BEST 2013 Celeb Halloween costumes!

I have to hand it to them, celebrities near and far went to alot of effort for Halloween this year!

There were some awesomely sexy garbs donned by X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger and pin up icon, Carmen Electra! Whilst some chose a tamer get up altogether like Rita Ora and Beyonce who to be honest looks like she didn’t make much of a ghoulish effort during her concert tour of Australia

And then we have those who really went the extra mile!  Kelly Osbourne, Jenny McCarthy as Miley Cyrus’s tongue (hilarious!!) and last but not least Heidi Klum, as an elderly pensioner we salute you!!!!  Fantastic commitment to Halloween fun!!

But without a doubt, the hands down winner of this year’s BEST celeb Halloween costume has to go to the Honey Boo Boo Thompson Family who this year dressed up as the Kardashian/Jenner clan.

 

 

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.

OMG what the hell went on at this year’s VMAs????

Between One Direction getting booed when they collected the Song of the Summer Award, Lady Gaga surprisingly taking the boys side and telling them “they deserve every bit of success that they have” AND the awfully bad, terrible, cheap and tasteless fashion ensembles I have ever seen in one place …..  Honestly, what the hell were the starlets thinking at the VMAs??

I don’t even know where to start there are so many bad examples to show you!

Let’s begin with the “Teen Queens” Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus first shall we. Selena’s Atelier Versace, navy blue dress …. I’m sorry but this was just really disappointing! It’s as if she decided to vamp up her look and try something abit more risque and sexy however, this dress just looks wrong!  The folded down piece of fabric at the bust to expose a lacy bodice underneath just looks cheap to me.  Also, the way that the dress is stitched to look like pins are holding the seams together – well that’s new!  We haven’t seen that before in 1994 by Liz Hurley!!!  Come on Selena!!!  At least Liz had the boobs and sex appeal to pull this look off almost 20 years ago!!!And then we have Miley Cyrus in a yellow, rubber two piece …..

 Now I know it was a costume for on stage .. but talk about about tasteless!  I’ve been digging her punk look recently alot and I really loved the Dolce and Gabbana outfit which she arrived in at the VMAs and so wish she’d kept it on.  The cute, cropped top with cut off trousers and coloured embellishments is really fresh and young and PERFECT for the VMAs.  It just suits the occasion and her beautifully as this is not the type of event for a full length, formal gown.  Which brings me nicely onto my next victim, Rita Ora.

A 20ft train, seriously?  An assistant to carry the train, are you kidding me?  This choice of dress was completely wrong  for the VMAs.  She simply looked ridiculous.  Rita didn’t look chic, she didn’t look elegant, nor fashion forward or stylish.  Literally, she didn’t tick any boxes for me in this Alexandre Vauthier gown which had it been worn to the correct event with properly groomed hair and accessories would have looked fab on the red carpet.   Epic Fail I’m afraid.

I’m sure you’re wondering if there was anything that I liked at the VMAs this year after all this ranting!

 

Let’s turn our attention to potty mouthed Taylor Swift, who was brilliantly captured on camera dropping the F bomb as clear as day when Harry Styles was on stage, priceless!  She may have a dirty mouth, but when it comes to fashion, she got it right in a gorgeous Herve Leger, midnight blue dress.  Even though, this was full length to the floor, the fact that it was skin tight and so eye-wateringly low at the bust, made the style more current and added a fabulous sexiness to the look.  I loved her hair and her make up as well.  Just a word to the wise Taylor …. you should know better than anyone that the camera never lies so try being more discrete next time you want to slag off an ex!!!

Seriously Madonna, act your age!!

55 year old Madonna was snapped recently in Rome, sporting a gold grill when she visited her fitness studio chain, Hard Candy.

So what, you might say?  All the cool celebs seem to be wearing these lately!  And yes, I would totally agree with you, however, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Rhianna have all got one thing in common ….. they’re under 25 years of age!!!

I understand that Madonna is an icon.  Surely she can get away with anything?  She has started more fashion trends than enough which we still can see ignited in recent times for example fingerless gloves and also bralets (without cones however).  But honestly, at Madonna’s age surely she can come up with something better than this?

Cropped tops? How best to wear this style?

We are all desperately clinging onto the last few “official” weeks of Summer time in August.  So some of you ladies out there may finally have decided to try the cropped top trend that has been donned by both the young and the slightly more mature 30 year old woman on the red carpet of late.  However, be warned!!!  There is a danger where this look is concerned as if you tip slightly over the line, the style can look really cheap.

Take Rhianna for example ….. She was one of the first celebs to champion the cropped top look and has incorporated this trend into her collection for River Island, but even she has been on both sides of the coin whilst wearing this look. Rhianna chose to wear a stunning diamante cropped top with short sleeve which doesn’t show too much of the stomach or bust and simply paired this with fashionable denim.  This looks casual yet really stylish at the same time and makes me want to copy this look myself.  Then disaster strikes with another outfit …. First of all the outfit overall is just too revealing!  If wearing a cropped top DO NOT pair with shorts or a mini skirt, it just exposes way too much skin.  Because this style is all black as well, the overall look comes across as really cheap and tacky.

Other ladies who have got this trend bang on is Kimberley Walsh who paired a cropped top with tailored trousers, giving her an elegant and chic outfit with just a hint of sex appeal.  I also spotted Rooney Mara at a recent red carpet event and she has paired the shorter top with a simple pencil skirt.  Both of these ladies prove that by resisting the urge to “dare to bare” you can achieve a great look, that’s sexy but not trashy.

My advice would be this … if you want to try out this trend, pair a cropped top with a longer length trouser or skirt.

 

 

 

 

“Someone has just walked in … in the same dress as you!”

It’s every woman’s nightmare.  After hunting to find the perfect dress and accessories someone walks into the event 5 minutes after you in exactly the same outfit.  Disaster!!! That’s why I always suggest that Belle Dress Hire customers try to customise their evening looks by adding a piece of vintage, family jewelry which no one else would ever have.  Or dig out a shawl or fur wrap which an old aunt left for you in their will, dust the mothballs off and again you’ll have something unique.

Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard we try, this situation is at times simply unavoidable.

A friend of mine, recently attended a wedding in a random separate top, belt and skirt which she pulled together into an outfit.  No chance of someone turning up in the same thing, right???  WRONG!  Would you believe that another wedding guest had the exact same top and shoes on but a different skirt and belt yet in the same colours in an extremely similar style.  My friend found the whole thing amusing as there was simply nothing she could do, however, the other guest was not very happy at all and went home to change after the wedding ceremony.

Another situation which may occur is someone posts a photo on Facebook in the same dress/outfit that you posted yourself in a few months previous.  Not only does this girl look better in the dress than you, she got 50% more likes and comments than you did!!  This is something celebrities have to endure on a regular basis.  Take this example, Britney Spears wearing a royal blue Herve Leger dress and Beyonce wearing practically an identical dress (although they aren’t the same designer).

Even though the dresses are from two completely different designers they look exactly the same.  So….. “Who wore it better?”  For me, I think both choices of footwear are awful!!!!  But I like Britney’s more natural, tousled hairstyle than Beyonce’s.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare and plan in advance there may just be one occasion where another girl turns up in either the same outfit or something extremely similar.  So how do you react?  Either you have a hissy fit which makes you look ridiculous and petty OR you simply go up to the girl, have a good giggle and get a photo taken together.  Remember the scene with Miley Cyrus from Sex In The City ……