Summer 2014 — Featured Essentials!

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Yes, it’s SUMMERTIME!! So take a look at the various swimwear & beachwear brands featured, with some amazing pieces currently up for grabs. There are options for both men & women. But also included are some fun accessories. And remember, these are just a few of the vast array of options each of these brands have available — check out their website for even more SUMMERTIME FUN! ENJOY!!

FOR WOMEN

Gossard Lingerie/Swimwear — Bandeau Plunge    RB_costume_350_350

3f7dddeca1a9d46fef19a369f0f4a60e                ModCloth“Now You See Me” Bikini

Miss MandalayBlack Haltered Bikini                                                  1366153888-22732200

3151824_0414-km305blackwhite_grande     No Fashion DeadlineTuxedo Swimsuit

Nasty GalMandalynn Betty Swimsuit                                                 15483.0.zoom

janie_one-piece_b_w_floral_1_copy_large                                                       ZinkeJanie One-Piece

Playful Promises Black Aztec GeoPrint                                                      4f4023c63551606a06cd685d4e9a3d025ac44ff3--900x1350auto

m201404191647hve          Jolly ChicPrinted Black Cat 1-piece

Letarte SwimwearKissing Fish Triangle Bikini                               koi-1039m 2006 multi

73_755_1041_740                                               ExpressStrappy Plunging 1-Piece

FOR MEN

T42802_638_A_224x224                                                      NauticaNeon Striped Boardshorts

PoloBig Pony Trunks                                                       pPOLO2-18098115_lifestyle_t240

m1125con_nea_1                                       BillabongConquest Boardshorts

PACSUNFox Overhead Boardshorts                               0150010950045NEW_01_047

A5933_NA7259_m                                                J. CrewStriped boardshorts

TopmanBlue floral swim trunks                           33P27HBLE_normal

615_YES_2641-474x654                                           ZanerobeBlack Bandana swim trunks

LacosteCroc Swim trunks                                                 419Q6pcW1cL._SX334_

QORI-MX1_V1                                       Revolve ClothingQuicksilver Boardshorts

BonobosSurfside Boardshorts                                                               swim_boardshort_9in_photosurfprint_tall01

SWIMWEAR ACCESSORIES

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Soybu-Coastal-Coverup-White-detail                            ActivewearUSASoybu Coastal Coverup

Ramy Brook Tulum                                                               40_Cover ups-128_Retouch

blackpool_resize                                           Minnie RoseReversible Cotton Twill Hat

Trina TurkPlumas Covers Tunic                                                     TT45150_BLK

40X5159_5061           DesigualShopping Amplio tote

Francesca’sVero Beach Swim Cover-up                      GLT150150J_blue-cl-w350

222915786                                  Heather HueyOld Hollywood

Victoria’s SecretLinen Beaded Cover-up                                              V355412

00088428-01                         Forever 21Seaside Striped tote

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Happy 4th of July!!!

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Fashion Nexus is celebrating the 4th in true form and style — highlighting and showing off some amazing looks and accessories in either red, white, or blue! Because really, red, white, or blue pieces are not just for the 4th, but can be worn all summer. So enjoy my featured list and comment below with maybe your own 4th fashion style!

WOMEN’S APPAREL

19TB                  Hilton HollisMiracle Stretch Architectural Dress

DesigualCapricornio Dress                                  42V2017_1000

57cebba0b7c52d4c3e7e5f92e9a74454                                              ModclothYacht & About Shorts

Francesca’sCroydon Button Down romper  JP1488_red-cl-w350

y5330a334d292a-blbrt-a    CacheSolid Crepe Jumpsuit

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MENSWEAR

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PA236038_RD07_A_large         Todd SnyderCrimson Basic Chino

NauticaColor Blocked swim trunk                                         T41702_675_A_224x224

Ralph Lauren — Classic Fit “Newport” short                                           pPOLO2-17711329_standard_t240x400

20_550_9223_001                                      ExpressFitted Wheel Printed Collared Shirt

JEWELRY

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BaublebarJewel Chanteuse Collar necklace                      10406_001

Damali_top_t_w300_h300                                       Brilliant Earth“Damali” earrings

nOir JewelryWonder Woman DC Comic ring      wonder-woman

Ted RossiAsymmetric Plate Necklace                 TedRossi100113_0009

giovanna950                                       Dannijo“Giovanna” cuff

HANDBAGS/CLUTCHES, ETC.

ASH_BAG_SS14_201721_F                                                                                  ashlyn’d“Pandi” clutch

Edie Parker — Lara Solid clutch                                                    lara-solid-whitp-feature_1024x1024

12415_Melanie-Raw-Tote_Baltic_F_2048x2048                                                      Joy Gryson“Melanie” tote

Botkier“Cruz” tote                                                   Cruz_Tote_UVI_product_page

perrysatchel_red_a_1                                                    Rebecca Minkoff“Perry” Satchel

 

 

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SHOES

BIARRITZ_cobalt SIDE_lo                              Matt Bernson“Biarritz” strapped heel

Sophia Webster“Raya” Wedge                                                        Raya-1-(SW058)-1

1919-21-L                                  Chinese Laundry“Ilena-3” Wedge

DSWQupid Gladiator Sandal                                                                        302012_101_ss_01

5017N502.EM8C100_M44_0       Casadei“Summer Weave” wedge

Steve Madden“Germany” flat                                                       STEVEMADDEN-FLATS_GERMANY_RED-NUBUCK

SWIMWEAR

sld-3041 red                                           Letarte Candy Reef 1-Piece

Dolores CortesRed Embellished Bikini             1321_sj

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1_1156678_FS        Beach BunnyBeaded Triangle Bikini

KARO Swimwear Sailor Suit                                                                           nyc-fashion-runway-karo-swimwear2

peithoembroideredbustierbikini_ivory_bridal_        Mara HoffmanPeitho Embroidered Bustier Bikini

Nicolita Swimwear“Knotty” One-Piece             2403-0-0_1

Best Looks Round-Up: 2014 Tony Awards & Spike Guys’ Choice

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Lots of great looks to go thru from this past week or so! First up, the 2014 Tony Awards, which aired on CBS!

