Met Gala 2014 ‘Charles James: White Tie and Decorations’

This year’s Met Gala theme was in honour of Charles James, a British-born fashion designer known as ‘America’s First Couturier’. So you’d think that the dress code of ‘white tie and decorations’ would be pretty straightforward to follow.

I mean I was expecting so many big puffy ballgowns long sleeve gloves and jewels dripping everywhere. It’s just a shame that so many celebrities flouted the dress code and just treated it like any old red carpet event, I mean I guess I go on about the theme every year, but why is it so seemingly difficult to stick to a simple rule?

There was such a mish-mash of looks for the Met Gala 2014 that I’m not sure where to begin. For some attendees they went all out and worked a ballgown to the max. Sarah Jessica Parker, Arizona Muse and Karolina Kurkova were stand outs for me. From SJP’s over the top hair do, the extravagant graphic print train adorned with Oscar de la Renta’s signature in red and those white gloves; Karolina Kurkova wore the best Marchesa of the night (Katie Holmes looked a hot mess in her yellow confection) of course this gown was made for an event like this, could you imagine it on any other red carpet without people claiming she was being OTT… And Arizona Muse looked beyond perfection in a gorgeous red Ralph & Russo creation from their debut couture collection which I simply adored.

SJP // Karolina Kurkova // Arizona Muse - Being Oreo

At first I was very much on the fence with Emmy Rossum’s Carolina Herrera gown, it reminded me a lot of Lucy Liu’s Golden Globes 2013 dress which I fell in love with at first sight. This yellow floral design was very much in keeping with the theme and it was very spring-like, so well done Emmy because technically you ticked all the boxes. I really liked Hailee Steinfeld’s Prabal Gurung monochrome dress, but again it struck similarities in shape with Sandra Bullock’s Golden Globes dress from this year, maybe tried and tested works for this designer now but I miss the drama of his RTW collections. Another designer that absolutely sticks to a tried and tested formula is Zac Posen, his signature red carpet gowns are unmistakable, however his teal creation that Liu Wen wore was stunning.

Emmy Rossum // Hailee Steinfeld // Liu Wen - Being Oreo

Honourable mention must go to Greta Gerwig who could have easily been missed had it not been for her modern take on couture in her Theory by Olivier Theyskens’ one shoulder monochrome gown. Also to the Topshop girls who worked the theme to a T, with Kendall Jenner, Toni Garn, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman all looking like sheer perfection in their respective looks. Ever since Topshop created that first stand out Met Gala look for Ginnifer Goodwin in 2011 they’ve just gotten better and better at this event.

Greta Gerwig // Topshop girls - Being Oreo

Now for those with the best plus ones. The ever flawless and with hands down the best accessory ever (her hubby), Blake Lively. It’s so nice to see her back to her best and also with Ryan Reynolds who so often eschews these types of events. Another couple who worked the magic of the Met Gala red carpet was David and Victoria Beckham in her own custom design. I liked their return to that matchy matchy best because it proves how far they’ve come that they can still rock it without the horrors of the past rearing it’s ugly head. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield also looked adorable on the red carpet together, with Emma in a cute two-piece pink Thakoon look and let’s not forget my absolute faves Josh Jackson and Diane Kruger in a very pretty Hugo Boss dress.

Blake and Ryan // David and Victoria - Being Oreo

Diane and Josh // Emma and Andrew - Being Oreo

Obviously Beyonce killed it like only she knows how in one of her favourite designers, Givenchy. What elevated this look was that netted veil and dark lip, some may say so what Jennifer Lawrence wore a half veil last year but I say so what this is Queen B we’re talking about. Another one of my favourite looks came from the ever sexy Olivia Munn, she wore a yellow very very very deep-v Diane von Furstenberg dress which admittedly erred on the slutty side but the girly hemline and cute Hollywood curls helped her veer away from that. But I mean when you look as good as she does and is as smart, funny and clever as she is I can only say WOW. Jessica Alba was like a golden goddess on the Met Gala red carpet also wearing Diane von Furstenberg. I am in absolute awe of her make up though, that bronzed smokey eye is literally the perfect look ever. FLAWLESS.

Beyonce // Olivia Munn - Being Oreo Jessica Alba - Being Oreo

Of course I can’t go onto the best of the rest without including Lupita Nyong’o. Her stylist, and Prada for that matter, did not get the dress code memo because she turned up in a 20s style flapper dress complete with jewels, feathers, a headpiece and brown slip dress. Of course she secured herself some column inches from this get up but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that in the search of something epic to follow up the Oscars Prada gown they’ve gone way off book and came up with this. But guess what, Lupita is fashion’s dahling at the moment and she can more than get away with this by sweeping it under the rug and adding it to her very very small pile of mishits.

