Wednesday, 7 June 2017

CFDA Best Dressed 2017

Monday night saw the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, AKA the second best fashion red carpet in America – second to the Met Gala. As usual the style set was out in force, many championing American designers for the awards ceremony. I have to admit, while I do love a princess gown on the red carpet, when it’s a fashion event or awards ceremony I love to see envelope-pushing, edgy looks rather than a gorgeous gown. For this reason, my top five looks are all slightly cooler and more effortless. Here are my favourite looks:

Diane Kruger in Monse
I adore Monse and give a little whoop of excitement when I see the fledgling label worn on the red carpet. Designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia cut their teeth at Oscar de la Renta and are joint Creative Directors at the eponymous American brand as well as their own label. I love the unexpected electric blue velvet with a gold paint splatter effect. Their bold and feminine perspective looks so refreshing on the red carpet.

Hailey Baldwin in Cushnie et Ochs and Brother Vellies
Cushnie et Ochs is another brand I love seeing on the red carpet, their minimal, sexy dresses are often overlooked I feel. I love how Hailey has offset the clean lines of the dress with pretty, frou-frou accessories from Bother Vellies – definitely a label to keep your eye on.

Janelle Monae in Christian Sirano
You can always rely on Ms Monae to dress for the occasion, crowd and dress code. While we witnessed plenty of flouncy gowns which don’t quite seem right for the CFDAs, Janelle knocks it out of the pack once again with an edgy, monochrome look.

Brit Marling in Sies Marjan
Straight from the AW17 runway to the CFDA red carpet in top to toe dusky pink, Brit Marling is a millennial dream. I love the relaxed, undone vibe which still looks appropriate for the fashion awards.

Martha Hunt in Milly
This is the closest I will get to liking a traditional red carpet dress at any fashion awards. The slightly awkward cut outs and subtle asymmetric hemline adds a much needed edge to a classic va-va-voom red carpet number.

And of course, the actual winners are…

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Menswear Designer of the Year – Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Accessory Designer of the Year – Stuart Vevers for Coach
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent – Laura Kim and Fernando Garcio for Monse
Swarovski Award for Positive Change – Kenneth Cole
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award – Rick Owens
Founder’s Award – Pat McGrath
International Award – Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga
Board of Directors’ Tribute – Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monae
Fashion Icon Award – Franca Sozzani

Friday, 26 May 2017

Best Dressed at the AmfAR Gala 2017

The AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala is the glittering jewel in Cannes’ crown. There’s nothing I love more than seeing supermodels decked out in custom gowns and a sprinkling of million-dollar jewels on a red carpet and while I’ve had a field day watching the festivities at Cannes, it’s AmfAR that I most look forward to. Here are my favourite looks from this year’s gala:

Bella Hadid in Ralph & Russo
This dress blew me out of the water. Bella looks exquisite. There’s nothing more that can be said for this look other than “she shut it down”. This look is going to go down in history.

Lara Stone in Chanel Couture
I’m a huge fan of being extra, which is why I adore this Chanel Couture look. Sequins and a plunging neckline and long sleeves and a slight drop waist and a poufy tutu skirt. The only  thing I’m not loving is the belt – it’s just one step too far but it's still a great look. 

Cindy Bruna
The internet doesn’t seem to know where Cindy’s gorgeous black gown is from but I’m utterly obsessed. The neckline is so chic and modern while the bottom half of heavy velvet with ruching is vampy goth but somehow it all works together.

Irina Shayk in Prada
Only Miuccia could take a simple dress, cover it in sequins and make it look modern and fresh rather than tacky. I don’t often like a sequinned dress on the red carpet, it feels old hat and stale but I can’t get enough of this beautiful creation on Irina. 

Martha Hunt in Ermanno Scervino
Pretty, sheer dresses are a dime a dozen on red carpets but this delicate sea foam number by Ermanno Scervino really stood out from the crowd. The mixed textures on the dress and simple styling are perfection. 


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, 14 February 2017

Best Dressed at the Grammys and BAFTAs 2017

Sunday night was a real treat, with both the Grammys and the BAFTAs taking place. While the great, good and celebrated in the music, TV and film industries took to their respective red carpets, the fashion industry was ready to digest each look. Metallic formed a key trend on both red carpets with edgy looks winning over pretty, romantic looks. I’ve picked my top five looks from the Grammys and could only manage four from a largly underwhelming BAFTAs red carpet. 

Best Dressed at the Grammys

Rihanna in Armani Prive
Without a doubt, Rihanna was the best dressed at the Grammys. The pretty, black layered, voluminous skirt is expertly balanced with with the tiny, orange, barely-there crop top. I was really surprised that this edgy look was Armani Prive, who normally send metallic and futuristic looks down the runway. Does this mark a new direction for Armani Prive? 

Heidi Klum in Philip Plein
Perhaps better known for their theatrical shows and outlandish designs, this is a surprisingly surprisingly restrained look. This shimmering sheath skims over Heidi’s curves perfectly, creating a look that’s understated and cool yet sexy and red carpet appropriate. I’m not wild about the heels though, a barely there sandal would have been a better option. 

Laverne Cox in Bryan Hearns
This was the fabulous Laverne’s first outing at the Grammys and she knocked it out of the park. This gorgeous Bryan Hearns leather dress is held together by chain accents, showing off her beautiful curves. I’m glad Laverne went for a smoky eye and sleek ponytail to complement her edgy look. 

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo
This is one of the most talked-about looks from the Grammys red carpet and deservedly so, even though J.Lo’s youthful looks almost distract from the beautiful Ralph & Russo gown she’s wearing. Jennifer looks like a goddess in this soft lilac gown, but I wish she had gone for a sleek updo as the hair competes with the tulle neck adornment. 

