Mar 3, 2014

In pictures: Oscars 2014

There were two pictures that defined the 2014 Oscars: Jennifer Lawrence impressively fell over once again, this year on the red carpet rather than inside the ceremony, and event host Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie of herself with a gaggle of star guests - including Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto - which was retweeted a record-breaking 2.316.214 times, topping even Barack Obama's election-win photo.

Other memorable moments came by way of Pharrell who tried to dance with Meryl Streep, although had more success with Lupita Nyong'o, and again from DeGeneres who gave out pizza to the audience - a treat happily devoured by Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
See all the tears, hugs, romantic kisses and dancing...

Jan 22, 2014

Let the couture begin...

Having whetted our fashion appetite with last week's menswear shows, it's on to the second course, as Couture Fashion Week begins in Paris (although, strictly speaking, it should be dessert, if the frothy, colourful and delicate confections that we are expecting materialise). Kicked off in some style by Donatella Versace's Atelier Versace label (with Lady Gaga on the front row), the week promises plenty to look forward to on and off the catwalk - including the world's most expensive dresses, all our favourite models, and almost as many stars as the Oscars' red carpet.

Ateiler Versace

The debut show at couture week by London-based Ralph & Russo on Thursday was the first by a British couture house in more than 100 years - while Giorgio Armani will be celebrating for other reasons, as his Privé couture collections will be celebrated with an exhibition following the show tomorrow.

Add to all that the delights of Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stéphane Rolland, and the drama of Chanel - and we can all look forward to a very filling second course, with just enough room for a fluffy meringue or two afterwards.

See the couture shows as they happen on Anya Fashionista blog.


Jan 14, 2014

The Golden Globes 2014 hightlights thru my eyes

Jennifer Lawrence managed to avoid another fall when she collected her Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for American Hustle last night, however she didn't altogether disband the clumsiness that we love her for, dropping her jewellery on the red carpet during a television interview with Ryan Seacrest. After having picked up her bracelet from the floor, she swung it round her wrist and carried on as usual. She also, jokingly, crept up behind friend Taylor Swift mid-interview and pretended to push her down the stairs.

The Globes served up a host of both entertaining and endearing pictures, as Hollywood's leading ladies and dashing gents celebrated this year's best films and performances. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kept the audience laughing with their playful, witty, one-liners, with the romantic lives of Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney as the butt of jokes. 

Emma Thompson reminded us why she truly is one of the grand dames of British acting when she presented an award pretending to be drunk, Martini in one hand and Louboutin heels in the other..maybe her feet were tired, or she just avoid a mass of water on the red carpet :-)

Jan 6, 2014

Red Carpet Report: Palm Springs Film Festival Awards

Ushering in the 2014 awards season in style, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala provided the first taste of red carpet action for the New Year (and selfies, of course :-)


With a high-profile list of winners - from Sandra Bullock to Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts - the ceremony gives us the first indicator of who is set to dominate this year's run of award shows, starting with the Golden Globes this weekend and spanning the BAFTAsPeople's Choice Awards and SAG Awards before arriving at the big event - the Oscars on March 2. 

So who should we consider the names to watch? Lupita Nyong'o cemented her status as the rising star everyone is talking about by collecting the night's Breakthrough Performance Award, while the American Hustle cast walked away with the Ensemble Performance Award. Bullock and Matthew McConaughey collected the night's big acting accolades, for their roles in Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club respectively, while Hanks was honoured with the Chairman's Award for a stellar year of roles encompassing Captain Phillips  and Saving Mr. Banks.

Sandra Bullock wore an Alex Perry dress with Brian Atwood heels and carried a Jimmy Choo clutch to collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award – Actress for her role in Gravity.
Amy Adams – who collected the Ensemble Performance Award alongside her American Hustle castmates - wore a Juan Carlos Obando dress, Casadei heels and Cartier jewellery.

Naomie Harris teamed a dress by Naeem Khan with Jimmy Choo heels and jewellery by David Morris.

Meryl Streep wore slim black trousers and an embellished jumper to collect the Icon Award, honouring her career.

Julia Roberts wore a bespoke Gucci dress and heels to collect the night’s Spotlight Award for her role in the film August: Osage County.

Lupita Nyong’o – who received the night’s Breakthrough Performance Award – wore an Elie Saab dress with Christian Louboutin heels, Cartier jewellery and a Judith Leiber clutch.

Matthew McConaughey wore a Saint Laurent suit to collect the night’s Desert Palm Achievement Award – Actor for his role in the film Dallas Buyers Club, while Camilla Alves wore a gown by Mikael D.

Bradley Cooper wore a Tom Ford suit to join his American Hustle castmates to collect the Ensemble Performance Award.

Tom Hanks was presented with the Chairman’s Award by Julia Roberts, for his work in the films Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks.

Ewan McGregor presented the night's Spotlight Award to his August: Osage County co-star Julia Roberts.

Jane Fonda
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