Friday, 31 May 2013

Fashion Report: Best of Cannes 2013

After 11 days of fashion delight, the 66th edition of Cannes Film Festival wrapped up last weekend.
With a certain delay, I finally managed to put together my Top 20 from the Red Carpet. By far, Nicole Kidman was my favorite this year and really deserves the Cannes 2013 Best Dressed Award. She succeeded in wowing the public with every single dress she wore, being the most consistent with her looks during the festival. It was really hard to pick a single dress from Nicole's red carpet appearances and I'm not going to forget that amazing Dior gown she wore at "Great Gatsby" premiere, but I really think that the Valentino number was just the perfect match for Nicole's refined figure. 
Take a look at the other 19 fashionable ladies.
Zoe Saldana looked like a princess in that beautiful Valentino gown... just perfect! 
I can say that, I pretty much hated all the dresses Milla Jovovich chose for this Cannes edition, but this special Armani piece was the exception. 
When I think of Audrey Tautou I think of charisma and childlike quirky personality, and that translates in the way she dresses- like this stunning Prada gown. I also liked Audrey's Lanvin LBD for it's cool design.
Fan Bingbing was a very elegant and delicate presence on the red carpet. I completely love her fabulous Louis Vuitton gown, although she made a great impression in the yellow Elie Saab dress also.
Freida Pinto is always a stylish lady and knows exactly what kind of outfits work better for her, so I think she managed to steal the spotlight in this silver Sanchita.
Like the perfect diva she is, Dita von Teese impressed in a very classy and elegant retro inspired Elie Saab dress, showing everybody that you can still be sexy without flashing too much skin.
This year, the Asian celebrities were absolutely fabulous on the red carpet and Zhang Yuqi was one of my favorites. In my opinion she deserves the 2nd place on the best dressed list, after Nicole, for being able to look glamorous the entire time at Cannes. My favorite gown was the green Ulyana Sergeenko in which she looked just like a Disney princess. I couldn't forget her other brilliant red carpet choices like the red Alexander McQueen gown, the printed Monique Lhuillier number or the incredible Roberto Cavalli dresses (the pale pink ruffled one and the white siren dress she wore at the AmfAR gala). You should check them out!
Erin Heatherton brought some of the 20's glamour in her silvery Cavalli gown.
Talking about Asian beauties, Zhang Ziyi was eye-catching in that Carolina Herrera gown. I also loved her in that superb pale lilac Elie Saab dress.
Carey Mulligan always has a bold approach when it comes to fashion, but I like her best in this delicate Dior gown she wore at the "Great Gatsby" premiere.
Although her figure changed a lot since her Miss World days, Aishwarya Rai is still absolutely beautiful and I loved her Elie Saab choice on the Cannes red carpet.
Apparently, Roberto Cavalli was the favorite designer this year and just rightly if you look at all his creations. Liu Wen, the first Chinese Victoria's Secret Angel, brought some color on the red carpet with her superb Cavalli choice, while her runway colleague, Alessandra Ambrosio sparkled in another one of Cavalli's dresses.
The brilliant red haired actress Jessica Chastain kept things simple and elegant with her white Versace creation; and who wouldn't like her Elizabeth Taylor sapphire necklace?
Lana del Ray was beautiful as a flower in that superbly embroidered Lena Hoschek gown.
Usually I'm not impressed with Solange's fashion choices, but I kind of like this one. The sexy Stephane Rolland gown reminded me of a summery cropland in the wind.
Another Disney princess was Sonam Kapoor, who wore a flower printed gown by D&G.
Probably one of the sexiest appearances on the red carpet was Joan Smalls, who opted for an Emilio Pucci creation.
Closing my top 20 Cannes Red Carpet is Liya Kebede in a long sleeve sparkly chiffon Roberto Cavalli gown.

