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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Emmys 2015 – Best Fashion of The Night.

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Last night brought about one of my favourite nights in the celebrity fashion calendar, namely the highly anticipated Emmys. 

For those of you who don’t know, The Emmys is essentially the Oscars of the television world and in true Emmy fashion, all of America’s TV’s biggest stars arrived. From gowns to cocktail dresses and jumpsuits to just plain old suits, there was a variety of styles sported on the night and it certainly lead to a feast for the eyes.

Admittedly, I love posting about the worst looks of the night (it allows me to unleash the inner bitch in me), but as I haven’t posted in a while I thought that it’d be better to start things off on a positive note. So without further adieu, let’s scroll through and see the most stunning and successful looks of the 2015 Emmys Red Carpet.

Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen with Ofira Rings:

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Flourishing, Sarah made her stamp both in fashion and on the red carpet at last year’s Emmys, and this year she has furthered her reign, triumphing as queen of the Emmys. Differing from last year’s Christian Siriano ensemble, Sarah has gone for a much more mature aesthetic this time round and boy did she knock it out of the park. The simple yet chic Zac Posen creation fits the star like a glove and that neckline is just to die for. What I really love about the look however, is that she kept it young and fresh by placing her bracelet so far up her arm – and those Lorraine Schwartz earrings are just stunning. Her stylist needs a raise!

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Claire Danes in Prada with Cartier jewels and a Tyler Alexandra clutch:

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Although not always the cream of the crop, Claire has certainly hit the nail on the head for me here. This almost nautical inspired gown is chic and sexy whilst adding a flare of youth into Claire’s style portfolio. Perfect for her boyish figure, this dress is made all the more eye-catching by the thick chains and beautiful embellishment and like Sarah above, she finished the look off perfectly, with minimal accessories being the key in this case.

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Sophie Turner sporting Galvin, Jimmy Choo and Forevermark:

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Perhaps I’m a tad biased as I am absolutely obsessed with the woman, but someone else who championed the carpet is Sophie Turner. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful starlets to emerge in recent years, Sophie is statuesque and has a regal air about her, which is why she is one of the few who could pull of this look. The pop of the brilliant blue top offsets her red hair with ease and the Forevermark necklace is a spectacular finish. She is breathtaking.

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Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham with Martin Katz jewels:

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Old Hollywood Glamour at its finest, Emma is releasing her inner vixen here and I am loving it! Always one to have the smoulder and pout down, Emma has added oomph to her look with sultry, wavy hair and that plunging neckline. If there’s anything that makes me a tiny bit unsure about this dress it’s that I think I would also like to see it in a different colour (red perhaps), but asides from that and in the colour that it is now, she looks marvellous.

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Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu:

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I can already tell that this will be one of the controversial choices of the post, but quite frankly – I don’t care. A demure beauty, Zoe is a relatively unknown starlet, even though she has a lucrative career. That is why I think that this dress is perfect for her. Nominated last night, Zoe turned up in a stunning number, yet still didn’t overdo it as so many other did (keep your eyes of for my worst post later today). She look elegant and quirky, which I think defines her as an actress. Finally, the side-swept bob was another chic yet understated part of her look and it finished it with ease.

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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell:

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Dressed in a gown designed by her stylist, Gaga is looking as classy as we’ve ever seen her. This new look is perfect for the star and shows yet another facet to the talented singer/actress. I really appreciate that she donned this gown as she is showing support for her stylist who just released his first ever line at New York Fashion Week. Solidarity in this case has lead to a solid, sublime look.

Laverne Cox in Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa and Fred Leighton jewellery:

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Can we please take a collective moment and just take in how ravishing Laverne Cox is looking here? Always pretty, Laverne has now turned up the sex appeal to boot! Her body is en pointe and that blue is sublime against her skin-tone. Simple yet sexy – nice work!

