The Oscars 2014: After parties

The main event was a bit of a letdown for me, there was some stand out dresses on The Oscars red carpet, but the celebrities really come out to play at the after parties.

As I mentioned in my Oscars red carpet round up, Kate Hudson managed to select another jaw-dropping gown to attend the Vanity Fair Oscars party wearing a black and nude Zuhair Murad Couture look.

Kate Hudson Zuhair Murad

Kate Hudson in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Evan Rachel Wood chose an emerald green Elie Saab Couture dress that perfectly matched her complexion, she always looks best in green.

Evan Rachel Wood Elie Saab

Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Couture at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Emmy Rossum worked the green and cream carpet in a Monique Lhuillier confection, the perfect princess moment.

Emmy Rossum Monique Lhuillier

Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Anna Kendrick shed her edgy red carpet J.Mendel dress for a super sexy second skin Atelier Versace, I never would have thought she could pull something like this off but she definitely did.

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Anna Kendrick in Atelier Versace at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

There were so many gorgeous models there, that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Karlie Kloss worked sexy glamour with the most revealing of cutouts without looking trashy, Chanel Iman wore an electric blue glittery Zuhair Murad also with daring cutouts, absolutely adored Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s pale blue Cushnie et Ochs dress, Miranda Kerr obviously looked every inch the hot starlet in Kaufmanfranco and Karolina Kurkova worked the supermodel glamazon look in white lace Elie Saab Couture at Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Chanel Iman Zuhair Murad

Chanel Iman in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Cushnie et Ochs

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Cushnie et Ochs at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Miranda Kerr Kaufmanfranco

Miranda Kerr in Kaufmanfranco at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Karolina Kurkova Elie Saab

Karolina Kurkova in Elie Saab Couture at the Elton John Oscar Viewing Party

When I first saw Diane Kruger‘s Valentino Couture dress, I was a bit unsure, but the more I looked at it the more I loved it. The lace is beyond perfection, and I loved the braided up do and of course her flawless make up. Not forgetting to mention her best accessory, Joshua Jackson.

Diane Kruger Valentino

Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture

I can’t go without mentioning how good Ellen Page looked. She absolutely rocked her Saint Laurent head-to-toe outfit, she shone and was clearly comfortable and sexy and all the better for it.

Ellen Page Saint Laurent

Ellen Page in Saint Laurent at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Here’s the best of the rest:

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2014 over on my Pinterest board

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Jennifer Lawrence gets new haircut and fluffs her lines

Reese Witherspoon’s arrest just pipped Jennifer Lawrence’s new haircut to the post as biggest celeb news of the weekend.

She debuted the new ‘do at the GLAAD Awards in America wearing a dress that isn’t Dior black David Koma dress.

And everyone loves her new choppy, messy, layered bob. Just one thing, even though she’s had it cut it’s the exact length necessary for extensions to be put in and no one would ever tell the difference.

I love her for taking a risk and doing something new because she’s young and she is a bit crazy, but it’s nothing new. If she’d gone Karlie Kloss bob length it may be a different story.

And if there’s one person you can’t say isn’t hot now she has short hair, it’s the sexiest woman on the planet Jennifer Lawrence!

Jennifer Lawrence at the GLAAD Awards in David Koma.

Jennifer Lawrence at the GLAAD Awards in David Koma.

And if she wasn’t already adorably ditzy, fluffing her lines during her joint speech with Harvey Weinstein when awarding Bill Clinton with the Advocate for Change just made me love her even more… “Gl-ill Bin.. Uh-oh… Of all the lines to get wrong”…

 

Model of the season: Cara Delevingne

For me there was only one model, and her eyebrows, that stood out for me this fashion month.

Cara Delevingne – strikingly beautiful, FABULOUS brows, edgy and funny!

Instagram (@caradelevingne)

She’s also BFFs with Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn and has posted a photo on Instagram with my other fave model, Joan Smalls, so she is already brushing shoulders with the world’s top models.

Cara’s Instagram (@caradelevingne)

If you look her up over at Style.com you can see that Brit Cara featured in nearly 40 different shows this spring 2013 ready-to-wear season, from Jason Wu, Preen, Marc Jacobs, Dsquared², Giles, Marchesa, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Costume National, Missoni to Chanel.

Burberry // Jason Wu

Marc Jacobs // Marchesa

And the 20 year-old model is now also the face of Burberry’s new lipstick, Lip Velvet, (via GraziaDaily.co.uk) a deliciously matte lipstick that comes in 12 different shades. I know I’ll be buying at least one, because at £22.50 buying into the Burberry brand is a snip, and tons cheaper than the £35 I spent on Tom Ford’s lipstick, but shush no one knows about that.

Cara Delevingne for Burberry Lip Velvet

I hope Cara is around for more shows to come, and if she is really dating Harry Styles HE is one lucky fella!

