Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bridal Style Icons 2014

Celebrity Brides 2014
Style Icon Wedding Gowns

Love is in the air and with it we have already witnessed several glamourous celebrity weddings this year. The fashion world's favourite style icons captured our romantic sides with a range of ravishing designer wedding gowns, each an extension of their own personal style. These are some of the most famous and fussed-over wedding dresses of 2014 thus far.

Poppy Delevingne
Model and socialite Poppy Delevingne tied the knot in May this year radiantly dressed in custom made couture gown by Chanel. Her shimmering white dress was enchantingly embroidered white floral appliqués and features a sheer silver specked maxi skirt.

Poppy held a second wedding extravaganza in Morocco with an eclectic bohemian theme. She looked beguiling in a pastel flower printed Emilio Pucci gown with peasant style sleeves and blouse and full two-tiered chiffon skirt.

Fearne Cotton
British style icon Fearne Cotton was married earlier this month in a beautiful and modern Emilio Pucci dress that was trimmed just above the ankle. Fearne's snow white A-line dress with pleated bodice and sleeves was ornamented by glittering silver sequins, a crystal headband and strappy metallic sandals. 

Olivia Palermo
It-Girl Olivia Palermo displayed her graceful taste with this elegant and demure high-low white floral embroidered gown by Carolina Herrera. The style icon added a cream cashmere knitted top and blue satin Manolo Blahnik heels to her contemporary bridal look.

Kim Kardashian
 Love her or Hate her, Kim Kardashian made waves this May with an extravagant wedding held in Italy. Her even more lavish couture wedding gown was custom made by Riccardo Tisci from the House of Givenchy. Her exquisite meringue white gown featured long lace sleeves, a low cut-out back and mermaid skirt with a colossally long veil.

Kaley Cuoco

 The Big Bang Theory's brightest star Kaley Cuoco wed early this year in a nontraditional choice of cotton candy pink. Her stunning tulle gown with sweetheart strapless neckline is by none other the wedding designer extraordinaire Vera Wang.

Kate Bosworth

Bohemian style icon Kate Bosworth released her wedding photos this year, where she sported two different dresses. For the reception, she wore a crisp white satin strapless Oscar de Renta ballgown and then changed into a wispy ivory lace Chloe look for the reception.

Who's Your Pick As Bridal Style Icon?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Who Wore It Better - Valentino 2014 Edition

Who Wore Valentino Better?
2014 Collections

Valentino is always a favored red carpet choice by socialites and celebrities, as their range of beautiful gowns are impossible to look bad in. On this edition of 'Who Wore It Better', 3 different Valentino dresses are put on display by international stars, each providing their own unique spin.

Round 1
1. Fashion queen Anna Dello Russo was pictured last week wearing this popular butterfly printed gown from Valentino's Pre-Fall 2014 collection. Surprisingly demure, Anna carried a maroon fringed Valentino bag with her outfit.
2. Saoirse Ronan was the first to wear this black, yellow and blue butterfly tulle frock in March this year, with sleeves that are delicately feathered in a rainbow of colours.
3. Italian actress Matilde Gioli picked this pretty black butterfly embroidered gown for an event in June 2014. She charmingly wore her hair in a side braid.
4. This flutter-filled gown featured as part of Valentino's Pre-Fall 2014 range.

The Verdict: I am impressed at how toned-down Anna is in this beguiling gown, but my vote goes to Saoirse. The dress has a youthful feel to it and her 20-year-old self portrays that wonderfully.

Round 2
1. Blake Lively took a stylish stride in New York during May 2014 wearing a violet hued flower and butterfly embossed Valentino coat dress. The blonde actress added printed Christian Louboutin ankle boots to her chic outfit.
2. Shailene Woodley wore the same butterfly jacquard print in a slightly different silhouette, also in May this year. The 22-year-old vivified her look with neon pink Kurt Geiger heels.
3. Miroslava Duma was pictured this July wearing the green-toned version of this Valentino Fall 2014 coat dress with glazed floral print. Mira wears black ankle-strap sandals with her look.
4. US Model Lexi Boling struts the Valentino runway in this butterfly and flower patterned coat with lacquered sheen.

