Sorry for being quiet ….

… as I may have been silent on the blog side of things but have been a busy bee with customers at Belle the last few weeks.

Also, I’m just being honest here, but I have not been inspired by any celebrity fashion choices out there either.  Kim K just keeps spilling out of outfits and even the Hollywood red carpet has been really lack lustre.  What is going on??  Plus I’m really missing my Fashion Police updates (RIP Joan).

Even Cheryl and Mel have been very disappointing on X Factor.  Nothing has stood out to me or blown me away at all.  They’ve looked “well” and “nice” but not amazing.  Come On Ladies, get it together!  You both have TEAMS of people getting you ready each week, at least make it look like you made a proper effort!

On a happier note, I have some stunning new dresses available for hire at Belle Dress Hire, just take a sneak peek at these beauties ….

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Above is a gorgeous black, vintage style dress with mesh and lace detailing.  Simple but classic and elegant.  Perfect if paired with pillarbox red or Berry nails and lipstick.

Next we have a beautiful, rich, navy blue dress with a complete see through mesh back with jewelled beading.   This is a heavy jersey fabric so won’t wrinkle and hangs extremely well.

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35447-bi-01.27This turquoise stunner is the most gorgeous shape on!!!  The jewelled neckline and very low, open back will ensure you stand out in the crowd.  Or what about this very unusual strapless dress below available in gold and also wine which comes with a matching wrap for around the shoulders.  Actually a perfect dress for a Christmas wedding or special occasion ….

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Just a few sample pics of new styles available but there are plenty more so book early to avoid disappointment if you have an important event coming up.

It’s simply black and white!

I have had this beautiful black and white dress at Belle for awhile now.  People have been put off by it’s brazen and bold simplicity, besides they have been much more impressed with the nearby twinkle of crystals and sequin.

So I was delighted when the young Milly dared to try on this gorgeous monochrome style for her school formal.  This dress must be worn on somebody tall so that the lighter side panels hit the waist and hips at just the right point.  Milly had a beautiful, elongated torso therefore the dress looked stunning on her.  I was delighted to hear that she and date won the coveted “Best Dressed Couple” award at the formal.

When Milly came to see me she had no make-up on and was dressed very casually with hair in a ponytail.  I knew the dress would be fabulous but even I was blown away when I saw this photo of her ……….

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Girls, sometimes it pays to be brave and wear something different, something unexpected.        Remember you want to stand out at your formal, not blend in.  Take a risk and chose a dress that you love not one that you think other people will like.

Teen Choice Awards 2014

Not just for the younguns this event, the annual Teen Choice Awards has now become synonymous with goofy fun, a more relaxed laid back red carpet and on-stage jibes by the presenters both young and old.

I was surprised to see a wealth of looks at this year’s event, some of which I thought were spot on and others …. somewhat lacking.

The three most important things to consider when dressing for a special event is your age, the “type” of occasion you’re attending and the fit of your outfit.  If you only bear these three things in mind and nothing else when selecting your choice of attire you simply can’t go wrong.

There has been a real lack of red carpet/black tie events over the summer months so I haven’t been blogging so much as there literally hasn’t been anything to comment on, so let’s make up for lost time shall we?

Black, black and more black!  Black is back.  Even though we’re still in the month of August, Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd and Kim Kardashian all decided against bright colours.  I simply LOVED Selena Gomez’s simple yet chic trouser suit and silver pointed shoes.  She is showing young ladies that you can cover up and dress elegantly when you’re young and still look stylish!  Her make up with the smoky eye, lack of accessories and slicked back hair were just perfect.

Teenie Bopper, Cher Lloyd also shone in classy black, although she kept things fun and younger with a shorter hemline and a hint of see through mesh.  Mesh fabric is so in style at the moment for evening wear, it’s a way of showing skin without being over revealing or vulgar.  It’s also great at disguising blemished or uneven skin tone as well.

At just 16, it’s hard to process just how mature Bella Thorne seems to be when making fashion choices for events.  This outfit is a little out there but I loved it on her.  The blue is perfect with her auburn colouring and the very structured silhouette and stiff fabric make the most of her small frame.  However, the mesh inset at the bust is in my opinion too low and inappropriate for her age.  Remember number one in my most important things to consider ….?

Keeping things fun was an amazing dress worn by Odeya Rush who stars alongside Taylor Swift in the upcoming flick, The Giver.  The coolest part of the dress were the pockets!  Ingenious. It keeps the style informal and downplays the fuller skirt and more dramatic corseted, lace top which all could look a tad OTT.  The fact that the hemline stops above her ankle again is a fresh take on evening/party wear.

I’m glad to see red carpet events are finally on the increase and look forward to blogging about hopefully some really interesting fashion choices.

