Best Dressed July 2014

With summer well and truly under way July was a great fashion month. Gallery exhibitions and Wimbledon provided excellent celebrity style displays. Pink was a big colour trend sported last month by Suki Waterhouse, J Lo, Jessica Alba and Abbey Clancy.  Summer floras and prints were also prominent. From causal to uber-chic July did not disappoint us style hunters!

The Serpentine Gallery London

Couples at the Serpentine Gallery Party, Richard Fleeshman and Samantha Barks, Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper, James Righton and Keira Knightley

Couples at the Serpentine Gallery Party, Richard Fleeshman and Samantha Barks, Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper, James Righton and Keira Knightley

There’s nothing I love more than Fashionable couples! Acting and singing duo Samantha Barks and new BF Richard Fleeshman attended the London event. Samantha wore a metallic sparkling Lanvin dress and heels to match. Richard kept it stylish in a white shirt almost denim/navy suit and navy suede loaders. Celeb couple of the moment Bradley Cooper and Suiki Waterhouse looked stylish at the event. Suki wearing  a soft pink Burberry dress and TopShoe shoes, Bradley wearing a suit and blue shirt. Keira Knightley and husband James Righton also attended the event together. Keira wore mishmash Chanel dress. I have seen some harsh criticism for this dress online but I quite like the three-dresses-in-one look on Keira. James looked very smart in a suit and dickiebow.

Alexa Chung, Princess Beatrice and Cara Delevingne

Alexa Chung, Princess Beatrice and Cara Delevingne

Models Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne both wore black. Alexa Wore a beautiful strapless structured Erdem dress while Cara wore a Mulberry dress with keyhole detailing on the chest. Princess Beatrice looked lovely in  a stunning white Nicholas Oakwell number. Too add some interest and youth to the look Beatrice added lilac strappy heels.

Gemma Arterton, Pharell Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker

Gemma Arterton, Pharrell Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker

Gemma Arterton looked red hot in a matching two piece Prabal Guran skirt and crop top at the event. Gemma’s hair and makeup match the sexiness of this outfit. A real stand-out for me! Singer Pharrell Williams brought his famous hat out again at the gallery. Wearing ripped skinny jeans, runners (no socks), a blazer and white printed t, Mr Williams is the epitome of cool. SJP lived up to her fashion icon status in a frapper style Naeem Khan dress. She finished the look with black shoes and a poker straight hairdo.

Wimbledon 2014

David and Victoria Beckham, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw, Christine Blekely and Frank Lampard

David and Victoria Beckham, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw, Christine Bleakely and Frank Lampard

Not long after celebrating 15 years of marriage together David and Victoria Beckham were seen in the Royal Box to watch the Men’s singles final. Victoria is wearing, you guessed it, Victoria Beckham Resort 2015. David looks preppy chic in a cream and navy Ralph Lauren suit combo. Newly engaged Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw attended the Lawn Tennis club together, Eddie wore a snazzy Alexander Mc Queen suit and lace tie! Hannah matched in a denim dress. Christine Bleakely and Frank Lampard looked stylish as they prepared to take their seats in the royal box at Wimbledon. Christine looked summery in a long polkadot skirt with white top and shoes. Frank looked very smart in a navy three-piece suit and brown shoes.

 Anna Wintour, Kate Middleton and David Beckham

Anna Wintour, Kate Middleton and David Beckham

Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour wore a summery floral number to watch the tennis. As always her hair was in her perfectly coiffed signature bob. Kate Middleton re-wore this Jonathan Saunders aqua green printed dress to the Men’s final as she attended with Prince William. David Beckham made a solo appearance to the tennis wearing Ralph Lauren again! I love the mustard and brown combo. He is one very well dressed man!

 Dior Couture Show Paris

Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Palermo and Charlize Theron.

Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Palermo and Charlize Theron.

A stylish troop of ladies attended the fashion houses’ show in Paris last month, all wearing Dior, of course. Emma Watson wore a black and white structured silk dress with sheer skirt with half circles. She styled the dress with white pointed shoes and a black clutch. Brand ambassador Jennifer Lawrence made a rare public appearance at the show. She wore an elegant silk scarf top and white high-waisted suede skirt, pairing them with pointed black and white shoes. Newly married Olivia Palermo wore a black  button skirt, two-tone jacket and a printed green blouse combo to attend the show. The brands most famous face Charlize Theron glittered in  a tight gold mini with strappy golden heels.

