The Oscars 2014 Fashion Recap

Better late than never! After some technical issues (fancy cover-up speak for a broken laptop), I’ve finally complied my favourite red carpet looks from The 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Best Actress Winner Cate Balnchett wearing Armani Prive

Best Actress Winner Cate Balnchett wearing Armani Prive

Cate pulled out all the fashion stops on  the red carpet in this embellished Armani Prive dress. The gorgeous gown included capped sleeves, a high neck line, fitted waist and a flowing skirt. I think this is possibly one of the best red carpet  looks of the 2014 Awards Season. The simple retro waves, statement earnings tie and natural makeup bring the look effortlessly together, giving it an old Hollywood glam vibe. The perfect gown to be immortalised in when looking back at her win.

Lupita Nyong'o wearing Prada

Lupita Nyong’o wearing Prada

Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o stunned on the red carpet in a baby blue Cinderella worthy, Prada gown. The simplicity of this dress is ultimately what makes it so timeless and chic. Lupita also kept her accessories to a minimum. The most notable, and talked about, was her cute hair band. I’ve included a picture below that I feel shows this dreamy, princess quality of this dress. A perfect ending to an unbelievable run of dresses for Luptia. I can’t wait to see what she will wear next.

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Angelina Jolie in Ellie Sabb

Angelina Jolie in Ellie Sabb

Looking much like the iconic golden statues, Angelina Jolie looked breathtakingly beautiful in gold Ellie Sabb. The sheer nude base with sequence appliqué is so on trend for 2014. Angelina brought it to another level of sophistication and elegance. Her swept back hair and subtle smoky eye, allowed her giant diamond earrings to shine without detracting the her magnificent dress.

Amy Adams wearing Gucci

Amy Adams wearing Gucci

Nominee Amy Adams, wore a navy Gucci gown to walk the red carpet. Many fashion critics have slammed Amy for wearing this simple, skulpted gown but I quite like it. I think the colour is great on her and it is tailored to perfection. Maybe a necklace or a softer hair style would have taken this dress to the fashion level everyone expects from Amy. Overall though, a great red carpet dress.

Kate Hudson wearing Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson wearing Atelier Versace

Kate looked  stunning in Versace on the red carpet. She incorporated this years biggeest trend, the cape, in an entirely new and sophisticated way.  The embellishments and wrap detail on the waist, show off Kate’s amazing figure.  One of the best looks this year from the Oscars!Kerry Washington wearing Jason Wu

Heavily pregnant Kerry Washington opted for a brown, strapless Jason Wu dress on the redcarpet. Kerry has had her ups and downs this red carpet seson, I’m on the fence about this dress. I think the silver bar detailing at the bust looks like she has stuck a pen down her top for safe keeping and it is a little bit wrinkled at the bottom.That said, what really won me over with this look was Kerry’s hair and makeup. The soft updo and dark lip and nails work well for Kerry. Overall a very Grecian inspired look.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Actress and presenter on the night, Emma Watson made her Oscars red carpet debut in a grey and black Vera Wang gown. I love the two tones at play in this dress and the glittery material. I feel Emma had the opposite problem to Kerry Washington. Emma’s hair, makeup and acessories were a bit lack lustre and let her look down. The messy side parting look like she jumped out of the shower and only half blow dried her hair. The rings and earrings were also a bit too much but the beautiful dress makes up for these mistakes.

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Camila Alves wearing Gabriela Cadena

Camila Alves looked her usual stunning self in this pink Babriela Cadena dress. The draping of the train and the over the shoulder drape are extremely elegant. Keeping her accessories to a minimum with a matching clutch, Camila let her dress do all the work.

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent

Best supporting Actor winner, Jared Leto looked super chic in a white tuxedo Saint Laurent jacket and black tuxedo trousers. Deviating from the normal, been there done that black tux, Jared also incorporated a red bow tie and skinny black pocket square. I love that Jared, and co-star Matthew Mc Conaghey, opted for white instead of the traditional black. Is anyone else shocked that he is 42 years old? I wouldn’t have placed him a day over 30!

Matthew Mc Conaghey in Dolce and Gabana

Matthew Mc Conaghey in Dolce and Gabana

Like Jared Leto, Matthew opted for a white tailed suit jacket. I love this look on Mc Conaghey. The black waist coat and bow tie make it an Oscar worthy look. Winner of Best Actor, Mc Conaghey topped off a great red carpet season with this look.

