It's been a busy old week for popstrel Pixie Lott. The 22-year-old singer (who had fallen off my radar recently) obviously felt she'd been out of the spotlight for too long and as a result, decided to throw herself into everything on offer. Whilst I usually like Pixie's style, I have to admit I felt a bit let down by her choices yesterday - let's see what you think...
For reasons unknown, Pixie opted to help launch the new Blackberry Z10 at Phones 4U in London in the morning. Perhaps she's looking to follow in the footsteps of the phones new creative director, Alicia Keys? On a blustery day on a busy high street, Pixie wore an all white ensemble that frankly baffled me - a white mini dress by Camilla and Marc (that was actually quite nice as a stand alone piece) teamed with unflattering white wedges, white jewellery, white jacket, white manicure, white pedicure...you get the idea. Although the retro-loving singer tried to make the look work by injecting some Sixties styling with a cute white bow, it looked over the top and felt a little too try hard in my opinion. And of course, the phone was white.
Pixie commented: "I've walked the red carpet a few times before but never a white one so I wanted a special outfit to suitably mark the occasion and to celebrate being one of the first people in the country to get a new Blackberry Z10 in white from Phones 4u." Oh Pixie...
Later that evening, Pixie attended the official Shard opening party in another outfit that failed to hit the right notes. Sporting a vibrant yellow Burberry dress featuring an oversized peter pan collar and lace waist insert, the pop princess tried and failed a second time to get the Sixties look quite right. Had she opted for the same dress without the lace detail, I might have been able to overlook the same white heels, white clutch and white pedi/mani from earlier that day - unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. I'd like to know who can make a v-shaped lace insert at the waist work, as I'm fairly certain it's a short list. I'm also at a loss as to why she brushed out her cute mini beehive and took away the bow to reveal a backcombed mess. Cast your opinion on Pixie's outfit choices below...
Posted by Amy Hill on February 1, 2013 11:34 AM
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Uh oh - it looks like the Les Mis ladies are going to have to try much harder to impress on the red carpet after attending the London premiere in two dresses which have divided the fashion critics right down the middle. The gorgeous Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried posed together in the cold, wet weather without their coats and umbrellas (kudos girls) in monochrome outfits that drew a mixture of sighs and gasps from the office; some good, some bad.
Newlywed Anne chose a dramatic satin white gown from Givenchy's Spring 2012 Couture collection that detailed a number of eccentric details, from the batwing sleeves and cut away shoulders, to the backless drape, ruffled bottom and halter neck. Anne is one of the few women who can pull off halter necks, but something just doesn't seem right here; perhaps it's the Nineties style loop holding everything together? Details aside, I love the bead work and the vintage style, I love that she didn't over accessorise and I love her hair and makeup.
Amanda on the other hand let me down with her look...from the waist down at least. From the waist up, the actress looks stunning; her golden waves are perfectly tousled, her makeup is flawless and the structured cut of the neckline fits her like a dream. So what went wrong? I have to admit that when I saw the flamenco style dresses in the Balenciaga Spring 2013 collection, I was a little hesitant to like them and now I know why. On the runway, the exaggerated frill was cut much shorter and the split was positioned at the front rather than the side. Perhaps her stylist requested a longer skirt for the Winter or maybe Amanda wasn't quite up to revealing her pins; either way, it just doesn't work at this length.
What do you think of Anne and Amanda's outfits? Cast your vote in the poll below.
Posted by Amy Hill on December 7, 2012 12:35 PM
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The sensible part of my brain immediately dismisses it - images of Nineties fancy dress spring to mind and I can't get see past that giant bow detail. On the other hand...it's amazing. I mean come on, it's a dress that looks as though it was made out of wrapping paper! The all over print plays a trick on the eye, appearing reflective and instantly commanding attention, whilst the rest of the dress is kept simple with a shift cut and concealed zip.
I could imagine someone like Azealia Banks or Elle Fanning really rocking this look - it's got that quirky, youthful Meadham Kirchhoff feel combined with digital print mastery a'la Mary Katrantzou - but for the rest of us, I fear it could be dangerous territory...
What do you think? Cast your vote in the poll!
Posted by Amy Hill on November 23, 2012 4:10 PM
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You can always count on Rihanna to inject a little cheekiness into our week! The outspoken 24-year-old singer wore a rather...short outfit for her performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday night, consisting of a basketball jersey and not a lot else.
Rihanna closed the star-studded event in plenty of ghetto gold jewellery, a pair of black and gold Nike Air Jordan 7 retro trainers, a black patent New Era snap back cap and a 24k gold mesh basketball jersey taken from her friend Jeremy Scott's diverse SS13 collection, 'Arab Springs'. Like Rihanna, Jeremy is no stranger to controversy - his designs have certainly earned him a few bad taste comments - which is perhaps why he and Rihanna are so well matched. The 'good girl gone bad' was clearly over the moon with her outfit, tweeting plenty of photos and a few happy expletives thanking her pal Jeremy for the loan.
Personally I think Rihanna looks fantastic, but I know a few of you might think differently. Do you prefer the glossy runway look teamed with thigh high boots and gold nails, or Rihanna's street vibe with sneakers and ruby manicure? Let us know in the poll below.
Posted by Amy Hill on September 25, 2012 3:00 PM
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Regardless of our age, we all have certain trends from our childhood that we'd rather forget. Personally, I never thought I'd see jelly shoes again (although I don't mind the revival) or the hideous platform trainer known as the Buffalo shoe (I'm all for flatforms, but for me, Buffalo's belong in the 90's).
