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Red Carpet: SAG Awards 2015 – Best Dressed

So this award season hasn’t really blown me away, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards were OK, there were a few standout looks but nothing to be honest that you would remember for years to come, and it seems the SAG Awards held the same fate, the red carpet was filled with “nice” gowns. But for me nice doesn’t really have a place on the red carpet, I want to see drama, high fashion risks and creative designs. The only thing I can hope for is that all the major fashion houses are holding back on their gorgeous gowns for the Oscars next month, otherwise this could be one of the most disappointing award seasons on record.

OK, so I am being a little over dramatic, I just love the award season red carpet so much, it rivals Cannes for exquisite gowns and I love it when my favourite actresses really bring it. Normally I am a huge fan of the SAG Awards red carpet, mainly because the big stars seem more relaxed and happy to be there, but I felt last night the award show was missing some big A-list names that always kill it in the fashion stakes such as Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Lopez.

Saying all that I did love some looks, namely Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon, who actually made the Golden Globes red carpet as well, there were also some great choices by Downton Abbey girls Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael, as well as some stunning Donna Karen Atelier gowns worn by Camila Alves and Sofia Vergara, plus some improved outings from Kaley Cuoco, Keira Knightley and Felicity Jones, all of which grace my red carpet Pinterest board, but I have to confess I was still a little underwhelmed by Jennifer Aniston’s vintage Galliano gown, which no doubt everyone else is raving about, for me is was a little too much boob, but I do think her body is looking better than ever.

So here you have it my five best dressed ladies from the 2015 SAG Awards:

Emma Stone in Christian Dior Couture

I am really enjoying seeing Emma Stone have a lot of fun on the red carpet and I love how she really brings a menswear-inspired edge to proceedings. I loved her Golden Globes Lanvin look but this Dior Couture tuxedo-style dress with a sheer skirt and sweeping train really makes that outfit look boring. I love that she went for drama, sex appeal and fun in her look and as always she is the coolest girl in town. I really think that her partnership with stylist Petra Flannery is on fire and I have high expectations for the Oscars.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture

I am loving Julianne Moore’s love affair with Givenchy, they really do seem like a team made for one another, and this is another gorgeous gown. OK, so this isn’t the most original look, a redhead wearing green, or Julianne wearing sequins or a column gown, but saying all that I still love its drama and the fact it made a statement on last night’s SAG Awards red carpet when most did not.

I know some people on Twitter were saying that they wish she had done something more with her hair but I love that she has this minimalistic vibe when it comes to her hair and make-up, plus I adore those purple stone earrings she is wearing.

Reese Witherspoon in custom Giorgio Armani 

There is something about Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet, she doesn’t always go for the edgiest of designs or even the raciest, but she always looks incredible, and I love this white custom Giorgio Armani gown. White for me on the red carpet can sometimes seem too bridal or not very flattering but there is something so elegant about this one-shoulder design with its matte sequin detailing along the neckline and shoulder that makes it beautiful.

Add to that her flawless body, stunning hair and make-up, I am a huge fan of a ponytail done right on the red carpet, and all those sparkling Harry Winston jewels and it really does make for a gorgeous look and did you see the back – that scoop is pure perfection.

Camila Alves in Donna Karen Atelier

Donna Karen really had a great SAG Awards with Emilia Clarke, Sofia Vergara and Camila Alves all looking absolutely stunning, and I am sure for most Sofia will get the best dressed nod because she wasn’t wearing a stiff-looking mermaid-style gown, but for me Camila Alves looked a knockout in this strapless aubergine gown that was tailored to perfection to show off her incredible body.

If this gown had been in black, like a lot of looks were last night, I would have been bored – it is the colour of this dress, as well as her beauty that really makes this a standout look of the night for me.

Laura Carmichael in Vionnett

For my fifth and final best dressed star it was a hard choice between Downton Abbey stars Laura Carmichael and Joanne Froggatt, who did look radiant in Honor, but I think Laura’s subtle sexy and daring choice in Vionnett with its sheer and patterned skirt deserved the space that little bit more.