1402268957_kelli-ohara-560                                       KELLI O’HARA

Kelli certainly gets my top pick of the night — looking ethereal and angelic in this custom blush pink Narcisco Rodriguez gown. Coordinating perfectly with this soft look are some exquisite golden jewelry pieces from Fred Leighton — drop earrings, ruby ring, and bracelet. And finally, still keeping with the “soft” style for the night is a subtle yet lovely make-up job, provided by Tanya Rae — light smoky eye, slightly rosy cheeks, and a nude lip.

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Shimmers and sparkles were a common trend of the night, but I say the golden shimmer and sparkle, provided by Anna, wins the night! She looks ahhhhhhhh GOLDEN in this column Jenny Packham dress, complete with a brocade print, belted waist, and intricate adornment at the neckline. The “golden” styling continues on to Anna’s accessory selections for the evening — gold clutch, ear cuffs by Graziela Gems, and rings from EF Collection, EFFY jewelry, and Dana Rebecca Designs.

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There is just something about this print I love so I applaud Beth for going bold in selecting it. Bold prints can be hard to pull of, but it works here. Carolina Herrera does an amazing job with making prints work, especially in this mermaid skirt dress with a bowtie detailing at the waist.

Anika+Larsen+2014+Tony+Awards+Arrivals+fMPF0Gp7ot5l                                       ANIKA LARSEN

Theia designs always seem to catch my eye on the red carpet and so I’m glad to see the brand’s presence at the Tony’s, as worn on Anika. This navy blue gown is just so beautiful — the lace sheer cutout at the waist and slightest train are the perfect touches!

1402273934_leighton-meester-560                                        LEIGHTON MEESTER

Leighton may have moved from the UES to the Broadway district, but she sure has not lost her Blair-esque style! I love this fitted white T-shirt Antonio Berardi gown — the fit, the capped sleeves, such a classic silhouette and style. Leighton’s overall aesthetic for this look appears to be simplistic minimalism and it continues with her accessories — Jacob & Co. jewelry (silver bracelet), black Jimmy Choo shoes, and a Emm Kuo clutch.

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Not sure of any of the designer details for Thalia, but this short, sassy, and sweet # certainly deserves some recognition!!

217b0270-ef62-11e3-bfe6-8d9f4f873539_PatriciaClarkson            PATRICIA CLARKSON

I love Patricia’s look; she looks so youthful and vibrant. Her choice for the evening, a dramatic and fiery red, strapless Dolce & Gabbana — what a fit! And also quite fitting are the chic silver Chopard jewelry pieces worn — bracelet, ring, and earrings.

1402269861_judith-light-560                                        JUDITH LIGHT

Judith’s character on the Dallas reboot drives me crazy, but her look on the Tony’s red carpet, I love! It is such and elegant and classy choice — this long sleeved, fitted lace gown by Randi Rham.

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JENNIFER HUDSON — While missing from the red carpet pics, Jennifer still donned an amazing look for the evening’s festivities so I had to include her on my best dressed list! This silver beaded and embellished gown from Kaufmanfranco is a stunner.

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TINA FEY — Another miss from the red carpet, but still looking lovely as ever is Tina, so again, this look is a must-include!! This fit and flare detailed Oscar de la Renta gown is simply gorgeous. And Tina keeps the jewelry to a minimal effect — rings, bracelet, and earrings — all by Fred Leighton.

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NEIL PATRICK HARRIS & DAVID BURTKA — And no best dressed list is complete without a few dapper gentlemen. NPH & David look handsome in their Tom Ford classic black tuxes!

Moving on now from the Tony’s, let’s take a look at some super HOTT looks from the 2014 Guys’ Choice Awards, presented by Spike TV.

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Good Lord Jessica looks smokin’ in this David Koma LBD from the designer’s F/W 2014 collection. What is not to love here — the leather, the sheer cutouts, the detailed bodice!! To complete this phenomenal look Jessica chose the following accessories — strappy black Hugo Boss heels, a black rectangular DVF clutch, and some great jewelry pieces — rings from Melissa Kaye Jewelry and the Pearl Collective The Baroque Tahitian Pearl Spike Earrings ( a $225 value).

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main.original.585x0      CHRISSY TEIGEN

The ladies of this red carpet certainly knew how to pull out all the stops when it came to looking super sexy and Chrissy certainly doesn’t disappoint. She looks A-freakin’-mazing in this sunshine yellow, strapless and asymmetrical Three Floor Aspen Dress ( a $232 value). Her accessories are on point as well — a gold Kotur Morley Croc-Embossed Box Clutch ($450 value); Casadei Gladiator Stiletto Sandals ($890 value); and jewelry by Carla Amorim and Melinda Maria.

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main.original.585x0       LILY ALDRIDGE

Lily also rocks an LBD, specifically a 10 Crosby Derek Lam dress from the designer’s F/W 2014 collection — strapless and slitted — looks great! And to top off the look, some statement making golden jewelry from Maiyet — necklace, bracelet and rings.

