February 25, 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15 | DAY 1 LOOK

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I just found these pictures of my Day 1 look for LFW and thought I'd quickly share them with you.
I was wearing a jumpsuit by my fave Kelly Love and Zara heels. More LFW coverage will come soon x

February 22, 2015

OSCARS 2015 | PREDICTIONS - DRESSES & WINNERS

This sure is an exciting weekend for me - London Fashion Week and the Oscars - almost too good to be true. I've been preparing for the Oscar night ever since the nominees were announced in January and watched, researched and analysed all the nominated films as I do every year. In this post I would like to share the dresses I would like to see all ten nominated actresses in, as well as my suggestions of who I want to win, and predicitons of who I think will win in the 6 big categories.

THE DRESSES

Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night 
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In my opinion, Cotillard looks her best in dark, edgy dresses which is why I believe that these two, by Valentina and Alexis Mabille, would be perfect choices for her.

Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl 
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Whereas I wasn't the biggest fan of the fit of Rosamund Pike's Golden Globes dress, it showed how good she looks in white, which is why I chose this amazing Atelier Versace gown for her. Another dress I reckon would be a good choice for her is the gorgeous blue halter neck dress by Zac Posen.

Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
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Her previous red carpet appearances have shown that Jones loves her structured plain gowns, which is why I thought of her immediately when I saw these two Alexis Mabille numbers. The emerald one would be the safer choice, but can you imagine how incredible she would look in the red cape dress? I would love to see that happening.

Reese Witherspoon - Wild
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I liked the dress Reese Witherspoon wore in 2006 when she won her first Oscar, and this Elie Saab dress (right) looks like the 2015 version of it to me, so I believe it would be a great choice for her. The blue Carolina Herrera gives me Legally Blonde vibes and Reese loves her colours, so another suitable dress for her.

Julianne Moore - Still Alice
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Moore looks stunning in everything, but I especially love when she wears sparkly dresses in light hues. These two Elie Saab and Monique Lhuillier numbers would definitely be worthy Oscar winner dresses.

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
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In previous award shows, Arquette has opted for very simple, yet sweeping gowns, but I'd like to see her in something a bit more edgy like this blouse and skirt Badgley Mischka combo or, my personal fave, the Jean-Paul Gaultier jumpsuit and cape, which I reckon she would look incredible in! 

 Emma Stone - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
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Emma Stones Golden Globe look was so perfect that I never want to see her in anything but jumpsuits again and if anyone could pull off these eye-catching Alexandre Vauthier and Versace pieces it would be her. Perhaps slightly altered and glamorized though. 

 Laura Dern - Wild
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  Laura Dern loves a good sparkly dress and the antrazite Elie Saab gown would fit in perfectly into the gallery of her previous red carpet looks. Another dress she would definitely look good in is the black Oscar de la Renta dress on the right.

Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
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  I just love it when Meryl Streep wears extravagant, and even slightly ridiculous looks, if anyone can - it's her. The sparkly Elie Saab two piece would be just that and I think she would pull it off so well. The Alexandre Vauthier slit dress is very Meryl and would be the safer option - minus that belt though.
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
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I reckon these two dresses by Oscar de la Renta and Zuhair Murad would be absolutely ideal for Keira Knightley. She often goes for dresses with sheer elements, both colours would suit her so well and the wide skirts would be great for her baby bump. She would look so stunning in either of the options.

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Five undoubtedly great performances from these leading ladies, but one undeniably stands out for me: Julianne Moore in Still Alice. The way she captured the slow and rare early-onset altsheimers disease was outstanding and deeply moving. Moore is one of my all time favourite actresses because I admire the way she manages to shine in both blockbuster, as well as independent films and this has to be her best performance to date - although there have been many great ones which have lead to five Oscar nominations BUT no win yet. This has to be her year, and I would be very surprised if she isn't the one taking the gold statue home tonight. In that unlikely case, though, I think Reese Witherspoon is her most serious contender. 

PICK: JULIANNE MOORE | PREDICTION: JULIANNE MOORE

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

In my opinion, this is definitely the strongest list of nominees for an actor in a leading role in a while. All five nominated actors - Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch - gave outstanding performances. They would definitely all deserve an Oscar, but we all know there can only be one winner - Eddie Redmayne. The way he portrays Steven Hawkings in The Theory of Everything is mesmerizing from start to finish, especially considering how difficult it must have been to realistically capture his severe illness. According to most predictions, Michael Keaton might just be the one to beat him, but knowing the Academy, I don't believe that this is going to happen. However, if I go by which performance touched me the most - I would give the Oscar to Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, this might be slightly influenced by the fact that I am a Cumberbitch, but his portrayal of Alan Turing in the Imitation Game made me cry and I rarely ever cry at films, so it must mean something. Even though I know Redmayne really deserves this Oscar, so does Cumberbatch and although my head says Redmayne, my heart says Cumberbatch.

 PICK: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH | PREDICTION: EDDIE REDMAYNE

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

 It seems as though, judging upon the previous award shows this season and overall predictions, that most of the winners aren't going to be a huge surprise. In this category the award is  pretty much already saved for Patricia Arquette, who plays a struggling single mom in Boyhood. Boyhood is such a special film as it was filmed over the course of 12 years and the entire cast deserves all the recognition it is receiving. However, my favourite performance by an actress in a supporting role this year came from Emma Stone in Birdman.

