2013 Grammy Awards Fashion

How about last night’s Grammy Awards…Hot or Not?

Before I discuss the weird and wonderful thing that is called celebrity fashion, I just want to mention the fact my ringtone for the past 6 months or so have been Goteye’s Somebody That I Used To Know.  It is such a beautiful song and music video.  I just can’t get enough of it.  And well done to them for winning Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  I suppose it’s time for a new ring tone.

Back to Fashion.

I find it really odd that there was a ‘fashion code of conduct’ dictating a ‘ban on showing too much skin’ at this years Grammy Awards.  How odd.  Yes, I do admit, some starlets do tend to take it a bit too far sometimes, but still.  To dictate what you can and can not wear to a ceremony celebrating what you’ve been doing for the past year?!

That being said, to me the overall look and feel for this event can be described as BORING.  Fashion wise not a lot stood out.  Even though there were ‘wardrobe restrictions’, I still feel the creatives of the industry could have been a lot more…well…creative with their dress sense.

For instance, the stunning Jennifer Lopez wore a quite nice black one shoulder dress…with a slit up to her actual bikini line.  Nothing interesting or creative there…just A LOT of leg.  I don’t think she looked bad, just not stunning.

The main looks standing out, according to me, were black, red,cutouts and ‘see through’ materials such as chiffon.

The ‘Dress Code’ Violators:

The Cut-Out:

(A Couple) Worst Dressed: yes, there’s a few.

And what might be my favourite:

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Now to wait and see where celeb fashion will take us next…ooo the anticipation.

70th Annual Golden Globes Best Dressed

Last night (Sunday 13 January 2013) was the beginning of the new year’s fashion must see red carpet events.

I am always so excited to see the who’s who wearing what.  I always find it fun and interesting evaluating the latest styles, trends and favored colours and how they change from event to event.  Favored colours for this event was red, all shades and tones, black and creamy beige nudes and whites.

Here’s a couple of my favorites from last night’s red carpet event:

Kerry Washington in a sparkly nude mesh dress by Miu Miu.

Jessica Alba in melon-hued strapless gown by Oscar de la Renta

Nicole Kidman is wearing an Alexander McQueen from the spring/summer 2013 collection.

Katharine McPhee in a gorgeous satin gown by Theyskens’ Theory.

Sofia Vergara

Helen Mirren In Badgley Mischka

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

The ever so stunning Anne Hathaway In Chanel

And, according to me, the worst of the worst:

Emily Mortimer…                                                                                                                                     YUK! WHO AND WHERE’S HER STYLIST, WHERE’S HER MIRROR! WHAT WAS SHE THINKING! YUK!

 

 

Go for Green…2013′s IT colour.

According to Pantone, emerald green is IT.

Providing professional colour standards for the design industry (encompassing fashion and décor), Pantone declared the luxurious green hue king. According to the company’s official statement, the “vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony”.

And as always, designers and celebrities are way ahead of us ‘mere mortals’. Hues of green were already spotted on the runway and the red carpet.

(Autumn/winter 2012 Lanvin, Chanel, Just Cavalli and Elie Saab)

(Angelina Jolie (in Versace), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Salma Hayek-Pinault (in Gucci))

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(Mila Kunis (in Vera Wang), Alicia Keys (in Stella McCartney), Scarlett Johansson (in Dolce & Gabbana) and Robert Pattison (in Gucci))

And of course, the ever so lovely and fashion forward Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge:

(images from iFashion)

I myself am not a huge fan of green, and I will definitely not be wearing green, other than maybe through accessorising.

But luckily there is a green hue for every skin tone, so even if you’re like me, not wanting to actually wear green, you can bring it in through accessorising.

(Google Images: green accessories)

A green for every season:

Want to know which hue of green to wear? Please refer to previous blogs:

Have fun with green!

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“There is cardinal red and rose red. Come-to-bed red and go-to-hell red. But when it comes to a red dress, there is really only Valentino.

The much talked about and highly-anticipated Valentino Exhibition celebrating the life and work of the master designer opens at Somerset House, London today.

For the fashion illustrator and VOGUE.CO.UK blogger David Downton, the work of Valentino Garavani holds a particular poignancy, and he has done a couple of marvelous sketches of true Valentino Couture.

(http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2012/11/29/david-downton-valentino-illustrations)

Spring / Summer 2012/13 Trends

Today I did my monthly ‘walk-through’ Eikestad Mall, Stellenbosch.  Just to browse and see what new and exciting shops, boutiques, clothing stores, shoe stores, food stalls etc. opened up since I’ve last beet there, as well as do some ‘trend spotting’.

