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

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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.

 

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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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Best Dressed of Met Gala 2015: Through The Looking Glass.

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Fashion’s most anticipated night of the year, is back and with it is Landofpod. Everyone fashion savvy character knows the insides and outs of the Met Gala and like me, has been waiting very impatiently. For those of you who may be unaware of the night in it, this is an event run by nonetheless, the queen of fashion – Anna Wintour. What really sends the Met Gala into the stratosphere, along with its boastful quantity of stars and fashionistas, is the always amazing and ever-changing theme that comes with it. First and foremost this is a charity for the Costume Institute which along with the themes, enables everyone to take huge fashion risks and to make fashion history – some of which was made last night. From rock to goddesses and punk to superheroes, the theme is always thrilling and this year’s theme, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” certainly did not disappoint. Without further adieu, let’s begin with some of 2015’s most stunning fashions to date.

For the sake of order, I am going to begin with top 3 from last night’s show-stopper. I have to say however, that these 3 looks are all stunning and I cannot justify choosing one over another. All in all, sit back, have a look and enjoy 3 beauties.

BEST DRESSED:

(For those of you looking for my Worst Dressed post just click here).

1) Rihanna in Guo Pei:

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Rihanna looked absolutely stunning in this ravishing Guo Pei dress. Transcendent, this is a look which breaks all fashion boundaries and creates a moment on the red carpet. For something that could have gone so wrong, Rihanna pulled it off to a tee and I honestly think that nobody else could have come close to the perfection which she achieved in this dress.  The rich colour of the dress, the enormous gown, the simply strapped heels and that headpiece all achieve an unparalleled level of exquisiteness. What I absolutely adore about this look is that it is perfect for the occasion. Like I said above, this is an event which enables everyone to release their inner fashionista. What makes it even better is the fact that although she pushed every envelope. This isn’t some cheap, costume attempt to get you noticed, this is fashion – something which many other people confused on the night. All in all, her hair, make-up accessories and the dress lead to Rihanna absolutely killing it.

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2) Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi:

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Another of my top 3, Zendaya joins Rihanna in the ranks of supremacy on this red carpet. At only 18, Zendaya has proven herself a huge force to be dealt with in the realms of fashion and this look is gorgeous. Again, traversing the costume path, this is a look which fully embraces the theme and event. What makes this an undeniable winner however, is the fact that it is perfect for her age. This is cute, it is sexy, it is fresh and above all, it is Zendaya. Full proof that you should dress for you and not for others, Zendaya looks stunning and the train and hairband are just amazing.

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3) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace with Anita Ko jewels:

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Completely different to the first two ensembles, this is a look which is sleek, sexy and demure. Rosie is the embodiment of elegance and looks utterly perfect. Still remaining true to the theme with the swerves of fabric on the bodice, Rosie looks graceful, reminding me of the dignified beauty of a swan, with the trail of fabric caressing the curve of her neck. This is the type of woman that everyone wants to be.

Continuing from these astounding looks, we stay with the rest of my top looks from the night. Although these ladies didn’t make it into my top 3, they still were absolutely gorgeous so have a look below:

Behati Prinsloo in a Tommy Hilfiger gown with a Judith Leiber Couture clutch:

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With titles like Victoria’s Secret Angel and Adam Levine’s spouse under her belt, Behati already has a lot to be proud of, and if she keeps dressing like this, ‘fashion icon’ could soon be added to her repertoire. Personally, Tommy Hilfer is not a brand which usually ignites excitement in me, but here Tommy has really hit the mark. The combination of the sexy, sheer panels with the beautiful midnight blue suede and exquisite tailoring is magnificent. On top of the dress, the look is accessorized to perfection. Personally, I am in love with the choker, drop-earrings and that cute yet sexy cat-flicked eyeliner.

Alexa Chung in Erdem:

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This look is just so, so chic. Also, what I idolize here is the thoughtful details. The beautiful print of the mulberry bush, which originates from China, paired with the fact that the dress is silk (the product of the worms which live in the bush) is just so brilliant! This is a design which thought behind it and it is just so clever. Like always, Alexa oozes chic and the finishing touches of her hair and the powder blue, grandmother-esque shoes with the ravishing colour of the dress is almost too much to handle. Chic, clever and understated – top marks!

