Tag Archive: Dolce & Gabbana

Dec 11 2014

Editorial Loving: Vogue Paris – Real-Life Designer Barbie Dolls

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It has been a while since I have actually posted something on my blog that hasn’t had something to do with my wedding, sorry about that but I hope you understand that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I just had to share. So, before I bombard you with photographs from my UK celebrations that fingers crossed you all want to see, I thought I would showcase this amazing editorial from the latest issue of Vogue Paris with real-life designer Barbie dolls.

I have always dreamed of a collection full of designer Barbie dolls, I have a Karl Lagerfeld, a Dior, a Kate Spade one, complete with a little dog, a Coach doll with the cutest bag I wish I would steal, as well as a trio of Christian Louboutin dolls with better footwear than me, so I literally gasped aloud when I saw this beautiful and creative editorial taking inspiration from the Moschino Barbie collection and dressing up each real-life doll in looks from the likes of Valentino, Chanel, Gucci and Miu Miu.

What I love most about this editorial shot by Giampaolo Sgura has to be the fact that models Elizabeth Erm and Magdalena Frackowiak have been shot like Barbie dolls inside their boxes, it is as though they are sat on a shelf in a toy store waiting for me to take them home.

The styling by creative duo Claire Dhelens and Celia Azoulay is outstanding, not only are they showcasing the designer’s latest collections but they really do illustrate what the brand is about – from the butterflies and flowers of Valentino to the David Bowie vibes of Saint Laurent, and the fun-girl pompoms of Miu Miu, and don’t get me started on the equestrian chicness of Gucci, I basically need Mattel to make that happen stat!!

It is hard to pick a favourite, I do love the total Barbie vibes of Moschino, as well as the accessories of the Louis Vuitton doll, she even has her very own doll-sized trunk, seriously swooning over that, and a Ralph Lauren air-stewardess dressed all in gold is super fun, but I think my heart belongs to Chanel, did you see her make-up, her pearl jewellery and her handbags.

It seems Barbie is very much in fashion at the moment and I love this creative-twist on showcasing the latest collections, it must have taken a lot of hours to build the sets and to meticulously attach all the accessories, and I just love that the models are such great dolls!!!

Which real-life Barbie doll is your favourite?

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[Pics: Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris]

Jun 26 2014

Red Carpet Crush: Transformers: Age of Extinction Star Nicola Peltz

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount]

Aug 26 2013

MTV VMAs: My Best Dressed Goes To Selena Gomez

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The MTV VMAs always produces a hit and miss red carpet – I either love looks or I hate them – but that’s what makes this one of the most fun music awards shows to watch. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Lady Gaga turned out – there were feathers, leopard print, lots of flesh on show, one enormous feather train, some seriously sexy looks and looks that should never have been seen.

For me the best dressed of the night was easily the gorgeous Selena Gomez wearing Atelier Versace. I reckon this look might split opinion, but I love the exposed bustier, the studded detailing, and that hip-high split is the perfect finish for such a breathtaking look. Selena looks hot and I think it was a perfect look for the occasion.

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From the New York-based designer’s Resort 2014 collection, this look really stood out on the red carpet because of its incredible craftsmanship of the silver mirror beaded bateau-neck t-shirt teamed with a champagne silk faille open ballskirt over cigarette pants.

I really wasn’t expecting such a beautiful look at the VMAs, and some might say it was a little too much for an award show, but as an actress not a singer I think she totally gets away with it. For me Holland looks absolutely gorgeous and I love that she went for a bold red lip and a chic chignon – it really finishes off the look.

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Miley is getting a lot of attention after her raunchy performance, I didn’t think it was any different to say Rihanna or Lady Gaga, but before she hit the stage the singer walked the red carpet in a vintage Dolce & Gabbana look. I saw a few people on twitter hating on this for looking like a scene out of the game Bejewelled – but I like how garish it is.

rita-ora-alexandre-vauthierAnother look that I loved had to be Rita Ora’s totally OTT Alexandre Vauthier feather baby-blue couture gown from the autumn/winter 2013 collection. This look was so over-the-top that it is best viewed in motion – check out MTV’s Instavid of the dress being repositioned for photographers – it literally takes three people to move it.

The last look I loved had to be singer Ciara who rocked a Givenchy Couture gown from the autumn/winter 2010 collection. This dress, which fitted her perfectly, was super sexy with its strategically placed beaded embroidery and glamorous with its feathered hemline. Not everyone could pull this revealing gown off – but Ciara’s body is incredible and I think she looks fabulous.

Who was your best dressed at last night’s MTV VMAs? Leave me a comment below to let me know who was your favourite – and your thoughts on Selena, Holland, Miley, Rita and Ciara’s looks.

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[Pics: Versace/Naeem Khan/MTV Instagram]

Aug 12 2013

Teen Choice Awards: Nina Dobrev In J.Mendel

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Who: Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev

Where: At the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California

Wearing: An exploded floral-print silk J.Mendel peplum top with matching slim trousers from the pre-fall 2013 collection, teamed with an orange Devi Kroell clutch, green Dolce & Gabanna shoes and Martin Katz earrings

Verdict: Nina Dobrev has been constantly getting it right on the red carpet lately and this is another stunning look from the young actress.