Now someone who just added to her big massive long list of mishits and mishaps was Katie Holmes, and that hot yellow mess she called a Marchesa gown. When will she ever learn?!

Lupita Nyong'o // Olivia Munn - Being Oreo

 For more red carpet fashion visit my Met Gala 2014 Pinterest board!

 

 

All images from Zimbio

Nail art: Round-up

I’ve been so obsessed with awards season that I haven’t uploaded any nail pics for a while! So I thought I’d do a round-up of what I’ve done this past month or so.

I always upload my designs to my Instagram page, if you want some inspiration you can find me @nlcorner!

First up some chic half moon nails. Always a good design to do when you want something simple but effective, and there are so many different colour ways you could choose from that you don’t have to stick with a classic nude like I have done here. Why not try out neon moons with white?

french classic nlcorner

I’ve been dying to try out giraffe print nails ever since I saw the WAH Nails design on their page, I ran out of white nail varnish and Barry M didn’t have any in stock for a while and I was desperate! But I eventually got my hands on some and tried out a white base with the orange giraffe pattern.

I’m not going to lie, this isn’t exactly how I had imagined they would turn out. I didn’t do the shapes neat enough so it’s definitely something I would have to practise, maybe with a better brush.

giraffe nails nlcorner

I’d seen the holographic nail colours around and was pretty intrigued by them but never got round to buying any, my new flatmate actually has one from Topshop so I borrowed that and messed around with a random design. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a negative shape really neat, so ended up just drawing it free hand but the lines don’t look sharp enough – another to practise!

holographic negative nails nlcorner

As white nails seem to be a pretty popular trend at the minute, and I’ve always loved white nails, I thought I’d update them. I’d seen a similar design somewhere on the internet (I see them and they get stuck in my head but I couldn’t tell you specifically where it’s from) and thought the simple clean lines were perfect.

I think all you need for this is a steady hand to do the straight line with a nail art pen. I found that the ridges in my nails seemed to help me keep it straight when I was doing the vertical lines! This design is so worth trying out because it is so easy. Will absolutely be wearing this repeatedly during the summer.

white black nails nlcorner

I follow nail queen Sophy Robson on Instagram and she posted a flipagram of a nail design for Poundland that I had to try. Clashing red and pink together with a half black stripe just worked so well. That’s probably why she’s so in demand of course! It didn’t take me long at all to do these. If I had a tip it would be to paint the pink as your base coat with it being the lighter colour and then the half red on top just so you get better coverage. Obviously wait until they dry before doing the black stripe with a nail art pen.

graphic print nails nlcorner

And finally my latest nails which were inspired by WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid. She posted a picture of her nails and I simply had to try them out. [And then I tagged her in mine and she liked them you guys, I died]. All you need is a baby pink colour for your base coat, and because the gold moons are straight rather than curved, some either striping tape or good old sellotape, and a sparkly gold colour.

I did a couple of good thick coats of the baby pink colour (Barry M) and used Seche Vite’s fast drying top coat which is literally amazing and then waited a little longer so the sellotape wouldn’t lift off the colour before using Orly Voyeuristic Adventure finished with Orly Lavish Bash for the gold moon, which are available on LookFantastic.com.

The finished effect of the baby pink mixed with gold glitter is super girly. A good request to make if you wanted to get your nails done professionally!

pink and gold nlcorner

Beauty: MAC Cyber lipstick

You know what I love MAC lipstick. I’d seen this really dark purply/black colour a while ago and thought it looked uh-mazing, but thought that £15 was a little too much to spend, so I wanted to shop around and see if I could find a cheaper version.

I hunted high and low amongst all the high street make up brands in Boots and Superdrug and all the darker colours were really just pinks in disguise. Or the same ‘Beguiled‘ purple colour I have from Topshop.

I knew there was only one option and to complete my edgy look I was going for in my outfit, Cyber was the answer.

And like most dramatic MAC lipstick colours, Cyber is not for everyone. It is a very dark when applied and really doesn’t call for dramatic eyes but if that’s your thing then you could probably go the whole hog! It’s a satin finish, so not matte and drying but just a nice sheen to it.

I think next time I wear it I would love to try out that two-tone lipstick thing I’ve been seeing, Candy Yum Yum would complement Cyber so well!

