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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Karlie Kloss at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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

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

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Miranda Kerr in Kaufmanfranco at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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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.

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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.

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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

The Oscars 2014: Red carpet

I made the mistake this year of expecting too much from the Oscars 2014.

There was such a long stretch of time between the last bout of awards in January and the Oscars on March 2nd that in my own imagination, it was a lifetime. A lifetime that should have given all the stylists in Hollywood the time to gather all those amazing couture dresses we saw on the runway in Paris and shipped to LA. But no, I thought Lily Allen’s tweet summed it up:

Award season started on a high for Lupita Nyong’o with her Ralph Lauren red cape dress at the Golden Globes, a jaw-dropping moment that was soon to be followed with the bright turquoise floral Gucci stunner at the SAG Awards. There were so many amazing looks inbetween that I’d need a whole blog dedicated to her to go through them. So when Lupita arrived on the Oscar red carpet I was more than a little disappointed, don’t get me wrong her sky blue custom Prada gown was nice but it wasn’t jaw-dropping. The shape was very reminiscent of Amy Adam’s two-tone red Valentino Couture gown from the Golden Globes, and it just wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before. I do really wish she had worn this Elie Saab Couture look.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at the Oscars 2014

Another star that I was on tenterhooks for was of course Jennifer Lawrence. She mentioned briefly at the SAG Awards that she may be wearing vintage Dior so my mind wandered and created a dress of such mind-blowing epicness that her simple column dress with peplum detail at the waist came as a bit of a shock as did her fantastic stumble and fall. She did look gorgeous, and I was glad for the return of red but once again I couldn’t help but think of how much better and smokin’ hot her 2011 Oscars Calvin Klein dress was.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars 2014

So to my best dressed of the night without a shadow of a doubt, Kate Hudson. Even in a sea of soft golds, champagne hues, and nude tulle she sashayed onto the Oscars red carpet in a stunning Atelier Versace gown adorned with the most perfect beaded demi cape. Not to mention the  gorgeous detail at her waist, that sexy deep neckline complemented with softly curled hair and nude make up. If I had the opportunity to wear this dress I don’t think I’d want to ever take it off, but Kate did just that for the Vanity Fair after-party which I have to give special mention to because she managed to wear another stunner of gown. Kate rocked up on the green and cream carpet in Zuhair Murad couture, she won the war of the red carpet by wearing two amazing dresses whilst some of the attendees couldn’t even manage to wear one above average.

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Sandra Bullock has had a great awards season, so I was impressed with her Alexander McQueen gown. The knotted drape feature made what could have been a simple and boring dress into a classic navy strapless wonder.

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Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars 2014

I think Kristen Bell has been just under the radar on the red carpet this season, she’s not a mega watt star so sometimes goes overlooked. I myself admit to doing so, but her Roberto Cavalli Oscars gown was something not to be ignored. Her best accessory of course was her smile.

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Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli at the Oscars 2014

Special mention must go to the best looking red carpet couple, Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudeikis in Prada. I mean those two, there’s so much hotness I can’t cope.

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Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudeikis in Prada at the Oscars 2014

There were other stars out there that looked beautiful, and I admit no one really had a red carpet mishap. The female celebrities all seemed to be a tad mediocre especially when compared to last year’s Oscars. But fear not my fellow fashion fiends, there are only a couple of months to go until the MET Gala and Cannes Film Festival.

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.

My Best Dressed Celebrities: 2013

I’ve spent way too much time looking at pretty pictures of celebrities in amazing dresses that I would never in a million dreams be able to get my hands on, but that was time spent productively as it means I have my finished Best Dressed Celebrities of 2013 list.

So sit back with a brew and get scrolling as I count down my top ten eleven best dressed.

