Celebrity Steal Style: Lady Gaga

As Lady Gaga prepares to celebrate her 30th birthday, we can’t help but notice that her style is evolving. While she still puts on a show when she’s on stage, gone are the Kermit the Frog dresses and outfits made from meat. In their place are sophisticated and elegant smart-casual outfits and glamorous gowns for night.

Gaga has never looked better and as she prepares to take over from Beyonce as the headliner of the Coachella festival – the first ever female headliner – she’s also in great shape. It’s inspiring to see that whatever your style history, you can turn things around and re-invent yourself.

Here are a couple of ways to copy her new look:

Lady Gaga by day

Gaga looked super chic in a luxe jumper and jeans as she went for a pre-birthday lunch in LA. The simplicity of this look is what makes it stylish and she looks effortlessly cool. All the elements in this outfit are well-made and fit her perfectly, which is why the look comes together so well. We can achieve it by starting with the V by Very Addison high-waisted super skinny jeans and a soft jumper like the V by Very crew neck jumper. Jeans with heels always look amazing and the V by Very Melanie pointed court shoes are especially glamorous – great for day or night. Finish the look with the Dune Dempsey large tote bag and you have an outfit ideal for a weekend on which you want to impress.

Lady Gaga by night

When Lady Gaga presented an award at the British Fashion Awards last year, photographers made her pose on the red carpet for almost an hour as everyone was so blown away by how fabulous she looked. The strappy neck detail of her black maxi dress gave it an extra edge, especially as the rest of the dress was so floaty. It’s very similar to the Rochelle Humes ribbon tie front maxi dress. For this look, all you need is some simple strappy sandals like the V by Very Bella ankle strap minimal heeled sandals to make a confident arrival. You’ll walk tall and feel proud of yourself in an outfit like this.

What do you think of Gaga’s more glam style?

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Our Fave Bloggers Celebrate 30 Years of Nike Air Max!

It’s the start of spring, but for sneakerheads, one date holds prominence over all others. The 26th March is Nike Air Max Day.

2017 is extra special as it celebrates 30 years since Nike introduced this ground-breaking concept to the masses.

Originally intended for athletes, Air Cushioning Technology revolutionised the running circuit and casual scene alike. This success brought about visible Air unit with the Air Max 1 in 1987, something that resonates in all models since, from the classic ‘90 right up to the future-facing 2017.

Passing on a street style from one generation to the next, the Air Max holds a look for the entire family and has been spotted on some of the most famous celebrities around the world.

But how do you work sportswear in your capsule wardrobe? We’ve called upon some of our favourite bloggers to share their expert styling tips!

Claire Johnson

Shop the look: Skinny jeans, Bomber jacket, stripe jumper and Nike Air Max Thea trainers.
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  1. How would you describe your blog? It’s my little corner of the internet where I talk about everything from personal style, to my beauty favourites, events and the general goings on in my life.
  2. What were your reasons for choosing this outfit? I’m all about comfort when it comes to day-to-day style, and the sporty vibe goes perfectly with the Nike Air Max Theas. I love the colour, length and the satin fabric of the bomber jacket. And stripes are my thing (I have way too many striped tees!), plus the ripped jeans are an absolute staple in my wardrobe.
  3. How would it fit into your daily life? This is a look I would wear for a laid back weekend, whether it be heading to the cinema, off out for a pub lunch with family or hitting the shops with friends.
  4. If you had to describe your style in 3 words what would it be? Classic Yet experimental – I know what cuts and shapes suit my body but I love to push the boundaries too.
  5. What do you like about Nike Air Max? I’m a massive trainer fan, and Nike is my go-to brand when it comes to style and comfort. I wear my Theas regularly as they add effortless style to any look. They take me from the shops, to an event and home again, and their classic style never dates. They’re a staple shoe that will always be part of my collection.

Amy Cooper

Shop the look: Cold shoulder jumper, Girls cat knee jeans, Floral coat, and Nike Air Max Mesh 90 Junior trainers.
Shop all kidswear here.

  1. How would you describe your blog? My blog covers all aspects of my life as a parent and what comes along with raising three children. As a single mum I strive to change the preconceived ideas that can come along with that label, hearing I have helped or encouraged someone really makes it all worthwhile.
  2. What does a typical day involve for you? My day starts with coffee always! If I have the girls at home with me we are always out and about; park, beach or off on a woodland walk we rarely spend a whole day at home.
  3. How does the kids’ outfit you’ve picked fit in with your daily life? The outfit I’ve picked out is about comfort and practicality for the kids, if they’re out climbing or running about but I still want them to look cute. I love pastel shades especially as we head into spring. Pairing up the Nike Air Max Mesh 90s with jeans, a jumper and a thin jacket is so ideal for this time of year when the weather can change within minutes.
  4. Which celeb kid do you think has the coolest style? Harper Beckham, with a mum like Victoria how could she not look super cute at all times!

Mr Luke Christian

Shop the look: White shirt, mens skinny jeans and Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Essential trainers.
Shop all mens clothing here.

  1. How would you describe your blog? I would describe my blog as clean, minimalistic and I also enjoy experimenting to keep things fresh and new.
  2. What were your reasons for choosing this outfit? I wanted to keep it smart yet casual, and with the Spring/Summer upon us, I felt that the shorter sleeve shirt would be great for this time of year.
  3. How would it fit into your daily life? My go to outfit is usually always a shirt teamed with some skinny black jeans, so it would fit in quite well.
  4. If you had to describe your style in 3 words what would it be? Black, tailored, clean.
  5. What do you like about Nike Air Max? I like that the trainer is so versatile and can be worn for any occasion, whether it’s teaming it with a plain t shirt for a sporty look or with a shirt and smart trousers for a smarter look.

Need any more proof that you need a pair of Nike Air Max in your wear-with-anything wardrobe? Thought not. Have a browse through our picks of the latest and greatest  to discover your new forever favourites!

We Day Celebration: Best Dressed Celebs

We Day is an annual event to encourage more people to volunteer for local communities, with the goal to make people shift from a ‘me’ mentality to a ‘we’ mentality. And a great way to draw attention to the cause was to have a gig at Wembley Arena – there’s a reason why the word ‘fun’ is in fundraising!

With performances from Jessie J and Fleur East, a motivational speech from Kate Winslet and some super cool hosts in radio presenters Yasmin Evans and Becca D, the event was truly inspirational. Everyone dressed up for the occasion to show they cared about the cause. Let’s have a closer look at how they all did this:

Jessie J

Jessie has kept a low profile for a while but made a glamorous entrance back onto the scene with beautiful bootcut trousers and a crop top. Jessie’s always had great abs so she shows them off as she knows people are envious of them. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Becca D

She’s a host on Hoxton radio, but she’s destined for TV and she’s so fun and has a fabulous sense of style. She turned heads all night long in her printed jumpsuit but she made sure she was able to run around the stage by wearing flat ankle boots. Clever!

Fleur East

Fleur dressed conservatively as she arrived at the event in a white shirt dress – she was dressing as if she meant business. The red heels and the red lipstick keep the look young and fresh – this could be a lovely outfit for the office as it’s smart but it shows the wearer’s personality.

Kate Winslet

Kate dressed to match the theme of the night in a comfortable grey t-shirt. This shows she’s confident enough to get on stage and be recognised for what she’s talking about rather than what she’s wearing. She’s actually really humorous!

Paula Abdul

The singer, songwriter and talent show judge looked ready for spring in a floral playsuit. The colours are bright and pretty and the cold shoulder detail is on trend this season. What do you think?

Radio 1Xtra’s Yasmin Evans

Yasmin looked like she was ready for a film premiere in a striking dark yellow jumpsuit. The yellow makes it eye-catching but the stripes give it a smart but edgy look so it doesn’t look as if you’re trying to hard. She knows her own sense of style just as much as she knows her music.

Whose outfit did you like the most?

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Six Inspiring Celebrity Yummy Mummies

Mother’s Day is very much a family day as most mums value time with their kids more than any gifts or presents. For the stars it’s the same as they’re often on film sets or on a music promotional tour and don’t always get to spend as much time with their offspring as they’d like. When they do have down time, they dress fashionably but practically so they can actually do things with their families.

Therefore, in honour of Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at six of the most stylish yummy celeb mummies. They’re fantastic inspiration for what to wear on family occasions when you’re doing activities but you want to look as glam as you can.

Kate Hudson

Sporty mummy Kate looked ready for spring in pastel blue linen trousers with a neutral beige top. The trousers are loose fitting and comfortable to keep you cool no matter how much you have to run around and you could dress these up for night by wearing with sandals instead of flats and changing into more of a party top. This look is effortless glamour!

Beyonce

Soon to be a mum of three, Beyonce has stuck to her style throughout motherhood and always looks fabulous. Skinny jeans and a white shirt may be a classic choice for a family day out but Beyonce gives her outfit more attitude with her black ankle boots, round sunglasses and statement jewellery. Sometimes it’s all about the accessories…

Kim Kardashian

This is one of Kim’s more practical outfits, which she wore for a day of fashion shows in New York. A shirt dress is easy to wear and is also very flattering as they feature a belt which highlights a slim waist and shows off your curves. A shirt dress with ankle boots is comfortable without being dowdy and wearing something like this will give you confidence that you look amazing, even when you’re doing something really normal.