Here is my full look, my lingerie inspired dress from Zara (£29.99), a pair of Topshop boots that I found on eBay a while ago, and the finishing touch the MAC Cyber lipstick!

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Being Oreo @ Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Manchester

vogue fno mapVogue Fashion’s Night Out came to Manchester for the first time and I think they made a great choice of location. Well of course I would say that I just recently moved to the city and was as excited as every other fashion blogger that they were forgoing the exclusive London location to the more accessible, friendly and very northern Manchester.

I didn’t think the t-shirt was up to scratch this year so decided not to spend the £18 on the GAP designed version. There was plenty on offer for FNO and it was difficult to work out where to start, but starting at the H&M on Market Street was a great option as I met the lovely Pixie Geldof who was DJ’ing for the clothing brand, she was more than happy to pose for pictures with shoppers!

Pixie Geldof djing

me and pixieOf course the best part about wandering the shops, was the free champagne/wine/cocktails which would put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s the best way to attract shoppers because everyone loves a freebie, even interestingly flavoured mac and cheese the UGG store were handing out. Or the ridiculously strong whisky flavoured ice cream at Hugo Boss which you could have easily got drunk from!

boohoobus

edith make upA stop off at the Boohoo bus showcasing the Manchester-based brand’s next collection available to order on the night with free delivery and the chance of being the first to get your hands on the clothes before they were online. On the top deck was a beauty, hair and nail bar offering three different hair styles, beauty looks and a nail manicure. My friend Edith chose a smoky eye, a really flattering look because the make up artist chose a more natural shade than the standard black make up.

Marks & Spencer were on hand with Prosecco and a style talk, going through the latest limited edition collection with some very covetable pieces including an orange coat with a leopard print collar (right below), and the perfect black tailored trousers all with a 10% off for the night!

marksandspencerHeading to Selfridges was next on the agenda, the store smelt gorgeous with popcorn and crepe stands along with drinks and cute miniature bottles of Diet Coke designed by Marc Jacobs all served by deliciously handsome male models wearing dungarees. I’m not going to lie and say we didn’t wander around a little longer just to gawp.

popcorn

Unfortunately I found out way too late that the talented Sophy Robson was going to be doing nail appointments at a pop up Chanel bar. Definitely a bit gutted, so a picture of my nail idol had to do instead ha! As well as spotting Henry Holland in the Erdem section, on the top floor was the delightfully eclectic Jameela Jamil, also spinning the decks for the store. How awesome would a night out with all these guys be?!

sophy robson

jameela jamilAfter popping into Hugo Boss and UGG on the way back we headed towards my absolute must attend destination: Emporio Armani. Nothing to do with the clothes I might add, but my favourite band The Maccabees were doing a DJ set there and I needed to see them. At The Avenue in Spinningfields this was definitely one of the more luxury venues of the night and right next to the cool entrance to Australasia. The Armani store was serving very strong vodka and Prosecco cocktails and Australasia sushi with chopsticks, which I must say was pretty difficult to manage but very tasty.

the avenue

the maccabeesObviously you need to have a schedule planned for the night to get the best out of what Vogue were offering, especially as we missed creative director Kate Phelan at Topshop and by the time we reached the Arndale Centre later on in the evening the only thing left to do was leave our lipstick kisses on the wall and enter the #puckerup competition.

topshop

You couldn’t fault an evening of free fashion fun and celebrity spotting, and even if you didn’t go with the intention of actually shopping all the beauty and hair bars dotted around gave you the chance to try something new and feel special all at the same time. I hope FNO comes back to Manchester next year!

Keep up with my new adventures in Manchester by following me on Twitter @nlcorner

Ashley Madekwe already has a new job, at Glamour magazine!

So the news broke in May that Ashley Madekwe would be leaving Revenge, her character Ashley Davenport could possibly appear in a couple of episodes to wrap up her departure at the beginning of season three, but bosses said the character has been taken as far as it can go.

I mean at the beginning of season two when it turns out Ashley had started dating Daniel after Emily ditched him was a bit of a leap, but kept her at the forefront of the storyline. Then she was forced into betraying Daniel and was outcast but still managed to claw her way back into the Grayson manor clinging on by her manicured nails.

I didn’t hate the first half of season two of Revenge but it was no where near as good as the first season, and it wasn’t until mid season we even saw the return of Emily’s infamous red marker. And after the departure of creator Mike Kelley I’m hoping for something epic for season three, otherwise the ABC show is in deep shit if it can’t keep me entertained!

