Every year the Golden Globes kicks off awards season and for the next month and a half my colleagues and I spend many a morning dissecting the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course the night we anticipate more than any other is the Oscars, when celebs bust out their very best red carpet looks. Here’s my pick of the most polished and opulent from 2012…
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – A match made in heaven. The chicest, cleanest look of the night.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton – Finally! The girl gets it right. Beautiful dress, but lose the clutch.
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – Ange’s failsafe black but with a leggy edge. Squint and she could be Megan Fox.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture – This chick is nailing the red carpet again and again. Love the contrast of the soft floaty gown with her stark black hair and red lip.
Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood – Sequins, bob, statement earring. Beautiful.
Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel – Who doesn’t love voluminous layers of tulle? The black nail polish was a great touch too.
Milla Jovovich in Ellie Saab Couture – Embellished to the hilt! Surely this is how red carpet dressing should be done?
Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein – My favourite red carpet style icon skipped the actual ceremony and headed straight for the Vanity Fair after-party. Diane never puts a foot wrong. This is what I’d wear if I was an A-list actress.
Kate Bosworth in Prabal Gurung – Another Vanity Fair party winner. I like that Kate kept her accessories and hair ultra-minimal – this dress needs no accompaniment.
It’s little wonder people go crazy for street style snaps during fashion week, the industry insiders create micro trends unto themselves.
Past seasons have heralded the shoulder bag clasped like a clutch and the coat draped around the shoulders like a cape – this season behold the jacket-coat duo…
Perhaps I’m being slow off the mark here, but I can’t remember seeing this pairing before. It’s an ingenious way of staying warm during the freeeezing February shows which is a helluva lot more stylish than a trusty parka.
I got an email from Emerald Street last week that I feel compelled to share.
For all those aspiring fashion editors out there looking to hone their trend-spotting skills, here’s how it’s done…
WATCH AND LEARN
Spotting a trend is down to practise. “It will suddenly click for you,” says Stylist’s fashion director Alexandra Fullerton. “You’ll notice you’ve been seeing a lot of one thing.” For freelance fashion writer Lauren Cochrane, “It’s worth keeping tabs on anything you see more than three times.”
“Look at certain collections during the Fashion Weeks,” says Lauren. “Prada, Balenciaga, Céline and Christopher Kane are very influential.” Luisa De Paula, buying and merchandising director at My-wardrobe, adds: “We look at blogs and the street to see what people are wearing in real time.”
EXPECT TWISTS ON THE EXPECTED
“You will often have an idea of what’s coming up,” says Alex. “Spring/summer shows almost always feature white. The trick is to spot how it’s being done differently this year.” The mid-season pre-collections are also a good indicator of what may appear on the catwalks.
WILL IT CATCH ON?
Not every next big thing is warmly embraced by us, the buying public. “It has to translate into real life,” says Luisa. “A trend can look fabulous, but it won’t be loved if it means having to wear heels from morning to night, or if it means you can’t carry a bag.” Ask yourself, can you run for the bus in it?
“It’s the sudden flash of the unexpected that often becomes big,” says Lauren. “A great example now would be Prada’s hot-rod shoes: something new and exciting that makes people sit up.” An item like that can often be one of the most copied when the high street catches on.
So, this just in, it seems Lana Del Rey is Mulberry‘s latest muse. The label made the announcement last night, just before the lights went down for its AW12 show, via Twitter (how else?).
Emma Hill explained ‘I love Lana’s nostalgic references to bygone glamour and the fact that her look is retrospective yet so modern. This inspired us to create a bag that was timeless, refined and elegant, yet with a beautiful practicality that would suit any woman. We love its perfect proportions and effortless simplicity. As soon as the sketches were completed it felt so familiar, loaded with classic Mulberry heritage DNA.’
Of course the singer got a front row seat to see her namesake bag make its catwalk debut…
After writing a feature on her last week for SheerLuxe I’ve become somewhat of a fan. However you feel about the music she’s irrefutably one of the most intriguing pop stars out there at the moment. But does she deserve to be the new Alexa? The jury is still out in that one.