Oz:The Great and Powerful Promotional Tour

I love movies and I love fashion, I hope those who have read my blog before may have spotted that! What I love most is when the two blend together during ‘The Promotional Tour’.

Upcoming movie releases with a big enough budget will have their main stars go on a promotional tour, sometimes a world tour, to get the movie to the forefront of everyone’s mind, familiarise yourself with the actors and actresses and peak your interest in what will be a “great movie”.

The one promotional tour that I have been looking forward to is the new Disney movie, directed by Sam Raimi, Oz: The Great and Powerful. Who doesn’t love a good Disney epic, especially one that is a prequel to an absolute classic.

Although, due to legal reasons Raimi was not able to use the iconic yellow brick road or any of the other original imagery, he creates a new world that he hopes audience will enjoy: “I think there is a feeling of Dr Seuss… It was actually greatly influenced by our looking at the old Disney animation frames. We went to their archives and studied how they did those backgrounds and these outrageous shapes.” (Total Film, March 2013)

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Oz: The Great and Powerful

What we will get apart from this amazing new look and feel to the magical city of Oz, is three new witches; Theodora played by Mila Kunis, good witch Glinda played by Michelle Williams and Evanora played by Rachel Weisz.

These three actresses possess the beauty and acting talent all rolled into one, which alongside James Franco’s Oz, is the reason I am looking forward to the movie so much. Raimi says of the three actresses that they each possessed an ability that fit with their character; for Mila: “She’s got a good innocent quality about her, but the wizard breaks her heart, and she finds a terrible anger within her and strikes back. Mila also has that. In Black Swan I saw this twisted darkness in her and I though ‘I need that for this role.'” And of Michelle Williams: “When the camera gets in really close the audience knows whether the person has a good soul or not.” And for Rachel Weisz: “I needed someone who was not just a pretty woman, but someone who you believed had the power to rule a city.” (Total Film, March 2013)

What is most exciting is the three female leads are currently on the promotional tour for the movie and have so far hit the red carpet for the world premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful, in Hollywood last week. The three women all have varying styles but are so complementary, with Michelle Williams in a Prada side-split dress; Mila Kunis in a girly lace Dolce & Gabbana dress; and Rachel Weisz in a perfect-fit Victoria Beckham look.

Rachel Weisz in Victoria Beckham // Mila Kunis in Dolce & Gabbana // Michelle Williams in Prada

Rachel Weisz in Victoria Beckham // Mila Kunis in Dolce & Gabbana // Michelle Williams in Prada

It gives me great pleasure to see Michelle Williams on the red carpet again, because I love her style and that perfect side swept blonde crop that I’m so glad she returned to. She may favour certain looks but when she gives you a fabulous outfit you will know about it. It’s not necessarily noticable here but her Prada gown has a hip slit that showcases her black underwear, which gives just enough of an edge without being over the top.

Below she’s wearing a Dior coat dress that appeared short sleeved and a light grey on the Spring 2013 runway, I love the bell shape of this and those legs! Another great look from head-to-toe is the Louis Vuitton red lace print trousers and jacket from the pre-fall 2013 collection, I literally cannot wait to see more from these three.

Michelle Williams in Prada

Michelle Williams in Prada

Michelle in Dior Spring 2013 on her way to a taping of Late Night with David Letterman

Michelle in Dior Spring 2013 on her way to a taping of Late Night with David Letterman

Michelle appearing on Good Morning America in Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2013 (laineygossip)

Michelle appearing on Good Morning America in Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2013 (laineygossip)

 

***IMPORTANT NEWS*** Possible Dawson’s Creek Reunion

It seems like the noughties are the decade for reunions, how many bands, television shows and movies have we seen re-cast, reboot, re-done? Plenty.

The most important news is how possibly close we are to some for of Dawson’s Creek reunion. According to an article on Zimbio.com the ever lovely (and clearly most successful and famous) Michelle Williams commented once again on how she would love a DC reunion! Yes she may have been saying this in jest, but for SUPER fans like myself I will take anything they give me and create a whole fantasy in my brain,  so Jen goes: “I’ve always said, I’m totally up for reunion tours, reunion shows, so we can do that.”.

But of course you know and I know that Williams’ character Jen died in the very last episode, oh how many tears I have shed, so how could it be possible she would be part of  reunion cast? Williams’ suggests coming back as a ghost! Genius.

