WOW!! Check out Anne Hathaway!!

My God, what a transformation!!  Anne Hathaway has been criticised for her “boring” fashion choices of late.  She also has been absolutely annihilated on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as the US press for her “over the top” speeches and antics which has not gone down favourably with the general public.  In fact, people have said some really cruel things about Anne and apparently she had taken them very much to heart and found it difficult to cope or understand the barrage of hatred towards her.

So ……. did she have a total rethink about her image and how she is portrayed when she chose this daring, sheer, black dress at the Met Gala and fabulous platinum hair????  She looks absolutely amazing and surely should get collective praise from the fashion crown for her outfit!  Come on Joan Rivers and hosts at Fashion Police …. you have to say something nice!


The Saturdays on Fashion Police …

Even though it is freezing cold and miserable in Belfast today, I got a little warmth in my heart when I saw Joan Rivers interview The Saturdays on Fashion Police.  The girls came across so down to earth and unaffected.  Very different to the stereo typical American pop star.  I also loved the fact that they weren’t “matchy matchy” in their outfits unlike many girl bands out there.  They all seemed to have an individual and effortless “not trying too hard” style which was definitely helped by a California tan!  It may be a little too early to slap on a full body tan but a little “healthy glow” with your polo neck jumper will help!

Jessica Alba: Get a similiar look at belle dress hire …

Jessica Alba wore a stunning dress to the first baby2baby gala in California in early November. Even though parts of America have considerably warmer weather than us, she rocked a beautiful short sleeve, tulle gown. I had to agree with Joan Rivers and the gang on Fashion Police that the dress did need shortened at the bottom but apart from that, this dress is simply gorgeous!

belle dress hire has a fabulous tulle capped sleeve dress available for hire. Although the style of this dress is completely different in terms of the fabric and shape, the top of the dress is exactly the same as Jessica’s. It’s probably hard to see in this photo, but the top of this dress is completely made from nude/gold tulle, with a short sleeve. So elegant, so chic and definitely red carpet worthy ….

What do Joan Rivers, Olivia Palermo and Rachel Zoe all have in common?

……………… their love of costume jewellery!!  Joan has her own collection and thriving business which she showcases on Fashion Police every week. If you can think back to The Hills series, you’ll remember that Olivia got the job with Elle magazine within the Accessories Department! Rachel is on a whole different level with a collection of jewellery which boasts vintage chanel.

I don’t for one minute think we can all rush out and start building up a collection of Chanel or Dior pieces from the 30s BUT going to antique fairs and also auctions may be a good starting off point to pick up some one off pieces.

Remember you are looking for statement pieces of jewellery.  Think ornate, coloured stones ….. and most importantly you must love the piece itself.  This is the biggest part of building up a collection as there will come a time when you have to pass onto a friend or family member and wouldn’t it be lovely if you had a story to tell about each piece?  The beauty of strong, statement pieces of jewellery means that you can bring the simpliest of white t-shirt or black cardi to life!  If your jewellery “looks” expensive then you will look expensive.

A good tip to also bear in mind is never to buy a piece of jewellery to go with a particular outfit.  The jewellery must be the statement, therefore, you pick this first and then build the outfit around it.  This means that you won’t associate the piece of jewellery with just one outfit and will get more wear out of it.

Also raid your mother and grandmother’s closets.  They are bound to be coming down with costume jewellery which they probably forgot about and haven’t worn in years.

Happy costume jewellery shopping!!!

We end with a bang …. a bad one!

This is my last post on this week’s episode of Fashion Police!  Again the panel’s choice for worst dressed was bang on in my opinion. Keira Knightly looked horrendous. I know we are so jealous of celebrities, especially of girls like Keira who are so slim with beautiful faces that they could wear anything and look good, right? Not the case this week in her embroidered Valentino gown. Is this really the best dress that she could’ve picked? Come on, she has designers clambering over themselves to dress her and this is what she chose? Quoting Joan and the team, this dress looked like something “you’d find floating in the toilet after eating pimento.” Not only was the colour dead on her pale skin, but she looked miserable waering it! God I thought Victoria Beckham looks in the depths of depression most of the time but Keira was on a whole new level in this dress. I do have to agree with Kelly in that this was a beautiful dress, as the embroidery was very intricate but because Keira had gone with a nude lip rather than a youthful, brighter lipstick, it looked dead from head to toe. Keira beat Britney Spears who wore an ill fitting “trailer park top”, ugg boots and daisy duke shorts to be worst dressed this week which kinda says it all really.

You gotta love Kylie!

Day two of my Fashion Police Blog …. we look at this week’s guest, Kylie Minogue. This girl just doesn’t seem to age! I know we have read in the press that she’s a fan of Botox but regardless of your opinion on extreme treatments such as Botox, you have to admit she looks amazing! I think Kylie handled the whole “sloppy seconds to Halle Berry” comment when Joan referred to Kylie’s ex, Olivier Martinez, very well. You could tell she so wanted to say more but in typical Kylie fashion, she refrained and was very gracious. Politeness aside, she looked youthful in a very simple black dress and a darker blonde in her hair. Looking different again to the night in Cannes when she shone in a sequin dress (I posted about this last week) but still rocking those amazing gold spike louboutins! Proving quality footwear can bring even the simpliest black dress alive. Not all of us can afford Louboutins I know, but if you also take the example of Eva Longoria who the panel looked at this week as well, she rocked a pair of statement shoes in fuchsia. So don’t keep that pair of shoes you paid a small fortune for in their box, wear them! Get the best out of them and enjoy how good they make you feel. As Toni Collette says in the film In her shoes – “Clothes never look any good, food just makes me fatter but shoes …. always fit.”

Summer Sorbet

According to Joan Rivers and the team at Fashion Police at E!, sorbet colours will be all the rage for Spring/Summer.

At Belle Dress Hire we have some of the most gorgeous colours available for hire.  Think sugary rose pink, tantalising tangerine, icy white ….. basically the dresses are as delicious as they sound!

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