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May 07 2014

Met Gala 2014: My Best Dressed List

So I have already shared with you the battle of the pink, well it seemed wrong being a Barbie girl not to dedicate a whole post to my favourite shade, well here is my best dressed list, which was actually hard to narrow down as I thought this year’s Met Gala honouring Charles James was exquisite.

Best Dressed #1 – Blake Lively

Has to be Blake Lively for me, as the face of Gucci Première it wasn’t a surprised that she turned to the Italian fashion house for the Met Gala, and I am thrilled that it was so old Hollywood as this is when she really is at her best. Adorned with more than one million paillettes, this custom silk chiffon blush Gucci Première gown was hands down one of my favourite of the night.

I loved how it was dramatic with the cape-like train, sexy with the plunging neckline and nipped in waist, as well as being delicate in the colour and the embellishments. Add to that her gorgeous choice of statement Lorraine Schwartz jewels, her signature side-swept waves and her arm candy for the night hubbie Ryan Reynolds, who looked pretty dapper in a Gucci Made to Order midnight blue velvet Signoria tuxedo, and it makes for a stunning look. 


#2 – Karolina Kurkova

I love that the Met Gala always brings out the models onto the red carpet, each year they always wearing the most daring and striking looks, and this year was no different with Karolina Kurkova in this dramatic custom Marchesa ballgown – the structure of the dress and the floral print makes this a work of art and so very Charles James and I adore it. Add the $1 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds that she is wearing and this became a look to beat.


#3 – Amy Adams

Amy Adams really has been on a roll this year with her red carpet looks, her award season was near flawless and this metallic Oscar de la Renta is another incredible look. From the autumn/winter 2014 collection this gown wasn’t custom like most of the other looks but it sure as hell looked like it was made specifically for her. The fit of this strapless gown is impeccable – I love the heart-shaped neckline, the ruched waistline and the dramatic train – and those David Webb earrings really do finish off the look.


#4 – Dita Von Teese

Wow, wow, wow. If ever there was a time for Zac Posen to shine it was at a Charles James themed red carpet, his use of drama and structure was made for this year’s Met Gala and my favourite of his looks was this fun and exquisitely crafted pale pink mermaid gown worn by Dita Von Teese. OK, so I am a little obsessed with the burlesque star but come on doesn’t she look incredible. I love how her use of red in her lippy and clutch really plays up the red hem detailing of the gown. I love this look. 

#5 – Charlize Theron

It was hard to select this final spot, thank god I had already done the pink beauties, but I think Charlize Theron in her monochrome Dior Couture gown paired with a tuxedo jacket thrown over her shoulders was just a divine way to honour the White Tie & Diamonds dress code. I’ve made no secret that I love women in tuxedos, I just love it when women rock menswear looks while still being feminine and for me Charlize strikes the right balance here by pairing the tux jacket with a gorgeous flowing dress and those statement Fred Leighton earrings. Gorgeous from head-to-toe, but then again isn’t she always!!!


Honorary Mention – Diane Kruger

I couldn’t miss out my girl crush – Diane Kruger. So her look might not have been one of my favourites, I just felt her embellished ice-white Hugo Boss beauty didn’t stand out as much as some of the other gowns. It was gorgeous though, I especially loved the pleated overlay, the styling of her complementary pearl-white clutch and her forties-style chignon was one of the best hairstyles of the night. Oh and she did have the best arm candy in Joshua Jackson who looked great in a Hugo Boss suit.

Who was your best dressed at the 2014 Met Gala?

Apr 22 2014

Tribeca Film Festival: Katie Holmes In Zac Posen

Who: Actress Katie Holmes

Where: At the screening of ‘Miss Meadows’ during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City

Wearing: A dark red duchess satin off-the-shoulder Zac Posen dress featuring a bustier-style bodice, structural detailing at the hips with an over-the-knee skirt from the autumn/winter 2014 collection, teamed with matching coloured pointy heels

Verdict: As soon as I saw this look I did a double take – I couldn’t believe my eyes that Katie Holmes was wearing such a sexy frock and I have to be honest I am not quite sure the actress pulled it off.

If this dress was on anyone else like Cameron Diaz, Diane Kruger or Dita von Teese I think I would have been floored, but with Katie it just feels forced and little uncomfortable to see.

I am not saying she doesn’t look good in it, she does, but the sexy shimmer pose isn’t really her is it, and what is going on with her hair and make-up. I get that she wanted to vamp up this structured dress but her tousled bedhead hair just doesn’t quite work for me, but it is her purple eye-liner that upsets me more – what was she thinking.

What do you think – does Katie pull off this sexy frock?

