Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oscars

The year's biggest red carpet was a bit of a let down for me. While Sunday night's Oscar red carpet did showcase some beautiful gowns, there really wasn't anything that blew me away. Also a disappointment to me was the lack of truly heinous ensembles, which usually provides some comic relief. Overall, I felt like things were a little boring this year. However, there were still some definite standouts, which I have rounded up here for you.

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
This is gorgeous. I love the intricately detailed fabric and the structured cut of this gown. The scalloped neckline makes me really like the strapless style, which isn't usually my favorite. The matching shoe really keeps everything elegantly formal, and all in all I think this is flawless. This would have to be my top pick of the night.

Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela and Tiffany necklace
While I wouldn't claim that this is her best look ever, Cate the Great never fails to look effortlessly beautiful. The clean, simple lines of this dress are the perfect backdrop to show off the stunning Tiffany necklace to it's best advantage. Keep it up, Cate.

Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford
I love the simple elegance of this gown. The fit is impecable, which is everything, especially in an unforgiving colour like white. I really like the off-the-shoulder style and the graphic black and white combination. The only thing I don't love is her hair. I don't think a middle part and ear tuck is her best look.

Gwenyth Paltrow in Ralph and Russo Couture
This is one of my favorite looks from the night. I love Gwenyth in pale pink and I really like modern feel of this gown. The structured and sharply tailored shape of the dress is juxtaposed in an unexpected way with the oversized rosette detail on the shoulder. I actually don't think I have ever seen anything like this before, and it was a welcome breath of fresh air; it made me think of spring being just around the corner.

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
I have to commend J. Lo for always going all way. She would never wear anything that underwhelms on a red carpet. In theory this is a gorgeous gown. However, her trashy level of cleavage really doesn't go with the feel of this ethereal princess gown. I also wish that the gown was slightly paler (or that her spray tan was slightly darker), which I think would look more flattering.

Emma Stone in Elie Saab
This girl is on point. This is a tricky colour to wear, but it really does work on porcelain-skinned beauties. I think more people should wear this shade. I love all the intricately beaded detail and the hem is my favorite part, appearing as though leaves are trailing behing her. On a side note, I am kind of into matching your shoes to your gown.

Scarlett Johansson in Atelier Versace
This looks like some sort of Poison Ivy costume. On it's own there is nothing wrong with the dress, the colour is stunning on her, but the necklace looks all kinds of wrong. The two shades of green don't quite match, and the negative space between the necklace and the dress looks really awkward. This is an amazing necklace and it could look fantastic on a different gown. I can imagine this necklace looking beautiful against a high-necked white gown with long sleeves. I also hate this hairstyle, I find no reason why anyone would think this is flattering.

Meryl Streep in Lanvin
So effortless and on point, obviously. It's Meryl Streep, I think that pretty much says everything that needs to be said.

Lady Gaga in Alaia
I really think that this is a stunning gown, and perfect for the Oscars.  That being said, I am baffled by these gloves. When Lady Gaga does her weird thing it's usally weird, yet cool. There is nothing cool about these gloves. It looks like she is going to clean the toilets, or like she got them as part of a children's cowboy costume. It makes me a bit sad that such a gorgeous gown would be blighted by these heinous gloves. She did manage to make up for it somewhat with her amazing performance of songs from The Sound of Music and her surprise introduction of the incomparable Julie Andrews.

Julianne Moore in Chanel Couture
This is a beautiful gown, but I think that it could have been more flattering. The bodice is gorgeous and I love the neckline, but I can't understand why the detailed band would have been put around her hips. It looks odd and unflattering, and really distracts from the stunning detail and intricacy of the beading and sequins on this gown. Overall, she does look beautiful though.

