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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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

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The Golden Globes 2014: Fashion Hits and Misses

It’s the start of award season again and one of my favourite times of the year for celebrity fashion (after the Met Gala of course). The Golden Globes are a breath of fresh air fashion-wise; everyone is in their stride getting ready for the SAG awards and the Oscars but it’s still the first award ceremony in the bunch so we’re not getting that celebrity ennui already! Last year was so tedious in terms of real style, the boredom of the colours and same cuts on every celebrity set in very quickly and we cried out for something a little bit different. Finally, we got it. The Golden Globes 2014 were full of daring and bold choices which made fashion lovers everywhere squeal with delight. I had my favourites of course so I’ve written down my favourites and what styles we’ve been seeing on some of the world’s most famous!

Bright Blues/Greens

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Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead, Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham and Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Bold colours were a very big trend on the red carpet this year at the Golden Globes and these three ladies had some of the best style by far. Caitlin Fitzgerald’s Emilia Wickstead dress has been named by many companies as the dress of the night and she was definitely flying the British flag for fashion. Helen Mirren looked fabulous in Jenny Packham and the colours complemented her without looking too young for her. This seamless Calvin Klein gown looked beautiful on Reese Witherspoon teamed with Harry Winston jewellery and her haircut was extremely flattering.

Reds

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Emma Watson in Dior Couture, Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

I do love a vibrant red; anyone that has looked at my lipstick collection could tell you that. However there were some fantastically stunning red outfits at the Golden Globes and these were three of my favourite! Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Emma Watson fan and her style never fails to disappoint. This Dior Couture ensemble is genius, ensuring she is comfortable and warm in her trousers while still being ahead of trend and daring in the completely backless dress. Lupita Nyong’o caused waves with her Ralph Lauren dress with a futuristic style cape that is very en vogue. The colour of her dress complemented her complexion perfectly and gave her a great glow. Julia Louis-Dreyfus looked stunning in her Narciso Rodriguez gown and those arms, wow! You can tell how much work she’s done to look amazing in that dress and I applaud her for that!

Metallics

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Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler, Emma Thompson in vintage Lanvin, Kate Mara in J. Mendal, Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad and Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

Emilia Clarke looked ever the goddess in Proenza Schouler and after watching her in Game of Thrones, I adore her original brunette colour! She accessorised that with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a Baird & Baird clutch, not too shabby! Emma Thompson, despite having a dodgy blowout, was fabulous in gold and black metallic vintage Lanvin and her outfit wasn’t too young for her, which can be the trouble sometimes with older actresses at award ceremonies! This blonde is a gorgeous look on Kate Mara and the translucent sheen on her J. Mendal dress makes is look so expensive. Kate Beckinsale has been getting a lot of negative feedback on her dress but personally I think she looks so beautiful and the cut of the Zuhair Murad dress gives her an enviable hourglass figure. One of my favourite Downton Abbey actresses Michelle Dockery always seems to get her fashion choices spot on and this Oscar de la Renta gown is spot on. With simple accessories, this look compliments her figure and places her high on the style stakes.

Multi-Coloured

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Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Rani Zakhem and Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

Julie Bowen gets it right almost every time and this dress is no exception. The colour blocking on this Carolina Herrera is so flattering and the colours are a beautiful hue for her skin tone. The newly married Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting looked gorgeous in a vintage-looking floral Rani Zakhem gown with Jimmy Choo accessories. Her love for pink gowns is obvious by now but this gave a little bit of a different twist to her style. Another colour-blocking fashion choice was made by Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung. Again, this dress divided critics but Sandra looks beautiful and chose the right hairstyle for this outfit. This looks a sure sign that colour-blocking could be in this season!

Black

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Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana, Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Black is always a good colour, especially for award ceremonies in January. It’s a flattering colour and all these women have chosen hourglass silhouettes to flatter their shapes further. Leslie Mann delighted the critics in her lace Dolce & Gabbana gown, proving that she will never age! Cate Blanchett, winner of ‘Best Actress’ award won our adoration for this Armani Privé dress teamed with some Chopard jewellery. Newly engaged Emma Roberts dazzled in a Lanvin fishtail gown.

Cream/White

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Laura Carmichael in Viktor & Rolf, Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta and Margot Robbie in Gucci

Cream and white is always a big trend coming into the Spring/Summer season but it’s surprising that these colours were worn so much in the cold weather. However these three ladies killed the pale trend and they were bold choices. Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael looked gorgeous in a Viktor & Rolf column dress and that little monochrome detail gave it a bit of an edge. Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta gown suited her like a dream and the New Girl star’s nude shoes and daisy manicure were gorgeous. Margot Robbie of nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street looked beautiful in her white Gucci gown with emerald detailing; it’s just a shame her hair was so manicured, looser would have been better!

