Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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In two short years, actress Bella Thorne has shot up the fashion ranks to be one of THE ones-to-watch on the red carpet. More often than not, the stunning redhead can be counted on to pull together a look that’s fresh and different. Her ability to make any design contemporary through her use of color and accessories is remarkable. If just half of her peers could master that skill, the world would be a much better place.

With her impeccable taste in clothes, towering height (5’5” without heels!) and good looks, it’s hard to believe that Bella is only a teenager. But we were reminded of her youth on the eve of her Sweet 16 birthday when we had the pleasure of chatting with the starlet as she hosted the ‘Girls Night Out’ WallFlower Jeans event in L.A.

Rocking a typical teen outfit—simple white tee and denim (but paired with a black quilted Chanel purse and black Christian Louboutin pumps, natch!) and cute ponytail, Bella spent the better part of the evening hanging out with girlfriends and graciously taking pictures with young fans of her Disney show, ‘Shake It Up.’

We managed to get a few minutes with the beauty, who was accompanied by stylist Marissa Peden, to talk about how she envisions her look evolving, behind-the-scenes fashion stories, and the challenge she faces playing dress up in a mature industry.

On her style: It’s kind of whatever I’m feeling that day, honestly. I don’t have like a “no-go” look. I don’t hate one thing. I kind of like everything. One of the things that attract me to an outfit is if it’s comfortable. I will pick an outfit based upon the shoes [my stylist] Marissa Peden gives me because I will be like, Marissa, these shoes are uncomfortable, so we’ll go with the other outfit. It can be something as simple as that.

On her style icons: I like Natalie Portman and Nicole Richie.

On a standout look she’s worn: There’s not a favorite look of mine. There’s actually one that I kind of put together at the last minute and I liked it. It was the Alberta Ferretti dress with Bionda Castana shoes that I wore to a charity event.

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Twilight star Nikki Reed looked gorgeous in her winter white Vanessa Bruno embellished shift and silver metallic Giuseppe Zanotti heels at the launch of her Mattlin Era jewelry line at Los Angeles’ famous Fred Segal boutique on Melrose Avenue Friday night.

Not only did the delicately hammered silver and gold gems in the starlet’s capsule collection ($28-$97.50) catch our eye, so did the trinkets that adorned her little white dress, especially the ones all around her skirt—how does it feel to sit in the number with all of that back there? “It’s interesting on the butt,” the actress graciously explained. “It doesn’t hurt. The whole car ride here, I just kept thinking, What am I sitting on?”

Read on to learn more about the brunette’s new jewelry line, which is a collaboration with Pascal Mouawad (the same man who partnered with Nicole Richie for House of Harlow 1960), her favorite red carpet moment ever and what she’s planning to wear to the upcoming premieres for the final installment in the Twilight film series.

On her passion for designing jewelry: There are so many creative people in my family. Everyone is an artist to one extent or another. My grandmother, whom my line is named after, was a jewelry designer. She makes ceramic tile murals. My brother is a photographer. My dad was an architect and is now a set designer. There was just art everywhere, and I grew up making jewelry. My mother and I made jewelry together. That was actually my first way of making money as a kid. That was my first job when I was in the third grade. Not to make it a sob story, but I just grew up really poor. I worked at the cafeteria and got free lunches. Then, I made bracelets at home and sold them for $3. That was my first source of income.

On how involved she was in the process: This has been a long time coming for me. I didn’t want anyone to design a line and hand it to me with my name on it. That’s actually easier to do nowadays instead of going in and asking to do it myself. I really fought for this. I brought all of my sketches to the meeting. I showed them every theme I wanted to explore and they helped me narrow it down. This line came from me and my family. Read more…

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I was invited to interview the Kardashian sisters (two of the three as Khloe was on X Factor hosting duties), who launched their Kardashian Kollection for Dorothy Perkins yesterday.

Why did I go? Kuriosity of Kourse.

I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet the girls, see what they are all about, and dispel the rumours and preconceived ideas as I went in with a very open mind and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

The interview, which I shared with Simon from The Very Simon G and Ella from Coco’s Tea Party, was very much like friends sitting around talking fashion – much like the discussions we have every day on this blog.

They were very relaxed, and surprisingly knowledgeable about the Kardashian Kollection line, which proved that they are doing more than just putting their name to something.

On why they chose Dorothy Perkins to launch their Kardashian Kollection:

Kim: The price point works for our fan base. It’s very successful in the US (Sears) and when we wanted to evolve we said what brand was respected, what brand represented us, who would really take our designs and make this a worldwide brand and that was Dorothy Perkins… we’re launching today in Malaysia, Singapore and later in the month in Israel and all these other countries… like 15 countries, so we met with Sir Philip Green and we just thought that Dorothy Perkins was the perfect location for us.

On their role for the Kardashian Kollection:

Kourtney: We are the designers…. we are such perfectionists.

Kim: I would say we are creative directors too, cause I have a big hand in… we all kinda have different roles: I love working on the ad campaigns; Kourtney loves finding the fabrics and the prints.

