The Oscars 2012: Best dressed

It drew the awards season to a glamorous close, with the predicted winners being awarded their trophies. Meryl Streep won Best Actress, Jean DuJardin Best Actor, Christopher Plummer made Oscar history as the oldest winner for Best Supporting Actor, Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress and The Artist won Best Film and Best Director went to Michel Hazanavicius. A pretty obvious bunch considering the mountain of awards each winner has racked up in all the other ceremonies.

The red carpet is the favourite part of the ceremony, will an actress take a risk or will they play it safe. It was a safe and pretty year this year, with many actresses choosing to change into a second dress for the after parties. That’s cheating if you ask me. But that also meant that the rumour that Victoria Beckham was dressing a major celeb was true after Cameron Diaz rocked up to the Vanity Fair after party in a full length orange gown and signature exposed zip, I really liked it and it suited Cameron’s California looks down to the ground.

Cameron Diaz in Victoria Beckham

My favourite Oscar red carpet was Gwyneth Paltrow, her Tom Ford full length fitted white dress was worn with a full length cape that I thought was so refreshingly original. I’ll forgive her for the fact it was detachable because it was that beautiful.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

As one of my style crushes I have mixed feelings about Michelle Williams’ choice of a coral peplum Louis Vuitton. The colour was a welcome change, but the peplum doesn’t have that bounce that it needs, I would have really loved it if she wore something Marilyn inspired but I suppose after channeling the icon for so many years in preparation for the role I guess she wanted to giver a wide berth.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone has had so many red carpet moments but I was let down by the Giambattista Valli Couture dress she chose, out of all his collection this was the most similar to the Gucci 2011 dresses that everybody seemed so fond of wearing last year. Her after party Chanel dress was so much more original.

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

Everybody loved Penelope Cruz rocking the vintage Hollywood look I personally found it boring and the colour very washed out. Stacy Keibler worked the red carpet well as George’s plus one in Marchesa even if she did look like the Oscar statue itself, and everyone is wondering when George is going to dump her and move onto his next ‘Award Season Girlfriend’ Stacy did well but time for a change!

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa

After Rose Byrne’s amazing turn at the Golden Globes in that Elie Saab jumpsuit she went for more sequins this time in Vivienne Westwood, it was sparkly and nice but nothing really amazed me about it apart from how skinny she looks.

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood

Honourable mention has to go out to Angelina Jolie and that right leg, there was so much buzz about it that someone created a Twitter in it’s honour. The black velvet custom Atelier Versace dress was nothing to shout about, I wouldn’t have even paid her any attention had it not for the pose.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace and that right leg

The joint best look at the after parties is split between Elizabeth Banks and Heidi Klum. Elizabeth in a unique polka dot and feathered look by Chadwick Bell at the Vanity Fair after party, and Heidi Klum rocking that body in Atelier Versace at Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party.

Elizabeth Banks in Chadwick Bell

Heidi Klum in Atelier Versace Spring 2012

Not forgetting my favourite lady Diane Kruger looking stunning in Calvin Klein. Red really is her colour.

Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein



Spring Couture 2012

It was a couple of weeks ago in Paris, but haute couture was delivered despite (as so many keep reminding) the economic downturn. Yesss we know we can never afford the £25,000 dresses Donatella is sharing with us but some people can, and even if those some can’t they’re allowed to borrow them for the awards season. And in most cases they’re given to those walking the red carpet for the publicity so who cares, as long as we get to see them on some beautiful actresses I say gimme. Especially the orange Versace and any of the amazing, jaw-droppingly perfect Elie Saab gowns.

We’ve already seen a fair few couture pieces already (with my fave lady Diane Kruger wearing a Giambattista Valli in Berlin) but who will wear what to the Oscars? There are already rumours flying around that Gwyneth, Charlize and Cameron have requested Victoria Beckham to design something special, but Cameron was at nearly every couture show with her pick of what she wants so I don’t see that happening…

Here are my favourites from Paris…

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Too High Heels

I’m a fan of Victoria Beckham I will happily admit that, ever since she transitioned into a bona fide fashion designer creating amazing dresses and then branching out into accessories I can’t help but be in awe.

