement, and ta-da your pony was fixed for another hour or two. Inevitably breaking a few more stands each time.

But, I must admit, I am a self confessed hair elastic user for my some what fine head of hair. But after reading an article in the ever so excellent, Stylist last Wednesday, I saw that the scrunchie had made not only an appearance, but featured in its own article. To my happiness I went straight out that evening and bought some scrunchies from M&S – 2 for £5.00, one plain black and one leopard print, for when I’m feeling a bit more ‘And what?’ sort of day.

I love the scrunchie and I’m on a mission to buy bigger and more brightly coloured ones. And I shall also succeed in bringing back the scrunchie to The King’s Road – watch this space!


Dress Etiquette Tips for Women

* Remember, wear clothes that suit your body shape.

Shoulders: Broader shoulders should try and avoid shoulder pads and cap sleeves.

Legs: If you’re wider around your thighs, try to avoid tight-fitting trousers.

Shoes: It’s very important that the shoes fit you. Otherwise you’ll incur a lot of unwanted pain.

Painted toes: If you’re wearing open toe shoes, remember people see your feet, so make sure they’re painted!

Open-toe shoes: Not to be worn with nude tights. Wear a closed toe shoe if you must wear tights.

Hems: Make sure the hem is neat and there aren’t any stray stands. This can look messy.

Boobs or Legs?: You either opt to show your legs off or flaunt your chest, but it’s never both.

Low-cut Tops: It’s not very lady like to show too much of your chest, it’s distracting and can make people feel uneasy also.

Brightly Coloured Bras: Only should be worn in the right situation, not at work under a sheer shirt.

VPL: If you’re not a fan of the G-String, and would prefer slightly bigger smalls, but worry about showing your VPL. Why not opt for seamless knickers, they’re perfect for wearing under most garments and very comfortable too.

Animal Print: Can look cheap and dated. If you insist on wearing it, then make sure it’s strictly keep to one piece on your person at a time.

 

Hipster Jeans – Have They Ruined 21st Century Women’s Figures?

When you were younger, did you wear your jeans too low? Or found that your knickers compared to now, were a lot more snug? And you look now, and you notice it seems to of created this indent in the side of your hips? If you answer yes to this questions don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

Victorian Corset

I discovered this years ago, when frankly I was standing in front of the mirror naked, when I noticed this hideous dip where my trousers usually sit, I didn’t think to much about it and forgot about it for awhile. Then I mentioned it to a friend on holiday and she too said she had this ‘Indent’ where her trousers sit on her hips. After we chatted about it for while, we came to the conclusion it must have been due to too many years of wearing hipster jeans (low rise). After trawling the internet, forums etc, I found that other women too like me have these little dips in their hips.

So, what can we do about it? Liposuction? Maybe spend an hour each night massaging the dents to plump them up again? Umm.. I reckon a change in clothing is the answer. Start by wearing underwear that’s not as tight, plus wearing it above your hips, so it sits nearer to your waist. I know this may look a little funny and somewhat unsexy at first. Also, try wearing high-waisted jeans too, they will give you that peachy shape again. And I believe if this is done properly, we may retain our once was ‘hour-glass’ shape back.
Remember the corset, famously worn by the Victorians. This garment was worn by women, and some men to create this desired feminine figure, historically made from whalebone. Women would go to the extreme corsetry involving ‘tight-lacing’ meaning when the corset laces are pulled tighter & tighter on a regular basis, you were to eventually achieve a smaller waist.

Women back then didn’t wear low rise jeans, so their figures weren’t affected in the way ours our today by certain clothing. Maybe we should revert back to our Ancestors fashion style? But for now, I’m going to try some high-waisted jeans! Let you know how it goes

 

Tulisa’s Spanx v’s The Press

The National Television Awards aired last night. Programmes such as, Best Documentary Series, the winners Frozen Planet, which I was very pleased to hear. Best Drama, of which Downton Abbey claimed the prize.

But what caught my eye, as I reached for my iPhone during the add break read to through the trashy showbiz simply to pass time. Was the lovely half Greek Tulisa Contostavlos sporting (and very well may I add) an Eggshell Grecian Draped dress.

Now, not only do we hire out this dress, so it was a pleasure to see a very well known young lady in a gown many of our customers love too! But the poor girl was ammunition for the press, as unfortunately her Spanx ever so slightly showed at the top of where the dress splits. Which of course the sharks (press) took privilege in capturing for the whole world to see straight away.