What I love about this look is that is fun, young, and not what I was expecting her to wear – normally the Teen Choice Awards are filled with cute dresses – but this J/Mendel pant suit is just divine – I am in love with the paint-splattered-floral print and the sexiness of the deep v-neckline to the top.

But what makes this look for me other than the fact it fits Nina perfectly has to be the styling – I love that the actresses long-standing stylist Ilaria Urbinati took colours from the splatter print and incorporated it into the accessories – especially that incredible orange patent Devi Kroell clutch.

I am really developing a girl crush on Nina’s red carpet looks – she always looks flawless and she was by far my best dressed at this year’s Teen Choice Awards.

Are you a fan of Nina Dobrev’s red carpet looks?

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Fancy buying Nina’s J.Mendel look? Well you can pick up the top for $1,290 and the trousers are $1,880 – bargain right!!!

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[Pic: via facebook.com/JMendelbrand]

Jul 29 2013

Cover Loving: Katy Perry Graces ELLE UK’s September Issue

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I am a big fan of Katy Perry, more so now that I know that she counts Minnie Mouse as one of her style icons, and I was excited that she was to grace the September issue of ELLE UK - but then I saw the newsstand cover and I was a little underwhelmed, mainly because of the flamingo pose.

Don’t get me wrong, Katy looks amazing in a checked Dolce & Gabbana peplum top with matching shorts, and I understand that those Christian Louboutin boots are hot – but come on that pose really is more of an editorial shot than a cover pose for me.

I prefer the simplicity of the subscriber cover, which really shows off Katy’s beauty and her incredible eyes. Granted this cover does remind me a little of Emma Stone’s Vogue UK cover from last year – but I think Katy’s makes more of an impact as it is all about her face.

Shot by Mariano Vivanco, the accompanying editorial is just as strong with Katy wearing looks from Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang’s autumn/winter 2013 collections.

The issue hits newsstands on Wednesday, July 31 and I can’t wait for my subscriber copy to drop through the letterbox.

Which cover do you prefer – the subscribers or the newsstand?

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Jul 05 2013

Cover Loving: Diane Kruger For Marie Claire

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Normally the summer magazine covers don’t really capture my attention, maybe because the magazine are hunting for more readers with free sunglasses, make-up or a tote so the cover gets hidden, but the August issue of Marie Claire featuring Diane Kruger is absolutely stunning that I just had to share.

Shot by David Roemer, the German-born actress poses in a sixties-inspired photoshoot for the magazine, wearing looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Mary Katrantzou, Chanel, and Margaret Howell that have been perfectly styled by Arabella Greenhill.

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In the accompanying interview, Diane chats about her relationship with Joshua Jackson, describes Chanel as family, and talks about the fickle world of Hollywood.

On her special relationship with Chanel, Diane explains: “I started modelling for them when I was 15. I know everyone there on a first-name basis. They were the first ones to send me clothes when I started out as an actress. And loyalty is so rare in our business that it make sense to be supportive. It’s not always about money.”

Opening up about her boyfriend Joshua Jackson, she tells the magazine: “All relationships are hard. It doesn’t matter what job you have, or how famous or miserable or poor you are. It’s about commitment. The hard part is the timing. When you meet someone, are you ready to make them your number-one priority?”

I can’t wait to read the whole interview and see the full editorial  – will you be buying the August issue of Marie Claire?

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May 17 2013

Cannes Film Festival: Sonam Kapoor Is Stunning In Dolce&Gabbana

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Who: Indian actress Sonam Kapoor

Where: At the “Jeune & Jolie” premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere

Wearing: A strapless floral Dolce&Gabbana gown with a voluminous silhouette teamed with matching floral printed heels and a bold necklace

Verdict: Wow, wow, wow – if ever there was a dress made for Barbie this is it!!! I have to bow down to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the Italian duo have really out-done themselves with this gorgeous creation, and it was perfect for the Cannes red carpet.

I have to be honest I wasn’t even sure who Sonam Kapoor was other than an Indian actress, but I think that is the point of Cannes it allows international stars to really shine, it is where I first spotted Fan Bingbing and I can’t get enough of her red carpet looks and I think it is going to be same with Sonam, she looks so beautiful in this gown and I love her hair swept to the side.

It is hard to pull of this voluminous silhouette but Sonam does it with ease and that is what makes the dress even more beautiful, I also adore the matching rose printed heels peeking through.

Taking about this gorgeous dress and why Sonam, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana, said:

“Sonam Kapoor for us represents the epitome of the Golden Era of Hollywood thanks to her natural elegance, her femininity and class. Those years around the ’50s that have made us dream for so long. For her, we created a Special piece dress that could emphasise her unique beauty.”

This look really does let her beauty shine through and is easily one of my favourites of this years Cannes and we’ve only had two days. It will take some beating, but here’s hoping for more goosebump moments!!!

Hands up – who wants to start an internet campaign to get Mattel to bring out a Dolce&Gabbana Barbie complete with a miniature sized version of this gown? 

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