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At the Oscars 2014

From peplum detail and the cape effect to structured draping and sheer print; last night’s Academy Awards may have been described as ‘boring’ but the red carpet certainly was not.

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o

Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o once again used bright block colour to create a winning red carpet look. The headband may have made the actress look slightly childish however her elegant, flowing gown by Prada made up for this.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, now more commonly known as J Law, made up for her shapeless Golden Globes dress by wearing a striking orange gown with peplum detailing. The nominee for best supporting actress looked youthful and classy in this fitted piece by Dior of course.

Both Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams opted for plain navy dresses, focusing on structure and draping instead of embellishment. The Gravity star’s Alexander McQueen gown draped beautifully to one side while the American Hustle actress chose a straight Gucci dress with detailing at the bust.

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett received mixed reviews for her sparkling number while other actresses not even nominated pulled out all the stops, looking incredible. One such star was Kate Hudson who stunned in a white caped Atelier Versace gown. Emma Watson wore Vera Wang looking stunning with a red lip.

Camilla Alves, wife of Matthew McConaughey, was the epitome of class at the awards ceremony and also sporting the cape trend. Her nude number and fitted yet flowing gown was perfect for the partner of an Oscar Best Actor winner.

Matthew and Camilla
Matthew and Camilla

Irish Success at LFW

From a fresh faced model to stylists turned designers, the Irish certainly left their mark on London Fashion Week.

London fashion week saw contemporary designs by newcomer Lennon Courtney create a stir on the British fashion scene. Lennon Courtney received high praise for its cutting edge structured pieces designed to compliment the everyday woman.

A successful showcase with independent retailer Wolf & Badger resulted in attention from Vogue.co.uk in an article entitled ‘Irish Charm: What Women Want?  Classic silhouettes with an urban edge defines the work of the new designers.

Clara for Bora Aksu
Clara for Bora Aksu

Along with the success of Irish designers at London Fashion Week, a young model has also left a lasting impression on the British fashion event. Clara McSweeney represented by the Andrea Roche Modelling Agency walked for three designers, Teatum Jones, Dominic Jones and Turkish designer Bora Aksu.

Clara McSweeney
Clara McSweeney

When asked about the model’s recent success Andrea Roche replied:

We are extremely proud of her as she has only just turned 16 and is doing so well. This is her second season for LFW and her agency there Elite see huge potential in Clara.’

Clara is in her fourth year of secondary school, balancing this and modelling with international labels in the UK. With striking features, long blonde locks and comparisons being made to Rosie Huntington Whiteley this Irish model has a bright future ahead. 

Clara for Bora Aksu
Clara for Bora Aksu

Her Look: Vanessa Hudgens

From her innocent Highschool Musical days to a recent rebellious role in the explicit Spring Breakers, this actress has evolved in more ways than one.

All White
All White

She started out donning pretty preppy outfits in her early acting days but soon developed her own boho signature style. Vanessa is famed for her wavy locks, laid back effortless chic and festival wear. If there is any celebrity who knows how to dress for a summer festival it’s her.

Similar to a real life Pocahontas, the dark featured beauty has this advantage when it comes to styling herself. There are many elements to Hudgen’s everyday look ranging from white flowing pieces to ripped denim, tie-dye skirts to print crops.

Summer White
Summer White

She is a walking advertisement for the maxi dress, using the lengthy garment to give her the appearance of height. A brightly coloured and bold printed maxi teamed with flat sandals is a classic everyday look for the actress.

Accessorizing is key to this star’s wardrobe. Chained headbands, classy fedora’s and an array of necklaces and bracelets all at once complete this boho chic look she is much loved for.

Her Look: Olivia Palermo

She was the chic villain on The City, a spin off show of hit reality show The Hills, showcasing the fashion world in New York City. A socialite turned style icon for many Olivia has climbed the ranks in terms of style since her TV debut.

Flirty Skirts
Flirty Skirts

Olivia embraces her long legs and opts for skinny jeans, fitted leather pants or structured shorts which show off her assets. Her outfits often incorporate layers including short sleek jackets and a blouse or long coats and plenty of accessories. Sophisticated is her personal style in one word. She appears to never have a hair out of place, reflecting her wealthy background she is the oozes class.

Of course her olive skin and sandy hair tend to aid any outfit’s appeal but regardless of your colouring you can still use her as an inspiration when dressing. Patterned fitted pants are another item Olivia has in her wardrobe which add colour and drama to a plain black blazer and blouse.

Summer Chic
Summer Chic

Although her style is mostly structured and of the fitted sort she does occasionally sport a chiffon mini skirt to add a flirty and feminine element to a look. A good bag is an essential for this socialite and it is rarely a small one. A girl after my own heart she can always be seen carrying her life around in a large but classy leather handbag.

 

Sheer Perfection

Will you dare to bare? This new Spring/Summer 14 trend is spiraling women into the summer spirit with sheer garments popping up across the high street. 

 

It featured heavily on the catwalks of SS14, with Burberry Prorsum in particular, making quite the impression. The summer months give us all a chance to finally bare some skin following months of endless winter cover ups. Whether abroad or at home (chances are slim in Ireland) this trend can work for you as it is flirty, stylish and more wearable than you think. 

Although it seems all is revealed through this sheer fabric, if the correct sheer print is picked you can still be relatively covered up. Sheer skirts are for the brave and an investment in suitable underwear to compliment the skirt is strongly advised. Pastel print sheer maxi skirts were rampant at Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/ Summer 14 show perfect for warm summer nights.