I love seeing her treat the airport runway like a catwalk and the sidewalk like her own personal show in  those ‘Daffodile’ Louboutins that she is so fond of to complete the look.

How I’ve always wished that I could wear amazing heels and gorgeous outfits everyday but after purchasing my own version of mega heels from Topshop at five and a half inches they are staggeringly high verging on falling over territory, I have spent two nights in them and am at a loss as to how Victoria and so many others go shopping, carry babies and generally stay vertical without worrying they are going to topple over any second.

Seven hours is my maximum per night, and that was with a little helping from alcohol and a lot of sitting down. Congratulations to all those celebrities out there that look graceful and oh so fashionable (with a lot of help from their chauffeurs). I think I’ll stick to my daytime wedges or just slum it in flats.

* I also spotted these shoes on Topshop, super extreme heels that are obvious copies of the above-mentioned Louboutins.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

I honestly don’t know how fashion editors, buyers, directors etc etc do a fashion week. I’ve struggled to keep up with all the shows and I’m sat on my arse in front of a computer scrolling through photographs from each show, and even then I have to make a selection of who I want to look at because it TAKES SO LONG. I always look at my favourite designers, the recognisable names and then pick a few random ones that usually end up been the better options!

New York Fashion Week, was a whole load of different, if that makes sense. There were some similar themes running through several shows, like a LOT of white, and in mostly silky sheer material which looked a dream, seen at Luca Luca, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. The material I mention was in practically every show, well every show that I looked at, it’s the perfect shimmery, sexy, slinky, swishy, silk material that I adore especially when you see it down the runway floating and folding on the model. I especially loved the DKNY show, I watched it livestream on and I felt like I was there (I pretended OKAY) the looks were light and airy with really nicepops of colour.

Luca Luca

Luca Luca


Colour was another big look, from pastel, sherbet, vivid, neon, rich, royal, sparkle and nude there wasn’t a show that didn’t pass by without a flash of the rainbow (well maybe apart from Ralph Lauren…). My favourite ‘colour’ shows were Jason Wu and Christian Siriano, Wu’s pastel pinks paired with crisp white and citron flashes of yellow were a dream, and Siriano’s burnt orange ball gown skirt was a delight.

Jason Wu Jacquelyn Jablonski

Jason Wu Kate King

Christian Siriano

Shape was sexy and tailored, peekaboo splits, peplum skirts or ballgown goodness. The recurring sexy tailoring was a particular favourite, pencil thin trousers in an array of colours, or the easiest way to do spring tailoring, shorts. Shorts galore! Simple style with a loose tee or sharp with a tux blazer, a great look to pull off if you pair the right shapes together. There were shift dresses from Victoria by Victoria Beckham her new line (not diffusion mind), there were full length red carpet amazing-ness, puff-tastic, dropped flapper style waists and some dripping in embellishment, case in point, Marchesa.

J. Mendel


Prabal Gurung

There were plenty of red-carpet looks that could be seen at future film premieres, gala’s and even award shows, one of my favourites was Ralph Lauren’s look 52. A simple white column dress with cobweb patterened jewel short sleeves and a high neck, I would very much like to see this on Emma Stone. Zac Posen’s collection exudes glamour and red carpet beauty, for someone to wear one of his gowns would be a show-stopping moment. And not forgetting, the queen of red carpet, Georgina Chapman…

Ralph Lauren Zuzanna Bijoch

Zac Posen

Marchesa Karolina Kurkova

My ULTIMATE look of the week and ULTIMATE model, has to go to Karlie Kloss in Prabal Gurung. Prabal Gurung’s show was the epitome of sexy and I also watched that livestream and couldn’t believe how good it was. Karlie Kloss just has this amazing walk and this smoldering eyebrow-arching pout that I am just drawn to, how can she look that good and be only 19 *sad face*.

Prabal Gurung Karlie Kloss

Right I’m ready and raring to go for London Fashion Week, I expect this to be edgier as the Brit designers are apparently known for. Probably won’t like it as much… I can’t wait for Paris though.

