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Ten Best Looks of the Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week!

Actress Emily Blunt hit the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival, held in NYC, for the premiere of her new movie The Five Year Engagement wearing this gorgeous, strapless Jason Wu flared dress featuring a belted waist and embroidered leaf detailing on the bodice. Actress Cobie Smulders once again turned up the heat on the red carpet in a sensational, scarlet, long-sleeved Alexandra Vidal gown featuring a textured, sweeping train for the London premiere of The Avengers.

 

Actress Kate Beckinsale attended the Total Recall press event in Cancun wearing this sexy, navy, asymmetrical, J. Mendel draped silk dress featuring a thigh high slit. Actress Camilla Belle walked the red carpet for the red carpet premiere of The Five Year Engagement at the Tribeca Film Festival wearing this shimmering, gold, Jason Wu sheath featuring keyhole detailing.

 

Actress Taylor Schilling looked sensational for the Los Angeles red carpet premiere of her new movie The Lucky One in this elegant, black, Calvin Klein column dress featuring a halter neck and sexy open back. Actress Lily Collins attended Mulberry's Firepit bash at Coachella in this casual chic ensemble from the British label. Her look included a bouclé, beige windbreaker and dark rinse, cuffed jeans.

 

Actress Scarlett Johansson walked the red carpet for the London premiere of The Avengers in this curve-hugging Prada peplum dress. Actress Jessica Biel made a splash at the press event for Total Recall in Cancun wearing sleek Giambattista Valli printed trousers paired with a tangerine tank and Louboutin heels.

 

Actress Gabrielle Union was all smiles in this Jason Wu floral print, cocktail dress paired with Valentino peep-toes at InStyle's Dinner with a Designer event. Actress Elizabeth Olsen arrived at the Relais & Châteaux Grands Chefs Dinner in this sensational, scarlet, long-sleeved, Valentino tiered gown.

 

~Christy Pastore

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Look of the Day~ Cobie Smulders

Once again Cobie turned up the heat on the red carpet in a sensational, scarlet, long-sleeved Alexandra Vidal gown featuring a textured, sweeping train for the London premiere of The Avengers.

She completed her glamorous look with a square minaudière and an chic up-do accessorized with a simple headband.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore
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Think Pink! It's Not Just For Girly Girls

Pink is a colour that is very much misunderstood. The stereotypical colour of baby clothes, Barbie dolls and eccentric women of a certain age (think queen of the romance novel Barbara Cartland), it is a colour that gets a bad rap and lots of negative opinion. Pink is, to be frank, considered the girliest of girly colours. But is it?

Maybe a little background will help to convince you of its merits…or if you already love it, then this will give you even more reason to. Common thoughts about pink revolve around young girls, first love, candy floss and frills—that is to say a mass of feminine clichés—but this has not always been the case.

The French, in fact, championed the idea of pink for girls and blue for boys back in the 19th century. The tradition, which quickly became popular in England, was touse a blue ribbon on a boy and pink on a girl merely to tell them apart. However, in the U.S. at the turn of the century, girls and boys were being dressed equally in blue, pink, white, and mauve. However, over time blue became popular with young girls and pink was considered a colour for boys because it was thought to be a stronger and more decided colour whereas blue was delicate and dainty and was also the colour associated with the Virgin Mary. The colours switched back to pink for girls and boy for blues around the 40s.

I can’t think of any woman who can really resist a little something pink. Now this is not news to all you pink lovers out there, but I can hear those of you who are more wary protesting. But are you not a little too ready to dismiss this most versatile and beautiful colour in all its complexity of shades? Is there not a pink side to all of us, even if it manifests itself in just a pair of candy pink killer heels or a slick of magenta lipstick? And remember, pink is a tint of that most passionate of colours, red. It is much more of a "Hey there” than a “Come on over” colour.

Does this mean as strong, independent women we can rock pink? I say that worn with some edge and attitude there is no reason why not. So how do we give pink a punch? To answer that let’s take a look at what the designers have done with pink for S/S12.