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main.original.585x0           JAIME KING

Jaime, while still looking very sexy, brings a little sophistication to her look as well, with this black embellished Emilio Pucci mini from the brand’s VIP collection. She is keeping all things sleek and in silver, including her sparkly Edie Parker clutch, Christian Louboutin heels, and lots of great jewelry — diamond Loree Rodkin ring and vintage dangling Cartier earrings (which were made available by Beladora, an online boutique for authentic designer and vintage jewelry).

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Spike TV's "Guys Choice 2014" - Arrivals

NINA AGDAL — Emilio Pucci is just so amazing, the designer is on my list twice, for the same event!! Nina rocks this black and white Pucci and adds the perfect pop of sky blue color with a belted waistline. And another nice finishing touch — Graziela Gem earrings.

Spike TV's "Guys Choice 2014" - Arrivals                                                                Spike TV's "Guys Choice 2014" - Red Carpet

Pono by Joan Goodman — Sample Sale is this Week!!

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Do you ever see someone on TV wearing an article of clothing, or in this case, a piece of jewelry, & think — “Ooooo, I would love to have that!” Well if so, here is your chance!! If you are a fan of hit TV shows such as CBS’s “The Good Wife” or HBO’s “Girls”, or if you watch Good Morning America or The Today Show, you may have seen some stunning pieces from the bold, statement-making jewelry brand — PONO by Joan Goodman. And with their Sample Sale beginning this week, TOMORROW, now you can shop for some pieces to call your own!

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PONO has not only been featured on hit TV shows, but can also be seen with some major features in popular magazines — Glamour (March 2014); InStyle (March 2014); Cosmopolitan (April 2013); & more!

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Here are all of the details you need for this Huge Sample Sale —

  • It starts tomorrow, June 9th and goes thru June 13th
  • Cash & Credit Cards will be accepted
  • The location is 347 W 36th St., Ste. 405 in NYC between 8th & 9th Aves.
  • If you have any questions, call (212) 216-0022
  • The sale will be for a variety of bangles, cuffs, necklaces, & more — all 50 – 80% off!!

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I can’t express to my readers how huge of a fan I am of this brand! It was one of the first high-fashion jewelry brands I was introduced to and covered on my fashion blog, Fashion Nexus! And since then, I’ve covered updates with the brand many times!

You can also check out how I’ve styled some of the brand’s hottest pieces into my own looks — My Fashion Diary & Fashion Week shows!

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Ice Princess Resin Choker in Seaglow & Grey Glace Resin Cuff

dsc00289                    Classic Resin Chain Link Necklace

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Golden floral bracelet & Alchemy Ana ABS Choker in Ginger

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Here are even more examples of the many types of pieces you might come across at this week’s Sample Sale!!

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So remember, make some time this week to hit up this sale. And once again, here is all of the information you will need!!

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2014 CMT Awards — Best Dressed on the Red Carpet

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Here are my picks for the 2014 CMT Awards Best Dressed, designer details & all, ENJOY!

165_3091_350                                              JANA KRAMER

Bold and standout colors rule this CMT red carpet. And Jana’s hot pink Michael Costello # definitely sets the trend. The plunging neckline and flowing train make Jana look like a sexy glam princess and I love it! To complete her exquisite look are some glam diamond jewelry pieces — L’Dezen bracelet, Jacob and Co. drop earrings, and Le Vian rings. And it’s very hard to overlook just how beautiful Jana looks, amazing makeup job by Kelsey Deenihan & from stylist Lo VonRumpf.

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KELLIE PICKLER — It’s always great to see the red carpet brightened with splashes of color. The black and white #’s are nice and all, but bold colors, such as Kellie’s choice with this Lorena Sarbu column gown, with side cutouts and a plunging neckline, is perfection. The color of the gown is very close to the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year — radiant orchid. Paired perfectly with this purple orchid hue are some lovely silver & shimmery accessories — Thale Blanc clutch & TACORI jewelry (diamond earrings & a ring).

miranda-lambert-dress-cmt-music-awards-2014-h724                  MIRANDA LAMBERT

I love this new type of look for Miranda on the red carpet. I’ve seen full on glam and sparkling mini’s, but this taupe Celia Kritharioti mini is sort of a combo of both. It’s got some glam and sex appeal with all of the amazing details to pull together the look — plunging neckline, embellishments, gold belt, and sheer shoulders. Miranda also does no wrong in the accessories dept. either — stunning silver Manolo Blahnik sandal heels, coordinating taupe Tyler Alexandra clutch, and diamond jewelry from both Yeprem and Djula (earrings and rings).

2014 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals

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KIMBERLY PERRY —  Sexy and simple white frocks is yet another trend on the CMT red carpet and Kimberly is definitely the trendsetter for this style. This spaghetti strapped ruffled mini is a stunner!

brittany-kerr-white-dress-cmt-music-awards-2014-h724                     BRITTANY KERR

Keeping with the ever-popular trend of the night, another white dress, fitted & sexy, with sheer panels at the neckline — looks great!!

brooklyn-decker-white-dress-cmt-music-awards-2014-h724                    BROOKLYN DECKER

So sad that Brooklyn’s show FWBL is now off the air, but very happy to see that such sad and bad news doesn’t hold her back from rocking the red carpet! White dresses were all the rage on the CMT red carpet and Brooklyn falls right in line with making this look work with a feminine and ladylike Jill Stuart knee-length dress. It is available for purchase on Shopbop. It’s a simplistically chic look for the evening’s festivities and keeping that in mind, she continues the style to her accessories, going black with classic pumps from Manolo Blahnik and Kendra Scott drop earrings.

