Street style bumps Vs. Celebrity bumps

Fashion

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This season bumps were quite the feature at Fashion Weeks all over the world. With Miroslava Duma, Yasmin Sewell and Eva Chen’s pregnancy style being more fashion forward, it inspires me to see how they work current runway styles (Eva Chen in Christopher Kane) into a look that fits and flatters a growing bump.

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I do love how well floor length works for the red carpet, some starlets go for fitted and others, floaty. In my opinion it would depend on where you are in your pregnancy and how you would like to show it off.

And then there was Blake..

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Blake Lively seems to have come trailblazing into the pregnancy style stratosphere with form flattering red carpet looks and daytime trends that mix clashing patterns, shorter hemlines and look-again outerwear. However there seems to be a shock from the media, somewhat unexpected, that somehow pregnant women can be glamourous, fashionable and …. dare I say it sexy!

I like what Blake is doing and how she is dressing for herself, adapting her pre-pregancy looks to suit her new shape. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your original style just becuase you are pregnant.

KD on the Red Carpet: Shobna Gulati

Beauty, Fashion

Former Corrie actress walked down the red carpet on Saturday, looking amazing and showing of her gorgeous figure in a bespoke Kirsty Doyle Lemon LD bustier dress.

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Shobna styled her KD creation with a sleek cream clutch, and a chunky braclet. She kept her make-up to a nude and brown colour palette, while letting her hair fall loosely on her shoulders.

The actress’s red carpet look received some lovely comments, including from stylist Grace Wooward who voted her best dress of the evening and we totally agree. She looked gorgeous.

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Can you believe it, Shobna’s clutch costs just £20 from boohoo.com. So cheap you can buy one in each colour. A great buy!!

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You can shop Shobna’s dress now, over on the website

KD on the red carpet: Anna Shaffer

Beauty, Fashion

Between all the preparations for the soap awards on Saturday, we were lucky enough to have a quick catch with the gorgeous Hollyoaks actress Anna Shaffer we chatted about style, beauty and getting ready for the awards.

Anna looked amazing in a bespoke nude Marianna dress. Styled with an amazing Charlotte Olympia clutch, gorgeous curled hair which was swept to the side and lashings of red lipstick. She showed us exactly how to style a Kirsty Doyle creation. The hint of leopard print from the clutch really finishes of the outfit.

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How would you describe your personal style?

I think I have quite a simple but classic style. Lately i’ve been experimenting with more patterns and prints, especially as we move into summer.
It’s so important to have fun with fashion too, I think the older I get the less I care about what other people think and I’m much more willing to give new
things a try…even if they end up a bit of a disaster! 

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What are your style inspirations and influences?

I love Mad Men. If I could dress like Joan every day I absolutely would! I think the french dress fabulously too, they keep silhuettes sleek and simple and use accessories as a way of standing out. In terms of people, I take huge inspiration from Jessica Alba and Diane Kruger. They are always flawless and look effortless. Their style is timeless but they always have a modern twist which I think is really interesting. And it helps that they’re stunning too! 

Do you have any red carpet beauty tips?

Give yourself time! There is nothing worse than feeling rushed before an event as you will make rash decisions about your make up that you will totally regret later. And looking flustered and clammy on the red carpet because you had to get ready in 5 minutes is never a good look! I think a strong lip is always fabulous. Red literally goes with ANYTHING and can transform an outfit. Also less is more. If you’re having a heavy Eye go easy on the lips and vice versa….oh and check your teeth for lipstick!!! That’s definitely something I’ve learnt!

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 Do you enjoy getting ready for award events?

I generally get a little stressed before events, so it’s so important to plan ahead. If I know my dress is wonderful and I know exactly how I want my make up and hair then the rest slots into place…and it’s always good to leave yourself a good hour before you need to be there so you can relax with a cheeky drink and remember to enjoy yourself! 

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Shop the dress here

#StudioLoves: The Met Ball 2013

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It is the most anticipated Fashion night of the year, and it has the most start studded red carpet event. This years met ball was all about Punk: Chaos to Couture, so which celebrities nailed the punk look and which celebrities went Punk by ignoring the theme all together…

PUNK LOVE…

It was these lovely celebrities that really achieved the punk theme, while still looking super classy and super stylish. Well done ladies…

Super Brit, Sienna Miller rocked up in all Burberry outfit. The studded leather jacket and accessories adding the punk vibe to her gorgeous white sheath dress.

