March 2, 2013

Blog Off… Joan and Jackie Collins!

I feel much has been written about all the usual suspects on the red carpets from the Oscars and all the parties, but little has been said about my two favourite A list sisters who, like the true divas they are, attended Vanity Fair’s Oscars after party in UBER style. Joan even Tweeted saying “What fun we had at #VFHollywood party for 8 hours!”. That’s hardcore partying! And in heels!

Well, here they are, Joan and Jackie, who actually arrived together (pic of their limo shot below), in all their fabulous Hollywood glory.

But what did my blogger buddies think of their looks?? Find out…

Joan knows a girl always matches the muff to the cuffs! This glittery brown perfectly compliments her hairpiece and that cheeky slit shows that this movie star still has oodles of sexy appeal.
Jackie still knows how to do an 80s power shoulder and use the illusion of black and white, in the right places, to flatter and bring the focus all up onto the face.
These two sisters are like night and day when it comes to fashion, and both seem to be holding onto the “Dynasty” look with gusto. The Collins sisters have a free pass when it comes to style as they are just so clearly fabulous no matter what they step out in. It could be worse. They could be out and about in mini skirts and crop tops. They dress age appropriate and proud. What’s not to love about that?
Joan can still pull off the glamour puss at 79-years-young and those mink sleeves are bang on trend for the coming autumn/winter 2013 season. If anything, I’d say she pulled it off for a lady of her years, my only query being the slightly too tight pull across the midriff. But really, who could knock ‘The Bitch’?
Monochrome maybe about to be all the rage next season, but Jackie showed us how NOT to rock it. The sequin sleeves of the heavy, 1980s tinged, white jacket may have been lifted from the far back of designer, Alistair Blair’s wardrobe (circa 1986).
There’s no getting away from the fact these two sisters (like Cher) hold back time in the skin, hair and make-up stakes but in Jackie’s case, the smart OTT ’80s business women ‘suit’ styling for the biggest night of the year is more dating and a signifier of age.
***And moi…***
Look, the fact is, the Collins sisters are still and always have been the MOST glamourous stars of Hollywood and beyond since they were catapulted into the lime light. And thank God they are. Red carpets can be really boring places. Invite the the Js and you’re always guaranteed old Hollywood glamour, a nod back to 80s power dressing and oodles of sparkles. MY FAVOURTE LADIES OF ALL TIME, I THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THIS PARTY!

What do YOU think lovely reader?

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February 26, 2013

Vanity Fair Party 2013 Best Dressed… MY GOODNESS there’s lots!

Oh my God, never mind the Oscars red carpet, the Vanity Fair after party saw some of the best dresses of the season/year/century. From Giambattista Valli to Stephane Rolland couture (YAY), finally some of the dresses I’ve been DYING to see on a red carpet are shown off in all their glory.


Actually a bit speechless right now, these dresses. THESE DRESSES…

 ***Kate Beckinsale in Monique Lhuillier***
I have to start with Kate because she is my ultimate girl crush. This is why I love award season, Kate comes out, all dressed up, looking like this. The rest of the year, she’s grocery shopping. What a STUNNING dress. And straight from Lhuillier’s most recent autumn/winter 2013 collection too. That means something. It means she’s CHIC. 

***The Bingbings – Fan and Li***
I thought Fan had excited us enough with her pink Marchesa dress from the Oscars, obviously not. This monochrome Oscar de la Renta gown is AH-MA-ZING. And friend (no relation apparently) Li, Gucci’s brand ambassador, totally owned this turquoise trouser suit from the spring 2013 collection. What a pair! 
***Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein***
See, her Oscars dress was a bit predictable for me. However, this sparkler was so unexpected! It’s youthful, dramatic and GORGEOUS. She should have chosen this for the Oscars. 
***Karolina Kurkova in Atelier Versace***
Yes, she’s a model, and yes, the dress looks almost the same as it did on the catwalk, but it’s still so nice to see it out and about, on a red carpet. Love the playfulness of it, look at that smile, it says it all! 
***Anne Hathaway in Saint Laurent***
THIS should have been her Oscars dress. THIS IS THE ONE. It’s still a very her aesthetic (i.e. a tad safe), but a million times better than nipple-gate Prada. Apparently Anne decided to wear the Prada dress three hours before her appearance on the red carpet. This should have been the one she changed too.

 ***Kristen Chenoweth in Giorgio Armani***
She’s a little red carpet dynamo, and in this uber romantic dress, she looks the best she has done for a long time. Not that she ever looks bad, but she did choose a rather spangly dress for the Oscars. This one is miles better if you ask me! 

***Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli couture***
Another dress I was dying to see on the red carpet, thank you Diane. It’s got a really gorgeous cape back, that you can just about make out here. I love love love this shape. She looks tres chic. 

***Irina Shayk in Stephane Rolland couture***
Irina who? It doesn’t matter who she is (Russian model), it’s this dress that matters. THIS DRESS! You may know that Stephane Rolland is one of my all time favourite designers, thank GOD someone wore one of his amazing designs this award season. JUST PURE WOW. 

***Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Andrew Gn***
I’m in LOVE with this dress. It’s not sparkly or glitzy, so I know it’s a surprise I love it so much, but the monochrome, the pockets and this new shape – a big, bell, full skirt – is really ticking all the boxes for me. Well done Mary, you look stunning.

***Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta***
Oooo she’s done well, our Amy.  What a corker… floor length, fringed, perfection. 

***Naomi Watts in Emilio Pucci***
From a gorgeous sci-fi-ish Armani Prive gown, to this contouring, black and gold goddess gown, Naomi is my new one to watch. WOW.

***Jane Fonda in Reem Acra***
One last one, and to finish on Jane Fonda leaves me smiling. Another FAB dress from the 75-year-old. Age appropriate, sexy and shows off that amazing body. She’s at the top of the red carpet game! 

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February 27, 2012

The Oscars 2012 ‘Very’ best bits from the red carpet…

Whaaaaaaaaa the climax of award season ladies and gents… THE OSCARS!!

Who cares about who won what (well, apart from Meryl obvs!), it’s all about WHO WORE WHO and which A Listers looked amaze!

Here’s a few of my favs…

*Gwynie’s Tom Ford gown and cape set the (white) standard of the night.
Utterly gorgeous and full of timeless chic*
*A dark horse… my next best dressed – Shailene Woodley in a
statuesque Valentino couture gown. So classy!*

*That leg is working over time Angie! And the black velvet Atelier Versace
gown speaks for itself – she’s bringing sexy back!*

*This is a master class of how to dress for your body… THANK GOD
FOR OCTAVIA SPENCER! Her obsession with Tadashi Shoji sure
is paying off. Having a focus in the middle of a gown like this
takes pounds off!!*

*Don’t love this Armani Prive dress, but I think overall
Penelope oozes Hollywood glamour like no other*

*Not a wow gown, but a gorgeous safer option. Marchesa too,
so Sandra can’t go wrong really!*

*Erm Jennifer, are you in there? You look STUNNING!
What a fab Zuhair Murad wonder!*
*Short of breaking into Giambattista Valli’s studio myself
and wearing one of his couture gowns, I was dying to one on the red
carpet, and Emma Stone does a great job! Perfect for her skin tone too*

*Oh Meryl, how we love you! Best Actress accolade, and a best
dressed from me too. Gold lame Lanvin has NEVER looked so good!
*Just as I was beginning to tire of Michelle Williams’ too-old-for-her
choices, she does this! Loving the LV, and the pink and red clash too!*
*Jessica Chastain is one to watch, not only as a new brilliant actress,
but in the fashion stakes. A testament to McQueen’s design*

*I can give or take George, it has to be said, but Stacy…
OMGorgeous!! That liquid Marchesa does absolute wonders
for her! I’d gladly but her on my mantle piece!*
*Is it just me or does Rooney Mara look a bit… awkward??
WHY dear? You’re wearing Givenchy for God’s sake!!!!*

*Cameron Diaz, love, I’m a bit over this strapless obsession of yours.
The Gucci dress is lovely, but it’s just a bit.. mehhh*

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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. 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***


March 8, 2010

Didn’t they do well???

As the little gold men were being polished and lined up on a table backstage at the Oscars, the stars were being plucked, waxed, blow dried, dusted, moisturized, brushed and zipped ready for the most coveted red carpet of the year.

In simple terms, the gowns were good people.

There were some, in my opinion, that were better than others, but you can decide.

Overall, there were a few winners for me. Leading them was Meryl Streep in her plunging neck white Chris March – elegant and so figure flattering. Cameron Diaz sparkled and shone in her gold Armani Prive, Nicole Richie looked pure glam in her dark hued Reem Accra long sleeved gown and Brit girl Victoria Beckham chose a bit of shameless self promotion in one of her own – and why not? Look at her! Statuesque!

Fashion favourite SJP and Diane Kruger both stepped out in Chanel couture. SJP said that Karl made it just for her, lucky thing!

I’m not fussed on Miley herself – can she can’t she sing or act? Who knows. First thing though, her Godmother is none other than Dolly Parton herself, and secondly her dress is by Jenny Packham – one of my all time favourite gown designers. Miley looks STUNNING.

Marchesa, along with Sandra Bullock, were the big winners of the night fashion wise. ‘Up In The Air’ star Vera Farmiga wore this strapless, deep pink ruffle gown – the origami detail being synonymous to Marchesa’s collections. Sandra Bullock posed like the Oscar she won in the intricate crystal beaded bodice and long trained dress and Gabourey Sidibe of Precious stood proud in her royal blue full length frock. Well done girls, and well done Marchesa.

As gorgeous, and slightly Gaga-eque, as Jenny and Amanda looked in their Armani Prive gowns, a little ‘ooops’ left my lips – they look like they are modelling the dresses, not wearing them. I think stylists need to communicate! However, the lovely spring, powder tones to both dresses certainly made up for the red carpet similarity.

This didn’t do it for me unfortunately. The top half could have been saved on Charlize’s Dior gown, but added to the bottom, sans the boob rose details of course, it screams bridesmaid to me. I also think she needs to sport a red or deep purple with her skin tone and complexion.

Biggest yawn of the night goes to… Mariah. It’s a lovely Valentino dress, don’t get me wrong, but I think teamed with her fake hair and fake boobs, it just looks cheap. Hmmmm. What can we do to you Mariah? I think we need her Marchesa-erd up!

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