SAG Awards – All the trends

Last night saw the next event on the glittery awards cavalcade. The Screen Actors Guild awards are less formal than the Globes or the Oscars so many stars opt for a slightly less showy look. This year there were some truly stunning looks on show, and some key trends, including 70s glamour, black is back and ponytails. There were also splashes of block colour, with red, blue and green all looking great on the Red Carpet.

Trends 70s chic

Angela Jolie wore one of the key trends on the night – 70s disco. She wore a stunning fluid black gown from Jenny Packham. The dress, with low back and draped front, was super sexy,and Angelina kept the 70s theme going in hooped vintage earrings. I was super excited by this choice as I had earlier tweeted Cosmopolitan that Angelina would wear Jenny Packham – and was proved to be correct!

Tilda Swinton also keyed into the 1970s trend, wearing a pleated white dress that looked like it could’ve come from Halston circa 1977. This was custom-made Lanvin and I think it was a spectacular choice for Tilda. I also loved her hairstyle, so much chicer than the Jedward she sported at the Golden Globes.

Probably the look that I loved most was this Elie Saab jumpsuit, as worn by Rose Byrne. This was an exciting choice, the beautifully beaded suit had a ‘Carlito’s Way’ feel to it, whilst her neat bobbed hairstyle reminded me of 20s icon Louise Brooks. I couldn’t fault any of it, and  loved the fact that this outfit had sat in the wardrobe for a few years, just waiting to wow us!

Another lady opting for that draped seventies look was Melissa McCarthy. I think she looked beautiful in this midnight blue dress, this was such an improvement on her Golden Globes Dress and the ruching was ultra flattering. The designer was Badgley Mischka.

Trends – Back to Black

If The Golden Globes was all about nudes, then the SAG awards saw stars  and starlets going back to black. As well as the aforementioned Angelina, many other ladies chose the dark shade. Stacey Keibler looked just exquisite in a gorgeous lace column dress by Marchesa, one of the hottest design teams on the night. The dress has a spanish feel to it, and she accessorised perfectly with George Clooney.

Glee girl Jayma Mays chose a gorgeous black sequined gown my Reem Acra. I love this dress, a simple shape that allows all the blingy sequins to do the talking.

Emma Stone was, as ever, perfect. Her sense of style never fails to impress, and in custom-made Alexander McQueen, this was true yet again. I  loved the length of this gown, not  floor sweeping so it  had a youthful feel. The embellished bodice was beautiful, and as for the shoes…

Ashlee Simpson was another star who chose Jenny Packham. This is the best  I have ever seen here look – she looks divine! I love the fact that this dress has a gothic glam look to it, a little bit spiders web. Her hair also looked super stylish in a shorter style.

Trend – brights

Emily Blunt chose an emerald-green gown from Oscar De La Renta that just screamed ‘movie star’. With her  raven locks, this was the perfect colour for the Young Victoria star.

Michelle Williams went for classic red Valentino, a dress right on the lace trend. It was an elegant look for the gamine star, and her make-up was just flawless.

I hated Jessica Chastain’s look at The Golden Globes, it was ageing and made her looked washed out. But I think she got it spot-on at the Sag’s in figure hugging Calvin Klein in a stunning, vibrant blue. This was minimalist style at its best, and the blue was the perfect contrast for her porcelain skin and red hair.

Sofia Vergera came over all Marilyn Monroe/Material girl Madonna in another perfect fashion moment. The pink was of the hot variety, and I loved that she wore with  purple jewels for a touch of the colour clash.

Viola Davis wore an ethereal strapless gown from Marchesa that just floated onto the red carpet, it was so beautiful. Viola later showed that dress off perfectly as she collected the award for best actress for ‘The Help’.

When bad looks happen to good people

Amber Heard is beautiful, but in this bandage style dress by Zac Posen, with that severe hair, she looks like the Bride of Frankenstein.

Kristen Wiig was another who had an off night. Without the choker, this Balenciaga dress would’ve been an elegant choice. So why did Kristen decide to add the ‘Sid Snot’ punk neckwear? High Neck dresses always clash with chokers – hasn’t she learnt nothing from Nicole Kidman?

The Antonio Berardi dress, as worn by Jame Krakowski, just needed that bustier detail to be a little bit higher to avoid giving Jane’s breasts that ‘boob job’ look, which takes the dress from classy to tacky in an instant.

Really wish Lea Michele would stop wearing Elizabeth Hurley’s frocks…

Adore Amber Riley usually, but this looks like an extra from the handjive scene in Grease. So fussy, that bow is just too much.

What  did you think of the SAG awards? Who was your best dressed? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Gorgeous Celebrity Jingle Bells…steal their looks.

The party season is well and truly in swing, but if you haven’t got your outfit sorted yet, maybe you could take some style inspiration from some celebrity fashionistas. There is a style for everyone, and these ladies show that at Christmas, it really is a case of anything goes, from full length beauties to short and sexy styles, taking in a bit of androgynous style along the way.

Lea Michele wore an amazing sparkling Valentino number for the premiere of her film ‘New Year’s Eve’. This style will definitely catch the eye and make you the centre of attention, but take a tip from Lea and let the dress speak for itself, keep the make-up natural.

Linea Beaded sequin chevron dress 

At the same film premiere, Fergie looked a million miles away from her ghetto Black Eyed Peas style, and instead channelled the ghosts of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake with her immaculate forties styling. This would be a great New Year’s Eve outfit.

