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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Met Gala Fashions 2015: The Worst.

As you will have read in my Best Dressed post, this year’s Met Gala was full of fanciful fashions and was certainly an amazing night for fashion too! Unfortunately however, there were those major, major, major, flops which were just inexcusable. Although they were shocking to the eye and very difficult to look at, they should make for an interesting post for you – so let’s get underway with the worst dressed of the Met Gala 2015.

Julie Macklowe:

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I don’t even know who this woman is, but between the cheap looking material, that God awful hair and the ugly pattern, this is the definition of a hot mess. Julie, whoever you are – you need to get a stylist!

Kris Jenner in Balmain:

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Taking a leaf from her daughters’ books, Kris has sported Balmain, to her detriment. We all know that Kris tries to grab the limelight by any means necessary and this time it did not work to her avail. John Travolta hair, Egyptian earrings, a horrid dress and those pointy (I use that as a negative in this case) shoes all add to a look which would be better off set to the torch… Better look next time Kris!

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Dylan Lauren:

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You’d think that the daughter of world renowned fashion designer Ralph Lauren would have good taste wouldn’t you? Well I guess you were proven wrong. This is an absolute disaster! This look is so eclectic, so cheap and so, so tacky. I honestly wouldn’t even let my little sister wear this for Halloween – the first time seeing it is scary enough! Everything here is wrong. The tulle skirt is hideous, the top is way too tight, that necklace looks like it’s the property of a 4 year old and then she finished it off with day-time Tv presenter hair. At least Julie stuck with the theme…

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga by Alexander Wang:

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This look just isn’t flattering. Although sticking to the silhouette of ancient Chinese queens, this is too wide for her body and makes her look portly. That in addition to unflattering make-up and the super large sleeves/train all add to swamping Gaga and making her look silly. Not my favourite.

Jamie Bochert:

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Jamie, who has modeled with Kendall Jenner for Givenchy looks like a cross between Frank N Further from The Rocky Horror Show, a cocaine addict and a prostitute… maybe that’s the look that she was going for? Whatever it is, it’s disgraceful.

Katy Perry in Moschino:

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Katy Perry looked a royal mess. As is a theme through this post, I don’t have anything positive to say. I know that Moschino is a very out-there designer, but honestly this look just appears thrown together to me and was only made worse when he accompanied her on the carpet. Very disappointed indeed.

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Grimes in Louis Vuitton:

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Another D-list celebrity who should have stayed at home is singer Grimes. I understand that artists have a style and that sometimes they dress for their look as opposed to the event in mind, but this really just doesn’t fit the bill. I honestly find lazy looks like this to be disrespectful. You’re at the Met Gala and the theme is, “China: Through The Looking Glass.” Come on!

Grace Coddington:

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Wow this is bad! For those of you who don’t know, Grace is the creative director of American Vogue. Personally, I love Grace from what I’ve seen of her in The September Issue. Unfortunately, that can not make up for the disaster that this ensemble is. It literally looks like she remembered the Gala twenty minutes beforehand and rocked up in her pajamas. She doesn’t have eyebrows drawn on and it looks like she hasn’t even gotten her roots done for goodness sake!

Coco Brandolini D’adda:

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A supposed fashionista, Coco is yet another trainwreck. I appreciate that she stuck to the theme, but that is literally the only positive that I can think of. This dress does nothing for Coco, neither style-wise or flattering-wise. I am astounded as to why she chose it.

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren:

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Not only can Ralph Lauren not dress his own daughter, he completely misses the mark with A-list celebrities too. Maybe it’s the jedi mind tricks, but in my mind this is very Star Wars. The only compensation with this dress is that it fits like a glove, but there is just no excusing that hood. It’s a complete flop.

Irina Shayk in Atelier Versace:

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Irina Shayk has horrendous style. We get it, you’re sexy. In fact, she is one of the most beautiful women in the entire world. Why then, does she need to flaunt it so often? Perhaps it’s because she’s turning 30 in less than a year? Or maybe she’s trying to show Cristiano what he’s missing? All I know is that for the sake of us who are interested in fashion, could you please cover up, get some style and mature in your fashion? Trust me, you’ll look so better than this mess and he’ll come running after you again!

Kerry Washington in Prada:

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Kerry used to be such a stylish woman 2 years ago. I’d love to know what happened…This cheap looking fabric, so so colour and the green shoes are certainly not going to bring it back any time soon.

Selena Gomez in Vera Wang:

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Looking more failed Spanish senorita than regal Chinese princess, this is not a good look for Selena. If this is anything to go by then I’d dodge Vera Wang when you’re picking your future wedding dress!

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Chloe Sevigny in JW Anderson:

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Known for her out-there fashions, Chloe Sevigny is definitely a fashion favourite. I for one, am not a fan however. This to me is so droopy and so frumpy. Even with her cleavage on show and an extremely high slit she still manages to look mundane. Overall I just don’t get her style.

Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace:

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Similar to Irina, JLo is another one who I am sick to death of seeing on the red carpet. She always wears the exact same thing! I’ve said this in the past and I’ll say it again – we know that you’re hot and sexy, but please pump some originality into your wardrobe. Wearing your usual nude illusion skin-tight dress and adding a dragon to the front does not make it appropriate. To top it off, this looked even worse when standing beside the designer:

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Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney:

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This look doesn’t work for 1 main reason – it’s too small. Cara clearly has an outstandingly beautiful body, but this jumpsuit is just too tight for her. The pants section is unflattering on her belly and then it looks as if the top is just pulling it up even higher. Overall the look is quite boring, asides from the tattoos (which I don’t think hit the mark), but the only reason that it’s in the worst dressed is because of the fit.

Chloe Moretz in Chanel:

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Chloe is a gorgeous young girl, but this look is horrible. Although she has a slim figure, Chloe’s silhouette is very up and down and slightly broad. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that of course, she’s just not dressing for her body type! The choker, the placements of the shoulder straps and her posture all result in her looking quite squat and broad. This would have been much better with different accessories and if the top half wasn’t as tight. Try that next time Chloe!

Olivia Wilde in Prada:

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Not a good overall day for Prada, this look is appalling! The dress alone isn’t the prettiest, but paired with those gloves and the headpiece, this is a disaster. The colour of the clutch doesn’t even match the gloves. This is a serious accessorizing mishap and everyone who had a part to play should be up for the sack. Such a shame for such a beauty.

Well finally that ordeal is over… Thank you guys for reading this post and I will have many more coming up in the near future! Follow me on facebookinstagram and tumblr to keep 100% up-to-date.

Until then, check out my Met Gala Best Dressed post.

Thanks guys! 🙂

Photos in this post are from: huffingtonpost.com and vogue.com.

Oscars 2015: Best Dressed – Landofpod.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

As you’ve seen from my Worst Dressed post, this year’s Oscars red carpet encompassed a flurry of styles. There was a lot to live up to compared to last year with Lupita’s Cinderella inspired gown, Emma Watson’s grungy Vera Wang ensemble and Kate Hudson’s sexy caplet all knocking it out of the park. From good to bad, slutty to demure and chic to drab, every style was explored on this year’s carpet however, and there were certainly some style winners. I am extremely excited to share my favourite looks with you guys, so without further adieu, here are my best looks from the 2015 Oscars.

Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta with a Christian Louboutin bag and Forevermark jewels:

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Sienna looked absolutely sensational and stole the fashion spotlight for me. Undoubtedly my number one best dressed of the night, Sienna embodies style, class and chic and I could not love this more. What’s amazing about this look for me is that it encompasses so many different aspects which in theory should not work together, but in reality are so beautiful. Velvet, lace, sheer cut-outs, ribbons and bows – I mean if someone described a dress like that to you you would never want to see it, but Sienna and Oscar executed it perfectly. Everything in this dress is perfection and every little detail, such as the stylized lines draping down the front of the dress, effortlessly adds to the overall effect. Sienna’s team then finished her look off with ease with her hair, make-up, Louboutin clutch and Forevermark jewels all exquisite. Well done Sienna – j’adore!

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy with Lorraine Schwartz earrings:

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Just wow. Another lady who nosed on perfection, Rosamund was a very close second in the runnings. This red Givenchy is to die for. It is so elegant with the upward bust-line and her easy pulled back hair, yet it also has the perfect amount of sex appeal with a thigh high slit and waist defining panels. At first glance, I wasn’t sure if maybe she needed a little more accessorizing, but the more I looked at it I knew that I was wrong. The simplicity of the diamond drop earrings and those thin strapped shoes are the cherry on the cake and Rosamund looks absolutely breathtaking.

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Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen with a Chopard Watch:

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Repping it for the men, although not the best poser in the world, Eddie Redmayne looked outstanding for his big night. Throughout the award season, Eddie has made a name for himself as a man who likes to play with fashion and who is very into his clothes – both of which can be seen here. This navy suit is impeccably tailored and the midnight blue works perfectly with his icy blue eyes. What sends this suit to a whole new level however, is the amazing addition of the velvet. And no, not only a velvet lapel, but velvet shoes! Definitely not something seen very often, Eddie has brought something new to the carpet and he genuinely could not have picked a better look to receive his first Oscar in – congratulations Eddie!

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe in Alexander McQueen:

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Yes, I know I just spoke about him above, but not only was Eddie my best dressed man of the evening, he was also half of my best dressed couple. Eddie’s wife Hannah has proven herself as quite the fashionista throughout the award season and last night was no exception. I adore this Grecian style gown and the neckpiece, waistband and additional feathers are all perfect. I know that some people are against the feathers at the hip, but I personally love them and think that they make the dress. All of the features combined with her easy hair and the fact that the dress is midnight blue, to match Eddie’s amazing ensemble, results in my unquestionable most stylish couple of the evening.

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Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine in Armani Privé:

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Another couple who impressed me were Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine, for pure sex appeal alone. I’m not 100% on Behati’s dress, but you cannot deny that the sexuality that you see when looking at this pair is through the roof. They just ooze sex appeal and lust and Adam’s suit is absolutely flawless – here’s my second favourite pair of the night!

