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

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Golden Globes 2014: Red haute couture

I settled myself into watch the Golden Globes red carpet live on E! last night, when I watched the channel the last time for the EMMYs Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic drove me insane and they were on top form again (plus the helium inflated Ross Matthews), but there I was plus my laptop and as many other Apple products I could use all at once.

Unlike last year when the red carpet was bare on colour, the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet was awash with rainbow hues and a little sewage.

I’ve decided that it’s a tie this year for best dressed, a tie in the colour red and in individuality. Over the past few months newcomer Lupita Nyong’o has stormed the red carpet with not one mishap, designers are clamouring to dress her, she’s building up a portfolio of magazine covers (I bet it won’t be long before Vogue comes a calling) and she’s appeared in her first fashion campaign for Miu Miu. She literally had my jaw drop on the floor when I saw this striking red Ralph Lauren dress, I’m a sucker for a cape and it didn’t go unnoticed that this was very reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow’s white Tom Ford 2012 Oscars dress. An easy win with 9/10.

Then we have Emma Watson. From the front you could even go so far as to say this Dior Haute Couture is a pretty ‘meh’ dress, a bare amount of jewels and a very simple updo, but then it’s all party in the back as she takes a big fashion risk with a completely open back over black slim fit trousers. I just love it, I’m glad she was daring enough to wear trousers too and I hope this is a turning point for Emma, she just needs a little bit of scandal to shed her Hermoine image. A deserving 9/10.

best dresses golden globesI was pretty surprised by (the newly engaged) Emma Roberts’ black Lanvin look, it was a really gorgeous old Hollywood moment topped off with a pop of colour via those stunning turquoise drop earrings. I realised I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was bothering me about Cate Blanchett’s Armani look, and I realised after it appearing next to Emma’s black gown that the nude lining makes it appear slightly brown. Maybe it’s the lighting because the detail on the back of her gown was really intricate. Adele Exarchopoulos is a baby at 20 and was only 19 during filming of the much applauded Blue is the Warmest Colour, she stuck to black too in a Miu Miu gown adorned with crystals at the hem and those infamous (Miuccia Prada) dress darts.

best dressed golden globes secondI missed Julianna Margulies at first but then found that I really liked her Andrew Gn gown, the gold details, simple fitted bust and voluminous skirt keep her look classic topped off with a chic updo. Fairly unknown unless you’ve seen Caitlin Gardener in Masters of Sex on Channel 4, but she stood out on the red carpet in this 50s style sky blue Emilia Wickstead dress and coral accessories. I’ve missed Leslie Mann on the red carpet she always looks great, and even though this is another black lacy gown the peplum and curved bust add a cool twist to the Dolce & Gabbana look.

best dressed golden globes threeI think Lizzy Caplan was another television star that stood out, her Emilio Pucci dress had contrasting silver sleeves that definitely gives her an edge over the sea of pretty gowns and dresses. Margot Robbie just oozed sex appeal in her Gucci gown, thigh split and a deep cleavage, but erring on the right side of slutty – as Guiliana Rancic said “How are you single”… There was a fair few Tom Ford looks on the red carpet for the Golden Globes, Hayden Paniettiere’s was not amongst my favourites but Naomi Watts pulled off her dress with understated glamour. Naomi does tend to favour metallic for the major red carpets, who can forget her Armani Prive from the Oscars last year?!

best dressed golden globes fourHere’s the best of the rest – Amy Adams’ two-tone Valentino gown was very daring and most likened it to her character from American Hustle… Kate Beckinsale worked a metallic mermaid Zuhair Murad stunner we’ve seen her in looks like this before but I never get fatigued by her unlike Sofia Vergara… Kate Mara’s new blonde ‘do took nothing away from her J.Mendel dress, great ruche detail and colour… Sandra Bullock’s Prabal Gurung has received a lot of flack and despite someone likening it to Liquorice Allsorts I still ship it… And to Taylor Swift who despite displaying no sparkle whatsoever in her Carolina Herrera colour block gown she still looked lovely (that’s all the niceness I can manage because it’s not a bad dress but I just can’t stand the girl).

best dressed golden globes fiveAnd special mention goes to the hot mess on the red carpet in the form of Paula Patton and her ridiculous Stephane Rolland gown. I couldn’t go without mentioning Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior sleeping bag, it’s such a shame I was so looking forward to her red carpet appearance this is what happens when she’s had a good run she always balances it out with a bad look that manages to spurn a meme. And the one look I’m on the fence with is Zoe Saldana’s Prabal Gurung, I feel there’s way too much going on maybe if the straps on the sleeve would disappear I could handle it.

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Images from Zimbio

Don’t forget to keep up with my favourite red carpet looks throughout Awards Season 2014 over on my Pinterest board.