Courtney Eaton in Dolce & Gabanna:

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Up and coming Australian actress Courtney Eaton has just landed right on my fashion radar. At only 19 this is such a wow fashion moment for the starlet. A very literal interpretation of the theme, this look is cute, fashion-forward and beautiful all in one. The pale-golden tone of the dress against her bronzed skin-tone is the perfect compliment and her striking face pulls the look together. I am also in love with the head-piece and statement earrings. This look is a lot to pull off, but Courtney did so effortlessly.

Imogen Poots in Alberta Ferretti:

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There is something just oh so sexy about this look. The Valentino-esuqe silhouette is stunning with the beautiful lace and sheer paneling all harmonizing in perfect unison. Looking sexy and powerful, Imogen is showing an almost vampire type of beauty yet at the same time I find the dress enchanting. This is a look with could be so blasée, but has avoided that and in the process has really ignited my interest.

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Sienna Miller in Thakoon:

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Always a starlet who brings something unique to the carpet, Sienna is one who never disappoints. Proving her fashion icon status, she wows us in this red Thakoon suit. The combination of the red and black with the tassels, huge chest cavity and slightly cropped tuxedo pants all leads to a resounding yes. This looks is chic, appropriate and something which you would only see on a true fashionista. I also love how she brought fringe into the equation – perfect!

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors with an Edie Parker clutch:

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Looking nowhere near her 36 years of age, Kate shone in this glittering, molten-golden gown. Kate somehow manages to look regal and like the girl-next-door all in one. Again, I am loving her execution of the look with her hair and make-up being perfect – this was a real winner of a red carpet! Another infatuation of mine is that if you look at the dress up close you actually see that it looks as if each gold piece is individually placed on her body. This is another stunner.

Shu Pei Qin in Tommy Hilfiger:

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Another striking Tommy Hilfiger gown, Chinese model Shu Pei Qin, looks like a princess. The combination of suede with embroidery on the upper half juxtaposed with the flowey nature of the skirt leads to a very simple, yet effective silhouette. Like Sienna Miller (above), Shu is a flat chested girl making the deep v work perfectly. Finished off with her simple hair and make-up, this is a very easy, pretty yet stylish look.

Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection:

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Looking every inch the supermodel, Kendall walked the carpet with ease. This Calvin Klein Collection dress is simple and sexy. Proving that you don’t every bell and whistle, Kendall shows that sleek can be just as effective. Of course the side-boob and lace-detail on the side of the gown is what kicks it up into best dressed territory though. This is a look which could be emulated by many, but pulled-off by few. Kendall looks beautiful.

That’s it for all of my best dressed of the 2015 Met Gala! I will be putting up my worst dressed post soon so please keep an eye out for that. As always, if you liked this post then please like it, comment and/or share it and make sure to follow my facebooktwitter and tumblr accounts!

For now I’m going to leave you with 4 more ladies who impressed on the night, but just missed out on the top spots:

Emily Blunt in Prada:

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Zoe Kravitz in Alexander Wang with Chopard jewels:

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So cool!

Helen Mirren:

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Lily Alridge in Carolina Herrera:

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See you soon on my Worst Dressed post!

 

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

#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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Author: Pádraig Power.

Landofpod Springtime Style: Balmain SS 2015.

Obviously a huge fashion house, Balmain has become even more prominent in the past year with stars such as Shailene Woodley, Alessandra Ambrosio and every Kardashian/Jenner imaginable donning their sharp designs. Thus, with their undeniable success and stellar collection, it is only fitting that they beat out the others and join in on my springtime style party.

Known for their strong style aesthetic, Balmain brought this is abundance to the Spring/Summer collection with lines, shapes, symmetry and cut-outs being the major themes seen throughout. Like Alexander Wang’s collection (seen here), Balmain used black, white and colour to piece his collection together so let’s do this in good old chronological order and begin with the start of the collection.

