Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fantastic Ms Fox: Channel Emilia Fox's Understated Elegance

With parents, uncles and cousins who are all well-established thesps, British actress Emilia Fox has an impressive showbiz pedigree behind her. Given this glamorous family heritage, it's no surprise that she knows how to pull out a flawless look for special occasions. Best known for her leading role in TV series Silent Witness, Fox stepped out at the Best Film Institute's LUMINOUS fundraising event in a full-length button-down navy silk dress with minimal accessories. An unfortunate choice of outfit on the red carpet is hard to live down, but Emilia doesn’t put a foot wrong with this understated, elegant look. You might not be headed for a night out with the stars, but this ensemble is easy to recreate and fine-tune for any occasion.
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Dress code
This black maxi dress is the perfect start to channelling Emilia’s look, featuring fine details that transform the simple floor-length black design into something special. The flattering v-neck offers a glimpse of skin to balance out the full skirt, while the button fastenings, waist-tie detail and charcoal panelling break up the sea of black and put a modern spin on the design.
Dress it up for the evening with a pair of heels, a statement necklace and a shrug, or tone it done for a stylish shopping trip or long lunch with some ankle boots and a chunky cardigan. If you'd rather cover your arms for the winter, find a fancy alternative from this range of dresses with sleeves from Isme, which features flattering styles, colours and cuts to suit your tastes and show off your figure.
Fancy feet
Emilia opted for gold courts with a slightly raised pattern to add a touch of detail without drawing focus from her fabulous gown. Follow in her golden footsteps with a pair of these shiny shoes, which feature a subtle snakeskin print. These sky-scrapers will give you lovely slim legs without the need for hours on the treadmill, but you might prefer wedges or pretty pumps if you have a lot of walking to do! The dark shades on the dress give you a bit of scope to play with bright footwear, so get colourful and creative with your choices.
Finishing touches
For those final touches make like Emilia and choose a clutch or handbag in gold to match your shoes. Keep your hair simple but sophisticated: Fox’s blonde colour offsets the black satin of her dress beautifully, but you don't need to break out the bleach to update your look! Go for effortless glam with loose waves and a slightly tousled style, or sweep your hair up into a classic chignon or trendy side ponytail for a straightforward 'do that's sleek but not too fussy.
Finish with your favourite jewellery, perfectly painted nails and a slick of scarlet lipstick to get your own version of Emilia’s elegant style.