Best Dressed | The Met Gala 2016 – Manus vs Machina

My favourite red carpet occasion of the year raised its stunning head and left us with a vast array of fashion at our finger tips.

The Met Gala is Anna Wintour’s night to shine and with an outlandish theme it always allows fashion’s bravest to push the boundaries and test their creative prowess. Let me begin this post by stating my 2 non-disputable rules for Met Ball attendees:

Rules for the Met Ball:

1) If you are going to attend the Met Gala then you follow the theme!

I don’t care who you are or what you do. If you are forking out thousands of dollars for a ticket to attend a fashion exhibition then you owe it to the event to at least abide by the rules. Just as important to remember is that that includes pushing yourself. Wearing a simple metallic dress does not meet my standards of following the theme… If I see you in a plain silver dress for a Manus vs. Machina theme – next!

2) If you do abstain from the theme then your outfit needs to be perfect.

If you are going to irritate spectators and be brazen enough to turn your back on the wondrous theme, that I’m sure has been painstakingly chosen for you, then you at the very least need to make sure that your off-beat outfit is absolutely flawless. If not, then why be awkward in the first place? If you’re not going to follow the theme and you wear a boring outfit then you might as well have stayed at home. This is a fashion event, darling.

That being said, the majority of stars and fashionistas alike did me proud this year and I was more than pleasantly surprised when scrolling through Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair online (where the pictures in this post were sourced from). Thus, let’s get into it.

Best Dressed Fashionistas of the Met Gala 2016:

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Lucky Blue Smith: Male Model of the Moment 2016

Lucky Blue Smith is undoubtedly the male model of the moment. From shooting campaigns for Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger to being a guest on TV shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and having garnered over 2 million Instagram subscribers by the tender age of 17, whether you know his name or not, you most definitely have encountered Lucky Blue in some manner. Scouted at the age of 10, signed at the age of 12 and joined by his 3 model sisters, Lucky Blue’s life certainly has a fairytale-esque feel to it. For instance, not only was the model signed at just 12 years old, but his first shoot was for Vogue Hommes Japan. Yes, you read that correctly – a 12 year old boy’s first ever photoshoot was for Vogue. It’s time like this where I begin to question my productivity in the past decade of my life…

12 year old Lucky Blue’s Vogue Hommes Japan shoot by Hedi Slimane:

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One could argue that he is the Jennifer Lawrence of the modelling world; one day a regular person like you and me and then suddenly plucked from the walks of normality to take his modelling field by storm. What are undeniable, are Lucky Blue’s undeniable talent and his unique looks. Beginning with his peroxide hair at the top of his 6′ 3″ stature, you need only drop an inch or two until you gaze into his enchanting ice-blue eyes and though he carries a somewhat cookie-cutter all American look, there is most certainly something intriguing about the youth, which makes him stand out from the pack.

Not only are his looks attractive, but so is his personality. Having already allotted the world with the information that he is interested in pursuing acting, Luck Blue is also a drummer, and a pretty good one at that. One fourth of the family band ‘The Atomics’, on top of ambition, looks, youth and star quality, Lucky Blue can officially add cool to his repertoire. In fact, the foursome of siblings are all pretty impressive and combined form a magnetic troop.

Lucky Blue with his sisters Pyper America, Daisy Clementine and Starlie Cheyenne:

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Though the Smith family are a powerful bunch, we are here primarily to speak of Lucky Blue, so let’s get back to business. Evidently not affecting his career thus far, one interesting fact about Lucky Blue is that he is a mormon. Obviously, not directly correlated with modelling, I find this engaging as Lucky Blue is clearly a strong role model. Self-described as a rebellious type it will be intriguing to see if his religious background will aid him in maintaining his purity in the modelling world.

More important for this post, however, is his amazing body of work so far. Though beginning his modelling at 12, Lucky Blue’s career really became busy at the age of 14 and has exploded since the beginning of 2015. Here we’ll look at some of his work that both grabbed my attention and illustrate different sides to Lucky Blue.

Lucky Blue the handsome, young model:

The high-fashion starlet:

The cheeky boy next-door:

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The modern man:

The understated cool:

As well as being a multi-faceted model, Lucky Blue has worked for multiple brands and covered an array of magazines. This, perhaps more than anything else, is what has cemented his title as a current leading male model.

