Sunday, April 5, 2015

Top 10 Looks from March 2015

 They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Well in regards to fashion that was surely not the case. The red carpets were ablaze all month long and it was hard for me to choose just ten looks for me to feature. Lily James shedded her princess gowns and Disney inspired looks to work a sleek modern custom Balenciaga grey strapless gown with gold button details for the "Cinderella" premiere in London. This was more on an iconic look for me than the princess statement that she made a the films premiere in LA wearing Elie Saab Couture because it was an unexpected choice. This will definitely be on my mind when I am crafting my Best Dressed of the Year list.
 Jessica Alba was spotted out and about running from meeting to meeting in New York City in early March looking impossibly chic. Jessica snatched up a peach head to toe ensemble from the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2015 RTW runway collection that she paired with a Kenzo bag. I love that she took this head to toe runway look and owned it on the sidewalk runway. Christina Hendricks helped celebrate the finale of her hit series "Mad Men" ad the Black and Red Ball wearing a custom Zac Posen emerald gown with jacquard leopard spots on the hem. This gown also included a detachable ball skirt, that I was not a huge fan of. The red carpet didn't seem grand enough for a ball skirt, but the more streamlined silhouette featured here was perfection. The beginning of March ushered in Paris Fashion Week which had celebrity packed front rows. Hailee Steinfeld was the stand out of all the ladies who packed the Christian Dior Fall 2015 RTW presentation. I thought that her orange Christian Dior long sleeved dress, which she paired with Dior accessories including a white clutch, green knee high boots and stunning cat-eye sunglasses, was the perfect look for a front row. Hailee looked modern, youthful and incredibly chic taking her front row seat.
 What would a best dressed list be without a Chastain appearance? Jessica Chastain became the third person, behind Sienna Miller and Anna Wintour, to be dressed in the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2015 RTW Collection. The houses first collection since the death of the namesake and the take over by Peter Copping. What I love about this look is that the black and white floral tapestry inspired long sleeve gown is perfection on the red headed beauty. This look evokes the 1960s to me and I could see the likes of Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn loving this gown. Simple hair and makeup were all that were needed to finish this look off perfectly for the Jameson Empire Awards. For the first ever amfAR Hong Kong Gala, Hong Kong film star Carina Lau wowed in a custom gown version of a cocktail dress presented in the Schiaparelli Spring 2015 Couture collection. I quickly developed a love affair with this collection and so far every look that has hit a red carpet from it has been utter perfection. The beaded necklace detail with hands clasping in the back made this an avant garde take on a very classic look. A look that I believe that Mademoiselle Schiaparelli would be proud of. The fight for breakout star of the year is going to be a tough one. Carmen Ejogo has been making the red carpet rounds since the premiere of her Oscar nominated film "Selma," and has really been coming into her own. I loved her black and white Balmain sequined window pane long sleeved mini dress that was worn to BET's "Black Girls Rock." What I loved about this look is that Carmen took this dress and went for full glamour with the styling. From the bouncy pinned back behind one ear curls, to the matte red lip and the black black sandals just made this look perfection.
Only Charlize Theron, and of course Angelina Jolie, could don a simple black dress on the red carpet and still end up on my Best Dressed of the Month list. For the Parisian premiere of her film "Dark Places," Charlize wore a stunning custom Christian Dior Couture black beaded strapless knee length dress which she paired with a pair of black Dior sandals, a black Dior satin clutch and Jessica McCormack diamond jewelry. What made this such a major statement was just the air about Charlize. She knows how to own a red carpet and own this one she did. Kerry Washington continued to be one of my favorite red carpet ladies wearing a black, yellow and maroon Mary Katrantzou Pre-Fall 2015 mini dress for PALEYFEST LA presents "Scandal." I love how Kerry styled her look oping for complimentary yellow pumps, a nondescript black clutch, a berry lip and slicked back pulled up hair. All of these additions just made sure that this was a best dressed worth look. When I saw Kate Bosworth at the Fine Arts Museum San Francisco Mid-Winter gala in this red and white Christian Dior Spring 2014 Couture strapless gown I let out a little cheer. I have been obsessed with this gown since it was first presented in January of last year and I am glad that Kate really did this gown justice. The gown itself is just so detailed all of the circular details are made up by hand place sequin details. Toussled locks, a red lip and a white Christian Dior clutch made this look all about the dress which, as the work of art that this gown is, should have been the case.

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