Sarah Jessica Parker – The style icon is back!

Like most women, I adore Sarah Jessica Parker and her inimitable style. She is, after all, Carrie Bradshaw – the women with the most lusted after wardrobe on both the small and silver screen. But lately, things have been quiet on the Carrie Bradshaw front. The critical mauling that Sex in the City 2 took means that it is looking very unlikely that there will be a Sex in the City 3,whilst Sarah herself had been a little quiet, seeming be photographed only when she was looking casual on the school run.

But May has seen the  re-emergence of a true style icon. From a triumphant appearance at the met ball wearing a stunning dress by Alexander McQueen, to the beautiful lace Valentino gown she wore to the New York Ballet Spring gala performance, there have been amazing look after amazing look from SJP. Last week saw her stealing the fashion headlines in D &G and Elie Saab at the Cannes Film Festival.

There have been a few jarring points. The Cheryl Cole doing Tammy Wynette on ‘Stars in their eyes’ hairstyle is best avoided unless you are a Tammy or Dolly tribute act living in Nashville (But don’t let that detract attention from the purple dress – a seriously sexy number.) I would also like to see a jewelled clutch with the Valentino rather than the cross body bag which is a little bit daytime for such an ornate dress. But on the whole these looks rock. And the most astonishing thing about the looks is the lack of flesh on display. These are looks that women will love and cherish, rather than men.

So rejoice ladies, for while we may not now have Carrie, we’ll always have SJP!

In Alexander McQueen at the Met Ball

In Valentino at ballet gala

The Met Ball – Frocky Horrors.

The Met ball was a night of High Fashion, but for every beautiful dress, there was a frocky horror story happening. Bad clothes did happen to good people on the evening. Here are the stars who really should’ve looked in a mirror before they left the house that evening!

Rihanna. She wore a long lace Stella McCartney dress that raised that tiresome question – is she or isn’t she wearing any knickers. The quick answer is – who cares? Everyone has been adopting this look lately, even Kate Winslet, and it’s getting rather boring. And as for the Rapunzel red plait…get a haircut Rihanna.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley, officially the sexiest women in the world wore a rather tarty magenta dress by Christopher Bailey for Burberry. Yes, you have a great body,but sometimes less is more Rosie.

Fergie shocked me  in this frocky horror by Marchesa. Think Alexis Carrington getting married to Dex Dexter in Dynasty, circa 1985, and you get the picture.

I usually love Beyoncé’s styling, but this black and gold number by Pucci was more a Ming Vase than a dress. Not so fierce Sasha, I’m afraid.

Freida Pinto looked strange in a haute couture waiter on a cruise ship outfit by Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld also did a disservice to current muse Blake Lively by dressing her in a sort of sari that did nothing for her figure or for Saris. Maybe these girls should’ve swapped dresses?

There are always stars who look over-the-top, even for a glittering occasion like this. Step forward JLO in Gucci, who thought it was fancy dress and came as Evita, and Liv Tyler, who showed her sense of humour in a Givenchy Haute Couture Big Bird costume.

But the biggest frocky horror show on the night went to the beautiful, but misguided Christina Hendricks, who must sometimes look in the mirror and see a different person than the one we see.She possesses one of the most amazing bodies in Hollywood, but seems sometimes to have not a clue how to dress it. Case in point being this Carolina Herrera Horror show. This strapless number is unflattering, and her boobs are trying desperately to escape. Will someone (come on Westwood!) please help this women dress for special occasions?

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.