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165_3118_350                                         LUKE & CAROLINE BRYAN

My CMT red carpet best dressed list would not be complete without the presence of this dynamic duo’s red carpet consistency. They always look great, super sexy, and in sync. I’m glad to see this knockout pair grace my list yet again!

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MARY SARAH — I can’t lie — I’m not very familiar with Mary, but I will figure that out later. For my best dressed lists, I don’t care who you are, if you look great, you will make my list; it’s all about the style! Mary did great by seemingly taking a bit from 2 major trends of the night — keeping with a white dress, but adding at least the bold splash of color with her ankle-strapped heels.

165_3104_350                                          DANIELLE BRADBERY

Love seeing a little something different on the red carpet and for me, that is Danielle — crop top look, very popular trend right now, fun printed skirt, just overall a very youthful look for this country darling!

165_3111_350                       TYE STRICKLAND & MELISSA RYCROFT

Another stunning red carpet duo, simplistically minimalistic looks and quite fitting for the night!

Another quick red carpet shout-out, 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards

main.original.585x0      ALEXA CHUNG

Alexa looks majorly chic in this Christian Dior dress with a sheer embroidered bodice from the brand’s Resort 15 collection.

2014 CFDA Awards — All the Glitz & Glam!

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Check out my best dressed list for the CFDA Awards‘ red carpet. Also, at the conclusion of my piece, the full list of winners from the night’s festivities!

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Ahhhhh, Whitney looks AMAZING!! I’m loving the black & white looks at the CFDA’s, but especially this Dennis Basso knee-length creation. But as we all know, the look never stops at just the dress, here is the breakdown for the remainder of her look — black closed heels by Nicholas Kirkwood; jewelry by Eddie Borgo and Ilana Ariel; clutch by Rafe New York; Katie Jane Hughes of Butter London for makeup (Butter London’s orange “Lady Bird”) and nails (“Yummy Mummy”); Neil Gogoi for hair (super sleek straight look w/ the aide of EVO’s “Root Canal” spray in for volume and worked through the line’s “Easy Tiger” smoothing balm before drying); and stylist Lara Backmender. I’m a huge fan of the Butter London Yummy Mummy nail color as well, so nice to see I amongst some fashion elite when using!

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Here are some of my beauty/nail looks in the Butter London “Yummy Mummy” color, also pictured a golden snake ring from nOir Jewelry, an Ashlyn’d clutch, an American Eagle silver bow ring, and a mint green Francesca’s clutch.

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I don’t see Busy enough on the red carpet to have ever included her on one of my best dressed lists, so when I see her looking so divine, I MUST include her! This red halter-necked Honor gown, in flaming red, is very Victorian-esque, but you know, with the CFDA red carpet, there can be a little dramatic flare. I mean hey, Rihanna, was wearing a blinged do-rag, so for me, this is at least fashionable flare! The statement making necklace chosen to complete Busy’s looks is from Irene Neuwirth.

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I was so shocked I enjoyed the twins’ looks as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong — I love these ladies and am happy for all of their fashion success with The Row & Elizabeth and James. But sometimes I don’t completely get their red carpet looks. However here, I’m seeing totally chic, well put together looks by both ladies! Ashley’s long-sleeved black dress is courtesy of her own brand, The Row. Mary Kate’s looks is as well, but her black Nymphette sandal heels are from Christian Louboutin.

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I’m definitely about the drama and high-fashion in this black and white # Coco is donning. It is full on glam and I love all the details in this Christian Siriano look — the strapless neckline, the intricate pattern on the skirt, & more! And of course there would be no drama to this look without the black hat by Heather Huey. Coco’s whole look is just major drama, including her bold beauty look & slick do, both from hair & makeup artist Veronica Chu.

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CHANEL IMAN — Chanel looks exquisitely glam in this fitted black look courtesy of Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2014 collection, complete with sheer netted long sleeves & cutouts at the plunging neckline. A diamond ring from Graziela Gems and earrings from Effy were the perfect touch to finish this look off.

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1401810229_heidi-klum-560_640                                               HEIDI KLUM

Heidi is usually wearing too much, or I guess I should say too little, for me to generally call her a “best dressed.” But in this reserved pale tangerine Donna Karan gown, with a deep-V neck, I have to say I really like the look. This gown is actually part of DK’s 2015 Resort collection. This is a great color and I like that the look is not so “in your face.” I think she should keep on this path of still looking sexy, but also very high-fashion & high-class! Her jewelry is from Lorraine Schwartz. And coordinating in addition, quite nicely, are Heidi’s remaining accessories, clutch & shoes, both from Jimmy Choo.

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Blake just seems to be unstoppable as of late when it comes to ruling on the red carpet. And she has done it here again in this olive Michael Kors mini with pale pink embellishments. Her major hoop earrings are by Lorraine Schwartz. I have to also say, I love her rose pink Casadei heels since I too have a very similar pair, but mine are from Lauren Conrad’s exclusive Kohl’s collection. So if you like these shoes, I can assure you, LC’s are lower in price and very good quality!

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HILARY RHODA — Lace can be very hit or miss nowadays. It use to be all the rage, the trend to wear, but now, for me, it’s become a bit riskier to actually pull off. But no worries for Hilary in this bright & colorful pink & tangerine hue, semi-sheer J. Mendel gown.