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

I honestly don’t know how fashion editors, buyers, directors etc etc do a fashion week. I’ve struggled to keep up with all the shows and I’m sat on my arse in front of a computer scrolling through photographs from each show, and even then I have to make a selection of who I want to look at because it TAKES SO LONG. I always look at my favourite designers, the recognisable names and then pick a few random ones that usually end up been the better options!

New York Fashion Week, was a whole load of different, if that makes sense. There were some similar themes running through several shows, like a LOT of white, and in mostly silky sheer material which looked a dream, seen at Luca Luca, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. The material I mention was in practically every show, well every show that I looked at, it’s the perfect shimmery, sexy, slinky, swishy, silk material that I adore especially when you see it down the runway floating and folding on the model. I especially loved the DKNY show, I watched it livestream on Style.com and I felt like I was there (I pretended OKAY) the looks were light and airy with really nicepops of colour.

Luca Luca

Luca Luca

DKNY

Colour was another big look, from pastel, sherbet, vivid, neon, rich, royal, sparkle and nude there wasn’t a show that didn’t pass by without a flash of the rainbow (well maybe apart from Ralph Lauren…). My favourite ‘colour’ shows were Jason Wu and Christian Siriano, Wu’s pastel pinks paired with crisp white and citron flashes of yellow were a dream, and Siriano’s burnt orange ball gown skirt was a delight.

Jason Wu Jacquelyn Jablonski

Jason Wu Kate King

Christian Siriano

Shape was sexy and tailored, peekaboo splits, peplum skirts or ballgown goodness. The recurring sexy tailoring was a particular favourite, pencil thin trousers in an array of colours, or the easiest way to do spring tailoring, shorts. Shorts galore! Simple style with a loose tee or sharp with a tux blazer, a great look to pull off if you pair the right shapes together. There were shift dresses from Victoria by Victoria Beckham her new line (not diffusion mind), there were full length red carpet amazing-ness, puff-tastic, dropped flapper style waists and some dripping in embellishment, case in point, Marchesa.

J. Mendel

Tibi

Prabal Gurung

There were plenty of red-carpet looks that could be seen at future film premieres, gala’s and even award shows, one of my favourites was Ralph Lauren’s look 52. A simple white column dress with cobweb patterened jewel short sleeves and a high neck, I would very much like to see this on Emma Stone. Zac Posen’s collection exudes glamour and red carpet beauty, for someone to wear one of his gowns would be a show-stopping moment. And not forgetting, the queen of red carpet, Georgina Chapman…

Ralph Lauren Zuzanna Bijoch

Zac Posen

Marchesa Karolina Kurkova

My ULTIMATE look of the week and ULTIMATE model, has to go to Karlie Kloss in Prabal Gurung. Prabal Gurung’s show was the epitome of sexy and I also watched that livestream and couldn’t believe how good it was. Karlie Kloss just has this amazing walk and this smoldering eyebrow-arching pout that I am just drawn to, how can she look that good and be only 19 *sad face*.

Prabal Gurung Karlie Kloss

Right I’m ready and raring to go for London Fashion Week, I expect this to be edgier as the Brit designers are apparently known for. Probably won’t like it as much… I can’t wait for Paris though.

Here’s the best of the rest….

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All images from Style.com

Fall 2011 Couture

It’s Couture time again dah-ling, the top designers have produced some amazing looks for the Fall season, heavy baroque coats, beaded dresses, lace, electric colours, pantsuits, new silhouettes, angel inspired light dresses from Givency and absolutely beautiful gowns from the ever talented Elie Saab.

Designs by: Basil Soda, Bouchra Jarrar, Chanel, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, and Valentino.

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MTV Movie Awards vs. CFDA Awards

Two awards shows, two very different crowds. But both one common goal, dress to impress. MTV Movie awards saw plenty of daringly short dresses, embellishment, and casual sexiness. The CFDA Awards were all high fashion bang on trend, colour blocking, sheer and silk materials, super tall models alongside the most notable fashion designers of-the-moment.

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The Costume Institute Gala 2011: Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty”

The annual Costume Institute Gala’s MET Ball is fashion’s biggest extravaganza, this year it was in tribute to the late Alexander McQueen and there were plenty of guests in attendance who had some way over his illustrous career crossed paths, become great friends, walked in one of his shows or admired him from a distance.

The “Savage Beauty” exhibition is exquisite, I spent a fair amount of time going through the pieces on the MET Museum blog, the pictures, the video and the accompanying narrative from his close friends and colleagues play the part in it being pretty unique. I haven’t always paid close attention to Alexander McQueen and fashion for that matter only picking up my addiction in the past couple of years, so I feel I’ve missed out on some amazing shows such as “It’s Only a Game”, “VOSS” and “Widows of Culloden”. I advise you take a look they are things of beauty.

