Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Met Gala 2014

The 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.
(All of the images that I have used in this post are sourced from:
http://hollywoodlife.com/pics/met-costume-gala-red-carpet-2014-photos   Photos are by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

The notorious met gala took place in New York City yesterday and I have to say that the fashion gets better and better year by year! The Met Gala is one of the most important nights on the fashion calendar and I am always excited to see what and who everyone wore. Here are some of my favourite looks of the night.

Rihanna was by far the best dressed for me on the night. She looked flawless in Stella McCartney. White on white is a huge trend for S/S 2014 and she rocked it from head to toe. Rihanna never fails to impress us, she always raises the fashion bar and she never sticks to just one style. I am in love with every element of this outift from the elegant train, the exposed midriff, the open back, long sleeves and the choker style necklace completes the look perfectly. 
Model and actress; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and head designer of Balmain; Olive Rousteing were also in the running for best dressed in my eyes.
Both are wearing Balmain A/W 2014. These ensembles scream high fashion and perfection. 
Model and actress; Suki Waterhouse looked absolutely amazing in Burberry. I love that she wore her hair up as it shows of her decadent décolletage. Her make up is gorgeous and this Burberry gown fits her like a glove.
It was no surprise that Sarah Jessica Parker looked gorgeous at the Met Gala. SJP turned up in a stunning gown by Oscar De La Renta. She looked like a fairytale princess. I have a weakness for long gloves with ball gowns. Her hair and make-up is so creative and fresh. When you see her look from the front you think perfection and then she turnes around! The back of this dress is out of this world. I am in LOVE with this entire look.
The power couple in fashion are of course the Beckhams. These two are the ones that I was looking forward to seeing what they wore the most and I was not disappointed. The uber handsome David Beckham wore Ralph Lauren while Victoria shone in her own design. This couple always look flawless and they are rocking the white trend.  

I couldn't mention power couples without mentioning JayZ and Beyonce no could I. White was a continuous trend for men at this years Met Gala. JayZ and Beyonce are both wearing Givenchy. Beyonce looks unreal! Her headpiece is to die for! Dark lips were also a big make-up trend at the Met Gala. The dropped earrings are devine and the sheet skirt part of Beyonce's dress is breathtaking. The plunging v neck an cinched in waist detail extenuates her envious curves. 
Rita Ora caused a bit of controvery over what she chose to wear to this event. She wore a champagne-coloured gown by Donna Karan Atelier paired with these statement boots. I personally loved this look and I really admire the fact that Rita Ora loves fashion and she likes to play around with different styles, she is not afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion. You will either love or hate this look. 
The Olsen twins can do no wrong in my book. These fashionistas both wore vintage Chanel. I am always excited to see what Mary-Kate and Ashley will wear next. There style has evolved so much over the years and they are constantly taking the fashion world by storm. 

Anne Hathaway went for an understated and simple red dress with a slit and exposed midriff by Calvin Klien. This dress looks like it was made for her and the colour red suits her so much. 
 Last but not least, the ultimate IT girl of the moment model Cara Delevingne (my major girl crush) rocked a black cut out crop top paired with white trousers both by Stella McCartney. I love that Cara chose not to go with the crowd and wore trousers instead of a dress. She is absolutely fabulous and her hair and make-up are flawless (as per usual). 

There you have it the above images are my top 10 picks from the Met Gala 2014. 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Assisting a fashion stylist on Xposé photo-shoots.

I have recently gotten the opportunity to work with the brilliant fashion stylist Irene O'Brien on a couple of different fashion shoots. I was really excited to see how a professional fashion stylist works and to find out exactly what is involved with this specific and trilling career path!
         I learned sooooo much from her. I learned all about working to a brief, the procedures to follow when pulling clothing and accessories for photo-shoots, working with models, photographers, boutiques and presenters and I also learned how to do a spreadsheet necessary for keeping track of all of the items on the shoot.
          All of the photo-shoots that I assisted this stylist on were for the Irish fashion television programme Xposé. I was over the moon about this, as I watch Xposé everyday! The first photo-shoot that I assisted took place in the Liquor Rooms in Dublin City Centre and this shoot featured clothing and accessories from the Irish boutique Carousel. (There website is: www.ilovecarousel.com )
Here is an image of this shoot.

Carousel is such a lovely boutique located in the heart of Dublin City Centre and the girls that work there are extremely helpful ! I strongly recommend that you check them out, especially if you are into that quirky, girly look. Here is a link to there facebook page:

           Another one of the shoots that I assisted the fashion Stylist Irene O'Brien took place in the luxurious Marker Hotel. When we arrived there were chocolates awaiting us on the pillows in the bedrooms and the staff that worked there were so professional and really made us feel welcome at the hotel. All of the clothing and accessories featured in this photo-shoot were sourced from the Pavilions shopping centre located in Swords; Dublin. Here are some images from behind the scenes of this Xposé photo-shoot:

The reason why the model has two odd shoes on is because we were trying to decide which shoes looked best with the outfit! I am in LOVE with this pink pleather pencial midi skirt from River Island.

My favourite look from this entire shoot is the second image above. This outfit screams the 90's which is my ultimate favourite era in fashion. This spaghetti strap, burnt orangey red slip dress with black panelling is from River Island. The black bowler hat is from H&M, the leather jacket is from Mango as are these AMAZING black tasselled creeper style brogues. I fell in love with these brogues so much on this shoot that I just had to go out and buy myself a pair! I also fell in love with this pink coat from also from River Island and the way that Irene styled it with this outfit is my favourite way to wear a coat, as I find wearing coats just resting over the shoulders gives the oufit such an elegant look.

The images above are some extra images from behind the scenes on the day. The first image is off the rail of clothing and the second is the bed where we kept track of the accessories including jewellery, bags and hats.
         Another one of the shoots that I assisted Irene on was 'The style clinic' which is another segment featured on Xposé. Unfortunatley I do not have images from this shoot, but basically I assisted Irene with styling  women who signed up to get a day of  pampering and we worked with makeup artists and hair stylists from Brown sugar on the day. It was a fantastic experience and  I really enjoyed meeting so many new people on each and every one of these photo-shoots. I hope to get even more experience working with fashion stylists as I feel that that is the career path that I would like to head down as I feel that styling is my biggest strength in relation to fashion.