Jenna Dewan in Zuhair Murad Couture with Stuart Weitzman shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Lee Savage clutch:

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Jenna would not be one that I would usually look out for on the carpet, but wow did she take me by surprise at the Oscars. This Zuhair Murad creation is stunning on the petite beauty. Showing us and others (*coughs* Chrissy Teigen) the perfect amount of sex appeal for this ceremony, Jenna shines with her gorgeous embellishments, somewhat edgy jewels and the pop of colour with her lip which finished this off to a tee. Full marks Jenna!

Meryl Streep in Lanvin with a Salvatore Ferragamo bag and Fred Leighton jewels:

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Flaunting a stereotypical Meryl look, Ms. Streep looks amazing and this is definitely one of her best looks in the last few years. She looks gorgeous from head to toe with every accessory being en pointe, in particular her earrings, belt and shoes. What this look shows us is that accessories can make or break an outfit and in Meryl’s case the accessorizing was sublime.

 

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Chris Evans in head-to-toe Gucci:

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This was another show-stopping moment for me. Chris is the epitome of a Hollywood class act here and could easily pass for an old Hollywood icon. This Gucci  ensemble is gorgeous and with his classic hairstyle and well-trimmed beard he looks devastatingly handsome.

Cate Blanchett in John Galliano with a Tiffany & Co. necklace:

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No surprises here as Cate is the definition of style personified, but yes Cate Blanchett is another of my winners. This John Galliano gown is everything with the unrefined shoulders adding a slight touch of boho. Clearly, what gives this look its oomph is that amazing turquoise Tiffany necklace though – divine.

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein with Chopard earrings:

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After what I would call a rocky start to the awards season, Lupita came back fighting and once again has triumphed in this white Calvin Klein number. This dress is one which looks simple, yet upon inspection has so many intricate details. Although simple, it is a lot of dress for someone to pull off and Lupita does so flawlessly with her ebony skin creating a gorgeous juxtaposition with the gown.

Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford with Tiffany & Co. jewels:

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This is one of those looks which will always be in style. When one attempts to wear a dress as minimal and simplistic as this the execution needs to be exquisite, something which Reese has nailed. The corsetry in this dress is impeccable, showing that a lot of fittings were needed. It all was worth it though with this being the perfect look to finish off Reese’s simple, but stylish award season fashion choices.

That’s it for my best of the best from this year’s Oscars ceremony, but I also have just a few more who almost made the mark that I’d like to discuss with you quickly.

The Almost Best Dressed:

Anna Kendrick in Thakoon with Norman Silverman jewels:

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This look seemed to get quite a bit of slack for being lack-luster, but I have to say that I really like it. I think that Anna looks gorgeous here and the chain part of the dress, dark eye and messy hair all add a touch of sex appeal. All in all though, I do agree that it needs something more make its way into the best dressed category. I give this look a 7/10.

Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent with a Bally bag:

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Like Anna’s dress, this is one which is very pretty, but just didn’t quite make it to the top spot. What I do love about this dress, however, is the asymmetric bust-line and corset which are very flattering on Dakota’s tiny frame. The shoulder strap is clearly also to die for and her slightly messy hair with the red lip polish the look off with ease.

Oprah in Vera Wang:

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I think that Oprah looks marvelous here – she is glowing. Again, this look wasn’t quite a best dressed winner for me, but what I am absolutely in love with is how this fits her body. This is exactly how to wear a dress when you are a bigger lady. This Vera Wang gown hugs Oprah in all of the right places, it shows off everything that it should and the illusion created from the draping is stunning. This is an absolute 10/10 for dressing for your body and I am so happy that someone has finally shown how it is done. Thank you Oprah!

Keira Knightley in Valentino with Chanel accessories:

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This dress screams Valentino. The whimsy and ethereal nature of this dress is beautiful and soothing which is why it is the perfect choice for the pregnant Keira. It is so, so pretty and what makes it even better is that it fits is perfectly with Keira’s periodic style which she can be known for. All in all, she manages to radiate the perfect aura for both her and the event.

 

 

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Well that’s the end of another very long post. If you enjoyed this post and haven’t already seen my other then make sure to look are my Oscars Worst Dressed post here.

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Author: Pádraig Power.

The Oscars 2015 Red Carpet: The Worst And The Not Quite Right.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Oscars is unquestionably the biggest red carpet event of the entire year. With that in mind, it is arguably one of the most stressful award ceremonies for which to pick your outfit: it needs to be chic, stylish, stand-out and meet a certain level of class. Due to this, a lot of people seem to get overwhelmed before the big night resulting in a ridiculous number of blasé, yawn-inducing ensembles… Remember Anne Hathaway’s 2013 Oscar dress? Exactly. This year, the boring basics followed its usual trend with actors such as Jessica Chastain choosing extremely mundane looks. Thankfully, we always have those who try to push the envelope, thus ending on either end of the spectrum. So, to start things off, I’m going to being with my worst dressed attendees of the 87th Annual Oscars Ceremony.

