Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘celebs’

Windsor Castle Charity Dinner

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

It is his wife the Duchess of Cambridge who is a keen follower of fashion, but last night Prince William found himself surrounded by some of the most stylish names around as he hosted a gala dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden Hospital, of which he is president.

The event, was sponsored by fashion royalty Ralph Lauren who is funding a new breast cancer centre at the hospital. It saw stars of the stage, screen and catwalk gathering to enjoy a lavish three-course dinner in the grand St George’s Hall.

With the event being held in such a spectacular venue, it was only fitting that the attendees, who included Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Moss, Cate Blanchett and Emma Watson, pulled out all the stops with their outfits.

We take a look at some of the best dressed from the night.

 

Cate Blanchett

Duke hosts cancer hospital benefit

Hollywood actress Cate was one of the many guests modelling a Ralph Lauren design and she looked the epitome of elegance in an ivory, asymmetric evening gown. The simplicity of the gown was offset by a pair of statement chandelier earrings, also from Ralph Lauren, while a slick of red lipstick finished off the look.

 

Jessica Michibata

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Jessica’s stunning red gown certainly ensured she stood out from the crowd, with many of the other guests sticking to more muted colour palettes. The dramatic strapless dress featured an embellished bodice and a flowing hemline.

 

Emma Watson

Duke hosts cancer hospital benefit

Emma Watson’s ensemble seems to have divided fashion critics, but we are huge fans of the sophisticated outfit, which ensured Emma looked a far cry from schoolgirl wizard Hermione Granger. The crisp white shirt paired with an artfully draped floor-length grey skirt was classic Ralph Lauren at his finest.

 

Kate Moss

Duke hosts cancer hospital benefit

Kate rarely puts a fashion foot wrong because she sticks to what she knows best and this occasion saw her reaching into her bulging closet for a classic black dress. However, the model showed black doesn’t have to be boring, thanks to the daring thigh-high split and sheer detailing on the dress.

 

Helena Bonham Carter

Duke hosts cancer hospital benefit

Helena Bonham Carter is a repeat offender on worst dressed lists thanks to her eccentric style, but on this occasion she was definitely one of the best dressed. Her strapless navy Ralph Lauren number was elegant, but the cascading skirt of ruffles and mish-mash of materials added intrigue.

 

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Fashion fallouts

Monday, April 7th, 2014

For the most part, the fashion pack seem to get on pretty well with one another and are forever schmoozing at shows and being complimentary of each other’s collections. But every now and again, someone makes a faux pas and there’s an almighty fashion fallout.

The latest row to hit the headlines is between designers Domecico Dolce and Stefan Gabbana and their celeb pal Victoria Beckham, after the pair questioned the former Spice Girl’s talent as a designer.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion dinner - London

 

Speaking at a recent event, Gabbana said: “She’s a friend. She make a good job but… for us, she don’t make the same way like a fashion designer.

“She become after many, many, many different things. She’s a designer but…”

Dolce twisted the knife in further by comparing VB’s line to high street favourites Zara and H&M.

Victoria has yet to respond but we can imagine she won’t be seen in any D&G designs anytime soon!

Beckham was at happiest in the US

 

We take a look at some other famous fashion fallouts from recent years.

Karl Lagerfeld vs Azzedine Alaia

Karl Lagerfeld has form when it comes to trading barbs with fellow designers, but the insults he directed at fellow designer Azzedine Alaia were particularly cutting. Speaking about a retrospective of the designer’s work, Lagerfeld said: “If you want to see a retrospective of Azzedine Alaia, just look at what he’s doing now.” Ouch!

Roberto Cavalli vs Giorgio Armani

Cavalli insulted fellow designer Armani by claiming there is an “abyss” between them and saying that the new Armani hotel looked like a psychiatric hospital.

Vivienne Westwood vs Alexander McQueen

There was certainly no love lost between Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, with Ms Westwood saying: “His only usefulness is as a measure of zero talent.” McQueen retorted by saying that Westwood was starting to sound “naff”.

Karl Lagerfeld vs Yves St Laurent

The master of the fashion insult Karl Lagerfeld strikes again! Back in the 1980s he deemed Yves St Laurent to be “very middle-of-the-road French-very pied-noir, very provincial”.

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Our favourite Oscars dresses

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

 

We are counting down the days until the Oscars on Sunday. We can’t wait to see whether Leo DiCaprio finally scoops Best Actor, whether J-Law and Nicholas Hoult will walk the red carpet together and of course, who makes the best (and worst) dressed lists.

 

To while away the time while we wait for this year’s Academy Awards, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite ever Oscars dresses. Do you agree with our top picks?