The latest Louis Vuitton ad campaign features a pretty pink backdrop and full-on pastels. The super feminine look is tempered by the models' funked up spikey hair. On the runway, Valentino showed fragile pink dresses shot with black and neon embroidery creating an embraced gentle sexiness with a cool vibe.

Pink was featured in a multitude of prints – from the bold, rocking blooms of Mary Katrantzou, to Prada's ballsy florals. For these designers pink is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Rochas paid tongue-in-cheek homage to the urban housewife. Rocking satin pink housecoats with mod prints, the models strutted the runway giving a Mad Men twist to the martini sipping, bored stay at home Desperate Housewives stereotype.

Chanel's stunning underwater theme featured striking notes of pastel pink alongside gorgeous shades of coral, pale shell and fuchsia. The shapes were simple and easy to wear – a constant hallmark of Lagerfeld’s work. As always with Lagerfeld’s work there was an abundance of gorgeous details: oversized pearl buttons, unexpected textures and seemingly weightless fabric. The ever present pearls were worn in the hair, glued down bare backs, as piercing and as belts – pink, delicate, sexy and sophisticated.

More proof that pink can be thoroughly modern. My advice? Wear it with slick hair, killer heels and strong make-up. Accessorise with clashing shades of blue or orange,  or embrace the entire look by mixing different shades of pink: fuchsia, rose or all out florescent. Most importantly, wear it with pride.

Girlie girls step aside. Pink is back with an attitude.

~Kate de Lacy @fashionedgy

Kate de Lacy is a writer currently residing in Bath, London. She has many passions and wears many fashionable hats  including those of  fashion blogger, journalist, illustrator, art historian and traveler. Kate is currently looking for an opportunity to move to the United States.

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Bristol Fashion Week Blogger Event: Ice Cream Candy Catwalk

Bristol Fashion Week now in its 15th year runs from the 21st to the 25th of March at Cribbs Causeway. This year's presenters were celeb hairstylists Mark Hayes and Andrew Barton.

What separates BFW from high-end runway shows is that the items are all available from participating retailers in the mall and labelled with convenient tags for pre-show browsing and post-show purchasing.

 

 

John Lewis opened the show with a spectacular display of ice cream candy colours and cellophane flower collared models, taking a cue from the huge on trend S/S catwalk influences of Louis Vuitton. These soft ladylike dresses were given an extra injection with blingy shoes and funked out accessories to take the look from housewife to an edged out Mad Men feel.

Havery Nichols rocked nautical—another popular trend. Along with the pretty aquatic blues, turquoises and corals, came flashes of tropical fish, fuchsia pink and neon yellow.

Of 18 shows in total, each retailer had 12 scenes to showcase a theme.

I was not so impressed by the less than traditional takes on this idea. Topshop, for example, was like watching street theatre meets skater chav with equally loud and obnoxious music. This was followed by more of the same by the lower end shops such as Animal, Dune and Coast.

One redemption was the final shows where Hobbs showed off classy on-trend colour-blocking dresses. Marks and Spencers strutted some fab animal print looks. It also included Radley showcasing their practical and classy handbags.

The statement of this season was mix, match and clash: florals with stripes, pastels with ballsy bold colours and edgy accessories. It’s a huge trend this S/S. Remember this: if it doesn’t look like it works together, then you are probably rocking it.

~Kate de Lacy @fashionedgy

Kate de Lacy is a writer currently residing in Bath, London. She has many passions and wears many fashionable hats  including those of  fashion blogger, journalist, illustrator, art historian and traveler. Kate is currently looking for an opportunity to move to the United States.

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It's A Paper Revolution~

Paper eyelashes?! London based company Paperself has created these fashionable, statement making faux lashes from a wonderfully unique paper-cut design pattern. 

If you are a Hunger Games fan, you have seen these marvelous lashes on Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks. These incredible lashes are actually intricate patterns cut into paper, inspired by the art of Chinese paper-cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

Available in 11 styles, each has its own meaning from Chinese culture inspiring good fortune, success and happiness. Our favorites are the Peacock style, which represents luck, and the Deer and Butterfly set which symbolizes freedom.

