Keep it SIMPLE!!

I’m so so very sorry guys it’s been ages since I last posted, I’ve been caught up in the daily madness of my little girl who turns one tomorrow! She’s not a baby any more sadly and so I find myself with more “me” time, hence plenty of regular blog posts will be coming your way!

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the red carpet events of 2016 so far – Met Gala, Grammys, MMVAS, Tony Awards etc and have to say I feel an overall sense of disappointment in many of the celebrity fashion choices this year. But hey let’s focus on the good ones for this post and I’m going to talk about red carpet evening wear specifically as school formal season is approaching from September onwards ……

Often, when it comes to style, think the simpler the better! I give you Krysta Rodriguez and Bella Hadid at this year’s Tony Awards who display chic sophistication perfectly in their choice of strapless, clean line dresses in black and white. Don’t ever underestimate the power of this combination, especially if you team with a strong hair style and lip colour.

Belle Dress Hire has some stunningly, fabulous black and white dresses available for hire – see examples below.  So forget the dull pastels and predictable red gowns at your next event and strike a pose in some old school monochrome glamour instead!

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AMA disasters!

OMG!  It just makes me so CROSS when I see celebrities dressed this badly!  They don’t have to pay for their dresses, all the make up, tan and hair is done by their stylists which takes hours upon hours.  Jewellery, shoes and accessories are all generally free en gratis as well ……….. AND THEY STILL GET IT DISASTROUSLY WRONG.

I saw loads of pics from the AMA’s red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday and am genuinely shocked by the car crash fashion choices made.  I saw just three styles that I quite liked.  And I mean quite liked, they didn’t blow me away by any means but certainly in comparison to the rest of the dog’s dinner outfits beside them, they stood out for the right reasons.

Selena Gomez, kept it simple and classy and fuss free.  Loved her backless, black dress with sleeves which is perfect for this time of year (remember to think how cold it is outside right now).  Effortless, timeless and chic.  Fergie also got it right in another full length, black number with gold accessories.  Again this was age appropriate and flattering.  OK she won’t win any major style awards with this dress but it did fit her beautifully.

However, in comparison to J Lo, Heidi Klum, Zendaya, Rita Ora, Diane Agron ….. the list goes on and on of dress horrors …… you look pretty awesome.  Did they look in the mirror at ALL before leaving the house????

I have to say, my customers at Belle Dress Hire look significantly better in a rented gown with their own tan and make up applied as well as just a 30 minute hair appointment than these multi millionaires!  So disappointing.  If Joan Rivers were still here she’d rip them apart!

Evening Gown Envy!

Every now and again I get seriously green eyed when I see red carpet dresses that I think are amazing!

Unfortunately, without a mega budget, these styles will only be seen in my dreams, but hey I still love to imagine what I would look like wearing them!  After seeing this year’s Met Ball photos, I fell hard for some of the looks and I mean HARD!

…. Emma Stone and Blake Lively pulled out all the stops to impress hostess Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour, in gowns by Thakoon and Gucci Premi

And you have to admire the simply stunningly bold Oscar De La Renta dress worn by SJP.  Love or hate it you have to admit it makes a statement and gloriously celebrates fashion which is what the Met Ball is all about!

BIG time, serious dress envy when I saw Rosie Huntington Whiteley wear a jaw droppingly daring Balmain sort dress!  I WANT it

Aaahhhhh, I would die happy if I had Victoria Beckham’s dress hanging in my wardrobe.  You NEVER disappoint VB and I love the fact this is from her own collection with trademark full zip running the length of the dress at the back ..

And I have to admit I actually really like Chrissy Teigen’s dress by Ralph Lauren as well.  It wasn’t my absolute favourite of the night BUT I loved the collar detail.  I thought it was stunningly elegant and the silver grey colour did stand out from the crowd too

Back to daydreaming about these gorgeous gowns and the gorgeous women who wore them. Bloody lucky ducks!!!

 

Sheer Pants!

In advance of the 2014 Oscars ceremony and in honour of all the female Hollywood actresses that will be donning excessive pairs of Spanx at this year’s red carpet, I thought we should do a tribute to knickers.

I know I harp on and on about the importance of the correct underwear especially underneath evening wear but it’s also crucial to ensure your everyday undergarments come up to par as well.  For example wearing the wrong bra size or indeed shape can totally distort your bust under sweaters and t-shirts.  With the wrong cup size you risk giving yourself an extra boob or make the error of going for no underwire and your boobs could look like they are meeting at your waist!

