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The best and worst dressed at the Met Ball 2011

4 May

Monday evening saw the fabulous and fashionable out in their finest for the annual Met Ball 2011. The ball is one of my favourite fashion events, much more interesting than red carpet watching at the Oscars and Golden Globes. As it’s a fashion event, attendees can push the envelope with their wardrobe choices should they have the guts to pull it off. Though Monday night’s event was a celebration of McQueen’s work and the opening of the Savage Beauty exhibition, I was surprised that very few stars were wearing his designs.

The designer of the evening was definitely Stella McCartney who dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rihanna. I’m sure I’ve seen Gwyneth in a very similar dress (perhaps at The Oscars?) but the super sexy, slim silhouette just works on her. Madonna looked great, I loved the dramatic train and intricate embroidery. Maggie looked radiant in her midnight blue sparkly number and I’m glad she kept the accessories minimal. Rihanna had Twitter in a bit of a frenzy with her sexy fitted, sheer dress. I liked it but would have chosen different shoes.

If Stella was the designer of the evening, red was definitely the colour of choice. Jennifer Lopez was glowing in Gucci, the colour looked great on her skin and I liked the red lips and scraped back bun. The little cover up was a little much though, I think it would have looked a lot better without it. this may be a little controversial but I didn’t actually like Mary-Kate Olsen’s vintage choice. It’s the Costume Institute Gala…make a little effort. Gisele and Dianna Agron were my perfect ladies in red, both looked absolutely breathtaking in very different ways. Gisele was a vision in her dramatic dress but Dianna’s simple Michael Kors dress was just stunning. 

I’m glad Salma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker were representing McQueen on the night. Two very different looks, I think I preferred Salma’s wispy, delicate beauty over SJP’s high impact, futuristic number. 

Props to Ginnifer Goodwin for wearing Topshop! 

Zoe Saldana also opted to go down the eye-catching brights route in this simple Calvin Klein gown. I’m a fan of her red carpet choices, she always gets it right.  

Christina Ricci’s Zac Posen gown was a little controversial but as I said earlier, the Met Ball is the one place you can get away with being a little dramatic. I think she stole the show and looked utterly amazing. 

The not so best dressed…

It’s Blake Lively, she’s in Chanel. It should work but for me it just didn’t. Karl was clearly inspired by Indian saris but it just doesn’t look right. 

The almost unstoppable combination of Burberry and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley should also just work but to me, this isn’t a good look. I’m not sure whether it’s the cheap looking satin or the amount of flesh on show but I think she could have looked a lot better. 

Apparently Beyonce and Jay Z were booed on the red carpet. I wouldn’t go that far but I really wasn’t a fan of this Pucci dress on her. The fishtail shape is very boring, the black and gold embroidery has been done to death, I don’t like the hair and I don’t know why on Earth Jay Z would wear a cream blazer with a white shirt. Bad. 


The return of supermodel covers – Vogue Paris

21 Apr
Opinion is divided on the subject of who should grace magazine covers – celebrities or supermodels. The celebrity-on-covers trend is attributed to La Wintour, who started putting celebrities and actresses on covers in the 90s. It does work very well as they have their own fanbase and are instantly recognisable but I much prefer seeing supermodels on covers. To me, supermodel covers are always stronger with a high impact – they know how to command the camera’s attention. Also, they are generally more neutral than celebrities, who have supporters as well as haters and have their private lives aired out in public. I think supermodels are a bit more untouchable and unattainable; isn’t that what fashion magazines are sort of supposed to be? A fantasy land where ethereal Amazonian creatures frolic in Balmain, couture and Lanvin, rather than a calculated platform for an actress to push her film while the magazine hopes for boosted circulation figures.

I’ve been quietly rooting for the widespread return of supers on covers for a while and I think the Emmanuelle Alt is on the same team – I may be a tad optimistic but her first two covers at the helm of Vogue Paris have starred two of the most successful models in the world. The April 2011 cover featured Gisele in a pretty, sheer lace D&G dress shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. I was quite surprised when I first saw this cover, I expected more rock ‘n’ roll attitude from Alt but it was a sweet cover, perfect for Spring. I don’t think many celebrities could pull off the outfit with such aplomb or create such an assertive, confident pose.

The second cover features Kate Moss shot by Mert & Marcus. Dramatically different to the previous cover, this one seems to be more Alt – strong, sexy and provocative. I think Armani Prive was an unusual choice as were the hands but as an overall image it works. Again, I think that a celebrity would struggle to draw the reader in with their expression alone. Both of these covers are creating something beautiful but slightly out of reach, which I think is what a cover should be. It should be intriguing and pull you in..something that celebrity covers just don’t do for me. 

Model Spotlight: Lais Ribeiro

18 May

Brazilian (relative) newcomer Lais Ribeiro is touted as the ‘next big thing’ and the ‘new Gisele’ by many in the fashion industry. That’s a hell of a lot of expectations on the pretty 19 year old’s shoulders, especially since she was only signed by her agency, Woman, earlier this year and has only done one season of runway shows. I say only, but Lais walked for Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Proenza, Versace, Alberta Ferretti. Gucci, Cavalli. Dior, Galliano and Givenchy to name but a few! The is without a doubt one of the prettiest models I’ve seen for a long time. Her face is flawlessly stunning. She also has a very versatile look from the runway images I’ve seen. What do you think of Lais? 

Backstage images

Runway images

* Source The Cut