“Trend Spotting in Stellenbosch?” you ask me!  “Yes!” I say.

Although Stellenbosch is a relatively small town, it is still a Student Town.  And what’s more, ever since we’ve (and by we I mean whoever is responsible for those kind of things) started upgrading and redoing our local Mall (which used to be absolutely horrendous - I’ve tried to avoid it at any cost!), fashion and trends have been showing up.  Although, in my humble opinion, our chain-stores, such as Edgars, Foschini and even Woolies, still stock the very bottom of the range clothes, shoes and accessories.

Luckily I’m starting to see little boutiques and small independent clothing stores opening up all over Stellenbosh.  And some of them are actually stocking local designer clothes…local as in Stellenbosch/Cape Town based. Yay!

Although this is not a ‘Rate Stellenbosch Fashion’ or ‘Stellenbosch Clothing Store Review’, I just could not help mentioning some of the shortcomings and of course the welcome influx of the new and exciting.  I think I will definitely be doing a review on all the old, new and upcoming boutiques and clothing stores in Stellenbosch.

Back to the topic of this Blog.

While prancing around on my black velvet Zoom platform wedges through Eikestad Mall, I remembered I am in desperate need of a new bra.  Seeing that Stellies don’t have a Storm in a G-Cup, La Senza, Temptations, and, and, (need I continue), my obvious choice was Woolies.  So in I went.  I got my bra and also did some trend spotting.

Although, in my opinion, judging by the Spring 2012/13 Fashion Weeks all over the world, I knew this spring and summer anything goes, but I did not fully realize it until I saw all of it together in abundance in one store.

(A couple of Fashion Week Images from Google Images)

What stood out for me:

  • Colour wise lots of pastels, bright colours from chartrouse, to teal, bright pinks, oranges, and as always, the trusted even blacks and whites.
  • Print wise stripes, florals, geometric shapes, and as always animal prints.
  • Unstructured flowy dresses, long and short.
  • Peplum dresses and skirts.
  • Straight leg and skinnies in every thinkable colour.
  • Big floppy sun hats, fedora hats…hats in general.
  • Big bright dangly bracelets and lots of them.
  • Wedges.

(Images from http://www.woolworths.co.za)

In conclusion: this season is all about playing with colour, texture and print, mixing and matching and most importantly…HAVING FUN!

 

 

 

Summer Sunnies

Spring is upon us…at last (touch wood). 

I love summer!  Everything about and to do with summer!  And yes even the extremely uncomfortable hot no wind sweaty days.

Every year around this time I start to look around for new sunnies.  It’s another one of my things…colour coding/combining different sunnies to go with different outfit.  I stopped doing it for a couple of years, but decided I will be taking it up again this year.

Lets face it, not all sunglasses goes with all outfits, just as not all shoes goes with all outfits.

Here are a couple of my top choices for this season.

Tiffany & Co

BVLGARI

DKNY

Dolce & Gabbana

PRADA

Versace

Vogue

(Pics from Sunglass Hut)

I can’t wait to go shopping!  Where you ask me.  At my favourite ‘Fashion Forward’ choice…Sunglass Hut of course.  Happiness all around!

David Tlale, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York Spring/Summer 2013

Spring is upon us! Perfect timing seeing that Europe & US are currently showcasing the best in fashion for our upcoming spring & summer.

My current (and have been many times before) favourite South African Fashion Designer is definitely the one and only David Tlale.  He is a super talented designer with an eye for beauty & detail.  What I love about him is his ability to think outside of the box in creating and incorporating ‘ethnic’ design  infused with western style.

Tlale was a semi finalist at the 2002 South African Fashion Week Elle New Talent Show Competition.  From thereon his career just took off and reached new heights, especially since he was a relatively young and unknown designer…back then.  Now the world is his oyster (lame, I know).

On September 9th, 2012 David Tlale made his stand-alone debut at the New York Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week.

Prior to the show, Tlale explained that his “show in New York is not simply about translating South African design for a North American audience—but rather the transcendence of work through and beyond cultural nuances, and the delivery of that work to the global consumer.”

I am so in love with all his pieces, and they are so wearable!

Congratulations Mr Tlale.  We are so proud of you.

Now if only I could afford dress no 1 or 2 or 3 or 4…any of them?!…one day