There are few things in life I enjoy more than discussing red carpet fashion. So naturally Awards Season feels like a national holiday for me. The hoopla kicks off again on January 11th, with the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, and to warm up my fashion-critiquing muscles I thought I’d compile a list of 2014’s Best Dressed celebrities. Obviously this is mostly a matter of personal taste, but I’ve thought long and hard about my choices, and hope you agree they’re all deserving of a place on the list.
Best Newcomer: Lupita Nyong’o
With Christmas now less than I week away, I’ve been kept busy over the last few days with festive fashion events. Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to…
When it comes to leather leggings I’m like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In the space of 18 months I have bought – and consequently been unhappy with – countless designs. The faux-leather Topshop leggings I ordered squeaked when I walked; ASOS’ version didn’t have enough stretch; Joseph’s cult pull-ons were too long in the leg and couldn’t be altered, according to the Net-A-Porter customer care team; the & Other Stories style I purchased in a whirl of excitement quickly lost their shape and started to resemble a baggy leather diaper; and, whilst Hoss Intropia’s leather jeans are almost right, the fit is not as tight as I would like.
I’ve worked from home as a “career blogger” for three years running and am generally very disciplined. However, throughout December my productivity levels have plummeted, and I now find absolutely any excuse to waste time (prime example: ‘let me just reorganise my clutch collection by colour’). My latest distraction is Pinterest analytics, which allows you to measure how many impressions, repins, clicks and likes images have received. This month my most popular pins – by a long run – are all of glitter eyeshadow, so I figured I’d better put these stats to good use and find out how to recreate such a look.
You know the MC Hammer U Can’t Touch This lyrics, “Stop. Hammer time”? Well, for some reason, whenever I wear a bobble hat I want to sing, “Stop. Beanie time”. I’m not sure if I picked up this idiosyncrasy from TV or a friend – or whether it’s just a sign I’ve gone completely insane and need the Christmas break to hurry up already – but it’s pretty damn weird. And as I’m wearing bobble hats on a near daily basis at the moment it’s also started to become quite annoying.
Here is an example of my typical week in headwear. So, as you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for me to break into a “Stop. Beanie time” rap (or recite my favourite beanie-motto, “the bigger the bobble, the better the day”).
Photo by Henry Leutwyler for Vanity Fair
Tonight I’m going to see The Nutcracker performed by The English National Ballet with Clinique, and I can’t wait. Over the past year I’ve become increasingly fascinated by ballet and regularly scold myself for quitting lessons when I was four-years-old (if only I could go back in time and practise good-toes/naughty-toes without complaining). If you’re also experiencing a case of ballet-fever here are nine ways to get in on the act – without needing the skills of a prima ballerina – this winter.