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Jaimie Alexander in Armani Privé:

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Very different and very chic! This look is certainly a stand out. With a sleek, futuristic vibe, Jaimie is drawing us all in and keeping our attention with the sultry look in her eyes. Modern, edgy and fabulous – this is a great look. Although, I have to say that I wasn’t too keen on her making out with her husband on the carpet – you’re married, keep that for home love…

Amanda Peet in Michael Kors with a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch:

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This dress was exquisite on the red carpet. Here, Amanda has been styled perfectly and everything in this look is superb – which is why she made my list of course! One thing that I do have to say though is, that although everything is stunning, Amanda doesn’t quite look comfortable on the carpet. Next time Amanda, make sure to wear the dress and to not let it wear you – great look though!

January Jones in Ulyana Sergeenko paired with Tiffancy & Co.:

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Jumping to the forefront (see what I did there?) is January Jones in a ravishing green jumpsuit (just in case you didn’t…).

January looks absolutely beautiful here and this is a true example of how you can relate something seen as more casual to a high fashion event. The green complements her skin tone and fair features seamlessly and this is a look which oozes confidence. Well done January!

Niecy Nash carrying a Swarovski clutch:

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This ‘Scream Queens’ star had me screaming with delight when I saw her on the carpet! This is the definition of a dress which fits to your curves. Looking absolutely sensational Niecy’s waist nails and embellished gown all add up to a magnificent ensemble. A bit booby? Perhaps – but hey, if you’ve got them – flaunt them!

Julia Lewis-Dreyfus in Safiyaa paird with Chopard jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch:

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Finishing off my list of gorgeous gowns is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The comedy royal’s look was timeless and elegant. This is one of those times where women realise that it’s OK to be simple and chic. Is this something that we’ve never seen before? No. But is is something that I want to see again? Most definitely yes! What Julia is showing here is that if you take off the bells and whistles and just let tailoring and sophistication do the talking then you’re onto a winner.

Although, dresses and jumpsuits stole the show, I just want to leave you guys with a few pictures of my favourite suits of the night:

Best Dressed – Suits.

David Oyelowo:

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Andy Sanberg:

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Lea DeLaria:

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Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar Couture:

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Nolan Gould:

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Finn Wittrock in Dior Homme:

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That’s it for my best of the night, but make sure to keep an eye out for my worst.

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Thank you guys for reading and for those of you who’d like to reminisce on last year’s fashion, here’s a link to my post: Landofpod 2014 Emmys Best Dressed.

Author: Pádraig Power.

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Photos from: Huffingtonpost.com, edition.cnn.com and eonline.com.

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

Best Of The Grammys 2015 Red Carpet.

Upon inspection, there were many more disasters than there were triumphs at this year’s Grammy Awards. Thankfully, as always we have our few beauts who stole the fashion spotlight and I’m here to shine it upon them.

My undoubted winner who conquered the carpet with her bold, stylish ensemble is the unstoppable Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift in Elie Saab with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry:

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As you will see in this post, Taylor is the only one of my best who wore colour on the night and my God did she do it well. Taylor stunned in this sparkly, turquoise balayage Elie Saab gown. The two-tone shimmer is sensational and I am obsessed with those pink Zanotti heels. Two more elements of the gown which put it into a league of its own are the beautifully cut-out shoulder straps and the gorgeous open over skirt.This is an outfit which by all means could be tacky and not work, but with her keen eye Taylor has edited beautifully, even down to those statement earrings.

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Jessie J wears Ralph And Russo:

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A close second, Jessie J shocked me on the red carpet. I’m used to thinking she looks nice, or else just bypassing her looks, but she absolutely nailed it this time around. Known for their use of sheer and sequins, Ralph And Russo are a definite for anybody who wants to execute this look with ease. Jessie looks wonderful, the gown is impeccable and I think that her sleek, side-parted bob is just perfect to finish this off with a fashionable twist.

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Best Dressed Man: Sam Smith in Armani:

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The ultimate Grammy 2015 winner, Sam won 4 Awards on the night and also has gone home with the title of my Best Dressed Man. This chic Armani suit was the perfect choice for the star and he look so handsome! What I love about this look and what cements it as my best dressed, is the cute yet chic white dickiebow. Ever the gentlemen, Sam looks like such a class act.

