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.

Camila Alves Donna Karan

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.

Laura Carmichael and Reese Witherspoon

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.

Natalie Dormer and Rashida Jones

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!

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

Blushing brides: Kim Kardashian vs Poppy Delevingne

The only wedding I’ve written about on The Importance of Being Oreo was the royal wedding and that most beautiful Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton wedding dress.

But I can’t pass the opportunity to speak about the wedding of the year and that bespoke Givency wedding dress.

That’s right, the Kimye wedding. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I watch The Kardashians, who gives a toss, it’s insane, crazy, mental, and a funny insight into the world’s vainest family. What’s not to love?!

There’d been mounting speculation on the designer Kim Kardashian would pick to make her fifth wedding gown, that privilege was awarded to fashion BFF Ricardo Tisci. The Givenchy designer made up for his Met Gala floral catastrophe with an undeniably exquisite lace confection complete with a cut out back – well it is Kim Kardashian after all…

With all the hoopla over the Kim Kardasian and Kayne West wedding in Florence, another celeb wedding was able to go pretty much under the radar. Although to be fair Poppy Delevingne had already wed her new hubby James Cook in London on May 16th, she had a second wedding in the gorgeous setting of Marrakech with a few of her closest and coolest celeb friends in attendance.

Poppy Delevingne had already stunned in a Chanel creation but managed to go even more hippyish with her second dress by designer and close friend Peter Dundas. The Emilio Pucci creative director fashioned a boho wedding dress for Poppy featuring floral appliques and that seemingly popular tunic style feature which turned into a super huge skirt. The temperatures in Marrakech are currently in their 30s so I’m guessing she had a bit of a sweat on carrying that about!

What I pose to you dear readers. Which dress do you prefer? Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy couture creation, classic with a modern twist? Poppy Delevingne’s first wedding gown, a heavily embellished Chanel dress and her retro side-parted hair or her second boho Pucci dress very much in keeping with the bride’s hippy personality.

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Wedding season is upon us so see how to be the perfect wedding guest with my latest Shopcade list:

Be the perfect wedding guest on Shopcade

 

Top 5 Being Oreo posts of the year… 2013

Looks like April was a busy month for Being Oreo this year with four out of my top five posts being published in that month alone!

Thought I’d do a list so you can all be reminded of your favourite nonsense I’ve talked about this year!

So drumroll please….

1. US Television: Spot the Hollyoaks cast

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All our homegrown talent sprouted wings this year and flew across the pond to star in some of the biggest US television shows of the year! Can you remember who starred in which show? I’ll give you a hint: there were dragons.

2. New couple alert: Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn

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(@AshBenzo Instagram)

I’m a massive Haleb shipper when it comes to Pretty Little Liars so when it appeared that these two were more than just on screen lovers I was ecstatic! But alas they are just really close friends occasional fuck buddies and nothing more than that despite what the pictures may tell. Ah well. I’ll just look forward to more Haleb on screen, oh no wait, they cast him off to the PLL spin off Ravenswood. Dammit. When is he coming back to Rosewood?

3. Single? My Top Five Rom Coms to make you feel good

I love every rom-com that has Drew Barrymore playing a journalist in it. In fact I love any rom-com that has a journalist as the female lead, they’re likeable, they’re non-threatening to the male characters and it means they are creative yet smart – a perfect career. That’s probably why my top five rom-coms include Never Been Kissed, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Going the Distance.

4. Taylor Swift: Why are you so annoying?

I have nothing against cat lady's but Taylor, you're just setting yourself up for a fall.

I have nothing against cat lady’s but Taylor, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

Kinda speaks for itself really.

5. Beauty: MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

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MAC Candy Yum Yum

I hate my face, I hate selfies as you can probably tell from this post. But I really love this lipstick colour it’s amazing.

Keep your eyes peeled for my Best Dressed of 2013 can it compete with last year’s?

Red Carpet: Elizabeth Banks Catching Fire promo tour round-up

I’m not sure I can love Elizabeth Banks any more. She came in at number two on my Best Dressed List of 2012 last year for her amazing promo tour for the first Hunger Games movie and it looks like she may just be featured again!

