Monday, April 20, 2015

What to Wear to a Wedding

Wedding season is almost upon us, and I don't know about you, but I have three to attend this year. Choosing the best outfit to wear can be a conundrum if you leave it to the last minute. Some of the first things to consider when choosing what to wear are the time of year and the venue (the venue will give you an idea of the feel and style of the wedding). In this post I will focus on spring and summer weddings since it is springtime. Personally, I am pretty bored of the basic cocktail dress and anything that could be remotely confused with a bridesmaid gown. However, a NOT basic cocktail dress can be an excellent choice, but there are many other options to choose from as well. A modern choice that can be styled to fit almost any wedding is a romper or jumpsuit.



The loose, flowy look of this style from Nordstrom keeps it appropriate, while the print and fabric are dressy enough to work with heels and more formal accessories. Conversly, it could also be cute with some flat sandals or wedges for a more casual wedding.








This option from Nasty Gal is a bit more structured and definitely feels more formal. The pale pink colour and the ruffled shoulder details combine for a very romantic feel. Unfortunately, the heavy white shoes paired with it here are definitely a no. Instead, try a high-heeled strappy lace-up sandal.
If you are considering a romper for a wedding, please be wary of the length. It's a wedding, not a club, and no one wants to see your bits. Come to think of it, most people don't want to see them at a club either.








This is one of my favorite jumpsuits ever. By Diane Von Furstenberg in a blue "wood" print, this is a glamorous seventies-inspired option, that would work for even the most formal black tie wedding. With a jumpsuit like this fit is everything, so alterations may be necessary to have it look perfect. I like the strappy stiletto sandals that are paired with this, but a sparkly or metallic style would also work for a little more glam factor.




I love, love, love this print! The colours are just stunning in this Rory Beca dress. It could be dressed up or down depending on what kind of wedding you are attending. Adding a glittery stiletto heel and a bold bracelet or a jewelled belt would dress this up, while a tan wedge and a long lariat necklace would give this dress a more casual boho vibe.




This pleated colour-blocked dress from BCBG is a lovely choice for any wedding that veers more towards the formal side of things. The navy and peachy-orange pair together so well, and I love it with a statement cuff.










This dress is my favorite from this list. I love the emerald green shade, the slit (which is just the right length), and the beautiful detail at the neckline. Emerald green is definitely one of my favorite colours to wear as it is universally flattering and can be worn all year round. style is from Topshop and I like it styled their way with a leather jacket to add a bit of edge, but I really am not into those chunky boots with such a delicate gown. A caged bootie or a strappy sandal would work much better.



The accessories are almost as important as the main event, and the wrong ones can ruin a fabulous outfit. The right shoes, handbag and jewellery are the finishing touches needed to bring together the perfect wedding ensemble.





A perfect floral fold-over clutch from Chapters of all places. Yes, the secret is out of the bag: Chapters/Indigo is an excellent place to find great handbags. This style also comes in a number of other shades, including a pretty minty blue-green.


This beautifully woven gold clutch by Bottega Veneta works with almost anything and is a perfect addition to any wedding outfit.





Snakeskin is a perfect neutral choice that goes with so much, but also provides a bit of pattern and texture. This one is by Stuart Weitzman, a brand known for doing excellent embossed exotics leathers.



The master of the caged sandal, Aquazzura, has come up with the perfect match for any of the above looks and so much more.









These butterfly sandals are so pretty, so I decided a gold and a silver option. The gold one is by Sergio Rossi and the silver is Sophia Webster (as previously seen on this blog). The jumpsuit is the only thing I wouldn't really recommend wearing these with since the butterfly detail might get caught on your pant hem. I think they would work best with the rompers since these are shoes meant to be shown off.




























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.