Tuesday, 27 August 2013

VMA's 2013 Red Carpet Fashion

So the MTV VMA's happened over the weekend in Brooklyn, New York, and as per usual with any event alike, I found myself swooning over the variety of celebrity looks gracing the red carpet. Design choices ranging from elegant floor length numbers to daring thigh-high slits presented me with a huge difficulty in finding my favourite celebrity's look. Keep reading here to see what these glam people wore and determine your favourite VMA 2013 style.

                            Rita Ora

It's not often that I dislike Rita Ora's style choices, and this is definitely not one of those times! This charismatic beaded bodice appeals to the eye as it sparkles in the gleaming light creating a magical and enchanting vibe. The lengthy head-turning feathered train adds to the magical affair as every female recalls their childhood days when they dressed up in a fairy costume with the feathers and plastic healed shoes with the fluff on. Rita's choice of traditional black heels adds classiness to her look, furthermore contrasting with the more forward move of the elongated slit.

                             Lady Gaga

Pleasantly, I was surprised by Lady Gaga's refined choice of styling this time around - you could almost call it 'Hollywood glamour'-like. The wet leather appearance of this dress forms a grunge style feel whilst the over sized bow contrasts in a soft and ever-so-slightly innocent way. The polka dot train contradicts the grunge leather look by appearing fantasy-like. Adding a chic and over all dignified presentation, the long style and simple structure of the dress is really what surprised me the most with Lady Gaga's outfit choice.

                                       Ariana Grande 

Once again, Ariana Grande went for her traditional trademark style of chic and girly, following the trends of the particular season, and I love it! The fitted bodice cinches in at the waist, showing off her figure, whilst the skater style skirt flares outwards in a 50's fashion to create volume and to slightly dramatise the look, (although not in a too OTT way).

                                   Alison Williams

American actress Alison Williams looked extremely dignified in this cream shift dress covered in oodles of sequins and beads. This crisp number portrays a fantasy-like attire as we picture a snowy winter landscape.. in August. Classically, the sleeve cuffs add a professional finish to this dress as they add detail in a smart manner. Against these subtle black courts, this frothy contrivance looks purely stunning.

                             Crystal Reed

Teen Wolf star Crystal Reed graced the red carpet in this gorgeous fishtail design. Emphasising her curves, the layered peplums modernises the traditional floor length gown. I love how the flounce of the fishtail is also split into two, making a slight consistency of the layered effect/theme going on. This factor, along with the sweetheart neckline prevents the dress from being too plain, by giving it some simple details. I also love how the shade if red is that of similarity to the red or the carpet, suggesting pure glamour and class. The leopard print clutch definitely spices up the outfit.
                             Ellie Goulding 

Ellie Goulding is in fact, one of my biggest style icons. I just love her chic, modern and slightly edgy fashion. I love how the designer of this dress has taken a long classic, soft grey number and adapted it so simply by embellishing it in edgy silver studs to portray a slightly grunge look. Contemplating the great thigh-high slash, the high neckline also adds to the slightly edgy effect.

                                    Jennifer Hudson

I love the whole gothic, monochrome theme that Jennifer Hudsun has going on here. Along with the wet leather look, monochrome is dead on trend ready for AW13, and I love how Jennifer works them together! Unlike the majority of others walking the red carpet, she has gone for a more street style and somewhat casual appearance compared to the glamorous gowns screeching stardom. I also love the asymmetric side peplum trend which also a dominating featire of the cat walks for AW13.

                            Katy Perry

I still haven't really decided whether I like Katy Perry's look here or not. The dress' long sleeve and high neck nature smothered in a feline animal print does portray this number as a mere fancy dress costume or a winter coat, yet for some wild reason, it still works! In attempt to jazz things up a bit, feather butterflies have been added, although I think that they do make this frock appear too overloaded on top of the already busy leopard print. However, I do like how the daring slash up her thigh does break up the busyness and how her simple heeled sandles complement the dress in a colour coordinating way.

                             Miley Cyrus

I can't really say that I did think much about Miley's outfit, other than 'did she really wear leggings to a red carpet event?!' Although the colourful hanging beads do add an element of charisma, this isn't something I would wear myself! All I can really say, is that, Miley, I'm disappointed this time.

                             Selena Gomez

Being another one of my style icons, it's not wonder that I fell in love with Selena's red carpet dress. I do think that it was a very bold move, having the bralet on show, but I definitely think it works as it provides detail and is different to the usual full length gown. I love how the material folds over, a though it is revealing the bralet as it adds a daring feel. I love how the way that the left sleeve still continues by snaking around the back as it is slightly unexpected, as well as the way that the seams are lined with glistening beads, adding detail and edginess to the dress.

                             Taylor Swift

 Yet again, here is another one of my great style icons, so of course I love how she opted for a 1920's Hollywood glamour look for this event. I particularly like how the dipped neckline is slightly forward, yet still manages to appear classic. The area of glitter covering the bust stands out, screaming 'stardom', whilst the bandage characteristic of the bodycon style creates a foxy feel. I also love how she's accessorized with glittering bangles which complement the sparkles on the dress.

