Red Carpet Fashion Awards

“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Premiere

Lily Cole looked like a fairytale princess in her pale blue Chanel Fall 2007 Couture gown.

As soon as I saw Lily, I immediately thought of Amy Adams’ character Giselle in the Disney movie Enchanted, as Lily has that same beautiful innocence.

Spanish Model and TV host Mar Saura, causes a stir by striking a sexy pose wearing a Nina Ricci Spring 2009 halter dress with a rise and fall hem.

The dress showed off her long legs and Jimmy Choo Pixie sandals.

Model Noemie Lenoir could wear a black sack and still shine, but instead opted for an Armani Privé Spring 2009 strapless gown.

Her stunning gown had an embroidered bell-shaped skirt and a sequin bodice.

Credit were credit is due, Peaches Geldof is trying.

But even in this electric blue strapless Roberto Cavalli gown, I’m still not particularly convinced she has turned over a new leaf.

“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Photocall

Lily opted for a low key look for the photocall wearing a pale pink top with Stella McCartney ankle zip jeans and a pair of quite hideous pink and orange heels.

“Face” Premiere

Zhang Ziyi looked utterly divine in her pink floral Giorgio Armani Spring 2009 strapless gown with a twisted bodice.

The dress should have been the main focus – especially as her hair was pulled back and her make-up was subtle – but I find myself instantly drawn to her necklace.

What a magnificent piece it is, and I’m usually put off by a large statement pieces grabbing away the attention from the gown.

As much as I love Kerry Washington I don’t love her Monique Lhuillier gown, despite how elegant she looks.

I think it’s the lace one-sleeved top half which is putting me off.

When I saw her I really wanted to find something nice to say, but all I could think was I like her Roger Vivier black satin clutch.

Michelle Yeoh was the picture of elegance wearing a black shimmering Roberto Cavalli gown, with an exquisite silver necklace.

“Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” Premiere

This is something we don’t see very often from Rinko Kikuchi – a soft and sweet look.

Usually she’s wearing something cutting edge, couture, or well structured, so this white ethereal vintage Sophia Kokosalaki gown is a nice refreshing change.

Actress Elodie Bouchez wore a strapless Balmain Spring 2009 LBD with a studded belt  and Jimmy Choo Seattle sandals.

Elodie’s look has less sparkle, in comparison to the runway version because she opted for the black belt which I actually prefer.

“Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” Premiere

This more like the Rinko Kikuchi we know, wearing a piece that has a lot of personality.

Her Chanel Resort 2010 dress included a peplum on the waist, and gold detailing throughout.

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Last year, many of you accused Kerry Washington of always playing it safe.

She didn’t play it safe at the Met Gala, and I wouldn’t call this Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 ensemble a safe option either.

So it looks like she has finally shrugged off the ‘safe’ label wouldn’t you agree?

Her look consisted of a futuristic silver metallic bustier with a pale pink tulip skirt, gold platform heels with a velvet ankle tie, and a silver embroidered clutch.

I love that she is taking risks without over-doing it and without looking ridiculous.

Rihanna wore the raspberry runway skirt to the DKMS Gala.

Michelle Yeoh hosted this event wearing a Caribbean blue Roberto Cavalli cowl neck dress, with a shutter pleated detail on the front.

This is a sophisticated evening dress, but Michelle makes it work for her daytime event.

Mary Louise Parker wore the gown version of this dress to the Emmy’s last year.

Claudia Schiffer opted for a silk nude coloured dress with kimono-style sleeves which gave her a warm glow.

Her look was completed with beige accessories.

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I secretly knew she wouldn’t let me down.

Tthats 3 years in a row she’s wowed at Cannes.

Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet in not only colour, but this season colour – nude.

Her chiffon one-sleeved Versace Fall 2008 gown is so beautiful, delicate and feminine yet she’s still exudes her usual sex appeal.

Those famous full lips are red divine, and her look is complete with champagne heels.

This is definitely one of her best looks to date.

Diane Kruger was equally radiant, if not more so than Angelina.

