Red Carpet Fashion Awards

When seated at the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 show, I was delighted to see so many celebrity stylists in the front row, because when it comes to red-carpet dresses and gowns, Monique Lhuillier is their go-to woman.

Inspired by water and the life of the sea, this season Monique introduced modern digital prints to her pieces for a refreshing twist, with peplum details also adding to the edgier flare.

Before we got to the gowns, we saw ladylike sheath dresses, bodycon dresses, kimono-sleeve blouses, fitted pants, peplum tops, and fit-and-flare dresses.

And then the gowns… oooh the gowns… draped, strapless, one-shoulder, embellished, lace, tulle, chiffon, printed and long sleeved; there was a gown for every red carpet or evening occasion.

The last 10 gowns had me craning my neck to get a closer look, especially the show-stopping gold coral-embroidered sculpted gown which closed the show.

Models sported lacquered, loose hair with the MAC team using Monique’s aquatic inspiration to give the models bold-blue or teal eyeshadow.

Since Monique has mastered gowns, she debuted her shoe collection during this presentation.

Front Row: Brad Goreski, Odette Annable, Padma Lakshmi

Favourites: Teal wave print gown and ink one-shoulder gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman, Elizabeth Banks, Nina Dobrev, Emmy Rossum, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kristen Bell, Emma Stone, Eva Amurri, Leslie Bibb, Rose McGowan, Jennifer Aniston and Lily Collins

Credit: Style.com

10.09.12

Tibi Spring 2013

Tibi’s Spring 2013 collection was very refreshing as Amy Smilovic served up easy-street-chic, uber-feminine, everyday pieces we will no doubt see on celebrity fans such as Olivia Palermo and Lauren Conrad.

The collection mixed menswear-inspired loose, low-slung tuxedo pants, light-coloured denim jeans, boxy tops and two-tone pants with playful feminine shirt dresses, crop tops, pleated skirts, drop-waist dresses, short skirts and fit-and-flare dresses.

The majority of the collection was classic black and white with delicate pops of lemon, cream and pink with punchy abstract prints which are the designer’s signature.

Leather waist-cinching belts, leather miniskirts and peplum tops, and sheer crochet pieces gave this collection a contemporary edge and a sporty flair.

The clothes were beautiful, but the shoes were divine. We saw a selection of strappy sandals. I love the part-leather, part-PVC shoes and the two-tone sandals.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo and Solange Knowles

Favorites: Abstract print dress and crop top with colour-block skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Olivia Palermo, Solange Knowles, Malin Akerman, Emma Roberts, Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Credit: Style.com

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Inspired by Indian architect Anish Kapoor and the traditional kurtas his mother and sister wore at home in Nepal, Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2013 collection started off with masculine separates including tailcoat blazers, chiffon tunics and cropped low-slung pants with a loose silhouette.

We saw a bit of the designer’s dark side with a selection of edgier street mixed in with the frothy dresses and gowns which will most definitely hit the red carpet very soon.

Dresses and blouses with chiffon veils, feather-accented dresses, ruffled blouses, shorts, tunic dresses, blouses with draped backs and drop-waist dresses were presented on a colour palette that presented a contrast between classic black and white with pops of blue, maroon and red with the Kapoor-influenced spine print also playing its part.

Paul Hanlon at Schwarzkopf gave the models iron-straight locks with a center parting while Charlotte Tilbury for M.A.C. gave the models a barely there look with pale faces. I wonder how many celebs will work this pale-face look.

This season Prabal worked with Casadei who provided sexy strappy sandals and pumps.

The designer continued his collaboration with Linda Farrow, who provided the chic sunglasses.

Front Row: Hailee Steinfeld, Kate Bosworth and Allison Williams.

Favourites: Printed blouse and pants and blue jacquard jacket with matching shorts

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron, Zoe Saldana, Diane Kruger, Christian Ricci, Lizzy Chaplan and Kristen Stewart

08.09.12

Suno Spring 2013

Suno’s Spring 2013 collection was an interesting mix of ultra girlie pieces with some boxy boyish looks thrown into the mix. It’s no wonder that fashion chameleon Solange Knowles was perched in the front row.

With the models sporting a twisted 40s updo, the designers stayed true to their love of prints….also loved by Solange Knowles.

We saw plenty of florals, stripes and even a mobile phone print on dresses, blouses, tunics, windbreakers, drawstring Bermuda shorts, pleated skirts, boxy shirt dresses, button down blouses, A-line dresses and jackets.

For the red carpet, I can see the final look – a peplum maxi dress and a cinched-waist crop top with tea-length skirt – making an appearance.

Nicholas Kirkwood provided the footwear and M.A.C. gave the models a dewy glow with neutral tones and blush lips.

Front Row: Solange Knowles

Favourites: Floral print dress with cut-out detail and peplum maxi dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Solange Knowles, Eva Mendes, Rachel Bilson, Zoe Saldana, Carey Mulligan, Hailee Steinfeld, Chloe Moretz, Kerry Washington, Rachel McAdams and Jaime King

Credit: Style.com

With the intense heat in New York City at the moment, the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 show provided a breath of fresh air.

The collection was made up of easy, sporty, wearable separates with plenty of 60s and 70s references inspired by the work of iconic photographer Slim Aarons.

As someone who is obsessed with prints, I loved the florals, especially the floral ombre zipper vests and rich blue and red embroidered details on the jeans and cropped jackets.

We saw a lot of relaxed silhouettes, including sheer blouses, drawstring shorts, flares, print jackets, casual jumpsuits, all of which make for great summer staples.

While the designer didn’t give us any red carpet gowns, she did give the likes of Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port, Kate Bosworth and Miranda Kerr plenty of street style options.

Key accessories included cut-out booties, bi-colour sandals and a wide selection of the designers signature bags.

Front Row: Ryan Lochte, Lauren Conrad, Shenae Grimes, Tika Sumpter and Kristin Chenoweth

Favourites: Floral blouse with jeans and floral blouse with denim shorts

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Krysten Ritter, Hilary Rhoda, Cobie Smulders, Erin Heatherton, Lucy Hale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Chloe Sevigny and Lauren Conrad




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