Tag Archive: J. Mendel

Apr 07 2014

ACM Awards 2014: Taylor Swift In J. Mendel

Who: Taylor Swift

Where: At the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena  in Las Vegas

Wearing: A custom J. Mendel silk crepe ivory top featuring cut-out panels to the shoulders and a black asymmetrical skirt with thigh-high split, teamed with gold jewellery, black Casadei strappy heels and a gold and black clutch

Verdict: Normally at these type of events Taylor works something romantic, normally glittery, with a very girlie vibe as the country star darling that she is. Don’t get me wrong she always looks stunning, she is gorgeous, but I really love that she went for something different with this custom J. Mendel look.

Opting for just the right amount of skin in this cut-out crop top and thigh-high split skirt this is a very edgy look for Taylor, maybe it is an attempt to stop people calling her style boring, or maybe she just decided to try something new – whatever made her go for this custom midriff showing look I am pleased she did.

As well as loving the look, I adore the styling the black and gold accessories works perfectly and those earrings are incredible. Also top marks to her glam squad her hair and make-up is flawless – she really is a stunner.

What do you think of Taylor’s latest red carpet look? 



Dec 16 2013

TNT Christmas: Anna Kendrick Wows In J. Mendel

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Who: Anna Kendrick

Where: At the TNT Christmas event held at the National Building Museum in Washington

Wearing: An ivory velvet strapless column J. Mendel gown featuring a draped bodice, teamed with a Swarovski clutch and a few simple bracelets

Verdict: Wow, if ever Anna Kendrick was to have a Jessica Rabbit moment it was in this stunning velvet gown by J. Mendel – this is one gorgeous, sexy dress.

Everything about the gown from the velvet to the draped bodice and the plunging sweetheart neckline is exquisite and I even love that Christmassy champagne hue. For some I am sure that it the colour is too close to her complexion, but I have seen other pictures online and the lighting in this picture isn’t actually doing it justice.

Normally Anna sometimes looks a little too mature when she hits the red carpet but for me this look is styled to perfection, with great hair and make-up that is perfect for the event and she is totally pulling off this sexy look.

Over the weekend I blogged that Claire Danes had worn a statement gown and now Anna is wowing in a sexy number – I do love how these Hollywood beauties can keep on surprising me with their red carpet choices.

Are you a fan of Anna’s velvet gown?

[Pic: via facebook.com/JMendelbrand]

Sep 23 2013

Primetime Emmys 2013: My Best Dressed List

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It has been a while since I’ve enjoyed an awards red carpet, but on Sunday night the very best in TV donned some gorgeous gowns for the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Normally the TV Emmys are a little hit and miss, but this year it seems everyone really upped their game and I fell in love with a lot of looks – from the sophisticated ice-blue J.Mendel that Zooey Deschanel wore to the romantic Marchesa gown that Kerry Washington stunned in.

Trying to decide on my favourite look was hard, these seven looks were easily my favourites, but for me the two minimal-yet-exquisite looks – the sleek and glamorous Calvin Klein dress that Rose Byrne went for and the vibrant statement Ralph Lauren gown worn by Allison Williams were miles ahead of the rest. Normally I would got for dramatic, verging on the side of OTT and usually of the princess variety, but I was blown away by how perfect these two looks were.

If I had to choose between the two, and it is hard, I think I would go with Allison Williams, her strapless corset Ralph Lauren just looked incredible on TV – the bold colour teamed with the minimal structure to the shape of the gown worked perfectly. But it was her gorgeous tousled, wavy hair and flawless face, and those Fred Leighton gold bracelets that narrowly put her head of Rose.

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Rose was a very close second though in this custom petal silk crepe Calvin Klein Collection top and skirt – she looks smoulderingly hot in this sexy two-piece. I love how simple and streamlined this look is while being so on trend with the crop top. My favourite bit of this look is the criss-cross detailing as well as the colour it is divine.

Like with Allison, Rose also finishes her look with gorgeous hair and make-up as well as great accessories, I love her silver Jimmy Choo ‘tube’ clutch and her Tiffany & Co earrings.

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From minimal chic to two very different white looks, both gorgeous and both looked spectacular on the red carpet. First up we have Scandal actress Kerry Washington wearing a romantic Marchesa gown from the labels spring/summer 2014 collection.