Winning Dress Once Again For Belle Dress Hire!

A lovely lady contacted Belle Dress Hire last week to arrange an appointment for her daughter.  When I asked if she needed directions, I was somewhat surprised when she said, “Yes, definitely need directions, don’t know Lisburn too well as we’re from Co. Monaghan.”  I have had ladies visit from as far as Coleraine, Kilkeel, Newry ….. but a 2 hour drive from across the border showed immense dedication in the quest for an evening dress!

During the appointment, I soon realised the reason why there was such a need to travel for a full length formal gown.  The lovely Orla was to complete in the Glaslough Rose competition which is part of the annual Glaslough Fete in Co. Monaghan.

As this was Orla’s first time taking part in such an event, finding the perfect dress was extremely important.  There were four KEY things to bear in mind to ensure it was the right style  …

Number one and the most important – the FIT of the dress which I always tell my customers is the most critical thing to consider when choosing an evening dress.

Number two was MODESTY as she’s a beautiful yet young girl, I needed both herself and mum to be comfortable with the level of flesh on show.

Number three was UNIQUENESS of the dress as it was imperative that Orla stood out on stage from other competitors.

And finally number four was COMFORTABILITY so that ease of movement would not be a challenge.

After numerous dress changes, we all agreed on the very first dress that Orla tried on!  I can’t tell you how many times that happens.  This stunning dress from Paris, fitted Orla to absolute perfection.  It met her curves without clinging and the sheer tulle bottom kept the style young and modern.  The shorter hemline was just that, short yet modest and the embellished beadwork ensured that the dress would sparkle under stage lights.

I was not surprised one bit when Orla’s mum told me that she won BEST DRESSED ROSE category at the competition and they were coming back this week to choose her formal dress!

Congratulations Orla and family who I’m sure are very proud of you.

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Best Dressed Rose, Glaslough Rose 2014.

Green Goddess at Star Ball!

A very special customer of mine, Cathy Lawe, shone brightly at the Star Ball a few weekends ago which was held in the amazing Titanic Building in Belfast.

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Not only did Cathy’s outer beauty shine through in this stunning lime green dress but from the inside as well as this is one of the most fantastic women I have met in a very long time.

Back to fashion!  Cathy was the very first customer to wear this gorgeous dress with ruffled flowers across the bust and shoulder. I think maybe the bright colour has perhaps put some ladies off trying this on previously but Cathy completely embraced the lime green, in fact it was the first dress to catch her eye on the rail!

As this style flares out from just above the waist means that the bodice ends at the smallest part of your body before flowing down to the ground.  The pop of colour on the lip compliments this dress perfectly and because of the bright colour, Cathy has decided to let the dress speak for itself by keeping accessories to a minimum.

I think you’ll all agree that Cathy is a seriously Yummy Mummy!!

 

Ghostly hues hit the Emmys red carpet …

It’s that time of year again when my SKY planner goes beserk recording all programmes relating to the Emmy Awards (mostly on channel E!).  I can’t help myself, I’m always just so curious to see what women who have the money to buy and wear any dress in the whole wide world finally decide to pick.

This year I was both disappointed and in awe at some of the styles.  It seems pale colours were making a big impact on the red carpet.  I am very undecided about this trend as I believe these very pale tones are extremely hard to wear unless you have a golden/tan complexion OR completely unblemished perfect ivory skin.  Everyone from Mad Men’s January Jones to Julie Bowen from Modern Family to DWTS Julianne Hough, these female celebrities donned the palest of pinks, nudes and various shades of white at this year’s big night for TV!

I absolutely detest the dress on January Jones for so many reasons!  I feel the bustline looks very awkward and cuts her bust off in a really weird place that actually makes the dress look uncomfortable to wear! Plus this girl is tiny so why have a dress that makes her look like she has pockets of flab under each arm??  I also don’t like the fabric that Givenchy has used as it reminds me of crochet squares my mum used to make and that panel along the bottom of the dress is horrendous.  Apparently, this dress was specially made for January??  And as she told a reporter at the event and I quote .. “They made this for me so I had to pick it.”  To be honest, if I had been January I would have thanked  Givenchy for the thought but politely declined the offer of this dress.

Just awful.

 

It’s a different story when we look at Julie Bowen!

 

Ok, the dress is completely over the top and some might say very 90’s in shape and style.  God help me, I don’t know what it is exactly but I really LOVE this.  It’s not my usual cup of tea at all but I think she looks so happy and confident in the dress that I’m looking at the style in a completely different way.

Unlike January, this bustline is perfect!  It’s flattering, delicate and so very pretty.  I love the choice of fabric and the blush/pale pink is just so girlie but the addition of the layered ruffles at the bottom help to remind us that this is definitely a grown ups dress!