Summer Lovin’

Jessica Alba, Poppy Delevingne and Reese Witherspoon

Jessica Alba, Poppy Delevingne and Reese Witherspoon

Jessica Alba was spotted in a MaxMara outfit in Santa Monica. I love this get-up! The purple jeans and pale pink  blazer perfectly compliment each other, a look  that would work well in either summer or winter. Poppy Delevigne was in Paris last month attending the Bulgari Cocktail party. Poopy wore a white lace dress with pointed white and gold shoes. She added a denim blazer with interesting curves to make her outfit more casual. Reese Witherspoon was seen looking summery and professional as she left her offices in LA. I love the length of this top and skirt and the coloured bag brings some life to the outfit.

Black is the Colour

Taylor Swift, Nina Dobrev and Olivia Palermo

Taylor Swift, Nina Dobrev and Olivia Palermo

Going dotty in NYC, Taylor Swift rocked a brassiere crop top with a matching split knee length skirt to beat the city heat. I love Taylor’s green box bag. A young and fun outfit. Actress Nina Dobrev was spotted many time last month at various fashion shows in Paris, the lucky girl! Here Nina is pictured at Elie Sabb wearing a rockier look of a long flowy skirt with black heels, leather jacket and sheer top. Also attending the Elie Sabb Paris Show, newly married Olivia Palermo. Olivia looked her usual super-stylish-self in floral printed skinny jeans, a tailored blazer and white top.

Pretty in Pinks

Abbey Clancey, JLo, Keira Knightley

Abbey Clancy, Jennifer Lopez and Keira Knightley

Model Abbey Clancy was papped in London in a pretty pink long sleeved dress.  I loved the pouting-pink-lip details on the sheer sleeves. Sadly the black shoes let this outfit down for me but apart from that Abbey looks like she could have just stepped off a runway. At the League of United Latin American Citizens’ National Convention for the Empowerment of Latinos in New York, J Lo wore a stunning pink Zuhair Murad look wearing a silk blouse with floral-embroidered appliqués and a peplum tea length pencil skirt. This is my favourite look from July, I think Jennifer looks like the epitome of elegance in this dress and her hairdo and minimal accessories add to the elegance. A barefaced Keira Knightley was photographed in a floral colourful  dress leaving a London restaurant with husband James. Keira also sported a black classic Chanel bag and gladiator sandals. Very summery!

Toni Garn, Anna Camo and Ashley Tisdale

Toni Garn, Anna Camp and Ashley Tisdale

German model, Toni Garn looked great in a green Elie Sabb gownn as she attended the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation event last month. As always Elie Sabb gowns are a perfect redcarpet choice, I  love the neckline and  minimal accessories. Anna Camp looked fab as she made an appearance at the Young Hollywood Awards. This dress is so on trend with the lace, bow and then plain structured skirt. Anna also went for a fun red lip and leopard print shoes to make the overall look occasion appropriate. Ashley Tisdale, also at the Young Hollywood Awards stunned in a white and silver midi dress. Again, I really like the neckline of this dress and the strappy silver shoes.

Let me know who your favourite was from last month!

SAG Awards 2014 Fashion

Less than a week have passed since the Golden Globes but fear not!  The SAG Awards hosted in LA Saturday 18th, have provided us with more fashion to swoon over. Here is the latest installment of award season fashion.

Michelle Dockery in J Mendel, Lupita Nyongo wearing Gucci and Sandra Bullock wears Lanvin

Michelle Dockery in J Mendel, Lupita Nyongo wearing Gucci and Sandra Bullock wears Lanvin

Sofia Vergara wearing Donna Karan, Hannah Simone and Elizebeth Rohm, both in Marchesa.

Sofia Vergara wearing Donna Karan, Hannah Simone and Elizebeth Rohm, both in Marchesa

Sarita Choudhury in Nanette Lepore, Jennifer Lawrence wears Dior and Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier

Sarita Choudhury in Nanette Lepore, Jennifer Lawrence wears Dior and Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier

Nancy O'Dell Laura Carmichael in Jerome C Rosseau and Maria Menounos in Orton

Nancy O’Dell Laura Carmichael in Jerome C Rosseau and Maria Menounos in Orton

Bradley Cooper in Gucci, Matthew Mc Conaghey wears D&G, Camilla Alves in Donna Karan and Renee Baragh, at The SAG Awards 2014

Bradley Cooper in Gucci, Matthew Mc Conaghey wears D&G, Camilla Alves in Donna Karan and Renee Baragh, at The SAG Awards 2014

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The 2014 Golden Globes Fashion

What a stylish red carpet this year at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills! Elegant updos and amazing jewels aside,all eyes were on the fashion. A stellar kick off to the 2014 Awards Season.

