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

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Blake Lively is the new face of L’Oreal and apparently doesn’t go to the gym

I love Blake Lively, don’t get me wrong, she has an amazing style (stylist or not as she claims), luscious locks, long legs, and is the new face of L’Oreal.

But why is she one of those celebrities that insists they eat what they want and don’t have a trainer or go to the gym?! Surely that infuriates the sanest of us out there.

Cue the eyerolls when in a recent interview with Vogue Paris, the actress, model and “celebrity homemaker” (whatever the hell that is) replied when asked if she followed a special diet:

“No! I’m lucky to have an active lifestyle. I don’t need to have a (trainer) or pay attention to what I eat. I can’t start my day without a cup of hot milk chocolate or finish without crunching a few dark chocolate squares. It’s good for my morale.”

Oh Blake you make us lesser women who have to resist the chocolate/sweets/cakes temptation on a daily basis so that we don’t pile on those pesky pounds feel so inferior. I wouldn’t mind if you admitted you worked out, not that old Gwyneth-adage of looking after yourself and simply having an “active lifestyle” to credit your beautiful figure. Grrrr.

Below images from Vogue Paris

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On top of the lucky can-eat-chocolate-daily-and-don’t-put-on-weight-gene Blake Lively has just been announced as the new face of L’Oreal Paris. She is now allowed to utter those immortal words that we have all practised in our bedroom mirrors at some point in our lives.

At the announcement held in Paris last week, Blake, who is already the face of Gucci Premiere fragrance, said of the new partnership: “I’m thrilled and honoured to join the incredible women who represent L’Oréal Paris. I grew up with the inspiration of their message, ‘We’re worth it’; what an important value to instil in women.”

I was pretty surprised when she was announced as a L’Oreal Paris girl amongst the likes of Cheryl Cole, Eva Longoria, Gwen Stefani, Freida Pinto and others, as she hasn’t got any new projects up-and-coming. Can being the wife of Ryan Reynolds really hold that much clout or is it just the perennial popularity of Blake Lively: The Brand.

It may have something to do with the news that Blake will be launching a lifestyle brand, like the aforementioned Gwyneth, in the near future. She told Vogue UK in September:

“It’s something that will be launching in a few months and that I’m really, really thrilled about. The main element of it is that it’s about storytelling and it’s about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There’s nothing like it out there – it’s without a genre.”

Gwyneth has Goop and Jessica Alba has her Honest Company, Blake’s lifestyle company could appeal to the even younger generation of homemakers out there, and well if she can tell us a way of being able to eat chocolate on a daily basis whilst still looking like she does I’m in.

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Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 was a fantastic movie.

If I’m going to be picky it really should have been called Avengers Assemble: The Aftermath Part 1, but that’s a bit of a mouthful and nobody wants a repeat of the Rise of The Planet of The Apes do they?

I suppose the fact it’s set around Christmas is odd to get your head around simply because we are approaching summer and May is the beginning of the “summer blockbuster” season. It’s only the occasional Christmas tree, twinkling lights and feasts that make it obvious but then the Americans always seem to be celebrating some holiday so it didn’t necessarily bother me.

What did bother me is the Eiffel 65 song in the intro. Surely there was a better song out there for around NYE 1999?! Or maybe there was a reason behind the Blue (De ba dee), I’d love for someone to enlighten me on that one.

I digress. The opening scene set on New Year’s Eve 1999, felt like a plot just shoehorned in. But still a good storyline, which is probably why this movie could easily work as well as a standalone rather than the third part of a trilogy or as I mentioned earlier part one of the Avengers Aftermath. And definitely allows us to ignore Mark II and all that electric whipping, grey hair extensions and bad Russian accents.

The script is greatly attributed to Shane Black, which after some quick research I found he wrote one of the best movie scripts ever, The Last Action Hero as well as the Lethal Weapon trilogy. He co-wrote the screenplay with Drew Pearce.

The iron-y with the movie is that it is about weaknesses. Tony Stark is Iron Man, as it was so often drummed into our heads. But he really isn’t Iron Man without the suit of armour, his shield, his wall that he puts up between him and the rest of the world. His weakness soon become clear after the anxiety attacks he suffers following the aftermath of the fight with aliens in Avengers, he saved New York but at a cost.