Blanca Blanco:

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I didn’t know who Blanca Blanco was until last night and my God do I wish I still didn’t know who she is now. What a horribly hideous dress this is. Usually one wears their hair up to let the dress do the talking, but in this case this dress needs to shut up. My only honest criticism is why didn’t somebody help her out by burning it before she put it on?

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture:

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What was Gwyneth thinking with this? I usually adore Ralph & Russo and as they are a very chic, elegant brand they would be a good choice for a ceremony such as the Oscars. This does not mean that they don’t make mistakes however, with this dress being one of them. The base of the dress is ugly in itself, but the addition of that flimsy rose shoulder detail is just horrendous. If you’re going to go for a boring silhouette with extremely unimaginative design then please Gwyneth, just leave it at that. Adding bells and whistles only makes the dress even worse.

Rachael Harris:

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Is there any real excuse for this? I don’t think so! Get some God damn contacts Rachael and if not, at least buy a stylish pairs of specs like Meryl…

Diane Warren:

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Last night being her seventh Oscar nomination, Diane Warren is clearly an immense talent. It’s just a pity that the same can’t be said for her stylist… The hair is what really kills me.

Will.i.am:

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Bringing some men into the fold, last night was not a shining moment for the male Hollywood scene. Will.i.am is clear proof of that in this train-driver meets baseball team look. You’re at a black tie, red carpet event Will, throwing on a blazer does not take your look from music awards to classy. Give it up!

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Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad:

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Another person who clearly thought that they were going to the Grammys is Chrissy Teigen. She undoubtedly looks gorgeous and the colour is perfect for spring, but she is showing off way too much skin for the Oscars. What I’m trying to say is, put the leg away,you’re not shooting for Sports Illustrated tonight…!

Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton:

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I am so disappointed in Nicole Kidman’s Oscars dress. When the words Nicole Kidman and red carpet come to mind it’s automatically an exciting mix and something which I usually can’t wait for. At this year’s Oscars however, I was extremely let down. The dress, the hair, the make-up, the bag, the accessories – everything is so dull, so tedious and so tiresome. Where is the spark and where is the flare of style? I certainly can’t see them. Teamed up with her husband’s girly locks, they add up to my worst dressed couple of the 2015 Oscars ceremony!

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Jared Leto in Givenchy with a Fred Leighton brooch and a Cartier watch:

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Many people out there seemed to love this look, but I for one hated it. Firstly, we have the powder blue colour which might be in season right now, but doesn’t do it for me here. I also dislike the shirt. I think that the suit jacket and closed up shirt matched with his Jesus-style hair and full beard leads to a whole lot of problems. Basically, it completely swallows him, and suffocates his upper body – he has no neck in this whatsoever and it makes his upper half look squat. Finally, the biggest crime here is his shoes. The combination of the short pant and those optic white shoes is a catastrophe. All in all, it’s not going to go down in the hall of fame as one of the worst Oscar looks, but I am extremely disappointed in Jared.

Ansel Elgort in Prada:

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Another man who failed to impress me was Ansel Egort and here’s why: I know that Ansel is young and that I always preach about dressing for your age, but in my opinion Ansel needs to grow up a little in his style. He is only 20, but he is still a man whereas here he looks like a little boy. The tux is not tailored properly to his body, his dickie bow is crooked and he’s still sporting a 15 year old boy haircut. I get that his fan base is quite young, but if Ansel wants to start getting some more mature, adult roles then he needs to begin by showing that he can look like one in person. Ansel, your first step is to ditch the oversized suit and get a fresh new haircut, I promise you that it will do you wonders!

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels:

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This is a look that I have seen some bloggers rave about, but for me it does the exact opposite of Ansel’s look above. This is so ageing on the star. Let’s all remember that Margot is only 24. This dress could be easily be seen on someone 15 years older than her and still been seen as a bit mature. The only youthful part of it is the low cut in the front, but even that is ruined by the chain which also reads old to me. Perhaps if she had done a twist on the Jennifer Aniston chest-chain which Jen has been sporting recently it would have added some much need youth into the equation? I get that Margot is trying to become a style icon, but this heavy black gown is not the way to get there.

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa:

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Gwyneth Paltrow 2.0, Karolina dons another tight, wrinkly pale pink gown which misses the mark. Let’s face it, this dress is as bland as a tray of hospital food. The dress is boring, her hair is boring and her make-up is boring. To add to the casualties, the fabric is wrinkly, it puckers in places and her toes sneaking out at the bottom are really creepy. This dress is one for the bin.

Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen:

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I am so disappointed in this look. In fact, I have been hugely disappointed in Felicity’s overall style for the red carpet season. An undoubted talent, Felicity finally had her break-out role this year and this was her time to seize her moment. Instead however, she has faded into the background of every carpet that she has walked thus far. On top of that, the bottom part of the dress is hideous. I almost wish that she wore her Vanity Fair afterparty dress to the actual event, it had much more drama and was actually something interesting – I think that it would have been a far better choice:

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Rita Ora in Marchesa:

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This isn’t the worst dress of the night, but there is also nothing that I like about it. The gold appliqué doesn’t do anything for me and without it the dress is yawn-inducing. Another bore.

