Monday, 23 December 2013

Beyoncé: A Year in Fashion

For Queen Bey, this year has been massive. From the release of her documentary to her Mrs Carter tour to the surprise release of her self-titled album, the icon achieved a lot in 2013. As well as her musical talents, the star wore a number of pieces we lusted after on and off the red carpet, let's take a look back at her best dressed moments. 

Emilio Pucci for the Inauguration 
The Single Ladies star might have been miming during her performance at Barack Obama's Inauguration at the beginning of this year, but boy did she look fabulous throughout. Donning an Emilio Pucci floor length gown with subtle baroque detail, she finished off her look with elaborate curls, dazzling emerald green accessories and a cosy black fur coat.  

 Life is But a Dream Premiere

In February Beyoncé dazzled at the premiere of her HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream. Wearing Elie Saab, the semi- sheer piece contained intricate embellishments and the figure-hugging dress accentuated her killer hips. 

H&M campaign

Back in the spring Knowles sent tongues wagging when she was named as the face of high street retailer H&M's summer line, with a number of gorgeous and affordable bikinis and billowing dresses. It's fair to say we lusted after the lot of them!

Givenchy at the Met Gala

This year's Met Gala had a striking punk theme and the Grown Woman singer appropriately wore a fiery Givenchy number for the evening. With a progressive paisley fire trim flowing through the outfit and a snakeskin corset top she oozed diva, finishing off the piece with matching gloves and knee-high boots. 

Kenzo for the Mrs Carter Tour
With any show-stopping tour, the outfits have to wow and the star showed her wild side in this flattering turquoise and burnt orange leopard print playsuit. 

Topshop Playsuit 
Although Beyoncé favoured Gucci as her designer this year, she was also a big fan of Topshop. She stepped out in a fabulous banana leaf tee with matching shorts whilst in Houston with husband Jay Z. A popular piece that has also been seen on the likes of J Lo, it definitely had a super tropical feel. 

Gucci Paisley Outfit
At the end of this year, sporting a new bob and just before releasing her self-titled album, Beyoncé received mixed reviews for her paisley print Gucci playsuit but I loved it. Bursting with vibrancy and being taken in at the ankles made the piece extremely flattering and the high neck was both sophisticated and conservative. 

Burberry Prorsum for new music video
Hailed as one of the most in-demand catwalk collections of this season, Burberry Prorsum's A/W collection contained an array of beautiful animal print and deep red shades. For a new music video the star shot recently she was seen in an ox blood trench coat with skinny metal belt complete with dark rouge lips and metallic stilettos. 

Tom Ford at Album release party
Possibly my favourite of her outfits to date was the Tom Ford creation she wore for her album launch party. The figure-hugging bodycon dress had an intricate black mosaic print with stunning knee length boots to match, finished off with subtle peep-toes. 

Fearne Cotton Opts for Bubblegum Bob This Christmas

Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton has had a lot to celebrate this year. From the announcement of her engagement to long-term boyfriend Jesse Wood, to the birth of her son Rex, what better way to close her year than to go for a brand new hair colour. 

The 32 year-old released a cute Instagram selfie on Friday showing her newly trimmed candy-coloured  locks with the caption "Thanks @itslyndell for my Christmas hair!!! ". 

(above: the style she opted for 2 years ago)

The style icon had her hair styled into a long bob yet the look is not a new one for the star. Two years previous she decided to dye it a similar colour tweeting "May have had my hair dyed light pinkish. One day left of my 20s. Had to do it. Regress. I am 15 again!"

This is definite hairspiration Fearne, I'm loving it. Other stars to think pink are Katy Perry and Little Mix's Perrie Edwards. 

Katy Perry

Remember Pop princesses' prissy stage? Perry looked fabulous with her faded pastel pink hair and I love her 1940's curls here 

Perrie Edwards

Button-faced Little Mix member Perrie Edwards is known for getting bored of her hair styles, for a fleeting moment this year she opted for a baby pink with a more vibrant dip-dye on the ends of her locks. 

Helen Mirren 
The legendary actress stunned at this year's BAFTAs when she stepped onto the red carpet with a subtle tinge to her hair. High five Helen! 

Kelly Osbourne

Pink doesn't work for everyone however, as Kelly Osbourne demonstrated with this disaster back in 2011. Take note ladies, this is not the way to do it. 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Up Against Fat Shaming in the Media

What an inspiration! 

As if you couldn't love Jennifer Lawrence any more than you already do, she produces yet more inspiring quotes. The actress has famously been one to speak her mind, and her latest interview with Barbara Walters is no exception. 

The 23 year-old stated "it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV." She rightly argued the point that if censorship takes place in some areas of the media,why not others.

"If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling somebody fat?"

The star that often professes her love of food and is famed for her down-to-earth personality made these statements at the ABC's 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year filming.

She went on to say "'I think the media needs to take responsibility for the effect it has on our younger generation on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool." 

Living in today's society where there is an increasing amount of pressure on young women to look a certain way, it's refreshing that such a prominent actress can make intelligent and forward-thinking comments on society, ones which will hopefully be listened to. 

Read my article on 5 Reasons why I love Jennifer Lawrence here.