Monday, 28 February 2011

2011 Oscars Best Dressed - Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Hilary Swank

I'd like to say it was a tough decision picking who should take the Oscar Red Carpet Queen title from my reigning Queen, Rachel McAdams, but it really wasn't that hard to pick. With the help of well paid and trained stylists, the red carpet doesn't have as many (if any) car crash red carpet moments, however some looks can still fall flat, and feel dated. But some shining stars still seem to burn brighter than others. The 2011 Oscars, to me, were all about 3 ladies - Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Hilary Swank.

Cate Blanchett looked like she's stepped out of another place and time in Givenchy Couture (from the same collection that Florence Welch wore to the Grammys). This dress looked better on Cate than it did on the model in Paris. Love. Love. LOVE!

God, I love Sandra Bullock. Sandra and Vera Wang should get together more often. The scarlet dress, alabaster skin and raven hair are perfection. She's conjuring up a modern day Scarlet O'Hara moment.

At the moment I have a serious thing about feathers (thank you Bernard Chandran) and ombré dresses (thank you Zac Posen and Julia Stiles in blue ombre Monique Lhuillier)so I freaked when I saw how fantastic Hilary Swank looked in Gucci ombré feathers. Delicate jewellery and slicked back hair let this dress say it it all.

Who was your best dressed at the 2011 Oscars?


Sunday, 27 February 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 - Street Style and Exhibition

Wow, it's tricky to get through all the great London Fashion Week images, exhibition info and show reports I have, but it would be rude not to share, so here are some of my favorite bits and pieces from the cobbles (not Corrie) including the exhibitions at Somerset House and Vauxhall Fashion Scout, and street style.

I was very lucky to have a helper over LFW, in the gorgeous form of Emily, who helped Carina100 attend all the shows I'd been invited to (even the one's that overlapped) and was my official Street Style photographer. Thanks for your help, Emily!


Images:Carina Sullivan and Emily Shackleton

Thursday, 24 February 2011

London Fashion Week - The LOOK Show

Celebrating it's third season at London Fashion Week, The LOOK Show is still bringing great highstreet style to the catwalk. Showcasing the best the highstreet has to offer in a London Fashion Week format, having some of the modelling industry's superstars walk (Erin O'Connor and Crystal Renn have both opened previous shows, and this year it was Petra Nemcova), and pulling a celeb-packed front row are just some of the reasons thousands of LOOK magazine readers apply for tickets each season.

I was lucky enough to attend the first ever The LOOK Show in February 2010, and again managed to attend the SS 11 show on Friday afternoon. There's something really great about watching a catwalk show where there's no 'season lag' and you can go and buy every look you've seen straight away (great, and dangerous to the old bank balance).

The front row fashion was also getting me excited, with Olivia Palermo looking beautiful and effortless (as always) in a mustard flared dress and cheetah print shoe boots, Marina (and her Diamonds) looking quirky and cute in her mice jumper dress (she was also rocking a gorgeous hot pink flared dress underneath), and my favourite of the frow - Jaime Winstone. Nailing the S/S 11 trend of colour blocking, Jaime looked a-maz-ing in emerald green satin (it looked like a Roksanda Ilincic dress, with rope tie, but not sure) and coral sandals (she's doll like in person, and has great hair).

While LFW AW 11 had got me geared up for thick coats and layering, The LOOK Show reminded me that we've still got Summer to look forward to! While we were greeted by waiters in Hawaiian shirts and straw hats and sipped summery cocktails, it was the clothes that reminded me the best is yet to come (I love Summer). Bring on wispy layers, pretty dresses, bikinis, and candy colours.

The styling at The LOOK Show is always great. M&S is always a favourite, the tribal look (middle image, left) is M&S believe it or not! And finally, here's me with some of the lovely bloggers, including Gem and Laura, I spent the afternoon with.

If that's not enough for you, then head over to the LOOK site now. I love that they release all sorts of video and images afterwards, including backstage interviews, catwalk footage, and how-to videos for hair and make-up.


Images: My own, LOOK, Gem Fatale and That's So Yesterday

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 - Mark Fast

I bet you were expecting to see a sexy knitted dress when you saw that this was a report on Mark Fast's AW 2011 collection, didn't you? Well, don't get me wrong, you will see plenty of those (and very nice too), but Fast put a spin on things and also sent very cleverly crafted leather pieces down the catwalk at his show yesterday.

The collection had a raw energy to it, with huge, bouncing wool coats and jackets, and spiralling, split maxi dresses, which perfectly captured Fast's message, 'A wolf in sheep's clothing.' The leather pieces matched this, but also had a distinct S&M feel, with buckles, straps, constricting necks, lace up details and long gloves and boots. The beautiful Louboutins on the catwalk also upped the kinky considerably.

Putty and cream were mixed with lots of black and, one of the hottest colours at London Fashion Week, red, bringing together a simple colour palette that let the cut and fabric do the talking.

The front row was jam-packed with celeb fans including VV Brown, Nat and Leah Weller, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Jo Wood, Janice Dickenson and Maria Diamondis (Marina and the Diamonds).

I really liked that while Fast kept certain things the same; sexy dresses, models in all shapes and sizes and lots of knit, he also tried to incorporate something completely different with the leather. One thing's for sure, it was still bloody sexy.


Sunday, 20 February 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 - Belle Sauvage

The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street was one of the best London Fashion Week spaces I'd seen, and worked perfectly with Belle Sauvage's collection. It felt like we had arrived at an under-ground, all night rave as we stepped out of the rain and into the darkness (it was nearly pitch black). It's huge space, with a lengthy catwalk to boot and the industrial, stripped back abandoned warehouse matched with the futuristic, ghoulish and animalistic prints and styling.

The collection was all about print, with geometric digital prints taking centre stage. Body-con mini ad maxi dresses with cleverly cut-outs and sheer mesh panels gave a fresh and dramatic look, and made up most of the collection. Clever styling, plaited hair and accessories added to the under-ground tribal feel. I very solid and covetable collection.

I could see Brit new-comer Jessie J, Gaga and Rihanna all over this collection; can I interest you in a thigh-high sheer panelled maxi dress, ladies?


Saturday, 19 February 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 - Bernard Chandran

Today's first show for me was by Malaysian born designer Bernard Chandran. I've been to several of his shows at London Fashion Week now, and he always delivers clothes that are purely for a confident, in charge sort of gal. His AW 2011 show was all about making a statement; delicate full length lace dresses were broken up with industrial zips and think black belts, huge feather jackets were worn as part of outfit made up of one block colour (from dress, to tights, to shoes), and part-peplum dresses left cocktail dresses looking like exotic orchids.

The colours that we've seen elsewhere at London Fashion Week AW 2011 made an appearance, with a main colour palette of greys and black, mixed with reds, orange, hot pink and teal green. It was the coloured feather items that had the audience whip into a frenzy, especially the hot pink gillet, as it floated down the catwalk.

One other important thing - the hair! Bedhead plaits that were almost falling out had flashes of muted purple and red, and were so good they had me wishing I still had my hair mascara from (gulp) 13 years ago!