Who is Iron Man? (Image from Collider)

Who is Iron Man? (Image from Collider)

I think I expected more Iron Man and less Tony but in retrospect it’s what makes the movie work, we get a lot of face time with Tony and therefore Robert Downey Jr. He is simply so charismatic  it makes the superhero become less one dimensional and more intriguing he is a human with human emotions, but with a brain of a genius that he uses to great extremes. I don’t know RDJ but I kind of felt there was more of him in this character than ever before, with more narcissism and arrogance but then maybe that is just the mark of a good actor.

Another fabulous actor that brought loads of laughs was Ben Kingsley’s character The Mandarin, I feel like some people may not have seen it yet so I don’t want to be spoilery but boy was his character twist hilarious. And now I’ve said it those who haven’t seen it will be looking out for a spoiler anyway!

My mother was informing me a while ago how well Guy Pearce had done, he managed to do one of those rare things in Hollywood where you kind of disappear but then reinvent yourself and become a fantastic character actor, the really great evil guy who wears a creepy suit with bare feet and makes it work. His turn as the aptly named Aldrich Killian, was scary to say the least, I mean you kind of knew from Tony’s opening narration that he would be a bad guy but just how bad isn’t revealed until later.

And not forgetting the precocious if not adorably funny Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener, who lightened up Tony’s mood and enabled him to move past his issues and fix his Iron Man suit. He was definitely needed to provide the light relief during the period Tony is trying to figure out is foes and fight his way back to becoming Iron Man.

I think my only issue was with the fire-breathing and weird ass Terminator-like Extremis ‘victims’, but that was probably because they were pretty much unbeatable and I think I kind of wanted Stark/Iron Man to get a bit ahead after they destroyed his home. But then the movie took a quick turn for the better, which seemed a bit like HUH but they were all destroyed at the bottom of the ocean HOW could that happen.

That’s were I think the movie went slightly off-kilter because the ending was rushed. There was a moment where I was like boom, go Pepper, in the face of what she goes through she could work alongside Tony rather than him having to constantly feel like he has to protect her and choose between her or his suits. But then oh no, the writers can’t be bothered with that and a quick fix is put in place and that is that.

And then the other part of the epilogue where (OK SPOILER) Tony gets the piece of Iron removed from his chest and is in effect no longer Iron Man! SAY WHAT? I genuinely believed from the first movie that the reason Tony Stark built a mini version of the Ark Reactor was because the iron pieces could not be removed, only for him to decide in the epilogue ah bugger it I’ll get them taken out now. I just don’t know why they did that?! Anybody else give me an explanation, because I don’t know the comic book lore a great deal.

I still really enjoyed the movie, it was a great piece of action and I’m especially looking forward to Thor 2 and Captain America 2 because of it. And everyone else in the world must have enjoyed it too because it became the second biggest debut in the US  just behind Avengers Assemble, grossing an estimated $174.1 million.

Oh and lastly when did Jon Favreau get so fat?

Red Riding Hood revival: Spring/Summer 2013 Couture

Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow stepped out in that Tom Ford white ensemble featuring a cape at The Oscars, I fell in love with them.

Then Lana Del Rey became the wicked witch to Gwyneth’s good at the MET Gala in a dark gothic Altuzzurra cape combo, and Fan Bing Bing followed suit in an Elie Saab Couture creation whilst attending a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Katy Perry wowed in her Naeem Khan navy blue avec cape at the UNICEF Snowball in November, and supermodel Karolina Kurkova proved that an all Red Riding Hood look works amazingly well at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala wearing Valentino Couture as did Sarah Jessica Parker back in 2011 in Giambattista Valli Couture.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford // Lana Del Rey Joseph Altuzara

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford // Lana Del Rey Joseph Altuzara

Perry Bingbing Cape

Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab Couture // Katy Perry in Naeem Khan

Karolina Kurkova in Valentino Couture // Sarah Jessica Parker in Giambattista Valli Couture

Karolina Kurkova in Valentino Couture // Sarah Jessica Parker in Giambattista Valli Couture

A cape just makes a look all glamourous and fairytale, and several designers showcasing their couture creations for the spring/summer 2013 season thought so too as it was capes galore on the runway.

