Best Dressed September 2014

Incase you missed it… George Clooney got married! As always, Mr Clooney wore Armani but his gorgeous wife Amal stepped out in a variety of beautiful designer outfits for us to drool over. Including the wedding of the year, so far, September was also unofficial Fashion Month. With runways and front rows brimming with style and sophistication Paris, New York and Milan brought loads of desirable styles to the fore. Film festivals and film premières topped of the red carpet looks featured in this months best dressed list.

Amal Alamuddin aka Mrs Clooney

Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney's wedding weekend, Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Giambissta Valli

Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney’s wedding weekend, Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli

After what can only be described as a fairytale wedding and weekend in Italy, Amal Alamuddin became the most talked about bride of the year.  Amal wore a stunning lace Oscar de la Renta gown for her intimate ceremony. I am in love with the neckline of this dress. The off the shoulder detailing is extremely elegant and flattering. Amal was also pictured looking like a movie star in a white and navy Stella McCartney trouser, top and hat combo. To top off a fabulous weekend of outfits Amal showed off her endless legs in a floral appliqué and laceGiambattista Valli dress. Swoon!

C’est Chic

Amanda Holden, SJP and Allison Williams

Amanda Holden, SJP and Allison Williams

Amanda Holden arrived at Claridges hotel last month is an over the knee black and white dress, paired with thin-strapped black shoes. Amanda accessorized with a chic hair do and black clutch. Sarah Jessica Parker attended the Gareth Pugh presentation in NYC in a vibrant, also over the knee, printed dress. SJP finished the look with pointed silver heels. Also in pointed heels, actress Allison Williams looked like the bell of the ball as she attended the DVF NYC show. Does this girl every get it wrong? I love the checked grey detailing. I think if Dorothy ever made it from Kansas to NYC fashion week, she would be definitely wear this dress.

All Black, Everything

Toni Garen, Allison Williams and Reece Witherspoon

Toni Garen, Allison Williams and Reece Witherspoon

Model Toni Garen wore an interesting layered black dress to a Nars launch event in NYC. I really like the vertical panel detailing on the corset which extends into a sheer skirt with horizontal strips. Allison Williams features again in another great outfit from NYC last month. This time Allison wore a tea length skirt and crop top by Vionnet with a white collar and waist band trim. Reece Withersppon attended the Toronto Film Festival for the screening of her latest flick, Wild. Reece wore a black Saint Laurent dress with a cute flowy skater skirt, off the shoulder detailing and sparkly side panel.

Film Festival Frocks

Cara Delevigne, Jessica Chastain and Kate Beckinsale

Cara Delevigne, Jessica Chastain and Kate Beckinsale

Cara Delevigne walked the not-so-red-red-carepet at the Toronto Film Festival in a full length striped green dress with a gold belt. I love this look on Cara. The multiple shades of green work well with her skin tone and hair and her makeup is classically beautiful. Kate Beckinsale, also at the Toronto Film Festival, wore a strapless nude-pink jumpsuit with subtle wrap detailing at the bust with an odd but workable piece of fabric stemming from the waist. Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain was honoured at the Deauville American Film Festival. Jessica wore a heavily embroidered Oscar de la Renta pink over the knee dress with spiky Louboutains.

Red and Silver Combos

Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington Whitley and Gwen Stefani

Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington Whitley and Gwen Stefani

Did someone say Jessica Rabbit? Wow! Emily Ratajkowski attended the Gone Girl world premiere in a simply stunning red SAFiYAA dress. The minimal hair and no jewellery add to the elegance and simplicity of this look. My favourite look from last month by far! Rosie Huntington-Whitley stunned in silver as she attended the Stuart Weirzman event in Paris while Gwen Stefani wore a red power suit  with white top as she was papped between work commitments. The printed Louboutains add some fun to this work wear.

Let me know who your favourite from last month was!

Best Dressed May 2014

May is always an exciting month for fashion. The summer season trends are becoming more prevalent and prestigious summer events are kicking off to display these trends. The red carpet was rolled out once more for the annual Cannes Film Festival which brought glamour galore to the shores of France.The Met Gala in NYC saw a vast array of fashionable and whacky outfit to the most famous steps in New York. Of course, there were numerous parties and press calls to satisfy our couture appetite.

