Tag Archive: Haute Couture

Feb 09 2015

Grammy Awards 2015: My Best Dressed List

Grammys-rihannaThe Grammy Awards are notorious for being a bit of a hit-and-miss red carpet, mainly because singers it seems like sheer, cut-outs, and generally plunging, anything for a little attention. For most it doesn’t work, it is generally so bad you have to laugh, but as I don’t like to focus on the negative, lets rejoice in the fact that there were a handful of beauties that pulled off amazing looks. Here are my best dressed ladies from the 2015 Grammy Awards:

Rihanna in Giambattista Valli

Rihanna was the last to arrive and oh boy was it worth the wait. The singer literally glided down the red carpet in this dreamy statement pink tulle Giambattista Valli haute couture gown, worn straight off the Paris runway, teamed with over 50 carats of Chopard diamonds.

First of all, the cotton-candy colour is divine, secondly, there is no such thing as too big when it comes to Rihanna, thank god for that, and thirdly, I love that she saw it on the internet and had to have it! There is only one thing, even though I love this look on Rihanna, part of me is a little sad that this beauty won’t now get a Cannes outing, which is kind of where I thought it might be showcased.

As well as loving the dress, I do love a girlie Rihanna, I adore the fact she went for a feminine, natural beauty look, the ballet bun goes perfectly with this ruffled ball gown.

Love, love, love.

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Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

Before Gwen Stefani hit the red carpet I was despairing a little that I wouldn’t like any looks, I should have known that the No Doubt singer would bring her A-game. This black Atelier Versace jumpsuit is incredible and I quite agree with Gwen that it does look like an “artwork” with that asymmetrical, structured, sequinned bodice.

Adding her own personal stamp on the jumpsuit, I love that Gwen decided to tailor the trousers for a skinnier feel than the wide-legged version that went down the runway in Paris a few weeks ago. As well as loving the outfit I have to praise her flawless hair and make-up, I think she had the best beauty look of the night.

grammys-nicole-kidmanNicole Kidman in Mugler

Rocking a little black dress to the Grammys might seem a little boring, but put it on Nicole Kidman and it is pure elegance, and the perfect plus 1 attire. Normally I wouldn’t go for body-con dresses in my best dressed, but there is something about this Mugler LBD that I adore, maybe it is the fact that Nicole is working it, or the exquisite metal eyelets detailing throughout that added a rock-n-roll edge, I just really loved the fact it was sophisticated, fun and sexy all at the same time, without being too much. Also just for her amazing pins she had to make the list – simply stunning.

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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab

One thing you are guaranteed with Taylor Swift is that she always has fun on the red carpet and she looked incredible in this custom teal ombre Elie Saab gown, teamed with purple Giuseppe Zanotti heels and emerald Lorraine Schwartz earrings. Normally I am not a fan of the mullet-dress, but the jewelled colour just popped beautifully, and her legs really do deserve to be shown off.

grammys-iggyIggy Azalea In Giorgio Armani

Rounding off my Grammys best dressed list has to be Iggy Azalea as she surprise the hell out of me, I don’t think I have ever seen her look this good before. Her custom electric blue Giorgio Armani silk-crepe gown was divine, tailored to perfection, and I really loved the subtle cut-out detailing on the sides, shoulders and towards the bottom of the gown at the front. This was sexy without trying too hard – her body really does look incredible in this gown. The only thing that lets this look down for me has to be the hair, why the crazy crown of braids, if she had gone for a sleek ponytail or bun I would have adore it, as everything else including her flawless make-up was perfection.

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For more Grammys red carpet looks including Rita Ora dressed as a mirror ball in Prada and Jessie J in a sexy sheer Ralph & Russo gown, head on over to my Grammys Pinterest board.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment below with your best dressed at this year’s Grammy Awards.

[Pics: via Grammy.com]

Feb 04 2015

Haute Couture SS15: 10 Beautiful Wedding Gowns

zuhair-murad-ss15-coutureThe beauty of Haute Couture is the glamour, the knowledge that the garments take hundreds of hours to produce, mostly by hand, nearly all bespoke, and always with no real budget in mind, it is why I love it so much as it is basically pure fantasy, and it’s the wedding gowns that inspire the most.

I think this has been one of the best Paris Haute Couture Week’s for a while, truly inspiring craftsmanship that really showcased the best in forward-thinking designs, and the bridal gowns were just exquisite. Elie Saab always inspires brides with his beaded beauties, but I’ve also included gorgeous, dramatic and sexy gowns by Zuhair Murad, Ralph & Russo, Versace, and a contemporary, quirky gown designed by Jean Paul Gaultier that if I had seen it before my own wedding I think I would have totally fallen in love with that tiered tulle skirt.

