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The week in dresses

By Carla Challis

The shade: Electric Blue
When the Duchess of Cambridge and Blake Lively are both spotted wearing the same shade of blue, you know it’s a colour you’ve got to get on board with. Flattering to every skin tone under the sun, it’s an edgier alternative to tangerine or neon pink and much more wearable – heck, you can even break the cardinal sin of no black and blue with this nifty shade. For a real moment, team with complimentary dove grey or sherbet peach.

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Try these true blue babies for yourself:

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From left: Ducie Maxi Dress, McQ Alexander McQueen Shirt Dress, Yves Saint Laurent Linen Dress

The shape: Two for one
It’s not quite your regular BOGOF deal you’ll find in your local supermarket, but it’s close. The smartest girls are using their sartorial style to get two for the price of one with a skirt and top combi. If, like Marion Cottilard you like the look of a pencil skirt and top, this is a much easier way to achieve it as you benefit from the clean lines a dress provides whilst creating the illusion of separate pieces. Or make like Fan Bing Bing and choose an overlay dress for a cool, matching look.

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Get your two for ones here!:

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From left: Roland Mouret Maxi Dress, Carven Sculpted Dress, Schumacher Good Time Dress

The show: Anne Hathaway
This girl doesn’t let a little thing like a necessary pixie crop (which she apparently cried over when being cut) stop her from giving good dress. On the promo trail for her new movie The Dark Knight, Anne Hathaway has chosen a mix of girly yet contemporary gowns, from the Grecian inspired plunging Prabal Gurung to the stunning sixties shimmer Gucci. Our favourite though, by far, is the cute and cool gingham Stella McCartney cut-out – it complements her crop to the bone.

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Choose your favourite Anne and have a go for yourself:

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From left: Elliot Claire Cream Toned Gown, Richard Nicoll Cashmere Bustier Dress, Marni Cady Dress (just add a supersized necklace)


Hello, Upper East Siders

After an inspiring trip to the Big Apple this month, and a somewhat desperate jealousy of the dresses donned by the cast of one of my favourite television programmes du jour, I thought it would be fitting to delve into the world of the Gossip Girl cast and indulge in some serious wardrobe envy.

Blair Waldorf is the quintissential Upper East Sider, with an impeccable turn out and clothes that are architecturally interesting, yet demure, and guaranteed to cost more than a Londoner’s monthly rent. Hers is the most exclusive of the bunch, with little high street mix and matching, but here are my hand-picked favourites that even Blair Waldorf would be excited to find in her wardrobe.

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{L-R Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, Wool Jackie Dress by LaDress, Circle Dress by Roland Mouret, Metallic Jacquard Dress by Proenza Schouler, Fantasy Frill Dress by Marc Jacobs}

GMD’s stunning collection of dresses has something to suit every one of Blair’s moods, in her favourite designer choices, so if you feel like taking tea at the Ritz and acting as Queen Bee for the day, don’t hesitate – why not try all four?

Serena van der Woodsen’s style choices are all about fun and seduction – and anything that serves as an excuse to get those mile-long legs out! Despite her best friend Blair’s efforts to remain conservative and put together, Serena is a party girl at heart, and these dresses would be perfect for the part.

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{L-R Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen, Fushia Dress by Herve Leger, Rainbow Paillette Dress by Marc Jacobs, Agate Dress by Jasper Garvida, Metallic Detail Dress by Francis}

Why so sad, S? Is it because Girl Meets Dress customers can now access your favourite designers pieces and wear to their hearts content? We thought so.

And just in case you don’t fit into the Upper East Siders bracket, perhaps some inspiration from Brooklyn hipster Vanessa Abrams might be more up your street. Vanessa’s style is eclectic and full of colour – accesorise these pieces with some chunky bangles, a colourful tote bag, and maybe even a beanie hat, if the mood so takes you!

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{L-R Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams, Floral Print Silk Dress by Tibi, Graphic Print Tunic by Schumacher, Tribal Denim Dress by Marc Jacobs}

Why not make like the Gossip Girls and update your wardrobe for a night with these exciting pieces – get together with your girlfriends, pick a character and head out for some cocktails and a cheeky gossip.

xoxo.

By Catherine Sprunt.

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