Mila Kunis

Mum-of-two Mila shows how a black maxi dress can be a flattering choice of day-wear. She doesn’t have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions, the fabric feels loose and light next to her skin and she can accessorise it to dress it up more if needs be. What do you think?

Jessica Alba

If you’re planning a family lunch or afternoon tea on Mother’s Day, Jessica showed off the ideal outfit on the Jimmy Kimmel TV show. This outfit is sophisticated and elegant but still shows you have a personality. A pencil skirt gives you a gorgeous hourglass shape and when you have a gorgeous bottle green colour like this, all you need is a black top.

Jennifer Lopez

JLo has twins and yet she still looks young and fresh. Light blue skinny jeans are ideal for spring and she keeps things bright and breezy with a white blouse and a white blazer. The red boots add a diva vibe!

Who do you think looks the best?

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TV And Radio Stars Wow at The TRIC Awards

TRIC stands for TV and Radio Industries Club and the annual awards ceremony is a big deal as the stars vote for their peers. To know that other people in the same industry think you are doing a great job is a huge honour!

The awards ceremony may take place during the day in London’s five-star Grosvenor House Hotel, but the dress code is more suited to night-time glamour. It’s less formal than the BAFTAs or the Oscars, but there are a lot of pretty party dresses, which is more practical for the rest of us to copy as there are a lot more occasions to wear party clothes than there are formal maxi dresses.

Soap stars, TV presenters and reality TV contestants all showed up to the awards do so there was plenty of glamour and inspiration. Let’s have a closer look at who wore what before moving onto who won what:

Holly Willoughby

Holly won three awards – TV personality, one for This Morning and one for Celebrity Juice – and looked gorgeous as she collected them in a monochrome prom dress with a full skirt. It’s very flattering as it showcased her small waist before flowing out to show off her curves. It’s not a complicated dress in terms of embellishment but it’s a fabulous fit and shape.

Vicky Pattinson

Vicky went for a 1920s style vintage beige maxi dress and looked girly and elegant. The cream colour complemented her tan while the colour detail lifted the look and made it more cheerful. She looked like an old-fashioned Hollywood movie starlet rather than someone who used to be on Geordie Shore, she’s doing well!

Kym Marsh

The Coronation Street star may have lost out to Eastenders but she had a winning outfit on with her white midi dress and pretty beige court shoes. If you have legs likes hers, you just have to get them out don’t you? Also, as we are starting to see more sunny weather and spring is coming, now is the time to wear white.

Ferne McCann

Ferne’s been popping up on several TV shows since her successful stint in the I’m A Celeb jungle so she’s feeling confident. You can tell this by what she’s wearing as a dress with fringe detail is a brave choice. She totally pulls it off as she walks with attitude. The strappy black heeled sandals finish off the look perfectly, giving her extra height and more reason to feel fabulous when she walks into the room.

Megan McKenna

She knew that she was going to be in the same building as her ex Pete Wicks, so Megan had to look (and act) strong. If you feel the part, you can be braver and walk around with more attitude. Megan did just that in a black suit with black heeled sandals. What do you think?

Faye Brookes

The Coronation Street actress turned heads in a floral multi-colour maxi dress. It’s floaty, feminine and full of the joys of spring. If you want to get attention without flashing too much flesh, this is a classy way to do it.

Emma Bunton

Emma looked bold and beautiful in a multi-coloured jumpsuit and she must be doing something right as she won two awards – best radio presenter and one for her role on the Heart Breakfast Show. She’s no longer just a former Spice Girl as she’s proved to herself and her peers and colleagues that she has talent on the radio. That’s true girl power!

Who do you think looked the best? And the award winners are:

Reality programme – Strictly Come Dancing

Soap Personality – Kym Marsh

Digital Radio Programme – Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston, Heart Breakfast

TV Personality – Holly Willoughby

HD Drama programme – Poldark

Daytime programme – This Morning

Satellite / Digital Programme – Celebrity Juice

TV Soap of the Years – EastEnders

HD Sports Programme – Match of the Day

Radio Presenter – Emma Bunton

Weather Presenter – Carol Kirkwood

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See The Celebrity Looks At The Glamour Beauty Festival

Glamour Magazine hosted it’s second annual Beauty Festival and it was two days dedicated to beauty and fashion! It consisted of a full program of celebrity speakers and beauty experts on stage combined with different hair, make-up and nail trends to try off-stage. As it was hosted at The Saatchi Gallery in London, nobody had to camp which meant that everyone could really dress up!

Off stage, everyone was experimenting at the blowdry and braiding bar, nail salon and Fiat beach party relaxation area and there were some seriously unique and individual outfits as people had the confidence to try new things. On stage, the celebs looked super smart with most wearing blazers and trousers. It ended up being great inspiration for what to wear to a work event or occasion where you want to get taken seriously but also look fantastic.

Let’s have a closer look at how the stars did this:

Frankie Bridge

Frankie worked the monochrome look in a white blazer and black pinstripe trousers. It’s smart but she retains her personality thanks to the cute crop effect and loose style of the trousers and finishing the look with some contrasting brown ankle boots. Also, note that she wears her hair down and wavy so she looks fresh and pretty rather than  severe.

Winnie Harlow and Erin O Connor

White was a popular colour when it came to tops as supermodel Winnie Harlow also wore a white blazer and fellow model Erin O Connor wore a white blouse. The two were on stage to talk about what beauty products they’ve encountered through modelling and what they still use and they had a lot of fun answering the Q&As from the audience. What transformed Winnie’s outfit from office wear to awesome were her gold sandals – wow!

Fearne Cotton

Fearne made the most of colour in her outfit in grey trousers and a cream blazer. She was talking about how her cookbook is all about nourishing beauty from the inside and she was a great example of this as she seemed to be glowing with health on stage. Wearing bright clashing colours does make you feel  more cheerful and that also helps you look and feel more upbeat.

Louisa Johnson

Louisa also wore trousers but she stuck to an all-black look. An outfit like this is super versatile as you can dress it up or down with accessories and hair and make-up. With her stunning platinum braids and smoky eyes, Louisa looks like she’s ready to have fun – this is a look for meeting up with friends or going to the bar. It doesn’t look like you’ve tried too hard, but people will still be impressed.

Angela Scanlon

The new presenter of The One Show hosted a talk about make-up, which she knows a lot about now HD TV shows all the flaws. She looked stunning in a statement checked coat with casual boyfriend jeans – the mix of smart and casual looked super cool! The Converse added to that, making her look like the girl who you wish was your friend as she looks like she’d be fun to hang out with.

Who do you think looked the most stylish?

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International Women’s Day 2017: What The Stars Did

International Women’s Day on 8 March is a day when we can celebrate being a woman and thank all our fabulous female friends and family members who inspire us! This year, the day had an extra political theme with the campaign A Day Without Women. This saw women around the world march (or at least wear the colour red) to fight for the equity, justice and human rights of women around the world. Girl power!

A lot of celebs joined in with the cause, using their social media influence to show their support. It was so inspiring to see that even though they’re famous, they’re still proud to be women and realise they’re luckier than lots of other women in poorer countries. These gorgeous celebs got particularly involved, which makes us love them even more:

Anne Hathaway

Anne gave a speech to the UN, delivering a powerful message about equal rights. What was really impressive was that she was cool, calm and beautiful as she spoke in a red jumpsuit. Just because she has brains and a heart, she can still be glamorous and care about fashion.

Khloe Kardashian

Wearing red, Khloe posted a stunning selfie to Instagram to show that she was 100 % committed to the Day Without Women cause. She’s showing off all her womanly curves in that bodycon dress, posing like she’s proud to be a woman and us ladies should celebrate what makes us beautiful. When you feel pretty, you have the confidence to make changes and achieve powerful things.

Brie Larson

At the premiere of her new film Kong: Skull Island, Brie showed off a red maxi dress to the world’s media and then posted some more selfies on Instagram to make sure we all got the message. Brie made headlines at The Oscars when she appeared to be less than thrilled to present Casey Affleck with his award – this is a lady who is brave enough to show what she’s thinking and we could all do more of that.

Karlie Kloss

The supermodel and BFF of Taylor Swift attended a women’s event in New York, giving a nod to the movement in a red jacket. She later posed for a toilet selfie, explaining that she was proud to be a lady on International Women’s Day. Karlie has a tech business, a cookie-making business, is a successful model and has lots of strong female friends – she shows that there’s no limit to what we can do if we put our minds to it.

Kerry Washington

Kerry was filming her hit TV show Scandal so she was unable to march, but she let her Instagram followers know that she would have been there if she wasn’t filming. Kerry is a real girls girl and this selfie shows she’s not afraid to be her natural self in a red tracksuit. She’s confident enough to show everyone what she’s really like when the cameras aren’t rollling – that’s inspiring!

Emma Watson

Wearing a cosy red jumper to beat the spring chill, Emma went on a book-dropping mission on the New York subway. She wants to encourage more women to read and so left several female friendly books in accessible places in the hope that women would pick them up and learn something new.