Numerous models, both male and female, have a hoard of social media followers, have strutted down more catwalks than they can remember and have host a stunning shots in their portfolios. When you add television appearances and magazine covers to this, however, you are not a mere working model, you are on your way to becoming a household name. Below are some of Lucky Blue’s high-profile shoots:

Covering Elle UK:

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Tom Ford Campaign:

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GQ Turkey Cover:

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Tommy Hilfiger’s latest campaign with Hailey Baldwin:

Shoot for DAMAN by Mitchell McCormack – one of my favourite Lucky Blue shoots:

Penshoppe Summer 2016 – whose model for the female line is Kendall Jenner by the way, enough said!

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A more muted Lucky Blue for Isenberg Korea SS16:

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I feel like that might be enough Lucky Blue Smith for one post. The last thing that I would want to do is oversaturate your mind with the brilliant model! That said, it is clear from the discussion and shots about that Lucky Blue Smith is a force to be reckoned with. A triple-threat with youth, looks, talent and popularity on his side, I have a feeling that 2.1 million Instagram followers and a lucrative modelling career may just be the beginning for this starlet.

Please let me know if you like this post so that I can do more model profile posts in the future. As always, feel free to like, comment, share this post tweet, instagram, or anything else this post. For regular updates on everything Landofpod then follow my facebooktwitterinstagram and tumblr accounts.

Goodbye for now from your Irish fashion blogger… p.s. I added in some sneaky extra pictures of Lucky Blue at the end of the post!

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Visuals 2 – Favourite Fashion Shots From the Last Month

Continuing on from my first visuals’ post (to see click here), I have decided to make this post type a trend on my blog. So often does one focus on a specific show, shoot or collection that it is nice sometimes to relax and just see what catches your eye. For my visuals posts, I garner the majority of my images from my tumblr account, where I find an array of images that excite my neurons and set my creative juices flowing. To coin the heavily-utilised phrase, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, but more importantly for me, pictures allow one to take what they wish from them. They are not rigid in their expressions. They do not define what one aught to learn or know. They do not present a mere right or wrong. They are personal. They enable the viewer to relate to them, to get lost in their whimsy, or merely to find a stellar outfit that needs to be a part of the viewer’s wardrobe! With that said, it is high time that I practice what I preach and allow some of the most eye-catching and inspiring fashion-related pictures that I have found over the last month to hopefully set a spark alight in your mind. Please enjoy:

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Liv Tyler by Ellen von Unwerth – Les Beehive

Lineisy Montero by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK February 2016

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Reuban Ramacher, Robi G., and Elias de Poot (in Zara, believe it or not).

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Dauda Hauwa Asingar for Marianne Fassler Resort 2015 by Paul Samuels.

Dior Homme FW16, Anya Hindmarch FW16, Fionnan Byrne-Perkins in Topman Essentials, Spring 16 – the shoelace is everything ❤

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Erin Mommsen in Nicola Formichetti

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Erin Mommsen again I love this picture because here Erin reminds me of a mix between Kendall Jenner and Ellar Coltrane – androgynous and effortless.

Anja Rubik in Vogue China Feb 16, Bottega Venetta Spring 16 Ready To Wear.

Floral at its finest ❤ Nemanja Maksic for Harper’s Bazaar Man Serbia Apr 16, Ana Cristina & Anders Hayward for Manifesto Mar16, and the prettiest floral dress that I have seen in a long time.

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Bringing 90’s back in the most stylish of manners – Lie Sang Bong FW16.

Rianne Von Rompaey, Christy Turlington and Kate Winslet.

George Hard for Fucking Young, Tommaso de Benedictis for Bon Magazine FW13 and Jennifer Lawrence for Dior 16.

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Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture.

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Liv Tyler – showing us sexy baby doll.

That’s it for this month’s most inspiring pictures on Landofpod and I hope that you found at least one that generated some feelings within you. Photographs have been a beautiful release for creativity since when they first appeared in the 1820s and will always be a pure path to expression. Please feel free to send me on any pictures that you find inspiring and let me know if you found this post interesting.

 

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Bye for now from your Irish fashion blogger,

Pádraig Power.

 

All photos is this post were sourced from: Tumblr.com

Landofpod – Visuals.