Then we need the rest of them you say? Obviously the next most important cast member is… Joshua Jackson. He spoke to E!’s Marc Malkin recently and said he would totally welcome a gig on James Van Der Beek’s awesome new show Don’t Trust The B—– in Apartment 23. That’s close enough, but WE WANT PACEY.

Van Der Beek is currently starring in the new now cancelled show on ABC as a heightened version of himself, cue plenty of DC gags and Paula Cole’s soundtrack song “I don’t want to wait” as background music. Very funny. He also has his own Van Der Memes website which you absolutely must check out because it is simply hilarious. He said he finds it amusing when Williams’ says she wants in on a reunion because her character’s dead but also said, “If somebody came up with a brilliant idea how to do it, why not?” One step closer…

Just the hostage Joey to recover now. Katie Holmes has openly admitted that she would welcome a reunion for the hit WB show, “I had so much fun working on that show and I loved everyone so much and I think about it with such fond memories, a really great group of people”. That was back in 2011 on Good Morning America when she was allowed out to promote something by her kidnapper husband Tom Cruise.

So all in all there is a HUGE possibility this could really happen. Dawson’s Creek could return to our airwaves, but for now I will hold out for a Pacey guest star on Van Der Beek’s show because that would be fantastic television.

***UPDATED***

So now that Katie Holmes has been released from her contract and her career is pretty much pathetically non-existent, she has publicly spoken about wanting to patch things up with Michelle Williams (apparently they had some sort of beef) and actually make this Dawson’s Creek reunion happen.

Even though my beloved Fringe went off air and Joshua Jackson has a new gig, he still is the glue that holds the group together.

Come on 2014 bring my actual dreams alive. Pacey Witter back on my tellybox.

Screen Actors’ Guild Awards 2012

The Screen Actors’ Guild awards happened last night over the pond, and there were plenty of outfits to trawl through today. For me it was a case of the SAGs vs. the Golden Globes, because there were some gorgeous risky dresses at the Globes and some not so risky but still beautiful dresses on display last night.

I’m going to jump straight in and tell you that Rose Byrne in Elie Saab Couture and her perfect bob was my best dressed of the night. Her dazzling jumpsuit was just stunning, and it just goes to prove that the god of red carpet couture NEVER gets it wrong. My second favourite was Emma Stone, one for not choosing a full-length gown and two for the amazing Alexander McQueen horse clutch she was carrying to go with her dress by the designer. Michelle Williams looked gorgeous in red Valentino and so did Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci.

I’ll put Lea Michele on my best dressed list because she did look fantastic in a grey Atelier Versace dress, but for crying out loud Lea just a peep of your leg and a slight pout will do, none of this “sexy” open mouth or chorus girl posing.

Amber Heard looked smoking hot in a black Zac Posen gown with sexy cutouts. I’m normally against black on the red carpet because there are so many colours out there than safe black but Heard knows how to pose without going all Lea Michele on us. Other stars that chose black were Angelina Jolie in an awfully cheap looking Jenny Packham gown, Stacy Keibler (star by default) in a lace off the shoulder Marchesa gown which I found boring, and Jayma Mays who wore a beaded Reem Acra dress that would have worked on someone with much more star power than the Glee actress.

Also why did Emily Blunt’s Oscar de la Renta green gown look so cheap? For a red head green is the go to colour but this was just not right. SOFIA VERGARA IF YOU DO NOT STOP WEARING STRAPLESS MERMAID GOWNS I WILL BE FORCED TO SCREAM AT YOU. I don’t care if she has an amazing figure try something different. Tilda Swinton, what happened to your Haider Ackermann relationship, as much as I like this Lanvin gown you should not blend into the background! Oh and Kristen Wiig and that choker. Just no.

I think the Globes had more risk takers, better colours, patterns and overall looks, but the SAGs still brought the glam factor, check out the slideshow of all my favourite and a few not so favourite looks below…

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Golden Globes 2012: A success!

I refer you to my post on the Golden Globes 2011, where I was extremely disappointed in the dresses, very few celebs displayed any show stoppers and it was a struggle to form a best-dressed list.

However this year was very different… the stylists stepped up their game by a long shot. I think last year has been vaporized into oblivion by this years array of stunning gowns.

