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Met Gala 2016: Manus X Machina

This year’s Met fashion exhibition is to explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

With how fashion is constantly evolving to take advantage of the modern advances in technology, it was only a matter of time until the two mediums, hand-made and machine-crafted were to collide together creating pieces that blur the boundaries between Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter.

While some of the red carpet attendees took the theme technology very literally; lots of silver and shine resembling pieces of machinery, others took a more indirect approach to it; heavy embroidery and applique details, there were those that seemed to miss the theme completely and wore very elegant but simple designs that don’t fully demonstrate hand-made or machine-crafted techniques.

The Good

Claire Danes Zac Posen
Claire Danes wearing Zac Posen

 

Claire Danes looked like Cinderella come to reality on the red carpet in this baby blue Zac Posen down. The cut was exquisite on her silhouette and by keeping the hair and makeup so classic, the gown was allowed to shine and come to life. Which once inside the venue it truly did.

Allison Williams wearing Peter Pilotto
Alison Williams wearing Peter Pilotto

 

Alison Williams looks gorgeous in this 3-D Printed Peter Pilotto gown. The silhouette curves to her bodies perfectly, while the grey material allows all the patterns and motifs to grab attention. This was the perfect way to include technology without making it too obvious.

 

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
Zayn Malik wearing Versace

 

Zayn Malik in Versace was one of those in attendance that really took to the technology idea quite literally with this robot-inspired suit. It perfectly blended the idea of technology with the handmade craftsmanship of a couture suit.

Karoline Kurkova in Marchesa & IBM
Karolina Kurkova wearing Marchesa & IBM

Karolina Kurkova wowed in this Marchesa & IBM gown. Immersing into the fashion meets technology theme, this stunning tulle gown was embroidered with L.E.D flowers that changed colour dependant on twitter opinions of the gown.

 

The Bad

Grimes wearing Louis Vuitton
Grimes wearing Louis Vuitton

 

I was disappointed when I saw Grimes wearing this Louis Vuitton. For someone, that has such a bold and unique take on fashion, I expected with this theme for her look to reflect this, but instead, I feel this just falls a little flat.

Rose Byrne wearing Ralph Lauren Collection
Rose Byrne wearing Ralph Lauren Collection

 

While Rose Byrne looks stunning in this Ralph Lauren Collection gown, I feel she missed the mark for the event. There isn’t anything about this gown that embodies fashion meeting technology. What I think is effective is the singular colour palette from necklace down to shoes.

Madonna wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
Madonna wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

 

Madonna didn’t surprise me in this Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci look, it’s essentially the look she wore to the Punk Met Gala back in 2013; all she’s done is swap the tartan for lace. While she has stated this look was a political statement, I feel this wasn’t the time or the place.

Amy Schumer Alexander Wang
Amy Schumer wearing Alexander Wang

 

Amy Schumer wore Alexander Wang to her first Met Gala while the salmon colouring looks amazing against her skin tone, I don’t think the cut was particularly flattering to her. Again I feel she’s another one that didn’t really understand the theme.

The Oscars 2016

As the biggest event of the awards season, it’s only natural that all the attendees bring everything they possibly can to the red carpet.

The Good

Lady Gaga reminded the world of what is Hollywood Glam, this Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit is simply incredible. The fit of the bodice is so perfect it might as well have been painted onto her skin while the palazzo pants and over skirt bring the elegant glamour she’s been channelling for past couple of years.

 

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell
Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell

 

Cate Blanchett is truly a Queen when it comes to red carpet events, and this Armani Privé gown is no different. The fit is so perfect it gives the appearance it’s part of her while the colour is so unusual yet flattering you can’t help but adore it. My favourite part of this look; the exquisite applique flowers that turn the gown into an iconic Oscars gown.

 

Cate Blanchett in an Armani Privé
Cate Blanchett wearing Armani Prive

 

Olivia Munn showed everyone how to bring a bold colour to a red carpet event in this Stella McCartney dress. The shade of orange made her skin glow whilst the material clung to her in the most flattering of ways. The simple hair and makeup kept the focus on the gown and made the entire look highly sophisticated.

