The Met Gala – My best dressed

It is probably the most glamorous fashion event of the year, and this year again proved that when the world’s of Hollywood, fashion and modelling combine, you are sure of some totally standout looks, along with a couple you’d rather forget.

This year’s theme was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, which ensured there would be a sea of Prada on display, along with a wonderful tribute to Schiaparelli’s famous Lobster print dress worn by Anna Wintour. There were plenty of other gowns to tantalise the fashion taste buds.

These are my favourites from a wonderfully glamorous night.

Carey Mulligan looked like a wonderfully space aged Judy Jetson in this stunning metallic scale gown  from Prada.I love everything about it, the mixture of metallics, the 50s style silhouette, her cute Elvis mini quiff hairdo. I think this was total perfection.

January Jones has been a bit hit and miss lately in the style stakes, but this zesty lemon gown was perfect for her, and I loved how she accessoried with turquoise. It also had a peplum shape making it bang on trend. A return to form I think.

Michael Kors was well represented by Hilary Swank and Jessica Alba. I particularly loved Jessica Alba in a dress that made her look like a beautiful Oscar. Old Hollywood – Veronica Lake hair completed the look.

There was something about Rihanna that reminded me of the baddie from the film Species – a sci-fi villainess, but I did love this ultra glamorous look from Tom Ford. The hair, on the other hand, seemed to be styled like Mickey Mouse ears.

Lana Del Rey was another favourite of mine in a gorgeous dramatic look from Joseph Altuzarro. I loved the drama of the sheer cape, a nod to another music goddess, Madonna, maybe?

Gwyneth Paltrow has been one of my best dressed this year, and this sexy, short 1960s style dress from Prada shows that this Gwyneth is now a million miles away from the weeping girl in the ill-fitting pink dress, who won an Oscar despite crimes to fashion.

Emma Roberts is showing real potential as a future style icon, and this choice of bright yellow from Escada was wonderful, especially when teamed with a colour clash skinny blue belt.

Camilla Belle absolutely shone in a beautiful Jazz age dress from Ralph Lauren. This was just so elegant, and with her sleek hair and dramatic make-up, she was a true standout.

Michelle Dockery made an unusual choice in her colour combination of black and gold Ralph Lauren. This is a dress Lady Mary would be proud of, but I wish she had left off those black gloves which make her seem like she is about to commit a Downton Murder…

Solange Knowles was the undoubted winner of the Knowles girls battle at the Met. Whilst Beyoncé looked like an over elaborate showgirl in gothic black and lace, Solange kept her look on trend in a strapless peplum dress that fitted her like a glove. Kudos to Rachel Roy for producing such a wonderful look.

Poppy Delevigne showed that a classic black and white Chanel dress will always look timeless and elegant. This dress just stood out amongst the sea of shimmery fabrics and feathers.

Kirsten Dunst also stood out – I thought her Rodarte two piece was a 1930s original, maybe belonging to Wallis Simpson, and I think this was fabulous as a celebration of Schiaparelli styling.

Emily Blunt kept it cool and simple in Calvin Klein. It may not have been the dressiest look, but I love the simplicity of this look and am totally besotted with Emily at the moment.

Greta Gerwig also channelled 1930s movie star style in a gorgeous emerald bias cut gown by Prabal Gurung.  I love that she kept her neckline bare to allow the beauty of the dress  to speak for itself.

Eva Mendes went for a fabulous tangerine orange embellished gown from Prada that was a wonderfully vibrant and fun choice. Again, the peplum was out in force, proving that this 1980s fashion staple beloved of Princess Diana is back to stay.

Clare Danes can do no wrong at the moment in my eyes, she is Carrie Mathison after all. Her J Mendal white dress was simple in its elegance, and with her hair in a Bardot style beehive she was definitely a best dressed contender.

So,these are my choices.  Who got your vote for Best dressed? Let me know by leaving a comment below.x

January Star style featuring Diane Kruger, Emma Roberts and a whole lot more.

January is proving to be a really stylish month, with celeb trendsetters setting fashion on fire with an whole series of  covetable looks, from the cool and casual to the full on red carpet looks. This month has seen fantastic looks at Sundance from Kate Bosworth, and with Paris Couture week now attracting the likes of Cameron Diaz and the always impeccable Diane Kruger, it seems that 2012 is looking like a true vintage style year. Here are some more of  the looks making the grade in January.

Cameron Diaz has made a glorious return to the fashion front, wearing this beautiful 1950s style polka dot prom dress whilst sitting front row at Dior. I love monochrome, and polka dots, so this is just a perfect dress in my eyes – feminine, flattering and very wearable.

