Met Ball revisited – Good dresses.

The New York Costume Institute’s annual gala is THE fashion event of the year. Wall to Wall with stunning gowns and glamorous make-up, this is the one event that no fashionista wants to miss. This year the ball was a tribute to the late, great Alexander McQueen, with the Savage Beauty exhibition of his fabulous gowns opening at the Met. Of course, this meant a range of beautiful McQueen gowns on show, but many other designers were showcased too, with Stella McCartney having a very busy Met ball. Here are my picks for the best and worst dresses.

Best

Ginnifer Goodwin flew the flag for the high street with this emerald-green dress custom-made by the Topshop Unique design team.

Taylor Swift showed her usual, impeccable style with a nude and black J Mendal Couture gown. It was nothing new for Taylor, but hey if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Jennifer Hudson continued her impressive run of Red  carpet looks with a beautiful ball gown by Vera Wang. This seemed very appropriate for the Met Ball – a real dressed up look.

Madonna channelled 1930s elegance in a blue satin Stella McCartney dress. This was ultra flattering and with the screen siren waves in her hair, she looked totally amazing. One of my favourites.

Renee Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow both shone in gold backless dresses. Gwyneth dripped liquid gold in a Stella McCartney dress that showcased her amazing figure and go-on-forever legs. Renee also looked beautiful in a Carolina Herrera nude/gold dress with sequined train. This was gorgeous, the only jarring point being that Renee’s back resembled something from Torchwood!

Sarah Jessica Parker looked demure and beautiful in a 2005 Alexander McQueen nude beaded gown, showing that showing less flesh can look devastating in an amazing dress. Selma Hayek also looked great in McQueen, wearing a sheer chiffon floaty dress with a corsage detail.

Ashley Greene from Twilight sparkled in a Donna Karen strapless dress that was very Old Hollywood, whilst Diane Kruger looked like Veronica Lake reborn in Jason Wu. Livia Firth, wearing a one-off eco design from Stella McCartney reminded me of Doris Day in her early 1960s heyday, with a long skirt worn over a trouser suit.

Pregnant stars Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson both went for gold, strapless options. Jessica wore a Ralph Lauren gold draped number, whilst Kate was another aficionado of Stella McCartney. Both looked glowing and glamorous.

Zoe Saldana went for a yellow Calvin Klein strapless column dress to great effect. I loved the colour and the simplicity of this design.

My absolute favourite dress on the evening was the gold Alexander McQueen dress worn by supermodel Karen Elson. She had previously modelled the gown on the catwalk, and the dress was apparently ripped. But she looked incredible on the night, a real tribute to the genius of McQueen.

Stayed tune for the frocky horrors from the night…there were plenty.

The rise of the redhead.

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Gentlemen might prefer blondes, whilst brunettes are traditionally more sensuous and mysteries, but it is redheads who are having a moment. From Karen Gillan as Dr Who‘s sexiest and most stylish assistant ever, to Nicola Roberts rise to fashionista fame, redheads have been at the forefront of fashion in 2010.

Redheads of all colours and tones have been everywhere in 2010. They are on your tv screen, in your iPod and in the pages of your fashion mags.  Some are naturally auburn, others are proudly coiffed out of a bottle, but all have exuded such style and panache that the likes of Rihanna and Cheryl Cole have recently hitched a ride on the red bandwagon.

History’s most famous redhead was probably England’s greatest Queen, Elizabeth 1st. She defiantly held on to her red locks with wigs after illness left her permanently bald. Her paintings show she was really proud of her Boleyn colouring, knowing it was her crowning glory.

In the 20th century, redheads meant different things during different times. Clara Bow was the quintessential flapper, a working class girl with a heart of gold and a cute red bob. Into the 1940’s and red could spell danger, with Rita Hayworth at her most beautiful as the redheaded Gilda. Maureen O Hara was the Irish colleen with the flowing copper locks in films like The Quiet Man.

Into the 1980’s and red signified the girl next door, with Annie and her cute curls, Molly Ringwald in the John Hughes movies, and Sarah Ferguson, better known to everyone as fun-loving Fergie, the Duchess of York.

The 1990’s bought a more fiery, feisty redhead. Geri Halliwell was the epitome of girl power, with her two tome copper locks, whilst Shirley Manson had attitude and talent in spades as the lead singer with indie band Garbage. Kylie Minogue and Madonna also flirted with the dye bottle during this period.

And now…everyone who is anyone seems to have red hair. Florence Welch and Paloma Faith have gorgeous red locks and bags of talent. Julianne Moore is winning more actress plaudits for The Kids are Alright and looks stunning in the ad campaign for Bulgari.  Emma Stone is the new sweetheart of high school movies. Karen Elson is showing she can sing as well as she can model, whilst Christina Hendricks has been the pin-up of the year, loved for her amazing curves and red hair.

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The most recent ad campaign for Radley shows a model with a mass of red curls nestling the Godalming tote bag, whilst Vivienne Westwood’s Naughty Alice fragrance ad has an Earl Moran style illustrated starlet with…you’ve guessed it…long red hair.

 

At the recent Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the year award, the Dr Who actress Karen Gillan was awarded Ultimate TV actress, whilst Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts was named Ultimate fashionista. Was any further proof needed that this is definitely the year of the redhead. It seems that if you want to get ahead now…you need to get your head in the sink and roll on the colour!

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