Big Sean in Saint Laurent:

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Second in the running was Big Sean, who looks amazing. Anna Wintour might be against wearing black head to toe, but in this instance, it is a winner for me. Big Sean looks smart, classy and sexy and again, I am loving the dickiebow!

Gwen Stefani wearing Atelier Versace:

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Age appropriate, chic as hell, stylish and still sexy – this is the perfect look for Gwen at this awards show. She genuinely could not have done any better – top marks!

Ciara in Alexandre Vauthier:

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Ciara just looks wow. The is an impeccable combination of sexy and edgy and she pulls it off oh so well. For a woman who’s had a baby less than a year ago she looks absolutely outstanding and the sleek hairdo is exactly what was needed to let the dress do all of the talking.

Jennifer Hudson wearing Tom Ford:

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Simple, elegant and fresh. This is a lovely look on Jennifer and she looks beautiful without trying too hard. The short hairdo and purple lip make the look for me. Glad to see you dressing well Jennifer – please try to keep it up!

Anna Kendrick in a Band of Outsiders suit with Jimmy Choo heels and Venyx World jewelry:

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Anna slayed me on the red carpet. Never have I seen her look so sexy and powerful. This is long overdue and something which I am loving. Pulling off a menswear look is very difficult for anyone to do, nevermind a woman who usually dresses to appease a perfectly ‘pretty’ aesthetic. I love this and hope that she continues with her sexy side in the future.

Neil Patrick Harris in Sand Copenhagen:

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Neil Patrick Harris is the final star on my list of best dressed at the Grammys and it’s for pure simplicity. I know that a lot of people might think that this look is a bit boring, but what makes it special is the execution. Neil looks dapper and I think that his character Barney would be proud.

That’s it for my awards posts this week. I hope you liked them and I’ll be doing more with the upcoming award shows and of course I’ll be posting about fashion week too.

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Author: Pádraig Power.

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Grammys 2015 Red Carpet: The Worst And The Oh So Close.

This year’s Grammys was a huge success and got everyone around the globe talking. From Taylor’s dancing, to Beck beating Queen Bey, and Sam Smith stealing the show, there was no lack of theatrics and fortunately for us, the same can be said for the red carpet. So to get things going, I might as well start off with the post which usually gets you guys excited the most – my worst dressed of the evening.

Worst Dressed Goes to: Kim Kardashian West in Jean Paul Gaultier:

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I’m sorry, but for me this is just a hot mess. Kim is one of the most famous celebrities in the entire world, she can literally wear anything that she wants from any renowned designer and this is what she chooses? This look comprises of too much clothing and all in the wrong places. To start off, we get it – you’re proud of your body. We don’t want to keep seeing it however! The seemed center of this robe barely covers from her belly-button to her lady parts, leaving way too much on show. Then she goes and wears the rest of the look like a throw which has way too much fabric, thus swamps her. The addition of shoulder pads, embellished pockets and cuffs all aid in completely swallowing her and make her look even more stumpy than she actually is. Finally, she finishes off the look by covering half of her face, which is usually her only saviour. Where is the fashion in this look? The only positive is that she wore glitter to the Grammys…

Joy Villa:

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When deciding what to wear for an award show the phrase ‘snow fence couture’ should never be one which pops to mind. Not only does this dress look ugly as hell and show us all that Joy’s career must be in serious need of a boost, but it also looks incredibly uncomfortable! Who in their right mind would want to sit in this for the evening? I didn’t think that it was possible for someone to wear a bigger outfit and have more skin on show that Kim, but Joy certainly rose to the occasion. What really gets me are those nipple pasties though – vomit worthy.

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Iggy Azalea in Giorgio Armani:

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This one is tough for me. Iggy undoubtedly looks a mess. The milkmaid braid is just dire and quite frankly makes her look a fool. The sheer compartment of the skirt is also horrible and cheapens the entire look. What I find difficult is that if you look at this from the neck to the knees only, it is perfection. The dress fit flawlessly and her body is outstanding. This is one of those looks where editing and styling would have made all of the difference. Let’s face it though, the mistakes are too grave and this look is horrible. Every-time I see it all I can think of is this:

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Sia:

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I don’t know who she’s wearing and frankly I don’t care. I love Sia, I love her music, I love her talent, but I have become sick of her. This ‘anonymity’ thing is so annoying and so fake. If you don’t want anyone to know who you are fine, but then why are you walking the red carpet? Why are you putting yourself in the position to be criticized like this? I’ll tell you why, because you like the attention! Between walking the red carpet and your new stunt of getting A-listers to be in your videos and performances, I honestly don’t think that you want your music to do the talking for you, you want the fame.

