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.

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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!

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Six Great Christmas Ads

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Love them or hate them, Christmas ads are an integral part of the festive season. For many Christmas officially starts once the ads hit our screens but this year, September to be exact, the ads came in thick, fast and uncommonly early. I’m sure I think that every year! As always, there have been some amazing new gems for 2013, mainly John Lewis and their annual Christmas short film. However, the classics will always have a place in our hearts.

John Lewis

It’s fast becoming a tradition for John Lewis to dominate with their annual Christmas ad.The remarkably Christmasy songs always do well in the charts and give lease of life to classic tunes, the instant success of Gabrielle Aplin and her version of The Power of Love springs to mind. Lily Allen’s adaptation of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know has added a magical touch to this years campaign.  The Hare and Bear are  likely to go down as one of the cutest Christmas couples.

 Kellogs Corn Flakes 

The Kellogs Corn Flakes ad is an all round Christmas favourite. Childhood memories of waiting up to hear Santa on the roof, leaving out milk, cookies, carrots, or in this instance Corn Flakes, come flooding back to us all when we see this ad. The excitement of Christmas eve is perfectly portrayed and it doesn’t hurt that the children are extremely cute. A real classic!

M&S 

Drawing inspiration from The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland, this years M&S ad stars model, actress and lingerie designer, Rosie Huntington Whitley, model David Gandy and actress extraordinaire, Helena Bonham Carter. The music is suitably magical, festive and recognisable. I can’t think of too many women that wouldn’t mind being whisked away on a magic carpet by David Gandy!  M&S are definitely bringing their brand and products to a whole new audience with this superb Christmas ad. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.

Guinness

Simply a wonderfully, magical Christmas ad. The music, the snow, the sentiment, everyone wrapped up safe and warm in their houses on Christmas eve. How idyllic!

Cadbury’s Chocolate 

This new Cadbury’s ad is every child’s dream, isn’t it?! Unwrapping mania at it’s best, with an upbeat, happy clappy tune to match.

 I’d love to know your favourite ads this Christmas!

Best Dressed September 2013

September is undoubtedly the month for all things fashion! New York Fashion week kicked off with a celebrity studded bang closely followed by London and Paris Fashion Weeks. While all eyes were on the runway and the coveted front row seats, the after parties displayed some elegant and interesting styles. GQ magazine hosted their Men of the year awards in London on September 3rd.Gorgeous men in impeccable suits, a great way to kick off the month! The Emmy Awards kicked off the first of a six month long red-carpet award season, which I covered in my post “Fashion Fix The Emmy Awards”. There was even a celebrity wedding this month when Millie Macintosh wed rapper beau Professor Green.  Film premieres, publicity tours, press events and more meant this month was jam packed with great outfits.

Here are my picks for best dressed.

Dynamic Duos 

Kate Middleton Prince William Tusk event 2013 september

The worlds most talked about couple Kate and William, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, steeped out in style at The Tusk Foundation Gala on September 12th. Kate displayed her post-baby-George-figure in a stunning sequined Jenny Packham gown as William looked smart in his tuxedo.

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl  NYFW 2013 and Moncler Opening Paris

Fashionista Olivia Palermo and boyfriend Johannes Huebl looked every inch the stylish couple as they took their front row seats at New York Fashion Week shows and attended the Moncler opening in Paris. Look at those shoes!!

Cheryl Cole Kimberly Walsh Robin Thicke Paula Patton

Cheryl Cole looked beautiful in a rose print red sheer dress as she supported Kimberly Walsh at her London book launch. Robin Thicke supported wife Paula Patton on the red carpet  fora her film premiere on September 26th.

Millie Mackintosh Professor Green Wedding Picture

Millie Mackintosh and Rapper Professor Green looked picture perfect as they said “I Do” on September 10th. Millie wore vintage Alice Temperly but kept her hair young in a braided updo.

Casual Chicas

Mollie King Selena Gomez

Twenty one year old Selena Gomez worked black skinny jeans and a black leather top which she accessorised with a box monochrome bag and sunglasses as she arrived at Kiss FM in London. Mollie King also wore black skinnies paired with a horse print top as she landed back in the UK.

Olivia Palermo Katherine Webb

There was no stopping Olivia Palermo this month as she kept it casual at Paris Fashion week. Olivia paired her blue jeans with a white top and red shoes.Sports illustrated model Katherine Webb also took her casual style to the airport. Isn’t her hair amazing!?

Black is the Colour

Michelle Dockery Roise Huntington Whitely Miranda Kerr

Michelle Dockery attended the HBO Emmy after party on September 22nd in a black sequenced blouson number. Rosie Huntington Whitley kept her head down and legs out as she left a London Fashion Week after party on September 17th. Model Miranda Kerr makes it onto the best dressed list again this month for this sheer lace dress that she wore to the Madmoiselle C premiere.

Print it Out

scarlet johanssen julia Roberts Michelle Dockery

Newly engaged Scarlett Johansson donned this spotted sweet heart dress while Julia Roberts displayed her legs in this red swirled dress with sleeves at the Toronto Film Festival. Michelle Dockery is here again enjoyed her trip to New York as she attended the Carolina Herrera show wearing autumns hottest colour, blue.

Don’t Forget the Fellas

Jake Gyllenhaal David Gandy Eddie Redmayne Justin Timberlake

Jake Gyllenhaal stepped out in New York after his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel live. Not sure about those dirty shoes though, Jake. David Gandy looked super sophisticated at the GQ awards as did Eddie Redmayne and music mogul Justin Timberlake.

Pink, Gold and Black

Mollie Sims Alison Williams

Model Mollie Sims stunned in this gold sparkling Marchesa mini in New York on September 12th.  Girls star Alison Williams rocked the black, brown and white trend at NYFW.

Jessica Alba Joanne Frogatt Kimberly Walsh

Jessica Alba stepped out in a pink ballerina style skirt with a long sleeved cropped jumper. Downton Abbey starlett, Joanne Frogatt looked gorgeous and girlie at the Venice Film Festival photo call for Life Stills on September 4th. Kimberly Walsh also wore a jumper skirt combo as she promoted her new book at Morrisons.

Let me know who was your favourite!