Men

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Idris Elba, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, Usher in Calvin Klein and Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford

These gentlemen were definitely the pick of the bunch when it come to looking sophisticated and dapper on the red carpet. With the lack of options for men for a black tie event, these actors stood out from the crowd and made their own bolder fashion titles. Hats off to Usher who’s plum Calvin Klein suit really stood out and nominee Idris Elba who went for a more casual look with no tie.

Pregnancy Fashion

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Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier, Olivia Wilde in Gucci and Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

Pregnancy is big in Hollywood at the moment (I’m not joking) and we’re constantly watching to see what style these pregnant ladies are sporting. I’m not a huge fan of Barrymore’s dress in general but as a maternity outfit, this works. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy dress at the Met Gala but much more flattering! Olivia Wilde looks phenomenal in this green sparkly Gucci dress and it’s a dress that can be worn again when she has had her baby. Win win! Kerry Washington’s Balenciaga dress is extremely beautiful and the colour looks great on her. The pregnancy fashion has been in the public eye a lot more thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton and these ladies haven’t let the side down. Looking forward to seeing them at the SAG awards!

Fashion Misses

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Amy Adams in Valentino, Heidi Klum in Marchesa, Lena Dunham in Zac Posen and Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Sometimes there are some fashion misses at these events and these are my picks. I know that it’s everyone’s opinion and a lot of people will love these dresses but I just can’t like them. I’m not a fan of Amy Adams at all but I find this Valentino dress really washes her out. The colour for me is all wrong and this wouldn’t be the first choice for a redhead; blue or green would be better. Heidi Klum’s Marchesa dress is alright but the choker and the frumpy haircut are just too much. This outfit makes her look much older than she is which is a real shame. Lena Dunham’s Zac Posen outfit has definitely divided people but I think it’s just that little bit too clingy and that little bit too yellow for my liking. Jennifer Lawrence can usually do no wrong in my eyes but this dress just looks like a cotton wool bud. She’s a slave for Dior but this particular gown does nothing for her.

Anyone else looking forward to the SAG awards? I can’t wait to watch all the glamour!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend

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The Met Ball 2013

The celebrities were out in drones last night to celebrate the start of fashion season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Costume Institute Gala is always the most stunning event of the season and this year was no different. As usual there were some fantastic dresses, some horrendous creations and everything in between. The 2013 theme ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ gave the A-list the chance to spread their style wings and come up with something a little different. Therefore, I’ve decided to compile my thoughts on the best and worst dresses of the night. Let me know your thoughts and opinions too!

THE BEST:

I don’t think anyone else could pull this off but Gwen Stefani manages to look absolutely fabulous in a Maison Martin Margiela gown and Fred Leighton jewels on the red carpet. Many didn’t like this as the punk theme was Stefani’s time to shine but in my opinion, Gwen looks beautiful! Gavin Rossdale scrubs up nicely in his tartan suit too!

Emma Watson looks like an absolute babe in a Prabal Gurung cut out gown. This type of gown was popular on the night but the Perks of Being a Wallflower star looked edgy and chic while still giving it that touch of class! Those shoes really give it the finishing touch!

Although Jennifer Lawrence played it safe with yet another Dior dress, I still think this is one of her best looks and love the fine details on the dress. Lawrence paid attention to detail with this outfit, with spiky shoes and the headpiece giving the outfit that little punk edge it needed.

Blake Lively managed to stun everyone in her two-tone Gucci dress. This girl seems to never get it wrong. The only thing missing from this ensemble is her new man candy husband Ryan Reynolds!

As one of the few celebrities that really embraced the punk theme, white hair has never looked so good on anyone as it does on Nicole Richie! Wearing a Topshop white gown, she let her hair and make-up do the talking and created a funky but chic outfit.

Sienna Miller was another celebrity who kept the theme in mind and stole the show in a simple white Burberry gown, covered by a very heavily studded leather jacket and headband. The outfit was risky for an event like this but she really pulled it off, showing that Brit girls are a step ahead when it comes to punk!

To all the ‘Hatha-haters’ out there, this look will stop you in your tracks! Although I’m a fan of Anne Hathaway, I’m not always a fan of her style choices. However, this Valentino dress shows a new racy side to her and the bleach blonde hair is fantastic, giving her a real edge in the style stakes!