Top 5 Being Oreo posts of the year… 2013

Looks like April was a busy month for Being Oreo this year with four out of my top five posts being published in that month alone!

Thought I’d do a list so you can all be reminded of your favourite nonsense I’ve talked about this year!

So drumroll please….

1. US Television: Spot the Hollyoaks cast

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All our homegrown talent sprouted wings this year and flew across the pond to star in some of the biggest US television shows of the year! Can you remember who starred in which show? I’ll give you a hint: there were dragons.

2. New couple alert: Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn

(AshBenzon Instagram)

(@AshBenzo Instagram)

I’m a massive Haleb shipper when it comes to Pretty Little Liars so when it appeared that these two were more than just on screen lovers I was ecstatic! But alas they are just really close friends occasional fuck buddies and nothing more than that despite what the pictures may tell. Ah well. I’ll just look forward to more Haleb on screen, oh no wait, they cast him off to the PLL spin off Ravenswood. Dammit. When is he coming back to Rosewood?

3. Single? My Top Five Rom Coms to make you feel good

I love every rom-com that has Drew Barrymore playing a journalist in it. In fact I love any rom-com that has a journalist as the female lead, they’re likeable, they’re non-threatening to the male characters and it means they are creative yet smart – a perfect career. That’s probably why my top five rom-coms include Never Been Kissed, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Going the Distance.

4. Taylor Swift: Why are you so annoying?

I have nothing against cat lady's but Taylor, you're just setting yourself up for a fall.

I have nothing against cat lady’s but Taylor, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

Kinda speaks for itself really.

5. Beauty: MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum

MAC Candy Yum Yum

I hate my face, I hate selfies as you can probably tell from this post. But I really love this lipstick colour it’s amazing.

Keep your eyes peeled for my Best Dressed of 2013 can it compete with last year’s?

MET Gala 2013 ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’

When the theme of this year’s Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET Gala) was announced as ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ I was excited. This would be an actual event with costumes, surely?

Oh of course not, this is the fashion world dah-ling, couture has to be the order of the day and if Anna Wintour is the head of the chair organising this shindig then you must obey!

This would definitely be a chance for the Brits to shine on the red carpet, punk originated from London surely we are the ones who truly know how to do punk. So it is pretty disappointing to see, then, certain Brit celebrities throwing on a studded leather jacket and calling it an ode to punk Sienna Miller…

There were rumours abound in the lead up to the MET Gala that female celebrities were worried about not looking ‘pretty’ and didn’t want to be too edgy for fear of ending up on that unforgiving worst dressed list. This is probably the only event where you could go for that outlandish look and get away with it all in the name of punk.

Anna Wintour on the other hand attended a different MET Gala, her invite included the sub text ‘punk also means floral’. What person could possibly interpret floral Chanel Couture with even a possible edge of punk? She even shoehorned the pregnant Kim Kardashian into that god awful floral Givenchy floral curtain. Kim K is trying so hard to please everyone around her she really appears as though she hasn’t got a mind of her own, I feel sorry for her because Kanye just seems like he’s regretting his choice of baby mamma…

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Those who I favoured on the red carpet at the MET Gala are the ones who embraced the theme of the punk:

Anne Hathaway, after the huge disappointment of the Oscars, she by far was my favourite look of the night. Wearing sheer black Valentino, she made the look super edgy by dying her hair peroxide blonde and slicking it back with a messy quiff. As soon as I saw the full look this was what I wanted, what I was expecting on the red carpet. Absolutely 10/10, the naughty boob flashing, the cut out shape and just clear sexiness of the whole look was Sharon Stone uh-may-zing. You go girl.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino at the MET Gala 2013.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino at the MET Gala 2013.

Another person who embodied the drama was Nicole Richie, she’s yet to truly let me down on a red carpet and her somewhat simple embellished white custom Topshop gown was accessorised with vampy lipstick and a shock of white hair. I think the punk horror look totally works.

Nicole Richie in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Nicole Richie in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

At first glance Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing a voluminous patterned Giles gown, but scan to the top and she is adorned with a custom made Philip Treacy mohawk inspired head piece. It is simply jaw-dropping. And only something that SJP could work so perfectly, she later revealed her thigh high laced boots which just added to punk glam factor. Well done SJP, you have been reborn!

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles and a Philip Treacy head piece at the MET Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles and a Philip Treacy head piece at the MET Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in her Philip Treacy headpiece at the MET Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in her Philip Treacy headpiece at the MET Gala 2013

Elizabeth Banks was the guest of Brian Atwood so her super short Versace gold tuxedo jacket perfectly showcased her amazing fringed heels. This is the definition of glam punk, gold gold and sexy.

