Celebrity & Red Carpet

Favourite Looks from Cannes 2016

A dream of mine is coming true this summer. I am going to the French Riviera! Whilst we are staying in Nice, we will be doing a day trip to Cannes. Yes, the celebrities will all be gone once the film festival is over but the place will be just as glamorous and exciting.

There is something about Cannes that just works for Kendall Jenner. This time last year she wore that exquisite purple Calvin Klein dress and just looked insanely stunning and now this year she has worn a really cool Versace gown. I love this entire look. I really don’t understand why she’s here with Magnum ice-cream but whatever, I suppose you need an excuse to actually attend events at Cannes if you’re not in the film business. She also wore a fantastic Elie Saab dress and also a Mathieu Mirano fringed dress which was pretty awesome too.

I also thought Blake Lively with her little baby bump looked fantastic. First in the Ferragamo coat dress and second in the Atelier Versace gown. Finally she wore a gold, belted slip. I had a dress so similar to this that I gave away a few months ago (it looked nowhere near as good on me, I blame the super pale skin) but now I wish I had kept it so I could recreate this look.

Lily-Rose Depp wore an off the shoulder Chanel look. Every single time I see a photo of her I am blown away at how stunning she is. It makes sense given her parents but it still blows me away. I wish I looked half as good as that at 16.

Kirstin Dunst wore white Dior Haute Couture. 

Eva Longoria wore Pamela Rowland.

Irina Shayk was in Miu Miu. There are feathers on the back!

Met Gala 2016

I was super excited for the Met Gala this year, mainly because I’ll actually get to see the exhibition for the first time ever! From the previews I’ve seen, the Chanel bridal look with the immense train is a stand out piece, along with some newer offerings from brands like Dior (under Raf Simons) and Prada. I’m excited to see it and explore the differences between handmade, laborious pieces and technologically created. I’m sure it will be marvellous.

An invite to the Met Gala is one of the most coveted in fashion. Nowadays I feel that celebrities attend just to attend, not because they have anything to do with fashion. Next year I hope that they trim the guest list slightly to people who have an impact on/interest in/some stake in the fashion industry but given the increased commercialisation of the event I doubt this will happen. Perhaps it is a good thing given that it is a fundraiser for the museum itself. I wonder if any of the celebrities in attendance actually donate anything to the Costume Institute, other than their presence on the red carpet?

I have to say, this is the event of the year where you can get off with taking the biggest risks in terms of fashion, not somewhere you would need to water it down. In my opinion, a lot of people could’ve pushed the theme a little further than they did, have fun with it instead of wearing straight off the runway dresses, but overall I think it was a good red carpet, although not as good as last year.

Since Manus x Machina (hand vs machine literally; man vs machine in simpler terms) is the title of the exhibition, I expected lots of silver, robotic, slightly futuristic looks and we got plenty of them. The element of the theme that I was most looking forward to was a fully technology created outfit, perhaps some 3D printing. I had hoped for some Chalayan (a true boundary pusher) or even Iris van Herpen. As far as I’m aware, neither of the designers were represented. Instead there was a helluva lot of Balmain and Louis Vuitton. I did like cool uses of texture (embellished latex on Beyonce, for example) and also the celebrities who totally switched up their look for the occasion (Zendaya’s hair looked amazing and also Kim Kardashian really suited lighter eyebrows).

In a dream world, I would’ve attended the opening wearing vintage couture, perhaps Galliano’s Dior (see above Fall 2006 looks), as something to represent the manus section of the exhibition. In a society increasingly reliant on technology (e.g. think of the havoc caused when emails go down in the office), I’d like to think man could come out on top. Or you could do a combination, how about a machine made dress hand-embellished? The clash of the two techniques and the way in which we will adapt to suit is important. And as the sub-title of the exhibition says, we are in the age of technology. However, I am obsessed with couture and the craft behind it. Let’s hope it is an art that never dies.

My best dressed

Amber Heard in Ralph Lauren Collection
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein
Lady Gaga in Versace (PS – I wish she had taken this even further)
Kendall Jenner in Versace
Kate Upton in Topshop
Alexa Chung in Thakoon
Beyonce in Givenchy
Anna Ewers in Jason Wu
Aja Naomi King in Prabal Gurung

And the best look of the entire evening…

Bella Hadid in Givenchy

 

All images from E! Online and Elle Magazine

10 Looks from the Fall 2016 Shows that Nicki Minaj Should Wear

My adoration towards Nicki Minaj is apparent now so this post should come as no surprise. It’s practically a regular series, just like my fashion week posts. I feel like I have barely seen anything from Nicki over the past month or so but given that she’ll soon be embarking on a press tour for the new movie that she’s in, perhaps some of these looks could be used for that?