What I love about this look is how different and modern this look is, she took a risk and it paid off, and I am so pleased that she resisted the temptation to over style it as the dress really does speak for itself. I am sure this look will split opinions but I love it.

For more red carpet looks head on over to my Pinterest Board or Facebook page.

So who made your SAG Awards best dressed list? Leave me a comment below or tweet me your favourites.

Producers Guild Awards: Jennifer Lawrence In Prada

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I have been pretty disappointed with the award season so far, well that was until I saw this incredible look from Jennifer Lawrence, looking stunning in a custom Prada gown to the 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards in Los Angeles.

After a number of award seasons with Jennifer being the Oscar favourite, 2015 hasn’t really been the same without her on the red carpet, granted I haven’t always thought she wore the right thing, but no matter what she always brought drama and fun to the crazy world of the red carpet, and I have missed that, so it was so amazing to see her step out for the PGA Awards.

First up, yeah to the fact she isn’t wearing Dior, the rumour mill is already swirling with talk her contract is up, which I hope is true as when she is free to shop around for a gorgeous dress this is what happens, a wonderful Grecian-style gown with a plunging neckline, open back and thigh-high split that perfectly shows off her incredible figure. I have to be honest I was surprised it was Prada, this has to be one of the most gorgeous red carpet looks they have ever produced.

I love the nude colour, the silver embellishments, and the plunging neckline, which is just right, but for me this gorgeous gown is all about the sexy back, so I am so pleased that she went for her hair up to show it off. Also her eye make-up is divine, I don’t think I have seen Jennifer look this good in a while, it really makes me hopeful that she will pull out all the stops if she attends the Oscars this year.

I really love this look – are you a fan?

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Updated: Also you have to watch her hilarious speech while presenting an award to Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, which produces the Hunger Games films.

[Pics: via Prada]

Interview: Catherine Kallon – The Fabulous Blogger Behind Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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I dabble in red carpet celebrity fashion, and when I say dabble I like to do the award season, anything Diane Kruger because I love her, the Met Gala and the odd premiere throughout the year if a look wows me, but Catherine Kallon’s Red Carpet Fashion Awards is the only blog around to get up-to-date, accurate and honest commentary of literally every red carpet look you could wish for – near enough 365 days of the year. Basically Catherine is a machine when it comes to blogging celebrity looks!!!

When I was putting together a list of who I wanted to interview for my 360 perspective of the award season – from the fashion publicist, to the celebrity stylist, and the critic’s point of view, there was only one choice in my head for the critic and that was Catherine. It wasn’t easy, Catherine is one extremely busy blogger, with fashion month, award season, and just generally running a huge website she doesn’t have much time, but I caught up with her before she jetted off to Los Angeles to attend this year’s Oscars and I love that I was able to promote one of my favourite bloggers.

I chatted with her about the background to RCFA, who she is looking forward to seeing at The Oscars, as well as her incredible collaboration with Roland Mouret, who has designed her a custom-made dress for the big night.

Can you tell me about your fashion background and why you decided to set up your blog, Red Carpet Fashion Awards?

Catherine: “I didn’t have any fashion background. I started Red Carpet Fashion Awards in 2007, when I was a bored PA working in the football industry. I had a brief stint at an event management company who had fashion clients, but was made redundant when the recession hit.

“I used to surf several fashion websites at work and I was surprised at how often the credits for designers were wrong. The reason there is a runway image next to a red carpet image always served as proof that the credit to the designer is correct.”

Can you describe a typical day at Red Carpet Fashion Awards?

I get up at around 7/8am. Browse all the picture agencies to see what events happened the night before.  I then select which ones I want to feature on the site. Put them in order and start to write-up the blog post.

