Baftas 2014 Red Carpet Fashion – hits and misses

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Awards season is now in full swing.

Just ahead of the Academy awards next month were the BAFTAs, which took place last night.  It was a glittering night where Hollywood and UK film royalty (and also actual royalty) stepped out onto the (rainy) red carpet.

Who nailed the red carpet look? And who failed? Here are our hits and misses.

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Break out star Lupita Nyong’o (12 years a slave) looked absolutely stunning in this green satin Dior number.  The colour is fresh, the cut is elegant and feminine and the gold band at the waist is echoed simply but effectively in the arm jewellery. Everything about this outfit is spot on.

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Michelle Rodriguez….I honestly don’t know where to start, so I’ll start at the top. First off, her hair is a complete mess. Fine if you want to go for the carefree beach hair look on the beach, but at a red carpet event you should be polished and neat. Next, again – we’re not at the beach love. The surfer beaded jewellery (and that’s what it is, trust me), is great for the surfer bad ass chick beach look, but again – you’re at a movie award event at a prestigious location! Sparkly jewels and pretty accessories work.  Wooden surfer dude looking beads don’t. The dress.  THE DRESS.  Could have been cool if it wasn’t a) creased b) utterly ugly.  She could have got around the dress with the right hair, make up and jewellery but she failed on everything.  Ugh.

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Maybe a controversial choice but I love Gillian Anderson in the striped blue satin gown with the flowing detail at the back.  She looks a little unsure (as though she forgot something….like maybe finishing her hair off?), but she gets away with it.  The earrings work too. Pretty.

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Pink & Orange together often work, when done correctly. But the cut and shape of this gown is utterly naff and so are Lily’s hair accessories. From top to toe I think she looks like a complete joke, but since my favourite red carpet failure Helen Bonham Carter wasn’t there someone else had to provide the laughs.  Thanks, Lily Allen.

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Cate Blanchett just looks so elegant. The dress is gorgeous and the necklace is very ‘Lord of the Rings’ and is a fab, pretty statement piece that works well with the gown. The gentle coiffed hairdo is feminine and well groomed but still loose enough to look soft on her face. The whole look is spot on.

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Joely Richardson…..hair, good.  Barely there make up, bad.  Chicken neck with no jewellery to hide said chicken neck, very very bad. Shapeless, loud, garish dress from Eastenders market – unforgivable. Weird middle toe being bigger than big toe and poking out of peep toes – horrific. Truly dreadful ensemble. Someone get the woman a stylist.

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Playing it safe in black but totally rocking it with perfect hair, gorgeous red statement lips, sheer chiffon overlay, on trend nails and jewellery is Superman’s Supergirl, Amy Adams. She looks elegant, poised and gorgeous.

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Pearly Queen Maggie Gyllenhal has managed to make herself 50 years old.  The hair would work with the right clothing but the high collar on the madly embellished jacket just does not work. Pity, as the skirt is actually really pretty and so are the sleeves. Picture this gown with a plain black satin bodice…..yeah.  That.

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Chat show Queen Oprah Winfrey is rocking this Stella McCartney number. The georgette skirt is beautifully flattering, whilst the fitted lace bodice contains Oprah’s ample assets well. The satin bow completes this gown, in a colour that suits Oprah down to the ground. The jewellery and clutch are gorgeous. I would have preferred if she had done something decent with her hair, but she still outshone many women half her age and half her size.

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First of all, it’s not that cold, Cruella. Second, if the dress had been in red satin, it would have worked. But it isn’t so it looks like a sack of wrinkled crap. A shame as I love the hair.

So that’s the top 5 hits and misses.  And now, onto the special awards.  Emphasis on special for some of these.

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Great shoes, Ange.  Might have looked better with a DRESS.  Making a statement is Hollywood’s (once) prettiest couple in his n’ hers suits. It works, I’m just not a fan….and here’s how you do it properly…

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A good suit, a nice dress, happy arm in arm picture.  See, that wasn’t too hard was it?

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Emma Thompson articulately sums up my entire thoughts about Stephen Fry and his very poor, unfunny, mumbly, stuttering turn as presenter.

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Tinie Tempah high 5’s the future King of England.  Risssspeck!

