Ok, I can breathe again. There is a light at the end of the very dark and hideous fashion tunnel.
Below are my choices for best dressed at this year’s Met Gala. I already know that some people are going to disagree wholeheartedly and that is totally cool. One of fashion’s greatest values is its ability to initiate conversation formed from a difference of opinions. Style is subjective, too, so we will never agree on everything. So let me know who you loved or hated in the comments section at the end of this post; I would really love to hear from you guys!
Some of these looks are my favourite because they are just exquisite and beautifully styled (from shoes and accessories to hair and makeup). But most of them are more beautiful to me because they either represent a fashion risk (this night is all about couture, innovative style, and fashion MOMENTS, after all) or because they actually took the theme to heart. For those who are unsure; the Met Gala is hosted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and takes place the same day that the museum opens its annual fashion exhibition. The theme for the gala is extrapolated from the exhibition – they are not the same but are similar. The 2015 fashion exhibition at the Met is China: Through The Looking Glass and the gala followed with a theme that encapsulates just that in forms of art and fashion.
A lot of people blatantly ignore the theme and that kinda pisses me off. So when someone incorporates it into their ensemble; I am already looking at it more closely and with more respect. At least, initially.
So here we are, my best dressed from Monday’s Met Gala…
As usual, RIRI pulled out all the stops and has created a massive divide between those who love this and those who absolutely hate it (or as Sam Sam so brilliantly put it, thinks it looks like scrambled egg; which I actually cannot argue with). But the more I look at this, the more I die of obsession over it. That fabric is PHENOMENAL and the train is everything. This is the goddam Met Gala people; so why not? This is fashion. It’s couture. It’s a risk. It is dramatic to the next lev. IT IS PERFECTION.
Let’s hear it for the boys…
Thank the Pope for these beauties. Now I can sleep peacefully.
And so it finally happened – the biggest night in awards season took place last night and after all the huffing and puffing we eventually wound up with some spectacular red carpet fashion choices! The 87th Annual Academy Awards marked the end of a long and often treacherous awards season that had its fair share of dreary dresses and WHAT THE ACTUALS? But there is a light at the end of that dark fashion don’ts tunnel, and that light shone bright last night.
Don’t get too excited, there is MUH-HOST DEFS a red carpet rant in the wings; but for now let us revel in the wows and yesses and the oh-my-goodness-she-finally-got-it-rights!
No surprise as to the night’s biggest winners in terms of who took home little golden men; but I am happy to report that some of this season’s worst dressed pulled their shit together (or hired new stylists) and NAILED it. I’m looking at you, Rosamund Pike.
The Oscars stuck to a colour palette of mostly monochrome, sparkles and nudes, with a few stars going for bold and bright primary colours: trends that echo the entire season and are a surefire sign of what’s to come in department stores and local lookbooks in the coming months.
So here we go, the end of the journey and my penultimate post for the 2015 Awards Show series: the best dressed at the 87th Academy Awards.
Let me know your thoughts and if you like what you see here, don’t be afraid to hit that follow button! There is so much in store for Haute Hoodlum this year, you really don’t want to miss out (plus I literally get funnier every day).
My goodness, how long has this taken? Too long, duh. But let us not look a gift horse in the mouth because the Fashion Gods have smiled upon us mere mortals and presented us with actual wow moments on a red carpet. The 2015 BAFTAS was a roaring success sartorially, and I am so thrilled to be sitting here writing this post. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the Brits and how much I love London. And fashion. So when you combine all of these elements into one shining beacon of cinematic stardom; well ya got me. Ya got me gooooooood.
The BAFTAS took place the same night as The Grammys and ICMYI, I already rounded up my best and worst dressed from the music awards earlier this week. But thank goodness for the BAFTAS because there is strength in redemption and light at the end of a very dark awards season tunnel. This is not to say there weren’t some terrors on the red carpet; but there might not have been enough to warrant a rant (say that fast ten times).
So here you go, the belles of the ball (and the beaus, too) that restored my hope in celebrity style.
And in case that wasn’t enough, this happened at the Chanel pre-BAFTA party: Tom Ford and Julianne Moore partied like it was 1999.
Every year, music’s biggest night evolves and incorporates some of the most fascinating fashion moments in history. I mean, who can forget J.Lo’s plunging green Versace dress, Lady Gaga’s egg or Pharrell’s hat? The Grammys are filled with loud, bold statements and absolute divergences from what we expect on a red carpet. Musicians and models take to the awards show like a coked out troupe of dress up dolls; playing with the notion of style and pretty much throwing out all rules. But oh ho ho how it makes for such classic entertainment!
The Grammys always provides us with talking points – good and bad – and you have to accept that there is going to be a high dose of bat-shit-crazy on that carpet; and that is why we love it. There is always something. And 2015 was no different. Everyone and their mother is talking about RIRI (who has come back with a bang and is having a serious moment – have a look at her JAWS anniversary editorial with Harpers Bazaar US here and her i-D cover here) and her Giambattista Valli Couture dress that came straight off the SS’15 runway. That dress was my favourite piece from the collection and she wore it to PERFECTION. So all you haters can shut the front door and revisit your opinions because Rihanna killed it.
There were some utterly ridiculous outfits at this year’s Grammys (I’m talking to you, Madonna) but the red carpet rant will be posted tomorrow so watch this space. For now, let us brighten up this dreary Monday with the best looks from the 2015 Grammys.
Remember, I love hearing what you guys think so please comment below and let me know who hit all the right notes!
Now you all know how I feel about Taylor Vomit-In-My-Mouth Swift; but I have absolutely got to give the girl credit for this exquisite Elie Saab gown (the shoes are a step too far for me but I’m bias and will find any flaw I can). She may make me want to hurl myself over a cliff but she looked phenom last night so there.
