Red Carpet Style at House of Fraser

Saturday will see the next big event on the awards season calendar, when the Screen Actors Guild awards take place. The SAGs are generally considered to be one of the lesser awards when it comes to the fashion, with simpler styles, casual looks and jumpsuits all making an appearance on the Red Carpet.  This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some seriously gorgeous looks on display (you can check  out last year’s best dressed here.) But it does mean that this is one award ceremony where you could get away with a dress bought ‘off the peg’.

House of Fraser have become a part of the British Red Carpet in recent years, with their partnership with BAFTA meaning that their range of dresses and accessories are no strangers when it comes to the best dressed list. Denise Van Outen, Michelle Keegan, Cheska Hull, Tallulah Riley and Laura Whitmore are just some of the gorgeous ladies who have opted for House of Fraser as a port of call for their full length and fabulous dresses. With the department store stocking brands like Biba, JS Collections, Eliza J and Adrianna Papell, there is no shortage of different styles and choice when it comes to formal wear.

Celebs wearing House of Fraser

Michelle Keegan BAFTAS 2015

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Currently, there are still amazing discounts and promotions which can lead to some hefty savings on formal dresses. This means now is a great time to shop if you have a formal occasion coming up, whether it be a prom, a wedding, a ladies day event, work party, or even your very own awards ceremony. The range of styles and colours ensure that you can buy now, and then wear in the summer. I have selected some dresses below in a range of prices to suit all budgets, with my favourite being the Ralph Lauren metallic cowl dress which is so worthy of a red carpet.

Do you have any special events coming up that require an evening gown?

 Little Mistress One Shoulder Embellished Waist Maxi Dress £78 Click to visit House of Fraser


Little Mistress One Shoulder Embellished Waist Maxi Dress
                        £78 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Deep V full skirted maxi dress £149 Click to visit House of Fraser


                             Biba Deep V full skirted maxi dress
                             £149 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Cap sleeve gown with beaded V neck now £68 Click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Cap sleeve gown with beaded V neck
            now £68 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Lace maxi dress now £50 Click to visit House of Fraser


                                             Biba Lace maxi dress
                              now £50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Badgley Mischka Sequined Lace Cami Gown with Georgette S now £09.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Badgley Mischka Sequined Lace Cami Gown with Georgette S      now £89.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Studio 75 Sleeveless Lace Gathered Waist Maxi Dress now £19.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Studio 75 Sleeveless Lace Gathered Waist Maxi Dress
           now £19.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 JS Collections Jewel cap sleeve rouched evening dress £160 Click to visit House of Fraser


   JS Collections Jewel cap sleeve rouched evening dress
                 £160 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Lauren Ralph Lauren Latima cowl neck metallic gown £210 Click to visit House of Fraser


        Lauren Ralph Lauren Latima cowl neck metallic gown
                      £210 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Untold Sleeveless monochrome gown £54 click to visit House of Fraser


                    Untold Sleeveless monochrome gown
                        £54 click to visit House of Fraser

 Linea Embroidered long sleeve maxi dress £249 Click to visit House of Fraser


                   Linea Embroidered long sleeve maxi dress
                           £249 Click to visit House of Fraser

 

Style icon of the month – January – Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is my face idol. This woman is so beautiful she could make Helen of Troy resemble Grotbags. Those eyes, those lips and that skin – she is just perfection. And every year, when the awards season starts, she shows she is also a picture of perfection in the style stakes too.

Angelina’s style is classic. With the exception of her love for leather, she sticks to classic. simple styles that she accessories in minimal fashion. She knows her beauty requires little adornment, but with the possible exception of Kate Moss, no one rocks  red lippie better than Angelina.

January was a vintage month for Angelina watchers. Her crowning glory was undoubtedly the white and red dress by Atelier Versace that just stunned Golden Globe watchers. Her immaculately groomed, poised look screamed Movie Star, and the matching accessories worked in this instance. Other key looks include the beautiful Kate Middleton style black lace dress from Michael Kors and the liquid black seventies style halter neck by Jenny Packham which gave the SAG awards a studio 54 vibe.

 

 

 

SAG AWARDS – GOOD LOOKS/BAD LOOKS AND TRENDS

Sunday night saw the Screen Actors Guild awards. These awards are important as an indicator of where the Oscars might go (apparently a 75% conversion rate from SAG to Oscar!). The SAG awards are known as being less formal than The Golden Globes and The Oscars, but there were still some pretty impressive looks on display on the night. Fashion-Mommy is here to talk you through the trends, the style hits and fashion misses.

