Best Dressed June 2014

Last month was full of red carpet fashion appearances many of which were for charity and hosted by major companies or design houses. Gold and yellows featured a lot, most notably on Blake Lively and Anna Gunn. Others to watch out for inculde Angelina Jolie and Nicola Peltz. As always there were numerous film premiers, fashion and acting awards and celebs papped out and about in their casual gear to satisfy our fashion needs.

The CFDA Awards

Alessandra Abrosio, Blake Lively, Coco Rocha

Alessandra Abrosio, Blake Lively and Coco Rocha at the CFDA Awards

For a fashion awards event I have to admit I was a tiny, tiny, tiny bit disappointed with the red-carpet looks. However, Alessandra Abrosio, Blake Lively and Coco Rocha made up for the other disappointments. Victoria Secret model Alessandra Abrosio looked like a bronzed statue in this Nonoo dress with intricate detailing on the bust and waist. Fashion It Girl and actress Blake Lively wore a  short golden Michael Kors dress. Blake paired the dress with numerous bangles, nude suede shoes and an interesting gold headband. Model Coco Rocha really brought the ‘fashion’ to the CFDA Awards this year! I loved the off shoulder Christian Siriano gown and hat/fascinator she wore. Granted it is summer and black and white doesn’t always fly but Coco looks so elegant and occasion appropriate.

Gucci Chime for Change Event

Beyonce, Blake Lively, Solange

Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Solange at the Gucci Chime for Change Event

Beyonce attended the Gucci event held in NYC only a few days after that infamous Solange-JayZ-Lift-Showdown.  And… Solange also attended! Despite this both sisters wore variations of white, a sign of peace perhaps? Bey in a white jumpsuit with a plunging V, Solange wearing wide flare, 70’s style trousers with bright orange top, also with a deep neckline. Bake makes it on the list once again for her Gucci look on this carpet.

Max Mara & W Magazine Cocktail Party

Sophia Bush, Stacey Kiebler and Rose Byrne at the Max Mara and W Magazine  event

Sophia Bush, Stacy Keibler and Rose Byrne at the Max Mara and W Magazine event

A host of georgeous ladies attended the Max Mara and W Magazine cocktail party last month. My three favourites were Sophia Bush in an eye-catching print dress including florals,stripes and colour. I love the bright blue pointed shoes and black clutch. Pregnant Stacy Keibler poped (no, not her baby) at the event. The bright yellow-green dress and simple strappy shoes Stacy is wearing proves you don’t have to be a fuddy-duddy when you’re pregnant. Bad Neighbours actress Rose Byrne looked beautiful in midnight blue. The sparkles on the studded dress and tea-length are very classy. My only fault with this look is the shoes. I think they’re a big clash with the dress. A pair of strappy heels could have been a better choice.

Samsung Hope for Children Event

Jessica Szhor, Carrie Underwood and  Jessica Beil at the Samsung NYC event

Jessica Szohr, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Alba at the Samsung NYC event

NYC was also host to the Samsung Hope for Children Charity event last month. Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr wore a beautiful full length ruffled and wrapped Lie Sang Bong dress to the event.  I love this colour on Jessica and her minimal accessories are the way to go. Carrie Underwood wore a black and silver asymmetrical Rubin Singer dress while Jessica Alba stunned as always in a simple red Preen dress.

The TONY Awards

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara and Anna Gunn

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara and Anna Gunn at the Tony Awards

Usually I see Maggie Gyllenhaal on the red carpet and shake my head. However, at the TONY Awards last month I was so shocked to see Maggie in a gorgeous white D&G dress. The feathers are very theatrical and flattering. The added sparkle on the dress completes the look. House of Cards actress Kate Mara also wore D&G to the event. The intricate beading and embellishments on this dress are very suited to Kate’s style. Anna Gunn stunned in a gorgeous gold Jenny Packham gown at the awards.  The subtle floral print in the dress is also great for the summer time. One of my favourites from the month.

Brights

Millie Mackintosh, Demi Lovato and Caggie Dunlop

Millie Mackintosh, Demi Lovato and Caggie Dunlop

Former Made In Chelsea stars Millie Mackintosh and Caggie Dunlop both attended the Beefeater Grill’S opening night. Both girls look very summery and on trend. Millie in a colourful aztec printed skirt  and Caggie in a blue and white printed mini-jumpsuit with orange shoes. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato wore a bight yellow and black dress to the Cosmopolitan Latina Awards.

