The Oscars 2015: Red carpet

I think I have the Oscars all wrong. Yes, they’re the pinnacle of awards season, the big ones that finally tell us who is truly the winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress et al.

But, if the past couple of years is anything to go by the Oscars are not the climax of the red carpet.

In my imagination as a celebrity I would pick three dresses each one better than the other, a risky but amazing look for the Golden Globes, something outstanding but edgy for the SAGs, then the absolute jaw dropper for the Oscars.

I fear this is not really how it works and obviously the women who are walking the red carpet to attend these events pick the look they feel happy and sexy in for that night. They all look beautiful in their own way and are really dressing for themselves and not for the media to pick them apart.

This was brought up by Reese Witherspoon this year with her social media campaign to #AskHerMore. She felt that actresses were being reduced to just clothes horses in pretty dresses and wanted to be asked questions about what they had achieved in their careers for which they were at the awards for.

For the record, I am totally on board with this. Why should women only get asked about what they are wearing yet men get asked about their craft and how they achieved success?

The thing is, as many pointed out on Twitter when Reese pretty much skipped the interviewers on the red carpet, those dresses they are wearing are given to them for free. In exchange for a dress, sometimes custom-made for that attendee if you’re a big enough star, designers who put in the hard work creating something special and unique expect a credit.

So yes, #AskHerMore but also ask her who the 25 people were that spent 987 hours (that’s 41 solid days!) creating a custom Chanel gown for Julianne Moore.

For this year’s red carpet, I didn’t really feel there was a clear standout. There are only two dresses that I measure my WOW moments on and incidentally they are both red (but I’m not opposed to yellow…)  – Nina Dobrev in her red Donna Karan Atelier dress from the 2011 Emmys and Lupita Nyong’o‘s red-caped Ralph Lauren that she wore to the 2014 Golden Globes.

So, if no dress matches the reaction I had to seeing both these dresses (gasps, slight screams and applause) then I’m not going to award you my top spot.

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The excitement was palpable on Twitter when Lupita Nyong’o appeared on the red carpet, she was returning as an Oscar winner and she oozed beauty and glamour in her pearl-adorned Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown. Some said she was wearing all of her Grandma’s pearls, I think she rocked something unusual, modern and unique.

I hate reading this and also the amount of times it was said on E! etc but Rosamund Pike just had a baby and her body looked amazing. That red lace Givenchy flattered in all the right places, and her beauty game was absolutely on point.

Another woman who has just had not one, but two babies, was the only one of the whole night I actually did go WOW. As much as I am trying to stay away from judging skinny actresses, I personally thought Zoe Saldana was a tad too on the skinny side, so her pregnancy has given her boobs and curves and she still looks as gorgeous and fills out that Atelier Versace to perfection.

Oscars best dressed 3Emma Stone arrived at possibly the last minute. She was the one I wanted to see the most because she has worn so many different styles throughout awards season she was guaranteed to pick something unlike anyone else. It was difficult to work out the colour of her Elie Saab gown at first, some say gold some say green, but there’s a name for that and it is chartreuse. I loved this gown and in all honesty I would never pick this colour, but with her hair it’s a match made in heaven.

I was wondering how many times Jennifer Lopez has been to the Oscars, she even said on the red carpet it was too many times to remember. You can always count on Jenny from the Block to go big and normally its in skintight Zuhair Murad with lots of boobage and leg. But this year she went all princess on us in a blush Elie Saab Couture dress adorned with encrusted jewels and beads, with just a little boobage.

Dakota Johnson has been holding out on us for like, ever. She’s just finished her press tour for Fifty Shades of Grey and throughout that I felt a little bored by her picks, but then she appeared on the Oscars red carpet looking like that! Her Saint Laurent column gown is pretty simple but that one shoulder silver snake-like strap elevated the look to a whole other level. I do still have an issue with that hair though, the fringe is still a little meh.

Oscars best dressed 4I loved how simple Reese Witherspoon’s Tom Ford dress was. The black off-the-shoulder strap and matching black sash against the dove grey colour was chic and glamourous.

Jennifer Aniston didn’t wear black, but she wore her other failsafe colour – nude. I’ll give her the sparkles and the pattern of her Atelier Versace dress of course showcased her yoga-toned body, but it’s what we’ve seen before from JenAn and I like it but I don’t love it.

I don’t think Gwyneth got enough love for this Ralph & Russo creation. The designers who often dress Angelina Jolie are so talented, the creations they have sent down their couture runway are breathtaking. I agree that this isn’t Gwyneth’s best look, and some seem to be put off by the floral applique on the shoulder but I still like it.

