The Met Gala – My best dressed

It is probably the most glamorous fashion event of the year, and this year again proved that when the world’s of Hollywood, fashion and modelling combine, you are sure of some totally standout looks, along with a couple you’d rather forget.

This year’s theme was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, which ensured there would be a sea of Prada on display, along with a wonderful tribute to Schiaparelli’s famous Lobster print dress worn by Anna Wintour. There were plenty of other gowns to tantalise the fashion taste buds.

These are my favourites from a wonderfully glamorous night.

Carey Mulligan looked like a wonderfully space aged Judy Jetson in this stunning metallic scale gown  from Prada.I love everything about it, the mixture of metallics, the 50s style silhouette, her cute Elvis mini quiff hairdo. I think this was total perfection.

January Jones has been a bit hit and miss lately in the style stakes, but this zesty lemon gown was perfect for her, and I loved how she accessoried with turquoise. It also had a peplum shape making it bang on trend. A return to form I think.

Michael Kors was well represented by Hilary Swank and Jessica Alba. I particularly loved Jessica Alba in a dress that made her look like a beautiful Oscar. Old Hollywood – Veronica Lake hair completed the look.

There was something about Rihanna that reminded me of the baddie from the film Species – a sci-fi villainess, but I did love this ultra glamorous look from Tom Ford. The hair, on the other hand, seemed to be styled like Mickey Mouse ears.

Lana Del Rey was another favourite of mine in a gorgeous dramatic look from Joseph Altuzarro. I loved the drama of the sheer cape, a nod to another music goddess, Madonna, maybe?

Gwyneth Paltrow has been one of my best dressed this year, and this sexy, short 1960s style dress from Prada shows that this Gwyneth is now a million miles away from the weeping girl in the ill-fitting pink dress, who won an Oscar despite crimes to fashion.

Emma Roberts is showing real potential as a future style icon, and this choice of bright yellow from Escada was wonderful, especially when teamed with a colour clash skinny blue belt.

Camilla Belle absolutely shone in a beautiful Jazz age dress from Ralph Lauren. This was just so elegant, and with her sleek hair and dramatic make-up, she was a true standout.

Michelle Dockery made an unusual choice in her colour combination of black and gold Ralph Lauren. This is a dress Lady Mary would be proud of, but I wish she had left off those black gloves which make her seem like she is about to commit a Downton Murder…

Solange Knowles was the undoubted winner of the Knowles girls battle at the Met. Whilst Beyoncé looked like an over elaborate showgirl in gothic black and lace, Solange kept her look on trend in a strapless peplum dress that fitted her like a glove. Kudos to Rachel Roy for producing such a wonderful look.

Poppy Delevigne showed that a classic black and white Chanel dress will always look timeless and elegant. This dress just stood out amongst the sea of shimmery fabrics and feathers.

Kirsten Dunst also stood out – I thought her Rodarte two piece was a 1930s original, maybe belonging to Wallis Simpson, and I think this was fabulous as a celebration of Schiaparelli styling.

Emily Blunt kept it cool and simple in Calvin Klein. It may not have been the dressiest look, but I love the simplicity of this look and am totally besotted with Emily at the moment.

Greta Gerwig also channelled 1930s movie star style in a gorgeous emerald bias cut gown by Prabal Gurung.  I love that she kept her neckline bare to allow the beauty of the dress  to speak for itself.

Eva Mendes went for a fabulous tangerine orange embellished gown from Prada that was a wonderfully vibrant and fun choice. Again, the peplum was out in force, proving that this 1980s fashion staple beloved of Princess Diana is back to stay.

Clare Danes can do no wrong at the moment in my eyes, she is Carrie Mathison after all. Her J Mendal white dress was simple in its elegance, and with her hair in a Bardot style beehive she was definitely a best dressed contender.

So,these are my choices.  Who got your vote for Best dressed? Let me know by leaving a comment below.x

A rare sighting of the lesser spotted Duchess of Cambridge

There was a rare sighting of the Duchess of Cambridge this weekend, as she attended…you’ve guessed it…yet another society wedding.

Kate was attending the wedding of Harriet Colthurst and Thomas Sutton, and looked beautiful wearing a raspberry coloured lace dress by Collette Dinnigan with Prada heels. At first I thought the dress may have been another Erdum design, as it was similar in  style to the navy lace dress that she wore when she touched down in Canada.

I love Kate in this shade, it seriously enhances her colouring and highlights her brunette locks. Collette Dinnigan was an interesting choice, as she is South African born and Australian based, so, for once, Kate was not flying the flag for British fashion.

