The Emmys: who wore what?

The hottest of the hottest television and movie stars roamed Hollywood on Sunday 23rd, as the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place at the Nokia Theatre.

Never mind who won what and who went with who, the real question is, who were the best dressed ladies on the red carpet?

Mad Men actress, January Jones, looked fierce in a gorgeous Zac Posen black gown, with black peep-toe heels and a black clutch. Now that is how to rock the goth look on the red-carpet, without looking too scary.

Zac Posen dresses were also worn by several others. For example Kiernan Shipka, the 12 year old actress from Mad Men, who wore a shimmering, below the knee length dress, which was perfect for her age as she didn’t look too old. Whereas reality star, turned fashion designer, actress and singer, Kelly Osbourne, also went for the goth look like January Jones, in a slim-fit gown, teamed with a black clutch.

Zooey Deschanel and Heidi Klum were both wearing the same shade dress, but completely different styles. Deschanel wore a sweetheart neckline and tiered tulle gown, custom made for her by Reem Acra. Whereas Klum wore a thigh-high slit dress, with a low neckline. Even though I never usually like these cut dresses, I must admit, Klum looked stunning!

There was only one Louis Vuitton dress on the red carpet, and it was worn by Downtown Abbey actress and Emmy nominee,  Michelle Dockery. The cobalt gown looked flawless on the British actress.

Pregnant Claire Danes walked the red carpet and later collected her award for her role in Homeland, in a yellow Lanvin gown, worn with gold bangles and Barbara Bui sandals.

Who do you think should have been added to this list of best dressed? Tweet me your favourites @katyiakoumi .

By Katerina Yiakoumi

Images courtesy of ELLEUK and People magazine


When Vuitton Met Kusama

Since Yayoi Kusama and Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton creative director) first met in her Tokyo studio in 2006, the long-awaited collaboration the fashion and art industry have desired for is finally here. The collection first hit stores yesterday, as it was unveiled at the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The collaboration between the 83 year old Japanese designer, Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton has quickly become the talk around town, especially after the recent exhibition of Kusama’s work at the Tate Modern in London, which will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art later this week.

So what can be expected from the ‘Infinitely Kusama’ range? Kusamas trademark polka-dots of course! They can be found in everything and anything in the collaboration with Louis Vuitton, you can take your pick from dresses, leggings, coats, jewellery, bags, shoes, sunglasses and in various bright colours! If you are worrying about spending the money on something you may only wear a few times, there is no need to panic, as there’s also a fabulous raincoat which can be worn throughout the year (especially in this British weather!) In my opinion, there is nothing more fun than timeless polka-dots. It takes you right back to the 50’s, but with a fresh take.

What did Marc Jacobs, who has a love for art as well as fashion, have to say about working with the legendary artist Kusama? “It’s very much a true collaboration…there’s the Vuitton monogram and the spots of Kusama. Both of them are endless, timeless and forever.”

But be aware, you have to be quick! The limited-edition collection is only available in a few spots around the world for now—New York, Paris and the second collection will hit London’s Selfridges on the 24th August. What are you waiting for?

Graduate Fashion Week: Chloe Jones takes home Gold

Graduate Fashion week, the most-awaited moment that every fashion student longs to be a part of, has once again ended and it will not be back again until the beginning of June 2013.

Just in the space of a few days, the fashion world gives graduates a huge platform for them to showcase their amazing talents and creativity, which they are then judged on to win numerous awards. This ranges from ‘Best Womanswear’ and ‘Best Menswear’ collections, to the ‘international’ award. This year, the judges and presenters consisted of Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Bailey, Matthew Williamson, Daphne Guinness, Daisy Lowe, Caroline Flack and many other industry experts and celebrities.

So, who is the new British fashion designer you should be keeping your eye on? Chloe Jones, a student from Bath University. Not only did Chloe grab gold over 1,000 other graduates, she also won two awards at the Graduate Fashion Week Gala, held on the 13th June. One being ‘Best Womenswear’, and the other, the ‘Gold Award’, sponsored by George and worth £20,000, for the best student collection of 2012. Chloe’s collection ‘Our Father Who Art In Heaven’ consists of beautiful, chiffon full-length skirts, matched with grey, sporty hoodies. Ok, it may sound like a weird mix, but they strangely complement each other.

This will not be the last you hear of the talented Chloe Jones, as previous Graduate Fashion Week winners have hit the fashion industry hard and have left an unmovable mark. The previous Gold award winner, Rory Langdon from Nottingham Trent University, is currently living in Italy and is working on the knitwear design team for Max & Co. and has also been approached by the likes of Burberry.

Great opportunities will be presented to Chloe Jones in the next few months, as it is just the start of her career.

Chloe Jones, Winner of the Graduate Fashion Week George Gold Award

Blooming Beautiful

Dr. Martens, 3 eye lace up grey floral

The summer season is finally here, which can only mean one thing: time to shop for our holidays. If you have an obsession with shoes, and are dying to indulge in a pair, or are a floral-print lover like me, why not blend the two together, to create the classic summer shoe! Trust me; you will not be the only one doing so in this season, which is packed with British florals. By stepping into these shoes, you will be bringing the beautiful British countryside with you.