She used to work with Rushka Bergman a lot for her styling but I’m not sure if they still work together. It always amazes me when you see how much Nicki’s look has changed since she first began her career to when she began to really get famous to now. Sometimes I miss the crazy looks that she sported from around 2010 – 2013 but then I looooove the new look that she’s worn since then so I can’t complain either way. Let’s face it, I’m such a fan that I don’t mind either way.

 

Dion Lee

Mugler

 

Cushnie et Ochs

I know Selena Gomez wore this already (and looked so great in it) but in a way I wish Nicki got there first. With some alterations to the top (obviously Nicki has boobs where this model doesn’t) I think this could’ve looked so good.

Herve Leger

Wes Gordon

Yeezy Season 3

Alexander Wang

 

 

Fausto Puglisi

Moschino

Julien David

Just the tunic, not the pants or shirt underneath

 

Best Looks of 2015

Now that the year has ended and I’m feeling very retrospective I thought it’d be fun to do a round-up of looks worn by the famous folk that I loved this year. I started off by compiling a list off the top of my head and then did some more digging around too. I’ll try not to include looks that I’ve already spoke about on here before for fear of being repetitive but if something is so good I might just have to include it.

What constitutes a good look is tricky. I often feel myself wanting to “up” my looks in daily life and dress a little better. For example, I feel I should accessorise better or wear heels instead of flats but then other times I think what’s the point if nobody’s looking. Also, when you’re getting dressed at 7am the effort levels are low.

Celebrities have more opportunities to dress well and that’s why I love them. Everyday, mundane tasks are rarely photographed (unless its the Kardashians, in which case their grocery shopping will be a headline on the Daily Mail website) so it is usually the bigger red-carpet events or at least occasions that require a little bit of effort. But hey, if they want to go in full on glam and heels just to go shopping then more fool them – at least they have a car service to take them from A to B, no need to worry about hauling their bags on the train!

In no particular order, see my favourite looks of the year:

Beyonce photographed in New York wearing Cushnie et Ochs, DSquared, and Givenchy – May 2015
Nicki Minaj at the VMAs in Labourjoisie – August 2015
Kylie Jenner at the Balmain X H&M launch in the brand – October 2015
Bella Hadid at Chrome Hearts Celebrates Art Basel – December 2015

 

FKA Twigs in Alexander McQueen at the Brit Awards – February 2015
Rihanna in Dior at the Annual Diamond Ball. The wrap is so old Hollywood glam. I love it – December 2015
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party – February 2015
Julia Roberts in Givenchy at the SAG Awards – January 2015
Beyonce in Proenza Schouler at the Grammys – February 2015
Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta at a “Still Alice” screening – January 2015
Kim Kardashian in Altuzarra, Tom Ford, and others at the Vogue Fashion Fund event – October 2015
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace at the Critics Choice Awards – January 2015
Kiernan Shipka in Dior at the Emmys – September 2015
Rihanna in Dior at the brand’s show – October 2015
Selena Gomez in Givenchy at the AMAs – November 2015
Beyonce in Givenchy at the Met Gala (I’m sick of naked dressing but this was insane) – May 2015
Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein in Cannes – May 2015
Nicki Minaj in Mugler at the BET Awards – June 2015
Zendaya at Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Gala – December 2015
Chrissy Teigen (an angel) in Solace London at the CFDA Awards – June 2015
Blake Lively in Roksanda promoting Preserve – April 2015

 

An icon in the making, the sweetest kid in America, North West in Balmain for a ballet lesson – May 2015

 

15 Looks Nicki Minaj Should Wear From The Spring 2016 Collections

Nicki Minaj is a queen. I truly mean that. I feel like she’s someone whose popularity is continuing to soar and I’m so happy about that. Something that I think has boosted her fame is her image overhaul which began around the time she joined American Idol. She stopped wearing the colourful wigs, wild make-up, and out-there outfits, and toned her look down – natural hair, more “normal” make-up, and a mix of high-end designer and fast-fashion clothes. To put it simply, she had a make-under. Whilst I do miss her old sense of style (it was so fun), I think she looks amazing now. For example, the VMA dress was a killer.