Kerry’s was the closest to a princess dress and I adore the floral appliqués, the ribbon bodice and the tulle train – she looked incredible and it worked with her same colour Edie Larker clutch and delicate jewels by Fred Leighton.

At the other end of the all-white scale we have Kate Mara in a graphic lace embroidered J.Mendel gown featuring a silk crepe asymmetrical wrap skirt. I love the sex appeal of this dress with the peek-a-boo mesh-like lace and the super high thigh-high split. I also have to give her credit for the over-styling that totally paid off with the white-edged clear platform heels and white manicure – simply gorgeous.

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Next up we have January Jones, who gave me the biggest surprise, no sexy split, no edgy look, just a gorgeous romantic dress. Custom-made for her by Givenchy, this dusky pink strapless dress really stood out on the red carpet because of the intricate detailing of the floral lace skirt and her flawless make-up.

Another elegant look came from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel wearing an ice-blue J. Mendel column gown from the Resort 2014 collection featuring asymmetrical folded detail at the waist and thigh-high side slit. This is a sophisticated look that looked stunning on her and was perfectly styled with silver accessories – I really love her sequinned Edie Parker clutch.

My final spot in my seven best dressed is for Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery who was dressed for grabbing the headlines in this striking two-tone red Prada halter-style gown with its high-low hem at the front and cute bow detailing at the bow.

With a raised hemline at the front the heels are very important and these double-strap beauties also by Prada are perfect – delicate and glamorous. I also love her red jewelled clutch.

I think out of the seven looks this might be the one that splits opinion.

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I know I said my seven best dressed, but there was something about Claire Danes ethereal Giorgio Armani Privè gown that I just couldn’t leave out. The nude flare gown looked gorgeous on TV, the tulle bodice embroidered with sequins and the lace skirt really shined, however all the pictures don’t do it justice. But one thing I can’t love is her faux-bob and vibrant lippy – that comes across whatever the medium!!!

So who gets your best dressed from this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards?

[Pics: via Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prada, J. Mendel, Givenchy, Marchesa]

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]

Jan 22 2013

Award Season: Buy Golden Globe Gowns From Moda Operandi

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Did you like the look of the gowns that Amy Adams, Lucy Lui, Naomi Watts and Allison Williams wore to the Golden Globes? Well, you have until January 24 to buy the beauties over at Moda Operandi – that is if you have a couple of thousand euros to spare!!!

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Whether you are after Amy’s gorgeous all-over Chantilly lace Marchesa gown with a frothy fishtail, or want to make a statement like Lucy in a strapless rose printed Jacquard Carolina Herrera there is a gown to make you shine. After something more simple then there is Naomi’s divine burgundy open-back Zac Posen gown, or if you are feeling daring how about Allison’s J.Mendel gown with a plunging neckline?? Decisions, decisions!!!

Would the price make a difference to you? Well the most expensive is Amy’s blush gown at €7,200, well no-one said it was cheap looking incredible, but if you are after a bargain well you have to go for Naomi’s which is the cheapest at €4,563.

Credit card anyone??? Which one if money was no object would you buy?

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Jan 14 2013

Golden Globes 2013: Allison Williams In J. Mendel

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Where: At the Golden Globe Awards 2013, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California

Wearing: A black silk-gazar J.Mendel gown featuring a plunging V neckline, a tear-drop open back and a mermaid train from the pre-fall 2013 collection, teamed with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Verdict: Award red carpets and mermaid silhouettes go hand-in-hand and there were a lot on show at this year’s Golden Globes. One of my favourites had to be this J. Mendel gown that Allison Williams wore because it was bold, daring and so, so sexy.

Sometimes mermaid trains can make a dress look fussy and can age young starlets, this gorgeous J.Mendel however mixes the traditional silhouette up with a sexy plunging V-neckline and open back to make it look modern and fresh. I like it in black, however I think Allison could have pulled off this look more if it had been done in a bright colour.

With such a bold silhouette I was pleased to see that the Girls actress went for a minimal look with her accessories and hair and make-up, adding a pop of colour with her Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a slick bun for an elegant and refined look.

[Pic: J. Mendel Facebook]

Sep 24 2012

Primetime Emmy Awards: The Trends – Citrus Hues, A Sea Of Blue, and Shades Of Grey

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As well as spotting which designers they are wearing I also like to see the trends taking form, last award season there was a lot of open backs, and this Emmy Awards was all about a hint of colour, the various shades of blue and grey, with a little oxblood and floral mixed in for good measure.

