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MET Gala 2014, The Best and Worst Dressed List


emma stone

Emma Stone and her boyfriend Andrew Garfield were one of my favorite best dressed couples last night. I absolutely loved her 2-piece Thakoon dress, her swide swept messy pony tail and that fabulous bronze makeup. Her man complimented her so well in grey, a color we seldom see on men walking the red carpet. One of my favorite looks.

the beckhams at the met

The Beckhams were one of the only couples to actually follow the white theme last night and also played matchy matchy with David in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham in a white column dress of her own design which I LOVED.

Naomi watts

One of my favorite and unique dresses of all time is Naomi Watts in this jaw-dropping Givenchy Couture smokey white, gray and black scaled dress. I didn’t however like her hair or makeup and would have loved to see this look on someone more vibrant like Anne Hathaway. parker back

Fashion darling and event co-chair Sarah Jessica Parker made quite the statement in this head turning black and white Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum waist and white elbow-length gloves topped with an extravagant  chignon. My favorite part was the back of the dress and the designer’s signature at the bottom.


Now there’s someone who is truly enjoying fashion. Fashion current IT girl Lupita Nyong’o pulled off a look not many others can in her custom Prada complete with everything from beads, crystals and feathers and accessorized it with that stunning headpiece and those must-have Prada shoes.


Mr.and Mrs.Carter dazzled on the red carpet last night. Jay-Z was dressed like Beckham but in Givenchy while Beyonce donned this very low cut number also by Givenchy Couture with a lovely veiled headpiece. I thought she did way better than the Givenchy disaster she wore last year or the one before that.

charlize theron

I loved how Charlize Theron took a risk with this otherwise classic strapless Dior gown by throwing a Tuxedo Jacket over her shoulders. She looked every inch the red carpet veteran she is and managed to pull of this statement effortlessly. I’m obsessed with her earrings!

rihannarihanna met back dress

Rihanna looked like a modern day princess in this custom Stella McCartney two-piecer. Only she can pull of backless cropped top with shoulder pads AND a beaded choker. Her floor length skirt wrap showed off her toned midriff and the train gave this look the drama it deserved. Her hair sat like a crown and her makeup was just right.

katie-holmes-met ball 2014

Katie Holmes looked disastrous in this mustard yellow Marchesa gown. Even a supermodel couldn’t make this ugly gown look good so I’m not sure why she even chose it at fashion’s most watched events. And don’t even get me started on that tragic hair and makeup. Fashion FAIL!


Now this is the kind of sight the MET Gala is all about. Dita von Teese and designer Zac Posen made fashion magic together on the red carpet. She wore this gorgeous figure-hugging pale pink mermaid gown with a statement red hem. I love how Zac Posen wore this cape that made him look like fashion’s wizard or Harry Potter. One of my favorite designer- muse collaborations of the night.


Kristen Wigg walked the red carpet with designer Alexander Wang wearing Balenciaga. I loved this dress-pant combo, especially the combination of the halter neck with multi-level skirt and sparkling interior. This is the perfect example of a how a simple look can still make a big fashion statement.


Model Joan Smalls walked the carpet with designer Vera Wang without making the smallest of impacts in this nude strapless tulle gown and sheer skirt that was nice overall, but definitely not the kind of gown you would expect at the MET Ball especially when a designer walks the carpet with her muse. The only striking things about this entire look was Joan’s purple lipstick which I did not like at all.


Nicole Richie took the “Costume” title of the Met Costume Institute Gala quite literally when she decided to look like a ice smurf in this velvet and sheer silver Donna Karan gown and purple hair. And although I  appreciate her eagerness to deliver that fashion shock factor I didn’t think she pulled it off as she did last year with her grey hair and amazing Topshop gown.


Fashion Crime Scene: a fashion fabric explosion happened here. From embroidery to tulle to lace bracelets and rings,  I am no designer but this is basic, what Donna Karan Atelier did to poor Rita Ora was evil.


Unexpected from Karolina Kurkova, but she made some serious fashion waves in this Marchesa floral masterpiece that looks like it should sit in a museum. I’m sure it weighed tons but the supermodel pulled it off so effortlessly. Now this is the kind of couture people expect to see at the MET Gala!


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley embraced her inner gladiator in this leopard and leather long sleeved short dress and heels by Balmain. I know women who would wear this outfit to dinner on a Thursday so I’m not sure it was appropriate to the MET Gala, especially when you compare it to Sarah Jessica Parker or Karolina Kurkova’s looks but nevertheless she looked phenomenal.

suki waterhouse

Sure Suki Waterhouse looked gorgeous last night but it feel like we’ve seen the same color and style of this Burberry tiered frilly dress so many times on the red carpet and it also feels very much like Valentino’s signature style. I liked how she gave it an edge with that bold red lipstick but the entire look didn’t move me.


