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6 Red Carpet Lessons From Murex D’or and Biaf 2015

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This week was red carpet par excellence for Lebanon with not one but two awards ceremonies, The Murex D’or and the Biaf. And if you were hoping to spot the latest international red carpet trends in couture don’t hold your breath darlings, we like to do things a little differently here and over-the-top doesn’t even big to describe it. So if you want to fit in make sure you got these below red carpet tips covered because if not you might go unnoticed or (gasp) boring- and lord forbid that ever happens to your career.

1, Begin by enlarging your head, it has to be at least three-to four times bigger than your actual body and it will be one hell of a balancing act. Lebanese hairdressers are specialists at this infamous signature chignon so don’t you worry. All they will need is their ego, a year’s supply of hairpins and of course enough hairspray to annihilate a population of cockroaches. Et Voila madmoiselle, tu es une star.

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2. A mask, and no I don’t mean one you can put on, it has to be hand- painted on you by a makeup artist with a supply of K Stars makeup. Do not proceed without letting him know the color of your gown and make sure you stress that you want your look to be a huge “succès.” Steer clear from earthy tones and remember highlighter and strong pigments are your best friends. Get a head start by retouching those eyebrow tattoos a week or two in advance. Let go of your instinct, trust his touch and let the magic begin.

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3. Research all the techniques that flatter your body type, now  proceed to make sure you don’t follow a single one of those tips, rules are made to be broken anyway. Be tactical about what you want to reveal. Chubby arms- go for a tube cut. Large breasts- you will need two sizes smaller to highlight that décolletage, Thick thighs- Something see-through and short. Huge waist- No A-line cuts for you. Overweight- big prints bright colors and sheer fabrics! Over 50? Dress like you’re in your 20s. You get the drift…

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4. Choose a Lebanese designer who’s name is followed by the words Haute Couture,one that loves all types of fabrics, together at the same time, without discrimination. We’re talking tulle, organza, satin and lots of lots of lace. Someone who wants to make a walking masterpiece out of you with a keen eye for producing cheap replicas and a love affair with bad embroidery and terrible finishing.

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5. The whole simplicity is sophistication is just a silly myth, more is more, and adding accessories to your outfit will only put the odds in your favor and get you the recognition and fashionista title you deserve.  Wanna throw on all your accessories including your everyday watch? Go for it. Feel like putting on that hat you’ve had in your wardrobe for years? Knock yourself out. Wear whatever jewelry is handed to you, you’re a star  darling after all and stars need bling.

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6.  Give us that old school 90s hand-on-hip pose, as soon as you spot the camera.  Who cares if it’s cheesy and makes you look like you’re posing way too hard, there is nothing natural about your entire look anyway so you might as well just werk it gurl, you are fierce!

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Wear It For Change

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I’m very proud to support Creative Space Beirut, a non-profit free school in fashion design that provides design education to talented individuals who lack the resources to pursue a degree in fashion. This school has been supported by renowned fashion houses such as Derek Lam, Diane Von Furstenberg and Parsons.

A month ago I was chosen by them along with some of Beirut’s most compelling women, “with innovative minds and huge hearts” and asked about the importance of free creative education and to be part of their new online campaign that aims to bring attention and raise funds as they launch their first crowd-sourcing campaign.

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It was the first shoot I did while appearing visibly pregnant and I chose this one-size-fits all gorgeous Twist Top in olive from their Creative Space Beirut Ready To Wear collection which I styled with a pair of my trusty black leggings, these Zara black scuba style heels which I love and my Saint Laurent Nano Sac du Jour. If you like this top which is also available in crème, grey, black and striped jersey you can check it out tomorrow at the debut of their Ready To Wear Brand at their studio in Mar Mikhael as part of Beirut Design Week 2015.

Shot by Ayla Hibra with a film camera.

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In an effort to continue to work towards self-sustainability, they need as much support as possible from those who believe in their cause. You can click here to read their full story and donate online

Met Gala 2015 All The Looks From The Red Carpet

Each year, the stars and their favorite designers come out to play at the Met Gala, and they all dress up according to a theme set by the Costume Institute Exhibition. This year’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass and it seems everyone was game. The thing I loved the most, is the fashion risks and loud dresses we saw on the red carpet, you can’t say there was a dull moment.  But what we also saw is lots and lots of skin. So here are some of my favorite looks so far. Take a look

Beyoncé pulled a Rihanna in a Givenchy dress that left very little to the imagination. If you look closely it’s jewel encrusted covering only her lady bits. A little out of character for the usually more red carpet modest star. And those poses she pulled- slightly overdone-like her hair.