I hope this feature filters down to the high street just like full length dresses did for winter last year. People are inspired by what they see on the red carpet, capes are a fabulous touch!

Elie Saab SS 2013 print cape

Elie Saab Couture Spring/Summer 2013

Elie Saab SS 2013 red cape

The most amazing gown with cape, Elie Saab Couture Spring/Summer 2013. This needs to be seen on a red carpet soon.

Elie Saab SS 2013

Ice cool mid-cape, another red-carpet worthy gown for The Oscars. Elie Saab Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Giambattista Valli SS 2013

Giambattista Valli Couture Spring/Summer 2013. Short printed cape dress.

Jean Paul Gaultier SS 2013

Exotic cape from Jean Paul Gaultier Couture /Summer 2013.

Valentino SS 2013 black

Valentino Coututre Spring/Summer 2013

Valentino SS 2013 red

The perfect shade of red, Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Valentino SS 2013 white

Beautiful white cape dress reminiscent of Tom Ford, Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Valentino SS 2013

Caged cape, Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Mini feather cape, Chanel Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Mini feather cape, Chanel Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Zuhair Murad SS 2013 cape

Stunning gold cape from Zuhair Murad Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Zuhair Murad SS 2013

Absolutey amazing detail, Zuhair Murad Couture Spring/Summer 2013.

Head over to my PFW Pinterest board to see the rest of my favourite looks from Couture week.

My Best Dressed: 2012

A whole year in red carpet, street style, movie premieres, and film festival looks is hard to sift through. It’s made a little easier when you trawl through everyone else’s best dressed lists and agree or disagree with what they have picked.

Last year I somehow managed to pick my top five best looks rather than my best dressed of the year, so this year it’s been a little more difficult because I still want my favourite looks, those stand out dresses that can never be competed with, but then there are celebrities out there who have just excelled throughout the year it would be difficult to pick just one look.

10. Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev topped my Best Dressed of 2011 with her showstopping Donna Karan at the 2011 Emmys. She made my top ten list this year with her electric blue Elie Saab dress she wore in Cannes to the amFar Gala. She’s had a great year, promoting the brilliant movie Perks of Being a Wallflower co-starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller, with other red carpet hits including a red Reem Acra and a beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown.

Elie Saab // Monique Lhuillier // Reem Acra

Elie Saab // Monique Lhuillier // Reem Acra

9. Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin is one of those stars that is always under the radar  but looking back over 2012 she has made plenty of best dressed lists with some crazy beautiful looks and not to mention she has the best pixie cut in the business. Not one to shy in the background my favourite from Ginnifer is a tie between her bright pink Roksanda Illincic dress she wore right at the beginning of the year at the People’s Choice Awards and her Monique Lhuillier gown she wore to the Emmy Awards, her other looks include a stunning feather Gucci dress she wore to the LACMA Art and Film Gala and another orange Monique Lhuillier that she chose for the MET Gala.

Roksanda Illincic // Monique Lhuillier // Gucci

Roksanda Illincic // Monique Lhuillier // Gucci

8. Emma Stone

You can’t help but love Emma Stone, she’s funny and pretty and she’s kissed Ryan Gosling, a lot. She had a good run on the press tour for The Amazing Spiderman this summer with my favourite look on the red carpet at the Paris premiere in a stunning Gucci gown, she wowed in Elie Saab at the UK premiere and also wore a Chanel look. She also knows how to do pretty as she wore a candy pink Valentino creation to the Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood event.