“After receiving them all back from my proofreader, I will then start putting the pictures together and scheduling them to upload at either 20min or 30min intervals throughout the day – depending on how busy the day is. This sounds like it should take up to 2 hours tops, but I’m a big procrastinator and I get easily distracted by my Google reader and twitter as I am always looking for new content.

“The rest of the day is spent going through emails, trying to ensure I eat something before 4pm and going to Bikram Yoga at least once a day. I don’t have any food in my house so it forces me to leave my house at least once a day.  Its surprises how time flies when you are on the net.”

I know that you cover red carpet nearly 365 days a year but what extra preparation do you do for the Award Season?

I take a long walk just before the show starts to clear my head and I have something stodgy like pasta as fuel food.” 

From Golden Globes to The Oscars and BAFTAs – which award show do you get most excited about? And why?

I do love all those listed, but on occasion they can be a bit of a let-down fashion-wise, as celebs play it safe as no one wants to be on the worst dressed list. There is so much riding on what a celebrity is wearing that I was told that the wrong dress actually affects the box office. I didn’t realise so much more than the celebrity and the designers pride was at stake.

“The Vanity Fair party usually outshines the Oscars for me. But the Oscars is the one I get most excited about. I remember watching it as a kid and thinking that all the women were princesses. I have been hooked ever since.” 

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Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes

Which celebrity are you most looking forward to seeing at The Oscars? And what would you like to see them wearing?

Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence. Even though I have moaned about Jennifer through-out awards season I am hoping she makes me eat my words on Oscar night.” 

Which designers do you love seeing on the red carpet?

“My bling kings are Elie Saab and Naeem Khan. Edgier designers like Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu I love and you can’t beat the classics for pure romanticism like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.” 

What I love about your site is the honest reviews – have you ever been asked to take down a blog post? Or for that matter include someone you didn’t feel right for the site?

Yes I was asked once to take down a post of Courtney Love. I wasn’t surprised because she looked a mess. I was surprised the brand loaned it to her.” 

This award season is extra special as Roland Mouret is dressing you for The Oscars – how did that collaboration come together?

His PR team contacted me one afternoon telling me that Roland Mouret wanted to take me to the Oscars, and that he would be dressing me. I kid you not I almost fainted. He wanted to thank me for all the support I had given him over the years and it was also his idea to get the readers involved which was genius.

“I was nervous at first, but considering that they all love my blog, I knew that they had great tastes.”

The chosen design and fabric for Catherine's dress

The chosen design and fabric for Catherine’s dress

I like that your readers have voted from everything from the colour to your accessories and even your hairstyle – are you scared about what you might be wearing?

No, I have seen the gown after a few fittings and it is so beautiful. I would’ve picked the fuchsia pink, which in hindsight would’ve been pretty generic. The coral jacquard the readers picked for me is divine. I love the way it shimmers. It’s going to look amazing on the red carpet with the Californian sunshine beaming down on it. I can’t wait.”

Of course I couldn’t let Catherine get away without asking a few personal questions – I wanted to know about her favourite pieces in her wardrobe, what she likes to do to relax, and her blog recommendations.

What three items in your wardrobe can’t you live without?

My Isabel Marant ‘Bobby’ boots, Mih Jeans and Victoria’s Secret push up bras.” 

What are you currently addicted to? 

“Crime dramas ‘Castle’, ‘White Collar’ and ‘CSI Las Vegas’. I am an undercover pop music fan. I love anything from Taylor Swift to N’Sync. My neighbours will often head to work hearing ‘Bye Bye Bye’ playing from my iTunes and I am not ashamed of it.

If you could steal the style of one person who would it be?

“I have my moments. I go from wanting to look perfect like Dita von Teese, but that level of perfection would be exhausting, so I would say Solange Knowles as she loves colours and prints as much as I do. I’m also a big fan of Victoria Beckham’s style.” 

Which three blogs would you recommend?

“I like Fashionista for fashion news. London Grumblr and 99 Problems But A Pitch Aint One for pure laughter and entertainment.”

