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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!

Joseph-Gordon-Levitt-Emma-Watson-laughed

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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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VF

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

London Collections: Men

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THE exclusivity of fashion week can get a little tedious sometimes so it is always a breath of fresh air when we get to see some change in the form of London Collections: Men. It’s an opportunity for those fashion-forward men to sink their teeth into a bit of fresh style for the season ahead without having to wait it out through collection after collection of women’s clothes.

The fourth season of London Collections: Men was a huge success and there were a lot of different and interesting styles being showcased over the few days of the event. Everyone from Marks & Spencer to the tailors of Saville Row was showing their wares for the fashion-forward of London and there were over 50 shows held over the three days of style. During the past few seasons, there have been names such as Boris Johnson and the Prince of Wales offering their names to the male fashion week but this time around, the season was able to stand on its own two feet and wow us once again.

There are some trends that are seen almost every season but there were some surprises on the runway too. We’re so used to seeing new fashion trends for women that it’s a pleasant surprise for male fashion to get a shake up! Here are some of the most popular fashion trends seen on the A/W14 London Collections catwalk:

Tweed/Check: Tweed is so quintessentially British that I’m sure it’s actually illegal for it not to be included in any London fashion week and this was very clearly seen from the Saville Row, Woolmark and St James tailors. However checks took over this season and were seen on the catwalks at some of the biggest designers including Alexander McQueen who stuck very close to monochrome from the A/W season.

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Bold Patterns: From Burberry to Christopher Kane, everyone was competing for the most prominent and bold patterns. Florals were a huge trend, though there were a lot of untraditional prints on a lot of the catwalks. Colour was also extremely important to make these pieces stand out as much as possible and you’re guaranteed to be wearing some bold colours and prints next season.

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Sports Luxe: The sportswear trend was so popular this year on the catwalk and so many designers had different takes on the style. Nasir Mazhar created a collection that centred very much on boxing whereas Christopher Shannon had slimmer, cleaner lines that were reminiscent of running gear. Whichever way you choose to embrace to sports luxe theme, there is a designer had there that has just the option for you. This trend is full of bright colours and logos but it’s a completely different direction from Shannon’s usual style.

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The Traditional Suit: The sharp suit can never go out of style and this season, it got that little bit sharper. Crombie, Rake, Chester Barrie, Duchamp, Kent and Curwen, you name the brand; they had some innovative creations based on the classic suit. There were some fabulous colours mixed in with the traditional cuts. From burgundy to aquamarine to tan, there is a whole host of new shades and styles for the A/W14 season that will update your look but still leave you looking slick.

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London Collections: Men has delighted us yet again and served up even more fashionable treats for the season ahead. The fashion elite were mesmerised by this season’s male fashion and the countdown begins until the next event season starts!

Words first seen on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Photos c/o fashion156.com, pinterest.com, veetravels.com, style.uk.msn.com

The Designer Highlights of Spring/Summer 2013

It’s been such a long winter in Ireland that everyone is getting a bit sick of the cold weather, the frostbitten hands and the sneezing all over the shop! I’m always so looking forward to the winter, I love wrapping up in warm coats, scarves and hats but there comes a time when even a person like me who is allergic to sunlight has to take a step back and think, ‘My god, I just want to wear a light jacket for once’! So for all those people who are missing the presence of a bit of warmth and want to change up their wardrobe a little bit, here is what we should be wearing this Spring/Summer 2013 season all the way from the major catwalks.

We got a huge mixture of everything for the S/S 2013 shows, from graphics to floral print, pastels to neon and everything in between. It was a season of change, with Hedi Slimane at the helm of the newly named YSL and Raf Simons taking over from Bill Gaytten at Dior (does anyone else miss Galliano?). Even Jil Sander returned to the fashion house she had started in 1973 much to the surprise of many. Throughout all this upheaval, our favourite designers managed to create some show-stopping creations, astound us with their visual displays and reminded us all why we are in this game called fashion.