11. Nicole Kidman
A last minute entry and the reason my top ten is now a top eleven… I’m usually very against Nicole’s frozen look on the red carpet but she had some truly beautiful moments on the red carpet this year especially in Cannes. I don’t know what it is about the French film festival, but Cannes always brings the most amazing, jaw-dropping gowns. Nicole was serving on the grand jury for Cannes Film Festival this year and she wowed us with a Valentino Couture gown which is the same gown rumoured to have been Anne Hathaway’s original choice for the Oscars before she picked that ghastly Prada monstronsity. Nicole is also BFFs with Mick Jagger’s partner, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, so we always see a lot of her dresses on the statuesque red head. A particular standout moment for me of Nicole was her campaign for Jimmy Choo, a total move away from her normal look, I absolutely loved that choppy fiery bob.

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10. Solange Knowles
Solange is of course the lesser known Knowles sister, and has always been known for her daring approach to fashion which I think has definitely rubbed off on Beyonce in recent years. Particular standout looks for me were Solange’s Stephane Rolland white jumpsuit she wore in Cannes better than the red carpet gown she wore, her green bejewelled Ralph & Russo dress she wore to the Grammys and her (some might say) marmite Christian Siriano look she wore to a Vogue event in Dubai. Solange always knows how to rock her ‘fro whether wild and crazy or in box braids, and she knows a thing or two about a sexy thigh split.

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9. Nicole Richie
Nicole has upped her game in the past year, gone but not forgotten are her boho roots and in their place was an ultra glam refined woman. You can still see her unique twist on a look with her own range of House of Harlow accessories, and a eclectic set of hairstyles and a perfect smoky eye. Her standout moments come in the form of a stunning Dolce & Gabbana gown at the LACMA Gala, that Marc Jacobs 90s inspired dress and a classic Hollywood moment at the Golden Globes. Thank god Nicole ditched Paris and saught out a career in fashion, much like Victoria Beckham, when she was villified for her path to fame (despite being Lionel Richie’s daughter) she has proved her worth.

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8. Elizabeth Banks
Not many looks from Elizabeth Banks this year, but still worthy of an entry on my best dressed list. Thanks to another Hunger Games promo tour we got to see Elizabeth at her best, she wowed us with two Elie Saab gowns, a neon yellow Jason Wu and a dreamy silver dress by the same designer on the same night. She placed second in my best dressed list last year with her rainbow red carpet wardrobe and 2013 again demonstrates an actress not afraid to inject some colour into her look.

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7. Jennifer Lawrence

There are 23 looks here from Jennifer Lawrence and believe me when I tell you that’s not all of them. She comes in at number seven on my best dressed of 2013 list because she’s Jennifer Lawrence and I’m in love with her. Thanks to her partnership with Dior she had a very hit and miss year on the red carpet. It was expected that on every major red carpet the Oscar-winning actress would be dressed in the brand that she officially became the face of, but not to everyone’s pleasure. There were epic hits like her beautiful Oscars gown which I originally didn’t love but adore now, even more so her dramatic look at the Paris premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and of course a non-Dior dress with her Vanity Fair Oscar after-party in a metallic Calvin Klein that flattered her figure beautifully. Her promo tour for Catching Fire was a mixed bag but overall she seemed to become more relaxed in Dior more so with her gorgeous new hair cut which freshened her whole image. I can’t wait to see what Jennifer brings to the red carpet in 2014 as it looks like she’ll be on the awards circuit again with a supporting actress nomination for American Hustle.

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6. Lily Collins
Wow, Lily Collins had a great year on the red carpet thanks to her promo tour for The Mortal Instruments. Whilst the film didn’t get rave reviews, I enjoyed it and Jamie Campbell Bowers sexy bad boy character even if there was a weird incest plot (?!). Lily executed one of the best promo tours I’ve seen in recent years and her only competition for me was the celebrities who are above her in my best dressed list! She debuted so many different looks it was hard to keep up, she ruled the dark berry lip, worked the sexy cutout in Cushnie et Ochs and wore plenty of crop tops, not to mention old Hollywood glamour as seen in her two Houghton looks below. She consistently outdid herself on every red carpet, and those brows are things of dreams. Wow.

