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



Saturday, 12 November 2011

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston - Screening at One Aldwych

"He was everything the 70s was"

I was so happy to be invited to a Handpicked Media exclusive screening at the beautiful One Aldwych hotel last week. The reason I was so excited was that we were watching 'Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston', a documentary about the extraordinary life and career of the 70s most prominent and infamous designer, Halston. I've long proclaimed my love of the ultra glamorous designer and his work, and after a resurgence lead by Sarah Jessica Parker in the last few years, a new generation are learning about the amazing legend that is Halston.

The documentary includes some in-depth and entertaining interviews about Halston, his empire, his social life and time at Studio 54, all with people that knew him well, including life-long friend Liza Minnelli, his most famous 'Halstonette' models, including Anjelica Huston, and industry experts, like Diane von Furstenburg.

No one represented the glamour, style and excess of the 70's quite like legendary designer Halston and in this new documentary, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, filmmaker Whitney Sudler -Smith takes us on a fabulous fun-and-fact filled journey through his life and times.

Halston was also emperor of another world, namely New York City nightlife, and the fabled Studio 54 was where he held court, surrounding himself with the likes of Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli and Truman Capote. Every night was a party, full of dancing, drinking and drugging.

Ultrasuede combines archival footage and an array of interviews with various witnesses and survivors of Halston's empire including, his best friend Liza Minnelli, two of his leading models, Anjelica Huston and Pat Cleveland; fellow designers Dianne von Furstenberg, Stephen Burrows, Naeem Khan and Ralph Rucci; musicians Billy Joel and Nile Rogers (both of whom used "Halston" as a lyric in hit songs); journalists Bob Colacello and Glenn O'Brien (of Andy Warhol's Interview), Jim Moore of GQ, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times, Amy Fine Collins of Vanity Fair, and Andre Leon Talley of Vogue, among others.

Thanks again Handpicked Media and One Aldwych. This documentary is a must for any fashion fan and the gorgeous and luxurious One Aldwych hotel is most definitely worth a visit.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is out in the UK on DVD now.


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

TASK PR Spring Summer Press Day

Last week I headed to The Gallery Soho after work to go to the TASK PR press day, and I'm so glad I did! I haven't been able to make it to as many press days as I would have liked this season (due to my new job and flat and generally being a busy bee), but I haven't been to such a well laid out, beautifully merchandised press day in such a long time, and every single collection and brand leapt out at me.

Showing their Spring/ Summer 2012 collections were Marc Cain, Thomas Sabo, ASH, Bourne, J shoes, Kirk Originals, Joseph Ribkoff, Beg Borrow or Steal, Inbar Spector and Muiree. I am now *obsessed* with the fringed Bourne shoes, the oh-so-cool glittery Kirk Original glasses and everything from Inbar Spector's intricate, laser cut, leather and concertinaed collection.

But I won't ramble too much, and I'll let the photos do the talking. Congratulations on a great press day, TASK PR!


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Star in the next L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss Advert with Cheryl Cole

I'm a bit of a hair colour addict, and some of my most popular posts on the blog have been about hair and hair colour. My 'Red Hair' post has had almost 20,000 people read it and my Candy Colour Hair inspired post about the huge trend for multi-coloured hair this season has got you telling me how much you love to experiment with your hair. So to bring you even more hair and colour news, here's a great competition which could see you as the face (and hair) of Casting Crème Gloss with Cheryl Cole.

L’Oréal Paris is looking for women to star in the next Casting Crème Gloss advert alongside spokesmodel and hair chameleon, Cheryl Cole. From 31 October to 27th November, fans and users of Casting Crème Gloss will be able to 'cast themselves' in the role of either: deep brunette to black, fiery redhead or honey blonde.

To enter this fab competition visit the L’Oréal Paris UK Facebook page and click 'Cast Yourself' and follow the steps to enter and upload a picture and try to get as many votes as possible between 28th November to 4th December 2011.

The most popular brunettes, redheads and blondes will be shortlisted for the L’Oréal Paris Casting Day where contestants will receive a makeover for a live audition in front of judges. You'll even get to utter those 4 famous words, "Because you're worth it!'

The winners will then be chosen to appear in an exclusive new L’Oréal Paris advert alongside Cheryl Cole.

Open to female UK and ROI residents aged 16+. Entrants must register with L’Oréal Insider, colour their hair using Casting Crème Gloss and upload a photo on facebook. No purchase necessary. Closing date 27/11/2011. For full Terms & Conditions click here.

*This is a sponsored post. I've included it as I think it's a great competition and I have used and like L’Oréal Casting Creme Gloss.*

By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Mulberry Lily - Just Add Gems

If there was ever a bag that said '90s party wear', this would be it. Therefore I'm unnaturally besotted with it. The Mulberry Lily with Gems is all kinds of awesome. From the nightshade blue suede, to the adjustable chain strap, to the multi-coloured gems, this bag is born to dance the night away on a light-up dance floor (and I think I was born to own it!).