Allison Williams looked regal in this coral old-hollywood style Oscar de la Renta gown that was just perfect for Spring. The dress fit her like a glove and I loved her simple up do and perfect makeup. This is the kind of look that belongs at the Oscars.


Another  two-piece crop gown this time Anne Hathaway in a striking red bustier and skirt from a by Calvin Klein and Gianvito Rossi  patent pumps. She’s been taking some fashion risks lately and I love her for it like that Gucci dress she wore at the Oscars earlier this year.


Let’s get one thing straight, this Louis Vuitton dress is stunning, there is no denying that. That said, Michelle Williams was way too under-dressed almost as though she couldn’t be bothered which I’m sure Lady Wintour will not appreciate.

the stella girls

And finally the Stella Crew, featuring designer Stella McCartney alongside Cara Delevinge, Kate Bosworth and Reese Witherspoon. I loved Cara ensemble the most and I thought Reese looked lovely.

Who was your best and worst dressed at the 2014 MET Gala?

Also See

MET Gala 2013 Best and Worst Dressed

The MET Gala 2012: IVY’s Best And Worst Dressed

Ivy’s RED Carpet Watch


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Oscars 2014 Red Carpet: The Best And Worst Dressed

The Oscars are one of the biggest nights for fashion as A-listers flock to the red carpet to flaunt it. And though I was expecting a bigger impact from many stars who decided to play it safe, there were also less offenders than usual, that or I’m getting soft!

Here are my best and worst dressed nominees.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsThe queen of the red carpet continues her reign in this Armani Prive masterpiece embroidered in what looked like shells but were in reality Swarovski crystal baguettes. I love the cap sleeves which we saw a lot of last night and she accessorized her look with a stunning pair of Chopard drop earrings. My best dressed.


Sexy and Vintage. Number two on my best dressed list is Kate Hudson in this showstopping Atelier Versace ivory number. There is so much thought and detail that went on in the design of this dress that it left me just starring in awe. I absolutely loved how the plunging neckline is also knotted in her midsection and the gorgeous sparkly cape with those shapely shoulder pads. Her side swept hair and soft makeup gave this gown all the attention it truly deserved.

US-OSCARS-ARRIVALSEvery designer in the world awaited Lupita Nyong’o appearance who sashayed in this ethereal ivory blue Prada princess gown and a diamond-studded headband that reminded of of a modern Cinderella as she snuk out to the ball. Not anybody can pull of this look so effortlessly without looking to princessy but Luptia has rare combo of the look, the confidence and the charisma to do so.


I’m not sure what went on in their heads when Naomi Watts  and Calista Flockhart spotted each other on the red carpet but it must have been slightly awkward. I couldn’t decide who’s dress I liked more so I decided to group them.

Naomi’s wore this stunning cap-sleeved custom-made Calvin Klein Collection gown fully encrusted in beading with a jaw-dropping Bvlgari diamond collar necklace while Calista also wore a fully encrusted dress by Andrew Gn Resort 2014 and gorgeous emerald studs. Calista looked a little older with her messy updo while Naomi gave her look a younger touch with her sleek do and red lipstick.

Julia-Roberts-Wearing-Givenchy-2014-OscarsOnce again Julia Robert disappoints in this very ill-fitting borderline baggy lace gown by Givenchy. Why she insists on making herself look shabby and older is a mystery to me but she’s really not giving her career the praise it deserves with all these bad fashion choices.


Anne Hathaway showed her playful side on the red carpet in this black Gucci halter gown with a heavy crystal embroidered bodice that made her look super slim and edgy especially with her pixie cut. The look worked so well on her boyish frame I just wish she wore a bolder lipstick shade.

Jennifer-Lawrence-in-Dior-Couture-2014-OSCARSI like it, it’s old-hollywood and glamorous but it’s exactly how we’ve been seeing Jennifer Lawrence for the past red carpet events. I know she’s Dior’s face but I’m tired of it and I’m sure as hell tired of seeing her in that strapless cut looking much older. This peplum crimson gown is pretty and she looks good but nothing worth remembering.