The stunning actress walked the red carpet in a custom made ivory silk chiffon Marchesa gown with flutter sleeves.

I love the cowl back dress with silver floral embroidered detail.

The side swept bun, and simple diamonds quietly scream elegance.

Best Dressed of The Week just became even harder.

Elsa Pataky swept the red carpet with her black Elie Saab Spring 2009 Couture strapless gown.

Elsa likes to be a sex kitten on the red carpet, but with a few diamonds here and there and her hair pulled back she looks very demure.

I would’ve loved to have seen her in another colour gown, as she wore black to the Chopard “Cascade” perfume launch.

Asia Argento plays the femme fatale wearing a bold Armani Prive Spring 2009 strapless gown with a blood red fringed skirt.

She paired her devilish look with matching shoes, and bright red lipstick for an eye-catching pout.

I’m surprised to say that I kinda like Sharon Stone in this Balmain Fall 2009 gown.

It shows off her body – which looks amazing – and she’s not wearing some tacky animal print which she’s usually so fond of.

For once Sharon, I don’t hate.

I’m happy to see Dita von Teese wearing something from the Christian Dior Spring 2009 Couture collection, but I’m disappointed she didn’t pick one of the more colourful risky pieces.

I hope those gowns aren’t destined to only be editorial gowns.

Dita wore her one-shouldered dress with a red clutch to match her perfect pout.

Cute, but safe for Dita.

Emma de Caunes also opted for a black Elie Saab dress, but her embellished cocktail dress was from the Fall 2009 collection.

Judge Shu Qi looked angelic wearing a white Roberto Cavalli Spring 2009 gown, which had a gold chain detail embellishing the trim of the bodice.

German actress Jana Pallaske wore an eventful Paule Ka Spring 2009 strapless dress on the red carpet with bandage straps, black contrasting bodice, and feathered hem.

There’s a lot going on, but it’s fun and fruity.

French actress Frédérique Bel also opted for a Paule Ka Spring 2009 creation.

Hers was less cutesy, and more risqué with the cut-out panel showing off her toned abs.

Natasha Poly’s Roberto Cavalli Spring 2009 strapless black and grey gown has plenty of frou frou in the skirt with the ruffles and tulle layers.

In this supermodel face-off Natasha’s soft make-up and sultry smile wins me over.

Robin Wright Penn opts for her second Narciso Rodriguez gown of Cannes Film Festival.

This time it’s refreshing white crepe gown, with sleek lines to give her a beautiful silhouette.

Michelle Yeoh opted for a beige strapless Roberto Cavalli gown with stunning gold accessories to compliment the gold embroidered details on her bodice.

I’ve never been a fan of Joss Stone’s style.

She over did the hippy maxi look, but here she opts for a yellow haltered dress which does nothing for her.

Her yellow dress was paired with green heels, with a pink tip. !?!?!?

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Penelope Cruz had food poisoning prior to this premiere, but who would believe her when she looks this great.

I must have searched through hundreds of pictures to find one of her on her own, because in nearly every photo she was held by Director Pedro Almodovar, and at times her dress became distorted and I wanted the perfect picture.

Penelope was sensational last night wearing a lilac chiffon draped strapless Marchesa Fall 2009 dress, with an embroidered bodice.

Again I’m loving the bare neck, as the bodice dazzles enough. I also love the way her hair is softly pulled back.

I fell out of love with Pen around awards season, but she’s back to her best here.

Actress Lea Seydoux walked the red carpet wearing the first Chanel gown at a premiere during Cannes Film Festival.

Her teal halter gown is from the Fall 2008 collection, which features black leather criss cross strips, and Celtic crosses.

For me the runway version works better with the 3 crosses, and the leather strips tied to the back rather than falling down the front skirt of the gown.

Denise Rich wears the yellow version of same Emilio Pucci silk halter gown which Michelle Ye wore earlier this week.

What a week for fabulous green gowns.

First Rachel Weisz, then Iman, and now Michelle Yeoh. Gorgeous.