So if you are currently on the hunt for your perfect wedding gown, why not take inspiration from these 10 gorgeous bridal gowns:

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Do anyone of these gorgeous wedding gowns come close to the dress you have pictured for your big day?

[Pics: Vogue]

 

Feb 02 2015

Runway: 3 Things I Didn’t Expect To See At Haute Couture

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Haute couture is usually exquisitely crafted gowns, dripping in beads, sequins, Swarosvki crystals, and delicate embroideries, which have taken hundreds of hours to produce by hand – that is why I adore it so much, it showcases the brilliance of fashion and techniques that should be admired and promoted.

However, it seems that each season we get a taste of the ordinary reworked in an opulent fashion, maybe it is for shock-and-awe, maybe it is to bridge the gap between couture and ready-to-wear, or maybe it is just to make an elaborate statement.

Whatever the reason, here are three things I spotted this season that I never expected to see on a haute couture runway:

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Chanel has given us couture trainers and cycling shorts in the past, but I think the reworking of the winter favourite beanie has to be my favourite ‘it’ item. I love the fact it shouldn’t work, a beanie scattered with jewels and appliquéd with chiffon flowers and butterflies, but how cool do these wacky hats look.

What I love more about these decked out beanies is that with a glue gun, some netting, and a pack of pearls and sequins is that you could have your own couture beanie in a matter of hours.

Will you be converting your favourite beanie into a couture masterpiece?

dior-ss15-couture-2: Plastic Fantastic

You expect to see silk, chiffon, and tulle being used in the construction of lavish couture pieces, so seeing plastic hit the haute couture runways at Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier was a little bit of a surprise. For Dior it was revamped plastic macs, which had printed flowers adorned on it, while at Gaultier it was more like cellophane wrapping, even being worn by Naomi Campbell didn’t make it look couture to me.

I am sure that the see-through plastic macs will be a big hit with the high street, especially come festival season, but just like with the beanie you too could DIY your very own. Take a pac-a-mac, come on you know you have one everyone does, invest in some flower appliqués and get hand-stitching them on. Start now you’ll be finished by summer for Glasto!

So who do you think will be first to wear this at Glastonbury – Alexa Chung or Kate Moss?

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#3: Beekeeper Bride

At couture you expect to see wedding gowns, over-the-top spectacles that require 5 strapping male models to walk it down the runway, crazy beaded beauties, as well as those Princess gowns that make you gasp, but a beekeeper bride is a new one on me.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s entire SS15 couture show was wedding themed, including what the guests would wear to a couture wedding, but the piece that stood out for me had to be the blue jeans beekeeper gown that supermodel Lindsey Wixson took to the runway. First up it is denim, I know we expect jeans from Gaultier but on a bride, and secondly, what sort of bride would wear a beekeeping veil? Hey I suppose that’s what you call an alternative bride!!!

Did you see anything unexpected on the haute couture runways this season?

[Pics: via Chanel & Vogue.co.uk]

Jan 29 2015

Haute Couture: Elie Saab SS15 – Chasing A Dream

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Elie Saab is a genius at creating glamour that oozes confidence, which is probably why he is so popular with Hollywood’s leading ladies, as well as his designs standing out so much on the red carpet. This week the designer showcased his spring/summer 2015 couture collection, which should be renamed as the Oscar best dressed shortlist, as there were so many gowns that hit the runway that should be destined for red carpet glory.

As with Chanel and Armani nature played inspiration to the collection, with oversize blooms and abstract tree-bark effects featuring on gorgeous sheer gowns. But as always with Elie Saab it was the softer, romantic, Disney-princess gowns that captured my heart the most, which really were exquisite with his signature sequinned embroideries teamed with Ostrich feathers that looked incredible swishing down the runway, oh how I wish I had seen these gowns up close.

There were also a few sixties inspired pieces, with contemporary short dresses teamed with flats and dripping in feathers, which still oozed the glamour of Elie Saab that we have come to love, while adding a fun, playful twist, which I am sure will be a hit with his rich customers as well as celebrities looking for something cool to wear to photocalls.

I have to say that this was just one simply divine collection. I’m hoping that Julianne Moore steps away from Givenchy and opts for Elie Saab as I think she would do his gowns justice, as would Felicity Jones, she needs a proper princess moment, and don’t you think Emma Stone would look a knockout in that top white gown, I love how it combines beadwork, feathers and falls just off the shoulders for a real Old Hollywood feel.