The Verdict: Between the exceptional poise of Blake and the fashion savviness of Miroslava, I find it difficult to choose between the two. Both wore it splendidly. 

Round 3
1. Asian beauty Lulu Tan attended the Valentino Couture show last week in Paris, elegantly decked in this exquisite white tulle gown with transparent criss-cross bodice.
2. Katy Perry was the first to wear this Valentino Spring 2014 Couture gown back in January, making a memorable appearance at the Grammy Awards. The fluttery white tulle gown with sheer neckline and skirt was an apt pick for the event, seeing that it was decorated by musical notes.
3.  Dutch model Maartje Verhoef looked graceful on the Valentino Spring 2014 Couture runway in this white gossamer gown.

The Verdict: My vote goes to Lulu, her dainty frame enhances the fairytale appeal of this ethereal gown. I also liked it worn on the runway.

What are your Verdicts on these Valentino Dresses?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Looks of the Week - 19/07/14

The weekly roundup of celebrity style, on and off the red carpet.


Kate Bosworth is charmingly styled in a pastel watercolour painted Red Valentino dress, paired with burgundy Bionda Castana ankle-tied shoes. 
Emma Stone wears a beautifully printed pink and royal blue floral chiffon Dolce & Gabbana dress and strappy tan heels.
Ukranian-Italian actress Anna Safroncik looked fetching in a white, orange and blue floral patterned Alberta Ferretti dress with ruffled high-low hemline and sheer printed bodice.
Chrissy Teigen looks summery in a this electric orange and teal cropped bustier and tropical printed skirt by Milly.

White Wash
Reese Witherspoon keeps cool in this chic white laser-cut top and matching skirt by Lovers + Friends, highlighted with tan sandals and a bright orange Maiyet Peyton bag.
Vanessa Hudgens takes a stroll in a cropped For Love & Lemons top, teamed with white shorts and a parka jacket. Metallic gold flats style her refreshing look.
Chloe Bennet looks pretty in this embroidered white bohemian smock dress with frilled sleeves and hem, given a twist with brown cowboy boots and leather clutch bag.
Olivia Palermo is refined in a feminine white lace mini dress by Heartloom, accessorized with a beige fringed Carolina Herrera bag and flat shoes.

Chasing Pavements
Jessica Alba is debonair in a white top and Max Mara blazer, teamed with plum shaded skinny jeans, strappy white Monique Lhuillier sandals and a pastel pink, beige and black Smythson bag.
Jamie Chung was engaging in a floral plum and white summer frock with A-line skirt, worn with a straw fedora, sling bag and flat studded sandals.
Heidi Klum revives colour blocking in this modish maroon knit top and violet mini skirt, styled with sky-high suede bordeaux Saint Laurent heels.
Miranda Kerr gives us major street style envy in this luxe black tank and pretty floral printed Sonia Rykiel skirt, accessorized with Gianvito Rossi pumps and a Hermes bag.

Modern Monochromes
Jaime King adds an edge to her statement white and gold printed tee and midi skirt, with a studded black Barbara Bui leather biker jacket and black and white Oxfords.
Ashley Tisdale adds a bright flash of tangerine to her monochrome outfit, which features a leather Mason mini skirt, black All Saints top, silver statement necklace and snazzy black and white L.A.M.B sandals.
Caitlin Fitzgerald channels retro glamour in this elegant houndstooth patterned Michael Kors dress, fitted with a black leather belt and interesting Jimmy Choo heels.
Nicky Hilton is duo-toned in a sophisticated black and white paneled Valentino dress with scalloped hemline and bow-tie accent.

Glam Angles
Kate Hudson makes a statuesque appearance in this body-contouring Michael Kors gown with sequined cut-out bodice and column skirt.
Jessica Alba shines in a vintage Elie Saab couture look featuring a folded asymmetrical neckline and glittering beadwork.
Nicole Richie takes a sheer risk in this black beaded Jenny Packham top and transparent Safiyaa midi skirt, chicly accessorized with metallic strapped Balenciaga pumps.
Nicole Peltz is alluring in a black leather banded bodycon skirt and studded halter neck top by Balmain.