The wedding was also attended by Pippa Middleton with boyfriend Alex Loudon. In the week that she had shown some serious style credentials by being the most talked about FRower during London Fashion Week, wearing a seriously short dress for the Alice Temperley show which had everyone asking if she was sans knickers, Pippa again opted for a label with an Aussie connection. The beautiful printed dress in question was from Project D, the label by Dannii Minogue and Tabitha Webb. This was a beautiful choice which I think eclipses her previous two wedding outfits.

It was great to see Kate out and about, looking chic and elegant. Lets hope she makes a welcome return to the public eye soon!

Get the Look

This fabulous dress is very similar to that worn by Kate. It comes from Dorothy Perkins and costs just £35. Available at stores nationwide and at www.dorothyperkins.com.

Dorothy Perkins red lace dress

Asos also have a version of the little red lace dress, although this is probably too racy for Kate.I can see Pippa giving this one a go though!

Other stores that are buying into the hot raspberry lace trend include A-wear and Oasis, who have very different takes on the red dress look.

 

The yellow peril – colour of the season?

Baba recently learnt the names of all his colour. When asked his favourite he says, with absolutely no hesitation whatsoever, “YELLOW”.  This is perhaps not that strange, as yellow is my favourite too, and this season, it seems to be having a bit of a moment.

When I think of yellow, I think of some of my favourite ever dresses.  I wore a gorgeous cotton sundress in canary yellow whilst I was four months pregnant to walk around Barcelona in the sunshine, it seemed the perfect choice. I had a favourite pair of ASOS sky-high Mary Janes in patent mustard that I was wearing when I fell out of hubbys car – breaking 2 bones in my foot in the process. Yellow is always in my wardrobe – from the cute Suzy Smith messenger bag my best friend gave to me one birthday, to the large yellow Topshop glass beads that re-emerge every Summer. I simply love yellow!

Some of the most stylish celebrities have also embraced the sunshine colour. Two of the most memorable Oscar dresses were in shades of yellow. Renee Zellweger had her most memorable vintage moment in a Jean Desses dress from Lily et Cie, whilst Michelle Williams wore s beautiful mustard Vera Wang dress with a slash of red lipstick  when she was nominated for her role in ‘Brokeback Mountain’. This look was replicated at the 2011 Golden Globes when Kyra Sedgwick wore a very similar styled Pucci dress.

 

Kyra Sedgwick at Golden Globes

 

Other fabulous, famous golden-yellow gowns have been worn by the likes of Kate Moss, who’s vintage lemon dress is one of her most iconic looks, so much so that she replicated it for her first Topshop collection. Victoria Beckham included an amazing mustard/gold gown in her own dress collection.

More recently, there has been an absolute explosion of all shades of yellow. The red carpet has seen Annette Benning in a lemony shade at the Critics Choice awards, whilst Rosamund Pike wore a deeper shade of Alexander McQueen yellow print to the Baftas. Diane Kruger wore a romantic lemon shade in her own usual, impeccable style, whilst Rihanna wore a dramatic black and yellow Dior Couture gown whilst performing at the Grammy Awards. Jessica Alba showed yellow can be teamed with most colours when she wore a beautiful yellow/bronze sequined dress to the Mui Mui store opening in London. For those who feel that yellow clothing are too much, Miucci Prada, Michelle Obama and Charlotte Dellal showed that yellow is the perfect accessory to lift any look. Miucci wore cute plastic banana earrings at the Prada S/S show in September, whilst Michelle Obama wore mustard shade heels with a H &M dress. Charlotte Dellal, the women behind Charlotte Olympia, carried her own design banana clutch bag to the Mui Mui store opening in London.

 

Annette Benning

Rosamund Pike

 

 

Jessica Alba

 

 

Miucci Prada

 

 

Charlotte Dellal

 

So why is yellow so popular. Well, after the harsh winter we have suffered – maybe you take your sunshine where you can get it. Yellow can brighten the spirits, but also looks great with most hair colours and skin tones. It seems there is a shade to suit everyone. And, as both the High Street and designer sections are awash with the colour, it would be churlish not to embrace the yellow peril.

What to buy? High street hits

 

Dorothy Perkins/Outfit

 

 

Doll and Frog at Dorothy Perkins

Topshop/Outfit

 

 

Topshop Unique

 

 

Topshop/Outfit

 

 

Monsoon

 

 

Aldo

New Look

 

 

Carvela at Debenhams

 

 

 

And designer options…

 

Jessica Dance at Selfridges

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag – selfridges

 

 

Alexander McQueen at Net-A-Porter

 

 

Alberta Ferreta at Net-A-Porter