So sorry, had been meaning to do this post for ever since Cannes ended however suddenly a few things came up therefore this took a backseat. Now that, i am done with other stuff, I finally came around doing this. Cannes this year was a rather quiet and lackluster event, esp. for red carpet, for which it is notoriously famous for. However there were quite a few brilliant runs by women and some good spottings that made it to my list for this year.
THE VETERAN: When it comes to red carpet appearances, Miss Blanchett has pretty much mastered the art with her experimental saritorial choices, while pulling them off with a confidence which puts a 6 yr old to shame. She exudes a certain amount of charm, cool and ethereal air about her yet when you see her in her interviews is humble to the core. The woman knows her body and knows what looks good and picks out the best one for herself. She had a smashing run throughout her Cannes stay and needless to say was effing brilliant
LOOK 1: The RTW Valentino gown looked more couture than many other couture ones gracing the Chopard event that night. She looked divine wearing a grey Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 sheer gown with silver metallic floral lace embroidery, feathered short sleeves and matching collar style. Pairing her gown with, of course, Chopard jewels and her shorter do up in sorta spikes, the understated opulence of the look was ironically hard to ignore.
LOOK 2: Attending Vanity fair and Armani yatch party, she wore, no prizes for guessing, an Armani Prive ensemble. The lightly embellished details with lace overlay and a cascading barely-there organza peplum detail, she cut a chic picture. Refraining from any accessories with her shorter do side parted, the woman knocks it out the part with just accentuating her eyes giving the whole look an edgy-meets-feminine vibe without harsh contrasts
LOOK 3: For the Photocall, she went the casual Delpozo route with a red crop top. The poppy crop top with fun geometric shapes was perfectly paired with high waisted tailored crisp navy pants. Red Roger Vivier open-toe heels completed her fresh mid-afternoon look.
LOOK 4: Looking drop dead effing statuesque, the australian diva with probably her best look to date, outdid her self. At the Chopard private party, she wore Giorgio Armani Privé short-sleeved turquoise silk jacquard organza long dress with an intricate geometric design fully embroidered with Swarovski crystals. Looking jaw droppingly FUCKIN A-MAZING, this was a match made in fashion heaven. She was flawless. Can’t get any better than this
LOOK 5: Wearing Givenchy Fall 2014 gown, Cate attended the premiere of How to train your Dragon 2. The ensemble included an embellished multi-coloured bodice, sheer illusion back and black pleated skirt. While the look fell short of amazing-ness that I had her witness, I was on the fence with this look. I like the bodice, the embellishment is so intricate upon closer inspection, but the whole styling am not really sold on.
STARLET SONAM: Ever since her first appearace, Sonam Kapoor has always managed to impress with her red carpet appearances at Cannes. The young Starlet hardly ever has a misstep and in a short span, unlike Ashwariya who learnt it through the hard way, have managed to be the one to watch out for on the red carpet. The young Loreal ambassador is known for her youthful and contemporary spin on vintage vibed look that makes it all the more interesting since she was one of the few who people were waiting for. With her sister, Rhea as her stylist, she definitely did not disappoint striking gold everytime she made that appearance on the red carpet.
LOOK1: This time around many people at Cannes chose black for the drama and one of the enthralling ones was Sonam Kapoor in the voluminous Elie Saab couture gown, at one of the premiers. Working her magic, Old Hollywood style, the hair styled in vintage faux bob and statement red lips brought in the perfect dose of vintage on the red carpet. Accompanied by Chopard jewels, the look was pretty much perfection from head to toe
LOOK 2: Going the contemporary Indian way, she went for her go-to designer Anamika Khanna for the Foxcatcher premiere. Going the Monochromatic look in the stylistic contemporary twist on sari inspired ensemble, Sonam went for a matching blush stappy heels and clutch. Finishing off the flawless look with a choker-neckpiece hybrid from her mom Sunita Kapoor’s collection, the lass made heads turn for all the right reasons.
LOOK 3: For her final appearance, Sonam went the romantic way at the Chopard Dinner. In a powder blue strapless gown from Elie Saab Couture, Sonam looked effortlessly sexy chic. A structured bodice with cascades of sumptuous silk falling from the waist, created an ethereal statement. Pairing her look with Chopard necklace, she rounded off the look with a gold clutch, slick ponytail and smoky eyes.
THE GOSSIPPY ONE: The newly appointed L’Oreal brand Ambassador, Blake lively made three appearances of which two made it to my list. The bling Chanel was just way off in proportions. Making her debut and fulfilling her duties, the brand certainly would benefit from her presence primarily because of two reasons 1) she had two killer days on red carpet 2) coz of her beau attending his movie premiere she most definitely was up for the power couple spot… a couple always grabs more attention than a single woman unless you are Aishwariya Rai.
