ITWBN: Get To Know Me

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As part of the Into The West Blogger Network, this week I’m writing up an article all about myself. Usually I keep the focus on what is going on on the catwalk or at the latest fashion events, which is why turning the tables and writing about myself is definitely something a little different!

This week’s challenge is in aid of the ITWBN meet-up happening on April 12 in the G Hotel in Galway city. Just like every other Galway blogging event, it’ll be filled with fun, friends and interesting conversation. My best mate Babs of BabsScribbles will be coming up for the occasion (which I’m SO excited for) and we’ll all be getting dolled up to have some fashion talk and some business card swapping!

So onto me. The challenge is for me to tell you 10 things about myself. I don’t know about you but I find these things really difficult – like those Bebo quizzes we all used to fill out years ago. Finding 10 interesting facts about yourself that will cover both fashion and my personal life makes me feel ill because who knows what other people actually find interesting? So here are 10 things about me that people might/might not know and we’ll go from there! I’ve picked questions from other blogs just to help me out!

 

What Started Your Career In Fashion Blogging?

I always wanted to be a lawyer when I was younger and never even considered writing as a career. After putting down Journalism on my forms on a whim, I got into the course in University of Limerick and never looked back. However, it wasn’t until my second year that I considered fashion – after writing an article for the college newspaper as a favour, I turned out to love doing it and five months later, I was the fashion editor of the paper. Since then, that’s been the only career in my mind and the one I intend to follow!

What Is Your Favourite Colour?

I adore the colour red – I think it is one of those colours that embodies confidence and strength in a woman and every woman should own at least one item of red clothing. But I never actually wear it myself as I don’t think it suits my skin tone – leaning more towards deep blues and dark green. I do make up for it by wearing lashings of red lipstick though so I suppose I do incorporate it in there somewhere!

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If You Won The Lotto Tonight, What Would You Buy?

I don’t think I’d go too mad to be honest. I’d get practical things like driving lessons and probably a house and then save some for the future. Major shopping trip first obviously!

What Kind Of Style Do You Like?

I chop and change depending on my mood. One day I want to wear sleek monochrome and others i love throwing in splashes of colour. I don’t really have a particular style but I do like to look and feel powerful in my clothes so wearing something that suits me gives me a real pick-me-up!

Have You Ever Had An Operation?

Yes, I’ve had three! One after a bike accident when I was 7 to stitch my chin back together and two on my nose! Awful rock and roll for someone that is overly cautious!

What Inspires You?

The idea that you can do a job that you love, be financially secure from a little hard work. I’m constantly working towards my goal of being a fashion journalist, doing everything from networking with people to freelancing for different publications and I’ll continue to do it until I reach that goal. Never give up and all that!

What Is Your Make-Up Secret?

I have a couple of different products I couldn’t live without! Benefit Boi-ing concealer covers all those blemishes for days that I’m just not arsed putting on make-up. Also it cover my tattoo when necessary! My Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is also AMAZING, I use it every day whether it’s work or a night out and the black shade is perfect as an eyeliner!

How Many Places Have You Lived?

Tons! I grew up in London and moved to Tipperary, Ireland when I was 9. I moved to Limerick to go to uni, lived in Budapest for Study Abroad for six months and moved to Galway last year! I’m heading back to London in a few months and hopefully then I’ll stick to one place for a while!

What Is Your Guilty Pleasure?

Crap TV and my pyjamas! I spend so much time on the computer on my site Intrigue.ie and blogging for sites that sometimes I love to sit on the sofa and chill out with some terrible reality show! You name it, I’ve probably watched it!

What Are Your Hobbies?

I dunno if I have that many hobbies. Writing and editing takes up a lot of my time! I do love reading, hanging out with friends, going out for the day with Brian, relaxing with some music, shopping and I suppose writing!

 

Until then.

Keep Styling,

Em

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PFW

I’m in complete denial about the A/W fashion season being over. The runway fashion, the street style; I’ve been watching with awe for the last four weeks as the best Autumn/Winter collections have been showcased in front of our eyes. The last port of call was Paris – the city of love – and the fashion capital made us fall in love with fashion all over again.

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After some mixed collections in London and Milan, Paris went back to the more wearable winter colours. Balenciaga – with Alexander Wang at the helm – combined darker and heavier fabrics like wool and leather with bright prints and colours such as purple, orange and blue, all very stylish but sensible. We’re still waiting to evaluate Raf Simons’ performance at Christian Dior but his A/W collection was beautiful. This new Dior is so much simpler than it was under John Galliano with none of the theatrics but this runway collection was clean and desirable – mostly black with splashes of colour: perfect for winter.

