The Golden Globes – my fave looks.

It was the Golden Globes last night, awards season finally started. But, to be fair, It wasn’t a vintage night style wise. So many of my favourite ladies (Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Drew Barrymore and many, many more) wore dresses that made me despair and say aloud ‘All those dresses and you chose that.’

Paula Patton came dressed as a giant marshmallow. Lena Dunham picked a Zac Posen dress of a beautiful citrus yellow shade that looked so tight and uncomfortable she seemed unable to stand up straight in it. It reminded me of the Granville/Arkwright exchange in ‘Open all Hours’ when Granville calls his outfit something he just ‘threw on’, and Arkwright quips that he missed. Usually reliable Taylor Swift and Hayden Panettiere were safe and boring in Carolina Herrera and Tom Ford respectively. And Emma Watson, gorgeous, fun Emma Watson, turned up in something that looked suspiciously like a pair of leggings. So not a good look. Ever.

I could go on in this vein, but instead I want to focus on some of the dresses I really, truly loved. Starting with the wonderful, exquisite and frankly blow everyone else off the red carpet perfection of Lupita Nyong’u in Ralph Lauren.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497506gkTomato red, with minimal accessories, and a cape effect, this was the dress of the night. Nupita is fast becoming the one to watch on the red carpet. This did remind me of when Gwyneth wore a cape to the Oscars in 2012, and with Amy Adams also rocking a cape on the Golden Globes carpet, and Sharon Stone also sporting the look recently, I’m seeing the start of a very elegant trend.

Gwyneth's look at the Oscars 2012.

Gwyneth’s look at the Oscars 2012.

Amy Adams also in a cape from Maison Valentino.

Amy Adams also in a cape from Maison Valentino.

Next up is the almost regal elegance of Cate Blanchett in gothic black lace from Armani Prive.Cate is very much a ‘movie star’ in the old sense of the word, and a true fashion original. On the night she won the award for Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, Cate reminded me of Joan Fontaine, in both dress style and with her chic blonde hair.

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Cate reminds me of Joan Fontaine in this image.

Cate reminds me of Joan Fontaine in this image.

Olivia Wilde was another lady who was definitely a smash hit in her Gucci sequined gown. The pregnant actress went for a glossy and glamorous ‘blingy’ look and just glittered and glowed on the red carpet. Again, there were elements of deja vu to this dress. The very classic style reminded me of two previous Golden Globe dresses, this time worn by Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway. In fact, if these two dresses matted, I think you’d get Olivia’s dress.

Olivia’s dress

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497507izReminds me of these previous Golden Globes Dresses

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Another pregnant lady = another hit. The lovely Kerry Washington went for custom made Balenciaga. Her look was simple, fresh and had an early 1960s vibe. Another hit.

Kerry Washington

The E! Channel coverage didn’t really feature Kate Beckinsale, but the Zuhair Murad metallic showstopper was both beautiful and fitted the actress perfectly. With Sofia Vergara opting for a ballgown, Kate was the Queen of the fishtail on Golden Globes night.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497488fiNaomi Watts is always a safe guess for best dressed on any awards night. She looked sensational in a shimmering nude/gold dress from Tom Ford. Minimal accessories and sleek hair completed a great look.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497505gyI just love everything about Sofia Vergara, but this years dress was actually a pleasant surprise, as the actress went for a princess style ballgown rather than her trusty fishtail silhouette. She was divine in classic black Zac Posen, and adding a dramatic necklace in turquoise was a masterstroke.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3496764apI know opinions were divided about Zooey Deschanel, but I loved the romance and vintage feel of her Oscar De La Renta ‘mullet’ gown. The beading required you to look again and again. Prettiness personified.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497505ctMargot Robbie may have had quite a few people shouting who? before the ceremony, but one slinky walk up that red carpet, in that impeccable Gucci dress, and that is most certainly no longer the case. The dress and the look had me thinking this is the modern version of the Hitchcock Blonde.

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More Fabulous Frocks

Camilla Alves in Dolce and Gabbana

Camilla Alves in Dolce and Gabbana

 

Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

 

Melissa Rauch in Romona Keveza

Melissa Rauch in Romona Keveza

Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta

Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best dressed of 2011- My top 20.

2011 has been a truly stylish year, with so many unforgettable looks. With a whole host of beautiful celebrity brides, including a new Royal Duchess to entrance with her supreme fashion choices and her ‘It’ girl sister, 2011 will forever more be known as the year that gave us Kate…and Pippa. But there were so many other looks that also excited and thrilled fashionistas this year. Here are a few of my personal favourites.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Pippa Middleton in Alice Temperley

Emma Watson in Elie Saab

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Olivia Wilde in Dolce and Gabbana

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Florence Welch in Chanel

 

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Angelina Jolie in Versace

Lana Del Ray in Prabal Gurung

Jessica Alba in Versace

 

Livia Firth in Nina Skarra

Kate Moss in Azzaro

Charlotte Dellal in Vivienne Westwood

Kate Middleton in McQueen

Amber Riley in Ann Barge

Fergie in BCBG Max Azria

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Olivia Palermo in Valentino

Paloma Faith in Vivienne Westwood

 

Let me know what your favourite outfit of 2011 was? Who do you think will be a style star in 2012?

 

Gucci and the colour clash.

BLUE AND GREEN NEVER BE SEEN!  That was one of my Grandad’s favourite sayings concerning fashion (the other being never put new shoes on the table.). I always thought the blue and green was funny,because I personally loved those two colours, in their brightest forms, together. But this season, fashion has decreed that any two, or even three colours, can be worn together in any combination and look amazing. And it’s thanks, in no small part to Gucci!

Last Autumn Gucci unveiled a collection for Spring/summer 2011 that was filled overwhelmingly with colour clashing bright shades, a veritable pastiche of Studio 54, circa 1977.  Purple cigarette pants worn with silky turquoise shirts, halter neck two-tone dresses, orange blazers that looked amazing with purple strapless tops, all worn with gold and bronze waist cinchers belts with tassles. This was a collection to adore.

And the stars have adored it. Camilla Belle showed that this could transfer effortlessly from the catwalk to real life by  wearing a complete show look, whilst Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde have also chose items from that collection – and looked amazing in them. Katy Perry was photographed wearing Gucci for the cover of US Elle, and this transformed her cartoonish look to something far more sophisticated. Spanish television presenter Sara Carbonero has also worn the look to dramatic effect.

 

The style is bright, sassy and surprisingly chic. It is also translating well to the High street. Wallis has led the way in eye-popping, colour clashing styles, in particular, the amazing pink and orange dress that has featured in a whole slew of fashion columns. Topshop also has brights, including a top resembling the colour clash of Hailee Steinfeld’s SAG striped dress.

 

Wallis

 

 

Topshop

 

 

Here are some more High Street colour clash designs. Team that Wallis Skirt with the amazing orange jacket for the classic Gucci look.

 

Wallis

Wallis skirt

 

 

Wallis

 

So, despite my grandad’s reservations, I would say blue and green should most definitely be seen, at least for this season!