The 2014 BAFTA’s – Key Looks

The days when the BAFTA’s were an also-ran awards ceremony have long since gone. These days the stars turn out in force for the British Academy awards ceremony, and this means a feast for the fashion lovers eye.

This year saw a Hollywood who’s who roll call walking the red carpet. Brad and Angelina, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lupita Nyong’o, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Uma Thurman and Maggie Gyllenhall all turned out to add a glittering presence. Add in British stars like Naomie Harris, Samantha Barks and Helen Mirren, and the night was guaranteed to have sartorial looks on display that would have set tongues wagging.

Here are some of the key looks from the night. My personal faves were Lupita Nyong’o (again, but I’m making absolutely no apologies for this – she looked flawless in Emerald green Dior) and Samantha Barks, who opted for a simple, elegant column dress that was just so chic, albeit a little long.

Lupita

Lupita in Dior

Cate Blanchett in McQueen.

Cate Blanchett in McQueen.

Cate Blanchett opted for Alexander McQueen. It was a nice dress, but I have to admit to being a little underwhelmed with this. However, I loved her speech, which was a touching tribute to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and I did then wonder if the sombre dress was a tribute too.

Samantha Barks in Calvin Klein

Samantha Barks in Calvin Klein

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent

There was a part of me that thought that the matchy-matchy tuxedo look was a bit like the Beckham’s in the bad old days, but this is Angelina Jolie, and with her sex appeal, this just looked super sexy, especially with that louche untied Dickie bow.

Joely Richardson in William Vintage Bob Mackie

Joely Richardson in William Vintage Bob Mackie

Joely’s dress wasn’t to all taste, but the 1973 Bob Mackie dress (which I can so picture 1970s Cher wearing) was one that I loved. Amazing colour and, with the sunburst pattern, it also reminded me of an Art Deco piece.

Naomie Harris in Gucci

Naomie Harris in Gucci

One word – perfection.

Amy Adams in Victoria Beckham

Amy Adams in Victoria Beckham

I wasn’t actually sure of this dress from the photographs. It seemed a little stiff, a little schoolmarm-ish. But this is one of those dresses that you need to see from all angles, because when Amy stepped onto that stage, showing the sexy back zips in all their glory – then I fell in love with this look.

Did you have a favourite look from the BAFTA  ceremony?

 

 

Kaliko coats – Bringing out the Hollywood Goddess in you

Winter coats can often be seen as just a practical requirement. It is cold, it is sometimes wet, therefore I need a coat that is comfortable and practical, something padded maybe, something waterproof. But sometimes, this very sensible attitude needs to be thrown out of the window, and you need to approach choosing a coat with a different attitude, asking yourself, ‘What would Marilyn chose?’

Because yes, we all need that practical, everyday coat in our wardrobe, but there is also room for something else. Something so glamorous it makes us feel like we have just stepped off a Hollywood movie set. Something that looks fabulous over dresses, and even gives our jeans and boots that goddess edge. In short, we need a goddess coat. So, step forward Kaliko, who are giving us just that.

From faux fur collar and cuffs, to hot colours and classic styles, Kaliko have thought outside the box with its Winter Coat offering. And if Hollywood style isn’t strictly your thing, then why not channel a Duchess instead.

These are my faves from a seriously lovely collection.

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Doris Day in Pillow Talk

Angelina Jolie in The Changeling

Angelina Jolie in The Changeling

 Fur Cuffed Cocoon Coat Item No 060/031040/222 / Was £299.00 Now £249.00 click to visit Kaliko


Fur Cuffed Cocoon Coat
Item No 060/031040/222 /
Was £299.00 Now £249.00 click to visit Kaliko

 Fur collar

Myrna Loy in The Thin Man

Myrna Loy in The Thin Man

Modern Day goddess Jennifer Lopez

Modern Day goddess Jennifer Lopez

Black Faux Fur Collar Coat Item No 060/031091/11 / Was £249.00 Now £199.00  click to visit Kaliko

Black Faux Fur Collar Coat
Item No 060/031091/11 /
Was £249.00 Now £199.00 click to visit Kaliko

 

Hot pink

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Lea Michele

Lea Michele

 Berry Full Skirt Wool Coat Item No 060/031235/41 / Was £249.00 Now £199.00  click to visit Kaliko


Berry Full Skirt Wool Coat
Item No 060/031235/41 /
Was £249.00 Now £199.00 click to visit Kaliko

 

Kate inspired

Duchess of Cambridge

Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the The Clare Foundation

 Stone Zip Back Coat Item No 060/030780/111 / Was £229.00 Now £179.00 click to visit Kaliko


Stone Zip Back Coat
Item No 060/030780/111 /
Was £229.00 Now £179.00 click to visit Kaliko

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Summer dress inspiration from Angelina Jolie, Madame X and Mango

When it comes to Summer dressing, black is the new white.  Black is not always first choice for summer dresses, pretty much every colour will come in front of it in our mental lists, but I think this is a mistake. Black is always chic, looks great against a suntan, covers all manner of evils when you’re having those not-so-perfect days bodywise, and is basically a classic choice, even (or maybe especially) in summer.

This summer, with summer balls and prom season almost upon us, I think we should take inspiration for our dresses from two major sources. First up is Madame X, as painted by John Singer Sargent. This is definitely one of my favourite paintings, painted in the 1880s, but about as far away from Victorian dressing as black is from white. Sensuous and luxurious in equal measures, this dress could’ve been designed by Versace and worn by Cindy Crawford circa 1990 – it is timeless and beautiful.

The second icon of style to inspire this summer is the incomparable Angelina Jolie. I have said it before, and I will say it again, no-one wears black like Angelina. At the Premiere of World War Z last weekend, she showed that bright skies and sunshine shouldn’t mean that you need to pack away your slinkiest black gown, looking totally incredible in Saint Laurent.

You can get your own little black dress inspiration from Mango, which currently has a stunning collection of black dresses that incorporates both maxi lengths and sexy mini’s.

LACE GOWN £89.99 click to visit Mango

STRAPLESS GOWN £99.99 click to visit Mango

STRAPLESS DRAPED GOWN £79.99 click to visit Mango

METAL DETAILS DRESS £34.99 click to visit Mango