The influence of Joan Collin’s style has transcended decades. Purveyor of fine fabrics, strong silhouettes and outrageous prints, she epitomised the 80s as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty, before stepping out in her eccentric best as the authoress we all know and love, complete with faux furs, strings of pearls and a killer heel…
Now in her 80s, Dame Collins is an inspiration to all to add just a little more fabulous into our everyday lives. Whether you’re headed to a party or simply want to make an impression, we break down five of her more wearable looks featuring an array of high street pieces:
Polka dot party
Polka dots will never go out of style, but by pairing them with both a Bardot neckline and frilled sleeves, Joan’s dress takes us straight into 2017. A very similar style is available at Ganni for £150, with a modest hemline that perfectly complements a platform sandal (£20, Dorothy Perkins).
Cinched in with a waistbelt (£15, JD Williams) and topped off with metallic accessories, the final touch is the lipstick—this hot pink shade (£18) is available from Dame Collin’s very own Marks & Spencer Collection.
Traffic light brights
Now that summer has finally arrived, red is the perfect colour to brighten up your office wear. The nautical tones and structured shoulder pads of Joan’s jacket pay great homage to the era of power dressing and can be mimicked in this season’s collection by Balmain (£1425).
The monochrome dress (£99, Coast) and shoes (£65, Phase Eight) allow the red to really pop, and provide a good base for both work and wedding wear on a budget.
Tie things together with a slick of red lipstick. As well as providing a touch of luxury, the blue tones in this Christian Louboutin shade will help create an illusion of brighter teeth.
A homage to one of Joan's best Dynasty looks, this is a look that simply hasn’t aged—the high street is awash with similar buttercup tones and floaty sleeves this summer.
A near-identical dupe is in stock at New Look for just £24.99, left simple and feminine with minimal accessories and classic makeup.
White plastic bangles may be better left in the 80s, but this Thomas Sabo ring (£76.75) and Whistle & Bango Bangle (£34.50) provide a more grown-up alternative.
And then of course, everything must be finished off with her trademark bouncy curls. Schwarzkopf’s Curl Gel (£7) will add volume to even the straightest of locks.
If Joan Collins' bold looks feel a little intimidating, this effortless look may well be for you.
A lightweight alternative to the traditional suit jacket, this waistcoat from Simply Be (£25.50) stops at a flattering mid-thigh, skimming over the waist of the cigarette trousers (Miss Selfridge, £25) and providing a good base for some more statement jewels.
This gold leaf necklace from Boden (£25) adds just enough interest to the ensemble and would also look great with summer dresses, providing a sublte clash against the gun-metal of the heel (Milanoo, £25).
Glitz and glamour
A Joan Collins style guide simply wouldn’t be complete without some sequins, and this gown is an absolute showstopper, worn to the opening of the Vogue 100 exhibition.
While few of us have calendars full of such envy-inducing events, a more wearable alternative is available at H&M for just £34.99, ideal for black tie dinners across summer before stashing away for Christmas party season.
Do as the dame does and keep accessories gold and plentiful—this DKNY (£82) watch is practical but still dainty, matching beautifully with the statement cocktail ring (£330) from Wolf & Badger.
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