I find it fun to try and predict what Nicki is going to wear next, especially because she attends a few fashion shows nowadays and actually works with a brilliant stylist, Rushka Bergman, to create her red-carpet/event looks. There are a few designers who she clearly favours: the Alexanders (Wang & McQueen), namely. I’ll choose looks from designers I know she likes and also ones which I think she would like to be introduced to. I’m going to pick 15 different designers and select looks from their shows which I think she should wear (yes, I’m totally cheating with this post title). When I did this before, I actually got a couple looks spot-on that she wore. I wonder if the same will happen this time.

Also, on the topic of Nicki, read this NY Times profile – it’s amazing.

Jeremy Scott

Nicki used to wear a lot of Jeremy Scott back in the days when she used to dress more kooky and she still does wear a lot of his designs for Moschino. I think she would look great in this checkerboard cardigan, mixed and matched with this printed bikini. I think this would work great for a music video.

Givenchy

Another brand that Nicki seems to be rather fond of, Givenchy is a show which she actually attended in New York (wearing the designer head-to-toe, naturally). There were quite a few looks which stood out to me and I think would work, depending on the occasion. The first would be the dress which Joan Smalls wore – the black gown with the full skirt and fur – which I think would only be appropriate for a grand red carpet event (Oscars, Grammys, Met Gala) but I’m not sure there’s anything coming up soon that this would suit. The cross-over top and skirt combination that Pooja Mor wore would work well for a more casual event, however it isn’t often that you see Nicki in that type of neckline. Finally, I think that the feathered jacket with the bejewelled top and trousers would look insane. Nicki doesn’t often wear trousers to events but I think this could look great. Conversely, the trousers could easily be swapped out for a black pencil skirt. I’d go for Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist shoes in black with all of these looks.

Zac Posen

I’m not sure that Nicki has even worn a lot of Zac Posen but I wish she would – a ball gown would look fabulous. However, the look that I am going to suggest is the black bandeau strapless dress with the full skirt and slight tiers. I think this would look amazing if she had her hair down in a centre-part, a dark red or wine lip, and pointed black suede heels (Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo perhaps).

Burberry

There’s three different looks that I think could work from the Burberry show. The first is the long dress with the full skirt and sheer panels. I think Nicki would wear this firstly because it has transparent sections and therefore it would show off her insane body, and secondly because she has favoured a fuller skirt in the past. I’d also like to see her wear this black coat with gold details. I think this would work for a casual look (perhaps paired with some items from Fashion Nova, a store that she seems to love nowadays). Finally, I think this short taupe dress would work well. As I said before, she used to wear full skirts quite often and this one reminds me of Alexander McQueen dresses which she has been seen wearing before. I think the details on this are so pretty too.

Moschino

As I said before, Nicki likes Moschino. I think it’s a bit of a throwback to the wild outfits she wore when she was first blowing up. I think she’d buy these two t-shirt dresses because they’re both rather funny (the second being a Chanel-logo parody, another brand she’s fond of), maybe the boots, and also this coat. The coat reminded me of the one she wore for a Casio event in New York back in 2012.

Monique Lhuillier

The only time I can remember Nicki wearing Monique Lhuillier before was at the AMAs a few years ago when she wore the bright yellow gown – it was quite a moment. This look I’ve chosen is more casual than a full-on gown. On the runway it is styled with a white top underneath but I propose we remove that and just have the floral crop-top and skirt instead. This is a look that I really really really want to see her in because I can just imagine it looking so brilliant.

Christian Dior

Now that we know that this is Raf’s final collection for Dior, I feel that Nicki needs to wear something from the collection. I mean, who knows what the next collection will be like or who the hell will be designing it? Maybe the floral set was an omen that I missed – taking it full circle. I chose this simple jacket-dress, reminiscent of the infamous Bar Jacket. Hey, you’ve got to try the classics at least once right? Pair it with some tough looking boots and all will be good. I’m thinking something by Saint Laurent or Giuseppe Zanotti.

Balenciaga

Since I didn’t include any mainline Alexander Wang in this list, I thought I’d better include something from his swan song for Balenciaga. I see that next season will be one of change – will Nicki even wear Balenciaga if it isn’t designed by Wang? I opted for this white look with the shaping around the breasts, because I can only imagine that it would look better on someone with fuller breasts than the model – no offence intended, I’m in the small group too. Louis Vuitton

I went for this pink biker jacket from Nicolas’ latest collection. It reminded me of when Nicki used to be like Barbie. If only she’d go for one of the old Barbie necklaces with it. That would make my life. I can imagine her wearing this casually, perhaps shopping, flying, or the likes (I don’t know how she spends her downtime).

