Friday, 30 December 2011

The Best Dressed Of 2011: Red Carpet Rundown

I'm a red carpet addict. I love seeing all the amazing looks and dresses from events around the world on some of the most stylish and beautiful women. I've looked through all my posts from 2011 and have picked my favourite red carpet looks (and one royal wedding!). Who was your best dressed of 2011?

Emma Stone at the Golden Globes in Calvin Klein

Angelina Jolie at the Golden Globes in Atelier Versace

Sandra Bullock at the Oscars in Vera Wang  

Rachel McAdams at Cannes Film Festival

Rooney Mara at The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo premiere in Givenchy Couture

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress by Sarah Burton for McQueen


Sunday, 25 December 2011

Have a very Merry Christmas ...

... eat, drink and be merry! Hope you all have an amazing day with family and friends. This is my first year hosting Christmas at our house - so please wish me luck.


Friday, 16 December 2011

Perfect Party Styles from Bank

Tis the season to dress up and party, so if you're like me you're in a constant dilemma as to what to wear each day (and more importantly that night). I've got Christmas drinks, parties and events every night until Christmas - and boy - that's a lot of outfits to plan.

As most people have to go straight out after work (me included), you need an outfit that works all day and all night. I always find this really tricky to get right, and as everyone seems to up their style game during the holiday season, it's rubbish if you feel a bit under dressed.

I've headed to BANK to pull together some great outfit ideas to get you through the Christmas season. Separates are always a great way to mix up your style, and you can always swap your top to something more 'festive' before going out. There's a huge selection of women’s tops online at Bank, from blouses that will look great at your desk or on the dance floor to tops with plenty of sparkle. Team these with a great skirt or jeans from Bank and you're on to a winner.

This lace pencil skirt and pussy bow blouse have a vampy secretary feel, but if you think this look is a bit OTT for the office, try teaming the blouse with jeans during the day and switch to the lace pencil skirt after hours.

Sheer shirts and blouses are great for day to night outfits, as you can add a cami for the day and, if you're feeling brave, whip it off and showcase a statement bra. Teamed with a nude maxi skirt, this polka dot shirt would look great knotted at the waist.

These dark green coloured jeans are great for casual or dressy occasions and, just team them with some animal print, like this leopard print top, to add some attitude to your look.


*This post is in partnership with Bank, but all content is mine and all product has been chosen by me (cause I like it!)*

Monday, 12 December 2011

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture Fall 2011 at 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' UK Premiere

Anyone who wears Givenchy Couture on the red carpet usually gets my vote (just ask Liv Tyler or Cate Blanchett), but relative red carpet newbie, Rooney Mara, gets two thumbs up in this stunning white Givenchy Couture Fall 2011 dress at the 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' London Premiere .

The ethereal collection is juxtaposed with her badass movie persona, translucent skin and raven hair, creating a beautiful style clash on the red carpet. If this is how she starts the movie tour for 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' I can't wait to see what's next. But how do you top Givenchy?!


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Best Of This Week's Red Carpet Looks: Sherlock Holmes 2 And New Years Eve Premieres

There have been some great red carpet looks this week, especially from movie premieres, and it's great to see some glitz and glamour to get us in the mood frivolous festivities. Some of my favourite red carpet ladies were looking great, like Lea Michele who looked beautiful at the premiere for New Years Eve in Valentino, when you could prise her away for the slightly sleazy Ashton Kutcher that is. Rachel McAdams also looked amazing in a silvery Marchesa dress with a cowl back. Metalics always have and always will work perfectly at this time of year. Doing it like a dude, Amber Heard channelled Katherine Hepburn for her chic and oh-so-stylish outfit.

Who did you think was best dressed this week?


Thursday, 1 December 2011

New Look Spring Summer 2012 Press Day: Candy Colours and 90s Grunge

New Look press days never disappoint, and their spring summer 2012 press day was no exception. Even though we're only just in December (pinch, punch, first of the month and no returns to me, FYI) I think I'm well and truly in the spring summer 2012 mindset. I'm dreaming of candy colours, Miu Miu-esque blouses and dresses, ladylike accessories and a great big dollop of 90s styling.