The same goes for pants ladies and I’m talking about all styles – thongs, boy shorts, bikini, brazilian, French knicker, full brief …….. (who would’ve though there were so many types of bloody knickers!!!)  Wear them too small and you create dents at each side of your hip which then leads to that extra bit of let’s say …. “softness” being pushed up and that creates an unsightly bulge.  This ain’t pretty and also is extremely uncomfortable.

Remember most high street stores now offer either a low or high waisted option so be sensible!  If most of your trousers and jeans rest on your hip make sure you go for the low waisted pants, otherwise you’ll be showing your choice of underwear to everyone each time you bend over the trolley at the supermarket.  Otherwise known as the ‘Whale Tail’, here’s its actual definition according to Wikipedia ….

…….. Whale tail is the Y-shaped waistband of a thong or g-string when visible above the waistline of low-rise jeans, shorts, or a skirt that resembles a whale’s tail. Intentionally or unintentionally, a whale tail is exposed above the trousers mostly when sitting or bending, or even while standing. The frequency or occasion depends on the style of trousers, the style of underwear, and the way they are worn ……..

If you saw someone’s underwear showing in Tesco’s, would you tell them??????

 

 

 

Even more too good to be true than you thought?

We are not stupid, we know that celebs are airbrushed within an inch of their lives for magazine interviews, advertising campaigns etc etc  It’s common knowledge.  However, did you know that some looks actually require months of planning and can involve a team of up to 30 people???????????  Stylists, beauticians, hairdressers, dieticians, plastic surgeons ….. the list goes on and on.  Just imagine how God dam fantastic YOU would look with a quarter of these experts working on making you camera ready!

Interested in a mini eye/brow lift?  Then look no further and book an appointment with Alterna Haircare because they sew a patch of lace into tight pin-curls using nylon curls, which helps lift the brows and smooth wrinkles around the eyes.  ‘Then we top it with a $7,000 wig and no one knows our little secret!’ says Global Creative Director at Alterna, Michael Shaun Corby.

Think tape is only used for DIY purposes?  Think again!!  Double-stick tape is a stylist’s No. 1 tool which helps disguise panty lines in a very revealing dress and is even used to tighten skin on certain areas of the body!  Who knew!

Another wince at the sound of it procedure that I believe is very popular before red carpet events is to have Botox injected ……. into the forehead I hear you say!  Well yes, but also into the armpits to reduce sweating and even EEK into the soles of the feet to alleviate pain from those Jimmy Choos.

As I said at the very beginning, we are not fooled easily and can recognise a photoshopped pure white eyeball when we see one, but for some reason unknown to man, we still try to emulate these “fake and unachievable” looks! We still beat ourselves up that we’re not a size zero.  We still continue to stuff our bodies into spanx, boobs into wonder bras and feet into sky scrapper heels just look slimmer, bustier and taller.  All in the hope of achieving that “photoshopped look” which is unrealistic and doesn’t exist!

Why oh why do we torture ourselves.  When will we begin to love ourselves for the wonderful women that we are?  Sure, of course we can admire from afar when we see beauty but leave it at that and not begin to compare and contrasts thigh gaps, ‘ribbage’ (when ribs can be seen through the skin, apparently!) and any more of these bizarre, obscene and ridiculous phrases being used at the moment.

Love yourself.  If you don’t, how can you expect someone else to love you?

These Belle Dress Hire customers prove that you don’t need a squad of professionals working on you day and night!  All you need is an awesome dress and a lick of tan to look absolutely stunning …

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Black is Best at the Baftas …

I know the Brits were much more recent, but I just refuse to post about this event as I find it total cringe TV.  All I will say is that I loved Rita Ora’s canary yellow dress and leave it at that.

Anyway, onto bigger and better things, such as …… the Baftas!  I know I have commented a number of times in January that classic black seemed a very popular choice for celebs and I have to say the trend is continuing if we look at Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Amy Adams ..

I think these ladies look absolutely stunning!  I LOVE all of their looks.  I’m sorry but there is no getting away from the fact that BLACK IS THEE MOST FLATTERING COLOUR ON THE FIGURE.  Yes it can be harsh on the skin which is why I also recommend navy to my customers at Belle Dress Hire, but if the fit is perfect, black will make you look slimmer than any other colour.  Besides it looks AMAZING with a strong red lip so that can be your colour comfort.

