The Hunger Games Couture!

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I don’t know about you, but I love The Hunger Games! Read the books obsessively without being able to put them down, and have been waiting for the sequel for what feels like FOREVER! Well, today, I saw these amazing Capitol Couture portraits of Katniss, Effie, Johanna, and Caesar, all clad in very glam outfits, with Effie actually wearing an Alexander McQueen gown! Are we supposed to pretend that Cinna designed these? If so…great job, Cinna!

What do you think about these haute portraits of some of our fave characters? Are you getting excited for Catching Fire? Share in the comments.

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Photo Credits: Capitol Couture

Oscars 2013: Worst Dressed

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I just can’t…I mean, this dress…this dress should not have happened to Melissa McCarthy. Period. It’s shapeless, unflattering, and so UGLY. HOW could a dress like this find its way onto Melissa’s body? And with that big poofy hair, this entire look is just horrendous. I love Melissa McCarthy, and while I realize that she’s a curvy woman, there HAD to have been better options that this sad excuse for a dress. Sorry, Melissa, but you are the worst-dressed star of the night. Time to let that stylist go.

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Next up – Anne Hathaway, paying homage to Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous pink taffeta Oscars dress. I have to say that this one is probably more flattering…but not really. I mean, just look at all those lumps, wrinkles…and lumps? That colour doesn’t do much for her, and while I love her hair and makeup, the rest of her look is a big NO. You can’t tell me that this Prada dress is the best she could do! I guarantee you, Anne-Oscar-Nominee-Winner-Hathaway had access to the best of the best, and this is what she went with. Disappointing.

More after the jump!

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Golden Globes 2013: Best Dressed

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Last night’s Golden Globes did not disappoint. Don’t you think? I truly loved Amy and Tina hosting the show, but I wish I’d seen a bit a lot more of them during the broadcast. Watching the red carpet broadcast before the show, and live-tweeting it was also a ton of fun for me. Thanks to those of you who participated in the best/worst debates! It made watching the Globes alone in my pjs a lot more social. So on to my personal best dressed list.

There were quite a few celebs last night that wowed me with their picks (or their stylists’ picks). Let’s get started, shall we? First up, we have Kerry Washington in Miu Miu. To me, this was an unexpected and perhaps a bit casual choice, but it felt fresh and interesting, and it wasn’t a mermaid-cut gown, and I loved it. Kerry has really been killing it lately in the style department, and this look is no exception.

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Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen. That body! That hair! That dress! Sublime.

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Nicole Richie wore a stunning sparkling blue Naeem Khan gown, looking fresh, classy, and so-so-so beautiful! Can you believe that this is the same woman from that reality show starring Paris Hilton? Me neither.

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When I saw Katharine McPhee in this amazing Theyskens Theory dress, I gasped. It is everything an LBD should be – sexy, elegant, and stunning. I could do away with those plastic straps on her shoes, but other than that, from her hair and make-up, to her choice of accessories, McPhee is a vision in black.

More best-dressed after the jump!

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London 2012 Olympics: Models, and Spice Girls, and Erdem, Oh My!

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Did you watch the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies? So much amazingness all at once. So many fantastic British performers! Loved seeing tributes to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie…loved Beady Eye…and of course, SPICE GIRLS!!! Zigazigah forever!

But the one thing that I was not expecting, was a tribute to the British fashion industry, as showcased by iconic Brit models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Donaldson, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, Jourdan Dunn, and David Gandy. Both Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell shined in Alexander McQueen, while Lily Donaldson wore Vivienne Westwood, Stella Tennant – Christoper Kane, Karen Elson – Burberry, and Lily Cole looked incredible in Erdem…who’s technically a Canadian, but whatever.

Did you watch the closing ceremonies? What was your favorite part? Share in the comments!

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Oscars 2012: Best Dressed

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It’s Oscar night, y’all! Are you watching? So far, from what I’ve seen, my two fave outfits were brought to the red carpet by Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen, and Michelle Williams in a coral Louis Vuitton gown. Stunning. Just stunning.

But the night is young, and I will keep updating this post as more photos roll in! So stay tuned for more of Style Blog’s Oscars Best Dressed!

Who has your vote so far? Do tell!

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UPDATE: At first, I really didn’t like Kristen Wiig’s gown, but in photos…she looks stunning! Love the simple hair, her accessories, and actually really like her J. Mendel dress too.

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UPDATE #2: Gwyneth Paltrow! In a Tom Ford cape!! Love her so much!!! You?

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Photo Credits: Fab Sugar

What I Wore: Princess

Last week, thanks to the awesome folks over at Frantic Films, I got to film a guest spot on the Slice TV show – Princess. If you haven’t seen this reality show – it’s basically about spoiled girls that spend way too much money on makeup/clothes/hair/going out, then milk their friends/family/boyfriends for money, while accumulating a lot of debt in the process. The show’s host and Financial Guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade teaches these “princesses” to live within their means through a series of challenges.