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The theme of dark colours with splashes of colour was continued throughout other designer showcases such as Stella McCartney. Her collection was a workingwoman’s dream – suits, dresses and knitwear perfect for the office, nights out and pieces that can be worn from day to day. Paris Fashion Week this season was built on the foundation durability and wearable items and most of the designers fit this brief. Saint Laurent had all the makings of a stylish teenage girl’s wardrobe – angsty and unpredictable. With a whopping amount of looks, Slimane’s models donned black eyeliner, frowns and Wednesday Addams-style pinafores and collars. I want pretty much everything in this collection – my wallet is crying at this stage.

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In a different move, Karl Lagerfeld created a supermarket at Chanel’s runway collection. Instead of the dark hues in a lot of other catwalk shows, Chanel showcased some bright, colourful patterns and colours. Everyone from Cara Delevingne to Joan Smalls partook in the grocery shopping wearing candy shades and futuristic looking dresses. Valentino went a little more geometric and graphic with their patterns, using lots of bright red, pinks and greens to make a desirable collection for every occasion. A personal favourite are the Peter Pan collared shift dresses – chic yet easy to wear. Sarah Burton added that little bit of drama into the Alexander McQueen show, using splashes of monochrome, navy and purple to make a theatrical but beautiful catwalk collection, paired with some pretty random cornrows.

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It’s been a mixed bag of a fashion week season. There has been a clashing combination of colours, cuts and fabric – it seems as though there is confusion between seasons. Nonetheless, our favourite designers came up trumps with some fantastic designs and surprisingly wearable outfits. It’s been a fantastic Fashion Week season for models like Kendall Jenner, who – on her debut Fashion Week season – made friends with Anna Wintour, modelled for brands from Chanel to Giles and got her name out there in the fashion world as fellow model Cara Delevingne did the few seasons before that.

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I’m already looking forward to seeing the S/S15 collections – it feels strange to be talking about winter clothes when it hasn’t even hit springtime yet. Until then, check out all the catwalks and the street style and see how you can update your wardrobe for next season! I’ve already started!

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, astairwaytofashion.com

Until next time,

Keep styling,

Em

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The Best Dressed of the Oscars 2014

Was anyone else a little bored last night watching the red carpet? I’ve been looking forward to the Oscars since the award season began, hoping for something a little fresh and different, yet last night handed me no great surprises in the style department. Those women who always dress well did so but there were no outfits that filled me with dread or anything noteworthy so I’ve decided to leave worst-dressed out of today’s post. There were too many dresses that just bored me! However, the night wasn’t completely lacking – there were a few fabulous gowns by some of the usual suspects and of course, some funny moments that make the Oscars so much fun to follow.

I have left a couple of people off this list that people have been raving about – Jennifer Lawrence and Kerry Washington – for obvious reasons, I didn’t like their style. J-Law wore a beautiful Dior dress (surprise surprise) and she looked lovely but I’m getting so bored of the same look from her all the time and was hoping for something different. Kerry Washington’s maternity style was a miss this time and made her look a lot bigger than she is – not the aim when you’re pregnant, I imagine! Nonetheless, I have compiled a list of my favourites so enjoy and don’t forget to tell me your favourites!

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Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen, Charlize Theron in Dior, Amy Adams in Gucci and Julie Roberts in Givenchy

Many of the Oscar dresses looked exactly the same, using light and airy shades of cream. However these ladies stepped out of the mould and chose dresses that were darker. The style of the dress is quite similar, however the cuts and fabrics made each starlet stand out. Sandra Bullock really won this award season with her style, from that green Lanvin gown at the SAG Awards to the Prabal Gurung colour-block number at the Golden Globes. This Alexander McQueen dress was no different and gave her a regal air. Charlize Theron was rightly named one of the best-dressed of the night in this fantastic Dior gown. In past years, she has taken to wearing John Galliano but this works and flatters every curve. By now, you’ll probably know I don’t like Amy Adams – however, her style choices this year have impressed me and this Gucci makes her figure look sensational. She lost out on the Best Actress gong along with Sandra Bullock but both won major style points. This Givenchy gown is phenomenal on Julia Roberts, who was up for Best Supporting Actress, and definitely gave me some dress envy. The colour, cut, fabric; everything was working here and her simple up-do finished the look off perfectly.

