Met Gala 2017 – The Best Looks

The 2017 Met Gala was always going to be a tough one in terms of outfits. The theme , which often seems to cause problems or is ignored altogether, was Rei Kawakubo, founder of Commes Des Garcons and Dover Street Market, an avant garde fashion legend to say the least. Many of Rei’s designs could be classed as works of art rather than wearable fashion, and this meant that this year’s celebration would either follow the theme and (if we are being honest) look a like bit crazy and ridiculous, or would ignore it completely (like the Victoria’s Secret models and the Jenner girls do every year) and then risk being safe and off theme. It was a hard decision to make.

Rihanna, a real fashion Queen, followed the theme and did look like a walking piece of art, but others who made an attempt, from Celine Dion to Tracee Ellis Ross wore looks that divided watchers due to outfits being oversized and slightly unkempt and de-constructed. (Same goes for Gigi Hadid). I applaud their bravery and vision, but it’s not really the beautiful style that I love to see – call me boring, but Pharell’s wife with no arms looked like something from ‘It’s a Knockout’, whilst the normally amazing Chrissie Teigan looked like an exploding chicken – not a good look.

Giving a nod to the theme

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

Claire Danes

 

But there were some glorious looks on the red carpet, and so this post is dedicated to the style that I enjoyed, from Thandie Newton giving it all in 1940s styling, to Reese Witherspoon with the tiniest of nods to the theme in exquisite structured pleated sleeves. Rose Byrne was another favourite in red, which seemed to be the big colour on the night. Jennifer Lopez showed that she continues to turn back the clock, looking incredible and totally ageless in a demure blue dress, whilst Lily Rose Depp was one to watch in a mouthwatering pink shade.

Met Gala – My fave looks

Miranda Kerr

Sarah Paulson

Kate Hudson

Kate Bosworth

Hailey Baldwin

Reese Witherspoon

Jennifer Lopez

Lily Rose Depp

Jessica Chastain

Michelle Monaghan

Diane Kruger

Emmy Rossum

Felicity Jones

Sofia Coppella

Blake Lively

Zendaya

Alison Williams

Emily Ratajkowski

Alexa Chung

Rose Byrne

Daisy Ridley

Mindy Kaling

Giselle Bundchen

Emma Roberts

Thandie Newton

Did you have a favourite look from the 2017 Met Gala?

Swimwear trends for 2015

On a horrible day like today is (talk about blowing a gale) it is good to start looking towards holiday season. And, if like me, you’re lucky enough to have already booked your next getaway, you’ve probably already turned your attention to swimwear. Let’s be honest, unless you are Kendall Jenner, it is a minefield trying to choose the right style and design.

From bikinis to swimsuits, there’s so many styles, designs and prints to choose from. So, to help you select the best option for your shape, I’ve got an expert on board in the form of Danielle Kisby from leading lingerie and swimwear retailer, Bras Galore. Here are some hints, tips and expert opinion on this season’s hottest trends.

Fringing

Popular in the 80s and 90s, fringing has re-emerged in time for summer 2015. Shorter fringed bikinis are great for adding subtle detail to your swimsuit, while longer styles can create a more dramatic look.

Speaking of the trend, Danielle said: “Channeling boho chic, fringing is one of my favourite trends this season. It’s great for minimising the appearance of a larger bust, as well as disguising those pesky cellulite-prone areas on the hips. A fringed bikini is the perfect alternative to heavily printed swimwear. Choose a plain option to remain subtly stylish.”

Rihanna loves fringing

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High-waisted

Favourites with everyone from curvalicious Beyoncé to athletic Taylor Swift, high-waisted bikinis are a popular choice this season. Offering more coverage than your typical string bikini yet oozing sexiness, the style is reminiscent of 1950s pin-up girls.

“A 1950s-style bikini is perfect for showing off those va va voom curves!” says Danielle. “The high-waisted bottoms are great for highlighting an hourglass figure, and are incredibly flattering across problem stomach areas.

“If you are blessed with a larger bust, choose a bra- or halterneck-style bikini top. These are much more preferable to flimsy string designs, which can offer little support. Ditsy prints like polka dots are an absolute must for this style. You can wear them year after year!”