Cannes Film Festival Appearances 

Jessica Hart, Jordan Dunn, Jessica Chastain and Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Jessica Hart, Jordan Dunn, Jessica Chastain and Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Australian model Jessica Hart looked beachy beautiful in a soft pasel pink dress. The material of this dress looks amazing and Jessica makes it look comfy. Pairing down her hair and makeup, a look for these events I don’t usually like, Jessica makes it work. Model of the moment Jordan Dunn made me green with envy in this Ellie Sabb mini. Not a dress I would usually associate with Ellie Sabb, this embellished emerald green dress, cinched at the wait with a belt is a perfect option for the World Music Awards. The gold shoes finish off the look. Actress Jessica Chastain walked the redcarpet at Cannes to promote her latest film ‘Foxcatcher’. The purple Ellie Sabb Coture dress looked like a Grecian goddess and fairy princess combined as her dress blew in the wind along the carpet. Jessica never disappoints! Rosie Huntington-Whitely donned a bright yellow Emilio Pucci dress during her stay in Cannes. The model works a dress that I think many would struggle to.

Blake Lively, Cannes Redcarpet Queen

Blake Lively, Cannes Redcarpet Queen

Every year or redcarpet season there is a stand out. This year the title of Cannes best dressed lady goes to Blake Lively. Renowned for her impeccable self-styling, Blake stole the show at Cannes, attending the festival with husband Ryan Reynolds to promote his film ‘Captives’. Opening night of the festival at the ‘Grace of Monaco’ premier, Blake wore a blood red Gucci Première floor length gown. The dress featured a thigh skimming split and geometric neck. Blake accessorised with stunning Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and equally fab Casadei shoes. While I love this dress, Blake had her best ‘fashion moment’ attending the ‘Captives’ premier with Ryan. This is by far my favourite look of Blake’s and the month. The couple looked old school glamorous, both in Gucci. Wearing her hair in a massive but classy bun to the back of her head Blake styled the dress with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a red lip. Taking a break from Gucci and the redcarpet Blake then wore a short white embellished Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 Couture number. Making her legs even longer, Blake donned  Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals which I really, really, really want! The final look in this montage is of Blake in a Chanel Couture dress attending the ‘Mr Turner’ premier. Keeping her hair down in a messy curls Blake topped off her look with massive rings once again by Lorraine Schwartz.

Robert Pattinson, Ryan Gosling and Matt Smith

Robert Pattinson, Ryan Gosling and Matt Smith

Despite looking like he would rather not be there, Robert Pattinson attended Cannes photocall starring in two films featuring in the festival, ‘The Rover’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’. Robert wore a green blazer, with black shoes and top combined with denim jeans. I like this style on him as we don’t often see the actor too dressed up. Ryan Gosling made the carpet go crazy as he steeped out to promote his film ‘Lost River’ Ryan wore simple brown trousers and a white shirt with scuffed boots. Former DR Who, Matt Smith flew in for the event looking very French chic and preppy. I love his boat shoes and navy chino combo with light blue shirt and tweed jacket.

Quite all White

Katherine Mc Phee, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Kerr

Katherine Mc Phee, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Kerr

Actress and singer Katherine McPhee wore a white laced detailed dress last month attending a CBS television event. Katherine wore trendy white shoes and showed off her blonder, shorter hair, leaving it in messy curls. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett wore a white dress as she attended an event at Windsor castle. This is the perfect dress to attend to meet the future King of England. I loved the sculpted shoulder and the sophisticated hair. An Oscar winner worthy dress! Miranda Kerr, a regular on this list every month, wore a printed white and floral dress in Sydney promoting her Kora skincare range. The only fault I can find with this look are the shoes.

Jess Weixler, Jennifer Lawrence and Natasha Poly

Jess Weixler, Jennifer Lawrence and Natasha Poly

The Good Wife actress, Jess Weixler made waves on the redcarpet at Cannes in this flowing, soft white dress. I love the way this dress sits and the blue floral detailing on the neck. Jess matched her hair to the dress in a soft updo and added some bling with a diamond ring and earrings. Everyone’s favourite, Jennifer Lawrence made an appearance in Cannes wearing a short Dior shirt and crop top. Natasha Poly wore an amazing Vionnet dress. The plunging neckline and tight bodice make way for a floating skirt which on close inspection matches the material of the bodice.