She absolutely smashed it for Catching Fire and there’s no wonder, with Jason Wu, Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen, Versace and Jenny Packham on the list of red carpet designers Elizabeth could simply not fail.

It was nice to see that Elizabeth embraced the colour again, mirroring the yellow hue she wore in London at last year’s premiere, she picked a cut out neon yellow Jason Wu Resort gown that was to die for.

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Elizabeth Banks at The Hunger Games London premiere and in Bill Blass last year.

Absolute stand out for me from Elizabeth was her first Elie Saab gown of the tour in Berlin. You couldn’t possibly go wrong in Elie Saab and this gown was nothing short of epic.

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Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture at the Berlin premiere of The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Her second Elie Saab gown at the Oslo premiere was a gorgeous green hue, a little different with a deep v-neck and knee length flared skirt. Divine. (Image from RCFA)

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Elizabeth Banks, Sam Caflin and Jena Malone at the Oslo premiere of The Hunger Games Catching Fire

The rest of  her looks were all kinds of amazing and gorgeous, so I couldn’t possibly put them in an order! With the delicious orange Versace at the LA premiere, the Alexander McQueen feather detailed dress in Paris and just to shake everything up for her last outing a Jenny Packham embellished jumpsuit at the NYC premiere.

Elizabeth-banks-Alexander-mcqueen-_Fotor_CollageWhat was your favourite Elizabeth Banks look from The Hunger Games Catching Fire promo tour?

Leave a comment below or tweet me @nlcorner!

Red Carpet: The Hunger Games Catching Fire UK World Premiere

The Hunger Games Catching Fire world premiere took place in London on Monday, with the stars of the film walking the red carpet for the adoring fans and fashion fiends.

I thought for one moment that because of the usual cold and rainy weather the celebrities would be wearing coats and covering up but Jennifer Lawrence soon disrobed her tomato red coat to reveal another Dior gown.

This time it was from the Christian Dior Couture 2013 show, look 13, a white silk gown bedecked with multicoloured sequins. It features a high neckline with a wrap around backless section and a lose cape-like detail. Personally I wouldn’t have picked this for Jennifer but she is working the hell out of it even if it does give her an odd figure, and I’m growing towards the hair. If I had my pick of the Dior Couture collection I would have mixed look 48 with the amazing colour of look 51.

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dior couture jlawElizabeth Banks is my second favourite thing about The Hunger Games and she didn’t disappoint with her return to form in a gorgeous cut out detailed Jason Wu Resort 2014 gown, modified from the original black to a bold neon yellow colour. It seems the actress favours a yellow hue as she also wore the colour at last year’s Hunger Games premiere in London when she picked a beautiful Bill Blass creation. I expect to see more amazing looks from Elizabeth Banks as the press tour rolls on, I hope it will be as good as last year. And for Jennifer Lawrence will anything ever top that gold Prabal Gurung gown she wore now that she seems to be dressing exclusively in Dior – I hope she doesn’t turn into a Natalie Portman bore.

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Red Carpet: Emmys 2013

First time watching E! Live from the Red Carpet for the Emmys, after so many years of missing out not having Sky now I do and boy I thought I was in for a treat.

Only I wasn’t. Good god from the ‘glamazoom cam’ to the ‘mani cam’ to the ‘mani gram’ it sounded like I was in a hospital waiting room not watching E!’s red carpet coverage. It’s so ludicrously stupid watching walking skeleton Guiliana Rancic force celebrities to parade their hands in a miniature version of the red carpet to show of their manicures and then show off their shoes in the ‘stiletto cam’. Honestly.

Then the other half was Ryan Seacrest, who literally looked like he couldn’t give two shits about being there and didn’t have a clue about any of the celebrities he was interviewing apart from all the Modern Family cast that turned up as the Fug Girls said it was like a “sausage fest” apart from the funny moment Claire Danes booted Seacrest out of the way to fawn over her good friend Lena Dunham or the other moment Amy Poehler hijacked his Carrie Underwood interview and made it so much better.