Nina Dobrev looks phenomenal in a custom-made sheer Monique Lhuillier gown with a difference! It fits her like a glove and the trousers under the gown is inspired without looking like a bad 90s outfit!

I always love Rita Ora’s style, no matter how out there it is but she excels in this Thakoon number! The white with gold is elegant but the cut gives it a little bit of edge. Teamed with her trademark red lips, this ensemble is one to remember!

Saving the best till last (in my opinion) and another stunning gown from Thakoon. New supermodel on the block Cara Delevingne is everywhere at the moment and she proved that she is truly the belle of the punk ball in this studded number. Not only does it scream punk but its elegant and a true winner in the style stakes!

THE WORST:

There are way too many of these to count. Some people just didn’t get the theme, others just dressed in the dark! In any case, these are my opinions on the worst outfits of the night

I don’t know why, and I’ve tried really hard to, but I can’t like this dress! I don’t know if the Anthony Vacarello number would look better on someone else or not but I can’t get on board with it! Sorry Gisele!

Religious imagery is best left out of these things in my opinion and it certainly doesn’t belong on a dress for the Met Ball. I don’t know what kind of punk Katy Perry was trying to portray but I think this Dolce & Gabbana dress made her look frumpy and ridiculous and don’t get me started on the crown!

I know she is the honorary chair for this year’s Costume Institute Gala committee but I really can’t stand this Givenchy dress. Elements of it are…ok, but altogether I just see a big mess of colours, cuts and patterns. It may have been salvaged if those gloves hadn’t gotten involved but although they match, they add to the madness that is this outfit!

With a Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy headpiece and Louis Vuitton boots, there is just WAAAY too much going on in this outfit. Separately, these pieces probably would have worked to adhere to the punk theme but together, they really hurt my eyes. Sarah Jessica Parker is a real style icon in her own right but this look doesn’t work for me!

With all the stories of an imminent breakdown in the Hollywood rumour mill, Miley Cyrus doesn’t help herself when she goes out looking like this! This Marc Jacobs fish net dress does nothing for her and the spiky hair is less punk and more insane asylum!

Apparently Kanye was ’embarrassed’ by Kim’s ensemble, and while he has no right telling her what to wear, I can kinda see why. This Givenchy dress is way too busy for someone with a baby bump and as Kim’s maternity style has been a bit hit and miss, she could have stunned us with a fab outfit. However that wasn’t the case and we’re left grimacing at this awkward style choice!

Ok, so I’ll start by saying that I love this Stella McCartney jumpsuit in theory. In practice, and on Kristen Stewart, not so much! The lines are lovely and this is a gorgeous colour, especially on Kristen. However the boxy shape around the hips and thighs make her look like a very fashionable hexagon and it just doesn’t work for me! Sorry Kristen!

I adore Coco Rocha but her Met Ball choice have been questionable the last two years. The pink and yellow suit/hair thing she was trying to do last year just didn’t work, and this Ungaro outfit is no better. The gold leaf design mixed with leopard skin is disastrous and the ankle boots make it ten times worse!

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Credit: madonnaciccone.tumblr.com

It would take Madonna to ruin a theme and ruin it, she did! Forget the fact that she is way too old to be dressing like this anyway, she took punk way too literally and I imagine Lourdes will be hiding with the shame until next year after seeing this picture! Someone needs to tell Madonna not to go next year!

So these are my opinions on the best and worst dress at the Met Ball in New York last night. There were far more that I both liked and disliked but these were the clear winners and losers for me. Plus, you don’t want me going on anymore! Let me know what your thoughts are on the Costume Institute Gala style!

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!

Day 1 of Belfast Fashion Week-Designers and Designer Boutiques…♥

It was a fabulous night that kicked off Belfast Fashion Week in a luxury suite in the Europa Hotel in Belfast city. The decor and atmosphere walking into the room were enough to excite anyone, even before the beautiful models took to the cream luxurious catwalk.  As this blogger sat down on the clear Perspex and surprisingly comfortable seat with her free West Coast Cooler Citra, the anticipation was welling up and it didn’t disappoint me. As the lights dropped on the swathes of cream voile hanging from the ceiling, Katie Larmour took to the stage to MC the event and introduced the first collection for the Designers and Designer Boutiques show.

