It’s fashion week again, and it’s the perfect time to stimulate my fashion instincts and be inspired by the parade of trends gracing the runways of New York. So if I could be a stylist to this list of dazzling stars, here’s what I would pick for each of them from these vibrant spring collections.
Olivia Palermo: Cynthia Rowley and Monique Lhuillier
Olivia has mastered the art of rocking cigarette pants and print-on-print ensembles so I think these pieces would easily look perfect on her. I can picture her wearing the Cynthia Rowley outfit on the sunny streets of New York City styled with simple flats, cat-eye sunnies and a large tote bag. I think the Monique Lhuillier ensemble would be more fitting for a red carpet event or a posh dinner. The gold embellished top and jacquard pants have “lux” written all over them which is simply perfect for my favorite fashion elite.
My favorite fashion bash has rolled once again! The 2013 Met Ball opens this year’s exhibit entitled “Punk: Chaos to Couture”. The famous steps of the Metropolitan Art Museum was studded with the brightest stars of the entertainment and fashion industries donning their best punk-inspired outfits.
While there were some who opted for only minimal hints of punk in their ensembles, a daring lot went all out to showcase their interpretations of the night’s theme.
Lily Collins is clad in black Moschino jacket and dress adorned with safety pins, studs and every punk element you can think of. SJP and Katy Perry both looked like punk royalties in each of their head dresses. And Madonna is every bit of a rebel in her Givenchy plaid top accessorizing in chains and what not.
But among the throng of costume-y garbs that swept the red carpet, one lady stood out for me and shed a light of “couture” in the grungy “chaos”.
Nina Dobrev arrived in a fierce Monique Lhuillier lace pantsuit with a tulle overskirt. Unlike others who looked like they’re in for a Halloween party, the Vampire Diaries starlet took just the perfect amount of punk inspiration and translated it to this flawlessly elegant look fit for such glamorous event. Minimal accessories, a strong cat eye and an effortless side-swept ‘do completed her ensemble which easily made her my reigning Met Ball queen.
These days, I hold a wild fascination over Eddie Redmayne. From his incredible voice to his handsome freckled face, this fine Brit has me head over heels. And because there’s no way I can get enough of him, I’ve spent the last few days watching (and rewatching) every Eddie Redmayne film I can download and singing “On My Own” in the shower as if I feel all of Eponine’s pain and longing.
The amount of females swooning for Redmayne may have particularly increased a thousandfold from his lead role in “My Week with Marilyn” to his stellar portrayal of Marius in “Les Miserables”. But besides his musical chops and smoldering dramatics (see “Birdsong” guhhh), what ultimately got me hooked on this gent is his impeccable personal style.
Looking dapper and youthful in slim fitted suits complimented by exquisite styling, 31-year-old Redmayne adds a modern twist to classic menswear in each of his red carpet appearances. He has dominated almost every Best Dressed list since his “Les Mis” promotion in late 2012 up to this year’s awards season completely dethroning my previous red carpet favorite Andrew Garfield.
Redmayne at the premiere of “Les Mis” in New York, suit by Alexander McQueen
Here’s a selection of a few of my favorite looks by Eddie:
Blue Instinct: Even though Redmayne suffers from color blindness, he claims that his favorite color is a certain shade of blue. So when he decides on a pop of color to break his usual neutral color scheme, this cool hue is his absolute go-to.
As the most shining stars in the entertainment industry came together for this year’s prestigious Academy Awards, of course I was on the look-out on the best dresses that paraded on the red carpet. Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, who won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively, were a dazzling tandem in baby pink gowns. J. Law, who won for her role in The Silver Linings Playbook, capped the awards season in her final Dior Haute Couture ball gown. Anne, whose much acclaimed performance as Fantine garnered her an Oscar trophy, chose a satin Prada dress that night. There’s much more to their looks on the back details of each of their outfits.
Jennifer stuns in a magnificent trail which makes her my best-dressed gal, while Anne shows off a balance of sexy and elegant in this bare-back piece. Both also opted for back necklaces to put an unusual twist on their accessories. Jennifer went for a minimalist piece from Chopard while Anne added some sparkle with a chunky Tiffany & Co. necklace.
Aside from these winning starlets, here are more of my favorite looks at the Oscars:
For the brand’s 20th Anniversary, Kate Spade New York pays homage to the Big Apple with a retro-inspired Fall ‘13 collection. Popping colors, tacky tights, fancy outerwear and witty accessories complete the 80’s vibe of Kate Spade’s cutest garments. With neon signs and yellow cabs in the background, the presentation invites us to the vibrant nightlife of New York City. With a crazy combo like this, who can resist falling into the sweet spiraling traps of Kate Spade? I, for one, am head over heels.
PS. I even feel like I’m on the set of The Carrie Diaries!
As far as Jennifer Lawrence is concerned, the SAG Awards seemed like a déjà vu of the Golden Globes. Aside from bagging trophies from both ceremonies, the stunning starlet also swept the red carpet in Dior couture dresses and found herself in a fashion face off each time. At the Golden Globes, Lawrence was a vision in a red ball gown, but Zooey Deschanel stole some of her lady-in-red thunder with the same look in an Oscar de la Renta dress.
This time at the SAG Awards, the Silver Linings Playbook actress stunned in a navy blue dress, but there’s yet again another lady who snagged the spotlight. Amanda Seyfried donned an alluring Zac Posen dress with the same color and mermaid cut. I have to admit though that Cosette has outdone Katniss this time. The gown has a sexy silhouette that complimented Seyfried’s curves while Lawrence’s rigid look quite failed in comparison. Seyfried’s scalloped ruffle trim cascaded perfectly and made a lovelier train as well. Just when I thought their looks couldn’t get any more identical, I noticed that they both wore their golden curls in a side swept ‘do! I would accessorize Seyfried differently, but all in all, the Les Miz sensation won me over in this red carpet battle.
Here are a few other fashion twosomes I’m torn over:
One of my greatest fixations in life are models. I’ve always appreciated beauty and fashion that’s why these stunning creatures stir quite an obsession in me as they give life to this industry’s masterpieces. And to be honest, the admiration comes with the fantasy of morphing into one of these fashion chameleons someday. Well, we can always dream big, can’t we?
So, as I watched the mesmerizing world of models, some of the Philippines’ very own beauties kind of remind me of a few international faces. Here are the five pairs I was able to match…
1. Catriona Gray and Barbara Palvin
These two are the perfect combination of sexy and sweet! They both have delicate features, charming smiles and a captivating allure. Catriona was listed under Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models of 2012, while Barbara just walked her first Victoria’s Secret show. That’s right - hottie alert! Another common thing these two dolls share is their fondness of singing.
Ohhh my! It’s official - Andrew & Emma are my fave couple! Spotted around the globe to promote “The Amazing Sipder-Man”, these two lovebirds strutted in stunning style! I simply love how they complement each other’s outfits. Here are my favorite looks…