Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala


Joanne Black @ the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala

Hampton Court
Joanne Black Style: White dress with scooped neckline from Osman Spring/Summer 2010 white collection, YSL bag, shoes and jewellery

Walk the red carpet with a fashion designer and you’ll never want to walk it alone again. Arriving at the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala on the Osman’s arm was a moment I will never forget. Sporting a red sash, he looked like a fabulous picador, and was certainly the best dressed man there. He described me as his muse for the night – and wearing a beautiful modern geisha-style creation from his spring/summer collection, I was definitely dressed for the part.

Hosting a table at the fifth annual Gala – a night dedicated to raising money for the Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care – gave me the perfect opportunity to both surround myself in fashionable people, and do a bit of style spotting. Among the highlights was Hugh Grant, the humorous commentator for the night. He looked effortlessly cool and ruggedly handsome in a suit with an open neck shirt. Anjelica Huston (who I consider to be a bit of an inspiration for everything she’s packed into her life) wore a lovely black and white dress and Tracey Emin put in a stylish appearance in Vivienne Westwood. And businesswoman Helen Davison went creative with a skirt crafted out of a Matthew Williamson dress and a handmade black lace top (I reckon she’ll be a designer to watch in future). But the coolest look of the night came from the ever-youthful Yasmin Le Bon, who stepped out in a trendy, dramatic fan-detail structured cocktail dress.

Raising nearly £2m for charity, the Gala was a huge success. I left Hampton Court that night a little lighter – having secured a three day apprenticeship with photographer Tony McGee and danced the night away to the sound of Bryan Ferry – and feeling better than ever. The dress was a huge hit and saw me receive more compliments than I ever thought possible. At a fitting with Osman (where I tried on three dresses from his white collection) he said the full-length number would be a winner with well-matched accessories – and he was right! Being told I had the best look of the night was great, but hearing that I’d managed to secure Osman a new following (and an order or two) by promoting his fabulous designs, was even better.

LFW: Osman



Where: Somerset House
Joanne Black style: Jitrois leather leggings, Sergio Rossi over-the-knee boots, Zadig & Voltaire polo neck, Sharon Wauchob coat, Chanel bag, and Damiani earrings

There are only a few things that will get me out of bed the day after a post-Bafta party – and fresh designer Osman’s autumn/winter collection is one of them.

What this man doesn’t know about jersey just isn’t worth knowing. When four models opened the show in beautiful purple jersey dresses – draped in a Grecian style – I knew we would be in for a treat. Osman, who believes Cate Blanchett would be his ideal customer, loves strong, stylish female figures with a sense of adventure. This certainly came across in his show. Hot pinks added a splash of confident colour to the runway – Osman even joined in with bright pink socks and a shirt – a striking dresses, tops and trousers showed just how versatile jersey fabric can be.

Best look of the show? It has to be the grey check and leather jacket, worn over an icy grey long jersey skirt. It was elegant, chic and worthy of space in any wardrobe.

LFW Day 2: Osman

Location: Somerset House
Joanne Black style: Same as Mark Fast – just time for a shoe change into Margiela toe-less ankle boots.


Osman's all-white collection

The collection: For those of you who enjoyed the pale pieces from Osman’s last collection, his latest show was not to be missed. Osman’s Spring/Summer wardrobe brought chic European glamour to LFW. Inspired by a reportage photo of Mrs Simpson – who once wore a white dress to visit President Nixon – his all-white collection (with hints of gold) was pure and elegant, packed with sleek, sculptured pieces. Having teamed up with travel specialists Kuoni, Osman’s collection was designed to take us on a journey, and with use of North African and Japanese influences throughout, he did just that. Osman is one to watch for the future.

The wish list: It was so good, I wanted to walk away with the whole collection.
The style:My friend Yara – together with Katya Russian Editor of Shopping Guide – stood out from the fashionista crowd with their striking red outfits. I also loved actress Kemi David’s dress, which she designed herself. Who said the talent at LFW was just on the catwalk?


Kemi David's fab dress


Yara and Katya are ladies in red at LFW










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Tallulah Adeyemi stunning in Acne and DKNY