Here’s the best of the rest….

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The Royal Wedding

I’m one of those people that becomes all patriotic for the day when something happens in the UK that makes you proud to be British. The Royal Wedding was a beautiful, happy occasion perfectly orchestrated by the family. We saw Prince William marry his sweetheart Kate Middleton, and all eyes were on the bride the whole time. The Duchess of Cambridge as Kate is now officially known, stepped out in a dress made by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. It was what I had hoped for it was what everyone else had hoped for, that she would chose a British designer to take her from commoner to royal. And the dress was absolutely stunning, delicate, and perfect for the new princess and very reminiscent of Princess Grace as so many people commented.

Kate arrives in Sarah Burton

Prince William and Kate, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The kiss, with a little grumpy bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem

Kate cannot resist one last glance, so touching.

Kate in the second dress from Sarah Burton for the reception.

Pippa Middleton in her own Sarah Burton dress, almost stealing the show looking beautiful in a fitted ivory dress with cowl neckline and button detailing.

Very symmetrical

The cake, amazing.

Just as exciting as the wedding itself and the arrival of the bride and groom and the extended family, was the arrival of the VIP guests most importantly the Beckhams. Almost royalty themselves (ha) Victoria and David arrived to their own fanfare (well I like to think they did), Victoria in her own custom dress from her AW ’11 line and David in Ralph Lauren Purple Label adorned with his OBE. As well as Tara Palmer-Tompkinson who looked lovley in all royal blue, and who escaped the radar Joss Stone, why was she there urgh.

The Royal Celebrity Couple

Tara Palmer-Tompkinson in all blue took away from her collapsed nose.

Anyway we have plenty of days ahead of us to see the royal wedding pictures, videos, and articles what i’m looking forward to is her first magazine cover… If she does one I hope as What Serena Saw pointed out that she also sticks to a British designer for her outfit.

So the next thing to look forward to is Monday, the MET Ball and the late Alexander McQueen who is being honoured, with an exhibition called Savage Beauty’. The world’s fashion elite are invited and I expect to see some amazing gowns, maybe not as amazing as Kate’s wedding dress but certainly many stunning creations.

Here's Coco Rocha's MET Ball invite. One lucky gal.

Victoria Beckham Fall 2011

Victoria Beckham lives for a smooth clean line and that is clear to see in every one of her designs, smooth and fluid is the theme that runs through with rich pops of autumnal colour to complement the season the collection is made for. I can’t help but enjoy the bright yellow dresses and the matching bag and coat in postbox red, as well as in black which I can see being very popular come the winter season. This collection also sees her step in the direction of shoes and a collaboration with Christian Louboutin which she mentioned earlier on Twitter: “Love the boots #VictoriaBeckham #NYFW thank u Christian Louboutin, they are AMAZING!!!!!!! X vb x”


Ok I feel a massive rant coming on… I don’t want to say it but WTF David Beckham, Ashton Kutcher, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Ronan Keating, Tiger Woods, Jesse James, Vernon Kay, Mark Owen, John Terry, Peter Crouch and the list could go on and on and on.

So maybe some of these are rumours, but some of these have ended in divorce and family break-ups. I just don’t get it. Why why why ruin your life and marriage? And for that matter what actually possesses those women that know full well the particular celebrity they engage in an affair with, has a wife and family? Soulless, heartless, pathetic and money-grabbing.

And we all know, especially as a recent journalism graduate, that the media has a massive role to play in the breaking of news like an affair involving a celebrity male (or female), and it will do nothing for that person’s image if they try to put superinjunctions (aka John Terry) on anything being revealed. Guilty as charged.

Currently InTouch Weekly (USA) are running a front cover with David and Victoria Beckham with the headline “The Ultimate Betrayal”, a former high class call-girl has come forward claiming she had sex with Beckham 5 times back in 2007. The thing that bothers me is that after the whole Loos(e) affair I very much doubt David would even consider to wreck his marriage even more. According to my fellow journos, The Daily Mail has removed the story and the NY Post have decided to not run with the story, only InTouch are confident enough to believe a fame-grabbing w**re.

I hope it’s all crap.