LOOK 1: For her debut appearance, Ms. Lively kept things simple in a Gucci Premiere gown chiffon pleated paneled gown. Though nothing dramatic or punchy as I would like it to be, the gown still made for a chic outing on her part. The two-tone bordeaux silk-chiffon fully pleated gown featured a geometric neckline, open back, fitted bodice and high side slit that showcased her gold Casadei sandals. Opting for a messy high braided ponytail, she finished her look with with smouldering eye makeup and rose-gold and ruby Lorraine Schwartz diamond vine earrings and bracelet. Elegant, chic and young.
Look 2: In another Gucci Premiere, the gossip girl actress brought her A game with the amount of drama the festival demands. The black and white look with its silk crepe fifties-inspired strapless gown featuring a full skirt and a dramatic train was an immediate favorite. Perfectly complimenting her beau, Ryan Renolds, they looked like a classic Hollywood couple (hopefully they last that long too). The woman wore over 180 cts in Lorraine Schwartz diamonds including 20 ct diamond studs, two diamond necklaces, a natural pearl and unheated ruby and diamond bracelet and her own Lorraine Schwartz pink diamond engagement ring. phew! the gurl sure loves her diamonds
LOOK 3: the Chanel sequined frock look was a false note in Ms. Lively’s Cannes run. The 90s pakistani girls styled stole, the odd proportions of the frock itself and her hair were all a mess which she couldn’t save despite her best efforts. Putting her hands in pockets made matters worse with the look going all odd and looking like least bit thought out.
IN YOUR FACE BITCHES : Ever since Aishwarya Rai Bachhan had a baby, she has been under the radar for not losing her post baby fat, However in the past year, a noteable difference in Ms. Rai’s appearance had been there. Even though critics were after her life to lose all that, she took her own sweet time and lost it all on her own terms. The Results were that she had the last laugh and the most beautiful woman on earth, as she is referred to, made thunderous waves on the red carpet during her Cannes outing. She blew everyone away and silenced her critics by her choices. Who would say, she doesn’t even have her own stylist, the gowns were handpicked by her. Man! she’s totally worth it 😉
LOOK 1: For her first Day Ash made an appearance in a gold encrusted Roberto Cavalli strapless gown. Arriving in her full glory, the beaded gown made for an enthralling entrance for the beauty of Bollywood. The drop-dead gorgeous gold-embellished creation was cut to flatter Aishwarya’s stunning figure, hugging her curves in all the right places. The diva, losing all that post baby fat and giving a kiss to her critics with the pop of red in her look, the actress definitely would have said to them…IN YOUR FACE BITCHES. The gown brought the level of drama the festival demands and she delivered in more ways than one. The woman with her tumbling tresses look FUCKIN GORGE.. needless to say blew everyone out of the water
LOOK 2: For Day 2 was another Roberto Cavalli gown, white with silver embellishments which made Ash look slimmer than usual (or was all the weight lost). The gown and look though not as dramatic as day one was elegant and pretty. Opting for subdued makeup, Ash went for a flawless sunkissed look with hair settled in tresses. Though am not her fan, she actually looked like she had aged backwards with all that weightloss and especially due to makeup for this look. A pair of Chopard earrings completed her look
LOOK 3: Knocking it out for third time in a row, Ash stunned at the amFAR gala in Armani Privé. The blush, layered Fall 2013 gown with graduated crystal details, was styled with a matching clutch and Chopard jewels. The stunning look was off set by the bold red lips giving the hostess the perfect glam and tribute to Marilyn Monroe (the gala was themed in her honor). While her color palatte may have been safe, there is no denying she definitely had an amazing run at Cannes
PRETTY PAZ: Paz Vega was another one who had quite a few hits on the red carpet. She had delightful red carpet run with streamlined silhouettes, clean lines that flattered her body structure. The minimal sleek and polished look suited her to a T and brownie points to Ms Vega for keeping it all chic and controlled.
LOOK 1: In Zuhair Murad, she did her first photocall for the festival. The cheery blue dress with lace inserts was offsetted brilliantly by magenta satin heels. What was fun were the beach wave hair that were perfect for the cannes setting and framed her face well.
LOOK 2: For the Art of Elysium’s 6th Annual PARADIS at Villa St. George in Cannes, Paz looked simply stunning in a Salvatore Ferragamo blush long sleeve dress with sheer panels. Pairing it up wih blush lace-up pointed toe Ferragamo heels brought in the whole dainty vibe without overdoing it. A chic up-do, berry lip shade and sparkling jewels rounded off this elegant and uber feminine look. Loved every bit of it.