Lorelei Linklater in Gabriela Cadena:

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Saving you one of the worst for last, Lorelei Linklater sunk her Oscars red carpet debut. The mash-up of three different dresses into one is just not a good idea and what’s even worse is that, I wouldn’t have liked one of those dresses even by themselves! Tragic.

That’s it for my worst of the night (thank God), but have a look at some of my not quite there looks below:

Looks Which Failed To Hit The Nail On The Head:

Julianne Moore in Custom Chanel:

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This is so difficult for me. I love Julianne and I love her style, I just don’t love this dress. Honestly, I don’t think that the background helps as it denies her body definition, but the nail in the coffin for this look is the band of embellishment below her waist. Do yourself a favour and just pace your thumb over the middle embellishment on the screen… infinitely better!

Josh Hutcherson in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture with Christian Louboutin shoes:

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Josh naturally has a somewhat squat physique. What I think would have helped him to make the best of his body would be if he pulled in both his sleeves and pants just that little bit more. If both were a slight bit tighter and the pants were a little shorter then I think that he would look a lot better on the carpet. I do like that he went for a classic look however.

Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad Couture with Judith Leiber clutch:

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OK, so this look was never going to be a best dressed winner, but I do genuinely think that if Anna had slicked her hair back into a simple up-do that it could be really pretty. It is a beautiful dress, I just think that if she slicked back her hair and deleted some of the train it would elevate the look to a whole new level.

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab with Neil Lane jewels:

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Another princess gown which hit the carpet. This dress is beautiful. It has whimsy, it has elegance and I love the nude tone with Jennifer’s skin. What I don’t love is the deep plunging neckline. We get it, you’re gorgeous and you have great boobs, we don’t need to see them at every red carpet. Personally, I just think that if you’re going to put in the effort to finally wear some clothes and go for a full ballgown look, then you need to commit, not be half slutty, half princess. Also, it’s not like she was planning on being demure later in the night, she wore a completely sheer Zuhair Murad to the afterparty! Just once, try and keep the girls tucked away a bit Jen.

Emma Stone in Elie Saab with Christian Louboutin shoes and Tiffany & Co. jewels:

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This is another look which is tough for me. Emma is one of my ultimate style crushes and she definitely looks beautiful. What I’m not sure about here though is the colour. Normally Emma’s porcelain skin can pull off even the more daring of colours, but this one just doesn’t sit right. I think that maybe if the colour was stronger it would be nicer? It’s just a bit too similar to her own tone for me and because of that it doesn’t work. Also, it may be sacrilege to say this about Louboutins, but I hate the shoes.

Jamie Chung in Yanina Couture:

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This dress shows promise, but also has some issues. The first is that the bottom half is too full. I think that if she took off one layer of mesh or just lowered the volume of the final layer then it would be much more effortless. Also, the pattern is a bit too literal ‘4th of July’ for me. The little firework explosions are all a bit carnival. I do think that the top half of the dress is gorgeous on her though and is something unique which could definitely work in a different context.

Marion Cotillard in Dior Couture:

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Another ‘close, but no cigar’ ensemble. This is fresh, different and something which nobody else could have pulled off. What’s in question here is: did Marion actually pull it off? Although interesting, I think that the back might be a bit too odd and as it was in the same colour as the front, when you looked at her straight on she had no shape. One thing that is so important on the red carpet is highlighting your body and that’s something which Marion did not quite manage, thus hers is an iffy look for me.

So there you have all of my commentary for the worst and oh so close looks of the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet! Please let me know if you agree or disagree by liking, commenting on or sharing the post and make sure to keep your eye on my facebook and twitter for updates on my Best Dressed which WILL be up later this evening.

Thanks for reading guys.

Author: Pádraig Power.

Photos from: huffingtonpost.com

Keira Knightley: Red Carpet Evolution.

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Talented actress, striking beauty and fashion icon: the three things which instantaneously come to mind when one thinks of London born actress, Keira Knightley. The accomplished actress has proven her talent in a number of roles which have undoubtedly made her one of the most respected young starsof our generation. Not only known for her acting prowess however, the 29-year-old has also won the hearts of many a fashionable fellow and has become a designer darling, palling it up with the likes of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, along the way.

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Although it almost seemed like Keira was always destined for stardom (with parents like actors Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley) she began young and had to work at honing her craft in order to become what we now know today. The same can be said for her fashion. Unfortunately, the young Brit did not get off to a very good start, and surprisingly, she still gets it wrong sometimes! Let me take you through her fashion journey and show you how she evolved into the beauty that she is today.

