What They Wore: Celeb Looks from Met Gala 2014

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What’s more important – adhering to a dress code or bringing something fresh to the red carpet? Last night at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, some celebs decided to pay homage to the celebrated American designer Charles James, while others chose to wear something exciting instead. No shade to James, but after seeing one too many taffeta-clad celebs, I cheered when I glimpsed Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada amazingness. Sure, it wasn’t exactly inspired by Charles James, but it was fun to look at, and if anyone could pull off the bejeweled net dress with feathers, it’s Lupita. Same goes for Kirsten Dunst’s Rodarte Star Wars gown – amazing, and probably not the most appropriate for that particular theme, but still…so cool! Another look I couldn’t resist last night was Chloe Sevigny in Kenzo, which was probably much too modern for last night’s theme, but I loved it all the same.

But it wasn’t solely the rebels that caught my eye, I absolutely adored Liu Wen in a Zac Posen stunner (which I just got to see at Holts last week!), Emmy Rossum in a floral Carolina Herrera gown, Giovanna Battaglia in an 0ff-the-shoulder Dolce & Gabbana, and Hailee Steinfeld in a very theme-(and age)-appropriate black, white, and pink Prabal Gurung gown.

Mostly though, I was underwhelmed with last night’s red carpet looks. My favourite Style Fille Diane Kruger looked washed out in pale blue (though Joshua more than made up for it!), SJP disappointed in a messy Oscar de la Renta, Johnny Depp came dressed as Colonel Sanders, Kate Upton, who isn’t exactly a high-fashion darling, looked frumpy in a Dolce & Gabbana gown, and the rest of the lot just looked…been-there-wore-that.

What do you think of last night’s Met Gala red carpet? Which celebs got it right in your opinion? Share in the comments!

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Lupita Nyong’o is Most Beautiful!

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Lupita Nyong’o has had quite a year so far! She bagged an Oscar, landed a Lancôme campaign, and now, she gets to reign as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman. What an incredible run for this inspiring woman. What I find most compelling about Lupita is how truly grateful she seems about every single bit of recognition. I love that she chooses to project a very positive and encouraging message every time she speaks. And I love how smart this woman is. Of course, she’s gorgeous and stylish to boot, but it’s her inner beauty that captured the adoration of both Hollywood and the world. Here’s hoping that she gets some great roles worthy of her talent soon. Come on, Hollywood!

Photo Credits: People Magazine

Alexander Wang x H&M Collection To Launch in November 2014!

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Happy Monday, lovelies! And it’s a happy one indeed, because this weekend it was announced that the next H&M designer collaboration will be with none other than Alexander Wang! Launching on November 6, 2014, the Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for men and women and will be available at 250 stores worldwide! The announcement party at Coachella looked like a blast, with celebs like Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth, Iggy Azalea, Fergie and Katy Perry in attendance.

As the first American designer to ever team up with H&M for a designer collaboration, Alexander Wang says, “I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to pushing boundaries and to setting a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

To me, this collab makes a lot of sense, because of Wang’s cool, youthful aesthetic, which will certainly appeal to the majority of H&M’s clientelle, and I can’t wait to see which direction this collection will take. Here’s hoping for some cool leather bags, fun sunglasses, body-con dresses with strategically-placed cut-outs and draping, and of course some hot heels too!

Are you excited about this collab? Share in the comments!

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Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Ad Campaign

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As you may or may not know, I was OBSESSED with Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 ads featuring Michelle Williams. She looked so beautiful, that I was a bit worried that she might steal all of the attention away from the bags with those perfect brows, chic hair, and red lips. But I was wrong! Apparently sales were so good that Louis Vuitton asked Michelle to appear in their spring campaign as well. And boy is it a great follow-up! Styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Peter Lindbergh, Michelle looks like spring personified with bold lips in various shades of pink, her hair lightly tousled, and those gorge Louis Vuitton bags (Lockit, Capucines, and Alma) on prominent display.

And while I am still as obsessed with Michelle’s beauty as I was back in July, this time around, she did manage to inspire me to put a pair of colourful LV luggage cases on my dream wishlist. If only to arrange them as the chicest seat in my house.

What do you think of Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 ads? Share in the comments!

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Wednesday Candy: Theo James

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I don’t know if I should be embarrassed by this or not, but I watched Divergent…and I liked it. Having read the books a while back, my expectations for the movie were pretty low. While the first book was good, the rest of the trilogy left me pretty cold, but after watching the movie, it really doesn’t matter, because I’ll still be tuning in for the next two (or three) Divergent movies, mostly because…Theo James.

Four was not my favourite character, but after seeing Theo as Four, I am sold. Theo is super hot, yes, but you can just tell that underneath the brawn, there’s a sense of humour there…and depth too. Also, I just started watching Downton Abbey, and was really excited to see him pop up in the series too…alas for a very brief, but memorable stint.

So there you have it…my new Brit obsession – Theo James. Are you as into him as I am? Share in the comments, and happy Wednesday!