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Monday, 27 May 2013

On Billboard's Blue Carpet

Last week, the 2013 Billboard Music Awards aired live from MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. The Blue Carpet was filled, as usual, with some of the industry's biggest stars and also, celebrities from the movie industry ready to enjoy the show. As with any important gala, there were stars that sizzled with their outfits, and others that were far from doing that. Apparently, the majority of stars opted for black/ white and sparkly metallics outfits.
Take a look at the celebrities that best describe the HOT Ness and HOT Mess 2013 Billboard Music Awards lists.

Jennifer Lopez was muy caliente on the carpet with her plunging gold sequin Zuhair Murad gown. Another Zuhair Murad fan was Taylor Swift, who wowed with her sparkling blue mini that showed off her long legs.
Inspired by the undying Vegas lights, Selena Gomez chose to wear a cool Versace 2013 Spring Couture dress with neon accents and slithery cuts. 
Emmy Rossum reminded me of her Beautiful Creatures siren character with her sexy Zuhair Murad number.
Stana Katic, Kimberly Perry and Kelly Rowland looked gorgeous in white with silvery embellished outfits, while Celine Dion showed everyone that you could be stylish, feminine and tasteful at any age, with her beautiful knee-length Atelier Versace gold dress.

I know that Miley's outfit was praised by different periodicals, but I just don't get this. For me, the Balmain onepiece is just too busy and really bizarre.
For Carly Rae Jepsen's dangerous patchwork dress and Kesha's cheeky LBD, wardrobe malfunction was just a step away. Even Jennifer Morrison got the see thru fever on Billboard Awards night!
You would think Jenny McCarthy washing machine and dryer had wreaked if you look at her shredded skirt and shrunken top. The ghetto style doesn't do absolutely nothing for her fit figure.
There can be only one Lady Gaga, Z LaLa and Nayer! And at least Gaga is talented, so she has the right to wear whatever she wants.
Madonna, Madonna, I for one, had it with your underpants! You're probably going through some middle age crisis, but that's enough!

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Funk Up Your Look With Special Bags!

Every since I saw Moschino's Cheap & Chic bag collection, I wanted to write an article about all the funky bags out there and their creative designers. 
Not long ago, I discovered Charlotte Olympia's unique bags and feel in love with all her designs; not to mention, another great designer, Olympia Le-Tan's eye-catching book inspired clutch collection which makes the perfect stylish erudite statement. 
Sophia Webster is also an original breakout designer I like. Aside from her out-of-the-box, bursting with color shoes, she creates really cool bags, like quote-bubble shaped clutches emblazoned with different messages. 
Below are some of the funkiest least in my opinion :). Which one is your favorite?

1. Charlotte Olympia Movie Night shoulder bag, 2. Sophia Webster Hold Me Speech Bubble clutch, 3. Moschino Cheap & Chic Tea Time bag, 4. Moschino Cheap & Chic Jar Print shoulder bag, 5. Charlotte Olympia Toucan bag, 
6. Moschino Cheap & Chic Boat Trip bag, 7. Sophia Webster Sweet Talk Speech Bubble shoulder bag, 8. Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple shoulder bag, 9. Charlotte Olympia Take Pandora clutch, 10. Olympia Le-Tan Alice in Wonderland embroidered clutch
Charlotte Olympia and Olympia Le-Tan bags can be bought from Net-a-Porter.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Doutzen Kroes for H&M

Dutch Victoria's Secret angel, Doutzen Kroes joins H&M as their image for the 2013 Summer Collection ad campaign. Following Beyonce's swimsuit campaign, Doutzen definitely spices things up for the Swedish retailer with her beach babe look.
The sensual campaign, shot in Mexico, by the famous American fashion photographer Terry Richardson, features Doutzen wearing H&M's interpretation of this summer's trends- a mix of earthy tones and modern prints.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A Cocktail of Colors for Your Nails

Didn't you hear? Fruits Rule! This summer you should not only eat lots of fruit, but also, wear them.

One of the hottest summer trend is, as you guessed, fruity fashion- from fruit inspired prints on your clothes, to fruity colors on your nails.
Even if you're reserved about wearing bold fruit printed clothes, you must try painting your nails with savory fruit colors, it will definitely cheer up your outfit. Frankly, it is quite hard not to buy at least a dozen nail polish bottles this summer, when you have so many cool options. And don't forget to add on your shopping list the scented nail polish with fruity fragrance!
What's your favorite fruit?

On my shopping list (brands & shades): Avon Nailwear Pro + Honeydew Dazzle, Divine Lime, Mandarin Magic, Seduce Me Strawberry, Grape Goddess; 
OPI Nail Lacquer A Grape Fit, Charged Up Cherry, Gargantuan Green Grape, Plugged in Plum, That's Berry Daring from Brights Collection;
Orly Green Apple, Life's a Peach, Passion Fruit, Orange Punch from Hot Stuff Collection; 
Revlon Scented Nail Enamel Not so Blueberry, Mad About Mango, Raspberry Rapture, Peach Smoothie, Mon Cherry, Grape Icy, Pretty in Papaya, Sublime Strawberry, Orange Pop, Passion Fruit, Watermelon fizz.

 Photo source Avon Cosmetics
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Friday, 10 May 2013

Ethnic Motifs Mania

A recent shopping spree at the mall made me realise that ethnic motifs are definitely back on the hot trends list and I couldn't be more happier. There are so many different prints that you could choose from, so many colorful patterns and intricate designs, able to satisfy every fashion taste and requirement. What I like most about this trend, is the fact that these prints have a valuable source of inspiration- international folklore. So, wear with pride clothes with ethnic motifs from your own culture!

1. Asos tunic shirt, 2. Topshop skirt, 3. Stradivarius flat sandals, 4. Zara clutch, 5. Zara mini skirt, 6. Pull&Bear dress, 7. Dana Budeanu skirt, 8. Stradivarius beaded bag, 9. Pull&Bear top, 10. Topshop dress,11. Stradivarius scarf, 12, Zara sash belt, 13. Zara flat sandals, 14. Asos dress, 15. Stradivarius bangle, 16. Chotronette dress, 17. Pull&Bear top, 
18. Urban Outfiters dress

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Met Gala Gone Punk

On Monday, NY celebrated one of the most expected spring events- the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Gala. With an interesting theme as the one chosen for this year- PUNK: Chaos to Couture, no wonder the red carpet was filled with eccentric characters. Every celebrity wanted to steal the spotlight by showing a more rebellious look, fitted to the punk theme. Apparently, many celebrities didn't get the dressing code memo, choosing to wear quiet, princessy outfits, while others succeeded in adapting the punk look to their own style. As usual, we had some extremely spectacular, jaw-dropping looking celebrities, as well as, some wacky, ridiculous looking ones.
Below are some of the looks that drew my attention.

Rooney Mara was my favorite this year, looking absolutely stunning in Givenchy. For Emma Watson, Taylor Swift and Miranda Kerr, black with sexy cuts was the winning combo. Nina Dobrev showed off her vampire alter ego in a custom-made Monique Lhuillier ensemble and Cameron Diaz wowed in a spiky punk inspired, but feminine, Stella McCartney electric-blue custom gown.

There must have been something bad in the Olsen's water, that made them think they look ok for the gala; there was definitely no punk in Ashley's mumu nor in Mary-Kate's Hugh Hefner dishevelled inspired get-up. Unfortunately, the Stella McCartney jumpsuit made Kristen Stewart look absolutely unattractive, the crotch area.
Madonna...What were you thinking? By far, the worst look of the night, in my opinion, belonged to her. I agree she looks amazing for a 54 year-old, but she has to start dressing more age appropriate and less like some outrageous Russian villain. 
For Miley Cyrus and Nicole Richie the Met Gala night meant death by crazy hair. Trying to hard to impress, Miley missed the mark with her scared chicken hairstyle, while Nicole left me speechless with her frosty coiffe.

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