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5. Diane Kruger

In at my number one spot last year for her epic run at the Cannes Film Festival, this year Diane Kruger proves she is the most consistent when it comes to style on and off the red carpet. She’s always been my number one style crush, and one half of my most favourite celeb couple, so when her best accessory is Joshua Jackson you cannot fail to love her. From her Oscars Giambattista Valli cape-back mini and handsome plus one, to her Jessica Rabbit Jonathan Saunders look at the the Hammer Museum Gala, and not forgetting her head to toe Chanel Couture look at The Host New York premiere with Josh in that perfect blue suit. Her best looks for 2013 come in the form of a beautiful and surprisingly not couture Valentino Resort gown she wore to the Valentino Ball during the Venice Film Festival, a Prabal Gurung Resort gown for the Metropolitan Opera Season Opening, and a pretty gold Marchesa dress for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund event. Other looks that I adore are her Mary Katrantzou dress, her Chanel Couture cocktail moment and that super cute Emilia Wickstead tuxedo style dress for the Autism Speaks event.

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4. Kate Hudson
Ahh the Californian beauty has one of the best bodies in the business and never fails to show it off in some spectacular gowns. My absolute favourite from Kate this year had to be the Reem Acra gown she wore to the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball, fittingly the gown was the exact shade of Tiffany blue and she looked simply stunning with that thigh split and sweetheart neckline, perfect blonde waves and gorgeous jewels. Kate also showed of those abs in a Gucci gown at the LACMA Gala, proving that a deep v neckline and cutouts doesn’t always mean trashy. Kate also looked fabulous in black Alexander McQueen at the Golden Globes, in BFF Stella McCartney at the ELLE UK Style Awards and looked adorable and sexy in a purple Bec & Bridge playsuit at the iHeart Radio Festival. Here’s to another year of Kate Hudson dropping jaws.

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3. Nina Dobrev
I harp on about this all the time but Nina Dobrev will always top my best dress ever list with her Donna Karan Atelier gown she wore to the 2011 Emmys. It was just so epic and stunning, and two years later she still continues to wow on the red carpet much to the talent of her stylist Ilaria Urbinati who has created many of the looks you see below. In particular the Naeem Khan tropical mini dress was my favourite from Nina in 2013, not just because she can rock a mini like no other but because I like to think my request to see Nina in the SS’13 worked and my wish was granted! Her Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit/dress she wore to the MET Gala was another genius creation, pushing the punk envelope whilst still being sexy and glam is no mean feat she was one of my best dressed of the night. Other standout looks come in the form of a sporty pink Elie Saab at the SAG Awards, a colourful Julien Macdonald mini for her Cosmo cover party and another stunning Naeem Khan for the Elton John Oscar viewing party. Like so many others on my list I cannot wait to see what Nina Dobrev has in store for 2014.

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2. Naomie Harris
What an amazing red carpet year for this Mandela actress, another star that had an epic promo tour with an array of designers dressing her and looking simply beautiful. I couldn’t possibly pick between the Alexander McQueen gown Naomie wore for the Royal premiere of Mandela or the Marchesa she picked for the Oxfam Charity Gala – two very different but stunning looks. Naomie wowed with gorgeous pastel colours in Vionnet and Burberry, then a rich purple at the MET Gala, patterns in Vivienne Westwood and Gucci and glitz in Calvin Klein and Donna Karan Atelier. After a very mixed bag with her Bond promo tour the Mandela proved a complete success.

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1. Kerry Washington
In at number one, is Kerry Washington. She fell into my top spot quite organically, simply because as I was putting all of the looks together Kerry’s two top looks below were just my absolute favourites. I remember the first time I saw her on the red carpet in that Giles gown and couldn’t believe my eyes, I don’t even know what it is about it that makes me like it so much, maybe the horse print was just so unexpected and that dark berry lip was just perfection. And then the bubblegum sweetness of her Oscar de la Renta gown at the NAACP Awards was just the total opposite, those two colours together along with a matching pink lip was just beautiful. I admit I wasn’t a massive fan of her Miu Miu Oscars look but loved her Miu Miu Golden Globes look, she looked gorgeous in both Marchesa dresses and she still manages to look youthful and fresh when she flashes those pins in mini dresses from Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli. Overall Kerry’s promo tour for Django Unchained was a win, closely followed by Naomie Harris and Lily Collins for their respective red carpet runs. Let’s just ignore that Prada monstrosity from the Scandal Season 3 premiere!