I have already blogged some of my best dressed looks from January Jones’ statement Zac Posen gown to  Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier, to the shimmering beauty that was Lucy Liu in Versace, and the bombshell that is Sofia Vegara.

But with so many good looks I thought it best to do a trend post – so here are some more of my favourites.

Citrus Hues:

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Normally there is a lot of black on award ceremony red carpet, that isn’t to say there wasn’t any last night – did you see January Jones, but what I was pleased about was all the citrus hues – ranging from vibrant oranges to canary yellow – maybe it was the California heat but the red carpet was sizzling.

Leading the orange pack was definitely Monique Lhuiller she dressed Ginnifer Goodwin in an orange floral embroidered beauty and Padma Lakshmi looked radiant in her strapless trumpet gown – the colour was perfection on her.

Then there was Leslie Mann in Naeem Khan, I love the contrast of the marigold coloured skirt with the embroidered ivory halter-neck bodice – seriously beautiful.

Finishing up the orange hues is Lindsay Pulsipher in Bibhu Mohapatra – everything about the colour to the Grecian styling of her hairstyle this is a gorgeous look.

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Yellow was another key trend, which I was a little on the fence with as I am not sure about yellow on the red carpet, but I loved Julianne Moore’s canary yellow Christian Dior Couture gown – the full silk skirt looks stunning on her.

A pregnant and Emmy award-winning Claire Danes went for Lanvin, she said “it’s very bump friendly”, which is very true the draping was flattering and the colour really complemented her skin-tone.

But my favourite of the yellow gowns had to be ‘New Girl’ star Hannah Simone in a sunny yellow custom one-shoulder Emilio Pucci gown. I love the shade, I love the sexy thigh-high split, and the Lorraine Schwartz leaf earrings. One thing I can’t cope with though is her visible tan marks!!!

A Sea of Blue:

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The blue tones ranged from aqua to midnight blue and each really stood out on the red carpet. Leading the pack were the darker shades, it is hard to choose my favourite but the two that really stood out were Sarah Paulson in Reem Acra, the embroidery was exquisite, and I adored the Louis Vuitton gown that British actress Michelle Dockery wore, it was simple but elegant.

I also added in Hayden Panettiere into the mix, I have to be honest I kind of like the dress the gold-embroidered Marchesa gown with blue tulle overlay works well, but I worry that it is a little too mature for her.

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The aqua and pale blue hues were a little more playful and sexy. From the neck down I adored Julianne Hough’s Georges Hobeika Couture, I just don’t understand what she did with her hair. Heidi Klum showed off her sexy side in in Alexandre Vauthier - showing Angelina Jolie how to work a thigh-high slit.

But the gown that caught my attention had to be Zooey Deschanel’s princess gown designed by Reem Acra, it was whimsical, quirky and cute and she looked amazing, but why in all the pictures is she not smiling???

Shades Of Grey:

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There is always something nice about grey and silver tones on the red carpet, always makes me think of Old-Hollywood glamour, and there were some elegant gowns last night.

Emily VanCamp from my new favourite show Revenge looked gorgeous in a delicate pleated J. Mendel gown, I adore the dove grey shade and the sheer bodice. But what makes this outfit has to be her bow tie Van Cleef bracelet – the best jewellery of the night!!!

With grey comes shimmery silvers and Lucy Lui in Versace and Kerry Washington in Vivienne Westwood Couture both dazzled at the Emmy’s, Kerry’s gown just looked effortless and sexy. I am going to call it tie between these two.

There were a number of Vivienne Westwood Couture gowns on the red carpet last night, with Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt leading the charge in this incredible corseted gown, which had a belt to nip in her tiny waist, and a split to add a touch of sexy – this dress had it all!

But my favourite shade of grey goes to Homeland’s actress Morena Baccarin who wore a sexy Basil Soda gown with a plunging neckline. I love the daring flash of cleavage, hey if you looked like Morena wouldn’t you flash them, and the David Webb drop earrings – this is a statement gown that totally floored me I love it!!!

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So do you have a favourite from last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards?

[Pics: Zimbio.com/Basil Soda/Vivienne Westwood/Monique Lhuillier/Alexandre Vauthier]
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