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Best of the Golden Globes 2017

The Golden Globes kicked off Awards Season last night and with some awesome nominations, the red carpet was awash with talent.  The Globes is usually a pretty good barometer for how fashion and couture week trends translate on the red carpet but this year, the fashion was decidedly underwhelming and, well, just a bit meh.

Amongst the metres and metres of unnecessary draping, there were however a few gems to be found and as usual, it was the risk takers who were on point.

Here are my best dressed gals at the 2017 Golden Globes and a couple who should have maybe stayed home that night…..

1. RUTH NEGGA in metallic Louis Vuitton.  Shunning the drape for a metallic column dress with corset detailing, NEGGA was a futuristic dream on the red carpet & that Gemfields x Fred Leighton cuff finished the outfit off to perfection.

2. MANDY MOORE showcased a caped Grecian style dress by Naeem Khan & looked every inch the screen siren.

3. KRISTEN BELL in Jenny Packham.  From that on trend icy blonde bob, to the modern lines of her Jenny Packham gown.  Dax + Kristen = Red carpret couple goals.

4. BLAKE LIVELY in Atelier Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery.  Uh-mazing.  Lively can veer into the boring end of the spectrum during awards season but this dress, handpicked by Donatella herself, is something else.  Extra points for stepping out of your comfort zone Blake.

5. GINA RODRIGUEZ wore white Naeem Khan and Chopard jewellery and stayed just the right side of bridal by teaming it with an ultra modern beauty look & plunging neckline.  Kudos Jane, Alba would be proud.

6. KRISTEN WIIG in Reem Acra.  Wiig’s choices are bolder with each award ceremony and it looks like she’s found her groove with this one.  Top marks for sporting THE hairstyle for Ss17 ahead of the curve.

7. EMILY RATAJKOWSKI chose sunset yellow Reem Acra and topped it off with accessories from H. Stern.  She’s definitely not one of my favourite people but a great outfit deserves a mention.

8. EVAN RACHEL WOOD in Altazurra.  Asked about her outfit choice and why she wasn’t wearing a dress, Wood said “I’ve worn a dress every single time and I love dresses.  I’m not trying to protest dresses but I wanted to make sure young girls and women know that it’s not a requirement.”  Slay. 🖤

My top pick from the afterparty was an easy one with no competition at all, one dress, and one only deserved its own VIP area complete with fluffers.  Voyeurs, feast your eyes on Diane Kruger….

In this 70’s disco Nina Ricci high necked dress and Charlotte Olympia accessories, Kruger sported one of her best ever looks at the InStyle Golden Globes afterparty.  Looking to recreate this look on the high street?  Keep your eyes peeled for my runway to high street feature coming soon.

Special mention to Sarah Jessica Parker for her nod to the late Carrie Fisher with these Mexican braids.  Ignore the dress, apart from it being freaking cray, it’s way too bridal for an awards ceremony…

Lastly, two people who should have just stayed in bed.  Step forward Felicity Jones in baby pink Gucci.  It’s not the dress that’s the problem here – put this on Sienna Miller or Florence Welsh and it’s a dream come true but the cutesy bangs and the girly makeup push this look into toilet roll cover territory.  Not cool.

I’ve saved the best for last, Krrueche Tran wearing everything that’s appalling about fashion in one outfit and looking like she’d wandered in to a gas station asking for directions to prom.  Fuschia pink, check. Satin, check, ruching, check.  Put a drawstring around it and you’ve got a hideous Venetian blind.  I can’t even, nor should I have to.

Want to try to re relate these looks with the best options from the highstreet?  Look out for my post on red carpet dressing, or shoot me an email for personal styling suggestions.  If you’re looking to recreate this fuschia pink disaster then strike me off your friends list and head to Hillary’s Blinds.  I don’t need that kind of crap in my life.

Laters.

Pixie xo

SJP vs The Blogosphere: Wins All Round

The Met Gala 2016 – you’re familiar with this year’s crop, the mass of silver and metallic gowns on the red carpet and most likely the worst of the bunch will be stuck firmly in your head for the next few days at least.

Obvs, worst of the bunch was undoubtedly Taylor Swift, you know this well enough by now and luckily for me, most of you seem to agree.  However, what defines a ‘miss’ in the fashion stakes?  For me it’s someone who missed the theme by a mile, failed to adhere to it at all, or completely misinterpreted it altogether, for others it’s a hot mess.  We’ve all got our own rules.

