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BAFTA 2014: Best Moments, Biggest Surprises and Red Carpet Gowns

After winning Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards, Cate Blanchett received The Best Actress award at the Baftas for the role of Jeanette Francis in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’. It was one of the most emotional moments at the ceremony because Blanchett decidet to dedicate this honor to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman: “Phil, your monumental talent, your unflinching quest for truth both in art and in life will be missed by so many people. This is for you, you bastard, hope you’re proud” she said.

For many critics the fact that ’12 Years a Slave’ won only two awards (Best Picture and Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor) came as a surprise. ‘Gravity’ winning six of eleven nominations, including The Best British Film award was even more surprising to the Brits who didn’t see it as British enough.

Moreover, Jennifer Lawrence beat Lupita Nyong’o in Supporting Actress category and Bakhard Abdi, who played a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips, won the Supporting Actor award over Michael Fassbender.

On the other hand, some find the selection of red carpet gowns far more interesting than the ceremony itself. While Cate Blanchett wore Alexander McQueen black satin dress, Lupita Nuong’o has chosen a green Dior Couture gown. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt showed up both dressed up in tuxedos – hers from Saint Laurent and his from Valentino. Amy Adams was in black too, wearing Victoria Beckham, and Lea Seydoux matched her royal blue Miu Miu dress with Chopard jewelry. Helen Miren looked dashing in Jacques Azagury gown teamed with Jimmy Choo clutch and Asprey jewelry, Lily Allen wore colorful Vivienne Westwood dress, and Uma Thurman looked amazing in tight navy dress by Atelier Versace.

Since the BAFTA ceremony took place during London Fashion Week it was interesting to see celebrities wearing British designers. Laura Carmichael wore Erdem strapless dress, Oprah Winfrey showed up in Stella McCartney gown and Olga Kurylenko has chosen a Burberry dress.

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Cate Blanchett wore Alexander McQueen dress

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Laura Carmichael in Erdem dress

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Helen Miren wore Jacques Azagury gown with Jimmy Choo clutch and Asprey Jewelry

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wearing tuxedos from Saint Laurent and Valentino

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wearing tuxedos from Saint Laurent and Valentino

Amy Adams wore Victoria Beckham dress

Amy Adams wore Victoria Beckham dress

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Chiwetel Ejiofor with Sari Mercer

Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter

Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter

Lupita Nyong'o in Dior Couture gown

Lupita Nyong’o in Dior Couture gown

Uma Thurman in Altelier Versace dress

Uma Thurman in Altelier Versace dress

Olga Kurylenko wore Burberry dress

Olga Kurylenko wore Burberry dress

Lily Allen in Vivienne Westwood gown

Lily Allen in Vivienne Westwood gown

Oprah Winfrey in Stella McCartney dress

Oprah Winfrey in Stella McCartney dress

Lea Seydoux wore Miu Miu dress with Chopard jewelry

Lea Seydoux wore Miu Miu dress with Chopard jewelry

Images: www.vogue.co.uk

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New York Fashion Week: Street Style

One of the most exciting things about every fashion week is monitoring fashion trends at front rows, parties and streets. New York fashion crowd is always cool and stylish, without being too eccentric and flamboyant. Apart from celebrities, it is always fun to see what bloggers and magazine editors are wearing. This week they were sporting mainly warm clothes as weather conditions were harsh, but there were also some interesting pieces from spring/summer collections which they mixed with winter gear.

Adi Heyman journalist in Balenciaga dress, Zara shoes and Chanel bag

Adi Heyman, journalist wearing Balenciaga dress, Zara shoes, vintage jumper and Chanel bag

 

This winter's trend: full skirt teamed with leather jacket

This winter’s trend: full skirt teamed with leather jacket

 

Abby Klein, blogger matched Valentino skirt with Zara jacket, Burberry boots and Chanel bag

Abby Klein, blogger matched Valentino skirt with Zara jacket, Burberry boots and Chanel bag

 

Dr. Martens always look chic

Dr. Martens always look chic

 