So, what are your thoughts? Agree, disagree? Did we miss someone who looked amazing or someone who made Lily Allen look well dressed?

We’ll be back early in March for the Oscars 🙂

 

 

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Fashion

So. It has begun. Awards season is here and very soon we’ll be captivated by BAFTAS and Academy Awards fashion, but before that, there’s this little ceremony called the Golden Globes which took place at the Beverley Hilton hotel in LA last Sunday. For the main part, the stars shone, some shimmered and some skidded onto the red carpet and landed flat on their face.  Seriously, as if these people don’t have make-up artists, hairdressers and personal stylists!! I’m going to start with the misses, just because it makes me happy to laugh at people with so many resources as their disposal looking ridiculous.

Worst Dressed

#1 – Paula Patton

This dress is HIDEOUS. The unforgiving fabric that proudly shows of her rib bones is bad enough but that thing! That ’embellishment’ ?  What is that?! A towel slung over her shoulder?! A spare bit of net curtain? I’m all for big flowers and bold statements ala Carrie Bradshaw (SAtC), but nothing about this is nice.  Nothing.

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#2 – Zoe Saldana

What is this dress supposed to be? I hate the arm straps/neckline, which quite frankly just looks naff. I hate the crystal embellished sheer floral panel at the front which makes the dress seem so busy and fussy and I really hate the too big shoes on her and the stupid way she’s standing in them. The bag doesn’t even match the shoes ffs! Dreadful.

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#3 – Emma Thompson

Hilary Clinton called.  She wants her hair back.  The hair can only distract me for so long though.  The bacofoil dress chops Emma in half, makes her look too short, has an awful neckline, flattens her boobs and her shoes make her look like she’s standing on tip toe.  She looks uncomfortable, and looking at this get up makes me uncomfortable!

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#4 – Hayden (Pantyliner) Panettiere

I hate the hair.  Jennifer Lawrence did is earlier, and better. I detest the paneling on the dress which looks a little cheaply made or is ill fitting. I don’t like the split – it either needs to be full thigh at her age or not at all.  She looks like she’s trying too hard to be a grown up sexy woman, when really she needed younger couture to achieve that, not Sharon Stone styling. Massive miss.

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#5 – Julia Roberts

Is it a shirt? Is it a dress? Who knows…or cares? Lose the shirt thing and you’ve got yourself a perfectly acceptable gorgeous bandeau black dress, complete with gorgeous sparkly belt.  Keep the shirt thing and you look rubbish.  At her age and with the amount of events she’s attended, she really shouldn’t be getting it wrong, still. Oh dear.

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Now for the lovely ladies who seem to own mirrors and a sense of style.

Best Dressed

#1 – Reece Witherspoon

Injecting some much needed colour (look above – black…white…black and white, yawn!), Reece looks stunning in this form fitting dress which hugs in all the right places. This colour and style look amazing on her and the gorgeous swept aside hair, natural makeup and silver accessories all look gorgeous. The dress doesn’t need embellishment; the excellent cut and fabric speak for themselves and the feature point comes in at the back – stylish, elegant and a huge hit.

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#2 – Emma Watson

More colour now, and our very own Emma Watson looking lovely in red (orange??). She arrived on the red carpet wearing what seemed like a safe fashion choice; a demurely cut Dior Couture dress.  Then she turned around to reveal it was a dress and pants combo.  Very daring, but the gamble pays off and she looks amazing. Also, love the shoes!

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#3 – Michelle Dockery

Another Brit, another hit. I simply adore this gown. I love the shoes, her hair and make-up, the lack of accessories (this dress speaks for itself, no need for added bling). Simply stunning.

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#4 – Amy Adams

She looks oh so gorgeous in this red hot Valentino gown. Once again, colour all the way for me this season! This dress oozes elegance and glamour in an understated way. The updo, subtle jewellery and make-up give Amy a timeless beauty that compliments the gown.  Considering she’s a natural red-head, this colour works surprisingly well on her.

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#5 – Sarah Paulson

I love this fairytale like gown. It’s refreshing to see someone go all out for the ‘pretty’ look, rather than A list glamour. This sweet dress makes me feel like I’m looking at an ethereal, mystical creature from Lord of the Rings rather than the red carpet! Sarah looks lovely; Lana Banana done good!

