Andres Velencoso


Celebrity Style: Andres Velencoso

Men take note: if you’re a winter jet-setter hoping to arrive at your destination in style, look no further than Andres Velencoso. Snapped at an airport in Hello magazine, looking relaxed in jeans, a simple T-shirt, cool trainers, a great leather jacket and a polka dot scarf, Andres managed to outshine his glamourous other half Kylie Minogue – which was no mean feat. I love how effortless – and at the same time stylish – it all looks and will certainly be keeping a closer eye on this beautiful pair in future!

Espa Shave Mud


Joanne Black's Beauty pick: Espa Shave Mud

This is no ordinary shaving product. Designed for the man who wants to look good as quickly as possible, Espa’s Shave Mud is part shaving preparation cream and part deep-cleansing mask. Its key ingredient is white China clay (Kaolin), which is designed to draw out impurities and leave the skin feeling smooth and refreshed. What man could refuse a product that deep cleanses the skin, inhibits hair growth and provides the basis for the ultimate close shave?

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Finch & Partners Clay Pigeon Shooting

joanne-black-charles-finchjoanne-black-finch-partnersjoanne-black-piegeon-clay-shootingWhere: Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, Middlesex
Joanne Black Style: Belstaff jacket, Stella McCartney polo, Superfine code jeans, Le Chameau wellies and a hat by Irwin & Jordon

There’s only one thing you can get away with wearing at a clay pigeon shooting event – and that’s tweed. Sadly, not being a lady who loves textured clothing, it was only when I discovered a leaner look in the form of a grey and black Belstaff jacket that I was able to accept the invite. Brown tweed and a black loving girl just don’t get on.

Unfortunately, looking the part doesn’t make you a perfect shot out in the field. After a quick lesson – not to mention a bacon and sausage roll and a good cup of English tea – I did actually manage to hit something, but let’s just say I wasn’t surprised when my name wasn’t called out at lunch.
When I’d got over the fact I was tucking into yet another turkey dinner, it was time for yet more style spotting. Charles Finch was a great host yet again, but I have to say, my male style points go jointly to Nick Folkes who wore amazing socks with tassels and Tom Stubb with his amazing cape.

I was lucky enough to borrow a hat from the lovely designer Zoe Jordan, who picked up female performer on the day. Maybe with a bit of practice I’ll actually be some competition for her next year!

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2010


Viktor & Rolf: A PFW SS10 Highlight

“Parisiennes” know a thing or two about fashion. So, as the last stop on a tour of the world’s cities of style, the French capital never fails to delight – both on and off the runway. With style spectators including Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Miranda Kerr – who also did a surprise turn on the Balenciaga catwalk – Paris’ fashion scene had much to satisfy the seasoned fashionista and inspire the star-studded crowds looking to make Spring/Summer 2010 a season to remember. Here are a few of my Paris highlights…

PFW Day 5: YSL


A Stefano Pilati creation for SS10

Location: Palais De Tokyo
Joanne Black Style: Alexander Wang dress, Sharon waucho coat, Alaia ankle boots, YSL Bag.
The collection: Fashion working women will love designer Stefano Pilati’s S/S 2010 collection. Starting well with a belted white trouser suit, the show covered everything from belted dresses, high-waisted skirts and signature white blouses to edgy black leather pieces. YSL talked about a ‘natural and honest chic’, which was evident throughout Pilati’s collection. There was room for a few surprises, however, with strawberry prints and a peasant motif influencing much of the collection.
The wish list: This working woman will certainly be stepping out in Stefano’s finest come next Spring. The green peasant belted dress, white high-waisted shorts with a contoured matching jacket, heart-shaped top with skirt and sleeveless leather jacket will soon be making their way into my life.
The style: Style and star spotting was order of the day with everyone from Katy Perry and Claudia Schiffer to Prince and Kate Moss turning up to show their support for the talented Stefano Pilati.