White Wonders

Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Beil and Keira Knightly

Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley

Kate Beckinsale wore a white lacy strapless dress to the Macbeth after-party in NYC. Meanwhile in Paris, Jessica Biel looked a vision in an off-white Giambattista Valli dress, with matching shoes. Naturally as she was attending the Tiffany & Co. Paris launch, Jessica wore all Tiffany jewels. Keira Knightley was papped wearing an intricate white embroidered lace dress which is paired with gold heels and brown rimmed sunnies.

Film Premier  Looks

Anjelina Jolie, Nicola Peltz and Nicole Kidman

Angelina Jolie, Nicola Peltz and Nicole Kidman

Angelina Jolie stole the show in Shanghai  in a black Versace dress as she promoted her most recent film Maleficent, another of my favourite looks from last month.  My final favourite from last month is actress Nicola Peltz’s look. Nicola stunned in a blue floor length Balengciaga dress as she attended the NYC premier of her film Transformers. Can anyone else believe Nicola is only 19?!  Me either… Also in Shanghai last month, Nicole Kidman wore a sparkling D&G dress to the Shanghai Film Festival. This dress is super-glam and reminds me slightly of the Jenny Packham dress Kate Middleton wore last year.

Out and About

Stacy KeIbler, Selena Gomez and Sarah Jessica Parker

Stacy Keibler, Selena Gomez and Sarah Jessica Parker

On the list again, Stacy looked great in a casual white dress, brown boots, bag and fab maroon hat get-up as she shopped. Selena Gomez also looked chic as she shopped in LA wearing light blue denim jeans, nude heels and blue knitted jumper. SJP was spotted in NYC wearing bright purple heels, a polka dot dress and black blazer. All three ladies wore oversized sunglasses to top off the look.

Jordan Dunn. David Gandy and Samantha Barks

Jordan Dunn. David Gandy and Samantha Barks

In London, models Jordan Dunn and David Gandy wore Burberry as they attended the Burberry Prorsum menswear show. Jordan wore dark skinny jeans, a casual grey top with a black biker jacket over her shoulders. David looked very 1920’s wearing dark dress trousers, tan brogues, a white t-shirt and cream blazer. And finally, actress Samantha Barks was photographed in London wearing a casual blue jean, black blazer and white top combo.

Let me know who your favourite from last month was!

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They’re Worth It! Zoe Saldana Joins the Many Faces of L’Oreal Paris

Zoe Saldana is the latest in a long line of celebrity beauties to join forces with L’Oreal Paris.

Zoe Saldana has been named as L'Oreal Paris' Latest Spokesmodel

Zoe Saldana has been named as L’Oreal Paris’ Latest Spokesperson

The Avatar and Star Trek actress is set to join a long list of gorgeous ladies to represent the cosmetics brand. Saldana spoke to E!News gushing,  “As a L’Oréal Paris spokesperson, being able to say, ‘We’re worth it,’ means so much to me… I am thrilled to join this beauty journey with such an inspirational brand.” I Can’t wait to see the campaign. Until then, here is a look at some of the brands previous spokespeople and their campaigns.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively L'Oreal Paris

Blake Lively L’Oreal Paris

Blake Lively can do no wrong in my books.  I feel like Blake is a brilliant (also new) addition to the L’Oreal team! Not only is she absolutely gorgeous but she is a great role model, actress and down-to-earth girl.

Eva Longoria 

Eva Longoria L'Oreal Paris

Eva Longoria L’Oreal Paris

Actress Eva Longoria has been a brand ambassador for L’Oreal for quite some time. Mascara, foundation, lipstick, shampoo, you name it, Eva’s made it look incredibly desirable.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore L'Oreal Paris

Julianne Moore L’Oreal Paris

Julianne Moore is bringing some pale perfection to L’Oreal. Moore looks fresh as a daisy in her latest campaign…I’d imagine I’m not the only one wishing I’ll look half as good when I hit 53!

Julianna Marguiles 

Julianna Margulies L'Oreal Paris

Julianna Margulies L’Oreal Paris

Julianna Margulies  is also one of L’Oreal’s ‘older’ ambassadors, although I say that with caution as 47 is by no means old. The actress can be seen looking fab onscreen and offscreen for the brand.

Beyonce

Beyonce L'Oreal Paris

Beyonce L’Oreal Paris

When does Beyonce not look amazing? The superstar’s campaign caused some controversy a few years ago after the brand were accused of whitening B’s skin. While Beyonce has not been seen onscreen or in print for the brand recently her campaign was one of my favourites.