Black Beauties 

Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevigne, Lily James and Nicki Minaj

Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevigne, Lily James and Nicki Minaj

Jessica Chastain features again this month because, let’s face it, she knows how to dress. I really like this black Givenchy dress. Sometimes black can be harsh on someone as pale as Jessica but the bodice detailing and the skirt on this dress are far from harsh. The soft hair added to the elegance of the overall look. Cara Delevinge and Lily James both wore black as they attended Windsor Castle. Cara wore a tight black dress with grey, almost floral detailing, on the bodice while Lily wore a grey feathered dress fading to black at the hips. Nicki Minaj is almost unreocgnisable these days. Pairing down her look, make-up and hair wise anyways, Nicki wore a black cut out dress at the Billboard Music Awards. I have to admit, I prefer this new look even though her facial expression suggests she isn’t too happy with it!

Kendal Jenner, Amal Alamuddin and Karlie Kloss

Kendall Jenner, Amal Alamuddin and Karlie Kloss

Kendall Jenner made her Cannes début in at the ‘Grace of Monaco’ première in a black and white Chanel Resort dress.  Wearing those Stuart Wiseman ‘nudist’ shoes that everyone wants in black the only fault is the hair. The 3D effect on the bodice of Kendall’s dress reminds me of the dress Isabel Lucas wore last month. A polished and well pulled off look by the 18 year old.  George Clooney’s finace Amal Alamuddin was papped in London laving the hairdressers during May. I love the class and elegance of this black and white look. The sophisticated combo of black and white is amped up with massive sunnies and the amazing hairdo! Exactly what I’d expect a lawyer engaged to George to look like. Karlie Kloss also wore black and white last month in NYC. I love the wrapped detail of the silk top!

The Met Gala

David and Victoria, Karolina Kurkova

David and Victoria, Karolina Kurkova

Every year fashion’s finest come out in droves to celebrate on the Met steps in NYC. David and Victoria walked up the steps together in matching outfits. Victoria in one of her own creations and David in Ralph Lauren. Super stylish! Karolina Kurkova wowed in a massive Marchesa gown. Usually, I’m surprised at myself for loving this gown as much as I do. I think the huge structured skirt and neckline is amazing and perfect for the occasion. the hair a jewellery is simple but effective. One of my favourite looks from this years Met!

Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevigne, Selena Gomez

Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevigne, Selena Gomez

Kendall and Cara feature again as their looks were too good to leave out. Kendall wore a Topshop dress at her first Met ball. I love that Kendall opted for an elegant hairdo to show off her dress. She has had a great ‘fashion’ month in my books. Cara also didn’t disappoint in a black and white. Selena Gomez, also making her Met début wore a gorgeous purple DVF gown with Lorrain Schwartz jewels. I wasn’t mad about her hair from the back but I’m sure many will be copying her classy make-up and hair.

Let me know who made your best dressed list from May!

Best Dressed February 2014

As is customary this time of year, it has been a great month for red carpet fashion. Awards Season is sadly drawing to a close with only the Oscars left to go. Luncheons, premières, press calls, fashion weeks all feature in this months post. Don’t forget you can see all The Brit Awards and BAFTA fashion in my last post which were also on last month.

Burberry Porsum London Fashion Week Arrivals

Paloma Faith, Cat Deeley and Poppy Delevigne Burberry LFW Arrivals

Paloma Faith, Cat Deeley and Poppy Delevigne Burberry LFW Arrivals

Singer and show performer Paloma Faith wore one of Christopher Bailey’s latest creations from the Burberry collection. Along with a matching floppy hat and coat, Paloma incorporated a printed t-shirt to her look. Cat Deeley wore an iconic Burberry trench with black skinny jeans with white shoes to the show. Poppy Delevigne also in all Burberry, wore a spotty blouse, navy dress trousers, cute green shoes and a gorgeous blue coat to pull her look together and protect her from the chilly February weather.

