Met Gala 2018 – Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

By far my favourite fashion night of the year is the Met Gala. Each year it takes a theme that is either embraced or ignored by the glitterati of the fashion and film world which makes for memorable viewing for us mere mortals. This year the Gala also had God on its side with the theme which was Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The exhibition has pieces from the Vatican collection which have not been seen by the public, and with a myriad of religious art, and artefacts as inspiration, it has to be said that some of the looks on display were incredible. Some however, were more fancy dress costume than works of fashion fantasy and reduced me to fits of giggles.

Rihanna for instance. I love that she always totally embraces the theme, and I follow twitter seeing all those tweets about ‘she killed it’, and ‘everybody else go home’. but her look, a sort of glam rock Pope, left me in bits. Similarly Katy Perry and Madonna. Madonna looked like Queen Victoria in her widows weeds, whilst Katy Perry turned up as an archangel in the back of what look like the Pope mobile with an enormous pair of wings. It sort of reminded me of Jacob Epstein’s Gabriel sculpture, and only the Lord knows he she managed to sit down, or eat her dinner for that matter. Sarah Jessica Parker is another who can be relied upon to embrace the theme, but, on this occasion, her gold Dolce and Gabbana gown and headdress was just to much. Embrace the theme sure, but don’t wear a fugly dress doing it.

Thankfully, there were looks of sheer beauty. Ariana Grande was incredible in a Vera Wang ballgown which was based on a painting from the Sistene chapel. I loved the Vatican yellow dress chosen by Amanda Seyfried, taking inspiration from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with flowing renaissance looks to compliment it. Rosie Huntington Whiteley was breathtaking in gold, looking like a celestial body, whilst Kate Bosworth showed the theme could be embraced with elegance. And then there was the incredible Jennifer Lopez, who proved you could take the most heavenly of themes, and make it as sexy as hell. Does that woman ever age?

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JLo

Sarah Jessica Parker

Priyanka Chopra

Evan Rachel Wood

Amber Heard

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Kate Moss

Alexa Chung

Kate Upton

Olivia Munn

Amal Clooney

Lily Collins

Katherine Langford

Rihanna

 

Amanda Seyfried

Zendaya

Blake Lively

 

 

Whose look did you love?

 

The Grammys 2014 – Best looks

Another Sunday night meant another awards ceremony, and therefore another dose of red carpet looks. I had really high hopes for the Grammys, after all, the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jessie J and JLo have made this one of the most unmissable nights for fashion in the calender year.

But 2014 has proven to be a bit of a disaster year in terms of truly memorable looks. The biggest stars failed to walk the carpet, Rihanna being a complete no-show. Those stars who did the red carpet walk sported a series of looks that can only be described as questionable. You had Katy Perry in the world’s most expensive shower curtain (we get it Katy, you’re ‘kooky’ and ‘quirky’), Paris Hilton wearing a dress that looked very ‘Las Vegas’ teamed with Tammy Wynette’s hair. There were too many long dresses, not enough rock and roll sass, and as for Madonna, how many more times do celebrities need telling ‘do not let your children dress you!’ Her strange outfit was apparently the idea of son David. I’m guessing, if that is the case, we’re lucky she didn’t turn up dressed as a power ranger…

But there were still a couple of looks that did impress.

Chrissie Teigen in Johanna Johnson

The model, aka Mrs John Legend got it so right in a shimmering gold strapless column dress and beachy hair. I loved that she kept her accessories to a minimum and let that dress do all the talking.

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Ciara in Pucci

I’m seeing a trend here with Ciara taking her cues from Olivia Wilde and encasing her baby bump in something sparkling and body hugging. The Peter Dundas dress was perfect for Ciara in every way, not least the way it match her hair and colouring. Stunning.

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Taylor Swift in Gucci

Taylor went for chainmail from Gucci and kept the hair to a simple ponytail. This beautiful dress was perfect for the Grammy’s, ensuring the ever reliable Taylor would be on all the best dressed lists once again.

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Beyonce in Michael Costello

Let’s be honest, there are not many women who could pull of this white lace, barely there dress. And yes, it does resemble a wedding dress from a Guns and Roses video. But I still think, all things considered, that Beyonce looks amazing…if the style is not a little bit like Rihanna in Gaultier.

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Ariana Grande in Dolce and Gabbana

This was a very Carrie Bradshaw look from Ariana, but I loved that it was sweet and pretty. The hair was very SJP, and I believe the dress has been worn by Dannii Minogue in her X Factor heyday (or at least something very similar), so nothing that we haven’t seen before, but she still looked lovely.

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Chloe Green in Alexander McQueen

chloe-green-marc-anthony-lgMiss Topshop Chloe Green was most definitely on of the best dressed in the slinkiest Alexander McQueen dress I have seen in a long time. The exquisite black silk sheath, teamed with gold embroidery, was gothically glamorous and made Chloe stand out from the crowd.

Nicole Trunfio

Australian model Nicole’s dress had a fabulous vintage feel to it, with shimmering effects that resembled Fortuny pleats. Her soft, wavy hair and perfect make up made this looks beautiful and effortless. I can’t yet find out who designed this fabulous frock, but it is one that will linger in the memory.

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Shawn Robinson in Nicole Miller

This was a sleek, Art Deco style dress with beautiful shell style scallops. I loved the white and silver combination, combined with sleek hair and minimal accessories.

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