Gucci // Elie Saab // Valentino

Gucci // Elie Saab // Valentino

7. Blake Lively

She’s one of my style crushes and I love Blake, she’s had a fantastic year; marrying the man of my dreams Ryan Reynolds, being named the face of Gucci Premiere, Gossip Girl finally ending (and getting fake married in Georges Chakra Couture) and a great red carpet run for her film Savages which co-stars Taylor Kitsch and Ryan Taylor-Johnson. It was one of the best jaw-dropping moments of 2012 when Blake arrived on the LA red carpet looking all Veronica Lake-esque with tumbling blonde curls in a curve-hugging sexy Zuhair Murad gown, she continued to wow with a Michael Kors red hot suit, a lemon flowing Gucci dress and two beautiful Jenny Packham dresses when appearing on television. I would have included her wedding dress in this list but unfortunately no images have been released of her Marchesa creation just a small subtle hint…

Zuhair Murad // Michael Kors // Gucci

Zuhair Murad // Michael Kors // Gucci

Georges Chakra Couture Gossip Girl wedding // In Marchesa for Martha Stewart Weddings

Georges Chakra Couture Gossip Girl wedding // In Marchesa for Martha Stewart Weddings

6. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic, normally I just judge celebrities by what they wear and if I don’t like it then see ya. But she is genuinely funny, and nice, and just a typical girl who has to be told to watch her language and be careful about what she says because her brain-to-mouth filter doesn’t work. You have to read the excerpt of her interview with Rolling Stone magazine from the April 2012 editoiin because it had me giggling and wishing she would be my friend and the cover is just smoking hot. Her red carpet run for The Hunger Games was a little hit and miss but the gold Prabal Gurung dress had me drooling, it is one of my favourite dresses of the year without a doubt, hence being on my best dressed list… But there was a sexy Tom Ford gown and another gold dress by Ralph Lauren she wore for the UK premiere that made up for the poor latter half of the year where she made Rachel Zoe her stylist who dressed her in that godawful Dior suit.

Prabal Gurung // Ralph Lauren // Tom Ford

Prabal Gurung // Ralph Lauren // Tom Ford

5. Gwyneth Paltrow

I’ve struggled with where to place Gwyneth because the white Tom Ford gown she wore to the Oscars was a great moment, and it wouldn’t have been as amazing if she hadn’t worn the cape which put her straight to the top of the best dressed at the awards ceremony.  She wore one of her good friend Stella McCartney’s cutout gowns to the Grammys which were seriously popular this year and even wore another white Tom Ford dress proving a good designer partnership always works well for the red carpet. My other favourite look of Gwynnie’s was the sexy Michael Kors cutout dress she wore to the designers’ Golden Heat Gala and making another of my best dressed lists this time at the MET Gala in a super short Prada creation.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Prada // Michael Kors // Stella McCartney

Prada // Michael Kors // Stella McCartney

4. Kate Hudson

I’ve always liked Kate Hudson, ever since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and that amazing yellow dress (which just so happens to be in the V&A Hollywood exhibit in London) she knows how to dress for her body. She can look sexy but it’s always so understated and relaxed, her wavy long blonde hair is never over done which goes a long way into making her a goddess on the red carpet. She hasn’t been super busy this year, but the moments Kate has had on the red carpet have been memorable especially the red Prabal Gurung she wore to the amFAR Inspiration Gala in LA in October. The Atelier Versace gown she wore at the Venice Film Festival for her movie The Reluctant Fundamentalist was simply breathtaking, the white Alexander McQueen at the Toronto Film Festival and the purple Jenny Packham gown packed just as much of a punch when she attended The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in April.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Atelier Versace // Alexander McQueen // Jenny Packham

Atelier Versace // Alexander McQueen // Jenny Packham

3. Keira Knightley 

She had her work cutout this year on press tours for Anna Karenina, A Dangerous Method and Seeking A Friend for the End of the World. Her crowning moment was in the Elie Saab Couture gown for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Anna Karenina, but I equally liked the mint green custom Erdem gown she wore at the LA premiere of AK it was a real change from the princess dresses she had been wearing. Keira also donned a Chanel Couture gown for the UK premiere of AK, Valentino for two premieres and two Burberry Prorsum dresses proving to be the princess of designer couture.

Elie Saab Couture // Erdem

Elie Saab Couture // Erdem

Chanel Couture // Valentino Couture // Burberry Prorsum

Chanel Couture // Valentino Couture // Burberry Prorsum

2. Elizabeth Banks

Maybe you’re thinking huh? But this actress had the best press tour for a movie this year, The Hunger Games’ actress really channelled her character Effie Trinket and brought a rainbow of colours and accessories to the red carpet. Colour is so powerful, and Elizabeth is definitely not scared of yellows, oranges, and greens proving that being daring and taking a risk is much more fun than sticking to trends. And for someone whose co-star was 21-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth did sexy without looking like she was trying to compete she knows what suits her and she did it with aplomb. From the beginning of the year at the Oscars to The Hunger Games red carpet and all the other bits in between Elizabeth Banks is deserving of second place.

