Monday, 10 April 2017

Best Dressed at the Olivier Awards 2017

This is the first time I've covered the Olivier Awards and surprisingly there were some great looks! The British red carpet is often a little underwhelming, save for the BAFTAs so I was pleasantly surprised to see lots of punchy colours on the red carpet. Yellow was by far the favourite choice and I've picked two lemon hued looks in my best dressed list.

Noma Dumezweni
Noma wore the hue of the evening, yellow. The high neckline, cold shoulder sleeves and ruffles may be too much for some people's tastes but I loved the drama and the syrupy buttercup yellow colour. Dumsweni bought some much needed fun and frivolity to the Olivier Awards Red Carpet. 

Amanda Holden in Celia Kritharoti
I never in a million years thought I'd feature Amanda Holden on my blog but hey ho, here we are. Another gorgeous yellow gown, this is part Jennifer Lopez Oscar gown and part THAT yellow dress from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. I like the subtle flower detailing, which wasn't as overpowering as the one J.Lo opted for and Amanda's make up and hair perfectly complement the dress. 

Amber Riley
This is Amber Riley's princess moment and she is a vision in cobalt blue. Her gown bought some drama to the red carpet and Amber looks absolutely stunning. The beading, the colour and the cut are exquisite. 

Sophie McShera in Ong Oaj Pairam 
I yelped with excitement to see an Ong Oaj Pairam dress on the red carpet! Kudos to McShera's stylist for picking an exciting emerging London Designer. The emerald green shade is perfect against her skintone and the dress has pockets! 

Rose Leslie in Dior
J'adore! I'm really into the sleek-meets-street vibe of wearing a beautiful Dior gown with a branded underwear band on show. It's a little rebellious and carefree, whilst being polished. This gown is stunning but I just wish it was a slightly darker or lighter shade as it just blends into the red carpet. 


Monday, 27 February 2017

Best Dressed at the Oscars 2017

Last night saw the stars gather for the annual Academy Awards, a celebration of the finest films as well as one of the most important red carpet moments. I stayed up to see the red carpet arrivals as they happened, with a running commentary on Twitter. There were some really great looks and an overwhelming trend for white and neutral shades. Here are my best dressed from the Oscars red carpet: 

Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Couture
I was first introduced to Janelle Monae 5 years ago by my old manager, he loved her music and I fell in love with her style. This girl has always known how to dress but hasn't really had a breakthrough moment on the red carpet, until now. This Elie Saab couture gown is so extra and I love it. From the voluminous shape to the ornate beading, it’s an exquisite piece of art. perfectly complemented with a gorgeous pixie crop, this is the red carpet look I’ve been waiting for from Ms Monae. 

Emma Stone in Givenchy
All eyes were on Best Actress nominee Miss Stone. Emma is a pro at red carpet dressing and doesn’t usually set a foot wrong, the Oscars were no exception. Opting for a very special piece from Riccardo Tisci’s final collection for Givenchy, Emma channeled old Hollywood glamour in a five-tiered 1920s style gown which was accessories with a chic red lip and soft waves. I love this look even more than her dress and trousers combination at the BAFTAs

Taraji P Henson in Alberta Ferretti
After a disappointing look at the Grammys, I’m so pleased to see Taraji back on form. She has never looked better. This midnight blue velvet Alberta Ferretti dress clings to her curves while the curved off the shoulder neckline shows off her d├ęcolletage and those twinkling jewels. A simple look which made a big impact, this was one of my favourite looks of the night. 

Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta
This is an exquisite look from Brie, in Oscar for the Oscars. I loved the dramatic sweetheart neckline which balanced out the flamenco-style lower half, the ruffles bought drama and movement to this elegant look. I just wish that the hair was different, it looks rushed and very nearly ruins an otherwise impeccable look. Her hair at the Golden Globes would have been much more appropriate. 

Kirsten Dunst in Dior

No one is more surprised that I like a Kirsten Dunst look than I am. This classic Dior look is just so simple and elegant. The slightly dipped hem, simple neckline and shape all work well on Kirsten and honestly, I can’t get enough of dresses with pockets, it is literally my favourite thing. Again, I feel like the hair slightly let this look down, it just needed to look a little more ‘done’ for this look. 


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

SAG Awards Best Dressed 2017

The final red carpet of January! Compared to the Golden Globes, I found this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet looks a little dull, a few actresses such as Amy Adams and Brie Larson played it far too safe for my liking. There were a few stand out red carpet moments, here are my favourite five looks:

Taraji P Henson in Reem Acra
Taranji absolutely slayed on the red carpet last night! Her Reem Acra dress was perfection made up of 1 part sweet and saccharine and 1 part sultry and sexy. Acra really knocked it out of the park with this dress. I love the colour, the fit and the jewels. The one detail I'm not convinced about are the little black bows, but I love this look so much I'm willing to overlook them.

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen
I wasn't a huge fan of Emma Stone's look at the Golden Globes, hence her unusual absence from my best dressed round up, but I'm glad to see she's back to form of the SAG Awards in McQueen. There's something about this pretty dress adorned with flowers giving way to reveal a pretty lace bodice which reminds me of Lee McQueen's work, albeit softer and more romantic. Accessorised to perfection with a sleek, soft wave.