Angelina-Jolie-in-Elie-Saab-Couture-2014-OSCARS1I’m gonna say it. I liked this long-sleeve metallic sequined Elie Saab Fall 2013 gown on the runway more than I did on Angelina Jolie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved not to see her wearing yet another black gown but the gown actually makes Angelina look somewhat top-heavy, yes as ludicrous as that sounds since she’s very skinny. It also washes her out a little bit. Perhaps it’s the makeup and boring hair but this was a lost opportunity.

Jennifer-Garner-Oscars-2014Jennifer Garner doesn’t strike me as someone to watch on the red carpet but she really impressed in this metallic fringe Oscar de la Renta number. In fact I loved how simple yet glamorous she looked and how flattering that dress was on her. I would lose those platform Brian Atwood shoes and darkened the lips.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsJessica Biel can make a Chanel Couture dress look plain jane.Now that takes skill. And although this nude and silver strapless gown is filled in all the all the right places she just looked too washed out. Too bad that even Tiffany & Co. jewels couldn’t save her.

Charlize-Theron-Wearing-Christian-Dior-2014-OscarsTalk about a dramatic statement. Charlize Theron missed in this Dior Couture gown thanks to those heinous invisible straps that in my opinion should be banned worldwide. And although her mermaid silhouette looks banging this dress does not work on her bust and small frame from the waist up though the tiered bottom is absolutely stunning. This is the kind of gown I would see Sofia Vergara wearing.Sorry.


Portia de Rossi sure knows how to grab our attention. She brought risk and spring to the red carpet in this peekaboo Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2014 cut-out white halter gown. She gave it a edgy touch with her slicked back hair.

Lady Gaga atleier verrsace

Lady Gaga should definitely stick to her theatrical get ups because normal just doesn’t work for her. She tried a little too hard in this metallic and lavender Atelier Versace and dreadful chiffon scarf she wrapped around her neck. Her hair delivers the final blow to this mess.

Giambattista Valli gown

Penelope Cruise goes for the draped Grecian Goddess look and fails. This pink powder pink Giambattista Valli dressdoesn’t fit her nicely in fact it makes her look preggers.  Her hair do was the best thing going for her but that tacky lipstick shade killed it.

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After a fantastic set of wins Amy Adams decide to play it safe in this understated navy Gucci dress. The collar-like bustling and faux pockets are  the only things that stop this gown short of being just a really well fitted boring gown with a typical train. Regardless, she still looked beautiful.


Young Hollywood take notes. Hermione, I mean Emma Watson is one of those people that usually annoys me, but I was really caught off guard when I saw her in this  sleeveless metallic and black Vera Wang gown. I loved how casual and laid back the bodice look almost t-shirt liked and the mermaid skirt below. And she was one of the few that finally put on a kick-ass red lipstick!

Who were you best and worst?

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Best And Worst Dressed at 2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet

This has to be by far one of my favorite years in red carpet fashion, it was hard to choose amongst so many fabulous contenders. I feel like at this point designers have finally been able to figure out what worked best from the 30s all the way up to the 90s and created the perfect balance between ultra-feminine and edgy. That and the fact that celebrities and their stylists are really investing some time and effort into figuring out what works and doesn’t on them. But the night also came with its share of fashion mishaps and other misdemeanors that should be fined if you ask me.

Here is my take on this year’s Golden Globe Red Carpet.

lupitan yongo_Ralph Lauren spring summer 2014 gown

I couldn’t help but start with one of my absolute favorites of the night, it had to be Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o in fiery off-shoulder caped crimson gown by Ralph Lauren.  I love how this dress can come off as so dramatic yet simple and even more how she managed to let the dress do the talking with minimal accessories, elegant side swept hair and a sheer red lipstick. But make no mistake, though she looks fabulous we all remember very well who wore that exact same look in white last year, yup Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford.


Stéphane Rolland can do no wrong in my eyes so when I heard one of his gowns made an appearance on Paula Patton I rushed to see it and I was not let down. It’s one fabulous big ruffle on a uber-tight long sleeved dress. Not anyone can pull this off but Paula has an evidently statuesque rocking body that gave this dress the glory it deserved. The only thing I would have done differently is leave the statement dangly earrings out.

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Olivia Wilde brought back hope to all pregnant women on the red carpet  again looking absolutely phenomenal in this long-sleeved floor-length emerald sequined Gucci Première gown. Most pregnant women would shy away from tight figure-hugging dresses (and rightfully so) but Olivia broke that rule and still won. Her ombre wavy hair and smokey eye were put together so well! She makes it on one of my best dressed for the evening

Cate-Blanchett  Armani Privé Couture autumnwinter 2013 gown Chopard jewellery.

