MFW

Milan Fashion Week always seems the most high fashion of the fashion week season. From the street style to the frow to the runway, this city really is the European fashion capital from head-to-toe. As expected, the high-end design houses of Milan such as Prada, Gucci and Versace gave us something that New York and London didn’t: couture mixed with wearable designs.

milan fashion week

Gucci gave us a bright and airy collection that seemed a little out of place for A/W but was lovely all the same. The designs were displayed in a number of pastel and subtle shades in a move that is usually reserved for springtime collections. The cuts and designs were simple and elegant, providing us with aspirations for a gorgeous wardrobe. Prada seemed to do exactly the opposite – veering towards fabrics, colours and patterns that were heavier and darker. Furs, silks and wools were displayed in deep reds, navy and black and Miuccia Prada made sure we were set for the inevitable cool winter.

milan fashion week

Emporio Armani went back to basics and focused on the suit and the little black dress. There was an emphasis on tailoring and modernising the basic suit – making it durable and wearable for the modern woman, although there was a slight hint of Charlie Chaplin surrounding some of the suits. There were some beautiful tailored dresses that Audrey Hepburn would be proud of and the entire collection screamed class and elegance – another win for Giorgio Armani.

milan fashion week

Like Gucci, Versace played around with colour but used much darker and richer tones. The turquoises, reds, yellows and monochrome shades were emphasised on evening wear and party dresses, mixing silk and lace in a rock-chick way that only Donatella Versace can muster up. Roberto Cavalli was also all about the drama and did everything with just a touch of fur. The collection was full of electric tones – deep blues, reds and raven black. There was just a touch of theatrics about the collection, which is why we all adore Cavalli’s work, and this season, he didn’t disappoint.

milan fashion weekDolce & Gabbana was easily my favourite show of Milan Fashion Week. Not only did the two designers have some beautiful couture designs, but also they added that little bit of fun and divilment to the collection with animal cartoons and sketches. Using deep colours, designs and fabrics, the geniuses behind Dolce & Gabbana created a collection that every woman can wear and would be proud to have in their wardrobe. The fun and flirty styles and patterns made this a very easy collection to re-create at home, and best of all it looks warm and comfortable. Pretty much ideal for the Irish winters, right?

milan fashion week

This Milan Fashion Week didn’t disappoint – it very rarely does. All designers involved seemed to up their game and present us with collections that were both ready-to-wear and extremely high fashion. The use of colours and fabrics made us look forward to getting back into those winter woollies again without having to compromise our fashion sense. Next is Paris Fashion Week…who else is looking forward to that gorgeous French fashion?

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Keep Styling,

Em

x

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, fabsugar.co.uk, fabfashionfix.com

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!

oscars 2014

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.

oscars 2014

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?

oscars 2014

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!

oscars 2014

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!

oscars 2014

The Selfie Seen Round The World

anigif_enhanced-8583-1393824747-10

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

oscars 2014

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

oscars 2014

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

oscars 2014

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.

oscars 2014

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

oscars 2014

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

x

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

sag awards

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

sag awards

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

sag awards

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

sag awards

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

SAG awards

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

sag awards

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

SAG awards

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

What to wear for your body type next season

Many women don’t feel confident in their own skin and the clothes they wear, not just because they’re insecure with their bodies, but because they are clueless about what clothes, colours and shapes to wear for their body, skin and hair types. The body is such a beautiful thing, and when dressed appropriately can be even more so.

If one has an apple shape, and a little unsure about the way she looks, creating a look that says confidence can make even the heaviest and most insecure woman look beautiful and builds confidence. The same with a woman with a boyish shape, she might be a little uninspired being flatter than an hourglass figure, but with the right clothes, she can look stunningly curvaceous. It’s not the price or label of the clothing that matters; it’s the tricks you can play to make your body look the best that it possibly can. There are five different body types that the majority of women adhere to.