Alicia Keys

Alicia spent the day with husband Swiss Beatz, who posted this stunning image on his Instagram page. Ok, we’re not sure if her maxi dress is red or not but she does look fierce and powerful and she’s a working mum, which means she’s a strong lady. Also, she was brave enough to go to celeb parties without make-up on, which made a lot of other women question why the relied so heavily on make-up. It looks like she’s on a well-earned holiday now.

What did you do on International Women’s Day? Hopefully it will have involved something fun – we all deserve to treat ourselves on at least one day of the year!

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Paris Fashion Week AW17: What The Celebs Wore

Paris Fashion Week is the extravagant, spectacular and slightly OTT one. Whereas London is all about unique, individual and new ways of dressing, Paris has a reputation for showing couture dresses, which may have elements from past decades of glamour, that each look more magical and attention-grabbing than the next.

Stars love attention-grabbing as much as they need to please the world famous designers that show in Paris like Balmain, Valentino, Stella McCartney and Chloe. The front row of the fashion shows are often like mini catwalks as the celebs jostle to be seen taking an interest in the hope they can borrow free outfits for future stage shows or premieres. However, this is brilliant news for us as it means we have a lot of inspiration and insight inti what the stars are wearing now at the start of spring to stand out in a cool, casual way.

Let’s have a closer look at some of the best dressed celebs in the Paris Fashion Week FROW:

Rihanna

Rihanna was in Paris to show off her Fenty x Puma collection but she made the most of her time to attend some shows, where she dressed a lot more conservatively than usual. We’re used to seeing Ri Ri flash the flesh but she doesn’t need to in this strong black look. The black beret oozes attitude and the black suede boots are also very cool. All she needs after that hat is a well tailored formal black coat to make a fabulous entrance. After all, who knows what’s under the coat and knowing Rihanna, it won’t be very much!

Rita Ora

Now that Rita’s on America’s Next Top Model, she’s really established her fashion credentials. For the Vivienne Westwood show, she wore one of the designers signature tartan prints and her checked blazer looked gorgeous, especially when doubled up with a similar playsuit. The final touch is her lovely brown boots, a shade lighter than the tartan, which perfectly complements the ensemble and gives her a bit of extra height so she can walk in with even more confidence.

Sienna Miller

She’s known for her boho style and Sienna stayed true to her roots in Paris in a pretty floral maxi dress. It’s the perfect look for spring. Long enough to ensure our legs don’t get cold in the breeze but with a bright, cheerful print. What do you think?

Salma Hayek

As Paris is the place where showing off is not just acceptable but expected, Salma plays up to that in a sleek black leather dress. It hugs her curves and must make her feel super confident as she looks like she means business in that dress. Even better is that you could dress it down for day with ankle boots and wear killer heels at night.

Daisy Lowe

Daisy channeled a chic, elegant French vibe as she wangled a ticket to the Christian Dior show in Paris. In a long sleeve mini dress and black courts, she looked sophisticated and sleek. She looks smart without looking like she’s tried to hard, which can be hard to pull off but she nails it.

Solange Knowles

Solange never fails to make an impact with her clothes and she stood out in Paris for the right reasons in a white maxi dress. The colour is so attention grabbing, it’s all she needs to make an impression. White is also a lovely colour for spring as it flatters the complexion and makes every hint of sunshine a million times brighte

Olivia Palermo

Olivia never fails to look stylish and give the rest of us outfit envy! What she does best is to create practical day looks that are easy to wear but look super luxurious thanks to the contrasting textures and fabrics. For this look, she’s expertly matched a pink skirt to a simple beige jumper and although you wouldn’t expect these two colours to work, she shows that they do when they’re on.

Emma Roberts

Who says wearing a suit had to be masculine? Julia Roberts’ actress niece Emma shows that we can make trousers just as feminine as jumpsuits and dresses with lovely floral embroidery on her tailored outfit. Wearing her trademark red hair down and loose adds to the fuss-free, feminine outfit.

Who do you think had the most fabulous FROW outfit?

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Emeralds & Ivy Ball 2017: Celebrity Style

The Emerlads & Ivy ball is a charity dinner and dance organised by Boyzone star Ronan Keating to raise money for Cancer Research. Each year, he gets his contacts book full of pop star friends out and invites them all to a glamorous night for a fantastic cause. This year is the 11th year it’s been happening and it gets more and more dressy every year.

From classic black dresses to glittering bardot neckline dresses to slinky satin dresses, the celebs showed there are several ways to dress up for a posh event. The trick is to know what aspect of your figure you’re proud of and what to show off and then stay modest with the rest of the look.

These five stars looked especially fabulous at the ball:

Abbey Clancy

Abbey made a simple black dress look a million dollars and it’s all because of the backless detail. The V by Very jersey beach maxi dress also shows off a lovely bit of back and its loose, floaty and so easy to wear. You’ll feel super comfortable in it and when combined with a pretty up-do and some jewellery, you could too could look like a model, just like Abbey.

Una Healy

How gorgeous is the bardot neckline of Una’s shimmering black maxi dress? The former Saturdays singer turned solo star showed off a gorgeous hourglass shape which is definitely helped by the shape of the dress. The skirt has a slight fishtail detail to balance out the shoulders while the bodycon shape highlights her slim waist. This is a great way to show off your curves without flashing too much flesh and making it look as if you’ve tried too hard.

Jessica Wright

Jessica has done really well since leaving The Only Way is Essex, establishing her businesswoman credentials with her own fashion line. She certainly looks the part as well in a black trouser suit – talk about power dressing. Her outfit is very easy to copy for a strong look that will make you feel cool, composed and in control. Start with the V by Very mesh and lace tee and the V by Very tailored bootcut trousers and add the V by Very jersey blazer. What don you think?

Amy Willerton

Amy’s currently filming The Jump in Austria, but Ronan convinced her to fly to London for one night to enjoy the party. Her red maxi dress is so gorgeous she wanted to ensure it was seen from all angles, first on Instagram from her hotel suite and then in front of the branding board at the party. Like Abbey, she has toned arms and a slender back and she dressed to show that off.

Natalie Pinkham

The Sky Sports F1 presenter showed that a purple dress can look regal and elegant. It’s dark so it’s just as flattering as a black dress but the purple shines in the light, making the look more luxurious. Dark blue has a similar effect and it can be fun to break out of the black comfort zone and try something new without having to be too daring.

Who do you think looked the most glam?

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The Oscars 2017: Best Dressed

After two months of back-to-back award ceremonies, it was time for the biggest and most prestigious one of all – The Academy Awards, otherwise known as The Oscars.

There was high drama on stage as La La Land was read out for Best Picture and when the producers were halfway through their acceptance speech, it was announced there’d been a mistake and Moonlight was Best Picture. So awkward!

But on the red carpet, the dramatic moments were for the right reasons as the month’s of hard work that the celebs had put in to pick their Oscars dress paid off. With glamorous gowns, radiant skin and some gorgeous up-dos, the stars looked polished in every way. These Oscars dresses are so stunning that they’re timeless – they serve as inspiration for us for any formal event that we’ll have to go to throughout the year. If your dress looks like something that a major actress has worn to the Oscars, how could you feel anything less than a million dollars?

Let’s have a closer look at 10 of the best, then look at who won what at the end of this blog post:

(1) Emma Stone

Emma wore gold to match her award for Best Actress. She’s had an incredible awards season, winning BAFTAs, Golden Globes and SAG Awards and so it was only right that she won this too. She’s been gracious and elegant as she’s collected all the awards, giving off a humble rather than smug vibe. She deserves the success.

(2) Jessica Biel

If you can’t wear gold at The Oscars, then when can you? Jessica looked dazzling in her gold sequin dress with her hair swept back so you could see the gold in all its glory. It hugs her curves and then spreads out into a fishtail skirt, which is very flattering as it balances out the figure. She looked gorgeous!

(3) Karlie Kloss

Karlie was one of a number of stars to wear a blue ribbon. What does that mean? It’s the sign of ACLU – the American Civil Liberty Union – which campaigns for the civil rights of American citizens including those whose lifestyle has been harmed by President Trump. On her white dress, it really stands out. White never fails to make an impact on the red carpet.

(4) Naomie Harris

The British actress made a fashion statement by showing off a lot of leg in her white dress. As she has fabulous legs, you can understand why she wants to show them off! Also, look carefully at her sandals and you’ll see another reason for the short dress. She wants to show off the embellishment on the strap and ankle of the mismatched pair. Cute!

(5) Viola Davis

Viola was glowing in a red maxi dress as she picked up Best Supporting Actress. The dress looked beautiful against her skin and hair and what’s really lovely is that she shows off a hint of her shoulders with its off-the-shoulder detail. It’s a small detail but it takes her dress from beautiful to magnificent.

(6) Nicole Kidman

Nicole walked tall and proud in a beige maxi dress that perfectly emphasised her long, lean figure. You need to dress to suit your body shape – if you have curves then show them off! You can then add some extra sparkle, just as Nicole has done, with some beautiful embellishment in the dress. A lot of effort’s gone into making Nicole’s dress, it looked so luxurious.