Harry Styles and Tinnie Tempah Burberry LFW Arrivals

Harry Styles and Tinnie Tempah Burberry LFW Arrivals

Resident front row sitter at the Burberry shows, Harry Styles wore a moss green coat, grey top and his trademark skinny black jeans and Chelsea boots. Tinnie Tempah looked warm and cosy in a furry coat with black boots and jeans to match.

Fashionable Pairs

Naomi Watts & Luptia Nyong'o, Blake Lively & Rose Byrne, Suki Waterhouse & Cara Delevigne

Naomi Watts & Luptia Nyong’o, Blake Lively & Rose Byrne, Suki Waterhouse & Cara Delevigne

There’s nothing I love better than stylish celebrities… but two together is even more delightful! Fashion It Girl, Lupita Nyong’o posed with Naomi Watts at the Calvin Klein show, both wearing Calvin Klein. Similarly Blake Lively and Rose Byrne both wore Michael Kors whilst attending his show. Models and BFFs’ Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevigne both wore matching Burberry suits at the Harvey  Weinstein BAFTA dinner.

Red Carpet 

Diane Kruger, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock

Diane Kruger, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock

Actress Diane Kruger wore a printed asymmetrical Peter Piletto dress with matching black shoes to his show. I love the long sleeves and mis-mash of prints, great for Spring. Emma Watson wore an oversized black bow dress by Giambitistta Valli to the Elle 2014 Style Awards. It’s a shame that the white lining is visable underneath an otherwise lovely dress. Oscar Nominee Sandra Bullock wore a floral number to the Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon. I think it’s a shame there is a black sheer overlay on the skirt of this dress but the red clutch and belt tie the look nicely together.

Deltra Goodrum, Lily Collins and Eva Longoria

Deltra Goodrem, Lily Collins and Eva Longoria

Aussie singer Deltra Goodrem wore a Michael Costello deep purple dress to the Third Annual AACTA Awards last month. Lily Collins attended the Lancome BAFTA party in London in a girly floral checked dress with nude shows. Meanwhile at the Global Gift Gala Eva Longoria wore a black and white Zuhair Murad gown.

Kate Bosworth, Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams

Kate Bosworth, Lupita Nyong’o and Amy Adams

Kate Bosworth looked chic in silver  at the Van Cleef and Arpels store launch. Oscar Nominees Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o attended the EE BAFTA party. Lupita wore a typically taditional pink Chanel suit to the event while Amy wore an amazing white Zuhair Murad dress.

Wretch 32, Jared Letto and Matthew McConaughey

Wretch 32, Jared Letto and Matthew McConaughey

Rapper Wretch 32 looked chic and preppy in brown boat shoes, chinos and a stylish polo-neck and suit jacket combo. Personally, I love this look! It’s a brilliant alternative to the usual tux or suit option for males on a red (or blue in this case) carpet. Oscar Nominees Jared Letto and Matthew McConaughy attended a Dallas Buyers Club press event both in variations of grey. Jared let his now famous long locks hang down underneath a big hat. The grey cotton shirt, jacket, leather leggings and purple socks-black and white stripped shoes combo are another great red carpet look. Reliably, Matthew wore a smart three piece grey suit but with all black shirt and tie.

Amanda Holden, Naomi Harris and Frida Pinto

Amanda Holden, Naomi Harris and Frida Pinto

Amanda Holden attended the Manchester Britain’s Got Talent auditions in a white, navy and green, almost pixilated, dress with nude shoes. Naomi Harris looked stunning as always as she attended the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Naomi wore a fringed yellow Naeem Khan Pre Fall 2014 dress.  Very Daisy Gatsby! Model and Actress Frida Pinto attended the Chanel show in Paris. I love, love, love this purple printed dress but the shoes let this look down bags-full unfortunately.That said, Frida did coordinate her bag to match them so I’ll let this one go.

Let me know who your favourite was. Stay tuned for Oscars Fashion in the near future!

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.