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2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals                             JODIE SNYDER MOREL & DANIELLE SNYDER

These lovely ladies are the design team behind the statement-making jewelry brand DANNIJO. The pictures below show some better shots of them, also pictured are Hilary Rhoda and Sophia Bush. So it is my guess then that all of the ladies’ accessories, even to clutches, are courtesy of DANNIJO! I named Hilary best dressed above so this goes for her look as well.

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STACEY BENDET — I’m not jumping up and down over Beth Behr’s look from Alice + Olivia, but assuming designer for the brand, Stacey Bendet, is wearing A + O as well, then this look is definitely worth making mention of and including on my best dressed list. More black and white and also reminding me of my own black and white leather look, courtesy of A + O!

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JAMES MARSDEN — I need a best dressed guy on my list right! So I pick James, who looks very handsome in this classic black tuxedo suit by Todd Snyder.

So now to the actual awards presentation. The awards are presented in coordination with Swarovski. Other official sponsors are — Intel (Office Technology Sponsor), MAC (official beauty sponsor), Lexus (Official Automotive Sponsor), Veuve Clicquot (Official Champagne Partner), & Proximo (Official Spirits Sponsor). Final votes were tabulated by Ernst & Young, official accounting firm for CFDA.

The awards presentation was at Alice Tully Hall — Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. Here is the full list of winners:

  • Womenswear Designer of the Year — Joseph Altuzarra
  • Menswear Designer of the Year — Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow of Public School
  • Accessories Designer of the Year — Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen for the Row
  • Fashion Icon Award — Rihanna

There are also the Swarovski Awards for emerging talent —

  • Womenswear — Creatures of the Wind — Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters
  • Menswear — Tim Coppens
  • Accessories — Irene Neuwirth

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford. The Founder’s Award went to Bethann Hardison. The Media Award to Paul Cavaco. Raf Simons of Christian Dior received the International Award. The Board of Director’s tribute went to Ruth Finley, founder of Fashion Calendar.

 

Best Looks — BMA’s 2014 & More!

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Over this past week there have been a lot of great looks to showcase and discuss. 1st up, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards!!

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Very odd that I still have no clue who Danica is wearing, but I don’t care because she is definitely topping my best dressed list! She looks stunning and like a knockout in this tangerine dress with cutouts. I do however know about her accessories — Open Hearts jewelry by Jane Seymour and a Swarovski clutch!

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JORDIN SPARKS — Jordin looks smokin’ in this black sparkling mini by Michael Costello. She is coordinated well from head to toe thanks to some lovely accessories — Stuart Weitzman “The Nudist” heels, an orange Beirn clutch, and orange Neil Lane jewelry. The orange is to show support for a loved one who recently lost a battle with lung cancer — #OrangeforWendy.

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This dress reminded me a bit of a major fashion dual between Ashley Tisdale & Britney Spears a couple of years back. It was over a similar Brian Lichtenberg dress (see below!), but you know, Miranda still rocks the look. However, her hot pink mini with a sheer mesh insert at the neckline is by Georges Hobeika.

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This look could be construed as a bit too fancy for the Billboard’s red carpet, but ultimately, Ke$sha still looks like a goddess. And you know what, she is celebrating quite a bit so why not go all it out — a comeback, new show Rising Star, and being at the Billboard Awards! She is wearing a strapless mermaid silhouette dress, in black and soft pink, which is by Ines Di Santo.

See below, closer up pics, of Ke$sha’s chic accessories — a Dionea Orcini ring, an a Carbon & Hyde ear cuff and ring.

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J. LO — I wasn’t a fan of J. Lo’s red carpet look and would have much rather seen her in this press room look. She looks phenomenal in this fitted, long-sleeved white Sen Couture dress.

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Shakira is walking on the sexy side with her cobalt bodycon illusion dress by Julien Macdonald. She kept it simple though with accessories — Dionea Orcini rings.

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ROCSI DIAZ — Rocsi knocks it out of the park with this black Cushnie et Ochs dress with side cutouts. She is also donning some lovely golden jewelry from both XIV Karats & Jennifer Fisher jewelry — earrings, rings, bracelet, an a cuff.

These next few looks are from the Royal Marsden Gala at the Windsor Castle and hosted by Ralph Lauren.

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Cate looks angelic, heavenly, and just plain exquisite in this ivory silk Cady Ralph Lauren gown. Paired with this look are some statement-making jewelry, which is also by Ralph Lauren.

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Cara looks classic and glam in this black beaded Ralph Lauren halter gown. This gown has it all — classic fit & silhouette, some sparkle, & more — and Cara pulls it all off quite well.

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Emma is somehow pulling of chic, casual, an elegance, all wrapped up into one amazing look. This is simplistic minimalism at its best! She is wearing all Ralph Lauren — silver silk jersey skirt and a crisp white button down shirt. Coordinating also with the silver tones are Emma’s accessories — Roger Vivier clutch, Repossi ear cuffs, Monica Vinader ring, and an ear cover and necklace by Ana Khouri.

And even though I did an entire post dedicated to looks from the Cannes Film Festival, here are a few more I found to include!

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ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY — Rosie looks quite elegant in this mint green strapless gown by Gucci, complete with a train and all! She actually kind of looks like a doll, perfection! I love so much about this dress, the color, the shimmer, the belted fit, but also it’s ability to still be loose and free flowing.

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Her wonderful pieces of diamond jewelry are from De Grisgogono.

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Ryan looks quite dapper in his non-traditional black Gucci tuxe — love the modern twist on the suit sans tie!