**Many thanks to Catherine, always super busy but still found the time to answer my questions, check out her blog and follow her on Twitter for up-to-date celebrity fashion.**

[Pics: Catherine Kallon/Red Carpet Fashion Awards & Dior]

Interview: Ilaria Urbinati – The Stylist Behind Nina Dobrev & Bradley Cooper

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The rise of the celebrity stylist has fascinated me for a while, yes we have all seen Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski on their reality shows, and many a celebrity name drops their stylist as one of their close friends, but what actually does a stylist have to do in the run up to a major award show?

Well, I asked one of my favourite red carpet stylists, Ilaria Urbinati, who has been making waves recently with her incredible styling of Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, I think each look last year and this has been on my best dressed lists, and I love the way she seems to make Bradley Cooper look even hotter in his dapper suits.

For me, Ilaria is up there with the likes of Jen Rade who dresses Angelina Jolie, Kate Young who is known for styling Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, and British stylist Cher Coulter who seems to make Rosie Huntington Whiteley look so stylish with little effort, and it was so cool to find out how she got started in this crazy world called fashion, what inspires her styling, and how she makes Nina Dobrev look so flawless on the red carpet.

What made you want to be a celebrity stylist? And how did you get your start? Also can you tell me a little about yourself and fashion background?

Ilaria: “I actually didn’t want to work in fashion at all! Growing up I only wanted to read and write. Most of my family works in fashion and I was sort of the black sheep. But I needed a job and my aunt (who had an incredible store in the 90s that was really popular with stylists) wouldn’t hire me to work at her store so I went and worked at Fred Segal and became their #1 salesperson. So then my aunt was like – OK come work for me now.

“I became her buyer and suddenly at 18 found myself sitting front row in Paris at Balenciaga and Margiela runway shows. After that I was the buyer for several other really popular stores, and one day I met actress Mia Kirshner because she liked the store I was a buyer for called Satine. She asked me to come interview to be the stylist for her show The L Word. I’d never styled anything in my life so I didn’t think I’d get it and I didn’t really care either way. So I went in there with nothing to lose and a lot of opinions about what they were doing wrong with the clothes on the show.

“Out of the 30 working stylists they interviewed, I got the job. Typical! It’s always like that when you have nothing to lose. That was like styling boot camp – it was totally insane. After that I went freelance and now here I am.”

Can you run me through how you get from brief to red carpet, the time involved in dressing a celebrity for the red carpet? Basically what is a typical day for you.

“Usually if a client has a big red carpet they either tell me way in advance – or two days before. It’s always like that, it’s totally unpredictable. Then I go through the political nightmare of trying to get my hands on the dresses or gowns I want. It’s tough – so many girls, not enough good gowns! Sometimes you gotta get creative. That part is definitely the most challenging, because it’s not just about your taste or your skill, it’s about your relationships and the status of the client in the industry.

“Once I get all the clothes in we do a fitting – if it’s a big event like an award show we do a couple of different fittings as various gowns start to trickle in. If it’s for an entire press tour then a fitting can take HOURS. We try everything on, pick our favourite and I pin it (I do all my own pinning because I don’t trust tailors to do it the way I want). Then I take it to my amazing tailors and we try to squeeze in another fitting if there’s time just to make sure everything’s perfect and the undergarments, accessories, jewellery etc., all work. Otherwise we close our eyes, get really stressed out and pray for no last-minute surprises!

“If it’s for a press tour that I organise it by outfit, label it by date and event, and pack it up in true OCD style. You gotta figure the clients waking up at 4am, in a different city or different country every day. They just want it spelled out for them at that point.”

What inspires your styling?

“Almost always its movies – I’m a real film junkie. Anything from Woody Allen and Bertolucci/Fellini movies to 90’s chick flicks like Clueless and Heathers. I’m a real 90’s kid. For men I’m inspired by the great icons like Paul Newman, James Dean, Alain Delon, Steve McQueen, Brando – all classic guys whose outfits still look cool today.

