She might not break fashion boundaries with what she wears, but X-Factor gal and Olly Murs best mate, Caroline Flack has been spied these past few weeks sporting a couple of gorgeous monochrome numbers from none other than OSO online fave, ASOS.com.
Caroline, who was spotted above at the NME Awards After Party and the Galaxy Pop Up Drive-In Cinema launch, is clearly feeling for monochrome and chic stylish mini dresses at that. First up it was ASOS' Shift Dress In Triangle Jacquard by ASOS Collection which we think is an absolute steal for £45. The cool geometric print looks really refined and with super-simple shift shape, Caroline let the print do all the talking. Next up for the NME party, Caroline opted for an ASOS Swing Dress (£38) which has dropped waist, contrast frill and loose swing shape.
Which look was your favourite? If you can't choose, don't worry. You can shop both dresses below.
If we're going to get style inspiration from anywhere, it's has to be the front row at Topshop Unique's London Fashion Week show. Now that the week-long fashion fest has drawn to a close, it's a good time to look back at what we saw those fashion savvy guests wearing around the shows. So who was at Topshop Unique that caught our eye?
Yes, that's right the usual super-on trend Topshop crowd took their seats front row; think Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palermo, Daisy Lowe and Pixie Geldoff. Who gets your vote in the style stakes? Our favourite fashion week style setter Olivia P opted for a layered up bright and breezy spring look with pink jacquard trousers (we think they are these Topshop ones here for £45), fluro Whistles pop colour bag and the essential warming fur. The gorgeous Daisy Lowe channeled the geometric monochrome trend with matching Topshop square print separates (shop them here.)
Topshop face and true brand ambassador Kate Bosworth went super chic in full on fur top, simple sparkle skirt and effortless flat pumps, whilst Pixie looked pretty as a picture in a Topshop Boutique deco silk dress (which you can buy the tee version of here).
So who's at the top of your best dressed list? Cast your vote below!
Posted by Kate Williams on February 20, 2013 11:00 PM
Fashion trends are like buses sometimes - you wait for what seems like forever for one person to wear something and then three people do it at once.
Remember the checkered playsuit Kristen Stewart wore a few months ago to a Twilight event in Tokyo? Well that particular piece came hot off the Louis Vuitton SS13 catwalk, and it looks as though the rest of the A List have finally managed to get their hands on the collection. Ticking off three huge trends for the season with their Sixties style, checkered pattern and occasional monochrome colouring, these dresses are too hip to be square (yes I did just reference Huey Lewis and the News, sorry).
We're only three weeks into 2013 and Louis Vuitton are leading the trend, having already appeared on Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Alba, and fashions latest darling, Kerry Washington. Like her pal K-Stew, Kirsten looked a little unsure about her outfit (she held that clutch in front of her all night) but we think she looks great - the classic silhouette and golden small checks really work on her small frame. At a photo call for Django Unchained, Kerry Washington fully embraced the Sixties vibe! For some, the mid calf length combined with champagne checks might come across as too 'mumsy', but Kerry makes it youthful by adding a cute bow to her bouffant. Last but certainly no means least is the gorgeous Jessica Alba, who cemented the trend in a slightly smaller checkered monochrome version at the Golden Globes after party. Teamed with a pop of orange lipstick which she wore on the red carpet earlier that evening, the actress looked fashion forward and effortless.
If you're inspired by these looks, check out (no pun intended!) our favourite pieces below.
Rihanna and Blake Lively were both been spotted rocking red suits yesterday, with two very different results! The pair saved themselves embarrassment however by sporting the ensembles thousands of miles apart (phew) with Rihanna still in London following her performance at Hackney weekend. Both ladies looked gorgeous in their red outfits, but the question is, who's approach do you prefer? We just can't decide!
Ri-Ri opted for an Acne suit with pink silk lapels and a matching pink stripe on the side of the trouser, which she teamed with a pair of seriously covetable Simone Rocha glass heeled brogues (which new friend and label buddy Rita Ora has also worn recently). The 'Rude Boy' singer relaxed the look by rolling the sleeves and wearing a floral bralet underneath the suit jacket, finishing the look with some notoriously fierce red nails. Rihanna's stylish ensemble is a far cry from the stars sexy on stage outfits, and is perhaps a glimpse of something we can look forward to as she begins filming her new fashion tv show with designer Henry Holland (pictured) and ex-Girls Aloud member, Nicola Roberts. The trio obviously had fun as they posting a number of pictures together, combining work and play until 5:30am according to Nicola; looks like Rihanna's swapped all night partying for all night filming! In typical Ri-Ri fashion, the singer took the seemingly smart suit and put her own uber cool stamp on it, making it a much more relaxed affair.