LOOK 3: Fierce is all that comes to my mind when I see this look of hers for Swarovski and Viktor & Rolf party.Wearing a navy and black Pamella Roland Fall 2014 dress with sheer panelling and sleeves, the form-fitting silhouette oozed sassiness. To credit Ms. Vega who makes this length work and working the hell out of it (a difficult length to work it, the reason her elie saab look is not here). Paz’s side-sweeping hair and soft smoky eye give just the right amount of attitude needed for this look. A pair of Christian Louboutin pumps, an embellished clutch and layered rings added pizzazz to this polished and uber sultry look. Her best look of them all. LOVE
LOOK 4: Wearing a Ralph & Russo 2014 embellished couture gown, Ms Vega brought forth the drama in her own way onto the red carpet. With a big rose detail on the shoulder that cascaded down the bodice, she kept the look simple to let the gown shine. A simple updo and Chopard ball drop earrings completed her glamorous outing.
LOOK 5: The Fitriani Couture gown is breath-taking and Ms. Vega is owning every inch of it. Opting for black (what is with these women this year), the ensemble featured a plunging neckline, the sculpted hips (yes leaner framed people can sport it and work it) and a dramatic train, the spanish actress cut an interesting picture at the amFAR red carpet outing . Accented with a gold waistband, she completed her look with a slick bun and Bulgari jewels
AT Lost River’s Photocall, Ryan Gosling kept it cool while professional in a blue button down shirt paired with brown trousers and boots. Simple and effective and just how women like him. For the premiere he opted for a more classic ensemble and look good in his sharp Gucci Made to Order navy grosgrain shawl lapel one button Marseille tuxedo styled with a white shirt and Gucci black patent leather shoes. Making the look standout amongst all was the absence of the bowtie one which was a welcoming formal change.
While for his photocall look, British actor Matt smith went for a laid back look. Combining a cool-blue shirt, checked blazer and navy trousers courtesy of Thom Sweeney, he cut a rather cool picture. Brownie points for perfectly rounding off the look with navy blue loafers. For the premiere, the ex- Dr. Who star went for a classic three piece suit (need to make one for myself) by the same designer. I was waiting for someone to do a blue suit but a three piece complimented perfectly with dark brown shoes …aaahh. The suit with peak lapels was the perfect hue of blue that was urban and conservative at the same time. With the white shirt, he brought in the knit tie into formal attire, with effortless ease accenting it with a tie pin. LOVED everything about this look.. complimenting shoes..check, breaking bit of rules check..
In Burberry tailoring, James McAvoy cut a classic relaxed gentleman picture at the photocall of his movie. Striking the perfect balance of refined and relaxed, he cut a dapper picture in a navy three piece suit pairing it up with a white shirt and black shoes.
While Blake Lively had a pretty good run, her beau, Ryan Reynolds wasn’t far behind. For the premiere of his movie, he went for a Gucci black satin peak lapel one-button Signoria tuxedo with a white evening shirt, white satin bowtie, black silk cummerbund and white leather laceups. I rarely see men embracing cummerbund (saw quite a bit at MET though) and when I do it is fun to see how understatedly classic yet fun alternate to vest this is.
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Met Gala 2014 exhibition titled ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ had the classic theme of ‘white tie and decorations’. Since women usually do tend to make an effort by incorporating the designer’s style into their wardrobe, it was men who were thrown in a toss to get ready for the big night. The classic theme had its fair share of rebels and those who went all out at the theme whole heartedly. Many designers pushed envelopes in their own styles while being inspired by the construction master in whose honor the whole exhibition was taking place. Others went very off key but its fun to see how the themes are interpreted. My picks this year (in random order):
The diva DITA VON TEESE chose the designer who has always been inspired by Charles James and known for his impeccably constructed gowns. Zac Posen had Dita Von Teese as his muse in a blush mermaid petal gown with red details merging into the red carpet. The detail being similar to that of James, Zac Posen paid homage to the construction master in his own way. Accenting it off with red details, including the red Roger Vivier clutch, and those waves, the burlesque dancer was quite the bewitching sight on the red carpet. Glamorous, thematic, experimetal, she ticked all the boxes.
Charlize Theron‘s successful run continued at the red carpet of MET. The woman has been consistently delivering one after the other good looks that are chic and MET night was no different. The Dior gown with criss cross black and white details on the side fit her like a glove. The modern take on ‘American’ elite eveningwear, the gown was perfect for the occassion while referencing James. The master stroke was the tuxedo jacket that brings in the unexpected element of the male theme into womenswear. It was hip, chic and she styled her in-between length brilliantly showing off her Fred Leighton jewels. She finished it off with jimmy choo sandals.