Who is your Favourite 'Look of the Week'?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Frills - Success is an Attitude

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it will achieve. 
Dream great dreams and make them come true. Do it now. 
Never affirm self-limitations. 
What you believe yourself to be, you are. 

To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also 
dream, not only plan but also believe. 
If you have built castles in the air your work need not be lost - 
Put foundations under them. 

You can always better your best. 
You do not know what you can do until you try. 
Nothing will come of nothing. if you don't go out 
on a limb, you're never going to get the fruit. 
There is no failure except in no longer trying. 

Defeat may test you, but it need not stop you. 
If at first you don't succeed, try another way. 
For every obstacle there is a solution. 
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. 
The greatest mistake is giving up. 

Wishing will not bring success but planning, persistence and a burning desire will. 
There is a goldmine within you from which you can extract all of the necessary ingredients. 
Success is an attitude. Get yours right...
Now go out and show off the colours of your rainbow.

*Author Unknown. Image via Tumblr

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer 2014 Shoes by Burak Uyan

Talent isn't made or bought, it's something that you're born with and Turkish-German designer Burak Uyan certainly has that intrinsic eye for style. After fine-tuning his skills at Givenchy & Giambattista Valli, Uyan rerouted his career to footwear, forming his eponymous label in 2010.

Since then, this Parisian-based artist has been known in fashion circles as 'The Architect', and its clear why, as he is fervently influenced by strong architectural shapes and towering constructions, which he transfigures into fashionable footwear. His structural Summer 2014 collection is a shoe lover's treasure chest of elegant and sophisticated pairs that make a statement with every step.

Burak's design aesthetic represents all that is glamourous about high heels, without overstepping the line of the outré and unwearable. Strappy slingbacks and caged sandals dominate in vivid tones of cobalt blue, aquamarine and tangerine, with a hint of yellow and subdued pastel hues that are sure to ignite any outfit. Burak experiments with contrasting colours and textures: leather with suede, prints and plains, accented by buckles and studs. Abstract ethnic and animal prints are etched across a refreshing set of flats and ankle-strap pairs. 

Colour-blocked cut-out pairs are engineered to precision in sky scraping heights, the curvature a marvel in it's own right. Glossy metallic sandals add pizazz to your evening attire and chic black & white pairs are given a modern interpretation with interesting geometric forms and sharp angles.

There isn't a pair that I wouldn't want in this outstanding range. Burak Uyan is a designer to watch, I can already envision many of his creations making their way down runways and red carpets.

True Blue

Flat Out Fabulous

Well Heeled

Monotone Mules

Summer Stilettos

High Gloss

Jazzy Geometrics

Which of these Burak Uyan's heels have made your wishlist?

* The Burak Uyan website is currently in progress.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Couture

Couture Week continues with the spellbinding Fall 2014 collection of one of my favourites, Zuhair Murad. The Lebanese designer gives his illustrious gowns an architectural format this season, with sculpted shoulders, angled necklines and exaggerated hips. The strong geometric shapes are are softened by billowing drapes in silk mousseline, duchess satin and chiffon.

Constructed in classic monochromes, aquamarine, cobalt blue, raspberry and shimmering silver, this jewel box of cocktail couture and ravishing evening wear finds its inspiration in the visionary works of architect Zaha Hadid. Her artful paintings are glorified in a colourful swirl of digitally printed looks seen in Set 3. Society Girls can bookmark the ritzy mini dresses in Set 1 for their many party and premiere appearances.

Undulating waves glisten across sea blue gowns in Sets 4 and 5, capturing the light with circuitous beadwork that curl out into swishing skirts. Murad also considers his executive client's less formal affairs, introducing sophisticated trouser sets and luxurious jumpsuits in Set 6, elegantly polished off by embellished blazers.

Set 8's entrancing ruby gowns will surely entice Murad's long list of celebrity fans like Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Blake Lively. The collection culminates with a starry array of glittering silver and white gowns that decadently drip in scintillating crystals and sequins.

This is a view into the stunning Fall 2014 Couture Collection from Zuhair Murad.

