Screen Producers Guild Awards – The Best looks

 

Ahead of the Screen Actors Guild awards, we have had the Screen Producers Awards, which were another feast for my fashionista eyes. Unusually, a lady who I think has been absolutely nailing it on the red carpet at the moment, Anne Hathaway, didn’t make my top five in a pretty floral dress that was lovely, but more summer wedding than January red carpet. Also not making my list was Amanda Seyfried, who chose to wear gorgeous zesty orange, but in a creased and ill-fitting dress.

But there were some real movie stars out there too. Here are my favourite five of the night.

Julianna Margulies was a 1940s movie siren just waiting to lure Robert Mitchum to his doom. With her vampish make-up and Veronica Lake hair, Julianna could’ve appeared straight from the set of an Otto Preminger movie. The dress, fittingly was vintage, and the whole look summed up why I just adore Julianna’s style on the red carpet.

 

Jessica Alba is another style favourite of mine, so when she chooses to wear one of my favourite designers, Elie Saab, you just know this is going to be a match made in fashion heaven…and it so was!

The black lace design was like the sexiest merry widow get up ever, and Jessica wisely kept her accessories to a minimum with this design. A total showstopper.

Kerry Washington has been making real style waves of late. I loved her look at the Golden Globes, and think this lingerie style dress is another winner. The dress, from Marchesa, could’ve seemed a bit showgirl on another celebrity, but Kelly’s choppy hairstyle, use of pink accents and simple elegant heels made this a totally wonderful look.

Jennifer Garner is an actress who has become increasingly classic in her style choices. I loved this frilly cocktail dress by Oscar De La Renta. It might seem a simple look at first glance, but this dress is absolutely exquisite up close, with a brocade style print and structured frill detail. I also love her Kate Middleton hairstyle.

In a sea of very elegant black dresses came Hannah Simone in a sea of blue.  This was just fabulous – the Sofia Vergara moment of the night. Hannah’ s dress was super sexy in a Jessica Rabbit way, and by keeping accessories to a minimum, she let the dress just speak for itself and ensured the vintage style dress looked ultra modern.

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Big Style Crush – Florence Welch

She’s a muse to Karl Lagerfeld, cites 1970s drag queen troop ‘The Cockettes‘ as a fashion influence and has described her style as ‘Lady of Shallot meets Ophelia.’ Is it any wonder that at the moment I am totally besotted by the wardrobe and pure style masterclass that is Florence Welch?

In Chanel

The Titian haired Florence and the Machine songstress is an ethereal, alabaster beauty, a Lizzie Siddall for the 21st Century. And whilst promoting her latest album, ‘The Ceremonials‘ she has adopted a look that has taken in influence from my favourite Art Deco era. Her look is a covered up look, Isadora Duncan style scarves and sleeves, acres of Chanel and Elie Saab.

In Gucci

Florence has a knack for taking catwalk looks that you believe should remain on the catwalk, such is their intricacy, and yet she transforms them into walking works of art. You truly believe no-one else could wear these looks but Florence. She’s a true style icon and a total one-off.  A little bit Kate Bush, a tiny bit Sarah Miles and a whole lot of attitude makes Florence a star always worth watching. No wonder Lagerfeld imagined Florence as a modern-day Venus in a giant clam for the October Chanel show.

In Elie Saab

In Jason Wu

off duty

Florence style is definitely having an influence on the High Street. Just look at some of the Florence inspired items I found trawling the web.

Black Victoriana Blouse £39 

Lurex Pleated Maxi Skirt £39 

Burgundy Snake Clasp Maxi £55 

Biba Waterfall jersey maxi dress £149 

Biba Mixed print maxi dress £87 

Venice Film Festival – an amazing array of fashion and beauty.

The Venice Film Festival has always been synonymous with beauty and style. From the days of Diana Dors in her mink bikini, to the present day array of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kiera Knightley and Madonna, you are always guaranteed a series of total show-stopping looks. Here are some of the fashion highlights from the  glossy, glitzy fashion parade.

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Ward has sported a series of striking monochrome looks in Venice whilst promoting ‘The Ides of March‘. Both of these outfits are by Alessandro Rich. I’m loving the 1940s elegance of the black dress, and really like the crisp look of the white shirtwaister style dress, which reminds me of the sort of outfit worn by Tilda Swinton. I do think  that the white dress would make a perfect short day dress.

Kiera Knightley

I love that Kiera chose a beautiful dress from the collection of Mary Katrantzou for her appearance in Venice. These are exquisite designs, and Kiera looked so pretty in this teamed with nude platforms. This is a stylish way to do daytime dressing, elegant and not overly formal. I totally love it.

Jessica Chastain.

She’s the hottest new actress in Hollywood and has a killer wardrobe to boot –  Jessica Chastain has looked incredible in Venice. I particularly love the nude shade Elie Saab which she looks just adorable in due to her stunning red locks and just the right shade of coral lips.

Diane Kruger

If only I could spend one day in this woman’s wardrobe.  This dress, by Elie Saab is beautifully ornate, and Diane is careful not to add any further adornment. In keeping everything else simple she looks perfect, showing why she is considered such a modern-day style icon.

Kate Winslet

Opinions have been divided about this Victoria Beckham dress, but I much preferred this to the Stella McCartney bodycon number. This looks like Kate has been poured into it, and Victoria herself was well impressed, talking about Kate on Twitter. The only jarring point for me was the quiff, I would prefer a more elegant updo, but other than that, top marks.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth seems to be getting more and more stylish, as these outfits prove. I usually hate peachy tones and blondes, feeling they can wash a blonde out. But Gwyneth proves that with sun-kissed skin, this can be  the perfect shade. The Prada dress managed to show skin and still look classy – no mean feat!

Cindy Crawford

I’m beginning to  think that Cindy Crawford has a picture in her attic growing older. She is just AGELESS! In this beautiful, hot red dress by Roberto Cavalli, she proved that the only accessory any woman really needs is George Clooney.

Madonna

This covered-up, demure outfit from Gucci reminded me of Sharon Stone wearing a long skirt and a gap turtle neck on the red carpet. Madonna looks great, channelling the style of Wallis Simpson whilst promoting her film about the Duchess, W.E. The only thing Madonna should ditch is those glasses. Yes, Wallis used to wear them, but she never stood on a red carpet, did she?

Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough, the Wallis of W.E was a little overshadowed by the legendary singer, turned director of her movie. Which is a shame, because her style was glorious this festival. Her printed Dolce and Gabbana dress felt like the last burst of Summer, whilst she had a Princess red-carpet moment in Dior Couture.