Dakota Johnson in Versace
This is a really beautiful gown but I think it was a little underwhelming for the Academy Awards. I love the asymmetical neckline and the shoulder detail, but I feel extremely let down by her hair. It looks like she just finished a sweaty run. A ponytail can be really polished and beautiful, but this looks pretty messy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Seventies Are Back

My ultimate favorite trend for spring 2015 is definitely, hands down, the 1970s. While I have I really loved seventies style for a while now, it really emerged as a strong trend on the spring runways. There are a few different ways to wear this trend. Seventies glam with plunging necklines, lame, jumpsuits, vivid makeup, and epic platforms is one way to go. Think Bianca Jagger at Studio 54. Think David Bowie. The other option is seventies boho hippie. Think majorly flared denim, suede, fringe, crochet, flowing dresses, and furry vests. To get this look think of Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous and Jenny from Forrest Gump. Think Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull.

Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 working a fox, and a satin jumpsuit.

Kate Hudson as Penny Lane.

Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull in their full-on seventies groupie regalia.

It should be noted, however, that the ultimate seventies babe who embodied both versions of this trends impecably is Cher. This woman alledgedly invented flares. God love her.

Cher working an epic flared stage outfit and looking like a glam Pocahontas.

This is beyond epic. The matching cropped halter top and pants combo, the turquoise jewellery, the glam makeup, and that coat...I think I may have found my Halloween costume for this year.

To avoid appearing as if you are in costume do not wear a matching crop top and flares combo. Do not combine feathers, lame, sequins, and fur. Try to balance the elements of your outfit with a combintation of seventies pieces and more modern pieces. For exmple, try some flared denim with a suede bag and a modern leather jacket. Or a flowy shirt dress paired with boots in a modern print, as seen at Gucci spring/summer 2015.

A look from Gucci s/s 2015.

More Gucci s/s 2015 looks. Adding some rich suede into your spring wardrobe, especially in a colour that's not black, is an excellent way to inject some seventies feeling into your look. I'm really loving the suede trench, which reminds me of a much more chic and sophisticated version of one I had in high school.

Proenza Schouler s/s 2015. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I just adore fringe. Lucky for me, it fits in perfectly with the seventies trend! Proenza Schouler did some amazing fringe for spring, with the ankle ankle grazing fringe skirts that graced their runway.

Some looks from the Altuzarra s/s 2015 runway show. This collection is definitely a more subtle homage to the seventies than the Gucci collection, but I love it. The hints of 1970s come through in the thigh slit skirts, the plunging necklines, gold lame pants, and the woven leather skirt and vests.

Chloe s/s 2015. I love, love, love this collection. All the flowing dresses are so dreamy, and I love the white poncho. This collection even made me like gladiator sandals which I don't normally go for. This is a perfect modern interpretation of the 1970s.
I can hardly wait for spring to come so that I can release my inner seventies hippie-boho/disco queen!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The 2015 Golden Globe Awards

I am right at this moment watching the new Fashion Police with Kathy Griffin. I am trying very hard to not to compare her to the inimitable Joan Rivers, but I have to say that I really do miss the highly inappropriate vagina jokes. I will continue to give Kathy a chance, but I will try to channel my inner Joan for my own run down of the Golden Globes red carpet.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy
This woman can truly not take a wrong fashion step. There are certain stars that you just know love  fashion, and always take jsut the right amount of risk, and Julianne is definitely one of them.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
J Lo definitely has very strong willed drag queen inside her, and it looks like she let her out tonight. While a part of me does love this, it is just too much. The hair is too big, the makeup is too heavy (and dated), the boobs are too out, and the vagina is too close to making an appearance. If maybe two of these components were toned down, this would have worked a lot better. Lets be real though, if I was 45 and looked like this I would probably be wearing this too. Side note, those shoes are perfection, and I own them so I would know.

Emma Stone in Lanvin
I just adore this whole emsemble. The pants paired with the gorgeous bejewelled bustier and all finished off with an oversized bow equates to fashion perfection.

Kiera Knightley in Chanel
Pregnant ladies do not get a pass. Not when they are also a movie star. This is just...I can't even. The collar reminds me of what those creepy sad French clowns wear. There really is no reasonable explanation for this.