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Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra and Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

There were so many similar dresses on the night, I found that the light-coloured dresses all blended into one. These ladies stood out for me because their style and confidence was just exceptional and there was something a little different about these gowns. Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett stunned in this elegant yet fun Armani Prive with floral embellishment. Her simple hairstyle and jewellery let the dress do the talking and it certainly did that! Kate Hudson looked phenomenal in this white Atelier Versace gown that flattered every curve and kept the critics talking about her. We all know Jenna Dewan-Tatum always has the best arm-candy in the form of Channing Tatum but this Reem Acra number let her stand out on her own and the dress is incredibly beautiful without being too much. Kristen Bell is always great entertainment and I love her and her husband Dax as a couple. Last night she impressed me in this fabulous Roberto Cavalli dress teamed with simple hair and make-up. Who’d have thought she just had a baby?

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Kristen Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli and Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Metallics was a big trend on the red carpet this season but these are the only two metallic dresses I liked from the Oscars. Other A-Listers like Jessica Biel tried and – in my opinion – failed. Kristen Chenoweth looks gorgeous in this Roberto Cavalli gown (a popular designer this event) and managed to pull off metallic without looking like the Oscar statue. Her pixie cut and minimal jewellery gave this dress all the attention it needed – I wouldn’t have done anything different. I have so much love for Emma Watson and she cannot put a foot wrong when it comes to fashion. This Vera Wang is both classy and sexy, something that Emma seems to look for in a dress and always pulls it off!

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

The deserving Best Supporting Actress winner was also the best dressed on the night. Lupita Nyong’o has been the talk of Hollywood this award season – both as a breakout star and a style icon. This being her first film role hasn’t phased her in the slightest and she has eased into the red carpet lifestyle with ease. This Prada gown follows in a long line of amazing designer gowns that she has made her own and the colour is beautiful against her dark skin tone. I probably would’ve left the hairband at home though.

Here are some of my favourite moments from the selfie seen round the world to Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing all of U2. Moments like this make the Oscars go from stuffy award ceremony to a party with a serious amount of fun!

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The Selfie Seen Round The World

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The most star-studded selfie you’ll ever see – tweeted by Ellen at the Oscars last night. This picture has now broken world records, being retweeted over two million times by last count! I want in on this!

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These two presenting – because I want them to magically become a couple!

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Because Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing U2 was possibly the funniest thing ever!

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And more photo-bombing from the gorgeous Jared Leto who also won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.

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These two being extremely cute – adorable couple alert. Also the picture below with Lupita really made me laugh!

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Gorgeous photos like this make the Oscars for me. These portraits were taken at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party last night by photographer Mark Seliger and captured the essence of the Oscars in his pop-up studio. Check out some of his fantastic photographs here and look at how beautiful Zooey Deschanel and Lupita Nyong’o are!

Until next time,

Keep Styling

Em

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Photos c/o elle.com, vanityfair.com & buzzfeed.com

LFW

ON we go to London Fashion Week and the style got so much better than the week before. The weather brightened, the street style got a hell of a lot better and we saw a flash of something new. The theme of androgyny stuck through LFW but not in the obvious in-your-face way that NYFW liked to portray.

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Our own fashion exports did us proud with some beautiful standout pieces that were fairly Irish weather permitting. Orla Kiely put the focus on some beautiful coats and knitwear – ensuring that the adoring masses would be warm and cosy throughout the A/W season. She kept to a very neutral palette of baby pink, baby blue, cream and black but everything was bang on trend and I ended up coveting everything on the runway! New initiate of the LVMH brand J W Anderson was being watched very closely after his move to new brand Loewe but his style was as innovative as ever. The corduroy was, perhaps, not to my taste but the silhouettes and shapes that he created were beautifully fluid.  

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Another trend that popped up out of the woodwork was lots of colour. I mean, 80s ‘on acid’ colour. One designer who championed this is House of Holland. His designs look surprising easy to wear if you toned down the colour scheme a tad and the introduction of these bright colour for the A/W season was a breath of fresh air. Ashish embraced the colour and the 80s theme too but turned the runway into a prom night with lavender tulle and neon sequins. Maybe think 80s roller disco…better dig out those skates.

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It’s said Alice Temperley headed to Italy for some inspiration and her runway reflected the religious aspects of Italian culture. There were some beautiful prints and blue tones that reminded me of Spode china patterns. The blues and reflective grey hues were reminiscent of the beautiful Italian countryside and there was a slight Middle Eastern feel to the collection. Mary Katrantzou also went back to her floral roots, much to my satisfaction. The colours were much deeper than her usual collections but really were a testament to the way her designs are growing and improving – I was extremely impressed.