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Anna Faris is another great plus one, often going unnoticed in her dress choices, she looked every inch the princess to her superhero Chris Pratt in Zuhair Murad. This is how you do Zuhair with sparkles and no leg slits and boobage…

Ahem Chrissy Teigen. She’s like the JLo of her time and she can easily get away with doing the double boob and legs on the Osars red carpet. She was plus one to Oscar winner John Legend after all.

Selma actress Carmen Ejogo kept it simple in her Houghton bejwelled dress which I adored. The hair, the dark lip and that necklace make this the perfect modern take on Old Hollywood beauty.

Do you agree with my picks? Do you think I missed anyone off my list? Let me know!

You can see the best of the rest from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board

Images from Zimbio

Red carpet: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015

Awards season is lacking in wow this year. While there has been many, many beautiful dresses I’ve not experienced that feeling I did when I saw Lupita Nyong’o’s red Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globes or like when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow in the white Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars.

I measure red carpets by these moments, just because they’re the looks that stick in your mind and that you will be remembering for years to come.

For the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015, the red carpet had plenty of television talent and not enough major movie stars for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, as we know the trend for movie celebs to gravitate towards television is becoming more popular and the success is just as prevalent – case in point Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Matthew McCoughnahey, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton just to name a few.

But I need majah moments and the only person who provided me with vaguely that for the SAG Awards was Emma Stone, followed very closely by Camila Alves.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Emma Stone, from her amazing Gucci look that she wore to the 2012 Spiderman premiere to her amazing knack for menswear inspired looks like last week’s Golden Globes Lanvin look. Her Dior tuxedo dress with a sheer skirt was perfect for Emma, glamorous with an edge and of course wearing the French fashion house better than its muse Jennifer Lawrence. In all honesty I would have loved to see JLaw in a look like this rather than sticking to the safer options.

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Camila Alves must be the best plus one ever. For years she has played the role of Matthew McCoughnahey’s supporting wife with the past year being absolutely stellar for her. She knows how to work the carpet and she always manages to shine especially next to a star that is a bright as her husband. Her jewel purple Donna Karan Atelier is simply beautiful, the structure of the bodice and the way it flows into the dramatic skirt just works in all ways and is the perfect complement to Matthew’s metallic blue Brioni tux jacket.

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Now to my second favourite colour (after yellow) on the red carpet – electric blue. Whenever I see someone in this colour I’m instantly drawn to it and Julianna Marguiles in her Giambattista Valli dress was no exception. The fit and shape of the bodice is so flattering and Julianna has the legs to pull of the unusual voluminous shape of the skirt with ease.

I’m getting slight fatigue at the Julianne Moore and Givenchy red carpet relationship, but I can’t really complain when she looks this amazing. Red hair and jewel green is like one of most perfect colour combinations and the jewels on the dress simply elevate the look, but it is very similar shape and style to her Golden Globes look – I’m hoping she’ll bring something different for the Oscars.

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It’s the opposite of Emma Stone’s dress in colour, but Laura Carmichael’s all-white dress is just as stunning (one for you Maria Menounos). Her halterneck Vionnet with a zebra inspired striped sheer skirt was the right look to stand out on the SAG Awards red carpet, it’s all about working enough of a balance you don’t want to go too edgy that you will be placed on the worst dressed lists but you want to be unique enough that you don’t blend in. Love the bravos for wearing this and from a Brit too!

Then we have Reese Witherspoon also in white, but radiating that modern Hollywood look that she does so well. This dress shows off her amazing physique without baring anything but a little shoulder and back. Her custom Giorgio Armani one-shoulder column dress has a scoop at the back that blends into the capped sleeve, this is one of my favourite looks from Reese this year by far. Maybe it’s a white dress thing that I love.

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Over to the prints, with Natalie Dormer in Naeem Khan and Rashida Jones in Emmanuel Ungaro. I’m a massive fan of Naeem Khan and as Natalie mentioned on the red carpet, for her coming over from the cold and rainy Blighty wearing something that felt like spring and warmth was what drew her towards the gown. If I was to nitpick I think she could have done something a little better with her hair, but I love the softness of this print so that’s just a minor issue.

Ahhh Rashida, you beautiful tropical fish, I adore this print and that blue trim works so well with the red lipstick. You can’t tell from this picture, but this dress is all sequinned which in my mind elevates this unique look even more. Keeping her hair simple with the trademark bangs I’m looking forward to more from my third favourite Parks and Recreation actress.

