Style Focus – Samantha Barks

She has certainly been one of the breakout stars of 2013. With a stunning performance as Eponine in the movie version of Les Miserables, Samantha Barks has ensured that she is one to watch.Sam’s role in Les Miserables followed on from her acclaimed performance in the stage version, which continues to be a huge hit with fans (you can get information about Les Miserables tickets available from Big Ticket Shop UK if you fancy watching the live stage version). Samantha has also started to garner column inches for her impeccable fashion sense and a hot romance with male model de jour David Gandy. Not bad for a girl who finished third in the BBC search for Nancy ‘I’d do anything’.

Sam Barks as Eponine in Les Miserables

Sam Barks as Eponine in Les Miserables

In February this year, Sam was named Breakthrough Performance at the Elle Style Awards, always the sign of a stylish and talented star. She then followed this up with an eye-catching appearance at the Oscars, wearing a super sexy plunge front Valentino dress that ensured column inches for the Oscar ceremony debutante.

At the Oscars in Valentino

At the Oscars in Valentino

But the Oscar dress was not a one-off, throughout the promotional tours, premieres and award ceremonies promoting Les Mis, Sam more than held her own against her co-stars, and noted formidable fashionista’s Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. In fact, on many occasions, she totally outshone them.

With Eddie Redmayne

With Eddie Redmayne

With Co-Stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway

With Co-Stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway

Wearing Roland Mouret

Wearing Roland Mouret

Vanity Fair Oscar Party

At the Vanity Fair Oscars Party

But don’t assume that Samantha’s look is just about Hollywood glamour, or that her wardrobe is just stuffed with designer gowns. One of the things I love most about this lady and her style is that she also supports the High Street. Reiss is a particular fave, whilst her summer festival wardrobe featured a smattering of Oasis in the shape of a pretty floral blouse.

Wearing Reiss

Wearing Reiss

More Reiss

More Reiss

Wearing Oasis at the V Festival

Wearing Oasis at the V Festival

With a starring role in a new Dracula film coming up soon, expect to see Samantha Barks at the top of Acting and Best dressed lists in the next few years. With talent and a wardrobe to die for, she is definitely one to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Dressed – Critics Choice Awards

Another day, another awards ceremony. This time it was the Critics Choice Awards. Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain were just some of the Hollywood superstars who shoved on their finest dress and got those elbows flexed to fight it out in the acting (and fashion) stakes.

As I’ve already mentioned, I get very excited about the awards season, as this is where we really get to see if all those wonderful dresses we admired so much on the catwalk actually convert into red carpet dressing. (The rule is that some do perfectly, whilst many others really need to go back to the drawing board.) Here are some of the dresses and looks that impressed.

Good looks

Amanda Seyfried and Octavia Spencer opted for one of this seasons hottest colours, a whole load of chiffon, and both looked amazing in seriously gorgeous looks.  Amanda’s dress was from Marios Schwab and I love the interesting skirt pleating that just raised this dress up a whole level for me. Octavia, as ever, was in Tadashi Shoji and once again showed exactly how to dress a curvy figure in a totally elegant way.

Marion Cotillard is often hit and miss in my eyes, she takes risks that don’t always pay off. But this dream of a dress from Zuhair Murad was a total winner. Very 1950s in silhouette, very feminine with the floral applique detail, and acres of black tulle, this is one of the prettiest dresses you will see on the red carpet this season.

Helen Hunt went for a beautiful coral lace and column gown by Philip Armstrong that was a really fabulous choice. With her blonde hair and pale skin, and teamed with gold accessories, I think this was a really elegant look for Helen.

Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway, those girls I have loved since The Devil Wears Prada both chose to wear white. Both looked good, if not great. Anne went for a 1970s style bugle Beaded dress from Oscar De La Renta. This was the sort of thing that Bob Mackie made for Cher in the 1970s and is amazing, but the lack of accessories left Anne looking sort of unfinished.

Emily Blunt also went for a light option, (cream really, rather than white), a great 1960s style beaded collar dress from Miu Miu. I again loved the look, although as I said with Brittany Snow earlier in the week, I would prefer this to reach the floor, rather than be ankle skimming length. But is Emily’s blonde hair I have a problem with. As a brunette she is simply amazing, but blonde leaves her looking washed out and bland. I hope it is just a wash in colour and that she returns to her beautiful brunette roots – no pun intended.

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