Get the look – polka dots

Black polka dot ruffle dress Now £20.00 

Precis Petite £139.00 Navy Polka Dot Belted Dress 

Olivia Palerno is always a masterclass in Front Row styling. At Christian Dior my eyes were drawn to the fabulous clutch bag she was using, in a fabulous shade of turqouise. A splash of colour can turn the most simple outfit into a showstopper, so use shoes, bags and scarves in bright shades to jazz up your black and white.

Get the Look – Turquoise clutch bags

 

Exclusive Turquoise Clutch Bag 

ASOS Slot Through Portfolio Clutch 

Yet more black and white makes an appearance courtesy of Diane Kruger. I love this look which has a springlike feel to it. Every girl needs a failsafe black and white dress in her wardrobe, and something stretchy like this dress is just so easy to wear and will cover a multitude of occasions.

Get the Look – black and white dresses

Petite Stone Geo Print Dress 

Black and White Stripe Dress 

There is only one thing to say about Kate Bosworth in this Antonio Berardi dress – red hot! Some say that you should avoid matchy-matchy styling, but Kate looks fabulous in her red dress/red lips/red shoes combination due to her lack of accessories.

Get the look – red, long sleeved dress

Red long bodycon dress Now £12.00 

sportmax Ragazza long sleeve snail dress

One young starlet who is definitely one to watch is Emma Roberts. Emma would be my choice for the role of young Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries and I love how she mixes High Street and designer labels. I think she looked great at Sundance wearing a stretchy floral dress from Topshop.

Get the Look – floral bodycon

Floral Grunge Bodycon Dress £16.99

Lucy Daisy Print Bodycon 

But it’s not just Hollywood A-listers who know the value of the High Street. My favourite TOWIE beauty Lydia has again been raiding the rails at Miss Selfridge, this time for a gorgeous red Drummer girl coat. The good news is that it is still available, and has now been reduced to a bargain £50.

Red Braid Trim Coat £50

 

 

Fashion-Mommy Loves – A (Late!) review of February style

Apologies for this late review of February style, but March has been so busy so far I have not had time to look back at what a fabulously stylish month February was. And what an absolute corker of a month it was. From the numerous awards ceremonies – Baftas, Brits, Grammys, and the Oscars, through to the Independent Spirit awards and Elle Style awards, every fashionista had a fabulous wardrobe to reveal. Fashion weeks hit New York, London and Milan, unveiling an array of star-studded front rows, fabulous new looks and superstar models of all genders! So, what else happened in February?

Kate Moss got engaged

There were rumours that Kate Moss and Jamie Hince had tied the knot last year, but now it seems to be a definite fact that they will be getting married this year, possibly in early July. Kate seems to have celebrated this fact by being very visible on the social scene, wearing an array of stunning outfits. Unfortunately, her violet Dior dress that she wore to a Paris party was badly torn when she exited, bringing back memories of Courtney Love and vintage silk.

Kate has worn other fabulous looks this month. She attended the Fashion Week dinner hosted by Samantha Cameron at Downing Street wearing a short asymmetrical mini dress in black, whilst black was also the order of the day at the NME awards, where Kate was pictured in what looked like a black leather, full length dress. The new ad campaign for Longchamp showed Kate with a 1960s feel haircut, whilst she showed us the perfect way to add leopard print to our wardrobe. All in all, a fabulous, fashion-forward month for my favourite supermodel!

Who else looked amazing in February? Renee Zellweger looked an absolute princess in Carolina Herrera whilst at an awards ceremony in Germany. Emma Roberts again proved she is one to watch with a series of beautiful outfits at New York fashion week, whilst I loved all the red on show when Sofia Coppola joined Karen Elson at New York fashion week.

Halle Berry wore a beautiful raspberry Elie Saab dress to the Costume Designers guild awards ceremony. This was the same dress that Mila Kunis wore in lilac to the Oscars which was such a hit, but I think Halle looked equally stunning in this hot shade. On the same evening, Kristen Davis channelled Charlotte style in a beautiful dotted dress by Oscar De La Renta.

The Elle style awards were frwnkly quite low key in terms of style, but I did like the looks sported by Blake Lively in Pucci, and Thandie Newton in purple florals. Samantha Cameron became one of the undisputed stars of London Fashion week, and shone in a beautiful Christopher Kane skirt.

In other fashion news, a stunning looking Kelly Osbourne was revealed in all her glory in the new Material Girl ads, and I think she is a major improvement on sulky teen Taylor Momson. A range of celebrities took to the catwalk in beautiful red dresses in the ‘Heart truth wear a red dress’ catwalk show, with Dita Von Teese being my favourite.

My top buys this month have both been dresses. I was really excited about the launch of the new designers at Debenhams range, particularly the dresses by Preen. I got the blue dress, and have already wore it three times, almost paying for itself. The other dresses I got this month put spots before my eyes, both had a retro, dotted feel and were from Outfit branches by Dorothy Perkins.

 

Enjoy your March!