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Balmain kicked things off with these two stunning white ensembles – talk about a strong opening! The first look seen embodies many aspects of the show with the crisp white, deep plunging v and the triangular cut-out. What pulls the look together for me, however, is the gorgeous choker accessory and the sheer, flowing skirt, which makes the model look like she’s walking on air. If ever there was a Naomi Campbell moment for a young model, this is it. The lower look is also eye catching with the strong shoulders, deep v and chunky belt all adding up to be more than pleasing to the eye.

Here’s a closer look at that choker:

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Next, Balmain brought bold lines into the equation with black making a major impact, but with different results in my opinion. In the top picture, the black lining is definitely what gives the outfit its oomph. Although clean, impactful, stylish and a strong look, it’s not my favourite in the show, however. Moving onto the blue ensemble, this is a low point in the show. Yes, there is nothing necessarily wrong with it, but what is there that’s good to say? It’s boring, forgettable and I don’t like the shoes. Essentially, it’s just underwhelming. Finally, the third look saves this part of the collection. The strong concept, the reoccurring deep plunge, the stunningly designed striped pant – everything about this design is a win. The model simply looks chic and sexy and this is a look which can be sexed up even more as shown by Cara Delevigne during Paris Fashion Week 2014 when she removed the bra top and added a chunky belt.

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Returning to white, it’s as if Balmain can do no wrong. With killer style, amazing designs and those exquisite cut-outs, all of these looks are eye catching. Yes, the middle one might have a bit much going on, but what I like about it is that all of the pieces are individually stylish, easily enabling ladies to inject their own personal style. Of the three, the latter is the out and out winner. The four band top is just sensational and again, the accessorizing in beyond perfection.

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Like some themes seen thus far, bumblebee yellow seemed to soar on Joan Smalls yet dwindle in the second look. The yellow and black dress is sexy and svelte and the black lining with the high waist cut-outs is a very attractive paring. The top, jacket and pant combination is not one which goes well for me, however. I do think that the model look somewhat stylish overall, but when you dissect the look, the top, the ugly jacket and the neither here nor there pants all fail to impress.

Black and white dominated the next chunk of the collection, with cut-outs, lines and sheer being seen everywhere. All in all, there were just way too many looks to choose from/way too much to say about each, so as to avoid your utter boredom I’m going to pick my favourites and my least favourites and show you them here:

Best of the black and white:

(I love the second look with the quirky model – perfect pairing!)

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The downfalls/boring pieces:

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The next three looks had colour returning with a bang! These looks may seem a bit odd and I can absolutely see how some people might not warm to them, but I can see a quirky fashionista make these work flawlessly (yes, even the middle one). For some reason, the one starlet who keeps popping into mind when evaluating these looks is Solange Knowles – gorgeous afro and all!

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Rouge red then made an appearance and unfortunately so. The colour is chic, sexy and a welcome sight in the first look with the styling and the addition of black once again knocking it out of the park, but that came to a sudden halt in the lower looks. The second and third outfits are just boring, utterly unimaginative and worse than everything else – unattractive. In my opinion, they should have been scrapped from the collection!

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Then came the typhoon of colour which was an overall miss. Maybe it’s just me,  but I think that there are way too many colours here.  Personally, I love colour and I believe that it is a way to express who you are, but when there are this many colours with this many patterns I just tend to get a bit of a head ache. The first and third looks are by far the worst, but there is honestly no look here that is a winner for me. I do think that the tops in the last two looks are by far the stars of this section (particularly the second last), but paired with the outfits they loose their chance to shine.

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To end my review, I have this spectacular, sapphire blue gown. This look was actually in the midst of the colour sector of the show, but it is so pretty that I didn’t want to lump it in there. There are so many beautiful aspects of this dress; the gorgeous blue colour, the triangular point at which the blue ends, the sheer-effect netting, the sequined black halter, the black belt to finish it off – this is another look which is a collection stand-out and is the perfect way to finish my post.

As always, let me know if you agree and/or disagree with anything in my post and make sure to follow the blog on facebook. Tomorrow, we will move onto the C’s and have even more springtime style for you to fall in love with.

 

Pictures are from: fashionising.com.

Author: Pádraig Power.