(7) Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy never puts a foot wrong when it comes to fashion and her white dress perfectly fitted in on the Oscars red carpet. White and silver are the ultimate combination for an attention-grabbing outfit. First, the white will catch people’s eyes and then the silver will shine in the light. If you really want to turn heads, remember white and silver!

(8) Kirsten Dunst

What make’s Kirsten’s black evening dress lovely is its shape. The strapless detail and asymmetric hem show that this is no ordinary black dress and it suits Kirsten’s fun sense of fashion. It’s not too formal but she makes it look a million dollars with that diamond necklace. If you want to show off some jewellery then a strapless neckline is the answer.

(9) Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee presented Emma Stone with her Best Actress award so she had to really make an effort with her outfit, knowing that she’d be on stage with a true winner. She did incredibly well though with her pretty grey floral dress that looked like something we’d see on a Disney Princess. A light touch of florals softens any look making the wearer look pretty and feminine.

(10) Halle Berry

It’s a brave choice to wear your hair au naturel on the red carpet but then look at Halle’s stunning silver dress. She can get away with anything in a dress like that. It has fringes, sequins and a flattering one shoulder detail – you couldn’t get more diva than that!

Whose dress do you love the most?

And the winners are….

Best Picture: Moonlight

Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia

Best Original Music Score: La La Land

Best Cinematography: La La Land

Best Film Editing: John Gilbert, Hackshaw Ridge

Best Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea

Best Director: Damian Chazelle, La La Land

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

Did your favourite film win?

And now awards season is over for another year but it definitely ended on a high, didn’t it?

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London Fashion Week AW17: What The Celebs Wore

London Fashion Week tops all other fashion weeks. Not only do we get more world-famous designers picking London as the place to show their collections, but more shows mean more celebs in the front row. The FROW in London is a chance for the stars to catch up with their celeb pals, talk fashion and then party as most shows have a spectacular after-show party, with lavish food and drink and dancing til dawn or later!

It’s the best time to be in the capital and stars from all around the world jet in to see what’s on the catwalk and to be seen on the front row. As they know the eyes of the world will be on them, they make a real effort with their outfits. They need to create a look that will see them from the show to the after-party so it needs to be eye-catching but easy to wear. These celebs did it better than the rest:

Katy Perry

Katy, who’s in town for the Brit Awards, took time out for a fashion show. We know she loves clothes as she memorably changed her outfit 13 times when she hosted the MTV Awards, but there was no need for any changes to this lovely boho look. A pleated skirt is lovely and feminine and the contrasting metallics in the skirt and the top adds a playful edge. Her skirt is almost identical to the Glamorous pleated midi skirt. Check out her gorgeous grey ankle boots too!

Kylie Jenner

Kylie and her boyfriend Tyga flew in for a couple of days to see what the London fashion scene had to offer and to support her sister Kendall, who was walking in the Versace show. Kylie looked every inch the rock chick in a white dress, embellished with jewels and over the knee boots. She has so much attitude that she doesn’t even need to smile for the cameras – that’s confidence!

Kendall Jenner

Kylie’s sister attended a LOVE magazine party at Annabel’s nightclub in a cute white outfit that made her look sweet and girly. The white cape is perfect for this time of year and it looks so soft that she doesn’t want to take it off. Also, the contrasting fabrics of wool and cotton make the look strokably soft. Kenall looked stunning.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie kept things cool in a simple black outfit that could easily take her from day to night. It’s simple but the black mini skirt gives it a rock star edge and the black ankle boots are very cute. If you want to look cool without it looking like you’ve tried too hard, this is an ideal outfit.

Bella Hadid

Wow! Bella knows how to make an entrance. She hasn’t done many LFW’s so she’s clearly excited and wants to show off as much as she can. She certainly did that in a black faux leather dress with black knee high boots and the finishing touch is the slicked back hair. This takes vamp to another level – it’s fabulous!

Dua Lipa

It’s the first time the singer has done LFW and she definitely made a statement in a black leather skirt and red boots. All the pieces in this look are pretty so when combined, it may look like it’s just been thrown on but it wouldn’t work if any of the items were less than perfect on their own. What do you think?

Kate Bosworth

The American actress rocked the preppy look in a shirt dress and flat ankle boots. She looked pretty but didn’t have to show any flesh to do so and this gives her look a sophisticated appeal. This is a great outfit for a work party or somewhere that you need to impress.

Whose outfit do you like the most?

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Brit Awards 2017: Award And Fashion Winners

The Brits took over London’s O2 Arena and all the best stars from music and TV came out to celebrate. Whether they were nominated, presenting, performing or just watching the show, everyone put on their most glamorous party dress to indulge in the most lavish night of the year in British music. With performances from Katy Perry, Emeli Sande and Little Mix and guest hosts including Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora and Simon Cowell, the line-up of celebs was A’list all the way.

The action was broadcast live on ITV (and is available now to view online on ITV Player) so you may already know who won what? We’ve listed the winners at the end of this blog post just in case. First, we want to get straight to the fashion to get ideas for what to wear for long nights out. These stars started with dinner and then had a show and after-party so their outfits had to withstand a lot. There were 10 celebs that looked especially hot.

(1) Emma Willis

Emma was the hostess with the most-est as she kept the show running smoothly and calmly, using her years of experience in live TV. Her black maxi dress was sophisticated and classy – just like her performance.

(2) Ellie Goulding

Ellie rarely wears a maxi dress but she should try them more often as she looks stunning in her black dress with gold embellishment. This is a maxi dress that you can party in thanks to it’s high split and low neckline. Also, Ellie’s hair is loose and natural, which gives the dress more of a cool look, rather than too formal.

(3) Rita Ora

Rita’s dressed for red carpets a lot recently thanks to her 50 Shades Darker role and she always delights and surprises. Rita always does things differently from the crowd, making an extra effort to look different which she certainly did in a green maxi dress. But one thing she never takes a chance on is the shape of the dress. Although colours and embellishments vary, always remember that Rita is wearing something that allows her to show off her gorgeous curves.

(4) Katy Perry

Katy had multiple outfit changes during the show, as usual, but the floral maxi dress that she wore to Universal Music’s after-party really hit the spot. It’s cute and girly and it makes her look super pretty. No wonder she’s smiling so much in this pic!

(5) Holly Willoughby

Sequins are a girls’ best friend and Holly looked radiant in her sequin mini dress on the red carpet. With simple silver sandals and a dazzling smile, Holly was literally glowing. After attending an after-party, she had an early morning start for This Morning – where does she get her energy from?

(6) Mollie King

The ex-Saturdays singer looked incredible, also in a silver dress. It’s the ideal party dress – slinky, easy to move in but super striking and enables Mollie to show off her endless legs. If you know what your best asset is, you just have to dress to show it off.

(7) Pixie Lott

Rocking a black mini dress with fringe detail, Pixie channelled a hint of 80’s-style Madonna with the bustier detail of her dress. It’s a bold rock chick look but Pixie owns it by making her make-up bold and slicking back her hair. If you’re going to take a stand with your outfit then embrace it all the way and you’ll feel a lot more confident.

(8) Anne Marie

The artist may have lost to Rag N Bone Man in the Breakthrough Act category but she definitely wins in the glamour stakes. She looked gorgeous in a satin nude dress and a green fur stole. The contrast of colours looks gorgeous and gives it a classic, vintage effect, even though it’s totally on trend. What do you think?

Michelle Keegan

Michelle looked absolutely stunning in a striking blue jumpsuit. She hasn’t been to many award ceremonies due to being busy filming, but now she’s out she wants everyone to notice her. Welcome back, Michelle!

Abbey Clancy

Abbey knows what her best assets are – her long legs – and she certainly showed those off in a monochrome midi dress. She upstages everyone who’s next to year and has done for years. She always gets it right when it comes to fashion, opting for classic shapes and lots of black and white. When it doubt, wear one of those two colours…or both!

And the winners are:

British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sande

British Group – The 1975

British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie

British Breakthrough Act – Rag’n’Bone Man

British Single – Little Mix, “Shout Out to My Ex”

Global Success – Adele

Critics’ Choice – Rag’n’Bone Man

International Male Solo Artist – Drake

International Female Solo Artist – Beyonce

International Group – A Tribe Called Quest

British Video – One Direction, “History”

British Album of the Year – David Bowie, “Black Star”

Brits Icon – Robbie Williams

Do you think the right people won? What was your highlight?

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Celebrity Style Steal: Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue is back in England with a bang! After moving back to Australia to host the Australian X Factor in 2009, she’s now a judge on BBC talent show Let It Shine. She’s dyed her hair colour to blonde for the new role and she’s got a new wardrobe for the British weather so she can look smart and stylish when she’s working on the TV and when she’s being a mum to her young son, Ethan. Dannii is a lady who has planned in advance to make sure she has the ultimate wardrobe for all eventualities!

While Kylie is lying low following her split from her fiance Joshua Sasse, Dannii is the Minogue sister who is winning approval for her fashion choices. If you want to look chic and sleek just like Dannii then it’s easy to copy her and you’ll save time thinking about what to wear as she’s already done that.

