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May 27 2013

Cannes Film Festival: Nicole Kidman Is Red Carpet Perfection

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Nicole Kidman in Giorgio Armani for the closing ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival

It was always going to be hard for Cannes Film Festival judge Nicole Kidman to top Diane Kruger’s run at last year’s event, but I have to give it to her she really has worked the red carpet to perfection and worn some unexpected looks that I have loved.

We started off with a gorgeous girlie Dior number, then the unexpected blue leaf-printed L’Wren Scott gown, and the Aussie actress completed her red carpet duties with a breathtaking Valentino, an on-trend monochrome Chanel dress, and finishing up her magnificent run with a white custom-made Giorgio Armani gown. Throughout the festival she really has wowed me.

What I have loved from Nicole’s red carpet looks in Cannes has to be her impeccable styling, sometimes I find I love her dress but not her hair, make-up and accessories, but it seems to have totally come together in France. From her side ponytail wore to the opening ceremony to her braided messy up-do teamed with her black and white Chanel resort gown to her elegant up-do worn with her Valentino Oscar worthy gown – I have loved that she thought about her hair.

Deciding on my best Nicole look has been hard, the floral embroidered Dior was cute, I was blown away by her frothy Valentino spring couture gown, and I loved her bright strapless L’Wren Scott dress, but I think she saved the best till last with this custom-made white silk tapered bustier Giorgio Armani gown featuring a  and v-neckline and a gold Swarovski crystal bow. This dress is simply divine.

I am sad to say bye to Cannes for another year – but excited to see who will be the red carpet star of next year’s festival.

Which of Nicole’s Cannes looks is your favourite?

Nicole Kidman in Giorgio Armani and Harry Winston jewellery

Nicole Kidman in Giorgio Armani and Harry Winston jewellery

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Nicole Kidman at the “Inside Llewyn Davis” premiere with hubbie Keith Urban wearing L’Wren Scott

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Nicole Kidman with Ang Lee at the “Nebraska” premiere in Valentino Couture

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Nicole Kidman in Valentino Couture

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Nicole Kidman at the “Venus In Fur” premiere in Chanel

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Nicole Kidman in Chanel

Cannes-Nicole-kidman-dior-[Pics: courtesy of WireImage for Electrolux, Cannes Sponsor & Armani]

May 20 2013

Cannes Film Festival: Zoe Saldana In Valentino

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Who: Star Trek star Zoe Saldana

Where: At the “Blood Ties” premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere

Wearing: A blue brocade Valentino gown with contrasting white shoulders from the autumn/winter 2013 collection, teamed with David Yurman jewellery including a Pinky Ring with cognac diamonds, baroque pearl drop earrings, and a bracelet and ring with colour change garnets

Verdict: As pretty as this gown is, and don’t get me wrong it is, I love its regal qualities, I was just expecting something more from Zoe after she impressed me on the Star Trek promo tour.

This dress is romantic and looks incredible on her, I just wanted her to have a huge moment at Cannes, and was picturing something similar to when Diane Kruger wore Giambattista Valli last year.

I am being extra picky as Zoe is my latest girl crush, but what I do love is her gorgeous David Yurman jewellery especially those pearl drop earrings, and her bold lippy is the perfect finish to complete this look.

Were you expecting more from Zoe – or am I just being a little too picky?

cannes-zoe-saldana-[Pics: WireImage for Electrolux, Cannes sponsor]

May 07 2013

Met Gala 2013: The Stars Who Embraced ‘Punk – Chaos To Couture’

Safe to say that a lot of celebrities and designers struggled with the punk fashion theme at this year’s Met Gala, some embraced the studs, fishnets, the safety pins, spikes and wrapped tape look, most went with heavier eye make-up than usual, some really took the theme to town, Madonna I am talking about you, while others just ignored it completely, Gwyneth I am pointing this in your direction, and some even made their hair the focus, oh hello Anne Hathaway’s bleached blonde hair-do!!!

Usually I do individual posts for the Met Gala much like my Oscar coverage, but this year I thought I would just do a round-up of my best dressed looks, and focus more on the stars that actually made punk high-fashion.

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As you would expect with it being punk, there was a lot of black, not as much leather as I thought, but lots and lots of black. My favourite black look, and one of my favourites of the night, had to be Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier, a look featuring a leather and lace halter corseted bodice, black lace leggings and a tulle skirt, which was made perfectly punk with her incredible side-swept hair – seriously she so nailed it!!!

Coming in at a close second to Nina in the all-black category had to be Cara Delevingne in Burberry, as well as doing a great trench coat it seems that the British heritage brand also has a naughty side with this gorgeous and sexy spiked, plunging v-neck gown, which worked perfectly with her smokey dark eyes and sleek hair and her strong eye brows.

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There were a lot of other black punk looks that caught my eye – Emma Watson in a revealing wrapped tape Prabal Gurung gown, Jennifer Lawrence in a polished Dior look, and Diane Kruger in Chanel, which was more grunge than punk but I did like the pink dip-dyed touch to her ponytail and spiked clutch. Then there were the blonde crop bombshells – Miley Cyrus and Anne Hathaway – who both looked incredible.

Sporting a slinky black mesh Marc Jacobs gown that Kate Moss has worn, I really liked Miley’s commitment to the theme and I think I am the only one who actually loved her OTT spiked hair. In contrast, Anne’s new blonde hair-do was more sleek and worked perfectly with her very revealing, gorgeously embellished vintage Valentino gown from 1992, which totally makes up for her Oscar look. I love that both totally went for it and I think it paid off.

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But there was one look that completely blew me away and that had to be Sarah Jessica Parker wearing an incredible Philip Treacy mowhawk, a dark and moody paint-splatted printed Giles gown and incredible Christian Louboutin boots – now that is how you do punk fashion!!!