“Sometimes I’m inspired by an old photograph (I keep A LOT of archives of photos on my desktop) or a book (I’ve definitely been known to shout ‘it’s so Franny from Franny & Zooey!’ in fittings before). I’m sort of a cultural and pop cultural junkie so that informs everything I do. Otherwise I get bored because fashion can be vapid. There needs to be a bit of a story to keep a look cohesive (and more fun for me).”

How important are fashion weeks for your styling? Or is more about relationships with fashion houses and showrooms?

“Not to sound spoiled, but I have had to go to every fashion week (four times a year if you count men’s) for the last 16 years of my life, and still now because of my store Confederacy (I do all the buying). If it were up to me, I would avoid it like the plague. It’s everything I DON’T like about this industry. Just a bunch of silly drama. It’s exhausting and unpleasant and stressful and only glamorous the FIRST time or if you’re an actress just attending shows. I’m there to work and for me it’s hell. As much as I love NY, I pretty much hate it during fashion week.

“So for me it’s definitely about the relationships with the fashion houses. There can definitely be some bitches working in this industry – and I remember the ones that used to be horrible snobs to me but who now send me Christmas cards every year – BUT, I have mostly met some incredibly lovely people. We’re all in it together and I see some of them more than I see my own family most of the time! So there’s a real bond there, and we’re all total workaholics.”

 

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Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford at the SAG Awards

You style both female and male celebrities, is there differences in how you approach the styling? Also do you have a preference?

“There is totally a difference because with men, it’s really more about your taste and knowledge and skill of it because there’s not as many politics involved. Designers don’t care if more than one guy wears the same style suit so it’s a totally different game. For that reason I do prefer it. I have more control over the job.

“I also have a lot more male clients than I do females so I constantly just have racks and racks of clothes in my studio to work from. But people always say that men are easier to dress than women, and I disagree. There’s way more attention to detail with men. With a girl – you put her in a pretty dress, she looks good. With a guy there are so many limits and it’s harder (but really fun) to try and play around and within those limits – to make a guy look classic and simple but still have him look unique.

“During awards season though I do love working with women more because I do love a good gown!”

What is the biggest challenge you face with dressing celebrities?

“Their entourage. Lets leave it at that.”

 

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” Kerry Washington – she takes insane risks and ALWAYS pulls it off”

Which celebrity do you feel has flawless style? And why?

“Recently – Kerry Washington – she takes insane risks and ALWAYS pulls it off. There’s a real story behind her looks, you can just tell. I’m always totally in awe of her looks – especially her Django press tour. That checkered Louis Vuitton dress with the bow headband and the little box clutch – I was floored.

“I’m always in awe when something is risky but totally works – because I know the balls it took on the stylist and the client’s part. It’s a tough world out there and everyone’s a critic! To be able to say screw it let’s make it fun, I love that. Fashion shouldn’t be so serious.”

You style some of the ‘best dressed’ stars in the business, is there a celebrity that you would love to style in the future? And why?

“I can’t name names, but it’s always the girls that are well-known but manage to look terrible that I want to dress. I love a project. Also I sit at home watching the award shows going – oh my god with the access to designers you have – THAT’S what you wore???? That’s the craziest to me. When someone is really well-known or nominated and I know for a fact that they can get ANY look from ANY designer including couture OR custom and they’re wearing some bland dress – that, I’ll never understand.

“That said, I really do try to not judge other stylists’ work because I know how many other elements are at play. And one thing I never do is knit pick. It’s crazy the stress we go through like, ‘shit, if we use this bra, they will be able to see an inch of it through this one little panel here’ – and you know the blogs will ZERO IN on that one imperfection. It’s kind of crazy.