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Maurad, Michelle Dockery wearing Oscar De La Renta and Emilie Clarke at the Golden Globes

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Maurad, Michelle Dockery wearing Oscar De La Renta and Emilie Clarke at the Golden Globes

Pregnant Kerry Washington wears Balenciaga and Margot Robbie in Guici

Pregnant Kerry Wshington wears Balenciaga and Margot Robbie in Gucci

Pregnant Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams wearing Valentino

Pregnant Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams wearing Valentino

Helen Mirren and Olivia Wilde who wears Guicci

Helen Mirren and Olivia Wilde who wears Gucci

Julie Bowen in Carolina Hererra and Zoey DeChanel in Oscar De La Renta

Julie Bowen in Carolina Hererra and Zoey DeChanel in Oscar De La Renta

Julianna Margulies donning Andrew Gn and Cate Blanchett wearing Armani

Julianna Margulies donning Andrew Gn and Cate Blanchett wearing Armani

Sofia Vergara wearing Zac Posen and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Sofia Vergara wearing Zac Posen and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Jessica Chastain wearing Givenchy  and Alison Williams in Alexander Mc Queen

Jessica Chastain wearing Givenchy and Alison Williams in Alexander Mc Queen

Couples on the Carpet

Matthew Mc Conaghey and wife Camilla Alves, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan at the Golden Globes 2014

Matthew Mc Conaghey in D&G and wife Camilla Alves, Channing Tatum wearing Gucci and Jenna Dewan in Roberto Cavalli at the Golden Globes 2014

Men of the Carpet

Bradley Cooper wearing Tom Ford and Leo Di Capro at the Golden Globes

Bradley Cooper wearing Tom Ford and Leo Di Capro in Armani at the Golden Globes

Orlando Bloom wearing Lanvin, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna and Usher in Calvin Klein

Orlando Bloom wearing Lanvin, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna and Usher in Calvin Klein

Best Dressed December 2013

Happy New Year! It’s the final Best Dressed for 2013. Last month saw some great looks from The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle red carpets to casual street style. Now that Christmas is over and 2014 is here I’m especially looking forward to January and February as we will be in the thick of awards season fashion!

British Fashion Awards

Clemence Poesy Erdem Suki Waterhouse Burberry

Clemence Poesy in Erdem and Suki Waterhouse wearing Burberry

I have to confess myself a tiny bit disappointed with the fashion at the British Fashion Awards. Thankfully British model, and current GF to Bradley Cooper, Suki Waterhouse brought some glamour to the red carpet in a plunging lilac Burberry number. French actress Clemence Poesy wore a black printed Erdem gown to the event.

All Dressed in White

Amy Willerton Lily Aldridge Margot Robbie

Amy Willerton Lily Aldridge Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie donned a floor length Armani Prive dress to the New York premiere of her new film The Wolf of Wall Street. Model Lily Aldridge looked elegant in a white long sleeved mini dress. The sheer netting was bang on trend for the winter season and the sparkly red shoes added a magical touch reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz. Fresh from the I’m a Celebrity Jungle, Amy Willerton wore a white strapless gown paired with huge hair to The Sun British Military Awards, December 11th in London.

Not Forgetting the Fellas

Ok, so when I say fellas I have only one in mind! Bradley Cooper looked chic and sophisticated on the red carpet photo call for his latest film, American Hustle in NYC, wearing Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Copper, American Hustle red carpert

Black and White

Rosie Huntington Whitely displayed her long legs and torso in a Balmain printed mini at the AEM Association Children of the World event.  Making a rare public appearance, Blake Lively channelled old school Hollywood glam in a lace Marchesa dress at a charity event in NYC on December 10th.

Rosie Huntington Whitely Blake Lively Naya Rivera

Rosie Huntington Whitely Blake Lively Naya Rivera

Glee actress Naya Rivera looked like a super sophisticated secretary in Michael Kors at The Hollywood Reporters 22nd Women in Entertainment event while Rose Byre wore a gorgeous David Jones dress to launch the Boxing Day sales in Sydney.  Promoting American Hustle, Amy Adams wore a black sheer panelled Ellie Saab gown and  Adrianna Lima looked every inch the Victoria Secrets model as she wore a black slit asymmetrical skirt and diamante top to the a St Luke’s Event in NYC.

Rose Byrne Amy Adams Ardianna Lima

Rose Byrne Amy Adams Ardianna Lima

A Pop of Colour

Jessica Alba was spotted looking bright and fashionable in Beverly Hills on Christmas Eve. I love the floppy hate and oversized bright blue bag combo!  Chinese model, actress and singer Angelababy lit up the promo carpet in a bright yellow Stella Mc Cartney number.  Nicole Richie wore a blue and white Emilio Pucci crop top and trousers shopping. I can’t help feeling this is a peak of summer look. That said, I’m more accustomed to woolly jumpers and jeans during winter months.