My role in one of the challenges was to critique Sarah-The-Princess’ blog post about style on a student’s budget. It was really exhillarating to have been able to participate in the filming…mostly because I had to push my personal anxieties aside, and step out of my comfort zone to be able to do it.

I’m not exactly sure what my 10 seconds of fame will look like, given that I was trembling like a leaf on the inside…but hopefully I wasn’t a spectacular failure at my first attempt at reality TV. Thank goodness for the wonderful crew, that helped me feel as comfortable as I possibly could. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As for my outfit…I’ve been getting LOTS of compliments, quizzical looks, and “where did you buy it” questions about this skirt. And the truth is – it was somewhat of a DIY. I chopped off most of the lining to give it a breezy, see-through look, but other than that – it’s from (and courtesy of) Gap! You like?

I Wore: Top – H&M; Skirt – c/o Gap (DIY); Scarf – Alexander McQueen (Holt Renfrew); Shoes – Urban Outfitters; Bag – Prada; Bracelet – BCBG; Ring – YSL; Sunglasses – Ray Ban

The Met’s Costume Institute Gala 2011: Best

There’s no night like the Met’s Costume Institute Gala for fashion porn. To me, not even the Oscars can compete with THE  fashion event that is Met Ball. Which is why, year after year, I keep hoping for more drama, more choices that aren’t exactly safe – something eye-popping, gorgeous, and not boo-ring. This year, there were so many champagne color safe gowns, some really beautiful (Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney), others (cough*Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney*cough) not so much, but all withouth exception – boring, boring, boring. And though the idea of “Best Dressed” is really a matter of preference and opinion, here are my top 5 best-dressed ladies of the night.

1. Ginnifer Goodwin in Topshop Unique

Lovely pop of color and that beautiful face with perfect makeup, and her new-ish pixie. This one was my favorite look of the night.

2. Diane Kruger in Jason Wu

You already know that I love me some Diane. And I felt that her super-high thigh-slit and those gorgeous gams of hers really made this look. So hot!

3. Margherita Missoni in Missoni

A dress that is part sorbet buffet and part Swan Lake…I’m all over it! Love her choice of accessories, and that messy bun. Such a fun, fresh, young look. Love it!

4. Anna Dello Russo in Alexander McQueen

This was rather understated for ADR, no? But I still loved her take on feminine tuxedo-dressing, egg-headpiece and all.

5. Liv Tyler in Givenchy Couture

The entire Spring 2011 Givenchy Couture collection was one of the best in a very long time, and this gown is definitely anything but boring. I love the color, the feathers, and the origami-like detailing. I wish I could wear something this beautiful one day. It’s exquisite!

Do you agree with my picks? Do you think they are hideous? Did you have some other favorites? Discuss in the comments?

Photo Credits: 1st photo – Lainey Gossip; all others – Fab Sugar

Shopping: Fall 2010 Essentials

Here in Canada, we’ve been royally spoiled this summer – endless summer days, warm patio nights, trips to the lake, and finally some sort of resemblance of a tan! I don’t think we’ve ever had a summer this amazing! But as they say, eventually all good things come to an end. And here we are, going into another fall season, pretty hopeless after completely blocking out what it feels like to walk through slush and hurricane-like freezing winds (or is it just me?). 

So in order to get excited about the inevitable chill, I thought I’d share some of my Fall 2010 Essentials with all of you (if you want to see my Fall 2009 essentials, click here). Read about them after the jump!

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Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen Resort 2010 Collection

I am pleased to say that Sarah Burton’s first full women’s resort collection for Alexander McQueen is everything I hoped it would be. According to New York Magazine: “Burton was responsible, as Lee Alexander McQueen’s right-hand woman, for turning his runway fantasies into more commercial things women will buy in stores.” And it definitely shows, as the collection is quite wearable, yet still has that distinct McQueen feeling.

I think all of us have quite high expectations of Sarah Burton come fall. I am sure she’s under a lot of pressure to create a beautiful Spring collection that honors the legacy of Alexander McQueen, yet having to make it her own. I hope she does well, and I’m rooting for her to succeed. What are your thoughts on these pieces?

Photo Credits: NYMag

Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Collection

Earlier this week, 16 showpieces from Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010 collection were presented in Paris. Inspired by the Byzantine art and Old Master paintings, the collection was hailed “heartbreakingly beautiful”. Indeed it is. It is also heartbreakingly sad, that another incredible talent is gone too soon. Rest in peace, Lee Alexander McQueen. You and your art will be greatly missed.

Photo Credits: TFS