In the last few weeks I've seen a hat that I didn't think would ever come back into fashion and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. The baker boy cap has not only cropped up on a number of catwalks this year, but in the last 2 days I've seen it on two rather influential celebrities!
First there was Diane Kruger, who sported an all black baker boy to the Chanel show at Haute Couture Fashion Week. Now Diane can pull anything off, but it sends a shudder down my spine to think of anyone else trying to replicate this look. Then this morning I saw The Amazing Spiderman's Emma Stone wearing a grey marl and matte black baker boy on the cover of British Vogue! Emma looks beautiful with the cap pulled down slightly over her face, looking out from under the peak, but is this really an accessory we'll all be rocking this Autumn? Vogue seems to think so.
What do you think of the baker boy's return? Do you think it's a look best left to the boys, to the train drivers, or is it on your list of things to buy this Winter? Cast your vote in the poll!
Posted by Amy Hill on July 4, 2012 4:00 PM
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Every now and again we see a young singer or actress who is seemingly thrown into the spotlight from nowhere; they have to navigate the media, the photographers, and the bloggers, as well as learning quickly that you can't please everyone. Having the guts to stand your ground is difficult in that situation, but it seems that 21-year-old Azealia Banks has managed to charm the world and stay true to herself in the process.
The outspoken singer decided to team the designer dress with a pair of throwback jelly shoes that a lot of people have hated on but that I personally enjoy; a pair of heels would have looked too much with the dress, and plain flats just wouldn't have cut it. I also love that she didn't accessorise and that she wore her hair in loose waves to add a little extra dimension.
As always, we understand that not everyone will see eye to eye on this outfit, so we're putting it to you - is Azealia's look fierce or frightening?
Pssst, if you're jelly over Azealia's jellies, we found an almost identical pair of Juju heeled sandals over at Urban Outfitters for £24.
Posted by Amy Hill on June 28, 2012 4:35 PM
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Whilst I won't be apologising for that horse related pun any time soon, I will be apologising to Amy Childs for automatically assuming she would look awful at Ascot. Yes the TOWIE star certainly has a long way to go, but at least she put her best, err, assets away for Ladies Day.
Amy trotted up to the Berkshire racecourse today for a slice of the action in a £65 black and white Marcia dress from her own collection which features a sweet heart neckline and cap sleeves (pssst, we've found a great copy over at Internacionale for only £19.99). I have to admit, I'm so confused right now. This is the classiest I think I've ever seen the 21-year-old, but the tacky elements are still there; the fake tan, the studded platform heels and that chunky gold watch just aren't Ascot appropriate to me. At least her trademark big hair isn't overly styled underneath her huge hat (which I actually quite like) and if she happened to poke herself in the eye with a mascara wand this morning then no one will know if she keeps those oversize sunglasses on all day.
Alexandra Burke leaves us in a little bit of a quandary. We love her songs and we think she looks phenomenal. We envy her figure so hard - shapely and healthy, while being smoking hot. We're eating cake as we type, we're a few steps away from that figure.
We blimmin' love her. And Bad Boys is possibly the catchiest song ever. Admit it, it's stuck in your head at the tiniest mention of her, isn't it? So what's the problem?
She often dresses really badly.
The final straw for us was the shocker of an outfit she wore while performing with Dionne Warwick - oversized, pouffy, lace and inexplicably no bra! It was a mess! If it was a one off, we might forgive it. But recently, that's been at the very tip of a bad outfit iceberg.
We love her hair and make-up. We really do. It's a massive thumbs up to her signature bright lip and sleek hair. Then it all goes wrong when we look at that dress. It's thumbs down for this Glamour Women of the Year awards dress.
Alex, love, put a bra on for goodness sake. (We like your jewellery.)
Here she is at the Brit Awards. We really have no words for this dress, it's got so much going on and none of it is really floating our boat. Loving her fishtail plait, though.
But when she gets it right, she looks amazing.
What do you think? Do you love Alex's look, or do you agree and think her outfits miss the mark slightly?
Posted by Sian Meades on May 30, 2012 11:44 AM
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Oh, Milla how you confuse us so. The fashion world seems to be going nuts for this lilac satin gown. There's no denying just how foxy Milla looks (could she be any more graceful and feline?!) but this dress really isn't working for us.
It looks like a bedsheet from the 90s. And it's CREASED!
The only thing that saves Milla's outfit from being a total disaster is... well, her actually. Lilac actually suits her (meaning she's probably the only person in the world who can wear that colour) and her Swarovski accessories are gorgeous. The girl has got her pose on and as always we're completely in love with her hair. We'll admit that the back of the dress is a lovely shape, but that's largely helped by Milla's fantastic figure.
But pale purple satin and silver flower bits?! Come on, Milla! It's not 1996 and we've seen you in so much better.
What do you think? Yay or nay for Milla's satin gown?
Posted by Sian Meades on May 24, 2012 12:03 PM
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What do you make of Lindsay Lohan's latest red carpet look?
The actress partied with Cindy Crawford, Sarah-Jessica Parker, Liz Hurley and Shane Warne (we still can't get used to that) at the amfAR Gala last night to celebrate the launch of New York Fashion Week. .
But while everyone else - not Shane, obvs - opted for something floor-length and elegant, Lindsay went long-sleeved and knee-length in white Tom Ford with Prada courts and a Versace clutch bag.
We're not hot on Lindsay's look. While that dress is rather lovely, it not only clashes with her hair, but also screams 'business lunch'. She's over done it on the fake tan too.
It doesn't matter what we think though. It's all about you. Vote below.