‘Candy Plum’ in Hillsborough was first to the stage, showcasing a gorgeous collection of autumnal colours including Sonia Rykiel for us to feast our eyes on. There were scarves, coats and jeans in lovely colours, reminding us that even with an apparent cruel winter ahead, we can still dress beautifully for it! There was a very cute brown duffle coat that had a hint of Paddington Bear about it, ideal to bring you through the winter months. A personal favourite of mine was a fur gilet that every girl in the audience wanted, teamed with jeans and boots, a fabulous look for any fashionista going into the cold weather. The whole showcase was very casual and very wearable, there were no pieces that shocked or offended, it was very safe but still covetable. There was even a Erdem style silk dress that I could see quite a lot of the audience mentally noting. The models used were absolutely gorgeous and anyone who was watching Britain and Irelands Next Top Model this year would have recognised the fabulous Stacey from our own Northern Ireland modelling.

Then it was the turn of ‘Silk’ Emporium based in Newry. The styles from Silk were a lot edgier and embraced the fetish trend from this season. There was a lot of silk used (who’d have thought), and there were looks vaguely reminiscent of both Kate Middleton and Kate Moss, not something you often see in one collection! The pieces had a very retro twist about them, there was a strong use of fur and zip detail and one jacket looked like it came straight off the set of Pirates of the Carribean. There was a gorgeous sequined mini-dress that caught my attention and their tan coat and matching accessories were to die for.

‘Sarah Jane’ Boutique from Magherafelt was next, with a collection that appealed to just about everyone. There were dresses and outfits that appealed to the more middle-aged market right down to girls in their teens. There were a couple of dresses that sported a very ruched effect and would be beautiful for both proms and cocktail parties and again there was a lot of fur in the collection. The beautiful model Finola wore a fabulous two piece suit in burnt orange, a cropped jacket and dress that instantly brings Jackie Onassis to mind. There were more casual looks as well with fur gilets and brown jodhpurs, unfortunately only for the slimmest of people but still beautiful pieces to add to an already brimming shopping list. The colours Sarah Jane had in their showcase were very bright and eye-catching compared to the earthy tones of some of the other collections and the use of sharp shouldered dresses and starry tights really widened their demographic for the night.

‘Elegance’ in Lurgan was next, showing items of Ralph Lauren and Moschino clothing. There were fabulous waterfall jackets and Ralph Lauren tweed jackets with velvet leggings. It looks like Elegance has embraced the Navajo trend, showing Native American style prints on cardigans. There were paisley dresses that screamed Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2011 and gorgeous jewel tones in azure and maroon. They had very comfortable-looking clothes too including cardigans, jeans and a gorgeous houndstooth coat in black and grey with bow details. Again, like ‘Candy Plum’, everything was very safe but looked luxurious and easy to wear. The last piece was the antithesis of the rest of the collection, a black stretchy style dress that scream ‘naughty nurse’ with gold zip details. It wasn’t my favourite piece but it did cause a stir with the audience.

‘Rebecca Jane’ had a very young looking collection and I could see a lot of the younger audience members faces light up when they saw the looks, mentally making Christmas lists in the back of their minds. There were grey shorts, navy high-waisted jeans, leather jackets and dresses with ra-ra skirts attached. Rebecca Jane were feeling the equestrian trend as they showcased brown jodhpurs with a brown blazer with elbow patches that are very current and fresh looking, I think we can thank Ms Middleton again for that! Like a lot of the collections, they were showing hats and scarves so we can remember to wrap up warm for the winter in serious style. There were also a few dresses that tied at the waist for a very youthful vibe, again appealing to the younger half of the audience. The last piece was a stunning black sequinned backless mini-dress that looked like it would marry your curves if it could. Teamed with a statement necklace, it closed the Rebecca Jane collection perfectly!

‘Paparazzi’ had some beautiful clothing next, especially the Valentino pieces. The first piece was a favourite of mine, a red Valentino coat with bow detail and flicked out at the bottom. It was a real statement piece but if anyone is looking to invest, this coat is the way to go! This boutique used a lot of metallic sheens which are very in this season, and teamed them with puffa jackets, which seemed a recurring theme throughout the show. There was a crested leather jacket that made the model look like a slim Hell’s Angel, but in an utterly fabulous way. A use of ruffles, leather and crunch effect pieces in the collection was popular and a lot of dresses that could be used as prom dresses, so if you’ve a prom or a dance coming up, you know where to look!