Here are ways to steal her day and night style:

Daytime Chic

For day, Dannii looks ultra sophisticated in a tailored outfit consisting of a shirt, blazer and trousers. However, what’s modern and fresh about the look is the mis-matched colour. A single block colour trouser suit could be too bold and by wearing a red top with black trousers, it makes Dannii look softer and more feminine. We can start to get this look with the V by Very stretch slimline trousers and add a blouse like the Vero Moda vintage long sleeve shirt. The shoes are also smart and simple, just like the V by Very Maddy mid heel court shoes. Finish the look with a small shoulder bag like the Fiorelli Tilly shoulder bag and you’re power dressing without compromising on being pretty.

Night-time Glamour

Dannii certainly knows how to work a red carpet and after years in the X Factor knows how to pick a dress with the wow factor. A black mesh dress tricks the eye so it turns heads and Dannii’s dress is similar to the Rochelle Humes spot mesh midi dress. A dress like this needs simple barely there sandals so they don’t take anything away from the impact of the dress and the V by Very buttercup mid heel ankle strap sandals are perfect for that. Notice that she has a clutch bag for her essentials – try the Coast Una bow clutch bag as it adds a little bow to finish your outfit beautifully.

What do you think of Dannii’s style? If you want to look smart and in control, she’s a good lady to copy.

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Celebrity Style Steal: Blake Lively’s FROW outfits

Blake Lively is currently in New York for the city’s Fashion Week and she’s making the streets of Manhattan her personal catwalk. On the Front Row at all the hottest shows, Blake’s been dressing so well she looks just as good as some of the models.

Unlike the fashion on the runway, Blake’s outfits are available to copy immediately. We can use her as inspiration for updating our smart work outfits as well as cool, causal day wear that will make all our friends wild with jealousy about how effortlessly fabulous we seem. Blake’s nailed the look so we don’t need to experiment and risk getting it wrong. What’s even better is that Blake’s a busy working actress as well as a mother and she wears outfits like this, which mean the clothes are wearable for busy lifestyles as well as being super stylish.

Let’s have a closer look at some of her best NYFW moments:

(1) The Smart Midi Dress

Blake sat next to legendary fashion editor Anna Wintour at the Michael Kors show so there was a lot of pressure on her to up her fashion game. When in doubt of what to wear it’s best to look smarter than usual as smart usually ensures you look more polished. Blake gets it just right in a red floral dress, which is similar to the V by Very crepe pleat detail floral dress. As the dress has so much detail, you don’t need any accessories except for some killer heels. The V by Very Tiger Lilly cut out court shoes are a gorgeous shade of red, just like Blake’s.

(2) The Cool Monochrome Layered Look

Black and white is always a striking look and Blake uses it to her advantage to layer up to create a warm but chic outfit to run around in. The way to start with this look is a black and white midi skirt like the V by Very mono print pleat skirt. Then add a simple black jumper like the V by Very seam tunic. Notice Blake’s monochrome outer layer has fur on the collar? It’s just like the V by Very faux fur collar boucle cape. Now all you need is some gorgeous court shoes like the V by Very Melanie pointed court shoes and some round sunglasses that the celebs love – try the River Island sunglasses.

What do you think of Blake’s style?

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Grammy Awards 2017: Award Winning Outfits

The Grammy Awards took place in LA on the same night as the BAFTAs were staged in London – it was showbiz’s busiest night of the year by far! It means once we’d finished looking at what the stars wore to the BAFTAs, we still had all the Grammy outfits to lust over. It was fashion heaven!

The Grammy’s were equally glamorous as the BAFTAs and equally good inspiration for partywear. With Beyonce in attendance, the celebs couldn’t really dress down as they knew that if they did they’d be upstaged by Beyonce and her beautiful twin bump. So they put on their best dresses, climbed into their most fabulous heels and strutted down the red carpet like it was a stage. These stars know how to arrive at an event with attitude. If you want to enter a party like you own it, have a look at these gorgeous Grammy outfits for inspiration:

Beyonce

Beyonce lived up to her diva reputation in a dazzling sequin  red maxi dress. Well, you wouldn’t expect Queen Bey to be a shrinking wallflower, would you? She won Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album – one award for each twin. She looks so happy right now and you can see that she’s glowing inside and out, quite literally with those sequins!

Adele

Adele kept things classy in a green maxi dress and looked lovely as she collected an impressive five awards. She’s not showing any flesh, but she looks pretty and feminine thanks to a loose up-do and flawless make-up with her signature eyeliner flick. The dress cinches in at the waist to flatter her curves and she looks like a true superstar. It’s great to see that we don’t need to bare all to wow at a party. A long sleeve dress has just as much impact if it flatters your figure.

Santigold

The American singer and producer has a unique sound and her dress sense is just as individual. Her pink midi dress is a gorgeous shade of pastel pink, while the snake embellishment makes it bold rather than simply sweet and girly. Black platform sandals also show that she’s a girl who likes to have fun and get noticed and in those heels she’ll be able to walk into any event with her head held high, feeling fabulous.

Rihanna

Rihanna has never been one to conform and has always set trends rather than followed them. She certainly did that again at The Grammys in a black maxi skirt with a crop top that showed off her flat stomach and a hint of underboob. If you have  a lovely statement skirt, you can build your look around it which is what Ri-Ri’s done. Do you think she pulls it off?

Solange Knowles

With her sister Beyonce in red, Solange had to go for a striking colour and she grabbed equally as much attention in a gold dress. The shape of this dress is just fabulous. With it’s one shoulder detail and pleats, there’s just so much to look at!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is one hot mama! She’s clearly lost all her baby weight and dressed to show that off in a black maxi dress. Black is a flattering colour, but there’s no hiding her incredible physique thanks to its mesh panels. John Legend is one lucky man.

Jennifer Lopez

JLo’s had years of Grammy experience and she’s still got it in a pink maxi dress. The bow at the top is a bit OTT but then you see the leg split and all is forgiven as she has stunning legs. If you know your best asset, then make sure you dress to show it off.

Who do you think wowed the most? See who won what Grammy Awards here.

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BAFTA Awards 2017: Best Dressed

The BAFTAs are Britain’s equivalent to The Oscars. It’s our chance to show off our world-class directors and producers as well as actors and actresses. Also, it’s an opportunity to show that us Brits know how to host an awards ceremony and after-party (and after-after-party) as the Harvey Weinstein after after party goes on until 4am. That sounds much more fun than The Oscars.

However, it’s just as prestigious as any American award ceremony with stars flying in from all around the world to attend. The red carpet outside the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden was one never-ending stream of A’listers. We’ve been through the pics and picked 10 gorgeous outfits worn by the stars that make us want to throw a formal party. Dresses like this are good for spring and into summer as the stars are dressing for colour and to show off their shoulders – Bardot necklines and strapless styles are very popular with the celebs right now, as you can see below.

Let’s have a closer look:

Emma Stone

Emma made one of the boldest outfit choices of the night. From the top, it looked like a gorgeous black evening dress embellished with jewels that gave her even more of a movie star glow. However, as she moved down the red carpet it became apparent that she had matching trousers on under the dress and a cute ankle bracelet. This kept her comfortable on the red carpet and she did a lot of interviews to make journalists happy, which was a refreshing contrast to those who wore more revealing outfits. She won Best Actress for La La Land and she would win any fashion award for taking a risk and pulling it off as her choice made her comfortable and confident, which is what we all want from a dress, isn’t it?

Michelle Williams

Michelle stood out from the crowd as she was not in a maxi dress. Her glittery sequin embellished mini dress sparkled with every step that she moved and was equally eye-catching in the audience as the camera kept panning towards her. With her platinum crop she has an edge to pull off most styles as it gives her more of a rock chick personality than other stars and that’s why she pulls off that mini dress. It’s all about attitude and again, finding something you feel comfortable in because it suits your personality.

Nicole Kidman

The LION actress put on a busty display in a halter neck dress with a monochrome style. It suited her long, lean shape and the plunging neckline gave her more curves than usual. If you’re tall, a dress with a contrasting colour on the top and bottom half can be really flattering as it gives you more of an hourglass shape. It’s a simple trick but it works, as Nicole showed.

Amy Adams

The Arrival actress turned heads from the front and back. From the front, her strapless green maxi dress looked flattering by showing off her athletic arms. But then the real treat came from behind with the dress’s cute bow back detail. Never underestimate the power of a backless dress for a way to get everyone staring at you for ages, wishing they’d thought of that. It had the added benefit of making her bottom look fabulous!

Emily Blunt

The British actress showed that we know how to make an impact at a big awards ceremony. When she went on stage to present an award, her black maxi dress with top half embellishment and skirt ruffles was literally captivating. She completely upstaged some of the winners in this dress by Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton. A bodycon dress with an eye-catching print is a fail-safe way to get noticed – for the colour and the shape!