But after thinking about it, which didn’t take long, w ho cares? I’ve been dressing women in evening wear for quite some time now, and mostly every women that enters into our studio for a dress fitting, will inevitably say ‘I’m going to have to wear my Spanx’ from skinny to curvy ladies, the young to the older generation.

They’re designed to give the wearer a slimmer and more shapely appearance, which will make you feel more comfortable and confident.

So, Tulisa if you’re reading this, believe me you won’t be the only girl out there with out her Spanx on, so don’t be ashamed!!

Dressing for the winter (or should I say, preparing to step out of the door?)

We all want to look stylish and coordinated when we step out of the door each morning, don’t we? But, this may seem easier said than done once the winter creeps in. I have the greatest intentions (generally the evening before) of wearing something chic and sophisticated for the following day.

I wake up, and the first thing I do is look outside to see if the weather has suddenly & miraculously turned into a full blown summer, which of course it hasn’t. So inevitably, my inner senses tell me to look for the nearest and biggest (looks the warmest) jumper teamed with my lifesaver UGG boots.

‘Is there a way for me to style out wearing joggers to the supermarket? I’m too comfy’ commented a friend today on Facebook. Most answers were playful, yet ideal in this utterly bone chilling weather. My suggestion was to role up her joggers and put on a pair of those hideous heeled boots people seem to be sporting at the moment, clearly joking of course!

Back to our problem; Dressing for the Winter? Through, what looks to be a long bleak winter this year. Our aim, keeping warm, whilst remaining dapper at all times. Whatever the weather this season, snow, rain, wind and storms – here’s 5 stylish items one must never be without:

1. My Tartan scarf: very soft and perfectly matches my Barbour wax jacket (and it was only £1.99 from a shop in the West End!)

2. Chanel hydrating conditioning lip balm http://bit.ly/WKYWN0 Rouge Coco Baume – silky heaven in a stick, plus protecting my lips from the weather.

3. Black cable knit socks from Topshop http://bit.ly/10IBGEW perfect with ankle boots over normal socks (as my feet freeze!)

4. A nice thick jumper, I rarely leave the house without one on. See an example from Scotweb’s collection in Cashmere http://bit.ly/WL5drR

5. A decent pair of wellies. Harrods stock some amazing boots, like these Hunter Regent Savoy Wellies http://bit.ly/XxIcaA

BAFTA Awards – treat yourself: why not hire a beautiful evening gown, instead?

So, you’ve got the coveted invite to the BAFTA’s,  only a matter of weeks away. If it’s not a gleeful “yippee a chance to show off my Valentino” it may be that panicky feeling: ‘Oh, what am I going to wear?’ We all get that feeling don’t we? You might go shopping for something in a rush, repenting later or you could come and rent one of our perfect evening dresses.

We’ve been styling nominees and guests for over 30 years and are expert in dressing you up. It’s a long evening, so as well as looking the part in an outfit you can comfortably sit in you’ll need comfortable shoes too!

Tip: you might need a colourful, possibly jewelled wrap to keep you warm also.

 

What’s your New Years Resolution?

So, how was your Christmas? Isn’t there just so much preparation and organization for that one special day?! Or, unless you’re like me, and you roll both Christmas Day and Boxing Day into one so it’s like one of those long weekend you just long for, like a Bank Holiday.

Only this is different, there’s enough Roast Turkey to feed the 5000, an excessive amount of Bucks Fizz which could fill an Olympic size swimming pool, and let’s not forget there’s more children’s Disney films than you could shake a stick at. And of course chocolate, copious amounts of chocolates to over indulge in over the festive period, which at time you say to yourself “it’s fine, it’s Christmas” My diet’s starting after the New Year J

But, all good things come to an end, and we must resume back to normality and get ready for a New Year. Will you have any New Years resolutions? Maybe to stop eating chocolate? Or even give up smoking? Possibly even to clean the bathroom more often. Mine is to start drinking more water each day (must try and stick to this one). But aren’t New Year resolutions a good idea? They really do give you that feeling of accomplishment when you see them all the way through. A goal to beat, achieve something you thought you couldn’t – it can only make you a more positive stronger individual!

Why not tell us your New Year resolutions for 2013? You never know, you may inspire others to do the same.