Most of us hate Kimye but they looked insane last night. Totally approps for the Grammys and perfectly styled. She is annoying as fvck and he is the most arrogant person alive but they worked it OUT at this year’s Grammys.
Then let’s have a moment for Jane Fonda; because if you can show up to the Grammys with your 1983 hairdo wearing a sparkly green Balmain jumpsuit at the age of 105 and look this good; then I salute you.
Keep your eyes peeled for the my next post which will cover the musical malevolence on the Grammys red carpet. Trust me, that one’s gonna be fun.
Finality is a terrible thing. Especially when it means the end of a week of dazzling creations and moving art. Today sees the final installment of my Couture Week series (see the previous posts here and here).
This post focuses on three collections: Versace, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana who actually showed in Rome at Alta Moda. Valentino and D&G were beautifulllllllll and filled with a sense of royal etherealism (that’s not a word but I’m making it one, so deal) and Versace was its usual sexualized self.
It’s Thursday but it feels like Friday so relax, kick your feet up and have one last delve into the depth of desire.
VERSACE (VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE)
Sticking to a palette of four colours -black, white, red and blue – Versace did what they do best: SEX.
This was a dream. Maria Grazia Chiura and Pierpaulo Piccioli (Valentino’s Creative Directors) were inspired by ‘love in its purest form’ and that ideology was perfectly executed in this collection.
DOLCE & GABBANA (ALTA MODA)
D&G also showed a Haute Couture Mens collection – Alta Sartoria – because one is simply not enough. Below you can get a glimpse of how utterly extravagant the collection was (courtesy of Vogue’s incomparable Suzy Menkes)…
Couture Week may be over but Fashion Month is coming our way so don’t forget to watch this space and hit the follow button for up-to-the-minute coverage, catchups and criticisms.
PS I’ll be off the grid until next week because my family is all down for the weekend and that means eating out every meal, jolling and living our best lives.
Thank heavens for small miracles. Yesterday I posted about the most RUH-VOLTING dresses on the SAG Awards Red Carpet (see it here) and it really put me in a bad mood. But I always, always look for the silver lining/light at the end of the tunnel/Lupita Nyong’o because there will be something fabulous to turn your frown upside down (did I just say that?) and make you believe in the beauty of fashion once again.
The SAG Awards is usually a place where celebs take bigger risks and this year certainly adhered to tradition. And I am all for tradition when it comes up looking like this. Hot dam some people killed it on the red carpet! Thank the bloody Pope.
Here are my choices for best dressed – you might not agree with all of them and that’s totally fine. I will just never talk to you again.
JOKES. I love to hear what you guys think so please leave a comment below and let me know your favourites (and “worsts” because by now you know I love a red carpet disaster almost as much as I love a cup of tea and a black baby. But not quite).
Remember, I truly believe in the power of a fashion moment so some of these choices are on this list because they are show-stopping WOWS due to their difference and uniqueness. It is fashion, after all.
Joan Collins is the queen of sass so she can do and wear whatever the hell she wants. You be the sparkly showgirl you’ve always wanted to be and don’t let anyone tell you different!
I was beginning to lose hope, but my faith in fashion has been restored.
First things first – Happy New Year my lovely followers! I have been under the radar for a couple weeks now with summer holidays and having way too much fun in the beautiful weather to be inside on a computer. But I’m back now and better than ever! 2015 is our year – whatever struggles and stresses you dealt with last year are not only in the past; but have built the strength within you necessary to seize all the incredible opportunities this year has to offer. I have a great feeling about 2015, and I hope you do too.
But back to business.
Sunday saw the 72nd annual Golden Globes (the kickstarter for awards season) held in Los Angeles and usually the catalyst for phenomenal red carpet fashion. HOWEVER, there was obviously something very funky in the LA water last weekend because there were so few good looks that I actually wanted to cry. Literally. I don’t know what the hell everyone was thinking (or drinking when they chose their outfits) but almost no one got it right. There were a few exceptions – there always are thank the Pope – but mostly I was underwhelmed and quite frankly, disappointed. You have all this money, with stylists fawning over your every whim and designers throwing their exquisite couture gowns at you and you chose that? Sies tog nee fok man.
There were undeniable, key trends on the carpet (from solid primary colours and all white to sequined sparkles, belts and capes); a lot of the dresses within them were horrific. HORRIFIC. WHY??????
Anyway, that post/rant is up next but for now we will focus on the positive because there were some stars who actually looked quite magnificent. I found most of the looks on the red carpet to be quite plain and safe; so I do appreciate a fashion risk when taken and have to applaud those adventurous souls who tried something different (some however tried something so intently different they looked pathetic and revolting and will be severely punished in the next post).
Here you go – the best of the worst from the Golden Globes 2015.
Let’s start with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I LOVE THESE WOMEN. They are brilliant, funny, successful women who also know how to play with fashion and have some fun. I wasn’t hugely crazy about Tina’s red carpet dress but I didn’t hate it on her. I love that they had three outfits but stuck to a colour scheme throughout – Tina in monochrome and Amy in cobalt blue. Well done ladies, well done indeed.
For the rest of the looks (to make it easierfor you), I’ve grouped the goodies into subsections:
These were dresses that just missed the top mark but something about them worked for me. Sometimes I’m not even sure what. They’re not my favourite but belieeeeeeve me, they certainly are not my worst.
These elder women showed that youth is not the only way to define style.
Quite honesly, the men did a whole lot better at the Golden Globes than most of the women. I love that we are in a place where men can have fun with fashion, wear more than just a black tux and take risks.
Sometimes, your best accessory is the person on your arm.
And this for luck:
Ok so there were quite a few hits at The Globes, but sadly the misses far outweigh them. Stay tuned for that clusterfuck of fashion coming to the blog this week.