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Other celebs I felt worth a mention for their red carpet choices were Maisie Williams in the cutest red laser cut dress by Self Portrait perfect for her age without making her look too twee; 2014 Queen of the Awards Season Red Carpet Lupita Nyong’o who while i enjoyed her Elie Saab floral graffiti gown I don’t think the colours worked well enough to eclipse her other amazing looks; and Sophie Bush who always has a killer turn on the red carpet in her Vivienne Westwood burnt orange gown, I really liked this as soon as I saw her – the structured bodice and the pinned hair and the coloured jewels are all perfectly to my liking, I just preferred other dresses more!

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Keep up with all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board!

Golden Globes 2015: A very mixed bag

The Golden Globes red carpet this year was a variety of different colours, textures, shapes and lengths. I have to admit I was quite impressed overall because it’s made it considerably harder to pick just one best dressed.

For me I don’t think there was a wow moment this year like there was at last year’s ceremony with Lupita Nyong’o and Emma Watson. But there were plenty of celebrities who certainly brought their A-game like Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kate Hudson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jessica Chastain and Felicity Jones.

Julianne Moore’s custom Givenchy gown had the designer’s trademark feather hem but with a lot of sparkle. This isn’t anything that new from the brand as we’ve seen a lot of their dresses for major events with the feathers, but I love how unique Julianne makes the look, and the high neckline is in keeping with her style.

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Julianne Moore in Givenchy at the Golden Globes

Jessica Chastain had an amazing red carpet game last year, her electric blue Atelier Versace dress and lilac Elie Saab gown she wore in Cannes made it into the history books. So while I did like her bronze Versace gown on the Golden Globes red carpet I felt like she’s done something similar before. But her hair looked luscious against the metallic colour and the homage to Marilyn Monroe was a great bombshell moment.

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Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes

There always has to be someone that forgoes a dress and this year it was another Emma. The Birdman actress took a night off from performing Cabaret on Broadway to celebrate her nomination in a Lanvin jumpsuit. I’ve always appreciated Emma’s style it’s on the right side of quirky, chic and fashion-forward, and her hair looked absolutely perfect.

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Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes

Of course Kate Hudson knows how to do sexy, she also wore Versace and much like Jessica Chastain flashed the flesh. What I like about this daring dress is that Kate kept her hair slicked back and simple and a ring, earrings and a delicate bracelet were enough in the way of accessories. Basically the opposite of Jennifer Lopez.

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Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes

Speaking of JLo, when I first spotted her I thought she’d revisited the early 2000s with that beehive streaky highlighted hairstyle, but aside from that her Zuhair Murad gown is all kinds of epic.

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Jennifer Lopez in Zuhaird Murad at the Golden Globes

I saw Naomi Watts in yellow and cheered a little, I always like an unexpected splash of colour and yellow is far from safe. It’s easy to go with red like Taylor Schilling did, so Naomi’s Gucci column dress with her Bulgari snake necklace was certainly at the top of the list.

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Naomi Watts in Gucci at the Golden Globes

And then I saw Leslie Mann’s tight-fitting Kaufmanfranco gown and it tipped Naomi off the top spot, both yellow but both so different. Leslie accessorised her dress with a jewel green clutch which just made it for me. And then I spotted Jenna Dewan-Tatum in her lemon yellow Carolina Herrera dress and I was torn again, I’m not sure I could choose between them both at all.

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Leslie Mann in Kaufmanfranco at the Golden Globes

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Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera at the Golden Globes

Here are the best of the rest; from Kate Beckinsale who always does Hollywood glamour to perfection, Felicity Jones looking very regal in Dior, loving Lorde’s masculine Narciso Rodriguez tux, Kerry Washington was the marmite of the night in Mary Katrantzou but I loved the colours and the risk she took, Helen Mirren working it and even beating her younger peers in Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more.

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board

Sources: RCFA, Zimbio

My Best Dressed Celebrities: 2014

Last year I had the foresight to create a Pinterest board, starting in January to keep track of all the amazing looks that would hit the red carpets throughout awards season, Cannes, the MET Gala and the numerous film premieres and press tours and make my life easier when it came to my compile my annual list.

It’s my favourite part of the year because it’s a treat to be reminded of all those epic dresses that were debuted and some of them I had forgotten about. It was clear early on who would definitely earn themselves a spot high on my list (*ahem Lupita*) but also those looks that still deserve a mention despite not making it on to my list.

