Sunday, May 22, 2016

The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is one of my favorite red carpets. The fashion pack always bring their A-game, and the stunning Mediterranean backdrop doesn't hurt either.

Bella Hadid in Roberto Cavalli
Bella Hadid made her Cannes red carpet debut this year, and she has proven to be a style star. I love this dress that she chose with the nude colour and intricate beading. The collar-style necklace is a perfect finishing touch.

Amal Clooney in Atelier Versace
I had to include a picture with George! Although I cannot abide by his goatee. I love the pale yellow shade of this gown, and I always think an ethereal goddess gown is a perfect choice for Cannes. The red lip and old Hollywood hairstyle compliment the look perfectly.

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
I cannot believe that this woman is pregnant! She looks amazing. I love the graphic pattern on this dress and the colour looks stunning on her.

Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier
I love a good slip dress, and this one is truly stunning, but the slit is just too much. Much too much. Red satin is tricky enough to pull off in a classy way, and unfortunately this aggressive slit just ruins this look for me.

Kendall Jenner in Roberto Cavalli
This looks like a Halloween costume to me. There is something deeply wrong with a gown that doesn't even manage to flatter a super model. No bueno.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy
While I will admit that the cobra motif is a bit weird, the more I look at this ensemble, the more it grows on me. Julianne Moore always takes fashion risks and tries edgier looks on the red carpet, so I think that this one is a good choice for her.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
This dress is simply gorgeous. The intricate beading is truly breathtaking, and there are butterflies worked into the design. The only thing I would change is the necklaces. With such an ornate design I think this dress would look better without them.

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
This girl rarely has a miss, but this is one in my books. It looks like something that a Miss America contestant would wear. This particular shade of blue combined with glitter reads extremely tacky. Everyone has a misstep now and again I suppose!

Katy Perry in Marchesa
This is a hot mess. She looks like a flamenco dancer. I don't actually mind the bottom part of the dress, but the sleeves are ridiculous. The fit in the bust area is very unflattering, and has created a bit of a uniboob situation.

Naomi Watts in Michael Kors
Now this is how you do a slip dress! I love the simple shape of this dress and the shimmering pale grey colour looks beautiful. I would have loved maybe an emerald necklace with this to add a bit more punch.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
This is the ultimate Jessica Rabbit look. While this is definitely a safer choice, this looks exudes old Hollywood glamour. I love the bright yellow colour, which is nice change from all the black and nude we have been seeing lately. The necklace is a perfect finishing touch.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Met Gala - Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Fashion's biggest night has come and gone. The annual Met Gala is the one evening when all the stars throw caution to the wind with their sartorial choices, and truly push the envelope. I really love this year's theme. It lends the perfect opportunity for wearing stunning designs that showcase the truly fantastic feats that can be reached with both traditional hand crafted techniques and new modern technologies. That being said, I don't think very many people on the red carpet managed to pull off this theme in a chic or flattering way. Here is my list of some of the best and worst dressed of the evening.

Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors
It makes me just a little sad that she is pregnant and you can't even tell. I love how simple and modern this dress is. My favorite part is the silver choker detail, it really makes the dress. The sleek ponytail is the perfect hairstyle to compliment this look.

Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
This new grunge look is really not working for Taylor. The platinum blonde hair washes out her light complexion and the dark lipstick is too harsh. The dress and the boots separately aren't bad, but put together, it's really too much and just doesn't work for me.

Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
This gown is just okay. I have never been a fan of the love handle cutouts, I always find it looks a bit trashy. I do like the colour and the pattern, but it doesn't compare to the emerald green Calvin Klein gown she wore last year.

Kim Kardashian in Balmain
This woman consistently fails to have even a mild understanding of what is flattering to her body. This gown is clearly made for a tall supermodel, and poor Kim looks fairly ridiculous. On a side note, apparently Anna Wintour was so upset by her selfie-taking on the red carpet last year that she explicitly told her and Kanye to not do it again this year, or they would be uninvited next year!

Margot Robbie in Calvin Klein Collection
I love this minimal look in clean white. The more subtle cutouts in this gown work without looking trashy. My favorite part of this outfit though, is the gold Wonder Woman cuffs!

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection
This mermaid-esque shimmering gown is gorgeous, and I really love the sheer train. However, the hair is giving me a strong Dr. Seuss vibe. No bueno.


Blake Lively in Burberry
I love the train on this gown. The floral detailing is gorgeous and the peachy colour looks so pretty on Blake. The only part I don't like is the earrings, they really are too much with this look.

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
This is one of my favorite looks from the evening. The pale blue colour is so gorgeous with the white flower applique. In truly embracing the theme of technology in fashion, the flowers actually light up! Simply stunning.

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
This beaded celestial-themed gown was another of my favorites. It looks like a dark starry night. The couture workmanship that went into this ensemble is just incredible. Of course, I love the cape too!

Nicki Minaj in Moschino
This is a mess on so many levels. She looks like Morticia Addams long lost sister that's a hooker. The whole looks is too much. Too sheer, too many buckles, too many straps, and too much boob.

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture
I love everything about this, except that it's made out of a condom. The flesh-toned latex really ruins the whole effect for me. The fit is perfect and the embellishment is beautiful, but all I can think about is the layer of sweat that must be accumulating inside this dress.

Katy Perry in Prada
I love this look from the neck down. The hair and makeup is quite terrifying, but the dress is quite magnificent. I always love a good train, especially on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
At first glance I wasn't a big fan of this gown, but upon a second look I really like it. The construction of this dress is incredible, appearing as if it were crafted out of slices of paper. This look truly embraces the theme.