Ozlem sequins dress gunmetal 

The glorious Michelle Pfeiffer frankly defies the laws of aging and actually seems to improve with each year. She looks incredible in this dress, which is a great alternative to the little black dress.

Reiss Harmony RUCHED DRESS MAGENTA 

The WE stars showed differing styles in New York this week. Wallis  herself, Andrea Riseborough opted for classic monochrome in her Oscar De La Renta dress. I loved the dress, but hated the Margaret Thatcher hairdo, and wish she’d stick to being  a brunette.

 

Kamille sequin skirt dress 

WE director Madonna sported a more rock chick party look, teaming black cigarette pants with a beaded top. Adopt this look when meeting friends over the festive period.

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Is the Fashion world in love with curves – an update.

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posting about how curvy women were finally making some progress in the world of fashion. Since then, the topic seems to have exploded everywhere, with Grazia magazine in particular taking up the mantle in support of the curvier women, putting Christina Hendricks on its front cover, and devoting their lead article to the stunning actress and her rise to superstardom. In addition, it questioned key stylists, bloggers and fashionistas about the move towards more shapely women in fashion.

But the question for many would be, is this just a one week wonder, or are magazines actively admitting that real women come in all shapes and sizes, and reflecting this on their pages?

I’m happy to say that there have been further positive moves towards reflecting all body sizes in magazines and fashion stores. Crystal Renn is to open and close the Look magazine fashion show taking place on September 18th. Look is a very successful, popular weekly fashion mag, and has been a strong supporter of Renn in recent months, using her in fashion layouts and features. In addition, this weeks issue has an article about the new Beth Ditto for Evans collection. This collection is less graphic and cartoonish than the first, and I recommend the lovely 50’s style loveheart cardigan which is so cute.

Even more surprising is that the Fashion Mecca Selfridges, usually the domain of the very slim, is playing host to a pop up Beth Ditto for Evans shop from the 17th September. I love Selfridges with a passion, but with the exception of Coast, which has sizes up to an 18, I find myself restricted to shoes, bags and Mikey jewellery, so I am going to pay a trip to the pop up shop next week, and maybe buy the aforementioned loveheart cardi!

There are also some new, curvy style icons to admire. The lovely Katie Pepper has looked stunning each week during the live shows on Sky one’s ‘must be the Music’ and is definitely in the size 14+ category. Jodie Prenger has presented the lottery shows and played the Lady in the Lake in the hilarious Spamalot, and proves you can be beautiful, glamorous and funny, even if you’re not a size 10. Martine McCutcheon is back on tv in a series of ads, and looks amazing. Whilst Jessica Simpson this week launched her new fashion collection, and arrived at the launch wearing a figure hugging black dress, showing how proud she is of her curves and eliciting the praise of über stylist to the stars, and leader of the ‘Zoebots’, Rachel Zoe.

So changes are definitely afoot. So why am I getting deja vu? Cast your mind back to the 1990’s. Didn’t we think that things were changing then too? Our favourite literary heroine was Bridget Jones, a scatty, size 14+ girl who actually got the man without dieting, and then a film was made of our favourite book, and who was chosen to play the eponymous heroine?  Curvy Kate Winslet? No the totally non curvy Renee Zellweger. She proved to be fabulous, but it was still a strange choice. Imagine if Ruth Jones was chosen to play Coco Chanel. You can’t imagine it can you, well that’s how I felt about the notoriously skinny and angular Renee playing the soft and curvy Bridget.

Thinking about the beautiful Crystal Renn, didn’t we have another curvy supermodel, who then seemed to disappear before our eyes? I’m talking about the fabulous Miss Dahl. Sophie Dahl, who was discovered by the immortal stylist and fashionista Isabella Blow, was a stunning 6ft goddess with a size 16 frame and the biggest blue eyes. She was beautiful and unspoiled and totally fresh. Flash forward a few years and the though still beautiful,  Sophie is a tiny shadow of her former self.

Even the Spice Girls were once poster girls for curves. Geri Halliwell in her red sequined Jessica Rabbit dress was voluptuous and gorgeous, Emma Bunton was plump and pretty. Geri became a yoga obsessed bore, whilst Emma shed the pounds and gained the work. It’s quite depressing isn’t it?

But maybe this time it will be different. I’m not saying that slim girls should disappear from magazines, tv screens and movies. Or that obesity should be celebrated any more than Anorexia should be. The press, stage and screen however, and particularly the fashion world should be representative of all shapes and sizes, and should reflect that for every size 10 girl out there, there are probably 3 size 14+ girls.

And maybe the media should reflect on the facts below.

Beth Ditto is a musical talent who could sing The Saturdays to a standstill. But who’s more likely to make a magazine cover?

Amber Riley is an actress equal to co-star Lea Michele. Who’s more likely to get a magazine cover or a film starring role?

Sarah McCardie’s beautiful and natural hair will not get a L’oreal commercial. Cheryl Cole‘s hair extensions will.

Even the fabulous Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman, a real women (I mean – Anna Wintour, is she a robot or an out of control Stepford Wife?) admitted in a recent interview that it is hard to change the views of fashion designers in response to fuller figures, even whilst exerting the pressure that Vogue undoubtably can. There is no real urgency to change the fashion industry by those working within. The battle is not over yet, let alone the war.

Fight on, plus size fashionistas!