Jessica Chastain’s stunning electric blue Atelier Versace and lilac Elie Saab gowns, Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s whole wedding weekend, Lily Collins’ Elie Saab at the Rome Film Festival and Emily Blunt’s vivid red Prada at her New York film premiere for Edge of Tomorrow and Elizabeth Banks’ breathtaking Elie Saab confection from the London premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Also who could possibly forget Kim Kardashian West’s Givenchy wedding dress and Angelina Jolie’s unique Atelier Versace wedding dress.

10. Diane Kruger

Always one to push the envelope with different silhouettes, hair, accessories, colour and beauty, Diane Kruger is a rare celebrity in that she can never look bad.

I’ve been a massive fan of the actress for years now, and of course being one half of a beautiful couple always does favours. She has the best accessory around in her long-term partner Josh Jackson and is always radiant on the red carpet.

My favourite look from Diane this year was her black and floral embellished Elie Saab gown that she wore to the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in June. I had this on my wish list for the red carpet when I saw it float down the runway and I was more than happy to see my favourite style icon wear it. Other fabulous looks include her Valentino Couture dress from the Vanity Fair Oscars party and a beautiful velvet Preen ball gown she wore to Sean Penn’s Help for Haiti annual ‘do.

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9. Taylor Swift

I have had a strange love affair with Taylor Swift this year. It wasn’t long ago I was professing my absolute hatred at how annoying the starlet was, but then the songstress gave herself a total makeover and I fell a little bit in love.

A couple of things happened to Taylor this year, she chopped off her hair released a brand new album and a major style turning point came in April when she wore that black and white J.Mendel gown to the American Country Music Awards instead of her usuall glittery sequined outfits. The haircut is still a little twee, but it has a hint of BFF supermodel Karlie Kloss about it and was a nice refresh. I cannot tell you how jealous I am of her gravity-defying side-swept fringe, if only.

Taylor Swift is one hellishly busy lady so it was near impossible to include every look she’s ever worn just this year alone because she treats the pavement like her catwalk too and dishes out plenty of high end designers amongst high street brands like ASOS and Topshop.

One of my favourite looks from Taylor came at the American Music Awards where she wore a custom turquoise Michael Kors column dress tied definitely with her super-sexy Zuhair Murad look for the Victoria’s Secret after party.

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8. Kate Hudson

Kate is always a feature in my lists, she doesn’t hit every red carpet going but when she’s on one you definitely know it because she will be easily the best dressed there.

The actress hit a home run early on in 2014 at The Oscars where she turned up in a jaw-dropping Atelier Versace gown that topped my looks of the evening. She then didn’t stop there but arrived at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party in a black Zuhair Murad gown that was equally as beautiful.

My favourite look from Kate, apart from her Oscars gown of course, was her purple Stella McCartney dress that she wore to the Baby2Baby Gala in November. Showcasing her bangin’ body is Kate’s go-to and this cutout look is perfect for the Californian beauty.

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7. Ashley Madekwe

British-born Ashley is one of those celebrities that is not recognised enough as a style powerhouse, yet you look back at every single red carpet she’s appeared on and you would never find a bad look. Ever.

A massive style and beauty crush of mine (I owe the discovery of MAC’s Ruby Woo to her), she has worked a lot of red carpets this year in designers from Dior to Elie Saab to Burberry.

I struggled to pick one look as a standout because I was massively torn between her burnt orange Wes Gordon slip dress she wore to the amFar Gala in Milan, her white hot Banana Republic suit at the recent BFAs, or her super chic Burberry look at London Fashion Week. Pick for me?

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6. Rihanna

Could I ever really do a best dressed list in 2014 and not include Rihanna? This woman marches to the beat of her own drum and doesn’t not give one shiny f**k what anyone thinks.

By no means has every look that Rihanna wore this year been commended, I mean her Givenchy black lace green-lipped look at the iHeartRadio Music Awards was scary, not to mention the times she stepped out looking like Smurfette, but the rest of the time she will be the major star on the red carpet pulling something off that absolutely no one else could even dream of (yes I’m talking about you Rita Ora).

My favourite looks come courtesy of Rihanna’s stunning red Zac Posen gown she wore to her inaugural Diamond Ball for her Clara Lionel Foundation, that super chic pink tweed Altuzarra suit, her white Ulyana Sergeenko nightie she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards and that super fun Stella Jean bodycon dress that she wore when visiting the White House larking around pretending to be Olivia Pope.

I can’t include Rihanna without mentioning that naked Adam Selman dress she wore, because yes her areolas were on display and so was her bare arse, but the make up, the matching Swarovski-adorned bandana and jewels was one of those moments you will always list when talking about the pop star. And she looked hot, and if you hadn’t figured already she’s Rihanna she can do what she wants.