Cate Blanchett looked every inch the modern day Grace Kelly in an ethereal black tulle and lace Armani Privé gown and statement Chopard earrings.  I don’t need to say much, this dress is a work of art, every detail, ever corner is pure genius.  I’m in awe.

margot-robbie_Gucci gown with Christian Louboutin heels.

The Wolf Of Wall Street’ star Margot Robbie was also one of my favorite of the evening in this bespoke low-cut Gucci crepe gown. I loved the overall simplicity of this dress and how the  embroidered crystal and emerald gemstones added the perfect edgy touch. The slit on the dress could have been overtly sexy but instead of pulling an Angelina she kept her poise classy and collected and matched it with emerald Louboutins. Love!

Sandra-Bullock Prabal Gurung’s pre-autumnwinter 2014 collection.

Sandra Bullock did not bring her A-game to the red carpet this year. Though the Prabal Gurung gown she wore looked stunning on the model that wore it on the catwalk, that was exactly it. Sandra point-blank does not have the height to carry such a dress and apparently not the iron either. She took a fabulous gown and made it looked wrinkled and frumpy. That’s too bad, for the gown.

Julianna-Margulies Andrew Gn.

Good Wife Julianna Margulies looked amazing in this Andrew Gn voluminous gown that fit her like a glove. I loved the gold detail on the shoulders and hem and although black is the safer bet, it still isn’t your typical dress.

Naomi-Watts_Tom Ford metallic gown.

Every red carpet will have that one metallic dress and this time it was Naomi Watts in this statement Tom Ford Dress. I loved the chunky gold necklace on the halter neck but most of all I loved the sheer side cut outs, they really gave the dress an edge. Her sleek hair was perfection!

drew-barrymore_Monique Lhuillier springsummer 2014 dress with Roger Vivier heels, an Edie Parker clutch

You see how Olivia Wilde hit it right on the head, well Drew Barrymore did the total opposite. Her entire look was a nauseating reminder of, wait for it… the Kim Kardashian pregnant red carpet disaster last year. She wore this 3D floral Monique Lhuillier gown that had way too much going on and the half-sleeves are so unflattering. She completed this red carpet fail with those heinous Roger Vivier pumps.

Kate-Beckinsale-_her Zuhair Murad Couture gown with an Edie Parker clutch and jewels by Lorraine Schwartz and Chopard.

Our very own Zuhair Murad makes an appearance on Kate Beckinsale in this full-out embellished and patterned metallic mermaid gown. It accentuated her toned upper body and showed just the right amount of cleavage. I loved her tousled hair and soft makeup.

Julia-Roberts_dress and shirt by Dolce & Gabbana.

Looks like Julia Roberts has been away from the red carpet for way too long because she totally missed in this Dolce & Gabbana disaster. What was she thinking? The shirt, the strapless dress the sparkly belt?  Nothing is working.  It’s all so awkwardly put together. Frankly she just looked like she wasn’t in the mood and while I get that this seasoned actress may have had her fair share of red carpet moments, you still gotta put in some effort, that or hire a stylist. The hairdo needs a post on its own.

amy-adams Valentino

Amy Adam can wear the lowest deep V plunging neckline and still look as cute as a button. And although her dress isn’t the typical dress you would envision on the red carpet she really knew how to flatter this color blocked 70’s inspired Valentino. My favorite thing about her entire look?, Her braided updo.


Heidi Klum looks like the 90’s just barfed on her. I can’t get passed that hideous choker on her neck. I don’t care who says their hot and how many catwalk they’re on and I gracefully accepted pointy heels again but I will not under no circumstance ever let chokers in to my life again. It’s not okay. Seize her !

Taylor-Swift  Carolina Herrera pre-autumnwinter 2014 collection.

As always Taylor Swift put the rest of young Hollywood to shame, in this gorgeous color-blocked Carolina Herrera number. Not anyone this young can pull of a ball gown without looking prom queenish- but she played all her cards right. The hair, the lipstick and the confidence were spot on. Moreover, I love how she’s mature enough to pick such a classic and make it so current.

mila-kunis_glamour_Gucci Première backless gown

Mila Kunis looked like she couldn’t be bothered to pack up her Christmas ornaments and just decided to wear them. This Gucci Première dress makes her look shapeless and almost seems like it may be a size too big, her skin looks puffy, her eyebrows need some major reshaping ( way too V-shaped) and her hair looks like it’s greasy and she just brushed it back. Tsk tsk.

jennifer-lawrence_ dior

Fashion darling and Hollywood’s IT-girl Jennifer Lawrence in Dior ( surprise surprise) I’m not crazy about this look though I like it, I guess she needed more than yet another puffy gown to top last year’s dress.