 

The lashes can be cut and combined to create different looks. Use the smaller individual lashes to create a fun daytime look. The regular eyelashes will add drama to your special occasion or evening look. 

Prices start at only $9.00 (£12.50) and are available at www.paperselfstore.com and Sephora.

~Melissa Ingersoll @alluresalonindy

First Look: Butter London's New Color Inspired by The Queen

Butter London has created a limited edition nail polish color to honor the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which celebrates her 60 years on the throne. The shimmering silver color is called Lillibet's Jubilee, a fitting and cheeky nickname honoring her majesty.

This is not the first royal lacquer created by the brand, they also released No More Waity Katie (still available for purchase at Nordstrom; $14), shortly after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement.

 

 

 

The nail polish retails for $14.00 and will be available in June at Butter London.com.  What do you think of the color?

~Christy Patore @christypastore

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Kate Winslet Stuns in Jenny Packham at the Titantic 3D Premiere

Now this is how a movie star shines on the red carpet! Kate Winslet made a stunning appearance for the Titanic 3D world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London in this elegant Jenny Packham gown.

Her black, silk-crepe dress featured Swarovski crystal embellished cap sleeves and a brooch at her waist. 

Kate finished her glamorous red carpet look with a retro wavy updo, Christian Louboutin peep-toes and glittering Charles Goode jewels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This look is completely jaw-dropping and is most likely to make our top spot for Ten Best Looks of the Week. We will see if anyone can outshine this look this week. Go ahead, Hollywood, Kate has just set the fashion bar and it's pretty high.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Celebrity Style~ Olivia Wilde

Olivia attended the 2012 Jameson Awards in London wearing this silk-chiffon, pleated, Carolina Herrera gown with silver crystal embroidery.

She completed her look with black Jimmy Choo pumps and clutch.

We are totally lost on why she selected black pumps — why not a pair of silver strappy heels? Black accessories seem to be weighing the look down. This dress is so beautiful, but we feel it does nothing for Olivia.

What do you think is it a hit or a miss?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Celebrity Style~ Whitney Port

Whitney attended the Didier Drogba Foundation Charity Ball at the Dorchester Hotel in London wearing this silver, All Saints, draped maxi-dress.

The designer completed her look with gold jewels and gladiator flats.

What do you think of Whitney's look? Is there too much going on? Is the fit of the dress flattering on Whitney?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People

Ten Best Looks of The Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week.

Actress Kate Winslet attended the Cesar Film Awards in Paris wearing this stunning, black and gold Jenny Packham sequined gown with a sexy plunging neckline. Actress Kate Beckinsale attended the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles wearing this sensational pale blue, off-the-shoulder, Vivienne Westwood gown.

 

Actress Jennifer Aniston received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame looking radiant wearing this lovely floral print Chanel dress. Actress Kate Bosworth attended the Burberry Prorsum Fall RTW show wearing this adorable ensemble from the iconic brand. Her look included this cozy Owl print sweater, paired with a tweed, peplum, pencil skirt.

 

Designer Victoria Beckham attended pal Eva Longoria's Vanity Fair and Chrysler Celebration of the Eva Longoria Foundation gala wearing this blue shift dress, which is, of course, one of her own designs. Actress Drew Barrymore celebrated the launch of Marni for H&M in Los Angeles wearing this colorful, polka dotted dress from the collection topped with a classic black blazer.

 

Singer Lana Del Rey attended the Brit Awards in this red hot, off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood gown. Actress Rooney Mara stepped out for the Costume Designers Guild Awards in this plum J. Mendel cocktail dress with plunging neckline.

 

Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis attended Essence's Black Women in Hollywood event wearing this beautiful, ivory Victoria Beckham knee-length sheath. Actress Emma Stone attended the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in this full-skirted Elie Saab embroidered cocktail dress.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio, Fashion Patrol

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