TV BAFTAS – The best looks

Last night was the TV BAFTAS, which saw the most stylish stars of the small screen walking the red carpet. Anna Friel, Thandie Newton, Suranne Jones and Tess and Claudia were amongst those who turned up to celebrate the most glittering night in the television calendar and were also amongst the best dressed, with Thandie and Anna taking my own personal vote.

The designs were surprisingly varied, most award ceremonies this year have seen very similar styles, or a run on one particular colour, but the BAFTAS ranged from very elegant little black dress styles sported by the likes of Jessica Raine, slinky cocktail dresses like the sugar pink Roland Mouret cocktail style worn by Tess Daly. I loved that singer Ella Eyre kept it young and funky in frothy pink Molly Goddard, and that Thandie totally brought Hollywood class in a Vivienne Westwood dress that was almost rose gold in colour, and stunning in design.

Joanna Lumley showed that real style is timeless and looked elegant in a fluid silver skirt, whilst Suranne Jones showed once again why she is one of the most stylish and talented stars of the small screen in a red ballgown by Suzanne Neville.

I have picked out my personal favourite gowns from the night – did anyone stand out for you?

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Laura Whitmore

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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

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JS Collections All Over Lace Gown With High Low Hem £200 Click to visit House of Fraser

James Lakeland Midi Lace Dress £300 Click to visit House of Fraser

Tess’s Dress


ROLAND MOURET Senga strapless cloqué dress £1,895.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Jessica Raine

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Lavendar Black Viscose Dress £295.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Zawe Ashton

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angelica drape detail dress £95 Click to visit Coast

Ella Eyre

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Whistles Anouk Frill Lace Dress £249 Click to visit House of Fraser

Tuppence Middleton

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Jacques Vert Jvs Sequin Column Maxi Dress £299 Click to visit House of Fraser

 

Ophelia Lovibond

Joanna Lumley

Suranne Jones

Thandie Newton

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Quiz Rose Gold Sequin Bardot Maxi Dress £84.99 Click to visit House of Fraser

Holly Willoughby

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Little Mistress One Shoulder Long Dress now £62.40 Click to visit House of Fraser

New Jessica Wright Off Shoulder Sweetheart Neck Bodycon Midi Dress £60 Click to visit House of Fraser

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

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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?

An evening at the races – a few styling tips

A few months ago I received a very exciting invitation – would I like to be a judge at the Wolverhampton Races Ladies Evening event taking place at Dunstall Park on September 6th. I must admit I felt really honoured to be asked, and under a little bit of pressure to sort my own outfit. The role of judge is to help pick the best dressed, to find the best hat on display, and to see who could give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money in the best shoe department. My outfit is now sorted (a gorgeous Gina Bacconi dress that will be showcased on the blog next week), but I’ve been asked to share a few of my tips for getting your outfit right for an evening at the races.

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And we’re off!

First Tip – Colour!

If you really want to get noticed at the races, wearing a beautiful bright dress is a great way to go. One lady who always seems to look fabulous at race events, from Royal Ascot to the Derby and Goodwood, is the stunning soprano Katherine Jenkins.  Katherine often opts for a simple, but bright dress that she then tops with a truly great hat for a look that is chic and eye-catching. Coleen Rooney and Samantha Barks are ladies who also channel this look really well.

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Tip 2 – But Black and White is alright too.

One of the most iconic race day outfits of all time was the one created by Cecil Beaton, and worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. This stunning monochrome masterpiece made black and white perfect Ladies Day wear, and the look is one that appears again and again. Nicole Kidman paid homage to Audrey just last year at the Australian Derby Day.

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Tip 3 – Don’t forget the hat.

Ladies race events are one of the few occasions where you can rock a seriously big hat without looking too ostentatious (or silly, delete as applicable.) A gorgeous hat can be teamed with a simple dress for the ultimate in chic outfits. I think neat pillbox styles look best on shorter hairstyles, and a veil can add a touch of glamorous mystery – just look how amazing Thandie Newton looks in vintage style. But don’t worry if a hat isn’t your thing. Delta Goodrum looked stunning in her floral head-dress, and Kate and Pippa Middleton are twin queens of the fascinator.

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The Final Tip is all about those shoes…

My tip about shoes is simple. Wear them as high as you can, but make sure you can actually walk in them. Falling off your heels never looks glamorous, unless you’re Naomi Campbell, and the last thing you want to be on your special night is what Stanford Blatch described as ‘fashion roadkill’. That said, if there was ever an occasion to break out the Louboutins, it’s this one.

For ticket information about The Tile Choice Ladies evening, visit the Wolverhampton Racecourse Website here.