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Burberry Prorsum was a cacophony of colour and fabrics, featuring a lot of our favourite models including Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and Jourdan Dunn. There was a strong Navajo theme running through the show and used very bright colours for an Autumn/Winter collection. Overall the show was a great success but the show of the week went to Topshop Unique. There was a real British theme to the show and it was constantly tweeted and blogged about throughout LFW. The strong colours, the furs and leathers; everything just came together in a gorgeous collection of coveted clothing. Damn my empty purse.

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It was a big week for Cara Delevingne as she revealed her first mini-collection for Mulberry during LFW. She modelled the three pieces at a party during the week and it’s no shocker that the collection went down a treat! Kendall Jenner made the news again by modelling for the Giles fashion show and also making friends with Anna Wintour, something her big sister is famous for being unable to achieve. Bring on Milan Fashion Week but I won’t be the only one that will long for that awesome unrefined British street style now LFW is over!

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

 

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, vanityfair.it, popbee.com, puttheradioon.blogspot.com

Best Moments Of The Grammys 2014

The Grammys last night were everything short of amazing. I wasn’t able to catch the action straight away so was resigned to watch the fashion highlights and the action unfold on other sites like Twitter where everyone was on about the shocks of the night. I was very much disappointed! There is only a handful of dresses that I had any opinion about whatsoever…and that’s not a good thing! So here are a few of my favourite moments from the Grammys (style and otherwise) 2014!

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Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry, Ariana Grande in Dolce & Gabbana and Tamar Braxton

The bright dresses of the night really stood out and there were a few lovely choices. Giuliana Rancic has been getting it so right this award season and this orange Alex Perry gown is no different. The coral dress gives her a really beautiful shape and it was a solid choice to wear orange. Ariana Grande looked adorable as ever in a black floral Dolce & Gabbana gown that was a gorgeous, vintage style on her and the floral pattern gave it that real 50s vibe. Nominee Tamar Braxton looked amazing in that figure-hugging red gown that everyone has been talking about and I’m now coveting this gown!

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Sarah Hyland in Emilio Pucci, Taylor Swift in Gucci Premiere and Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

Monochrome and metallics were recurring themes…AGAIN! However, this time things were a little different and the dresses were a little bit special. Sarah Hyland looked gorgeous in a Emilio Pucci gown that was very reminiscent of her age and its short flirty length made her look great! I hate to say it but Taylor Swift looked phenomenal in this Gucci Premiere gown, it suits her down to the ground and the metallic hue is bang on trend. Kelly Osbourne looked gorgeous in this caped Badgley Mischka dress and the embellished shoulders were a genius idea for her body shape.

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Sara Bareilles in Blumarine, Alicia Keys in Armani Prive, Anna Kendrick in Azzaro, Rita Ora in Lanvin and Katy Perry in Valentino Couture

As always, there are a few fashion misses. Sara Bareilles looked a little like Big Bird in this Blumarine gown, it might work if the dress was all one length but the train just threw this piece off. Alicia Keys was spot on with the colour of her Armani Prive gown but the shape didn’t flatter her figure the best it could and the slit was too low. Anna Kendrick’s Azzaro gown was both too safe and too risky at the same time – the colour was drab but her cleavage was stuffed into it! Rita Ora’s Lanvin gown looked like a bad Quality Street wrapper but I’ll give her extra points for how hot Calvin Harris looked! Katy Perry’s Valentino Couture dress was a risk worth taking but the colour and cut didn’t suit her at all. A deeper colour would have been a much better choice!

Pharrell and his magic hat!

Pharrell and his magic hat!

Not a particularly great fashion statement but this hat took over the Grammys. Not only was everyone talking about it but the hat even got its own Twitter account. I’m not quite sure whether he was trying to look like a Canadian Mountie or Yogi Bear but this ensemble did give me a giggle. Also loved the really poignant moment during Macklemore’s song ‘Same Love‘ where 33 couples – both straight and gay – were married by Queen Latifah…very emotional but from some of the comments made, the world still has a long way to go in terms of same-sex marriage! This world, huh!

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Photos c/o ibtimes.com, huffingtonpost.com, mirror.co.uk, nypost.com

How To Wear Pastels & Florals This Spring

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THERE is nothing more predictable than pastels in spring, is there? Every year we wait for a burst of creativity from our favourite fashion houses yet surprise surprise, the candy hues arrive on the catwalks again. These bright saccharine colours have started to fill me with that fashion ennui that is usually only reserved for bootleg jeans and kitten heels and this boredom returns with a vengeance every year.