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5. Emma Stone

Emma knows what works for her and that’s her red hair. She had a brief dalliance back to her natural blonde colour not so long ago for her part in Birdman (which FYI is brilliant go and see it immediately), but her red roots make her looks really pop.

So from wearing a vivid yellow Atelier Versace to her Spider-Man London premiere or a forest green Valentino at the Birdman premiere at the Rome Film Festival she will always top the best dressed in my eyes.

Emma has worked several different silhouettes this year, with a particular stand out being the Saint Laurent check suit she wore doing press at the BBC Radio One studios and that adorable red sixties-inspired Valentino dress she wore for an appearance at the Empire State Building.

My favourite look from Emma Stone this year was the beautiful white Prada dress she wore for the New York Spider-Man premiere. I’m always surprised when I see a particularly spectacular red carpet look from Prada because Anne Hathaway’s 2013 Oscars dress is still burned in my mind.

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4. Blake Lively

The Queen of Cannes Film Festival this year, Blake Lively was on a high right at the beginning of 2014. Basically every time the blonde appeared jaws dropped to the floor.

Her beauty is absolutely her best accessory not to mention those long luscious L’Oreal preened locks of hers. When she strutted out as part of her ambassador role for the cosmetics powerhouse we expected nothing short of magnificent, and we were not disappointed.

Not only did Blake work the Cannes carpet to astonishing effect, but she also still managed to pull out yet another epic Gucci Premiere gown for the MET Gala with her perfect plus one hubby Ryan Reynolds. Then she announced her pregnancy and looked even more blooming lovely, can this woman ever fail?

Wearing one of my favourite looks of the whole year number one comes in the guise of Blake’s black and white tuxedo-inspired Gucci gown from the Cannes premiere of Ryan’s film Captives.

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3. Lupita Nyong’o

A major player early in the game, Lupita Nyong’o absolutely nailed red carpet dressing this year. A newcomer to the awards circuit, she was nominated at every major awards for her role in 12 Years A Slave which culminated in picking up the Best Supporting Actress gong at The Oscars.

What a way to start the year for this amazing woman, not only picking up awards but a fashion campaign with Miu Miu, a beauty campaign with Lancome and a coveted Vogue cover in July, Lupita is a major voice in the rights for black women should be given in the entertainment industry. She gave a particularly amazing and inspirational speech at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards that is well worth a listen.

Lupita’s favourite look for me this year has to be the red haute caped Ralph Lauren dress that she wore to the Golden Globes. It literally won award season for me, as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. But let’s not forget the stunning turquoise Gucci dress she wore to the SAG Awards that popped against her skin and that custom white Calvin Klein she wore to the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. I wasn’t as in love with the star’s pale blue Prada Oscar dress but can appreciate how beautiful it made Lupita look, and her jewel green Dior dress she wore to the BAFTAs.

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2. Emma Watson

Emma made my year when she turned up to the Golden Globe Awards in vintage Dior Couture. Not only was in a unique look but she was in trousers and still made it to the top of every best dressed list out there. Trousers are not a brand new thing that nobody has done before – it was just all in Emma’s execution. I’ve never understood why celebrities have to do that looking-over-the-shoulder-arse shot but if it were not for that then we would have never seen the beauty of Emma’s look.

From this moment on Emma has been seen in several more Dior looks, which lead me to championing the Harry Potter actress to take over as the new face for the brand over Jennifer Lawrence. It always amazes me at how hit-and-miss Jennifer is when appearing on the red carpet in Dior, yet those who are not loyal to the brand can put the Hunger Games starlet in the shade. Maybe 2015 will be the year for Emma to land her own fashion campaign, if not for Dior then Ralph Lauren at least.

Emma has been slowly shedding that sugar coated Hermione look for a few years now, after drastically cutting her hair into a pixie crop to going sexy minis. She seems to have found her signature style this past year that suits her, not overtly sexy but so sleek, chic and oozing old Hollywood glamour.

I loved her style during fashion week with the Valentino FROW look a particular fave, and it seems that Emma has a thing for trousers sporting no less than six more red carpet masculine-inspired looks throughout 2014.

Emma also launched the movement for gender equality campaign HeForShe, in which she gave an impassioned speech on how men are also welcomed into the fight for equality between gender which you can listen to here. She wore possibly the most perfect Dior frock coat that I just can’t get enough of proving once again just how well she is suited to the French design house.

My favourite look of Emma’s this year is tied between the red Dior look and her white Ralph Lauren gown she wore to the London premiere of Noah.