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Do you agree with who I picked for my best dressed of 2013 list?

Who would you have placed in the top spot, someone completely different?

Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @nlcorner with your top choices!

Sources: RCFA, Zimbio, JustJared

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Prada // Giambattista Valli // Erdem

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Calvin Klein // Giambattista Valli Couture // Christian Dior

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Nina Ricci // Calvin Klein // Chanel Couture

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The Costume Institute Gala 2010 – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, an overworked red carpet was buckling under the pressure of hosting hundreds of beautiful couture gowns and stick-thin celebrities.

Every name in the fashion industry was there to attend the charity event hosted by Patrick Robinson of The Gap, and co-hosted by the titian-haired (albeit slightly blonder) Anna Wintour and chat-show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Some celebs played it safe whilst others, well it’s almost as if their dresses were their second skin. There was no set colour palette, and there was a dash of pillarbox red with flashes of blue and shimmers of gold.

We’ll start with the white dresses – Diane Kruger wearing a classic Calvin Klein long sleeved and full-length dress with Joshua Jackson as her only accessory. Emma Watson in a custom-made ruffled Burberry dress, she has made quite a name for herself and has been dressed by some of the best designers, most notably Chanel. Taylor Swift still seems to be dressing in gowns that double her age but she looked pretty in Ralph Lauren. Jessica Beal bored me yet again in a sickly shimmery ivory dress and hair that is screaming out for a deep condition, but she’s lucky enough to still have a grip on Justin Timberlake so I salute her for that. And finally Gwen Stefani in her own design from L.A.M.B, it honestly looks fantastic on her, would you believe she is 40?

Next up it’s those women who are proud of what they have and are not the least bit scared in showing it off. Blake Lively, who I believe has legs that do not end, chose a dress by Marchesa, the detailing as always is exquisite and the blue colour just emphasises Blake’s youthful glow. If you are in your twenties sometimes it is just easier to dress that way. Another Gossip Girl in the form of Jessica Szohr, again if I could please steal her smouldering eyes that would be great, she looked smoking hot in a Versace full-length gown. Sienna Miller on the arm of Jude Law again, in Emilio Pucci, the dress looks slightly thrown together but the slash chest and the lovely legs Sienna has makes it work. Kate Hudson looking positively glowing in Stella McCartney, a slash up the thigh of those toned legs and her newly improved chest make the dress come to life. M.I.A under much controversy at the minute for her new music video but this didn’t put a dampener on her night, wearing an Alexander Wang for Gap black jumpsuit with a gold netted dress over the top she stood out amongst the sea of standard gowns.

Here are my stand-out outfits from the night. Camilla Belle in a one-strap red Jason Wu gown, her striking eyebrows and pulled back hair accessorise the dress perfectly. Nicole Richie in Fall 2010 Marc Jacobs, looks really classic I think that her dark hair is so much more sophisticated now than that blonde beach locks she’s so accustomed to wearing. I’m not normally a fan of  Chloe Sevigny but the playful Proenza Schouler dress is something that I could imagine myself wearing to somewhere glamourous but not restricted to the red carpet.

And special mention goes to Tina Fey for not blending into the background and daring to wear a YSL jumpsuit. (Yes I know Alexa and Chanel Iman both wore jumpsuits but Tine Fey is 39!)

Chanel – Michael Kors and Alexa Chung – Phillip Lim.

I think for next year’s MET Ball the head peeps are going to have to think of an ingenious title because I don’t think anything can ever top the 2008 Gala “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” and Anna Wintour in that Chanel Coutoure dress:

Anna Wintour

(All images from Justjared.com)