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. 


Friday, 6 July 2012

Paris Couture Week: Givenchy Couture AW12

I’ve got to admit, nomadic gypsies, sixties simplicity and couture don’t make for the most obvious of combinations. However, in Riccardo Tisci’s able hands, the resulting floor length gowns are nothing short of perfection. Inspired by the opulence of the gypsy world, the collection features sculptural silhouettes and yards upon yards of decadent beaded fringing along with his signature detailed cutwork and lace. Precision and detailing are key in this collection. It’s actually not one of my favourites of the season or from Givenchy but as a firm fan of Tisci’s work, I can’t help but to be drawn into his lavish nomad vision. 

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Givenchy Couture Spring 2012

I'm sure my posts about Givenchy couture shows are all the time so I will keep this short: The collection is exquisite, the workmanship is incredible and I love Tisci's vision. One of the dresses took 350 hours to make as the crocodile scales were individually cut, numbered, bleached, dyed and resewn onto tulle. Incredible 


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Givenchy autumn/winter 2011 campaign

How ferocious is Givenchy's Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign? Sensual and seductive, the campaign was shot by Mer Alas and Marcus Piggott and featured a sterling cast - Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Kristen McMenamy and of course a Tisci's favourite Mariacarla Boscono. The preview image is a singular Naomi shot but it looks so, so promising. Check out the accompanying video for some behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. 


Saturday, 9 July 2011

Givenchy Couture Autumn/Winter 2011

I've been a little ill, hence the lack of posts. Don't worry though there's nothing like a little couture to cure what ails me. And couture doesn't get any better than Riccardo Tisci's sublime work at Givenchy. I do believe he has managed to top his sensational Spring/Summer 2011 collection. The TFS forums show split opinion, some like me adore the collection and some see this as a regurgitation of last season's couture collection. I see this collection as a lot softer, more delicate and more beautiful than Tisci's past collection. 

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Who wore what - amfAR Cannes Gala 2011

I know that, on the whole, I've pretty much ignored Cannes. It was a little relentless, like it's own mini Fashion Week so I've decided to cover the best event with dresses which, in my option, far surpassed the splendour we saw on the red carpet during awards season. Whites, neutrals and gold were very popular, as were Cavalli, Atelier Versace and Chanel. Givenchy was the designer du jour though with no less than 5 Givenchy gowns spotted. The dress of the night was worn by Giovanna Battaglia in vintage Stephen Sprouse. A bold choice, but she looks out of this world! Who's your favourite?

Rosario Dawson in Roberto Cavalli

Bar Rafaeli in Roberto Cavalli and Karl Lagerfeld

Ana Beatriz Barros in Roberto Cavalli

Georgina Chapman in Marchesa

Brooke Shields in Marchesa

Milla Jovovich in Atelier Versace

Irina Shayk in Atelier Versace

Gwen Stefani in custom LAMB, Dasha Zhukova in Givenchy

Kristen McMenamy, Riccardo Tisci, Courtney Love in Givenchy couture

Kanye West in Givenchy and Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy couture

Kirsten Dunst in Chanel couture

Doutzen Kroes in Balenciaga

Alessandra Ambrosio in Roberto Cavalli

Anja Rubik in Emilio Pucci


Friday, 28 January 2011

Givenchy Couture Spring/Summer 2011

Sometimes people wonder what the point of couture is. Normally I refer them to Dior's breathtaking dresses and tell them that in comparison, 'normal' fashion looks mediocre. For me, couture is about creating something exquisitely beautiful, intricate works of art on fabric. If anyone asked me now, I'd refer them to the Givenchy SS11 collection, Riccardo Tisci's collection was much less gothic and dark than previous collections, the collection was almost romantic but with a harder edge. He incorporated elements inspired by robots and dancer Kazu Ohno with soft sheer organza and chiffon, ostrich feathers and hours upon hours of intricate embroidery work. The backs of the dresses were stunning. This is my favourite couture collection by far. 

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