Picking my top 5 Cannes gowns, may just have to be stretched to 10.

Michelle – imo – has never looked better than in this pleated green one-shouldered Versace gown.

Her emerald earrings are the perfect compliment to her gown.

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Best Actress winner, Zhou Xun shows off her award, wearing stunning costume-made Burberry Prorsum gown.

The gown was made using the same delicate leafy lace, which we saw presented in the Spring 2009 collection.


Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh wore this lime green, one-shoulder Atelier Versace Fall 2008 gown. I’m not crazy about the colour, but I love the detail on the bodice.


Taiwanese actress Guey Lun-Mei, wore a gorgeous chiffon strapless Celine Spring 2009 dress with a leather waistband, which she has modified from the runway.

Although I love the more dramatic runway version, with the cap sleeves, visible white underlay, and leather details on the shoulders, the modification of Guey’s dress, was the right choice for her demure look.

I adore her updo, as it completes this sleek look.


Mainland Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing wore this tropical print Gucci Spring 2009 maxi dress.

This is the same dress which Rihanna wore on that infamous night of the Clive Davis pre- Grammy party.

The dress looks fine without a belt on the runway, as it billows in the model-made wind, but off the runway, I would prefer to see this dress with a belt, to prevent it looking like a tent. With the belt the dress and the wearer have more shape.

I love Fan’s blue glitter star clutch.


One of my favourite dresses of this event was worn by Hong Kong actress Gigi Leung.

I loved this Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2009 halter dress when it was first worn by Gwyneth Paltrow last year in black, but it’s just as outstanding on Gigi in red.


I was never a fan of the Fendi Spring 2009, and I wasn’t surprised that we haven’t seen much of it on the red carpet.

South Korean actress Lee Na-young adds so much charm and grace to this Fendi lace dress, it’s hard not to fall in love with it. A cute box clutch and gold heels complete her look.


Mainland Chinese actress Zhao Tao opted for the red over the pink runway version of this adorable Christian Dior Spring 2009 ultra mini dress.

I’m not crazy about her choice of footwear, but I admire her for wearing such short dress.


This is one of the plainest dresses on this red carpet, but I still find this Chloe Resort 2009 strapless column gown really beautiful.

Japanese actress Eri Fukatsu chose a very minimalist look. Only accessorizing her with a simple bracelet with her gown.

This has to be one of the best dressed red carpet events of the year.

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It is official Ladies Love Lanvin.

French Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Carine Roitfeld joins the growing list of ladies wearing Lanvin this week.

Carine wore the stunning Lanvin Spring 2008 gown which appeared in the print advertising campaign for the fashion house.

If I could own one piece from the Lanvin Spring 2008 collection, this would be my choice, and I would wear it as Carine wore it, with the wide waist belt.

Carine is STUNNING in this dress. I can not gush enough.

Carine’s daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, stuck to her usual rock n’ roll style wearing this cut-out black sheer dress, with a wide belt and YSL tribute platform sandals.

Naomi Campbell is a beautiful woman, but I have 3 pieces of advice for her:

1. No-Lye relaxer
2. Bangs
3. Wig

Otherwise she will be bald by the time she is 40.

Apart from her hairline issues, Naomi Campbell looks stunning in this white haltered Dolce & Gabbana sequined embellished gown.

Eva Herzigova bravely lets it all hang out in this sheer Christian Dior Spring 2008 gown with lace appliqué. Under her gown she wears a black corset and big pants ala Bridget Jones.

She decorates her neck with a V shaped ornament.

Natalie Portman is the woman who has been leading the charge for Lanvin.

Here she is wearing her 4th piece from the Lanvin Spring 2008 collection.

This orange strapless sweetheart neckline dress is tiered with ruffles.

Michelle Yeoh wore a turquoise Roberto Cavalli gown with a violet rose print at the hem.

Catalina Sandino Moreno wore a lilac haltered Alberta Ferretti gown, with feathers cascading down the skirt.

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