Love is A Losing Game: Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Like many fans around the world, HOUSE OF SASSI was sad to hear of the passing of  the extremely talented Amy Winehouse who tragically died at the weekend, aged just 27.

Amy was well-known for her troubled personal life (mostly for her battle with drugs and alcohol), but that didn’t stop her from hitting the UK music scene with a bang. In 2003, the release of her first album, Frank, led to an Ivor Novello award and several BRIT nominations. The album put Amy on the music map with songs including ‘Stronger Than Me’, which gained her a huge fan base.

Amy’s second album, Back to Black, is most famous for its controversial lead single ‘Rehab’. The album contained several songs with a much more personal vibe than Frank. Amy’s amazing talent as a singer/songwriter shone through on her second album, winning her five Grammys and tie-ing her with Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, and Alicia Keys, for the second largest number of awards won by a female artist in a single ceremony. Fans loved the singles ‘Back to Black’, ‘Love is a Losing Game’, and ‘You Know I’m No Good’.

Amy’s unique voice, her soul/jazz-influenced music, and that trademark beehive (not to mention her colourful private life) made her a household name in the UK and beyond. Found at her home in Camden on July 23rd, Amy’s tragic death  enrols her in the iconic ’27 Club’-musicians and stars who died before or at the age of 27, and whose members include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

The music of Amy Winehouse will live on for its uniqueness, frank honesty, and showcasing of a genuine talent. HOUSE OF SASSI will always love Amy’s hugely popular version of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’, with Mark Ronson. RIP Amy, the UK music scene won’t be the same without you.


Top Red Carpet Statement Dresses

In the entertainment world each year brings highly anticipated award shows such as The Golden Globes, Screen Actor Guild including the upcoming Oscars, BAFTAs, Brits and The Grammys. It’s an exciting time for entertainers and fans alike; we can’t wait to see who is nominated, who ends up winning and with a unique merge with the fashion world, which designers will be featured on the red carpet by our favourite celebrities.

“Who wore what?” Red carpets and award shows alike always pique the interest of the Sassi PR office as we enjoy discussing our favourite red carpet looks. Inevitably and in good nature the discussion delves quite philosophically and theoretically into the history of fashion on the red carpet and a deep discussion on trends, styles and designers which resulted in our favourite, most impactful statement red carpet dresses.

Elizabeth Hurley in Versace’s ‘Safety Pin’ dress is truly one of the most iconic dresses of all time. Accompanying then boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of ‘4 Weddings and a Funeral’, Elizabeth Hurley was a struggling actress at the time and never before had someone been elevated to celebrity superstardom overnight by wearing a dress and for that reason the infamous ‘Safety Pin’ dress makes our list.

On what was a historic night at the 74th Annual Academy Awards Halle Berry wore a daringly beautiful Elie Saab creation that made just as much impact as her win for Best Actress. Relatively unknown until then Elie Saab’s racy yet chic embroidered design was a match made in heaven when he dressed Halle Berry for the Oscars in 2002.

Queen of burlesque Dita von Teese was probably the only person in the world who could pull off Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2009 Couture sheer dress. Leaving very little to the imagination Dita pulled the look off with ease with sophistication at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Benefit.

Beyoncé sure knows how to make a statement and boy did this dress make a statement. Receiving a mixed reaction, the Georgio Armani beaded creation did what it was made to do. Changing outfits more times than anyone could count that night this one was the best, enhancing her figure and creating an impact. And what better way to make an impact than wearing that dress and picking up a record six Grammys!

Versace makes the list again and why wouldn’t it when the dress in question was worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammys. Donatella did for Jennifer what Gianni did for Elizabeth when she dressed J.Lo in the sheer green rainforest design with the dangerously low plunging neckline. It made history and just goes to show why Versace is one of the most iconic fashion houses when it comes to creating couture that pushes visual boundaries like that.

No fashion list would be complete without everyone’s best friend Sarah Jessica Parker. In an Alexander McQueen creation paying homage to the designer’s roots, SJP was a perfect fit for the design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala: Anglomania 2006. It looks to be a simple dress and without the clever use of tartan draped across it would have not made the same impact. A true work of genius.

The bizarre but unique concept was daringly executed at a time when the world was reeling from the financial crisis and here were these two crazy designers who refused to let any financial woes deter them from creating masterpieces. “The Amsterdam Chainsaw Massacre” is what Viktor & Rolf’s Spring 2010 collection was lovingly called and with the insane creations that were displayed on the runway it was hard to envision it on the red carpet… but on the red carpet it came… enter Rihanna!!!  Donning an outrageous creation to the 2010 Grammy Awards pre-party; with an unmatched fierceness the stylish pop star was the ideal celebrity and probably the only celebrity who could pull this off.

With the heavyweight award shows yet to come, we’ll be looking forward to see who makes the biggest impact with their choice in wardrobe. Red carpet is probably the only occasion where celebrities can create the biggest impact, so we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this Spring.

As fashion lovers we salute those brave enough to let their dresses do the talking; after all the design that speaks volumes will for sure go down in history as a true work of art!