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Special Mentions

Cutest Couple – Chris Hemsworth and his pregnant wife. Looking gorgeous, happy and in love.  Also, they seem quite chuffed about baby #2.

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Kooky Beauty – Shouldn’t work, does.  Pretty little Pixie Zooey Deschanel – I am in love with her, still.

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Best dressed Mama-to-be – Olivia Wilde, showing the others how it’s done!

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Best dressed male – Leonardo DiCaprio; like a fine wine gets better with age….

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Orlando Bloom – love the threads, hate the weave.  Get a haircut.

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Worst dressed couple. Matthew….green velour?  Really?! I kinda like the dress though…in a TOWIE way.

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Well, that’s my round up of hits and misses. Black and white is bad, colour is good and less is more. Bring on the rest of the season!

Icons & Idols, part 3

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, this pretty brunette dyed her hair blonde, slicked on some red lipstick and a screen legend and icon was born.

Marilyn Monroe

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Her story is one of the most well known in the world.  Her fame, the stuff of legend.  Her dresses, letters, autographs and other personal effects still sell for millions. The world is still obsessed with Marilyn. She is the epitome of the perfect woman, the poster girl for anti size zero, the ultimate sex symbol.  And yet…..there were times when she wasn’t a very nice person.  Times when she was unhappy, lonely, and ill.  The worst of times was when she was described as being unprofessional and difficult to work with.

What is it about Marilyn that endures year after year? Her connection with the Kennedy’s? Her trademark blonde bombshell look? The mysterious circumstances that surround her death? We’ll never really know, or have all the answers about Marilyn and how she died….and lived.  But one thing is certain; no Hollywood actress has ever come close to rivaling her star status and I don’t think anyone ever will.

You can read in depth about Marilyn and her life, love and works ► here. But, here are some quotes I love, and these are a large part of the reason why I consider her one of my idols.

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Elton John was bang on the money with his Candle in the wind song.  Here are the lyrics and below that, my favourite Marilyn picture.

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Our Marilyn…..
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Icons & idols, part 1

I was just thinking about one of my favourite ever TV shows, which starred one of my all time idols. This is someone that I admire as a person, for what they do, what they stand for, what they create  and for their general attitude in life. This person is an actress, business woman, mother, wife and style icon.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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So, what’s to love about this woman and her career?

Sex and the City. This includes the tv show and both movies. I’m a huge fan; always have been, always will be and I hope the rumours about a third movie are true. Carrie Bradshaw is one of the most iconic characters in popular culture; everyone wanted to be her and everyone wanted their own name necklace to go with their very own Mr Big.  If only!

Her fabulous fragrance collection. I own three of her perfumes and they are all gorgeous, sophisticated, feminine scents but without the ridiculous designer price tag. Lovely is an absolutely classic fragrance, whereas SJP NYC is a lighter, more fun carefree perfume.  I personally love wearing both.

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Her enduring relationship with Matthew Broderick – Married in 1997, they’ll celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary on May 19th. They keep their personal life quiet but are frequently pictured out and about together because they are very much together and still in love. Our Sarah certainly  isn’t fickle!
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Her movie & television career – She was in some of the coolest things ever – Footloose, Hocus Pocus, LA Story, Glee, Ed Wood….and have we mentioned Sex and the City? 😉

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She’s a style icon – maybe she had help from Pat Field (SaTC & The Devil wears Prada costume designer), but the fact is, SJP has taste and style enough of her own by the bucketload. She very rarely makes a bad choice – strange at times, yes but not bad.  Of course she has a team of stylists for red carpet events who help her and suggest dresses etc, but who dresses her when she’s just out in the streets of NY? That’s right…..she does 😉

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She’s a busy working mum, just like the rest of us – Sarah & Matthew have 3 children; James (11) and twins Marion & Tabitha (4). Juggling 3 kids, her own business and a movie career may well have inspired the movie Sarah starred in called I don’t know how she does it. I’m sure she has help – family, nannies, cleaners etc but she just gets on with the minimum amount of fuss and is never spotted with an entourage, but can instead be regularly seen out with the kids in NYC by herself or with the hubby.

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So that sums up in a nutshell why I think this woman is a total legend!  Keep watching for more style icons, idols & inspirations coming soon.