And for the sake of chronology, I’m going to start right at the onset and work my way through beginning with 16-year-old Keira in 2001. Here, the young starlet made her red carpet debut at the ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ premiere and, to everyone’s dismay, it was atrocious. Granted, she was only 16, but there is no excuse for this severe lack of taste! I’m going to take a leaf out of Drake’s books and ‘start from the bottom’ with those God-awful flip-flop inspired heels and horrific boot-cut leather pants to match. Amazingly, it got even worse from there, with a completely sheer, black laced top revealing every inch of the teen’s stomach – at least she’s wearing a bra. The hair and make-up are also terrible with the make-up being pale, the blush too pink and her hair just too blah. Have a look for yourself:

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Knightley continued her dodgy path in 2002 at her own premiere for ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. This was her first role that grabbed media attention, but unlike her fantastic acting reviews, the same cannot be said for her style. Granted, it’s an improvement, but she is still far, far off the mark. Again, Keira chose a black, sheer number showing that she had not learned from her first mistake. It is slightly better, but the plunge is too low and she is showing off too much of her stomach. Her hair and make-up does look pretty on the bright side.

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2003 was a year of ups and downs. Although still making numerous atrocities, Keira finally began to show promise during the year  – a welcome change! She did begin horrifically yet again, however, with a combination of tasteless, stomach-less, tops, ill-fitting corsets and boot-cut jeans… We get that you have amazing abs, but it’s style that we want to see, not your stomach! Needless to say her ensembles were getting a bit tiresome at this stage.

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Fortunately, she then began to show us a glimpse of what she could do, beginning with these two looks. The first is merely OK and has a lot left to be desired, but compared to what we’ve seen so far it is a step in the right direction (it is kind of like a 12 year old’s Christmas outfit though). The second look, however, is the first in which we can she the beauty that graces our screens today. Here, at the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean‘ afterparty, Keira looks pretty in an understated, flowy white gown with simple embellishment along the bodice. Paired with her barely-there make-up, pulled up hair and perfect accessories it is by far the best that the star has looked so far.

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Following this path to success, Keira continued to show signs of improvement in 2004. She definitely took a step back from the white gown above, but all in all was a better than before. This year, she seemed to begin to find herself and between keeping it pretty and edging up her look, but she still had not found a look which was quite right. The look on the left is pretty, but from the waist down is horrible and the dress on the right is a bit too tight and just not that nice. All in all she made some steps in the right direction though so I can only be happy with her 2004 style chapter:

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Although I did say that she hadn’t 100% hit the nail on the head as of yet, I do think that her outfit at this Asprey event was pretty damn close – she looks beautiful (asides from the horrific shoes).

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The next stage of Keira’s fashion career is a controversial one, but for me it’s a backwards step on her behalf. This is the stage which I like to call, “The Posh Totty Phase.” In 2005, Keira decided to stray from the demure, elegant path which she was beginning and veer into the realm of Golden Goddesses. Here, she tries to be more sexy by delving into fake tan and long blonde hair. While succeeding in maintaining a fashionable appearance and looking gorgeous, I just don’t think that it’s right for her. I don’t deny that she looked beautiful, but compared for what was to come it wasn’t the path which I would choose for our star in the making. She is only 20 though and let’s face it, what young girl doesn’t want to feel sexy at that age?

(Sidenote: she also found a bizarre obsession with ugly black-cropped jackets and ill-suited accessories).

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Matthew Williamson (left) and Calvin Klein (right).

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I do think that she absolutely nailed it in the black fitted gown below though. 

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Hervé Leger (left and right).

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Changing her style YET AGAIN Keira decided to ditch the sex appeal look and revert to a more elegant aesthetic the year later, but to continue with the trend of the article thus far, didn’t kick off to a good start. Let’s begin with one of her most famous gowns; the melted gold inspired Gucci gown that she wore to the London premiere of ‘Pirates of The Caribbean II – Dead Man’s Chest’ in 2006. In this look, it seems that Keira is trying to bring more fashion into the fold while still remaining sexy. Alas, it is an out-in-out disaster. Of course, her face looks pretty and so do her arms and the dress to an extent, but the major fiasco here is the extensive lack of fabric in her chest region. As we’ve seen above, this is far from strange territory for the actress, but this has to be the worst for me. We know that she is naturally slim, but this look makes her look ill and is certainly not something to try and attain… It’s all just a bit too much:

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The next look isn’t bad… just not good enough! The white dress is very pretty and it hints at the periodic style which fits Keira like a glove, but the black flower does the Chanel garb no justice. She does look whimsical and striking and most people seem to love this look, but all in all, it is all a bit meh for me.

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Finally, however, also in 2006, her transformation to style icon began! Keira kicked off her long awaited renewal in a strapless Valentino gown at the Golden Globes and with gorgeous hair and make-up and (I can’t believe I’m going to say this) perfect accessories, the British beaut shone.

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Finishing on her newly found high, all eyes were on the Oscar nominated star in her wine Vera Wang gown and although she didn’t take home the trophy, she cemented her place as a sophisticated, stylish woman. The gown itself was a bit rigid for me and I also don’t like the necklace. In fact, this look is not one of my favourites by a long shot, but there is no denying that it was a show-stopper at the time and was a look which got her noticed by fashion eyes everywhere.