What are your thoughts of these red carpet appearances? Can you determine a favourite?

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Three Ways To Style - Missguided Bodycon Skirt

For this post I thought I would try something else which is a bit different to the usually expected outfit post. Lately, I've realised how there are so many garments which can be worn for really any occasion; you can dress them either up or down by simply changing what you team them with. Whilst searching the Missguided website, I instantly fell in love with this opulent blur mini skirt, before finding myself imagining all of things I would pair it with for different occasions.

                           Way To Style- No. 1

Whilst spending a day at the beach, I would chose to team this skirt with this tropical sunset crop top to create a boho style look. I think that the colours compromise each other well in the way that the shades of the sunset on the tee appear to be of a duller shade in comparison to those on the skirt, preventing a colour clash. As beach style seems to be all about striking colours, I like the way that the silhouette of the palm trees creates a block between the huge volume of different colours splashed onto the skirt and the more soothing nature of the sunset colours to perform together.

 I would chose these sandles as the pure shade of white adds subtlety to the already loud look drawing from the opulent colours of the tee and skirt. I think that the studs lining the straps add a slight touch of edginess to the look which contrasts fittingly with the dreaminess of the tee. Recently, I've been finding that rucksacks are the ideal bag for the beach. They're spacious nature allows plenty of room for a towel and more, yet they're not too big and bulky either; I also find the front pockets the perfect size to place my phone and iPod in too. I would chose this plain neon number as I think the shade of pink complements the colours in the both the skirt and the top, as well as the fact that the brightness of the colour screams summer. 

                             Way To Style- No.2
5) Cutout Peep Toe Wedges - Missguided

Designed for a party, I would pair the skirt with this peplum top to form a defined look. It generates a fun, yet flattering look as the polished skinny gold belt pulls in the waist to structure a sophisticated silhouette. This burgundy shade harmonizes well with the colours visible on the skirt as the darker shade creates a more suave style. Also, the fact that this top is one of a bandeau design, gives it a subtle appearance, therefore causing all attention to centre upon the skirt.

My reason for including this clutch is that it has adds a professional appearance in the design of the envelope style. The refined arrangement of the croc pattern allows it to appear detailed, yet not too OTT. With the plainess of the bandeau style top, I would definitely team this outfit with a statement necklace. This one particularly adds a tribal feel to the outfit. Finally, I think that heals are a must have for a party, so I would add this pair of peep toe wedges. Cut outs are right on trend right now, and I love how they can make a such a difference to an outfit by adding a slightly daring tone. The colour choice of black finishes off the outfit with a defined and confident look.

                               Way To Style- No. 3

For a casual day out, I would team the skirt with a topshop cami for a more toned down affair. The solid pink blush nicely contradicts the rather full on pattern of the skirt, offering a more laid back attire. I think that  this colour is perfect for the upcoming season as fashion reports have been showing pink as one of the dominating AW13 colour trends.

Accessory wise, I am a huge fan of the satchel bag and this one suits perfectly for a day out. Its push lock fastening shows off it's practicality, and I like how satchels like these are generous in space, yet hold their shape firmly. Strips of snake print cleverly break up the dramatic effect of the color block, creating a more subtle and chic effect. Again, I've chosen to add a statement necklace to create a slight tone of the tribal trend by picking one decorated with geometric shapes which contrasts rather harshly with the softness of the cami. Lace trim socks and vans are my favourite footwear combination at the moment, and I think that these colours combine distinctively together.

Would you wear this Missguided skirt? How would you style it?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Neon Pink, Black and Zigzags

Apologies for the lack of blogging recently, just as I got into the habit of posting once a week I went on holiday to Majorca and haven't posted for two weeks - typical! Of course though, with the beautiful scenic beach location, I did take the opportunity to snap some pictures for a couple of outfit posts. So here's a post on one of my favourite dresses which I wore one evening for a stroll around the town after the delicious dinner at the hotel.

I brought this dress a week or two prior to our holiday, so this was in fact, its first outing. Being one of my favourite trends this season, I absolutely love this aztec zigzag print. I think the factor that shaped my decision to buy this dress was how the brightness of the neon zigzags intervenes with the otherwise monochrome effect, creating a more modern twist. I like how the cap sleeves add more of a casual tone, yet the bodycon style fashions a dress for more occasional wear of a smart casual social event.

I decided to team this dress with my polka-dot monochrome cross body bag which is the perfect size when all you need to take is your phone and purse! I also thought that it brought out the monochrome side to the dress, therefore creating more rivalry against the bursting colour of the neon pink. I chose to wear my salmon pink wedges in order to give me more height as well as the fact that I thought the colour complemented the pink in the dress. I also wore my daisy hair chain in order to soften the look from the harsh effect of the aztec print pattern.

Salmon Pink Wedges - Newlook
Daisy Hair Chain - Claires Accessories
Polka-dot Cross Boddy Bag - New Look
Chunky Bead Bracelet - New Look