Caitlin-FitzGerald Emilia Wickstead gown

Caitlin Fitzgeraldwore donned a very 50’s inspired retro pastel blue creation by Emilia Wickstead and matching pointy heels from the same designer. Now this is a look we haven’t really seen on the red carpet until now which I am loving and she pulls it off effortlessly.

Reese-Witherspoon-Calvin Klein Collection gown,

Yes, we all know how Calvin Klein is known for its sleek simple designs but this teal dress made for Reese Witherspoon should never be worn by anyone else again. Ever. Not only is it completely unflattering ( she looks to top-heavy) and outdated, it looks like it’s more suited to be made into a one-piece bathing suit. Hate it and hate that silly bob too.

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MTV Video Music Awards 2013: Best Dressed

There were so many disastrous frocks at the 2013 MTV’s Video Music Awards. So so many. And then there was the trainwreck Miley Cyrus who committed every crime against fashion and her dignity that even Helena Bonham Carter was probably shaking her head in disdain somewhere.

So instead of getting nasty I’m going to share with you my choice of best dressed because there were a couple of fabulous gowns that really deserve the recognition.

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First up is Selena Gomez in this show-stopping Atelier Versace fall 2013 creation. I can’t begin to describe my complete infatuation with this number and how well she wore it although I still view Selena as this younger Disney princess-type. She took this entire look right off the runway including those amazing shoes. I absolutely adore the bustier, the detail and the color. Best dressed hands down!

ciara givenchy

Ciara looked picture perfect in this piece of art couture by Givenchy. The intricate embroidery looks like it’s been sculptured right on to  her body and the feathers at the bottom give it an ethereal feel.  Pure perfection from head to toe.

Holland Roden

I have no idea who Holland Roden is but let me tell you she is now on my style radar. I LOVED this daring ivory Naeem Khan pants-dress combo. Not many can pull off this look but she did so well with her gelled back hair and the crimson lips were the perfect final touch.


I’ve always been big on long-sleeved dresses ever since Angelina Jolie stunned in that green Atelier Versace … so Girls actress Alison Williams comes in fourth for me in this ivory Valentino Fall 2013 long sleeved, high collared lace dress. She unusually paired it with those Christian Louboutins heels that actually work.

taylor swift in Herve Leger

Ok I love Hervé Léger, so does every girl in the world. And then there’s Hervé Léger and Max Azria. Let me tell you, not many women can pull of this look, and your bust and hips really need to be proportional to be able to fit into this nicely. Taylor Swift’s been blessed with never-ending legs and a tiny frame so although she wears it really well, it’s still a pretty safe bet. I’d love to  see Sofía Vergara’s hour glass rocking this one.

Taylor’s old-hollywood hair and red lip pairing look great but slightly too made up, I would rather see her hair with tousled casual waves.

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Murex D’Or 2013 The Best and Worst Dressed on the Red Carpet

Each year Lebanon hosts the Murex D’or an award ceremony to recognize the achievements of Lebanese and Arab artists and media personalities in the region. And, since I’ve appointed myself this city’s fashion crime scene reporter I thought it would only be fair I share with you the good, the bad and the hideous.

murex cyrine abdelnour

Cyrine Abdelnour may have gone home with the best actress Murex D’or  for 2013 but it feels like she pulled that disaster of a gown right out of the 8o’s. I really don’t know where to begin. It seems whoever designed this dress couldn’t decide between using the embellishments, the organza, the polyester, the metallic prints and some more embellishments so he decided to throw in everything in there. I feel nauseous just describing it. Total red carpet fail.

lara scandar

Lara Scandar

LOVED her look, and I’m not sure who she’s wearing but that royal blue dress with nude undertones looks like something Elie Saab could have designed. She brings such a fresh young touch to the red carpet and makes it on my best dressed list for the night, especially with that simple messy hair and the ox-blood lips.