Bill Blass

Bill Blass at the UK prmeiere of The Hunger Games

Atelier Versace // Marc Jacobs // Elie Saab

Atelier Versace // Marc Jacobs // Elie Saab

Chadwick Bell // Emilio Pucci // Elie Saab

Chadwick Bell // Emilio Pucci // Elie Saab

1. Diane Kruger

I think as soon as she appeared on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for the Opening Ceremony in May I knew there would be no other person that could top the following red carpet dresses that Diane wore for the event. Even beforehand she started the year in Prada at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Erdem in Paris, Giambattista Valli at the Berlin Film Festival, Jason Wu, and then in Calvin Klein for The Oscars. She stepped out in a purple Prada dress for the MET Gala that still has me on the fence, and then all of her fabulous Cannes looks from Giambattista Valli Couture, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung and the best of them all the Vivienne Westwood. For this she takes the top spot on my best dressed of 2012, I’m pretty biased when it comes to Diane Kruger anyway and she has the best accessory in Joshua Jackson which I’m sure sways it everytime she steps out with him. May another 2013 see Diane show everyone in Hollywood just how it is done.

Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at the Amour premiere in Cannes 2012

Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at the Amour premiere in Cannes 2012

Diane Kruger 1

Prada // Giambattista Valli // Erdem

Diane Kruger 2

Calvin Klein // Giambattista Valli Couture // Christian Dior

Diane Kruger 3

Nina Ricci // Calvin Klein // Chanel Couture

Diane Kruger 4

Prabal Gurung // Prada // Versus

MET Gala 2012

This year’s Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was held in honour of Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli – I’m not going to pretend I’m totes fashion and had heard of the latter until this exhibition – andwith rumours abound that Miuccia was running a tight ship, it was with a hush of excitement that news of who was dressing who began to filter through.

The biggest news before the Gala went ahead was that the head honcho had put a stop to Coco Rocha being dressed by her designer bessie Zac Posen, she instead had teased on Twitter she was wearing vintage Givenchy. Now in my mind vintage Givenchy would be elegant, dramatic and gorgeous, what Coco Rocha wore was far from any of this… A vintage suit previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor may be majah but she looked like a hot mess and to top it all off she added some poor 13 year-old girls bubblegum pink clip ins. If there was ever a Worst Ever Dressed Award it would go to you Mrs Rocha, please stick to what you know.

Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy at the MET Gala 2012

To follow on from my Worst Ever Dressed, I’ll direct you to my next worst dressed. If you read my previous post on this young woman you would probably see who I was going to say a mile off.

Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2012

Honestly the dress isn’t really that bad, I think the red next to the blue is sending me shivers but I like the bodice of the dress.  It’s just those SHOES. They could honestly be the most horrific shoes ever made on earth. And of course you know I’m going to have a problem with that hair, yes I know if she’d had it all posh and preened it would not be her style but surely something like her hairstyle from the BD premiere could be done here.

Everyone else seemed to think that Karolina Kurkova looked uh-mazing, but I really think Rachel Zoe was given too much creative control with a roll of tin foil. The turban Kurkova sported was an almost spit of Kate Moss’ Marc Jacob’s ’09 MET Gala outfit, and if Zoe had just left it off I would have let her get away with the standard gold sparkly dress that every designer has to make.

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe at the MET Gala 2012

It’s easy to pick apart the looks you don’t like, it always is but when it comes to those jaw-dropping dresses there can only really ever be one that just made you wish you could wear that dress. That’s the only way I can pick which celeb knocked it out of the park…. Or maybe there will have to be a three-way tie…

For me Beyonce’s Givenchy Couture gown was a jaw-dropper, that train, the sheerness, and her post-baby body, but when you think about it as stunning as she looks she has worn just as risque outfits on stage. So to me this is a normal look for B, in fact I think I prefer her Emilio Pucci from last year’s MET Gala.