My one to watch last year was Michelle Williams, and again this year I’ve really enjoyed seeing her red carpet choices leading up to the Globes. She’d been sticking to a palette of monochrome and so I was hoping for some colour and I was not disappointed, Michelle demonstrated that understated glamour she is so good at (ignoring the Valentino from last year) with a purple velvet Jason Wu column  dress and picked up the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. 9/10

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu at Golden Globes 2012

Evan Rachel Wood was my favourite of the night, she is never afraid of wearing a show-stopper and this Gucci Premiere gown was simply beautiful. She reminds me of a mermaid, with feathers. 9.5/10

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci Premiere at the Golden Globes 2012

Dianna Agron wasn’t featured prominently on any best/worst dressed lists, I suppose her star power is still at a B- for a television actress, but her red laser cut Giles dress is a star to me. Very reminiscent of the Marchesa dress that Rachel McAdams wore at Cannes but edgier. I think it would have worked even better if it didn’t have the slight train and was cut with a flare at the ankle. 8/10

Dianna Agron in Giles at the Golden Globes 2012

I loved Claire Danes‘ neon pink Calvin Klein from last years Golden Globes, this year she picked a monochrome J. Mendel dress. I loved it but I think that’s because of the back, I’m a lover of bare backs and this was a hit purely for that reason and the red lips. Still she went on to pick up the Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama for the epic show that is Homeland, congratulations. 7.5/10

Claire Danes in J. Mendel at the Golden Globes 2012

Kudos to Paula Patton for daring to wear THE brightest dress ever made. Her sunshine yellow Monique Lhullier dress showed Sarah Michelle Gellar how to do the designer the correct way. Honestly, SMG turned up in a godawful inky blue and white dress with a huge bustle around the waist which just totally overwhelmed her and then she made the excuse that her daughter Charlotte picked it out… Yeah put the blame on the innocent child poor thing. SMG gets a ridiculously low -2/10 whilst Paula shines with 7/10.

Paula Patton and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhullier at the Golden Globes 2012

Salma Hayek looked gorgeous in Gucci, I don’t think I’d be able to guess how old she is when she busts out a dress like this. Sleek and sexy, gorgeous but no mutton. An easy 8/10.

Salma Hayek in Gucci at the Golden Globes 2012

As a rule to myself I never EVER include Tilda Swinton on any lists, because she is a force of her own making. An individualist at heart she just refuses to conform. This time however her Golden Globes outfit was by no means extreme nor was it simple and boring, but a light blue Haider Ackermann creation which she carried off without breaking a sweat. I really liked the styling, the matching cuffs and quiffy ice blonde hair (it’s like she’s always the White Queen) , an icy 7/10.

Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann at the Golden Globes 2012

The best of the rest include:

  • A stunning Kate Beckinsale who really doesn’t seem to age in Roberto Cavalli a graceful 8/10.
  • Katherine McPhee in a shock horror mid-length gown by Donna Karan. A refreshing change but the colour was a bit drab 6.5/10.
  • Nicole Richie is a favourite of mine, I liked her Julien Macdonald dress but I didn’t love it, the bling was fantastic though 7/10.
  • Madeleine “Victoria” Stowe, the Revenge actress didn’t scoop any awards but looked electric in a cornflower blue Vera Wang custom creation 7.5/10.
  • Although I don’t favour this dress on Lea Michele because she just sexed it up way too much, the pose, the smoky eye it just doesn’t sit right. I love the green cocktail ring and the dress itself but really not her, one day she will do something simple and understated and will still look amazing, a stingy 6/10.
  • Diane Lane really shows everyone else how to do it, the actress looked elegant in a gold embellished Reem Acra gown 8.5/10.
  • Emma Stone’s Lanvin gown kind of underwhelmed me, I love her and the make up was gorgeous but I was expecting something showstopping, maybe she’s saving it for when she’s nominated, 6.5/10.
  • Mila Kunis rocked up in a black Dior dress, she looked nice but clearly was there in a supporting capacity and not to steal the scene, a lacklustre 6.5/10.
  • I was really on the fence with Jessica Biel’s choice of Elie Saab Couture. He makes THE best red carpet dresses and she chose this? It’s kind of old lady up top with this beautiful skirt. Sort it out Jess you’re not going to wear this at your wedding I hope, 5.5/10.
  • I would like to say to Nicole Kidman to get rid of the long hair and tight dresses, and wear something that makes you look your age and not a tacky wannabe. 3/10 just because it’s Versace.

Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli at the Golden Globes 2012

Katherine McPhee in Donna Karan at the Golden Globes 2012

Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald at the Golden Globes 2012

Madeleine Stowe in Vera Wang at the Golden Globes 2012

Lea Michele in Marchesa at the Golden Globes 2012

Diane Lane in Reem Acra at the Golden Globes 2012

Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes 2012

Mila Kunis in Christian Dior at the Golden Globes 2012

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab Couture at the Golden Globes 2012

Nicole Kidman in Versace at the Golden Globes 2012

Michelle Williams and Celine Buckens in Victoria by Victoria Beckham

We know how much Victoria Beckham likes to promote her own clothes, and who better to show you how it should be done.

So its always nice to see another celeb wearing her designs, in their own way or just how she intended. In the past week we’ve seen the same dress in two different colour ways on two very different people.

Michelle Williams in a white and black Victoria by Victoria Beckham, this is a great display of Michelle’s style, simple design with scalloped detailing and a dropped waist skirt. Michelle has been on a run of monochrome of late so I’m dying to see what she wears to the Golden Globes.

Michelle looking fantastic in Victoria by Victoria Beckham at the BAFTA Awards Annual Tea Party in LA.

Then we have newcomer Celine Buckens, who stars in the Speilberg epic War Horse, in a pink and black version of the same dress. Celine adds a bit more gold to the styling, which makes it more fun and youthful, and I love the shoes.

Celine Buckens in Victoria by Victoria Beckham at the London premiere of War Horse.

The Oscars 2011: The dresses

Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture, doing what she does best simple and understated.

Absolute shining example of how to wear Givenchy Couture, Cate Blanchett is my best dressed of the night without a doubt.

Wearing custom-made Marc Bouwer, winner of Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo looked charmingly beautiful.

Amy Adams wore a sapphire blue embellished L’Wren Scott dress, and Cartier jewels worth $1.35m!

Former Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock in a perfect red Vera Wang fishtail gown.

I do love this dress, Calvin Klein’s collection has proved to be very popular amongst a few actresses on the red carpet… NB In retrospect every time I have seen Jennifer in a red dress nothing seems to beat this hot look.

These are the dresses that stood out, as they were all intricately detailed or with bright pops of colour in a verrrrry nude sea of dresses. Not one of the better awards shows I’ve seen, but then again it’s the Oscars and they’re all about conservative, I don’t see why the attendees have to bore me though. I was hoping the exclusive Vanity Fair party would bring back some excitement, but so far I’ve seen Emma Stone with really bad hair and wearing an odd Chanel Houte Couture dress, Madonna in a leotard with some sheer bits to make her daughter less embarrassed, Cameron Diaz in an ultra-mini dress by Carolina Herrera, and Gwyneth Paltrow channeling Strictly Come Dancing with a crystal-adorned nude dress.

Out of the arrivals Selena Gomez wowed me the most, obviously her Dolce & Gabbana dress was chosen for her, but her Justin Bieber shaped arm candy easily rose plenty of eyebrows. Poor tweens, he’s taken now.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing party is also another big hitter for celebs, Nicole Richie was stunning in a white hot Halston dress with her husband Joel Madden, Odette Yustman was another celeb in red wearing Monique Lhuillier, and Chace Crawford and Ryan Kwanten looking too fit for words in tuxedos.

Odette Yustman in Monique Lhuillier

Nicole Richie in Halston and Joel Madden

Chace Crawford in Dolce & Gabbana

Ryan Kwanten in Boss Black

Golden Globes 2011: A disappointment?

I was not impressed this year, out of all the celebrities that attended there were very few dresses that could be considered best dressed. The Golden Globes are the awards where actresses are expected to go out of their comfort zone be a bit more daring seeing as though it’s not as restricting as the Oscars, many chose to stick to styles they’d worn before, black, or plain designs. I was expecting a real extravaganza and what I got was disappointment.

I was really looking forward to seeing what Michelle Williams wore, nominated for Best Actress I thought she would pull out all the stops. In the run up to the Golden Globes, Williams has been sporting a uniform of lace, knee length 50’s skirts, and cap-sleeves, there was a break from that at the Critics’s Choice Awards where she wore a pretty white Balenciaga number. It seems she wanted to stick with the pretty and went for a daisy floral print dress by Valentino, to me its unflattering and a bit plain, more suited to a casual dinner than a fancy awards ceremony.  A big fat 2/10 because I like her hair and make up.