Murex Pamela el kik

Pamela El Kik

She’s an actress and no she isn’t in costume auditioning for the role of Rainbow Brite, Pamela El Kik wanted get noticed on the red carpet and she sure got…noticed. Between the dramatically beaded bustier and the colour massacre on the bottom-half and that painstaking metallic purple clutch she may have committed one of the biggest crime scenes on that red carpet to date.

murex nancy ajram

Nancy Ajram may strike the occasional faux-pas when it comes to casual wear but the superstar songstress can do no wrong when picking the right gown and effortlessly complementing her look from head-to toe. She wore this sexy Balmain royal blue dress with simple swept-up hair and accessorized it with a Valentino clutch. Perfection.

murex aline laoud

Aline Lahoud, singer

Oh dear, I feel like I’m about to insult a sweet 12 year old girl who wanted to be a princess but it’s a dirty job and someone’s gotta do it. Let’s start with the Rapunzel hair. I mean come on, what is the meaning of this? Is this supposed to be some sort of breakthrough in the world of hairdressing? And the wedding-dress-gone-bad, where do I begin: the cut, the fabric the ill-fitting waist. If that wasn’t bad enough how about those gold leaves were placed on the side to give it that “edgy” touch. Yeah, no that didn’t work. Good luck recovering from this one.

murex elissa

Elissa’s been having a ball with fashion lately and she didn’t fail to impress in this white Marchesa ethereal gown with intricate beading. I liked that she didn’t do the whole cliché chignon hair women just love in this part of the world but rather kept things wavy and effortless.

murex Maya Diab

Maya Diab

See-through fabric. Check

Figure Hugging dress. Check

Excessive cleavage. Check

Animal Print. Check

Bling Bling. Check.

If Maya Diab is anything she is consistent. She definitely brings the action. Does it make it right? It depends who you ask. But she’s growing on me.

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Mona Abou Hamze and Amanda Seyfried: Who Wore It Best

amanda seyfried mona abu hamzeLeft: Amanda Seyfried on the red carpet at the ‘Lovelace’ Premiere during Berlin’s International Film Festival in this stunning cobalt lace long royal blue gown from Elie Saab’s Spring 2013 Collection and TIFFANY & CO. jewelry.

Right: Mona Abou Hamze attends the ‘Cleopatra’ premiere at Cannes Film Festival this week also in this tiered lace Elie Saab gown and Chopard Jewelry.

Mona most definitely wore this better thanks to the way her feminine figure playfully hugs this dress in all the right places and because she wasn’t afraid to wear this dress the way it was designed.

Amanda did not do the intricate design on the dress any justice by wearing it a size too large, layering it with a cream sheath underneath and the red lips were total overkill.

What do you say?

Also check out Mona’s Separated at Birth

The 2012 Emmys Red Carpet-Best and Worst Dressed

Who cares about the Emmy’s! It’s the Red Carpet Fashion that I’m after as the awards season kicks off. This year, I have to say, stars got brave and took many fashion risks. Some shined but others failed. Miserably. Although Burgundy is this fall’s hot color I’m glad it wasn’t everywhere, instead we saw lots and lots of metallics. Check out the hits and misses

With one of the most celebrated hour-glass figures Sofia Vergara can put on just about any mermaid silhouette (as she ALWAYS does) and look fabulous. But I’ve had enough, and although this emerald sequined sexy Zuhair Murad creation is a head-turner, she manages to come off as a pageant contender. Too cleavage-full, too shiny, too much!

I’m not a big fan of matching your frock to your outfit, but E! Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne pulls it off in this lovely lavender one-shoulder Zac Posen gown. Who would have thought the red lipstick would work as well as it did with this color but it gets my two thumbs up!

Julianne Moore proves that you can be a winner and a loser in the same night. Here’s the thing, I tried to look at her long-sleeved sticking chartreuse Dior dress with an open mind but I just couldn’t. Where do I begin? The color doesn’t work on her skin tone or her red locks, the cut does not flatter her upper body, it’s way too high on the neckline and too tight on the arms and the dress gets too wide from the waist down making her look BIG! I love Julianne Moore but this look on her puts her on my worst dressed. Who’s craving custard?

Lucy Lui makes a fashion statement and shields herself from all critics in this armor-like silver metallic number by Atelier Versace. The dress looked like it was sewn right on to her body, and the detail on the bustier is simply stunning. I just wish she took it all the way. Her hairdo was too sweet and delicate, instead it should have been more confrontational and edgy and high-fashion like the creation she has on.

Alright we get it, Zoey Deschanel, you’re quirky, cute and fun but enough already. She looks like an 80’s bride in this custom light blue Reem Acra tulle gown. To be fair I’m a big fan of the sweetheart neckline but this dress screams “WEDDING!”

Angelina Jolie’s leg called and she’s not happy with Heidi Klum’s trying to steal the show. Heidi’s sheer sky blue Alexandre Vauthier is lovely but the slits are way too high and she could have  kept it classy with just one. Her old-Hollywood glamor retro hair is stunning nevertheless. But she got way to matchy-matchy, first the dress with the earrings and then the stilettos, how 90’s prom of her.