Arina Kachanova, model is wearing traditional russian scarf, Alberta Ferretti coat, Polini boots and Chanel bag

Arina Kachanova, model is wearing traditional russian scarf, Alberta Ferretti coat, Polini boots and Chloe bag

 

Prada spring collection looks great during winter too

Prada spring collection looks great during winter too

 

Lainy Hedaya, blogger is wearing a coat by All Saints, shorts by Alexander Wang and Michael Kors boots

Lainy Hedaya, blogger is wearing a coat by All Saints, shorts by Alexander Wang and Michael Kors boots

 

One way to wear see-through slip dress is underneath a big jumper + Charlotte Olympia clutch

One way to wear see-through slip dress is underneath a big jumper + Charlotte Olympia clutch

 

Natalie Massenet,  the chairman of British Fashion Council is wearing a Shrimp coat with a Fendi bag

Natalie Massenet, the chairman of British Fashion Council is wearing a Shrimp coat with a Fendi bag

 

Ideal outfit for snowy New York: pink coat, Adidas trainers and a Fendi bag equipped with fur bugs

Ideal outfit for snowy New York: pink coat, Adidas trainers and a Fendi bag equipped with fur bugs

 

Sonya Esman, blogger wore white top and jeans teamed with grey coat, metallic sandals and pink fur bag

Sonya Esman, blogger wore white top and jeans teamed with grey coat, metallic sandals and pink fur bag

 

Leather is a huge trend this season

Leather is a huge trend this season

 

Model Chen Yu wore a vintage coat with a Levi's jacket and a Pixie Market jumpsuit, shoes and belt

Model Chen Yu wore a vintage coat with a Levi’s jacket and a Pixie Market jumpsuit, shoes and belt

 

A bit od red makes dull winter color palette cheerful

A bit od red makes dull winter color palette cheerful

 

Karina Peregrina wore jeans and plaid

Karina Peregrina wore jeans and plaid

 

Annina Mislin, associate fashion combined a coat by Komokano Balenciagia skirt, Zara shoes and  a Celine bag

Annina Mislin, associate fashion combined a coat by Komokano Balenciagia skirt, Zara shoes and a Celine bag

 

Model Natsumi Imi is wearing Le Ciel Blue coat and skirt, an Opening Ceremony jumper and Nicholas Kirkwood boots

Model Natsumi Imi is wearing Le Ciel Blue coat and skirt, an Opening Ceremony jumper and Nicholas Kirkwood boots

Images: http://www.vogue.co.uk, http://www.harpersbazaar.com, http://www.elleuk.com

Bags for Spring/Summer 2014

While must-have bags for fall and winter were too tiny, one of the major spring/summer 2014 trends is an oversized clutch. Big clutches are very handy because you can fit anything you like inside them, but you can also squeeze and fold them so that they don’t take too much space. They can look very urban and modern like the ones from Topshop Unique, elegant and feminine like the ones from Dries Van Noten, or even deadly serious and ideal for a working woman such as Mulberry ones made out of leather. Speaking of leather, python skin is going to be omnipresent this year, but as for the spring/summer bags, the ones from Christian Dior are very special because they are dyed in bright, funky colors. Croco skin is also trendy and you can choose from classical Bottega Veneta ones to Michael Kors’s trendy big clutches.

The most talked about slogan bags for the forthcoming season are definitely Kate Spade’s book clutches, but the pretties girly clutches of the season are probably Burberry ones because of beautiful pastel shades and delicate floral appliques. Arty prints is one of the key trends for the forthcoming season and the best examples are Prada and Chanel handbags. Prada also has lovely croco leather bags embellished with jewels, while Miu Miu accessories are inspired by 1960-s and are made in lovely pastel hues. On the other hand, Lanvin metallic bin bags are just revolutionary, Tory Burch created wonderful collection of bags covered in wallpaper-like florals, Carven designed beautiful furoshiki inspired cloth bags and Marc Jacobs and Valentino went for boho style.