As always the fun began in New York City and we saw influential people like Anna Wintour and André Leon Tally enjoying the spoils of fashion’s most prominent designers, who didn’t disappoint. Carolina Herrera’s show, a favourite with the fashion elite championed ‘lightness and fluidity’, which reflected beautifully in the cuts and hues of the clothing. There was an Alice in Wonderland-style vibe throughout the runway show, using a powder blues and creams as a running theme. Collared blouses and A-line skirts were the order of the day modelled by up-and-coming stars like Cara Delevigne and the sleeve style on the jackets and cinched waists created a school-girl aura, a look not usually championed by Herrera. The subtle colours continued throughout the show on tea dresses and maxi-skirts. Karlie Kloss finished the show in a three-quarter-length sleeve cream dress with intricate beading on the edges, closing this young but elegant collection with a bang.

Marc Jacobs used a psychedelic style in his collection for this season with the use of horizontal stripes in many different colours from monochrome to candy-red. Every piece had simplicity, like it had been stripped back to basics and started again. Crop tops with shorts were a big part of the show and the midi-trend continued with the use of knee-length skirts. There was the odd ruffled collar and scalloped hem and the psychedelic mood changed from stripes to houndstooth to leopard print, a true sign that prints will be all in this season in all shapes and forms. All the accessories were petite and ‘cute’, something that ran parallel to the sixties theme, a tribute to the days of Twiggy and simplicity.

Tom Ford, the man of the moment thanks to his new Diet Coke campaign, continued the sixties vibe into his show with teased beehives and biker boots. His mixture of glossy biker jackets with upturned collars, buckles and leather this was truly a nod to the days of mod, an era that made James Dean comfortable and makes women to this day feel sexy and in control which is exactly how these clothes are meant to feel. The mixture of black, cobalt and metallic shades made for a contrast made in heaven and the utilitarian feel that moved throughout the show made Ford’s show an uproarious success and will have the Swinging Sixties swing all the way into 2013.

Next was London. Home of the most articulate and grungy designers on the planet and home to muses from Edie Sedgwick to Princess Diana. Here is where we see the use of florals and pastels, showing our European and American counterparts how it’s done in London. Emilia Wickstead told the press she had championed a Truman Capote society woman vibe, slick, polished and most importantly, desirable. Her outfits that would stand out on the set of programmes like The Hour create a marriage of youth and polish and bring it together to output a late 50s aura. The neat, simple hair and the chic Manolo Blahnik shoes made the elegant tailoring complete and the models shows an iron-willed but effortless demeanour in the clothing. There were plunging necklines in demure dresses and full skirts in sherbet shades, combinations that screamed Sunday best but also independent woman.

Mary Katrantzou, although sticking to some of her exquisite printing, had a different style this season. The prints she usually uses have such an intricate and old oriental quality about them and these new styles that Katrantzou uses was a nod to her flourishing style, a more modern approach to printing. The use of money, flowers and postage stamps was a surprising change on styles like shirts and bootleg trousers. Her colours that usually stick to a scheme were fresher, white mixed with metallic blues and blacks. The designers showcased A-line dresses, trousers and blazers mixed with bowling-style shirts. Her oriental-inspired vase shaped skirts haven’t made their usual appearance at Fashion Week for this season but it could be the breath of fresh air that Katrantzou needed for her new collection.

A print overload was had at the Erdem catwalk show. Again with the sherbet shades, we got an eyeful of lemon yellow, oranges and pinks, all adorning pretty, ladylike dresses – an Erdem speciality. Erdem really broke out of his comfort zone with the use of snakeskin and the continued use of textiles, texture and applique. The show was saturated with femininity from demure fitted dresses to umbrella shaped skirts, to pencil skirts. The use of lace and crochet with sheer fabrics and pastels was a signature Erdem move but the show moved forward and made changes that no fashion editor could have expected.

Milan was next on the agenda, the home to high and expensive fashion. The standards are high and the prices are even higher but the Italian fashion capital always comes up with the goods and this season was no different. The monochrome and Oriental trends were ever present in Miuccia Prada’s catwalk show. The silhouettes were boxy and angular from the silk jackets to wraps to Judo-style jackets. The jackets that opened the show were black with a single white flower that looked like it had been spray-painted on with stiff pleated skirts. The flower motif crept into each look that turned the catwalk from the fur coats to the clutch bags, always in either red or white. The shows were golden booties with ribbon details, giving a very delicate feel to the outfits. The mixture of monochrome with pastels was very heavy and has people in two minds about the collection but Prada’s show has triumphed with the critics again who think the use of monochrome in the S/S13 collection works against the sweet colours that after two weeks of fashion shows can start to get a bit sickly.