Trend 1 – BRIGHTS

There was a veritable sea of colour on the red carpet. Vibrant pinks, reds and oranges were worn, sometimes at the same time in the same dress. For those who avoided the brightly coloured dresses, hot pink lips were also on display. Mila Kunis wore an Alexander McQueen strapless dress that was similar in colour and print to that worn by Michelle Obama during the Chinese State visit. For many, this was the dress of the night, but I felt it was just too floaty, with a beach feel to it. It was nowhere near as successful as the McQueen worn by Michelle Obama, nor did it touch the emerald-green dress Kunis had worn to the Golden Globes.

Far more successful was the beautiful, hot pink Oscar De La Renta dress worn by ‘Winter Bone’ actress Jennifer Lawrence. With her blonde colouring, this was the perfect choice and she looked amazing. Julianna Margulies, who was the winner of the award for best actress in a drama, wore a simple, elegant Yves St Laurent red strapless dress. This has draping detail and was a very good choice, especially when teamed with the hair trend of the night – a simple ponytail.

I did not like the striped dress worn by True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld. For me, this Prada dress was a true disaster, but given that she is only 14, and having some fun with fashion, this was forgivable. Angie Harmon, wearing a pink feathered over-the-top gown by Monique Lhuillier, looked very pretty, but this somehow felt like someone had removed her from covering a toilet roll. However, her hair and make-up were great. Jane Lynch from Glee was definitely one of my worst dressed of the night, her lilac satin dress resembled a bad 1980s bridesmaid dress!

Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen

Jennifer Lawrence in Oscar de La Renta

Julianna Margulies in YSL

Hailee Steinfeld in Prada

Angie Harmon

Jane Lynch

Other stars wearing coloured dresses included a stunning Sofia Vergara wearing a blue Roberto Cavalli halter neck which made her look like a total goddess, and Kim Kardashian, who wore a stunning purple, embellished Marchesa gown. Tina Fey, who has often been on the worst dressed list at events like this, was one of the best dressed on the night in a red lace strapless dress by Oscar De La Renta, whilst Claire Danes showcased one of the prettiest looks on the red carpet in her gorgeous floral gown, with hot pink lips!

Kim Kardashian

Tina Fey

Trend 2 – Black is back!

For many stars, black is still the only option for red carpet dressing.  Nicole Kidman led the trend in a dramatic Nina Ricci column gown. This was a beautiful look, very gothic with its lace back detail, but it was over-accesorised by the large flower necklace from Fred Leighton. Christina Hendricks was virtually unrecognisable as she kept those fabulous curves under wraps in a glamorous black wrap style blouse by L’Wren Scott. Some have said she deserved the award for best glittery dressing gown, but I loved this look, a new direction from the ‘overspill’ she sometimes displays on the red carpet.  January Jones went for the Tippi Hedron look with her hair piled up high and a vintage style black and gold lace dress by Carolina Herrara. Helena Bonham Carter actually looked great in a Marc Jacobs 1950s style black and white gown and matching shoes. With her still messy updo, this was definitely Helena, but this was very pretty and actually worked! Amber Riley, also wore a beautiful black gown by Anne Barge that was actually a black wedding dress. She was another contender for best dressed on the night.

Trend 3 – All white on the night!

The polar opposite of the dark and gothic black on display, some stars opted for the crisp and always elegant shade of white. Natalie Portman was dazzling in a beautiful strapless Azarro gown, which I think was much more stylish than the Viktor and Rolf she wore for the Golden Globes. Her Black Swan co-star, Winona Ryder, wore another white strapless gown, but this was far too bridal to be a red carpet success. Amy Adams rocked another fabulous ponytail, but her white Herve L Leroux gown was too tight and restrictive on her bustline, she looked like she couldn’t breathe! Ethical fashion heroine Livia Firth, looked amazing in another white vintage gown, with sequins on the neckline. A special mention must also go to Hillary Swank, who opted for a nude Grecian style dress FROM Versace, with big hair, and looked amazing!

 

Livia Firth

 

My top five best dressed?  Claire Danes, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lawrence, Christina Hendricks and Julianna Margulies. Worst dressed?  Jane Lynch, Winona Ryder, Hailee Steinfeld, Mila Kunis and Amy Adams.

 

See you for the BAFTAS!