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole L'Oreal

Cheryl Cole L’Oreal

After an absence from the X Factor judging panel, Cheryl could be seen hair whippin-and-a-flippin’ for L’Oreal. Now that she is back on the X Factor , I don’t doubt that Cheryl will be debuting a new ad to run during the X Factor ad breaks when the show returns… if only to rub it in Simon’s face!

For more famous spokespersons  vist http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/spokespersons.aspx

 

Best Dressed January 2014

Whhooweee! What a crazy month January was for celebrity fashion. The Golden Globes, The Grammy Awards, The National Television Awards and various film and TV critic lunches and cocktail parties have left us with loads of fashion to drool over. Added to this some book promo tours and television chat show appearance and it makes for a seriously picture heavy post.

Trend Alert: Yellow

Angelina Rose Olivia Munn Lupita Nyong'o

Angelina Rose Olivia Munn Lupita Nyong’o

Yellow has been everywhere this red carpet season. While it has yet to have an outing on any major awards red carpets I’m sure we might see it throughout the spring season.  Angelina Rose wore a prom-esque short yellow dress with a broach inspired design on the side. The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn wore a bright Victoria Beckham halter dress with matching white shoes and clutch, which I love, and this seasons It Girl, Lupitia Nyong’o wore a low cut yellow number with cute shoes to promote her Oscar Nominated Film 12 Years A Slave.

Block Colours

Anna Kendrick Dita Von Tease Jessica Chastain

Anna Kendrick Dita Von Tease Jessica Chastain

Anna Kendrick looked lovely in Reem Acra at the Unicef 2014 Ball. The sheer lace keyhole cutouts are stylish, on trend and add an extra edge to an otherwise plain gown. Dita Von Tease kept it elegant in puple and Jessica Chastain wore Nina Ricci to the Critic Choice Movie Awards. Doesn’t it slightly resemble the Gucci number Luptita wore to the SAG Awards?

Zosia Mamet Nina Dobrev Naomie Harris

Zosia Mamet Nina Dobrev Naomie Harris

Girls actress Zosia Mamet has never looked better. I love this Elizabetta Franchi combo that she wore to promote Girls Season 3 in London.  On the opposite end of the colour spectrum, Nina Dobrev donned an orange embellished gown at the Art of Elysuim Heaven Gala. Naomie Harris continues her run of amazing dresses in this Naeem Kham sheer lace white dress which she wore to the Palm Springs International Film Awards.

Gold and Silver

Alison Williams Jessica Alba Lupita Nyong'o

Alison Williams Jessica Alba Lupita Nyong’o

The ever stylish Alison Williams didn’t disappoint in an interesting mullet style Osman dress which she wore at the third annual Sean Penn Haiti fundraiser event. Jessica Alba always looks enviously well at any event she attends. The crop-top and skirt combo she wore to the launch of Tory Burch’s flagship store in LA is going on my style inspiration board!

Helen Mirren Lupita Nyong'o Odette Annable

Helen Mirren Lupita Nyong’o Odette Annable

Lupitia Nyong’o features again on Januarys best dressed list… How stunning is this gold dress?! This lady is on a complete roll at the moment. I can’t wait to see what she wears in the next few months. She is also featured below in a vintage Valentina short daisy dress. Stunning! Helen Mirren and Odette Annable wore silver/grey sparkly numbers on the red carpet.

Print

Jessica Alba Melissa McCarthy Olga Kurylenko

Jessica Alba Melissa McCarthy Olga Kurylenko

Jessica Alba features on this list again wearing a beautiful sheer blouse and pencil skirt to the filming of The Jimmy Falon Show. Actress Melissa McCarthey wore a recession busting flower print ASOS £26 dress at Palm Springs and also in a skirt top combo, Olga Kurylenko wore Dior to the Dior fashion show in France.

Street  Style

Oliver Cheshire Bradley Cooper Suki Waterhouse

Oliver Cheshire Bradley Cooper Suki Waterhouse

Model Oliver Cheshire wore Topshop and Christopher Kane while attending the Topshop Topman fashion show in London. Bradley copper and GF Suki Waterhouse stepped out in matching black hats, sunnies and coats. At the airport Will Smith looked runway ready as he flew to various fashion shows in Paris. Zac Efron landed into LAX in blue denims, a black hat, sunglasses, coat and grey hoodie while Elijah Wood looked more polished in a navy and blue preppy shirt and jumper combo.

