Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Recently I attended the BPCM press preview in London where I got to see many Spring 2012 clothes, shoes, bags and accessories up close.

I was really excited to see Zoe Saldana’s Jason Wu dress up close. The floral dress has a beautiful black beaded collar.

Two Jason Wu Spring 2012 bags were on display. A lime-green snakeskin clutch and a blue shoulder bag, both with silver hardware. Read more…

This week I attended the Giorgio Armani press preview in London which showcased the Spring 2012 collection.

I was very excited to see one of the embellished dresses worn by the finale goddesses. This dress most definitely needs a red carpet moment.

I’m usually scared to touch things on display in fear of breaking something, but I was really curious to get my hands into the moon-crescent bodice to find answers to my questions. Would it be restrictive on the wearer? Does it have an inbuilt bra?

From my manhandling of the dresses, my findings, as I believe, are that its no more restrictive than any other corset and it doesn’t have a built in bra.

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During Paris Fashion Week I viewed the Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2012 collection.

The garden-inspired collection has many delightful floral prints and accents.

Within this collection I also saw the Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto and Erdem shoes.

The Peter Pilotto cylindrical shoe has a Perspex heel, neon yellow strips and daisy floral appliqués.

Erdem’s kitten heel with an ankle strap has a beautiful floral print which perfectly evokes the spirit of a summer garden.

I predict that celebrities will fall in love with the bow accented slingbacks. The iridescent bow will surely grace many red carpets.

Other styles include a colour block pump, floral sketch high-heel slingback, rose t-strap heel, crisscross open-toe heels, black and white open-toe booties, splatter paint kitten heels and loafers. Read more…

Yesterday I attended the Starworks London Resort 2012 press preview in London.

The showcased designers included Peter Pilotto, Nicholas Kirkwood, Lucy in Disguise, Marios Schwab, Jonathan Saunders, Tucker and Roksanda Ilincic.

Peter Pilotto continues to give us strong digital prints which buyers can’t snap up quickly enough. The collection also includes some colour-block pieces.

We don’t see the designer enough on the red carpet. Hopefully this Resort 2012 collection will be a huge hit with starlets.

I have attended a few press previews hosted by Starworks, but on this occasion I was presented with more Nicholas Kirkwood heels than ever before.

The most interesting pair were the wedges above which are part of a collaboration between Nicholas Kirkwood and Keith Haring. The shoe designer dedicated a one-off couture line to the Pop Artist after being inspired by his work.

Other pieces within the collection include the pearl accented pumps which continue to be a style favoured by buyers. This style was available as a peep-toe a few seasons ago.

I really loved the acid yellow range which had a neon pink overlay. I can imagine stars like Rihanna, Fergie and Katy Perry snapping these up.

I found the deliberate kink in some of the heels really interesting. You can see this on the turquoise lace ups below.

For those of you who don’t like high heels, Kirkwood has created some flat sandals, moccasins and metallic brogues. Read more…

Last week I attended the first Chanel Resort press day in London.

The collection was the first resort collection to be presented back in early May at the Hotel du Cap, in Antibes on the French Riviera.

I got a chance to see a few select pieces including bags, shoes, jewelry, jackets, the thong boots, beachwear, day dresses, evening wear and pear embellished gown which would be perfect for the red carpet or a Gala.

The accessories – as always – caught my eye. I was particularly taken with the mini black top handle bag along with the array of sequin clutches.

I keep marveling at the attention to detail. I loved all the embellishments such as pearls, sequins, floral appliqués and beaded details. They really add a lot to the selected pieces.

Pearl accented necklaces with the trademark logo draped on the mannequins along with fine jewelry including watches, rings, cuffs and bracelets.

The room perfectly captured the essence of the French Riviera with pebbles stones and sea blue deck chairs.

So far only Clemence Poesy and Kirsten Dunst have worn looks from this collection.

I would love to see that ivory backless dress on Cate Blanchett.

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Gucci’s Fall 2011 press preview took place in London recently.

I was excited to see many of the stand out runway pieces like the fuchsia pink halter gown with the floral appliqués which was recently worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 Met Gala, and the colourful fedoras with the feather accents.

I immediately made a beeline for the bags and was taken by the ‘Gucci 1973’ collection above.

They will come in various exotic skins; Crocodile, lizard and ostrich. The colours are just as varied with the sizes ranging from a tiny tote to shoulder bags.

The detachable strap means that this bag can easily convert into a clutch.

Other highlights included cozy fur lined ankle boots, sexy studded stiletto’s, belts in a variety of colours, the New Jackie bag with a long detachable shoulder straps, black patent leather knee-high boots, T-bar suede sandals with gold detailing, oversized sunglasses, a tan ostrich bag with gold horse-bit detailing and some luscious blue snake-skin pumps.

Celebs have already fallen in love with the Gucci Fall 2011 collection.

We’ve seen 3 looks worn by Eva Mendes, Beyonce, Evan Rachel Wood and Jennifer Lopez.

I’m sure it’s won’t be long before muse Florence Welch and many other celebs are spotted wearing this collection.

The ’1973′ bag is going to be a favourite. I can feel it.

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