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Although 2006 brought us the beginning of her true evolution, it was 2007 which was the breakthrough in my eyes. In 2007, Keira varied her look from grungy, to pretty, to periodic, to new age and I loved every second of it. Asides from the odd clothing chest chasm, she hit a home run with every one, showing that she doesn’t just wear fashion, but she has style.

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Rodarte (left and right). 

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Chanel (left and right).

Lastly, without a doubt my favourite look from the star so far. Keira is head-to-toe perfection in this Erdem ensemble  – showing that some of the best designers are close to home.

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2008 wasn’t quite as successful, with Keira donning some frumpy looks and others which were just a bit strange, but overall she maintained traipsing along with her head held high and her heels at the go. I’m going to start with my favourite of the year here and work my way down.

My without a doubt favourite is this stunning Chanel jumpsuit which is utterly timeless. In fact, the ever so stylish Sienna Miller was with Knightley at the same event and Keira knocked her out of the park – which definitely shows that she had found her fashion gustos!

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Keira also stole the show with her next three looks, two of which are Chanel and one which is Valentino. She shows us how important it is to stay true to your favourite designers and truly became a fashion darling. If you guess which look is belonged to which fashion house you’ll get some brownie points 😉

On the left, we have Keira in a straight cut black mini at the New York Screening of ‘The Duchess’, followed by a goth-inspired strapped, black garb worn to win her Best Actress award at the Elle Style Awards, and finished off in a tiered, silver, metallic gown at the 2008 BAFTAs.

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The looks that I didn’t quite like during 2008 are the three below. Unfortunatley, I just find the first two frumpy/lack-luster and the third, an Alexis Mabille Haute Couture frock, although technically fashionable, isn’t my cup of tea.

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2009 appears to be a year in which the Hollywood star strayed from the spotlight with only two looks that I could come across. One of these was simple and chic at the Chanel Spring/Summer Haute Couture show in Paris and the other was a major flop, something which the star had seemed to get away from for a time, in a Chloe suit.

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Another year which isn’t horrible, but isn’t anything to write home about either was 2010. She looks pretty with a new bob and has a general more grown-up heir about her, but something is lacking overall, although one look is breathtaking. Have a glance at her 2010 looks here:

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Erdem (left) and Chanel (right).

The first is possibly her best of the two with a fresh, clean aspect adding some rejuvenation to Keira’s wardrobe which is just perfect and although the second is very nice, I think that it would look much better if it was tailored just a tad bit more to her body. A little bit of definition would go a long way in my opinion.

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Valentino (left) and Rodarte (right).

Following up are these two looks. The first is just not nice, in any way, but particularly with all of the fuss going on in the top half of the gown and then the second is pretty, but a bit too snooze-inducing for my liking.

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Her final 2010 look is one that I can’t decide on. I don’t know whether it is sexy and sophisticated in a way which only Keira could pull of or whether there’s a tad bit too much going on for the brunette beauty. What do you think?

In 2011 she once again found her footing and showed us how it’s done with an array of modern and vintage-inspired pieces. Beginning with these two stunning nudes which illustrate how to do grand, couture and give a more sexy silhouette in the same fashion genre. These are by far my two most beloved of her 2011 looks:

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Valentino (left) and Elie Saab (right).

The looks above were followed by two much more modern ensembles, one of which is clean cut and geometric and the other which has a bold, modern print, something which we rarely see the now style-queen in:

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Roksnada Ilincic (left) and Mary Katrantzou (right).

The last look which I’m not 100% about is this head-to-toe black ensemble in 2012 which is pretty, but I feel is a tad bit overdone. I think that with a different pair of shoes instead of the suede the Nina Ricci dress would be that little bit better.

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Now, I know this is going to sound just a tad bit crazy, but between the years of 2012-2014 there is not one outfit of Keira’s that I found which I do not like, scratch that – love (asides from what the look above of course)! I don’t know if she got a new stylist or sacked the old one and decided to go solo, but everything that she wore was impeccable. So, instead of talking about them and breaking them down, I’m just going to show you my favourite Keira Knightley looks of the past three years. Yes, there may be quite a few, but trust me, they’re worth a look.

2012:

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Erdem (left) and Valentino (right).

 

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Elie Saab (left) and Burberry (right).

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2013/14:

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Erdem (left), Valentino (right).

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And Chanel again…!

 

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Simone Rocha (left).

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So there you have it, the red carpet style evolution of the fabulous Keira Knightley (yes I know that there are some looks not from the carpet… I just couldn’t help myself!). It’s pretty needles to say, but Keira has 100% earned her status as a fashion icon, she is the epitome of style, class, chic and that little edge that sends her above the rest.

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For more style evolutions check these out:

Emma Watson: Red Carpet Evolution.

Emilia Clarke: Red Carpet Ready.

Margot Robbie: Red Carpet Ready.

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10 Things I’m Obsessed With From Vogue, The September Issue.