Naomi Watts in Gucci
This dress is gorgeous, she is totally giving movie star is a tricky colour to pull off. My favorite part though, is the amazing Bulgari snake necklace. To die for.

Lana del Ray
This is the most hideously unflattering look of the evening. She looks like Lisa Marie Priestly...too much hair and makeup, and the worst of the 1976 Prom Collection.

Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead
She is really giving Old Hollywood glam in a truly moden way. This dress fits her like a glove and the shimmering silver fabric is really gorgeous. She brings to mind Grace Kelly.

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
There was a bit of a theme of silver gowns on this red carpet, and this one is a win. While a little on the safe side, the cut and fit of this dress combined with the shimmering silver


 Amal Clooney in Christian Dior
I am truly at a loss as to what any plausible explanation for those gloves could be. This is a woman who has exhibited impecable taste in fashion thus far, so why she would choose to accessorize such a beautiful Dior gown with gloves that look like they were made for waching dishes in an industrial kitchen is beyond me.

Helen Mirren in Dolce and Gabbana
Helen Mirren looking like a total babe, as usual. I aspire to look like this when I am 70.
Kristen Wiig in Delpine Manifet
This is so hooribly frumpy, I cannot imagine why she thought was a good choice. She is literally wearing a grandmother's tablecloth.
Dakota Johnson in Chanel
Shimmering silver sequins, a perfect fit and just the right amount of leg make this a perfect dress. Silver, rather than gold, is an excellent choice for fair skinned ladies. The delicate ankle strap sandals finish the look.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Trending for Fall

Here in Calgary our fall was a bit different than in most other places. While the leaves turned golden and fell from the trees, the weather remained sunny, gorgeous and warm. So I kind of skipped over fall clothing. Now our true "fall" is here and we have snow on the ground. I am coming around to the idea of wearing fall clothes and have packed away all my summer things. So for you today I have rounded up some of what I think are the best trends for fall 2014.

I cannot get enough of fringe. Continuing with the western vibe we saw this past spring, fringe is still going strong. Along with the western iterations we are also seeing a more glamorous flapper-influenced fringe. This is perfect way to add movement, texture and visual interest to any outfit, which is why I love it so much. Fringe can really work on almost any garment; tops, jackets, dresses, skirts, handbags, and shoes. I have even seem fringe trimming jeans! That might be a bit too much a literal cowgirl interpretation of the trend, but if you want to give it a go, then go for it.

Michael Kors suede fringe sandals.

A fringed shawl or cover up is the perfect way to inject some boho flare into any ensemble. This one is from Forever 21, and works equally well with leather pants or jeans as it would in summer over some denim cut offs.

Kate Moss for Topshop fringed leather jacket. This needs to be seen on. Amazing.

Valentino fringe clutches. I think one in each colour is an ideal situation.

Coloured Leather
Leather clothing has definitely become more than a passing trend over the last few years, with leather skirts, dresses, pants and jackets becoming wardrobe staples. The new leather is being reintroduced in a variety of neutrals other than basic black. Bordeaux, forest green, and navy are subtle updates that will work equally as well as black in your wardrobe. Think of these shades as neutrals. My personal favorite is a longer pencil skirt in one of these interesting colours.

Long pencil skirt in forest green from Zara.

A flared miniskirt option from Banana Republic in burgundy.

A fit and flare navy dress from Iris and Ink. This dress is a perfect blank canvas to wear in a number of different ways.

The Swinging Sixties
Last spring it was all about the seventies, and to be honest for me it is kind of always all about the seventies. For fall though, a number of designers have turned their attention to the sixties. The miniskirt is back in a big way, as well as the shift dress, and tall boots. As with any vintage-insired look, be sure it keep in the realm of inspiration, not exact replica. This can lead to a look that belongs more at a costume party than on a runway.

Ralph Lauren plaid shift dress. I love it styled with ankle booties, a turtleneck and stockings, but it would look equally good with a jacket over top and tall boots or dressed up with bare arms, tights and pumps.