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1. Solange Knowles

To the winner. Hands down. Without a shadow of a doubt. Solange Knowles killed it in 2014. Her wedding to Alan Johnson in New Orleans may have had something to do with her taking my number on best dressed celebrity of this year in her custom Kenzo wedding gown, but just take a look back at her rainbow-tastic wardrobe and you’ll soon agree she never misses a beat.

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The more stylish Knowles sister (sorry Bey) never shies away from a bright colour palette favouring mostly yellows, oranges and blues and when you see Solange in black it’s always a treat because it very rarely happens.

Solange is the queen when it comes to dressing in just one colour. From jewel red in Paper London, to head-to-toe orange MaxMara and then yellow Paper London at Coachella, a hot pink Gucci suit is a favourite, to more yellow in Christopher Kane and Christian Siriano.

One look to really test the senses was her Milly FROW look – a bold electric blue coat by the brand, paired with a vivid orange hued look topped off with Barbie pink stilettos. I mean no one else could even think about this without looking like some sort of Sesame Street character.

Other beautiful moments came via her Calvin Klein embellished dress she wore to the CFDAs harking back to the classic Diana Ross vibe with her amazing ‘fro and the yellow Cedric Charlier strapless dress she wore for her mother’s birthday.

But of course the crowning moment for Solange comes at her wedding in November. The bride wasn’t happy to go with just the usual one look, instead choosing three Stephane Rolland jumpsuits to complement her custom Kenzo gown. She rocked up to the church on a bike strewn with flowers working a low-cut backless caped off-white jumpsuit with her husband-to-be in a matching tux. Then there was that beautiful gown adorned with simple gold cuffs which was followed by a one-legged ruffled jumpsuit then to top off the trifecta of trousered looks a jumpsuit that worked elements of both in with a deep cleavage and caped ruffles.

Solange Knowles was the best dressed bride this year, I mean she was competing with Kim Kardashian West, Amal Alamuddin Clooney and Angelina Jolie and in my eyes she easily came out on top. Well done Sol, keep on rocking in 2015.

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Do you agree with who I picked for my best dressed of 2014 list?

Who would you have placed in the top spot, check out my Best Dressed of the Year 2014 Pinterest board and let me know in the comments below or tweet me @nlcorner with your top choices!

Sources: RCFA, Zimbio, JustJared

San Diego #ComicCon: Marvel

The Marvel Comic Con panel is the one everyone waits for, with rumour of people not daring to leave Hall H as soon as they get a seat early on in the day. The presentation was expected to bring some big news and footage reveal with the nearly 7,000 people packed into the gigantic Hall H who were there waiting with baited breath.

It was odd then that Marvel had already announced release dates for their next stage just a week before Comic Con, with new films hitting theaters July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019, as for what they are Mashable had a pretty good guess at predicting which sequels and originals would be out. And then at the preview night on Wednesday Entertainment Weekly revealed an exclusive poster concept for Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd as well as teasers of the Avengers concept art.

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Should Marvel have saved some news for the panel instead of just teasing the audience with some footage of Avengers: Age of Ultron and a confirmation that there will be a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy in 2017? Even the panel questions according to Collider seemed a bit lacklustre with most of the cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Jeremey Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen and surprise guest Josh Brolin, regurgitating “how excited they are to be [insert superhero] and part of the Marvel universe”. Collider also seem to think that Marvel were in the stages of putting something together to reveal (Doctor Strange perhaps?) but it couldn’t be finalised in time for a Comic Con reveal.

Still the audience in attendance did get some footage of an ‘Avengers party’ scene where each member of the superhero team tried to lift Thor’s hammer, not even Hulk could budge it with only Captain America (as seen in the original comics) the only one to move the hammer which apparently makes Thor visibly nervous. Then the Avengers are visited by the first incarnation of Ultron (James Spader) and then an action-packed montage ensues. With a broken Captain America shield most prominent…

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Ant-Man has had a couple of setbacks most recently with the original writer/director Edgar Wright leaving the project after putting in eight years of labour due to ‘creative differences’. Whilst it’s a shame that this new movie from Marvel won’t be helmed by Wright, it’s something that fans have to move past and get on board with the new guy at the helm Peyton Reed, even if he apparently did get a lukewarm reception at the panel on Saturday.

Paul Rudd who admitted he was a Comic Con virgin helped debut new footage alongside Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll who had been confirmed as Yellow Jacket, and a new character at the panel, Evangeline Lily who has been confirmed as ‘Hope Pym’ and said that the panel was the first time she was officially allowed to talk about the role and hadn’t even seen a script yet!