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Nicole Richie, sporting a Topshop column dress with dark plum lips. She went the one step further and turned her hair white – thats what we call dedication.

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Another one flying the flag for the Brits. Model of the moment Cara Delevingne also turned up a stud adorned Burberry outfit and she finished off the punk look with smokey eyes and tousled hair.

Cameron makes a subtle nod towards the punk theme in her cobalt Stella McCartney  cape dress with studded waist belt, and slicked back hair.

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The not-so-punk…

These celebrities may not have followed the dress code, but they still looked as amazing as ever.

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Solange Knowles turned up in a thigh showing blue printed Kenzo dress, paired with simple strap shoes and a box clutch.

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Actress Amanda Seyfried wore a Givenchy Couture dress from SS ’07 collection

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She never seems to put a fashion foot wrong, the gorgeous Blake Lively wears a strapless Gucci Première and keeps her hair and make-up simple

Red Carpet Trends…

All-in-white – White gowns and dresses were a popular choice for many stars on Monday night.

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Katie Holmes in a Calvin Klein Collection gown.

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Rooney Mara sported a unique custom-made Givenchy Couture dress

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Emmy Rossum  arrived to the event in a Donna Karen Atelier custom-made dress.

Cut-away dress –  A major trend for the Met Ball this year was cut out dresses, celebrities showed up flashing hints of midriffs and ribs.

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Model Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors

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Dakota Fanning dressed in a sheer back Rodarte dress.

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Great Gatsby actress, Carey Mulligan wore a gorgeous Balenciaga dress, complete with Tiffany jewellery.

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Singer Rita Ora and the gorgeous Olivia Wilde, did two trends in one, both opting for white cut away dresses. Olivia wore a custom-made dress by Calvin Klein Collection, while Rita opted for a custom-made Thakoon dress.

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Best of British…

The Brits did us proud on Monday night, and here is the studios pick of the best dressed Brits.

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Model Lily Cole supported her fellow Brits by wearing a Vivienne Westwood gown.

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Power couple Colin and Livia Firth attended the event together. Livia wore a floor length Moschino dress.

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The lovely actress Emma Watson turned up to the event in a custom-made Prabal Gurung dress, with cut-away midriff and thigh high split.

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Alexa Chung supported British Fashion designer Erdem by wearing black sheer panelled dress.

In a league of her own…

There is no doubt about it that the SATC star, Sarah Jessica Parker loves the Met Ball. Each year she pulls out all the stops, and this year was no different. Her over the top Giles Deacon gown and Phillip Tracey mowhawk was the ultimate Punk look and only her and her altar ego Carrie Bradshaw could pull this look off.

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STUDIO FAVOURITE…

Actress Anne Hathaway wears a lovely Vintage Valentino dress. We are loving the sheer dress but loving the platinum blonde hair even more…

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What was your favourite look from this years Met ball?

Oscars 2013: Best Dressed

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It’s that time of year again, its the Oscars. The time of year where we all sit waiting in anticipation to see what stars wore who.  This year every name you could think of was worn and there was even more sparkle and glamour. Winning the the best dressed award is almost as great as winning best actress.

In the studio we have picked out our favourite looks from the evening.

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Pale and interesting was big trend amongst the stars on this years red carpet. Best Actress winer Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture and Amanda Seyfried in AlexanderMcQueen were our top picks.

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No red carpet event would be complete without lots of sparkle and a LBD. Above Sandra Bullock  shows of her figure in an Elie Saab Couture gown, and Oscar winner Adele turns up in fellow Brit, Jenny Packham.

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Alicia Vikander in looks stunning in a Elie Saab Couture gown and Halle Berry adds maximum sex appeal in this Versace floor length dress.

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Adding a pop of colour. Olivia Munn matched the red carpet  in a Marchesa gown, while Reese Witherspoon kept it simple in a sapphire blue Louis Vuitton number.

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and one for the boys, Brit actor Eddie Redmayne looking dapper in an Alexander McQueen suit.

The best of the after parties…

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Anne Hathaway in Saint Laurent column dress and Kate Bosworth goes short in Giambattista Valli

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Rose Byrne went for separates in a silk wrap skirt and high neck backless top, while Miranda Kerr vamps it up in Valentino.