Michelle Williams in Valentino

Natalie Portman beat out Williams to win Best Actress for her role in The Black Swan, a deserved award as the film is absolutely fantastic. Surprisingly Portman didn’t wear Dior or Rodarte as tipped but instead chose a pale pink Viktor & Rolf gown that I really didn’t like. The big red rose at the empire line of her dress just didn’t sit well on top of her pregnant belly, but at least she was showing it off. A 3/10 for the cute baby bump but overall I don’t think the pink and red colour clash sits well.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

Someone that didn’t disappoint me was Emma Stone, nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy unfortunately lost out to Annette Benning, wore a peach backless dress by Calvin Klein. Not a designer that I would think of for the fancy red carpet but works really well, a super streamlined dress with ice blonde locks and a sexy back is a good look in my books, although Emma may have gone a little overboard on the fake tan. A definite 9/10, an actress who is a strong player in the style stakes.

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Winner of Best Performance in a Mini Series for her work in Temple Gradin, Clare Danes also wore Calvin Klein Collection. A luminous pink halter neck gown, really spiced up the red carpet amongst a sea of black and beads. Again a really flawless look from Calvin Klein, Clare was deserving of her win. An 8/10 for pink perfection.

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein Collection

Emerald green was a popular colour with both Angelina Jolie and Mila Kunis wearing Atelier Versace and Vera Wang respectively. It has being reported that Angie laughed when she heard of her nomination in the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for The Tourist. Presenter Ricky Gervais threw down when he said of the rumour about the nominations for The Tourist, “I’d like to crush this ridiculous rumor that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That was not the only reason; they also accepted bribes.”

Angie did look stunning in colour a definite competitor for best dressed of the night, and Mila Kunis looked gorgeous in her Vera Wang gown but I can’t help feeling a little underwhelmed by her look I was expecting something a little more extraordinary. An 8/10 for Angelina and a 6/10 for Mila, maybe she’s waiting to wow at the Oscars?

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace // Mila Kunis in Vera Wang

Two very different actresses sported blunt fringes one was a success the other not so much. Sandra Bullock, on presenting duties this year looked great with her blunt hair cut and Jenny Packham dress, where as Olivia Wilde’s hairdo was more limp and lacklustre but at least her ridiculously over the top Marchesa princess ball gown made up for it. A 7/10 for previous big winner Bullock,  a poor 5/10 for Wilde who was clearly wishing she was sat atop a castle than presenting the award for Best Foreign Film alongside the delicious Rob Pattinson.

Olivia Wilde in Marchesa // Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham

Olivia Wilde and Rob Pattinson on stage // Rob in Gucci Made to Order

Then we have the girls with the sex factor, Halle Berry and January Jones. Both actresses not afraid to flash the flesh, they wowed with their barely there dresses. Halle in a black Nina Ricci dress, channelling the underwear as outwear trend it was daring and maybe a little trashy but totally worth it to get those column inches. And then January in THAT red Versace dress from the Spring 2011 RTW collection, she suits the dress and January definitely gets my vote as best dressed of the night.

Halle Berry gets an 8.5/10 in Nina Ricci

January Jones 9/10 in Versace

There’s always going to be celebrities who shunned their stylist, aka Helena Bonham Carter (has she ever had one?), the quirky actress wore a Vivienne Westwood  gown with mismatched shoes. Who else could really get away with it? Glamour magazine online even say “Fab rather than faux pas” pah yeh right. Then we have Christina Hendricks, maybe I have it out for her but her vivid red Romona Keveza dress with a massive shoulder ruffle made me wonder where she began and the dress ended! And Julianne Moore I have no words for your Lanvin mess, one sleeved with a necklace tucked under the collar it doesn’t even begin to make sense!

Helena Bonham Carter // Christina Hendricks // Julianne Moore

Other worthy mentions go to Leighton Meester who wore a thigh-slashed chiffon Burberry Prorsum gown with the best accessory of the night, a gold box clutch complete with a hanging tassle. Anne Hathaway in a very backless Armani Prive gold sequinned dress with power shoulders and Camilla Belle was spotted at the InStyle/Warner Bros Golden Globes after party in a silver Giorgio Armani dress. Also congratulations goes to Colin Firth for his Best Actor win for his role in The King’s Speech, hopefully a sign of what’s to be expected at the Oscars, and to David Fincher for Best Director and Best Film for The Social Network.

Leighton Meester // Anne Hathaway // Camilla Belle