The movie is due to start filming in two weeks and Rudd said in a quick Q&A with Collider that he’d been working closely with script writer Adam Mckay “every day for six weeks and we’ve spent a lot of time on it.”  He went on to say “I love where we’re at.  It’s still the story that Edgar and Joe wrote and created and while we’re still polishing some things, I feel really good and excited about where we’re at.”

I hope that Ant-Man turns out how it should be, I love Paul Rudd and I’m sure Marvel wouldn’t have invested so heavily in the actor if they didn’t believe he could bring the character to life and do it justice on the big screen with the right script of course…

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Best bits from San Diego #ComicCon 2014

San Diego Comic Con 2014 was chock-a-block full of television and film stars, directors, showrunners and producers all ready to dish out the best in teasers, trailers, characters, release dates and character reveals to their adoring audiences.

There’s simply too much information to digest from the four day event, so I’m just rounding up the best bits, from the shows I watch to the movies I’m excited about as well as other little tidbits that came out of SDCC!

Game of Thrones

The show storylines and new castings confuse the hell out of me because I still barely know what is happening or who anyone is.

One thing I can get on board with is a reet good blooper reel!

Arrow (The CW)

If you don’t already watch this show then what is wrong with you?! The nicest guy in television and in possession of possibly the most amazing set of abs ever, Stephen Amell, stars as the green-hooded vigilante Arrow aka Oliver McQueen.

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Those abs.

The CW show just concluded season two and the cast are currently in the midst of filming season three, for which an awesome action-packed trailer debuted at Comic Con.

After a happy season two ending this trailer promises that things will not be as smooth sailing for the third season, even thought there’s a date for Olicity it also reveals who the Big Bad will be – Ra’s al Ghul. Known as the head of the League of Assassins, most recognisably played by Liam Neeson in The Dark Knight trilogy, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said of the season three villain: “We really wanted our Ra’s to be very different — at least our own Arrow-ified version.”

The Flash (The CW)

A sorta-spin off from Arrow, but as we know a stand alone superhero in his own right, The Flash gets it’s own show starring Grant Gustin (Glee) as the titular character Barry Allen.

As a side note I was a little reluctant at Grant Gustin’s casting purely on the back of how much I hated his character in Glee, but all is forgotten!

Starring in two episodes of Arrow’s last season we saw lots of lovely chemistry between Felicity and Barry before a massive lightning storm set off by a reaction at S.T.A.R Labs causes something to go very wrong with Barry and he disappears from Arrow.

The Flash debuts in October and we won’t have to wait long before there’s a crossover episode between the two shows, episode 108 and episode 308 respectively, but Felicity will be first to crossover into Central City in episode four without her right-hand man.

The audience at the panel got a sneak peek at the pilot (which I’ve also seen and it’s freakin’ awesome) and here’s the trailer for the show:

Teen Wolf (MTV)

Another fantastic show that bares no relation whatsoever to the Michael J Fox movies apart from it’s name.

MTV are doing really well with their original scripted shows and this has just been renewed for season five and we’re only half way through season four. Great news for the Teen Wolf cast which includes Tyler Posey as alpha werewolf Scott McCall, Dylan O’Brien as his human BFF Stiles, and the rest of the ragtag bunch include Holland Roden as banshee Lydia, werecoyote Malia played by Shelley Hennig, beta werewolf Derek Hale played by Tyler Hoechlin, Arden Cho as Kitsunay (basically a fox) Kira and JR Bourne as the hunter Chris Argent.

The last season saw several big losses from the main cast as they got killed off and basically asked to leave the show to pursue other roles. Fair play to them but it meant that season four has given the writers the chance to revisit some of the more fun elements of the earlier seasons when Scott was just learning to deal with his new life as a wolf with this time new cast member Dylan Sprayberry as the newbie.

During the Comic Con panel they released a freaking brilliant mid-season trailer that promises so much I could not be more excited!

The Maze Runner (20th Century FOX)

Yet another movie based on a series of young adult books, you may groan, but I read them and couldn’t put them down. They are that good.

Here the movie stars Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, a boy who wakes up after having his memory erased surrounded by a group of boys who live in The Glade. He soon finds out that they are trapped by a maze and will need to escape with his fellow ‘runners’.

Every 30 days in The Glade a boy is delivered via the lift shaft and Thomas was expected, but the next day a girl, Teresa played by Kaya Scodelario (Skins), is delivered and everything changes.