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Fashion’s reigning muse Rihanna stole the show in this larger than life Guo Pei gown that looked like it took inspiration from Belle in Beauty at the Beast with a modern twist. I love how fearless she is when it comes to fashion.

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Maleficent also made an appearance on the red carpet possessed by Sarah Jessica Parker. I don’t know how she managed to balance that piece on her head but it was designed by Philip Treacy the same designer that makes those fancy hats you see on a lot of members of the England’s royal family. Call her a troll, Power Ranger or what you want, the woman likes to play dress up.

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Lady GaGa showed up in this voluminous, kimono-style dress embellished with feathers; reportedly in 14,000 of them! Poor birdies. Now the eyebrows, those need a post all on their own.

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I totally didn’t expect to see her there, but Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney showed up to the MET Gala this year. Amal looked gorgeous in this striking strapless red John Galliano that matched the theme. Loved the structured studded bodice and tiered skirt and her hubby looked great. also in an Armani suit.

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The love affair continues- Donatella Versace and Jennier Lopez. Jennifer  goes commando in this butt-bearing sheer beaded gown and Donatella decides to complement the whole nudity thing by going full frontal.

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Anne Hathaway is the only one who managed to dress in costume and still look elegant and beautiful rather than over the top, she showed up hand in hand with Ralph Lauren himself wearing this gold hooded dress that looks like it may have taken some inspiration from a boxing champion. I LOVED IT

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In typical Jeremy Scott fashion, both Katy Perry and Madonna showed up with the designer in his latest Moschino print gowns that looked like a graffiti artist spray painted them. I’m not impressed. He’s silly and has the talent of a 6 year old.

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Another all gold-gown this time Kate Hudson in this glittery number by Michael Kors which she complemented a floral wrap headband. Nailed it

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And of course no red carpet is complete without the attention seeking couple of the decade, Kim Kardashian and Kanye in an all see -through rock by Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli. What’s going on there? Who knows. Typical Kim.

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Yes the theme is China, but I though Emily Blunt  was all too obvious in this steel blue Prada dress, embellished with crystal and glass pieces and a matching (also patterned) cape.  I don’t hate it but not loving it either.

Oh look it’s a blow fish. Oh wait that’s Solange Knowles once again attempting to stay relevant in this Giles dress.  Ok S we’re talking about you again. Happy?

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I love Jennifer Lawrence but for a lady that a) sits as the co-chair and B) has the best costumes in Hunger Games I expected bigger, puffier and dramatic. So she looked semi-normal in this blah Dior poppy floral cut-out gown and encrusted neckline. Loved the messy bun and hot pink lips nonetheless.

Ivy Says x Adidas Outdoor Yoga

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A year ago Yoga didn’t mean much to me- back then it was a strange “boring” practice reserved for the barefoot hippies and elderly. Body Pump and calorie-busting classes were more my thing.

But then I had my first Hot Yoga class and everything changed. Before I knew it I signed up for Vinyasa, Yin Yang and even Nia Yoga. I’m not going to pretend like I’m really good at it, I’m not there yet. But I will say this- I totally underestimated it. And I don’t just mean it from a wellness perspective, I mean it gave me a new core strength, it improved my terrible posture and it helped me find my balance and focus better. It also gave me a kick-ass workout, and yes I underestimated that one too. While everyone was planking and pulling gravity defying poses there I  was struggling to grab my feet with both hands.

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Now I’m officially hooked. So on the long Easter weekend I decided to pack up my yoga mat and have an outdoor yoga session in the Jabal. And I’m always on the lookout for a cotton pair of pants or a comfortable colorful outfit that can add vibrancy to my Yoga sessions and put me in the mood.

Here I’m wearing brand new Spring 2015 Adidas Originals Hawaii Tee shirt and Leggings available in stores very soon!

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Namaste

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Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

It’s no secret I’ve been utterly obsessed with everything Yves Saint Laurent beauty as of lately. I was lucky enough to have their lovely team of makeup artists work on my look for my recent radio show promotional shoot  and I’ve also been gushing over their new collection on the blog for some time now.