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I already did one Cannes Best Dressed list and I just had to include a 3rd look from Eva. This time she is wearing a knee-length Max Mara dress in radiant orchid. And I believe since she is the official L’Oreal Paris ambassador, that for all of her looks, her hair & make-up, are by L’Oreal.

 

2014 Cannes Film Festival — Top Looks

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The Cannes Film Festival has been in full force for days now. Check out my picks for the best looks, enjoy!

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Blake is making yet another appearance on one of my best dressed lists! At the Cannes, for the premier of Mr. Turner, he looked literally iridescent in this lace iridescent Chanel Couture creation. And in true matching accessory fashion, she is wearing shimmering white heels by Sophia Webster.

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Great angle for a shot of the stunning pieces of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry Blake is donning, such as these flower-shaped earrings!

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Cate makes an odd combination of angelic and Greek goddess work and she does so in this gray Valentino gown with silver embroidery, feathered collar, and capped sleeves. I’m assuming her few pieces of jewelry are by Chopard as she was attending and presenting at the Chopard Trophy event.

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Cate is making high fashion marks all over the place while attending the Cannes festival so I had to showcase another look of hers for my best dressed list. While attending the Vanity Fair & Armani party she again looked quite angelic and sweet in this golden Giorgio Armani Prive dress with lace and embroidery details.

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Ankle-cut dresses seem to be quite the tend on the Cannes red carpet and Paz’s embellished look certainly doesn’t disappoint. She looks slim, trim, & fit in this Elie Saab (part of the Spring 2014 collection) midi dress with beading and floral detailing at the bodice. She accessorized her look with Chopard diamonds and nude Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Paz, like Cate, is quite deserving of a 2nd nod on my best dressed list. While at the Cannes Festival, stars are able to mix it up fashion-wise; they can go chic and minimal for their day looks, and then drastically switch it up for the night’s red carpet by going full on glam. Paz has done just that and so for her day look she rocks a simplistically minimalistic navy Zuhair Murad dress with lace detailing cut-outs down the side. For this look, she accessorized this time with magenta Christian Louboutins and fine Chanel jewelry.

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Fierce and on fire with a bold red ensemble is Jane, wearing a beaded Elie Saab look with a cinched waist, sheer sleeves, and decolletage. And her bold red choices continue with her accessories — rubellite drop earrings from Chopard’s Temptations Collection, red Jimmy Choo shoes, and a red & black Gucci clutch.

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Kendall looks sleek, sophisticated, and seriously stylish in this black and white Chanel piece, which also boasts the ever-popular ankle-cut trend for the Cannes red carpet, but also 4 straps, and a printed raw-edged bodice. She paired with her look black Stuart Weitzman heels and a great deal of diamond Chopard jewelry — earrings, rings, and a cuff.

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EVA LONGORIA — Eva is another lovely lady gracing my best dressed list twice for the Cannes Festival. For her 1st look, she is wearing an elegant fitted white Gabriela Cadena gown, with a train.

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Just for a closer look, take a glance at Eva’s exquisite choices for jewelry all from Damiani.

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For Eva’s 2nd look, she went very lingerie-esque with a pale peach custom gown, again from Gabriela Cadena. This time though, she donned earrings from Martin Katz.

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This is not the Cannes or the Billboards, but Elizabeth just looked too amazing in this crystal-embellished cascading blue gown by Elie Saab and from the designer’s Fall 2013 collection. Coordinated quite well with her look are Christian Louboutin navy sandal heels and diamond Piaget drop earrings.

Best Looks for Events All Around!

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This Best Dressed List is a bit different than my norm. I have several fave looks from the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner to go over, but also from the iHeart Radio Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, ballet openings, Breast Cancer Foundation gala, and a very special shout-out to Candace Cameron Bure, whose looks lately have really been catching my eye! So as always, enjoy!

First up — WHCA!!

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It’s hard to make va-va-va-voom work at such an event as the WHCA, but Sofia pulls it off — sexiness, but still classy. How do you ask? She stuns in this 2-tone strapless Romona Keveza gown featuring a gold asymmetrical bodice and white skirt. And in keeping with a more reserved concept for her look, Sofia tops it all off with some elegant Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

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Julianna looks petite, fit, and trim, all thanks to her vintage black choice for the evening, Jean Desses! I think it’s remarkable how great she looks in this vintage number, and it’s just as comparable to the current fashion choices by her peers at the same event!

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Red on red, yup, this works for Katie. I think she looks bold and fiercely on fire in this fitted red strapless Mason by Michelle Mason dress. Katie has also picked just the right accessories — a tiny silver Edie Parker clutch and silver jewelry pieces, earrings and a ring, by Vhernier. Great work to Katie and her talented stylist Laura Spinella.

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KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY — Black and white gowns were all the rage at the Met Gala, but it seems Kimberly was already on that bandwagon as this WHCA dinner came 1st! She looks exquisite in this fitted floor-length gown by Theia.

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Taylor’s minimalistic long-sleeved, navy blue Zuhair Murad gown is just full of great details — slight slit, sheer long sleeves, and lace cut-outs at the waist. This was a great pick for the evening’s momentous dinner. She shouldn’t be feeling too blue since she looks amazing with all of her various shades of blue — blue Rauwolf clutch and Marina B. jewels.

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This is a dress you either love or hate; it works or it doesn’t work? For me I love it and it works. I think Jessica pulls it off very well in the discrete black and white tones for such a bold floral print as is seen in this strapless Carolina Herrera gown.

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I love gowns that photograph well from all angles, but it’s here that you can better see Jessica’s lovely Neil Lane pieces — emerald earrings and a bracelet.

