Grammy Fashion 2018 – Wear A White Rose

The red carpet conveyor belt is rolling on, with Sunday seeing the 2018 Grammy Awards taking place. Rock n Roll’s most prestigious night of the year saw a red carpet filled with musics brightest and best, all in their finery, with many holding or wearing a white rose, the latest symbol of support and sisterhood for the ‘me too’ campaigns.

The spectre of sexism and the abuse cases certainly could not be ignored, especially with Kesha giving an emotional performance, and Janelle Monae making a pointed comment in her presentation speech. A catagory dominated by women, Album of the Year, was won by the only man in the group, the distinctly average Ed Sheeran (just my opinion.). The women in the room clearly still felt that the issues that have hit the film world are alive and kicking in the music industry too.

In terms of fashion, the Grammy’s are not necessarily the most stylish, but they can be interesting. My own personal favourites were Lady Gaga, who went from flashing the flesh last year, to wearing breathtaking, custom made Armani Prive this year. Lana Del Rey was old school Hollywood, whilst Miley Cyrus rocked a gorgeous jumpsuit.

Who was your favourite on the night?

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Oscars 2015 – My favourite looks

The most glittering night on the Awards calendar came and went with a whimper last night. The Oscars used to always be the ceremony where you were promised something wonderful and something wacky, and interesting night of true fashion and memorable looks that would stay in the fashion memory long after who had actually won had faded. But that was then.

The best way to sum up this year’s ceremony choices would be ‘safe’. There were plenty of ‘nice’ dresses, with both nominees and presenters looking elegant and pretty on the red carpet. My favourite looks included the uber glamorous Margot Robbie in a YSL dress that made her look like a modern day Charlotte Rampling, complete with vampy lips and a statement necklace. Rosamund Pike also looked spectacular in red Givenchy. She has had a bad award season in my view, and this was the dress I’d been longing for her to wear.

There was a distinct lack of colour on the red carpet, but some ladies did approach it in a series of successful looks. I loved Dakota Johnson in red YSL, it was a gorgeous dress, and I particularly loved the  silver shoulder detail. Emma Stone divided opinions in Elie Saab, with some saying the dress was too old for her, and I can see Angelina opting for this one, but the colour and beading was superb, and I love anything with a low back.

Here are a selection of the dresses that I enjoyed on the night – with a couple that I sort of liked, including Jennifer Lopez, who wore a spectacular Elie Saab gown that I would’ve loved in any colour other than the dishwater she chose, and Lady Gaga, whose dress I loved – but what’s with the washing up gloves.

Whose look did you love/hate at the 2015 Oscars?

Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris

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Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

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 Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

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Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

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Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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Sienna Miller in Oscar De La Renta

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Lupita Nyong’u in Calvin Klein

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Julianne Moore in Chanel

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Cate Blanchett in John Galliano with Tiffany and Co jewellery

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Rita Ora in Marchesa

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Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo

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Jennifer Hudson in Romona Keveza

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Emma Stone in Elie Saab

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Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

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Lady Gaga in Alaia

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 Diane Kruger at the Vanity Fair After Show Party

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Thandie Newton Aftershow Party Look

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Sofia Vergara Aftershow Party look

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Lupus Awareness Month

There are diseases that are very high profile. Diseases like breast cancer, and, more recently, Motor Neurone disease, have been highlighted by Internet campaigns like the ‘no make-up selfie’ and the Ice bucket challenge. But there are other diseases that many of us know nothing about, despite the fact that they blight thousands of lives all over the world. Lupus is just one of those diseases.

Lupus is a disease of the immune system that affects one in 5,000 white women, one in every 1,000 women of Asian origin and one in 625 women who are of African Caribbean descent. Lupus can also affect men.  I first became aware of the disease a few years ago when I read of a young actress who had died from Lupus, who had created a brilliant film before succombing to the disease. N’Deaye Ba had starred in Casualty, Sea of Souls and Jericho, but died at the age of 32. With her mother, she had created a brilliant piece of film called ‘The Wolf Inside’ (Lupus means Wolf in Latin) which chronicled her battle with Lupus. N’Deaye’s was not diagnosed in time for her story to end well, but her legacy is a film that will help others.

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N’Deaye Ba in Jericho

This month is Lupus awareness month, and Benenden Health have posted a very informative and interesting post about the disease on their website.(You can view the post here.) The post highlights the many different forms of Lupus, along with the symptoms a sufferer may exhibit, like extreme tiredness,  swollen and painful joints, or a skin rash that is hard to explain. Lupus can also lead to hair loss, in some cases extreme. If you do exhibit any, or all of the symptoms mentioned above, you can ask your doctor for tests. Early diagnosis can help sufferers to manage their condition.

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With the likes of Lady Gaga, Selina Gomez and ‘Third Rock from the Sun’ star Kristen Johnson all high profile Lupus sufferers, it may now be the time that people gain more understanding and knowledge of what is a terrible. yet often ignored, disease.

*In collaboration with Benenden Health.