What did you think of Elie Saab’s SS15 couture collection?

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Jan 27 2015

Haute Couture: Giambattisa Valli Couture SS15

Giambattisa-Valli-couture-look45Quick disclaimer, I love, love, love anything Giambattisa Valli, I am obsessed with day dreaming of dress-up sessions in his exquisitely crafted gowns, and I basically each season just fall in love with the romance of haute couture, and the hope that one day I will be a fairytale princess in need of a gown for the ball!!!

For SS15, Valli was inspired by Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin, which is probably why there was a chic romance mixed in with a haute couture-style rock-n-roll vibe, which made for a gorgeous mix of floral embroideries, frills, sheer panelling, ruffles, plenty of tulle and sexy black veils covering the model’s eyes.

What I adore about this collection has to be the sugar almond colour palette of pale pink, green and lemon, mixed in with the Coco-approved black and white, to make for a feminine, chic and seriously dreamy collection of floor-length gowns, flirty dresses, coats and even trousers. I know can trousers even be couture, well only if paired with a tulle skirt or in a gorgeous printed silk-faille, of course! For me this line-up had everything a haute couture collection should have in it.

Of course the fairytale princess gowns with their explosions of tulle were my favourites, divine in their construction, I am always fascinated with how many hours each gown takes, and all of them had me dreaming of the red carpet. I think the Oscars would be wonderful, would certainly make an entrance but to be honest I don’t think any stylist or actress is brave enough to consider, I think these beauties are destined for Cannes and I can’t wait.

So which celebrities would you like to see wearing this collection? I think Diane Kruger and Emma Stone would look incredible, and I would love to see Cate Blanchett opt for feminine rather than edgy, and I think the Fan Bingbing would look spectacular in the vibrant bubblegum ballgown.

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Jul 09 2014

Haute Couture Week: 10 Wedding-Worthy Gowns At Elie Saab

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I adore Paris Haute Couture week it not only brings out the most starry front rows but the fashion on display is always so exquisite and as always Elie Saab didn’t disappoint with his showstopping autumn/winter 2014 ‘Palais Des Lumieres’ collection.

I might have my two wedding dress sorted, which I love and can’t wait to wear, but there is still a part of me that would love to be an Elie Saab bride. To wear a beautifully crafted, dramatic gown is the thing of dreams and the finale gown to the AW14 show was a magnificent, divine and beautiful gown. I am not normally a lover of pearlescent white, but this dramatic and regal gown really does demand that it is the brightest of them all and I love it.

Elie Saab always produces delicate masterpieces that are exquisitely embroidered, they shimmer in the light, and each one of these gowns would make for a spectacular wedding. I love the sheer elements to some of the gowns, which of course I am sure you can get lined, I really adore the champagne gold hue it would make for a great alternative to white and ivory, and I love, love, love the short and flirty lace number, wouldn’t that just be perfect for an elopement wedding.

I have to be honest I loved everything about the AW14 collection and I can’t wait to see the gorgeous gowns grace the red carpet, but these 10 beauties definitely deserve a walk down the aisle.

Do you dream of being an Elie Saab bride?

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[Pics: Elie Saab]

Jul 07 2014

Haute Couture Week: Jennifer Lopez In Atelier Versace

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Who: Jennifer Lopez

Where: Attending the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 show on day one of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris

Wearing: A strapless pure white Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high slit and one fully beaded trouser leg, accented with two metallic straps on the hip, from the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 collection, teamed with an Atelier Versace bracelet and earrings, and silver Versace platform sandals

Verdict: I am just going to say it – I adore this look. There is something about this hybrid gown on Jennifer Lopez that just works.

On paper if you had seen ‘gown with a thigh-high split and one fully beaded trouser leg’ you would have thought that Donatella Versace was off-her-head but when you see in on a superstar like J-Lo, who just embodies what Versace is about, you can’t help but think it looks fantastic.

If it was in a darker colour I don’t think I would have liked it as much but the white looks so amazing against her skin-tone and really works with the glamorous styling of the gold jewellery, so OTT, so Jennifer Lopez, so Versace.

If the outfit wasn’t enough I can’t stop starring at her flawless face, her cheekbones are sculpted to perfect and her eyes are just wow, love it.

Are you as obsessed with Jennifer’s latest look as I am?

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[Pics: courtesy of Versace]
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