“The internet has done amazing and terrible things for the world of styling! Everyone just relax! I’m sitting there thinking, god if it was me I would just throw the damn thing on and who cares if they can see that I wore a bra! But such is not the case on the red carpet.”

What trends do you think we will see this award season? Or do you not work to trends?

I don’t ever work trends. I stay so far away from trends. For one thing, how are you supposed to set trends if you’re following trends. Secondly, I like to pick things that will still look great in 50 years. Like old photos of Natalie Wood, Bardot, Sofia Loren, Birkin, Elizabeth Taylor. You don’t get that by following trends. Having said that – sometimes something being ‘in’ lets you get away with something that would never fly otherwise (case in point – Kerry Washington’s Louis Vuitton checkered dress).”

 

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Nina Dobrev at the SAG Awards

When it comes to styling Nina Dobrev, who I think was last years breakthrough star, what do you have to consider? Does she has preferences on designers, styles or are you able to suggest new things for her?

“With Nina, we both really try and maintain balances – like the balance of trying designers she hasn’t worn before, while also maintaining a level of loyalty to the designers she has worn in the past. Or like the balance between fashion-forward and accessible.

“She has a young fan base and I want them to be able to look up to her so it’s important to keep her chic and never ever border on trashy or too revealing – at the same time, she’s young too and we want to have fun with her look. There’s definitely a responsibility that comes with a young fan base and Nina is always super respectful of that, and so gracious – that’s also why they love her so much, they get that from her.

“What’s fun is that I always know that if a look looked good on the runway, it will probably look great on her. She has such an incredible figure – even better than the models cause she is slim and tall but also has some curves – she’s a dream to work with. There’s also a real collaboration between us. She is very involved in the whole process.”

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Can you name your biggest styling achievement?

“Probably Nina at the Emmys when she wore the red Donna Karan gown. People in styling always talk about ‘a moment’ – THAT was a moment. A total game changer. A stylist gets only a few of those a career!

“Also I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve worked with most of my clients as long as I have – I had Bradley right before the first Hangover, Chris Evans before Captain America, Armie Hammer before Social Network. It’s fun to see them blow up and get the career they deserve. I’m proud of their loyalty to me and I’m proud of my relationships with them – some of them feel like family to me.

“My client Krysten Ritter, whom I met on a shoot almost 5 years ago, is one of my best friends on the planet. They don’t make too many humans as true blue as that girl.

“It’s easy to get close on the job because you work together so much and it’s really a collaborative and creative process. It’s also pretty intimate – you see everyone in their skivies! So you get comfortable with each other real quick!”

What do you think about using social media? I know that you are big on using Twitter and Instagram – do you enjoy sharing your work?

“I LOVE twitter. Instagram is fun as well cause of the images, but as ridiculously stupid as it sounds – I feel a lot of support on Twitter and you get an immediate response. On award show days I’ll still be driving home from the client’s house and start getting the fans tweeting me the photos of the client hitting the red carpet.

“Recently I was so nervous/excited and I tweeted ‘happy golden globes day! wish me luck!’ and I got about 50 tweets from total strangers wishing me luck and saying cute things like ‘as if you need it, you’ll do great!’ – I mean – it’s really cute and it’s really sweet. And they’re my client’s fans so I love seeing their support of them because I’m a fan too so I get it. Also I kind of love giving out style tips haha so when my big GQ article came out last year it was really fun answering all the boys’ fashion queries!”

Do you have any advice for aspiring fashion stylists?

“I always say the same thing – there’s no rules. I never even assisted, but you have to work your tail off – whether you’re interning or assisting or on your first job – you have to be the first to arrive, the last to leave and you have to care about it more than anybody.

“I always go above and beyond with my clients and that’s such a big part of why they stay loyal. It’s important, in any aspiration, to have work ethic and to give more than you’re getting. I really believe that. That said, I’m a complete workaholic and probably need to learn to take it a little easier.