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Wednesday Candy: Kit Harington in GQ

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Now that Friday Faux Pas is back, why not bring back another long-time favourite – Wednesday Candy?! Especially since Kit Harington went and made it super easy for all of us. Feast your eyes on this April 2014 GQ cover featuring Jon Snow…ahem…Kit Harington, wearing a siiiiick leather jacket, and his signature dark locks and brooding expression. Bring it on down to Swoonville! Am I right?! If you’re a fan of the show, you already know that Game of Thrones will be back on April 6th, and then…VALAR MORGHULIS, guys! All men must die! Just not Kit…ok? And not Jamie either! AND NOT TYRION! The rest I don’t care about. Are you excited yet?!

Read the full interview here!

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First Look at Kristen Stewart for CHANEL Ads

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Late last year, it was announced that Kristen Stewart was the next actress and beautiful face to work with the iconic house of CHANEL. And now we have the first sneak peek images of Stewart as the face of CHANEL’s Paris-Dallas collection. I have to admit to feeling a bit skeptical when the news was first announced, but now, after seeing these gorgeous (if kind of blurry) photos, I am drinking the Kool-Aid! From the kick-ass hair and makeup, to the awesome styling, to Stewart’s “don’t give a f***” face, I am all over this campaign, and am definitely looking forward to seeing higher res versions of these photos. Also…who do I sell my soul to in order to get my hands on that starry dress?! Le sigh.

But what about you? Are you down with Stewart working with CHANEL? Share in the comments.

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H&M Conscious Collection Spring 2014 Collection Lookbook!

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Guys, it’s finally spring! And even though the weather isn’t cooperating yet, we can all get excited for warmer temperatures thanks to the latest H&M Conscious Exclusive collection! Created in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think-tank Ever Manifesto, the new collection is a gorgeous mix of boho dresses, chic separates, and embellished pieces. As someone who loves to get her lace on in the summer, I can’t wait to get my paws on a few white lacy frocks, the printed top with matching shorts, and that amazing necklace! Can I even call that a necklace? Whatever it is…it’s crazy-good!

The H&M Conscious Exclusive collection ranges from $34.95 for organic cotton voile blouses, to $299 for organza jacquard dresses, and will be hitting select stores on April 10th. Select pieces will also be sold on yoox.com in an area dedicated to Master & Muse, Amber Valletta’s initiative to promote environmental responsibility.

So tell me, what do you think about the latest Conscious collection? Will you be shopping this one? Share in the comments!

PS. Make sure to check out Kate Mara, Sophia Bush, Emmy Rossum, Camilla Belle and Amber Valletta wearing pieces from H&M Conscious Exclusive collection at last night’s launch!

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Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists 2014!

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It’s that time of the year again! As the dust of the latest award show season settles, The Hollywood Reporter has once again compiled a list of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists. If you ask me, this year, there was only one – Lupita Nyongo’s stylist Micaela Erlanger (third on HR’s list) killed it every single time, elevating her newcomer client’s profile and turning her into a style star. While Lupita Nyongo’s acting chops are obviously Oscar-worthy, it’s her impeccable style (as well as her stylist’s ability to score some major MAJOR brand names) is what a lot of people will remember about Lupita’s breakout year. There was that striking Ralph Lauren red cape, and the custom-made princess-perfect Prada at the Oscars, but in between, there was also a slew of memorable, stylish, bold, and interesting choices that both Nyong’o and Erlanger should feel really proud about. Those two are clearly at the top of their game, and are definitely the ones to watch!

Apart from Lupita and Micaela, The Hollywood Reporter profiled Kristen Stewart’s stylist Tara Swennen, the Fanning sisters’ stylist Samantha McMillen, Cate “the Great” Blanchett’s stylist Elizabeth Stewart, among others. As always, this is a fascinating read for those interested in the crazy game that is celebrity fashion. If you’re curious whether your favourite actress (or actor) dresses her/himself, then head on over to The Hollywood Reporter’s site for the full list.

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Oscars 2014: The Best, The Worst, and The Meh

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So it’s only 7pm on Oscars night, and it might be a bit presumptuous of me, but I am declaring the radiant Lupita Nyong’o my best-dressed of the evening in her stunning custom-made blue Prada gown and Fred Leighton jewels. Watching her on the red carpet made me fall in love with her all over again. It was so refreshing to see someone so well-adjusted, eloquent, humble, funny, and gorgeous on the red carpet. I could watch her for HOURS.

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Cate Blanchett in a stunning beaded Armani Prive gown looked ethereal and every bit like the winner that she is. She always carries herself with so much confidence and class. And of course, she truly is one of the most stylish women out there, so even though I was a bit sad not to see her in something more adventurous, I think this gown was still a perfect choice for a Best Actress nominee (and winner?).

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As much as I usually hate the safe black or white gowns on the red carpet, the stunning Bulgari necklace over this beaded Calvin Klein gown on Naomi Watts really elevated this look, and made me take notice. This is obviously nowhere near the amazingness that is Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada gown, but it definitely is one of my fave looks of the night.

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Same goes for Charlize Theron in a stunning black gown. Only Charlize can make a black exciting and interesting on the red carpet. That deep plunge, perfect necklace to accentuate it, and of course that exquisite face – just perfect. I still can’t believe that THIS woman is dating Sean Penn. WHY?!

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I was on the fence whether to add Kate Hudson in this Versace gown to my Best Dressed list, because there may be something off about that shiny fabric, but at the end of the day, that center knot, that cape, and that plunging neckline all sell it for me. She looks stunning and I love it.

The Worst and The Meh after the jump!

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