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Runway To Sidewalk – Gemma Arterton In Preen

This is what happens when good clothes happen to people without stylist.

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton held her engagement party with her Italian fiancée only known as Stefano, at “Sun & 13 Gantons” Brasserie in London this weekend.

She wore a red – or is it orange – Preen Spring 2009 dress which would be hard for many to pull off, and Gemma does herself no favours with those Britney-like ratty extensions and the dirty red pumps.

I love this dress. It has the tough girl elements on the bodice with the cut-out mesh panels, then it blends perfectly with the textured silk asymmetrical multi-tiered miniskirt.

The result is a dress with loads of fashion savvy and urban attitude.

In the right hands it would’ve been a sexy yet glamorous and sophisticated look.

On Gemma it’s a hot mess.

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30.03.09

Social Events Of The Weekend

20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, New York

Vanessa Williams continues to astound me on the red carpet.

Some would say a woman of her age shouldn’t wear this Matthew Williamson silk asymmetric drape dress, but I say boo to that, because she is wearing it a lot better than girls half her age could.

Fierce, and she knows it. Love it, love her.

OMG, I didn’t know Ana Ortiz was expecting.

My isn’t she glowing in this white off-the-shoulder dress?

Tyra Banks’ Georges Chakra couture tuxedo shows off a much slender frame.

Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres pose with their awards in the press room.

Ellen in a navy blue chic suit with comfortable sneakers, and Portia wore a strapless black Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2009 dress with Stella McCartney mesh basket sandals.

23rd Genesis Awards, LA

Ginnifer Goodwin looks so dreamy in her nude sequined April, May dress with a pretty, ruched organza detail cascading down the front.

Accessories were kept to a minimum, with a stunning pair of Daniel Swarovski statement earrings, a gold shimmering clutch and pointy heels.

She looks so elegant, and so feminine, but like you, I wish she crack a smile once in a while.

Best look of this event.

Emily Deschanel sprung into spring wearing a fresh, citrus orange satin shift dress.

Stunning gold accessories, and black pumps complete her look.

Tiffany Fallon wore a black top under her plunging Alexander McQueen cap sleeve jumpsuit.

Maggie Q red carpet appearance are now few and far between, but she still knows how to make an impact. The actress wore a dangerously deep plunging orange jersey BCBG dress, which nears her belly button.

2009 Empire Awards, London

Gemma Arterton had one good week, then reverted back to what we have come to expect from her – a complete and utter mess.

I will only assume she didn’t look in the mirror once she put on this off-the-shoulder Halston Spring 2009 dress, because it’s unflattering, and totally washes her out.

OK, ankle boots are the new red carpet trend, but they’re so wrong with this dress.

Olga Kurylenko who won Best Newcomer at this awards do, wore a very uninspiring all black ensemble.

“Monsters vs. Aliens” South Korea Premiere

Han Ye-Seul stepped in for Reese Witherspoon, wearing a nude Fendi Spring 2009 dress. It’s so pretty, and looks so delicate against her pale skin.

The floral appliqué’s add some texture to the dress, which she wears with nude strappy sandals.

L’Etoile nightclub, Paris

Dita von Teese enjoys a night out wearing a emerald green satin Malandrino Fall 2008 dress, with matching heels.

The plunge-neck dress has a tulip skirt, and a black belt with a green marble buckle. Her look is complete with trademark red lips and nails, plus a Christian Louboutin shoe clash clutch.

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24.03.09 Premiere

"The Boat That Rocked" London Premiere


The last time I liked anything Gemma Arterton wore on the red carpet, it was back in November when she arrived at the Quantum of Solace Royal World Premiere wearing a striking purple Balmain dress.

There have been many frock horrors since then, including her Missoni cocktail party dress last week.

The former Bond girl yesterday braved a cold London evening, to finally make an impression on the red carpet.

She wore a turquoise Marchesa Resort 2009 one-shoulder stretch crepe dress, with draped front overlay and a gold embroidered neckline.

I loved her pewter metallic sandals, with a beaded ankle cuff.


Until 3 weeks ago, British actress Talulah Riley was a brunette.

Last night she showed off her blonde ‘do for the first time on the red carpet.

The transformation is outstanding, her face really glows with her new ‘do. She’s gone from slightly Gothic, to a blonde bombshell.

I TOTALLY love the new do, as much as I love her navy blue Jasmine Di Milo asymmetrical dress.

The dress has a banded waist to give her a sexy silhouette, and a cute frilly peplum at the waist.

