Tag Archive: Marchesa

Feb 22 2014

Wedding Inspiration: How About Rita Ora’s Marchesa Gown

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I am on the hunt at the moment for my wedding gown - I have been scouring wedding magazines, Brides.com’s extensive bridal galleries, and ever real wedding blog I can find to get inspiration on what would work on my big day. It was only earlier this week after seeing Rita Ora hit the red carpet at the ELLE Style Awards that I realised that you can take a lot from the red carpet gowns that your favourite celebrities wear.

This show-stopping white floor-length gown from Marchesa’s autumn/winter 2014 collection is gorgeous with its intricate embroidered body and its layered tulle skirt that it feels like it would be better suited to walking down the aisle than a red carpet.

As always Rita looks gorgeous and wears it well but I think this gown is more bridal than award ceremony that I thought it might inspire other future brides-to-be out there that you don’t have to look in the traditional places to find wedding dress inspiration.

Think about your shape, the silhouette you are after, and then find your favourite celebrities working the same looks – this could be great inspiration to share with your local wedding boutique when you are trying on gowns.

What do you think – would you wear a gown like this Marchesa to your wedding?

[Pic: courtesy of ELLE Style Awards]

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]

Jan 28 2013

SAG Awards: Naomi Watts In Marchesa

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Where: At the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California

Wearing: A strapless silver-embroidered lace column Marchesa gown, teamed with Fabergé jewels, and a silver box clutch

Verdict: Best Old Hollywood glamour award most certainly goes to Naomi Watts she looks lovely in this Marchesa gown.

The intricate detailing in this gown is incredible and it really shimmered beautifully on camera and it works perfectly with her sideswept wavy locks.

This is just one beautiful look.

[Pic: SAG Awards - by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage]

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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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]

Sep 01 2012

Venice Film Festival: Maika Monroe Wows In Marchesa

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Who: Professional kite boarder-turned-actress Maika Monroe

Where: At the Lancia Cafe ‘At Any Price’ Cocktail Party during the 69th Venice International Film Festival

Wearing: A white short sleeve, sequinned and feathered embroidered Marchesa gown featuring a chiffon trumpet skirt, a plunging neckline and an open back from the autumn/winter 2012 collection, teamed with diamond drop earrings

Verdict: Wow, what a way to make an entrance onto the red carpet circuit by wearing a show-stopping Marchesa gown. I have to admit I had to google Maika as I hadn’t heard of her before, but with her starring opposite Zac Efron in her first feature film, I think we will be seeing a lot more of her.

This gown instantly hit me as it kind of reminded me of the short red Marchesa that Jennifer Lawrence wore for her Hunger Games promo as well as the Marchesa gown Fergie wore to the Met Gala last year, but I have to give it to Maika as she really pulled off this eye-catching frothy gown.

Everything about this look shouts star in the making and I love that she makes this dress youthful. Sometimes feathered embroidery and frothy chiffon can age the wearer, but not for Maika. I think the clever styling keeps her looking fresh – I love the messy side gathered plait, her barley-there make-up, and the dark nail varnish adds personality. I really do love this look from head-to-toe!!!

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Maika Monroe on the red carpet in the future – this debut appearance has really impressed me, I think it is because she has a Kate Hudson/Blake Lively quality about her – strikingly gorgeous.

What do you think of this Marchesa gown on Maika?

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[Pics: courtesy of Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Lancia]

Jul 12 2012

Jacob & Co Charity Gala: Diane Kruger In Marchesa

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Who: Diane Kruger

Where: At Jacob & Co’s charity gala held at the Salle Empire, Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Wearing: A white column Marchesa gown featuring feathers on the sleeves and waist and gold embroidery embellishments to the bust from the Resort 2013 collection, teamed with Jacob & Co. diamond drop earrings, a cushion cut diamond ring and diamond cuff bracelet

Verdict: Wow, what a beauty Diane Kruger is, my crush is going into serious overdrive after seeing this look. I think if you saw this dress on anyone else with all those feathers it might have been a touch OTT, but on Diane this show-stopping gorgeous gown just looks perfection.

I love that the fact that she wore her hair pulled tightly up, it allowed the dress to shine as well as those incredible drop earrings.

I am in love with this look – what do you think does Diane pull off this gorgeous Marchesa gown?

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