Next were the collections of lingerie provided by Orchid Lingerie, The Bra Boutique and The Lingerie Room. There was a gorgeous selection of balconette bra and knicker sets in delicate colours teamed with light tasteful stockings and fur coats. The models sported slips, negligees and camisole sets to showcase the luxuriousness of the designs

Grainne Maher Millinery came next, with a selection of individual and exciting pieces from her hat collection. There were berets, which are always very chic for the winter season due to the impeding bad weather and Jude Cassidy scarves with giant bobbles on the ends of them.  There were hats that looked like buttons which were very like Marc Jacobs collection for A/W 2011 and headpieces that were sure to win you the best hat competition at the races. But the show-stopping piece was the ‘Medusa’ headpiece, a piece Lady GaGa would be proud to own, containing large green snakes, (obviously not real!) in a hair-shaped ball. Only photos can show the sheer beauty and erratic quality of this piece, so I’ve provided one!

Next came Una Rodden, a newer designer on the block. The collection contained a lot of blues, greys and browns, generally very earthy colours but there were splashes of orange and metallic as well. She showcased a beautiful black dress that was not unlike a costume from ‘Black Swan’ which was breathtaking, and although I’ll NEVER be able to afford if, it’ll be going down on the list anyway!  Her style was very contemporary, built on classic pieces and made into beautiful modern designs, almost like architecture, not fashion.

Jourdan was second to last with a collection of very young, vibrant colours and animal prints. Again, like a lot of the other collections, there was a strong use of metallic and fur and crepe effect. There were Egyptian style body-con dresses, turbans, daisy appliqué evening gowns and cocktail dresses to die for. The pieces were a lot more youthful than some of the others and were aimed at the younger demographic but at the same time, were still absolutely gorgeous, and were a fresh take on some of the popular outfits choices at the moment.

Last, but certainly not least, was Blush. The boutique showcased a gorgeous selection of wedding dresses, including Jenny Packham. Personal favourites were the 20’s style beaded dress and the exquisite ‘Flower Bomb’ dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline. The dress inspired awe within every woman in the audience and the whole collection was very dramatic in a classy, sexy way.

The night was utterly fabulous from start to finish and the goodie bag was great, especially my collector’s edition Karl Lagerfeld Diet Coke bottle!

This blogger wore  a houndstooth blazer, mans white shirt, wet look leggings and heel, loved my outfit! If you love it too, check it out on Lookbook and hype me 😀

Stay tuned for Day 2 of BFW 🙂 

Oscar Fashion: Hit or Miss?

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It’s time to roll up the red carpet and put away the scoreboards because Academy Award season is over. The Hollywood fashionistas were out in force to collect their awards, or at least clap half-heartedly as they watched their rivals collect it instead. But whose outfits made us sigh with jealousy, or indeed, gasp in horror? Who gets our vote of best and worst dressed at the Oscars 2011?

As personal opinions go, best dressed definitely has to go to either Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson. A heavily pregnant Portman, who won Best Actress for her role in ‘Black Swan’ looked absolutely radiant in purple Rodarte, completely outshining her gorgeous co-star, Mila Kunis, who also went purple with a beautiful lilac Elie Saab gown. Newly single Johannson proved that you don’t have to bare all to look sexy in a backless wine and magenta Dolce and Gabbana.

But it were the scarlet sirens that really led the pack, showing that no matter how cold it is outside, you can always be red hot. The fabulous Anne Hathaway, her and James Franco being the youngest ever hosts of the Oscars in its 83rd year, graced the red carpet in a fabulous Valentino gown with no less but the designer himself on her arm. Last year’s Best Actress, Sandra Bullock, swopped last year’s Marchesa for a little more spice with a lipstick red Vera Wang with a mermaid tail and origami bow. However the real belle of the ball was new mum Penelope Cruz who stepped out to support her husband Javier Bardem in a traffic stopping scarlet sequined L’Wren Scott.

We know that while there are so many hits when it comes to the Oscars, there are bound to be a few misses. Jennifer Hudson and Cate Blanchett were among a small group who maybe just tried that bit too hard. But the title for ‘Worst Dressed’ can only have one contender. Yes, that’s right, you’ve guessed it. Madonna, the only woman in the world who could think it acceptable to wear just a lace body and fishnets with heels to the Oscars, and attempt to get away with it. Unfortunately no one has told the 52-year-old that she needs to move on from the eighties and as we speak, there’s an angry mob combing Hollywood for her stylist! Rumour has it, even her 14-year-old daughter, Lourdes, wouldn’t get into a photo with her and I can’t say I’m all too surprised.

So that’s it for this year, only another twelve months until we’re able to scrutinise every detail of the A and B-list celebrities that strut down the red carpet and I, for one, can’t wait! Let the countdown begin!

 

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