The Film Independent Spirit Awards rarely disappoints, I’m not talking about the winner’s of the awards, but of the red carpet, I love that the actresses opt for more relaxed looks than we are going to see at the Oscars. Fashion should be fun and I do adore that it is always such a stark contrast from the up-coming Oscars. I know I am all about full-on gowns, but I can appreciate that this award show has a different vibe and it gives the actresses a chance to try out something new.
I have many red carpet crushes – there is Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson, and Blake Lively to name a few, and the new Transformers’ star Nicola Peltz, who you may recognise from the TV Bates Motel, is the latest addition to my style crush list after seeing her first few outings promoting Transformers: Age of Extinction.
It must be hard following in the footsteps of bombshell Megan Fox and leggy model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a Transformers’ babe but Nicola Peltz seems to be taking it in her stride with one flawless look after the other thanks to her amazing stylist Leslie Fremar, who also styles the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Connelly.
Peltz has so far hit the red carpet in big names like Prada, Giambattista Valli, and Stella McCartney, not normally the pull of an up-and-coming star but the designer fashion houses must be pleased as she really has been proving that she is every bit the glamorous movie star. As well as being impressed with the range of designers she has been sporting, I have loved the variety in choices, you really can’t guess what this blonde bombshell will wear next.
First up for the Hong Kong premiere was the gorgeous icy blue organza Prada column gown, I adore the jewel-encrusted neckline and waist as well as the sexy cut-out detailing to the bodice. On some actresses this could have looked a little too provocative but on her it was just perfection and glamorous.
For the after party the actress did turn up the sex appeal wearing a super sexy lace-overlay Dolce & Gabbana skirt with a leather Alexander Wang crop top, the perfect after party look that was made even hottier by her flawless barely-there make-up. I think the only thing I would have change were the heels and gone for something strappy.
For the Hong Kong photocall, Peltz went for this slinky white Stella McCartney gown with wave detailing and a sheer hem from the pre-autumn/winter 2014 collection. I am not normally a fan of white heels but I like this white-on-white look.
My favourite red carpet look so far has to be this heavenly, ethereal Giambattista Valli couture gown that she wore to the Shanghai premiere. You can always count on Giambattista Valli for a show-stopping look and this gown is truly divine with its embroidered detailing, peplum and lace skirt. My only criticism is that this dreamy gown needed a bigger stage, like Cannes or an award ceremony or even a world premiere. But seriously that is me being picky as this is one gorgeous gown the silhouette is just striking.
It is hard to follow the Giambattista Valli but I think she could have done a lot better than this Saint Laurent black blazer and leather short combination that she wore to the Beijing premiere. Granted it does look good on her and I do love the red lippy I just wanted more. But saying that she made up for my disappointment at the New York premiere in this strapless shimmering blue Balenciaga gown. The column gown really goes look amazing on her, as does this vibrant hue against her blonde locks, I just wish I had a clearer picture of the back to show you as it really had gorgeous draped detailing.
It is so hard for up-and-coming actress to wow on the red carpet, it helps when you have a blockbuster like Transformers’ to pull in the big designer names, but I definitely think that Nicola Peltz is a star to keep an eye on and I can’t wait to see more amazing red carpet looks from her.
Are you impressed with how confident Nicola Peltz is on the red carpet?
[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount]
Put together one of my favourite Fashion Editor’s Grace Coddington with a handbag covered in kitties and I am sold. Add in a charity element and I am totally lusting over it – put a price tag of $1,000 dollars and I am just wishing from a far.
I am so in love with this limited edition handbag designed by Grace Coddington for Balenciaga, which has been named the ‘Pumpkin’ tote after her cat. The canvas and leather bag is not only the most gorgeous colour but it is covered in her sketches of Pumpkin wearing iconic Balenciaga looks from the past decade. Seriously cats are so hot right now!!!
I know $1,000 is a lot of money, but it is limited edition, and it is Balenciaga I don’t know why I thought I might be able to afford it, but best of all 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. I know what you are thinking surely Hamptons cats are rich like on Revenge, but apparently Hamptons cats need funds as well.
The tote, along with two scarves also covered in cat sketches, will be available starting on Fashion’s Night Out at Balenciaga stores in LA and New York, where Grace is also making an appearance and will be drawing cats – seriously London needs to step up its game for FNO as I don’t think anything could beat that!!!
Who: Nicole Richie
Where: At the Nicole Richie for Impulse Only at Macy’s launch at Restaurant Daniel in New York City
Wearing: A printed Nicole Richie for Impulse top, paired with black Helmut Lang trousers, Balenciaga shoes, and House of Harlow 1960 jewellery
Verdict: When I heard that Nicole Richie was doing an affordable collection for Macy’s I was excited, I am a huge fan of Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960, but it wasn’t until I saw Nicole wearing her own design this week that I realised that I am going to want it all.
The capsule collection is set to hit Macy’s in September and it will include 24-30 pieces, which is pretty impressive, and in an interview with WWD she said that the collection will have “a strong mix of masculine and feminine: printed chiffon mixed with faux leathers,” sounds dreamy – I just hope I can buy it online and ship it to the UK!!!
The top alone in this look is amazing – I love the flowy shape of the chiffon blouse with its billowing sleeves and I die over the contrasting dark panels to the shoulders and collar – this is just one piece and I am sold. It looks incredible paired with skinny trousers, and I also have to point out her hair and make-up – totally flawless – the pop of red lippy with this monochrome look is the perfect finish.
What do you think of Nicole’s look? And are you excited about her up-coming collection?