Meghan Trainor in Galia Lahav:

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Meghan may be all about that bass, but she clearly isn’t all about her fashion. This is hideous. I try to be constructive, but the only constructive criticism for this dress is to burn it.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell:

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Another red carpet hoe, Lady Gaga manages to look like a walking advertisement for safe sex. Unfortunately for Gaga, old Hollywood glamour was lost somewhere between the fabric choice, her make-up, her wonky boob and and those ‘strategically placed’ cut-outs.

Rihanna in Giambattista Haute Couture with Chopard jewels:

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This one is difficult for me. Rihanna looks beautiful. In fact, I think she looks jaw-droppingly stunning. That is from the bust up, however. I can see the fashion behind it, but she has just lost it for me with the scale of the gown. The combination of the colour and the size of the skirt look like a pregnant teen trying to hide her bump at her quinceanera.

Rita Ora in Prada:

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This is one of the biggest tragedies of the night for me. Her hairdo is Liza Minnelli gone wrong and her dress is oh so blasé. This look shows a serious lack of style and there is nothing that I like about it.

Michelle Pesce:

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Every time I come across this picture I cringe. It looks to me like the DJ should stick to her decks because this is a very, very bad look. I almost feel sorry for the crater.

Madonna in Ricardo Tisci:

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How could I not include Madonna? She’s 56, has a teenage daughter, is a superstar and this is how she walks the carpet. There’s nothing to say really, I just smile when I see her looks at this stage. She’s always going to be a hot mess, but I guess that’s why we love her!

Jane Fonda in Balmain:

From one oldie to another, Jane has an amazing body. She probably has the best body of any woman her age in the entire world. As well as that, her face is striking. A good body does not a stylish woman make however, as we can see here. This is a classic case of trying to show off your body purely just to show it off. There is very little, if any at all, style in this look and the chain is disastrous.

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Kat Graham in Yanina Couture:

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Sheer it may be, but chic it is not. There is too much going on here. I definitely appreciate a floral pattern here and there, but this is too big and is unflattering. The addition of the white shoes aids in the overkill. Her hair and make-up is stunning, but this is not a nice dress at all. I would actually even prefer it if it was a plain black sheer and there was no pattern.

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Kelly Osbourne in Christian Siriano:

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30 going on 60. Perhaps the beaded gown might have translated better in person, but as Kelly herself has said, you should dress for the cameras, not for the carpet. She is just too covered up in my opinion and it’s extremely drab. I’m not only upset at Kelly for this Amish-in-the-city look though, I’m also quite disappointed in Christian Siriano. For such a talented designer and for someone who did an amazing job at dressing celebs during last year’s awards season (remember Sarah Hyland in that crop top and skirt number?), he’s really slacked off this year and has yet to land a hit.

Soli Olds – Worst Dressed Man of The Evening.

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I have no idea who this man is, but he looks so, so silly. Soli, you are not black, you are not hip and (from the look of things) you are not young – why on earth are you wearing those shoes? I don’t know what he is aiming for, but everything in this look scream ‘wannabe’. Sadly, whatever it is that you’re aspiring to, you’ve missed the mark by a mile Soli.

That’s it for my full on worst dressed list, but I do have two or thee more who I just want to discuss quickly…

Debatable Looks Of The Night:

Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier:

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This look frustrates me so much. Miley’s hair, face and body all look beautiful. The gown itself is gorgeous as well, what I can’t deal with though, is the cut-outs. If you filled in all of these cut-outs Miley would have looked so chic, simple and stylish. Of course, if the cut-outs were filled in then it wouldn’t be an Alexandre Vauthier gown, but I think that she would have looked so much more beautiful!

Katharine Mcphee in Emilio Pucci:

This look is another editing disaster.