Jessica Alba Nicole Richie Angelababy

Jessica Alba Nicole Richie Angelababy

Pinks Nudes and Reds

Naomie Harris looked like she was ready to attend thr Oscars in Monique Lhuillier  at the Oxfam Charity Gala. Downton Abbey favourite Michelle Dockery wore a simple but fashionable Miu Miu mini to launch Downton season 4 in the USA.

Michelle Dockery Naomie Harris

Michelle Dockery and Naomie Harris

Nicole Scherzinger stunned on the X Factor in a Ziad Naked structured sequined red gown. Also wearing a red gown, Astrid Kilsans in Gabriela Cadena and young fashionista, Kiernan Shipka wore a trendy red tartan dress to the ACLU event in California.

Astrid Kilsans Kiernan Shipka Nicole Scherzinger

Astrid Kilsans Kiernan Shipka Nicole Scherzinger

It’s been a great year for fashion, here’s hoping that 2014 is equally as exciting!

Summer Reads Part 1

Summer is well and truly in full swing!
For many the summer season involves, music festivals, ice cream cones, long sunny days and maybe even longer nights. Whatever you’re up to during the summer holidays nothing beats reading a great book… or two!

Serena – Ron Rash (RRP £8.99)

Ron Rash Serena

About: Newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton begin their married life in the mountains of North Carolina. It’s 1929 and the Great Depression has brought the country to a standstill. Greed has forced them to the mountains and it’s greed that spurs them on. The couple do everything in their power to ensure that nothing stands in the way of their timber empire. Serena proves herself equal to any hard working man. The power-hungry couple soon discover that Serna cannot bear children.  When we learn that George has fathered an illegitimate child, the story propels into a tale of shocking twists and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Trivia: Due to be released as a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, September 2013.

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (RRP £7.99)

Birdsong

About:  In 1910 a young Stephen Wraysford arrives in France. Stephen embarks on a love affair with Isabelle Azaire, the wife of his host family. From this moment on we follow Stephen through the horrors of love and the First World War. With a palpable desire to survive, Stephen witnesses the comrades he has grown to love become disheartened, maimed and shadows of their former selves. Sixty years later, Stephen’s granddaughter discovers his encrypted diaries and continues his quest to keep his promise to a dying man. This story of love, war and friendship gives the reader a great sense of what life truly was like in the trenches.

Atonement – Ian McEwan (RRP £8.99)

atonement-cover

About:  When thirteen year old Briony Tallis witnesses a fleeting moment of flirtation  and desire between her older sister Celia and Robbie, the servant’s son, her mind races. Celica and Robbie become victims of Briony’s childish imagination.   When Briony and Celia’s visiting cousin is sexually assaulted within the grounds of their estate, Briony convinces everyone that Robbie is the culprit. Celia does not believe these accusations and her relationship with her family falls apart. The story flicks between Robbie, Celia and Briony’s lives. While Robbie and Celia lives are turned upside down by the war and the rape allegations, we watch as Briony spends her time attempting to atone for the crime and sins she committed during her youth.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (RRP £7.99)

Gone girl

About: It’s the morning of Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Instead of presents, hugs and kisses, the beautiful Amy vanishes into thin air. With numerous signs of a struggle in the couple’s house, Nick becomes the prime suspect. To make matters worse, Amy’s only friend tells the police that Amy was scared of Nick in the lead up to her disappearance. As Nick struggles to deny all of these claims and accusations, he exhibits inappropriate and odd behaviour. Worst of all…Nick lies to the police in attempt to prove his innocence. A fast-paced, intricate and extremely clever, original plot, Gone Girl is the novel of summer 2013! Trivia: Reese Witherspoon has bought the film rights to the book and plans to star in the film.

Rosamund Pike

 

UPDATE: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rosamund Pike is to play Amy Dunne in the movie adaptation. Read more here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rosamund-pike-star-david-finchers-593245

The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald (RRP varies on edition)

the great gatsby cover

About: Welcome to the 1920’s. Make sure to hold onto your hats Old Sports, it’s a bumpy ride! Nick Carraway introduces us to the glittering, sensational and glamorous residents of Long Island. Self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby welcomes Nick to his elite world of money, drinking and partying. A tale of love and tragedy intertwined within the glamour of the “New” and “Old” rich of America. We follow one man’s pursuit of love, wealth and happiness.  This is a MUST read novel! If you haven’t already,  have a look at my Great Gatsby themed posts here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/the-great-gatsby-part-1-fashion/

Let me know your essential summer reads in the comments below!