Laura Whitmore

The TV presenter was interviewing the stars on the red carpet for the BAFTA Backstage show, so she didn’t actually get to go inside but she looked every inch an actual movie star in a white bardot dress. The colour is dazzling and then you notice her lovely tanned shoulders and face and blonde hair and she looks every inch a blonde California girl. Except she’s British and there’s a good chance she’s used self-tan rather than seen any sun. It just goes to show that we can all achieve any look we want – self-tan is a vital accessory on a big night out!

Penelope Cruz

The Spanish actress shimmered in a silver glitter gown. She was almost like a walking disco ball as she sashayed down the red carpet – her reflection went anywhere. Silver and gold are perfect for awards ceremonies and formal dinners as they make an impact for the right reasons. What do you think of Penelope’s dress?

Amelia Dornan

As the hunky Jamie Dornan’s wife, Amelia had to make an effort to claim her man. She’s fighting off his admirers around the world, especially now that he’s in the new 50 Shades Darker film. However, she gave everyone a clear warning that she’s fierce and fabulous so back off, by wearing a striking strapless sequin dress. No wonder Jamie ended up with who he did, she looks pretty but noticeable and that’s not always easy to pull off.

Sophie Turner

The Game of Thrones star rocked a plunging black and silver long sleeve maxi dress. It’s daring but it made everyone look twice or maybe three or four times. The skirt is long and flowing so she is following the rule of keeping the bottom half covered if she’s showing off her top. The tight waist detail where it contrasts between top and bottom makes her waist look lovely and slim and she enhanced her legs with some killer black heeled sandals. This is a cool way to wear a maxi dress and Sophie looks her age – it’s fresh, not frumpy.

The Duchess of Cambridge

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Kate attend an evening event and she didn’t disappoint in a black floral dress with a bardot neckline. A black floral dress is a safe choice as black is flattering while the flora design makes it more eye-catching. But what’s special about the dress is the bardot neckline as it’s more daring than the royal usually wears. She should do it more often as it really suits her – it allows her to show some skin in a regal way. What do you think?

And whose dress wowed you the most? What would you have worn? You can catch all the action on BBC iPlayer and find out who won what here. Our British actors and actresses did us proud!

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AMFAR Charity Gala: The Stars’ Statement Outfits

AMFAR – the American Foundation for Aids Research, always ensures fun is a vital part of the fundraising. Their events during the Cannes film festival are legendary with a super glamorous dress code and stars gathering for a five course Champagne meal and post-dinner entertainment by a world-famous star. Their recent event in New York was equally lavish and as it was sponsored by high-end jeweller Harry Winston, no expense was spared on making sure that the catering and entertainment were top notch.

The charity raises money by charging for the tickets with every single guest paying a whopping £10,000 a ticket. If you’ve spent that much on a party then you don’t want to skimp on the dress so the celebs and socialite guests all looked ready for The Oscars. In fact, it’s a great warm-up for The Oscars and useful for us to look at for inspiration about what to wear for Spring balls and parties. Time goes so quickly, party season will be here before we know it.

Let’s have a closer look at the stars’ stunning outfits:

Ellie Goulding 

Ellie looked fierce and fabulous in a sequin maxi dress that complemented both her skin tone and her hair. A bronze colour makes skin look more golden and blonde hair look shinier, which are only good things. Not only that but sequins are so eye-catching – this dress would turn heads all night long.

Alessandra Ambrosio

White always grabs attention and Alessandra’s white maxi dress is dazzling. With her hair pulled back, she’s working the outfit to make a statement. Notice that the shape of the dress is sleek and sophisticated, which is important if you’re wearing white so that it doesn’t look too bridal.

Adriana Lima

The Victoria’s Secret model kept more of her curves hidden than usual in a long sleeve black maxi dress, but the plunge neck adds a gorgeous edge. Mesh and lace detail are really fashionable right now, adding a luxe edge and then a red lipstick completes the look. Stunning!

Scarlett Johansson

The American actress decided for a power dressing outfit and it suits her! With her cropped her, she totally pulls off the androgynous look with her trouser suit and she looks super comfortable in it. If you want to look sophisticated, a trouser suit is ideal.

Heidi Klum

Heidi looked fresh and pretty in a black maxi dress embellished with a floral design. As she’s got world class legs she wants to show them off and a thigh split enables her to do this. Black sandals enable her to lengthen her legs even more to help her walk around with confidence, knowing she looks statuesque and fabulous.

Iman

It’s great to see Iman back out and looking her best again after the tragic death of her husband David Bowie last year. Grief doesn’t have to affect your style as she showed in a scarlet red maxi dress with fishtail hem. The dress hugs every curve before flaring out into a full skirt, flattering her figure and making her look so youthful. Go Iman!

Paris Hilton

The American heiress doesn’t always get it right when it comes to fashion, but this gold dress hits the spot perfectly. The waist detail and bracelet cuffs give the impression of a bronzed Greek Goddess. What do you think of this look?

Whose dress wowed you the most? Bring on the Spring parties!

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Celebrity Smart Casual Looks At Oscars Nominees Lunch

Between the Oscars nominations announcement on 24 January and the date of the awards on 26 February, the nominees’ schedule is packed. Not only do they have hours of dress fittings to ensure that they look the best they’ve ever looked on the Oscars red carpet and even more hours of doing interviews with worldwide media, but there’s a traditional Oscars lunch held at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hilton.

This is a chance for the celebs to have a relaxed chat to some of the other nominees and celebrate the fact they’re nominated. And it’s a chance for us to see how the celebs do smart casual. As it’s a lunch, they don’t have to wear formal red carpet dresses but they still have to look glamorous. It’s great inspiration for us if we have weddings, business lunches or the races to dress up for soon.

Let’s have a closer look at the stars who best pulled off the smart daywear dress code:

Emma Stone

She wins award after award for her role in La La Land and Emma Stone is feeling confident right now. It takes guts to be brave enough to wear a jumpsuit during the day but that means the rewards are greater when you pull it off like Emma’s done. The cropped wide legs of the black jumpsuit mean that it’s really on trend and also keep it more cool than a more fitted jumpsuit. The one shoulder detail adds an extra edge and shows off her personality and she gets away with it as she’s wearing the jumpsuit rather than it wearing her. It just shows if you like a jumpsuit, then it is possible to pull one off for day – just pick the style well.

Naomie Harris

It’s so great to see a British actress up for an award and even better when they consistently look fabulous at Oscars events. It’s her first ever Oscars nomination for her role in Moonlight, and she has obviously got a top stylist on board because she’s looked amazing ever since she was nominated. In this beige midi dress. she looks smart but also feminine, which is a difficult combination to master. Wearing her hair down helps as does soft ‘no make-up’ make-up and of course, the barely-there sandals add an extra pretty edge.

Michelle Williams

With her cropped platinum blonde bob and pink mini dress, Michelle looks like something out of the swinging 60s. She’s nominated for her role in the dark, gritty drama Manchester by the Sea, so she goes the opppsite way when she’s not working and looks bright and pretty and girly. A slightly vintage look always turns heads on the red carpet as it’s that little bit different and Michelle wears it well.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole has been doing the awards ceremony circuit for her role in LION and she’s been Oscar nominated before – she knows exactly what she’s doing. In her long sleeve white dress, she looks super smart. Without the belt, this may look a bit dowdy but it enhances her slim waist and makes her look feminine rather than frumpy. The gold sandals are a pretty addition – she’s made the dress her own and she looks sleek and super sophisticated.

Natalie Portman

There’s a buzz that Natalie’s going to win Best Actress for her role in Jackie as she portrays the former President’s wife’s emotions beautifully in the film centred around the fortnight after JFK’s assassination. Even though she’s heavily pregnant, she’s still putting an effort in to look groomed and gorgeous. Maternity fashion has vastly improved these days as us ladies deserve nights out even when we’re expecting.

Ruth Negga

The Irish actress has a nod for her role in Loving about inter-racial relationships back in the 60s. It’s a film with a serious message but Ruth looks fresh and pretty in a yellow top and a gorgeous faux-leather skirt. Wearing a two-piece rather than a dress can be more flattering as the skirt cinches in at the waist and flares out at the bottom to give her a lovely hourglass shape. If she dresses this well by day, I can’t wait to see what she wears for the main Oscars ceremony!

Whose smart causal outfit did you like the most? Remember these ideas for the races or spring weddings!

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Things to Do With the Kids This Half Term

Can you believe it, Half Term already! The year is going so fast and so if you’re thinking, it feels like you’ve blinked and the kids are off school and you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to do to entertain them, then fear not.

We have a list of great ideas to keep the kids occupied over the Half Term break. Variety is the key, as everyone knows kids get bored easily – and keeping their little minds and bodies active too.

Have your Own Bake-Off Challenge

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Everyone loves Great British Bake Off – especially kids. The best thing about it is that you can watch it all as a family, and so many kids want to get into the kitchen as a result and make their own creations!

If it’s an especially rainy afternoon, baking is a Godsend. It doesn’t matter whether you have just the one little baker – or a group of them (although this can add a competitive edge to see who is crowned Master Baker!)

Just give them a theme, such as a film or book, or the ‘Showstopper Challenge’! All you need to supervise is the blender and some baking equipment, let them get creative and then you can enjoy the tasty treats afterwards.

