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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Best Dressed: The Met Ball 2015

The 2015 Met Gala's dress code - China: Through the Looking Glass - seemingly gave the most stylish women of the industry two options; sleek chignons and figure-hugging, statuesque gowns as seen on Behati Prinsloo for example, or theatrical, operatic Madame Butterfly-like ballgowns inspired by oriental dress, as seen on Poppy Delevingne and Lily Aldridge. May we take note of the pregnant Jaime King in beautiful custom Jason Wu. Her gown and beauty choices dressed her bump in understated elegance; a far cry from Kim Kardashian's floral natal turn in Givenchy in 2013. But of course, we love Kim for her extravagant glamour, and so her custom Roberto Cavalli dress was one of my favourite looks of the evening. You may notice an absence of Beyonce's striking Givenchy Haute Couture gown that has flooded Instagram since the small hours, however there was a little too much skin and not enough tumbling curls to take the overzealousness down a notch for my liking. Speaking of tumbling locks, although I adored the Geisha-inspired slicked back low buns sported by many a star last night, these looks seemed to only make Gigi Hadid's flowing golden waves look more beachy and goddess-like than ever. Overall, my winning looks of the evening go to Diane Kruger, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Miranda Kerr and Lily Donaldson - do these ladies ever not impress?

Amanda Seyfried - Givenchy | Diane Kruger - Chanel | Kim Kardashian - Roberto Cavalli
Lily Donaldson - Topshop | Poppy Delevingne - Marchesa | Rose Byrne - Calvin Klein
Behati Prinsloo - Tommy Hilfiger | Imogen Poots - Alberta Ferretti | Karlie Kloss - Versace
Naomi Campbell - Burberry | Claire Danes - Valentino | Kate Beckinsale - Diane von Furstenberg
Ellie Goulding - Marchesa | Miranda Kerr - Louis Vuitton | Lily Aldridge - Carolina Herrera
Gong Li - Roberto Cavalli | Joan Smalls - Roberto Cavalli | Jourdan Dunn - Burberry
Julianne Moore - Givenchy | Jennifer Lawrence - Dior | Carey Mulligan - Balenciaga
Gigi Hadid - Diane von Furstenberg | Hailee Steinfeld - Michael Kors | Jaime King - Jason Wu
Candice Swanepoel - Michael Kors | Emily Ratajkowski - Topshop | Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Versace

(All images have been taken from the internet and belong to their rightful owners)

Who was your best dressed of The Met Ball this year? Tell me in the comments below!

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

NYFW: BCBG Max Azria, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, See by Chloe, Badgley Mischka | Autumn/Winter 2015-16: Ready-To-Wear

- BCBG Max Azria -
Quite possibly my favourite collection of New York Fashion Week, BCBG Max Azria charmed me with the same layered, bohemian seventies trend that is sweeping Autumn/Winter 2015-16, but seemed far more chic than many others. Chic nudes immersed with rich tans, cobalt blues and deep burgandies, these shades scream winter without venturing into the more conventional and predictable purple/emerald territory. The over-the-knee boots give an updated Midnight Cowboy vibe, whilst the turtlenecks that took the fashion world last year will be keeping us warm once again this coming season. My favourite element of this collection is undoubtedly the collarless coats, many with embellished and quilted fabric; swoon. Plus, Azria cast one of the ultimate models of the moment Taylor Hill, who frankly could make me buy anything.


- Alice + Olivia -
Jacquard, metallic-finished fabrics with Balmain-inspired pieces such as the diamond skirt in the second look or the beaded shorts in the first, Alice + Olivia presented a glamorous and bold collection, full of attitude. The sleek centre-parted chignons and burgundy lips invited a European element to the looks, whilst the clothes themselves seemed to journey through the New York of the past 100 years; elegant early 21st Century feathers, preppy knee highs and skirts that scream 90's New England, and the more immediately recognisable street style edge that embodies the word of the teenies - sassiness. A depart from their more ethereal woodland collections of the last few seasons, Alice + Olivia have brought themselves right up to 2015, dressing a confident woman who ought not to be crossed.


- Tory Burch -
At last, a winter where we can actually dress appropriately for the weather. Elongated lines took hold of Tory Burch, with long cardigans, long sleeves and even longer dresses. Largely sporting different shades of blue just like the season before it, Burch's collection maintains the same 70's feel, particularly in the silhouettes and long loose pendant necklaces. My favourite piece has to be the blue sequin blazer in the left image of the second row, similar to the Dolce & Gabbana jacket worn by Rachel Bilson several years ago that I've pined after ever since! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a high street dupe come September.


- See by Chloe -
Offering the perfect combination of easy bohemian chic and Ralph Lauren-style preppiness, See by Chloe created the same youthful, breezy aesthetic that the brand has evoked for over a decade. Delicate skirts contrasted with masculine tailored jackets and trousers, the collection retained it's usual effortless serenity with loose tousled waves and barely-there makeup, creating a synergy across each look, no matter how individually different. See by Chloe also injected seasonal trends such as gothic florals more commonly seen in Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino collections, and the laser cut trend that has taken Spring/Summer 2015 by storm even down to the high street already. For an eclectic mix of several fresh and relaxed styles, I know who I'll be looking to when the heat abates.


- Badgley Mischka -
Despite the 1970's trend that has swept almost every catwalk shown throughout NYFW, Badgley Mischka went against the grain and chose a beauty look from the decade before. Bouffants and beehives were donned by the models, paired with exaggerated black liner on the top lids and wings, with the sixties vibe infiltrating the outerwear in the form of oversized collared pea coats such as in the first look of the second row. The gowns themselves took several different shapes, but found common ground in long skirts and cinched waists. Etheral greys and operatic blues and blacks, the dresses shimmered with detail and celebrated the womanly figure, even taking a little Italian inspiration from Valentino in the third image shown.


(All images have been taken from and belong to www.Vogue.co.uk)

I hope you've enjoyed my roundup of my favourite shows of New York Fashion Week's Autumn/Winter 2015-16 collections. Stay tuned for a report of London's shows coming very soon, and in the meantime I'd love to know; what was your favourite collection of NYFW?

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