There’s been a lot of celeb style to sift through over the last few weeks what with awards season and the new fashion collections, so you might want to make yourself comfortable with a cup of tea, as this is going to be rather a l-o-n-g post!
Firstly, must mention that I’m getting a bit sick of seeing QUITE so much cleavage. The following three ladies would do well to remember that less is, sometimes, more.
Eva Longoria. I do hope you had plenty of tape sticking that dress down, Eva.
Kelly Brook – not only is this dress revealing far more than I think is appropriate, it looks as though it’s squashing her terribly – is it even the right size?
Kate Winslet. I actually quite like this Jenny Packham dress, other than the ridiculously low neckline.
Moving on, I thought we’d take a look at some of my favourite outfits worn by women over 40 recently. Firstly, Melanie Griffith …
I thought she looked amazing in this deep red at the Goya Cinema Awards. Although if I was married to Antonia Banderas, I’d probably be just as radiant as Melanie is! Love the jewellery, too – just a great look altogether. Best I’ve seen her looking for ages.
This was my absolute favourite of all the Oscar dresses on Sunday evening. Never mind all the 20-somethings in their sequins and sparkles, I thought Glenn Close outdid them all in this green ensemble.
Helen Mirren attending the Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2012 show (for which she eschewed the Oscars this year, interestingly). Fab dress and jacket for spring, love the leopard print shoes and handbag, and this is also a perfect example of how a haircut can take 15 years off you. Go Helen!
And finally in my ‘older women’ section, Helena Bonham Carter recently went to Buckingham Palace to receive her CBE from the Queen …
Helena chose this Vivienne Westwood suit for the occasion, and although I’m not a fan of her ‘style’ as a rule, I loved the fact that with this fashion choice, she remained true to her somewhat , shall we say, ‘eclectic’ clothing choices, but still looked appropriate for the occasion. And that hat is fab!
Let’s pause in the praise stakes for a minute to look at a couple of recent horrors:
Jasmine Guinness in a net creation that looks similar to something I had in my dressing up box back in the 70s.
Fergie at the BAFTAs in orange lace with unattractive underwear on display. Yuk.
And Sam Cam hosting a reception at 10 Downing Street recently. Now I have to say that I do like the fact Mrs C has embraced some colour for a change, so full marks for that, but the design of this dress is just so dated and dowdy. I actually quite like Sam, she seems like a pleasant enough woman, but I really wish she’d do something with her hair and wear something less frumpy, as I think she’d look great.
Now, to end, a selection of my favourite dresses over the last few weeks. In no particular order …
Abby Clancy at the Brits. Apart from the fact that I have no idea why Abby (former model and current WAG) was at the Brit Awards, this was by far my favourite Brits outfit in an otherwise lacklustre fashion evening. Love the whole 60s vibe thing she’s got going on.
Lily Collins at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. I just love this dress – it’s a little bit different, and is a perfect example of not having to expose your chest/legs to look lovely.
I’m not a fan of Gwynneth – far too earnest and macrobiotic for my liking – but I thought her Oscars outfit was great. A bit unusual and very elegant. Top marks.
Octavia Spencer at the Oscars, showing us that larger ladies can look just as fabulous as their skinny counterparts. I WANT this dress.
And finally, Katy Perry at the Grammys. If I ignore the fact that she’s matched her hair to her dress, this is just a perfect look. I’m a big fan of pale blue/green shades, and I think this is the best I’ve ever seen Katy look. I want this dress, too.
Phew! If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading, and I’d love to hear whether you agree with my thoughts or not?