Saturday, 28 January 2012

It's Not a Crime to be This Beautiful

 Anja Rubik

Cato Van Ee  |  Flare  |  November 2011

Amalie Hartmann  |  Costume  |  July 2011

Caroline Winberg

Daria Werbowy

Denisa Dvorakova  |  Marie Claire Italia  |  January 2011

 Dree Hemingway  |  Vogue Turkey  |  July 2011
Emma Watson  |  Marie Claire US  |  December 2010

Ginta Lapina  |  Vogue Japan  |  April 2011

Gisele Bundchen  |  Vogue Brazil  |  July 2011

Isabeli Fontana

Janelle Fishman  |  Torn by Ronny Kobo Holiday 2011

Suvi Koponen & Hanne Gaby Odiele  |  Purple Fashion  |  #12


Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Best Dressed of The Week: Golden Globes 2012

Claire Danes - Winner of Best Actress for her role in Television Drama Series Homeland
Simple and streamlined with effortless updo and black J. Mendel dress with sexy silver cut-out, Danes looked dazzling. She suits the dark smokey eye with classic red lip look and the dress was the perfect choice.

Tilda Swinton -  Winner of Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama We Need to Talk About Kevin
Queen of the elfin and avant-garde, Tilda's outfit by Haider Ackermann was my second favourite of the entire night. Pastel blue stands out against the red carpet, as well as her flawless, creamy skin and blonde crop swept to the side. Teamed with sheeny blue cropped sleeve jacket combined with her demure yet statuesque pose, creates a massively flattering and effective silhouette and of course, a huge statement. 

Kristen Wiig - Nominee for Best Actress in Motion Picture Comedy Bridesmaids  
I hadn't noticed it until I saw this picture, perhaps partly because I wasn't familiar with her prior to comedy smash hit Bridesmaids and she has recently dyed her hair dark brown, but Wiig is really beautiful. Here, she has that Californian vibe going on with tousled hair and minimal jewels- hooray for no diamonds- which I think makes this nude Bill Blass dress with pulled in waist with thigh-high slit, an absolute triumph. I'm now excited to see what she will be working next. 

Zooey Deschanel - Nominee for Best Actress in Comedy New Girl
Without a doubt the best look of the entire event, Zooey never fails to bring retro to the now and does so perfectly with this gorgeous neon green and black Prada gown. Her skin looks phenomenal against the mixture of light bead detailing on the dress, as well as the darkness of her eye make-up and 60's bouncy beehive hairstyle. I cannot say enough good things about it. 

Nicole Richie
Although I'm not exactly sure why she was in attendance, she certainly made the effort anyway and came out triumphant, as you can see from this sexy, clingy number by British designer Julien Macdonald. Simple yet very effective, this tank dress cut low at the back is sheer flawless elegance. The touch of silver and gold accessories finish the look and the beehive scooped-up ponytail hairdo is beautiful.

Others haven't been as complimentary of either her simple hairstyle or the skin tight Marchesa creation, but I think she looks smoking. The dazzling silver suits her brunette locks and olive skin. Although maybe it wouldn't have been quite as sexy if it wasn't for the cut-out detailing around the bust. Either way, I enjoy the slightly looser skirt which clings to her legs but falls to the floor and around her feet. She requires nothing more than an emerald green ring worn proudly on her finger (cue the hand on waist pose) as she works this dress really well. 

Dianna is absolutely gorgeous in general although I would have liked her to have looked less innocent in the face here- perhaps lose the smile and pay more attention on the eyes to really make them grab you. Nonetheless, the second member of the Glee club to be on my chosen line-up, was worked on with magic by Giles with this laser-cut dress made up of layers of scarlet red fabric from which begins at just above her collar bone before tumbling all the way down to the floor. She has the pale complexion that I think enables her to carry this daring colour off so well, of course teamed with classic red lip and effortless, almost unkempt hairdo. I love how you can see her skin peeking through the slight layers before the eyes are directed to the intricate workmanship and cutting detail scattered down and around her legs. Such a great dress.

And as for the boys... handsome or what?!

  Clive Owen                                              Jonah Hill                                                         Michael Fassbender

  Giorgio Armani                                         Simon Spurr - Nominee for                              Emporio Armani -
                                                                   Best Supporting Actor in                                 Nominee for Best Actor
                                                                   Motion Picture Moneyball                                 in Motion Picture Drama

                                Gerald Butler having fun
                                Salvatore Ferragamo

Do you agree with my choices? Who stood out for you? Who did you think got it wrong?
What did you make of the men's choices?