 

Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney
Olivia Munn wearing Stella McCartney

 

The Bad

Brie Larson underwhelmed in this Gucci dress, I adore it when anyone brings a bold colour to the red carpet, but that’s where my love for this dress ends. The material drowns her frame and appears as though the train is there because the gown was simply too long for her. Combined with this her hair and makeup was far too simple and the look just felt a little flat.

 

Brie Larson in Gucci
Brie Larson wearing Gucci

 

Alicia Vikander was so close to being perfect in this Louis Vuitton gown. The Disney princess Belle feel was magical as she walked down the red carpet, with the shade of yellow being incredible against her skin tone. However, the combination of the drop hem with the bubble hem makes the dress loose the impact the top half commands.

 

Alicia Vikander Louis Vuitton
Alicia Vikander wearing Louis Vuitton

 

Kerry Washington stunned and shocked me in this Atelier Versace gown while it’s refreshing to see Actresses mixing it up on the red carpet this just didn’t work. The leather bodice was too heavy for her frame and doesn’t fit well around her bust. The fit of the skirt is incredible but looks out of place against the harshness of the bodice.

 

Kerry Washington in Atelier Versace
Kerry Washington wearing Atelier Versace

 

The BAFTAs 2016

With awards season truly underway, the BAFTAs gave us drama, laughs and shocks. And that was all before the awards actually began.

The Good

Cate Blanchett stunned in her Alexander McQueen gown.The dramatic embroidery on the top perfectly offset the feathered and fringed skirt without becoming too overpowering. The pops of colour within the embroidered bodice grab attention and help the flowers to stand out, whilst being an unconventional take on a floral motif. By keeping her hair and make-up simple and classic it allows the look to flow well and create an overall elegant feel.

 

Cate Blanchett Alexander McQueen
Cate Blanchett wearing Alexander McQueen

 

Olga Kurylenko demanded attention in this Ralph & Russo dress. This former bond-girl bought the drama she known for on screen. The fit of this gown makes it appear as though it was designed and created just for her, just for this occasion. The intricate level of embroidery takes this semi-sheer gown from being just a statement piece to an elegant memorable look.

 

Olga Kurylenko Ralph & Russo
Olga Kurylenko wearing Ralph & Russo

 

Lily Donaldson had the perfect level of gothic beauty in her Saint Laurent gown. Proving to everyone why she is one of Britains greatest models, she looks positively flawless in this dramatic look. Wearing such a dark colour can get lost against all the bright gowns at an award show yet she knew exactly how to style this to perfection, with the sheer top bringing a subtle sense of sex appeal.

 

Lily Donaldson Saint Laurent
Lily Donaldson weaing Saint Laurent

 

 

The Bad

Alicia Vikander took a risk with this Louis Vuitton dress, and I have to praise her for this, however on this occasion, it doesn’t quite come off. The heavy stitching detail seems to stop abruptly, while the chain detail becomes 3-dimensional and looks reminiscent of Christmas tinsel. Her hair and make-up, however, looks sheer perfection, she looks youthful yet sophisticated.

 

Alicia Vikander Louis Vuitton
Alicia Vikander wearing Louis Vuitton

 

Poppy Jamie stood out for all the wrong reasons in this Jitrois gown. The colouring of the nude slip underneath didn’t match her skin tone making it look disjointed from the rest of the gown, the fishtail at the bottom doesn’t start from a tight enough point so loses its impact and the green filigree pattern looks as though it was added as an afterthought with no clear flow of design.

 

Poppy Jamie Jitrois
Poppy Jamie wearing Jitrois

 

Dakota Johnson’s Dior gown, whilst being a beautiful dress, just looks far too big for her and ends up drowning her delicate frame. While the shade of red looked incredible against her porcelain skin tone, due to the hem being too long it began to blend into the carpet as she walked down and into the venue.

Dakota Johnson Dior
Dakota Johnson wearing Dior

TV’s stylish women

While the UK may be home to some of the most iconic models, it’s the Americans that are in charge of fashion on TV. We have the iconic Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous, who will forever be famed and loved for her dramatic sense of style. We will never forget her massive perfectly coifed hair, and her equally as flamboyant outfits, especially the white suit.