Alexander McQueen

Instead of going for one of the flowery, floaty looks from this show I propose something a little different – my favourite look in fact. Jeans and a top. I can see her going for this entire look to be honest. To make it perfect, I’d like black hair in a bun with a fringe, but that may be too much to ask!

Versace

I loved this season’s Versace. Raquel Zimmerman opened it by stomping down the runway in this khaki blazer which I’d love to see Nicki in. I also really like this dress which Gigi Hadid wore but I fear that it might be too associated with her already for someone else to wear it and nobody really wants a “who wore it better?” moment, so I think Natasha Poly’s could be a close alternative.

Oscar de la Renta

This dress was just so pretty that I couldn’t not include it on this list. I can imagine this with a centre-parted wavy hairstyle and matching lipstick. I know Nicki used to favour Oscar so maybe its time she wore something from the brand again.

Altuzarra

My favourite New York designer’s clothes have never been worn by Nicki as far as I know. That should change. I went for this exotic skin coat because I feel like it is her down to a tee – glamorous and luxurious and so fucking expensive. This would be a great introduction to the brand’s clothing.

Anthony Vaccarello

This dress may be pushing the limits a little in terms of how risque Nicki is willing to dress. However, if she’ll push the boundaries this far I’d be impressed. I loved Vaccarello’s show and this was one of my favourite dresses from it.

Ashish

The first thing I’ll say about this is that I suggest hiking the skirt up over the belly button to make it high waisted. I think that would look better (more flattering) and also show less unnecessary stomach. This is one of the looks that I think she’s least likely to wear, but I’ll include it anyway. Oh, and change the shoes too.

So there’s 15 different designers, a few more looks. You’ll probably have noticed that there’s a few major brands who I’ve left out – Balmain, Alexander Wang, and Chanel are just a few – and the reason for this was rather simple: I couldn’t see any looks that I’d put her in. I can guarantee that she’ll wear quite a few pieces from Balmain (she always does), maybe something from T by Alexander Wang or a custom modified runway piece (I couldn’t see any straight-off-the-runway that I’d put her in), and she’ll buy a few bags and maybe shoes from Chanel.

Is there a glaringly obvious look you think I’ve missed? Let me know. Apart from that, I’m fairly confident in my choices. I hope she wears at least one. Ruskha, it’s over to you now.

Camilla Belle in Monique Lhuillier

While this outfit looked nice at Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2016 runway show, Camilla Belle wears it so much better at the CFDA/Vogue’s Fashion Fund runway show and after-(tea) party than the model did on the runway. There were many guests at this event, most of whom were dressed nicely, but nobody could hold a candle to Belle this time around. I have to say though, Kim Kardashian’s look was one of her best in along time. It was an outdoor party which began with a runway show with looks from the 10 competitors (one of whom is Jonathan Simkhai who I am rooting for) who are up for the Fashion Fund prize. The winner of this year’s prize is due to be announced on November 2nd. 

Camilla Belle is someone who I know little about. I think the most I know about her is that she dated Joe Jonas soon after Taylor Swift did and then Taylor Swift wrote a song about her as a comeback, but I’m sure she’s done more than that (I just haven’t seen any of her movies). Her actual outfit, a embroidered floral crop top and trumpet skirt, was feminine and pretty without seeming too girly. I think that’s something that is tricky to do as women nowadays don’t want to be thought of as uber-girly and that can cause people to shy away from traditionally girly clothes and patterns like floaty skirts, florals etc. I also think that super-tight bodycon clothes are very much in fashion, as is ruching, so it is nice to see a skirt which has a bit of a flare but is properly fitted. Simply, this look is a breath of fresh air.

This is one of these posts where I begin writing it then realise that I have so little to say. How the hell do people manage to come up with captions for red carpet photos all the time? I cannot intellectualise it. All I want to say is that she looks good, I love the crop top, and that this is one of the few times that a full runway look (minus the shoes) actually looks better than it did on the model – I think her hair and eyebrows make all the difference (I love full eyebrows). Instead of rambling, I’ll leave it at that. She looks amazing, agree or disagree?

2015 Emmys Best Dressed

I haven’t always been one to care about award shows. A lot of the time I don’t even know what is nominated or who has won. I do care about the red carpet though. I think it is an opportunity for the best gowns to be worn by beautiful people. I used to love watching “The Rachel Zoe Project” because she was always styling celebrities for appearances and she put them in great outfits that could only be worn there, giving them a real moment. Red carpet stylists aren’t always given enough credit (we often think fashion editors are higher up than them in terms of respectability), because when you think of it, red carpet appearances can make a star’s career. A good look can get you publicity online, on the covers of magazines, and even on the front page of national newspapers – that kind of exposure, especially if it is positive, is priceless.

