Monday, February 25, 2008

Lady in Red

They came, they were seen, they conquered (the red carpet).
Hollywood's Hottest - Heidi, Hathaway, Helen and Heigl - painted the town ravishing red in the Oscar's most colourful gowns of the evening. In a sea of boring black Heidi Klum killed in a gorgeously sculpted Galliano gown, while Katherine Heigl brought some much needed old school Hollywood glamour to the ceremony in Escada.
KATHERINE HEIGL photo  Katherine HeiglHEIDI KLUM photo  Heidi Klum
KH and HK: Red hot.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New York, London, Milan...Hollywood: Oscars fashion fever

New York, London, Milan...Hollywood? Forget Marc Jacobs, Gareth Pugh and Giorgio Armani and make way for fashion's one and only golden boy: Oscar! The best fashion show of all the year takes place in a day and requires only one catwalk, the red carpet. Hollywood's finest gather for a glimpse of the most fetching fashion accessory there is, the golden god Oscar.
Looking to the slew of recent fashion weeks, here are my haute-couture hopes for my favourite 3 of the Academy's style students...

Hoping to be showered with gold this year are, among others, the effortlessly cool Cate Blanchett. An Oscars regular, Cate donned a sparkling silver sheath last year which proved less than popular with the press and public alike. Personally, I thought she looked ice-maiden cool and not at all like she was trying too hard to copy the big man himself, as she was accused. Open your heavily mascara'd eyes fashion folk, Cate was in silver not gold!

This year I'm hoping she'll continue her gold streak with a nod towards one of this season's most dazzling trends - embellishment. Floral embroidery, every-colour-under-the sun-sequins, and giant shiny discs are bound to attract magpie Cate and rightly so. Le Blanchett knows what looks good on her and light-reflecting sequins, shimmering discs and vibrant florals feature regularly in her wardrobe.

Giorgio Armani's deliciously embroidered florals which premiered at Milan Fashion Week top my favourite embellished pieces seen on the catwalk so far and would look luscious with CB's white-blonde hair.

Armani at Milan fashion week
Giorgio Armani, Milan Fashion Week 2008

Equally flattering would be anything in shiny gold. Yes, gold. I'm sure Oscar would be flattered. This gorgeously embellished number from Julien Macdonald should do the trick. Macdonald's floor length show-stopper is delish.
02/15/2008 - Model - London Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2008-09 - Julien MacDonald Show - Runway - London Hilton - London, England  © Solarpix / PR Photos
Julien Macdonald, London Fashion Week 2008

Marion Cotillard has been working it around the awards circuit in a feminine and sexy mixture of 50s strapless gowns, loose draped mini-dresses and touch-me textures of velvet, silk, sequins and chiffon. My fourth-fashion-sense tells me MC will choose to go all-out with her Oscars debut in an extravagant floor sweeping number. I hope she will choose to amp up the classic ball gown and embrace the trend for ruffles, frills and folds which has graced many a designer's collection in recent weeks.
Marion's shiny dark locks would look dramatic paired with red-carpet-red. Even more daring would be to complete the ensemble with a giant Minnie Mouse bow. Ain't nothing mousy about that look!

Jenny Packham sent a number of beautiful gowns down the runway. None were more awe-inspiring than this though. Gorgeous. Make me jealous MC!
Marie Claire Fashion: Jenny Packham A/W 2008, London Fashion Week

Jenny Packham, London Fashion Week 2008

I'm not outrageously keen on the graphic black beading across the bodice but I have fallen hook, line and sinker for the cheeky inverted fishtail on this dress. Privé-perfect.

Armani Privé, Paris Fashion Week 2008

I'd bet my right arm (and my left) that Marchesa's gorgeously frothy gowns will make at the very least one appearance at this year's Oscars. It's hard to choose a favourite but this cascading red creation comes pretty close...

Marchesa, New York Fashion Week 2008

I'm putting my money on Tilton for this year's fashion wild card. And I sincerely hope she comes up trumps for me! It wouldn't be the Oscars we know and love without a fashion faux-pas. It's often these so-called mistakes that delight me most. Bjork, Cher, Lara Flynn Boyle all made me smile with their theatrical and grabbing garb. Thespian Tilda favours futuristic frosted creations and looks far-out fabulous in them. With her etheral beauty and fashion-hanger figure she would look amazing in any of the volume pieces dominating fashion weeks.
Her pale and interesting looks lend themself well to shimmering greys, whites and silver.

Chanel sent some of the more wearable volume pieces down their catwalk and I think Tilda would KILL in them.

Chanel, Paris Fashion Week 2008

May the best dressed win.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ebay your heart out: Nastygalvintage

Nastygalvintage is nasty in the BEST possible way. It does the hard work for you, showcasing this season's trends with their delicious vintage pieces in pristine condition.

Gold metal fringe cocktail dress? Check. Neon jumpsuit? You betcha. Tuxedo inspired dress? Of course! Charlie's Angels flares? Why not? They're all here in fine vintage glory, one of a kind items you can wear with pride.

It's hard to pick one item to flag up but this adorable bubble gum pink coat complete with oversized black taffeta bow pulls at my purse strings every time I look at it! CUTE.


Own it

It reminds me of the Bilsonator's gorgeous Chanel number:

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Blazin Squad

Amen for men!

There's nothing more satisfying than a man in a suit.
Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Daniel Craig...need I continue?
Suits - they're not just for the gents.

Diane Keaton, Bianca Jagger, and now Kirsten Dunst prove sexy doesn't have to be sissy. That's why I'm delighted to see so many tuxedo jackets and three piece suits littering high street stores and the catwalks alike (my favourites are from GAP, H&M, Dior Homme and Burberry).

Tailored blazers and loose, mannish trousers look great at work and even better on the red carpet. Kiki, Kate and Kate have been rocking sassy suits for a while now, following in the footsteps of 70s stylistas Keaton and Jagger, the double zeroes ladies stick to black and white and dress up their duds with high heels and minimal accessories.

Kiki shows us how its done in a 3 piece tux and bed-head hair. Suits you.
KIRSTEN DUNST photo  Kirsten Dunst

If a three piece is a bit too much for you make like Bossy and pair a crisp white tux with jeans.
Kate Bosworth, Fall Fashion

Or, take a leaf out of Annie Hall's style book and man-up with a waist coat and wide leg trews.
If Keaton can...
Movie still from Annie Hall with Diane Keaton dressed in men's clothing.
Still need convincing? Look no further than this sickly stylish duo.
Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp are such big fans of the look they
rocked it on the red carpet together.