Jeremy Renner in Riccardo Tisci

Jeremy Renner in Riccardo Tisci

American Hustle star Jeremy Renner looked dashing in Riccardo Tisci. Similarly to Leto and Mc Conaghey, Renner opted for a black jacket and trouser combo with white shirt and bow tie. Very stylish!

Michael B Jordan wearing Givenchy

Michael B Jordan wearing Givenchy

Looking the epitome of cool, Michael B Jordan oozed style and sophistication on the red carpet in Givenchy. I love the addition of a tin pin to Michael’s look. The silver plate over the shoes are a bit confusing and I have to confess I’ve never seen the like before but I think I like them…Random shoes accessories aside, Michael looked like Mr Cool on the red carpet with a dazzling style to match!

As always, let me know who you’re favourite was, even if they were not mentioned here.

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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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Summer Reads Part 2

This summer it’s time to make the most of your free reading time before college, university, school or work takeover control again.
While your typical summers day may not involve embezzlement, fraud, reckless driving, a murder case or life as a circus hand, why not grab the opportunity to experience them?!

The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort (RRP £8.99)

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About: The story of how Wall Street’s biggest multimillionaire banker, known as the Wolf of Wall Street, had it all and lost it all!  Sinking yachts, running up $700,000 luxury hotel room bills and landing helicopters completely stoned.  Told by the Wolf himself, this is a tory of the “ill-fated genius”. Trivia: Soon to be released as a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey.

The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly (RRP £7.99)

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About: Defending drug-dealers, bikers, con artists and drunk drivers is the norm for L.A lawyer Mickey Haller.  Travelling from courthouse to courthouse in a black Lincoln town car, Haller finally get his first big paying, high profile case in the form of  Beverly Hills rich boy, Louis Roulet, who has been accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. As the evidence begins flooding in Haller believes he may have been assigned his easiest case yet, an innocent man. As the trial begins Haller soon realises he has bitten off more than he can chew with Roulet.

Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen (RRP £ 8.99)

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About: The Great Depression Strikes again! Jacob Jankowski finds himself orphaned, penniless and desperate for work. He joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a travelling circus. Now in his nineties, Jacob recalls himself as a young man and the events that changed his life forever. Haunted by his memories of the beautiful Marlena, the wife of the cruel, merciless, circus master and star of the show, Jacob tells a story lf love, trust and hope. Together Jacob and Marlena train Rosie, the elephant bought to save the circus. Sparks soon fly between Jacob and Marlena, and it’s only a matter of time before the crew, including the Ring Master, begin to notice.

The Help – Kathyrn Stockett (RRP £7.99)

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About: It’s 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. Here, the black maids raise the white babies. When twenty two year old Skeeter learns that her maid, friend and confidante, Constantine has disappeared, she vows to get to the bottom of it.  Aibileen, a black maid who has raised seventy white babies, struggles to deal with the loss of her own son. The short, fat and mouthy maid Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, loses her job and in the process her previous employer ruins her reputation. Throughout the story we watch as these three woman come to terms with their losses. All three are connected and soon, their stories collide. An amazing, humours and full of hope, The Help will stand the test of time.

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffienegger (RRP £8.99)

The Time Traveller's Wife

About:  Meet Henry DeTamble. Henry unwillingly travels through time, pulled without warning, into his past or future. When Henry meets Claire Abshire, a young and beautiful artist, they embark on a unique and unconventional relationship. Far away from the soppy romance stories that dominate bookshelves worldwide, The Time Traveller’s Wife is a romantic, unique and moving story about two lovers caught in the trap of time!

Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Kluassmann (RRP £7.99)

Tigers in Red Weather

About: A nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Tigers in Red Weather depicts cousins Nick and Helena’s summer of cocktails, champagne and parties. After the Second World War the girls’ lives are just getting started. Helena is off to Hollywood to begin her life as a new wife, while Nick awaits the return of her husband from the war.  When Nick and Helena both return to Tiger Estate in the 60’s with their families and husbands, they discover the victim of a brutal murder. The violence surrounding the murder brings family secrets and lies to the surface.

You can find my Summer Reads Part 1 here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/summer-reads-part-1-2/
Let me know your favourite summer reads in the comments below!