Monday, 29 April 2013

The Olivier Awards

London had it's biggest night in theater last night. It was the Olivier Awards. The award is named after the renowned British actor, Sir Laurence Olivier (Laurence Of Arabia). This is recognized as the highest honor in British theater. It is the British equivalent of the Tony Awards on Broadway. Of course if there is an award show, there will be a red carpet and I've got that covered. Let's get started. Unfortunately, I don't know any of the designers of any of the looks, but once I find out, I will post them. Here are my favorites: Rafe Spall and Elize du Toit: Love Elize's gown!!!! Gorgeous!!!!! Myleene Klass: I absolutely LOVE the cutouts on her dress!!! Gorgeous!!!! James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff: Love the print of her gown and of course, James is always as handsome as ever!!!!! Dame Helen Mirren: This woman always looks amazing!!!! She could wear a paper bag and I'm sure it would look amazing!!!!! (Yes, I use "amazing" a lot) Daniel Radcliffe: He has blossomed into a very handsome man!!! Love his confidence!!!! Now, here is the only one that I don't like. I may be a little brutal, but hey somebody's gotta say it!!! Kim Cattrall. Love the color and love the gown, but for some reason it doesn't look like it fits her. It looks like it's too big. If you're gonna do a gown like this, make sure it fits. It looks like an old tracksuit stitched up in an artful way: Now, here are a few others that I liked a lot and they do deserve an honorable mention. Let's start with Will Young: Amazing artist and he has come a long way since winning "Idol" many years ago!!!! Love him!!!! Tom Hiddleston: The brother and enemy of "Thor" and the assistant to "Wallander" looks exceptionally dapper tonight and I LOVE his smile!!!!! Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis: LOVE LOVE LOVE Helen's gown!!! Beautiful color and Damain looks exceptionally handsome!!!! I even had my own moment on the red carpet, well I saw!!! Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Get Up Into The Gatsby

Spring and summer is a great time for movies, but anticipation is riding high for one movie in particular. It's Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer. Baz Luhrmann is know for his over the top style and details in his movies. "Moulin Rouge" and "Romeo And Juliet" are two examples of his most amazing style and attention to detail. As a fashion designer and a fan of movies, you know I had to get into what everyone was wearing. The costume and production design was done by Catherine Martin. Love it!!!! She kept the look true to the book and gave it a slightly darker edge. The original version of "The Great Gatsby" with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow (the one I remember from my childhood) was beautiful and very romantic looking visually (lots of soft focus shots). Great film, but I have a feeling that there will be some interesting differences to Baz's. Movies also bring forth a lot of inspiration. Brooks Brothers have come out with a capsule collection inspired by "The Great Gatsby". Here are a few shots: I am so looking forward to this movie when it opens on May 10th. The music is up to date as well, but with a twenties feel. Here is a sampler of the music on the soundtrack. Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Catching Up On Fashion Television

Today, I took some time to catch up on some fashion television. I caught up on "Project Runway", "Fashion Star" and "The Face". "Fashion Star" is an amazing show because you get to see what the stores will buy, so as a designer you have to shape your designs to work in the stores. The idea is to get your designs in all three stores (Sak's Fifth Avenue, Macy's, & Express) and it can be a little difficult to figure out which store will get what. One design can work in one store, but not another. You can sell one week and not the next. This show is quite the influence to a designer, because it can help them understand what the stores buy. I also caught up on this season of "Project Runway". This season it was all about the teams and it was quite interesting to see how so many different visions worked together. We're now down to the final four and this is where you see who really can stand out on their own. The designers in the final four each have a unique vision and although their skill sets vary, they each can walk away with the prize, but like any designer (including me), the prize to them is just showing at Fashion Week in New York. I caught up on "The Face", the new Naomi Campbell show that's on Oprah's network. Loved the concept and loved seeing Karolina, Coco and Naomi in action. I wasn't impressed with a lot of the girls, but there were some interesting faces. Nigel Barker has settled in well, since being fired from "America's Next Top Model". he is always the nice guy who helps out the girls. Naomi's dramatics was quite crazy, but after 20 years in the business and you're still at the top of your game, you are entitled to have a diva moment every now and then. Karolina and Coco, although haven't been in the business as long, but they do each bring great experience to the table. Each model had a team of girls that they mentor and with each challenge, someone gets eliminated. In the end, it was one of Karolina's girls that became "The Face" Well, now that I'm all caught up on my fashion television, it's time for me to get to sewing!!! If you come across any more fashion oriented television, let me know and I'll check it out!!! Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!