Kourtney: We are so detailed that every little thing… sometimes I wish I could like, someone else can do that, but we are such perfectionists. It’s so fun to be hands on. We take such pride in our line and we want it to be representative of us in the right way and we want to wear every piece and be so proud of it and we couldn’t not be involved in every step. You can tell when someone slaps their name on something. We are involved from the inspiration right through and it’s so much fun.

On Scott bringing out his own menswear line: Read more…

Mandy Moore was at the Sunset Tower Hotel in LA on Wednesday evening wearing a Lela Rose braided metallic organza dress with the celebrities favourite – Christian Louboutin ‘Bis Un Bout’ pumps – to celebrate the launch of Rachel Zoe’s ‘Major Must Haves’ range from Jockey.

We had the opportunity to talk to the actress who shared her favourite red-carpet moments, how fashion plays a part in her marriage, what is inspiring her right now and her ever-changing hair colour.

On her red-carpet style vs. everyday style: It’s all sort of flying by the seat of my pants, to be completely honest, but I step it up a little bit more when I go to an event. My general style is pretty low-key. I’m more of the jeans, T-shirt and sneakers or flats kind of girl.

On her favourite red-carpet moment: I had the opportunity a year ago to go to the Oscars. That was pretty fun! I got to perform on the show, too. So, for me, that sets the bar.

On which of her Monique Lhuillier dresses she loved most at the Oscars: If I had to choose, I prefer the dress that I wore on the red carpet.

On how fashion plays a part in her marriage: I definitely have way more closet space than my husband. Absolutely! Other than that, no. He’s not as much into fashion. He has his look down: the metal T-shirt and the same two or three pairs of jeans in rotation. He doesn’t need as much space or pay attention to that stuff. I think he tends to think that a lot of what I love – being that I’m such a girl (shoes, clothes and makeup) – is silly, but he lets me do my thing.

On what’s inspiring her right now: Hopefully the cooler weather that we’re supposed to experience in LA some time soon. I want nothing more than to put on a pair of boots and a cosy sweater, like everybody else. I guess we’ll have to wait a little bit longer. I find this time of year to be way more inspiring and enjoyable than summer or spring. It’s a time to reinvent yourself.

On her ever-changing hair colour/style: I actually cut six inches off my hair today and did an ombre-ish color. I get bored!

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Anna Kendrick took time out to talk to us at the launch of Rachel Zoe’s ‘Major Must Haves’ range from Jockey at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday night.

She wore a casual look featuring a Rebecca Minkoff nude studded top, black J Brand jeans, Rachel Zoe shoes and a black leather Rebecca Minkoff clutch.

The ‘Twilight’ star shared her style evolution, her favourite red-carpet moments, her current inspirations, her must-have pieces and her current obsessions.

On the evolution of her style: I’ve gotten more comfortable with wearing more form-fitting dresses. I remember when I first started going to red-carpet events, my stylist wanted me to wear this beautiful Jason Wu dress, but I thought, “Wait, but a movie star should wear that dress! I’d look silly in it.” I ended up wearing something that I felt made me look friendly and approachable. Since then, I’ve gotten more comfortable wearing the more red-carpet-style dresses.

On her favourite red-carpet moment: A dress that was my dream dress but I didn’t know it until I saw it was this nude Dior dress that I wore to the London premiere of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’. It was very ’30s. It was this beautiful colour. It was the dress I always wanted, but never even knew it!

On who’s currently inspiring her to up her fashion game: I just saw Cate Blanchett in this gorgeous Proenza Schouler at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards, and I think she’s so statuesque and classy and she makes everything she wears look like art.

On must-have fall pieces: I’ve gotten into cowl necks – anything where I can pull my sleeves over my hands and get cosy. I love boots. OMG do I have too many boots! It’s actually pretty bad. And I love hats. I just bought a bunch of hats, which I didn’t mean to do. I have way too many soft, fuzzy hats. Every time I pass by an H&M, I have to go in and buy in more hats.

On what she’s obsessed with wearing at the moment: I have these Rag & Bone boots that I’ve been throwing on with jeans and a flannel. They’re the kind of boots that make an outfit complete, even though I kind of just threw on the rest of it.

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As you all know I am a huge fan of the amazing dresses and gowns created by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman of Marchesa.

I was honoured to have the opportunity to interview them recently.

They described the ‘Marchesa’ woman, how they work together, their design principles and I tried to find out what has been their favourite Marchesa red carpet moment.

How would you describe the typical ‘Marchesa’ Woman?
The Marchesa woman is feminine, confident and sophisticated. She is someone who embodies a true sense of identity. She enjoys the transformative power of eveningwear and is not dictated by trends.

How do you – Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig – collaborate when designing a collection?
We work very closely together and feed off each other’s creativity.

What are your basic design principles?
Drama, femininity, and embellishment are some of the signature Marchesa elements, but we never limit ourselves. Read more…




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