Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Dolce & Gabbana's 5th Avenue Boutique Opening

The Dolce & Gabbana 5th Avenue Boutique Opening took place on Saturday evening in New York City, where Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana enjoyed a night of traditional Italian hospitality and mingled around the space of the new store, which spans three floors.

Giovanna Battaglia: The fashion editor stood out wearing a stunning red satin fit-and-flare dress with a lace overlay, which she styled with red embellished shoes. She was by far my favourite of the night. I love how she captures the essence of a brand without the theatrics.

Paloma Faith: Speaking of theatrics, the British singer went all out in a full Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 look, with the only solid piece of her look being her belt. I do love the fact that she’s not afraid of colour, prints and standing out in a room of black lace dresses. This Dolce & Gabbana look featuring a ‘Trio’ of Knight’ dress might not go down too well, but I love her boldness. You may remember that Zhang Zilin wore this same dress earlier this year.

Bianca Brandolini D’Adda: We usually associate Dolce & Gabbana with black lace dresses, but Giovanna and Bianca embraced red lace on this occasion. The socialite donned a bell-sleeved mini dress with a black overlay, styling her look with a black Dolce & Gabbana ponyskin clutch and red embellished sandals.

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Zhang Ziyi In Marc Bouwer - 4th China Film Directors' Guild Awards

Zhang Ziyi attended the 4th China Film Directors’ Guild Awards held in Beijing, China on Friday.

The beautiful actress wore yet another Marc Bouwer gown with structured shoulders.

Her silver sequin gown was styled with Cindy Chao jewels and a silver Lana Marks clutch.

While the actress did sparkle, this look feels too one-dimensional to me – plus I’m having a strong case of déjà vu.

Does the Zhang/Bouwer collaboration continue to delight, or do you wish to see her do something different?

Credit: Marc Bouwer & Getty

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Dior Shanghai Spring 2013 Couture

As Asia is such an important market for fashion brands, Christian Dior headed east to present their Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection at Five on the Bund in Shanghai, China on Saturday, inviting several of our favourite Asian actresses who all wore looks from the Dior Spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection.

Zhang Ziyi: The Asian superstar took her front-row seat wearing a look from the Spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection, which has been so successful on the red carpet. She selected a yellow-gold paillette dress with a layered tulle overlay. This look would’ve been amazing if she had worn the runway belt. As presented, Zhang looks very boxy.

Shu Qi: Taking a more masculine approach, Shu Qi wore a Dior charcoal-grey tuxedo dress with notched lapels and a pleated skirt with shimmering blue and pink panels. Not only do I not get the dress, but I also don’t understand the styling choice of adding patterned tights. A very rare miss for Shu Qi.

Angelababy: Even Angelababy can’t make this collection work. All I see here is a lot of fabric posing as a tri-coloured strapless Dior dress, and a solid effort to lift the look with pink Dior sandals and a grey Miss Dior bag; sadly, those efforts are to no avail.

Sun Li: The actress is the only one who gets a pass from me. While we have seen this Dior strapless tuxedo dress before on Allison Williams, this is the only dress that worked on this red carpet; of course, it is hard to go wrong with an LBD.

Do any of these looks work for you? In answer to my own question, “No.”

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Credit: Style.com & Getty

Who Wore Reem Acra Better Carrie Underwood or Zhang Ziyi

Carrie Underwood attended the 46th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a Reem Acra gown from the designer’s Spring 2013 collection.

This gown is everything we would expect from Carrie: embellished, pretty and floaty.

She styled her look with a Swarovski clutch and, despite the light colour of her gown, she opted for heavy kohl-rimmed eyes.

Zhang Ziyi wore the same gown back in late December while attending the Chinese Music Charts Concert in Taipei, Taiwan.

Opting for Sergio Rossi pumps and dazzling Bulgari earrings, I much prefer her styling with a simple updo as opposed to Carrie’s curly pageant ‘do.

The updo is much more sophisticated and gives the look a cleaner finish.

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Credit: Style.com, Sina & Getty

Zhang Ziyi in Armani

Giorgio Armani celebrated the opening of its new boutique on Canton Road, Isim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong on Thursday.

Zhang Ziyi wore a look from the Giorgio Armani Spring 2013 collection.

Her dynamic optical-illusion-print jacket, with two zippers starting at either side of the neckline and meeting further down the piece, is a lovely example of the innovative house of Giorgio Armani.

The actress opted not to wear the look with printed pants, as worn on the runway, opting for chic black silk shorts which provided a more interesting contrast.

Onyx statement earrings, a matching cocktail ring and sleek patent-leather Armani sandals accessorized her look.

Using the aquamarine colour as inspiration, she opted for a bright mani-pedi, with glossy nude lips and a ponytail providing the finishing touches.

Credit: Style.com & Courtesy of Giorgio Armani

Zhang Ziyi In Christian Dior Couture - 'The Grandmaster' Berlinale Film Festival PremiereZhang Ziyi waltzed her way down the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of ‘The Grandmaster’ during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.

For her gown, the Chinese actress looked back a few seasons to designer Raf Simons’ Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture collection.

I can’t help but love the glamour of this ‘New Look’-inspired silhouette, what with its cinched bodice and classic full skirt. The dress’s painterly tie-dye effect in shades of grassy green and lime only increased the drama and made this look particularly electric.

But with the addition of the fur shrug, a diamond necklace and earrings, and a Fendi handbag, not to mention those towering Christian Louboutin pumps, I found myself experiencing sensory overload.

The dress and its statement print speaks for itself without the clutter (beautiful clutter as it were) of the abundant accessories.

At least Zhang slicked her hair into a chic updo and opted for a soft pink pout instead of the runway’s neon hues. Anything else would have been far too much.

If you’re having a slight déjà vu moment as I did, it’s because Jennifer Lawrence wore a very similar gown from Dior’s Fall 2012 offering last September, except in a different, inky colour variation.

Credit: Style.com & Getty

Zhang Ziyi In Fendi - 2013 Sina Weibo Awards

Zhang Ziyi attended the 2013 Sina Weibo Awards held at the China World Trade Center Tower 3 in Beijing, China on Monday evening.

The actress wore a simple white Fendi gown with an open back for the occasion.

While I like the decorative beaded Fendi baguette, the crystal-embellished Christian Louboutin ‘Decora’ platform pumps bring down everything good about this look.

The gown is just OK: it’s far from being up to Ziyi’s usual best. The shoes kill the look for me.

Credit: Getty




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