Katy Perry in Tom Ford
I have to admit, I’m very conflicted about this look. I love it at certain angles but straight on, it looks like two separate pieces. But art is supposed to make you feel and Tom Ford is one of the greatest artists, for this reason it makes my best dressed list. Katy’s newly bleached lob looks stunning with this unexpected sequinned top and feather skirt combination. 

Best Dressed the BAFTAs

Thandie Newton is Osman
I’m pleased as punch to see Osman on the red carpet! One of my favourite British designers, he does red carpet-worthy looks so well but seeing them make an outing is a rare treat. Thandie is the most glamorous vamp in this strapless gown paired with a dark berry lip. One of my favourite looks from a largely underwhelming BAFTA red carpet.

Emma Stone in Chanel 
The cool kids have been making a case for dresses over trousers for a while, none more than Emma Stone. This super chic Chanel look actually reminds me of an Indian outfit I wore to a wedding a few years ago. The pretty embroidery balances the edgy cut and I love the plunging neckline. 

Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton
Sparkles were the overwhelming trend at the Grammys and BAFTAs and of course, Vuitton had one of the best looks. It was high octane glam all the way with a plunging neckline and thigh high split in one of Sophie’s best looks on the red carpet. 

Emily Blunt in Alexander McQueen

The BAFTAs see Emily return to form as one to watch on the red carpet, her last couple of appearances have been a little underwhelming. The bodice of the drop-waisted gown is pure McQueen and I love the sheer panels which keep the drama of this gown sexy. 


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Best Dressed at the 2017 amfAR Gala

The iconic amfAR Gala officially kicks of the fashion festivities of New York Fashion Week. It’s one of the most glittering moments of red carpet season, with the great and the good of the fashion world going all out. This year, it was almost a clean sweep for Versace who dressed the vast majority of attendees - it’s much quicker to put together a list of attendees not wearing Versace than those dressed by Donnatella! Here are my top five looks from the fabulous amfAR Gala:

Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace
Queen Naomi was a tangerine dream in this exquisite beaded gown. The beading and sheer panels added much needed texture to the simple cut and the thigh high split added sassy drama. One of my favourite looks of the night. 

Hilary Rhoda in Brandon Maxwell
Maxwell is one of my favourite American designers so I’m always thrilled to see his looks on the red carpet. Hilary wore the hell out of this unique gown with a backless velvet bodice and simple black skirt with centre split. I’m really obsessed with this look. 

Madison Beer in Ashi Studio
This is why i love amfAR, you don’t get glorious fashion moments like this very often on awards show red carpets. This demure yet dramatic gown made a real sartorial statement. I love the colour, the subtle embroidery. Also a huge fan of the simple undo and gentle smoky eye. Perfection. 

Zoe Kravitz in Versace
I love that Zoe always remains true to her aesthetic on and off the red carpet - she will always go for an edgy statement rather than a frothy tulle number. This Versace look is  stunningly minimal look. I just wish it wasn't quite so sheer.

Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace

Also in a white Versace gown, Alessandra looked every inch a Victoria’s Secret Angel on the amfAR red carpet. A timeless asymmetric design with clean lines, it was perfectly accessorised with minimal accessories.  

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.


Monday, 9 January 2017

Golden Globes Best Dressed 2017

I love the Golden Globes. Kicking off awards season as we approach mid-January, aka the time we need beauty and sparkles the most. Overall, I was fairly underwhelmed by the red carpet looks this season. While the likes of Emma Stone and Sienna Miller did look great, I feel like many played it safe on the red carpet and didn’t really want to wow. There were, of course, some breath-taking looks too. Here are my favourite looks from last night’s glittering awards.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
For me, Priyanka won the red carpet. Hands down. Best dressed by a mile. I may be slightly biased as I love seeing Indian actresses slaying in Hollywood…representation is important. But her incredible Ralph Lauren gown is a stunner, featuring 1,600 hours of hand embroidery with gold sequins and glass beads. I love that it was styled with a simple blowdry and dark berry lip.

Blake Lively in Versace
We all know that Blake can wear the hell out of a dress. She’s always a welcome sight on the red carpet as she always brings her A-game, this stunning Versace dress is exhibit A. The black velvet and ornate gold detailing with the plunging neckline make the think of old Hollywood glamour. Perfectly styled with minimal make-up and her hair swept off her face, one of my favourite looks.

Natalie Portman in Prada
Natalie is also someone who always brings their A-game to the red carpet – even when heavily pregnant! Swathed in canary yellow in a beautiful ‘60s gown, she is the epitome of elegance and is totally rocking the pregnancy glow.

Emily Ratajkowski in Reem Acra
Also opting for yellow, Emily stunned on the red carpet. I feel her style is getting slightly edgier and I’m here for it. This dress was the perfect choice for the bombshell, with dramatic slits and super plunging neckline. I’m also a big fan of the deconstructed faux bob.

Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton
The overwhelming trend at the Globes was sugary pink or pretty sherbet. Ruth’s futuristic metallic shimmer of a dress was the perfect antidote to the overly sweet red carpet dresses. I love that she stayed true to her aesthetic and picked a simple look which made a big impact.

Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad Couture
Speaking of sweet dresses, Lily’s dreamy dusky pink tulle gown could easily have looked too saccharine but it was well accessorised with a sweeping updo and a slightly gothic matte berry lip giving it a much needed edge. Definitely one of the best looks of the night.

Brie Larson in Rodarte
Red on the red carpet is always tricky to pull off but Brie looks incredible in this Rodarte gown. The dress is simple but really accentuated her tiny waist and d├ęcolletage with criss-cross detailing and a sprinkling of stones. The burgundy lip and sleek waves finish this look off perfectly.

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