Story (or Quiet!) Time

Another good idea for a rainy day is to get them to create a play of their favourite story. They can use fancy dress, make props, do a puppet show or even perform songs. But it should take up enough time for you to make a cuppa and have a biscuit – while waiting for them to perfect their show and ‘entertain’ you!

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Afterwards, hopefully they might be a bit tired out from all the acting and singing, so you can get them to pick a favourite book and have some ‘quiet’ time reading, and cuddling on the sofa.

Have a Sports Day

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To make sure they get a bit of exercise as well during the break, why not set up a mini Sports Day? Whether it’s just lying a few hula hoops on the floor for them to jump into (landing outside results in lost points!), skipping for a set number of skips, or even doing an egg and spoon race (with little bean bags or balls).

There are lots of cheap outdoor toys too if the weather’s good, such as footballs goals to see how many they can score, swingball and tents where they can have a picnic/ adventure!

Days out

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As a treat on one of the days, if you’re climbing the walls by then, there are some great days out there that don’t cost the earth. Obviously there’s always the usual museums, art galleries and local parks to be explored, but if you’re looking for something different, Virgin Experiences offer a range of activities.

From swinging around forests, to bouncing on giant trampoline nets in a cave – and wandering around London on the Harry Potter bus tour.

Mummy Blogger Tips for Half Term:

We asked one of our favourite mummy bloggers, Amy Treasure from www.amytreasure.com, what she does with her kids at Half Term:

  1. You definitely need a plan in the half term! I would recommend reading local blogs for ideas on what to do. Quite often there will be suggestions depending on good or bad weather so you have your bases covered. I also check the local library noticeboard as they always put on activities for the kids during school holidays.
  2. We really enjoy baking together as a family, Holly (16) is at an age where she can happily supervise Rose (3) in the kitchen and they have lots of fun baking cupcakes and decorating them.
  3. All three children enjoy being outdoors and we’ve always encouraged them to come with us on long walks in the woods behind our house, we’re really lucky that we have so much green space for them to kick a ball about and run off steam. Quite often we’ll pop across the Severn Bridge to Wales and go to the beach. We also make good use of our National Trust membership and do lots of days out visiting places of interest.
  4. My favourite Half Term memory has to be when we stayed in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. It was February half-term so pretty cold but we managed to do a boat trip out to Caldey Island and saw seals and puffins. The older kids even went boogie boarding in the sea! There’s lots of places to stop for a piece of cake and a cup of tea and you can’t beat fish and chips on the beach. Just thinking about that holiday brings back so many happy memories for me

 

 

Celebrity Style Steal: Karlie Kloss

Supermodel Karlie Kloss is one of the world’s most powerful models. Not only does she sashay down the catwalk like a Queen but she has her own cookie business, she has a computer coding school for kids, she’s BFF’s with Taylor Swift and she has a multi-millionaire investor boyfriend, Joshua Kushner. I’m exhausted just thinking about all that!

No matter what she does, she always looks cool, calm and in control. This comes from picking the perfect outfit for every occasion. You can tell she puts a lot of thought into what she needs her clothes to say about her. If she’s dressing for business, for example, she knows how to rock a blazer look.

Just like us she works hard and plays hard so let’s have a closer look at her best work and play look. She’s put the effort into thinking about it and we can simply copy to make a great impression every time – at both work and play events.

Karlie, the businesswoman

 

For business meetings, Karlie combines a smart blazer with a cool leather skirt leaving no doubt that she’s in control and she wants to inject some personality into formal attire. We can do the same with a striking leather skirt like the Vero Moda Shane leather ruffle PU skirt. As the skirt is such a statement piece, keep the top half simple with a white t-shirt like the V by Very perfect t-shirt and a statement blazer like the V by Very jacquard jacket. Notice that there are lots of accessories to complete the look as Karlie’s thought about the right bag, shoes and sunglasses.  The Wallis Christy low-cut shoe boots are similar to Karlie’s as is theTed Baker leather shoulder bag. Finish with black Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses for the ultimate fashionista edge.

Karlie at leisure

 

On her recent trip to Australia, Karlie closed the show in a divine black maxi dress, which is the perfect party dress for a glamorous night of fun. The thigh-high split makes the dress more playful but its also super sophisticated – you could talk to anyone in a dress like this. It’s like the V by Very structured maxi dress. Some killer heels like the Ted Baker Saviy court shoes in patent black will make you walk taller and hold your head even higher as you’ll feel long, lean and confident.

What did you think of her outfits? It’s refreshing to see it’s not too complicated to copy a supermodel’s style!

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50 Shades Darker Film Premiere: Best Dressed

The 50 Shades trilogy of books broke sales records around the world, but can the films do equally well? The film based on the second book, 50 Shades Darker, had its world premiere in LA ahead of the film’s release on Valentine’s Day. If what the stars wore is any indication of how well the film will do then expect big things as there were some seriously pretty dresses on the black carpet.

Even though the film is dark and sultry, most stars opted for bright and beautiful dresses for the premiere. This challenged our expectations and made us look twice, plus look forward to spring at the same time. Wearing colour always cheers up a party. Let’s have a closer look at how the celebs wore it:

Dakota Johnson

She’s the star of the film and she looked like a Princess on the black carpet in a beige maxi dress. It’s a very simple dress but that’s why it looks so classy. There’s a hint of cleavage and everything else is covered, making it a real change from what we see in the film. If you’re used to flashing the flesh,  try a dress like this and you’ll blow everyone’s mind.

Rita Ora

Rita has an acting role in the film playing Christian Grey’s sister and you can tell she’s proud of it by how much she dressed up at the premiere. This green maxi dress is a ‘look-at-me’ dress, and she looks fabulous in it. The high sandals make her legs look longer and more toned and she stands with attitude as she feels confident in her gorgeous dress. Love it!

Bella Heathcote

Bella’s a rising star, but she has the premiere look nailed! She knows how to make an impression in her gold mini dress. A dress like this looks fairly modest from the top half and then you look down and see that there’s nothing there! It tricks the eye and makes people look twice and that’s what you want if you want to get noticed!

Ashleigh La Throp

It’s Ashleigh’s first time in the 50 Shades trilogy and so she also wanted to create an impression, which she certainly did in her pink dress. The colour is so striking! However, there are no ruffles or embellishment as it’s a simple strapless shape, which makes it more elegant. When choosing colour, it’s safer to opt for a classic shape to turn heads for the right reasons rather than it seeming like you are trying too hard.

Who do you think looked the best? Will you watch the film?

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SAG Awards 2017: Top 10 Best Dressed Celebrities

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are a little bit different from other awards ceremonies as the actors and actresses vote for each other. The trophies mean a lot to the winners as it means they are popular among their peers and we all like to feel valued in the workplace, don’t we?

The other interesting thing about this awards show is that there is no host as the presenters of each award are so well-known, they keep the entertainment going. Presenters of awards this year included Viola Davis, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher, John Legend, James Marsden, Gina Rodriguez, Denzel Washington. It was so star-studded!

This means that we have a lot of glamorous gowns to look at for formal dress inspiration. Let’s get straight to the top 10 best dressed:
(1) Emma Stone

Emma won yet another award for La La Land and she looked stunning as she collected it in a black maxi dress. She’s finding her own red carpet style now, usually black-based but with an edge and this dress had two differences with its lace detail and with its floral embellishment. In fact, every time you look at this dress you notice something new and that’s why it works perfectly to make sure Emma gets the red carpet welcome she deserves.

(2) Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen loves a dress with a side split and she also stayed true to her red carpet style in a long sleeve black dress with a thigh-high split. The red carpet is not the time to be taking risks with a style that you’ve never tried before because if you get it wrong then everyone will notice. Be safe with your style and you won’t regret it!

(3) Nicole Kidman

Wow! Nicole really stood out in her sequin green maxi dress. The colour is mermaid-like, while the peacock detail on the shoulders is just fabulous. If you’re feeling fierce and like you want to show off for some reason – maybe it’s your birthday – then a green dress is the ideal ‘look-at-me’ outfit.

(4) Amy Adams

Amy was recently snubbed at The Oscars for her role in Arrival, but she put on a brave face at the SAG Awards. She looked classy and elegant in a black maxi dress, showing that she’s had the last laugh. There’s no better revenge than turning up somewhere looking fabulous and that’s definitely what Amy did.

(5) Kate Hudson

Kate looked seriously dramatic in a black mesh maxi dress with slicked back hair and a dark red lipstick that complimented the colour of her clutch bag. Although the dress is a simple enough shape, the devil is in the detail and it’s the hair, make-up and accessories that make this look. What do you think? It’s a change from the golden glow that she usually gives off!

(6) Evan Rachel Wood

How gorgeous is this velvet trouser suit? The actress looked powerful and strong on the red carpet, but the luxurious material and pretty colour makes us feel like she’s still made an effort. You have to be brave to wear something different like this but seeing Evan Rachel Wood makes me want to try it on and if it doesn’t suit me then I’d revert to something safer…

(7) Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten really turned heads in this white maxi dress with it’s lovely ruffle detail. The shape is flattering due to it’s slimline top and wide skirt, which makes her waist look small. A statement necklace completes the look and makes it all look more expensive!

