Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013

By the time Look Three passed us at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 show yesterday, Susie Lau and I were already pointing out Galliano’s influences within the pieces.

While the collection was quintessentially Oscar de la Renta – ladylike and ultra-feminine – Galliano’s presence was evident in the suiting and tailoring.

The collection steadily moved on to tweed suits and printed dresses for the designer’s ladies-who-lunch clientele, followed by some moodier pieces, including sheer tops paired with hooded capes and leather pants, and sexy tuxedo jackets, before the models took to the runway in breathtaking gowns.

This the part where I always start to get giddy with excitement.

Jewel-toned gowns worthy of any star-studded occasion glided down the runway, some with a high-low hem, most with voluminous skirts, and one feathered confection which featured crystal embroidery.

The fuchsia gown with gold-bullion scroll and beaded embroidery literally made my heart stop, especially when styled with gleaming teal earrings.

The uptown-with-an-edge experiment worked for me. Time will tell if Galliano stays on at Oscar de la Renta.

Front Row: Diane von Furstenberg and Valentino Garavani

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Wintour, Kerry Washington, Paz Vega, Jessica Alba, Allison Williams, Jennifer Garner, Nieves Alvarez, Jessica Biel, Zooey Deschanel and Nicole Kidman

Favourites: Look 48, Look 46 and Look 4

Naeem Khan Fall 2013

I had to run to the Naeem Khan Fall 2013 show, thankfully making it to my seat just before the show started.

The pain of running in 6 inch heels subsided quickly, replaced by an overwhelming delight at seeing a gorgeous black embellished gown as the first exit.

Naeem was clearly not going to waste time by building up to the glamour; he was giving it to us from the get go.

Velvet gowns with opulent embroidery, one-shoulder gowns, strapless, beaded, shimmering, sequined, and appliquéd lace gowns followed, along with cocktail dresses and embroidered coats; a stunning beaded pant look with a voluminous train got more than a second look, but my jaw hit the floor hard when a succession of three red gowns took to the runway.

I haven’t drooled this much since… well, the designer’s Spring 2013 show. Every look is a red-carpet-worthy look, but that is the reason I love the designer’s work so much.

Hopefully, Hollywood stylists are taking plenty of notes, because I hope to see at least two of these gowns on the red carpet on Oscar night.

Front Row: Vanessa Hudgens, Shay Mitchell, Brooke Shields, Taraji Henson and Rachel Roy

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Obama, Zhang Ziyi, Deepika Padukone, Allison Williams, Florence Welch, Katy Perry, Kelly Reilly, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellie Kemper, Leslie Mann and Rachel Roy

Favourites: Look 42, Look 17, Look 27 and Look 45

Credit: Style.com

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Reem Acra Fall 2013

Reem Acra’s Fall 2013 collection was inspired by a recent trip to Japan and a meeting with artist Daido Moriyama.

The influence was hinted at in the silhouettes and the lavish floral appliqués and embroideries, which were simply breathtaking.

I love how the designer played with volumes and shapes. We saw everything, from the luxuriously oversized to lean and sculpted, ranging from traditional kimonos to streamlined column gowns on a colour palette of mostly black, white and red.

I was quite taken by the tweed kimono coat worn over the ink-dot blouse with a houndstooth skirt for daywear, but it was the gowns I was most delighted to see.

The Lebanese designer, who is a hit with A-listers, served up gorgeous gowns ranging from beaded, embroidered, and figure-hugging to elaborate ball gowns, which should take pride of place on the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in LA at some point… hopefully very soon.

Front Row: Katherine Heigl, Tinsley Mortimer and Jennifer Creel

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Zhang Ziyi, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Krysten Ritter, Abbie Cornish, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez and Nina Dobrev

Favourites: Look 35, Look 24 and Look 17

Credit: Style.com

Donna Karan Fall 2013

The Fall 2013 cape trend continued at Donna Karan.

Models draped in caped dresses and coats took to the runway for Donna Karan’s Fall 2013 offerings on a warm, rich colour palette of nutmeg, black and grey.

Karan presented asymmetrical, draped-to-the-floor, sweeping, and built-into-jackets capes.

The seriously luxe collection gave us sexy slashed-leather detailing, fur trimmings, seductive jersey body-con dresses, coats and jackets in a variety of shapes and fabrics with rounded shoulders, wrap skirts which gave us a peek at the models’ Donna Karan Evolution hosiery and a beautiful mohair shag sweater, which is perfect for the sub-zero weather here in New York.

I love this seductive collection. It will definitely appeal to the likes of Uma Thurman, who was in the front row, and I can see that slashed-leather and jersey dress appealing to Rihanna.

Front Row: Gretchen Mol, Bernadette Peters and Uma Thurman

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Debra Messing, Uma Thurman, Rihanna, Kate Beckinsale, Emmy Rossum, Bernadette Peters, Sharon Stone and Penelope Cruz

Favourites: Look 36 and Look 37

Credit: Style.com

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Karlie Kloss opened Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2013 runway show, which was my first sighting of my favourite model this fashion week.

With the models’ hair styled into 40s victory-roll pin ups, they took to the runway wearing a delightful mix ranging from chic, feminine daywear to masculine suits with exceptional tailoring, which will delight the likes of Rachel Evan Wood and Tilda Swinton.

Luxurious fur-trimmed pieces stood alongside pretty printed dresses, chic separates, bold-hued frocks, wool coats and, of course, the show closed with plenty of red-carpet-worthy gowns.

We saw a stunning white column gown with a keyhole detail, a sleek black gown with sequin sleeves, and my favourite was a fuchsia gown with a plunging neckline and bow accent.

Front Row: Anna Wintour, Maggie Grace, Ivanka Trump and Julie Henderson

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Ivanka Trump, Anna Wintour, Camilla Belle, Emmy Rossum, Minka Kelly, Renee Zellweger, Olivia Munn, Helen Hunt, Kelly Ripa and Nieves Alvarez

Favourites: Look 30 and Look 39

Credit: Style.com




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