If you’re looking for a more subtle way in which to wear this trend then sheer stripes are for you. High street stores such as Topshop are beginning to add sheer elements to their ranges. Light jumpers with sheer stripe detailing are chic and flattering. ASOS are stocking sheer preppy ankle socks, a great summer accessory.

Burberry Runway Shots
Burberry Runway Shots

If you have to cover up try a sheer shawl or cardigan as a trendy alternative. So dare to bare in pastel shades this spring and leave wooly winter days behind.

Grammy Awards ’14

Shimmering gold and sheer panel detailing embellished the red carpet at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hills. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift made quite an impact sparkling in gold while Beyoncé showcased the SS14 sheer trend.

Opening the show performing with husband Jay Z, Beyoncé stole the show in more ways than one. Her figure flattering floral dress was designed by Michael Costello putting her high up on the list for best dressed. Embroidered lace and sheer detailing created a feminine but flirty look. Wavy locks and a strong red lip take this outfit to award ceremony standards.

A low ponytail with a sweeping side fringe added simplicity to Taylor Swift’s gold Gucci gown. With sheer shoulders and neckline this frock sparkled from top to bottom while hugging the singer’s slim frame. Expensive with an air of class is how to describe Taylor on music’s biggest night.

Rihanna as expected chose a quirky version of the typical awards ceremony gown. The collared plunging silk dress looked rich in colour and texture. The mustard yellow complimented her complexion while her long tresses were brushed off her face.

Both Iggy Azalea and Anna Kendrick donned beautiful embroidered gowns. Iggy slicked her blonde locks back and let her white floor length dress take center stage. Anna chose glossy curls to add to her revealing yet stunning Azzurro dress.

Christine Teigen, married to John Legend, looked stunning in yet another sequined gold number. Strapless, fitted and featuring a shimmering train the model’s fashion choice was perfect for the occasion.

Statement Eyes

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Fuchsia, violet, azure and crimson- shadow shades that demand attention. Designers sent these colours and more down the catwalks at their Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion shows, embellishing the models’ eyes. From bright shimmering hues to deep matte tones make up artists at Jason Wu, Gucci and Dior played around with their colour charts this season to set statement eye looks in motion.

Your eyes are the focal point of your face because of their movement, colour and the emotion they show when talking. Framing your features with bold shadows naturally draws attention to the area enhancing the emotion they already show. Metallic shades are another way to get your eyes noticed, the particles in the shadow reflect light creating an urban effect.

Urban Decay Palette
Urban Decay Palette

If you don’t know where to start when choosing a striking colour to suit you start by looking at the colour of your iris. For green eyes for example like mine, purple hues are the best to compliment this colour and make it pop. Warm browns and pinky golds also work. Women with hazel eyes are lucky in that most colours compliment their eyes because of the different flecks of colour in the iris like brown, blue and green. Blue eyes are nice to contrast with warm colours, whereas blue shades on blue eyes will take from your eye colour. Brown eyes can pretty much be teamed with any colour but navy blues and deep greens give them distinction and even more depth.

Urban Decay Palette
Urban Decay Palette

Urban decay stock great eye shadow palettes ranging from the Naked Palette to ones with a range of strong bright colours suitable for this season to try out your own statement eye look.

Her Look: Jourdan Dunn

A supermodel of the moment. Stunning, youthful and stylish. No I’m not talking about Cara Delevigne. I’m talking about her fellow successful supermodel, Jourdan Dunn.

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Quite a fuss has been made about Cara Delevigne for some time now. “She’s the next Kate Moss” they say, if not bigger. She very well could be and she is a beautiful girl but my loyalty lies with her good friend Jourdan. Discovered in Primark in 2006 the British model was then signed to Storm Model Managment. Being the first black woman to walk Prada’s catwalks in over 10 years she certainly made her presence known from the beginning in the fashion industry.

In demand almost as such as Delevigne herself Jourdan has developed a striking image when it comes to her outfits and has the confidence to go with them. Beanies and caps are a favourite of hers along with loose fitting varsity inspired tops. When attending an event however she incorporates girly, flirty elements with a catwalk edge. Bright metallic bodycon pieces can be seen on her Instagram as a choice for what I’m sure is a ‘high profile’ night out.

Street Style
Street Style

Fitted leather pants and biker style leather jackets are pieces she mixes with loose jersey whether it is day or night. For the star studded CFDA Awards this year she sported an alternative type of evening wear , boosting her eternally effortless image. A black bandeau crop teamed with high waisted structured bottoms Dunn showed she is both brave and beautiful.

Off Duty Style
Off Duty Style

This all may sound a bit daunting. Maybe she has a slight advantage when wearing such clingy and ‘out there’ clothing but it isn’t hard to be inspired by her style and change it to suit your figure. Chic and cool Dunn dresses like a supermodel even when off duty and is not afraid of a little comfort. It’s not just us so.

Varsity Trend

America, campus, football, basketball, hockey and a bit of ‘swag’ all combined to create the ever growing trend that is Varsity. Whether it’s a daring snapback or a varsity jacket you’re wearing this season you will be one of many supporting the trend that depicts student life itself. Cool, casual and aesthetic is a good description of the jersey themed tops which Topshop and Penneys have in stock this autumn/winter.

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A trip to Urban Outfitters last week made my day when I came across not jersey inspired tops but actual jerseys in dark purple and yellow trimmings. On sale for just €12 these were like something you would see in The Mighty Ducks. Remember that? Classic. Trust Urban Outfitters to get some memorabilia in. Varsity lets people who don’t like exercise, are not talented at sports or are simply a bit lazy to feel a part of a ‘team’. A non-existent one, but still.