Freya Bondi High Waist Bikini Brief £24 click to visit Bras Galore

Freya Bondi High Waist Bikini Brief £24 click to visit Bras Galore

Sporty

Sports luxe has been a huge trend for a few seasons now, but it seems 2015 is the year it really starts to dominate the swimwear market. Sports bra-inspired high-neck tops complete with mesh detailing are big news, as are bright block colours with contrasting black trims.

Danielle says: “A sports inspired bikini is perfect for lazy days in the sun and splashing around in the pool. However, the shape isn’t for everyone. While they are incredibly flattering for athletic and boyish shapes, the high-neck cut can make ladies with a bigger bust look top heavy.

“If you do have larger breasts and you are considering this style, I’d advise choosing one with mesh detailing to reduce the coverage over your bust. That way, you can have the best of both worlds.”

Freya Active Swim Underwired Moulded Swimsuit £60 click to visit Bras Galore

Freya Active Swim Underwired Moulded Swimsuit
£60 click to visit Bras Galore

Plunge swimsuit

If you’re looking for something a little sexier, choose a swimsuit with a deep plunge neck. While you may think you’re covering up in a bathing suit, the plunge neck is sure to grab attention.

Danielle comments: “Plunge swimsuits are great as they can be worn by women of any size. Suits that offer little support around the bust are best suited to women will smaller busts. If you have larger breasts, choose a style that offers additional support to prevent squashing and provide an extra lift.

“Because the plunge adds detail to the swimsuit, choose a classic Ibiza-ready colour like black, white or red. Team with a floppy sunhat for ultimate glamour.”

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Beyonce

Beyonce

Which styles will you be hitting the beach in this summer?

The Grammys – Superstar looks to love

After the BAFTAS, we had the Grammys. Another red carpet, with a slightly (ahem) different aesthetic. Because if the toast of Hollywood were sparkling on a rain-soaked red carpet in London, the creme de la creme of the music industry were rocking and shocking in LA.

And there were some shocking outfits, not the least of which was Adele. Now, we have all been crying out for her to add a little colour to her wardrobe, and when you hear red and pink Valentino you have to believe she has made the perfect choice. Wrong! Adele’s dress was the worst kind of 1970s candlewick bedspread, so terrible I was crying for her to call Christopher Bailey from the nearest toilet cubicle and say ‘HELP!’. It wasn’t just Adele having a slightly 70s off night. Katy Perry wore the sort of dress that Olive from ‘On the Buses’ sported on ‘date night’ with Arthur. That bad. It was too green, too tight and just too much. And don’t even get me started on JLo, who seemed to have adopted Angelina Jolie’s leg for the night…

But there were some good looks too. Here are my favourites.

I hated Carly Rae Jephson’s Abba make-up, but this was a glorious dress from Roberto Cavalli which shimmered and shone as she moved.

Florence Welch wore an unbelievable dress from Givenchy in the emerald-green she was just born to wear. Although the spikes were a little bit ‘Dinosaur’ this was just such a bold and interesting choice from the always exciting Florence.

How excited was I to see that the super fierce Beyoncé had not only gone for something cool and edgy for the Grammys, but that the monochrome jumpsuit had been designed by Osman. Talk about ‘Big Up Birmingham’. Loved the hair too.

And then there was Rihanna. And if you could tear your eyes away from that exquisite face, you were probably blown away by the beauty of the red Azzedine Alaia gown. This was the most romantic dress, in colour, in the floatiness of the fabric, and the full-skirted design.

I’ve already mentioned Katy Perry’s dress, which I clicked the dislike button for, but Katy’s friend, ‘Girls’ star and Kate Middleton lookalike, Alison Williams, looked totally incredible in her Art Deco style Kaufmanfranco column dress that was apparently made from black diamonds.

I really can’t remember an occasion when Taylor Swift got it wrong, and in a white and silver Grecian style gown from J Mendel, this was another hit for the style icon.

I’m loving Nicole Kidman’s style recently, and after a fabulous SAG awards dress, she continues to impress with her choices. I thought she looked fabulous in a delicate gold column dress from Gucci. I’m still admiring her poker straight 1990s hair too.

Whilst Beyoncé was fierce in Osman, the gorgeous Solange Knowles was just impeccable in her green Ralph and Russo dress. Pairing it with stunning coral shoes was just genius.

The sheer panels in Kelly Rowland’s beautiful dress show that you can do revealing and yet look classy and elegant. Note to Jennifer Lopez. Kelly’s beautiful dress was by Georges Chakra.