by Lauren

best dressed at the white house correspondents’ dinner

April 30, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

While the White House Correspondents’ Dinner should technically be for the staff and press of the White House, for some reason it always seems to end up overrun with celebrities. This has two distinct upsides – a more interesting selection of fashion… and more people that we actually recognise for Obama to roast in his hilarious speech (if you haven’t watch it yet, I strongly recommend you do – I was laughing out loud!)

Of all the dresses on the red carpet, I think Ginnifer Goodwin took the biggest risk. She looked fabulous in her off-the-rack H&M gown (which you can buy yourself for $299).

Zooey Deschanel also gets points for her pretty mauve Oscar de la Renta frock, Kate Hudson shone like the star she is in her purple sequined Jenny Packham gown, and Viola Davis looked old Hollywood glam in a one-shouldered, red Amsale.

But how could anyone look past the First Lady? Michelle Obama looked positively radiant in her colourful Naeem Khan gown and in my book, nobody else came close.

Who do you think was best dressed?

by Lauren

fashion inspiration: the duchess of cambridge

April 29, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

It was a year ago today that Kate Middleton married Price William to become Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – and a bone fide fashion icon. So who better to look to for today’s fashion inspiration than the most recent addition to the British royal family?

While some comment that her style can be boring, I love the Duchess’ classic looks. She plays up her features while maintaining a conservative yet modern look. Let’s break down the elements.

Tailoring: Almost all of the future Queen of England’s outfits centre around impeccable tailoring. She wears fitted (but not clingy) dresses, sharp suits and belted coats.

Wear a summer version of her gorgeous peplum suit from earlier this year by opting for a tailored peplum dress instead. This one is from Dorothy Perkins for £48.

Embrace lace: When she wants to up the glamour, the Duchess frequently turns to lace. She’s worn lace sleeves and bodices on many occassions (including on her wedding dress) and she always looks so elegant.

Recreate her red-carpet look from the War Horse premiere (above) with this Oasis Lace Cut Out Dress (£55).

Work the high-low look: Even princesses don’t have to wear couture every day. The Duchess is comfortable wearing McQueen one day and Zara the next – with high street brands selling out within hours of her wearing an item. The Shola Dress from Reiss that she wore to meet the Obamas crashed the store’s website and sold out on both sides of the Atlantic.

Invest in this season’s version, with the Lola Dress by Reiss (now $220 / £117)

Shop your closet: This is one of the best lessons we can learn from the Duchess and I think it’s also one of the reasons why she’s so popular with the public. Just because she can have a new outfit every day doesn’t mean she has to – and neither do you! With so many classic items at her disposal, it’s great to see Catherine wear the same dress a few times (for example, the white Reiss dress she wore for her engagement photos and then again for Canada Day). One of her most frequently recycled items is her pair of L.K. Bennett nude heels.

A pair of nude heels goes with practically everything, especially in the current season. Invest in your own versatile pair of Kate’s favourite Sledge Court Shoes for £185.

And there you have it – you’ll be a princess in no time! Now tell me… what’s your favourite look from the Duchess’ first year of marriage?

by Lauren

at the movies: the avengers

April 25, 2012 in movies by Lauren

The Avengers has to be one of the most hotly anticipated films of the season. It is the end product of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and brings together several pre-established actors-as-heros including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America. Hulk attempts to recover from two recent (flop) films with Mark Ruffalo stepping in where Edward Norton and Eric Bana left off. Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Romanoff, as is Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

The basic plot of the film is that Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wants to take over Earth and the superheros must come together as The Avengers to save the world. In reality, the plot just provides a vehicle for Joss Whedon’s trademark dry humour and some incredible action sequences. There were moments where the entire audience was laughing out loud in my cinema (and, remembering that I live in Switzerland where audiences are generally rather reserved, that’s saying something!)

The film comes in at 142 minutes, but the pace was kept fast throughout so it never felt drawn out or laboured. I loved it, the boy loved it and the obvious comic fans sitting next to us seriously loved it. This is one of those great films that fuses action and comedy perfectly so if you’re a fan of either genre, check it out!

The Avengers is in cinemas in Australia from today. It will be released on 26 April in the UK and 4 May in the US.

Rating: ****

by Lauren

in the news: vivienne westwood’s QEII collection

April 22, 2012 in fashion, news by Lauren

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her diamond jubilee this year and in her honour, Vivienne Westwood has created a capsule collection inspired by some of the Queen’s most memorable outfits.

Fear not, though – Westwood’s dresses are not inspired by the Queen’s recent, brightly coloured outfits with matching hats. The muted palette and signature Westwood draping makes these inspired-by dresses perfect for a new generation of royalty (I’m looking at you, Duchess of Cambridge!)

The dresses, and matching jewelry collection, will be available in Vivienne Westwood stores from May. See Grazia to find out more and to see the full collection.

by Lauren

in the news: vogue paris now in english

April 17, 2012 in news by Lauren

If you don’t speak French but you love the style of Vogue Paris, you’re in luck!

My local edition of the Vogue imprint has just launched a new website in English so you can get your news directly from the French fashion capital without using a translator.

I wonder whether this will remove some of the allure of the French title, given it maintained a certain je ne sais quoi from being only accessible to those who spoke the language of love.

Perhaps the Voguettes thought about this, because the English site features only a selection of handpicked editorials, with users still needing to go to the French site to get the full story.

Will you check out the English site for Vogue Paris?

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