Cannes Film Festival: de Grisogono Party

Joanne Black Cannes de Grisogono

Mira Anafina, Joanne Black & Zhanar Kaliyeva

Where: Hotel du Cap

Joanne Black Style: White Jitrois leather dress, Lanvin sandals, Prada bag and De Beers diamonds

Put more than 400 stars of the screen – and international scene – together with fabulous food, a 20-minute firework display, dancers in catsuits and Cheryl Cole as guest of honour and what do you get? An unforgettable night out, that’s what!

This year’s de Grisogono Party, which was hosted by Fawaz Gruosi (who looked stylish in a stunning blue suit), was spectacular from start to finish. In style terms alone there was plenty to get excited about. Cheryl Cole stole the show on not one, but three occasions! First, she wowed us with her breath-taking Roberto Cavalli strapless black tulle gown and dazzling de Grisogono jewels. Then she delivered a great 30-minute set on stage, which included the song such as Stand Up. And finally, she gave us a look at her cute and daring side with a coral red twisted pleat georgette dress by Julian McDonald. What a woman!

Special mention also should be made of Naomi Campbell, who looked fantastic in a short white beaded L’Wren Scott dress and those dancers in red glitzy catsuits and black jackets (I was exhausted just looking at them dance away to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal). Wow!

LFW: Fashion for Relief Haiti


Kate Moss, Annabelle Neilson and Naomie Campbell in ALexander McQueen


Piers Morgan and Naomie Campbell in Vivienne Westwood

Where: Somerset House
Joanne Black style: Alexandra Wang dress, YSL heels and a Chanel bag.

Naomi Campbell was in top form on Wednesday as host of the Fashion for Relief Haiti charity show. She opened the star-studded event with fellow supermodel Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson in a dress from the late Alexander McQueen’s last collection. She then took to the runway with Piers Morgan and looked stunning in gold Vivienne Westwood dress – which was later auctioned for £20,000 pounds – before closing the show on the arm of her mother Valerie.

It’s not every day you get to see Ronnie Corbett dancing to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Dame Shirley Bassey and Geri Halliwell strutting their stuff on the runway and model mum and daughter Amber and Yasmin Le Bonn walking together, so I was glad to be up in the front row to catch all the action. I was also delighted to see Sir Philip Green bid £100,000 for the McQueen dress and leather belt Moss wore on the night – a fitting tribute to the fashion designer who died in such tragic circumstances.

I don’t think I’ve seen a more powerful, colourful and tearful start to London Fashion Week. With over  £1million raised for the Haiti relief effort, it was a big show with an even bigger heart.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is back, and it’s bigger, brighter and better than ever. This is a week dedicated to fabulous advanced previews, stunning collections and inspired fashion – both on and off the catwalk. Fashionistas go to Paris for chic and they come to London for edgy street fashion. With Spring/Summer 2010 collections from everyone including Betty Jackson, Vivienne Westwood, Osman, and up-and-coming designers from St Martin’s Lane College, London Fashion Week has enough statement pieces to fill my own wardrobe – and those of  my clients – many times over. Let’s take a look around…

Naomi Campbell hits the runway for LFW once more

Naomi Campbell hits the runway for LFW SS10

LFW Day 3: Issa London

Location: Somerset House
Joanne Black Style:
Paola Frani catsuit; YSL tux white jacket; Christian Louboutin shoes and a Sergio Rossi clutch.

Naomi Campbell-joanne-black

Naomi Campbell takes LFW by storm

The collection: Why is it after so many years on the catwalk Naomi Campbell still has the best legs in the business? Opening designer Daniella Issa Helayel’s Sunday evening show to thunderous applause, Campbell oozed style in a white sequined swimsuit. Issa describes her work as ‘practical, fluid and chic’, and with a tropical storm themed show – covering everything from sexy shorts and satin blouses, to cool trousers and her signature white ant festooned T-shirts – her collection was just that.
The wish list:
I loved the stormy gun-metal, off-the-shoulder, one-arm dress that fell to just above the knee.
The style:
Daisy Lowe stole the show with her short black sexy dress and fab YSL killer hills.