However, those on the red carpet of the Baftas that decided to go with a colour, really did make an impact!  Some in a good way, others were I’m sorry to say, a total disaster!

Looking at the positive …… Lupita Nyong’o continues to make fashion statements in a stunning shade of emerald green which complimented her skin tone to absolute perfection.

And I just have to put a mention in for Oprah Winfrey who looked fabulous in a rich plum coloured dress which really suited her shape.  She is dressing SO well at the moment, go Oprah!

Then the negative, or should I say TRAGIC!  Fearne Cotton, Lily Allen and Claudia Winkleman WTF were you thinking???????????????  This goes beyond making bad fashion choices, their looks can only be branded as ridiculous.

By the way, just a word of advice for you Claudia, if you make a total arse of yourself in front of the world’s media on the red carpet with streaky black liner, TRY TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.  We kind of felt sorry for you the first time, but now, I’m sorry I’m just going to be harsh, we pity you.

 

 

 

 

Glamour at the Grammys ….

….. Well sort of.  Deeply disappointed by the lack of imagination, creative styling and fashion forward designs at the 2014 Grammys.  This event is always know as the “little bit crazy red carpet event.”  In other words, it’s that one big showbiz event when stars can throw caution to the wind and wear something really different and unique.  Remember Fergie in that vivid orange lace dress with black underwear?

Ok, it may not be your cup of tea but she was going against typical fashion rules in showing her undies and the fact that she chose solid black underwear as well made an additional statement.  Fergie took advantage of the fun side of the Grammys with this look

How I wish some of her peers had also had this idea at the weekend

Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce.  Now I haven’t seen the footage myself but I hear you put on quite a risqué show??!!  That aside.  What the hell????

The hair is SSSSOOOOOO horrendously bad.  There are no words.  AND also, haven’t we seen this dress on multiple stars, in different colours, in sightly different textures of lace about 5 million times over the past good few years????  Come on, this is the most imaginative you could come up with??  Haven’t we seen this on Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rhianna, oh and even yourself only at a different event in black???!!!!!!  Seriously, so disappointe

I can’t believe I am actually typing this, but you have to check out Paris Hilton!!!!!  Now THIS is a “Grammys” dress.  I’m still in shock that she got this so right.  It fits her perfectly and I love how she has styled the whole look from accessories to hair. Have to also give her credit cos the girl knows how to work a dress!

Have to also say I’m a big fan of updos with evening dresses, so I loved Katy Perry’s hair.  If you have an event coming up consider her look because it will look immaculate the entire night as with enough hair spray and pins it won’t move

I’m still making my way through pics from the night and if anything else jumps out at me I’ll be sure to write another blog but I mean, nothing has stood out at all.  Yes, Taylor Swift looked beautiful, but it was safe.  Stunning absolutely yes she was, but boring so will keep looking for superstar fashion today from the Grammys and will keep you all posted!

 

The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly at 2014 SAG Awards …

I’m not going to write a long post about the fashion shortcomings of the stars once again at yet another disappointing red carpet event.  Instead, I will simply focus on those that were good, those that were kinda in between and those that were a fashion crime in my book.

Let’s look at the good and believe me there really weren’t that many ….

Golden Girl of the moment, Lupita Nyong’d – this girl can dress!!  Amazing choice of colour on her skin tone.  Love she went monochrome like the red cape dress at the Golden Globes, perhaps this will become her signature??  This girl is a novice when it comes to red carpets but she is absolutely leading the way in my book!

Amy Adams – a major miss at the Golden Globes I felt when she removed her cape ….. I’m not a great fan of her style normally BUT I really do like this dress on her.  I think it’s the cobalt blue against her hair colouring and skin tone which is really striking

Julie Bowen from Modern Family is a definite hit in her gorgeous gown.  Love the asymmetrical print with clashing orange top.  It’s fits her perfectly and really shows off her figure as well.

Oprah Winfrey – you gotta love Oprah!!  She looks great in the deep purple, fitted dress.  Oprah has curves so this really hugs her body in all the right places.  Loved her hair as well.

Now for the In Betweeners ….

Cate Blanchett – loved the top of this dress when she stood at the podium on stage, but a full length photo doesn’t look great.  Love the colour on her and the neckline is very elegant but the dress just doesn’t fit very well at the waist hence, dare I say it, making her look wide at the hip????