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Images: www.vogue.com, www.purseblog.com

Best Couture Wedding Dresses for Spring/Summer 2014

Karl Lagerfeld’s wedding dress for Chanel Couture was daring and innovative not only because of it’s relaxed silhouette and semi-transparent hi-tech fabric, but also because he matched it with luxurious running shoes embellished with Massaro jewels that allegedly cost around $ 4000. He left us wondering if the boundary between couture and ready-to-wear became to blurry and irrelevant.

And while Lagerfeld combined evening glamour with urbanwear, Jean Paul Gaultier transformed a wedding gown into a butterfly-shaped bodysuit and a bride into a pin-up star dressed up in white lace, feathers and fishnet tights.

Giambattista Valli was subversive in his own way and while making super luxurious and colorful floor-length red carpet gowns adorned with flowers, his wedding dress was a 1960-s inspired mini cocktail dress with flower-shaped crystal embellishments and a pink bow.

Inspired by avant-garde art Raf Simons created a futuristic, asymmetrical wedding dress for Dior. It is strapless and embellished with white flowers and crystals, and the silk it is made from is so lightweight that it literally floats around the body.

Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad created big flamboyant dresses covered in hundreds of beautiful hand-stitched floral appliques, Donatella Versace designed a tight and revealing sexy gown adorned with pearls and crystals and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli made a simple but adorable wedding dress from luxurious white lace.

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Giambattista Valli

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Christian Dior

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Jean Paul Gaultier

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Images: http://www.vogue.com

Howls and Butterflies: Valentino Pre-Fall 2014

Maria Grazia Churi and Pierpaolo Piccoli created another dreamy, fairy-tale like collection for Valentino. It is inspired by eccentricity and is very colorful and flamboyant. Some of the pieces from the collection are done in black and white and are reminiscence of the beautiful fall/winter 2013 collection with scalloped edges and bows around the neck, but also introduced new elements such as wider collars made from PVC and sequins.

Two motifs are repeatedly appearing in the collection: howls printed on coats, sweaters as well as on winter dresses, and colorful butterflies scattered on skirts, jackets, cocktail dresses and evening gowns. Pieces with the butterfly print were even photographed against the background that mimics the pattern, which looks very eccentric.

The collection features several fantastic little black dresses from elegant, evening ones with sequins to simple models for every occasion. There are some incredible coats decorated with bold prints, which look very warm and cozy and, of course, impeccably tailored full length gowns from black and white to gold and Valentino red.

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Images: www.style.com

Valentino Spring/Summer 2014 Collection for Men

Inspired by military and infused with multicolored jeans and army patterns, Valentino spring/summer collection for men is pretty casual and modern, but also very stylish. From plain white T-shirts which are playing an important role in the styling of the show, to shirt-like shaped leather jackets, the collection features many relaxed pieces. While making this collection, the designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli experimented with denim and mixed different shades to create suits that look very elegant.

The collection is ideal for a modern man who wants to look both smart and casual. It also includes classical suits, camouflage sweaters and even a few pieces with cool floral and animal prints. It is accompanied by chic leather accessories in various colors from bright yellow to soft grey.

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Images: http://www.valentino.com

Christmas Party Shoes

It is time to think about buying shoes for a Christmas party! If you are going for the simple and elegant dress, you can add a bit of craziness to your outfit with right accessories. Charlotte Olympia created another wonderful Christmas collection this year, and it features some amazing golden sandals, but also a pair of black stilettos with golden platform and mistletoe tied with red ribbon on top. The whole collection is very cheerful and festive, and includes quirky pieces such as gingerbread man shaped bag, Christmas pudding pouch and a red PVC gift box clutch.

If you find Charlotte Olympia’s accessories too eccentric, you can consider Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo who made some lavish Christmassy bejeweled pumps. There also are some amazing Miu Miu high heels embellished with sparkly beads from resort 2014 collection which is already in the shops. However, if you are looking for perfect red shoes, think of Dolce&Gabbana or Valentino recent collections.

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Charlotte Olympia

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Miu Miu

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Valentino Red

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Christan Louboutin

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Jimmy Choo