Monday, 9 January 2012

Pic of the Week

Keke Lindgard  |  Vogue Espana  |  April 2010
by Arthur Elgort

I love everything about this picture, from those amazing shoes, the sunlight filtering into the room to the chunkiness of the rings on her slender fingers and that cheeky stare at the camera from the sax player. It is a really fun picture, I think and a rather random situation; a floral clad, tall blonde woman sitting in what looks like a train station with two local musicians. Then there is her stare and bright red lipstick. Beautiful in my eyes. I enjoy each and every aspect of the photograph and combined, form a successful, eye-catching and ultimately interesting editorial image, the remaining images of which can be viewed here

What do you think of the picture? Are you a fan of Keke Lindgard


Thursday, 5 January 2012

When I was a child, running in the night

After an amazing Christmas with the majority of my close family and a chilled but fun New Year, I am back with a new post. 

It is my Mum's birthday tomorrow (which is another excuse to have a big get together with lots of wine) and this is a celebration of that, as my Mum is and always has been a massive fan. If you are not familiar with her music, you should definitely listen to some of what she has created over the years. I give my own recommendations.

Happy New Year to everyone and enjoy the post. Do let me know what you think.

Kate Bush is just as much part of my childhood playlist as the Spice Girls (is this not the case for any girl born in the 90s?), M People and Robin S. Show Me Love has got to be one of the best dance songs ever to be produced. I will always remember listening to Bush when either my Mum was cleaning or when I was standing in the centre of the living-room singing my heart out into a hairbrush. Babooshka (its literal definition is Russian for ‘grandmother’, according to the Urban Dictionary) is the one song I remember learning all the words to at such a young age. I recall the huge amount of fascination and curiosity over the album cover for Never For Ever, in which this song was released, with the floating animals and ugly looking sea creatures swirling out from underneath Bush’s dress. It is probably one of her most memorable songs- the lyrical verses tapping into the ideologies of revenge, paranoia and ambush, as it tells the story of a woman’s yearning for the faithfulness of her husband.


My Mum was thirteen years old when Bush was signed aged 19 in 1978 and surprisingly has only ever had one number one single in the UK with Wuthering Heights, despite having released 10 studio albums with a maximum of 12 years between releases – The Red Shoes released in 1993 and Aerial in 2005- throughout her massively successful career spanning over an impressive 36 years. Her musical style has altered somewhat over the years, newer material edging more towards her earlier folk style with a fairly vast emphasis on instrumental segments. Wuthering Heights, to those of you who are not familiar with the song but have read the book or watched a film adaptation (I myself really need to soon), is aptly startling, moving and varying in tempo and pitch. It begins with piano beats and ends with amazing electric guitar, amidst the high-pitched, menacing voice of Bush and the drop of drum beat with which you cannot help but move your head in time to.

What I love so much about Bush is the incredibly unique tone and the trembling characteristic to her voice- unusual voices are always the best I find. Not only that, the aptitude at which she reaches when altering her voice from deep to very high, powerful, almost screaming at times, is an ability for which she should be admired. Adapting it from each song to the next to suit the melodies and musical choices, ensures that what you are listening to is certainly interesting and grasps you as a listener. Cloudbusting is my personal favourite because of this and the song of the moment (the opeining lyrics of which forms the title) has to be Hounds of Love, inspired by Hitchcock's film The 39 Steps

She is undeniably, a fantastic songwriter- completely powerful, startling and I feel there is always a story to her songs, which she maintains throughout from the beginning to the very last note. As for her look, she was always in tight Lycra dance leotards and leggings at the height of her fame during the late 70s, early 80s (who wasn’t?), floating floor length, long-sleeved sheer gowns or futuristic two pieces, as the header picture shows, worn on her one and only tour aged just 20. That large mane of hair, which I vividly remember as the artwork for Lionheart was her trademark, as well as her big brown eyes, porcelain skin and rosy lips. She is one beautiful, talented lady whose niche style of music has gained her a huge, dedicated fan base, one of whom is my mum- a massive one at that. The fact that she vows never to tour again as she claims to be ‘shy’ is something I find hard to understand but it certainly doesn’t lessen her triumph as the most successful solo female artist the UK has ever seen.