(8) Sophie Turner

The Game of Thrones actress was a gorgeous lady in red at the awards in a classy red maxi dress. The shape is simple but the colour makes it stand out and she wears it well as she doesn’t bother with any accessories except a bold lip and that makes it seem as if she’s wearing the dress rather than it wearing her.

(9) Sofia Vergara

The Modern Family actress looked fresh and pretty in a prom dress with high black platform sandals. When everyone else is wearing maxi dresses, it does stand out and she wears it well. If you don’t feel comfortable in a maxi dress then don’t worry as Sofia shows that the midi dress can look equally glamorous and red carpet ready.

(10) Naomie Harris

The Bond actress was brave enough to take a risk and stand out from the crowd in a silk striped jumpsuit. This look may not be for everyone but she showed that us Brits don’t follow the crowd and can set trends rather than follow them and that’s a powerful statement to make on the red carpet. I like her attitude!

Who do you think looked the best? These celebs are now going to have to top these outfits at The Oscars. Do you think they can get any more glamorous?

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National TV Awards: Top 10 Best Dressed Stars

The National TV Awards (NTAs) is the first big outing of the year for many celebs. The awards, which are presented by the lovable Dermot O’Leary, take place at the O2 Arena in London and the 20,000 capacity venue is filled with famous faces from soap, drama and entertainment. Think of your favourite TV show and there’s a good chance that it’s stars were there, watching the awards and partying afterwards!

As it’s like The Oscars of the British TV industry, all the celebs wore bold and eye-catching maxi dresses as they knew that millions of eyes would be on them walking the red carpet. Wearing the right dress could be a career-defining moment for some celebrities as it could get them in the public eye so they get considered for more roles. These 10 celebs pulled it off better than the rest, nailing the Black Tie dress code with stunning results:

(1) Faye Brooks

The Coronation Street actress won an award for Best Newcomer and her dress deserved an award of its own for being so gorgeous. Black and gold is always a classic combination and what’s really beautiful about it is that it hugged her figure at the top half and then flared out into a full skirt, which made her look super slim. The mesh material is also a bit different and flowed out as she moved, making everyone stop and stare. Watch out for big things to come for this beautiful star!

(2) Holly Willoughby

Holly was part of the award-winning This Morning team and she looked sweet and feminine at the start of the night in a pink maxi dress. The light pink colour compliments her blonde hair beautifully and the cinched in waist highlights the difference between her bust and waist – she has a gorgeous hourglass shape that she’s quite rightly proud of. After they’d won the award, Holly partied until 4am so she’s really not that innocent but this dress does make her look it. So if you want to behave badly, wear a pretty dress and you might get away with it!

(3) Caroline Flack

The TV presenter looked stunning in a strapless red dress. We’re used to seeing her in jumpsuits and shorts, but when she wears a dress she looks stunning. She should wear them more often, particularly if it shows off her athletic arms and upper body like this one. Caroline must have been hitting the gym recently and she’s found a dress that shows that off.

(4) Michelle Keegan

It’s the first time Michelle’s walked the NTAs red carpet in her own right rather than being part of Coronation Street so she dressed a bit differently than usual. In Corrie, she used to regularly win Sexiest Soap Actress and she dressed to embrace that with bodycon dresses and figure-hugging jumpsuits. Now she’s trying to be a more serious actress, she wore a loose white maxi dress and looks delicate and elegant. What do you think?

(5) Tess Daly

Tess was part of the award-winning Strictly Come Dancing team and was one of the first on stage to collect the award. When you wear a jumpsuit, you can really move! So if you want to hit the dancefloor or walk around chatting to all your friends, consider wearing a jumpsuit.

(6) Kym Marsh

The Coronation Street actress has had a devastating storyline recently, but she shrugged that off and shone in a gold and white dress. White and gold go together just as well as black and gold with the added bonus that it gives you more of a golden glow as white lifts the skin tone. The gold highlights in her hair add to the beautifully bronzed effect even more.

(7) Jorgie Porter

The Hollyoaks actress looked like an Oscars movie star in her cream maxi dress, with an extravagant curly hair up-do. She shows off her toned arms and a hint of side boob, keeping everything else covered and yet she manages to grab everyone’s attention. Cream is also a good colour to turn heads being easier to wear than white but equally eye-catching.

(8) Stacy Soloman

Wow! Stacey Solomon speaks her mind on Loose Women and she wears what she wants on the red carpet. This red maxi dress is bold and it’s daring and Stacey knows that as she poses with attitude with a hand on her hip, stroking those sequins. The touch of red lipstick tops off the look perfectly!

(9) Ola Jordan

The Strictly Come Dancing star walked the red carpet without her husband James Jordan but she didn’t need him as she had enough star presence in that bold blue maxi dress. The fishtail train of the dress highlights her slim physique while the colour makes everyone stop and look twice. An electric blue like this suits brunettes as well as blondes – it’s surprisingly flattering.

(10) Vicky Pattison

Although the TV presenter wore a black dress, she made great use of accessories with blue earrings and a blue bracelet. Also, the dress hugs her figure so much, perfectly complimenting her bust and bum that the colour is irrelevant because the shape of the dress is what makes it – and her – beautiful.

Which dress – or jumpsuit – do you like the most? It’s lovely to see a bit of colour on the red carpet – from light pinks to scarlet reds to bright blues, colour makes a formal outfit a lot more fabulous.

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Paris Fashion Week: Who’s On The FROW?

Paris Fashion Week is a celebration of couture. The designers have tapped into their imaginations and sent some fabulous shapes, prints and embellishments down the catwalks as a result. The 15-minute shows are more entertaining than a West-End musical or a big-budget film as they leave the audience open-mouthed and excited about fashion, and the tickets are fought over by celebs who want to be part of the action.

So who made the list this year and what did they wear for their big moment? The stakes are high for the stars as if they fail to make an impression then they won’t be asked to sit in the front row in future, so everyone takes a lot of time on their appearance. If you want to make an impression for the right reasons, then copy these celebs who looked gorgeous on the FROW.

Olivia Palermo at Schiparelli

As it’s chilly out, Olivia made her coat part of her fashion statement. The military coat has an effortless elegance thanks to it’s eye-catching button detail and unique neckline. When you wear a coat like this, you’re automatically on trend – no matter what you have on underneath!

Nicole Kidman at Armani Prive

Nicole is one of Girorgio Armani’s ambassadors and wore a signature black long sleeve maxi dress with some pretty black heeled sandals. Sometimes, you don’t have to have any embellishment if the dress fits you well. A black maxi dress has the added advantage of being really flattering as it’s slimming and Nicole’s bow tie at the waist highlights that even more.

Bella Hadid street style

She’s one of the Queens of the catwalk and she nails off-duty chic as well. It’s always good to look at Bella for inspiration as she mixes colour and texture beautifully. Her cream jumper dress looks gorgeous with brown over the knee boots and yet it’s such a simple look. It’s all about how you wear it…

Kendall Jenner street style

Wow, Kendall is becoming edgy! That gold bomber jacket got her noticed from miles away as she made her way back to her hotel after a show. Because she wears it with plain black tailored trousers she gets away with it. A statement jacket can be a lot of fun!

Kylie Minogue at Schiaperelli

The pop Princess doesn’t often attend fashion shows, but she showed she fits in by wearing a cute short sleeve midi dress with a black blazer. She looks feminine and elegant with her hair swept back into a French chignon. Again, it’s a simple look but that’s part of it’s appeal. You don’t need to be fussy to look fabulous!

Vanessa Paradis at Chanel

A checked print looks set to be popular this season as monochrome returns with a twist. The French actress looked stunning as she wore her checked top with black trousers and a statement belt. She looks comfortable as well as fashionable, which is important when you want to go from show to party and then to a restaurant. You could do anything in an outfit like this.

Alessandra Ambrosio street style

The Victoria’s Secret model made the streets of Paris her catwalk in a mesh maxi skirt, a fluffy black jumper and a cute French beret. Again, this is monochrome at it’s finest and you could wear this from day to night if you replace the jumper with a vest top for dancing all night long. A maxi skirt is always fun on the dancefloor.

Pixie Lott at Schiaperelli

Pixie’s never been shy when it comes to taking risks and she did just that by picking a bold pink jumper to wear on the front row. With her blonde hair, she’s in danger of looking like a doll but she embraces that and makes the Barbie look work for her by adding a pink purse for good measure. If you’re going to go bold, don’t apologise so that everyone knows you’re happy with the way you look and that will make everyone jealous!

Victoria Beckham at International Woolmark Prize

This look isn’t for everyone, but Victoria Beckham at least made a fashion statement when she collected the International Woolmark Prize. She looked comfortable in her blue blouse and orange trousers as there was no risk of a wardrobe malfunction and that made the look more wearable. If you’re going to wear a bold colour block like this then you need to compromise with the shape of the clothes so you don’t look as if you’re trying too hard.

Who do you think looked the most chic and stylish? It’s good to see the celebs wearing colours and embellishment and having some fun with fashion as it indicates that there’s more of that to come.

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