Tag Archive: Couture

May 16 2013

Cannes Film Festival: Nicole Kidman In Dior Couture

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Who: Actress Nicole Kidman

Where: At the Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival for the Great Gatsby Cannes Film Festival premiere held at the Theatre Lumiere

Wearing: A strapless floral embroidered Christian Dior Couture gown from the spring 2013 collection, teamed with coral pointed Dior heels and diamond stud earrings

Verdict: Wow, I can’t remember seeing Nicole Kidman looking so girlie and fresh before but this strapless floral beaded beauty shows her embracing her inner Grace Kelly and I love it. The dress itself really plays off the 1950s silhouette but adds a modern twist with the intricate beading work and the vibrant colours.

When Nicole was announced as the face of Jimmy Choo just before Cannes I was expecting a lot of heel-flattering dresses, however this look isn’t complemented by Jimmy Choo heels but Dior ones, but either way I love the pop of coral it works really well.

Finishing up her look is a strange quiff side ponytail, simple-yet-elegant diamond earrings and gorgeous fuchsia pink lips.

For me Nicole was easily one of the best dressed on the red carpet on Day 1 at Cannes.

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Jan 14 2013

Golden Globes 2013: Jennifer Garner In Vivienne Westwood Couture

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Who: Jennifer Garner

Where: At the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California

Wearing: A strapless dark red Vivienne Westwood Couture Riding dress featuring a sweetheart neckline and embroidered sequinned detailing and a train, teamed with David Webb jewellery and Salvatore Ferragamo heels

Verdict: I have to own up I love, love, love Jennifer Garner as I am a huge Alias fan, Sydney Bristow and her many wigs and kick arse attitude totally ruled, but more than that I just think she oozes glamour when she hits the red carpet, which sadly isn’t as often as I would like.

Last night at the Golden Globes, out supporting her hubbie Ben Affleck, I thought she looked incredible in this Vivienne Westwood couture gown. Everything about the look totally worked for me – from the deep red shade to the intricate embroidered sequinned design that just shimmered beautifully on TV to her chic up-do and gorgeous gold jewellery.

I have a total girl crush!!!

[Pic: Vivienne Westwood Facebook]

Sep 10 2012

Toronto Film Festival: Keira Knightley Dazzles In Elie Saab

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Where: At the ‘Anna Karenina’ Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

Wearing: A black short-sleeved embellished lace Elie Saab couture gown from the autumn/winter 2012 collection

Verdict: This is another breath-taking look from Keira, I have to be honest I wasn’t too fussed about Keira before but the incredible Chanel couture gown made me take notice and this is another exquisite choice.

One thing you can always rely on with Elie Saab is pure elegance, and even though this dress is very sheer, it is perfection and doesn’t overpower the gown – Keira really does look divine.

If Keira keeps this up I am definitely going to overdoing my use of the word ‘flawless’ – but come on who can blame me she really doesn’t look gorgeous.

Do you prefer her Elie Saab gown over her embellished Chanel couture look from last week?

[Pic: via Elie Saab]

Sep 07 2012

MTV VMAs: Katy Perry In Vintage Elie Saab

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Who: Katy Perry

Where: At the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

Wearing: A vintage Elie Saab Haute Couture gown from the autumn/winter 2004 collection; the black gown featured sequinned floral embroidery in teal and fuchsia, and the black leather bodice was finished off with a bow accent

Verdict: I love, love, love Elie Saab and this is why, this dress is from the 2004 collection but totally fits the current romantic Gothic trend that is everywhere for autumn/winter, and Katy Perry looks incredible in it.

Last year, Katy was playful in a geisha style Atelier Versace mini dress, but this year she really did bring the glamour and I love this couture gown on her. Everything from the exquisite dress to her dark wavy locks and her flawless make-up makes this one of the best red carpets I have seen from Katy Perry.

I also love that even with her glamorous look Katy knows how to show off her quirky personality, just check out her very cool floral manicure, which featured sparkling crosses – now that is nail art!!!

What do you think of Katy’s look at last night’s MTV VMAs?

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[Pics: Elie Saab/Katy Perry Twitter]

Aug 19 2012

Total Recall: A Week Of Glamour – Kate Beckinsale vs Jessica Biel

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The Total Recall promo tour really has stepped up a gear since it hit Europe and both Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel have been using their star power to snag some of the most beautiful red carpet designed dresses I have seen in a long while. This week the stars of the Total Recall hit Berlin, Dublin and London and they really didn’t disappoint – two gorgeous Donna Karan gowns, an exquisite Elie Saab sparkler, a couple of Zac Posen dresses, and a standout feathered Giambattista Valli Couture look.

This has been one serious face-off this week between Kate and Jessica – see my favourite looks below and let me know who you think came out on top!!!

Kate Beckinsale:

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For the LA premiere I hinted that I thought Kate had a new stylist due to her dramatic, high couture looks that she has been working, well it turns out that I am right and you will never guess who it is – only Taylor Jacobson, you know Rachel Zoe’s ex-assistant, I have to be honest I am seriously impressed with how she has styled Kate for this Total Recall promotional tour.

