Miss Petaluma On…New Celeb Kids on the Block

Posted in Style on July 20, 2010 by Mums That Slay

These kids are gorgeous.  So, I just had to share their adorability with you all.  The style factor is super-high and I whole-heartedly enjoy seeing kids, from babies right up to teens, looking so experimental (Willow Smith is definitely one to watch).

Sandra Bullock's chubby son

Halle Berry's daughter has California effortless cool down to a T

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's daughter layers up in traveller chic

'Karate Kid' Jaden Smith gets the rocker fro spot on

Willow Smith has her own style and that's that!

Miss Petaluma On…Vogue Africa? Er No

Posted in Fashion on July 20, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Just when I thought Africa was finally and deservedly being seen as the hottest influence in the fashion industry, Conde Nast (the official style power-broker) put it in its place.

Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya took on the challenge of showing Africa in the stylish light it deserves.  Creating a campaign to impress publisher Conde Nast, he created fictional covers with gorgeous imagery and believable messaging.  Unfortunately, it seems Conde Nast are content with stealing the African aesthetic for its shoots, but unwilling to represent the wealth of designers and models it comes from.

Vogue is published in 18 countries world-wide and famously criticised for its poor use of ethnic models, only Vogue Italia seek to redress this with regular specials and a new website dedicated to black fashion Vogue Black.   Africa’s a huge continent, with a fast-growing fashion industry – it saw its first Fashion Week this spring – and its traditional prints and artisan prints are the key look for Autumn Winter.  There are women there who really care about what they wear, their hairstyles, make-up and have money to spend.  Look at the success of Arise Magazine.  I say shame on you Conde Nast, you missed a trick here.   Let’s enjoy what could have been.

Miss Petaluma On…Le Grand Chantal Biya

Posted in Style on July 14, 2010 by Mums That Slay

France’s first lady Carla Bruni is being upstaged, for once, by Cameroon’s Chantal Biya.   Key dignitaries from various African countries have been invited to the French capital to celebrate 50 years of Independence  since French rule.   At each event the first lady, known for hogging the limelight, has looked nothing but pedestrian in her little black numbers aside the flame haired Biya.  Her vivacious style has even sparked a ‘banane’ hairstyle trend in her home country.

Miss Petaluma On…Knots Landing

Posted in Fashion on July 9, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Here’s a new version of the Croydon top knot.  All you need is a jar of gel and some creative headwrapping skills.  Jean Paul Gaultier presented his Autumn 2010 couture show in Paris this week.  The look was fierce, part Dallas – part Betty Davis, with dramatic headdresses and padded bums and cone-shaped busts.  Sensual and rich colour palettes, extravagant tailoring – Joan Smalls and Sesillee Lopez represented the sisters in these looks.  Yes, it didn’t have all the fireworks you’d normally expect from the eccentric designer, but elegance is an art of itself.

Miss Petaluma On…Zoe Saldana for Calvin Klein

Posted in Fashion on July 8, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Avatar actress Zoe Saldana has just been announced as the new face of Calvin Klein Underwear and CK Envy fragrance.


Miss Petaluma On… Everything’s Coming Up Rosy at Dior

Posted in Fashion on July 6, 2010 by Mums That Slay

LOVING Christian Dior’s Fall 2010 Couture show!  As always Peckham Boy (as a South Londoner that is relevant), John Galliano took us to another world, this time the florists.  Dresses mimicked tulips, with ragged unfinished edges and roses with massive skirts, in fact every flower or bouquet down to Stephen Jone’s ‘Cellophane wrap’ hats.

Joan Smalls AKA Iris models Christian Dior's Fall 2010 Couture Collection

Miss Petaluma On…Serena William’s Trophy Dressing

Posted in Style on July 6, 2010 by Mums That Slay

In a dress just as blinging as her trophy, Wimbledon Single’s winner Serena Winner, toasted her success in this stunning dress.  She’s never been afraid to flaunt the muscles that have stormed her to the top.  What say you?