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

Set 5

Set 6

Set 7

Set 8

Set 9

Set 10

Which of these Zuhair Murad gowns would you like to see on the Red Carpet?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Looks of the Week - 12/07/14

The weekly roundup of celebrity style, on and off the red carpet.

Supermodels Summer Style

Miranda Kerr goes boho in a pretty blue printed Isabel Marant maxi dress with Hermes tote in tow.
Jessica Hart is charming in a tropical printed summer dress with nude strappy sandals.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley slips a chic white Helmut Lang blazer over her white tee and printed Etoile Isabel Marant jeans, adding a beige Givenchy tote and Manolo Blahnik heels to her outfit.
Gisele Bundchen displays her summer style in a sleek fitted pair of denim jeans, cream blouse and floral printed kimono.

Olivia's Fashion Week Wardrobe
Olivia Palermo brought her fabulous style with her to attend Paris Couture Fashion Week, photographed in a number of modish ensembles.
1. The socialite wears a gardenia printed blouse with chic white leather vest and black mini skirt, all by Dior. She carries a pink and black clutch and walks in heels also by Christian Dior.
2. She wears a luxurious burgundy tapestry coat paired with matching shorts & glossy gold heels. 
3. The newly wed plays with monochrome prints in this Banana Republic leopard print pants and spotted Tibi tank top, anchored by a black blazer and Dior animal print bag. 
4. Olivia is elegantly dressed in a white shirt and black and red flaired A-line skirt by Valentino, accompanied by a fringed forest green Valentino clutch and geometric Sergio Rossi sandals.

City Sleek
Naya Rivera shows off her svelte frame in a pastel peach bodysuit by American Apparel, worn with fitted straight leg jeans.
Miranda Kerr is the epitome of chic simplicity in a white tank by The Row and black skinny jeans, teamed with a Hermes bag, Saint Laurent ankle boots and gold choker necklace.
Kendall Jenner's cool low key look features a blue Barbara Bui blazer, white cropped Topshop top, black skinny jeans and a pair of powder blue suede H&M loafers.
Nicole Richie makes her blue hair the center of attention by wearing a simmered down yet modern look in a white tank, black skinnies, Gianvito Rossi pumps and stand-out Chanel braces.

Modern Muse
Jennifer Lopez was decidedly demure in a rose pink sheer lace embroidered Zuhair Murad cocktail dress with pencil peplum skirt and Bionda Castana heels.
Georgia May Jagger looked trés chic in this slinky black top and metallic bubble skirt worn with chunky black sandals.
Nina Dobrev represented Elie Saab in this black top and mink maxi skirt, toughened up by a leather jacket, plum clutch bag and strappy sandals.
Poppy Delevingne is refined in an elegant ice grey pleated lace Chanel dress.
Toni Garrn put her best foot forward in black cropped top and split maxi skirt by Mango.

Front Rowers
Alexa Chung is radiantly dressed in a fire engine red silk Prada dress, accented by a black scarf, Prada Mary Jane shoes and Prada handbag.
Harley Viera Newton was front row at Chanel, wearing a black and white look from the French label with a collared white nautical top and metallic tulle skirt. A black tie, Chanel clutch and brogues accessorize her outfit.
Lily Collins mixes it up in a floral printed sweater with red and silver specked pencil skirt, both by Chanel. She also carries a maroon fringed Chanel bag.
Miroslava Duma brings her eclectic style to Couture Week in a red and white geometric print poncho top, worn over a light blue shirt, grey skinny jeans and ankle strap sandals.

Who is your Favourite 'Look of the Week'?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Frills - Hope

Hope looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst. 
Hope opens doors where despair closes them. 
Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot. 

Hope "lights a candle" instead of "cursing the darkness."
Hope regards problems, small or large, as opportunities. 
Hope cherishes no illusions, nor does it yield to cynicism.

Hope sets big goals and is not frustrated by repeated difficulties or setbacks. 
Hope pushes ahead when it would be easy to quit. 
Hope puts up with modest gains, realizing that "the longest journey starts with one step." 

Hope...sometimes that's all you have when you have nothing else,
But if you have it, you have everything.

Quote unknown. Image via Pinterest.