Elizabeth Banks in Versace and Brian Atwood at the MET Gala 2013

Elizabeth Banks in Versace and Brian Atwood at the MET Gala 2013

Nina Dobrev never fails to amaze me on the red carpet, there are some looks that I like more that others, but she always comes out on the best dressed list everytime. This Monique Lhuillier creation gives Nina the punk attitude, and she was one of the few that wore trousers, I like the fact that it came with the detachable tulle skirt because it was still high glamour but allowed her to party on without it at the MET after party still looking fierce.

Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier at the MET Gala 2013

Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier at the MET Gala 2013

Oh Beyonce, for the second year running the star chose a Givenchy Couture gown and yet another showstopper. I can see this dress been like marmite for some, I love the train of fire it is matches her personality perfectly, the bustier is super tight but the snakeskin material just makes it even more dramatic. She also chose to wear gloves similar to Kim K’s design but by showing her décolletage it allowed for a break in the heavy pattern, and her wavy tresses and smoky make up were the perfect addition.

Beyonce in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Beyonce in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

I’m adding Emma onto this list simply because it is not a short printed mini dress. Yes there are still cutouts but she looks so different here, I would have liked to have seen some more attitude in her make up and shoes but this Prabal Gurung gown is a great graduation from red carpet princess.

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at the MET Gala 2013

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at the MET Gala 2013

Of all the people on the guest list we knew Florence Welch would bring in for the Brits, she has always worked a gothic edge to her red carpet dressing and it worked well here. Her Givenchy Couture fringed and velvet gown is dramatic, not necessarily punk but definitely chaotic, and her fiery red hair makes the whole look stand out.

Florence Welch in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Florence Welch in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Diane Kruger went that extra step and added a pink dip to the end of her blonde ponytail, it elevates her look along with her dark smoky make up. The Chanel Couture gown with overlay is certainly better than her purple feathered Prada gown from last year and she proved that the Chanel collection wasn’t all flowers like Anna Wintour’s dress did. Top effort, and as always had the perfect accessory with her in Joshua Jackson.

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala

Ever since Miley Cyrus chopped off her hair, she’s been channelling the grungy punk look. She’s a young girl not afraid of pushing the fashion boundary and so she shouldn’t be, I hate all those naysayers out there that hated on her for cutting her hair off just like they did with Karlie Kloss why do people have such an issue with short hair not being attractive or sexy?! Her Marc Jacobs dress skimmed Miley’s very toned body it was still glamourous with the added punk jewellery and her spiked up hair. The hair might not have been to everybody’s taste and she could have benefitted from it being slicked back but who cares she took a risk at a punk themed event!

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at the MET Gala 2013

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at the MET Gala 2013

I really like Jaime King’s custom Topshop suit, when I first saw her I thought she looked ten years younger maybe it’s something to do with those hair extensions and her model good looks. Jaime has such fun with fashion she never sticks to the same thing so I enjoyed seeing her in this satin trouser suit with a lace bodice top underneath. Topshop do great red carpet looks, if the rest of their guests including my favourite Ashley Madekwe in what she called punk mermaid, and even donned a black bob wig to make it all edgy.

Jaime King in custom Topshop  at the MET Gala 2013

Jaime King in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

At first when I saw Carey Mulligan in her Balenciaga dress, I thought it wasn’t enough but then as you see all the other stars and their interpretations on what punk is Carey fits in perfectly. Her knee length gown with a safety pin attached at the lapel worked with the understated cut outs on the side. I do think though that as someone who has a massive movie coming out that she shouldn’t have let Anne Hathaway upstage her.

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2013.

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2013.

I really can’t make my mind up on Cameron Diaz’s Stella McCartney gown. I’m like a magpie to this colour, I love it. At first when I saw a picture I thought she looked a bit like a nun, but then after seeing the back and studying it a bit more I do think it is a very original creation which Stella does so well when making custom creations for her friends especially with the addition of that spiked gold belt. So I like it but I kind of don’t.

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the MET Gala 2013

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the MET Gala 2013

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The back view of the dress which is more like a cape than fully covered.

And then there was Madonna (aka Hilary Devey). Only she would translate punk to mean HOT MESS. She rocked up late to the MET Gala red carpet in Givenchy, but not just any Givenchy a checked studded jacket with horrible gloves, horrible ripped fishnet tights, with horrible suspenders, a horrible wig, and horrible shoes.

Madonna in Givenchy at the MET Gala 2013

Madonna in Givenchy at the MET Gala 2013

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Madonna posted this on her Instagram page, cleaning before the MET Gala…

And as far as I’m aware, nobody wore Alexander McQueen I though some of their creations would have definitely appeared on this red carpet without a doubt even if  they did dedicate the 2011 gala to him.

Best of the rest:

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Taylor Swift in J. Mendel at the MET Gala 2013. Good effort from TayTay she stuck to her tried and tested but vamped it up with make up and accessories.