As a designer pushing the boundaries, in an aesthetic manner, is as important. That is precisely what Alexander Wang did representing Balenciaga on the red carpet with muse Kristen Wigg (woohhooo!! wat an unexpected… i almost expected Carey Mulligan). The ensemble that felt more Wang than Balenciaga, was a high-low hem black top with black pants. What was fun was Wang through his minimally chic n uber modern constructional sensibilities paid respect to Charles james in his own way. The top was immaculately constructed and while witholding the shape, it felt like someone had sliced through a ball gown. The slick back hair and smoky eyes gave miss wigg a polished and edgy look, far removed from her comic demeanor.. Love
Blowing everyone out of water was model Karolina Kurkova in a blue Marchesa gown. The impeccably constructed gown followed the theme to a T with classic American 50’s flair with a modern twist to it. Featuring painted flowers with some of them going 3d, the layered gown with its petal shapes took floral inspiration from James.. It could have easily drowned miss Kurkova, but the supermodel shows you why she is one of the best in the business. Accessorizing with just the neck piece, this was poetic construction.
Bringing high street to high fashion was Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein. The crop top has made quite the appearance in the high street circles and bring that trend with her A game without any doubts was Miss Hathaway in a two piece column ensemble in red at the MET gala. The crop top bared just enough midriff without it being too much. She played up tonal color block with ruby red shoes and a hexagon ruby red clutch. She finished off with her dark pixie hair side swept and dangling earrings perfectly framing her face. Delicate and fierce at the same time.
Olsen twins, one in vintage Chanel, other in military inspired vintage Ferre, cut quite the modern picture on the red carpet. Androgynous in their approach of gowns, both the sisters had pulled back their hair for some serious fashion to the red carpet. In their gowns they looked smart, chic, no nonsense young women. The young entrepreneurs each one accessorized it minimally but differently. While one had a neckpiece with her wide collar pinstripe Chanel gown, other one had just pearl earrings with her gown.
Hailee Steinfeld literally grew this night and how!! In a Prabal Gurung black and white gown, the young starlet looked all grown up woman from the last time I saw her in Marchesa at Oscars. Prabal Gurung with his gown spun a young modern take on the gown, while paying homage to the designer in exhibition. The racer back top part combined with the whole skirt with high low hem tease to show off her shoes was a brilliant move. Choosing black and white, his muse worked that gown hitting the ball out the park every minute. With her hair, middle parted and in a chignon she finished the look with Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery. It was young, hip, sporty and classic all at the same time.
Zac Posen was quite the popular designer apart from Oscar dela Renta on the Red Carpet, possibly because of his constructions hitting quite close to Charles James. Maggie Q was no different opting for the gown from the young designer. What made Maggie Q stand out was the choice of her gown, along with the way she carried it lending a certain aristocratic air to the whole look. The black gown that featured extensions around hip, that extended downward, was styled minimally with a severe parted hair bun, smoky eyes and minimal jewels. Full points to nailing the look.
The co-chair herself,Sarah Jessica Parker graced the occasion in an Oscar dela Renta gown, complete with gloves and an updo for the night. The designer took a leaf from Charles James book and recreated the whole look, however addeded in a checkered back panel with his signature, lending a contemporary light hearted take on the look. The petal gown in ivory and black was as classy evening wear as it would go. I love how Miss Parker goes all the way into the theme every year and comes out trumps without taking herself too seriously. The double beehive with flowers completed the whole look.
Was literally torn between Zoe Saldana and Anna Kendrick for this last spot, but then again, who’s gonna kill me for including both.. no one. Marc Jacob’s date Zoe Saldana made a statement with a black and white halter with a plunging neckline. The lower part of the gown flared into a controlled bubble which could have gone either way but thanks to the designer it doesn’t. Credit to Ms Saldana for keeping the makeup contemporary without needing a pop of color. The berry lips and bronzed makeup were minimally perfect. Anna Kendrick on the other hand in J. Mendel cut the pretty constructed picture in a black and white gown with a cut out. Not as dramatic as others, but the gown with its slick construction of bustier with a peek a boo of the mid riff was just enough for her to score major points going the modern classic way. Accessorizing with just diamond studs and side parted hair, this woman definitely turned heads that night.
Usually at MET the women tend to follow the theme set by the exhibition but this time around we did see some rebels. However the theme for the red carpet set by Anna Wintour set many men out there in a tizzy with WHITE TIE & DECORATIONS. Stepping up their game, the men did not disappoint.
Wearing Tom Ford to the gala, Bradley Cooper followed the theme literally to the T. He had the Tailed coat, the white tie and vest, tailored pants… and women couldn’t get enough of him. He’s forgiven for the onyx, but would have preferred a much more polished look but its maybe his next movie’s look. Finished it off with white pocket square.
Even though his partner did not go the route, Jim Parsons went the whole way in his tux by Brooke Brothers. The white on white bowtie with shirt and vest and the tailcoat was complete in sync with the theme. What was fun was the floral lapel pin that both sported. Cute and quirtky.
Let’s just not even… Hawtness in a shot. Tom Ford in tom ford and Benedict Cumberbatch in Ralph Lauren.
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