Patsy Stone

But for our one Patsy, they have droves of women famed for their style. Below are just a few of the fashion icons American TV have introduced into our lives.

Cookie Lyon – Empire (2015-)

Cookie may be the newest addition out of this list, but she is also the fiercest. Her no-nonsense attitude is perfectly reflected in her wardrobe. Everything about Cookie is dramatic and over-the-top, even when power dressing, it’s not an average suit, it’s an animal print suit with thigh-high boots and flashy jewellery.

She came at the perfect time, to act as an antidote to the normcore movement that was taking over fashion, and brought some 90s hip-hop flair back, gone are the little influences of designer and instead just rejoice in it. Head-to-toe!

Cookie Lyon

Alexis Carrington Colby – Dynasty (1981-1989)

From the new master of the fur coat to the original queen of fur. This has to be without a doubt, Alexis Carrington Colby! The original power dressing woman on TV, making her style as iconic as Joan Collins herself.

From the shoulder pads that were almost bigger than her head, to the slightly evil veils, you always knew every time Alexis was on screen there would be drama and one hell of a stylish look.

Alexis Carrington

Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

While Alexis Carrington bought undeniable drama and attitude to previous generations, the millennial generation got the gift of Blair Waldorf. Her overly complicated schemes mirrored her overly dramatic take on fashion.

Never once did we see her in her real uniform, instead it was decorated with ruffles, paired with coloured tights & her trademark headband. While her character evolution took her from school teen to fashion business owner, her style grew and evolved with her, whilst still making sure to include that beloved and iconic headband.

Blair Waldorf

Olivia Pope – Scandal (2012-)

From one business woman to the next, Olivia Pope has helped to redefine what power dressing means in the 21st century. She has the work wardrobe everyone wishes they could wear to the office. Never once has our favourite gladiator put an on a bad outfit.

The most iconic element of her take on fashion is the use of coats, these are styled to perfection and enhance the fierceness of her character.  Never before has a coat made such an impact as it does with Olivia.

Olivia Pope

Rachel Green – Friends (1994-2004)

Rachel Green was who every girl in the 90s wanted to dress like, and who most of us still want to dress like. From the ever changing hair styles to her ever-evolving wardrobe, she was easily the most stylish out of all the friends.

She is the main reason I get excited everytime the 90s comes back into fashion and I can get away with wearing plaid with oversize shirts.

Rachel Green

No fashion icons list would be complete without a special mention for Carrie Bradshaw while Sex & The City left our screens back in 2004, she is still inspiring new generations of girls and women to be brave with their fashion, and just rock it.

Carrie Bradshaw

Carrie Bradshaw has without a doubt become the most iconic fashion character that has graced TV screens, her light-hearted attitude to style and high-fashion offered a refreshing contrast to how career women were represented. The main reason I fell in love with her style was her focus on shoes, as a massive shoe lover myself, her shoe collection alone would have been enough for me to grant her fashion icon status.

Carrie Bradshaw Shoes

SAG Awards 2016

The 2016 awards season is finally underway, and The SAG Awards showed us some spectacular and some stunning gowns this year.

The Good

Kiernan Shipka looked like utter magic in this fun floral Erdem dress. It was the perfect mix of glamour and fun for the young actress. The fitted bodice with a sweetheart neckline, when paired with the bold pattern kept this dress from looking too formal for her, while the dark plum colour looked radiant against her skin tone.

Kiernan Shipka Erdem
Kiernan Shipka wearing Erdem

Diane Guerro was the definition of a fairytale princess in this Karigam dress. The magenta shade makes her skin glow while the simple hair and makeup allow the dress to do all the talking. The cut gives the appearance that this gown was just made for her.

Diane Guerro Karigam
Diane Guerro in Karigam

 

Saoirse Ronan wearing Michael Kors showed everyone the elegant way to use a semi-sheer material. Keeping the gown elegant the see-through sections were simply there to enhance the floral motifs. Keeping the whole look polished but not too dramatic her hair was kept off the dress while still maintaining a youthful feel.