I think, using Zoe’s own terminology, there were a lot of moments at the Emmys. See my favourites below:

Laverne Cox in Calvin Klein Collection. I’ve noticed that Francisco Costa seems to create a lot of red carpet looks that are always simple – a Calvin Klein hallmark – but stunning (think Kendall Jenner at Cannes). The colour looks insane on Laverne and the neckline makes her boobs look amazing.
Taraji P. Henson in custom Alexander Wang. Everyone’s favourite lady of the moment, Taraji looked cool as hell especially with the chain straps. However, wearing great designer gear isn’t much of a change for her as her character on Empire, Cookie, has the greatest wardrobe on television at the moment.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell. Fresh off the runway from his NYFW show, Lady Gaga wore one of her stylist’s creations to the Emmys. I can’t think of a better brand ambassador to be honest because she is wearing his dress brilliantly.
Amy Schumer in Zac Posen. Whilst I’m not a fan of the hair, the dress is classic Zac Posen – flattering, luxurious, and a stunning colour.
Kiernan Shipka in Dior. I can’t believe she is younger than I am yet infinitely cooler. I want to be her friend. I think she is at a difficult age in terms of red carpet dressing because she will likely see certain ensembles that are stunning but not age appropriate (and yes, I do think there’s such thing as age appropriate with clothes even if we think we can wear anything as teenagers). However, she nails it every time. She doesn’t dress conservatively but she does save herself some modesty by opting for really cool looks – and Dior works for her.
Padma Lakshmi in Romona Keveza. This colour is stunning (and has been spotted on quite a few runways in New York), I love the ruched bustier of the top, and the skirt of the dress looks fluid. I normally don’t like fishtail but I do like this take on it. Imagine this in white – a dream wedding dress.
Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda. Can you believe this is Dawn from Mad Men? I didn’t even recognise her. She looks amazing and it’s fun to see her in modern day dress (I’ve only ever seen her in costume). The dress reminded me a bit of Dolce & Gabbana, I think it was the pattern. However, I would’ve removed the beaded belt and replaced it with a plain sash.

2015 VMAs Best Dressed

Oh the VMAs. The drama-filled music event which is attended by those who have literally nothing to do with the world of music. Quite a few big pop culture moments have occurred at the annual award show: Britney and Madonna’s kiss; Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift; Lady Gaga’s meat dress; Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s odd performance; and now this year, Nicki Minaj calling out the host herself, the aforementioned Miley Cyrus.

However, I am not here to dwell on the actual show. I want to talk about the stars’ sartorial choices. I’m going to make a list of my picks for the 5 best dressed of the night. See below:

NICKI MINAJ in Labourjoisie

I hope she works with Rushka Bergman for a long time because her looks have been utterly fabulous in the past year or so.

GIGI HADID in Emilia Wickstead

Whilst I think Gigi would’ve looked better had the dress been a little more closed at the front (a high slit still could’ve worked though), the colour looks insane on her.

KYLIE JENNER in Balmain

I’m not a Kylie fan but I cannot deny that she looks so good here. The hairstyle suits her and I love the dress, although I could never wear something so short personally.

SELENA GOMEZ

I didn’t love her first Calvin Klein dress that she wore on the red carpet but she looks amazing in this dress which she changed into for the actual show. She just has a great body and this dress flaunts it.

LILY ALDRIDGE in Alexandre Vaulthier

The plunging neckline couldn’t be any lower but somehow she still looks great. The risqué top is balanced out by the fishtail bottom.

What do you think? Would you have picked somebody else to be on this list?

Kendall Jenner in Cannes

When I seen Kendall Jenner’s Calvin Klein gown at the Amfar gala my eyes welled up with tears. I adore it, and yes a good dress can bring me to tears. I get emotional over the aesthetics (sad, I know). Then when I later seen photos of the dress, sans train, I loved it even more. It was the perfect transition. The dress, as I’m sure you’ve seen, is a purple and strappy with a beautiful flowing train. Her hair and make-up was also beautiful, understated yet not undone. Basically, I now love Kendall and I hope you all do too. I kid, I kid.

From vogue.com

Also, special mention to Dita Von Teese (one of my fave ladies since the noughties) who has worn flawless look after flawless look all week in Cannes, many of which were designed by Ulyana Sergeenko, the Russian couturier who I also adore; Sienna Miller, who wore Ralph Lauren; and Sasha Luss in Ulyana Sergeenko, too.