Don’t get me wrong; I do love a splash of pastel in my wardrobe. Honestly. It’s great to dress up in those brighter colours after a winter wardrobe of dark hues and numerous shades of black. However, after a little while, the cutesy pastels and floral prints get a little less chic and a lot more boring. So this season, how about breaking the mould a little? I love Zooey Deschanel’s quirky style as much as the next person but what if we give those pastels and adorable prints the old heave ho and mix them with something a little outside the norm? Brands like J Crew have made standing out from the crowd a little easier by making their floral and pastels a little more masculine. I’ve given a few of my suggestions for combatting the candy striper look to appear a little more high fashion.

The Shirt: When I think of pastel, I usually think of cute 50s blouses in shades of lavender, mint and baby pink. In a name: Mad Men. This season, stay away from the blouse style and steer towards long-sleeved shirts instead, Burberry style. Even if the shirt is floral or baby blue, having a more masculine cut will tie in with both the androgynous and inevitable pastel catwalk trends for Spring/Summer 2014 and teaming it with leather or other tough fabrics will give it the edge your outfit needs.

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The Trousers: These suit more people than the fashion industry would have you believe; it’s all about having the right cut and fit for you. They don’t have to be those god-awful palazzo pants that were all the rage a couple of years ago with offensively large flowers on them or god forbid, baby pink cords. It’s all about doing it in moderation; picking a colour and style that suits you and toughening it up with some studs, high-necked, heavier materials or darker colours.

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The Blazer: This only works if you’re mixing it with a far more masculine cut or colour throughout your outfit. Blazers are a fantastic invention for us women: they suit every shape and sizes, can be dressed up or dressed down and go with just about everything. Wearing this with a pair of leather leggings and boots or an androgynous-style outfit keeps you bang on trend for the summer without have to look like something that sauntered out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Check out Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason’s collection for London Fashion Week SS14 that incorporates some gorgeous vibrant prints with androgynous cuts that isn’t unlike early Mary Katrantzou.

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The Coat: Since we live in Ireland and realistically it’ll be cold most of the year, you’ll still need to have a fantastic coat to get you from winter to summer. A transitional wardrobe, so I’m told. Using your pastel colours on a coat give people the element of surprise – most team pastels with cotton and other breathable fabrics so having such a heavy piece in such a bright colour will frighten people. In a good way, obviously. There are some fantastic coats out there that will keep you warm for the cold months to come, yet still keep you feeling bright and colourful with an on trend wardrobe!

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It’s difficult to find a way to stand out of the crowd when everyone is following the same trends but making sure you stand out of the crowd is easier this season once you know how to do it! Good luck ladies and happy styling!

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Images c/o queensjournal.ca, dancinginmyheels.com, candidonline.com, models1blog.com, pinterest.com

The SAG Awards: Fashion

I was going to write about the Critic’s Choice Awards during the week but sadly, the level of fashion was lacking, to say the least! A lot of A-list celebrities either don’t go or treated it as a relaxing event between the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, so although the style was nice, that’s the only word you could use for it! Last night saw the return of the SAG awards: the second big award ceremony of the season and another step closer to the Oscars for those nominated in their various categories. There was some incredible fashion from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars so I’ve selected my favourites and some of the styles we’ll be seeing this season. There were a lot of colour schemes reminiscent of the Golden Globes last week and we’re definitely seeing a pattern running through some of our favourite designers: monochromes, metallics and safe colours like navy and pale pink.

Black

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Sophie Turner in Dolce & Gabbana, Carice van Houten and Sophie McShera in David Meister

The casts of both Game of Thrones and Downtown Abbey were out in force last night and for the most part, they looked fantastic. Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner dazzled in a beautiful Dolce & Gabbana gown that complemented her pale complexion perfectly, while her co-star Carice van Houten looked great in a tea-length dress with back ruffle. Sophie McShera, who plays Daisy in Downton Abbey, was a real surprise on the night and looked great in a cut-out detail gown from David Meister.

White

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Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer in Marios Schwab and Hannah Simone in Marchesa

Maisie Williams looked beyond her years in this gorgeous white gown; a far cry from the tomboy character Arya she plays in nominated drama Game of Thrones. Her co-star Natalie Dormer (who is in everything at the moment) was sporting a white Marios Schwab gown with mesh detailing and a new partially shaved head, which looks pretty unreal on her! New Girl‘s Hannah Simone looked fab in this ethereal Marchesa gown with flowered neck detailing. White has been a popular colour this award season so expect to see a lot of it in the weeks to come, especially at the Oscars.