But Ashley Madekwe is a girl of many talents, her blog Ring My Bell showcases her passion for mixing designer and high street and as well as being featured in Glamour UK last year her next step to fashion domination is being asked to be the new style columnist for the magazine.

I read her very first column in Glamour magazine and it was exactly what I wanted, a look behind the scenes of her and her style and beauty team getting ready for the MET Gala. She was a guest of Topshop and had a custom made gown made, I love how honest she was not simply saying I loved the dress straight away, she had reservations she even liked another dress they made for her too.

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

The process of getting ready took a good few weeks and the end look at the Met Gala 2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture as we all saw was gorgeous, I loved that wig a great way to change your look without it being permanent!

If you are as obsessed with Ashley Madekwe as much as I am I would definitely suggest picking up the August issue of Glamour.

Ashley Madekwe in an amazing red blazer and shorts set from BEC and Saint Laurent sandals with a Topshop cami.

Ashley Madekwe in an amazing red blazer and shorts set from BEC and Saint Laurent sandals with a Topshop cami.

New store launch: & Other Stories

There’s been a lot of buzz around the internet for the launch of this new brand from the team behind H&M, & Other Stories launched simultaneously in London, Berlin and Copenhagen last week as well as online.

As soon as I saw the site I fell in love. The look of the homepage is more like a Tumblr page, very visual with a ‘story’ for certain themes and collections that links through from the one item of clothing or beauty you are looking at and shows you the other features in that same ‘story’. It’s so easy and accessible you could get lost looking through each and every picture.

And Other Stories

Online shopping has become so samey and boring that when a new website like this comes along you want to lap it all up and blow all your money on every delicious thing you see.

& Other Stories hasn’t just started with clothes, it’s launched your whole wardrobe. From a minimalist sleek Ready-to-Wear collection brimming full of dresses, tops, knitwear and trousers; to shoes, handbags and other accessories. And all of it looks like it belongs on a designer runway. Some of the prices reflect the quality of the pieces, and for anyone thinking that’s a bit steep, why are you still paying upwards of £40 for jeans at Topshop?!

There is even a beauty range which will give Topshop’s make-up collection a run for its money, created by make-up artist Lisa Butler (who has worked as consulting colour director and Prada and Helmut Lang) it includes gorgoeus lip colours, glosses, bright blushes, serums, body creams, pearly eyeshadows, oils, popping nail colours as well as foundations and concealers. The list is endless, and you could really find yourself adding more and more to your basket as you venture through the whole of the site, you even get a free sample of body lotion with your order.

Below are some of my favourite beauty picks, the lipstick promises to be long-lasting and matte but still moisturising which is always a plus for me, the blusher has a cute inscription on it “Go girl, seek happy nights to happy days” I mean I don’t think I’d want to get rid of that, the pigment in the creamy eye colour is so bright and promises to be long-lasting with a “lustrous effect”, and I’m intrigued by the concealer quad because there are so many different tones in our skin it is nice to be able to mix our own perfect shade.

And Other Stories make up

Calamanco Coral £12 // Ecarlate Pink £12 // Moreen Blue £7 // Concealer Quad £15

There are so many things on this site that I love, but the things that are already on my to buy list are the grey marl panel top (£39); the plain yellow cotton t-shirt (£12); this very risque contrast knit dress (£45); and the go-with-everything Clare Vivier white python clutch (£55).

And Other Stories clothesI expect to see my bank account looking very unhealthy when payday arrives… Go check out the store now it’s a refreshing change from trawling through ASOS and Topshop!

Head over to my Pinterest page to check out all my latest looks from awards season and the rest of my wishlist…

And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @nlcorner

Topshop vs. Isabel Marant

Just browsing Topshop, as you do, and came across their ARLENE Western Side Zip Boots (similar style here), now is it just me or are they a near spit of the hugely popular Isabel Marant Dicker boots that every other person in the fashwan world wears?

And to be completely honest I breezed straight past them, it was only because earlier today I was looking at a picture of Kate Bosworth wearing said Isabel Marant boots that I thought well I could just buy them for £62 instead of the £345 price tag the Dicker boots have.

But it just goes to show that we covet the brand and status not the actual design of the product itself, I don’t think I’d pick a pair of boots like this but if I had the money sitting there for me to buy the Dicker boots I probably wouldn’t hesitate. Well maybe if I considered I could buy a Mulberry bag with the money instead…

Topshop's boots on the left and new face of Topshop Kate Bosworth in the Dicker boots

Topshop’s boots on the left and, new face of Topshop, Kate Bosworth in the Dicker boots