Jil Sander has returned to the helm of her own ship after Raf Simons moved to Dior and this collection was bound to cause a lot of interest. The modern clean lines has everyone talking and her use of colours like burgundy and navy were a welcome difference to the pastels and patterns of every other collection. The collection was about lines and shapes more than colours and the shirts and jackets had a stiffness and structure about them. The jumpers had graphic lines on the shoulders and sleeves and everything was cinched and tapered – because that’s what Jil Sander does. The contrast between the square cuts and the round necklines was a smart one and Sander returned with style to the fashion elite where she can rightfully take her place. This collection was astounding, not just because of the clothing but the difference between now and last season, under the wing of Raf Simons.

Frida Giannini, the designer who kicked off Milan Fashion Week, opened with a bright pink bombshell in the form of a streamlined trouser suit showing that Gucci was too in a sweet mood. However, the design house was packing a punch and instead of following the crowd, Gucci used expressive jewel colours in their collection. Turquoise, pink and yellow all played a huge part in the show and it said no to the summer pastel unspoken rule. There were double-breasted jackets and shift dresses with patterns and Giannini put a lot of focus on back detailing in this new collection, creating high necklines with plunging backs. We saw beading and encrusted necklines and snakeskin to boot, showing that Gucci likes to give the fashion groupies of the world a lot of options.

It was time to go and enjoy the romantic fashion in the city of love and our last port of call: Paris Fashion Week. Amazing designers have hailed from this city and the beauty that has been created in design houses like Chanel and YSL cannot be beaten. Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton took our breath away as per usual and she has proved yet again why she is the best. There was an erotic feel to the show and Burton described the collection as being about the ‘worker bees’. This led to honeycomb style mesh being used to make pencil skirts and sharp jackets with a beekeeper style hat. Crinoline was the buzzword in this show and we saw extravagant and indescribable corseted gowns that belonged in a Russian society novel. Thick gold belts were wrapped round the waists of the models and the corsets/crinoline style dictated how well the jackets tapered on the waist. Unbelievable isn’t strong enough a word: Burton, you did McQueen proud.

Chanel, a favourite amongst the fashion society, was as always lady-like and fantastic. Lagerfeld used pearls galore in this show-stopping catwalk, on wrists and necklines and clothing, like pollen that had just rested on their clothes. It was one of the simplest shows that Chanel has ever done and that, in itself, is a statement. Lagerfeld showed that the house of Chanel didn’t need fresh blood; it was still the king of the jungle in the fashion world. We saw little cropped jackets, a Chanel favourite but with bell sleeves for a modern twist. There were strapless column dresses with sequin flowers, sequined jackets and huge hats with see-through brims. The wind theme that ran throughout the show was a breath of fresh air both for the brand and the audience and the entire collection was calm, collected and a total classic from Karl Lagerfeld.

Last but certainly not least, the show that everyone has been talking about: Louis Vuitton. The use of neon and graphic print was genius and set this show apart from the rest. Escalators played a huge part in this ingenious designs and created drama. Marc Jacobs focused on stripes for his own show but when it came to Vuitton, Jacobs was seeing squares: plenty of them. The sixties style was evident yet again and the models donned beehives and kitten heels to strut their checkerboard creations down the runway. Pencil skirts and maxi-skirts both played a part with demure jackets and crop tops, a staple in Jacobs’ own show. The designs themselves were simple and elegant but the use of the checkerboard pattern and the sixties theme made this show one to remember.

The designers over Fashion Week gave us a few clear messages: graphic patterns like stripes and squares will be all over the high street this season and don’t be afraid to steer clear of the failsafe pastels and try something a bit bolder or darker. Flowers are all in as a usual spring staple but with a twist and make sure you channel that 50s/60s vibe to your hearts content! Keep styling, Em x

How To Style Your Hair This Season

WHEN we enter a new fashion season, we always keep our eyes out for the latest fashion and beauty trends to keep our eyes on the style button. But the last thing we think of is the way we should wear our hair. Hair is one of the most striking elements of a catwalk show, photo-shoot or even a night out, so we’ve come up with the best styles for you to try and achieve this season!