Swinging sixties looks from the Gucci fall 2014 runway. I am loving the snakeskin boots!

Over the knee black suede boots from Stuart Weitzman.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Vacation

It's summer vacation! Finally, after a long and brutally cold winter it is summer time at last. If you are lucky enough to be going on a vacation this summer then you will be wondering what you should pack for an efforlessly chic getaway. Look no further. Here I have outlined some essentials to pack for a variety of different locales.

Urban Jungle
If you're going to a city for your vacation, you will be sighseeing, museum-hopping, and dining out. Here are some of my top picks for what to pack. Whether you're going to London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, or Paris these items are must packs.

This romper by Rory Beca is such a versatile piece. It could be worn in the day with a jacket and flat sandals or wedges for sightseeing. At night, add some heels and jewellery and it easily transitions to a dinner out.

A pair of flat sandals are a must on almost any summer vacation, but a city getaway demands a slightly dressier pair. This jewelled pair from J Crew is the perfect option. The nude colour means it can go with everything, and with the embellishments you could even make it work for evening. Although, flats for nighttime is really not my personal preference.

A floral print jacket is a surprisingly versatile piece. Packing all black so that "everythign goes" is SO OVER. You want to look good on your vacation, otherwise, why bother? This blazer from Topshop would pair perfectly over denim (white, dark, shorts, etc.) as well as almost any solid colour dress. It would also look fantastic over top of the blue romper that I showed above.

A great pair of heels for any evenings out on the town are a definite must. This pair from Zara will add some neccessary edge to summery dresses, shorts or jeans that might have been worn with flats for day.

A pair of shorts are another must for any summer trip, but these blue denim ones are given some added charm with a scalloped hem. Paired with a simple T-shirt, the floral blazer and sandals this is a perfect ensemble for sightseeing. These are from Club Monaco and they come in a variety of different colours and prints.

Sand and Shore
If a beach vacation is in your cards you will need a very different selection of items in your suitcase. Your days will be spent sunning and swimming, and if you're lucky that is about it. Relaxation is the main goal of this type of vacation, but that doesn't mean that you can't do it in style.

A ruffled bandeau bikini is the perfect way to look fab while avoiding tan lines at the same time. This print is so cute, and the ruffles are a big trend in swimwear this season. This bikini is from Victoria's Secret.

A gorgeous cover up is a must for the beach. This one by Dreamboat Lucy works equally well over a swimsuit or a pair of shorts. It features printed sleeves and it can be tied up around the waist, to create a very flattering silhouette. Side note: I own this one and I love it!

Sunglasse are an obvious must for the beach, and how could you possibly resist these floral Dolce and Gabbana ones?

A pair of Levi's 501s cut off shorts is a classic summer staple, and any time you're not in your swimsuit at the beach, you will be in these.

If you decide to venture off the beach and perhaps into town, you will need a pair of fabulous wedges. This scarf print pair from Gucci certainly fits the bill.

A wide-brimmed sun hat is an absolute must at the beach. Perfect for fending off the UV rays, adding touch of glam, and hiding your beach hair.

Country Cabin
If your vacation is taking you to the countryside you will need a casual wardrobe for relaxing walks, , and cozy campfires. Be prepared for cooler evenings and bugs in the woods with the right capsule wardrobe .

A utiliity jacket is the perfect topper for cooler days or you have the misfortune to get some rain on your vacation. This jacket is from Aritzia.

A pair of cream lace shorts from Zara will be a great addition to your country wardrobe. Perfect for a stroll in the woods or just lounging on the deck. The utility jacket would be perfect paired with these shorts.

A pair of comfy shoes that you can walk is a definite must . These super cute navy and cognac Sperrys are the perfect choice.

A casual straw fedora is the perfect hat for a country retreat. Vacations often equal unruly hair that feels the need to act out, so a hat is always helpful for those situations.

A pair of jeans are no doubt a must-pack for a trip to the country. This faded pair from Citizens of Humanity are perfect an escape to the countryside.