Do you have a best dressed from this year’s Met Gala?

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[Pics: via Monique Lhuillier/Burberry//Valentino/British Fashion Council/Vogue]

Feb 25 2013

Oscars 2013: Jennifer Aniston In Valentino

Oscars-jennifer-anistonWho: Jennifer Aniston

Where: At the 85th Annual Academy awards held in Los Angeles

Wearing: A strapless red Valentino gown with a full skirt, teamed with a Salvatore Ferragamo double facet orange suede and gold metal minaudière and minimal Fred Leighton jewellery

Verdict: When I got the press release saying that Jennifer Aniston a lover of black was wearing red I was surprised and excited to see her gown. I can’t say I was completely blown away by this gown, it did remind me a little of Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior gown from the Golden Globes, but I have to give it to Jennifer for not opting for her go-to body-con dresses as it was nice to see her work a different look.

What I did adore was the minimal styling, her hair was natural, her jewellery was minimal and her make-up was completely flawless – one thing you can always guarantee with Jennifer is that she brings the glamour and beauty to an event.

[Pic: via Valentino]

Dec 04 2012

Exhibition: Valentino – Master Of Couture

Last week I went to a preview of the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition at Somerset House, and if you have already been to see the amazing exhibition I am sorry it took me so long to post. I have been debating whether or not to post as I couldn’t take my own images, and I have to be honest the ones provided are just a little blah and don’t show off this fantastic exhibition as I would have liked.

This is the first time I have been to an exhibition at Somerset House, which is strange really as I spend a lot of time there for fashion week and events throughout the year, but I have been looking forward to this exhibition celebrating Valentino’s 50 year career for a while, and it might not have wowed me like I would have liked but there were elements that really captured my interest.

Split into three sections, the first is a room sharing personal photographs of Valentino, his couture invites, and letters from the likes of Anna Wintour sharing how much they love him, while it was interesting to see I did find it a tad boring – I didn’t take anything away from it about Valentino, just that Anna Wintour like me has huge handwriting!!!

However, the second section ‘The Catwalk’ is incredible, showcasing more than 130 of Valentino’s hand-crafted haute couture designs, I loved the reversal of the visitors to the exhibition taking the place of the model and walking along the 60-metre catwalk to view the designs, which are sat like they are the audience.

It wasn’t just the layout that impressed me, it was nice wandering down the catwalk, but what I loved was that Somerset House resisted the urge to place these delicate couture gowns behind glass, instead you can get up close with the pieces, see the hand-beaded embroidery and really get a feel for the hours of work that went into each piece.

It was also nice to see the designs colour-coded by decade, ‘Mint’ for the 1950s, ‘mustard’ for the 1960s, all the way up to Ice for the 2010s, I did think they might have organised it in theme of clothing for instance an area for red carpet, day wear and bespoke, but the way the designs were curated together was refreshing.

However, the grouping and the numbered circles of the mannequins wrists did mean that I relied a little too much on the free brochure, which with its red-print I could barely read under the dimmed lighting, instead I made a note of the number and went back to the book over a cuppa.

There are a number of highlights from the exhibition, top of my list had to be seeing Julia Roberts Oscar gown from 2001, the classic black number has been turned away in the exhibition so you can see all the white ribbon detailing to the back. Another must see look is Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown, which has its own section it is so grand, seriously gorgeous. Also keep an eye out for designs worn by Anne Hathaway, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy.

Overall, if you love couture, love Valentino, and generally love getting up close with red carpet worthy looks then you will really enjoy this exhibition, if like me you also wanted to take a sense of who Valentino is then you might be a little disappointed, but I would say just for the catwalk section this exhibition is worth a trip.

Valentino: Master of Couture runs at Somerset House until March 3, 2013.

[Pics: courtesy of Somerset House/Peter Macdiarmid]

Sep 21 2012

New York City Ballet: Anne Hathaway In Valentino

Who: Anne Hathaway

Where: At the opening of the New York City Ballet Fall Gala held at the Lincoln Center

Wearing: A green floral print Valentino gown with long sleeves from the autumn/winter 2012 couture collection, made from chiffon and silk and took more than 900 hours to make. Anne teamed her gown with a Roger Vivier clutch and her cute pixie crop.

Verdict: The more I see Anne with her pixie crop, the more I like it, and her hair and make-up look flawless with this exquisite Valentino gown. Everything from the colour, to the embroidery and sheer detailing, this is a divine dress that looks incredible on Anne.

I really don't think I have seen Anne look this good in ages, there is an effortlessness about her in this gown that is just pure perfection.

Do you rate Anne's romantic Valentino gown?

[Pic: Facebook.com/Valentino]

 

Sep 13 2012

Toronto Film Festival: Diane Kruger In Valentino

Who: Diane Kruger

Where: At the ‘Inescapable’ premiere at the Roy Thomson Hall held during the Toronto Film Festival 

Wearing: A gold and jet black embroidered Valentino dress from the autumn/winter 2012 couture collection, teamed with a black clutch, and black pointy heels

Verdict: I don’t think my love affair with Diane Kruger is going away any time soon, every time I see her hit the red carpet I absolutely love her look. For me she makes looking stylish effortless and I love how she always brings out her own personality in her looks, of course her beauty helps, but I can’t help own up to the fact that I totally have a style crush on her.

This Valentino look is as stunning – she looks incredible in it and the black and gold embroidery is exquisite. I am not keen on the fur-lined bodice, I not sure the dress really needed it, but the silhouette of the dress with the high waist and gathered split to the side does make this dress glamorous.

What does stand out for me the most with this look is her flawless make-up and gorgeous hair – I love the top knot it is works perfectly with this dress.

What do you think of Diane’s look?

[Pic: Facebook.com/Valentino]
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