Yes, it is September and yes, New York Fashion Week has hit us with just about all of the fashion that we can handle, but let’s be honest, what is the most important thing about fashion in September? You got it – the holy grail and style bible itself, Vogue’s September Issue!

This year’s issue is absolutely glorious and although it did take quite a lot of weeding down, I have found my ultimate top 10 obsessions and here they are below:

Pastels:

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Pastels are huge this season, and to my delight! Imagine how much prettier the streets would be with everyone wearing light pastel shades at winter as opposed to heavy blacks and greys. I absolutely adore the blush pink and dusted blue shades shown above and think that they would be gorgeous on any skin tone.

Leather by Gucci:

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Gucci’s stunning use of supple leathers is to die for. This soft, plush approach just amplifies the beauty of the leather in my opinion and again, I love the use of pastel shades and also the green and brown – it just looks so much better than if it were in black!

These stunning stills:

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I absolutely adore both of these shots. The Coach model (left picture) epitomizes fresh and beautiful. Fun fact, she is also in the latest Balmain campaign so is certainly one to watch. The 3.1 Phillip Lim picture on the right also captivates me. The simplicity of the shot combined with the contrast of the model’s camel and burgundy colours compared to the background result in a very interesting shot.

Giselle’s freckles and young Kate:

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I just love these shots. FYI this was Kate back in 2007!

The Fact that Kendall Jenner made the cut!

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OK, this one is admittedly a little bit sad, but I am a self obsessed Kardashian-a-holic and I am so fricking excited that my favourite young model has made it into the September issue (and she was in it more than once)!

Huskies:

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For me, the ‘Call of The Wild’ feature was breathtaking. I can feel the atmosphere from the pictures and the icy blue eyes of the model and canines alike are magnificent. Also, huskies are my favourite dog which might have swayed me that little bit more.

Jimmy Choo’s Shoe Collection:

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I have fallen head over heels with Jimmy Choo’s new collection (see what I did there…?). My 2 favourites, however, have to be the shoes shown, particularly the ankle boots. I think that these are gorgeous and adore both the thick heel and thin ankle strap which, in my opinion, completely elevate them. As with the ankle boots, I also love the full-size leather boots and my favourite aspect has to be the heel which separates them and puts them in a league of their own (click on the image if you’d like to see the heel closer up).

Chanel’s Eye Make-Up:

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Dramatic yet soft and perfect for the party season. This beauty look displayed by Chanel is something that all girls out there should be keeping an eye on (I did it again…). This look would go with almost anything, from your LBD to the pretty pastels above certainly earns some attention.

Menswear-inspired Pieces by Giorgio Armani:

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Although not to everyone’s taste, I also love these menswear inspired looks by Giorgio Armani. The are edgy and masculine yet sexy and I think that the deep red lip really adds to each look.

Finally, this shot for Vera Wang:

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Raw, sexy, edgy, oozing allure – not something that you’d expect from Vera Wang. This picture is so sexy and so stunning that it deserved a spot all by itself.

So there you have it, all 10 of my obsession from The September Issue!

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Author: Pádraig Power.

Favourite Fashion Trends, Autumn/Winter 2014

As with every season in fashion, this year’s Autumn/Winter styles have been highly anticipated. What’s unfamiliar, however, is the new, fresh look on fashion which can be seen on this year’s hottest runways. When one thinks of Autumn/Winter fashions they automatically veer into the land of stereotypes. Trench coats, jumpers, blacks and greys are just some of the thoughts which spring to mind. This drab look on fashion is finally about to change, however, with a major influx of colour and embellishment into the wardrobes of Irish women everywhere. Of course we can’t completely deviate from our staple black winter coats and LBDs, but without a doubt, my favourite trends this season are those which brighten up our world that little bit more.

As stated above, colour is one of the main changes this year – but in what way? Not only do we see a vast array of colours this season, but also a huge variation as to how they are showcased. From pretty pastels, crisp whites and bold, neon invasions, from entirely colourful garments to our fundamentals accented with beautiful greens, blues or pinks, colour is everywhere!

Here is a look at some of my favourite colourful creations to strut their way into my fashion story:

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Now it’s time for our aforementioned embellishment. As previously stated, it is not just colour which has given life to our winter wardrobes, but also that touch of glitz which can only be added with every Irish girl’s favourite accessory – jewels. Like the injection of colour, embellishment was illustrated in many forms by numerous top designers. The main aspect that I love about embellishment, however, is that it is personal and enables everyone to put their own twist on it.

Personally, I know so many girls with so many different styles, and whether they prefer to be demure, bejewelled beauties or glistening goddesses this trend offers everything that they need. What I particularly love about it is that, like colour, it is something to play with and something that, if you are meek in your fashion choices, is the perfect escape to become that little bit more daring and to expand your fashion horizons. Look here to see the best of embellishment for this season, and some designers who married my two favourite trends – colour and glitz.

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And finally, my favourite look of the season, proving that the LBD can indeed be replaced:

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Original photos in this post are from: http://www.fashionising.com

And check this post out on the rsvp magazine page here: Landofpod Cork Fashion Week Blogger 2014 Shortlist