As you guys know, writing posts is a huge passion of mine. Unlike other bloggers, I do not pride myself on taking pictures of me or others, more so on my writing skills and being relatable in my viewpoints/opinions. This, of course, takes a lot of time – between finding appropriate pictures, writing, re-writing, editing and proof-reading – so naturally, I can’t update posts on a daily basis. Something which I do love though is pictures. Simply pictures. Alone, with no caption, no opinions – essentially standing on their own. What you may not know is that this is something that I also do. On my tumblr I blog/reblog pictures daily which grab my attention, which hold my interest and which undoubtedly, I fall in love with. I find this to be an inspiring, much easier, faster way to keep in touch with fashion and also a way to do it on a daily basis.

For this reason, I am doing a post based solely on some of my favourite pictures from my Tumblr blog : http://landofpod.tumblr.com/. I want you guys to check this out, follow it if you have a tumblr of your own and if not, then just visit it daily, weekly or monthly, just to see what inspires me and will hopefully ignite some fashion flares in your own heart. To end my introduction, below you will find some of my most beloved pictures that I have posted in the past month alone. Have a look, enjoy and tell me how you feel about this other aspect of my blogging:

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#TrainwreckTuesday: 17/02/2015 – Kim Kardashian West.

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I take it that most of you have seen Kim’s latest stint in LOVE magazine at this stage? Even so, I felt an overwhelming need to add Kim to my #TrainwreckTuesday library as this shoot was an absolute mess. Personally, I am a huge KUWTK fan and think that Kim is adorable, this does not affect my disdain for this fiasco however.

For those of you who have missed out on the scandal, Kim basically did yet another nude shoot and this time it was a full on full frontal! What makes it so much worse though, is the fact that it was not tasteful in the slightest. At this stage in her career, Kim has a multi-million dollar fortune, is a household name and both is and has a huge brand. Not only are all of the aforementioned pretty big reasons as to why Kim should keep her panties on, but she has recently become a wife and a mother – keep your clothes on for goodness sake! I don’t understand why she would feel the need to do a shoot like this? The only fathomable conclusions for me are: 1) vanity, 2) her insecurity that Kendall has taken her spotlight and 3) the fact that she is starting to get that little bit older,thus is afraid of loosing her sex appeal.

Unfortunately, all of the reasons above make her decision that much more pathetic. Fashion is a vast world and yes, nudity does comes into the fold here and there, but for the sake of your 1 year old and our eyes, please keep your vagina between you and your husband. Cheers.

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What I find even more ridiculous is the fact that not only does she do nude shots, but she also tries to appear young and cool in a ‘sexy, rebellious teenager’ type of way which is just laughable.

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Coincidence that she did this shoot in the same magazine that Kendall was in with Cara Delevingne? I think not!

P.s. that is a horrible picture of her bum…

One thing which I will say however, and something that adds to my frustrations immensely, is the fact that some of the shots in the spread were actually really fashionable. In fact, it was pretty much half and half in my opinion. Steven Klein got some gorgeous pics of Kim where she looked fashionable and tasteful, all of which worked beautifully. I only wish that these were the sole pictures chosen and that her full frontals were edited from the issue. Here are the stills which I have no problem with, and actually quite like:

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All in all, I’m just really disappointed in Kim’s taste level and even though we’ve now seen it all, hopefully she will realise that it’s actually sexier to be demure and cover up her bits. What do you think of the shoot?

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Original photos from: highsnobiety.com

Author: Pádraig Power.

Landofpod Springtime Style: Carolina Herrera SS 2015.

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Carolina Herrera brightened up the spring/summer runway and has delivered a gorgeous collection to boot. Unlike most of the collections that I have looked at so far, Carolina has brought a fresh, bright feeling to the season. I know that corals, yellows and florals may appear as generic and unimaginative for the time of year that’s in it, but when they are executed with as much finesse as this they are undeniably beautiful.

So far, I have really liked the collections which I have written about, but there were always a few looks which did not sit right with me, Carolina has completely avoided this, however, with a close to perfect runway. To celebrate this, I am going to have a short post just showing you guys my favourites from the show.

Also, along with her exquisite clothing, Herrera has also displayed the best beauty of any runway that I have seen this season thus far. The clean, dewy face with slightly bronzed eyes, a pretty lip and that amazing innovative, sleek hair all add to one of the best beauty looks that I have ever seen hit the runway.