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Although I often shop for perfumes I seldom ever use them all and they end up as decorating pieces on my makeup table since I usually prefer sticking to one or two favorite scents tops. But when YSL sent over their recently released Black Opium I knew this wasn’t going to be a phase. I was addicted.

It now one of my signature scents and favorite fragrances to date from YSL, derived from its 1977 classic Opium, this one highlights the dark and mysterious side of the original. A new character emerges with Black Opium, a restless, complex and dramatic woman who’s both playful and serious all the time, a woman who’s impulsive and always on the move and someone who lives her life with passion. A woman I can most definitely relate to.

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Trust me when I say Black Opium smells just as good as it looks. It has notes of coffee ,electric pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar and is one of those scents that lingers on even after you’ve left the room.

I first wore this perfume to a wedding in Dubai, and it complemented my look perfectly. I was feeling quite adventurous and wore a matte black gown with a thigh-high slit that was embellished and matched the gorgeous Black Opium bottle perfectly, almost like a clutch.

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Model Eddie Campbell is the face of Black Opium and you can check out the full campaign here

IvySays x Adidas IT BEGINS

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I’m very excited to finally announce my Spring/Winter 2015 collaboration with Adidas. It’s no secret it’s always been my favorite brand and my entire work out gear has forever been exclusively from Adidas. Well now it’s official, this year I’m so proud to be chosen to showcase their latest collections even before they hit stores! But it’s not just Adidas sports outfits I’ve chosen but everything from their Originals collection some of which are designed by Rita Ora and Jeremy Scott.

So join me in this new IvySaysxAdidas adventure in my journey towards fashionable fitness and general well-being. You can catch the looks first on my Instagram account.

For my first look I chose this Brazilian patterned zip up jacket from their Originals collection with a matching bowling bag. Now although I don’t usually play matchy matchy I loved this pattern so much I made an exception, and it worked. Because it’s such bold color the pair made for fabulous Spring statements.

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Head to your nearest Adidas store in the next couple of weeks to get yours.

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Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Best And Worst Dressed

There’s no strut down the red carpet like Oscars walk and you can count on the A-listers to pull out all the fashion stops. Designers from every major couture house all over the world sent in their best gowns but it’s up to the celebrities and their stylists to choose and pair the right gown with the right look that works for them.

So like I do every year, I stayed up and kept a watchful eye for you on the carpet and here is my list of the big hits and misses.

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Jennifer Aniston has had a a boring streak but as a presenter I had a feeling she would make sure to take our breath away at this Academy Awards and she did in this absolutely enchanting Atelier Versace Spring 2015 asymmetrical gown. I love everything about it from the beaded bandage bustier to the sheer skirt and side slit. She pulled it off with her casual signature hair. One of my best dressed of the evening.

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This must be the first time in a very very long time Nicole Kidman disappoints on the red carpet, in this strapless Louis Vuitton gown. The yellow tone of this sequined dress washes out her already very fair skin tone and that red belt on her waist was such a unnecessary clash. But her hair and makeup were the real let downs, she looked like she needed a major splash of color on her seemingly tired face. The only thing I loved was that LV clutch.

Noami Watts

I think we can safely say Naomi Watts has mastered the art of the red carpet and can be now considered as red carpet royalty. She wore a STUNNING Armani Privé art deco halter metallic dress unlike one we’ve seen before. I loved how the dress had sparkly black breast band and thought her berry lips were such a perfect match with this modern look. One of my best dressed, hands down.

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars

How does one create a gown with a astounding 6000 pearls, well leave it to Calvin Klein collection to do so. And it was none then red carpet darling Lupita Nyong’o who dared to wear this one-of-a kind-creation. I thought the top part of the dress was an absolute masterpiece and I especially loved the cut out at her mid-riff. This is definitely unlike anything we’ve seen before and I commend Lupita for always taking that fashion risk.

Kiera Knightly

Looks like Kiera Knightley finally decided to ditch Chanel after the hideous get up she donned at the Globes, and instead opted for Valentino in this floral ensemble with countless layers of tulle. I thought the floral crown was again an overkill and the birds on this dress majorly reminded me of the butterflies on that Chanel dress (nightmares aren’t going away). I just wish she didn’t insist on looking like a cute pregnant women this awards season, so many celebs have rocked their baby bumps in figure-hugging dresses and I don’t see why she insisted on playing it safe. Embrace the bump!