A week in which two amazing Donna Karan gowns grace the red carpet is always perfect, but wow to both, first up was a Barbie-pink dress from the Resort 2013 collection, it just oozes glamour with the architectural details to the bust and hips – similar to the dramatic Armani worn in LA but much more girlie and I love this hot-pink shade on her.

But it has to be the divine styling of her London premiere look that got me most excited this week. On its own this gorgeous black strapless gown with glitter sequinned details and a thigh-high split from the autumn/winter 2012 collection is incredible, style it with the bow belt from the pre-fall 2012 collection and it is simply breathtaking. I am seriously in love with this look!!!

I was also floored by her looks in Germany, first up was the demure purple Zac Posen dress for the photocall, and then she completely smashed it at the Berlin premiere in her ivory rose-swirl embellished Naeem Khan gown from the autumn/winter 2012 collection.

I can’t believe that these four looks all happened in one week, there were more a lot more, I had to narrow it down – as Kate also turned to designers Andrew GN, Preen, Paule Ka, and DVF for her after party and day-time looks.

Jessica Biel:

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Jessica Biel has also been surprising me on this promo tour, maybe there is some rivalry over being the best dressed, as she really has stepped up her game.

The Couture looks from America continued to Europe and she went for one of my favourite looks from the Giambattista Valli spring 2012 couture collection for the London premiere. Everything about this look is completely flawless – I love the masculine vs feminine vibe of the look with the tuxedo-style shirt teamed with lace sleeves and a feather peplum. But seriously what makes this a standout look has to be the styling of the neon-pink Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Jessica has liked to go short on this promo tour, she wore Dior Couture in LA which fell just above her ankles, then there was Elie Saab Couture in New York, and it seems Europe is also seeing her legs as for the Dublin premiere she wore a strapless cream and gold Jacquard Zac Posen gown with a divine origami-style bodice from the autumn/winter 2012. Granted this isn’t my favourite of her looks but I included as I love that she has changed up her hair with a messy faux-bob.

I haven’t been as wowed by Jessica as I have been with Kate, but what I have loved is her more directional style, OK some of it she hasn’t quite pulled off but at least she has committed to it. For the Berlin photocall it was great to see her wearing another one of my favourite emerging designers Christian Cota, normally for a photocall stars go for Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, or DVF for there smart tailored dresses, I love that Jessica went for a fun summery look in this watercolour printed crop top and tiered skirt from the spring/summer 2011 collection.

My favourite of Jessica’s looks has to be the divine Elie Saab autumn/winter 2012 gown that she shimmered in for the Berlin premiere. This is high-glamour at its very best, I love the sparkles, I adore the open back, and I want her hair!!! Hot, hot, hot!!!

My Best Dressed:

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It was hard to pick just one look each but I have decided to go for the two black sparklers, I am in love with the styling and glamour of both looks from Donna Karan and Elie Saab and both Kate and Jessica look incredible.

Which looks get your vote?

[Pics: Donna Karan New York/Elie Saab/Starworks Artists]

Aug 03 2012

Total Recall: Jessica Biel in Christian Dior Couture

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Who: Jessica Biel

Where: At the Hollywood premiere of ‘Total Recall’ at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

Wearing: A strapless pastel pink Christian Dior gown that falls just above the ankles, with a nipped-in waist, exaggerated hips and outer pocket detail from the autumn/winter 2012 Couture collection, teamed with Louis Vuitton silver-tipped heels, a white Jimmy Choo clutch, and Tom Binns jewellery

Verdict: Wow it seems that Couture was the order of the day for the Total Recall premiere, Kate Beckinsale looked stunning in a dramatic Armani Privé gown, and Jessica it seems decided to go for a girlie approach in this pretty retro-inspired Dior gown.

I love the colour on her, I love the white accessories – the Louis Vuitton silver toe-caps are gorgeous, and the cylindrical clutch is cute, but I draw the line at the heavy jewellery.

Everything about this look is delicate and elegant but that necklace is a little OTT for me, it is striking and with another dress it would have been stunning, but with this gown it really doesn’t work and kind of spoils the overall look.

What do you think does Jessica pip Kate to the best dressed at the Total Recall premiere?

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[Pics: facebook.com/starworksartists]

Jul 04 2012

Paris Couture AW12: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

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Wow, wow, wow!!!

I have to own up I am a huge fan of Givenchy and Riccardo Tisci, the Resort 2013 with its gypsy vibe was simply perfection, and it seems the gypsy is still an inspiration for the Haute Couture autumn/winter 2012 collection, which is described as “the opulence of the gypsy world meets the pure lines of the 1960s” in the presentation notes, which translated by me equals as utterly divine.

What I am loving other than the gorgeous collection of 10 floor-length silhouettes, which have a dark and powerful vibe about them, especially when they are all stood together with a guard dog as their accessory, has to be all the intricate leather embroidery and the beaded fringing.

If you are after couture, seriously Givenchy has to be one of the first places to go, as what I love is the fashion houses’ incredible attention to detailing and its use of use rich and elaborate materials, as well as its stunning approach to styling. Seriously how cool do the oversized mask-like gold-rimmed shades look – perfect finish for Riccardo’s gypsy queens!!!

I am not sure what is more beautiful the collection or that gorgeous dog – what a stunner!!!

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[Pics: Vogue.fr]
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