Carolina’s unbeatable beauty:

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Now, let’s glance at my favourite looks from the show.

Show stand-outs:

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This runway could not be any clean, beautiful and fresh and I think that Caroline did an amazing job ❤

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Photos from: fashionising.com.

Author: Pádraig Power.

10 Best Looks of 2014 – Landofpod

What better way to kick off the New Year than by reminiscing upon the triumphs of the last? 2014 has been an amazing year for me, both personally and professionally, but more importantly, it has been an even better year for fashion. Looking back at the year, I hadn’t realised just how many outstanding looks there had been and although a tough task, I’ve manage to find my top 10 looks, which I have blogged about throughout the fashion frenzy that was 2014. So, have a gander through and see my top picks, and remember – if there are any looks which haven’t made it make sure to let me know – I might not have even seen them!

P.s. These are in no particular order – it was tough enough to dwindle it down to 10, nevermind rank them even further.

Let’s begin with one of the best – Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling at the 2014 Met Gala. There’s nothing to say but, “J’adore!” This is how every person on the entire planet wants to look one day.

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Another person who stole the spotlight for me at the Met Gala was Emma Stone. She wasn’t the top of everyone’s best dressed lists, but I fell in love with this gorgeous, pink ensemble and as I’ve posted about on https://www.facebook.com/landofpod I am loving the side-braid at the moment.

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Next on my list I have a very chic, very sexy, yet quirky look from Jill Stewart‘s collection. I just love the juxtaposition of the grunge styling and the perfect symmetry of the pieces and if I was a girl, this would definitely be the way that I’d like to dress!

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Following up, we have a completely different aesthetic with Amal Almuddin gaining worldwide style attention in this stunning pant and top ensemble which she wore to her civil ceremony with George Clooney. This is the epitome of chic, style and class and I don’t think that there has ever been a more perfectly put together outfit.

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Going to another runway show, this Monique Lhuillier dress just caught my eye. I don’t know why, but the combination of the model and the dress just draw my attention and even when I saw looks that I almost preferred, this one still won every time. The almost ice-skater-esque dress is beautiful, flirty and pretty whilst maintaining its class. Basically, it’s pretty, it’s stylish and I like it 😛

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Without a doubt, Lupita Nyong’o stole the show at the 2014 Oscars is her mesmerizing Cinderella inspired gown. The deep plunge, the volume of the skirt, the Nairobi blue colour and the perfect head-band all add up to not only making this the fashion focus of the 2014 Oscars, but, in my opinion, also making it one of the most iconic Oscar looks in recent history.

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2 more slightly grungy looks which I adore belong to Emma Watson and Margot Robbie. Again, although not a look that was loved by everyone, Emma’s 2014 Oscars Vera Wang dress, punk accessories and red lip made me fall in love with her all over again. Personally, I love the direction in which Emma has taken her style and I think that this depart into the grunge world suits her to the tee. Also, she’s always going to look poised and elegant in everything that she wears – she just oozes class.

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Also going down a darker route is Margot in this white and black gown. The black sparkled cut-out on the side along with the smokey eyes and sultry hair all add to Margot being a complete sexpot at the The Wolf of Wallstreet premiere. I defy anyone to try and outdo Margot for sex appeal here.

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The 2nd last look of the post is this ethereal strapless gown by Elie Saab. I spotted this back in February and automatically fell in love. Fell hard in love. This whimsical nature that this dress emits is stunning and the structured, latticed bodice just adds to it all perfectly. What I love even more about this dress is that when I saw it I said that it would be worn by a young starlet as it is just so beautiful and a mere few months later Lily Collins stole the show in it.

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The final female who rose to the occassion for me in this year’s fashion stakes is Sarah Hyland. Sarah is a 100% winner for me in this crop top and skirt combo which she wore to the 2014 Emmys. The crisp white and bold orange look beautiful and chic together and then her nude make-up and big top-knot finish it off to perfection. Look at the beauty here:

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So there you have it, my 100% top 10 picks of the 2014 fashion world! Please let me know what you think and tell me if there’s anyone else who should’ve made the cut.

Also, the new red carpet season is just around the corner so to keep up-to-date with the fashion of every award show make sure to follow Landofpod and to like my facebook page.

Thanks for reading guys 😉

Author: Pádraig Power.