Talulah’s gold python heels completed this fab look.

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20.03.09

Missoni Cocktail Party


Katie Grand -the former editor of Pop Magazine – ALWAYS gives us the wow factor. This woman is not afraid of fashion.

Not only is she wearing a wooly mammoth fuschia pink Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 coat, but she also has Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 bunny ears, as a hair accessory.

Her amazing look is complete with Louis Vuitton Spring 2009 heels and a sparkling pink – barely seen – dress.

Fierce. Only Kate and Roisin Murphy can get away with this look.


Jacquetta Wheeler is having a great week, as this is another fabulous look for her. The model wore a Missoni Maranta silk kimono dress.

The colours are bright, as you would expect from Missoni, but it doesn’t feel like she was trying too hard.

She picked a different multi-coloured belt from the runway, and she completed her look with a woven white bag and gold strappy heels.


Jacquetta didn’t try to hard, but I feel Gemma Arterton did. In an attempt to be cute, this comes off as desperately trying to stand out.

The colours I feel don’t suit her. The runway version would have been better for her. Her pumps are the only thing I like here, as I’m also tiring of that same hairstyle for every event.


I really loved Jade Parfitt’s Missoni Hedda print dress. The multiple colours really drew me in.

The model modified the dress from the runway, making the voluminous sleeves and the skirt shorter.

Her dress was complimented well with a pair of silver heels.


Although I can see the lining of Jade Jagger’s dress and her bra under her dress, this Missoni Brina ruffle tunic dress, was a great choice for the designer, and very typical of her laid back style.

The colours work well with her skintone, and the ruffles on the side are a cute touch.


Margarita Missoni wore a Missoni one-shoulder navy dress. It’s not the most colour piece of all the collections, but as host, she no doubt didn’t want to hog the limelight.

What may not be immediately noticeable is the silver lurex all over the dress, which shimmers in a quite way.


Posing with the head designer Angela Missoni, Jasmine Guinness wore a knitted Missoni Vivace fringe dress.

The two-tone dress has a contrasted banned hem, which Jasmine compliments with a matching belt.


I love Kate Nash’s style, and I feel this Missoni Rosetta woven dress was perfect for her.

It’s cute, sassy, colourful and pink really compliments her milky complexion.

Like Margarita and Jasmine, she wore tights with her look.

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Who Wore Preen Better? Gwyneth Paltrow or Gemma Arterton


During the Iron Man promotional tour it was the first time I had ever developed a girl crush on Gwyneth Paltrow. Day after day she impressed us with amazing looks.

In Rome she wore a black Preen Power bandage dress, with a pair of 7in sky-high lace-print Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

Gemma Arterton wore the same dress when she arrived at the 2008 British Academy Children’s Awards in London last November.

She wore her dress with black strappy sandals, a black clutch and bold red lips.

Gemma’s curly do, does not quite fit the overtly sexy vibe the dress is giving off, so Gwynie wins for me.


You can purchase this dress from Net-A-Porter’s US site for $1,295 or the international site for £685/€840.63.

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08.02.09 Worst Dressed

2009 BAFTA Awards – Worst Dressed

Worst Dressed Award
There was a time when I used to worship the red carpet that Marion Cotillard walked on.

Now, not so much.

The face of Dior really disappoints in this lackluster black and white satin Christian Dior Spring 2009 Couture dress, and her hair is just as bad.

WHAT??? Black Again & DeJa Vu Award
This awards season Penelope Cruz has worn black to nearly every event excluding the nude Armani dress she wore to the Golden Globes.

Like the SAG Awards Penelope is wearing a haltered black velvet Azzedine Alaia gown with Chopard jewels.

I am so over her in black it’s unbelievable.

Worst Black Award
Who knew Dior could look this bad?

Gemma Arterton managed to make Dior look really bad, when she walked the red carpet tonight.

I love the single embellished shoulder and the Prada heels, but the ridiculous posing, and that tasseled has to stop.



Where Is The Colour? Award

Katherine Jenkins was the one person I would have relied upon to bring some colour to the red carpet tonight, but she let me down.

The dress is just blah, as is her hairstyle. Very uncharacteristic for the singer.

Too Much Fou Fou Award
Alesha Dixon was the host of E! Live from the Red Carpet. She did a good job considering the hellish conditions, but for a presenter her dress was too big.

A presenter is not supposed to stand out so much, which will explain why she did not get to interviews many stars.

Her dress is not to be confused with the similar Marchesa Fall 2008 gown. I believe hers is by Giovanni.

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