Meanwhile across the pond, a fresh faced Blake Lively posed outside ABC studios as she made her way to Good Morning America. The Gossip Girl actress made her guest appearance in a stunning pillar box red Michael Kors suit which she teamed with a simple black vest and pair of strappy Christian Louboutins from her ever expanding collection. Although Blake decided to roll the sleeves like Ri-Ri, that's where the similarities end; Blake's look is far more polished and perfectly suitable (pun intended) for a morning television slot. Finishing off with a messy up do and natural make-up, the 24-year-old combined sexy and chic with ease, as per usual.
Can you choose between them, or do you think they both bring something to the table? Let us know in the comments below!
Posted by Amy Hill on June 28, 2012 1:02 PM
For every fabulous outfit swanning down the red carpet, there's a hideous one. It's just the rules of swanky events. The MTV Movie awards were no exception. Here's our pick of the worst outfits from the event.
We can sort of see what Kate Beckinsale was trying to do with this dress, but it doesn't work. Nude turtle neck? Even with a teeny hem, that's never going to look sexy. Especially not when the dress doesn't fit properly.
Who dresses Emma Watson?! She's a gorgeous girl, yet time and time again we see her in terrible outfits. This one is no exception. It's very 90s nightclub, isn't it?
This outfit is dividing everyone. It's not that Christina Ricci looks bad (never, ever), but the whole steampunk watch detail isn't really doing it for us. The dress is a gorgeous shape, but the fabric looks... cheap. We want to love this, but we can't.
Did we miss someone from our shortlist? Who was your worst dresses/
Posted by Sian Meades on June 5, 2012 1:58 PM
The MTV awards are a strange beast for red carpet outfits. It's not really a glitz and ball gown kind of event. That does mean that our favourite celebs don't have to make an effort (Kristen Stewart, please invest in some pretty flats instead of grubby trainers). The dresses are more 'smart, but with a casual wow factor'. No an easy look to pull off, but some manage it. Here are our best dressed:
Emma just can't put a foot wrong in the style stakes. She looks effortlessly gorgeous here. Her hair! Her make-up! Those contrast strappy shoes! We love everything about this look before we've even got to the dress.
Separates aren't something we see on the red carpet very often, but everyone's favourite gossip girl Leighton Meester carries off the Christian Cota outfit with such grace. We're more than a little jealous. Loving the orange lipstick, too.
Check out those sleeves! The billowing shape of Jessica Biel's Chanel minidress certainly got her a lot of attention. We think she looks amazing. And check out the rock on her finger. It's huge!
Who do you think has the best outfit?
Posted by Sian Meades on June 5, 2012 1:19 PM
It's not always the dress we notice when watching our favourite celebrities walk down the red carpet, it's the underwear. Or lack of it, most of the time. How do their boobs stay put in some of those dresses?! If you're going to get your celebrity style on, you've got to get your foundations sorted first. You need to get properly measured (and you need to do it regularly) and then a little bit of careful planning and you'll be able to wear gowns as gorgeous as these.
Kate Middleton - Lace back
This is a very daring dress for a royal. Where is her bra strap?! This dress is magical for many reasons, but the lace back (and those gorgeous covered buttons) are divine. They're also tricky. Sadly if you're well endowed, you'll struggle with this style. You absolutely can not go braless. It's out of the question if you're anything over a B-cup but you can buy a bra converter from Debenhams which will lower the back strap - it will work for a halterneck as well, as it clips into the bra you want to wear. They're just £6 and you need one in your underwear drawer.
Diane Kruger - One shoulder
The one shoulder style should be simple. If you have a bra with detachable straps, you can just remove one, right? In theory, yes. You'll also need a little bit of tit tape on the other side - otherwise you'll spend all night fidgeting. Wear your bra with one strap for a little while before going out - otherwise you'll spend all night pulling up an imaginary strap. Oh, and if you're wondering if transparent straps are OK, they're really not.