Floral print is, and always will be, the ideal look for the summertime as it is girly, flirty and pretty. From wedges, to wellies and trainers, the floral trend works well with a wide range of footwear. Plus, it will be easy to find the perfect pair to match your personality and style, as they are practically everywhere. Liberty London have collaborated with a number of brands, from Dr. Martens bringing us a hip ‘Wild Nature’ range that hit us at the beginning of the month and Nike with their ‘Super Natural Style’ range.

Floral shoes can be used to brighten up a plain outfit or clashing print on print will leave you with the perfect country-garden look. The shoes will be a simple statement, whilst adding a rebellious twist. Why not even add a cute pair of ankle socks to add more individuality to your outfit.

If you are not a shoe lover (which is hard to believe) there is no need to worry, as you can adopt the English Rose and beautiful blooms look with dresses, trousers, shorts, bikinis, blazers, bags…you name it!

There is nothing more fun than adding a quirky piece to an outfit, especially when the item ends up being a funky pair of shoes that you can wear over and over again!

Office, Mildred t-bar flat pat pu £45

Dr. Martens 8 eyelet lace up bt black floral £85.00

Multicoloured London Rebel Floral Platform Wedge Sandals

Mantaray Grey floral wellies

Images courtesy of Office and Debenhams

By Katerina Yiakoumi

Drop, dead, gorgeous earrings.

Siren: Longoria at the screening of De Rouille et d'Os (Rust and Bone)

Accessorising is essential. It is like going to a party and not having your hair done. Accessories may only be a small fraction of an outfit, but they are what makes the look so special and unique!

So, what is in? Drop earrings. As seen on Eva Longoria and Fan Bing Bing at this years Cannes Film Festival, they are a must for the summer. Especially when wearing denim waistcoats or shorts, not just for night outs, but they are a cool way to spruce up your day-to-day wear, to leave an edgy feel. Having your hair pulled back in a high ponytail or a high, messy bun and showing off your new, dangling earrings is the way to go with the look. Top designers like Bottega Veneta and Emilio Pucci have a fabulous range. If you are worrying about the price, there is no need to fear, as I have found the best, must-have pieces at reasonable, high-street prices.

Freedom at Topshop seems to have an extremely cool range of long, triangle and arrow drop earrings. From casual wear like these triangle arrow drops,

to this elegant, stylish pair of multi triangle drop earrings. Both pairs of earrings are only £8.50.

Or why not go for these delicate brushed heart short drops from Accessorize for only £4.

Delicate Brushed Heart Short Drops

As tribal wear is another ‘in’ look, why not go for this pair of silver tone triple row spike drop earrings from River Island for £9, to shake up your outfit.

But out of all the drop earrings I found, my favourite, essential pair are these white wooden skull earrings from River Island. For just £4, they are a bargain!

Just by adding a pair of these long, petite, dangling earrings can transform any outfit to an elegant, chic look in just a few seconds, so why not treat yourself and indulge in a gorgeous pair?

Images courtesy of Topshop, Accessorize, River Island, Daily Mail and Glamour

By Katerina Yiakoumi

Flag It!

As the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics are just around the corner, everyone in London town has gone mad with patriotism!

Even top British brands (from high end designers, to the high-street) have naturally joined in with the fashion craze. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Mulberry and many more of Britain’s own fashion royalty have created fabulous, one off designs for Selfridges. Plus high street stores like New Look have a hip, new range of Union Jack and London themed T-shirts.

So why not unleash your inner Spice Girl and purchase something from Geri Halliwell’s new line at Next. Her ‘Geri’ collection is Union Jack galore, full of themed pieces, ranging from evening wear (which can only remind you of her one-off original flag dress) to tops, to beach wear. My favourite item from the line is this flag Jersey T-shirt, costing £24.

But what are my three, favourite, must-have pieces from the best British designers and shops for you fashionistas out there?

I am in love with this bargain London Calling tank top from New Look, which is only £9.99!

White (White) White London Calling Tank Top | 250902810 | New Look

It is not just about the clothes though, accessorising is another important element to an outfit. It is time to put away your Alexander McQueen skull scarf for now, and purchase a Union Jack Spring scarf, like this Vivienne Westwood masterpiece to perfect an outfit.

Union Jack Scarf

Or you can even purchase a pair from the King of tight designs himself, Jonathan Aston, as he has designed a unique pair of crown/Union Jack black opaque tights, which can be bought at TOPSHOP for £15.

Whatever you do though, do NOT wear more than one patriotic item at a time; otherwise the outfit will be over the top, will not look right and is without a doubt fashion suicide!

Images courtesy of Next, New Look, Vivienne Westwood and Topshop

By Katerina Yiakoumi