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Jessica’s fiance Eric Johnson also looks great and quite fitting right by her side in his black Ralph Lauren tuxe.

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This towering supermodel is certainly working that top model status and showing off her keen fashion sense in this white floor-length gown by Kaufmanfranco with lots of cutout and strap details. The whole vibe is chic minimalism, which I love, and this goes right down to the fitting accessories — a Calvin Klein clutch, gold J.Crew heels, and jewelry from both Campbell (Michelle Mason) & Jennifer Fisher.

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ARMIE HAMMER & ELIZABETH CHAMBERS — These two are my stunning duo for the evening! Elizabeth looks like sheer perfection in this fitted black gown by Versace. The great style doesn’t stop there! Elizabeth is donning some statement-making jewelry by David Webb. Chris Naselli also did a lovely job styling her hair.

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DARREN CRISS — It’s always fun and a must to include a handsomely and well dressed gentleman on my Best Dressed lists. And for this one, Darren takes home that prize as he looks quite dapper in his black Brooks Brothers tuxe.

SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT FOR SOME RECENT GREAT LOOKS — CANDACE CAMERON BURE!!

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Candice looks so amazing and sexy in this fitted white cocktail dress with a partially sheer skirt. @ The Race to Erase Event

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Just stunning in this LBD, while hanging out at Wango Tango!

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Might as well include Maria Menounos here too, but they both look great in this Bailey 44 “Defender” dress!

Honorable Mention — Best Look — GLAAD Media Awards

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Emmy is working this fun and sassy fit & flare Elie Saab dress, raspberry red from head to toe! Actually it’s not just the color she’s dressed in from H2T, it’s also all Elie Saab — sandal heels and floral clutch too! Her statement-making earrings however are courtesy of House of Lavande Vintage Jewels.

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Honorable Mention — Best Looks — iHeart Radio Awards

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SELENA GOMEZ — Selena looks endearing and charming in this lovely maroon 2-piece frock by Cuchnie et Ochs, complete with a keyhole cutout. The look is paired perfectly with a pair of nude Jimmy Choo heels. Simply lovely for the evening, including her rings by Porter Lyons & Dana Rebecca Designs.

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LUKE BRYAN & WIFE CAROLINE BOYER —Another fashion power duo for my best dressed list and this is not the 1st time I’ve included them! Why am I so excited this time?!? I finally know who Caroline is wearing!! She is wearing a chic white jumpsuit by Tamara Mellon.

Honorable Mention — Best Look — NYC Ballet Gala & American Ballet Theater Gala

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I had to include Kristen on this Best Dressed list, hard not to when someone looks as fab as she does! This fitted black gown with white beaded details is a stunning piece for Kristen and as part of Zuhair Murad’s collection.

New York City Ballet Spring Gala 2014

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SELENA GOMEZ — Selena is doing so well fashion-wise, she gets 2 nods from me this week! She is rocking this knee-length black Lanvin dress, but don’t let the knee-length part fool you! This dress certainly has some side surprises! She kept the over the top dramatics just to the side of the dress and went the discrete route with accessories — some lovely pieces from Lorraine Schwartz.

Honorable Mention — Breast Cancer Foundation Event — Best Look

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ELIZABETH HURLEY — Baby pink often makes me think of bad prom fashion or hideous bridesmaid dresses, but not this gorgeous soft pink hued flowing Versace collection gown Elizabeth is donning. This is clearly top-notch elegance and to really top it all off with such class are some exquisite jewelry pieces by Chopard.

 

Met Gala aka Met Ball 2014 — Best Looks

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Each year there is a widely known fundraising gala that is put on for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — Costume Institute Gala aka Met Gala aka Met Ball. There are many names, but no matter which you choose, it doesn’t take away from the amazing looks that grace the gala’s red carpet & event each year. Many fashionistas, fashion bloggers, and those in the fashion industry eagerly wait to see red carpet looks from major award shows — Oscars, Grammys Emmys. But the Met Gala red carpet is also on this must-see list! I hereby dub it Fashion Prom and I’m very excited to put together my 1st best dressed list ever for this event! It’s been a few days since these stars walked the red carpet, but hey, I go as fast as I can — law school finals must come first!

So the opening exhibit for this year was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” Charles James was a major fashion designer in the 1950s; he is widely known for being America’s first couturier. He is all about old school glamor and fitting in with that genre, this year’s theme for the Met Gala was “White Tie & Diamonds.” As with any best dressed piece there are lots of images to look thru. As I was picking my faves I found myself picking between 2 extremes — all out/full on glam (going big!!) to a more reserved look, but still quite fitting to the theme of old-school/Hollywood glam. So my list is full of stand-out drama, but also quieter looks that are nonetheless elegant in their simplicity. Enjoy!

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This look is bold, dramatic, and over-the-top, which I mean in a good way! This strapless navy sculptural Marchesa gown is just the sort of wearable art that I’m sure Charles James strove for when he was designing. The look is simply put, STUNNING — the hand-painted organza floral details to the satin organza material.

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Karolina probably didn’t need much to compliment the dress, but I guess she truly went with the mantra — “Go big or go home!” She decided to pair with her gown more than $1 million of Harry Winston diamonds — a 44-carat Guipure diamond necklace, queen diamond rings, & diamond earrings.  (image above from Karolina’s prep time while at The Mark Hotel)

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The more subtle, yet still elegant final touches for Karolina were with her choices for a lovely, chic up-do & clean, fresh makeup beauty look — Hair was by Bryce Scarlett & Makeup was by Steffi Willmann.