 

Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche

Hilary Swank certainly looked a million dollars in the navy backless Guy Laroche number she wore to pick up her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Million Dollar Baby in 2007. The sleek and sophisticated gown was a far cry from the ball dress style ensembles many Best Actress nominees opt for and propelled Swank to style icon status.

Vanity Fair aftershow party - Morton's - Melrose Avenue

 

Michelle Williams in Vera Wang

You can always rely on Michelle Williams to wear something quirky and the bright yellow Vera Wang number she modelled at the 2006 Academy Awards was a breath of fresh air. We love the artful draping at the front, the ruffled neckline and the slick of red lipstick Williams finished the look off with.

 Vanity Fair Post Oscars Party - Mortons Restaurant

 

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

Finding an Oscars dress when you’re pregnant must be a tricky task, but Natalie Portman pulled it off with her usual style and elegance in this stunning Rodarte number. The plum-coloured, off-the-shoulder gown hugged her curves perfectly.

 The 83rd Academy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

 

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Gwyneth’s pale pink Ralph Lauren dress, which she wore when she won her Best Actress Oscar often features on best dress lists, but we prefer the icy white Tom Ford gown she wore in 2012. The column style flatters her slender frame and it looked modern and elegant. Plus, who wouldn’t want a dress that comes with its own cape?

 The 84th Academy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

 

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence may have fallen out of love with her Dior gown after she tripped up on her way to collect her statuette at last year’s ceremony, but we certainly didn’t. The dramatic pale pink dress oozed Hollywood glamour and made Jen look like a true star. We wonder if she’ll wear something a bit easier to walk in this year though…

The 85th Academy Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles

 

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Celebrating the best of British

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

 

A Who’s Who of Brit music royalty will be pulling on their finery and heading to the O2 tonight for the Brit Awards; the nation’s annual celebration of the best music produced here on home soil.

 

Those lucky enough to be attending (and those of us glued to our TV screens at home) will be treated to a host of performances, some long and emotional acceptance speeches and undoubtedly some of the ‘whaaaaat’ moments that the Brits have become known for over the years, while host James Corden tries to control proceedings.

 

We take a closer look at what we can expect from this evening’s shenanigans.

 

Who’s playing?

As is to be expected, the best of British will be taking to the stage at the O2, with Sheffield’s finest Arctic Monkeys opening the event. Bastille, whose Bad Blood was the biggest selling album of last year, will also perform, as will dance duo Disclosure, British Female Solo Artist nominee Ellie Goulding and Rudimental, who are up for three gongs.

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From Right to left: James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys

The international music scene will be represented by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Pharrell Williams, while the rumour mill has hinted that none other than Beyonce may put in a surprise appearance.

 

Who’ll pick up prizes?

Arctic Monkeys are the hot favourites to pick up some of the night’s biggest gongs including British Album of the Year and British Group, but they could face stiff competition from Bastille in both categories.

David Bowie is tipped to pick up the Best British Male prize over the likes of Jake Bugg and Tom Odell, if he does win, it would make him the oldest person to ever take home a trophy from the event.

 

Ellie Goulding seems a dead cert to take home the British Female Solo Artist statuette, and our money would be on One Direction to take home at least one of the three prizes they’re up for, otherwise the Brits organisers may face a backlash from angry tweens!

 

Only one artist can head to the ceremony confident; Sam Smith already has the Critics’ Choice award in the bag.

 

Will there be a scandal?

It wouldn’t be the Brits unless there was a headline grabbing scandal. From Jarvis Cocker bursting on stage while Jacko performed Earth Song to Chumbawamba throwing iced water over John Prescott, Robbie Williams challenging Liam Gallagher to a fight and James Corden interrupting Adele’s acceptance speech, every year something eventful happens.

 

This year, our money’s on the Arctic Monkeys to provide the drama. The band boycotted the ceremony in 2006 and openly mocked the organisers in 2008 when they collected a gong dressed as country squires. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to cause mischief this year, as they’ll be performing and are the favourites to pick up a couple of awards.

 

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Red carpet roundup

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

 

This week on the red carpet it has been all about monochrome, flirty flapper dresses and of course some amazing shoes. We take a closer look at what the celebs have been wearing at some of this week’s A-list events, including the InStyle The Best of British Talent Party and the premiere of the Lego Movie.

 

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding showed us how to do head-to-toe prints perfectly at the Instyle event, teaming a black bird-patterned suit with a white shirt featuring a similar print. She added a splash of colour to the monochrome ensemble with a bold slash of red lipstick and a neon orange clutch. We’d have maybe been tempted to ditch the plain black heels in favour of something a bit brighter too…

 

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks changed no fewer than four times on Wednesday as she promoted the Lego Movie in New York, but our favourite look was the flirty mini dress she wore to a screening of the film. The periwinkle blue number by David Koma featured a bold, glittering pattern on the top half and a kicked out skirt. She teamed the ensemble with some Jimmy Choo sandals and a Rauwolf clutch.