Buns. Whether its high buns or low buns this season, buns have been seen on the catwalks from Diane von Furstenberg to Louis Vuitton. It can be petite like a ballerina bun or a big and bold statement, any bun will do! Keep the hair sleek at the front of your head with a side parting and using hairgrips to lock away those strays. If a simple knot isn’t your thing, try a multi-twist bun like at the Rick Owens catwalk show.

Centre-partings. Not just a hairstyle from Dynasty, centre-partings are now back with a bang. This season, straight lines and wet-look waves are all in style as shown by designers like Roberto Cavalli and Gucci. Think off-duty model and beach ready waves.

Braids, twists and plaits. Add a little princess glamour to a relaxed look by adding a cool double-twisted halo braid or for an easy look, tying back the two front sections of your hair and securing them with a pretty clip at the back of your head. This look was seen at Emilio Pucci, Fendi and Valentino.

Quiffs/Bouffants. Backcomb the hair at the roots and gently comb the front section back over the volumised locks before spraying into place for a classy, regal look, perfect for nights out. This was seen everywhere from Alexander McQueen to Anna Sui. The look isn’t about being sleek so this season, give your bouffant a windswept chic look.

Wavy hair. This means, leave the straighteners down. Sleek straight hair is out and those effortless beach babes waves are here, just listen to your rejoicing hair! Leave it to dry naturally for an easy look, spray your hands with hair spray and rub them through your hair for a tousled style. Burberry Prorsum and Chloe have both used this with neutral make-up for a high fashion look.

Last but not least: accessorise! It’s never been so cool to wear a hairband for that princess look or clips in backcombed hair for a bit of an edge! Everyone from Rodarte to Dolce and Gabbana is accessorizing hair and on the days you don’t want to make an effort, a hairband is the perfect thing to brighten up a dull outfit.

Get those hair ideas flowing and create some masterpieces with your hairstyle. Even if you’re just walking round campus doesn’t mean you can’t look like a supermodel!

British Fashion

I’ve been feeling very patriotic when it comes to fashion recently, maybe its because I’m watching Americans vs Brits on ANTM and i’m rooting for Sophie OF COURSE! So in the spirit of all things British, with the Jubilee and the Olympics and it being the year of the Brit, here are some British fashion photographs and styles I’ve been digging round for, its the land of eccentricity, edgy fashion and Kate Moss, hope you enjoy!

Keep styling, Em x

Opening Day of Cannes Film Festival 2012

There are few celebrity events besides Fashion Week that really make us fashion junkies sit up and pay heed to whoever has the best style on the red carpet. We have the Oscars every year, sometimes the Grammys, the Met Gala, these events are all important in the social calender but one event always stands out for its beautifully elegant fashion: the Cannes Film Festival. For many years, stars like Angelina Jolie, Marion Cotillard and Isla Fisher has delighted us with their stunning wardrobe choices and this year was no different. The festival., which opened yesterday will be running till the 27th and will no doubt have us gasping with awe every single day at the glamour and beauty of each event. So for this post, I’m going to go through my favourite outfits of the opening day of Cannes (I would include worst, but everyone so far has been on top form!). Have a look and see what your favourite stars are wearing and what you think of their glamorous style choices…

Diane Kruger in this beautiful Grecian Giambattista Valli mint dress for the opening ceremony

Berenice Bejo, who opened the ceremony, looked stunning in red Louis Vuitton at the Opening Night Dinner

Jessica Chastain looking very cute in Alexander McQueen, even if it is a bit pale for my taste!

Eva Herzigova, sparkling in a beautiful Dolce and Gabbana gown and Chopard jewellery

Yes its Diane Kruger again. I’m not a fan of lace-up dresses but Kruger pulls off this Versus dress like a pro!

Freida Pinto shook things up with a thigh high slit in her Michael Angel dress

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Fan Bing Bing wearing a beautiful Christoper Bu gown

Last but not least, Eva Longoria in an amazing Marchesa gown that could well be the dress of Cannes 2012

So which one is your favourite?

Keep styling, Em x