Giuliana Rancic – Darling of Fashion Police on E! is neither a hit nor a miss in this dress.  Yes it’s a lovely neckline and the deep rich purple reminds me of Cadburys, but it’s all a bit blah.  Do you know what I mean?  Just a bit eh.  Blah. Not memorable in the slightest and won’t be making any headlines.  Hated the hair and those “snail” ear rings

Sofia Vegara – My usual favourite as I love how she dresses her body!  But what has happened?  Where are Sofia’s curves??  Where’s the gorgeous hourglass shape we know and adore?

Now onto the BAD …….. Kerry, Julia, Sandra, Michelle and Emma …… You guys are KILLING me right now!

Kerry Washington – once the fashion darling of 2013.  What the hell?  Are your pregnancy hormones destroying your taste?  I just can’t comprehend who would’ve thought you looked good?  Please ditch the stylist.

Sandra Bullock – I am so deeply disappointed that for the second time in the last fortnight you have let me down in the style stakes.  This looked like you are advertising the latest Quality Street sweetie.  And note to Sandra … the green Quality Street are always left at the end.

Julia Roberts – Once a sex siren, once an onscreen goddess but now a mother and a wife yes I get that things have changed over the years BUT I HATED this colour on her and I HATED the fact that it’s a jumpsuit and not even a cute one at that.  It just looks as if she hasn’t made an effort at all with this.

Michelle Dockery – for the love of god can you please pull your shoulders back when posing for a photo!  Surely she would know the important of good posture in a photo??? Her slumped pose make her breasts look like they are at her waist and I hate the match match shoes.  Plus is it just me or does she look bloody miserable??

Emma Thompson – Are you going through a late mid life crisis???  First of all you embarrass the hell out of your daughter by being drunk on stage at the Golden Globes and then you decide to don an awful looking dress which actually looked fine at the top but then went into a weird, slashed bottom with ankle hem AND quite simply the worst footwear I have EVER seen on the red carpet.  You should be ashamed, your bunions couldn’t be THAT BAD!!!!!!

COME ON LADIES!  Step it up a gear!!!  My 17 and 18 year old school formal customers could give you a run for your money in their Belle dresses!!!!

Just saw the Golden Globes red carpet ….. Seriously WTF????

OMG, I cannot believe just how disappointed I am in this year’s Golden Globe gowns.

These women can wear anything they want, budget is not an issue, they have bodies to die for …..  And seriously THIS is what they come up with?????  Zoe Saldana, I normally LOVE your style but …. ridiculous.

I’m going to look at a few more really bad ones.  This red carpet seemed to be all about colour which I love because after the bleak winter blues it’s fun to start the year with some fresh colour to reignite the senses …. however, I would say that these dresses were colour clashes gone horribly wrong!  Should have stuck to black Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Laurence, Amy Adams ….. And honestly Reese Witherspoon, is that the most imaginative style your team could come up with????

And whilst we’re on the subject of colour, when you have your own personal GLAM SQUAD that spend probably about 6-8 hours doing your hair and make up for an event such as this, wouldn’t you make sure that it looks like you have lips in photos????!!!!!!  A nude lip might be nice up close but in photos, both Heidi Klum and Naomi Watts look totally washed out.  That’s a tip for all you girls attending school formals soon, make sure to add a touch of colour to the lips for photos, it really makes a huge difference!  Especially if you have blonde hair and pale skin like Naomi …

I’m going to start trawling through more photos at the Golden Globes to TRY and find some Hollywood stars that actually looked decent on the red carpet yesterday.  WARNING: this may take a while.

Fancy wearing Edith Bowman’s red carpet dress?

You should check out 39 year old Edith Bowman on the red carpet of the Scottish BAFTA’s which was held at the weekend …

Edith’s style has changed over the years and I was glad to see her looking so effortlessly stylish as we’re normally used to seeing her in very grungy, hippy Festival clothes.  However, her dress needed tailored at the hemline as it’s far too long!  I hope Edith didn’t venture too close to puddles!

Belle Dress Hire has a very similar dress to this available for hire at just £70.  This style with sheer full length sleeves is also a midnight blue/navy colour and made with a very similar silk chiffon fabric which hangs beautifully on the body and feels really luxurious and soft on the skin.

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Edith’s dress was made by Russian designer Vilshenko and I’m sure came with a hefty price tag, so go on and spoil yourself for Christmas and hire this gorgeous gown at just £70 from Belle Dress Hire!