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From left to right: Naomie, Elizabeth, Mollie, Lily, Sarah

 

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris brightened up the red carpet at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in a stunning pale yellow beaded flapper dress by Naeem Khan. She teamed the Great Gatsby-esque dress with some suitably 20’s-style t-bar silver sandals and a metallic clutch and wore her hair in soft waves to her shoulders.

 

Lily Aldridge

The prize for most dramatic dress of the week goes to Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge who glided into the amfAR Gala in New York in a futuristic white dress by La Marque. The flowing gown featured a daringly low sweetheart neckline and billowing sleeves, with a full floor length skirt. Letting the dress do the talking, she kept accessories simple, adding just an open-ended Marc Alary choker, which we’ll definitely be searching for a high street version of.

 

Mollie King

Mollie King looked the epitome of elegance at the Instyle bash in a black and white lace print satin Dolce and Gabbana dress and black court shoes. She matched the dress with a super sleek up do and some barely there make up for a look that was effortlessly perfect and certainly provoked the green eyed monsters in us here at HQ!

What would you wear on the red carpet? Check out our range of high heels for a little inspiration…

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Profile: Peter Pilotto

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

 

Have you heard of the incredible Peter Pilotto fashion house? For those that haven’t it’s one of the hottest fashion brands around at the moment. You are probably familiar with some of their designs that have been paraded up and down the red carpet on A listers such as the beautiful Sandra Bullock.  Another little known fact about the label is that there are actually two creative geniuses at the helm; Peter Pilotto himself and partner Christopher de Vos.

 

We take a closer look at the designers everyone’s talking about…

 

Why are they in the press?

Peter and Christopher have been hitting the headlines in the past week after their label Peter Pilotto beat the likes of Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Osman and Zoe Jordan to be named the winner of this year’s British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

 

Who are they?

The duo met while studying at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp back in 2000 and established their label in 2007. Pilotto works mainly on the collections’ prints and textiles while de Vos focuses on the clothes’ silhouette and drape

 

What are their designs like?

Graphic prints in bold colours and soft draped pieces are the hallmarks of Pilotto collections. The designers are influenced by the natural and scientific worlds which are reflected in their creations.

 

Who will I have seen wearing their designs?

The label has become a firm favourite among the fashion set recently and the likes of Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart have all been spotted in the brand’s designs on the red carpet and while off duty.

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Sounds like it will be out of our price range then…

Actually, Peter Pilotto has just launched its first collaboration with US retailer Target, which will be available to buy online at Net-A-Porter from February 9. The collection features mini dresses, shorts, blazers, sweaters and trousers in the brand’s signature graphic prints for fraction of the label’s usual prices. One of this season’s must-have floral sweatshirts is a snip at £30 while a jacquard and stretch crepe dress is just £70.

 

We’ll be logging on bright and early to try and bag one of the stunning triangle bikinis (£18) – we predict they’ll be the hottest swimwear of the summer.

 

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Staying up for the Super Bowl

Friday, January 31st, 2014

 

It’s fair to say that we’re not the world’s biggest American football fans here at Office HQ. So why exactly will we be staying up until goodness knows what time on Monday morning to watch the Super Bowl? The half time show of course!

Every year the half time show attracts some of the biggest names in the music world and the performance is always memorable, even if it’s for the wrong reasons (can you believe it’s ten years since Janet Jackson’s now infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’?).

This year it’s Bruno Mars who’ll be headlining and he’s promised something ‘unexpected’ which hopefully means he’ll be teaming up with fellow performers Red Hot Chilli Peppers on a tune or two. We’d love to see him tackle Californication.

Whatever he decides to do, Mars has a tough act to follow. Last year’s show saw Beyonce bringing on her former Destiny’s Child bandmates for a bootylicious mash-up of their hits which had us singing Independent Women Part 1 for weeks after we’d forgotten who won the game.

If you can’t bring yourself to stay up on a Sunday night and into the wee small hours of Monday morning, grab your American-themed snack of choice – hotdogs and fries for us – and watch some of the most memorable performances from recent years.

 

Beyonce/Destiny’s Child

 

Black Eyed Peas

 

Madonna

 

As for us, we’ll be readying our foam fingers and staying up to see Bruno and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in action.

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Wardrobe malfunctions to avoid

Monday, January 27th, 2014

 

It’s way too easy to suffer a wardrobe malfunction. You’ve pulled on your favourite dress, stepped into your favourite heels and spent hours on your hair and make-up, but unfortunately you haven’t considered every possible situation and some rather unflattering photos of you are doing the rounds on Facebook within the hour.