Feb 04 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Zac Posen’s Debut Bridal Collection


Tulle Ball gown with veiled corset bodice of Chantilly lace and draped tulle, featuring an embroidered Chantilly illusion neckline and Mikado bow belt – £1,295

One of the most important things about any bride’s wedding has to be the dress, and I am finding that it is already the most stressful part. I haven’t tried on any styles yet, I am still at the magazine and Pinterest collecting stage, but as soon as I knew I was getting married this year I have been excited to see Zac Posen’s debut bridal collection for US store David’s Bridal, Truly by Zac Posen, and it is divine.

As well as being gorgeous, just check out the tulle ball gown above with Chantilly lace and an illusion neckline, seriously dreamy, it is also super affordable at £1,195 – lower than the average price brides pay for their dress of £1,500 and it really does have that wow factor.

The collection features 7 bridal gowns to choose from, showcasing  bold silhouettes and whimsical colours – from a satin fit-and-flare gown with corset detailing and embellishments to a champagne-coloured tulle dress with a featherweight lace overlay. Then there are 10 occasion dresses that would make any bridesmaids day from classic floor-sweeping styles to elegant strapless cocktail dresses in black and midnight blue.


Satin fit and flare gown with corset seaming, touches of rich crystals on bodice and straps, featuring a dramatic pleated tulle skirt – £1,195


Crinkle Chiffon deep V-neck gown with satin covered buttons and sheer lace back – £195

There are so many gorgeous options and with prices starting at just £125 I think David’s Bridal in Westfield Stratford is going to be inundated with requests to try on these beauties, especially as most are available in sizes 0 to 26 – this collection really is for every woman!!!

We’ve been missing somewhere like David’s Bridal in the UK, I have already fallen in love with one of their dresses designed by Vera Wang, and now I have added at least four of these beauties to my very long list of dresses I need to try on. I just love that they are fashionable, affordable, and not just in traditional white – the portobello grey is a beautiful colour. But most  importantly they have the wow factor that every bride is looking for.

The collection will be available at David’s Bridal from February 6, with prices ranging from £125 to £1,295. I can’t wait to try on dresses from this collection.

Which dresses are your favourites?

Strapless Duchess Satin fit & flare gown with veiled tulle bodice, geometric seaming, lace appliques, and back Duchess Satin cascade with dramatic tulle train - £1,095

Strapless Duchess Satin fit & flare gown with veiled tulle bodice, geometric seaming, lace appliques, and back Duchess Satin cascade with dramatic tulle train – £1,095

Veiled corded lace fit and flare gown with corseted bodice detailing and Chantilly lace flutter sleeves - £1,195

Veiled corded lace fit and flare gown with corseted bodice detailing and Chantilly lace flutter sleeves – £1,195

Strapless Satin Fit and Flare Gown with corset seam detailing and body contouring pleats - £195

Strapless Satin Fit and Flare Gown with corset seam detailing and body contouring pleats – £195

Taffeta fit and flare gown with corset seaming, touches of rich crystals on bodice and straps, featuring a dramatic pleated tulle skirt - £1,195

Taffeta fit and flare gown with corset seaming, touches of rich crystals on bodice and straps, featuring a dramatic pleated tulle skirt – £1,195

Satin fit and flare gown of Duchess Satin with corseted back, geometric seaming with topstitch detailing, and rich pearl embellishment at neckline - £795

Satin fit and flare gown of Duchess Satin with corseted back, geometric seaming with topstitch detailing, and rich pearl embellishment at neckline – £795

ace short slim sheath with back double spaghetti detail and leaf motif beading - £175

ace short slim sheath with back double spaghetti detail and leaf motif beading – £175

Corset Inspired Satin Bodice over a skirt of layered, pleated net - £175

Corset Inspired Satin Bodice over a skirt of layered, pleated net – £175

[Pics: Truly by Zac Posen exclusively at David’s Bridal]

Jan 28 2013

SAG Awards: Amanda Seyfried In Zac Posen


Who: Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried

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

Wearing: A form-fitting strapless midnight blue Zac Posen gown with a sweetheart neckline and cascading tiered layers to the skirt from the pre-fall 2013 collection, teamed with a vintage-inspired Lorraine Schwartz pendant

Verdict: I do love a mermaid silhouette, and for once it seems that hardly anyone went for this shape even Sofia Vergara opting for something different, so it was nice to see Amanda Seyfried’s gown getting all the attention.

Like with Jennifer Lawrence and Nicole Kidman midnight blue was the colour of the night, along with black, and I think a lot of people will be comparing this to Jennifer’s Dior Couture gown, and I think I have to give this fashion round to Amanda this dress just looked incredible on her.

Not only does this dress fit her perfectly, I love the drama of the sculptural tiers on the skirt, the colour against her skin, and the quirky pendant – this is one great look without looking too forced.

Do you rate Amanda’s red carpet look?

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

Jan 22 2013

Award Season: Buy Golden Globe Gowns From Moda Operandi


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!!!


