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

Promo Tour: Lily Collins for Mortal Instruments

Lily Collins may have just executed the best promo tour ever in the history of promo tours.

She has spent the past few months promoting The Mortal Instruments and every single look has been pretty spectacular. From casual day time talk show looks, to photo calls, premieres and magazine parties, Lily Collins and those amazing eyebrows have been everywhere.

Here are some (all) of my favourite looks that Lily has worn to promote her new movie, alongside her ex-boyfriend Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers.

Casual

I say these are casual looks mainly because they are during the day time. But Lily knows how to still work that girly/sexy vibe depending on her make up and hair.

The first outfit is Stella McCartney, she has this amazing sixties vibe going on here with a slightly teased beehive and cute natural make up. This could be a difficult look to pull off with that extra layer but the show of legs makes it work.

The Paper London shorts and crop combo at Comic Con is just one of many crop tops Lily Collins has been sporting during this promo tour. Perfect for the event keeping that relaxed look with messy beachy waves, a slick of pink lipstick and a flash of abs.

I adore the Bec & Bridge look Lily wore for a meet and greet. So fresh and girly, the soft waves in her hair keep it sweet as does the hint of pink lipstick. Love the chunky necklace which sets everything off nicely.

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Stella McCartney // Paper London // Bec & Bridge

Lace – sexy and angelic

Here Lily is wearing two very different looks by Houghton. The custom made red design she wore to the Madrid premiere is stunning, the retro waves and amazing red lipstick complements the dress perfectly. The white backless Houghton dress she wore to the Toronto premiere is very angelic and the make up and hair is in keeping with the whole theme – two very different looks, both amazing.

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Vampy

I wondered how dark Lily Collins’ eyebrows can go. Well here in the Maxime Simeons look – very dark. This is one of my favourite looks of the whole tour, it’s so easy to pick a pretty dress so I love how she has kept things fresh and gone over to the dark side. It’s so hard to pull off dark lipstick, dark brows, thigh high boots and a red sheer shirt without looking like a hooker. Well done Lily.

This tuxedo dress is fast becoming one of my favourite new styles this season. This Alexander McQueen version isn’t as fitted as the Dior version so I like how Lily has kept things to a bare minimum not overloading with jewels and wearing smoky make up with curly hair.

Lily Collins chose Rouland Mouret for the Flaunt magazine cover party. Another crop trop, but if you have abs like that I’d wear them all the time too. The top is a deconstructed shirt with a collar and buttons and pleated bust, the black skirt completes the very popular monochrome trend, and to top it off a bright red lip and a tousled up do.

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Maxime Simeons // Alexander McQueen // Rouland Mouret

White/Black

Lily definitely has a fondness for monochrome during this promo tour, either wearing black and white, all black or all white. I can’t get enough of Cushnie et Ochs at the moment, their cutouts are to die for and if I could get my hands on one of their uber sexy designs I would wear it until it fell apart! Lily’s vampy make up works so well against the stark white of this cutout dress that she wore to the LA premiere of Mortal Instruments, it would be so easy to just pick a pink or red lip but this dark red colour and slicked back hair is something I wish I could pull off.

Then you have a complete 180° for the Teen Choice Awards where Lily chose a gorgeous nude make up palette to wear with her Fausto Puglisi gown. I love the palm tree print paired with a black tee, I think it would have been overwhelming for her to wear the print head to toe so this high-low skirt works well.

Then we are back to Lily’s sexy best. Smoky eye make up, chunky jewels all against an all black look. Another up do this time with more of a quiff than the beehive but I like that she kept it tied up to show off that necklace. I think the crop top trend is here to stick around for a little while longer if Lily Collins’ wardrobe is anything to go by!

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What is age appropriate?

So many women in celeb land like to wear provocative clothing to get column inches, to promote their movies or products they happen to be endorsing at that moment. It’s the way to catch attention, to look smokin’ hot (or a hot mess) and news outlets and gossip sites pick up on it straight away and voila you’re the talk of the week!

But how do you dress whilst still grabbing those headlines and be “age appropriate”?