Beyonce Knowles in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2012

Someone who never fails to look smokin’ hot is the ever sexy Rihanna, her Tom Ford dress fit like a second (snake)skin. It was on par with her black lace Stella McCartney look from last year, still with the crazy hair but a little more toned down, despite the one inch talons adorning her hands.

Rihanna in Tom Ford at the MET Gala 2012

Now my number one Style Crush let me down a little on the night, after her showstopper Jason Wu number last year, Diane Kruger rocked up in a purple Prada number. Not the usual high glamour she goes for on the red carpet, in fact it was a little dressed down. The skirt half was gorgeous but the top half was a little on the slouchy vest side, not something I would expect from such a first class dresser, still I can’t bring myself to say I hate it…

Diane Kruger in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

Two very different women, two very different dresses, one designer. Cate Blanchett and Florence Welch were both guests of Sarah Burton, they both wore Alexander McQueen gowns, one I adored the other was a little extreme but to be fair suited the wearer’s personality down to the ground… Can you guess which I liked?

Florence Welch and Cate Blanchett with Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen at the MET Gala 2012

Yup you guessed it… Cate Blanchett!

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen at the MET Gala 2012

One of my main contenders for Best Dressed was, surprisingly enough, Gwyneth Paltrow, going for a shorter length than her fellow attendees, she wore a Prada dress with embellished pockets. I really like the shape of the dress and if I had a body like that at 39 I would be proud of it too. The hair and make up along with those earrings really top off a fantastic look from Gywnnie, almost harks back to that Balmain dress at the Iron Man premiere in 2008.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

I loved Kate Bosworth’s Prada look. Yes I said it I loved what Kate was wearing, the dark ombre feathered dress, the Miu Miu shoes the flawless make up and the slicked back hair. I want it all, I want it all NOW!

Kate Bosworth in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

It was nearly a draw with Kate, but I think Camilla Belle just pipped her to the post in her Ralph Lauren silver fluid gown. The fact she went full length adds even more glamour, both had similar make up looks – it seems that wine coloured lips were the majah look of the night – and Camilla’s hair just topped off that old Hollywood glamour that I adore so much.

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren at the MET Gala 2012

Here are the best of the rest from the MET Gala 2012:

Lana Del Ray in Altuzarra, Fashion Critic over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards made the genius comparison of Lana being the Bad Witch to Gwyneth Paltrow’ Good Witch at the Oscars this year.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhullier. I really love this look, the colour suits Ginnifer down to the ground and her pixie cut is as perfect as ever.

Bianca Brandolini D’Adda looks verrrry gold in Dolce & Gabbana the epitome of their label really. I kinda like it on the Italian socialite, glitz and glam in the most obvious way.

Nina Dobrev in custom-made Donna Karan. Nina knows how to do the red carpet, ever since she wore that red Donna Karan at the Emmy’s this was a match made in heaven.

Victoria Justice in McQ by Alexander McQueen. The young star dresses her age in a beautiful McQ dress, the colour explosion and the puff ball skirt make a really great look.

Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy. Amazing colour.

Emma Stone in Lanvin. I enjoyed this look, but Emma can do sooo much better than this.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry. We get it R H-W has the perfect body, but this look really bores the hell out of me even if I do love the make up.

Spring Couture 2012

It was a couple of weeks ago in Paris, but haute couture was delivered despite (as so many keep reminding) the economic downturn. Yesss we know we can never afford the £25,000 dresses Donatella is sharing with us but some people can, and even if those some can’t they’re allowed to borrow them for the awards season. And in most cases they’re given to those walking the red carpet for the publicity so who cares, as long as we get to see them on some beautiful actresses I say gimme. Especially the orange Versace and any of the amazing, jaw-droppingly perfect Elie Saab gowns.

We’ve already seen a fair few couture pieces already (with my fave lady Diane Kruger wearing a Giambattista Valli in Berlin) but who will wear what to the Oscars? There are already rumours flying around that Gwyneth, Charlize and Cameron have requested Victoria Beckham to design something special, but Cameron was at nearly every couture show with her pick of what she wants so I don’t see that happening…

Here are my favourites from Paris…

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