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?

lucy-and-allison[Pics: Moda Operandi/Golden Globes]

Sep 24 2012

Primetime Emmy Awards: January Jones Makes A Statement In Zac Posen

Who: January Jones

Where: At the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Wearing: A black structured Zac Posen gown from the Resort 2013 collection, teamed with black peep-toe platforms, a black clutch and finishing off her edgy look is slicked back hair and smoky eyes

Verdict: I always look forward to seeing January Jones hit the red carpet, she never seems to disappoint me and always goes for dramatic showstopping looks and this is another gorgeous red carpet outfit from her.

While I love the gown with all of its architectural bold lines I can’t help think that this gown looks a little familiar, is it just me that thinks that January’s gown looks a little like the gorgeous Donna Karan dress that Kerry Washington wore last year? Come on the similarities are certainly there aren’t they.

Even with the design déjà vu it doesn’t distract from a gorgeous look, everything from the edgy platforms to the bold hair and make-up – this is another best dressed look from January Jones.

Would January Jones be in your best dressed list?

[Pics: Zimbio.com/Donna Karan]

Aug 19 2012

Total Recall: A Week Of Glamour – Kate Beckinsale vs Jessica Biel

The Total Recall promo tour really has stepped up a gear since it hit Europe and both Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel have been using their star power to snag some of the most beautiful red carpet designed dresses I have seen in a long while. This week the stars of the Total Recall hit Berlin, Dublin and London and they really didn’t disappoint – two gorgeous Donna Karan gowns, an exquisite Elie Saab sparkler, a couple of Zac Posen dresses, and a standout feathered Giambattista Valli Couture look.

This has been one serious face-off this week between Kate and Jessica – see my favourite looks below and let me know who you think came out on top!!!

Kate Beckinsale:

For the LA premiere I hinted that I thought Kate had a new stylist due to her dramatic, high couture looks that she has been working, well it turns out that I am right and you will never guess who it is – only Taylor Jacobson, you know Rachel Zoe’s ex-assistant, I have to be honest I am seriously impressed with how she has styled Kate for this Total Recall promotional tour.

A week in which two amazing Donna Karan gowns grace the red carpet is always perfect, but wow to both, first up was a Barbie-pink dress from the Resort 2013 collection, it just oozes glamour with the architectural details to the bust and hips – similar to the dramatic Armani worn in LA but much more girlie and I love this hot-pink shade on her.

But it has to be the divine styling of her London premiere look that got me most excited this week. On its own this gorgeous black strapless gown with glitter sequinned details and a thigh-high split from the autumn/winter 2012 collection is incredible, style it with the bow belt from the pre-fall 2012 collection and it is simply breathtaking. I am seriously in love with this look!!!

I was also floored by her looks in Germany, first up was the demure purple Zac Posen dress for the photocall, and then she completely smashed it at the Berlin premiere in her ivory rose-swirl embellished Naeem Khan gown from the autumn/winter 2012 collection.

I can’t believe that these four looks all happened in one week, there were more a lot more, I had to narrow it down – as Kate also turned to designers Andrew GN, Preen, Paule Ka, and DVF for her after party and day-time looks.

Jessica Biel:

Jessica Biel has also been surprising me on this promo tour, maybe there is some rivalry over being the best dressed, as she really has stepped up her game.

The Couture looks from America continued to Europe and she went for one of my favourite looks from the Giambattista Valli spring 2012 couture collection for the London premiere. Everything about this look is completely flawless – I love the masculine vs feminine vibe of the look with the tuxedo-style shirt teamed with lace sleeves and a feather peplum. But seriously what makes this a standout look has to be the styling of the neon-pink Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Jessica has liked to go short on this promo tour, she wore Dior Couture in LA which fell just above her ankles, then there was Elie Saab Couture in New York, and it seems Europe is also seeing her legs as for the Dublin premiere she wore a strapless cream and gold Jacquard Zac Posen gown with a divine origami-style bodice from the autumn/winter 2012. Granted this isn’t my favourite of her looks but I included as I love that she has changed up her hair with a messy faux-bob.

I haven’t been as wowed by Jessica as I have been with Kate, but what I have loved is her more directional style, OK some of it she hasn’t quite pulled off but at least she has committed to it. For the Berlin photocall it was great to see her wearing another one of my favourite emerging designers Christian Cota, normally for a photocall stars go for Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, or DVF for there smart tailored dresses, I love that Jessica went for a fun summery look in this watercolour printed crop top and tiered skirt from the spring/summer 2011 collection.

My favourite of Jessica’s looks has to be the divine Elie Saab autumn/winter 2012 gown that she shimmered in for the Berlin premiere. This is high-glamour at its very best, I love the sparkles, I adore the open back, and I want her hair!!! Hot, hot, hot!!!

My Best Dressed:

It was hard to pick just one look each but I have decided to go for the two black sparklers, I am in love with the styling and glamour of both looks from Donna Karan and Elie Saab and both Kate and Jessica look incredible.

Which looks get your vote?

[Pics: Donna Karan New York/Elie Saab/Starworks Artists]
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