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SUKI WATERHOUSE — Suki’s look was one of the 1st ones I saw and I immediately fell in love; I knew it would be at the top of my best dressed list! I was instantly mesmerized by this tiered tulle, custom Burberry gown with never-ending layers of silk organza. My hypnosis continued to her wonderful choices for jewelry to finish off her look, pieces by Anita Ko — 18k white gold diamond Fan earringss, Leaf ring, Feather ring, wave ring, and ear cuffs.

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BLAKE LIVELY — If I had to pick someone who channeled the old school, Hollywood glam the best, it would have to be Blake. This champagne silk chiffon Gucci Premiere gown with a plunging neckline just had it all to bring back that timeless classiness and glam from the Charles James era. I loved that she went with some color for her jewelry pieces, all from Lorraine Schwartz — ruby swirl drop earrings & diamond rings.

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This is a gown so fabulous, yes, I had to share 3 images, showcasing it all from all sides! SJP was the gala co-chair so of course she had to pull out all of the stops & this gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown with a black velvet bodice and ivory duchess satin skirt certainly met that goal!

The just as amazing accessories for SJP certainly didn’t disappoint either, the many lovely pieces of jewelry by Fred Leighton — 4k 19th century diamond drop earrings, a 19th century diamond & white enamel bracelet, & diamond, pearl circular brooches.

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And really, if you are going to walk around with a designer name prominently showcased on your look, it might as well be OSCAR DE LA RENTA!!

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ANNA KENDRICK There was a lot of black & white trending at the Met Gala, as just seen with SJP, but I didn’t mind seeing that repeating trend, especially when it looked so amazing as with Anna’s look. Anna’s black & white number was a silk faille J. Mendel gown with a draped bustier, cummerbund waist, & pleated train. It’s always a plus when a look is completed with just as stunning accessories, again such as with Anna’s choices — her black Rauwolf clutch and statement making diamond Graff necklace and earrings.
The stunning touches didn’t stop just yet though, what about her amazing beauty look — perfect black cat eye, soft light plum lips (Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm and lip gloss), & her modern French twist (use of Herbal Essences hairspray). This was all attributed by makeup stylist Sara Glick & hair extraordinaire Matthew Monzon.
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AMBER HEARD — I had the pleasure of working with and meeting Amber many years back, probably one of her 1st acting gigs. I am so happy for her success and just to see how her hard work and determination has really paid off. This includes being able to be a knockout on the red carpet as Amber has done with this nude Giambattista Valli Haute Couture embroidered gown. Her beauty look was just as stunning with this sculptured chic updo, created by Peter Butler.
Amber is channeling old-school glam and continues to do so, from head to toe, inclusive of her many Fred Leighton pieces — 19th century diamond pendant earrings, 19th century diamond cluster bracelet, & a pair of early 19th century diamond bracelets.

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Black & white was a trend, but there was also quite a few flowing train looks for the Met Gala red carpet, and Idina’s look was certainly deserving a best dressed placement. This white Donna Karan Atelier gown with deconstructed flowers made of sequins, beads, and threadwork was dramatic and statement-making — GREAT PICK IDINA!!
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KATE BOSWORTH — Kate was definitely in the glam-zone for the night’s festivities. She looked classic in this salmon Stella McCartney gown with 2 midriff slashes and a back filled with spaghetti straps. It’s hard to not love a look that is so eye-catching, literally all of the details — gold Jimmy Choo Claire clutch and Aquazarra Firenze heels.
Let’s not also forget the glam jewelry to complete her look, pieces from Ana Khouri (Peacock pearl & diamond gold earrings, Stem gold & diamond necklace, and Petter gold and diamond bracelet), Vieri (Lily Love rose gold pink Tourmaline pave diamond ring), Sidney Garber (gold and diamond chain link ring), & Anna Sheffield.
Great work by Kate’s entire team — Peter Gray for hair, Kris Zero — stylist, & Gucci Westman — makeup artist.
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My best dressed list certainly has some trends, as did the Met Gala red carpet — black and white gowns, and also dresses you have to see from all sides! Hailee’s choice of this Prabal Gurung look with a button detailed back was very much fitting for her & the evening. She looked like a perfectly prim princess! But there was more than just the dress. We can’t forget the satin pink Charlotte Olympia heels & matching onyx and ivory diamond jewelry pieces from Van Cleef and Arpels.
Hailee had a great team to create this magical look — hair stylist Matthew Monzon who created her sleek chignon with use of Herbal Essences; makeup artist Matin Maulawizada, creating a clean nude lip & dramatic eye; & stylist Karla Welch.
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CHRISSY TEIGEN — Chrissy looked quite fit & trim in this custom halter column Ralph Lauren dress, which was covered in Swarovski crystals. Chrissy too was decked out in some major jewels, all by Lorraine Schwartz — all diamond pieces — fish cuff, bead cuff, natural pearl rings, and drop earrings.
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There are a few good men….

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David looked handsome in his white shawl collar tuxedo jacket by Ralph Lauren Black Label, complete with a black bow tie!

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JOSHUA JACKSON — Josh looked like a Boss, pun intended since he is wearing an ivory BOSS made to measure tuxedo jacket, which featured a black lapel and matching black tuxedo pants. He also sported a white bow tie, going perfectly with the night’s theme.

1399399400_frank-ocean-560                                                     FRANK OCEAN

Frank was a Met Gala performer, wearing a sleek Givenchy Haute Couture tuxe (in white) by Riccardo Tisci iwth a black bow tie. He accessorized with a sparkling pair of Jacob & Co. white diamond studs.