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Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello at the MET Gala 2013. That pose annoys me, but only a model could wear her own interpretation of the infamous Versace safety pin dress which Lady Gaga ruined.

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Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood at the MET Gala 2013. I love Christina she knows how to work it, not as outlandish has her dress from last year but still she wore the designer who created punk.

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Amber Heard in Emilio Pucci at the MET Gala 2013. Far too sexy for this theme, but she still looks amazing and the colour is gorgeous.

Blake Lively Gucci Premiere Jamie McCarthy Getty Images North America

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere at the MET Gala 2013. A welcome return to the red carpet from Blake, I’ve missed her so much. She looked gorgeous as always.

Cara Delevingne Burberry Newspix Bauer Griffin

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the MET Gala 2013. I loved the studs and deep v neck, I worry about her though…

Joan Smalls Tom Ford Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images North America

Joan Smalls in Tom Ford at the MET Gala 2013. One word: HOT.

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Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013. Unfortunately Rooney’s gown isn’t that original as Penelope Cruz already wore a version of this last year, which I find annoying for such a big event. She can do better.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at the MET Gala 2013. She's a supermodel, she looks amazing.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at the MET Gala 2013. She’s a supermodel, she looks amazing.

Sienna Miller Burberry

Sienna Miller in Burberry at the MET Gala 2013. Sienna looks good, but she’s a BRIT and could do way better than throwing on a bloody studded biker jacket, honestly. Poor effort.

Taylor Swift: why are you so annoying?

I cannot make my mind up about Taylor Swift. She is like Marmite.

When she released that super catchy song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I thought yes a great song about some kind of female empowerment, we girls are putting a foot down and not letting you boys drag us back and forth and tease us to and fro. And I shall play this song over and over until I can’t stand it anymore OH HO!

And then I was kind of miffed that it was yet another of those diatribes good old TayTay writes about a guy she dated for five hot minutes. She was hurt that [insert celeb guy name here] was in the wrong and so she goes and writes a song to kick them in the balls.

Why is Taylor so bloody naive that she wears her heart on her sleeve?

She knows she’s a super famous generally popular young female country pop singer that is also super duper rich and is followed by paparazzi religiously as soon as she’s in a “relationship”. So why does she insist on making things so publicly obvious, we all know how famous people hate the paps and will do anything to hide from them or will be purposefully cagey in interviews with publications and refuse to “talk about their private lives, because my private life is just that… blah blah blah”.

But she is on a whole other level. I mean what was that circus with Taylor Swift and Harry Styles? Jesus. It was painful knowing that in less that ten days she was going to have been “hurt” over “bad boy” Harry Styles, yet she insisted on letting them follow the couple to the zoo whilst accompanying their weird chaperones friends who had a baby that Taylor insisted on cooing over like she was in an episode of Teen Mom.

And then it’s almost as if it wasn’t all a publicity stunt because she has her next single ready and boom it’s called I Knew You Were Trouble, about Harry Styles. I think she’d broken up with him for all of seven seconds before it was released – she has a shit hot publicist let me tell you.

Then it was that interview with Vanity Fair where she talked a load of idiotic bollocks that made her as annoying as Anne Hathaway (poor Anne Hathaway I don’t even know why I don’t like her), about how she doesn’t like that tabloids and has to avoid them yet as well as the aforementioned paparazzi whoring she writes about her famous ex-boyfriends like we wouldn’t know and judge her songs over them.

She allowed a “source” to talk candidly about why ‘Haylor’ broke up and blamed Harry. Of course. But who else was just thinking as E! Online pointed out that the “source” was really just Taylor Swift. Boo.

Now, yet another interview later, Taylor speaks to Wonderland magazine about how she doesn’t know whether she’ll be married or single in the future. I mean for starters, she’s just 23. TWENTY-THREE. Chill. The. Eff. Out. Why does she insist on talking about all her relationships and whether she wants to be married and have children and then wonder why guys run a mile after spending more than a month in the company of her crazy desperate personality.

“Relationships are like traffic lights, and I just have this theory that I can only exist in a relationship if it’s a green light.

“I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own. You know, paint in a cottage by the ocean by myself,” Swift said.

Gah. Take a note from Beyonce, girls rule the world. This is pathetic.

Maybe I belong in hell along with Amy Phoeler and Tina Fey [TS in VF: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.“] for pointing out just how annoying Taylor Swift is but why does she have to be like this so openly, and she wonders why other women pick on her because she is the worst example of the kind of desperate women out there. She just could be less whingy.

Oh and not forgetting she’s infiltrating one of my favourite television shows, New Girl. Please stay away from Nick.

I have nothing against cat lady's but Taylor, you're just setting yourself up for a fall.

I have nothing against cat ladys but Taylor, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

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)