There are plenty of young teen actresses out there finding their feet in Hollywoodland, from Elle and (the slightly older) Dakota Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin. I say finding their feet, it isn’t as if they are stumbling around like Emma Watson in her early Hermione days, they are decked head to toe in fashion houses like Miu Miu, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler.

Emma in her early years...

But as many fashion critics are so quick to point out, some of them are not adhering to this apparent rule of age appropriate styling.

Case in point, Chloe Moretz, she’s flashed up on a plethora of red carpets this past year as she promoted her movies Let Me In, Hick and the recent Martin Scorcese 3D epic children’s fantasy movie Hugo. In my opinion she is doing much better than poor old Emma ever did, of course she has a stylist’s assistance but I think Chloe is head strong in her fashion choices much like Elle Fanning is in hers.

The main outfit that I think sparked the “age appropriate” debate was the Valentino dress Chloe chose for the premiere of Hick at the Toronto Film Festival back in September. I admit it is sexy for someone who is only 14, the tight leather and sheer top half even if she is covered up, but if this is what was on offer to her from the designers and for no one to tell her any different then why wouldn’t she pick it. But it’s not as if she is Lindsay Lohan, so why get all huffy about it?

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I move onto another outfit that has been deemed appropriate for someone Chloe’s age, a Miu Miu coat dress from their Resort 2012 collection. It’s still short, and she still has bare legs, but because she’s added a sparkly brooch to her hair and it covers her chest it is all fine. Another one, this time Chloe dons an amazing pair of Stella McCartney lace leggings and a leather jacket, why is this so age appropriate? It would be easy to say that the leggings were too tight and she shouldn’t be wearing heels. A Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 dress is adorable and cutesy, but still features a lace see-through top half and fitted skirt.

Chloe in Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and Dolce & Gabbana

Elle Fanning seems to be popular on the best dressed lists, her quirky dress sense wins fashion critics’ votes over Chloe nearly everytime they are pitted against each other. Quirky is apparently age appropriate, but some of her outfits are odd and ironically ageing, however never wrong because she’s young and just experimenting.

Elle Fanning in Marc Jacobs Spring 2012, looking all saccarine and sweet.

I then must go to the other end of the spectrum, critics take a pass at younger ones for dressing more maturely in a sexy way or more maturely in a too covered up prim and proper way, can they ever win? But what about Helen Mirren (67) in Dolce & Gabbana or Elle Macpherson (47) in Herve Leger for Max Azria?

Helen Mirren at the Comedy Awards in December, looking a bit of a hot mess if I do say so. This Dolce & Gabbana dress is reserved for the likes of Miranda Kerr.

Elle "The Body" Macpherson in Herve Leger for Max Azria. I'm all for a woman who has an amazing body, but boy don't we know this with the "look at me" dress. Why can't she go back to that amazing red suit?

And who could possibly forget Madonna at the Oscars Vanity Fair after party? (And just because she’s Madonna she cannot possibly justify dressing so horrifically)

Madonna at the Vanity Fair Oscar party last year, with her then 15 year old daughter Lourdes....

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.

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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

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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.

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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

Kate wears Stella

One of my favourite looks from Stella McCartney’s A/W 2011 collection, it looks incredible on Kate Winslet. The sheer panel reveals so much flesh but still looks understated alongside the black in the rest of the dress, it’s a shame she chose those shoes but the hair and make up look simple and pretty. A great dress on a gorgeous woman.

Kate Winslet at the premiere of her HBO miniseries 'Mildred Pierce'.

Stella McCartney A/W 2011

As I was looking through Stella McCartney’s new ready-to-wear collection, debuted at Paris Fashion Week earlier today, I was thinking I’d probably only find a couple of looks that I would like. I was very wrong. I can’t help but like the whole collection, yes there were some extreme aspects in the form of oversized shoulders and gold lame puffa cocoon shaped coats and ivory white sheer jumpsuits. But there were the sexier elements that Stella is known for, the sheer insets on the dresses, THAT tuxedo jacket, and the sport luxe feel of the tailored jumpsuits.

Candice Swanepoel

Anja Rubik

Suvi Koponen

Sara Blomqvist

Katsia Zingarevich

Arizona Muse

Sasha Pivovarova

Sara Blomqvist

Natasha Poly

Karmen Pedaru