 PICK: EMMA STONE | PREDICTION: PATRICIA ARQUETTE

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

And here comes another winner that is almost certain - J.K. Simmons. Anyone who has seen Whiplash will agree. Watching the film I actually felt deeply intimidated and scared by the musical instructor he plays and any actor who can trigger real life emotions must be doing something right. I was blown away by his performance. In my opinion, all other actors nominated in this category, however great, don't stand much of a chance.

PICK: J.K. SIMMONS | PREDICTION: J.K. SIMMONS

 DIRECTING

The directing Oscar will probably be a tight victory for either Alejandro G. Iñárritu or Richard Linklater - Linklater because of his endurance and passion to complete such an unpredictable project as Boyhood in such a beautiful way, and Iñárritu for the incredible, fantastic and dazzling world he creates in Birdman, a film with so many complex layers and facets. I have to appreciate their work, even though Wes Anderson, who is definitely one of my all time favourite directors, is nominated in the same category. I have so much love for the Grand Budapest Hotel and I'd be thrilled to see Anderson win, however my pick this year has to be Iñárritu. 

PICK: ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU | PREDICTION: RICHARD LINKLATER

BEST PICTURE 

As probably always, this category is the most difficult one to predict. Even though Boyhood seems to be the common prediction and is arguably the most deserving and likely film to win due to its unusually long and experimental production, I don't think a victory is entirely certain. I wouldn't be surprised to see Birdman, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game or even Whiplash win the big prize tonight. Anything else would definitely surprise me more, but nothing is impossible. Personally, I can't decide between The Imitation Game and Whiplash, again judging upon what touched me the most. The only films I wouldn't agree with winning would have to be Selma and American Sniper as I thought they were undeniably good, but not outstanding compared to the other five pictures.

PICK: THE IMITATION GAME OR WHIPLASH | PREDICTION: BOYHOOD

Just a few hours separate us from the big reveal and I am equally nervous and excited. Even though most categories seem predictable, you never know what is going to happen and I do love a good surprise. I would also love to hear what you think about this years nominees: who should and shouldn't win?
 Anyways, what is left to say now apart from: ENJOY THE SHOW! I certainly will. 

February 12, 2015

HÔTEL A LA VILLA MADAME | PARIS HOTEL REVIEW

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Located directly in the heart of Paris, in the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés near the Jardin du Luxembourg, staying at the 4 star Hôtel A la Villa Madame is a truly special experience. With its narrow hallways, the cutest tiny lift and cosy rooms with a huge comfy bed it was definitely the most homely hotel I've ever stayed at. This homely-ness was enhanced even further by little extras such as book shelves, Hermès toiletries, your own coffee machine and the cutest photobooth and winter wonderland decorations in the secret garden. And, of course, my personal highlight was that you could choose whether you would like to have breakfast in the restaurant or have it delivered to your room - there's only very few things I love more than breakfast in bed so I was a happy girl. I felt so secure staying there and it's definitely more than just a place to sleep, but an autenthic Parisian experience.
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As you can tell by the pictures, the area is just about as parisian as it gets, and there are loads of cute cafés, patisseries and shops in the surrounding streets. So if you're looking for a true Paris feeling Villa Madame is the hotel for you.

February 4, 2015

PARIS PHOTO DIARY 1

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As you might have seen on my instagram, my sister and I went on a spontaneous trip to Paris last weekend. Needless to say it was amazing. I have two photodiaries, as well as two hotel reviews coming your way, so be prepared to go on an imaginative journey to France in the next couple of days.
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January 28, 2015

TOPSHOP SPRING 2015

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I don't know about you, but I am SO ready for spring and even more so now that the spring collections are being released. A highlight for me so far is definitely Topshop's spring 2015 collection which I discovered on Marie Claire this morning. Attending the SS15 Topshop Unique show at LFW in September already gave me a glimpse of what it might look like and I'm very happy to see that they went with a similar look for the affordable main line as well. I think we can now move on from the 90s obsession (that's so 2014, duh) and celebrate the beauty of the 70s. I mean who doesn't want to look like Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, Joni Mitchell, Jane Birkin or Bianca Jagger? I certainly do.
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These are some items I already have my eye on.
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January 19, 2015

LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN | AW15

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I find Menswear Fashion Week truly fascinating, not ONLY because of the hot male models, but because it often predicts what the upcoming Womenswear collections might look like. Sadly I had to miss out on LCM once again, because I locked myself into my flat for five days to focus on writing my dissertation. However, I couldn't resist browsing countless websites, looking at backstage images and reading about the collections.  I thought this season was especially interesting and innovative, so I came up with a selection of my favourite pictures, looks, models and collections to share with you. I know you will enjoy this.  
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1. Burberry Prorsum 2. Christopher Shannon 3. Topman Design 4 & 5. Kit Neale 6. Xander Zhou 7. Christopher Shannon 8. Richard James 9. Christopher Shannon 10. Burberry Prorsum 11. Agi & Sam 12. Christopher Shannon 13. Agi & Sam 14 & 15. Xander Zhou 16. Tom Ford 17. Xander Zhou 18. Topman Design 19. Xander Zhou 20. Topman Design 21. Tom Ford 22. Pringle of Scotland 23. Alexander McQueen 24. Matthew Miller 25. James Long 26. Christopher Shannon 27. Burberry Prorsum 28. Agi & Sam

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