Seacrest infuriated me even more when interviewing Bryan Cranston there in support of his amazingly popular show Breaking Bad and basically said he didn’t watch it, which fair enough not everyone does no beef, but then for Christina Hendricks to follow and they pass each other on the stairs and Seacrest says oh have you guys met this is Bryan. Seriously as a showbiz host surely this guy should know they starred together in Drive?!!!

Anyway the main thing that we didn’t get to see enough of in this two hour red carpet snorefest was the only reason I watched – THE DRESSES.

Initially my gut went towards Rose Byrne as my best dressed of the night, I love that she managed to make a bare midriff look sexy and classy at the same time in her on trend blush pink Calvin Klein dress. But then I remembered the first massive wow of the Emmys red carpet when Linda Cardellini stepped out wearing a beautifully structured grape coloured Donna Karan Atelier gown. It’s a draw between these two from sleek and simple versus structured and intricate.

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Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection // Linda Cardellini in Donna Karan Atelier

Second on the list is Emilia Clarke’s Donna Karan Atelier gown, one that I was anticipating a lot as she’s always a stand out on the red carpet. I loved her white leaf detailed dress paired with a silver metal belt which I think made the look. Some people on Twitter likened her dress to shredded tissue, I think that’s a bit extreme! What I thought was interesting and what I didn’t spot at first is that her gown isn’t actually strapless but an illusion one-shoulder, it’s about time someone demonstrated how to match skin tone to the illusion panelling!

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Emilia Clarke in Donna Karan Atelier

Next up, Tina Fey looking just hot in one of my favourite colours. Her Narciso Rodriguez dress is basically very similar to what Sofia Vergara always wears but we don’t usually expect something like this from Tina Fey who tends to favour darker colours. Keeping things simple in the hair and beauty department and adding some nice bling I definitely think she was a stand out of the night.

The colour is probably why I like Alison Williams dress, but the reason she picked this plain and somewhat boring Ralph Lauren gown was because she “felt comfortable”. Isn’t fashion about taking a risk, and making those memorable lists? She’s just floating in the middle and the only reason her look is elevated is because she has stupidly uh-mazing hair.

Another floater is Kerry Washington. I really wanted her to be on the top, every dress she wears I compare to that stunning Giles gown she wore to the London premiere of Django Unchained, and this princess frothy frou-frou floral embellished chiffon right-off-the-runway Marchesa is so beneath that. There’s some rumours of an early pregnancy due to the slight empire line but I just think this is nice but I want more. She can give me more!

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At first I really liked Claire Danes’ Armani Prive but that was because I was swept up in faux-bob-gate to notice her weird boobs, still the detail is beautiful. I don’t really know Julia Louis-Dreyfus that well so I kind of overlooked her, but her Monique Lhuillier is a little bit epic. I wish someone with bigger star power (in my eyes at least) had worn it. Anna Gunn, who is looking frighteningly skinny, did look great in her Romona Kevesa monochrome look which was definitely a winner’s dress as she picked up the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier // Claire Danes in Armani Prive // Anna Gunn in Romona Kevesa

And the best of the rest:

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Julianne Hough in Jenny Packham // Jessica Pare in Oscar de la Renta // Kate Mara in J.Mendel

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Kaley Cuaco in Vera Wang // Leslie Mann in J.Mendel // Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo

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Taylor Schilling in Thakoon // Kristen Connelly in Nicholas Oakwell // Zooey Deschanel in J.Mendel

And then there was Lena Dunham who I always expect to be on my worst dressed list because she refuses to choose anything that flatters her shape. Anyone else noticed that Prada just doesn’t do a good red carpet gown? Well Lena and Michelle Dockery both wore Prada and both dresses were hideous. Then there was Zosia Marmet who makes my list just for not knowing the difference between a custom gown and a gown that has already been shown in the Honor resort collection that is exactly the same as your dress (guuurrrl). And then January Ice Queen Jones who was boring and unfunny whilst being interviewed by Seacrest and wore a really dull Givenchy custom creation, her hair was nice though.

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Lena Dunham in Prada // Zosia Marmet in Honor // January Jones in Givenchy // Michelle Dockery in Prada

Oh I nearly forgot – the jaw droppingly handsome Kit Harington was there. Yum.

Kit Harington