This is a scenario that celebs know all too well. Take poor Kelly Brook; she glammed up for the National TV Awards last week in a stunning black dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high split, but unfortunately the dress turned see-through under the bright flashes of the paparazzo’s cameras, meaning she showed off a little more than she bargained for. We really did feel for you Kelly!

If you want to ensure there’s no photographic evidence of your embarrassing fashion gaffes doing the rounds in the future, take a look at our list of the most common wardrobe malfunctions you should be looking to avoid.

 

See through garments

As Kelly found out, an outfit which looks fine in the light of your bedroom can be surprisingly see-through once you get out and about. To avoid showing off more skin than you intended, hold your top/skirt up to the light before putting it on. If you can see your hand through it, you might want to add an extra layer.

 National Television Awards 2014 - Arrivals - London

 

Broken heels

If you’ve been dancing the night away and your heel snaps it doesn’t have to signal home time if you carry a trusty spare pair of flats in your handbag. Just make sure you don’t leave your heels in the club – you’ll regret it the next day!

 

Floating skirts

Light, floaty skirts are all very well, but if a gust of wind comes along you could find yourself having a Marilyn moment and flashing your underwear to everyone around. And the chances are we mere mortals won’t look quite as elegant as Ms Monroe while it happens! Rumour has it the Queen has tiny weights sewn into the bottom of her skirts to avoid such incidents; if it’s good enough for Her Majesty…

 

Accidental flashing

When Anne Hathaway accidentally flashed while getting out of her car at the New York premiere of Les Mis, women across the world sighed in sympathy. This one should be simple enough to avoid though – we recommend not going commando when wearing dresses with thigh high splits in them!

'Les Miserables' World Premiere - New York

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Best-dressed men on the red carpet

Friday, January 24th, 2014

 

There have undeniably been some gorgeous gowns showcased on the red carpet in recent weeks but it’s not just the women who have been strutting their stuff. We take a look at some of the male A-listers who have donned their sharpest suits this awards season.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo always looks sharp and his appearance at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards was no exception. The Wolf of Wall Street star kept things casual with a crisp open-necked white shirt and no tie under his black suit.

 Critics Choice Movie Awards 2014 - Show - Los Angeles

 

Matthew McConaughey

Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey has been pulling out all the stops at recent award ceremonies.  First there was the forest green Dolce & Gabbana three-piece tux at the Golden Globes, then a textured houndstooth tuxedo by Lanvin for the Critics’ Choice Film Awards. We can’t wait to see what he wears for the Academy Awards.

 Critics Choice Movie Awards 2014 - Press Room - Los Angeles

 

Jared Leto

We can always rely on Jared Leto to put a quickly twist on red carpet attire. His slim fit Dior suit for the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) was paired with a white bow tie and a polka dot pocket square. After tying his ombre locks back in a messy bun at the Golden Globes, he chose to wear his hair loose over his shoulders.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

 

James Marsden

James Marsden added a retro twist to his red carpet ensemble at the SAG Awards, adding a paisley pocket square and sharp bow tie to his midnight blue Valentino suit.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

 

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper proved you can never go wrong with a classic black tuxedo at the SAG Awards and looked extremely dapper in his Gucci suit paired with David Yurman cufflinks, IWC watch and some designer stubble.

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

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Best dressed at the SAG Awards

Monday, January 20th, 2014

 

Another weekend, another awards ceremony. This week Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered in Los Angeles for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. We take a look at some of the best outfits from the night.

 

Amy Adams

While Amy Adams didn’t win the Best Actress gong at the SAG Awards, she was certainly one of the best dressed attendees in her bold royal blue Antomio Berardi gown. The one-shouldered dress featured a plunging neckline, mid-thigh split and jewelled detailing at the waist. Her metallic heels finished off the look perfectly.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

Sofia Vergara

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara looked like a screen siren in a figure-hugging metallic beaded dress. The strapless creation by Donna Karan Atelier featured a low cut back and looked stunning paired with a statement diamond and emerald necklace.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

Claire Danes

Claire Danes’ dress divided the critics, but we loved the layered cream, black and metallic blue dress by Vionnet. Paired with smoky eye makeup and darkened hair, the whole look had a gothic edge to it.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley’s dress is another one which garnered a mixed reaction, but we thought the Big Bang star looked stunning in purpley-grey Vera Wang. Her ombre hair-do was bang on trend too.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

Jennifer Garner

We’re used to seeing Jennifer in jumpers and jeans as she does the school run, but she certainly showed she can dress up when the occasion demands it in a simple yet elegant navy strapless dress by Max Mara and dramatic David Webb earrings.

 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

Cate Blanchett

We’re not sure how Cate Blanchett made baby pink sequins look sophisticated, but she managed it in a sleek Givenchy gown teamed with minimal jewellery and a relaxed up do.

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

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