Sienna Miller Oscars

Sienna Miller looks like a classic Hollywood vision in this navy lace and floral macramé by Oscar de la Renta. The intricate detailing on this dress and the subtle ribbons looked so feminine and sweet and Sienna dreamy makeup and swept back was just what it needed to take this entire look to a another height. Perfection!

Julianne Moore Chanel Oscars

Julianne Moore. Her name has become synonymous with red carpet wins, whether she’s picking up an award or taking yet another fashion risk, this ginger beauty can do no wrong. And she was twice the winner in this Chanel Haute Couture gown. If you look closely you can see that every inch of this gown is covered in this gorgeous scaly sequins and the rows of black ones made this gown a masterpiece. At the risk of over- accessorizing she paired it with these dreamy Chopard earrings, a sleek low bun and flawless marsala lips. Damn!

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Let’s get one thing out of the way Emma Stone is gorgeous and Emma Stone is one if those faces that looks amazing in colorful makeup. So put a rag on this woman, and she will still make us gawk. And let us now forget her Golden Globe pan suit!! Now have one of the world’s most talented designers custom-make a gown for her and you got yourself a winning combo. This long-sleeved beaded number is a signature look from the Lebanese designer but what really captured everyone’s attention is the bright Chartreuse color of this dress, which is not a very common one and sometimes not a very flattering one. Yet the fair skinned beauty looked statuesque in it and wore it with these Christian Louboutins as not to add too much contrast. But it was her asymmetrical bob and shimmery bold coral lips that completed this look and made a favorite for the night.

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My heart skipped a beat when as I waited for her Majesty the Queen of the Red Carpet but I can’t tell you how disappointed Kate Blanchett left me last night. No major fashion statement just this boring and simple black column dress by Margiela Couture. She accessorized it with this statement turquoise necklace. Why Kate? What is the meaning of this?

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And the best princess moment goes to: Jennifer Lopez. Finally, finally, something different! She finally ditched the curve-hugging though high slit dress for this nude Elie Saab tulle gown from his 2014 collection. But the only common denominators was the deep neckline and excess cleavage which we all know Jennifer can never leave behind. I loved her simple high pony tail, which didn’t compete with her dress and her softer makeup and pink lips that made her look less signature fierce and more feminine.

Felicity Jones Oscars

Leave it to a British actress to wear Alexander McQueen and ‘The Theory of Everything’ actress Felicity Jones looked have edgy half prom-ish in this ivory gown by the fashion house. Here’s the thing, the 3D pearl and floral embellished bodice is EVERYTHING. But its the sweeping bridal skirt that kills the vibe of this dress and takes it to a more princessy place. I think it overwhelms the otherwise petite actress’s small frame and could have progressed into something just as chic. The Cinderella hair doesn’t help either.

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Chrissy Teigen looks VA-VA-VOOM in this powder blue Zuhair Murad beaded long sleeved V-neck gown and thigh high slit. She styled it flawlessly with her loose retro curls and those bold burgundy lips. One of the Oscar’s best dressed!

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A little rusty aren’t we Mrs.Johansson? Scarlett makes it on most of the world’s worst dressed list in this emerald Atelier Versace gown. But the gown which alone looks dull was paired with this mamoth Swarovski crystal embroidered collar that looked like a bib and was terribly matched and over-accessorized with a mismatched pair of earrings. And the X-Men hair just added insult to injury. All in all she looked like a scary flashback from the 90s that we were hoping to forget. It’s going to be a long road to recovery from this one but are best wishes are with you.

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Simple, sophisticated and subtle are what comes to mind when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow in this asymmetrical blush pink dress by Ralph & Russo. The dress fits her like a glove and the over-sized flower on the shoulder gives it the couture kick it needs to keep it from looking dull. I love her side-parted hairdo the large diamond-drop earrings that give this monotone look a jolt of color. It’s definitely all-in-all very Gwyneth.

Georgina Chapman

Last but not least feast your eyes on this magnificent gown worn by Marchesa’s co-founder Georgina Chapman inspired by what she calls “opium dreams.” It is decadent to say the least, with its floral embroidery, fitted sleeves and fairytale full skirt. Her hair, makeup and earrings were just flawless. One of my favorite looks, hands down!

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