Dita Von Teese - Plunging
If there's anyone who can pull this look off, it's Dita. It's daring, but it is possible if you've got the right tools in your underwear armoury. Once you've got that right, you'll feel so much more confident about the amount of cleavage you've got on display. It's all about the right support, so invest in a plunging bra. Oh, and you've guessed it: more tip tape, especially if you're wearing a fabric that drapes.
Evan Rachel Wood - White
The common mistake is to wear white lingerie under a white dress. It's a massive no-no. It's nude all the way. The closer to your skin tone the better. Nude lingerie doesn't really look very sexy, but it'll make your outfit shine.
Emma Stone: Racer back
The racer style used to be difficult, but if you don't want to go strapless there's an easy fix. If you're a teenage girl going to a rock club, a safety pin attaching your straps at the back will do the trick. Otherwise a T-back converter will sort your strap issues. They're £3 from Debenhams and we bet Emma Stone has one on under this dress.
Michelle Williams - Strapless
Just like the one shoulder, the strapless dress looks simple but is anything but. If you're wearing the wrong size it will all go wrong. Too big and you'll be hoisting and hoiking all night (and if you're not careful, you're bra will end up around your waist). Too small and you risk the dreaded 'four boob' favoured by Hollyoaks actresses at award shows. Once you've got the right size, you shouldn't even notice a strapless bra.
Posted by Sian Meades on May 21, 2012 2:14 PM
Charlize Theron is one of Hollywood's most gorgeous and glamourous ladies and she's rocking this Gothic Dior gown at the Snow White and the Huntsman premiere. But she wasn't always the fairest of them all (nope, sorry, while there's a Snow White film in the cinema, the puns are going to keep coming).
Talking to The Sun, she revealed at that she didn't have teeth until she was 11! Awww, Charlize!
'I had these fangs because I had jaundice when I was a kid and I was put on so many antibiotics that my teeth rotted. They had to cut them out. So I never had milk teeth.'
Wowsers, she's certainly got a very fetching smile now, but she doesn't worry about playing the less glam roles in films. 'You know, girls don't wake up with lip gloss on. And I don't ever think about it as ugly versus pretty.'
That girl's got her head screwed on, hasn't she? Wise words indeed, Charlize.
Posted by Sian Meades on May 16, 2012 2:48 PM
Another Hollywood actress has hit out at the media for being too into their looks, this time it's Jessica Alba. She's been chatting to Marie Claire about how she felt she was 'objectified' because of how she looks, and how she was marketed by the Fox network while she was staring in Dark Angel.
Apparently Alba was portrayed as a 'tough action girl' when her show aired (she was just 19 at the time). Alba told Marie Claire 'Right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed. I wanted to be chic and elegant!'
Can Alba really start complain? It seemed to suit her at the time when she had all those award nominations coming in. And she was playing a tough action girl!
''I like to get positive attention. But if I have a choice between someone noticing in a negative way what I'm wearing and going, "What was she thinking?" or someone not noticing what I'm wearing, I would rather not make a statement at all.'
Oh Jess, love. The media isn't ever going to work like that. You can't get positive attention just because it's nicer than negative comments.
We happen to think you did a fine mix of chic and tough action girl, so don't complain too much, love.
Posted by Sian Meades on May 16, 2012 12:44 PM
We're a bit bored of celebs and their perfumes. Everyone's got one and they're not usually very nice. Then there's the whole issue of not wanting to tell people that you're wearing Britney Spears. It sounds a little... fangirlish. Only Beyonce really pulled it off and that was because the advert for Fever it made us blush furiously.
But we like Drew Barrymore. The girl's got style. She's got a bit of sass. She's got phenomenal hair. We'd probably buy her perfume. It would smell of dreams and unicorns.
So she's gone and created her own wine instead.
Barrymore Pinot Grigio is hitting the shelves in the New York next month for $20 a bottle. It's from a grape in the north east of Italy and is said to have 'hints of apricot and lively, citrus flavours' according to the Daily Mail.
We are quite impressed with Drew's curveball. Angie isn't likely to come out with a bottle any time soon (if she did it would be red and probably be called 'Blood' or something ridiculous). But, she's not the first - Olivia Newton John has her own wine as well.
We really quite fancy a glass. If it's rubbish we can always pour it down the sink. If you try a rubbish celeb perfume, you're stuck smelling like Dettol and sweets for the rest of the day.
Posted by Sian Meades on April 26, 2012 3:14 PM