February 1, 2013

Blog Off: Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé…

Personally, I think Cate Blanchett is probably one of the best dressed A listers on the red carpet. She’s so statuesque, and where as a lot of people on the carpets lose the battle of being swamped by their couture, Cate ALWAYS wears the dress, and not the other way round. 
Here she is, at the second Annual AACTA Awards in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday evening, wearing a red sequinned Geisha-like Armani Privé dress. 
Here’s what my blogger friends thought…
I love Cate Blanchett here. It’s a marriage made in fashion heaven. It’s wear classic meets classique.You can’t get a more harmonious union. This Asian-inspired red piece left me totally gobsmacked. The only other thing I can say is… ALL HAIL THE RED CARPET QUEEN. Long may she reign. 
As statuesque as Cate looks here, I think the plastique-look really does not suit her usually regal elegance. I think this is a misplaced fashion choice, and I am not sure if is hers’ or a stylists?

I kind of love this dress for its Jessica Rabbit meets The Little Mermaid qualities. She has an amazing body, therefore can carry it off and has accessorised it perfectly. Those earrings are fab and the understated make up is perfect – anything more would have been tacky. Love that mad hemline, it feels a little bit rebellious! Anyone who can carry this look off at 43 gets my vote!
***And moi…***
Just look at her! Never mind the red carpet, this red frock is now on the list of Cate’s best dresses. The list is getting longer and longer mind you, on account of her AMAZING choices. Can you win an Oscar for best personal wardrobe? Cate should win. 
Well, who do YOU agree with?? 

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December 13, 2012

Red Carpet Roundup – Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes and THAT Geri Halliwell dress…

I just thought I’d share with you the best and, erm, most interesting looks (note how I’m kinda sitting on the fence in an attempt not to annoy anyone!) from the red carpets of this week. To be honest, this should just be all about Cate Blanchett, she’s totally blown me away with her two recent looks, but there’s a couple of others that have caught my eye…

 Above: Cate Blanchett at the Hobbit premiere in London last night, wearing an AMAZING white Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 gown
Below: in a gorgeous Peter Pilotto top and skirt combo. 

Who cares if everyone saw Anne Hathaway’s goodies, she sure as hell makes up for her Sharon Stone Basic Instinct moment in this daring Tom Ford cape-back gown. The shoes, however, look a bit too leg brace-y for me. 
 I usually find Katie Holmes utterly uninteresting and boring, and very safe with her fashion choices, but this purple velvet Tom Ford dress is probably the best she’s ever worn! Great colour for a brunette, and a sexy length and cut for her too. WOW moment. 

I’m so bloody impressed with Sarah Jessica Parker right now. She’s a fashion icon, we know, but to wear this Erdem two-piece that could easily have drowned her, and look THIS amazing is a feat in itself. Definitely the best of the week! 
Ohhh ‘ere she is, little miss flasher! I mean, what’s with the showing off your smalls Kristen? Haven’t you learnt your lesson? It’s not even nice! She looks awkward, and quite frankly that easel and board look better than she does.  

 Geri, love, stop it. Just stop. Stop trying to get all the attention when you look so hideous. What’s this toilet roll holder you’re wearing? It’s so wrong. It’s so mother-of-the-bride. In fact the only one I like here is Victoria, obviously. She’s working that School Gate chic to the max! 
This picture upsets me. 

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June 2, 2011

Coveted Couture: Givenchy 2011

I always try to observe couture collections as an outsider of the fashion industry, objectively one might say. Because, and I don’t think I’m alone here, I see couture as so specialized, so directional, so individual that I actually find it quite hard to comment on it without just using hundreds of adjectives, which is fine, but not very insightful.

What I do know about couture is that A LOT goes into not only every collection, but more specifically every piece. It’s the time where designers splurge on materials, embellishments, details to create something unique and customized, far from their commercial ready-to-wear collections.

Riccardo Tisci’s last couture collection (spring 2011) for Givenchy really did have wow factor by the bucket load. Japan was his main focus. Japanese robots and toys – for the (Philip Treacy) headgear and shoes anyway. Style.com reported that ‘one outfit required 2000 hours of cutting and 4000 hours of sewing’ – this is couture people!

So taken with Givenchy’s couture, with it’s 3-D wings, beading, exotic feathers and extraordinary laser cutting, the A-list set stepped out in some of the dresses to show us exactly what they looked like in movement, i.e. GORGEOUS!

It’s one collection that has got people talking; E!’s Fashion Police couldn’t decide whether they loved or hated Cate Blanchett’s Oscars gown. But I guess when you’ve got people talking about something, you’ve done your job well.

I fell head over heels for Tisci’s latest, did you? What do you think of the collection? Would you kill for couture?

***Cate Blanchett at the Oscars***

***Liv Tyler at the Met Gala***

***Courtney Love at the amfAR event***

***Beyonce in her FIERCE new video, Who Run The World***

***Former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld, at the amfAR event***