Best Dressed October 2013

Now that November is upon us, it’s time to recap the best looks from October; the month that Miley covered up, (who would have thought!) and, of course,  the month Prince George made his second public appearance. Winter has landed as many opted to cover up and keep it chic.

Bundled Up for Winter

Blake Lively, the new face of L’Oreal Paris, stepped out in New York in an Isabel Marant cosy jumper with printed leggings. This is a look I’m sure will divide many, but personally I think Blake could wear a bin bag and look fabulous!

Blake Lively and Olivia Palermo Jumpers

Fashion Princess Olivia Palermo looked super chic in black and white in New York on October 9th.  Olivia takes this look from ordinary to chic by adding a belt to accentuate her minuscule waist.

Cream of the Crop

Kate Middleton and Baby George co-ordinated their beautiful dresses on October 23rd. Kate looked elegant in Alexander Mc Queen, with matching hat, while George wore a handmade replica of the royal christening gown.

Kate Middleton Prince William and Prince George

Black to the Bone     

Actress Clara Paget attended a Gucci party on Bond Street, London, last month. Clara looked elegant in her below the knee dress with sheer detailing across the chest and long sleeves. This is perfect way to dress for the colder winter months and still look fashionable.

Nicole Scherzinger is becoming a regular feature on my Monthly Best Dressed list!  Nicole accessorised a figure hugging black one piece with a fun leopard print handbag and white shoes in London.

Clara Paget and Nicole Scherzinger

MTV presenter Laura Whitmore wore this black Christopher Kane creation to the Scottish Fashion Awards on October 9th,  demonstrating that sheer is definitely not going anywhere for winter.

Cara Delevinge brought some high fashion to the AMFAR event in Brazil. Cara accessorised her plain black jumpsuit with matching diamanté belt and necklace.

Laura Whitmore and Cara Delevigne

English rose and everyone’s favourite Crawley, Michelle Dockery, looked lovely in black at a ChildLine event in the Savoy Hotel London. The shoes let this outfit down but Michelle can carry them off.

Charlize Theron brought life to her simple black gown with intricate shoulder embellishments, a big trend from Spring/Summer 2014, as she attended the Beverly Hills Arts Gala.

Michelle Dockery and Charlize Theron

Print

Naya Rivera and Olivia Wilde wore similar white print trends.  Glee actress Naya, who was wedding dress shopping in LA, looked runway ready with her black bag and nude heels in her structured dress. Olivia sported a higher neck line and longer hem line to the International Women’s Foundation.

Olivia Wilde and Naya Rivera

Samantha Barks looked radiant in a printed mini dress at the Classic Brit Awards on October 2nd. The newly single actress matched her shoes to the subtle gold tones running through her dress.

Hunger Games actress Elizabeth banks wore a red printed crop top and matching skirt to the Variety Power of Women event on October 5th.

Elizabeth Banks and Samantha Barks

Casual Ladies

Cheryl Cole and Selena Gomez looked effortless this month in leather look trousers and white tops.

Model Karlie Kloss looked amazing as she posed for Coach’s new collection on the streets of New York.

Cheryl Cole Karlie Kloss and Selena Gomez

Julianne Hough and Lily Collins kept it causal but chic, at the 30Seconds to Mars concert in LA on October 13th. Julianne paired a plaid red top with a black leather jacket, leggings, gorgeous boots and a fun hat. Lily wore a long camel coat which she also accessorised with black.

Julianne Hough and Lily Collins 30 Seconds to Mars Concert

Green

Miley Cyrus wore this long sequined green number to The Fashion Group International event on October 22nd.  Somehow I have a feeling we won’t see Miley this covered up for a long time to come.

Miley Cyrus and Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts wore a dark green jumpsuit, not unlike the same one Nicole Scherzinger wore last month to and Autism Fundraiser in London.

Not forgetting the Fellas!

Michael Fassbender looked sharp as he took a break from gracing the front pages of magazines to attend to The Councillor premiere in London, October 9th.

Michael Fassbender and Prince Harry

Prince Harry kept it simple with a crisp white shirt, navy chinos and brown suede shoes, on October 1st as he left the Book of Mormon theatre show in Notting Hill, London.

As always, let me know your best dressed favourites!