The inverted pyramid shape: Now, the phrase inverted pyramid sounds daunting, but with strong shoulders, small hips and very slim legs, this is a beautiful shape often seen on athletes. The best feature is often the legs and the hips. The key is to try to create an hourglass shape by adding volume to the hips whilst balancing out and flattering the shoulders. Feminine dresses, slim cut trousers and tailored jackets are always a safe bet. Use block colours and don’t use detail around the shoulders, it does nothing for them! Avoid floaty blouses and cropped jackets as they emphasise the shoulders. If using prints at all, have them on your bottom half to draw more attention to slim legs.


The hourglass shape: The elusive Marilyn Monroe body with bigger boobs, a slim waist and curvy hips, this is truly a figure to die for. However, although the hips and boobs are perfectly balanced, it can be frustrating to get high street clothes as couture fits hourglass forms better. Emphasising the waist is the most important point. Pencil skirts, high-waisted trousers, crisp white shirts and fitted clothes show off your envious curves. Avoid smock tops and skinny jeans at all costs, it may be hard but you’ll see the benefits.

The boyish shape: Also known as boyish, sporty or straight up and down. You can wear pretty much anything but many women with this shape feel unfeminine as their boobs are small and hips are the same size as their shoulders. Wearing things like dresses with spaghetti straps, leopard print to create curves and asymmetric necklines gives a sense of femininity that sometimes can’t be achieved otherwise. Stay away from plunging necklines and tracksuits as it’ll quickly become clear that you have no boobs!

The pear shape: You have a very slim upper half but any weight you put on goes to your bum and thighs. Even though you can’t wear miniskirts or skinny jeans, you probably have a small waist and great boobs, so wearing strappy tops and strapless dresses comes easily to you. Pear shapes have an advantage where, although they have a big bum and thighs, they have a very slender top have, which is usually noticed first. Wear strapless dresses, jackets with shoulder pads and skirts with front pleats to balance your top and bottom half. Avoid skinny jeans, short skirts and jackets cut on the waist as they tend to cut your body in half.

The apple shape: If you’ve got big boobs, a rounder stomach and quite slim legs, then this is you. It can be one of the most difficult shapes to dress but dressing for your slim hips and good legs is always a safe bet. Draw attention to your favourite bits, like your cleavage or legs and try to wear clothes to sculpt your midriff so you look more like an apple core than an apple. Also, body control underwear will work wonders for your body. Wear structured, tailored jackets to create definition, A-line skirts and wrap dress are always a good choice with apple shapes because they complement the cleavage. Don’t hide your legs under baggy trousers as it won’t do them any favours, straight or boot-cut trousers will create a good silhouette for slim legs.

New season’s runway collections can leave a lot the imagination but you can try your hand at any trend if you use the body you have in the best way possible. There is no point someone with a boyish or pear shape trying to fit into a pencil skirt but its easy to incorporate other aspects of forties glamour. The same applies to pear and apple shapes trying to wear the tight ‘fetish’ leather items that strutted down almost every catwalk, but if one looks hard enough, its easy to find something you can wear to follow the trend. There are so many different genres of trends that even if you don’t like one, there are so many more to choose from.

NEXT SEASONS HOTTEST TRENDS AND WHAT THE BEST ONES ARE FOR YOU

The ‘fetish’ look: There are two elements to this, light bondage or serious s&m. Sported by Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Emanuel Ungaro, Felder Felder and Comme des Garcons over the four Fashion Weeks. ‘Fetish’ can mean anything from black patent stilettos and leather jackets which look great on anyone, to leather underwear and corsets that would complement the boyish or hourglass shape  more than any others. Sheer inserts and black lace blouses are featuring under this category next season which when worn right, can suit any shape whilst still fulfilling the brief of ‘fetish’ gear.

The ‘androgynous’ look: Sharp tailoring, tuxedos, tweed and overcoats are all on the menu when it comes to this trend. Most outfits have a sensual, feminine side to them by adding a silk shirt or sparkly heels. Most seen at Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Chanel, DKNY and Paul Smith. From simple tuxedo jackets and slim suit trousers with heels to Stella McCartney’s over-sized jackets swamping the models, there is an androgynous look for everyone, novices to hardcore fashionistas. This look suits boyish and inverted triangle figures like a dream but every shape can try their hand at androgyny. Anything from a simple pair of brogues to classic white shirt can be seen as following the trend so attempt to put some androgyny into their wardrobe. Hourglass figures should avoid this look if they don’t want to hide their curves.