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This would have been a perfectly pretty look if Katharine’s stylist had edited out the accessories. The earrings, her hair and the metal straps all bring this look from polished to tacky and they ruin all of the work put into the tailoring. Next time don’t try so hard Katharine and I think you’ll be happier with the outcome.

Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad:

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Katy is one of the looks that doesn’t quite work for me and I don’t know why. I know that I don’t like the shoes and think that her underwear is not right for this dress, but asides from that I’m totally confused. What do you guys think of this look?

Ariana Grande wearing Versace:

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Ariana’s looks is so near perfection that it hurts. The white gown is dazzling, her make-up is flawless and I also adore all of her accessorizing, it’s the extra flap of silver material that ruins the gown. I actually don’t even mind the addition of the silver into the dress, it gives it an extra oomph, it’s the dangling material that doesn’t fit the bill.

Beyoncé in Proenza Schouler:

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She is my queen and like everyone else on the planet, I worship Beyoncé. What I don’t worship is this look. I like her hair, the more I look at it, but this dress has been done. Not only has everyone and their mother worn this lace styled gown, but Beyoncé herself has even worn similar looks to it! For such a stylish woman and an icon and idol, she could definitely work on her red carpet style.

So that’s the end to my (very long) worst dressed Grammys post! Apologies about the length, but there were just so many messes on the night and I was really enjoying taking them apart 😛

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Author: Pádraig Power.

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BAFTAs 2015: Best Dressed Celebs.

Yesterday was a big day for Awards season, which means a huge day in fashion and an even busier day for me. So, in mindful fashion, let’s get straight to it with my best dressed of the first star studded event; The BAFTAs. As you know, I usually focus on the women’s style of the night, but there were many men who also impressed and I thought that it’s about time I give them the recognition they deserve. Have a look below:

Beginning with my best look of the night we have:

Laura Bailey in Emilia Wickstead:

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Like me, you may have never heard of Laura before, but once I saw this picture I fell in love. She looks stunning and effortless here. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is also something that is quintessentially British about this look. Her dark eyes with that beautiful blonde hair and complexion are giving me something Duffy-esque and the bag is just everything.

Eddy Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe:

My favourite couple of the night were without a doubt, Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe. Eddie donned, ever perfect, Armani for the occasion. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find what designer Hannah was wearing, but she looked beautiful.

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My only issue with this look is the stripe on Eddie’s pants, but what I adore about it collectively is that they both look so young and chic. Yes, it can be important to look classic at Award shows, but I love that they have manage to do this whilst still keeping their chic, youthful aesthetic. They both hit the nail on the head and as a couple they are the epitome of a modern, class act.

Julianna Moore in Tom Ford:

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Proving that red heads can indeed wear red, Julianne brings a sophisticated sex appeal which fits the occasion perfectly. She was very clever with her minimal accessorizing and her thickset curls are the perfect final touch. The two things which make this look fully work for me are the use of two different fabrics from the bodice to the lower-half and then that stunning choker.

Jack O’Connell:

Coming a long way from Skins, Jack looks like the perfect stylish gentleman in this picture and what makes him stand out above other men on the night is the impeccable tailoring of the suit-jacket and his perfect grooming.

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Felicity Jones in Dior Haute Couture with Van Cleef and Arpel:

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Although not everyone’s favourite, I think that Felicity looks gorgeous here. Staying true to her strong fashion point of view this look encompasses a timeless elegance and is perfect for the starlet. The one criticism which I will give, however, is that I think that she should try and change it up a little. Periodic is gorgeous, but not for every event.

Keira Knightley in Giambattista Valli with Rupert Sanderson shoes:

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Finally getting pregnancy en pointe, Keira nailed it and looks like the perfect English rose. With not a criticism in sight, this is by far her best pregnant red carpet look and I hope that she keeps up the improvement and knocks our socks off at the Oscars! ❤

David Beckham:

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Where would the world be if I didn’t include David Beckham? Always the dapper man, David rarely misses the mark and naturally looks just as dashing as always.

My final celeb who soared amongst the stars was Reese Witherspoon who looked ravishing.