I loved many, many items at the New Look press day, but these candy colour Mary Janes are too cute for words. It's plain to see that retro shows like Mad Men and Pan Am are filtering down onto our highstreet and shaping the look of spring summer, even the Kelly Brook underwear collection was heavily inspired by 60s styles and shapes. I also, as always, loved the 90s style that was very apparent in the grunge pieces and Brit Pop styling.


Saturday, 26 November 2011

2011 American Music Awards Best Dressed - Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez

I might be a bit late for commenting on the best of the red carpet at the 2011 American Music Awards, but I was so impressed with Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez that I just had to post about it.

American Music Awards 2011 Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta

I'm not always a fan of Nicki Minaj on the red carpet, but I love the drama and grandeur she displays in this stunning Oscar de la Renta gown. The rich, jewel colours of the dress clash perfectly with her candy floss pink hair and her fetish inspired McQueen shoes add a nice twist.

American Music Awards 2011 Selena Gomez in Giorgio Armani

Selena Gomez is trying to show she's more than Disney and can be glamorous and elegant, and this liquid satin 1920s inspired Giorgio Armani is doing just that. The dress is beautiful, but I LOVE the tasselled sash at the waist. It has that beautiful 'The Great Gatsby', opulent quality too it (there'll be lots more of this flapper style to come on the red carpet with the release of 'The Great Gatsby' in 2012!).

American Music Awards 2011 Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez looked amazing on the red carpet at the AMAs, her lace Zuhair Murad dress is totally stunning. Not many people can pull off a polo neck on the red carpet (!) but Jennifer seems to be doing it. The side split wasn't my favourite aspect, but I love the fish-tail skirt and the delicacy of the fabric.


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Versace for H&M 2012 Collection Confirmed

I wasn't going to do a post on the London launch of Versace for H&M, but seen as there's now going to be another Versace for H&M collection as soon as January 2012 it seemed rude not to. So here's a look at the mass-hysteria as one of H&M's most anticipated collaborations hit London (with a special appearance on the pink carpet from Donatella herself!)

I first posted about the Versace for H&M collection back in October when the fantastic lookbook images came out, and was instantly taken with the amazing, 90s-stylee, print-tastic collection. More Gianni Versace than Donatella, the collection was actually really impressive in real life, with great fabrics, beautiful finishes and amazing prints.
You can still shop a few pieces from the current collection online and in-store. I've been so impressed I'm actually excited to see what January 2012 brings!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

F&F Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Preview

On Tuesday night my friend and I were lucky enough to go to the F&F Spring/Summer 2012 preview at the OXO Tower. After navigating our way on the Southbank Thames Path on a very chilly evening, we made it to the OXO Tower second floor and took in the *huge* F&F collection on display.

On arrival, we were given brown hearts and told to write our blog name on them and hang the heart on the item in the new collection that we covet the most. I tried (I really did) to go for an item that wasn't my usual style, but I failed miserably and had to hang my heart on the striped pencil skirt. Here are some of my favourite pieces from the night.


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fashion Capital Profile Fashion Event Spring/Summer 12

On Thursday night I attended the Fashion Capital Profile fashion show 2011 at One Marylebone, showcasing some of the UK’s most exciting new design talent. Displaying their work and showing on the catwalk, 20 designers showed ladies, men’s and accessories from their S/S 12 collections to press and buyers.

Vjera Vilicnik

I also had a special guest with me for the evening, my gorgeous mum (who is an avid reader of Carina100, so I know she's reading this!). We had a great time and have both fallen for the luxurious and glamorous designs of Vjera Vilicnik. Her racing green evening gown was out of this world, and so were her ultra-glam satin trench coats. I was also a big fan of Torres and their bold, colour block, body-con dresses.

Christina Dami

There was a lot of talent on show, and it's such a great idea to have an event to showcase new and emerging talent outside of London Fashion Week or Graduate Fashion Week. These are some of my favourite outfits and pictures from the night.



Christina Dami

Kelly Love


Lauren Goodger clothing collection Lauren's Way

Rachel Antonio