January Jones is a fashion risk taker and I love her for that. She’s not afraid of making big statements on the red carpet despite the serious slack she gets every time. The fact of the matter is I love this Zac Posen swirly sheer couture gown on her. The only problem is she looks like she literally jumped out of the shower and brushed back her hair into a bun. To make matters worse she seemed to have mistaken the smokey-eyes look with raccoon eyes. What a waste of good couture. *sigh*

Now that’s what I’m talking about. Edie Falco looks picture-perfect in this crew neck Stella McCartney navy and white dress. Simple but sharp, age appropriate yet modern and undoubtedly red-carpet worthy.

Leave it to this Hollywood red carpet professional to show you how it’s done. Nicole Kidman is a couture queen and really knows how to toy with high-fashion while remaining age-appropriate in this white statuesque Antonio Berardi gown with electric blue paillettes. By far the best dressed!

Channeling her inner Bollywood diva Hayden Panettiere donned this one-shoulder blue tulle over gold embroidery sari Marchesa gown. Loved the simple updo and minimal makeup. This gown would look even better on someone with more height.

Julianne Hough looks like she’s about to try out for The Little Mermaid musical in this disastrous number by Georges Hobeika  and as much as I’d love to support my fellow Lebanese designers this dress comes off as too tacky and flashy. Way too much going on there. One of the worst dressed of the evening.

Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress- Who Will She Wear?

With the wedding of the year rumored to take place as we speak – at some magnificent French chalet (sigh) the fashion world holds its breath in anticipation.Everyone wants to know who will be designing Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress. Though she’s been favoring more leggy creations as of lately, her style is usually traditional and classic following in the famous poised footsteps of romantic beauty icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepurn, but recently it’s been revealed that the soon-to-be Madame Pitt  may opt for a “slinky” wedding dress.

The online world is buzzing and has even gone ahead and asked some designers to send in sketches of wedding dresses they’d envision for Jolie. Take a look…

“When I envision Angelina in a wedding dress, I am inspired by her classic elegance and effortless sex appeal. She is deliberate about her fashion choices and that sophisticated confidence makes for the perfect modern bride.”- Reem Acra

“I envisioned Angelina as a wholesome sophisticated vision of the bride that her children imagine her to be, not her sexy red carpet signature style. This one is for her family.” – Creative Director Don O’Neil

I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of some couture bridal gowns from some fabulous designers I’d like to see Jolie wear on her big day. Of course she probably won’t settle with anything less than a one-of-a-kind creation but here are a few of my faves from Spring 2013

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The MET Gala 2012: IVY’s Best And Worst Dressed

These two make Brangelina look old and frumpy, check out the world’s hottest supermodel Gisele Bundchen with her stud of a man Tom Brady. They both matched with Givenchy *sigh*

Seriously why is he still with her? Justin Timberlake should drop Jessica Biel and his acting career before he totally becomes irrelevant.  And she should drop those bangs. Alright so her Prada gown is stunning except for the way it looks hastily folded up at the bottom. Oh and did I mention the $130,000 engagement ring..?

Not only did Emma Stone get an haute couture gown made especially for her by Lanvin, the fashion house’s designer was her date to the gala. One would think that with all those factors in her favor she would at least manage to make it on a best dressed list. Instead she wore a red mini dress with 3000 plastic flowers. Oh and it’s waterproof.

Lana Del Ray brings the drama to the red carpet in a beautiful black and silver hand embroidered gown  and a cape by  Joseph Altuzarra. Her deep plum lips and side parted retro waves added more mystery to her look. One of my favorites of the night!

Sure, the Met is the place to take risks, but Beyonce looks like an ostrich on acid. Givenchy my arse! This looks like something that tailor down the street would dress her 17 year-old to the prom (yup, classy area I live in.) Hands down she is THE Worst dressed of the night!

Rihanna looked like a sight for sore eyes with her super stretchy black Tom Ford dress. It was a big risk to take at such an event but never has an alligator looked so appealing. I love that she let the dress make a statement on its own by ditching the jewelry.

She usually gets it right but this time Gwyneth Paltrow got it so darn wrong in this boring lilac Prada dress that may as well have been released back in the 90’s, the paillettes don’t do the trick, that hairstyle is so overdone and she literally looks like she just finished a workout and I don’t mean that in a fresh and sexy way. She makes it on my worst dressed list.