 

Need something for the New Year?

We are open the usual time of 10am – 6.30pm, the closed Friday 21st December and then re-opening back up on the 28th December normal time. See below:

If you require anything for the New Year, fear not we will be open for a couple of days before the New Year so you have a chance to get yourself something glitzy!

Opening Times & Dates:

Friday 28th December 10am – 6.30pm

Saturday 29th December 10am – 3.00pm

Then closed from the 30th December and re-opening on the 3rd January.

Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love,

One Night Stand x

 

How to dress for the Diplomatic Ball at Buckingham Palace

Every year Buckingham Palace holds their Diplomatic Ball. The Dress code? White Tie.

This event is where jewels, gloves and the-less-black-the better are de rigueur.

Buckingham Palace

Alternatively, ladies can wear formal National dress, but as you can imagine quite a few prefer to get beautifully gowned and coiffed. It’s a buffet: lots of standing around albeit in glorious surroundings so remember comfortable shoes are important –

White Tie ballgowns have a certain fullness and must reach the floor, but leave the trainers at home!

A helpful tip from the ladies at One Night Stand: golden ballet pumps work really well.

Christmas time – ways to stay covered up at formal events

December brings more formal events than at any other time of the year.

Christmas time – ways to stay covered up at formal events

There’s a plethora of black tie Army and Navy dinners, where your shoulders must be covered as you dine. We advise using a shrug, or even a shawl in a light fabric such as tulle or chiffon, it’ll also stay put whilst you eat!

Alternatively, why not fix it in place with a small diamond broach, this will add some colour and light to the wrap.

Tips to you on evening shoes

Tips to you on evening shoes

1. Don’t wear tights or stockings with an open-toed shoe, but remember to get those tootsies polished!

2. Cocktail dresses call out for beautiful shoes – but, for a long dress, the shoes are less important, they should always be pointy with a delicate heel, not some clumpy round toed Mary-Janes.

3. If your shoes are heavily embellished with diamonds, sequines or brocade they may catch on the hem of a long gown, so be warned!

4. You could dress up a court shoe with some shoes clips, or a pair of inexpensive diamante clip earrings, they work just as well. BUT…they are easily lost on the dance floor, hence the advice on getting something whose loss you won’t regret. You could always super-glue them for extra strength.

Planning to accessorise? Read some of our useful tips

Planning to accessorise? Read some of our useful tips

Brrrrr – It’s cold out there: If granny won’t lend you her mink stole, there’s plenty of faux fur that does the job, not quite as warm, but certainly adds a certain glamour to an evening outfit. Alternatively, a dark winter coat around your shoulders, cape-like will work just as well. Evening pashmina’s are a good accessory if you are being dropped and collected right at the entrance, otherwise you’ll need something warmer when standing around late at night searching for a cab.

Handbags at dawn: Nothing will ruin you outfit more than a handbag that’s not fit for purpose. Invest in a simple black evening clutch with a shoulder strap.  Why the shoulder strap?  Because you can’t put your bag down and you may be holding a glass and want to nibble a canapé; a difficult manoeuvre with purse clutched in your arm pit.

Jewelled evening bags are gorgeous, but often so tiny that they’ll only hold your house key, lippy and the all important £20 note for emergencies. Forget the phone and the fags!  Worth a thought beforehand, no?

To bra or not to bra: Tonight’s the night…..you’ve got the strapless dress lined up and go to the office wearing your usual soutiengorge – (I love this French word for a bra – literally meaning hold-under-throat). The you remove your bra later in the day whilst getting dolled up you notice the indentations on you shoulders – not a good look with a strapless dress. So always remember when getting up in the morning – strapless dress means either no bra or wearing a strapless bra during the day.

Spanx versus support hose: I’m not a great advocate of heavily fortified undergarments. That extra flesh has to go somewhere and you need to be careful that it doesn’t just spill out ruining the line of a close fitting dress at mid thigh or giving a back roll. We advise just simple hold-in tights resulting in no VPL and gives a super smooth silhouette. Tip: always wear a new pair (Wolford are best) as once worn they lose their elasticity.

Jewellery tips: Watches – don’t wear one, unless you have a delicate evening watch,.

Bracelets: Diamante bracelets, beware! They are often sharp and will catch on satin or chiffon ruining the evening dress.