“I also always advise people to really know your references – know your fashion history, know every collection, know what it means when someone says ‘Dolce & Gabbana is channelling Schiaparelli this season’ (or whatever). Also be a culture junkie – the more you take in, the more inspiration you will have to draw from.

“Most importantly – realise that this is not an audition for your reality show, this generation really needs to learn that! Some of these interns I interview, I swear!! It’s not all glitz, glamour and shopping. 85% of it is schlepping and long hours and racks falling over on your head (which by the way just happened to me yesterday.”

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Let’s step away from the red carpet and find out a little bit more about you, what’s your style, where would you recommend to visit in LA and what are your current addictions!!!

What three items in your wardrobe can’t you live without?

“My Corey Lynn Calter star print silk pant suit. Perfect for fittings cause its comfy and chic. My vintage Havana black sweater with a giant skull on it (as VERY often seen on me on instagram. Any and all cute flats! I don’t wear heels cause I’m lazy and a slave to comfort – so I compensate by wearing fancy and fun flats.”

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I’ve only been to LA once and loved it, what shops/must see places would you recommend?

“Um, well obviously mine – ‘Confederacy’ in Los Feliz! The ‘Way We Wore’ and ‘Resurrection’ for the best designer vintage by far. ‘American Rag’ for affordable thrift store finds (and lunch next door). The ‘Malibu Country Mart’ for a day of outdoor shopping by the sea – aka my happy place. ‘Arclight’ for the best movie going experience in the WORLD (and stop by ‘Amoeba Records’ next door) – aka my other happy place, and ‘Pinz’ for bowling – I had my birthday there!”

“And oh my god so many amazing restaurants. To name a few: beef picked tacos from ‘Malo’s’, gourmet burgers from ‘Umami Burger’, ‘Picca Peru’ for foodie/Peruvian heaven, ‘Terronis’ for Italian, ‘Cliff’s Edge’ for atmosphere (night), ‘Trails Cafe’ for atmosphere (day), ‘Johns Garden’ in Malibu for healthy outdoor comfort & people watching, ‘Sugarfish’ from famed chef Nozawa for the best sushi in the damn country and ‘La Poubelle’ for drinks.”

What are you currently addicted to? 

“The TV show Nashville (I’m secretly a big country music nerd, which is weird cause I’m from Italy ), the band First Aid Kit, Winona Ryder and Sandra Bullock chick flicks (always and forever – and the best cure for heartbreak and/or a stressful day, just add ice cream, and rescue dogs! I keep trying to adopt them all and my husband is like ‘please no more dogs!'”

Who are your favourite designers?

“For red carpet: Elie Saab, Valentino, Prabal Gurung, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Erdem, Rodarte, Donna Karan, Oscar DelaRenta, Ralph Lauren, Monique Lhuiller, Erdem, Reem Acra, Dior, J Mendel, and Alexandra Vidal.

“For men: Gucci, Burberry, Dior, Dolce, Tom Ford, Calvin, Shipley & Halmos, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Gant, Belstaff, Rag & Bone – and most of all Simon Spurr (I am anxiously awaiting his return to fashion!).

“For me to wear: Valentino (in my dreams), Proenza Schouler, Carven, ALC, Opening Ceremony, Thakoon, Helmut Lang, Dolce, Topshop and Asos.com.”

If you could steal the style of one person who would it be?

“No contest – Keira Knightley. Scruffy tomboy by day, romantic swan by night. HEAVEN!”

Also very randomly, did you ever style with Barbie dolls when you were little?

“I did but my sister used to steal my dolls and hang them by their necks with my blankie out the window. Very traumatising.”

**I was so giggy that Ilaria agreed to answer my mountain of questions and I hope that you enjoyed the second part of my Award Season Interview series – plus if you don’t already follow Ilaria on Twitter – do – she always gives the inside scoop on who she dresses @ilariaurbinati and offers great styling tips.**

[Pics: Ilaria Urbinati/Tom Ford/Elie Saab/Donna Karan]