The movie also stars another Brit, Will Poulter, who is definitely on the rise in Hollywood! During the panel Dylan accidentally revealed a massive spoiler when asked by the audience what his hardest scene was to film, but to be fair if the fans of the books were there they’d know it anyway!

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

The Vampire Diaries is heading towards it’s sixth season and *spoiler alert* season five saw the demise of main cast stars Ian Somerhalder’s Damon and Kat Graham’s Bonnie, they went into that bright white light on the other side with no way back.

I have to admit this show annoys me somewhat, it took me a few episodes to really love it in season one and then I was enamoured by the show. Then every season since sees it have a good opener then it dips so low beyond bad that I always come close to giving up on it, then just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse someone dies (but probably always comes back to life) and then it gets good just for a crazy season finale.

I think some shows that have a long run of around 22-24 episodes per season will always struggle to keep the action and storylines above average and so this is expected and which is why I always end up coming back.

Anyway panel for this show had all the cast present from Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, the return of Matt Davis as fan-favourite Alaric, AND Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham. So they’re not going to stay dead for long then (dammit).

Here’s the very funny trailer they debuted, a possible Damon-Bonnie spinoff? I don’t think so:

#Spideradcliffe

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was at Comic Con this year to appear on the panel for his new movie Horns, which looks brilliant.

But that wasn’t his only appearance… He shared a picture to his Google+ page of him dressed in full Spiderman costume hitting the show floor! Well done Spideradcliffe you fooled everyone, not sure Andrew Garfield would be too happy… Haha!

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Batman v Superman

At last year’s Comic Con they announced this epic superhero battle and now Dawn of Justice debuted it’s cast on the panel, and they didn’t utter a single word. Director Zack Snyder was worried the audience would ask too many questions so didn’t let stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill or Gal Gadot speak at all!

And according to Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub, Ben Affleck actually walked the show floor with no security and not one person recognised him. Way to go incognito Batfleck!

What we did get though was an awesome image of Gal Gadot in full costume as Wonder Woman. I love how they’re sticking with the gritty theme and have discarded that traditional red, blue and gold costume we all know and love. Instead it’s all dark burgundy leather and warrior-like. Love it.

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Mad Max

The first trailer for prequel Mad Max: Fury Road debuted at Comic Con and it looked suitably apocalyptic. The cast including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz spent months in Namibia, South Africa filming giving the desert backdrop a hellishly authentic feel.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The first sighting of Jennifer Lawrence‘s heroine Katniss in this full teaser trailer. Note that we’ve had two teasers, less than 30 seconds long, then we have the first teaser trailer which is just one minute long. I reckon we’ll get another couple of teaser trailers, before a full length trailer which could potentially last more than two minutes, by that time I will be more annoyed by the way marketing departments are dribbling out these multiple trailers instead of just releasing one or two. Grrr.

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Emma Watson for Dior?

Emma Watson may have just been announced as the latest Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, but I think she should be named as the face of something else.

That would be Dior of course.

Emma has more than proved her Christian Dior fashion game when dressing in the french brand, with a perfect example being earlier this year at the Golden Globes.

She was my joint best dressed with Lupita Nyong’o at the awards, dressed in an edgy red open back Dior couture dress with black cigarette pants. By far the most amazing she has looked EVER.

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Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture at the Golden Globes 2014

Emma has also proved she has the modelling chops on countless magazine covers and was even the face for British fashion brand Burberry alongside her brother back in 2009.

Even more convincing that Emma Watson should join the likes of Dior girls Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron and Zhang Ziyi, was her FROW appearance at Couture Fashion Week in Paris on Monday (July 7).

It takes a lot to pull star power away from everyone’s favourite celebrity Jennifer Lawrence (she even got facepalmed for her efforts) but Emma did just that by being the best dressed in Dior by a mile.

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Jennifer Lawrence isn’t so happy that Emma has taken her Dior crown

Charlize Theron did provide a little competition in her sparkling gold mini dress, but Emma killed it in a unique layered look accessorized with Dior shoes and Dior clutch. Could J-Law have pulled this edgy look off, yes probably, but this fashion win was bestowed upon the actress formerly known as that girl from Harry Potter.

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Emma Watson in Dior at the Christian Dior Couture Fashion Show, Paris

And just when I thought she’d given us her best, Emma was pictured later on heading to a private Dior dinner in a floral printed Resort 2015 mini skirt and chic flowing top alongside her new BFF J-Law, Marion Cotillard, and Elsa Pataky.

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Emma Watson in Dior Resort 2015 at a private dinner for Dior

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