Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Marchesa Fall 2013

The Marchesa Fall 2013 collection was even more grand and romantic than previous seasons.

Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman served up luxurious pieces many starlets will be clamouring for, especially with the Oscars around the corner – in fact, I’m sure some of the gowns are making their way to LA at this very moment.

The show opened with a bold red embroidered coat before swiftly moving on to tea-length dresses – some with sheer balloon sleeves – off-the shoulder gowns, and one-shoulder gowns with asymmetrical tiers, plus many satin gowns with tulle hems.

The romanticism was really captured with the slow movement of the models and the flowing trains of the last few looks. You couldn’t help but be entranced as the fuchsia strapless gown made its way around the runway.

Gold floral embroidery featured heavily within this collection; the detail up close was simply exquisite.

Marchesa’s range of bags extended once again this season. Larger bags with chain accents and envelope clutches featured in this collection, with Christian Louboutin providing the footwear.

Which ones can you picture on the red carpet on Oscar night?

Front Row: Jada Pinkett Smith, Louise Roe, Lake Bell, Olivia Palermo, Miley Cyrus and her mum

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Vikander, Stacy Keibler, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Jaimie Alexander, Rachel Weisz, Krysten Ritter

Favourites: Look 29, Look 28, Look 23 and Look 20

Credit: Style.com

Michael Kors Fall 2013

The Michael Kors Fall 2013 show served up luxe sportswear and a whole lot more.

On an eye-popping colour palette of electric-blue, saffron-yellow, orange and black, the designer served up looks for any occasion.

I loved the cheeky camo prints, the easy wearable separates, on-trend houndstooth print, slouchy leather pants, oversized blazers and coats, the luxe knitwear and the peplum pieces which return to the runway season after season.

My favourite pieces were the leather bustier with a crepe skirt and the knit peplum sweater and skirt.

The show closed with a succession of two-tone mullet dresses. The bejewelled one is one most likely to make it to the red carpet.

Front Row: Michael Douglas, Hilary Swank, Zoe Saldana, Jada Pinkett Smith, Paz Vega and Karolina Kurkova

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Gwyneth Paltrow; Jennifer Garner; Heidi Klum; Charlize Theron.

Favourites: Look 55, Look 9 and Look 19

Credit: Style.com

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The Blonds Fall 2013

The Blonds’ Fall 2013 show was presented on Tuesday night at Milk Studios during New York Fashion Week.

As always, the attendees dressed to impress for the collection, which was heavily influenced by the movies ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Shining’.

Models took to the runway in blonde wigs wearing signature corsets. I loved the opening jewelled corset with feathers, but there were plenty more show stoppers to be had.

We saw a jewel-encrusted roped corset dress, a faux-chinchilla jumpsuit, a white-leather belt dress, and a pvc trench coat which looked like it was dripping with blood, as did a nude strapless dress. The fur strait jacket was also loved by their adoring crowd.

While they did present a few gowns, I think this collection is more likely to be seen on the stage than the red carpet.

Front Row: Johnny Weir and Carmen Electra

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, Holly Madison and Katy Perry

Favourites: Feather corset and red jeweled corset

Credit: Getty

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013

By the time Look Three passed us at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 show yesterday, Susie Lau and I were already pointing out Galliano’s influences within the pieces.

While the collection was quintessentially Oscar de la Renta – ladylike and ultra-feminine – Galliano’s presence was evident in the suiting and tailoring.

The collection steadily moved on to tweed suits and printed dresses for the designer’s ladies-who-lunch clientele, followed by some moodier pieces, including sheer tops paired with hooded capes and leather pants, and sexy tuxedo jackets, before the models took to the runway in breathtaking gowns.

This the part where I always start to get giddy with excitement.

Jewel-toned gowns worthy of any star-studded occasion glided down the runway, some with a high-low hem, most with voluminous skirts, and one feathered confection which featured crystal embroidery.

The fuchsia gown with gold-bullion scroll and beaded embroidery literally made my heart stop, especially when styled with gleaming teal earrings.

The uptown-with-an-edge experiment worked for me. Time will tell if Galliano stays on at Oscar de la Renta.

Front Row: Diane von Furstenberg and Valentino Garavani

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Wintour, Kerry Washington, Paz Vega, Jessica Alba, Allison Williams, Jennifer Garner, Nieves Alvarez, Jessica Biel, Zooey Deschanel and Nicole Kidman

Favourites: Look 48, Look 46 and Look 4

Naeem Khan Fall 2013

I had to run to the Naeem Khan Fall 2013 show, thankfully making it to my seat just before the show started.

The pain of running in 6 inch heels subsided quickly, replaced by an overwhelming delight at seeing a gorgeous black embellished gown as the first exit.

Naeem was clearly not going to waste time by building up to the glamour; he was giving it to us from the get go.

Velvet gowns with opulent embroidery, one-shoulder gowns, strapless, beaded, shimmering, sequined, and appliquéd lace gowns followed, along with cocktail dresses and embroidered coats; a stunning beaded pant look with a voluminous train got more than a second look, but my jaw hit the floor hard when a succession of three red gowns took to the runway.

I haven’t drooled this much since… well, the designer’s Spring 2013 show. Every look is a red-carpet-worthy look, but that is the reason I love the designer’s work so much.

Hopefully, Hollywood stylists are taking plenty of notes, because I hope to see at least two of these gowns on the red carpet on Oscar night.

Front Row: Vanessa Hudgens, Shay Mitchell, Brooke Shields, Taraji Henson and Rachel Roy

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Obama, Zhang Ziyi, Deepika Padukone, Allison Williams, Florence Welch, Katy Perry, Kelly Reilly, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellie Kemper, Leslie Mann and Rachel Roy

Favourites: Look 42, Look 17, Look 27 and Look 45

Credit: Style.com

Reem Acra Fall 2013

Reem Acra’s Fall 2013 collection was inspired by a recent trip to Japan and a meeting with artist Daido Moriyama.

The influence was hinted at in the silhouettes and the lavish floral appliqués and embroideries, which were simply breathtaking.

I love how the designer played with volumes and shapes. We saw everything, from the luxuriously oversized to lean and sculpted, ranging from traditional kimonos to streamlined column gowns on a colour palette of mostly black, white and red.

I was quite taken by the tweed kimono coat worn over the ink-dot blouse with a houndstooth skirt for daywear, but it was the gowns I was most delighted to see.

The Lebanese designer, who is a hit with A-listers, served up gorgeous gowns ranging from beaded, embroidered, and figure-hugging to elaborate ball gowns, which should take pride of place on the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in LA at some point… hopefully very soon.

Front Row: Katherine Heigl, Tinsley Mortimer and Jennifer Creel

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Zhang Ziyi, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Krysten Ritter, Abbie Cornish, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez and Nina Dobrev

Favourites: Look 35, Look 24 and Look 17

Credit: Style.com




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