Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Apart from Dannii Mingoue the only shining light from this series of the X Factor has been Rebecca Ferguson.

She floored me with a beautiful rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Like A Star’.

Not only by her voice, but also by her breath-taking Luisa Beccaria Fall 2010 gown.

The mother of two from Liverpool has worn a few gowns during this series, most of which have overwhelmed her, but on this occasion she hit the right note.

It was dramatic without being over the top and the colour was gorgeous against her caramel skin-tone.

I was totally baffled by pairing of Rebecca Ferguson and Christina Aguilera. Clearly it was a case of who was in town, rather than finding someone to complement Rebecca’s voice.

Rebecca was class personified in her Richard Sorger Spring 2009 dress as she started singing ‘Beautiful’.

I loved the bejeweled neckline on her nude silk dress.

Christina looked like she was on a 10 minute break from working the poll at Peter Stringfellows. It was an awful match up and Christina totally dominated the song and didn’t allow Rebecca to shine during the duet.

As Rebecca walked onto the stage with her mentor prior to the results being read out, Rebecca looked gorgeous wearing a William Tempest Fall 2010 dress.

Her dress with a silver metallic bodice and cream skirt with a peplum at the waist, shows Rebecca has a very diverse style which doesn’t seem forced or manufactured.

I hope she wins so we can see more of her in the future.

For a Saturday night X Factor final Cheryl opted for a soft grecian look.

Her cream asymmetrical one shoulder Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 gown was decorated in silver embellishments across the bodice.

The gown was stunning, but I just couldn’t get on board with the ‘just got out of the shower’ hair.

Rebecca outshone her mentor last night.

Credit: Credit: Style.com, Richard Sorger.com, Vogue.co.uk & Ken McKay/TalkbackThames/Rex Features

Red was the colour of the night at the 2010 Entertainment Weekly And Women In Film Pre-Emmy Party this weekend.

Jessica Lowndes was the 3rd star to sport the vibrant colour, but she was the only one to match her lipstick to her dress.

The Canadian actress wore a Luisa Beccaria Fall 2010 dress.

Her adorable red dress has a lot less volume in her tiered ruffled skirt, but it doesn’t take too much away from her look.

In fact I think it looks better as she may have ended up looking like a ripe tomato.

She continued to match her red dress with her red Kotur clutch, but stopped going full matchy matchy by adding champagne Jimmy Choo heels.

Scott Mikolay jewel and a gorgeous smile completes this beautiful look.

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Nicole Kidman looks AMAZING.

L’Wren Scott dressed her client in Prada for her previous red carpet appearance to a weak applause, today Nicole is blowing me away in a hot pink L’Wren Scott Spring 2010 embroidered gown.

I love the cut, and the sexy silhouette which gives Nicole some curves we’ve never seen before.

Yes we’d love to see a Nicole switch up her designers more often, but when she looks this great in Scott’s designs it’s no wonder she keeps going back for more.

BDOTW contender for sure.

If any of you are surprised Taylor Swift is wearing a gold glittering with sequins, you haven’t been reading this blog for very long.

This is Taylor’s trademark, and I don’t blame her.

This Reem Acra sequin strapless gold gown with tulle skirt looks like a Princess dress, and I’m sure she felt very special wearing it.

Every princess has a prince, so it’s shame Taylor Lautner was in London on her big night.

She’s another contender.

From the sublime to tragic.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kellie Pickler look so bad.

It’s not the fault of her David Meister pewter lame gown, it’s the hair.

The strawberry blonde colour doesn’t work. This is worst than a blonde Katharine McPhee.

Martina McBride wore a Georges Hobeika Fall 2008 Couture silver metallic strapless gown with a beaded bodice.

I loved the gown, but the draped detail on the hips didn’t work for me on Martina.

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland never disappoints on the red carpet.

This time she wore a stunning strapless Luisa Beccaria Fall 2009 midnight blue siren tulle gown with a frilly detailed hem and train.

Michelle Branch shuns wearing a gown to give us a young cute look wearing an aqua blue Matthew Williamson jewel detailed dress from the Fall 2009 collection.

Carrie Underwood typically gives her big hair and an embellished dress, but her Theia dress is a bit shapeless for my liking.

Leann Rimes should be wearing red. j/k

The good girl gone bad lives us to her current image by vamping things up with heavy make-up, but contrasts that with a white angelic 3.1 Phillip Lim gown.

Faith Hill wore a beautiful mauve strapless Azzaro gown which already had a jeweled halter strap, so I’m confused as to why she then added more necklaces.

Feels like overkill to me which is a shame.

Miranda Lambert opted for a Nicole Miller gown with an open back and beaded details on the shoulders.

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Luisa Beccaria’s Spring 2010 presentation was the 3rd show I attended during Milan Fashion Week.

The presentation was in a much smaller venue to the Versace and Roberto Cavalli shows I attended, but that only added to the charm and the ambiance of this seductive presentation.

I’ve often said that I would wish to see Luisa Beccaria more on the red carpet as she produces such stunning pieces, and this collection proved no different.

The collection embraced femininity that evokes the 50s Hollywood glamour, bringing a fresh new perspective to the brands romantic aesthetic.

There was particular emphasize on bustier dresses with plunging necklines.

Volume was created via tons of tulle.

Ruffles draped like petals of flowers gracefully around necklines, shoulders and skirts.

The cocktail dresses and gowns were strapless, off-the-shoulder, knee-length, floor-length, mini and the finale gown had a rise and fall hemline. Luisa really did make a dress for every woman.

There were beautiful flowery prints on a colour palette of lilac, ivory, pink, grey, blue, gold and silver. Not a hint of black.

Here is the finale video I shot.

You can view the whole collection on Style.com.

At the presentation was a Citroen C3 Picasso, which was Styled by Luisa Beccaria herself.

The entire bodywork was floral from the seats to the instrument panel, it wouldn’t surprise me if the air bag had a floral design.

The gear knob was interesting as it was made out of Venetian glass in the shape of a rose.

Luisa dressed this Citroen as she dresses women, with a romantic senual empowerment.

Imagine receiving this beauty at your sweet 16.

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Pictures taken by me & Luisa Beccaria

Leighton Meester was spotted on the set of “Gossip Girl” yesterday between takes wearing her trademark flip flops with a stunning Luisa Beccaria Fall 2009 dress.

I have said on many occasions that Luisa Beccaria is a hugely underrated designer, but we have recently she her work featured on Eva Mendes for Marie Claire UK and Lauren Conrad on the Conan O’Brien Show so hopefully the buzz is starting to gather pace.

Leighton’s dress was typically Beccaria – romantic.

The gunmetal grey dress was worn with a beaded necklace, a black belt and flip flops.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer how the dark grey suede runway belt work better the dress. The black belt doesn’t blend as well.

Leighton was also spotted – obviously out of character – wearing shorts, a black top and cardigan, whilst wearing black Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony multi buckle wedge booties and carrying a Nina Ricci “Ondine” bag.

Leighton now has two of these Nina Ricci bags.  This cream bag and a black clutch she carried to the Teen Choice Awards.  Lucky girl.

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