Will Smith Zac Efron Elijah Wood

Will Smith Zac Efron Elijah Wood

Tv presenter Holly Willoughby styled a gorgeous camel coat with jeans, black boots and an oversized brown bag on the streets on London. Sarah Jessica Parker looked super stylish in NYC under an umbrella wearing a pair of Hunter wellies. Way to battle the rain in style SJP! Cameron Diaz kept it casual as she promoted her new book with a check shirt, blazer and jeans.

Holly Willoughby SJP Cameron Diaz

Holly Willoughby SJP Cameron Diaz

The NTAs

Jasmin Jossa Rochelle Humes Naomi Campbell

Jasmin Jossa Rochelle Humes Naomi Campbell

Eastenders acrtress Jasmine Jossa stunned in a sheer embellished dress while sheer overlays. Rochelle Humes, member of The Saturdays, looked perfect in a purple sheer lace gown and supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a metallic printed dress on the red carpet.

Suited and Booted

David Gandy Tinnie Tempah Michael B Jordan

David Gandy Tinnie Tempah Michael B Jordan

Model David Gandy deviated from a traditional black and white number and opted for a really stylish blue suit with creamy white dress coat at the Saville Row fashion show in London. Tinnie Tempa looked very fashion forward at the Burberry London menswear show in a grey suit with green overcoat with fur trim. Michael B Jordan added some interesting detail to his suit with stylish black and white shoes.

Bradley Cooper Joe Manginello James Marsden

Bradley Cooper Joe Manginello James Marsden

Bradley Cooper, a regular on my Best Dressed list looked elegant wearing a grey suit, spotted tie and black over coat. Similarly Joe Manginello wore a spotted tie with his suit while James Marsden added a  pop of colour  to his outfit with a purple pocket square.

The Grammys 

Katy Perry wearing Valentino, Beyonce in Michael Costello and Iggy Azaalea in Ellie Sabb.jpg

Katy Perry wearing Valentino, Beyonce in Michael Costello and Iggy Azaalea in Ellie Sabb

Singer Katy Perry took music to the red carpet in a white fullskirt Valentino gown which was definitely appropriate for the occasion. Superhuman Beyonce wore a white sheer Michael Costello gown which looks like it could have inspired by Adam and Eve. Paired with a bold lip and messy Hair B looked amazing as usual. Iggy Azalea looked elegant in an Ellie Sabb number, the best I think she has looked at an event for a long time.

Christie Teigan wearing Johanna Johnson, Ciara and Taylor Swift in Gucci gowns

Christie Teigen wearing Johanna Johnson, Ciara and Taylor Swift in Gucci gowns

Newly married Christe Teigen wore a Johanna Johnson metallic number to support her husband John Legend on the red carpet. Keeping with the metallic theme Ciara showed off her babybump in a stunning Gucci dress with mini pool train. The detail on this dress is incredible and Ciara looks like a superstar wearing it. Taylor Swift, also in Gucci, took a break from her girly dresses and opted for a chain detail floor length dress, keeping her hair and jewellery simple to compliment her look.

As always, I’d love to know who you thought looked best during the month of January!

New Year’s Beauty Inspiration

As 2014 fast approaches there is no better time to draw some inspiration from the best celebrity makeup looks of the last twelve months. If you’re heading to a party, hosting a party, or simply going out on the town to countdown to midnight on December 31st, what better way than with a great makeup look?

Classic Smokey Eye

Jennifer Lawrence Frida Pinto Cara Delevigne MakeupA classic smokey eye never fails to impress. This look can be worn with a darker lip like Jennifer, Lawrence and Frida Pinto demonstrate. If you prefer a more toned down look but still want a smokey eye, Rachel Weiz minimized the eye liner on her lower lash line but went for a defined brow and berry lip.Rachel Weiz Kerry Washington Heidi Klum MakeupKerry Washington and Heidi Klum opted for a nude lip but heavily lined top and bottom lash line. Heavily lined upper and inner rims, lots of mascara and a bright inner corner are essential for this look.

A Bold Lip

The perfect way to stand out this festive season is to adopt a bold lip colour. Tread with caution when wearing this look. You don’t want to look like a clown with massive red lips! Pair a bold burgundy lip with neutral eye makeup like Miranda Kerr.Clare Danes Miranda Kerr Kerry Washington Jessica Chastain Makeup Ditching the false lashes when you’re going for a dark lip is a good idea. If you’re feeling brave, try a glittery copper eye like Clare Danes. If burgundy isn’t your colour, Kerry Washington and Jessica Chastain paired their berry lips with neutral eyes but false lashes on the outer corners of their eyes for some definition.