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney paired with Tiffany & Co. jewels:

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Reese Witherspoon has told us all a very important story this Awards Season… ‘The tale of tailoring’. Every single look that Reese has worn has been simplistic, yet tailored to perfection. Again, she has hit the nail on the head and again, there is not a thing to fault. She is gorgeous and her body is out of this world in this gown.

That’s all for my best of the BAFTAs. Make sure to keep an eye on my facebook and twitter to see my posts for worst dressed at the BAFTAs and best and worst of the Grammys which will all be going up today!

As always, please let me know what you think 🙂

Author: Pádraig Power.

Photos from: huffingtonpost.com.

SAG Awards Red Carpet: Best Looks.

This morning I woke up wondering whether last night’s SAG Awards would prove to be a further disappointment, continuing on from the Golden Globes. Thankfully, I could not have been more wrong! The SAG Awards have brought style back to the carpet in abundance and have set my fashion spark alight. Of course there were some shocking ensembles, but for once the positives balanced out the negatives and, although it was tough, I have picked my best of the night for you.

I know that I constantly say this, but to try and change it up a little I’m going to write as little as possible and let you guys decide what you think of the looks yourselves. I can’t promise that I will be able to completely keep my fingers off the keys though 😛 Have a look at my favourite looks below:

1) Sarah Hyland in Vera Wang with Lorraine Schwarz jewels:

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So fashion forward and beautiful.

The next 3 looks complete my top 4 of the night:

Emmy Rossum in Giorgio Armani paired with Cartier jewelry:

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Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab:

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Lupita’s gown was one that took me a minute to appreciate, but I have to say that I love everything about this aesthetic. The bold colours, voluminous skirt and full-length sleeves all combine perfectly with her jewelry giving the outfit that finishing signature stamp. Also, Lupita’s beauty look was one of my top two favourites of the night with her hair, make-up and Fred Leighton earrings leading to utter perfection.

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Reese Witherspoon wearing Giorgio Armani and Harry Winston:

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Effortless and classic – and just look at how happy she looks:

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Next, we’re going to move onto some other stunners of the evening. These looks didn’t quite make it to the very top of the pack, but they are all gorgeous and well worth a mention. As I said earlier, the style from the night was amazing in comparison to recent award ceremonies!

Camila Alves dons Donna Karan Atelier:

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 Julianne Moore in Givenchy:

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The red hair and emerald green can be seen as such a classic or such a stereotype, but either way it’s for good reason – as flawlessly illustrated by this goddess.

Jennifer Aniston in John Galliano 1998 with an Amrit body chain:

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Love it or loathe it, this is a look that got people talking. Personally, I adore the fact that Jen took this look from the fashion archives and brought 1998 into 2015! She looks beautiful, her body looks amazing and that Amrit body chain is just everything.

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Sophie Turner:

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Granted, I am a bit Sophie Turner obsessed, so she could literally wear a bin bag and I would love it, but I think that this look is young, fresh and shows promise for where her fashion point of view is heading. It’s a very urban look for the SAG Awards, with her hair and hoops bringing in that ethnic vibe. I love that she’s keeping it youthful and although I didn’t initially like them, the shoes do add a personal flare.

Keira Knightley in Erdem:

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This will most definitely be a controversial choice and yes, I see why – just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you need to look like you’re wearing a moo moo! What I do love about this dress, is the colour and the sheer panel, both of which are beautiful on Keira. The only reason that this made it into my best dressed looks, however, is because of her beauty look. This is my favourite beauty of the entire night and I am just loving the Repossi ear-cuff with that bed-head hair and smokey eye – utter perfection.

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Last, but not least, is probably another controversial pick, but one that I stand by.

Maisie Williams:

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Maisie is only 17 and on anyone else I might not like this, but it is perfect for her age, her body and her style. She looks beautiful, young and stylish all whilst maintaining an element of class which young starlets often seem to forget when trying to grab the fashion headlines. Simply put, this look is pretty and I love her hair.

 

Well that’s all from me folks! Please let me know if you agree or disagree and if there’s anybody that you feel I left out.

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Author: Pádraig Power.