Saorise Ronan Michael Kors

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The Bad

Nicole Kidman looked far too fussy in this Gucci dress with rings, bracelets and necklaces. While the dress showcases the fun side of fashion she has, altogether it’s just too much. If she were to halve the jewellery and have a simple neckline, this look would have been incredible!

Nicole Kidman Gucci
Nicole Kidman wearing Gucci

 

Kate Winslet looked incredible in this Armani Prive dress however it’s just dull. It’s a lacklustre colour, in a silhouette that we constantly see her wearing. The colour itself makes her look pale; the length appears too long for her and it’s just too simple.

Kate Winslet Armani Prive
Kate Winslet in Armani Prive

 

Priyanka Chopra took a risk in Monique L’Huillier, sadly though it didn’t pay off. She looked reminiscent of a teenager going to prom. The awkward floral overlay stops far too abruptly and the netting looks messy.

Priyanka Chopra Monique L'Huillier
Priyanka Chopra in Monique L’Huillier

 

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Fashion regrets?

Do you have that one piece you wish you had in your wardrobe that you forever think about? That item you know you should have bought, and have regretted not buying everyday since. I know I have enough of them; from the original tiger print Kenzo jumper and Moschino McDonalds bag to the Mary Katrantzou oversized stamp shirt.

Well we all need to worry and fret no longer, our favourite re-sale site, Vestiaire Collective has announced they’re launching a brand new ‘One That Got Away’ campaign! Giving all of us that magical second chance to actively search out those pieces we know we should have bought.

Fanny Moizant, Vestiaire Collective’s founded stated that “Many of our clients come to Vestiaire to search the extensive inventory for amazing pieces…”

I, personally cannot wait to start uploading images of the fashion pieces I missed out on, hoping that another member can finally let me know where, and how I can rectify my mistakes.

And it can’t have come at a better time, whilst you’re buying all your christmas presents for those you love, why not buy yourself a little something too.

When a risk pays off!

A year into John Galliano’s role as Creative Director at Maison Margiela, and not only has he given the brand a new lease of life, but the risk they took in hiring him has well and truly paid off!

Renzo Rosso, the businessman behind Maison Margiela, has announced that instead of the normal 15% growth in the company, the revenue has increased by an incredible 30%! And as controversial as Galliano’s appointment was, it’s clear to see that was just bluster; only one of 350 retailers dropped the brand.

The mood and energy at the fashion house has changed, and brand is truly evolving. Galliano himself has evolved drastically. Gone are the days were his bow at the end of the show was as extravagant as the designs he sent down the runway, and what remains is him working tirelessly behind the scenes with a sense of anonymity.

The New Army…

On the 15th of October, we finally got to see the collaboration we’d all been waiting for… The HMBalmaination!

It was exactly what we expected & everything we hoped it to be! I cannot wait for 5th of November, to say goodbye to my bank account & hello to a new wardrobe!

Below are just a few of the highlights from the collection offering up more embellishment and more glam than you can possibly wear. In true Balmain fashion there are pearls, sequins, rope, velour and oozing of sex appeal!

Saying goodbye again.

Recently I wrote about how the fashion industry was losing an incredible partnership; not even a week later I feel like I’m writing the same article. It’s heartbreaking to lose another icon from such a perfect fashion pairing.

After 14 highly-successful and incredible years, Alber Elbaz has stepped down as Creative Director from Lanvin. I personally am shocked and devastated that this fashion couple is separated. He has at least, left on an exceptionally high-note, the SS 2016 collection speaks for itself!

When the news broke at the beginning of the week, people couldn’t believe it was real, I know I didn’t. I thought, and hoped, it was just a rumour, that was until he released his personal statement. It became clear that it was true, but wasn’t his decision, instead it came from Shaw-Lan Wang; whom it has been repeatedly documented that he has had a number of disagreements with.

“At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanied me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and have returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.”

While there has been no announcement of where he is moving onto, my hope is that he will go from iconic French fashion house to another. I think it would be incredible to see him take over from Raf Simons at Dior.

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