Natalie Portman in Dior
Best dressed baby bump on the red carpet, Natalie dazzles in Dior. A simple voluminous gown with puffed sleeves is all that's needed to accentuate Natalie's glow. A dramatic eye and hair swept off her face finish the simple look.

Kerry Washington in Roberto Cavalli
Kerry is a statuesque beauty in this stunning Cavalli number. A surprisingly simple look from the master of maximalism, the gown features a sleek silhouette with sheer detailing as well as two of the runway's favourite trends - off the shoulder and fluted sleeves. This is one of Kerry's best red carpet looks.

Nicole Kidman in Gucci
I feel like Nicole Kidman often plays it safe on the red carpet so it's nice to see her take a risk in this green, glittering Gucci gown. The colour is perfect on her alabaster skin and I love the dramatic feather detail - very daring for Kidman. I'm glad she kept the hair and make up simple to complement this stunning dress.


Friday, 23 October 2015

Raf Simons Leaves Dior

Today it was announced that Raf Simons is stepping down as Creative Director at Christian Dior, after just three and a half years at the house. His tenure was so brief I can remember the original statement put out my Dior announcing his appointment. It came as quite a surprise, with his modern, minimalist aesthetic he wasn’t the obvious choice to take the helm at Dior. His first show, couture in July 2012 stunned all critics and earned him rave reviews. Dipping into the archives and sensitively updating classics such as the Bar jacket and tweeds, Simons proved that he was more than capable of tastefully putting his own stamp on the storied house of Dior. Since then, his show has been one to watch, whether it’s on schedule in Paris or pre-fall in Tokyo or the South of France in Pierre Cardin’s bubble house.
Here’s a look back at his 10 most memorable moments at Christian Dior:  


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Christian Dior Couture AW14

Exquisite details from the Christian Dior Couture autumn/winter 2014 show. 


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Dior Homme fragrance campaign featuring Robert Pattinson

At last, the long awaited Dior Homme fragrance campaign for autumn/winter 2013 has been unveiled. Featuring the delicious Robert Pattinson shot by iconic American photographer Nan Goldin, the predominantly black and white campaign is based around the themes of love, sex and debauchery against a New York backdrop. Extremely powerful and atmospheric, I really love this campaign. 


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Bill Gaytten's final Dior collection - Dior Resort 2013.

This week, Bill Gaytten marked the end of his temporary custody of Dior with his final collection for the iconic house - resort 2013. The collection was very wearable and sympathetic to the house's history with an emphasis on waistlines. Featuring voluminous skirts, belted dresses, sharply tailored riding jackets, corseted tops and peplums, the collection provides pretty pieces and gorgeous silhouettes. During his time at the helm of Dior, he has followed a tried-and-tested formula to safeguard the house. I'm really looking forward to seeing Raf Simons' first collection for Dior during couture week next month.


Monday, 9 April 2012

Raf Simons confirmed at Dior!

The Bank Holiday is ending on a high note: Dior have confirmed that Raf Simons is their new creative director, replacing John Galliano. Here is an official statement from Dior: 

Christian Dior announces today the nomination of Raf Simons as Artistic Directorof women’s Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessory collections.

It is with tremendous excitement that the House of Dior is welcoming Raf Simons, one of today‘s greatest talents. Monsieur Dior’s first collection radically changed the codes of elegance all over the world. Following the legacy of its founder, Raf Simons’ journey with the house of Dior will propel its iconic style into the 21st Century.

“It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior. Mr Christian Dior has always been for me the most inspiring couturier. Around the globe, the name Dior symbolizes the ultimate in elegance and
refinement. I am truly humbled and honored to become Artistic Director of the most celebrated French house in the world.” said Raf Simons.

The first Christian Dior Haute Couture collection created by Raf Simons will be presented in Paris in July 2012.

Congratulations, Raf! 


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

A Galliano-shaped hole remains in the House of Dior and after last season's horrendous couture show, I think everyone was on the edge of their seats to see what would become of one of the most iconic of the couture houses. Bill Gaytten delved deep into the Dior archives, evident in the use of houndstooth, the "New Look silhouette, full skirts and just a dash of Dior drama. Described by Gaytten as "X-ray Dior...all the structure of iconic Dior, but all of it see-through", the collection was well recieved with The Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong describing it as "A class act by any standards". Though there were still a couple of sub-par pieces, I enjoyed the ladylike, feminine collection in delicate fabrics. There aren't many red carpet choices but the beauty of the collection speaks for itself without the need for celebrities. 


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Christian Dior couture Autumn/winter 2011

I’m finding it really difficult to convey how let down I feel by Dior Couture this season. The last few collections weren’t Galliano’s strongest but without him at the helm it has all come undone. The Dior show was always the highlight of couture week for me, it was the show that raised the bar and gave me goosebumps. My desktop background is an homage to past couture collections. Dior, especially the couture house, without Galliano was always going to be a difficult concept to grasp but the collection they have just shown in Paris can only be described as an eyesore and I am beyond disappointed. The collection has elements of Galliano (although the inspiration is said to be Marc Bohan) and has some sort tiny glimmers of promise but the execution is just terrible. There’s no cohesive vision and though there is some experimentation, it lacks Galliano’s finesse and polish. This is not couture, it's a bad resort collection at best. The sumptuous luxury has gone and has been replaced by a garish mess. 

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