One celeb who just wasn’t having it was Sarah Jessica Parker.  Parker arrived on the night bucking the trend for metallics for an off-white Monse ensemble that was a huge contrast amongst the sea of silver robots on the red carpet.

Twitter blew up with comments criticising SJP’s choice of outfit for not fitting the Manus x Machina theme, even I jumped on that wagon and rode it suggesting that this outfit might be more fitting for a Pirates of the Caribbean themed party and she’s undoubtedly one of my favourite red carpet dressers – however I stand by it, this outfit just didn’t do it for me.

For everyone saying that SJP was irritated, or that she lost her shit at someone’s comment, this is just a simple case of someone in the public eye, defending and explaining their choice, something SJP has every right to do, and she did it with aplomb….

Blogger, Ivy Marshall, posted on Instagram: “The 2016 Met Gala Theme was “Manus X Machina; Fashion in the age of technology and this trio didnt get the memo @sarahjessicaparker@dvf @madonna.” and within minutes, and in fact the second comment on the post, she received this from SJP

“Got the memo. Always welcome thoughts but I’m a stickler for the theme and pay close attention to what it means. Every year with great consideration, research and conviction. The understanding of man and machine, how they intersect, when and why is what we considered. Perhaps you weren’t aware of the technology used in the details and embellishments of the design. Or perhaps you simply didn’t like what I wore which is completely fine but you can’t accuse me of not paying close attention and adhering to the theme. With respect and warmest regards, sj”

Scathing, but sweet, the perfect blend of response.  In a further response to the backlash over her choice of outfit, SJP penned a piece for T Magazine in which she explained the ‘technology’ referred to in her Insta-comment:

“My team takes the theme so seriously each year — and I don’t think we’d do it any other way, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology” challenged me, we didn’t want to simply apply lights and actual, physical technology on me. We didn’t want it to be about the electronic screen or something that could turn on and off. We wanted it to be about the technology of thought, of application, of fabrication.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 20.56.01Game, set, match – SJP.

Like a savvy little Blogger, Ivy Marshall responded with a simple “2016 might not have been her best look and yes I still think she was out of place!!!” and links to her blog natch. Shrewd move Ivy.  I like it.  After all, there’s nothing like a scuffle with a celebrity, or a superheater to boost your social media following.  Cue winky face emoji, high-5 hands and fist bump

Pixie x

Giles Says Bonjour to Paris

As LCM draws to a close and Paris Couture Week begins, Fashion Bloggers and Editors alike feel a flurry of excitement at the prospect of what’s to come.  Couture week usually brings with it a bombshell; some kind of shock announcement that leaves the fashion world reeling and this season is no different.  Last year Jean-Paul Gaultier announced he would be halting his Ready To Wear line to concentrate on what he does best – Haute Couture; and this year is the turn of Brit Giles Deacon to announce the very same intention.

“We want to focus on what we do well, and maximise the success of the red carpet and private client work we’ve been doing over the past four years. We want to be the go-to business for super special daywear and eveningwear, to focus on what we are known for, and what our customers want from us,” – Giles Deacon

With Couture, the process harks back to the early days of Fashion Week when collections were shown months in advance of production allowing time for orders and bespoke creations however with the fast pace of fashion today, this is no longer the case.  With many celebri-guests arriving at Fashion Week runway shows wearing the collection before it’s even been shown, there’s a demand that now outstrips supply.  Case in point: the monogrammed Burberry poncho.

With Insta-fashion now dictating microtrends in between seasons, it’s hard for designers to create a collection shown only twice per year covering two seasons and so Couture is a natural choice for designers who want to get back to their roots, to the real reason they joined this business, for the fashion and the beautiful, beautiful couture.

Couture is where the big bucks are but it’s not quite as simple as knocking up a garment and banking the profits, there are a lot of hoops to jump through to become a certified couturier.  If you fit the requirements, then it’s a hugely profitable place to be, with a lot of potential repeat business.

Couture is something Giles does well, with his signature dark gothic glamour, you can spot a Giles creation on a red carpet at 100 paces for it’s dramatic flair and shock value.  Wearing Giles’ couture guarantees column inches in the worlds fashion press and as we know, in fashion, that’s never a bad thing.  A favourite of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, it takes a certain calibre of client to wear Giles’ couture.

Giles’ couture collection will retail between £3,000 and £5,000 for a bespoke creation and £50,000 to £70,000 for red-carpet couture – not bad work if you can get it, right?

So dear Voyeurs, hang on to your Giles Deacon RTW creations, I have my favourite gothic victoriana blouse from FW15 which just got elevated to prized possession status.

Pixie x