Christina puts the HAUT in Haute Couture this year in this jaw-dropping intricate black-and-pink Thakoon gown stunner! Although she is teeny tiny she wore by far one of the biggest floor-skimming bow ties I’ve seen on a dress. My favorite of the night by far!

Scarlett Johansson is in a one-of-a-kind stunning Dolce & Gabbana, she is starring in every fashionista’s dream and guess how she decides to ruin it? With that nasty lifeless hair! If you’re gonna be the face of one of the world’s sexiest labels at least get your ROOTS done woman!

2012 Oscars Best And Worst Dressed

I was psyched that I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch some of the stars walk the Red Carpet at the 2012 Oscar’s last night. My caffeine intake didn’t help; all in all it turned out to be a major snooze fest. Tradition reigned as stars opted for conservative pieces rather than risky creations. I definitely missed three of my favourite A-List red carpet divas Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Cate Blanchett so I didn’t have much of a choice but to settle with mediocre. White was a big hit but so were sequins, beadings, embellishments and embroidery.  My favourite trend of the night was that accessories were kept to a bare minimum, with actresses opting for one statement pieces and some for no jewelry at all.  Check out some of my favorites and not-so-favorites below:

Cameron Diaz

Few can pull of this figure-hugging cream strapless Gucci with feminine ruffles and soft sequins so Cameron Diaz makes it on my best dressed for giving us some of that red carpet glamour while keeping things age-appropriate but still on the safer side of things.

Emma Stone

I loved Emma Stone in that purple reddish Lanvin number she wore to the Golden Globes this year, but there is something about the oversized bow tie and overwhelming and excessive fabric contrasting with her small frame and snow white skin that just doesn’t work for me. Plus, she stole Nicole Kidman’s memorable 2008 Oscar look.  Her dress is Giambattista Valli and is accessorized with a Louis Vuitton bracelet and earrings.

Milla Jovovich

This previous model looked every inch the red carpet glamour girl in a beaded one-shoulder Elie Saab gown and matched it with a dazzling Edie Parker clutch. Her side-swept hair and hot red lips matched perfectly! One of the best dressed ladies of the night.

Meryl Streep

Even one of the best actresses of our generation can get it wrong sometimes, and although Meryl goes home with her third Oscar, she still gets it wrong in this ill-fitted metallic gold wraparound Lanvin that not only matched her metallic shoes ,earrings and hair but also the little golden statue she took home. It was all too much gold for my taste, resembling a Lebanese mother at her son or daughter’s wedding.

Gwyneth Paltrow

It’s fashion statements like this that make us Fashion nerds tune into the Oscars in the first place and Gwyneth Paltrow brings it in this stunning Tom Ford gown with a dramatic cape accessorized with a a gorgeous diamond cuff. Her sleek unfussy hair matched perfectly. I bet Angelina Jolie saw that look and kicked herself for not doing it first.

Angelina Jolie

Just because you’re Angelina Jolie it doesn’t mean you get to put on a old black frock to the Oscars , show us some leg and then call it a day. Even Angelina can get it wrong and she gets it very wrong in the oversized boring black velvet Atelier Versace gown. She didn’t even bother with her hair. She makes it on my worst dressed for the night.

Sandra Bullock

She puts the G in glamour in this black and white Marchesa gown with metallic embroidery accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. I love this look on her because it’s so elegant yet fashion-forward although I would have loved to see her hair in a different updo and slightly more makeup. She still makes it on my best dressed list!

Anna Faris

The zoo called, a seal escaped and seems to have made its way to the Oscars. Anna Faris looks like a pile of  blubber in this Diane von Furstenburg black long-sleeved sequins dress and her new bleached bob is really not helping. One of the worst dressed of the night.

Glen Close

Style knows no age and Glen Close pulls a Tilda Swinton on us in this gorgeous forest green silhouette-hugging corset-fitted Zac Posen gown. To keep things age appropriate she topped it off with a tuxedo blazer. Ladies take notes! One of the my favorite red carpet looks.

Rooney Mara

This high-fashion meets classic couture gown is one of the night’s stunners by fashion house Givenchy. It’s one of those dresses that would look good in every color and I would have loved to see it on an A-lister since Rooney Mara’s bland facial expressions really don’t do it any justice.

Michelle Williams

Best Dressed of the night! Michelle channels her skinny inner Marilyn Monroe and looks VA VA VOOM in this classic old-Hollywood strapless perfectly-fitted Louis Vuitton gown with a flirty skirt at her waist and a bow brooch. She kept things fun adding that candy colored pink clutch. Only a few can pull-off this look and Michelle does so with flying colors!

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