Metallics

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Laura Carmichael in gold Vionnet, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier and Emilia Clarke in bronze Calvin Klein Collection

Once again the metallics were a huge trend on the red carpet, just like the Golden Globes last week. Laura Carmichael of Downton Abbey looked incredible again, this time delving into the world of metallics and wearing a delicate gold Vionnet gown, worthy of Lady Edith. I still think Jennifer Lawrence is lacking a little something in this gown (Dior, who else!) but she does look great so I’ll be kind! Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara wore another fitted dress – this time in Donna Karan Atelier – but this particular dress has critics divided over the fit of it – I will say, she looked phenomenal last week! Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke did her character Daenerys proud by sticking with metallics and showing off her stunning figure in bronze Calvin Klein Collection.

Navy

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Jennifer Garner in Max Mara, Kelly Osbourne in Jenny Packham, Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier, Morena Baccarin in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi

Navy was a huge trend at the SAG awards so I’ve selected the ones I think shone out the most! Dallas Buyer’s Club actress Jennifer Garner looked gorgeous in a simple belted Max Mara navy dress and of course, husband Ben Affleck on her arm. Newly-single Kelly Osbourne was looking beautiful in Jenny Packham as she interviewed stars for E! and showed no sign of being upset over her engagement ending (fair play)! Nominated Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn looked hot in Monique Lhuillier. Morena Baccarin of Homeland also looked stunning in Monique Lhuillier in her red carpet debut since giving birth 12 weeks ago. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a huge fan of Amy Adams but I will readily admit she got it very right in this Antonio Berardi how last night. The deep blue colour made her pale complexion glow and she looked exceptional.

Pale Colours

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Sarah Hyland in Pamella Roland, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Vera Wang and Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

I’m not a huge fan of the pale colours but these ladies did look lovely last night! Sarah Hyland from Modern Family went for a very different look than she usually does in a flowing pale pink Pamella Roland gown with very minimal make-up. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was a hit as usual with a fabulous dove grey Vera Wang dress that looked like it was made for her – absolutely amazing! We should also take note that finally she stayed away from the pink! Award winner Cate Blanchett wore a pale pink Givenchy dress. I’m not sure how I feel about the dress as a whole but Cate looks glowing and she was a winner on the night once again!

Bright Colours

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Sandra Bullock in Lanvin, Elisabeth Moss in Michael Kors, Camilla Alves in Donna Karan Atelier, Oprah Winfrey in Badgley Mischka and Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci

There weren’t that many bright colours on the SAG red carpet but when there were, it was VERY bright! Sandra Bullock looked fab in an emerald green Lanvin dress, definitely an improvement on the colour-block dress that divided critics last week. Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss looked amazing in bright red Michael Kors with matching lipstick and understated accessories. Winner Matthew McConaughey’s wife Camilla Alves showed off her assets in a chartreuse satin Donna Karan Atelier, showing us why the stunning Brazilian is a Victoria’s Secret favourite. Oprah Winfrey looked great in a deep purple Badgley Mischka dress to support her fellow cast members in The Butler. The woman of the moment and award-winner Lupita Nyong’o looked fabulous once again in turquoise Gucci and stole a spot as one of the best dressed of the night!

Fashion Misses

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Ariel Winter in Badgley Mischka, Mariah Carey in Saint Laurent, Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta and Kerry Washington in Prada

There are always going to be a couple of misses when it comes to an event like this and some people got it just that little bit wrong. In theory, I love this Badgeley Mischka gown worn by Ariel Winter but there is just way too much cleavage here and it’s that bit too mature for the 15-year-old Modern Family star. Mariah Carey got it all VERY wrong with this Saint Laurent LBD with fishnets and looked like she was going to an 80s nightclub rather than a red carpet event. I love this Oscar de la Renta gown on Isla Fisher and she looked good in it but when looking at several different photos of it, it is glaringly obvious that this dress just doesn’t fit her. Maternity style came so well to newly-married Kerry Washington last week at the Golden Globes but this custom Prada ensemble just isn’t working for her…or her bump. It’s not evident that she is pregnant, it’s just an unflattering outfit and makes her look heavier than she is.

So with that being said, let the countdown begin to the Oscars!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend