Paris Fashion Week AW14 Highlights!

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From Vinyl trench coats at Miu Miu to a faux-supermarket runway at Chanel – Paris Fashion Week was the perfect end to an epic season. It might be Ready-To-Wear Autumn/Winter 14′ but yellow, orange and bright blue tones consumed the catwalks in the French capital.

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Karl Lagerfeld in a supermarket? Never – but a Chanel supermarket boasting aisles stocked with ‘little black teas’ and ‘coco’ pops – yes! Not to mention the models sauntering around carrying baskets draped in Chanel silver chains. Too amazing!

The Chanel presentation was possibly the most spectacular of the week. Lagerfeld’s AW14 collection is sporty, streetwise and chic. With glitter speckled leggings and bright, textured, over-sized coats, Karl Lagerfeld knows how to please the Chanel lady. Cara Delevingne walked the aisles/catwalk in a ripped bubblegum pink two-piece. The show ended with an overhead announcement ‘Dear valued customer, the Chanel store is now closing. Please feel free to pick up your complimentary fruit and vegetables before you leave’. Enough said!

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Christian Dior

Since Raf Simons took over as Director in 2012, it was only a matter of time before his amazing sportswear vision dominated. The Dior presentation was a mix of masculine tailored coats, teamed with a vivid palette of pink, yellow, green and blue frills. His structured, extravagant skirts are likely to be the key piece of the season!

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Miu Miu

This collection is all about the weather-concious woman with plastic, draw string boots and colourful, vinyl trench coats. Designer Miuccia Prada’s feminine streak was apparent in every look, with metallic pastels a notable trend.  Miu Miu AW14 is practical, stylish and fun!

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Star-studded turn out at Miu Miu!

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The Oscars 2014 – Red Carpet Report

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Hollywood’s biggest movie stars graced the red carpet last night for the 86th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Digital theatre. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the ceremony for a second time, except this time she ordered pizza for the A-list audience and passed it around on paper plates. Yes really!

There has been some serious contenders this year with the likes of 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity nominated for numerous awards including ‘Best Picture’. Unsurprisingly, the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave picked up the most coveted award for ‘Best Picture’.

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As well as the classic black gowns, there was a lot of light, neutral tones this year, with statement necklaces also an apparent trend. Among some of the best dressed were ‘Best Supporting Actress’ nominees, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence.

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The 12 Years A Slave actress continued to wow critics in a plunging, pastel blue Prada number(now being dubbed ‘Nyrobi blue’), teamed with a Fred Leighton Jewels headband and earrings. This lady has owned the red carpet this entire awards season. Between her bold colour choices and form-fitting gowns, she can literally do no wrong. The 31-year-old picked up the Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role as Patsey in the movie.

She said “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain is someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey”.  The Kenyan native ended her eloquent speech saying “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid”.

Jennifer Lawrence was stunning in red Dior Couture. She kept it all about the dress with soft hair and effortless make-up. Plus, she fell down about 10 seconds after getting out of the car. Classic J-Law, that is definitely a new record.

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Margot Robbie was barely recognisable. She has gone to the dark side! The star from The Wolf Of Wall Street has ditched her blonde locks and is looking extremely vampy and sexy in this black Saint Laurent dress.

epresE! News presenters – Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka and Giuliana Rancic in Paolo Sebastian.

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Award presenters – Anna Kendrick in J Mendel and Emma Watson in Vera Wang.

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White tones – Kate Hudson(L) in Versace, Kristen Bell(top) in Roberto Cavalli, Maria Menounos(bottom) in Johanna Johnson, Naomi Watts(R) in Calvin Klein.

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Aside from the pretty ladies, there were some seriously hot couples styling up the red carpet last night, including Brad and Angelina(wearing Elie Saab).

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One of the best moments of the night (other than Ellen ordering pizza for everyone) – The Oscar selfie a.k.a. the selfie of the century!

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and of course last but not least, The hot men in suits!

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From top: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Leonardo Di Caprio and Jared Leto( winner of ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role in Dallas Buyers Club). Some man for one man – rocking the balayage, beachy waves and a white suit jacket. Hard to believe he is 42.

See the full list of winners at http://www.oscars.org

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London Fashion Week AW14 Highlights!

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5 days, 227 designers, 5,000 press and buyers and 26 sponsors later and London Fashion Week finally comes to a close. And what a week it was. Designers such as Ashish and Henry Holland showed us that colour is still a big contender for AW14.

Think – fantasy, sequins, bright, faux fur and more sequins. Take a look at some of the highlights from one of Fashion’s best weeks.

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The Ashish presentation on day 3 was a magical array of big hair, sportswear and lots and lots of sequins. Colour is going nowhere for the Fall, in fact it’s bigger, bolder and with more embellishments. Ashish designs for the ”fun loving woman who likes to make an entrance”.

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Bora Aksu kicked off the week with his show on day 1. When asked about the collection, Aksu described it as ”Romantic with a darker twist”.

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Tom Ford’s collection for the season is a blend of textured, oversized coats and defining necklines. It embodied the diversity of London city with its laid back luxe and elegance. A sequin, american football style dress saw Ford reiterate Jay-Z’s already iconic lyric, ”I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford”. Amazing!

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One of the highlights of the week was the House Of Holland presentation. Cropped jumpers and full prom skirts filled the catwalks on day 2 of Fashion Week. With his signature being ‘bold, colourful and irreverent’, Henry Holland stated he designs with a ”London girl’s aesthetic in mind”. His trademark T-shirt style is still firmly present but this time accompanied by tabloid slogans. When speaking about London Fashion Week, Holland said ”The anticipation around the London shows is more than any other fashion capital in the world”. Agreed!

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Meadham Kirchhoff rang out London Fashion Week yesterday and what a finale it was. Models walked under tinsel decorated arches, while blown-up love hearts lined the catwalk at the Topshop Showspace at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Winners of the 2010 Emerging Talent Award, Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff described the collection as ”Wearable dreams for fashion fashionistas”. The bright, refreshing show embodied the Meadham Kirchoff ideal ‘To tell stories in different ways’.

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Golden Globes Red Carpet 2014

Last night, Hollywood played host to the 71st annual Golden Globes. The Beverly Hilton Hotel welcomed some of the finest talents from the past year in TV and cinema including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams.

Comedic dream team Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the show for the second year in a row after killing it last year with their inappropriate jokes and skits. Tina Fey wore a floral Carolina Herrera, while Poehler who picked up the award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy, donned a black, belted Stella McCartney number.

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Red was the big colour dominating the red carpet, with ’12 Years A Slave’ actress Lupita Nyong’o and Emma Watson both opting for the regal shade. Amy Adams wore two-toned Valentino with a plunging neckline. Adams said her choice of gown was inspired by her role in ‘American Hustle’.

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Jennifer Lawrence, wearing a monochrome inspired Christian Dior Gown, took away the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘American Hustle’  which also won Best Picture – comedy/musical  on the night.

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Another big winner on the night was AMC show ‘Breaking Bad’ winning best TV Drama, straight after Bryan Cranston picked up his first ever Golden Globe for ‘Best Actor’ for his incredible performance as Walter White in the show.

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Zooey Deschanel was enchanting in Oscar De La Renta, perfectly topped off with a red lip and a flower in her hair.

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Best red carpet moment had to be Jennifer Lawrence photobombing Taylor Swift. Sooo happy about that friendship.

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A very slick-looking Leonardo DiCaprio picked up an award for his role in’ Wolf of Wall Street’.

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Here are some other hot men that walked the red carpet – just for good measure.

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Key Trends for Spring/Summer 14′

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HIGHLIGHT

Last September, London, New York and Paris catwalks were awash with acid brights, soft pastels and splatters of print. In 2012,  former Jil Sander designer, Raf Simons, claimed the most sought after job in the fashion world and became Dior’s new artistic director. Simons’ influence was evident in Dior’s S/S 14′ presentation as he treated the audience to an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ esque show.

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KEY TRENDS

1. PRINT CLASH

It wouldn’t be spring without an influx of printed mini dresses and floral jumpsuits. Both Matthew Williamson and Holly Fulton sent floral inspired prints down the runway at London Fashion Week. S/S 14′ is all about clashing patterns, prints and colours and teaming them with a well structured blazer or pencil skirt.  This is similar to a lot of the collections  in 2010 where the mantra was ‘anything goes’ and the key to a great look was not to match.

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2. BURNING RED

Red was one palette every designer seemed to agree on this season. Alexander McQueen, J. Mendel and Stella McCartney were among those showcasing this particular shade in their presentations.  From Burgundies to corals, to red in it’s purest tone, every catwalk was consumed with the fiery colour.  Red was also a big contender for A/W 13′ so theme anything you already have with lighter spring fabrics and fresh accessories for an updated look.

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3. PLAYING PASTEL

One of the best things about Spring is the soft, powdery shades of pink and blue. These laid back tones are easy to wear regardless of your skin tone. Burberry Prorsum are once again the epitome of this trend. In September Cara Delevingne powered her way down the catwalk for Burberry Prorsum in a dusky pink pencil skirt and lace embroidered shirt. These subtle shades are already taking over the high street with Topshop and River Island leading the way.

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4. SHEER BRILLIANCE

Transparency is a must for your wardrobe this Spring/Summer. Light, airy fabrics combined with the purist white is the perfect trend for the season. It’s a modern take on leaving a little to the imagination. For Sheer inspiration look to Erdem, Philip Lim and Marchesa.

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