The ‘print and pattern’ look: All things bright and beautiful, as the old hymn goes…this look can suit any shape, it’s just a matter of suiting your skin type. Yellows for dark and Mediterranean skin types, reds, oranges and pinks for pale brunettes, blues and nudes for blondes and greens for redheads. Seen on the runways of Mary Katrantzou, Rodarte, Etro, Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana. If you have a lot of money to spend, a Mary Katrantzou is worth its weight in gold and is a work of art as well as fashion (so you can justify it!). Everything was digi-printed, bold and patterned and they can flatter every figure.

The eccentric/fearless look: The unpredictable, fierce, fearless look. Worn by women who wear what they like, when they like! Seen on the runway at Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood and most importantly, Chanel. A feminist range of clothing, women kicking ass and defending themselves and these are the clothes to do it in. Boiler suits, tweed playsuits, biker boots, every woman of every shape can draw a little feminism and style from this trend. Whether it’s a simple pair of leather biker boots, which any woman can wear, or a boiler suit or cape, which only the brave boyish shapes should wear, there is something for everyone.

The ‘native’ look: Ponchos, desert boots, capes, prints, there isn’t much more to say about it really! Little House on the Prairie with attitude. Everything you thought about woolly jumpers and capes being wrong are suddenly overthrown. Anyone can do this look, from apple shapes to boyish shapes. Check out Chloe, Emporio Armani, Roksanda Ilincicand, Isabel Marant and Dries Van Noten for examples of next seasons homespun-style looks.

The ‘futuristic’ look: Space-age and sci-fi modernism are taking a front row seat this season so everyone who is anyone will be buying metallic, latex and silver/gold pieces next season. Viktor and Rolf, Nicole Farhi, Felder Felder, Giorgio Armani and Balmain are all sporting shimmering, futuristic looks on the catwalk for Autumn/Winter this year. This is mixed in with quite an aquatic look from Prada with the latex scale-like decorations, like stylish mermaids. Calvin Klein are  also doing very bright metallic, sheen-like dresses which will be very popular. These will be great on pear-shaped women as quite a lot of the dresses are slightly cone-shaped, skimming the bum and thighs.

Jewel tones: This suits absolutely everyone, all women have their own itch and this is the one to scratch it. With so many different colours, what suits you mightn’t suit me, but there is one for every hair and skin type. Emerald and sapphire for redhead, ruby and citrine for pale brunettes and dark skin types and garnet and amethyst for blondes. These jewel tones were seen all over the runway in Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana. Any woman can wear them, just see the styles above for your body type.

Sixties: Seen on the runways of Burberry Prorsum, Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. Monochrome, panelled dresses, leather dresses, next season is a complete ode to the Sixties, so much so, you’ll feel like you’re in the Beatles. These usually work best with boyish or inverted pyramid shapes. Make sure you go all out with bright colours for a truly sixties look.

Tunics and trousers: Perfect for pear shapes, as they take emphasis away from the shoulders ( if they’re plain) and skims the bum and thighs. Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere and Peter Pilotto are the ones to watch this season, but the high street does some great versions of this trend too.

Forties glamour: A style made for ladies with hourglass figures. Seen all over the catwalk this season, from Donna Karan to Gucci, everyone wants that bit of character and glamour. Big hats, pencil skirts, fur collars and pussy bow blouses, one of the most beautiful eras in fashion and not one that’ll be forgotten easily. A trend that only really suits the hourglass shape to do it in its entirety, as it embraces every curve possible. Women with inverted pyramid shapes can try their hand at fur collars, while boyish figures can handle the silk blouses that expresses the forties glamour so much.

Every woman can try their hand at all of the trends that are coming in next season from tartan to fur, from tweed to leather, any of them are possible if you just dress right for your body type and hopefully, these tips will have you looking your very best!