Those in attendance of 2011’s MET Ball had to pull out the stops to be the one most talked about, the dress that was most desired and the look of the night. And what a night it was for our very own British designer Stella McCartney, I’ve counted EIGHT women wearing her designs, that must be some kind of an achievement for any designer let alone a Brit. Stella is known for making dresses for women, perfectly sculpted, figure-hugging, or fiercely bright and statement-making. Every celebrity looked amazing in her gowns and for Iman a gold lame jumpsuit (she is Iman of course she can do what she wants).

Eva Mendes - although I like the colour and 70's style of the dress I'm still hoping Eva will return to her sexy roots rather than all the loose dresses she's been wearing recently. Rihanna - looks drop dead hot exactly as expected, the nude slash on the opposite side of the dress exposes just enough without been slutty. Her hair would have been amazing plaited without the long piece on the end.

Hailee Steinfield - I must say this is one of my favourites of the night, unexpectedly because it is understated glamour at its best. Capped sleeves and fitted bodice, works beautifully with the mini/maxi skirt. Iman - who cares, that crazy hair and the gold lame is what she's about.

Naomi Watts - simple column dress, with sheer sleeves is a sharp contrast to what Thandie Newton is wearing. Both stunning in equal ways, but Thandie pips Naomi to the post with the scallop lac detailing and sheer skirt. Sexy.

Amber Valletta - a classic Stella dress, the simple column skirt keeps the attention focused primarily on the detailed bodice, her pulled back hair and massive earrings add sultry glamour. Gwyneth Paltrow - we know that Gwynnie is bessie's with Stella so of course she would wear the designer, but even though the dress is gorgeous and I would kill for it, Gwyneth makes it dull and boring. This is her go to look, where are her pins from the Balmain dress a couple of years ago?

There were only a select few to actually wear McQueen, those I expected like Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Burton, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell and Anna Dello Russo, as well as Gisele and Coco Rocha. Daphne Guinness actually got dressed in the window of Barneys department store, strange but true you can see the delightful video here. She wore an amazing feathered McQueen creation, probably out of her own very extensive private collection, it captured Guinness perfectly.

Sarah Jessica Parker truly stunned me in her McQueen gown, normally she is a quirky dresser, there’s always something added that makes it that little bit odd but her dress was beautiful. I’m not entirely familiar with Sarah Burton’s style, so her white floaty dress was probably well chosen and not too extreme.

I adore Anna Dello Russo’s outfit, perfectly fitted trousers, gold embroidery detail, crisp white shirt and cropped jacket, not a dress but so ADR. Apparently Naomi Campbell decided to chose the dress with the most fringing anybody ever saw and let it drown her, not to mention the awful hair, whoever did that should be fired.

Gisele looked lovely in her red gown, but it wasn’t outstanding for someone with a body as gorgeous as that. And the only saving grace on Coco Rocha’s black grecian-style dress are the feather’s adorned on the hip, a perfect touch to an otherwise simple dress.

Daphne Guinness

Sarah Jessica Parker

Anna Dello Russo

Naomi Campbell

Gisele Bundchen

Coco Rocha

Next up are my favourite people, Blake Lively, Beyonce and Diane Kruger. Each have their own unique style, Blake and Diane, if you read my blog enough you will know, are my style crushes so I was impressed that Diane returned to Jason Wu as she always looks gorgeous in his dresses. The thigh slit oozes sex but with the full length sleeves adds the classic glamour that Diane does so well and with the perfect Josh accessory on her arm she was never going to fail. Blake had Karl Lagerfeld as her accessory, and what else would she be dressed in other than Chanel? But the dress she turned up in wasn’t what I expected at all. Blake tends to stick to a pattern, mini and tight, boobs and tight, long and more than likely tight-ish, it works for her she has a killer body and it gets her noticed as always. You can see her style peeking through on one half of the dress and then a massive sash covers her other half, its different and I suppose sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone and that’s exactly what Blake has done and she pulls it off with aplomb.

Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson

Blake Lively

Hey B what’s that you can’t move? Beyonce rocked up in skintight Emilio Pucci, showing off her fantastic figure. She struggled to climb the stairs into the venue and even got booed when she didn’t stand and stop for waiting photographers. Who cares about them when you look that gorgeous, I think the keyhole over the breasts wasn’t needed as the dress really spoke for itself.

Beyonce

Kudos goes to Ginnifer Goodwin for shunning a designer dress and opting for custom made Topshop gown, what a coop for them. Her green dress is killer, love it, the cutout the full length brilliant choice. Jessica Szhor also chose Topshop from their Unique range which according to their Inside Out blog will be available in stores in September!

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jessica Szhor

Favourites of the night go to Christina Ricci in Zac Posen, Karlie Kloss looking majah 90’s in Dior, Brooklyn Decker in neon pink Calvin Klein, Liv Tyler in Givenchy Couture, (you’re going to hear lots about her soo)n Oh Land in 3.1 Philip Lim.

Christina Ricci and Karlie Kloss

Brooklyn Decker and Liv Tyler

Oh Land