Belle Dress Hire has some really beautiful pale coloured dresses available at the moment in sizes 6, 8 and 10 …

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Leather Everywhere You Look!

It’s official, leather is all over the red carpet at the moment!  Notoriously a fabric kept for biker jackets and long trench coats, this season seems to favour leather dresses in all colours.

You should check out Blake Lively at Milan Fashion Week in an AMAZING, mustard yellow leather dress to the knee.

The addition of the belt gives the dress more shape whilst defining the waist and keeps the style more fashionable.  Leather as we all know, can look very “hard” when worn by a lady so Blake overcomes this beautifully by keeping her hair soft and not overly styled along with a restrained use of accessories.  I absolutely LOVE the red lip with this mustard colour, note to self!!

Going over to the dark side … Petra Ecclestone and Brooke Burke Charvet have decided to go with black leather dresses, once again, both to the knee which keeps the look less costume and more fashion forward.  I like the choice of a sleeve by Petra and she’s been very clever in that the sleeve stops short of the wrist so it doesn’t look sloppy or again become “catwoman-like.”

Then ……. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley goes one step further and wows in a tight, white PVC dress.

Ok, she’s a amazonian supermodel which means she looks good in everything, but I have to give her credit in this ensemble.

If you put white, tight and PVC all into the one sentence, you would immediately think, trailer park trash or possibly a porn role or even a Miley Cyrus stage costume BUT Rosie seems to be able to make this style uber sexy and classy.  She’s kept the overall look very sleek and groomed plus the addition of the pointed shoe is just genius.

Would YOU wear this dress??

From the back, the dress actually looks very regal and is offset beautifully by Selita Ebanks gorgeous skin tone.  Therefore, you will be totally amazed when you see the front view … Seriously!!!!  I just want to quickly quote someone standing beside me looking at a pic of this dress right now, “Why not just wear a sign look at me!”  How can this possibly have ever been considered as a fashionable choice of evening wear by Selita or her stylist?  This looks so tacky.  It also looks like she can’t move very well and let’s be honest if she were to turn too quickly to the right, she’d be exposing parts of her body that are supposed to be kept discrete!

I know sheer panels are a BIG trend this season and we have already seen Gwyneth Paltrow in a very revealing similar style of dress before which divided the critics.

However, this white dress worn by Selita takes sheer fabric to a whole new level which to be frank just looks cheap.  She also is wearing far too much make up which is making her look really harsh in the face.  All in all this look bombs and the “Legendary Phoenix” from Kanye West’s film, Runaway unfortunately is “legendary” in this get up BUT for ALL the wrong reasons!

Fully Booked at Belle Dress Hire!

I am really enjoying all of the recent weeks of appointments I have had with such lovely young ladies attending their school formals.  During the past fortnight, I have been visited by girls from schools such as Glenola Bangor, St Louise’s Belfast, Friends Lisburn, Ballyclare High and as far a field as Coleraine and Newry.

It must be so exciting for you girls to try out an array of full length evening gowns for the very first time!  Red seems to be as popular as always this year as well as white.  I have also noticed that a love for embellished, glitzy dresses has increased which is lovely to see, as your first school formal will always be the one that you remember!  So why not go all out ….

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As the next three months are a prime time for school formals, if you have an awards ceremony, black tie wedding or Christmas event coming up, I would suggest that you make an appointment with Belle Dress Hire well in advance so you won’t be disappointed if an appointment slot isn’t available.  Unfortunately, Belle Dress Hire operates on an appointment only basis and it’s a first come first served process!

 

 

It’s all about the back!!!

Girls get your spot remover creams and loofah’s at the ready!  Even though we are approaching autumn, it’s official, you need to get your back out!

Naked skin from behind was everywhere at the TV Choice Awards which were held in London’s Dorchester Hotel.

Although, do yourself a favour and DO NOT mimic Louise Thompson, from Made in Chelsea and invest in a decent spray tan!!

When you think about it, this is a really clever way of baring some skin without flashing your boobs or indeed abit of leg!

Also, it’s classy and indeed brilliant because whilst our wardrobe in mid September begins to accommodate trousers, jumpers, leather boots, scarves and tights ….. we can still be sexy on a night out simply by showing a little skin on our back!

Easily covered by a coat, short jacket or even a pashmina on the way into a bar or nightclub when it gets really cold, this is the perfect solution to keeping stylish and sexy over the next few weeks as the temperature dips.

I have been lucky enough to attend a black tie event at The Dorchester Hotel before and I have to say it’s an absolutely stunning red carpet venue.  If you have a special event coming up soon in Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn or elsewhere in Northern Ireland, check out a few of these, as Sharon Osbourne would say “fabulous” backless dresses available at Belle Dress Hire …

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