A Dramatic LookAmanda Seyfried Taylor Swift Jessica Alba Makeup

For a head turning look this New Year, thick heavy eye liner and dramatic false lashes are sure to grab anyone’s attention. Amanda Seyfried paired her heavy eyeliner and falsies with bronzed lids, pink shiny lips and a natural cheek colour. Taylor Swift wore a similar style but with less dramatic lashes and liner. Taylor decided on a more bronzed eye look and continued it onto the lower lash line. She also with a matte natural pink lip. Stepping away from the bronzed and copper tones, Jessica Alba worked a shimmery metallic lid, highlighted her inner corners and spread it out to the outer corner on the under eye area which photographed nicely. Jessica lined her lower waterline and topped off her look with bold false lashes and again, a pale lip colour. Jessica also went for a dewy finish with her foundation in comparison to Amanda and Taylor. This is completely optional and down to personal preference.

NaturalKate Bosworth Angelina Jolie Sienna Miller Makeup

If you prefer to keep your look natural or don’t wear makeup on a regular basis you don’t have to go OTT to look elegant and sophisticated. Kate Bosworth shows that a lined upper rim, lashings of mascara and a warm berry lip and cheek make natural super chic. Angelina Jolie makes minimal makeup uber-glamorous with a heavy thick line on the outer corners of her lid, gradually fading and thinning towards her inner corner. Natural false lashes on the outer corner, no bottom lash mascara and a subtle fade and blend between the bottom and top liner on the outer corner connect the two lines. Subtly lined lips with a hint of gloss, finish off the look. Sienna Miller also goes for a natural lid this time with no liner or falsies.  Coats of mascara on the top lashes and minimal coats on the bottom lashes in company with a defined brow and pale lip is the most elegant way to achieve this minimal look.Rosie Huntington Whitely Beyonce Clare Danes Makeup

However, you can still do a natural and make it interesting. Rosie Huntington Whitely used black kohl liner on her top and inner waterline with a tiny, subtle wing at the outer corners. Beyoncé also wore this look but added some darker shadows on her lids. Her highlighted cheeks and arched brows set off the look. Clare Danes wears a natural red lip with a hint of glitter on her eyelids with mascara on her top lashes only.

Have a look at my previous post The Best of YouTube Makeup to recreate these looks at home.

I’d love to know your favourite beauty party looks and of course, which look you’re planning on wearing during 2014.

The Great Gatsby Part 3: Music

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Like the fashion and jewellery the music in The Great Gatsby did not disappoint! Jay Z, Beyoncé, Lana Del Ray, Emile Sande, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, to name but a few, all appear on the films soundtrack.

Even with all these big names appearing on the soundtrack, there has been a lot of online criticism about the soundtrack. Many bloggers and reviews complained that the songs were too “2013” and modern to fit with the 1920’s atmosphere portrayed onscreen.  I have to say at points during the beginning of the film I was starting to agree with the critics. Jay Z and Kanye rapping over pictures of 1920’s New York just didn’t seem right.

However, as the film progressed the music became an essential ingredient to storyline as we watched the drama unfold.

There were two cover versions on the soundtrack, both with Beyoncé connections. The first was Emile Sande’s cover of Beyoncé’s hit “Crazy In Love”. Emile’s version really replicated the 1920’s with a jazzy Charleston vibe.

Beyoncé controversially covered Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”. Personally I loved this version! It’s sensual and full of sass, done to typical Beyoncé perfection.

Lana Del Ray’s hauntingly hypnotic “Young and Beautiful” gives Beyoncé’s cover a run for best song on the album. Del Ray’s song was seamlessly woven into the middle of the film. An excellent choice!

Here’s a full listing of the tracks on The Great Gatsby Soundtrack [Deluxe Edition].

  1. 100$ Bill – Jay Z
  2.  Back to Black – Beyoncé & Andre 3000
  3. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Ray
  4. Love is Blindness – Jack White
  5. Crazy In love (Kid Koala Version) – Emile Sande and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  6. Bang Bang – will.i.am
  7. A Little Party Never Killed Noboday (All We Got) – Fegies, QTip & Goon Rock
  8. Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  9. Heart’s A Mess – Gotye
  10. Where The Wind Blows – Coco O
  11. Green Light – Green Light
  12. No Church In The Wild ft Frank Ocean – Jay Z & Kanye West
  13. Over The Love – Florence and  the Machine

Let me know what your favourite song  from the film was.

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Find Part 1 here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/the-great-gatsby-part-1-fashion/

Find Part 2 here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/the-great-gatsby-part-2-jewellery-2/